Notable Showbiz Deaths in 2020

by TrekFan1 | created - 2 months ago | updated - 2 weeks ago | Public

A list of the notable entertainment figures who passed away in 2020. This list is in order of date of death, except for the first entry, which will be the most recent highest-profile death. To see the most recent additions first, select "Date Added" in the Sort by drop-down box; to view the list in reverse chronological order, toggle the "Ascending/Descending order" button next to the drop-down box.

For reasons too complicated and boring to get into, I've decided to maintain two lists of Notable Showbiz Deaths this year. This list (Notable Showbiz Deaths *in* 2020) is a duplicate of the main list (Notable Showbiz Deaths *of* 2020, which can be found at and will be updated with every 25 names added to the main list, which will continue to be updated regularly.

1. Little Richard

Soundtrack | Predator

Richard Wayne Penniman, better known as Little Richard, the self-proclaimed "Architect of Rock 'n' Roll", traveled in his early days with the legendary vaudeville star Spencer "Snake" Anthony. One of Richard's early bands had the young, then unknown singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul), a ...

"The Innovator, The Originator, and The Architect of Rock and Roll"

December 5, 1932 – May 9, 2020

American singer, songwriter, musician and rock 'n' roll pioneer - "Tutti Frutti" (1955), "Long Tall Sally" (1956), "Rip It Up" (1956), "Lucille" (1957), "Good Golly, Miss Molly" (1958)

Also had roles in films such as 'Don't Knock the Rock' (1956), 'Down and Out in Beverly Hills' (1986) and 'Last Action Hero' (1993) and on TV shows including 'Miami Vice' and 'Martin'

One of the first inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame upon its launch in 1986

Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, 1993

Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee, 2003

2. Veronika Fitz

Actress | Die Hausmeisterin

Veronika Fitz was born on March 28, 1936 in Munich, Germany. She was an actress, known for Die Hausmeisterin (1987), Königlich Bayerisches Amtsgericht (1969) and Im Tal des Schweigens (2004). She was married to Willy Anders. She died on January 2, 2020 in Bad Aibling, Bavaria, Germany.

March 28, 1936 – January 2, 2020

German actress - 'The Spessart Inn' (1958), 'Die Hausmeisterin' (1987-92), 'Forsthaus Falkenau' (2007-13)

Adolf-Grimme-Preis winner - Series/Miniseries, 1990 ('Die Hausmeisterin')

3. Shozo Uehara

Writer | Himitsu sentai Gorenjâ

Graduated from Chuo University.

February 6, 1937 – January 2, 2020

Japanese TV scriptwriter - 'Ultra Series' (1966-98), 'UFO Robot Grendizer' (1975-77), 'Kamen Rider Black' (1987–88)

4. Christopher Beeny

Actor | Upstairs, Downstairs

British light leading man, on stage from 1951 and in films from 1953. Having initially aspired to be a dancer, Beeny joined the Ballet Rambert company in London at the age of eight but later switched to acting and eventually graduated from RADA in 1959. By then he had already achieved a measure of ...

July 7, 1941 – January 3, 2020

English actor - 'In Loving Memory' (1969-86), 'Upstairs, Downstairs' (1971-75), 'Last of the Summer Wines' (2001-10)

5. Robert Blanche

Actor | Men of Honor

The youngest of five children, Robert Clinton Blanche was born to Mary Edith Blanche (Heavner) and Richard Keith Blanche on March 30, 1962 in Pomona, California, but spent most of his life in Oregon. He joined SAG (Screen Actors Guild) in 1995 and served as Portland SAG Branch President for many ...

March 30, 1962 – January 3, 2020

American actor - 'What the #$*! Do We (K)now!?' (2004), 'Leverage' (2009-11), 'Grimm' (2012-17)

6. Élisabeth Rappeneau

Director | Fréquence meurtre

Sister of director Jean-Paul Rappeneau. Aunt of musician Martin Rappeneau and writer Julien Rappeneau.

d. January 3, 2020

French script supervisor (1962's 'Le Doulos'), screenwriter (1975's 'Le Sauvage' a.k.a. 'Lovers Like Us') and director (1988's 'Frequent Death')

7. Károly Gesztesi

Actor | A titkos hely

Károly Gesztesi was born on April 16, 1963 in Budapest, Hungary. He was an actor, known for A titkos hely (2003), TV a város szélén (1998) and A Kind of America (2002). He was married to Claudia Liptai, Zsuzsa Csarnóy and Nikoletta Karel. He died on January 4, 2020 in Budapest.

April 16, 1963 – January 4, 2020

Hungarian actor - ''The District!' (2004), 'Just Sex and Nothing Else' (2005), 'Children of Glory' (2006)

8. Tom Long

Actor | The Dish

He was born in the USA while his Australian parents were in Boston at the time. He has two sisters and a brother and his father is a doctor for the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He was raised on a farm near (Benalla, North East Victoria) He left school early and moved to Queensland, shearing sheep ...

August 3, 1968 – January 4, 2020

American-born Australian actor - 'SeaChange' (1998-2000), 'The Dish' (2000), 'The Book of Revelation' (2006)

Australian Film Institute Award nominee - Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama Series, 1998 ('SeaChange'); Best Actor in a Supporting or Guest Role in a Television Drama, 2002 ('Heroes' Mountain'); Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Television Drama, 2002 ('Young Lions')

9. David Whorf

Assistant_director | Firestarter

Starting in the film industry as a child actor, Whorf first appeared in the film On Our Merry Way (1948) in 1946 with an all-star cast including Jimmy Stewart, Henry Fonda, Paulette Goddard, Fred MacMurray and Burgess Meredith. Summer Stock in New England at Marblehead, Ma. and Westport, Ct. ...

July 24, 1934 – January 4, 2020

American actor ('PT 109'), director ('Spenser: For Hire'), producer ('The Brady Bunch'), production manager ('The Right Stuff') and assistant director for TV ('Batman') and film ('Caddyshack')

April 1928 – January 5, 2020

British marketing executive and publicist - 'Alfie' (1966), 'Rosemary's Baby' (1968), 'The Godfather' (1972), 'Jaws' (1975), 'E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial' (1982), 'Schindler's List' (1993)

11. Harry Hains

Actor | Lulu

Harry Hains was born on December 4, 1992 in Melbourne, Australia as Harrison George Haines. He was an actor and producer, known for Lulu (2018), Groupies (2018) and The Surface (2015). He died on January 7, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

December 4, 1992 – January 7, 2020

Australian model and actor - 'American Horror Story' (2015), 'The Surface' (2015), 'Chase' (2019)

12. Silvio Horta

Writer | Ugly Betty

Silvio Horta was born on August 14, 1974 in Miami, Florida, USA as Silvio Alejandro Horta. He was a writer and producer, known for Ugly Betty (2006), Urban Legend (1998) and The Chronicle (2001). He died on January 7, 2020 in Miami.

August 14, 1974 – January 7, 2020

American writer (1998's 'Urban Legend'), producer and TV series creator ('Jake 2.0,' 2003-04; 'Ugly Betty,' 2006-10)

Emmy nominee - Outstanding Comedy Series, 2007 ('Ugly Betty')

13. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Neil Peart was one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and was best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...

September 12, 1952 – January 7, 2020

Drummer and lyricist - Rush (1974-2018)

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee, 2013

14. Derek Bailey

Director | Ballerina

Derek Bailey was born on June 18, 1934 in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He was a director and producer, known for Ballerina (1987), Dancer (1985) and The South Bank Show (1978). He was married to Gill Cormode and Patricia Hall. He died on December 10, 2019 in London, England.

June 18, 1934 – January 8, 2020

Irish producer/director - 'Aquarius' (1973-77), 'The South Bank Show' (1978-87), 'The Mysteries' (1985-86)

BAFTA Award nominee - Best Specialised Programme, 1977 ('Aquarius')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievement in Cultural Programming, 1994 ('Great Performances: Dance in America' - "Billboards")

15. Edd Byrnes

Actor | Grease

Edd Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1932 in New York City, the son of Mary (Byrne) and Augustus "Gus" Breitenberger. Edd shared an impoverished and unhappy childhood with brother Vincent and sister Jo-Ann. Their mother worked hard at various jobs to keep the family together ...

July 30, 1933 – January 8, 2020

American actor - '77 Sunset Strip' (1958-63), 'Yellowstone Kelly' (1959), 'Grease' (1978)

16. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...

December 9, 1930 – January 8, 2020

American writer (1967's 'The Graduate'), actor (1976's 'The Man Who Fell to Earth'), comedian ('Saturday Night Live,' 1976-80), director (1978's 'Heaven Can Wait') and TV series creator ('Get Smart')

Oscar nominee - Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, 1968 ('The Graduate'); Best Director, 1979 ('Heaven Can Wait')

Emmy winner - Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, 1967 ('Get Smart')

Emmy nominee - Outstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment, 1965 ('That Was the Week That Was'); Outstanding Writing Achievement in Comedy, 1966 ('Get Smart')

BAFTA winner - Best Screenplay, 1969 ('The Graduate')

17. Lan O'Kun

Writer | Insight

Lan O'Kun was born on January 13, 1932 in Manhattan, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Insight (1960), Lamb Chop's Play-Along (1992) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He was married to Barbara Hurwitz. He died on January 9, 2020 in Malibu, California, USA.

January 13, 1932 – January 9, 2020

American TV writer and producer - 'Insight' (1970-82), 'The Love Boat' (1978-86), 'Lamb Chop's Play-Along' (1993-97)

Daytime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Achievement in Religious Programming, 1983 ('Insight'); Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series, 1993 ('Lamb Chop's Play-Along')

Daytime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing in a Children's Series, 1994, 1995 and 1996 ('Lamb Chop's Play-Along')

18. Ivan Passer

Director | Intimní osvetlení

Ivan Passer was one of the key authors of the "new wave" of Czech cinema, a group of young people who forged an energetic and transgressive film movement in the 1960s, breaking away from the precepts of hard socialist realism. Passer was not only the author of the scenarios of his own films, but he...

July 10, 1933 – January 9, 2020

Czech screenwriter (1965's 'Loves of a Blonde') and director (1965's 'Intimate Lighting'; 1981's 'Cutter's Way')

National Society of Film Critics Award winner - Special Award, 1970 ('Intimate Lighting'); Richard and Hinda Rosenthal Foundation Award, 1972

Daytime Emmy nominee - Outstanding Directing in a Children's Special, 2001 ('The Wishing Tree')

Recipient of Czech Lion Artistic Achievement Award, 2007

19. Brice Armstrong

Actor | Dragon Ball Z: Doragon bôru zetto

Brice is a small time Texas actor who grew up in the city of Dallas. He didn't get his big breakthrough until he became a voice actor for Funimation when they first started on their own English version for Dragon Ball Z & Dragon Ball. For one decade Brice has provided voice work for several ...

January 3, 1936 – January 10, 2020

American voice actor - 'Dragon Ball Z' (1999-2005), 'Dragon Ball' (2001-03), 'Fullmetal Alchemist' (2005-06)

20. Neda Arneric

Actress | Ispravi se, Delfina

Neda Arneric was born on July 15, 1953 in Knjazevac, Serbia, Yugoslavia. She was an actress, known for Stand Up Straight, Delfina (1977), Aloa: Festivity of the Whores (1988) and Shaft in Africa (1973). She was married to Milorad Mesterovic, Dejan Karaklajic and Rade Markovic. She died on January ...

July 15, 1953 – January 10, 2020

Serbian actress - 'Shaft in Africa' (1973), 'Who's Singin' Over There?' (1980), 'Wheels' (1998)

21. Alex Beaton

Producer | Baa Baa Black Sheep

Alex Beaton was born in Westchester, NY. By the age of 30 he was in L.A. and working in the film industry. He worked his way up to become a successful producer/director for T.V. shows, including "Kung Fu" and "The Greatest American Hero" from 1973-2003. He is now retired and enjoys spending time ...

May 18, 1933 – January 10, 2020

American television producer - 'Kung Fu' (1972-75), 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' (1976-78), 'Wiseguy' (1987-90)

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Drama Series, 1989 ('Wiseguy')

22. Ángel Goded

Cinematographer | Frida, naturaleza viva

Ángel Goded is known for his work on Frida Still Life (1983), The Mountain Hawk (2002) and Love Lies (1989). He died on January 11, 2020 in Mexico.

d. January 11, 2020

Mexican cinematographer - 'Frida Still Life' (1983), 'Los Motivos de Luz' (1985), 'The Realm of Fortune' (1986)

Ariel Award winner - Best Cinematography, 1985 ('Frida Still Life') and 1989 ('Love Lies')

Ariel Award nominee - Best Cinematography, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1994, 2001, 2002, 2006 and 2008

23. Stan Kirsch

Actor | Highlander

Stan Kirsch was born on July 15, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Benjamin Kirsch. He is known for his work on Highlander (1992), Straight Eye: The Movie (2004) and JAG (1995). He was married to Kristyn Green. He died on January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

July 15, 1968 – January 11, 2020

American actor ('Highlander: The Series' from (1992-1998; 'Friends' in 1995) and acting coach ('Grimm' from 2011-2013)

24. Norma Michaels

Actress | Easy A

Norma Michaels was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Easy A (2010), Wedding Crashers (2005) and Bad Ass (2012). She died on January 11, 2020 in Palm Springs, California.

c. 1924 – January 11, 2020

American actress - 'The King of Queens' (2004-06), 'Easy A' (2010), 'Hello, My Name Is Doris' (2015)

25. William Bogert

Actor | WarGames

William Bogert was born on January 25, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA as William Russell Bogert III. He was an actor, known for WarGames (1983), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and A Perfect Murder (1998). He was married to Eren Ozker. He died on January 12, 2020 in New York City.

January 24, 1936 – January 12, 2020

American character actor - 'Heaven Can Wait' (1978), 'WarGames' (1983),'Small Wonder' (1985-89), 'A Perfect Murder' (1998), 'Chappelle's Show' (2003-04)

26. Tony Garnett

Producer | Kes

Tony Garnett was born on April 3, 1936 in Birmingham, West Midlands, England as Anthony Edward Lewis. He was a producer and actor, known for Kes (1969), Deep in the Heart (1983) and Prostitute (1980). He was married to Alexandra Ouroussoff and Topsy Jane. He died on January 12, 2020 in the UK.

April 3, 1936 – January 12, 2020

British producer - 'Kes' (1969), 'Earth Girls Are Easy' (1988), 'Beautiful Thing' (1996)

BAFTA Award nominee - Best Screenplay, 1971 ('Kes'); Best Drama Series/Serial, 1976 ('Days of Hope')

27. Aart Staartjes

Actor | De film van Ome Willem

Aart Staartjes was born on March 1, 1938 in Nieuwendam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands. He was an actor, known for De film van Ome Willem (1974), De Stratemakeropzeeshow (1972) and J.J. de Bom voorheen: 'De kindervriend' (1979). He was married to Hanna and Ansje. He died on January 12, 2020 in ...

March 1, 1938 – January 12, 2020

Dutch actor and director - 'De Stratemakeropzeeshow' (1972-74), 'De film van ome Willem' (1974-89), 'Sesamstraat' (1984-2019)

28. Jaime Humberto Hermosillo

Director | La tarea

Hermosillo is one of the most successful Mexican directors of the last twenty years. Born in Aguascalientes, a small city in central Mexico, Hermosillo's films have dissected the hypocrisy of Mexican middle class and "torn the curtain" behind which many perversities are hidden. He has become an ...

January 22, 1942 – January 13, 2020

Mexican film director and screenwriter - 'The Passion of Berenice' (1976), 'Dona Herlinda and Her Son' (1985), 'Homework' (1991)

Ariel Award winner - Golden Ariel, 1977 ('The Passion of Berenice') and 1978 ('Shipwreck'); Best Screenplay, 1984 ('Appearances Are Deceptive') and 1998 ('Esmeralda Comes by Night')

Ariel Award nominee - Best Screenplay, 1984 ('El corazón de la noche'), 1985 ('Dona Herlinda and Her Son'), 2001 ('Written on the Body of the Night ') and 2003 ('eXXXorcisms'); Best Direction, 1998 ('Esmeralda Comes by Night') and 2003 ('eXXXorcisms')

29. Jack Kehoe

Actor | Serpico

Jack Kehoe was born on November 21, 1934 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Serpico (1973), Midnight Run (1988) and The Sting (1973). He died on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood Hills, California, USA.

November 21, 1934 – January 14, 2020

American actor - 'Serpico' (1973), 'The Sting' (1973), 'Car Wash' (1976), 'The Untouchables' (1987), 'Midnight Run' (1988)

30. Rocky Johnson

Actor | Spectrum Wrestling

Rocky Johnson was born on August 24, 1944 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada as Wayde Douglas Bowles. He was an actor, known for Spectrum Wrestling (1977), WWF Championship Wrestling (1972) and Wrestling at the Chase (1959). He was married to Sheila, Ata Johnson and Una Sparks. He died on January 15, ...

August 24, 1944 – January 15, 2020

AKA "Soul Man" Rocky Johnson

Canadian-born professional wrestler - National Wrestling Alliance (1964-1982), World Wrestling Federation (1982-1985)

With partner Tony Atlas was part of "The Soul Patrol," the first Black tag team to win WWF's (now WWE) World Tag Team championship.

WWE Hall of Fame inductee, 2008

Father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

31. Magda

Actress | Mn Oheb

Magda was born on May 4, 1931 in Tanta, Egypt as Affaf Kamel Elsabahy. She was an actress and director, known for Mn Oheb (1966), Teenagers (1960) and I'm on My Own (1954). She was married to Ehab Nafee'. She died on January 16, 2020 in Cairo, Egypt.

Magda al-Sabahi, or just Magda

May 6, 1931 – January 16, 2020

Egyptian actress - Dahab' (1953), 'Miss Hanafi' (1954), 'Jamila, the Algerian' (1958)

32. Alan Pattillo

Director | Thunderbirds

Alan Pattillo was born on July 26, 1929 in Aberdeen, Scotland as Alan Hutchison Pattillo. He was a director and editor, known for Thunderbirds (1965), Gandhi (1982) and The Avengers (1961). He died on January 16, 2020 in Salisbury, Wiltshire, England.

July 26, 1929 – January 16, 2020

British film editor ('Walkabout,' 'Game of Death'), sound editor ('Performance,' 'Pink Floyd: The Wall'), TV director ('Supercar,' 'Stingray') and writer ('Thunderbirds')

Primetime Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Film Editing for a Limited Series or a Special, 1980 ('All Quiet on the Western Front')

33. Derek Fowlds

Actor | Yes Minister

London-born character actor who came to the fore on television as 'Mr. Derek', straight man to the children's puppet Basil Brush (succeeding Rodney Bewes in that capacity), then as private secretary and political advisor Bernard Woolley, diligently keeping the reins on obtuse British Cabinet ...

September 2, 1937 – January 17, 2020

English actor - 'Frankenstein Created Woman' (1967), 'Yes Minister'/'Yes, Prime Minister' (1980-88), 'Heartbeat' (1992-2009)

34. Robert Sampson

Actor | Re-Animator

Robert Sampson was born on May 10, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Robert Leroy Sampson. He was an actor, known for Re-Animator (1985), The Dark Side of the Moon (1990) and Robot Jox (1989). He was married to Maryanne Gackle. He died on January 18, 2020 in Santa Barbara, California.

May 10, 1933 – January 18, 2020

American actor - 'The Twilight Zone' (1962), 'Bridget Loves Bernie' (1972-73), 'Re-Animator' (1985)

35. Urs Egger

Director | Kinder der Landstrasse

Urs Egger was born on March 9, 1953 in Bern, Kanton Bern, Switzerland as Urs Johannes Egger. He was a director and assistant director, known for Child on the Open Road (1992), Shillings from Heaven (2018) and The Living Daylights (1987). He died on January 18, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

1953 – January 19, 2020

Swedish film and television director - 'Children of the Open Road' (1992), 'Opera Ball' (1998), 'Shillings from Heaven' (2018)

Adolf-Grimme-Preis winner - Fiction, 2008 ('Borderline') and 2015 ('The Bruckner Case')

Adolf-Grimme-Preis nominee - Fiction, 1998 ('Opera Ball') and 2017 ('Letter to My Life')

German Television Academy Award winner - Best Director, 2015 ('The Bruckner Case')

Romy Gala winner - Best TV Film, 2004 ('The Return of the Dancing Master') and 2019 ('Shillings from Heaven'); Best Director, 2006 ('The Boar')

36. Jimmy Heath

Music_department | Marshall

Jimmy Heath was born on October 25, 1926 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as James Edward Heath. He is known for his work on Marshall (2017), The Cosby Show (1984) and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014). He was married to Mona Brown. He died on January 19, 2020 in Loganville, Georgia, ...

October 25, 1926 – January 19, 2020

a.k.a. "Little Bird"

American jazz saxophonist - Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Heath Brothers

Grammy Award nominee - Best Group Jazz Instrumental Performance, 1980 (Heath Brothers - 'Live at the Public Theatre'); Best Large Jazz Ensemble Performance, 1993 (Jimmy Heath - 'Little Man, Big Band'); Best Historical Album, 1995 (John Coltrane - 'The Heavyweight Champion: The Complete Atlantic Recordings')

37. Kit Hood

Writer | Degrassi Junior High

Kit Hood was born as Christopher Hood. He was a writer and producer, known for Degrassi High (1987), Dancing on the Moon (1997) and School's Out! (1992). He was married to Agnes Malouf . He died on January 20, 2020 in West Lawrencetown, Nova Scotia, Canada.

c. 1943 – January 19, 2020

Canadian producer, writer, director and series creator; co-created the popular, long-running 'Degrassi' franchise that began with 'The Kids of Degrassi Street' in 1979

Gemini Award winner - Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series, 1987 and 1988 ('Degrassi Junior High'); Best Children's Series, 1987 ('Degrassi Junior High'); Best Dramatic Series, 1988 and 1989 ('Degrassi Junior High'); Multiculturalism Award, 1988 ('Degrassi Junior High')

Gemini Award nominee - Best Dramatic Series, 1992 ('Degrassi High'); Best TV Movie, 1992 ('School's Out!')

38. Jô Shishido

Actor | Koroshi no rakuin

Jô Shishido or Joe Shishido a.k.a. Joe The Ace (esu no Jô) owing to his role in 1961's Fast-Draw Guy entered acting following an audition for the Nikkatsu Studio and being one of the few to be picked and offered a contract via its New Face contest. Having signed with Nikkatsu in 1954 he began ...

December 6, 1933 – January 20, 2020

Japanese actor - 'Youth of the Beast' (1963), 'Gate of Flesh' (1964), 'Branded to Kill' (1967)

May 29, 1929 – January 21, 2020

Italian film producer - 'Scent of a Woman' (1974), 'We All Loved Each Other So Much' (1974), 'La terrazza' (1980)

Special David di Donatello Award recipient, 1975 (for his contributions as a producer)

40. Terry Jones

Writer | The Meaning of Life

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...

February 1, 1942 – January 21, 2020

Welsh actor, comedian, writer and director - 'Do Not Adjust Your Set' (1967-69), 'Monty Python's Flying Circus' (1969-74), 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' (1975), 'Monty Python's Life of Brian' (1979), 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life' (1983)

BAFTA Award nominee - Best Original Song, 1984 ("Every Sperm Is Sacred" from 'Monty Python's The Meaning of Life')

Cannes Film Festival award winner - Grand Prize of the Jury winner, 1983 ('Monty Python's The Meaning of Life')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing for Nonfiction Programming, 2004 ('Medieval Lives' episode "The Peasant")

Grammy Award nominee - Best Comedy Recording, 1975 ('The Monty Python Matching Tie and Handkerchief'), 1980 ('Monty Python's Contractual Obligation Album') and 1983 ('Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life')

41. Sonny Grosso

Producer | Night Heat

Sonny Grosso was a New York City police officer when his experiences with his partner Eddie Egan during the early 60s became the basis of the film The French Connection (1971). Grosso had a bit part in the film while Egan had a more substantial role. Grosso later appeared in two more feature films, ...

1933 – January 22, 2020

American police officer-turned-technical advisor ('The French Connection'), producer ('Pee-wee's Playhouse'), actor ('Cruising'), writer ('The Seven-Ups') and series creator ('Night Heat')

Gemini Award winner - Best Dramatic Series, 1987 ('Night Heat'); Most Popular Program Award, 1988 ('Night Heat')

Gemini Award nominee - Best Dramatic Series, 1988 ('Night Heat')

42. Michael Kane

Writer | Southern Comfort

Not only is his name similar-sounding to famous British actor Michael Caine, but there's an American actor with the exact same name and spelling, Michael Kane, who co-starred with Kirk Douglas in Lonely Are The Brave and wrote the movie Foolin' Around.

January 29, 1938 – January 22, 2020

American screenwriter - 'The Legend of the Lone Ranger' (1981), 'Southern Comfort' (1981), 'All the Right Moves' (1983)

43. John Karlen

Actor | Cagney & Lacey

John Karlen was born on May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Adam Karlewicz. He was an actor, known for Cagney & Lacey (1981), Dark Shadows (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). He was married to Betty Karlen. He died on January 22, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.

May 28, 1933 – January 22, 2020

American actor - 'Dark Shadows' (1967-71), 'Daughters of Darkness' (1971), 'Cagney & Lacey' (1982-88)

Emmy Award winner - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, 1986 ('Cagney & Lacey')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, 1985 and 1987 ('Cagney & Lacey')

44. Joachim von Mengershausen

Producer | Der Himmel über Berlin

Joachim von Mengershausen was born on August 7, 1936 in Bamberg, Germany. He was a producer and actor, known for Wings of Desire (1987), Black Cat, White Cat (1998) and Paris, Texas (1984). He died on January 22, 2020 in Cologne, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany.

August 7, 1936 – January 22, 2020

German producer ('Alice in the Cities,' 'The American Friend,' 'Wings of Desire') and commissioning editor ('Paris, Texas,' 'Black Cat, White Cat')

45. Robert Harper

Actor | Creepshow

Robert Harper was born on May 19, 1951 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Francis Harper. He was an actor, known for Creepshow (1982), Once Upon a Time in America (1984) and The War of the Roses (1989). He was married to Sascha Noorthoorn van der Kruyff and Lisa Pelikan. He died on January ...

May 19, 1951 – January 23, 2020

American actor - 'Once Upon a Time in America' (1984), 'Frank's Place' (1987-88), 'The Insider' (1999)

46. Jim Lehrer

Actor | Zoolander 2

Jim Lehrer was born on May 19, 1934 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as James Charles Lehrer. He was a writer, known for Zoolander 2 (2016), Viva Max (1969) and PBS NewsHour (2009). He was married to Kate Tom Staples. He died on January 23, 2020 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

May 19, 1934 – January 23, 2020

American author ('Viva Max!,' published 1966 and adapted into a film in 1969), news anchor ('PBS NewsHour,' 1976-2011) and moderator (U.S. presidential debates, 1988-2012)

News & Documentary Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Interview/Interviewer, 2001 ('Debating Our Destiny: 40 Years of Presidential Debates')

death announced on January 24, 2020

English casting director - 'Four Weddings and a Funeral' (1994), 'Sense and Sensibility' (1995), 'The English Patient' (1996), 'Shakespeare in Love' (1998), 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' (2011)

48. Margo Lion


Margo Lion was born on October 13, 1944 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Margo Alison Lion. She is known for her work on Hairspray (2007), Dinner with Friends (2001) and Elaine Stritch at Liberty (2002). She was married to Ted Nemeth. She died on January 24, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, New York...

October 13, 1944 – January 24, 2020

American theatrical producer - 'Angels in America' (1993-94), 'Hairspray' (2002-09), 'The Wedding Singer' (2006)

Tony Award winner - Best Play, 1993 ('Angels in America: Millennium Approaches') and 1994 ('Angels in America: Perestroika'); Best Special Theatrical Event, 2002 ('Elaine Stritch At Liberty'); Best Musical, 2003 ('Hairspray')

Tony Award nominee - Best Musical, 1992 ('Jelly's Last Jam'), 2004 ('Caroline, or Change'), 2006 ('The Wedding Singer') and 2011 ('Catch Me If You Can')

Tony Award nominee - Best Play, 1996 ('Seven Guitars') and 2007 ('Radio Golf'); Best Revival of a Play, 2002 ('The Crucible')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Made for Television Movie, 2002 ('Dinner with Friends')

49. Bob Markell

Art_director | 12 Angry Men

April 12, 1924 – January 25, 2020

American art director (1957's '12 Angry Men') and set designer ('Studio One') turned TV producer ('The Defenders,' 'The Dain Curse,' 'If Tomorrow Comes')

Primetime Emmy Award winner - Best Art Direction of a Live Show, 1955 ('You Are There'); Special Classification of Outstanding Program and Individual Achievement, 1976 ('Bicentennial Minutes')

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Best Art Direction in a Live Television Program, 1959 ('The DuPont Show of the Month'); Outstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment, 1965 ('The Defenders'); Special Classification of Outstanding Program Achievement, 1977 ('Bicentennial Minutes')

1955 – January 25, 2020

Swiss producer - 'Vodka Lemon' (2003), 'The Wonders' (2014), 'Happy as Lazzaro' (2018)

51. Monique van Vooren

Actress | Wall Street

Monique van Vooren was born on March 25, 1927 in Brussels, Belgium as Monique Bronz. She was an actress, known for Wall Street (1987), Ça va barder (1955) and Ten Thousand Bedrooms (1957). She was married to Gerard Purcell and Curt H Pfenniger. She died on January 25, 2020 in New York City, ...

March 25, 1927 – January 25, 2020

Belgian-born American actress - 'Tarzan and the She-Devil' (1953), 'Happy Anniversary' (1959), 'Flesh for Frankenstein' (1973)

52. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and writer, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and Detail (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January 26, 2020 in Calabasas, California, USA.

August 23, 1978 – January 26, 2020

American professional basketball player (Los Angeles Lakers, 1996-2016), writer-producer (2015 special 'Kobe Bryant's Muse,' 2017 short 'Dear Basketball') and host ('Detail,' 2018-19)

Academy Award winner - Best Animated Short Film, 2018 ('Dear Basketball')

53. Jack Burns

Writer | The Muppet Movie

Jack Burns was born on November 15, 1933 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as John Francis Burns. He was an actor and writer, known for The Muppet Movie (1979), The Muppet Show (1976) and We've Got Each Other (1977). He was married to Violet Ruth Torre. He died on January 27, 2020 in Toluca Lake, ...

November 15, 1933 – January 26, 2020

American stand-up comedian (Burns and Carlin; Burns and Schreiber), actor ('The Andy Griffith Show,' 1965-66; 1968's 'The Night They Raided Minksy's'), writer ('The Muppet Show,' 1976-77; 1979's 'The Muppet Movie') and producer ('The Muppet Show')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing in a Comedy-Variety or Music Series, 1977 ('The Muppet Show'); Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series, 1977 ('The Muppet Show')

54. Bob Shane

Soundtrack | M Squad

Bob Shane was born on February 1, 1934 in Hilo, Hawaii, USA as Robert Castle Schoen. He was an actor, known for M Squad (1957), Playhouse 90 (1956) and Convoy (1965). He was married to Barbara (Bobbie) Lynn Childress and Louise Glancy Brandon. He died on January 26, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

February 1, 1934 – January 26, 2020

American singer and guitarist; founding member of The Kingston Trio

Grammy Award winner - Best Country & Western Performance, 1958 (The Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"); Best Folk Performance, 1959 ('The Kingston Trio At Large')

Grammy Award nominee - Best Performance By A Vocal Group Or Chorus, 1958 ("Tom Dooley") and 1959 ('The Kingston Trio At Large'); Best Performance By A Vocal Group, 1960 (The Kingston Trio - 'Here We Go Again!') and 1961 ('Close-Up'); Best Folk Performance, 1960 ('Here We Go Again!')

55. Marj Dusay

Actress | All My Children

Marj Dusay was born on February 20, 1936 in Hays, Kansas, USA as Marjorie Ellen Pivonka Mahoney. She was an actress, known for All My Children (1970), Guiding Light (1952) and Star Trek: The Original Series (1966). She was married to Thomas Perine and John Murray Dusay. She died on January 28, 2020...

February 20, 1936 – January 28, 2020

American actress - 'Breezy' (1973), 'MacArthur' (1977), 'The Facts of Life' (1981-87), 'Santa Barbara' (1987-91), 'Guiding Light' (1987-2009)

Daytime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, 1995 ('Guiding Light'); America's Favorite Villain, 2002 (Vanessa Cortlandt - 'All My Children')

56. Harriet Frank Jr.

Writer | Hud

Harriet Frank Jr. was born on March 2, 1923 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Harriet Goldstein. She was a writer and producer, known for Hud (1963), The Cowboys (1972) and Conrack (1974). She was married to Irving Ravetch. She died on January 28, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

March 2, 1923 – January 28, 2020

American screenwriter - 'Hud' (1963), 'The Cowboys' (1973), 'Norma Rae' (1979)

Academy Award nominee - Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium, 1964 ('Hud') and 1980 ('Norma Rae')

Golden Globe nominee - Best Screenplay, 1980 ('Norma Rae')

57. Nicholas Parsons

Actor | Happy Is the Bride

Nicholas Parsons was without doubt one of the UK's most popular and beloved television and radio personalities, and very few can claim to have had such a long entertainment career. The son of a doctor, he was raised in Lincolnshire until the age of eight, when the family moved to London. He was ...

October 10, 1923 – January 28, 2020

English comedian ('The Arthur Haynes Show' from 1956-1966; 'The Benny Hill Show' from 1969-1974), actor (1964's 'Murder Ahoy!') and presenter (BBC Radio's 'Just a Minute' from 1967-2020; ITV game show 'Sale of the Century' from 1971-1983)

Appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2004 and Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 2014

58. Dyanne Thorne

Actress | Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS

American actress and performer Dyanne Thorne began her career in show business as a band vocalist and New York stage actress. Before breaking onto the silver screen, she was popular as a comedic sketch artist/talking foil. Comedy albums, with Allen & Rossi, Vaughn Meader and Loman & Barkley earned ...

October 14, 1936 – January 28, 2020

American actress - 'Ilsa: She Wolf of the SS' (1975) and sequels (1976-77), 'The Swinging Barmaids' (1975), 'Real Men' (1987)

June 9, 1936 – January 29, 2020

Polish set decorator ('The Doll,' 'The Hourglass Sanatorium,' 'The Promised Land') and production designer ('The Birch Wood,' 'Konopielka')

60. Jörn Donner

Producer | Fanny och Alexander

Jörn Donner grew up in a Swedish-speaking family belonging to the Finnish upper class. Already as a student he had radical leftist ideas displayed in magazines and newspapers. His first novel appeared in 1951 when Donner was only 18 years old. He graduated from the University of Helsinki in 1959. ...

February 5, 1933 – January 30, 2020

Finnish producer (Ingmar Bergman's 'Fanny and Alexander'; Jan Troell's 'Flight of the Eagle'), filmmaker (1968's 'Black on White'; 1978's 'Men Can't Be Raped'), and actor (1968's 'The Asphalt Lambs'; 2017's 'The Other Side of Hope')

BAFTA Award nominee - Best Foreign Language Film, 1984 ('Fanny and Alexander')

Jussi Award winner - Best Screenplay, 1966 ('Adventure Starts Here'); Best Direction, 1969 ('Black on White'); Best Producer, 1974 ('A Shot in the Factory'; 'The Mommila Murders')

Jussi Award nominee - Best Direction, 2016 ('Armi Alive!')

Jussi Award honorable mention recipient, 1956 (short film 'Vettä')

Lifetime Achievement Jussi Award recipient, 2014

Venice Film Festival prize winner - Best First Work, 1963 ('A Sunday in September')

61. Fred Silverman

Producer | CBS Summer Playhouse

Fred Silverman was born in 1937, and quickly grew up into the television business. After starting out in the mail-room of ABC-TV in the late 1950s, he rose to director of program development at WGN-TV, Chicago in the early '60s. One day, he abandoned his car during a snowstorm and boarded a plane ...

September 13, 1937 – January 30, 2020

American television executive (CBS, ABC, NBC), programmer ('All in the Family,' 'Roots,' 'Hill Street Blues') and producer ('Matlock,' 'In the Heat of the Night,' 'Diagnosis Murder') known as "The Man with the Golden Gut"

62. Andree Melly

Actress | The Horror of It All

Andree Melly was born on September 15, 1932 in Liverpool, England. She was an actress, known for The Horror of It All (1964), ITV Television Playhouse (1955) and Little Women (1958). She was married to Oscar Quitak. She died on January 31, 2020 in St Eulalia, Ibiza, Spain.

September 15, 1932 – January 31, 2020

English actress - 'The Passionate Stranger' (1957), 'Nowhere to Go' (1958), 'The Brides of Dracula' (1960)

63. Andy Gill

Soundtrack | The Manchurian Candidate

Andy Gill was born on January 1, 1956 in Manchester, Greater Manchester, England as Andrew James Dalrymple Gill. He was married to Catherine Mayer. He died on February 1, 2020 in London, England.

January 1, 1956 – February 1, 2020

British musician - founding lead guitarist for post-punk band Gang of Four (1977–1983, 1987–1997, 2004–2020)

64. Luciano Ricceri

Production_designer | Il viaggio di Capitan Fracassa

Luciano Ricceri was born on April 26, 1940 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a production designer and art director, known for The Voyage of Captain Fracassa (1990), (1963) and The Family (1987). He died on February 1, 2020 in Orte, Viterbo, Italy.

April 26, 1940 – February 1, 2020

Italian production designer, set decorator and costume designer - 'Juliet of the Spirits' (1965), 'We All Loved Each Other So Much' (1974), 'A Special Day' (1977), 'The Forbidden Room' (1977), 'Le Bal' (1983)

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Art Direction for a Limited Series or a Special, 1982 ('Marco Polo')

David di Donatello Award winner - Best Production Design, 1991 ('Captain Fracassa's Journey') and 2001 ('Unfair Competition')

David di Donatello Award nominee - Best Production Design, 1986 ('The Berlin Affair'), 1987 ('The Family'), and 1998 ('Kaputt Mundi')

Venice Film Festival prize winner - Golden Osella for Best Costume and Production Design, 1987 ('The Gold Rimmed Glasses')

65. Charles Wood

Writer | Iris

Charles Wood was born on August 6, 1932 in St. Peter Port, Guernsey, Channel Islands, UK as Charles Gerald Wood. He was a writer and actor, known for Iris (2001), The Knack... and How to Get It (1965) and The Bed Sitting Room (1969). He was married to Valerie Newman. He died on February 1, 2020 in ...

August 6, 1932 – February 1, 2020

English playwright ('Jingo') and screenwriter - 'The Knack ...and How to Get It' (1965), (1965), 'The Charge of the Light Brigade' (1968), 'Tumbledown' (1988), 'Iris' (2001)

BAFTA Award winner - Best Single Drama, 1989 ('Tumbledown')

BAFTA Award nominee - Best British Screenplay, 1966 ('The Knack ...and How to Get It'); Best Single Drama, 1995 ('A Breed of Heroes'); Best Adapted Screenplay, 2002 ('Iris')

66. Péter Andorai

Actor | Simon mágus

Péter Andorai was born on April 25, 1948 in Budapest, Hungary. He was an actor, known for Simon, the Magician (1999), My Twentieth Century (1989) and A három növér (1991). He was married to Edit Ábrahám. He died on February 1, 2020 in Budapest.

April 25, 1948 – February 1, 2020

Hungarian actor - 'Mephisto' (1981), 'Another Way' (1982), 'My 20th Century' (1989), 'Simon, the Magician' (1999), 'Sunshine' (1999)

67. George Blondheim

Composer | The War Between Us

George Blondheim was born on April 10, 1956 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as George Walter Blondheim. He is known for his work on The War Between Us (1995), Da Vinci's Inquest (1998) and The Comic Book Christmas Caper (1990). He was married to Joanne. He died on February 1, 2020 in Edmonton.

April 10, 1956 – February 1, 2020

Canadian film composer - 'Bye Bye Blues' (1989), 'Whale Music' (1994), 'Summer of the Monkeys' (1998)

68. Lila Garrett

Writer | The ABC Afternoon Playbreak

Lila Garrett was born on November 21, 1925 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Lila F Glass. She was a writer and producer, known for The ABC Afternoon Playbreak (1972), Get Smart (1965) and The Other Woman (1983). She was married to Don Garrett and David Rayfiel. She died on February 1, 2020 in Tarzana,...

November 21, 1925 – February 1, 2020

American writer ('Bewitched,' 'All in the Family'), producer (1983 TV movie 'The Other Woman'), director (1989 TV movie 'Bridesmaids'), actress (1995 film 'The Nature of the Beast') and series creator ('Baby... I'm Back!')

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing Achievement in Variety or Music, 1972 ('The Julie Andrews Hour')

Daytime Emmy Award winner - Daytime Writer of the Year and Best Writing for a Special Program, 1974 ('The ABC Afternoon Playbreak' - "Mother of the Bride"); Outstanding Daytime Drama Special, 1975 ('The ABC Afternoon Playbreak' - "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose")

Daytime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Writing for a Daytime Special Program, 1975 ('The ABC Afternoon Playbreak' - "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose")

69. Ivan Král

Soundtrack | The Basketball Diaries

Ivan Kral was born in 1948 in Prague, Czechoslovakia to a musician mother and journalist father.

The award-winning composer, filmmaker and musician knew his calling early. By the age of five, when he wrote his first song, he could sing, play guitar, piano and violin. At 16, he reached ...

May 12, 1948 – February 2, 2020

Czech-born American musician (The Patti Smith Group; Iggy Pop) vocalist, songwriter ("Dancing Barefoot," "Bang Bang"), record producer, film composer (1982's 'Diner,' 1999's 'Cosy Dens') and filmmaker (1976's 'The Blank Generation')

70. Douglas Knapp

Camera_department | Escape from New York

Doug Knapp is a graduate of University Southern California school of Cinematic Arts (1972). Member of International Cinematograpers Guild, ICG Local 600 (1977 - 2011) as Camera Operator and Director of Photography on hundreds of television shows and feature films. Doug has been filming since the ...

August 5, 1949 – February 3, 2020

American cinematographer and camera operator - 'Dark Star' (1974), 'Assault on Precinct 13' (1976), 'Beetlejuice' (1988), 'National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation' (1989), 'Star Trek: Voyager' (1995-2001), 'Star Trek: Enterprise' (2001-2005)

71. Gene Reynolds

Producer | M*A*S*H

Gene Reynolds might have fulfilled a youthful ambition and become a baseball player. However, his father's business failed and the family relocated from their erstwhile home in Detroit to Los Angeles in 1934.

Eugene Reynolds Blumenthal was born in Cleveland, Ohio, the son of Maude Evelyn (Schwab), a...

April 4, 1923 – February 3, 2020

American film actor ('Boys Town,' 'The Mortal Storm,' 'The Country Girl') turned TV writer, producer, director and series creator ('M*A*S*H,' 'Lou Grant')

Emmy Award winner - Outstanding New Series, 1970 ('Room 222'); Outstanding Comedy Series, 1974 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding Directing in a Comedy Series, 1975-76 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding Drama Series, 1979 and 1980 ('Lou Grant')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Comedy Series, 1970 ('Room 222'), 1973 ('M*A*S*H'), 1975-77 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding New Series, 1973 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy, 1973-74 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series, 1976 ('M*A*S*H'); Outstanding Drama Series, 1978, 1981 and 1982 ('Lou Grant'); Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series, 1979 and 1980 ('Lou Grant'); Outstanding Directing in a Drama Series, 1980 and 1982 ('Lou Grant')

President of the Directors Guild of America, 1993-97

72. José Luis Cuerda

Director | La lengua de las mariposas

José Luis Cuerda was born on February 18, 1947 in Albacete, Albacete, Castilla-La Mancha, Spain. He was a director and writer, known for Butterfly (1999), The Others (2001) and The Blind Sunflowers (2008). He died on February 4, 2020 in Madrid, Madrid, Spain.

February 18, 1947 – February 4, 2020

Spanish film director (1999's 'Butterfly's Tongue'), screenwriter (1989's 'Dawn Breaks, Which Is No Small Thing') and producer (2001's 'The Others')

Goya Award winner - Best Film, 1997 ('Thesis') and 2002 ('The Others'); Best Adapted Screenplay, 2000 ('Butterfly's Tongue') and 2009 ('The Blind Sunflowers')

Goya Award nominee - Best Original Screenplay, 1990 ('Dawn Breaks, Which Is No Small Thing'); Best Director, 2000 ('Butterfly's Tongue') and 2009 ('The Blind Sunflowers'); Best Documentary, 2005 ('¡Hay motivo!'); Best Adapted Screenplay, 2007 ('The Education of Fairies')

73. Terry Hands

Director | Cyrano de Bergerac

Terry Hands was born on January 9, 1941 in Aldershot, Hampshire, England as Terence David Hands. He was a director and actor, known for Cyrano de Bergerac (1985), Story Parade (1964) and Arena (1975). He was married to Emma Lucia, Ludmila Mikaël and Josephine Barstow. He died on February 4, 2020 in...

January 9, 1941 – February 4, 2020

English theatre director, producer and lighting designer; founder of the Liverpool Everyman Theatre; co-artistic director of the Royal Shakespeare Company from 1978-1986 and its sole artistic director and chief executive from 1986-1991

Drama Desk Special Award recipient in 1982 for producing 'The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby'

Drama Desk Award nominee - Outstanding New Play, 1987 ('Les Liaisons Dangereuses')

Evening Standard Theatre Award winner - Best Director, 1993 ('Tamburlaine The Great')

Laurence Olivier Award - Best Director, 1978 ('Henry VI') and 1983 ('Cyrano de Bergerac')

Tony Award nominee - Best Direction of a Play, 1985 ('Much Ado About Nothing'); Best Lighting Design, 1985 ('Cyrano de Bergerac' and 'Much Ado About Nothing')

Appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in 2007

74. Nadia Lutfi

Actress | Muzakkerat telmiza

Nadia Lutfi was born Poula Mohamed Shafiq in 1937 in Cairo to an Egyptian father and a Polish mother. Her father was an accountant. Acting started as a hobby, when she was 10 years old she participated in a play at her school and did very well.

Her first roles in Egyptian cinema were in Soultan (...

January 3, 1937 – February 4, 2020

Egyptian actress - 'The Sun Will Never Set' (1961), 'Saladin the Victorious' (1963), 'The Night of Counting the Years' (1969)

75. Jane Milmore

Producer | Daddy Dearest

Jane Milmore was born on March 25, 1955 in Laramie, Wyoming, USA. She was a producer and writer, known for Daddy Dearest (1993), Anything But Love (1989) and Newhart (1982). She was married to Richard Vaczy. She died on February 4, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

March 25, 1955 – February 4, 2020

American playwright ('Love, Sex, and the I.R.S.'), TV writer and producer ('Anythng But Love,' 'Martin,' 'The Hughleys') and actress ('Anything But Love')

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Informational Special, 1990 ('I Love Lucy: The Very First Show')

76. Gianni Minervini

Producer | Mi manda Picone

Gianni Minervini was born on October 26, 1928 in Naples, Campania, Italy as Giovanni Minervini. He was a producer and production manager, known for Where's Picone? (1984), On Tour (1990) and Off Season (1982). He died on February 4, 2020 in Rome, Italy.

October 26, 1928 – February 4, 2020

Italian film producer - 'The House with Laughing Windows' (1976), 'Where's Picone?' (1983), 'Mediterraneo' (1991)

David di Donatello Award winner - Best Producer, 1982 ('Off Season'), 1984 ('Where's Picone?') and 1990 ('On Tour')

David di Donatello Award nominee - Best Producer, 1991 ('Mediterraneo')

77. Kevin Conway

Actor | Thirteen Days

Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin B Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Thirteen Days (2000), Gettysburg (1993) and Invincible (2006). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

May 29, 1942 – February 5, 2020

American actor - 'Slaughterhouse-Five' (1972), 'Gettysburg' (1993), 'The Quick and the Dead' (1995), 'Thirteen Days' (2000), 'Invincible' (2006)

Drama Desk Award winner - Outstanding Performance, 1974 ('When You Comin' Back, Red Ryder?')

Drama Desk Award nominee - Outstanding Director of a Play, 1980 ('Mecca')

78. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

December 9, 1916 – February 5, 2020

American actor (1951's 'Ace in the Hole,' 1952's 'The Bad and the Beautiful,' 1956's 'Lust for Life,' 1957's 'Paths of Glory,' 1960's 'Spartacus'), producer ('Paths of Glory,' 'Spartacus') and director (1975's 'Posse')

Academy Award nominee - Best Actor in a Leading Role, 1950 ('Champion'), 1953 ('The Bad and the Beautiful') and 1957 ('Lust for Life')

Academy Honorary Award recipient, 1996, "for 50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community"

BAFTA Award nominee - Best Foreign Actor, 1963 ('Lonely Are the Brave')

Golden Globe winner - Best Actor [in a] Drama, 1957 ('Lust for Life')

Golden Globe nominee - Best Actor [in a] Drama, 1952 ('Detective Story'); Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television, 1986 ('Amos')

Golden Globe Cecil B. DeMille Award recipient, 1968

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Special, 1986 ('Amos'); Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, 1992 ('Tales from the Crypt' episode "Yellow"); Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series, 2000 ('Touched by an Angel' episode "Bar Mitzvah")

79. Raphaël Coleman

Actor | Nanny McPhee

Raphaël Coleman was born on September 30, 1994 in Wandsworth, London, England as Raphael Pierre Jensen Coleman. He was an actor, known for Nanny McPhee (2005), The Fourth Kind (2009) and Edward's Turmoil (2009). He died on February 6, 2020.

September 30, 1994 – February 6, 2020

British actor - 'Nanny McPhee' (2005), 'It's Alive' (2009), 'The Fourth Kind' (2009)

80. Orson Bean

Actor | Being John Malkovich

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...

July 22, 1928 – February 7, 2020

American actor - 'Anatomy of a Murder' (1959), 'Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman' (1993-98), 'Being John Malkovich' (1999)

Grammy Award nominee - Best Recording For Children, 1978 ('The Hobbit')

Tony Award nominee - Best Featured Actor in a Musical, 1962 ('Subways Are for Sleeping')

81. Ann E. Todd

Actress | The Blue Bird

Ann E. Todd was born Ann Todd Phillips on August 26, 1931, in Denver, Colorado. Both of her parents had extensive careers in music; her father, Burrill Phillips, was an accomplished composer and pianist. Ann also had one brother, Stephen, who was born in 1937 (and died in 1986). Ann was adopted and...

August 26, 1931 – February 7, 2020

American actress - 'Intermezzo' (1939), 'How Green Was My Valley' (1941), 'Kings Row' (1942), 'Pride of the Marines' (1945), 'The Stu Erwin Show' (1950-53)

82. Robert Conrad

Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep

Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get...

March 1, 1935 – February 8, 2020

American actor - 'Hawaiian Eye' (1959-63), 'The Wild Wild West' (1965-69), 'Baa Baa Black Sheep' (1976-78)

Golden Globe Award nominee - Best Actor in a Drama Television Series, 1978 ('Baa Baa Black Sheep')

83. David Gardner

Actor | Detroit Rock City

David Gardner was born on May 4, 1928 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as David Emmett Gardner. He was an actor and producer, known for Detroit Rock City (1999), RoboCop (1994) and Traders (1996). He was married to Dorothy Gardner. He died on February 8, 2020 in Toronto.

May 4, 1928 – February 8, 2020

Canadian actor - 'The Christmas Wife' (1988), 'RoboCop: The Series' (1994), 'Felicity: An American Girl Adventure' (2005)

Gemini Award winner - Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series, 1997 ('Traders')

Earle Grey Award recipient, 2008

84. Patrick Jordan

Actor | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

The son of a regimental sergeant major, Albert Patrick Jordan grew up in London where he debuted on stage in a 1946 Old Vic production of "Richard II" at the New Theatre. The ensemble cast comprised actors Harry Andrews, Rosalind Atkinson and Alec Guinness. The same group of players went on to ...

October 20, 1923 – February 8, 2020

English actor - 'The Heroes of Telemark' (1965), 'Play Dirty' (1969), 'Star Wars' (1977)

85. Ron McLarty

Actor | The Postman

Ron McLarty was born on April 26, 1947 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA as Ronald William McLarty. He was an actor, known for The Postman (1997), St. Vincent (2014) and Cop Rock (1990). He was married to Kate Skinner and Diane Dorothy Tesitor. He died on February 8, 2020 in New York City, New York,...

April 14, 1947 – February 8, 2020

American actor ('Spenser: For Hire'), novelist ('The Memory of Running') and audiobook narrator ('Salem's Lot')

86. Volker Spengler

Actor | Satansbraten

Volker Spengler was born on February 16, 1939 in Bremen, Germany. He was an actor and art director, known for Satan's Brew (1976), In a Year with 13 Moons (1978) and The Ogre (1996). He died on February 8, 2020 in Berlin, Germany.

February 16, 1939 – February 8, 2020

German actor - 'In a Year with 13 Moons' (1978), 'Despair' (1978), 'The Ogre' (1996)

87. Grazia Volpi

Producer | Cesare deve morire

Grazia Volpi was born on March 29, 1941 in Pontedera, Tuscany, Italy as Rosanna Grazia Volpi. She was a producer and production manager, known for Cesare deve morire (2012), Elective Affinities (1996) and Fiorile (1993). She was married to Roberto Perpignani. She died on February 7, 2020 in ...

March 29, 1941 – February 8, 2020

Italian producer - 'Padre Padrone' (1977), 'Fiorile' (1993), 'Caesar Must Die' (2012)

David di Donatello Award winner - Best Producer, 2012 ('Caesar Must Die')

88. Mirella Freni

Soundtrack | Copycat

Mirella Freni was born on February 27, 1935 in Modena, Italy as Mirella Fregni. She was an actress, known for Copycat (1995), Fatal Attraction (1987) and Awakenings (1990). She was married to Nicolai Ghiaurov and Leone Magiera. She died on February 9, 2020 in Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy.

February 27, 1935 – February 9, 2020

Italian operatic soprano ('La bohème,' 'Don Giovani,' 'L'elisir d'amore') and film actress (1965's 'La Bohème,' 1976's 'Le nozze di Figaro')

Italian Knight Grand Cross recipient, 1990

French Legion of Honour recipient, 1993

89. Paula Kelly

Actress | The Andromeda Strain

Tall, graceful, supremely accomplished American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three daughters, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old. Unlike her siblings, she had strong musical ...

October 21, 1943 – February 9, 2020

American actress of stage ('Something More!'), television ('Night Court') and film ('Sweet Charity,' 'The Andromeda Strain,' 'Soylent Green')

Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, 1984 ('Night Court'); Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Special, 1989 ('The Women of Brewster Place')

90. Sergei Slonimsky

Composer | Tainstvennaya stena

Sergei Slonimsky was born on August 12, 1932 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR as Sergei Mikhailovich Slonimsky. He was a composer and actor, known for Tainstvennaya stena (1967), Interventsiya (1968) and O tekh, kogo pomnyu i lyublyu (1974). He was married to Raisa Nikolaevna Slonimskaya. He died ...

August 12, 1932 – February 9, 2020

Russian composer of opera ('Virinea'), ballet ('Ikarus') and film ('The Republic of ShKID')

Named People's Artist of the RSFSR in 1987

State Prize of the Russian Federation recipient, 2002

91. Lyle Mays

Soundtrack | Training Day

Lyle Mays was born on November 27, 1953 in Wausaukee, Wisconsin, USA as Lyle David Mays. He died on February 10, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

November 27, 1953 – February 10, 2020

American keyboardist and composer - Pat Metheny Group (1977-2010), 'The Falcon and the Snowman' (1985)

Grammy Award winner - Best Jazz Fusion Performance 1983 ('Travels'), 1984 ('First Circle'), 1987 ('Still Life (Talking)') and 1989 ('Letter from Home'); Best Contemporary Jazz Performance, 1993 ('The Road to You'), 1995 ('We Live Here') and 1998 ('Imaginary Day'); Best Rock Instrumental Performance, 1998 ('The Roots Of Coincidence'); Best Contemporary Jazz Album, 2002 ('Speaking Of Now') and 2005 ('The Way Up')

Nominated for another 23 Grammy Awards

92. Juha Muje

Actor | Raid

Juha Muje was born on August 15, 1950 in Pietarsaari, Finland as Juha Herman Muje. He was an actor, known for Raid (2003), Raid (2000) and Ricky Rapper and Cool Wendy (2012). He was married to Pirjo Kilpi. He died on February 9, 2020 in Espoo, Finland.

August 15, 1950 – February 10, 2020

Finnish actor - 'Vesku Show' (1988-91), 'Raid' TV series (2000) and film (2003), 'The Storage' (2011)

March 25, 1943 – February 10, 2020

American production designer (1982's 'The Verdict,' 1989's 'Steel Magnolias,' 1992's 'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle') and art director (1981's 'Prince of the City,' 1983's 'The King of Comedy,' 1985's 'The Purple Rose of Cairo')

Primetime Emmy Award nominee - Outstanding Art Direction for a Series, 1999 ('The Sopranos' pilot)

94. Ron Haddrick

Actor | Quigley Down Under

Ron Haddrick was born on April 9, 1929 in Adelaide, South Australia, Australia as Ronald Norman Haddrick. He was an actor, known for Quigley Down Under (1990), Shirley Thompson Versus the Aliens (1972) and Water Rats (1996). He died on February 11, 2020 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

April 9, 1929 – February 11, 2020

Australian actor - 'The Stranger' (1964-65), 'The Fourth Wish' (1976), 'Quigley Down Under' (1990)

95. Joseph Shabalala

Soundtrack | The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen

Joseph Shabalala was born on August 28, 1941 in Ladysmith, South Africa as Bhekizizwe Joseph Siphatimandla Mxoveni Mshengu Bigboy Shabalala. He was married to Thokozile and Nellie. He died on February 11, 2020 in Pretoria, South Africa.

August 28, 1941 – February 11, 2020

South African singer, songwriter and musician - founder and musical director of Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Grammy Award winner - Best Traditional World Music Album, 2004 ('Raise Your Spirit Higher') and 2008 ('Ilembe: Honoring Shaka Zulu'); Best World Music Album, 2013 ('Live: Singing For Peace Around The World')

Grammy Award nominee - Best Contemporary World Music Album, 2005 ('No Boundaries') and 2006 ('Long Walk to Freedom'); Best World Music Album, 2011 ('Songs From A Zulu Farm') and 2015 ('Music from Inala'); Best Children's Album, 2017 ('Songs Of Peace & Love For Kids & Parents Around The World')

96. Joseph Vilsmaier

Director | Stalingrad

Joseph Vilsmaier was born on January 24, 1939 in Munich, Bavaria, German Reich. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Stalingrad (1993), The Harmonists (1997) and Brother of Sleep (1995). He was married to Dana Vávrová and Hanna Vilsmaier. He died on February 11, 2020 in Bavaria, Germany.

January 24, 1939 – February 11, 2020

German filmmaker - 'Stalingrad' (1993), 'Brother of Sleep' (1995), 'The Harmonists' (1997)

German Film Award winner - Outstanding Feature Film, 1996 ('Brother of Sleep')

German Film Award nominee - Best Direction, 1989 ('Autumn Milk') and 1998 ('The Harmonists')

Bavarian Film Award winner - Best Production, 1991 ('Rama Dama'), 1993 ('Stalingrad') and 1996 ('Brother of Sleep'); Best Cinematography, 1993 ('Stalingrad'); Best Direction, 1998 ('The Humorists'); Special Award, 2007 ('The Last Train')

Bavarian Film Honorary Award recipient, 2010

97. Søren Spanning

Actor | En kongelig affære

Søren Spanning was born on May 30, 1951 in Frederiksberg, Denmark. He was an actor, known for A Royal Affair (2012), Borgen (2010) and Park Road (2009). He was married to Karen-Lise Mynster. He died on February 12, 2020 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

May 30, 1951 – February 12, 2020

Danish actor - 'The Hotel' (2001-02), 'Park Road' (2009-10), 'Borgen (2010-13)

98. Cheryl Wheeler Duncan

Stunts | They Live

Cheryl Wheeler Duncan was born on August 18, 1960 in Pensacola, Florida, USA as Cheryl Marie Wheeler. She is known for her work on They Live (1988), Demolition Man (1993) and Batman & Robin (1997). She was married to Robert Reed Sanders, Robert Lindsey Duncan and Shane Dixon. She died on ...

August 18, 1960 – February 12, 2020

American stunt performer and double - 'They Live' (1988), 'Lethal Weapon 3' (1992), 'Charlie's Angels' (2000), 'Thor' (2011)

November 27, 1957 – February 12, 2020

American on-line editor ('Boardwalk Empire,' 'True Detective'), intermediate editor 'The Place Beyond the Pines,' 'The Greatest Showman') and visual effects artist ('Black Swan')

100. Rafael Romero Marchent

Director | Disco rojo

Rafael Romero Marchent was born on May 3, 1926 in Madrid, Spain. He was a director and actor, known for Disco rojo (1973), Santo vs. Doctor Death (1973) and Revenge of the Black Wolf (1981). He was married to Maruja Tamayo. He died on February 13, 2020 in Madrid.

May 3, 1926 – February 13, 2020

Spanish director ('The Dead Don't Count,' TV's 'Curro Jiménez'), writer ('A Quiet Place to Kill') and actor ('Mare Nostrum'); pioneer of spaghetti Westerns in Spain

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