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Writer | Plan 9 from Outer Space
Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people have come to Los Angeles from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (as writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers, composers, ...
2. Raul Julia
Actor | Street Fighter
Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active ...
complications from a stroke
3. John Ritter
Actor | Sling Blade
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was ...
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 ...
5. J.T. Walsh
Actor | Sling Blade
J.T. Walsh was born on September 28, 1943 in San Francisco, California, USA as James Thomas Patrick Walsh. He was an actor, known for Sling Blade (1996), Breakdown (1997) and A Few Good Men (1992). He was married to Susan West. He died on February 27, 1998 in La Mesa, California.
6. Lex Barker
Actor | Winnetou - 3. Teil
Alexander Crichlow Barker Jr. was a direct descendant of the founder of Rhode Island, Roger Williams, and of Sir William Henry Crichlow, historical Governor-General of Barbados. Barker attended the Fessenden School and Phillips-Exeter Academy, where he excelled in football and track . He went to ...
7. Bibi Besch
Actress | Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Bibi Besch was born in Vienna, Austria, to race car driver Gotfrid Köchert and actress Gusti Huber. She was a very busy supporting actress who had worked in television for over twenty years before being nominated for an Emmy Award as a supporting actress for Doing Time on Maple Drive (1992) and ...
metastasized breast cancer
8. Brion James
Actor | Blade Runner
Brion James was born February 20, 1945, in Redlands, California, to Ida Mae (Buckelew) and Jimmy James. The family soon moved to Beaumont, California (between Los Angeles and Palm Springs), where his parents built and operated a movie theater, where stars such as Gene Autry would occasionally stop ...
Writer | Trois couleurs: Bleu
Krzysztof Kieslowski graduated from Lódz Film School in 1969, and became a documentary, TV and feature film director and scriptwriter. Before making his first film for TV, Przejscie podziemne (1974) (The Underground Passage), he made a number of short documentaries. His next TV title, Personnel (...
10. Michael Landon
Actor | Little House on the Prairie
Michael Landon was born Eugene Maurice Orowitz, on Saturday, October 31st, 1936, in Forest Hills, Queens, New York. In 1941, he and his family moved to Collingswood, New Jersey.
When Eugene was in high school, he participated -- and did very well -- in track and field, especially javelin throwing, ...
pancreatic and liver cancer
11. Andrei Tarkovsky
Writer | Solyaris
The most famous Soviet film-maker since Sergei M. Eisenstein, Andrei Tarkovsky (the son of noted poet Arseniy Tarkovsky) studied music and Arabic in Moscow before enrolling in the Soviet film school V.G.I.K. He shot to international attention with his first feature, Ivan's Childhood (1962), which ...
12. Alan Dinehart
Actor | Supernatural
Tall, heavy-set character actor Alan Dinehart dropped out of school to join a repertory company. He had extensive stage experience (including some 27 appearances on Broadway) and, by the time he was signed by Fox in 1931, he had worked not only as an actor but as a stage manager and writer. On ...
13. Sterling Wolfe
Actor | Changeling
Sterling Wolfe was born on March 18, 1964 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on Changeling (2008), Romeo & Juliet Revisited (2002) and Skippy (2001). He died on February 15, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
heart attack following heart surgery
Actor | The Green Mile
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...
Actress | English Vinglish
Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963 in her father's hometown of Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. Her mother was from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. So Sridevi grew up speaking Telugu and Tamil. She has a sister named Srilatha and a stepbrother named Satish. Her dad passed away during the year 1991, while ...
Director | Fitting Master
E.V.V. Satyanarayana was born on June 10, 1956 in Dommeru, Andhra Pradesh, India. He was a director and writer, known for Fitting Master (2009), Hello Brother (1994) and Chala Bagundi (2000). He died on January 21, 2011 in Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh.
Writer | The Talented Mr. Ripley
Anthony Minghella was the son of immigrants from Italy, who own an ice-cream factory on the Isle of Wight, where Anthony was born on January 6, 1954. He and his two siblings, Edana Minghella and Dominic Minghella, grew up there, a popular British holiday spot. After graduating from the University of...
hemorrhage following surgery
18. Luther Vandross
Soundtrack | The Goonies
Designated the "heartbeat" of R&B during the 1980s and 1990s, Luther Vandross led a productive singing and songwriting life prior to this preeminence. The soul balladeer's strong commitment to the art of music continued on its Grammy-winning course, even after an acute stroke in 2003 left him ...
complications from a stroke
19. Dietrich Lohmann
Cinematographer | Deep Impact
Dietrich Lohmann was born on March 9, 1943 in Schnepfenthal, Thuringia, Germany. He is known for his work on Deep Impact (1998), A Big Grey-Blue Bird (1970) and The Peacemaker (1997). He died on November 14, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
21. Rahul Dev Burman
Composer | Sholay
Rahul Dev Burman was born on June 27, 1939 in Calcutta, Bengal Presidency, British India. He was a composer, known for Sholay (1975), 1942: A Love Story (1994) and Procession of Memories (1973). He was married to Asha Bhosle and Rita Patel. He died on January 4, 1994 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.
23. Joel Goldsmith
Music_department | Star Trek: First Contact
One of six children of the legendary composer Jerry Goldsmith, and the oldest son, Joel Goldsmith's own career in film scoring began in 1978, when he collaborated with Richard Band on the score for Laserblast (1978). Joel Goldsmith next worked as sound mixer for another Band project, The Day Time ...
24. Björn Isfält
Composer | What's Eating Gilbert Grape
For 30 years, he was one of Sweden's most prolific and respected film composers. Often he would play all featured instruments by himself, especially piano, guitar and flute.
25. Gus Kahn
Soundtrack | Paycheck
Lyricist, born in Germany, brought to the U.S. at the age of five. Educated in Chicago. Wrote songs for vaudeville and, subsequently, Broadway. Much of his film work was in collaboration with composers Sigmund Romberg, George Gershwin and Harry Warren. He was immortalised in a movie biopic, I'll ...
26. Michel Magne
Music_department | Gigot
Michel Magne was born on March 20, 1930 in Lisieux, Calvados, France. He is known for his work on Gigot (1962), S.A.S. à San Salvador (1982) and The Sleeping Car Murder (1965). He died on December 19, 1984 in Cergy-Pontoise, Val-d'Oise, France.
27. Erno Rapee
Soundtrack | The Island
In addition to international renown in Europe as conductor and composer of piano concertos, he held positions as musical director with various theatres in New York. Chief conductor of the Radio City Symphony Orchestra from 1932 until 1945.
28. Sandy Dennis
Actress | Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
It would not be easy for anyone to out-do one of American theater's finest thespians, but somehow actress Sandy Dennis managed to even out-quirk the legendary Geraldine Page when it came to affecting nervous ticks and offbeat mannerisms on stage and in film. She and Page had few peers when it came ...
Actor | O lyubvi
Aleksandr Abdulov, one of Russian cinema's best known sex symbols and was one of the most celebrated Russian film stars.
He was born Aleksandr Gavrilovich Abdulov on May 29, 1953, in Tobolsk, Siberian Russia, into the family of a theatre director from Fergana, Uzbekistan. His father, named Gavriil ...
30. Ervin Abel
Actor | Kevade
Ervin Abel was born on November 8, 1929 in Narva, Estonia. He was an actor, known for Spring (1969), Tagahoovis (1957) and Põrgupõhja uus Vanapagan (1964). He died on March 16, 1984 in Tallinn, Estonia.
31. Géza Abonyi
Actor | Rákóczi nótája
Hungarian film and theater actor. He was born in Budapest in 1894. After attending the Academy of Dramatic Art, he entered the Magyar Theater in Budapest as an actor. In 1918 he was hired by the National Theater, where he would play until his death, distinguishing himself particularly in ...