Deaths: February 15

by bcampos862 | created - 16 Feb 2017 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

1. Ethel Merman

Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Born in the Astoria section of Queens, New York City, Ethel Merman surely is the pre-eminent star of 'Broadway' musical comedy. Though untrained in singing, she could belt out a song like quite no one else, and was sought after by major songwriters such as Irving Berlin and Cole Porter. Having ...

2. Antonio Moreno

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

A serious rival to Rudolph Valentino as the smouldering 'Latin Lover' type was black-haired Spanish-born Antonio Moreno. One of the most prominent screen stars of the 1920's, he was equally adept at romance, melodrama or comedy and appeared opposite most of the legendary movie queens of the era, ...

3. Avon Long

Actor | Trading Places

Avon Long was a featured singer and dancer in the Cotton Club in New York in 1934. Lena Horne credits him with bringing her out of the chorus line to a featured spot. In the 1940's, he won critical acclaim as "Sportin' Life" in the Broadway production of "Porgy and Bess". He also appeared in ...

5. Burt Kennedy

Director | The War Wagon

American screenwriter and director--particularly of westerns--Burt Kennedy was the son of performers. He was part of their act, "The Dancing Kennedys", from infancy. He served in World War II as a cavalry officer and was highly decorated. After the war he joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, ...

6. Christopher Malcolm

Actor | Highlander

Christopher Malcolm was born on August 19, 1946 in Aberdeen, Scotland. He was an actor, known for Highlander (1986), Ragtime (1981) and Labyrinth (1986). He was married to Judith Lloyd. He died on February 15, 2014 in London, England.

7. Cliff Bole

Director | The Six Million Dollar Man

Cliff Bole was born on November 9, 1937 in San Francisco, California, USA as Clifford John Bole. He was a director and producer, known for The Six Million Dollar Man (1974), V (1984) and Star Trek: The Next Generation (1987). He was married to Brenda. He died on February 15, 2014 in Palm Desert, ...

8. Daniel McDonald

Actor | The Ice Storm

Daniel McDonald was born and raised in New York the youngest of seven children. A life member of the Actors Studio, he has also studied with Paul Curtis of the American Mime Company, The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London, and with Sanford Meisner on the island of Bequia, BWI. Daniel has been ...

9. Daniel Vernet

Actor | Sans rires

Daniel Vernet was an actor, known for Sans rires (1990) and Journalisten fragen - Politiker antworten (1963). He died on February 15, 2018 in Paris, France.

10. Dolores Faith

Actress | The Phantom Planet

Dolores Faith was born on July 15, 1941 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Dolores Faith Hodges. She was an actress, known for The Phantom Planet (1961), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Wild Harvest (1962). She was married to James Robert Neal. She died on February 15, 1990 in Miami, Florida, USA.

11. Eileen Essell

Actress | Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Eileen Essell has to be one of the oldest film débutantes of all time. She became a stage actress when she left university and spent thirteen years in theatrical productions in Britain. However, when she was in her early thirties she got married to a writer and abandoned her career to raise her son...

12. George Gaynes

Actor | Tootsie

George Gaynes was born in Helsinki in May, 1917, which was then the capital of the Grand Duchy of Finland. The Grand Duchy was part of the Russian Empire, which was in a state of collapse at the time of Gaynes' birth. The Emperor Nicholas II of Russia had abdicated the throne on March 15, two ...

13. Henry Brandon

Actor | The Searchers

German-born Henry Brandon was a character actor in American films, most often seen in villainous roles. His parents emigrated to the US shortly after his birth. His early interest in acting led him to study at the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse. He landed the lead villain role in the Stan ...

14. Ilka Chase

Actress | Now, Voyager

The daughter of Vogue's editor-in-chief for 40 years, Edna Woolman Chase, Ilka was named for a Hungarian friend of her mother. She went to school in France and later acted in stock with Rube Miller in New York. Her first appearance on Broadway was as a maid in 'The Red Falcon' in 1924.

After ...

15. Jan Miner

Actress | Mermaids

Jan Miner was born on October 15, 1917 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Janice Miner. She was an actress, known for Mermaids (1990), Gertrude Stein and a Companion! (1987) and Lenny (1974). She was married to Richard Merrell, Terry O'Sullivan, Jack Harvey Campbell Berry and Thomas Samuel Carr. She ...

16. José Solé

Actor | Los caudillos

José Solé was born on July 28, 1928 in Mexico City, Mexico as José Solé Nájera. He was a director and cinematographer, known for Los caudillos (1968), De la tierra a la luna (1969) and El juicio de Martín Cortés (1974). He was married to María Teresa Calderón López. He died on ...

17. Kevin Smith

Actor | Hercules: The Legendary Journeys

He was born in Auckland, New Zealand and spent his early childhood there. His family moved to the small rural town of Timaru in New Zealand's South Island when he was 11. During high school, he began playing in rock-and-roll bands, but never aspired to a career as an actor. He had a passion for ...

18. Lassie Lou Ahern

Actress | The Forbidden Woman

Lassie Lou Ahern, who enjoyed a substantial career in 1920s Hollywood working with the likes of Will Rogers, Charley Chase, Helen Holmes, and the team of Ronald Colman and Vilma Banky, has passed away in Prescott, Arizona, USA, due to complications of the flu. After decades of relative obscurity, ...

19. Lina Romay

Actress | La comtesse noire

Stunningly comely and slinky brunette Lina Romay rates highly as one of the boldest, most sensuous, and enticing actresses to have appeared with tremendous frequency in a large volume of European horror and exploitation features made from the early 1970s to the early 21st century.

Romay was born ...

20. Martha Gellhorn

Writer | Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre

American novelist Martha Ellis Gellhorn was born in St. Louis, MO, in 1908 to a well-to-do family. She traveled widely in Europe, where she met and married her first husband, a French journalist named Marquis Juvenel. In 1934 her first novel, "What Mad Pursuit", was published. She later worked on a...

21. Mary Grace Canfield

Actress | Green Acres

Mary Grace Canfield was born on September 3, 1924 in Rochester, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Green Acres (1965), The Best of Broadway (1954) and Pollyanna (1960). She was married to John Theodore Bischof and Charles Orlebar Carey, Jr. She died on February 15, 2014 in Santa Barbara, ...

22. McLean Stevenson

Actor | M*A*S*H

McLean Stevenson began in show business at age 31. During the 1960s, he worked in night clubs and comedy cabarets, did summer stock theater and some television before moving to Hollywood, where he worked as a comedy writer for Tom Smothers. He eventually began acting in sketches. Mr. Stevenson is ...

23. Michael Morgan

Actor | The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Michael Morgan was born on October 29, 1959 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Michael Booth Morgan. He was an actor, known for The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), Sons and Daughters (1974) and The Amazing Chan and the Chan Clan (1972). He died on February 15, 1999 in Los Angeles.

24. Nat 'King' Cole

Soundtrack | The Nat King Cole Show

Nat King Cole was born Nathaniel Adams Coles at Montgomery, Alabama. He received music lessons from his mother and his family moved to Chicago when he was only five, where his father Edward James Coles was a minister at the True Light Baptist Church and later Pastor of the First Baptist Church. At ...

25. Norma Castillo

Actress | Dos amigos y un amor

Norma Castillo was born on February 5, 1913 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was an actress, known for Dos amigos y un amor (1938), Su mejor alumno (1944) and Spring Bride (1942). She died on February 15, 2004.

26. Pier Paolo Capponi

Actor | I ragazzi del massacro

Pier Paolo Capponi was born on June 9, 1938 in Subiaco, Lazio, Italy. He was an actor and writer, known for Naked Violence (1969), Uomini della scienza (1977) and Don Milani (1976). He was married to Isabella Peretti. He died on February 15, 2018 in Torri in Sabina, Rieti, Italy.

27. Ray Evans

Soundtrack | The Man Who Knew Too Much

Academy Award-winning songwriter ("Buttons and Bows" [1948], "Mona Lisa" [1950], "Que Sera Sera" [1956]), composer, author, musician and publisher, educated at the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania. He began his career in the college dance orchestra, then played in local night clubs...

28. Tim Holt

Actor | The Magnificent Ambersons

As they say, like father, like son. Cowboy hero Tim Holt avidly followed in the boots of his famous character-actor dad, the granite-jawed Jack Holt (b. Charles John Holt), who appeared in hundreds of silents and talkies (many of them westerns) over the years. The two actually appeared together as ...

29. Tommy Rettig

Actor | The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T.

Tommy was a successful child actor in 1954 when he was chosen out of a field of 500 to play Jeff Miller in the TV series Lassie (1954). He was with the show for four years, after which Lassie acquired a whole new family.

Rettig, the only child of Elias Rettig, a Lockheed aircraft-parts inspector, ...

30. Vanity

Actress | The Last Dragon

Vanity was a glamorous Canadian model and lead singer of the all-girl group "Vanity 6". She specialized in playing sultry female characters often in trouble with the law.

Vanity was born Denise Katrina Matthews in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, the daughter of Helga Senyk and James Levia Matthews. ...

31. Vladimir Sokoloff

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Familiar character actor of Russian heritage who played in scores of films, mostly in the U.S. He studied at the University of Moscow but left there to attend the Moscow Academy of Dramatic Art. He joined the world- renowned Moscow Art Theatre, where he worked for the next decade as an actor and ...

32. Walker Edmiston

Actor | The Great Mouse Detective

Talented, prolific and versatile voice and character actor Walker Edmiston had a remarkable career in radio, movies and television that spanned over five decades. Walker was born on February 6, 1926 in St. Louis, Missouri. Edmiston discovered at an early age that he could perfectly mimic other ...

33. Wally Cox

Actor | Mister Peepers

Wally Cox was a beloved character actor who made his mark in television and ranks as one of the medium's most memorable performers. His ability to show his range likely was limited by his short stature, slight frame, and high-pitched voice, which along with his talent for being very funny, made him...



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