Deaths: April 8

by bcampos862 | created - 09 Apr 2017 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

1. María Félix

Actress | Enamorada

Doubtlessly the most famous Mexican movie star, María Félix created a larger-than-life character: herself. La Doña, as the star was known after the character of her 1943 movie Doña Bárbara, starred in 47 movies, most of them forgettable except for her presence in them. More a star than an actress, ...

2. Annette Funicello

Actress | Muscle Beach Party

Annette Joanne Funicello achieved teenage popularity starting in October 1955 after she debuted as a Mouseketeer. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the family had moved to California when she was still young. Walt Disney himself saw her performing the lead role in "Swan Lake" at her ...

3. Ben Johnson

Actor | The Last Picture Show

Born in Oklahoma, Ben Johnson was a ranch hand and rodeo performer when, in 1940, Howard Hughes hired him to take a load of horses to California. He decided to stick around (the pay was good), and for some years was a stunt man, horse wrangler, and double for such stars as John Wayne, Gary Cooper ...

4. Bing Russell

Actor | The Magnificent Seven

Although best known as the deputy on Bonanza (1959) and Robert in The Magnificent Seven (1960), Russell's notoriety on a national level was as the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club. Helming the only independent team in the class A Northwest League, Russell was an innovator. Before Bull ...

5. Chuck McCann

Actor | DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

A third-generation performer and the son of a singing band leader, Chuck McCann was already a show business veteran by age eleven. Born in Brooklyn, he began his career as a child actor on radio, and by the age of nineteen had appeared on The Steve Allen Show (1951). He performed on several ...

6. Claire Trevor

Actress | Key Largo

Claire Trevor was born Claire Wemlinger in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York, the only child of Fifth Avenue merchant-tailor Noel Wemlinger, an immigrant Frenchman from Paris who lost his business during the Depression, and his Belfast-born wife, Benjamina, known as "Betty". Young ...

7. Fishman

Self | Lucha a muerte

Fishman was born on January 6, 1951 in Torreón, Coahuila, Mexico as José Ángel Nájera Sánchez. He was married to Lola Gonzales. He died on April 8, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

8. Guy Lyon Playfair

Writer | The Enfield Haunting

Guy Lyon Playfair was born on April 5, 1935 in Quetta, India. He is known for his work on The Enfield Haunting (2015), Ghostwatch (1992) and Interview with a Poltergeist (2007). He died on April 8, 2018 in London, England.

9. Jack Hammer

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Jack Hammer was born on September 16, 1925 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Earl Solomon Burroughs. He died on April 8, 2016 in Oakland, California, USA.

10. Jane Bryan

Actress | Each Dawn I Die

Warner was grooming Bryan for stardom in the late 1930s when she met and married the love of her life, Justin Dart, head of the Rexall Drug empire. An ardent Republican, he became one of Ronald Reagan's most trusted advisors.

11. Joe McConnell

Actor | Blink

Joe McConnell is an actor, known for Blink (1993).

12. John Hudson

Actor | The Screaming Skull

John Hudson was born on January 24, 1919 in Gilroy, California, USA as John C. Hudson. He was an actor, known for The Screaming Skull (1958), Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957) and The Ford Television Theatre (1952). He was married to Mary LaRoche. He died on April 8, 1996 in Los Angeles, ...

13. Jose De Vega

Actor | West Side Story

Jose De Vega was born on January 4, 1934 in San Diego, California, USA. He was an actor and assistant director, known for West Side Story (1961), The Karate Kid Part II (1986) and Island of the Lost (1967). He died on April 8, 1990 in Westwood, California.

14. Juraj Herz

Director | Panna a netvor

Juraj Herz was born on September 4, 1934 in Kezmarok, Czechoslovakia. He was a director and actor, known for Beauty and the Beast (1978), Habermann (2010) and Cremator (1969). He was married to Therese Herz. He died on April 8, 2018 in Prague, Czech Republic.

15. Kathie Browne

Actress | Star Trek

Kathie Browne was born Jacqueline Katherine Browne in San Luis Obispo, California on September 19, 1930. She got her break in TV after appearing in a Los Angeles production of Tennessee Williams's play, "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" (1958), making her debut in 1957 in the Western TV series, The Gray Ghost...

17. Laura Nyro

Soundtrack | Final Destination

Laura Nyro was born on October 18, 1947 in The Bronx, New York, USA as Laura Nigro. She was married to David Bianchini. She died on April 8, 1997 in Danbury, Connecticut, USA.

18. Leila Abashidze

Actress | Tbilisi, Parizi, Tbilisi

Leila Abashidze was born on August 1, 1929 in Tiflis, Georgian SSR, Transcaucasian SFSR, USSR as Leila Mikhailovna Abashidze. She was an actress and writer, known for Tbilisi, Parizi, Tbilisi (1980), Isini chamovidnen mtidan (1954) and Maia Tskneteli (1959). She died on April 8, 2018 in Tbilisi, ...

19. León Klimovsky

Director | La paz empieza nunca

León Klimovsky was born on October 16, 1906 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as León Klimovsky Dulfano. He was a director and writer, known for La paz empieza nunca (1960), La pícara molinera (1955) and Leap to Fame (1959). He was married to Inés de Tolosa. He died on April 8, 1996 in Madrid, ...

20. Malcolm McLaren

Soundtrack | Suicide Squad

In the mid 1970s, as a young man not yet thirty, Malcolm McLaren owned and operated a London shop simply called "Sex" and dreamed of fame and fortune. He met a half formed group of teenage rock star hopefuls and fed them happy half truths about the great bands he had led to stardom. With his help ...

21. Margaret Thatcher

SDI Star Wars

Margaret Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925 in Grantham, England, the younger daughter of Alfred and Beatrice Roberts. Her father was a greengrocer and respected town leader, serving as lay-leader with their church, city-alderman and then as mayor. He taught Margaret never to do things because ...

22. Onna White

Music_department | Oliver!

Onna White was born on March 24, 1922 in Inverness, Nova Scotia, Canada. She is known for her work on Oliver! (1968), The Music Man (1962) and The Great Waltz (1972). She was married to Larry Douglas. She died on April 8, 2005 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

23. Pablo Picasso

Art_department | Something's Gotta Give

Pablo Picasso, one of the most recognized figures of 20th century art, who co-created such styles as Cubism and Surrealism, was also among most innovative, influential, and prolific artists of all time.

He was born Pablo Ruiz Picasso on October 6, 1881, in Malaga, Spain. He was the first child of ...

24. Pauline Jameson

Actress | The Woman in White

Pauline Jameson was born on June 5, 1920 in Heacham, Norfolk, England as Pauline Louise Jameson. She was an actress, known for The Woman in White (1982), BBC Sunday-Night Theatre (1950) and Celebrity Playhouse (1981). She died on April 8, 2007 in England.

25. Richard Brooker

Actor | Friday the 13th Part III

Discovered by a casting magazine "Dramalogue" for the role of mindless killer Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part III (1982), Richard Brooker also gained the role of Oghris in "Deathstalker" (1983). It was the only acting experience of Brooker, who later start creating completely a different ...

26. Sara Montiel

Actress | La violetera

Sara Montiel was born in the village of Campo de Criptana, province of Ciudad Real, in the region of Castille-La Mancha, Spain. Her parents were Isidoro Abad, a peasant, and Maria Vicenta Fernández, a door-to-door beautician. The future star was christened Maria Antonia Alejandra Abad Fernández. ...

27. Stanley Kamel

Actor | Domino

Stanley Kamel was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 1, 1943 and was raised in South River, New Jersey. He attended high school at Rutgers Prepatory School (graduated 1961) in Somerset, New Jersey and received his college degree from the Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1965. ...

28. Suma Paz

Suma Paz was born on April 5, 1939 in Bombal, Santa Fe, Argentina. She died on April 8, 2009 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

29. Jim Hellwig

Actor | WCW Monday Nitro

Standing out than the rest, Ultimate Warrior became one of the most popular wrestlers in the WWE (back then in the WWF). During his run from the 1980s-90s, Warrior became known for high high energy when running down to the ring with his music hits, shaking the ropes during his entrance, his ...

The Ultimate Warrior

30. Vaslav Nijinsky

Writer | Nijinsky

Vaslav Nijinsky was one of the most important male dancers of all time. He was born Vaslav Fomich Nijinsky on December 28, 1889, while his parents were on tour in Kiev, Russian Empire (now Kiev, Ukraine). His father, Foma Lavrentevich Nijinsky, and his mother, Eleonora Bereda, were of ...

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