Date of Death between 1966-01-01 and 1966-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Walt Disney

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Walter Elias Disney was born on December 5, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Flora Disney (née Call) and Elias Disney, a Canadian-born farmer and businessperson. He had Irish, German, and English ancestry. Walt moved with his parents to Kansas City at age seven, where he spent the majority of ...

2. Buster Keaton

Actor | The General

Joseph Frank Keaton was born on October 4, 1895 in Piqua, Kansas, to Joe Keaton and Myra Keaton. Joe and Myra were Vaudevillian comedians with a popular, ever-changing variety act, giving Keaton an eclectic and interesting upbringing. In the earliest days on stage, they traveled with a medicine ...

3. Ed Wynn

Actor | Alice in Wonderland

An old-fashioned comedian, who, by recommendation by his son Keenan Wynn, became one of the world's most beloved clowns, and one of the best actors of his time. He was born on November 9, 1886. He performed in the Ziegfeld Follies, and later had a son Keenan in 1916. He later wrote his own shows, ...

4. Montgomery Clift

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta (1920-2014) and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg; 1888-1988) and William Brooks Clift (1886-...

5. William Frawley

Actor | I Love Lucy

William Frawley was born in Burlington, Iowa. As a boy he sang at St. Paul's Catholic Church and played at the Burlington Opera House. His first job was as a stenographer for the Union Pacific Railroad. He did vaudeville with his brother Paul, then joined pianist Franz Rath in an act they took to ...

6. Herbert Marshall

Actor | Foreign Correspondent

Herbert Marshall had trained to become a certified accountant, but his interest turned to the stage. He lost a leg while serving in World War I, he was rehabilitated with a wooden leg. This did not stop him from making good his decision to make the stage as his vocation. He used a very deliberate ...

7. Lenny Bruce

Writer | Dance Hall Racket

Lenny Bruce was born Leonard Alfred Schneider on October 13, 1925, in Mineola, Long Island, New York. His British-born father, Myron, was a shoe clerk, his mother, Sadie, was a dancer. Lenny's parents were divorced when he was a child. To support herself and her son, Sadie Schneider persued a ...

8. Wallace Ford

Actor | Freaks

A stocky, friendly-faced character actor, Ford was born Samuel Jones in England and his childhood rivaled the brutality that Charles Dickens ever dreamed up. He lived for a while in an orphanage after being separated from his parents. While still young, he was sent to a Toronto branch of the ...

9. Clifton Webb

Actor | Laura

Already trained in dance and theater, he quit school at age 13 to study music and painting. By 19 he was a professional ballroom dancer in New York, and by his mid-twenties he was performing in musicals, dramas on Broadway and in London, and in silent movies. His first real success in film came in ...

10. Hedda Hopper

Actress | Sunset Blvd.

Her father was a butcher. In 1913 she met and married matinée idol DeWolf Hopper Sr. and in 1915 they moved to Hollywood, where both began active film careers. He became a star with Triangle Company, she began in vamp parts and turned to supporting roles. After her divorce she appeared in dozens of...

11. Eric Fleming

Actor | Rawhide

At the age of eight, Fleming hopped on a freight train to Chicago to escape his abusive father. Following hospitalization for gang fight injuries, he returned to California where he lived with his mother and worked at Paramount as a laborer. Fleming joined the Merchant Marine, and then he served in...

12. Verna Felton

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Verna Felton had extensive experience on the stage and in radio before she broke into film and television. Her trademarks was her distinctive husky voice and her no-nonsense attitude. She was quite in demand for voiceover work, as evidenced by her roles in Cinderella (1950), Alice in Wonderland (...

13. Alice Pearce

Actress | Bewitched

Making a career out of a post-nasal drip, this scene-stealing character comedienne was one of the best Broadway and Hollywood had to offer. It's too bad, then, that she wasn't utilized in films more often for this slight, chinless, parrot-faced, squawky-voiced bundle of (kill)joy could draw laughs ...

14. Stan Francis

Actor | Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer

Stan Francis was an actor, known for Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964), Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans (1957) and The New Adventures of Pinocchio (1960). He died on March 15, 1966 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

15. Francis X. Bushman

Actor | Sabrina

Francis X. Bushman was born on January 10, 1883 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA as Francis Xavier Bushman. He was an actor and director, known for Sabrina (1954), Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925) and Romeo and Juliet (1916). He was married to Iva Millicient Richardson, Norma Emily Atkin, Beverly ...

16. Robert Keith

Actor | Young at Heart

Robert Keith was an American character actor who appeared in a number of prominent films and was the father of actor Brian Keith. A native of Indiana, Keith joined a stock company as a teenager and developed skills as a writer and actor. He appeared in dozens of plays around the country and on ...

17. Anne Nagel

Actress | The Green Hornet

Anne Nagel's life could be summed up in two words: pretty miserable. Born to devoutly religious Bostonian parents who had long encouraged her to become a nun, she had been enrolled in a preparatory school for just that purpose. As a young teenager, she worked part time as a photographer's model, ...

18. Elizabeth Patterson

Actress | Dinner at Eight

A dainty but nevertheless feisty character actress, southern-bred Elizabeth Patterson started her career over her strict parent's objections and became a member of Chicago's Ben Greet Players, performing Shakespeare at the turn of the century. This followed college at Martin College where she ...

19. Nestor Paiva

Actor | Creature from the Black Lagoon

Veteran character actor Nestor Paiva had one of those nondescript ethnic mugs and a natural gift for dialects that allowed him to play practically any type of foreigner. Born in Fresno, California, he graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and developed an interest in performing ...

20. Jonathan Hale

Actor | The Saint in Palm Springs

Canadian-born Jonathan Hale had a long film career, appearing in over 200 pictures. He was a member of the diplomatic service prior to his film career, and his stately bearing stood him in good stead for the variety of corporate executives, military officers and high-level politicians he often ...

21. Douglass Montgomery

Actor | Waterloo Bridge

Montgomery, on stage by his teens, was scouted by MGM. The studio changed his name to Kent Douglass and cast him in dashing or romantic roles opposite some of MGM's powerhouse actresses, such as Joan Crawford (in Paid (1930) ) and Katharine Hepburn (in Little Women (1933), in which he played the ...

22. Emma Dunn

Actress | Dr. Kildare Goes Home

Emma Dunn was a much noted stage actress before turning to films. She worked with such theatre luminaries as Richard Mansfield, Frances Starr, James Ellison and Blanche Yurka. She appeared in 3 productions under the direction of the legendary David Belasco. Miss Dunn also authored 2 books regarding...

23. John Reynolds

Actor | Manos: The Hands of Fate

John Reynolds was born on September 15, 1941 in Jackson, Mississippi, USA as John Markward Reynolds Jr. He was an actor, known for Manos: The Hands of Fate (1966). He died on October 16, 1966 in El Paso, Texas, USA.

24. Pat O'Malley

Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Often confused with the British-born comic actor J. Pat O'Malley, who is the better remembered, silent dramatic film star Pat O'Malley had an enduring career that stands on its own. He was of solid Irish-American stock, born in Forest City, Pennsylvania, in 1890. A one-time railroad switchman, he ...

25. Robert Rossen

Writer | The Hustler

Robert Rossen was born on March 16, 1908 in New York City, New York, USA as Robert Rosen. He was a writer and director, known for The Hustler (1961), All the King's Men (1949) and Alexander the Great (1956). He was married to Susan Siegal. He died on February 18, 1966 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, ...

26. Chief Yowlachie

Actor | Red River

A member of the Yakima tribe in Washington state, Chief Yowlachie (whose real name was Daniel Simmons) began his show-business career as--believe it or not--an opera singer and spent many years in that profession. In the 1920s he switched to films, and over the next 25 or so years played everything...

27. Minerva Urecal

Actress | The Ape Man

A stage actress, Urecal made her screen debut in 1934. For the remainder of her career and two hundred plus movies, she played cleaning women, landladies, shopkeepers and the like. She was known as a Marjorie Main type actress and later went on to a career in television playing in such shows as "...

28. Myrl Alderman

Music Department | Something to Sing About

Was accompanist to singer Ruth Etting who divorced her gangster husband Moe 'The Gimp' Snyder in 1937. Enraged by Etting's relationship with Alderman, Snyder shot him in 1938 and was put on trial for kidnapping and attempted murder. Snyder served one year in prison. After the trial Etting and ...

29. Carolyn Mitchell

Actress | The Cry Baby Killer

Carolyn Mitchell was born Barbara Ann Thomason on January 25, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona, to Don and Helen Thomason. While attending Emerson Elementary School in Phoenix, she became known as the prettiest girl in Phoenix. Her family moved to Inglewood, California in 1951, a part of Los Angeles, a ...

30. Mathew McCue

Actor | The Fugitive

Mathew McCue was born on October 4, 1895 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for The Fugitive (1963) and Gunsmoke (1955). He died on April 10, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

31. William Haade

Actor | Key Largo

William Haade was born on March 2, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Key Largo (1948), Kid Galahad (1937) and Oh! Susanna (1951). He was married to Ann R. Sincere. He died on November 15, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. Don Kelly

Actor | The Wild Wild West

Don Kelly was born on March 17, 1924 in New York City, New York, USA as Donald Patrick Kelly to Robert T. Kelly and Rachel Marie Knudsen. He was raised in Brooklyn, New York. Don was an actor, known for Bombers B-52 (1957), Tank Battalion (1958), and The Hostage (1967), his final starring role. The...

33. Crahan Denton

Actor | The Parent Trap

Crahan Denton was born on March 20, 1914 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Arthur Crahan Denton. He was an actor, known for The Parent Trap (1961), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) and Studio One (1948). He was married to Eleanor Brown. He died on December 4, 1966 in San Francisco, California, USA.

34. Josephine Joseph

Actress | Freaks

Josephine Joseph was born in Austria of Polish-Austrian descent in 1913, whose body was allegedly split down the middle, one side male and the other female. She/he claimed to be a true intersex, or "hermaphrodite,' but there is no evidence to confirm whether this was the case or not. Hermaphrodites...

35. Estelita Rodriguez

Actress | Rio Bravo

Estelita Rodriguez was born on July 2, 1928 in Guanajay, Cuba. She was an actress, known for Rio Bravo (1959), Cuban Fireball (1951) and Sunset in the West (1950). She was married to Dr. Ricardo A. Pego, Ismael Alfonso Halfss, aka Henry Half, Grant Withers and Chu Chu Martinez. She died on March 12...

36. Sailor Vincent

Actor | The Twilight Zone

Sailor Vincent was born on October 24, 1901 in Dracut, Massachusetts, USA as William J. Vincent. He is known for his work on The Twilight Zone (1959), Hot Rod (1950) and Affair in Reno (1957). He died on July 12, 1966 in Toluca Lake, California, USA.

37. Charles Watts

Actor | Giant

Charles Watts was born on October 30, 1912 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for Giant (1956), Telephone Time (1956) and Apachen Furie (1964). He died on December 13, 1966 in Nashville, Tennessee.

38. Harp McGuire

Actor | On the Beach

Harp McGuire was born on November 1, 1921 in Tennessee, USA as Henry Herbert McGuire. He was an actor, known for On the Beach (1959), Outlaws (1960) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He died on October 21, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

39. Gordon Wynn

Actor | Suspicion

Gordon Wynn was born on February 19, 1914 in New York, New York, USA as Gordon J. Wynne. He is known for his work on Suspicion (1957), Rescue 8 (1958) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). He died on January 12, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

40. June Walker

Actress | War Nurse

June Walker was born on June 14, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for War Nurse (1930), Coincidence (1921) and Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955). She was married to Geoffrey Kerr. She died on February 3, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

41. Charles Morton

Actor | Arms and the Man

Handsome, athletic actor whose career started in the late silent era as a leading man and continued into sound features and finally television. Born in Illinois, Morton spent his adolescence in Madison, Wisconsin; receiving his education at Madison High School and the University of Wisconsin. He ...

42. Renate Ewert

Actress | Mikosch, der Stolz der Kompanie

Born in Königsberg in 1935, Renate Ewert and her family had to leave their home and relocate to Hamburg during WWII. As she was determined to become an actress, she applied for the "Hamburger Kammerspiele" but was rejected. By doing synchronising jobs for foreign movies she finally got her first ...

43. Helen Kane

Actress | Dangerous Nan McGrew

Lively childish leading lady on stage and films during the transition to sound. She began on stage at seventeen and went on to films in 1929. She made several early talkies at Paramount but her popularity soon waned.

44. Sophie Tucker

Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby

What becomes a legend most? For the beloved Russian-born entertainer Sophie Tucker, it was most definitely the live stage. The stage was her home. She fed off a live audience and it's what made her the sensation she was. Seeing her up close and personal was to get the very best of her. Movies and ...

45. Wilfrid Lawson

Actor | Pygmalion

A scene stealing actor of lugubrious countenance, Wilfrid Lawson (born Wilfrid Worsnop) made his debut on the stage in "Trilby" at the Pier Pavilion in Brighton at the age of 16. He served as a pilot in the RAF during the final months of World War I, before resuming his theatrical career, becoming ...

46. Hugh Sanders

Actor | That's My Boy

Hugh Sanders was born on March 13, 1911 in East Saint Louis, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for That's My Boy (1951), The Outer Limits (1963) and The Wild One (1953). He died on January 9, 1966 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

47. Helen Menken

Actress | Stage Door Canteen

Helen Menken was born in New York to deaf parents. Her original name was Meinken, her New York-born father Frederick being of French/German extraction. Her mother, Mary Madden, was Irish-born.

She married Humphrey Bogart at the Gramercy Park Hotel on May 20, 1926, four years after taking out a ...

48. Richard Whorf

Actor | Yankee Doodle Dandy

Richard Whorf was born on June 4, 1906 in Winthrop, Massachusetts, USA as Richard Baker Whorf. He was a director and actor, known for Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), Blues in the Night (1941) and The Wild Wild West (1965). He was married to Margaret Harriet Smith (actress). He died on December 14, 1966...

49. Julia Faye

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Julia Faye's career is inextricably linked to director Cecil B. DeMille. He was her mentor, while she was for many years his mistress (a liaison which was tolerated by De Mille's long-suffering wife Constance Adams). Julia was born in Richmond, Virginia, of French-American parentage. She had a ...

50. Pat Hogan

Actor | The Nebraskan

Thurman Lee Haas was born on 3 February, 1920 in central Oklahoma on the Pottawatomie Indian Reservation (home of the Kickapoo Tribe). His parents were Reuben Claude Haas and the former Ann Maud Waldrip. His father was a farmer who later became involved in tribal governments in Oklahoma and the ...


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