Date of Death between 1978-01-01 and 1978-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Robert Shaw

Actor | Jaws

Robert Archibald Shaw was born on August 9, 1927, in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, the eldest son of Doreen Nora (Avery), a nurse, and Thomas Archibald Shaw, a doctor. His paternal grandfather was Scottish, from Argyll. Shaw's mother, who was born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, met his father while...

2. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

3. Bob Crane

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

Handsome Bob Crane had many careers including working as a disc jockey for a while. He started acting around the age of 33. One of his first acting jobs was in Return to Peyton Place (1961). After a guest appearance on The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961) and a supporting role on The Donna Reed Show (1958)...

4. Oskar Homolka

Actor | The Seven Year Itch

Because of his heavy generically "European" accent and Slavic-sounding surname (not an uncommon one among Czechs or Slovaks), many people assumed Oscar Homolka was Eastern European or Russian. In fact, he was born in Vienna (then Austria-Hungary), the multicultural capital of a large multi-ethnic ...

5. Will Geer

Actor | The Waltons

Will Geer was born William Aughe Ghere in Frankfort, Indiana, to Katherine (Aughe), a teacher, and Roy Aaron Ghere, a postal worker. Will admired his grandfather, a man who said hello to trees by their Latin names and who had used what he brought back to Indiana from the California gold rush to ...

6. Charles Boyer

Actor | Gaslight

Charles Boyer studied philosophy before he went to the theater where he gave his debut in 1920. Although he had at first no intentions to pursue a career at the movies (his first movie was L'homme du large (1920) by Marcel L'Herbier) he used his chance in Hollywood after several filming stations ...

7. Chill Wills

Actor | The Alamo

Colorful character actor of American Westerns. Named "Chill" as an ironic comment on his birth date being the hottest day of 1902. A musician from his youth, he performed from the age of 12 with tent shows, in vaudeville, and with stock companies. While performing in vaudeville in Kansas City, he ...

8. Edward D. Wood Jr.

Writer | Plan 9 from Outer Space

Hacks are nothing new in Hollywood. Since the beginning of the film industry at the turn of the 20th century, thousands of untalented people have come to Los Angeles from all over America and abroad to try to make it big (as writers, producers, directors, actors, talent agents, singers, composers, ...

9. Gig Young

Actor | They Shoot Horses, Don't They?

Gig Young was born Byron Barr to parents John and Emma Barr in Minnesota, and raised in Washington, DC, where he developed a passion for theatre while appearing in high school plays. After gaining some amateur experience, he applied for and received a scholarship to the acclaimed Southern ...

10. Karl Swenson

Actor | The Sword in the Stone

Of Swedish descent, burly, light-haired character actor Karl Swenson was born in Brooklyn and started his four-decade career on radio. Throughout the late 30s and 40s, his voice could be heard all over the airwaves, appearing in scores of daytime serials ("Lorenzo Jones") and mystery dramas ("Inner...

11. Frank Ferguson

Actor | Bud Abbott Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

American character actor Frank Ferguson appeared in scores of films and television shows, often as self-important types. Prior to his film debut, he was a prominent performer and director with the acclaimed Pasadena Community Playhouse, where he coached numerous up-and-coming young actors such as ...

12. James Daly

Actor | Planet of the Apes

Distinguished character player James Firman Daly first appeared on stage in his home town of Wisconsin Rapids in 1928. He was set on acting from an early age. Though strongly encouraged by his parents, neither were in the profession -- his father was in the fuel business and his mother at one time ...

13. Michael Bates

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Michael Bates was born on December 4, 1920 in Jhansi, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India as Michael Hammond Bates. He was an actor, known for A Clockwork Orange (1971), Patton (1970) and Frenzy (1972). He was married to Margaret M. J. Chisholm. He died on January 11, 1978 in Chelsea, ...

14. Louis Prima

Actor | The Jungle Book

Born in New Orleans' French Quarter, Louis Prima longed to play jazz. When he was a child, he studied the violin. His older brother Leon took up trumpet while Louis was still quite young, and he soon followed in his brother's footsteps. He played in clubs like "The Famous Door" in the 1930s, and by...

15. Carl Betz

Actor | Judd for the Defense

Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carl Betz formed a repertory theatre company while still in high school, then worked in summer stock. He served in the U.S. Army during the Second World War, then attended Carnegie Tech. Following graduation, he worked as a radio announcer. He made his Broadway ...

16. Jack Oakie

Actor | The Great Dictator

"America's Joyboy," beefy, plump-faced comedian Jack Oakie, was one of the funniest top and second banana jokesters of stage, radio and especially film's "Golden Age." He would accomplish so much despite the fact that he was "functionally deaf" throughout his career and performed primarily with the...

17. Thayer David

Actor | Rocky

He was David Thayer Hersey from an upper crust Winchester, Massachusetts family. After secondary school he began attending Harvard University. Along with several students he founded the Brattle Theatre Company in 1946. After working closely on Brattle with fellow Harvard graduates and his father,...

18. Barry Brown

Actor | Bad Company

Barry Brown was born on April 19, 1951 in San Jose, California, USA as Donald Barry Brown. He was an actor, known for Bad Company (1972), Piranha (1978) and Daisy Miller (1974). He died on June 27, 1978 in Silver Lake, California.

19. Pat Paterson

Actress | Charlie Chan in Egypt

Pat Paterson was born on April 10, 1910 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England as Patricia Elizabeth Paterson. She was an actress, known for Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), Idiot's Delight (1939) and Call It Luck (1934). She was married to Charles Boyer. She died on August 24, 1978 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

20. Adrienne Marden

Actress | Matinee Theatre

Adrienne Marden was born on September 2, 1909 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Mabel Adrienne. Baruch. She was an actress, known for Matinee Theatre (1955), The Name of the Game (1968) and Mr. Novak (1963). She was married to Wendell Holmes and Whit Bissell. She died on November 9, 1978 in Los Angeles, ...

21. Noble Johnson

Actor | King Kong

African-American movie actor and producer Noble Johnson was born on April 18, 1881, in Marshall, Missouri. His family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, when Noble was very young, and it was there that he met Lon Chaney at school. They became friends as children, and later got re-acquainted when ...

22. Marie Blake

Actress | The Addams Family

Edith MacDonald was the second daughter of Daniel and Anne MacDonald; her father was a contractor and politician. Early on, her older sister Elsie, younger sister Jeanette MacDonald, and she were given theatrical training. Blossom and Jeanette played Philadelphia vaudeville houses while still ...

23. Zara Cully

Actress | The Jeffersons

Zara Cully was born on January 26, 1892 in Worcester, Massachusetts, USA as Zara Frances Cully. She was an actress, known for The Jeffersons (1975), All in the Family (1971) and Darktown Strutters (1975). She was married to James M. Brown. She died on February 28, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, ...

24. Peggy Wood

Actress | The Sound of Music

Above all else, singer/actress Peggy Wood has endeared herself to both TV and film audiences with one single role in each medium. She made warm, lasting impressions as the benevolent, strong-willed Scandinanvian matriarch Marta Hansen in the series drama Mama (1949), and as the knowing Mother ...

25. Leo Genn

Actor | Quo Vadis

Leo Genn was the son of a successful jewelry merchant Woolfe (William) Genn and his wife Rachel Asserson. He attended the City of London School as a youth and went on to study law at Cambridge. He received his law degree as a qualified barrister (which in English law tradition is a lawyer who is a ...

26. Ted French

Actor | Badmen of Tombstone

Ted French was born on April 21, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA as Victor Trenwith French. He was an actor, known for Badmen of Tombstone (1949), West to Glory (1947) and The Hawk of Powder River (1948). He was married to Nellie Louise Cowles and Gladys Genevieve Worden. He died on July 3, ...

27. Edgar Bergen

Actor | Fun & Fancy Free

Edgar Bergen was born on February 16, 1903 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Edgar John Berggren. He was an actor, known for Fun & Fancy Free (1947), The Muppet Movie (1979) and Letter of Introduction (1938). He was married to Frances Bergen. He died on September 30, 1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

28. Fay Compton

Actress | The Haunting

Fay Compton was born on September 18, 1894 in West Kensington, London, England as Virginia Lilian Emmeline Mackenzie. She was an actress, known for The Haunting (1963), Othello (1951) and Laughter in Paradise (1951). She was married to Ralph Michael, Leon Quartermaine, Lauri de Frece and Harry ...

29. Philip Ahn

Actor | Impact

Korean-American character actor Philip Ahn played hundreds of Chinese and Japanese characters during a long career. He was born in Los Angeles in 1905 (though 1911 is the year usually given, U.S. government records confirm that Ahn was born in 1905), the son of a Korean diplomat. He attended the ...

30. Richard Kelton

Actor | Quark

Richard Duane Kelton was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, and was the only child of Fred and Glenna Kelton. While growing up in Miami, Oklahoma, he remembered watching James Dean and cites him as his main influence on becoming an actor. After studying drama at The University of Kansas, he made his way to...

31. Charles Horvath

Actor | His Majesty O'Keefe

Charles Horvath was born on October 27, 1920 in Upper Macungie Township, Pennsylvania, USA. He is known for his work on His Majesty O'Keefe (1954), The Domino Principle (1977) and Vera Cruz (1954). He was married to Margo and Georgiana W. Horvath. He died on July 23, 1978 in Woodland Hills, Los ...

32. Maggie McNamara

Actress | The Moon Is Blue

Maggie McNamara -- with her brown hair in a ponytail -- arrives in Rome in Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) expecting great things to happen. Petite and slender, she looks almost like a schoolgirl in her prim blue suit. She is bright and vivacious and goes for what she wants -- a proposal from "...

33. André Morell

Actor | Ben-Hur

André Morell was born on August 20, 1909 in St. Pancras, London, England as Cecil André Mesritz. He was an actor, known for Ben-Hur (1959), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and The Message (1976). He was married to Joan Greenwood. He died on November 28, 1978 in London.

34. Queenie Smith

Actress | Show Boat

Queenie Smith was born in New York City in 1898. She is described as 5 feet 1 inch with blue eyes and blonde hair and weighing 108 pounds. Her father was English and mother, German. She was educated at public schools, including the Horace Mann School, and matriculated at age 13 with the Ballet ...

35. 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 ...

36. Arthur Brough

Actor | Are You Being Served?

The English actor Arthur Brough, who achieved fame as senior clothing salesman Mr. Grainger on the BBC-TV comedy series Are You Being Served? (1972) in the 1970s, after almost half-a-century on the stage, was born Frederick Arthur Baker on February 26, 1905 in Petersfield, Hampshire, England. After ...

37. Susan Shaw

Actress | The Diplomatic Corpse

The lovely blonde actress, Susan Shaw, was groomed by the Rank Organisation in England for a career in film in the 40s and 50s. She was born on August 29, 1929 in West Norwood, England. Susan was at her best when cast in a role as a pretty young slip of a girl with her nose in the air. After a ...

38. Dan Dailey

Actor | You're My Everything

Born in New York City, Dan Dailey started his career in vaudeville, later making his Broadway debut in the stage version of "Babes in Arms".

When signed to MGM, the studio initially casted him as a Nazi in The Mortal Storm (1940). The studio realized their mistake and cast him in musical films, ...

39. Keith Moon

Actor | Tommy

Keith John Moon was born to working class parents in Wembley, London, England, on the 23rd August, 1946. At the age of 12, he had joined the Sea Cadet Corp and was given his first musical instrument, the bugle. He left school by 15 and was in his first band, The Beachcombers; this was around the ...

40. Harry Wilson

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Harry Wilson was born on November 22, 1897 in London, England. He is known for his work on Some Like It Hot (1959), Frankenstein's Daughter (1958) and One Million B.C. (1940). He died on September 6, 1978 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. Ian MacDonald

Actor | High Noon

Ian MacDonald was born on June 28, 1914 in Great Falls, Montana, USA as Ulva Williams Pippy. He was an actor and producer, known for High Noon (1952), The Texas Rangers (1951) and The Silver Star (1955). He was married to Shirley Ray Kannegaard and Julia Edith King. He died on April 11, 1978 in ...

42. Charlotte Greenwood

Actress | Oklahoma!

Charlotte Greenwood was born Frances Charlotte Greenwood on June 25, 1890, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a sickly child and her father left the family when she was very young. Charlotte grew into a healthy, six foot tall woman. She started her career dancing in vaudeville where she became ...

43. Mark Robson

Director | The Harder They Fall

Mark Robson studied political science and economics at the University of California. He then took a law course at Pacific Coast University, and, at one time, also attended the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis. Ultimately, his interests led him elsewhere, since he ended up in the movie business as a ...

44. Barry Atwater

Actor | Star Trek

Barry Atwater was born on May 16, 1918 in Denver, Colorado, USA as Garrett Atwater. He is known for his work on Star Trek (1966), One Step Beyond (1959) and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964). He died on May 24, 1978 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

45. Wendy Barrie

Actress | The Gay Falcon

Wendy Barrie was born in Hong Kong of an English-Irish father and a Russian Jewish mother, the daughter of King's Counsel F.C. Jenkins. She received her education at a convent school in England and a finishing school in Switzerland. After working in a beauty parlors, she made her first foray into ...

46. Robert B. Williams

Actor | The Killing

Robert B. Williams was born on September 23, 1904 in Glencoe, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Killing (1956), Black Arrow (1944) and The Bat (1959). He died on June 17, 1978 in Orange County, California, USA.

47. Angela Greene

Actress | King of the Bandits

Angela Greene was born on February 24, 1921 in Dublin, Ireland as Angela Katherine Greene. She was an actress, known for King of the Bandits (1947), Night of the Blood Beast (1958) and Dick Tracy (1950). She was married to Stuart Warren Martin. She died on February 9, 1978 in Los Angeles, ...

48. Florence Marly

Actress | Krakatit

Highly alluring Czech-born actress Florence Marly, born on June 2, 1919, initially expressed intentions of being an opera singer. At the age of 18, however, she was discovered by the 33-year-old renown French director Pierre Chenal while a student of art and literature at the Sorbonne. Chenal put ...

49. Jack L. Warner

Producer | My Fair Lady

With his brothers Harry M. Warner, Albert Warner, and Sam Warner, he founded Warner Bros. Pictures Inc. in 1923. They released the first motion picture with synchronized sound, The Jazz Singer (1927) with Al Jolson. In the 1930s they gave employment to a parade of stars, including Bette Davis, ...

50. Kelly Thordsen

Actor | The Parallax View

Kelly Thordsen was born on January 19, 1917 in Deadwood, South Dakota, USA. He was an actor, known for The Parallax View (1974), Texas Across the River (1966) and Yancy Derringer (1958). He died on January 23, 1978 in Sun Valley, California, USA.


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