Stars of Stage and Screen Who Have Committed Suicideby spyott | created - 08 Oct 2016 | updated - 01 Sep 2018 | Public
Actors who have committed suicide
1. Tony Hancock
Actor | The Rebel
Tony Hancock was born in Birmingham, England, the son of John and Lillian Hancock. He was educated at Durlston Court, Swanage, and Bradfield College, Reading. He served in the R.A.F. (ground crew) during the war. In 1942 he was in the R.A.F. Gang Show. He was de-mobbed in 1946. He appeared at the ...
Hancock committed suicide, by overdose, in Sydney, on 25 June 1968. He was found dead in his Bellevue Hill flat with an empty vodka bottle and a scattering of amylo-barbitone tablets.
In one of his suicide notes he wrote: "Things just seemed to go too wrong too many times". His ashes were brought back to England by satirist Willie Rushton, and were buried in St. Dunstan's Church in Cranford, west London.
Spike Milligan commented in 1989: "Very difficult man to get on with. He used to drink excessively. You felt sorry for him. He ended up on his own. I thought, he's got rid of everybody else, he's going to get rid of himself and he did."
Actor | The Rainbow
Colin Tarrant was born on June 14, 1952 in Shirebrook, Derbyshire, England. He was an actor, known for The Rainbow (1988), The Bill: Target (1996) and The Bill (1984). He was married to Valerie Hays. He died on January 26, 2012 in Bristol, England.
Tarrant suffered from depression and died on 26 January 2012 in the Bristol Royal Infirmary from stab wounds self-inflicted at his home in Bristol. Tarrant's death was ruled a suicide by Flax Bourton Coroner's Court.
Actor | The Army Game
Mario Fabrizi was born on June 25, 1924 in Holborn, London, England as Mario Edgio Pantaleone Fabrizi. He was an actor and writer, known for The Army Game (1957), The Running Jumping & Standing Still Film (1959) and Just for Fun (1963). He was married to Katherine Boyce. He died on April 4, ...
Mario Fabrizi died on 4th April, 1963. Cause of death: stress related illness
4. Richard Webb
Actor | Out of the Past
Richard Webb was born on September 9, 1915 in Bloomington, Illinois, USA as John Richard Webb. He was an actor, known for Out of the Past (1947), Captain Midnight (1954) and Star Trek (1966). He was married to Florence Pauline Mendelsohn and Elizabeth Regina Sterns. He died on June 10, 1993 in Van ...
Hindered by a long-term respiratory illness, Webb died of a self-inflicted gunshot in Van Nuys, California.
5. Rick Jason
Actor | Rx for Murder
The only child of a stockbroker and well-to-do mother, Richard Jason described himself as "second-generation nouveau riche" and a born romantic. Friends say he was affable, charming, driven and a real Renaissance man. A good student, popular with classmates and teachers, Jason's hellish behavior ...
Jason died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound one week after the Combat! reunion, on October 16, 2000, in Moorpark, California, where he lived. He left no note. Authorities said the actor was "despondent" over "unspecified personal matters."
Actress | Murder on the Orient Express
Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing...
The coroner documented the cause of death as "swallowing a caustic substance" and, later, "acute barbiturate intoxication." It was ruled a suicide.
Actor | Citizen Kane
Everett Sloane, the actor most known for playing Mr. Bernstein in Orson Welles classic Citizen Kane (1941) as a member of Welles' Mercury Players, was born in New York, New York on October 1, 1909. Sloane was bitten by the acting bug quite early, and first went on-stage when he was seven years old....
Sloane committed suicide by barbiturate overdose at age 55 on August 6, 1965, apparently because he feared he was going blind.
Actor | All About Eve
George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in ...
On 23 April 1972, Sanders checked into a hotel in Castelldefels, a coastal town near Barcelona. He was found dead two days later, having gone into cardiac arrest after swallowing the contents of five bottles of the barbiturate Nembutal. He left behind three suicide notes.
Actor | A Night to Remember
Michael Goodliffe was born on October 1, 1914 in Bebington, Cheshire, England as Lawrence Michael Andrew Goodliffe. He was an actor, known for A Night to Remember (1958), Peeping Tom (1960) and 633 Squadron (1964). He died on March 20, 1976 in Wimbledon, London, England.
Suffering from depression, Goodliffe had a breakdown in 1976 during the period that he was rehearsing for a revival of Equus. He committed suicide a few days later by leaping from a hospital fire escape, while a patient at the Atkinson Morley Hospital in Wimbledon, London.
10. Jon Hall
Actor | Invisible Agent
Handsome, athletic leading man Jon Hall was the son of actor Felix Locher and a Tahitian princess. Hall was married three times, two of which were to entertainers: singer Frances Langford and actress Raquel Torres. His third wife was a psychiatrist. They married in 1969 and lived in Los Angeles ...
While undergoing painful chemotherapy treatments for incurable bladder cancer, Hall's health declined to a point that he found unbearable, and after telling friends that the pain of his illness was overwhelming, he committed suicide December 13, 1979, by gunshot to his head in his bedroom of the home.
11. David Strickland
Actor | Forces of Nature
David Strickland was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, on October 14, 1969. Raised in Princeton, New Jersey, he never thought about an acting career until moving to the LA suburb of Pacific Palisades while in high school. Instead of going to college, he joined a theater company and began ...
After checking into Room 20 of the Oasis Motel in Las Vegas, Strickland consumed several bottles of beer, hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam, and died during the morning hours of March 22, 1999. His body was discovered by a hotel desk clerk. Evidence of drug use was found in his room. The Clark County Coroner concluded that Strickland's body bore the marks of a previous suicide attempt.
12. Jeremy Applegate
Actor | Heathers
Jeremy was born on August 29, 1965 as Paul Boyce. He was named by his sisters after Paul McCartney of the Beatles fame. He changed his name to Jeremy Applegate in 1983.
Suicide by gunshot.
13. Lucy Gordon
Actress | Spider-Man 3
Lucy Gordon was born on May 22, 1980 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England. She was an actress, known for Spider-Man 3 (2007), Serendipity (2001) and The Four Feathers (2002). She died on May 20, 2009 in Paris, Île-de-France, France.
On 20 May 2009, Gordon was found hanging in the Paris flat she shared with cinematographer Jérôme Alméras. A French police official said she appeared to have committed suicide by hanging. She left two suicide notes, one detailing her last wishes regarding her estate, the other a letter for her parents. Her father, Richard Gordon, said a post-mortem examination proved she had died from hanging and that no other marks were found on her body. He said, "There is no question of foul play. Lucy committed suicide."
14. Stanley Adams
Actor | Star Trek
Stocky character actor Stanley Adams had a relatively minor career in motion pictures, with the possible exception of his baby-faced millionaire Rusty Trawler of Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) fame. Otherwise, he played innumerable minor ethnic villains, bartenders and avuncular, fast-talking ...
Adams died in 1977 as the result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at the age of 62.
15. Brian Keith
Actor | The Parent Trap
Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...
During the latter part of his life, Keith suffered from emphysema and lung cancer, despite having quit smoking 10 years earlier. (He had appeared in an endorsement campaign for Camel cigarettes in 1955). On June 24, 1997, he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home at 23449 Malibu Colony Road in Malibu, California, two months after his daughter Daisy committed suicide. It was also reported that he had financial problems and suffered from depression throughout his final days.
16. Freddie Prinze
Actor | Chico and the Man
Freddie Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, and a German immigrant father, Edward Karl Pruetzel. Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite ...
Prinze suffered from depression, which deepened in the weeks following his wife's filing for divorce. On the night of January 28, 1977, after talking on the telephone with his estranged wife, Prinze received a visit from his business manager, Marvin "Dusty" Snyder. With Snyder looking on, Prinze put a gun to his head and shot himself. Prinze was rushed to the UCLA Medical Center to be placed on life support following emergency surgery. His family removed him from life support, and he died at 1 p.m. on January 29.
In 1977, the death was ruled a suicide. In a civil case brought years later, a jury found that his death was accidental. Prinze had a history of playing Russian roulette to frighten his friends for his amusement. However, Prinze had left a note stating that he had decided to take his life.
17. Robin Williams
Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...
On August 11, 2014, Williams committed suicide at his home in Paradise Cay, California at the age of 63. In the initial report released on August 12, the Marin County Sheriff's Office deputy coroner stated Williams had hanged himself with a belt and died from asphyxiation. The final autopsy report, released in November 2014, affirmed that Williams had committed suicide as initially described; neither alcohol nor illegal drugs were involved, while all prescription drugs present in his body were at "therapeutic" levels. The report also noted that Williams had been suffering "a recent increase in paranoia". An examination of his brain tissue revealed the presence of "diffuse Lewy body dementia", which had been misdiagnosed as Parkinson's disease. Describing the disease as "the terrorist inside my husband's brain", his wife Susan Schneider stated that "however you look at it—the presence of Lewy bodies took his life."
18. Daniel Pollock
Actor | Romper Stomper
Daniel Pollock was born on August 24, 1968 in Australia as Daniel John Pollock. He was an actor, known for Romper Stomper (1992), Proof (1991) and Death in Brunswick (1990). He died on April 13, 1992 in Newtown, Sydney, Australia.
On 13 April 1992, Pollock, a known heroin user, took his own life by throwing himself under a train at Newtown railway station, Sydney, prior to the release of Romper Stomper. Pollock was 23 years old. Pollock was buried next to his late grandfather William "Bill" Pollock in Gol Gol, New South Wales, Australia.
19. Trent Lehman
Actor | Gunsmoke
Trent Lehman was born on February 23, 1961 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Trenton Lawson Lehman. He was an actor, known for Gunsmoke (1955), Nanny and the Professor (1970) and The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972). He died on January 18, 1982 in Pacoima, California.
On January 18, 1982, Lehman died after he hanged himself on a chain link fence outside of Vena Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima, California.
20. George Reeves
Actor | Adventures of Superman
George Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, to Helen Roberta (Lescher) and Donald C. Brewer. He was of German, English, and Scottish descent. Reeves was raised in Pasadena, California, and educated at Pasadena Junior College. He was a skilled amateur boxer and musician. He ...
Reeves died of a gunshot wound to the head in the upstairs bedroom at his home in Benedict Canyon between approximately 1:30 and 2:00 a.m. on June 16, 1959, according to the Los Angeles Police Department report. Reeves' death was officially ruled a suicide, based on witness statements, physical evidence at the scene, and the autopsy report. Reeves's mother thought the ruling premature and peremptory, and retained attorney Jerry Giesler to petition for a reinvestigated of the case as a possible murder. The findings of a second autopsy, conducted at Giesler's request, were the same as the first, except for a series of bruises of unknown origin about the head and body. A month later, having uncovered no evidence contradicting the official finding, Giesler announced that he was satisfied that the gunshot wound had been self-inflicted, and withdrew.
21. David Steinberg
Actor | Willow
David first started acting in college stage productions and received his professional training in the theater. Best known for his fine and appealing performance as Warwick Davis's loyal friend Meegosh in the enjoyable epic fantasy adventure "Willow," Steinberg's other film credits include "Love & ...
He died on March 16, 2010, in Valencia, California at the age of 45. The Los Angeles County Coroner determined Steinberg's death to be suicide by hanging.
22. Sammee Tong
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Sammee Tong was born on April 21, 1901 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), General Electric Theater (1953) and Bachelor Father (1957). He died on October 27, 1964 in Palms, California.
On October 27, 1964, Tong was found dead in his Palms, Los Angeles apartment by his close friend, Ben Wong. Tong died of an apparent suicide by barbiturate overdose. Police found an empty bottle of sleeping pills by his body and several notes addressed to his landlady, his attorney and police. In the note addressed to police, he gave no reason why he committed suicide only stating, "I have taken my own life. No one is to blame."
23. Gary Vinson
Actor | The Roaring 20's
Gary Vinson was born on October 22, 1936 in El Segundo, California, USA as Robert Gary Vinson. He was an actor and writer, known for The Roaring 20's (1960), Pistols 'n' Petticoats (1966) and Battlestar Galactica (1978). He was married to Lavonne R. Wuertzer and Paula Jeanne Hill. He died on ...
On October 15, 1984, a week before his 48th birthday, Vinson committed suicide by self-inflicted gunshot in Redondo Beach, California, apparently because of impending legal trouble.
24. Keith Wayne
Actor | Night of the Living Dead
Keith Wayne was born on January 16, 1945 in Washington, Pennsylvania, USA as Ronald Keith Hartman. He was an actor, known for Night of the Living Dead (1968). He died on September 9, 1995 in Cary, North Carolina, USA.
Keith Wayne committed suicide on September 9, 1995, in Cary, North Carolina. His last paper was a work called How to Find Chiropractic Help, Bursitis and Tendinitis, Sternum Noises, Knee and Neck Care; plus the Notice of the Death of Dr. Hartman.
25. Doodles Weaver
Actor | The Birds
Well-remembered at Stanford for his many pranks and practical jokes. Was an occasional guest on Rudy Vallee radio program and Kraft Music Hall in the late 1930s and early 40s. Performed in clubs nationwide. He specialized in manic comic sports narrations, often using his friends' names as ...
On January 17, 1983, Weaver died of two self-inflicted gunshot wounds to the chest. His death was ruled a suicide. Weaver's son later said that his father had been despondent over his failing health. His funeral was held on January 22 at Forest Lawn mortuary in the Hollywood Hills. He was buried in Avalon Cemetery in Santa Catalina Island, California.
26. Grant Withers
Actor | Fort Apache
Appeared in over 200 films. He had worked as a salesman and newspaper reporter before breaking into movies near the end of the silent era. Tall and tough, his starring roles in major pictures soon gave way to supporting parts, mainly as a villain, in B movies and serials. His elopement to Yuma, ...
With failing health, Withers committed suicide by overdosing on barbiturates on March 27, 1959. Withers left a suicide note that read, "Please forgive me, my family. I was so unhappy. It's better this way." He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.
27. Tom Graeff
Director | Teenagers from Outer Space
Tom Graeff was born on September 12, 1929 in Ray, Arizona, USA as Thomas Lockyear Graeff. He was an editor and director, known for Teenagers from Outer Space (1959), The Noble Experiment (1955) and Toast to Our Brother (1951). He died on December 19, 1970 in San Diego, California, USA.
Unable to find work in his later years, Graeff moved to La Mesa, California, near San Diego. He committed suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning in his garage on December 19, 1970, at age 41.
28. Spalding Gray
Actor | Kate & Leopold
Spalding Gray was born on June 5, 1941 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Spalding Rockwell Gray. He was an actor and writer, known for Kate & Leopold (2001), Swimming to Cambodia (1987) and The Paper (1994). He was married to Kathleen Russo and Renée Shafransky. He died on January 10, 2004 in...
Gray died in New York City of an apparent suicide in 2004. It is believed that Gray jumped off the side of the Staten Island Ferry. In light of a suicide attempt in 2002, and that his mother had killed herself in 1967, suicide was suspected.
29. Bekim Fehmiu
Actor | Protest
Bekim Fehmiu was born on June 1, 1936 in Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Yugoslavia. He was an actor, known for Protest (1967), The Adventurers (1970) and Cagliostro (1975). He was married to Branka Petric. He died on June 15, 2010 in Belgrade, Serbia.
Fehmiu was found dead on 15 June 2010 in his apartment in Belgrade. Initial reports stated he committed suicide. Interior Minister Ivica Dačić said Fehmiu was found shot in his apartment and the gun was registered in Fehmiu's name.
30. Anthony Holland
Actor | All That Jazz
Anthony Holland was born on March 3, 1928 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for All That Jazz (1979), The Lonely Lady (1983) and Midnight Cowboy (1969). He died on July 9, 1988 in New York City, New York.
Holland committed suicide in 1988. He had been ill with HIV/AIDS.
31. Paul Hurst
Actor | Gone with the Wind
American character actor of prodigious output who also directed and wrote silent films, Paul Hurst spent much of his early work in low-budget western. A native of Traver, California (in the San Joaquin Valley), Hurst had a first-hand knowledge of Western lore, growing up surrounded by the ...
Hurst was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 1952, and committed suicide in February 1953. He is buried in Reedley Cemetery in Reedley, California.
32. Alan Lake
Actor | Freelance
Alan Lake was born on November 24, 1940 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England. He was an actor, known for Freelance (1971), The Growing Summer (1968) and The Avengers (1961). He was married to Diana Dors. He died on October 10, 1984 in Sunningdale, Berkshire, England.
On 10 October 1984, after taking his and his wife, Diana Dors' son, to the railway station, he returned to their Sunningdale home and committed suicide by shooting himself in the head in their son's bedroom, five months after Dors's death from cancer and sixteen years to the day since they had first met. He was 43.
33. Rod Lauren
Actor | The Crawling Hand
Rod Lauren was born Roger Lawrence Strunk in Fresno, California, on March 20, 1940. He moved with his parents to Tracy, California, when he was three. Father Larry Strunk was a schoolteacher who subsequently found work as a switchman for the Southern Pacific Railroad; his mother was also a teacher ...
On July 11, 2007, Lauren committed suicide by jumping from a second-floor balcony of the Tracy Inn in Tracy, California, where he had been staying for the previous three days.
34. Albert Salmi
Actor | The Brothers Karamazov
Albert Salmi was born on March 11, 1927, in Brooklyn, New York, to Finnish parents. After serving in the Army during WWII, he used the GI Bill to study at the Dramatic Workshop of the American Theater Wing and the prestigious Actors Studio. He became a stage actor, very soon landing on Broadway, ...
On April 23, 1990, Salmi and his estranged wife Roberta were found dead in their Spokane home. According to police, Salmi, who was suffering from severe clinical depression, fatally shot his wife in the kitchen of their home on the morning of April 22. Salmi then shot himself later that day in the den.
Actor | The Straight Story
An American stuntman who, after more than 30 years in the business, moved into acting and became an acclaimed and respected character actor, Richard Farnsworth was a native of Los Angeles. He grew up around horses and as a teenager was offered an opportunity to ride in films. He appeared in ...
On October 6, 2000, after a long battle with metastatic prostate cancer, Farnsworth committed suicide by shooting himself at his ranch.
36. Ed Flanders
Actor | St. Elsewhere
Ed Flanders was born on December 29, 1934 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Edward Paul Flanders. He was an actor, known for St. Elsewhere (1982), The Ninth Configuration (1980) and Harry S. Truman: Plain Speaking (1976). He was married to Cody Lambert, Ellen Geer and Bennye Kelly. He died on ...
After battling four divorces, a chronic back injury from a 1989 automobile accident, and a lifelong battle with depression, Flanders died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on February 22, 1995 in Denny, California at the age of 60. He left behind three sons and a daughter. No suicide note was found.
37. Gig Young
Actor | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?
Gig Young was born Byron Barr to parents John and Emma Barr in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, DC, where he developed a passion for theatre while appearing in high school plays. After gaining some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Southern ...
On September 27, 1978, Young, age 64, married his fifth wife, a 31-year-old German magazine editor named Kim Schmidt. He met Schmidt in Hong Kong while working on Game of Death. On October 19, 1978, three weeks after his marriage to Schmidt, the couple was found dead at home in their Manhattan apartment. Police theorized that Young shot his wife and then turned the gun on himself. A motive for the murder-suicide was never made clear.
38. Pete Duel
Actor | Alias Smith and Jones
Born on 24 February 1940 in Rochester, New York, Pete Duel moved to West Hollywood in 1963 following a tour with the National Road Company's "Take Her, She's Mine". After landing small guest spots on various TV series, Pete was cast in a recurring role alongside Sally Field on Gidget (1965) in 1965...
In the early hours of December 31, 1971, Duel died at his Hollywood Hills home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Duel's girlfriend, Dianne Ray, was at his home at the time of his death and discovered his body. Ray later told police the two had watched Duel's series Alias Smith and Jones the previous evening. She later went to sleep in another room while Duel stayed up. Sometime after midnight, Duel entered the bedroom, retrieved his revolver and told Ray "I'll see you later." Ray then said she heard a gunshot from another room and discovered Duel's body. According to police, Duel's friends and family said he was depressed about his drinking problem. He had been arrested and pleaded guilty to a DUI accident that injured two people the previous June. Duel's death was later ruled a suicide.
39. Michael Gilden
Michael Gilden was born on September 22, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Pulp Fiction (1994) and Southland Tales (2006). He was married to Meredith Eaton and Elena Bertagnolli. He died on December 5, 2006 in Los ...
Gilden committed suicide on December 5, 2006, hanging himself in his Los Angeles home. He was 44.
40. David Rappaport
Actor | Time Bandits
British actor David Rappaport earned more roles and respect than most guys his size (or any size for that matter) who attempted a professional acting career. Born with the genetic condition dwarfism (he was 3' 11"), he was often typecast in bizarre, sometimes silly and demeaning roles; but, like ...
Rappaport struggled with depression later in his life. Just before his death, he had been cast and began filming for the role of Kivas Fajo in the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Most Toys". During filming, Rappaport attempted suicide, and the scenes he had completed were later discarded when actor Saul Rubinek was hurriedly brought in by producers to replace him and complete the episode. The scenes of Rappaport as Kivas Fajo were included on the Season 3 Blu-ray Disc release of Star Trek: The Next Generation. On 2 May 1990, he committed suicide by shooting himself in the chest in Laurel Canyon Park in the San Fernando Valley in California.
41. Keith Andes
Actor | Tora! Tora! Tora!
1950s and 60s second lead actor Keith Andes fits into the strappingly handsome and virile mold that encompassed the likes of George Nader, Guy Madison, and Jeffrey Hunter. Although he may not be as well remembered as the aforementioned, he managed to maintain a reliable career on radio (from age 12...
Andes was found dead at the age of eighty-five at his home in Newhall, Santa Clarita, California. He had been suffering from bladder cancer and other ailments and committed suicide by asphyxiation, according to a report from the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office.
42. David Arkin
Actor | MASH
David Arkin was born on December 24, 1941 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as David George Arkin. He was an actor, known for MASH (1970), All the President's Men (1976) and Popeye (1980). He was married to Anne E. Curry, Deborah Lee Lubin and Lynn C. Gillham. He died on January 14, 1991 in ...
On January 14, 1991 he committed suicide in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49.
43. Todd Armstrong
Actor | Jason and the Argonauts
Todd Armstrong was born on July 25, 1937 in Missouri, USA as John Harris Armstrong. He was an actor, known for Jason and the Argonauts (1963), Icebound in the Antarctic (1983) and Iron Horse (1966). He died on November 17, 1992 in Butte, California, USA.
In 1992, because of the depression he suffered, Armstrong committed suicide by gunshot on 17 November, aged 55.
44. Don 'Red' Barry
Actor | Jesse James' Women
Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this ...
On July 17, 1980, Barry died by suicide after a domestic dispute. He was estranged from his second wife, Barbara at the time—with whom he had two daughters.
45. John Berg
Actor | Star Trek: Nemesis
John was born in Wichita Falls, Texas on April 5, 1949 to parents Dr. Owen C. Berg and Evelyn van Emden Berg. John graduated from Wichita Falls High School in 1967. John attended the University of Chicago, Tulane University and the school of life.
During his life, John had a diverse career path - ...
Berg committed suicide in his home by turning on a hibachi grill in his bedroom and succumbing to its carbon monoxide fumes. He was 58 years old.
46. Barry Brown
Actor | Bad Company
Barry Brown was born on April 19, 1951 in San Jose, California, USA as Donald Barry Brown. He was an actor, known for Bad Company (1972), Piranha (1978) and Daisy Miller (1974). He died on June 27, 1978 in Silver Lake, California.
Brown committed suicide at his home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California in June 1978.
47. John Costelloe
Actor | Die Hard 2
John Costelloe was born on November 8, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Die Hard 2 (1990), Black Rain (1989) and Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993). He died on December 18, 2008 in Brooklyn.
Costelloe, a former NYFD firefighter, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on December 16, 2008, at the age of 47. His body was found two days later at his home in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Friends and family were surprised by his death, and at a loss for answers about its cause.
48. Brad Davis
Actor | Midnight Express
Born in Florida in 1949, Brad Davis moved to Georgia after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. From there, he moved to New York City, twice, to find work. By the early 1970s Davis was acting in off-Broadway plays while studying acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage ...
Diagnosed with HIV in 1985, Davis kept his condition a secret until shortly before his death at age 41, on September 8, 1991, in Los Angeles. It was revealed in a book proposal that Davis had written before his death that he had to keep his medical condition a secret in order to be able to continue to work and support his family. Although the announcement said he died of AIDS, he actually died of an intentional drug overdose. Near death and in severe pain in a hospital, he opted to end his life on his own terms. With his wife and a family friend present, he committed assisted suicide.
49. Frank Wolff
Actor | Il grande silenzio
Frank Wolff started his career by acting in several Roger Corman films. However, Wolff had to travel to Europe to be successful. He was finally able to become a well known actor in Italy and Europe with his performance in Salvatore Giuliano (1962) and had roles in many European film productions. ...
Frank Wolff committed suicide in his Rome hotel room at the age of 43. His final two Italian-made films, Milan Caliber 9 and When Women Lost Their Tails were released posthumously in 1972. His voice in Milan Caliber 9 was dubbed in by his frequent co-star and roommate at the time of his death Michael Forest.
50. Kim Winona
Actress | Brave Eagle
A full blooded Sioux Indian, Kim spent her childhood on the rosebud reservation in South Dakota. When she was 17, she and her parents moved to Spokane, Wash. where she met her husband who was also of Indian extraction. At this time she had no theatrical aspirations. Soon after her marriage they ...
Winona died in June 1978 at the age of 47, reportedly at her own hand.
51. Deborah Weems
Actress | Between the Lines
Deborah Weems was born on February 1, 1950 in Houston, Texas, USA as Deborah Booth Weems. She was an actress, known for Between the Lines (1977), Captain Kangaroo (1955) and The Mike Douglas Show (1961). She died on February 22, 1978 in New York City, New York, USA.
Weems is believed to have suffered from anorexia and depression, shortly before her death, Weems was admitted to a residential treatment facility (The Country Place) in Connecticut. On February 22, 1978 Debbie Weems left the treatment facility with an attendant to go to her apartment in New York to retrieve things of a personal nature. Weems is believed to have jumped from a 16th story window; her death has been considered a suicide.
Actress | Is My Face Red?
Helen Twelvetrees was born Helen Marie Jurgens in Brooklyn, New York on December 25, 1908. Her interest in the theatricals was apparent at an early age. After graduating from high school. Helen embarked on a stage career. She participated in a number of plays in New York City, but gravitated toward...
On February 13, 1958, Twelvetrees was found unconscious on the floor of her living room at her home in Middletown, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Harrisburg. She was taken to Olmstead Air Force Base Hospital in Middletown where she died. According to the county coroner, Twelvetrees had been suffering from a kidney ailment for some time and took an overdose of sedatives. Her death was ruled a suicide.
Actress | Killer Fish
Born in Portland, Oregon, she grew up in on a farm in Ketchum, Idaho. But dad was Jack Hemingway, son of the Nobel prize winning author Ernest Hemingway and, with that heritage, fame was almost foreordained. By the time she was 21, after the lead in the rape melodrama Lipstick (1976), she had a ...
On July 1, 1996, one day before the 35th anniversary of her grandfather's own suicide, Hemingway was found dead in her studio apartment in Santa Monica. Though her body was found reportedly badly decomposed on July 1, the official autopsy and California death records list it as her date of death. She had taken an overdose of phenobarbital, according to the Los Angeles County coroner's toxicology report one month later, though her family had difficulty accepting the fact of her suicide.
54. Joyce Jameson
Actress | The Outlaw Josey Wales
Well-endowed, attractive Joyce Jameson was typecast as 'broads', 'dames' and dizzy blondes - somewhat in the vein of Barbara Nichols. In real life, she was said to have been the antithesis of her screen personae, a graduate in theatre arts from UCLA, highly intelligent and well-read. Joyce began ...
On January 16, 1987, Jameson committed suicide by overdosing on pills at the age of 54.
55. Carole Landis
Actress | I Wake Up Screaming
Carole Landis was born on New Year's Day in 1919 in Fairchild, Wisconsin, as Frances Lillian Mary Ridste. Her father, a railroad mechanic, was of Norwegian descent and her mother was Polish. Her father walked out, leaving Carole, her mother and an older brother and sister to fend for themselves.
Landis entered into a romance with actor Rex Harrison, who was then married to actress Lilli Palmer. The affair became an open secret in Hollywood. Landis was reportedly crushed when Harrison refused to divorce his wife for her; unable to cope any longer, she committed suicide in her Pacific Palisades home at 1465 Capri Drive by taking an overdose of Seconal. Harrison was the last person to see her alive, having had dinner with Landis the night before she committed suicide.
The next afternoon, Harrison and the maid discovered her on the bathroom floor. Harrison waited several hours before he called a doctor and the police. According to some sources, Landis left two suicide notes, one for her mother and the second for Harrison who instructed his lawyers to destroy it. During a coroner's inquest, Harrison denied knowing any motive for her suicide and told the coroner he did not know of the existence of a second suicide note. Landis' official web site, which is owned by her family, has questioned the events of Landis' death and the coroner's ruling of suicide. She is interred in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California in plot 814 of the "Everlasting Love" section. Among the celebrities at her funeral were Cesar Romero, Van Johnson, and Pat O'Brien. Harrison attended with his wife.
56. Nora Lane
Actress | The Western Code
Nora Bennett Schilling was born in Chester, Illinois. She grew up and went to school near St. Louis. After modeling for a time, she went to visit a friend in California and was noticed by someone in the film industry. She successfully passed her screen test and began playing small parts in silent ...
Nora Lane shot herself dead one month after her husband died from a heart attack.
57. Eve Miller
Actress | There's No Business Like Show Business
Eve Miller was born on August 8, 1923 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Eve Turner. She was an actress, known for There's No Business Like Show Business (1954), The Big Trees (1952) and Buckaroo from Powder River (1947). She died on August 17, 1973 in Van Nuys, California.
On August 17, 1973, nine days after her 50th birthday, Miller committed suicide in Van Nuys, California.
58. Ona Munson
Actress | Gone with the Wind
Ona Munson was born Owena Elizabeth Wolcott on June 16, 1903 in Portland, Oregon. She took singing and dancing lessons when she was a child. At the age of fourteen, Ona moved to New York City with her mother. She began her career performing in vaudeville. In 1919 she made her Broadway debut in ...
In 1955, plagued by ill health, she committed suicide at the age of 51 with an overdose of barbiturates in her apartment in New York. A note found next to her deathbed read, "This is the only way I know to be free again...Please don't follow me."
59. Jean Seberg
Actress | À bout de souffle
Jean Dorothy Seberg was born in Marshalltown, Iowa, to Dorothy Arline (Benson), a substitute teacher, and Edward Waldemar Seberg, a pharmacist. Her father was of Swedish descent and her mother was of English and German ancestry.
One month before her eighteenth birthday, Jean landed the title role in ...
On the night of August 30, 1979, Seberg mysteriously disappeared. Her partner Ahmed Hasni told police that they had gone to a movie that night and when he awoke the next morning, Seberg was gone. After Seberg went missing, Hasni told police that he had known she was suicidal for some time. He claimed that she had attempted suicide in July 1979 by jumping in front of a Paris subway train.
On September 8, nine days after her disappearance, her decomposing body was found wrapped in a blanket in the back seat of her Renault, parked close to her Paris apartment in the 16th arrondissement. Police found a bottle of barbiturates, an empty mineral water bottle and a note written in French from Seberg addressed to her son. It read, in part, "Forgive me. I can no longer live with my nerves." Her death was ruled a suicide by the police.
60. Robin Stille
Actress | The Slumber Party Massacre
Tall, lovely and spirited actress Robin Rochelle Stille was born on November 24, 1961 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her parents were Jere Stille and Sarah Bridge. Stille had two sisters and one brother. She moved with her family to Los Angeles, California. Robin graduated from Garden Grove High ...
Stille was supposedly led to commit suicide in Burbank, California in 1996 at the age of 34, after film roles eventually became hard to come by, in addition to her drinking.
61. Barbara Bates
Actress | All About Eve
The lovely Barbara Bates, a demure but very troubled young spirit, began her career at age 19. Groomed in obscure starlet bits, it wasn't until Warner Bros. signed her up in 1947 and perpetuated an appealing girl-next-door image that things started happening for her.
She was born Barbara Jane Bates,...
In January 1967, Bates' husband Cecil Coan died of cancer. Devastated by his death, Bates' depression worsened and she again became suicidal. Later that year, she returned to Denver and fell out of public view. For a time, Bates worked as a secretary, as a dental assistant, and as a hospital aide. In December 1968 she married for the second time: to a childhood friend, sportscaster William Reed. Despite her new marriage and location, Bates remained increasingly despondent and depressed. On March 18, 1969, just months after her marriage to Reed, Barbara Bates committed suicide in her mother's garage by carbon monoxide poisoning. She was 43 years old.
62. Andrea Feldman
Actress | Heat
Andrea Feldman was a performer in several of Andy Warhol's films, most prominently in the film "Heat" as Sylvia Miles's daughter. She was notable for her screechy voice and hysterical performance style, and she often played out-of-control characters unable to cope with their circumstances.
In August 1972, several days after returning from Europe, Feldman summoned several ex-boyfriends, including poet Jim Carroll, to the New York City apartment of her parents to witness what she called her "final starring role". "She left a note that said, “I’m headed for the big time. I’m on my way up there with James Dean and Marilyn Monroe.”" Holding a Bible in one hand and a crucifix in the other, Feldman jumped from the fourteenth floor of 51 Fifth Avenue.
63. Brenda Benet
Actress | Walking Tall
Brenda Benet, born Brenda Ann Nelson in Los Angeles, California, on August 14, 1945, was a classic example of the modern-day Hollywood tragedy. As a television actress with good dramatic scope, she managed to piece together a wide and impressive portfolio of guest shots in a career spanning just ...
Benet experienced her most personal challenge occurred when her son Christopher died in 1981. While on a skiing vacation, he experienced a sudden illness and went into cardiac arrest after doctors attempted to insert a breathing tube. Benet was devastated by her son's death and sank into a severe depression. On April 7, 1982, she took her own life by a self-inflicted gunshot wound. She was 36.
64. Laurie Bird
Actress | Two-Lane Blacktop
Laurie Bird was a cute and charming actress who appeared in only three pictures during her regrettably short-lived career. Bird was born on September 26, 1953 in Long Island, New York. Laurie was working as a model when she was chosen by director Monte Hellman, from nearly 500 women, to portray "...
In 1979 Bird committed suicide by taking an overdose of Valium in the apartment she shared with singer Art Garfunkel in New York. At Bird's funeral, her father revealed that her mother's death, previously reported as being from ovarian cancer, was also a suicide.
65. Clara Blandick
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
Clara Blandick was an American actress born as Clara Dickey and born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in 118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. She began her film career...
Throughout the 1950s, Blandick's health steadily began to fail. She started going blind and began suffering from severe arthritis. On April 15, 1962, she returned home from Palm Sunday services at her church. Her residence was 1735 North Wilcox Avenue, Los Angeles, California. She began rearranging her room, placing her favorite photos and memorabilia in prominent places. She laid out her resume and a collection of press clippings from her lengthy career. She dressed immaculately, in an elegant royal blue dressing gown. Then, with her hair properly styled, she took an overdose of sleeping pills. She lay down on a couch, covered herself with a gold blanket over her shoulders, and tied a plastic bag over her head. Blandick left the following note: “I am now about to make the great adventure. I cannot endure this agonizing pain any longer. It is all over my body. Neither can I face the impending blindness. I pray the Lord my soul to take. Amen.” Her landlady, Helen Mason, found her body Sunday morning.
66. Bella Darvi
Actress | The Egyptian
Bella Darvi became a 50s symbol for one of the many movie "Cinderellas" whose bright and beautiful Hollywood fairy tale would come crashing down, ending in bitterness and tragedy. A self-destructive brunette beauty, her life was full of misfortune. Of Polish/French descent, she miraculously ...
Darvi committed suicide, after several failed attempts, in Monte Carlo by gas. Her body remained undiscovered for more than a week.
67. Lois Hamilton
Actress | The Cannonball Run
Lois Hamilton (Areno) personified a new wave of actresses who built careers on both beauty and brains. Lois attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvannia, and the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. As a top Ford model in the ...
On December 23, 1999, Hamilton locked herself in her hotel room at the Sheraton Hotel in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Apparently depressed over her lingering injuries from an auto accident earlier in the year, she took a fatal overdose of sleeping pills. She was 47 years old.
Actress | A Patch of Blue
This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially-charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). ...
Throughout much of her life, Hartman suffered from depression. In her later years, her mental health continued to decline and she moved to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to be closer to her family. In 1984, she divorced her husband, screenwriter Gill Dennis, after a five-year separation. In the last few years of her life, she gave up acting altogether and worked at a museum in Pittsburgh while receiving treatment for her condition at an outpatient clinic. On June 10, 1987, Hartman committed suicide by jumping from the window of her fifth floor apartment. Earlier that morning, she had reportedly called her psychiatrist saying that she felt despondent.
69. Hooper Atchley
Actor | Arizona Terror
Hooper Atchley was born on April 30, 1887 in Ebenezer, Tennessee, USA as Lemuel Hooper Atchley. He was an actor, known for Arizona Terror (1931), The Return of Jimmy Valentine (1936) and The Three Musketeers (1933). He was married to Violet Yahar. He died on November 16, 1943 in Hollywood, Los ...
Atchley shot himself on November 17, 1943, aged 56, in Hollywood.
70. Maruja Montes
Actress | Estrellas de Buenos Aires
Maruja Montes was born on March 24, 1930 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She was an actress, known for Estrellas de Buenos Aires (1956), La potranca (1960) and The Corsican Brothers (1955). She was married to Césari, Mario. She died on June 11, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Montesinos died on June 11, 1993 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Cause of death: suicide.
Actor | Los chicos crecen
Arturo García Buhr was born on December 16, 1905 in Dolores, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor and director, known for The Kids Grow Up (1942), Mi mujer, la sueca y yo (1967) and ¿Vendrás a media noche? (1950). He was married to Aída Olivier. He died on October 4, 1995 in ...
Bohr died on October 4, 1995 in Buenos Aires. Cause of death: suicide.
72. Osvaldo Guidi
Actor | Amor latino
Osvaldo Guidi was born on March 10, 1964 in Máximo Paz, Santa Fe, Argentina as Osvaldo Oreste Guidi. He was an actor, known for Latin Love (2000), Wild Angel (1998) and Forever Julia (2003). He died on October 17, 2011 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Guidi committed suicide by hanging.
73. Gianni Lunadei
Actor | Pinocho
Gianni Lunadei was born on May 1, 1938 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor, known for Pinocho (1986), La clínica del Dr. Cureta (1987) and Plata dulce (1982). He was married to Perla Caron. He died on June 17, 1998 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Lunadei's often manic on-screen persona belied his struggle with clinical depression. Separated from his wife, he began a relationship with television actress Perla Caron in 1993, and in 1997 moved to her Belgrano home. He continued to work despite his worsening condition, and had memorable roles such as in the mystery mini-series Archivo negro (Black File), for which he was nominated for a Martín Fierro Award in 1997, and in the film-noir El inquietante caso de José Blum (The Troubling Case of José Blum). Alone in Perla Caron's home, he shot himself with a .32 caliber pistol on June 17, 1998.
74. Ludwig Hirsch
Ludwig Hirsch was born on February 28, 1946 in Weinberg, Styria, Austria as Ludwig Gustav Hirsch. He was an actor, known for Die Abenteuer des braven Soldaten Schwejk (1972), Hiob (1978) and Initiation (2009). He was married to Cornelia Köndgen. He died on November 24, 2011 in Vienna, Austria.
On November 24, 2011 Hirsch committed suicide, by jumping from a window at Wilhelminenspital, a major hospital in Vienna. He was 65.
75. Walter Slezak
Actor | Born to Kill
Tall, portly Viennese character actor Walter Slezak simultaneously pursued two different careers after his arrival in America in 1930: one, as a star of musical comedy on the stage, and another, as a portrayer of villains, impish rogues or pompous buffoons on screen.
Walter was born in May 1902 in ...
On April 21, 1983, Slezak died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was reportedly despondent over his advanced physical illness.
76. Hugh O'Connor
Actor | In the Heat of the Night
Hugh was born in Rome, Italy, and adopted by actor Carroll O'Connor and his wife, Nancy. At the age of 16, Hugh was diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease, but conquered it with the help of chemotherapy. It was around this time that Hugh started taking drugs. He worked as a courier on the set of his ...
On March 28, 1995, the third anniversary of his marriage, O'Connor called his father to tell him he was going to end his life. He told his father he believed he could not beat the drugs and could not face another drug rehabilitation program. Carroll called the police, who arrived at Hugh's Pacific Palisades, California home just as he shot himself in the head. The police later determined he had cocaine in his blood.
77. Ross Alexander
Actor | Captain Blood
The tragically brief life of fresh-faced, boyishly handsome Ross Alexander, who seemed to have everything going for him, plays these days like a bad Hollywood movie. Alexander was a charming, highly engaging young actor whose pleasant voice and breezy personality aided greatly in his transition ...
With his professional and personal lives in disarray and deeply in debt, Alexander shot himself in the head in the barn behind his home. It has been reported that Alexander used the same gun his wife Aleta Freel shot herself with 13 months earlier. Other sources, however, claim that, while both used .22 caliber bullets, Ross used a pistol, while Aleta used a rifle. His final film, Ready, Willing and Able, was released posthumously.
78. Chet Allen
Actor | Amahl and the Night Visitors
Perhaps best remembered as TV's first Amahl in Gian Carlo Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors (1951), Chet Allen was also a member of the famous Columbus Boychoir (now the American Boychoir) during that period. Although he made a few other notable appearances over the years, most notably in the ...
Allen failed to make the transition into adult acting and was frequently admitted to psychiatric hospitals because of recurring depression. In 1984, at the age of forty-five, Allen committed suicide by taking five times the fatal dosage of a prescription anti-depressant.
Actress | Under ytan
Johanna Sällström was born on December 30, 1974 in Stockholm, Sweden. In 1997 she won the award Guldbaggen for best female leading role in the movie Beneath the Surface (1997), which became her big breakthrough. Getting tired off all the interest around herself she moved to Denmark where she worked...
Sällström was found dead in her Malmö home, from an overdose of sleeping pills, shortly before midnight on 13 February 2007. She had recently been released from a psychiatric unit where she had been receiving treatment for depression. Her lifelong struggle with depression was exacerbated by her experience in Thailand. In 2004, Sällström and her young daughter, Talulah, had experienced the tsunami while vacationing there. In a 2006 interview with the editor of the magazine Tove, she said, "I always thought I would be dead by the age of 30."
Actor | Topaz
Per-Axel Arosenius was born on November 7, 1920 in Norberg, Västmanlands län, Sweden as Per Axel Daniel Rank Arosenius. He was an actor, known for Topaz (1969), Selambs (1979) and Thriller: A Cruel Picture (1973). He died on March 21, 1981 in Nacka, Stockholms län, Sweden.
After a dispute with the Swedish taxation authorities, Arosenius protested by setting himself on fire outside their office in Nacka. He died, age 60, in the ambulance on the way to the hospital.
Director | Searching for Sugar Man
Malik Bendjelloul, born in Sweden, performed in Swedish TV-series "Ebba och Didrik" as a child in the nineties and later in life studied Journalism and media-production at the Linnaeus University of Kalmar. He has produced several musical documentaries for Swedish Television (SVT) where he also ...
Malik Bendjelloul committed suicide on 13 May 2014 after struggling with depression, as reported by his brother Johar.
82. Micke Dubois
Actor | Angne & Svullo
Micke Dubois was born on February 25, 1959 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Mats Mikael Dubois. He was an actor and writer, known for Angne & Svullo (1988), Lilla Jönssonligan och cornflakeskuppen (1996) and Lilla Jönssonligan på styva linan (1997). He was married to ...
In 2005, Dubous committed suicide by hanging himself in his cellar. He is survived by his wife Gitte Nilsson and their three children.
83. Emil Forselius
Actor | Tic Tac
Emil Forselius was born on November 23, 1974 in Västervik, Kalmar län, Sweden. He was an actor, known for Tic Tac (1997), Naken (2000) and Belinder Auctions (2003). He died on March 2, 2010 in Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden.
Emil Forselius was found dead in his apartment in Stockholm on 2 March 2010. The cause of death was suicide. He had left a farewell letter. Forselius had suffered from severe depression for some time.
84. Ernst Rolf
Soundtrack | Jazzgossen
Ernst Rolf was born on January 20, 1891 in Falun, Dalarnas län, Sweden as Ernst Rolf Ragnar Johanson. He was married to Tutta Rolf. He died on December 31, 1932 in Stockholm, Sweden.
In spite of his success, personal and financial problems became overwhelming, and in 1932 Rolf attempted to drown himself. He survived the incident but contracted pneumonia, which proved fatal.
85. Håkan Serner
Actor | Mannen på taket
Håkan Serner was born in Malmö, Sweden in 1933. His father was a secundary school teatcher, his mother was a pharmacist. When Serner was six years old his family moved to Stockholm. After finishing school, Serner attended the dramatic school "Terserus teaterskola", and 1960, when the City Theater ...
Serner committed suicide on 25 October 1984.
86. Mirko Ellis
Mirko Ellis was born on September 4, 1923 in Locarno, Switzerland as Mirko Loy Dona Alessandro Korcinsky. He was an actor, known for Buffalo Bill (1965), The Ten Gladiators (1963) and Revolt of the Praetorians (1964). He was married to Ester Masing. He died on September 11, 2014 in Alghero, ...
On 11 September 2014, Ellis fell from the balcony of his fourth-floor apartment and died. Police believe his death was a suicide.
87. Max Haufler
Director | Menschen, die vorüberziehen
Max Haufler (1910-1965), who was not only one of the most famous Swiss actors, but also the first Swiss actor to be engaged in Hollywood, was born in Basel and originally trained as a painter. From 1936, he performed as an actor on stage and in film and gave already in 1938 his directorial debut ...
Haufler, who directed 9 feature-length movies between 1937 and 1950, tried for almost ten years in vain to raise the money for his autobiographical movie "Der Stumme", based on the novel by Swiss author Otto F. Walter. He became overwhelmed by this failure and, after having been left by his second wife, Haufler hung himself up in his small apartment at Neptunstrasse in Zurich.
88. Michèle Girardon
Actress | Hatari!
This stunning, fragile starlet was born Henriette Michèle Leone Girardon in Lyon in August 1938. Having completed her acting studies at the local conservatoire she won a competition as "the most photogenic girl in France" by the age of twenty. Photo shoots followed and a minor career as a model ...
By 1971, Girardon's acting career was essentially over, and after finally obtaining his divorce in 1972, de Villalonga ended their relationship in order to marry another woman. Girardon never married or had children and became increasingly despondent. She committed suicide via an overdose of sleeping pills at the age of 36 in Lyon on March 25, 1975.
89. Christine Pascal
Writer | Le petit prince a dit
Christine Pascal was born on November 29, 1953 in Lyon, Rhône, France. She was an actress and writer, known for And the Little Prince Said (1992), Félicité (1979) and Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975). She was married to Robert Boner. She died on August 30, 1996 in Garches, Hauts-de-Seine,...
Pascal had contemplated suicide at various times in her life, and Félicité, the first film she directed, opens with a suicide scene. In 1984, when asked how she would like to die, she reputedly said, "En me suicidant, le moment venu." ("By killing myself, when the time comes.")
In 1996, while staying in a psychiatric hospital in the Paris suburb of Garches, Pascal committed suicide by throwing herself out of a window. She is buried in Cimetière du Père Lachaise in Paris. In 2003, the psychiatrist whose care Pascal was under was sentenced to one year in prison for failing to take appropriate action to prevent her suicide.
Actress | Cauchemar
Marie-Georges Pascal was born on October 2, 1946 in Cambrai, France as Marie-Georges Faisy. She was an actress, known for Nightmare (1980), Flics de choc (1983) and Good Little Girls (1971). She died on November 9, 1985 in Paris, France.
Marie-Georges Pascal died in Paris at the age of 39. The apparent cause of her death was suicide.
91. Jola Jobst
Actress | Die Fledermaus
Jola Jobst was born on November 25, 1915. She was an actress, known for Die Fledermaus (1937), Model Husband (1937) and The Fight with the Dragon (1935). She was married to Wolfgang Kieling. She died in October 1952.
Jolla Jobst died in October, 1952. Cause of death: suicide.
92. Dorrit Weixler
Actress | Das rosa Pantöffelchen
Dorrit Weixler was born on March 27, 1892 in Berlin, Germany. She was an actress, known for Das rosa Pantöffelchen (1913), Todesrauschen (1914) and Dorrits Eheglück (1916). She died on November 30, 1916 in Berlin.
Following health problems, Weixler was given morphine, to which she became addicted. She was placed in a sanatorium in Berlin for rest and recovery. On 30 November 1916, aged 24, she committed suicide by hanging herself.
93. Dorian Gray
Actress | Le notti di Cabiria
Dorian Gray was born on February 2, 1928 in Bolzano, Trentino-Alto Adige, Italy as Maria Luisa Mangini. She was an actress, known for The Nights of Cabiria (1957), Toto, Peppino, and the Hussy (1956) and Mogli pericolose (1958). She died on February 16, 2011 in Torcegno, Trentino-Alto Adige.
On February 15, 2011, Gray committed suicide by gunshot at her home in Torcegno. She was 83 years old; some media, however, reported her age as 75, since she herself claimed to have been born in 1936.
94. Pina Pellicer
Actress | One-Eyed Jacks
Pina Pellicer was, and still is, one of the most beloved Mexican actresses of all time. She set a standard for realism in a time when "melodrama" and "artificial" acting still ran rampant. She was best known for her groundbreaking performance in One-Eyed Jacks (1961) with Marlon Brando. She is ...
Pellicer committed suicide on December 4, 1964, aged 30. The presumed cause was depression.
95. Angela Scoular
Actress | On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Angela Scoular was born on November 8, 1945 in London, England as Angela Margaret Scoular. She was an actress, known for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), Casino Royale (1967) and Great Catherine (1968). She was married to Leslie Phillips. She died on April 11, 2011 in Maida Vale, London.
Scoular suffered from depression and anorexia nervosa. She attempted suicide in 1992 by slashing her wrists with a knife. It was revealed in March 2009 that she was suffering from colorectal cancer; she was eventually declared cancer-free, but in the months preceding her death she had feared its return. Weeks before her death, she was arrested for drunk-driving. She died on 11 April 2011 after ingesting acid drain cleaner and pouring it on her body, causing lethal burns to her digestive tract and skin. She was survived by Phillips and her son Daniel. An inquest at Westminster Coroner's Court on 20 July 2011 established that Scoular had been an alcoholic and suffered from depression and anxiety about debts; she was on medication for bipolar disorder at the time of her death. The coroner recorded that Scoular had "killed herself while the balance of her mind was disturbed", and stated that her death was not suicide.
96. Sheree Winton
Actress | Dentist in the Chair
Sheree Winton was born on November 4, 1935 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England as Shirley June Patrick. She was an actress, known for Dentist in the Chair (1960), Rhubarb (1969) and First Man Into Space (1959). She was married to Gary Winton. She died on May 29, 1976 in Hampstead, London, England.
Sheree Winton committed suicide in 1976 by taking an overdose of barbiturates after a lifelong battle with clinical depression. She was found by her son Dale, and a do not disturb sign was outside her bedroom door
97. Mary Ure
Actress | Where Eagles Dare
An enchantingly beautiful, luminous blonde, Mary Ure was born in Glasgow on February 18th, 1933. Her first film was Zoltan Korda's Storm Over the Nile (1955), a misfiring remake of The Four Feathers (1939). Next was Windom's Way (1957) - a tale of rubber plantation strikes and marital strife, but ...
Ure's mental health had been deteriorating since the early 1970s. On 2 April 1975 she appeared on the London stage with Honor Blackman and Brian Blessed in an adaptation of the teleplay The Exorcism, and after a disastrous opening night was found dead aged 42, from an overdose of alcohol and barbiturates. Her body was discovered by her husband Robert Shaw in their London home
98. Lynette Davies
Actress | The Watch House
Lynette Davies was born on October 18, 1948 in Tonypandy, Wales. She was an actress, known for The Watch House (1988), Miracles Take Longer (1983) and Tales of the Unexpected (1979). She died in December 1993 in Lavernock Point, Wales.
In December 1993, at the age of forty-five, Davies drowned at Lavernock Point, on the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan. The cause of death was later determined as suicide.
99. Jane Arden
Actress | The Other Side of the Underneath
Jane Arden was born in Wales in 1927 and left for London in her teens.
She trained at RADA and quickly began working as an actress and playwright. It was there that she met her future husband, Philip Saville, who is now perhaps most known for his work Boys from the Blackstuff (1982) and The Life and...
Arden took her own life at Hindlethwaite Hall in Coverdale, Yorkshire on 20 December 1982.
100. Stephanie Parker
Actress | Doc Martin
Stephanie Parker was born on March 29, 1987 in Brighton, East Sussex, England. She was an actress, known for Doc Martin (2004), Belonging (2000) and Doctors (2000). She died on April 18, 2009 in Pontypridd, Mid Glamorgan, Wales.
She was discovered hanged near Pontypridd at about 6am on 18 April 2009; this is believed to have been suicide. She was 22 years old.