Dead at 72

by ale-dancingbear | created - 15 Mar 2018 | updated - 1 week ago | Public

(work in progress)

1. Marcello Mastroianni

Actor |

Marcello Mastroianni was born in Fontana Liri, Italy in 1924, but soon his family moved to Turin and then Rome. During WW2 he was sent to a German prison camp, but he managed to escape and hide in Venice. He debuted in films as an extra in Marionette (1939), then started working for the Italian ...

pancreatic cancer

2. John Wayne

Actor | True Grit

John Wayne was born Marion Robert Morrison in Iowa, to Mary Alberta (Brown) and Clyde Leonard Morrison, a pharmacist. He was of English, Ulster-Scots, and Irish ancestry.

Clyde developed a lung condition that required him to move his family from Iowa to the warmer climate of southern California, ...

respiratory arrest and gastric cancer

3. Tex Avery

Director | A Wild Hare

Tex Avery was a descendant of Judge Roy Bean and Daniel Boone, but all his grandma ever told him about it was "Don't ever mention you are kin to Roy Bean. He's a no good skunk!!" After graduating from North Dallas High School in 1927, Avery moved to Southern California in 1929 and got a job in the ...

lung cancer

4. John Drew Barrymore

Actor | Roma contro Roma

American actor with a sporadic career, the son of stage and screen legend John Barrymore. His father and mother, actress Dolores Costello divorced in his infancy and he claimed to remember seeing his father only once. His mother attempted to keep him from the acting life, sending him to St. John's ...


5. David Carradine

Actor | Kill Bill: Vol. 2

David Carradine was born in Hollywood, California, the eldest son of legendary character actor John Carradine, and his wife, Ardanelle Abigail (McCool). He presided over an acting family that included brothers Keith Carradine and Robert Carradine as well as his daughters Calista Carradine and ...

accidental asphyxiation

6. John Frankenheimer

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 ...

stroke due to complications following spinal surgery

7. Lorne Greene

Actor | Bonanza

Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Green on February 12, 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top...

pneumonia following heart surgery

8. Richard Harris

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. ...

Hodgkin's disease

9. Nigel Hawthorne

Actor | The Madness of King George

Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...

heart attack

10. Telly Savalas

Actor | Kojak

Of Greek descent on both sides, the son of immigrants, Savalas was a soldier during World War II, although most of his enlistment records were destroyed in a fire at the National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1973. He later studied psychology at Columbia University under the ...

bladder cancer

11. Isaac Asimov

Writer | I, Robot

Isaac Asimov was born Isaak Judah Ozimov, on January 2, 1920, in Petrovichi shtetl, near Smolensk, Russia. He was the oldest of three children. His father, named Judah Ozimov, and his mother, named Anna Rachel Ozimov (nee Berman), were Orthodox Jews. Ozimov family were millers (the name Ozimov ...

heart and kidney failure related to AIDS

12. Marc Allégret

Director | Entrée des artistes

Marc Allégret was born on December 22, 1900 in Basel, Switzerland. He was a director and writer, known for The Curtain Rises (1938), Julietta (1953) and With André Gide (1952). He was married to Nadine Vogel. He died on November 3, 1973 in Paris, France.

13. Siegmund Lubin

Producer | Uncle Tom's Cabin

Siegmund Lubin was born on April 20, 1851 in Breslau, Silesia, Germany. He was a producer and director, known for Uncle Tom's Cabin (1903), Passion Play (1900) and The Goose Takes a Trolley Ride (1903). He was married to Annie Abrams. He died on September 10, 1923 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA.

heart disease

14. John Hughes

Art_director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Distinguished art director, long at Warner Brothers (1933-49), where he handled many A-grade action features and westerns, including The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936), They Died with Their Boots On (1941) and The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). Occasionally billed as 'John J. Hughes'.

15. Oskar Sima

Actor | Die Fledermaus

This corpulent, balding character actor was a ubiquitous presence in German-speaking films for almost half a century. So much so, that a contemporary critic referred to him as 'the king of the supporting roles'. A baker's son, Sima had at first aspired to become a writer. When this somehow failed ...

16. Bert Grund

Composer | Alle kann ich nicht heiraten

Bert Grund was born on January 24, 1920 in Dresden, Germany. He is known for his work on Alle kann ich nicht heiraten (1952), The Csardas Princess (1971) and The Gipsy Baron (1975). He died on March 30, 1992 in Munich, Bavaria, Germany.


17. Heidemarie Hatheyer

Actress | Martha Jellneck

Heidemarie Hatheyer was an Austrian actress, singer and cabaret artist. She was born in Villach, Carinthia, Austria. After finishing high school she started to be a journalist but went instead to Vienna to play at the cabaret "Atelier am Naschmarkt". In 1936 she had her first stage engagement at ...

18. Mel Stewart

Actor | Tabitha

Mel Stewart was born on September 19, 1929 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Milton Stewart. He was an actor and director, known for Tabitha (1976), Bride of Re-Animator (1989) and Scarecrow and Mrs. King (1983). He was married to Annie Dong. He died on February 24, 2002 in Pacifica, California, USA.

Alzheimer's disease

19. Yvon Sarray

Actor | La caméra explore le temps

Yvon Sarray was born on November 18, 1917 in Clichy-la-Garenne, France. He was an actor, known for La caméra explore le temps (1957), Le deuil sied à Electre (1974) and Émile Zola ou La conscience humaine (1978). He died on February 13, 1990 in Paris, France.

20. Mikko Nousiainen

Actor | Vaiennut kylä

Mikko Nousiainen was born on October 2, 1938 in Varkaus, Finland as Mikko Lauri Samuli Nousiainen. He was an actor, known for The Quiet Village (1997), Nuori mylläri (1958) and Sven Tuuva the Hero (1958). He was married to Pirjo-Leena Liljeqvist. He died on January 26, 2011 in Tampere, Finland.

short illness

21. Larry Fine

Actor | The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

Larry began performing as a violinist at a young age. During his teenage years, he earned his living as a singer and boxer. At 18, Larry began working vaudeville with "The Haney Sisters and Fine" and in 1925, he joined Ted Healy and Moe Howard in the act that would eventually become The Three ...

after a series of strokes

22. Taraka Rama Rao Nandamuri

Actor | Daana Veera Soora Karna

Born into a farmer's family, Rama Rao Taraka Nandamuri got his bachelors of arts degree and took a job with the government. Married to Nandamuri Basavatarakam, he began acting in films, his first being Mana Desam (1949), in which he played a police officer. His first movie as a hero was Palletoori ...

heart attack

23. Peggy Lipton

Actress | Twin Peaks

She was a groovy and sexy icon of the late hippie era. To millions of TV viewers she became familiar as the reformed juvenile delinquent, turned undercover cop, Julie Barnes. With her expressive brown eyes and trademark long blonde hair, sylphlike Peggy Lipton was one third of a streetwise urban ...


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