50+ years in showbiz (since passed away)

by debi_taylor | created - 05 Apr 2018 | updated - 6 days ago | Public

50+ years in showbusiness

1. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

Was still after working in showbiz for 80 YEARS! (1933 - 2013) Passed away December 28, 2017 (age 94)

2. Roger Moore

Actor | Moonraker

Roger Moore will perhaps always be remembered as the man who replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond series, arguably something he never lived down.

Roger George Moore was born on October 14, 1927 in Stockwell, London, England, the son of Lillian (Pope) and George Alfred Moore, a policeman. His ...

Worked in showbiz 72 years (1945 - 2017) Passed away 23 May, 2017

3. Doris Day

Soundtrack | Pillow Talk

One of America's most prolific actresses was born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff on April 3, 1922, in Cincinnati, Ohio, to Alma Sophia (Welz), a housewife, and William Joseph Kappelhoff, a music teacher and choir master. Her grandparents were all German immigrants. She had two brothers, Richard, who ...

Worked in showbiz for 70 years (1948-2018) Passed away 13 May, 2019 at age 97

4. Patricia Barry

Actress | Sea of Love

Patricia received her first break into acting very soon after she graduated from Stephens College in the mid 1940s. Almost immediately after graduating, she received a contract from Columbia Pictures. They recognized that she had the rare combination of beauty, grace and intelligence that would ...

Worked in showbiz for 68 years (1946-2014) Passed away 11 October, 2016

5. Jerry Lewis

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Jerry Lewis (born March 16, 1926) was an American comedian, actor, singer, film producer, screenwriter and film director. He is known for his slapstick humor in film, television, stage and radio. He was originally paired up with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed comedy team of Martin and Lewis...

Worked in showbiz for 67 years (1949 - 2016) He passed away 20 August 2017 aged 91

6. Debbie Reynolds

Actress | Singin' in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...

Worked in showbiz for 67 years (1948 - 2015) She passed 28 Dec 2016

7. Jacque Fresco

Art_department | Self-erecting Structures

Jacque Fresco was born on March 13, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Self-erecting Structures (2002), Untitled Venus Project and Cities in the Sea (2002). He was married to Patricia. He died on May 18, 2017 in Sebring, Florida, USA.

In the limelight for 64 years (1953 - 2017) Passed away at 101 on 18 May, 2017

8. Don Pardo

Actor | Radio Days

Don Pardo was born on February 22, 1918 in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA as Dominick George Pardo. He was an actor, known for Radio Days (1987), Stay Tuned (1992) and 'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003). He was married to Catherine (Kay) Lyons. He died on August 18, 2014 in ...

Worked until he was 94 Worked in showbiz for 64 years (1949-2013) Passed away 18 August 2014

9. Martin Landau

Actor | Ed Wood

Oscar-winning character actor Martin Landau was born on June 20, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York. At age 17, he was hired by the New York Daily News as a staff cartoonist and illustrator. In his five years on the paper, he served as the illustrator for Billy Rose's "Pitching Horseshoes" column. He also ...

Worked in movies for 64 years (1953-2017) Passed away 15th July, 2017

10. Don Pardo

Actor | Radio Days

Don Pardo was born on February 22, 1918 in Westfield, Massachusetts, USA as Dominick George Pardo. He was an actor, known for Radio Days (1987), Stay Tuned (1992) and 'Weird Al' Yankovic: The Ultimate Video Collection (2003). He was married to Catherine (Kay) Lyons. He died on August 18, 2014 in ...

Worked in showbiz for 64 years (1949 - 2013) Worked until he was 94 Passed away 18 August 2014

11. Jerry Van Dyke

Actor | Coach

He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick...

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1962-2015) Passed away January 5, 2018

12. Adam West

Actor | Batman

Adam West was born William West Anderson on September 19, 1928 in Walla Walla, Washington, to parents Otto West Anderson, a farmer, and his wife Audrey V. (Speer), an opera singer. At age 10, Adam had a cache of comic books, and "Batman" made a big impression on him--the comic hero was part bat-man...

Worked in movies for 63 years (1954-2017) Passed away at 88 on June 9, 2017

13. Jean Sincere

Actress | Roxanne

Jean Sincere was born on August 16, 1919 in Mount Vernon, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Roxanne (1987), The Incredibles (2004) and Private Practice (2007). She was married to Charles Carmine Zambello. She died on April 3, 2013 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1949 - 2012) She passed 8 May 2013

14. Eli Wallach

Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole,...

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1951 - 2014) He passed away at age 98 on 24th June, 2014

15. Michèle Morgan

Actress | La symphonie pastorale

A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the ...

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1936 - 1999) She passed 20 December 2016

16. Katherine Helmond

Actress | Soap

Katherine Marie Helmond was born on July 5, 1929, in Galveston, Texas. After her parents divorced, she was raised by her mother, Thelma (nee Malone) Helmond, and her maternal grandmother, both of Irish Catholic descent. She attended Catholic school, and appeared in numerous school plays and ...

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1955-2018) She passed away at age 89 on Feb. 23, 2019

17. Harry Dean Stanton

Actor | Alien

Stanton was born in West Irvine, Kentucky, to Ersel (Moberly), a cook, and Sheridan Harry Stanton, a barber and tobacco farmer. Lived in Lexington, Kentucky and graduated from Lafayette Senior High School with the class of 1944. Drafted into the Navy, he served as a cook in the U.S. Navy during ...

Worked in showbiz for 63 years (1954-2017) Passed away 2017 at age 91

18. Don Rickles

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Donald Jay Rickles was born May 8, 1926 in New York. Following the Golden Era of Hollywood, he remained active until early 2017. He got his start in night clubs, toiling for over 20 years, until 1958, when he made his film debut in Run Silent Run Deep (1958). The movie was a big hit. Afterward, ...

Worked in showbiz for 62 years (1955 - 2017) He passed away 6 April 2017

19. Florence Henderson

Actress | The Brady Bunch

Florence Henderson was considered by protocol executive Jerold Franks, CSA to be "...one of the most generous stars I have ever worked with." Los Angeles, New York and all parts of the country, Florence has helped raise millions of dollars for various charitable organizations.

Jerold Franks, friend ...

Worked in showbiz for 62 years (1954 - 2016) She passed away November 24, 2016

20. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

Worked in showbiz for 61 years (1953 - 2014) 'til she was 101!!! She passed away 22 Jan 2018 at age 105

21. Peter Vaughan

Actor | Brazil

A true character actor in the best sense of the word, offbeat British thespian Peter Vaughan's hefty frame could appear intimidating or marshmallow benevolent; his beady, hollow eyes menacing or tender; his mere presence menacing or avuncular. Adept at playing both sides of the law, his characters ...

Worked in showbiz for 61 years (1954 - 2015) He passed 6 December 2016

22. Rance Howard

Actor | Nebraska

Rance Howard was born on November 17, 1928 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Harold Engle Beckenholdt. He was an actor and writer, known for Nebraska (2013), Universal Soldier (1992) and Small Soldiers (1998). He was married to Judy Howard and Jean Speegle Howard. He died on November 25, 2017 in Los ...

Worked in showbiz for 61 years (1956 - 2017) He passed away at age 89 on November 25, 2017

23. Mary Tyler Moore

Actress | Ordinary People

Mary Tyler Moore was born on December 29, 1936, in Flatbush, Brooklyn, to Marjorie (Hackett) and George Tyler Moore, a clerk. Her maternal grandparents were English immigrants, and her father was of English, Irish, and German descent. Moore's family relocated to California when she was eight. Her ...

Worked in showbiz for 61 years (1952-2013) Passed away 25 January, 2017

24. Burt Reynolds

Actor | Boogie Nights

Enduring, strong-featured, and genial star of US cinema, Burt Reynolds started off in T.V. westerns in the 1960s and then carved his name into 1970s/1980s popular culture, as a sex symbol (posing nearly naked for "Cosmopolitan" magazine), and on-screen as both a rugged action figure and then as a ...

Worked in showbix for 60 years (1958 - 2018) He passed away 6 September 2018

25. Jeanne Cooper

Actress | The Young and the Restless

Jeanne Cooper was born on October 25, 1928 in Taft, California, USA as Wilma Jeanne Cooper. She was an actress, known for The Young and the Restless (1973), Ben Casey (1961) and The Redhead from Wyoming (1953). She was married to Harry Bernsen. She died on May 8, 2013 in Los Angeles, California.

Worked in showbiz for 60 years (1953 - 2013) She passed 8 May 2013

26. Donnelly Rhodes

Actor | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Royal Manitoba Theatre ...

Worked in showbix for 60 years (1956 - 2016) He passed away 8 January 2018

27. James Greene

Actor | Parks and Recreation

James Greene has been a successful working actor for over seventy years. He appeared on Broadway in 1951 in Romeo and Juliet starring Olivia de Havilland. His most recent television appearances were in Parks and Recreation (2009) as Councilman Milton, Modern Family (2009), Cold Case (2003), and Las...

Worked in showbiz for 58 years (1960 - 2018) He passed 9 November 2018

28. Joseph Campanella

Actor | Mannix

Gaunt, wavy-haired Sicilian-American character actor Joseph Campanella seemed to pop up in just about every second TV series and telemovie of the 1960s and 70s. A tireless veteran of stage and screen, he remained very much in demand well into his eighties. His younger brother Frank was also an ...

Worked in showbiz for 57 years (1952-2009) Passed away 16 May, 2018 at age 93

29. Peter Fonda

Actor | Easy Rider

Peter Henry Fonda was born in New York City, to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw. He is the brother of actress Jane Fonda and the father of actress Bridget Fonda. Fonda made his professional stage debut on Broadway in 1961 in Blood, Sweat and Stanley ...

Worked in showbiz for 57 years (1962 - 2019) He passed away 16 August, 2019 at the age of 79

30. Carol Channing

Actress | Thoroughly Modern Millie

Carol Channing was born January 31, 1921, at Seattle, Washington, the daughter of a prominent newspaper editor, who was very active in the Christian Science movement. She attended high school in San Francisco and later worked as a model in Los Angeles. She attended prestigious Bennington College in...

Worked in showbiz for 56 years (1950-2006) He passed away 15 January 2019 at age 97

31. Mike Connors

Actor | Mannix

He once jokingly described himself as 'a frustrated song-and-dance man' who wound up typecast as a TV crime fighter. Tall, handsome Armenian-American Mike Connors had a minor career in the movies before becoming a star on the small screen as the impeccably dressed macho sleuth Joe Mannix. Towards ...

Worked in showbiz for 55 years (1952-2007) Passed away 26 January, 2017

32. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Worked in showbiz for 54 years (1961 - 2015) Sadly, he passed 29 August 2016

33. John Hurt

Actor | Nineteen Eighty-Four

This transatlantic talent was born John Vincent Hurt on January 22, 1940 in Shirebrook, a coal mining village near the busy market town of Chesterfield, in Derbyshire, England. He is the son of Phyllis (Massey), an engineer and one-time actress, and Arnold Herbert Hurt, an Anglican clergyman and ...

Worked in showbiz for 54 years (1962 - 2016) He passed 27 January 2017

34. Tim Conway

Actor | The Private Eyes

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio, to Sophia (Murgoiu) and Daniel Conway, a pony groomer. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started ...

Worked in showbiz for 53 years (1963 - 2016) He passed away 14 May 2019 at age 85

35. Stan Lee

Producer | Black Panther

Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, who was executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Stan was born in New York City, to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, a dress cutter. His parents were Romanian Jewish immigrants. Lee co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, ...

Worked in showbiz for 52 years (1966-2018) He passed away 12 November 2018 at age 95



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