Date of Death between 1980-01-01 and 1980-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Director | Psycho
Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...
Actor | The Great Escape
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...
3. Mae West
Actress | I'm No Angel
Mae West was born in Queens, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including "SEX", for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role was a small part in Night After Night (1932), ...
Actor | Being There
Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...
Actor | Slap Shot
American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, ...
6. George Raft
Actor | Some Like It Hot
George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, ...
Actress | Galaxina
Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...
Actress | The Big Sleep
A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...
Actor | The Lone Ranger
Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key ...
10. Bobby Van
Actor | Kiss Me Kate
Triple-threat performer singer, dancer and actor Bobby Van was the epitome of the breezy, exuberant song-and-dance man who could enliven any film he was put into. Unfortunately, he caught the tail end of MGM's musical reign during the 1950s. Alas, the visions of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor come ...
11. George Tobias
Actor | Sergeant York
American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown ...
12. John Lennon
Actor | A Hard Day's Night
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...
13. Douglas Kenney
Writer | National Lampoon's Animal House
Though almost completely unknown, this man was one of the originators of a highly popular and groundbreaking new form of comedy and satire.
After working on the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate, Douglas C. Kenney co-founded the National Lampoon magazine and the National Lampoon Radio Hour.
14. Barbara O'Neil
Actress | Gone with the Wind
Barbara O'Neil was born on July 17, 1910 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was an actress, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), All This, and Heaven Too (1940) and Stella Dallas (1937). She was married to Joshua Logan. She died on September 3, 1980 in Cos Cob, Connecticut, USA.
15. Milburn Stone
Actor | Gunsmoke
Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke (1955), was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory ...
16. David Janssen
Actor | The Green Berets
David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood ...
17. Raymond Bailey
Actor | Vertigo
Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a ...
18. Rachel Roberts
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...
19. Sam Levene
Actor | After the Thin Man
Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written ...
20. Mario Bava
Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto
Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...
21. Charles McGraw
Actor | Spartacus
Stony-faced, grizzled-looking tough guy Charles McGraw (real name Charles Butters) notched up dozens of TV and film credits, usually portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. While at high school he worked as a theatre usher and was nicknamed "Chick" by ...
22. Victor Sen Yung
Actor | Across the Pacific
Achieving both film and TV notice during his lengthy career, this diminutive Asian-American character was born Sen Yew Cheung on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco of humble Chinese émigrés. When his mother died during the flu epidemic of 1919, his father placed Victor and his sister in a children's...
23. Michael Strong
Actor | Patton
While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' ...
24. Jimmy Durante
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
First wife Jeanne died in 1943. Wed second wife, Marjorie Little after 16 year courtship when she was 39 and he 67 Marjorie Little had been the hatcheck girl at the Copacabana. Durante and his second wife adopted a baby girl, Cecelia Alicia on Christmas day 1961. Durante doted on "CeCe" until his ...
25. Paul Langton
Actor | It! The Terror from Beyond Space
Although established in show business for many years, it wasn't until 1964 with the debut of the TV series, "Peyton Place" that he became truly famous as the hapless and scheming, Leslie Harrington. His tenure there lasted several years and he added considerable style and finesse with his presence ...
26. Raoul Walsh
Director | Sadie Thompson
Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...
27. John Laurie
Actor | The 39 Steps
John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I ...
28. 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 ...
29. Jacqueline Dalya
Actress | Mystery in Mexico
Not too many film buffs may remember the name Jacqueline Dalya, but she was famous enough to be mobbed by 'bobby-soxers' in March 1947 while attending a Broadway premiere at the Tivoli, ending up in hospital with a broken skull. In fact, in the 40's and 50's, Jackie was a vivacious supporting ...
Actor | General Spanky
Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas was born on March 12, 1931 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Thomas Jr. He was an actor, known for General Spanky (1936), Ye Olde Minstrels (1941) and Night 'n' Gales (1937). He died on October 10, 1980 in Los Angeles.
31. Gail Patrick
Actress | My Man Godfrey
Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in ...
32. Tom Fadden
Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers
Wavy-haired, emaciated-looking Tom Fadden enjoyed a prolific screen career as a small part supporting actor with more than a fair share of scene-stealing moments to his credit. From the time he began with a stock company in Omaha in 1915, he remained continuously employed right up until his death ...
33. Lillian Randolph
Actress | It's a Wonderful Life
Lillian Randolph was born on December 14, 1898 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA. She was an actress, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Hi, Neighbor (1942) and The Great Gildersleeve (1942). She died on September 12, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
34. Yootha Joyce
Actress | Man About the House
Yootha Joyce was born on August 20, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Yootha Needham. She was an actress, known for Man About the House (1973), George and Mildred (1980) and A Man for All Seasons (1966). She was married to Glynn Edwards. She died on August 24, 1980 in Westminster, London.
35. Barbara Britton
Actress | Champagne for Caesar
Radiant to a tee, well-coiffed and well-dressed Barbara Britton looked like she stepped out of a magazine when she entered into our homes daily as the 'Revlon Girl' on 50s and 60s TV. She sparkled with the best of them and managed to capture that "perfect wife/perfect mother" image with, well, ...
36. Imogen Hassall
Actress | Carry on Loving
Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie ...
37. Harlan Warde
Actor | Money Madness
Harlan Warde was born on November 6, 1917 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Harlan Warde Lufkin. He is known for his work on Money Madness (1948), The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) and State Department: File 649 (1949). He was married to Barbara Grace Whittaker and Caroline ...
38. Hugh Griffith
Actor | Ben-Hur
Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic ...
39. Barbara Loden
Actress | Wanda
A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery ...
40. Ida Kitaeva
Self | One Moment Please
Ida Kitaeva was born on January 26, 1899 in Chita, Russian Empire as Udiph Kitaevich. She was an actress, known for One Moment Please (1956) and This Is Your Life (1952). She was married to Stan Laurel and Raphael. She died on January 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
41. Edith Evanson
Actress | Rope
During the Golden Age of Hollywood there were an array of character actors who came out and perfected their craft alongside some of the era's most popular stars. Within that category is one Edith Evanson.
She was born on April 28, 1896 in Tacoma, Washington, the daughter of a Protestant minister. In...
43. Gale Robbins
Actress | The Belle of New York
Minor league singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a modest dent in post-war Hollywood films. Born Betty Gale Robbins in Chicago, Illinois (some say Mitchell, Indiana) on May 7, 1921, she was the eldest of five daughters of Arthur E., a doctor, and Blanche ...
44. Dick Haymes
Actor | State Fair
Arguably one of the best singers of the twentieth century, Dick Haymes was born in Argentina to a Scots/Irish father and Irish mother, but brought to the U.S. as an infant. Dick inherited his vocal gift from his mother who made ends meet during the Depression as a singer and voice teacher. A music ...
45. Tony Beckley
Actor | The Italian Job
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Beckley appeared in BBC-TV's "Romeo and Juliet" and later in "War and Peace" and "Julius Caesar." Prior to his death, he had appeared on stage with Maggie Smith in "Snap" and Elaine Strich in Tennesse Williams' "Small Craft Warnings." ...
46. Fred Beir
Actor | Hawaiian Eye
He made guest appearances on TV series like Bonanza, Perry Mason, Maverick, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone (the 1963 episode "Death Ship"), Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, The Munsters, The Time Tunnel, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Honey West, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The ...
Actor | Moan & Groan, Inc.
Allen 'Farina' Hoskins was born on August 9, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Allen Clayton Hoskins. He was an actor, known for Moan & Groan, Inc. (1929), Love Business (1931) and School's Out (1930). He was married to Frances. He died on July 26, 1980 in Oakland, California, USA.
48. Lillian Roth
Actress | Animal Crackers
Tragic songstress Lillian Roth (nee Lillian Rutstein), born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 13, 1910, was given her first name in honor of singer Lillian Russell. She was the daughter of daunting stage parents who groomed her and younger sister Anne for stardom at an early age. The girls did ...
50. Barbara Griffith
Actress | The Andy Griffith Show
Barbara Griffith was born on August 17, 1926 in Lucama, North Carolina as Barbara Bray Edwards. She was an actress, known for The Andy Griffith Show (1960). She was married to Andy Griffith. She died on July 23, 1980 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.