Date of Death between 1987-01-01 and 1987-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Danny Kaye

Soundtrack | The Danny Kaye Show

Danny Kaye left school at the age of 13 to work in the so-called Borscht Belt of Jewish resorts in the Catskill Mountains. It was there he learned the basics of show biz. From there he went through a series of jobs in and out of the business. In 1939, he made his Broadway debut in "Straw Hat Revue,...

2. Dick Shawn

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

One-of-a-kind nightclub comedian/singer Dick Shawn (ne Richard Schulefand) was as off-the-wall as they came and, as such, proved to be rather an acquired taste. Way ahead of his time most say, it was extremely difficult indeed to know how to properly tap into this man's eclectic talents. Shawn ...

3. Rita Hayworth

Actress | Gilda

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's American mother, Volga Margaret (Hayworth), who was of mostly ...

4. Fred Astaire

Actor | The Towering Inferno

Fred Astaire was born in Omaha, Nebraska, to Johanna (Geilus) and Fritz Austerlitz, a brewer. Fred entered show business at age 5. He was successful both in vaudeville and on Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele Astaire. After Adele retired to marry in 1932, Astaire headed to Hollywood. ...

5. John Huston

Director | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

An eccentric rebel of epic proportions, this Hollywood titan reigned supreme as director, screenwriter and character actor in a career that endured over five decades. The ten-time Oscar-nominated legend was born John Marcellus Huston in Nevada, Missouri, on August 5, 1906. His ancestry was English,...

6. Mary Astor

Actress | The Maltese Falcon

Mary Astor was born, Lucile Vasconcellos Langhanke, on May 3, 1906 in Quincy, Illinois to a German immigrant father, Otto Ludwig Langhanke, and an American mother from Illinois, Helen Marie Vasconcellos, of Portuguese and Irish ancestry. Her parents were very ambitious for her as they recognized ...

7. Lee Marvin

Actor | The Dirty Dozen

Prematurely white-haired character star who began as a supporting player of generally vicious demeanor, then metamorphosed into a star of both action and drama projects, Lee Marvin was born in New York City, the son of Courtenay Washington (Davidge), a fashion writer, and Lamont Waltman Marvin, an ...

8. Geraldine Page

Actress | The Trip to Bountiful

Considered by many to be one of the greatest American actresses of all time, Geraldine Page was a master craftswoman who seemed to bring out the most inner detail of the character she was playing. Her dedication to her craft has earned her the respect of many of today's great actors including Meryl...

9. Robert Preston

Actor | The Music Man

American leading man of vast charisma, Robert Preston was the son of a garment worker and a record store clerk and grew up in Los Angeles. He was a trained musician, playing several instruments, and in high school became interested in theatre. He joined the Pasadena Community Playhouse, taking ...

10. Ray Bolger

Actor | The Wizard of Oz

Ray Bolger was born Raymond Wallace Bolger on January 10, 1904 in Dorchester, Massachusetts, to Anne C. (Wallace) and James Edward Bolger, both Irish-Americans. Ray began his career in vaudeville. He was half of a team called "Sanford and Bolger" and also did numerous Broadway shows on his own. ...

11. Jackie Vernon

Actor | Rudolph and Frosty's Christmas in July

Mr. Vernon, who was born in New York as Ralph Verrone and attended City College, began his comedy career in the early 1950's after a stint in the Air Force. After many years of performing in small nightclubs around the country, the comedian Steve Allen discovered Mr. Vernon in a club in Windsor, ...

12. Jackie Gleason

Actor | The Hustler

Comedian, actor, composer and conductor, educated in New York public schools. He was a master of ceremonies in amateur shows, a carnival barker, daredevil driver and a disc jockey., and later a comedian in night clubs. By the mid-1950s he had turned to writing original music and recording a series ...

13. Randolph Scott

Actor | The Tall T

Handsome American leading man who developed into one of Hollywood's greatest and most popular Western stars. Born to George and Lucy Crane Scott during a visit to Virginia, Scott was raised in Charlotte, North Carolina in a wealthy family. After service with the U.S. Army in France in World War I, ...

14. Will Sampson

Actor | One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

A Native American actor of the Creek Nation, Sampson's "big break" came from his memorable role in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975) opposite Jack Nicholson. He was also starred opposite Clint Eastwood in the western The Outlaw Josey Wales (1976). He had supporting roles in Orca (1977), The ...

15. Lorne Greene

Actor | Bonanza

Lorne Greene was born Lyon Himan "Chaim" Green on February 12, 1915, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He began acting while attending Canada's Queen's University, and after graduation got a job in radio broadcasting. His rich, deep, authoritarian voice quickly propelled him to prominence as Canada's top...

16. Joyce Jameson

Actress | The Outlaw Josey Wales

Well-endowed, attractive Joyce Jameson was typecast as 'broads', 'dames' and dizzy blondes - somewhat in the vein of Barbara Nichols. In real life, she was said to have been the antithesis of her screen personae, a graduate in theatre arts from UCLA, highly intelligent and well-read. Joyce began ...

17. Bob Fosse

Director | Cabaret

Bob Fosse was born on June 23, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Robert Louis Fosse. He is known for his work on Cabaret (1972), All That Jazz (1979) and Lenny (1974). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

18. Elizabeth Hartman

Actress | A Patch of Blue

This slender, striking, red-haired, freckle-faced American leading lady, a Carnegie-Tech student in the 60s, made a stunning, sensitive film debut as the blind, abused, uneducated white girl who falls in love with compassionate Sidney Poitier in the racially-charged drama A Patch of Blue (1965). ...

19. Erland van Lidth

Actor | The Running Man

Born in the Netherlands, he came to the United States as a child in the late 1950s. Erland grew up in Orange, New Jersey; Ridgefield, Connecticut; and Mont Vernon, New Hampshire. He attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he distinguished himself as a member of the wrestling team ...

20. Patrick Troughton

Actor | The Omen

Patrick Troughton was born in Mill Hill, London and was educated at Mill Hill School. He trained as an actor at the Embassy School of Acting in the UK and at Leighton Rollin's Studio for for Actors at Long Island, New York in the USA. During World War II he served in the Royal Navy and after the ...

21. Joan Shawlee

Actress | Some Like It Hot

Zany, extrovert, sometimes blonde, sometimes brunette, sometimes red-haired character comedienne Joan Shawlee began her performing career as a fourteen-year old Powers model. At sixteen, she sang in New York night spots and was proclaimed one of "the six most beautiful girls in Manhattan". ...

22. Richard Egan

Actor | The 300 Spartans

Richard Egan has four daughters and one son with Patricia Hardy, to whom he was married for nearly 30 years before he passed away. He honorably served as an officer in the Army during World War II, teaching Judo and bayonet & knife fighting. Mr. Egan attended the University of San Francisco for ...

23. Dan Vadis

Actor | High Plains Drifter

Dan Vadis was born on January 3, 1938 in Shanghai, China as Constantine Daniel Vafiadis. He is known for his work on De vreemdeling zonder naam (1973), I dieci gladiatori (1963) and Ercole l'invincibile (1964). He was married to Sharon Jessup. He died on June 11, 1987 in Lancaster, California, USA.

24. Dorothy Patrick

Actress | Come to the Stable

Dorothy Patrick was born on June 3, 1921 in St-Boniface, Manitoba, Canada as Dorothy Wilma Davis. She was an actress, known for Come to the Stable (1949), Tarnished (1950) and Destination Big House (1950). She was married to Harold Hammerman, J. Hugh Davis and Joseph Lynn Patrick. She died on May ...

25. Benson Fong

Actor | The Shanghai Cobra

Benson Fong was born on October 10, 1916 in Sacramento, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Shanghai Cobra (1945), The Scarlet Clue (1945) and Charlie Chan in the Secret Service (1944). He was married to Maylia. He died on August 1, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

26. Dean Paul Martin

Soundtrack | Hell Ride

The son of Rat Pack member Dean Martin, Dean Paul Martin initially showed interest in a singing career, and was also a talented tennis player, which served him well in his role opposite Ali McGraw in 1979's The Players. An avid pilot and a captain in the California Air National Guard, Martin was ...

27. Hayden Rorke

Actor | When Worlds Collide

Hayden Rorke was best known as the ever suspicious "Dr. Alfred E. Bellows" on the 1960s TV series, I Dream of Jeannie (1965). Born in Brooklyn, New York, Rorke was educated at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, and he began his stage career in the 1930s with the Hampden Theatrical Company. A ...

28. Andy Warhol

Director | Blue Movie

Andrew Warhol's father, Ondrej, came from the Austria-Hungary Empire (now Slovakia) in 1912, and sent for his mother, Julia Zavackyová Warholová, in 1921. His father worked as a construction worker and later as a coal miner. Around some time, the family moved to Pittsburgh. During his teenage years...

29. Joan Greenwood

Actress | Kind Hearts and Coronets

Joan Greenwood, of the plummy feline voice, was born in the well-to-do London section of Chelsea, the daughter of renowned portrait painter Sydney Earnshaw Greenwood (1887-1949). Dancing from the age of eight, she took ballet lessons and later enrolled at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). ...

30. Liberace

Soundtrack | Misery

Most remembered for his extravagant costumes and trademark candelabra placed on the lids of his flashy pianos, Liberace was loved by his audiences for his music talent and unique showmanship. He was born as Wladziu Valentino Liberace on May 16, 1919, into a musical family, in Wisconsin. His mother, ...

31. John Qualen

Actor | Casablanca

One of the best and most familiar character actors of the first four decades of sound films, although few who knew his face also knew his name, John Qualen was born in Canada to Norwegian parents. His father was a minister. The family moved to the United States and Qualen (whose real name was ...

32. Walter Abel

Actor | 13 Rue Madeleine

A familiar character face in movies and television, Walter Abel was a dedicated stage actor who had studied at the prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York before moving on to a progression of stage work that culminated in his first appearance on Broadway in the original play "...

33. James Baldwin

Writer | I Am Not Your Negro

James Baldwin was born on August 2, 1924 in Harlem, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on I Am Not Your Negro (2016), If Beale Street Could Talk (2018) and American Playhouse (1981). He died on December 1, 1987 in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, Alpes-Maritimes, France.

34. Fulton Mackay

Actor | Porridge

Fulton Mackay was born on August 12, 1922 in Paisley, Scotland. He was an actor and writer, known for Local Hero (1983), Defence of the Realm (1986) and Porridge (1979). He is perhaps best known for his portrayal of authoritarian prison warder Mr Mackay in the BBC sitcom Porridge (1973-1977). He ...

35. Hermione Gingold

Actress | Gigi

One of stage, screen, radio and TV's most delightful, inimitable eccentrics, Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold was born the daughter of an upscale Austrian financier and English homemaker. She made her stage debut in 1908, thus beginning a long, commanding presence in London playing everything from ...

36. Pola Negri

Actress | Die Bergkatze

Pola Negri was born in Lipno, Poland, and moved to Warsaw as a child. Living in poverty with her mother, a teenage Pola auditioned and was accepted to the Imperial Ballet. Due to an illness that ended her dancing career, she soon switched to the Warsaw Imperial Academy of Dramatic Arts and became ...

37. Emile Meyer

Actor | Shane

Emile Meyer was born on August 18, 1910 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. He was an actor, known for Shane (1953), Paths of Glory (1957) and Sweet Smell of Success (1957). He died on March 19, 1987 in Covington, Louisiana.

38. Lino Ventura

Actor | L'armée des ombres

One of France's most beloved character stars from the 1950s through and including the 1980s was the Italian-born Lino Ventura. Born Angiolino Joseph Pascal Ventura to Giovanni Ventura and Luisa Borrini, on July 14, 1919, in Parma (northern) Italy, young Lino moved with his family at a young age to ...

39. Madeleine Carroll

Actress | The 39 Steps

The original ash-blonde "iceberg maiden", Madeleine Carroll was a knowing beauty with a confident air, the epitome of poise and "breeding". Not only did she have looks and allure in abundance, but she had intellectual heft to go with them, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Birmingham ...

40. Douglas Sirk

Director | Schlußakkord

Film director Douglas Sirk, whose reputation blossomed in the generation after his 1959 retirement from Hollywood filmmaking, was born Hans Detlef Sierck on April 26, 1897, in Hamburg, Germany, to a journalist. Both of his parents were Danish, and the future director would make movies in German, ...

41. James Coco

Actor | Murder by Death

Born in New York City of humble means, character player James Coco was the son of Feliche, an Italian shoemaker, and Ida (Detestes) Coco. Shining shoes as a youngster with his father, his interest in acting occurred early on as a child. At age 17 he toured with a children's theatre troupe for three...

42. Cathryn Damon

Actress | Soap

Cathryn Damon was born on September 11, 1930 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Cathryn Lee Damon. She was an actress, known for Soap (1977), She's Having a Baby (1988) and Webster (1983). She died on May 4, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Madge Kennedy

Actress | Day Dreams

In 1906, Madge went to New York City to study at the Art Students League where she hoped to become an illustrator. This lasted until she appeared in a student musical, which led to a full time job in a traveling stock company. By 1912, Madge was a Broadway Star with the bedroom farce "Little Miss ...

44. Colin Blakely

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Colin Blakely was born on September 23, 1930 in Bangor, County Down, Northern Ireland as Colin George Blakely. He is known for his work on A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes (1970) and Murder on the Orient Express (1974). He was married to Margaret Whiting. He died on...

45. Verree Teasdale

Actress | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Teasdale trained for the stage at the New York School of Expression. Acting on the stage from 1924, and after appearing in the stage play "The Constant Wife" with Ethel Barrymore in 1927, Teasdale was offered a film contract. In films, she often played society wives, the 'other woman' and second ...

46. Mervyn LeRoy

Producer | The Wizard of Oz

The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn LeRoy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, LeRoy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two...

47. Richard Marquand

Director | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Richard Marquand was born on September 22, 1937 in Llanishen, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales as Richard Alfred Marquand. He was a director and producer, known for Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983), Jagged Edge (1985) and Nowhere to Run (1993). He was married to Carol Bell and Josephine ...

48. Sydney Bromley

Actor | Die unendliche Geschichte

Sydney Bromley was born on July 24, 1909 in London, England. He was an actor, known for The NeverEnding Story (1984), An American Werewolf in London (1981) and Dragonslayer (1981). He died on August 14, 1987 in Worthing, Sussex, England.

49. Alejandro Rey

Actor | The Flying Nun

Alejandro Rey was born on February 8, 1930 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor and director, known for The Flying Nun (1967), TerrorVision (1986) and Sunburn (1979). He was married to Joyce Bowman and Beatriz C Roberto. He died on May 21, 1987 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. DeVeren Bookwalter

Actor | The Omega Man

DeVeren Bookwalter honed his TV and movie acting talents originally in stage work in New York. From the east he moved to Los Angeles in the early 1970s, to plumb the opportunities of West Coast acting. One of the first of varied small roles in his new movie career was The Omega Man (1971). ...


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