Date of Death between 1985-01-01 and 1985-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Orson Welles

Actor | Citizen Kane

His father was a well-to-do inventor, his mother a beautiful concert pianist; Orson Welles was gifted in many arts (magic, piano, painting) as a child. When his mother died (he was six) he traveled the world with his father. He was orphaned at 15 after his father's death and became the ward of Dr. ...

2. Yul Brynner

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Exotic leading man of American films, famed as much for his completely bald head as for his performances, Yul Brynner masked much of his life in mystery and outright lies designed to tease people he considered gullible. It was not until the publication of the books "Yul: The Man Who Would Be King" ...

3. Margaret Hamilton

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Margaret Hamilton was born December 9, 1902 in Cleveland, Ohio to Jennie and Walter Hamilton. She later attended Hathaway Brown School in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and practiced acting doing children's theater while a Junior League of Cleveland member. Margaret had already built her resume with several...

4. Anne Baxter

Actress | All About Eve

Anne Baxter was born in Michigan City, Indiana, on May 7, 1923. She was the daughter of a salesman and his wife, Catherine, who herself was the daughter of Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect. Anne was a young girl of 11 when her parents moved to New York City, which at that time was ...

5. Rock Hudson

Actor | Giant

Rock Hudson was born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. in Winnetka, Illinois, to Katherine (Wood), a telephone operator, and Roy Harold Scherer, an auto mechanic. He was of German, Swiss-German, English, and Irish descent. His parents divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school ...

6. Ruth Gordon

Actress | Rosemary's Baby

When Ruth Gordon convinced her father, a sea captain, to let her pursue acting she came to New York and studied at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. She acted in a few silents made at Fort Lee, New Jersey, in 1915. She made her Broadway debut in "Peter Pan" as Nibs the same year. The next 20 ...

7. Nicholas Colasanto

Actor | Cheers

Nicholas Colasanto, the actor and television director who achieved his greatest success as "Coach" on the TV series Cheers (1982) at the end of his career, was born January 19, 1924 in Providence, Rhode Island, one of seven children. He attended Providence's Central High School but did not graduate...

8. Edmond O'Brien

Actor | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien was one of the most-respected character actors in American cinema, from his heyday of the mid-1940s through the late 1960s. Born on September 10, 1915, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, O'Brien learned the craft of performance as a magician, reportedly tutored by...

9. J. Pat O'Malley

Actor | The Jungle Book

J. Pat had a warm smile, twinkling eyes, and an Irish name. He was born in Burnley, England, and began his acting career in British musical halls. J. Pat came to the USA at the outbreak of World War II. He also worked on the Broadway stage during the 1940s and 1950s. J. Pat was a very familiar face...

10. Louise Brooks

Actress | Die Büchse der Pandora

Mary Louise Brooks, also known by her childhood name of Brooksie, was born in the midwestern town of Cherryvale, Kansas, on November 14, 1906. She began dancing at an early age with the Denishawn Dancers (which was how she left Kansas and went to New York) and then with George White's Scandals ...

11. Scott Brady

Actor | Gremlins

He had the manly good looks and rugged appeal to make it to top stardom in Hollywood and succeeded quite well as a sturdy leading man of standard action on film and TV. Born in Brooklyn on September 13, 1924, Irish-American Scott Brady was christened Gerard Kenneth Tierney (called Jerry) by parents...

12. Richard Haydn

Actor | The Sound of Music

Inimitable London-born character actor, noted for his put-on nasal delivery and pompous, fussy manner. Richard Haydn had a laborious start to his show business career, selling tickets in the box office of London's Daly Theatre. This was followed by an unsuccessful stint with a comedy act in musical...

13. Ricky Nelson

Actor | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.

14. Simone Signoret

Actress | Les diaboliques

The face of Simone Signoret on the Paris Metro movie posters in March 1982 looked even older than her 61 years. She was still a box office draw, but the film, L'étoile du Nord (1982), would be her last theatrical release. She played the landlady. Signoret had a long film apprenticeship ...

15. Michael Redgrave

Actor | The Lady Vanishes

Sir Michael Redgrave was of the generation of English actors that gave the world the legendary John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson and Laurence Olivier, Britain three fabled "Theatrical Knights" back in the days when a knighthood for thespian was far more rare than it is today. A superb actor, Redgrave ...

16. Carol Wayne

Actress | The Party

Carol was a beautiful comedienne who appeared as the "Matinee Lady" on the The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962). She regularly appeared during one of Carson's recurring sketches known as "The Tea Time Movie." Carson played the lecherous character "Art Fern" who would make references to ...

17. Richard Greene

Actor | The Castle of Fu Manchu

Before achieving his greatest fame in the 1950s as television's "Robin Hood", handsome Richard Greene had a significant if largely unremarkable film career, turning in several skillful leading man performances in the late 1930s before becoming type-cast in routine costume adventures. Like his ...

18. Rafael Campos

Actor | Agent for H.A.R.M.

Rafael Campos was born on May 13, 1936 in Santiago, Dominican Republic as Rafael Leonidas Campos Navarro Diaz. He was an actor, known for Agent for H.A.R.M. (1966), Centennial (1978) and Shirley Temple's Storybook (1958). He was married to Sally Boyd and Dinah Washington. He died on July 9, 1985 in...

19. Alexa Kenin

Actress | Pretty in Pink

Alexa Jordan Kenin was born in New York City, New York on February 16, 1962 and began acting as a child. She won her first professional role opposite Jason Robards in the made-for-television film The House Without a Christmas Tree (1972), in the role of Carla Mae. After appearances in several ...

20. Phil Silvers

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Phil Silvers was born on May 11, 1911 in Brownsville, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Philip Silver. He was an actor, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), The Phil Silvers Show (1955) and A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966). He was married to Evelyn Patrick and ...

21. Lloyd Nolan

Actor | Julia

It would no doubt be a real shock to most people to discover that the rich baritone Bronx-like accent of great veteran character actor Lloyd Nolan was a product of the San Francisco streets--not the urban jungle of New York City. Nolan was born in the City by the Bay, and his father, James Nolan, ...

22. Edward Andrews

Actor | Sixteen Candles

The son of a Georgia minister, Edward Andrews debuted on stage in 1926 at age 12 and by 1935 had landed on Broadway. A solid character actor, his large physique and amiable demeanor made him a natural for the jovial, grandfatherly type or genial, small-town businessman which he often played, but ...

23. John Harmon

Actor | Star Trek

John Harmon was born on June 30, 1905 in Washington, USA as Johann Hermann Legler. He was an actor and production manager, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), King of the Underworld (1939) and The Monster of Piedras Blancas (1959). He died on August 6, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, ...

24. Neil McCarthy

Actor | Where Eagles Dare

Neil McCarthy was born on July 26, 1932 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England as Eugene Neil McCarthy. He was an actor, known for Where Eagles Dare (1968), Zulu (1964) and Clash of the Titans (1981). He died on February 6, 1985 in Fordingbridge, Hampshire, England.

25. Murray Matheson

Actor | Twilight Zone: The Movie

Urbane, grey-eyed, silver-haired Australian-born character actor, notable for his smooth manner and clipped upper-class English diction. A grazier's son, Matheson first worked as a clerk in a bank in Geelong, Victoria. However, his overriding ambition to become an actor caused him to abscond to ...

26. Dawn Addams

Actress | The Hour of 13

Dawn Addams was born in Felixtowe, East Suffolk, the daughter of Captain James Ramage Addams, an R.A.F. officer. Much of her childhood was spent in Calcutta, India, where her father was stationed and she later went to schools in England and California. Though Dawn took her first screen test at the ...

27. Gale Sondergaard

Actress | The Mark of Zorro

Sly, manipulative, dangerously cunning and sinister were the key words that best described the roles that Gale Sondergaard played in motion pictures, making her one of the most talented character actresses ever seen on the screen. She was educated at the University of Minnesota and later married ...

28. Dolph Sweet

Actor | Heaven Can Wait

A barrel-chested, bull-necked presence on stage, film and TV, the tough-minded character actor was born Adolphus Jean Sweet in New York City on July 18, 1920, the son of an auto mechanic. He initially attended the University of Alabama in 1939, but his studies were interrupted by WWII Air Force ...

29. Evelyn Ankers

Actress | The Wolf Man

Evelyn Ankers, a beautiful movie actress who was a staple of Universal's horror films in the 1940s, was born in Chile to English parents in 1918. Her parents repatriated the family back to England in the 1920s, and it was in Old Blighty that Ankers developed a desire to become an actress.

She began ...

30. Seiji Miyaguchi

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Seiji Miyaguchi was born on November 15, 1913 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Seven Samurai (1954), Ikiru (1952) and Throne of Blood (1957). He died on April 12, 1985.

31. Frank Faylen

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

American character actor who specialized in average-guy parts and who could be equally effective in sympathetic or unlikeable roles. His parents, the vaudeville team of Ruf and Cusik, took him onstage with them when he was a baby, and Faylen grew up in the theatre. He attended St. Joseph's ...

32. Henry Hathaway

Director | True Grit

Henry Hathaway, son of a stage actress and manager, started his career as a child actor in westerns directed by Allan Dwan. His movie career was interrupted by World War I. After his discharge he briefly tried a career in finance but returned to Hollywood to work as an assistant director under such...

33. Connie Gilchrist

Actress | Cry 'Havoc'

With more than two decades of stage experience in France, England and on Broadway behind her, this moon-faced, heavy-set character actress first entered films in 1940. But no matter a film's genre - contemporary drama, historical costumer or shoot 'em up western - her Brooklyn roots always sounded ...

34. Grant Williams

Actor | The Incredible Shrinking Man

As a child, Williams acted in summer stock productions. After graduation from high school he joined the Air Force for a four-year stint. Then, returning to New York, he took acting classes with Lee Strasberg. A few minor Broadway roles followed as did parts on some live TV dramas. One of these ...

35. Wilfrid Brambell

Actor | A Hard Day's Night

Wilfrid Brambell was born on 22 March 1912, in Dublin, Ireland. His first acting experience was when he was aged just two, entertaining wounded soldiers returning from action during the First World War. On leaving school he worked part-time as a reporter for The Irish Times and part-time as an ...

36. Selma Diamond

Actress | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Most familiar to TV audiences as the diminutive but feisty court bailiff on Night Court (1984), Selma Diamond's entrance into acting was not through the usual venue of vaudeville, stage work or modeling - she was a writer for TV shows, once having been nominated for an Emmy for Caesar's Hour (1954)...

37. Margo

Actress | Lost Horizon

The daughter of a Spanish surgeon, Maria Margarita Guadalupe Teresa Estella Castilla Bolado y O'Donnell was born in Mexico City. As a niece to famous bandleader Xavier Cugat, she performed with his orchestra from the age of nine as a specialty dancer in nightclubs, and, later, on the Starlight Roof...

38. Julian Beck

Actor | The Cotton Club

A bold, innovative, avant-garde figure in theatre who helped revolutionized the style of playwriting and acting in the 1950s and 1960s, actor/writer/producer/directer Julian Beck was certainly a odd-looking sort with his baleful, hollow eyes, stark and skullish features and near-bald dome capped by...

39. Grayson Hall

Actress | The Night of the Iguana

Grayson Hall was an American actress of Jewish descent. She is better known for her role as Dr. Julia Hoffman in Gothic soap opera "Dark Shadows" (1966-1971). She was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

In 1922, Hall was born under the name of "Shirley Grossman" in ...

40. Harry Earles

Actor | Freaks

Harry/Kurt (stage name/real name) came over to the U.S. from Germany around 1915 with his sister, Grace/Freida. Once they arrived, they worked for a man named Earles, at which time they adopted his last name. in the early 1920's, their sister Daisy/Hilda joined them and in the mid- to late- 1920's,...

41. Sam Gilman

Actor | One-Eyed Jacks

Before WWII Sam Gilman was a graduate of Pratt Institute majoring in Fine Art with a minor in Theater. He worked as an Artist, Inker, and Penciller during the Comics Golden Age. He was a Penciller for the premiere issue of Marvel Comics #1. Other titles he worked were: Amazing Man, Masked Marvel, ...

42. George Memmoli

Actor | Mean Streets

George Memmoli was born on August 3, 1938 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on Mean Streets (1973), Phantom of the Paradise (1974) and Rocky (1976). He died on May 20, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

43. Sanjeev Kumar

Actor | Sholay

Harihar Jariwala a.k.a. Sanjeev Kumar was born in a Gujrati family in 1938. He portrayed many roles irrespective of the age or the type of chararcter. The actor ballooned in size in later years of his life due to the gastronomical pleasures he had inherited by sleeping in a kitchen while he was a ...

44. Roger Torrey

Actor | The Beverly Hillbillies

Roger Torrey was born on May 9, 1938 in Pocatello, Idaho, USA as Roger Pugmire. He was an actor, known for The Beverly Hillbillies (1962), Mannix (1967) and Everglades (1961). He was married to Jean Sanders. He died on December 17, 1985 in Los Angeles County, California, USA.

45. Louis Hayward

Actor | And Then There Were None

From his birthplace in South Africa, Louis Charles Hayward was brought to England and was educated there and on the Continent. He spent a short time managing a London nightclub, displayed some acting talent and decided on acting, and was quickly tapped by playwright Noël Coward, who became his ...

46. George Savalas

Actor | Kelly's Heroes

Greek-American actor George Savalas is best remembered for co-starring on his elder brother (Telly Savalas)'s popular television detective show Kojak (1973) (1973-78). He played Detective Stavros to Telly's Kojak and was billed as Demosthenes in the end credits to avoid confusion with the elder ...

47. George O'Brien

Actor | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

George was the son of the San Francisco Chief of Police who became a college athlete. He was the Heavyweight Boxing Champion of the Pacific Fleet during World War I. In the early 1920s, George wound up in Hollywood where he worked as a stuntman and part time actor. In 1924, Director John Ford ...

48. Kamatari Fujiwara

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Kamatari Fujiwara was born on January 15, 1905 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Seven Samurai (1954), The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Yojimbo (1961). He died on December 21, 1985 in Tokyo.

49. Joel Crothers

Actor | Dark Shadows

Joel Crothers was born on January 28, 1941 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Joel Anthony Crothers. He was an actor, known for Dark Shadows (1966), The Edge of Night (1956) and Rescue 8 (1958). He died on November 6, 1985 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

50. Kent Smith

Actor | Cat People

He was one of Hollywood's more interesting curiosities. Kent Smith, by most standards, had the makings of a topflight 40s and 50s film star -- handsome; virile; personable; highly dedicated; equipped with a rich stage background; no slouch in the talent department. For some reason all these fine ...


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