Deaths: January 21

by bcampos862 | created - 22 Jan 2017 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

1. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

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 ...

2. Abraham Sofaer

Actor | The Naked Jungle

Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, and the son of a well-to-do merchant, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Isaac Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut in...

3. Al St. John

Actor | The Roaming Cowboy

Al St. John was born on September 10, 1893 in Santa Ana, California, USA as Alfred St. John. He was an actor and director, known for The Roaming Cowboy (1937), Frontier Scout (1938) and The Rangers' Round-Up (1938). He was married to Flo-Bell Moore, Yvonne June Villon Price Pearce (actress) and ...

4. Allyn Joslyn

Actor | Only Angels Have Wings

Allyn Joslyn, the son of a Pennsylvania mining engineer, made his stage debut at 17. He was soon appearing regularly in Broadway productions, and headed for Hollywood in 1936, making his debut in They Won't Forget (1937). His nervous, at times dyspeptic demeanor and somewhat aristocratic looks fit ...

5. Ann Sheridan

Actress | Kings Row

Ann Sheridan won the "Search for Beauty" contest which carried with it a Paramount screen test. Signed to a contract at 18, she was put into a number of small roles under her real name of Clara Lou Sheridan. As she got better, her name was changed to Ann. In 1936, after two dozen films, she went to...

6. Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer

Actor | Rushin' Ballet

Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer was born on August 7, 1927 in Paris, Illinois, USA as Carl Dean Switzer. He was an actor, known for Rushin' Ballet (1937), Feed 'em and Weep (1938) and Johnny Doughboy (1942). He was married to Dian Collingwood. He died on January 21, 1959 in Mission Hills, California, USA.

7. Cecil B. DeMille

Producer | The Ten Commandments

His parents Henry C. DeMille and Beatrice DeMille were playwrights. His father died when he was 12, and his mother supported the family by opening a school for girls and a theatrical company. Too young to enlist in the Spanish-American War, Cecil followed his brother William C. de Mille to the New ...

8. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

9. Eduardo Morera

Director | Asi Cantaba Carlos Gardel

Eduardo Morera was born on January 9, 1906 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was a director and writer, known for Asi Cantaba Carlos Gardel (1935), Así es el tango (1937) and Un bebé de contrabando (1940). He died on January 21, 1997 in Argentina.

10. Eiko Ishioka

Costume_designer | The Cell

Eiko Ishioka was born on July 12, 1938 in Tokyo, Japan. She was a costume designer and director, known for The Cell (2000), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) and The Fall (2006). She was married to Nico Soultanakis. She died on January 21, 2012 in Tokyo.

11. Emiliano Sala

Emiliano Sala (born 31 October 1990) was an Argentine footballer who in 2012 made his professional debut with the Bourdeaux football team in France. Three years later, he signed a five-year contract with Ligue 1 Nantes. It was not until 19 January 2019 that Sala then joined the Premier League side ...

12. Gastón Barral

Actor | Sultanes del Sur

Gastón Barral is an actor, known for Sultans of the South (2007).

13. George Orwell

Writer | Nineteen Eighty-Four

Born the son of an Opium Agent in Bengal, Eric Blair was educated in England (Eton 1921). The joined the British Imperial Police in Burma, serving until 1927. He then travelled around England and Europe, doing various odd jobs to support his writing. By 1935 he had adopted the 'pen-name' of 'George...

14. Georges Méliès

Director | À la conquête du pôle

Georges Méliès was a French illusionist and film director famous for leading many technical and narrative developments in the earliest days of cinema.

Méliès was an especially prolific innovator in the use of special effects, popularizing such techniques as substitution splices, multiple exposures, ...

15. Gwyn Savage

Casting_department | Gamer

Returned to New Mexico to undergo cancer treatment, started in the movie business after treatment and has been working in the industry ever since.

17. Jack Lord

Actor | Dr. No

Jack Lord will probably be best remembered as Steve McGarrett in the long running television series Hawaii Five-O (1968), but he was much more than that however. He starred in several movies, directed several episodes of his show, was in several Broadway productions, and was an accomplished artist....

18. Jackie Wilson

Soundtrack | Ghostbusters II

Jackie "Sonny" Wilson was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Highland Park, the only son of Jack and Eliza Mae Wilson from Columbus, Mississippi. His father was an alcoholic and constantly unemployed, and his mother, who had lost two earlier children, doted on Jackie and became a powerful ...

19. Jens Okking

Actor | Strømer

Jens Okking was born on December 18, 1939 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Jens Dyhr Okking. He was an actor and writer, known for Cop (1976), One Hand Clapping (2001) and 19 Red Roses (1974). He was married to Anette Walther. He died on January 21, 2018 in Copenhagen.

20. Joel Freeman

Producer | Shaft

From the original Shaft to Love at First Bite, from Camelot to Soapdish, from top-grossing films to television to the Internet, Joel Freeman has built a reputation that spans over half a century of entertainment history.

He was born on June 12, 1922 in Irvington, New Jersey, USA. The son of Louis ...

21. Joseph Schildkraut

Actor | The Diary of Anne Frank

An imposing Austrian import-turned-matinée idol on the silent screen, Hollywood actor Joseph Schildkraut went on to conquer talking films as well -- with Oscar-winning results. Inclined towards smooth, cunning villainy, his Oscar came instead for his sympathetic portrayal of Captain Alfred Dreyfus ...

22. Kaye Ballard

Actress | Baby Geniuses

Singing funny girl Kaye Ballard was born to perform...and perform she did, in a career spanning eight decades. With a strong comedy background and tunnel mouth to rival Martha Raye, the broad and bouncy trouper drew laughs on the musical stage, in night clubs, in recordings and on TV. As the ...

23. Marie Prevost

Actress | The Racket

Popular star in Hollywood for two decades through 1936, Marie Prevost began as a Mack Sennett "Bathing Beauty" in 1917, later starring in dozens of light comedies. But not long into the sound era, she encountered problems with her burgeoning weight, to the jeopardy of her career. Her self-remedy ...

24. Matt Moore

Actor | Rain

Matt Moore was born on January 8, 1888 in County Meath, Ireland as Matthew Moore. He was an actor and director, known for Rain (1932), The Unholy Three (1925) and Call of the West (1930). He died on January 20, 1960 in Hollywood, California, USA.

25. Maxine Brown

Soundtrack | Bandstand

Maxine Brown was born on April 27, 1931 in Louisiana, USA as Ella Maxine Brown. She was married to Tommy H. Russell. She died on January 21, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA.

26. Meritxell Negre

Self | El número uno

Meritxell Negre died on January 21, 2020 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain.

27. Michael Winner

Director | Death Wish

Winner was an only child, born in Hampstead, London, England, to Helen (née Zlota) and George Joseph Winner (1910-1975), a company director. His family was Jewish; his mother was Polish and his father of Russian extraction. Following his father's death, Winner's mother gambled recklessly and sold ...

28. Morgan Wootten

Self | Poet Pride

Morgan Wootten was born on April 21, 1931 in Durham, North Carolina, USA as Morgan Bayard Wootten. He was married to Katherine Bourg. He died on January 21, 2020 in University Park, Maryland, USA.

29. Norman Amadio

Music_department | Quest

Norman Amadio was born on April 14, 1928 in Timmins, Ontario, Canada as Albert Norman Benedict Amadio. He was an actor and composer, known for Quest (1961), The Wayne and Shuster Hour (1957) and The Making of a Judge (2010). He died on January 21, 2020.

30. Paul Addison


Historian, university professor and author.

31. 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 ...

32. Pierina Dealessi

Actress | Me llaman Gorrión

Pierina Dealessi was born on December 25, 1894 in Turin, Italy. She was an actress, known for Me llaman Gorrión (1972), Adiós Argentina (1930) and Mosquita muerta (1946). She died on January 21, 1983 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

33. Polly Ann Young

Actress | Port of Hate

Polly Ann Young was born on October 25, 1908 in Denver, Colorado, USA. She was an actress, known for Port of Hate (1939), Turnabout (1940) and The Man from Utah (1934). She was married to Carter Hermann. She died on January 21, 1997 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Raúl Amundaray

Actor | Cristal

Raúl Amundaray was born on May 18, 1937 in Caracas, Venezuela. He was an actor, known for Cristal (1985), Por amarte tanto (1993) and Dos Otoños en Paris (2020). He died on January 21, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA.

35. Ricardo Castro Ríos

Actor | La vida continúa

Ricardo Castro Ríos was born on April 2, 1920 in Vigo, Pontevedra, Galicia, Spain as Manuel Francisco Castro Ríos. He was an actor, known for La vida continúa (1969), Café Cantante (1951) and Herencia de amor (1981). He died on January 21, 2001 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

36. Rita Lynn

Actress | Soldiers of Fortune

Rita Lynn was born on December 2, 1921 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Frances Rita Piazza. She was an actress, known for Soldiers of Fortune (1955), Telephone Time (1956) and Dan Raven (1960). She was married to Frank Maxwell, Kane Wallace Lynn and Arthur William Debernarde. She died on January ...

37. Robert Arthur

Writer | American Guild of Variety Artists 5th Annual Entertainer of the Year Awards

Education: (1) Bayside High School, New York. (2) Colgate University, Hamilton Village, New York, B.A. Degree in Economics/Spanish.

38. Russell Baker

Actor | Masterpiece Contemporary

Russell Baker was born on August 14, 1925 in Loudon County, Virginia, USA as Russell Wayne Baker. He was an actor, known for Masterpiece Contemporary (2008), Masterpiece Classic (1971) and Howard K. Smith (1962). He was married to Miriam Emily "Mimi" Nash. He died on January 21, 2019 in Leesburg, ...

39. Sandy Baron

Actor | The Grifters

Sandy Baron was born Sanford Beresofsky in Brooklyn, New York on May 5, 1936. Raised in Brooklyn's Brownsville neighborhood, the young Sandy attended public schools and participated in accelerated classes. A graduate of Brooklyn College, he spent his early years working summers in the Catskill ...

40. Sébastien Demorand

Self | Masterchef

Sébastien Demorand was born on August 4, 1969 in Rhodesia. He died on January 21, 2020 in Villejuif, Val-de-Marne, Île-de-France, France.

41. Sille Lundquist

Self | Ushi Heiku

Sille Lundquist was born on August 25, 1970 in Denmark. She was married to Nikolaj Kornum. She died on January 21, 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark.

42. Steve Susskind

Actor | Monsters, Inc.

Steve Susskind was born on October 3, 1942 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA as Steven R. Susskind. He is known for his work on Monsters, Inc. (2001), Friday the 13th - Part III (1982) and Sea of Love (1989). He was married to Ann Patricia Walker. He died on January 21, 2005 in Tujunga, California...

43. Susan Strasberg

Actress | Picnic

Susan Strasberg was born in New York City on May 22, 1938. From the time of her birth, she was destined to be an actress, as her father was Lee Strasberg, acting coach at the famed Actors Studio in New York. In 1953, Susan made her acting debut in the episode Goodyear Playhouse: Catch a Falling Star...

44. Tae Soo Jun

Actor | King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang

Tae Soo Jun was an actor, known for King's Daughter, Soo Baek Hyang (2013), Cruel Palace: War of Flowers (2013) and It's Alright, Daddy's Daughter (2010). He died on January 21, 2018 in Seoul, South Korea.

46. Ulises Butrón

Composer | La clínica del Dr. Cureta

Ulises Butrón was born on July 22, 1962 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Ulises Abel Butrón. He was a composer, known for La clínica del Dr. Cureta (1987), There Are No Men Left (1991) and Extermineitors 3: La gran pelea final (1991). He died on January 21, 2019 in Buenos Aires.

47. William Girdler

Director | 'Sheba, Baby'

Born October 22, 1947 in Jefferson County, Kentucky, William Brent Girdler launched his filmmaking career with the 1972 release of Asylum of Satan. He made a total of nine films in six years and provided the music for the Pat Patterson quickie Dr. Gore. Girdler died in a helicopter accident in the ...

48. Yves Afonso

Actor | Les arcandiers

Yves Afonso was born on February 13, 1944 in Saulieu, Côte-d'Or, France. He was an actor, known for Les arcandiers (1991), Frank Riva (2003) and France Inc. (1974). He died on January 21, 2018 in Paris, France.

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