Date of Death between 2002-01-01 and 2002-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actor | Gladiator
Richard St John Harris was born on October 1, 1930 in Limerick, Ireland, to a farming family, one of nine children born to Mildred Josephine (nee Harty) and Ivan John Harris. He attended Crescent College, a Jesuit school, and was an excellent rugby player, with a strong passion for literature. ...
2. Rod Steiger
Actor | In the Heat of the Night
Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...
3. James Coburn
Actor | The Great Escape
Lanky, charismatic and versatile actor with an amazing grin that put everyone at ease, James Coburn studied acting at UCLA, and then moved to New York to study under noted acting coach Stella Adler. After being noticed in several stage productions, Coburn appeared in a handful of minor westerns ...
Actor | Reservoir Dogs
Legendary Hollywood "tough guy", on screen and off. Remembered as the title character in Dillinger (1945) and as the consummately brutal lover of Claire Trevor in Born to Kill (1947). Notorious also for his frequent, well-publicized past involvements in public altercations - like barroom brawls - ...
5. Billy Wilder
Writer | The Apartment
Originally planning to become a lawyer, Billy Wilder abandoned that career in favor of working as a reporter for a Viennese newspaper, using this experience to move to Berlin, where he worked for the city's largest tabloid. He broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many ...
6. John Thaw
Actor | Inspector Morse
He was the working class boy from Manchester whose intensity and natural honesty made him British television's most bankable actor. He studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. His first starring role on TV was as Sgt John Mann in Redcap (1964). His first great success, though, was as Detective...
7. Robert Urich
Actor | Magnum Force
Robert grew up in Toronto, Ohio, where his athletic ability led to a four year football scholarship at Florida State University (FSU). There he earned a B.A. in Communications. He later received an M.A. at Michigan State University and then joined WGN radio in Chicago as a sales account ...
8. Kim Hunter
Actress | A Streetcar Named Desire
Her father, Donald Cole, was a consulting engineer, and died in 1926 when Kim was only 3 years old. Her mother, Grace Lind, once performed as a concert pianist. She had one brother who was eight years older than she, and she was educated at Miami Beach High.
According to an in-depth article on Kim ...
Actor | The Manchurian Candidate
New York-born James Gregory gave up a career as a stockbroker for one as an actor, and began on the Broadway stage. He made his film debut in 1948. Gregory specialized in playing loud, brash, tough cops or businessmen. One of his better roles was as the detective out to get Capone in Al Capone (...
10. Dudley Moore
Actor | Arthur
Dudley Moore, the gifted comedian who had at least three distinct career phases that brought him great acclaim and success, actually started out as a musical prodigy as a child. He was born in Dagenham, Essex, England, in 1935, to working class parents, Ada Francis (Hughes), an English secretary, ...
Director | The Manchurian Candidate
Born in New York and raised in Queens, John Frankenheimer wanted to become a professional tennis player. He loved movies and his favorite actor was Robert Mitchum. He decided he wanted to be an actor but then he applied for and was accepted in the Motion Picture Squadron of the Air Force where he ...
12. Milton Berle
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Milton Berle was born Milton Berlinger on July 12, 1908, in New York City, to Sarah (Glantz) and Moses Berlinger, a paint and varnish salesman. He was educated at New York Professional Children's School and began performing at age 5. His first stage appearance was in "Florodora" in Atlantic City, ...
13. Nobu McCarthy
Actress | The Karate Kid Part II
Lovely, demure actress Nobu McCarthy, born Nobu Atsumi in Ottawa Canada, was raised in Japan and studied ballet. A modeling career eventually led to her winning the "Miss Tokyo" beauty title. She married a US serviceman and returned to the States in 1955. Discovered by a talent agent, she made a ...
14. Jeff Corey
Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes
Jeff Corey was a film and television character actor, as well as one of the top acting teachers in America.
Corey was born Arthur Zwerling on August 10, 1914 in New York City, New York, to Mary (Peskin), a Russian Jewish immigrant, and Nathan Zwerling, an Austrian Jewish immigrant. He was an ...
15. Jonathan Harris
Actor | Lost in Space
Born Jonathan Charasuchin in the Bronx to impoverished Russian-Jewish émigrés, Jonathan Harris worked as a box boy in a pharmacy at age 12 and later earned his pharmacy degree at Fordham University. However, the desire to act proved overwhelming and he forsook this promising trade for the theater, ...
16. Kevin Smith
Actor | Hercules: The Legendary Journeys
He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his early childhood there. His family moved to the small rural town of Timaru in New Zealand's South Island when he was 11. During high school, he began playing in rock-and-roll bands, but never aspired to a career as an actor. He had a passion for ...
17. Glenn Quinn
Actor | Angel
Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1988. His first role was as a pool shark in the Richard Marx video Satisfied. He later landed a major role in the John Travolta film Shout (1991), where he shared a screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow....
18. Kenneth Tobey
Actor | Innerspace
Born in Oakland, California, Kenneth Tobey was headed for a law career when he first dabbled in acting at the University of California Little Theater. That experience led to a year and a half of study at New York's Neighborhood Playhouse, where his classmates included Gregory Peck, Eli Wallach and ...
19. Katy Jurado
Actress | High Noon
Katy Jurado was born María Cristina Estela Jurado García into a wealthy family on January 16, 1924. Her early years were spent amid luxury until her family's lands were confiscated by the federal government for redistribution to the landless peasantry. Despite the loss of property, the matriarch of...
20. Eddie Bracken
Actor | Hail the Conquering Hero
This owl-faced comic actor enjoyed his first featured film role in the RKO production Too Many Girls (1940), in which he reprised the role of "JoJo Jordan" that he had played in the Broadway stage version of that musical. (Into the pantheon of pop-music standards came one that Bracken had ...
21. John Agar
Actor | Fort Apache
John Agar was born in Chicago, the eldest of four children. In World War II, Sgt. John Agar was a United States Army Air Force physical instructor. His 1945 marriage at the Wilshire Memorial Church to "America's Sweetheart" Shirley Temple put him in the public eye for the first time, and a movie ...
22. Ron Taylor
Actor | Trading Places
Ron Taylor was born on October 16, 1952 in Galveston, Texas, USA as Ronald James Taylor. He was an actor, known for Trading Places (1983), Matlock (1986) and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993). He was married to Deborah Sharpe. He died on January 16, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
23. Cheryl Smith
Actress | Cinderella
Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith is an actress quite familiar to genre film fans. With leads in "B" pictures and meaty smaller parts in more major ones, her career showed great promise in the 1970s. Alas, it was not meant to be . . . the lure of hard drugs was to bring tragedy to the lovely and talented "...
24. Rosemary Clooney
Actress | White Christmas
Rosemary Clooney was born in Maysville, Kentucky, to Marie Frances (Guilfoyle) and Andrew Joseph Clooney. She was one of five children. Her father was of Irish and German descent, and her mother was of Irish and English ancestry. She grew up in Maysville, where she and her sister Betty Clooney used...
25. Guy Stockwell
Actor | The War Lord
Although younger brother Dean Stockwell is perhaps the better known actor of the two, Guy Stockwell was a seriously handsome, reliable performer over the years, appearing in over 30 films and 200 television shows. The son of singing performer Harry Stockwell and Nina Olivette (she also went by the ...
26. Josh Ryan Evans
Actor | Passions
Despite being one of the smallest actors in Hollywood at 37 inches, Josh proved quality early on in life. By creating and distributing his own business cards before he was even a teenager, Josh landed a spot on "The Dancing Baby" ice cream commercial, which led to his role in Baby Geniuses (1999), ...
27. Leo McKern
Actor | Ladyhawke
Although he sounded very British, Leo McKern was an Australian. By the time he was 15 years old, he had endured an accident that left him without his left eye. A glass eye replaced it - one might conjecture for the better, as far as making McKern a one-day actor of singular focus (no pun intended; ...
28. Parley Baer
Actor | License to Drive
Parley Baer was born on August 5, 1914 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Parley Edward Baer. He was an actor, known for License to Drive (1988), A Fever in the Blood (1961) and Dave (1993). He was married to Ernestine Clark. He died on November 22, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
29. Jack Kruschen
Actor | The War of the Worlds
Canadian-born Jack Kruschen entered films after years on the stage, and became a dependable character actor both in movies and on television. Often cast as ethnic comedy relief, Kruschen occasionally landed a role as a villain, but was more often the volatile, emotional Italian or Jewish neighbor ...
30. Samantha Lewes
Actress | Bosom Buddies
Samantha Lewes was born on November 29, 1952 in San Diego, California, USA as Susan Jane Dillingham. She was an actress, known for Bosom Buddies (1980) and Mr. Success (1984). She was married to Tom Hanks. She died on March 12, 2002 in Sacramento, California.
31. LaWanda Page
Actress | Friday
Best known for her role as Aunt Esther Anderson on "Sanford And Son", she appeared in many films including "Don't Be A Menace To South Central While Drinking Your Juice In The Hood" (1996), "Friday" (1995), "The Legend of Dolemite" (1994), "West From North Goes South" (1993), "The Meteor Man" (1993...
32. George Nader
Actor | Robot Monster
Born in Pasadena, California, George Nader became interested in acting while still in school and appeared in several productions at the Pasadena Playhouse. This led to several small parts in movies before earning the lead role in the infamous 3D thriller Robot Monster (1953). The movie was bad but ...
33. George Roy Hill
Director | The Sting
George Roy Hill was never able to 'hit it off' with the critics despite the fact that 2 of his films - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), and The Sting (1973) - had remained among the top 10 box office hits by 1976. His work was frequently derided as 'impersonal' or lacking in stylistic ...
34. Bruce Paltrow
Producer | St. Elsewhere
Bruce Paltrow was born on November 26, 1943 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Bruce Weigert Paltrow. He was a producer and writer, known for St. Elsewhere (1982), The White Shadow (1978) and Tattinger's (1988). He was married to Blythe Danner. He died on October 3, 2002 in Rome, Lazio, ...
35. Whitney Blake
Actress | Hazel
Whitney Blake was born on February 20, 1926 in Eagle Rock, California, USA as Nancy Ann Whitney. She was a writer and actress, known for Hazel (1961), My Gun Is Quick (1957) and Mannix (1967). She was married to Allan Manings, Jack Fields and John Thomas Baxter. She died on September 28, 2002 in ...
36. Denis Forest
Actor | The Mask
An accomplished actor, painter/sculptor and writer, Denis Forest attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. He was an associate artist with the Necessary Angel Theatre Company from 1982-1987, where he collaborated on a number of award-winning plays under the direction of Richard Rose ("...
37. Ted Ross
Actor | The Wiz
He moved to Dayton, Ohio, with his family when he was 7. He was working as an MC at at club there during the 1950s when he entered the US Air Force. After his discharge, he continued to pursue his show business career. In films, he portrayed Bitterman in Arthur (1981) and its sequel Arthur 2: On ...
38. Peggy Lee
Actress | Lady and the Tramp
Peggy Lee was Born Norma Dolores Egstrom in Jamestown, North Dakota, on May 26, 1920. At age four her mother died. Peggy's father, a railroad station agent, remarried but later left home, leaving Peggy's care entrusted to a stepmother who physically abused her. Peggy later memorialized this in the ...
39. Katrin Cartlidge
Actress | Breaking the Waves
Katrin Cartlidge began her career as a doing backstage & front of house work at London's Royal Court Theatre, having appeared with their Young People's Theatre group. She progressed to appearing in play readings and workshops before winning a regular role in Brookside (1982).
She went on to forge an...
40. Meg Wyllie
Actress | The Last Starfighter
Meg Wyllie was born on February 15, 1917 in Honolulu, Territory of Hawaii, USA as Margaret Gillespie Wyllie. She was an actress, known for The Last Starfighter (1984), Marnie (1964) and Dragnet (1987). She died on January 1, 2002 in Glendale, California, USA.
41. Carrie Hamilton
Actress | Fame
Carrie Hamilton was born on December 5, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Carrie Louise Hamilton. She was an actress, known for Fame (1982), Tokyo Pop (1988) and The X-Files (1993). She was married to Marc Templin. She died on January 20, 2002 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
42. Barry Foster
Actor | Frenzy
John Barry Foster's acting career began and ended on the stage. At the age of 20, he won a scholarship to the Central School of Speech and Drama, where he befriended future playwright Harold Pinter. After two years training, Barry went on tour with Andrew McMaster and fellow actors Patrick Magee ...
43. Ted Demme
Director | Blow
Ted Demme was born on October 26, 1963 in New York City, New York, USA as Edward Demme. He was a director and producer, known for Blow (2001), Beautiful Girls (1996) and A Decade Under the Influence (2003). He was married to Amanda Scheer-Demme. He died on January 13, 2002 in Santa Monica, ...
44. Billie Bird
Actress | Sixteen Candles
Vaudeville comedienne Billie Bird Sellen was discovered at an orphanage at the age of eight years and hired to tour theater circuits with a vaudeville troupe. During the Vietnam War she accompanied 12 USO tours entertaining the troops in the war zone in the 1960s and 1970s. She had worked as ...
45. Brad Dexter
Actor | The Magnificent Seven
American supporting player specializing in tough guys. Of Serbian extraction, he was born in Nevada in 1917. As a young man, he boxed in amateur bouts and had early training in theatre at the Pasadena Playhouse. He joined the Air Corps during World War II and was assigned to the troupe performing ...
Director | Il mondo di Yor
Antonio Margheriti was born on September 19, 1930 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a director and writer, known for Yor, the Hunter from the Future (1983), Cannibals in the Streets (1980) and The Unnaturals (1969). He died on November 4, 2002 in Monterosi, Lazio.
47. Raf Vallone
Actor | The Godfather Part III
Raf Vallone was an internationally acclaimed Italian movie star known for his rugged good looks. The athletic Vallone, a former soccer player who often was compared to Burt Lancaster, was born Raffaele Vallone in 1916 in Tropea in Calabria, Italy, the son of a prominent lawyer and his aristocratic ...
48. Jack Lambert
Actor | The Killers
American character actor specializing in tough guys and heavies. A native of Yonkers, New York. He worked on the Broadway stage and then became an increasingly familiar figure in Westerns and crime dramas, after World War II. Although almost as familiar a presence in films as his contemporaries ...
49. Lawrence Dobkin
Actor | Patton
Lawrence Dobkin was born on September 16, 1919 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Patton (1970), Mike Hammer (1958) and The Wild Wild West (1965). He was married to Anne Collings, Joanna Barnes and Frances Hope Walker. He died on October 28, 2002 in Los Angeles...
50. Michael Elphick
Actor | The Elephant Man
Michael Elphick was a fantastic and very popular actor. He will be best remembered for his role as Ken Boon in the hit series Boon (1986). He died tragically at the early age of 55. He had been in ill-health for some years, caused by a long-running battle with alcohol, which was exacerbated by the ...