Date of Death between 1980-01-01 and 1980-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Alfred Hitchcock

Director | Psycho

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 - 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 - 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and ...

2. Steve McQueen

Actor | The Great Escape

He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular ...

3. Peter Sellers

Actor | Being There

Often credited as the greatest comedian of all time, Peter Sellers was born Richard Henry Sellers to a well-off acting family in 1925 in Southsea, a suburb of Portsmouth. He was the son of Agnes Doreen "Peg" (Marks) and William "Bill" Sellers. His parents worked in an acting company run by his ...

4. Strother Martin

Actor | Cool Hand Luke

American character actor who achieved considerable fame in the last decade of his life. A native of Kokomo, Indiana, Strother Martin Jr. was the youngest of three children of Strother Douglas Martin, a machinist, and Ethel Dunlap Martin. His family moved soon after his birth to San Antonio, Texas, ...

5. Mae West

Actress | I'm No Angel

Mae West was born 1892 in Queens, New York, to "Battling Jack" West and Matilda Doelger. She began her career as a child star in vaudeville, and later went on to write her own plays, including "SEX", for which she was arrested. Though her first movie role, at age 40, was a small part in Night After...

6. David Janssen

Actor | The Green Berets

David Janssen was born David Harold Meyer in 1931 in Naponee, Nebraska, to Berniece Mae (Graf) and Harold Edward Meyer, a banker. He was of German, and some Swiss-German and Scottish-Irish, descent. David took the surname of his stepfather, Eugene Janssen. The Janssen family settled in Hollywood ...

7. Jay Silverheels

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Jay Silverheels was born on Canada's Six Nation's Reserve and was one of 10 children. He was a star lacrosse player and a boxer before he entered films as a stuntman in 1938. He worked in a number of films through the 1940s before gaining notice as the Osceola brother in a Humphrey Bogart film Key ...

8. Milburn Stone

Actor | Gunsmoke

Character actor Milburn Stone, the beloved "Doc Adams" on TV's long-running western classic Gunsmoke (1955), was born in Kansas on July 5, 1904. Acting must have been in his blood as the nephew of Broadway comedian Fred Stone for Milburn left home as a teenager to find work with touring repertory ...

9. Barbara Britton

Actress | The Fabulous Suzanne

Radiant to a tee, well-coiffed and well-dressed Barbara Britton looked like she stepped out of a magazine when she entered into our homes daily as the 'Revlon Girl' on 50s and 60s TV. She sparkled with the best of them and managed to capture that "perfect wife/perfect mother" image with, well, ...

10. John Lennon

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School, ...

11. Hugh Griffith

Actor | Ben-Hur

Enjoyably larger-than-life character actor Hugh Emrys Griffith was born in Marianglas, Anglesey, North Wales, to Mary (Williams) and William Griffith. Griffith left the world of banking (having been employed as a teller) after winning a scholarship to study acting at the Royal Academy of Dramatic ...

12. Douglas Kenney

Writer | National Lampoon's Animal House

Though almost completely unknown, this man was one of the originators of a highly popular and groundbreaking new form of comedy and satire.

After working on the Harvard Lampoon as an undergraduate, Douglas C. Kenney co-founded the National Lampoon magazine and the National Lampoon Radio Hour.

Kenney ...

13. Dorothy Stratten

Actress | Galaxina

Dorothy Stratten's story was brief, glorious and tragic. She was born Dorothy Ruth Hoogstraten on February 28, 1960 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She grew up in a rough neighborhood in Vancouver, but kept out of trouble and went through the motions of school. While not a beauty as a child...

14. Raymond Bailey

Actor | Vertigo

Raymond Bailey was a great example of "If at first you don't succeed..." After high school, Bailey headed for Hollywood with the intent on becoming a movie star, but soon found it tougher than he thought. Instead Bailey went into a high finance career working as stockbroker and banker. He made a ...

15. Rachel Roberts

Actress | Murder on the Orient Express

Beautiful, swift and tough-tongued British character actress Rachel Roberts gained notice for her roles on the English stage, before she hit it largely in films. Born in Wales and married to actor Rex Harrison in 1962, Roberts made her film debut in a key role in J. Lee Thompson's Young and Willing...

16. George Raft

Actor | Some Like It Hot

George Raft was born and grew up in a poor family in Hell's Kitchen, at the time one of the roughest, meanest areas of New York City. He was born George Ranft, and was the son of Eva (Glockner) and Conrad Ranft, a department store deliveryman. His parents were both of German descent. In his youth, ...

17. Peggy Knudsen

Actress | The Big Sleep

A knockout curvaceous screen siren with a smart, confident air, Peggy Knudsen had the blonde pulchritude and the presence to make it in Hollywood. Somehow, stardom eluded her. The daughter of a Duluth fire chief, she had studied violin as a child and later showed some promise acting in school plays...

18. Charles McGraw

Actor | Spartacus

Stony-faced, grizzled-looking tough guy Charles McGraw (real name Charles Butters) notched up dozens of TV and film credits, usually portraying law enforcement figures or military officers, plus the odd shifty gangster. While at high school he worked as a theatre usher and was nicknamed "Chick" by ...

19. John Laurie

Actor | The 39 Steps

John Laurie was a Scotsman who would play many character roles in his long career - a lot of Scotsmen to be sure - but an enthusiastic and skilled actor in nearly 120 screen roles. He was the son of a mill worker, and studied for a career in architecture which he indeed began. But with World War I ...

20. Mario Bava

Cinematographer | Ecologia del delitto

Italian director Mario Bava was born on July 31, 1914 in the coastal northern Italian town of San Remo. His father, Eugenio Bava (1886-1966), was a cinematographer in the early days of the Italian film industry. Bava was trained as a painter, and when he eventually followed his father into film ...

21. Victor Sen Yung

Actor | Across the Pacific

Achieving both film and TV notice during his lengthy career, this diminutive Asian-American character was born Sen Yew Cheung on October 18, 1915 in San Francisco of humble Chinese émigrés. When his mother died during the flu epidemic of 1919, his father placed Victor and his sister in a children's...

22. Lillian Roth

Actress | Animal Crackers

Tragic songstress Lillian Roth (nee Lillian Rutstein), born in Boston, Massachusetts, on December 13, 1910, was given her first name in honor of singer Lillian Russell. She was the daughter of daunting stage parents who groomed her and younger sister Anne for stardom at an early age. The girls did ...

23. Jimmy Durante

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

First wife Jeanne died in 1943. Wed second wife, Marjorie Little after 16 year courtship when she was 39 and he 67 Marjorie Little had been the hatcheck girl at the Copacabana. Durante and his second wife adopted a baby girl, Cecelia Alicia on Christmas day 1961. Durante doted on "CeCe" until his ...

24. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

25. Gail Patrick

Actress | My Man Godfrey

Cold, calculating and hard-as-nails is probably the best definition of Gail Patrick's femmes on the 30s and 40s silver screen, and the actress herself was no softie in real life. The tall, slender, patrician beauty was born with the equally stately-sounding name Margaret LaVelle Fitzpatrick in ...

26. George Tobias

Actor | Sergeant York

American character actor who specialized in none-too-bright pals of the lead, though his range included villains and ethnic types. A native of New York City, he began acting at 15. He studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse and played on Broadway with the Theatre Guild, and with the Provincetown ...

27. Don 'Red' Barry

Actor | Jesse James' Women

Donald Barry went from the stage to the screen. After four years of playing villains and henchmen at various studios, Barry got the role that changed his image: Red Ryder in the Republic Pictures serial Adventures of Red Ryder (1940). Although he had appeared in westerns for two years or so, this ...

28. Barbara O'Neil

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Barbara O'Neil was an American actress, mostly remembered for playing Ellen O'Hara in "Gone with the Wind" (1939). She was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress .

O'Neil was born in St. Louis, Missouri to a prominent family. Her father was businessman David O'Neil (1874-...

29. Hattie Jacques

Actress | Carry on Again Doctor

Best known for playing Matron - as in "ooh, Matron!" - in four films: Carry on Nurse (1959), Carry on Doctor (1967), Carry On Again Doctor (1969) and, of course Carry on Matron (1972). Key roles included: Grace Short in Carry On Teacher (1959), Sophie Bliss in Carry on Loving (1970) and Peggy ...

30. Bobby Van

Actor | Kiss Me Kate

Triple-threat performer singer, dancer and actor Bobby Van was the epitome of the breezy, exuberant song-and-dance man who could enliven any film he was put into. Unfortunately, he caught the tail end of MGM's musical reign during the 1950s. Alas, the visions of Gene Kelly and Donald O'Connor come ...

31. Imogen Hassall

Actress | Toomorrow

Imogen Hassall is sometimes referred to as "The Countess of Cleavage" as she was better known for her glamorous celebrity than her acting talent. Imogen was born on August 25 1942, in Woking, Surrey, England and rose to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s as an international B-movie ...

32. Fred Beir

Actor | The Rockford Files

He made guest appearances on TV series like Bonanza, Perry Mason, Maverick, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone (the 1963 episode "Death Ship"), Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, The Munsters, The Time Tunnel, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C., Honey West, Mission: Impossible, Hawaii Five-O, The ...

33. Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas

Actor | General Spanky

Billie Thomas was an African-American child actor, better known for appearing in the "Our Gang" film series from 1934 to its end in 1944.

Thomas was born and raised in Los Angeles, and auditioned for a role in "Our Gang" when 3-years-old. He was cast as a background player in the short films "For ...

34. Kay Medford

Actress | Funny Girl

A veteran scene stealer known for her delightful dry, poker-faced delivery, Kay Medford was born Margaret Kathleen Regan in New York City in 1919, the daughter of James and Mary Regan, of Irish stock. She attended both public and Catholic schools growing up, her parents both dying while she was in ...

35. Barbara Loden

Actress | Wanda

A one-time pin-up beauty and magazine story model, Barbara Loden studied acting in New York in the early 50s and was on the Broadway boards within the decade. She was discovered for films by legendary producer/director Elia Kazan who was impressed with what she did in a small role as Montgomery ...

36. Barbara Griffith

Actress | The Andy Griffith Show

Barbara Griffith was born on August 17, 1926 in Lucama, North Carolina as Barbara Bray Edwards. She was an actress, known for The Andy Griffith Show (1960). She was married to Andy Griffith. She died on July 23, 1980 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.

37. Lewis Milestone

Director | All Quiet on the Western Front

Lewis Milestone, a clothing manufacturer's son, was born in Bessarabia (now Moldova), raised in Odessa (Ukraine) and educated in Belgium and Berlin (where he studied engineering). He was fluent in both German and Russian and an avid reader. Milestone had an affinity for the theatre from an early ...

38. Yootha Joyce

Actress | Catch Us If You Can

Yootha Joyce was born on August 20, 1927 in Wandsworth, London, England as Yootha Needham. She was an actress, known for Having a Wild Weekend (1965), Man About the House (1973) and A Man for All Seasons (1966). She was married to Glynn Edwards. She died on August 24, 1980 in Westminster, London.

39. Sarah Selby

Actress | Tower of London

Sarah Selby was born on August 30, 1905 in Middletown, Ohio, USA as Sarah Elizabeth Selby. She was an actress, known for Tower of London (1962), Beyond the Forest (1949) and The Hardy Boys: The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure (1956). She was married to Holger Yngvar Harthern-Jakobsen and Stanley ...

40. Michael Strong

Actor | Patton

While never one of the big names on screen, Michael Strong was one of those excellent method actors who were often compelling to watch. Unsurprisingly, many of Michael's screen characters were typical New Yorkers, whether they be cops or thugs, and he imbued them with an edgy 'in-your-face' ...

41. Paul Langton

Actor | It! The Terror from Beyond Space

Although established in show business for many years, it wasn't until 1964 with the debut of the TV series, "Peyton Place" that he became truly famous as the hapless and scheming, Leslie Harrington. His tenure there lasted several years and he added considerable style and finesse with his presence ...

42. Jacqueline Dalya

Actress | Mystery in Mexico

Even ardent film buffs today would struggle to remember the name Jacqueline Dalya. Still, in her heyday her fame was such that she was (at least on one notable occasion) 'mobbed by bobby-soxers'. This happened in March 1947 while she was attending a Broadway premiere at the Tivoli. The actress ...

43. Harlan Warde

Actor | Money Madness

Harlan Warde was born on November 6, 1917 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Harlan Warde Lufkin. He is known for his work on Money Madness (1948), The Monster That Challenged the World (1957) and State Department: File 649 (1949). He was married to Barbara Grace Whittaker and Caroline ...

44. Gale Robbins

Actress | Calamity Jane

Minor league singer/actress Gale Robbins was a knockout-looking hazel-eyed redhead who made a modest dent in post-war Hollywood films. Born Betty Gale Robbins in Chicago, Illinois (some say Mitchell, Indiana) on May 7, 1921, she was the eldest of five daughters of Arthur E., a doctor, and Blanche ...

45. Tony Beckley

Actor | The Italian Job

A graduate of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts in London, Beckley appeared in BBC-TV's "Romeo and Juliet" and later in "War and Peace" and "Julius Caesar." Prior to his death, he had appeared on stage with Maggie Smith in "Snap" and Elaine Strich in Tennesse Williams' "Small Craft Warnings." ...

46. Dee Carroll

Actress | Emergency!

Dee Carroll was born on December 2, 1925 in Colorado, USA as Betty Jean Marsh. She was an actress, known for Emergency! (1972), The Stunt Man (1980) and Bonanza (1959). She died on April 28, 1980 in Burbank, California, USA.

47. Tom Fadden

Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Wavy-haired, emaciated-looking Tom Fadden enjoyed a prolific screen career as a small part supporting actor with more than a fair share of scene-stealing moments to his credit. From the time he began with a stock company in Omaha in 1915, he remained continuously employed right up until his death ...

48. Allen 'Farina' Hoskins

Actor | Moan & Groan, Inc.

Allen 'Farina' Hoskins was born on August 9, 1920 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Allen Clayton Hoskins. He was an actor, known for Moan & Groan, Inc. (1929), Love Business (1931) and School's Out (1930). He was married to Frances. He died on July 26, 1980 in Oakland, California, USA.

49. Ida Kitaeva

Self | This Is Your Life

Ida Kitaeva was born on January 26, 1899 in Chita, Russian Empire as Udiph Kitaevich. She was an actress, known for This Is Your Life (1952) and One Moment Please (1956). She was married to Stan Laurel and Raphael. She died on January 26, 1980 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. Terence Fisher

Director | Dracula

Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment, Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service ...


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