Dead at 54

by ale-dancingbear | created - 26 Mar 2018 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

(work in progress)

1. Edward D. Wood Jr.

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, ...

heart failure

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 ...

aortic dissection

4. Peter Sellers

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 ...

heart attack

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.

heart attack

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 ...

heart attack

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 ...

heart attack

9. Krzysztof Kieslowski

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 (...

cardiac arrest

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 ...

lung cancer

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 ...

heart attack

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

14. Michael Clarke Duncan

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 ...

respiratory failure

15. Sridevi

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 ...

accidental drowning

16. E.V.V. Satyanarayana

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.

cardiac arrest

17. Anthony Minghella

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.


20. Godofredo Pacheco

Cinematographer | Dulcinea

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.

heart attack

22. Mort Glickman

Music_department | The Crimson Ghost

He was born in a Chicago theatre, the son of a Yiddish drama producer.

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 ...

heart attack

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.

heart attack

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 ...

ovarian cancer

29. Aleksandr Abdulov

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 ...

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