Date of Death between 1962-01-01 and 1962-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Marilyn Monroe

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, comedienne, singer, and model. She became one of the world's most enduring iconic figures and is remembered both for her winsome embodiment of the Hollywood sex symbol and her tragic personal and professional struggles within the film industry. Her life and ...

2. Charles Laughton

Actor | Witness for the Prosecution

Charles Laughton was born in Scarborough, Yorkshire, England, to Eliza (Conlon) and Robert Laughton, hotel keepers of Irish and English descent, respectively. He was educated at Stonyhurst (a highly esteemed Jesuit college in England) and at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (received gold medal). ...

3. Thomas Mitchell

Actor | Stagecoach

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great American character actors, whose credits read like a list of the greatest films of the 20th century: Lost Horizon (1937); Stagecoach (1939); The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939); Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939); Gone with the Wind (1939); It's a Wonderful Life...

4. Michael Curtiz

Director | Casablanca

Curtiz began acting in and then directing films in his native Hungary in 1912. After WWI, he continued his filmmaking career in Austria and Germany and into the early 1920s when he directed films in other countries in Europe. Moving to the US in 1926, he started making films in Hollywood for Warner...

5. Clara Blandick

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Clara Blandick was an American actress born as Clara Dickey and born aboard an American ship off the coast of Hong Kong on June 4, 1880. Little is known about her early life until she became an actress. Although she appeared in 118 films, she was primarily a stage actress. She began her film career...

6. Will Wright

Actor | The Blue Dahlia

One of those familiar character actors who seems to have been born old, Will Wright specialized in playing crusty old codgers, rich skinflints, crooked small-town politicians and the like. A former newspaper reporter in San Francisco, he switched careers and entered vaudeville, then took to the ...

7. Louise Beavers

Actress | Imitation of Life

1930s and 1940s film actress Louise Beavers was merely one of a dominant gallery of plus-sized and plus-talented African-American character actresses forced to endure blatant, discouraging and demeaning stereotypes during Depression-era and WWII Hollywood. It wasn't until Louise's triumphant role in...

8. Louise Fazenda

Actress | The Bat

When top silent screen comedienne Mabel Normand would gripe to Mack Sennett about making classier films, Sennett's retort would always be, "I'll send for Fazenda." This gawky, highly popular slapstick funny girl put in her time first in two-reelers and Universal's Joker Comedies from 1913 on, but ...

9. Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams

Actor | Noah's Ark

The son of a rancher-turned-politician, Guinn Williams was given the nickname "Big Boy" (and he was, too - 6' 2" of mostly solid muscle from years of working on ranches and playing semi-pro and pro baseball) by Will Rogers, with whom he made one of his first films, in 1919. Although his father ...

10. Ernie Kovacs

Actor | The Ernie Kovacs Show

Author, actor, comedian, composer and producer. He was educated at the New York School of Theatre, and received the Sylvania Television Award. Joining the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers (ASCAP) in 1957, he composed a number of songs and themes, a number of which were used in ...

11. Frank Jenks

Actor | His Girl Friday

Wavy-haired American character actor and musician Frank Jenks was the son of advertising man Frank Jenks and pianist Lillian Sadler. After his family settled in Los Angeles, he attended the University of Southern California. He learned to play trumpet, trombone and clarinet, but eventually dropped ...

12. Frank Lovejoy

Actor | In a Lonely Place

Square-jawed, intense, no-nonsense Frank Lovejoy played a succession of detectives, street cops, reporters, soldiers and such over his career. Born in the Bronx, New York, in 1912, he worked on Wall Street as a teenager, but the Great Stock Market Crash of 1929 cost him his job, and to make ends ...

13. Joseph Kearns

Actor | Alice in Wonderland

Joseph Kearns was born on February 12, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA as Joseph Sherrard Kearns. He was an actor, known for Alice in Wonderland (1951), Dennis the Menace (1959) and Anatomy of a Murder (1959). He died on February 17, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

14. Willie Best

Actor | High Sierra

One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to ...

15. 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 ...

16. Frank Borzage

Director | No Greater Glory

Frank Borzage was born on April 23, 1894 in Salt Lake City, Utah, USA. He was an actor and director, known for No Greater Glory (1934), 7th Heaven (1927) and Bad Girl (1931). He was married to Juanita Scott, Edna Skelton and Rena Rogers. He died on June 19, 1962 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

17. Lucile Watson

Actress | The Razor's Edge

Unsmiling character player Lucile Watson was one of Hollywood's most indomitable mothers of the 1930s and 1940s...and you can take that both ways. The archetypal matriarch who enhanced scores of plush, soapy, Victorian-styled drama, her prickly pears could be insufferable indeed and heaven help ...

18. Tod Browning

Director | Dracula

Belonging to a well-situated family, Charles Browning fell in love at the age of 16 with a dancer of a circus. Following her began his itinerary of being clown, jockey and director of a variety theater which ended when he met D.W. Griffith and became an actor. He made his debut in Intolerance: ...

19. William Faulkner

Writer | To Have and Have Not

William Faulkner, one of the 20th century's most gifted novelists, wrote for the movies in part because he could not make enough money from his novels and short stories to support his growing number of dependants. The author of such acclaimed novels as "The Sound and the Fury" and "Absalom, Absalom...

20. Kenneth MacKenna

Director | Good Sport

Kenneth MacKenna was born on August 19, 1899 in Canterbury, New Hampshire, USA as Leo Mielziner Jr. He was an actor and director, known for Good Sport (1931), Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) and The Spider (1931). He was married to Mary Philips and Kay Francis. He died on January 15, 1962 in Hollywood...

21. Hoot Gibson

Actor | Roaring Ranch

A pioneering cowboy star of silent and early talking Westerns, Hoot Gibson was one of the 1920s' most popular children's matinée heroes. In his real life, however, he had a rather painful rags-to-riches-and-back-to-rags career, a problem that seemed to plague a number of big stars who fell victim ...

22. Roscoe Ates

Actor | Freaks

Roscoe Ates was born on January 20, 1895 in Grange, Mississippi, USA as Roscoe Blevel Ates. He was an actor, known for Freaks (1932), Politics (1931) and Inner Sanctum (1948). He was married to Beatrice Heisser, Barbara Ray and Clara C. Adrian. He died on March 1, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

23. 'Snub' Pollard

Actor | Rollin' Plains

The slight frame (5' 6"), pale, serious countenance, and dark, droopy mustache are unmistakable, definitive identification badges in recalling silent comedian Harry "Snub" Pollard. Born in Australia as Harry Fraser, he joined a vaudeville troupe, which toured the United States around 1910. The ...

24. Tom Gilson

Actor | The Crowded Sky

Tom Gilson was born on January 6, 1934 in New York City, New York, USA as Thomas Peter Gilson. He was an actor, known for The Crowded Sky (1960), Young and Wild (1958) and The Gallant Men (1962). He was married to Saundra Edwards. He died on October 6, 1962 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

25. Sam McDaniel

Actor | The Great Lie

Sam McDaniel was born on January 28, 1886 in Wichita, Kansas, USA as Samuel Rufus McDaniel. He was an actor, known for The Great Lie (1941), I Was Framed (1942) and Captains Courageous (1937). He died on September 24, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Robert Emmett O'Connor

Actor | A Night at the Opera

Stalwart Irish-American character actor Robert Emmet O'Connor, who was born on March 18, 1885, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He made his bones performing in circuses and in vaudeville. He made his Broadway debut in the musical "Fritz in Tammany Hall" at the Herald Square Theatre on October 16, 1905, ...

27. Rex Bell

Actor | Stormy Trails

Rex Bell was born on October 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as George Francis Beldam. He was an actor, known for Stormy Trails (1936), Men of the Plains (1936) and Law and Lead (1936). He was married to Clara Bow. He died on July 4, 1962 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

28. Netta Packer

Actress | Good Sam

Netta Packer was born on December 26, 1895 in Pennsylvania, USA. She was an actress, known for Good Sam (1948), Prairie Schooners (1940) and Reg'lar Fellers (1941). She died on November 6, 1962 in Hollywood, California, USA.

29. Luis Alberni

Actor | The Count of Monte Cristo

Spanish character actor Luis Alberni was born on the date of October 4, 1886 in Cataluna Barcelona, Spain. His mother's maiden name was Malo, and father Judge John Alberni. Luis attended the University of Madrid and majored in Law. Bored with the prospects of long winded trials, he ran away from ...

30. Syd Saylor

Actor | The Three Mesquiteers

Leo Sailor, a.k.a. Syd Saylor, was born into a very notable family. His father, George Sailor, was a renowned engineer, and was often called out to various locations for consultation and evaluation. In 1906 he was called to San Francisco on a job, and he had no sooner checked into his hotel than ...

31. Ida Tobias Cantor

Actress | The Eddie Cantor Story

Ida Tobias Cantor was born in June 1892 in the USA. She was an actress, known for The Eddie Cantor Story (1953), The Eddie Cantor Comedy Theater (1955) and The Colgate Comedy Hour (1950). She was married to Eddie Cantor. She died on August 9, 1962 in the USA.

32. Frank Orth

Actor | His Girl Friday

Orth started his career in vaudeville in 1897. He married Ann Codee who would be his wife for fifty years until her death in 1961. Together they were billed as Codee and Orth. He entered movies by making the first foreign language film shorts in sound for Warner Bros. in 1928. That started him on a...

33. Robert Burton

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Robert Burton was born on August 13, 1895 in Eastman, Georgia, USA. He was an actor, known for The Twilight Zone (1959), The Slime People (1963) and Taza, Son of Cochise (1954). He died on September 29, 1962 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

34. Cactus Mack

Soundtrack | The Phantom Rider

A cousin of cowboy actors Rex Allen and Glenn Strange, Taylor Curtis McPeters was the oldest son born to John and Leona Byrd McPeters in Weed (Otero County), New Mexico, USA on August 8, 1899. He was the second of eleven children. Glenn Strange's mother was Leona's sister. Rex Allen was 21 years ...

35. Victor Moore

Actor | Swing Time

Victor Moore was born on February 24, 1876 in Hammonton, New Jersey, USA as Victor Frederick Moore. He was an actor, known for Swing Time (1936), The Seven Year Itch (1955) and Make Way for Tomorrow (1937). He was married to Shirley Paige and Emma Littlefield. He died on July 24, 1962 in East Islip...

36. William Lindsay Gresham

Writer | Nightmare Alley

He is the biological father of David and Douglas Gresham, who later became stepsons of C.S. Lewis.

37. James Barton

Actor | The Shepherd of the Hills

James Barton was born on November 1, 1890 in Gloucester City, New Jersey, USA as James Edward Barton. He was an actor, known for The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), His Family Tree (1935) and The Time of Your Life (1948). He was married to Kathryn Penman (Follies girl) and Ottilie Regina Kleinert. He...

38. Myron McCormick

Actor | The Hustler

American character actor of vast stage experience who appeared infrequently but memorably in films. A native of Albany, Indiana, he attended Princeton University, where he was an honors student and Phi Beta Kappa. In 1929, he joined the University Players in Massachusetts, joining and eventually ...

39. Fred 'Snowflake' Toones

Actor | Daredevils of the Red Circle

Toones is one of the most "colorful" character faces in B-Westerns and cliffhangers. He appeared in over 200 films between 1928 and 1951; and during 1936 and 1947, Toones often worked under contract for Republic Pictures, appearing in about 40 of its films.

Toones often played a bootblack or ...

40. Marcel Lévesque

Actor | Les vampires

Marcel Lévesque was born on December 6, 1877 in Paris, France. He was an actor and writer, known for Les vampires (1915), The Vampires: The Terrible Wedding (1916) and The Vampires: The Thunder Master (1916). He died on February 16, 1962 in Couilly-Pont-aux-Dames, Seine-et-Marne, France.

41. Vera Reynolds

Actress | Golf Widows

Vera Reynolds was born on November 25, 1899 in Nebraska, USA as Vera Nancy Reynolds. She was an actress, known for Golf Widows (1928), The Monster Walks (1932) and Silence (1926). She was married to Robert Ellis and Earl T. Montgomery (comic and stunt man). She died on April 22, 1962 in Los Angeles...

42. Betty Suttor

Actress | A Son Is Born

Betty Suttor was born on January 22, 1925 in Geraldton, Western Australia, Australia. She was an actress, known for A Son Is Born (1946), Jedda the Uncivilized (1955) and Division 4 (1969). She died on January 27, 1962 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

43. Lucky Luciano

Self | A Wing and a Prayer

US gangster and racketeer. Born Charles Salvadore Lucania in Sicily, he emigrated with his family to the US in 1906. In 1907 he started shoplifting. He was given his nickname by childhood friend and fellow gangster Meyer Lansky for his luck with betting on racehorses, but it also could have applied...

44. Willis H. O'Brien

King Kong

In 1949, 16 years after his ground breaking work on "King Kong", Willis O'Brien worked as Chief Technician on another gorilla picture for Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Shoedsack called "Mighty Joe Young". A young Ray Harryhausen would animate most of the animation, but O'Brien did come up with the...

45. Lew Landers

Director | Pacific Liner

Rivaling Sam Newfield and William Beaudine as one of the American film industry's most prolific directors, Lew Landers began directing features in the mid-'30s under his real name of Louis Friedlander, but changed it to Lew Landers after several films. His first effort, The Raven (1935), with Boris...

46. Halliwell Hobbes

Actor | You Can't Take It with You

Born at Shakespeare's birthplace, Stratford-on-Avon, Halliwell Hobbes could perhaps not aspire to anything else but to be an actor. He made his stage debut in 1898 playing Shakespearean repertory with the famous acting company of Sir Frank Benson throughout England. Among others he played opposite ...

47. Wendell Holmes

Actor | Zorro

Wendell Holmes was born on August 17, 1914 in Cheshire, Ohio, USA as Oliver Wendell Holmes. He was an actor, known for Zorro (1957), Leave It to Beaver (1957) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He was married to Adrienne Marden. He died on April 27, 1962 in Paris, France.

48. Inez Palange

Actress | Scarface

Inez Palange was born on June 13, 1889 in Naples, Italy. She was an actress, known for Scarface (1932), One Million B.C. (1940) and Winner Take All (1939). She died on October 16, 1962 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

49. Ralph Bucko

Stunts | A Son of the Plains

Ralph Bucko (real name Ralph Bouckou) was a working cowhand from Yakima, Washington, who, with his brother Roy Bucko, drifted south and found themselves riding Hollywood's western ranges. Neither brother was often billed but Ralph was billed either as Ralph Bucko or by his nickname, "Buck' Bucko, ...

50. Roy Atwell

Writer | Here Comes the Bride

Actor, comedian, and composer, educated at the Sargent School of Acting. His Broadway stage appearances included "The Little Missus", "The Mimic World", "The Firefly", and "How's Your Health?". He was a member of the Fortune Gallo Opera Company, and joined ASCAP in 1957. He composed the popular ...


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