Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2020

by khaosjr | created - 06 Jan 2020 | updated - 2 months ago | Public

A list of entertainment industry figures who passed away in 2020

1. Nick Gordon

Self | The Houstons: On Our Own

Nick Gordon was born on March 1, 1989 in the USA. He died on January 1, 2020 in Altamonte Springs, Florida, USA.

2. Andrew Burkle

Producer | The Juiceman

Andrew Burkle was born on October 27, 1993 in the USA as Andrew Charles Burkle. He was a producer and actor, known for The Juiceman, Airplane Mode (2019) and Breakfast with Einstein (1998). He died on January 6, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

3. Harry Hains

Actor | Lulu

Harry Hains was born on December 4, 1992 in Melbourne, Australia as Harrison George Haines. He was an actor and producer, known for Lulu (2018), Groupies (2018) and The Surface (2015). He died on January 7, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Hains' actress-mother, Jane Badler, is known to sci-fi fans as lovely-but-evil alien dictator (and would-be-world-conqueror) "Diana" from the hit series V.

4. Silvio Horta

Producer | Ugly Betty

Silvio Horta was born on August 14, 1974 in Miami, Florida, USA as Silvio Alejandro Horta. He was a producer and writer, known for Ugly Betty (2006), Urban Legend (1998) and The Chronicle (2001). He died on January 7, 2020 in Miami.

5. Neil Peart

Soundtrack | Small Soldiers

Neil Peart was one of the most universally respected rock drummers, and was best known for his nearly superhuman, pyrotechnic drum playing, and for providing intellectual lyrics for his band's songs. Neil served as both drummer and lyricist for the rock band Rush since 1974, joining bassist/...

6. Elizabeth Wurtzel

Writer | Prozac Nation

Elizabeth Wurtzel was born on July 31, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Lee Wurtzel. She was married to James Freed Jr. She died on January 7, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

7. Edd Byrnes

Actor | Grease

Edd Byrnes was born Edward Byrne Breitenberger on July 30, 1932 in New York City, the son of Mary (Byrne) and Augustus "Gus" Breitenberger. Edd shared an impoverished and unhappy childhood with brother Vincent and sister Jo-Ann. Their mother worked hard at various jobs to keep the family together ...

8. Buck Henry

Writer | The Graduate

Prolific, multi-talented comedy writer, story editor, actor and director. His father was an Air Force general (Paul Steinberg Zuckerman) turned stockbroker and his mother was silent screen star Ruth Taylor, formerly a member of Mack Sennett's bathing beauties. Buck Henry's first fling with comedy ...

One of Henry's achievements was co-creating (with Mel Brooks) the spy spoof GET SMART.

9. Alexis Eddy

Self | Are You the One?

Alexis Eddy was born on March 28, 1996 in Morgantown, West Virginia, USA as Alexis Renee Eddy. She died on January 9, 2020 in Mannington, West Virginia.

10. Ivan Passer

Director | Intimní osvetlení

Ivan Passer was one of the key authors of the "new wave" of Czech cinema, a group of young people who forged an energetic and transgressive film movement in the 1960s, breaking away from the precepts of hard socialist realism. Passer was not only the author of the scenarios of his own films, but he...

11. Carol Serling

Actress | Twilight Zone: The Movie

Born in Columbus, Ohio as Carolyn Louise Kramer to Warren A. and Ann (nee Caldwell) Kramer, when she was 18 months old her mother died unexpectedly. She was raised by her grandparents, Frank and Louise (nee Orton) Caldwell of Columbus.

She attended the Ohio State University Laboratory School in ...

12. Cathy Crawford

Actress | Roller Boogie

Cathy Crawford was born on January 13, 1947 in Dyersburg, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Roller Boogie (1979), What's My Line? (1950) and The Mike Douglas Show (1961). She died on January 10, 2020 in Pennsylvania, USA.

She and her twin sister, the late Cindy Crawford, were adopted daughters of Joan Crawford.

13. Stan Kirsch

Actor | Highlander

Stan Kirsch was born on July 15, 1968 in New York City, New York, USA as Stanley Benjamin Kirsch. He is known for his work on Highlander (1992), Straight Eye: The Movie (2004) and JAG (1995). He was married to Kristyn Green. He died on January 11, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

14. Norma Michaels

Actress | Easy A

Norma Michaels was born in 1924 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Easy A (2010), Wedding Crashers (2005) and Bad Ass (2012). She died on January 11, 2020 in Palm Springs, California.

15. William Bogert

Actor | WarGames

William Bogert was born on January 25, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA as William Russell Bogert III. He was an actor, known for WarGames (1983), Dog Day Afternoon (1975) and A Perfect Murder (1998). He was married to Eren Ozker. He died on January 12, 2020 in New York City.

16. Jack Kehoe

Actor | Serpico

Jack Kehoe was born on November 21, 1934 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Serpico (1973), Midnight Run (1988) and The Sting (1973). He died on January 14, 2020 in Hollywood Hills, California, USA.

17. Rocky Johnson

Actor | WWWF Championship Wrestling

Rocky Johnson was born on August 24, 1944 in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Canada as Wayde Douglas Bowles. He was an actor, known for WWF Championship Wrestling (1972), Spectrum Wrestling (1977) and Wrestling at the Chase (1959). He was married to Sheila, Ata Johnson and Una Sparks. He died on January 15, ...

Rocky's son is Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.

18. Christopher Tolkien

Self | An Awfully Big Adventure

Christopher Tolkien is the third son of the author J. R. R. Tolkien, and the editor of much of his father's posthumously published work. He drew the original maps for his father's The Lord of the Rings, which he signed C. J. R. T.

After his father's death, Christopher Tolkien, whom his father had ...

19. 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 ...

20. John Karlen

Actor | Cagney & Lacey

John Karlen was born on May 28, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Adam Karlewicz. He was an actor, known for Cagney & Lacey (1981), Dark Shadows (1966) and House of Dark Shadows (1970). He was married to Betty Karlen. He died on January 22, 2020 in Burbank, California, USA.

21. Tyler Gwozdz

Self | The Bachelorette

Tyler Gwozdz was born on June 18, 1990 in Norwalk, Connecticut, USA. He died on January 23, 2020 in Palm Beach County, Florida, USA.

22. Marsha Kramer

Jumper

Marsha Kramer was born on June 19, 1945 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She is known for her work on Jumper (2008), Double Jeopardy (1999) and Red Riding Hood (2011). She was married to Jim Keller. She died on January 23, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

23. Kobe Bryant

Producer | Dear Basketball

Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He was a producer and actor, known for Dear Basketball (2017), Daddy's Home (2015) and The Oscar Nominated Short Films 2018: Live Action (2018). He was married to Vanessa Laine Bryant. He died on January...

24. Nina Griscom

Actress | At First Sight

Nina Griscom was born on May 8, 1954 in New York City, New York, USA as Nina Louise Renshaw. She was an actress, known for At First Sight (1999) and Iron Chef America: The Series (2004). She was married to Leonel Alfredo Piraino, Dr. Daniel Clufton Baker III, Lloyd Preston Griscom Jr. and Joseph ...

25. John Andretti

Self | NASCAR Outdoors

John Andretti was born on March 12, 1963 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA as John Andrew Andretti. He was an actor, known for NASCAR Outdoors (2004), NASCAR on Fox (2001) and NBC NASCAR (2001). He was married to Nancy Summers. He died on January 30, 2020 in Mooresville, North Carolina, USA.

26. Fred Silverman

Producer | CBS Summer Playhouse

Fred Silverman was born in 1937, and quickly grew up into the television business. After starting out in the mail-room of ABC-TV in the late 1950s, he rose to director of program development at WGN-TV, Chicago in the early '60s. One day, he abandoned his car during a snowstorm and boarded a plane ...

Silverman produced a formidable number - and variety - of TV series throughout his career, including MATLOCK...and the occasional flop, notably SUPERTRAIN and THE BRADY BUNCH VARIETY HOUR.

27. Mary Higgins Clark

Writer | Where Are the Children?

In 2002 Mary Higgins Clark published her memoir "Kitchen Privileges". The book describes her upbringing, first marriage and how she became such a famous author. Meanwhile 36 movies have been made that are based on Mary Higgins Clark's thrillers. For a while Mary Higgins Clark and her daughter ...

Among others, Clark's novels include A STRANGER IS WATCHING; this was adapted for the big screen, in the early 1980s, by the creative teams who - between themselves - also gave us FRIDAY THE 13TH and THE ADVENTURES OF BUCKAROO BANZAI.

28. Kevin Conway

Actor | Thirteen Days

Kevin Conway was born on May 29, 1942 in New York City, New York, USA as Kevin John Conway. He was an actor and director, known for Thirteen Days (2000), Invincible (2006) and Gettysburg (1993). He was married to Mila Burnette. He died on February 5, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City.

Conway's output includes 1981's THE FUNHOUSE (in three roles, including that of murderous carnival-impresario Conrad Straker)...and, on stage, OF MICE AND MEN (playing George to James Earl Jones's Lennie).

29. Kirk Douglas

Actor | Spartacus

Cleft-chinned, steely-eyed and virile star of international cinema who rose from being "the ragman's son" (the name of his best-selling 1988 autobiography) to become a bona fide superstar, Kirk Douglas, also known as Issur Danielovitch Demsky, was born on December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York. ...

30. F.X. Feeney

Writer | The Big Brass Ring

F.X. Feeney was born on September 1, 1953 in New York City, New York, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for The Big Brass Ring (1999), Masters of Disaster and Harris Kubrick. He died on February 5, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. Raphaël Coleman

Actor | Nanny McPhee

Raphaël Coleman was born on September 30, 1994 in Wandsworth, London, England as Raphael Pierre Jensen Coleman. He was an actor, known for Nanny McPhee (2005), The Fourth Kind (2009) and It's Alive (2009). He died on February 6, 2020.

32. Orson Bean

Actor | Being John Malkovich

Orson Bean, the American actor, television personality and author, was born Dallas Frederick Burrows on July 22, 1928 in Burlington, Vermont to George Frederick Burrows, a policeman who later went on to become the chief of campus police at Harvard University, and the former Marion Ainsworth Pollard...

Bean's more-famous roles include the title character in Rod Serling's "Mr. Bevis" on THE TWILIGHT ZONE. Bean also lent his voice to "Bilbo Baggins" for the 1977 animated epic THE HOBBIT, and to "Billy the Rabbit" for GARFIELD IN THE ROUGH.

33. Robert Conrad

Actor | Baa Baa Black Sheep

Robert Conrad was a graduate of Northwestern University, spending his first few years out of school supporting himself and his family by driving a milk truck and singing in a Chicago cabaret. Conrad befriended up-and-coming actor Nick Adams during this period, and it was Adams who helped Conrad get...

Conrad starred with two of his sons, Chris and Shane, in the short-lived HIGH MOUNTAIN RANGERS...which was produced by his daughter Joan, and which co-starred Joan's husband Tim Erwin.

34. Paula Kelly

Actress | The Andromeda Strain

Tall, graceful, supremely accomplished American actress, singer, dancer and choreographer Paula Kelly was born in Jacksonville, Florida, one of three daughters, to Ruth and Lehman Kelly. The family moved to Harlem in New York when she was six years old. Unlike her siblings, she had strong musical ...

35. Marge Redmond

Actress | Manhattan Murder Mystery

Marge Redmond was born on December 14, 1924 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Marjorie A Redmond. She was an actress, known for Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), The Flying Nun (1967) and The Fortune Cookie (1966). She was married to Jack Weston. She died on February 10, 2020 in the USA.

36. Joseph Vilsmaier

Director | Stalingrad

Joseph Vilsmaier was born on January 24, 1939 in Munich, Bavaria, German Reich. He was a cinematographer and director, known for Stalingrad (1993), The Harmonists (1997) and Brother of Sleep (1995). He was married to Dana Vávrová and Hanna Vilsmaier. He died on February 11, 2020 in Bavaria, Germany.

37. Lynn Cohen

Actress | Munich

Lynn Cohen was born on August 10, 1933 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA as Lynn Harriette Kay. She was an actress, known for Munich (2005), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013) and The Cobbler (2014). She was married to Ronald Theodore Cohen and Gilbert Laman Frazen. She died on February 14, 2020 in...

38. Daniel Lee Martin

Self | The Outdoor Experience

Daniel Lee Martin was born on March 16, 1965 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He died on February 14, 2020 in New Port Richey, Florida.

39. Esther Scott

Actress | Transformers

Esther Scott was born on April 13, 1953 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Transformers (2007), Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) and Encino Man (1992). She died on February 14, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

40. John Shrapnel

Actor | Notting Hill

John Shrapnel was born in Birmingham, the son of Norman and Myfanwy Shrapnel. He was brought up in Stockport and south London, attending City of London School and Cambridge University. He was an original member of the National Youth Theatre and has worked extensively in theatre, particularly the ...

41. Caroline Flack

Actress | Bo' Selecta!

Caroline Flack was born on November 9, 1979 in London, England as Caroline Louise Flack. She is known for her work on Bo' Selecta! (2002), Greed (2019) and Love Advent (2011). She died on February 15, 2020 in London.

42. Amie Harwick

Actress | The Devil's Muse

Amie Harwick was born on May 20, 1981 in Sellersville, Pennsylvania, USA as Amie Nicole Harwick. She was an actress and producer, known for The Devil's Muse (2007), Midnight 2020 (2016) and Blabber Box (2011). She died on February 15, 2020 in Hollywood Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Nikita Waligwa

Actress | Queen of Katwe

Nikita Waligwa was born in 2004 in Uganda as Nikita Pearl Waligwa. She was an actress, known for Queen of Katwe (2016). She died on February 15, 2020 in Naalya, Kampala, Uganda.

44. Jason Davis

Actor | Rush Hour

Jason Davis was born on October 14, 1984 in the USA. He was an actor, known for Rush Hour (1998), Beverly Hills Ninja (1997) and 7th Heaven (1996). He died on February 16, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Kellye Nakahara

Actress | Clue

Kellye Nakahara was born on January 16, 1948 in Oahu, Hawaii, USA as Kellye Nakahara Watson. She was an actress, known for Clue (1985), M*A*S*H (1972) and Doctor Dolittle (1998). She was married to David Wallett. She died on February 16, 2020 in Pasadena, California, USA.

46. Ja'net DuBois

Soundtrack | Good Times

Ja'Net DuBois was a multi-talented and diverse performer. She grew up in Brooklyn, New York and began her career on Broadway. She has appeared in various plays, including "Golden Boy" with Sammy Davis Jr. and Louis Gossett Jr., and "A Raisin in the Sun". She moved onto TV roles, receiving a Peabody...

47. Pop Smoke

Actor | Boogie

Pop Smoke was born on July 20, 1999 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Bashar Barakah Jackson. He was an actor and composer, known for Boogie (2021), Pop Smoke Feat. 50 Cent, Roddy Ricch: The Woo (2020) and Pop Smoke: AP (2021). He died on February 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

48. Claudette Nevins

Actress | Sleeping with the Enemy

Nevins was raised in Brooklyn, the daughter of fur salesman Joseph Weintraub and his wife Anna (Lander) who worked in the garment industry. She attended the High School of Performing Arts in Manhattan and later graduated Phi Beta Kappa from New York University. Nevins made her first appearance on ...

49. Clive Cussler

Writer | Sahara

Probably one of the greatest adventure novelists of our time. When his novel "Raise the Titanic" was bought for $840,000 by Viking Publishing in 1976, it put him on the map after 11 years of hard work. Before his success with RTT, he previously had written "Pacific Vortex", which wasn't published ...

"Raise the Titanic" was made even more famous by Lord Lew Grade...for all the wrong reasons. Grade adapted Cussler's masterpiece into a box-office flop which (along with "Saturn 3" and "Legend of the Lone Ranger") bankrupted ITC.

50. Gene Dynarski

Actor | Command & Conquer: Red Alert

Balding, often moustachioed Brooklyn-born Eugene Dynarski was a prolific character actor of Polish ancestry. He moved to California in 1957 after serving in the U.S. Navy and learned his craft at Los Angeles City College, Harbor College and UCLA. Obtaining acting work via renowned casting director ...

51. Dieter Laser

Actor | The Human Centipede (First Sequence)

Dieter Laser is a German actor. He is known to English-speaking audiences for his roles: Mantrid in Lexx, Prof. Otto Blaettchen in The Ogre and Dr. Joseph Heiter in The Human Centipede (First Sequence), for which he won Best Actor at the Austin Fantastic Fest. In 1975, he was awarded the German ...

52. Roscoe Born

Actor | Powwow Highway

Roscoe Born was born on November 24, 1950 in Topeka, Kansas, USA as Roscoe Conklin Born. He was an actor, known for Powwow Highway (1989), As the World Turns (1956) and Paper Dolls (1984). He was married to Roberta Weiss, Randall Edwards and Adrienne Hampton. He died on March 3, 2020 in the USA.

53. James Lipton

Writer | Inside the Actors Studio

James Lipton was an actor, academic, author, choreographer, interviewer, scriptwriter, and producer for stage and television projects. He was known for creating and hosting the noted and popular TV series Inside the Actors Studio (1994), where successful and prominent actors discussed their craft ...

54. Max von Sydow

Actor | Flash Gordon

Max von Sydow was born Carl Adolf von Sydow on April 10, 1929 in Lund, Skåne, Sweden, to a middle-class family. He was the son of Baroness Maria Margareta (Rappe), a teacher, and Carl Wilhelm von Sydow, an ethnologist and folklore professor. His surname traces back to his partial German ancestry.

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Von Sydow's other roles include: "The Greatest Story Ever Told" (portraying Jesus Christ to Donald Pleasance's Satan, Telly Savalas's Pilate, David McCallum's Judas Iscariot, and Charlton Heston's John the Baptist); "Victory" (as a German soccer champ-turned-Nazi commandant who pits his own handpicked players against a team of Allied POWs, the latter including Sylvester Stallone and Pele); and "The Exorcist" (as Father Lancaster Merrin, seen walking toward Ellen Burstyn's fog-shrouded Georgetown residence in the picture's most famous shot).

55. Johnny Yune

Actor | They Call Me Bruce

Johnny Yune was born on October 22, 1936 in Eumseong County, North Chungcheong Province, South Korea as Jon Yune. He was an actor and writer, known for They Call Me Bruce (1982), They Still Call Me Bruce (1987) and The Cannonball Run (1981). He was married to Julia Yune. He died on March 8, 2020 in...

56. Lorenzo Brino

Actor | 7th Heaven

Lorenzo Brino was born on September 21, 1998 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA as Lorenzo Nathanel Brino. He was an actor, known for 7th Heaven (1996). He died on March 9, 2020 in Yucaipa, California.

57. Lyle Waggoner

Actor | Wonder Woman

The television heartthrob from the 1960s and 1970s was the proverbial tall, dark and classically handsome actor. Completing the solid package was a great, muscular build, smooth charm, and an almost perfect set of teeth. Born in 1935 in Kansas City, Kansas, and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, he ...

58. Genesis P-Orridge

Actor | The Raspberry Reich

Genesis P-Orridge was born on February 22, 1950 in Manchester, England as Neil Andrew Megson. He was an actor and composer, known for The Raspberry Reich (2004), Ghost at No. 9 (2005) and Desire Will Set You Free (2015). He was married to Lady Jaye Breyer P'Orridge and Paula P-Orridge. He died on ...

59. Kenny Rogers

Soundtrack | Faster

Born in Houston, Texas on August 21, 1938, Grammy-winning singer, songwriter, actor, record producer and entrepreneur Kenneth Ray Rogers was the fourth of eight children born to a carpenter father who worked in a shipyard and a mother who was a hospital nurse's assistant. Of humble Irish and Native...

60. Eric Weissberg

Soundtrack | Deliverance

Eric Weissberg was born on August 16, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Juliet Savage. He died on March 22, 2020 in New York, New York.

61. Lucia Bosè

Actress | La signora senza camelie

Lucia Bosè was born on January 28, 1931 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy as Lucia Borlani. She was an actress, known for The Lady Without Camelias (1953), Story of a Love Affair (1950) and Fellini Satyricon (1969). She was married to Luis Miguel Dominguín. She died on March 23, 2020 in Segovia, Segovia, ...

62. Manu Dibango

Soundtrack | Ride Along

Manu Dibango was born on December 12, 1933 in Douala, Cameroon as Emmanuel Dibango N'Djocke. He died on March 24, 2020 in Melun, Seine-et-Marne, France.

63. Stuart Gordon

Writer | Re-Animator

Stuart Gordon started his film directing career in 1985. After graduating from Lane Technical High School, Gordon worked as a commercial artist apprentice prior to enrolling at the University of Wisconsin in Madison. Unable to get into the film classes, he enrolled in an acting class and ended up ...

64. Terrence McNally

Writer | Frankie and Johnny

Terrence McNally was born on November 3, 1938 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Frankie and Johnny (1991), American Playhouse (1980) and The Ritz (1976). He was married to Thomas Kirdahy. He died on March 24, 2020 in Sarasota, Florida.

65. Albert Uderzo

Writer | Astérix & Obélix contre César

Albert Uderzo is a French comic book writer and artist, of Italian descent. Albert was born in 1927 in the town of Fismes, in the Marne department of north-eastern France. Marne was created from the remains of the older province of Champagne, and the local capital is Chalons-en-Champagne.

Alnert's ...

66. Bill Rieflin

Soundtrack | Natural Born Killers

Bill Rieflin was born on September 30, 1960 in Seattle, Washington, USA as William Rieflin. He was married to Francesca Sundsten. He died on March 24, 2020 in Seattle.

67. Mark Blum

Actor | Crocodile Dundee

Mark Blum was born on May 14, 1950 in Newark, New Jersey, USA as Mark Jeffrey Blum. He was an actor and producer, known for Crocodile Dundee (1986), Desperately Seeking Susan (1985) and Shattered Glass (2003). He was married to Janet Zarish. He died on March 26, 2020 in Manhattan, New York City, ...

68. Curley Neal

Actor | Superboy

Curley Neal was born on May 19, 1942 in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA as Fred Neal. He was an actor, known for Superboy (1988), The Love Boat (1977) and The John Davidson Show (1980). He was married to Rose. He died on March 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA.

69. Jimmy Wynn

Self | 1974 National League Championship Series

Jimmy Wynn was born on March 12, 1942 in Hamilton, Ohio, USA as James Sherman Wynn. He was married to Rose Marie and Marie. He died on March 26, 2020 in Houston, Texas, USA.

70. John Callahan

Actor | All My Children

John Callahan was born on December 23, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as John Kevin Callahan. He was an actor, known for All My Children (1970), eCupid (2011) and Dinocroc vs. Supergator (2010). He was married to Eva LaRue and Linda Freeman. He died on March 28, 2020 in Rancho Mirage, California, ...

71. Krzysztof Penderecki

Soundtrack | Children of Men

Krzysztof Penderecki was a Polish composer and conductor, whose music was often used in film. He seldom composed original film scores. Among the most notable films to use Penderecki's music are "The Exorcist" (1973), "The Shining" (1980), "Wild at Heart" (1990), "Fearless" (1993), "Inland Empire" (...

72. David Schramm

Actor | Wings

A Kentucky native, Schramm attended Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Kentucky and majored in English while also becoming intensely involved in theater. At the urging of his college acting teacher, he applied for and won a four-year graduate scholarship to Juilliard's newly formed drama...

73. Joe Diffie

Soundtrack | Twister

Joe Diffie was born on December 28, 1958 in Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Logan Diffie. He was an actor, known for Twister (1996), All My Friends Are Cowboys (1998) and The Beverly Hillbillies (1993). He was married to Tara Terpening Diffie, Theresa Crump, Debbie Jones and Janise Parker. He died ...

74. Alan Merrill

Soundtrack | The Covenant

Alan Merrill was the singer and songwriter of the original version of the 1975 Arrows version of the classic song "I love rock n roll." The song has since been covered by Joan Jett and Britney Spears. Alan Merrill started his career as a foreign domestic pop-star in the Japanese market, and was ...

75. Hilary Heath

Actress | Wuthering Heights

British 60s leading lady and latterly producer, born Hilary Dwyer in Liverpool, the daughter of an orthopaedic surgeon. She studied ballet and piano as a child and in her teens embarked on an acting career on the repertory stage. On screen from 1965, she became best known for three horror films ...

76. Bill Withers

Soundtrack | The Bodyguard

Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bill Withers was born on July 4, 1938 in the small coal-mining town of Slab Fork, West Virginia and was raised in the nearby town of Beckley. He was the youngest of six children of Mattie (Galloway), a maid, and William Withers, a miner. His father died when Withers...

77. Andrew Jack

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens

Andrew Jack was born on January 28, 1944 in London, England as Andrew Hutchinson. He is known for his work on Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015), Alien vs. Predator (2004) and Guardians of the Galaxy (2014). He was married to Gabrielle Rogers, Paula Jack and Felicity Hutchinson. He ...

78. Patricia Bosworth

Writer | Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus

Patricia Bosworth was born on April 24, 1933 in Oakland, California, USA as Patricia Crum. She was an actress and writer, known for Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006), Kraft Theatre (1947) and The Edge of Night (1956). She was married to Tom Palumbo and Mel Arrighi. She died on April ...

79. Adam Schlesinger

Music_department | Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

Adam Schlesinger was born on October 31, 1967 in Manhattan, New York, New York, USA as Adam Lyons Schlesinger. He is known for his work on Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2015), That Thing You Do! (1996) and Music and Lyrics (2007). He was married to Katherine Michel. He died on April 1, 2020 in Poughkeepsie,...

80. Logan Williams

Actor | When Calls the Heart

Logan Kari Williams was born on April 9, 2003, in Vancouver, British Columbia to Marlyse, a Swiss mother, and Clive, a South African father. He landed his very first audition when he was ten years old playing the part of Jack Spehn in the Hallmark movie The Color of Rain (2014). He later starred on ...

81. Jay Benedict

Actor | The Dark Knight Rises

Jay Benedict was born on April 11, 1951 in Burbank, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Dark Knight Rises (2012), Double Team (1997) and The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (2013). He was married to Phoebe Scholfield and Vanessa Pereira. He died on April 4, ...

82. Timothy Brown

Actor | M*A*S*H

Timothy Brown was born on May 24, 1937 in Knightstown, Indiana, USA as Thomas Allen Brown. He was an actor, known for MASH (1970), Frequency (2000) and Nashville (1975). He died on April 4, 2020 in California, USA.

83. Honor Blackman

Actress | Goldfinger

Comparing this sultry-eyed blonde to Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich may seem a bit overzealous, but Honor Blackman's stylish allure cannot be denied.

One of four children, Blackman was born in London's East End, to Edith Eliza (Stokes), a homemaker, and Frederick Thomas Blackman, a statistician ...

84. Shirley Douglas

Actress | Dead Ringers

Shirley Douglas was born on April 2, 1934 in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, Canada as Shirley Jean Douglas. She is known for her work on Dead Ringers (1988), Wind at My Back (1996) and Lolita (1962). She was married to Donald Sutherland and Timothy Emil Sicks. She died on April 5, 2020 in Toronto, Ontario,...

85. Lee Fierro

Actress | Jaws

Lee Fierro was born on February 13, 1929 in New York City, New York, USA as Elizabeth Lee Beers. She was an actress, known for Jaws (1975), Jaws: The Revenge (1987) and The Mistover Tale (2016). She was married to Marvin Stephens and Bernard Fierro. She died on April 5, 2020 in Aurora, Ohio, USA.

86. Thomas L. Miller

Producer | Silver Streak

Started his career as assistant to director Billy Wilder.

87. James Drury

Actor | The Virginian

Laconic, dark and handsome were the essential attributes for Hollywood western leading men in the 50s and 60s. James Drury fit the bill, keeping in mind that his most famous screen persona - that of the stalwart Shiloh estate ranch foreman known only as 'the Virginian' - took a while to properly ...

Drury's work includes the recurring role of "Captain Tom Price" on WALKER, TEXAS RANGER.

88. Al Kaline

Self | Home Run Derby

15-time All-Star Al Kaline of the Detroit Tigers was one of the premier baseball players of his generation, slugging 399 home-runs and amassing 3,007 hits in those less-statistics crazy times. (In this era, Kaline -- who announced his retirement before his final season of 1974 and stuck to it -- ...

89. Hal Willner

Music_department | Gangs of New York

Renowned for his eclectic approach, Hal Willner is a Music Producer based in New York, associated with the performance venue The Knitting Factory. He has a wide ranging interest in Film and Theatre Music, Jazz, Rock and Comtemporary Classical.

90. Allen Garfield

Actor | Beverly Hills Cop II

New Jersey-born Allen Garfield was trained at the Actors Studio in New York City. He had a prolific career on the stage before making his film debut in 1968. His stocky build and nervous, jumpy mannerisms fit well with the weaselly criminals, lecherous villains and corrupt businessmen and ...

91. John Prine

Soundtrack | Courage Under Fire

Exceptionally talented singer/songwriter John Prine enjoyed a 40 plus year career that encompassed such diverse music genres as folk, rock, country, and rockabilly. With his wry sense of humor, sharp, incisive songwriting, and endearingly offbeat perspective, John distinguished himself as a true ...

92. Saul Turteltaub

Producer | That Girl

Saul Turteltaub was born on May 15, 1932 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA. He was a producer and writer, known for That Girl (1966), Grady (1975) and The New Dick Van Dyke Show (1971). He was married to Shirley Steinberg. He died on April 9, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

93. Nobuhiko Ôbayashi

Director | Onna-zakari

Nobuhiko Ôbayashi was born on January 9, 1938 in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, Japan. He was a director and editor, known for Turning Point (1994), House (1977) and The Discarnates (1988). He was married to Kyôko Ôbayashi. He died on April 10, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan.

94. Tim Brooke-Taylor

Actor | The Goodies

Tim Brooke-Taylor was born on July 17, 1940 in Buxton, Derbyshire, England as Timothy Julian Brooke-Taylor. He was an actor and writer, known for The Goodies (1970), At Last the 1948 Show (1967) and Engelbert with the Young Generation (1972). He was married to Christine Wheadon. He died on April 12...

95. Danny Goldman

Actor | Young Frankenstein

Danny Goldman was born on October 30, 1939 in New York City, New York, USA as Daniel Goodman. He was an actor and casting director, known for Young Frankenstein (1974), MASH (1970) and The Smurfs (1981). He was married to Mary Gillis. He died on April 12, 2020 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Goldman was well-known to the Saturday-morning crowd as the voice of "Brainy Smurf".

96. Brian Dennehy

Actor | First Blood

Imposing, barrel-chested and often silver-haired Brian Dennehy was a prolific US actor, well respected on both screen and stage over many decades. He was born in July 1938 in Bridgeport, CT, and attended Columbia University in New York City on a football scholarship. Brian majored in history, ...

Among much else, Dennehy starred on the short-lived TV series BIRDLAND as a doctor who thought nothing of bending the rules if it helped his patient(s).

Dennehy's daughter Elizabeth is also an actress; she co-starred as "First Officer/Commander Paula Shelby" on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION; and also "Mrs. Gelbwaks" in C'MON, GET HAPPY: THE PARTRIDGE FAMILY STORY.

97. Peter Beard

Actor | Hallelujah the Hills

Born in 1938 in New York City and raised in New York City, Alabama and Islip, Long Island, Peter Beard began keeping diaries at an early age. He took his first pictures at the age of twelve and photography quickly evolved into an extension of his diaries, as a way to preserve and remember favorite ...

98. Roger Beatty

Writer | The Carol Burnett Show

Roger Beatty was born on January 24, 1933 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a writer and assistant director, known for The Carol Burnett Show (1967), Carol Burnett & Company (1979) and Mama's Family (1983). He died on April 6, 2020 in Palm Desert, California.

99. Herb Stempel

Self | Twenty-One

Herb Stempel was born on December 19, 1926 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert Milton Stempel. He is known for his work on Twenty-One (1956), American Justice (1992) and E! Mysteries & Scandals (1998). He was married to Tobie Mantell and Ethel Feinblum. He died on April 7, 2020 in...

100. Tom Lester

Actor | Benji

Born in Jackson, Mississippi, Lester was brought up on his grandfather's farm, shucking corn, fishing, hunting, and picking cotton. He graduated from the University of Mississippi, majoring in Chemistry. He taught science and biology at a school in Purcell, Oklahoma, before moving to California. He...



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