Film Celebrity Deads of 2010

by isizaki | created - 29 Dec 2010 | updated - 29 Dec 2010 | Public

1. Mario Monicelli

Writer | I compagni

Mario Monicelli was born on May 16, 1915 in Rome, Lazio, Italy. He was a writer and director, known for The Organizer (1963), Speriamo che sia femmina (1986) and An Average Little Man (1977). He was married to Antonella Salerni and Chiara Rapaccini. He died on November 29, 2010 in Rome.

2. Kevin McCarthy

Actor | Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Handsome, chisel-jawed character actor Kevin McCarthy appeared in nearly 100 movies in a career that spanned seven decades. He also had some starring roles, most notably the horror cult classic Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956). He played the disillusioned son Biff Loman in the 1951 screen ...

3. Patricia Neal

Actress | Hud

Patricia Neal, the Oscar and Tony Award-winning actress, was born Patsy Louise Neal in Packard, Kentucky, where her father managed a coal mine and her mother was the daughter of the town doctor. She grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee, where she attended high school. She was first bit by the acting bug...

4. Robert Culp

Actor | I Spy

Tall, slim and exceedingly good-looking American leading man Robert Culp, a former cartoonist in his teen years, appeared off-Broadway in the 1950s before settling into polished, clean-cut film leads and "other man" supports a decade later. Hitting the popular TV boards in the hip, racially ...

5. Ronald Neame

Director | Golden Salamander

A British filmmaker who, over the years, worked as assistant director, cinematographer, producer, writer and ultimately director, Ronald Neame was born on April 23, 1911. His father, Elwin Neame, was a film director and his mother, Ivy Close, was a film star. During the 1920s, he started working at...

6. Jean Simmons

Actress | Spartacus

Demure British beauty Jean Simmons was born January 31, 1929 in Crouch End, London. As a 14-year-old dance student, she was plucked from her school to play Margaret Lockwood's precocious sister in Give Us the Moon (1944), and she went on to make a name for herself in such major British productions ...

7. Peter Graves

Actor | Airplane!

Peter Graves was born Peter Duesler Aurness on March 18, 1926 on Minneapolis, Minnesota. While growing up in Minnesota, he excelled at sports and music (as a saxophonist), and by age 16, he was a radio announcer at WMIN in Minneapolis. After two years in the United States Army Air Force, he studied...

8. Gloria Stuart

Actress | Titanic

Gloria Stuart was born on a dining room table on 4th Street in Santa Monica, California on July 4, 1910. Her early roles as a performing artist were in plays she produced in her home as a young girl. She was the star of her senior class play at Santa Monica High School in 1927. Attending the ...

9. Tony Curtis

Actor | Some Like It Hot

Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only ...

10. Blake Edwards

Writer | The Pink Panther Strikes Again

Blake Edwards' stepfather's father J. Gordon Edwards was a silent screen director, and his stepfather Jack McEdward was a stage director and movie production manager. Blake acted in a number films, beginning with Ten Gentlemen from West Point (1942) and wrote a number of others, beginning with ...

11. Éric Rohmer

Director | Le genou de Claire

Admirers have always had difficulty explaining Éric Rohmer's "Je ne sais quoi." Part of the challenge stems from the fact that, despite his place in French Nouvelle Vague (i.e., New Wave), his work is unlike that of his colleagues. While this may be due to the auteur's unwillingness to conform, ...

12. Georges Wilson

Actor | The Three Musketeers

Georges Wilson was born on October 16, 1921 in Champigny-sur-Marne, Seine [now Val-de-Marne], France as Georges Willson. He is known for his work on The Three Musketeers (1973), Mesrine Part 2: Public Enemy #1 (2008) and La vouivre (1989). He was married to Nicole. He died on February 3, 2010 in ...

13. Lionel Jeffries

Actor | Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

With his bald head, firm jawline and bristling moustache, Lionel Jeffries played a nice line of English eccentrics. This belied his RADA training. Following military service in WWII, he played his major roles - everything from Grandpa Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968) to the Marquis of ...

14. Corey Haim

Actor | The Lost Boys

Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale.

Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s ...

15. John Forsythe

Actor | The Trouble with Harry

John Forysthe was born Jacob Lincoln Freund in Penns Grove, New Jersey, the son of Blanche Materson (Blohm) and Samuel Jeremiah Freund, a Wall Street businessman. He chose to pursue acting over the objections of his father. He did some work in radio soaps and on Broadway before signing a movie ...

16. Corin Redgrave

Actor | A Man for All Seasons

Corin Redgrave, a towering, award-winning force on the British stage but a lesser universally recognized third-generation scion of the acting dynasty, was the reddish-haired middle brother of his more internationally famous sisters, Vanessa Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave who achieved widespread ...

17. Lynn Redgrave

Actress | Gods and Monsters

Actress of both the English and American stage and screen, Lynn Redgrave was born in Marylebone, London, England, into one of the world's most famous acting dynasties. As the daughter of Rachel Kempson and Sir Michael Redgrave, sister of Vanessa Redgrave and Corin Redgrave, and granddaughter of Roy...

18. Dennis Hopper

Actor | Easy Rider

With an amazing cinematic career of more than five decades, Dennis Hopper was a multi-talented and unconventional actor/director, regarded by many as one of the true "enfants terribles" of Hollywood. Hopper was born on May 17, 1936 in Dodge City, Kansas, to Marjorie Mae (Davis) and James Millard ...

19. James Gammon

Actor | Major League

Rugged-looking James Gammon first broke into the entertainment industry not as an actor but as a TV cameraman. From there, his weatherbeaten features, somewhat menacing attitude and a tough-as-nails voice--the kind that used to be described in detective novels as "whiskey-soaked"--reminiscent of '...

20. Maury Chaykin

Actor | My Cousin Vinny

The award-winning Canadian-American character actor Maury Chaykin was born on July 27, 1949 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Professor Irving J. Chaykin and his wife Clarice. Irving Chaykin, an American citizen, taught accountancy at the City College of New York. The former Clarice Bloomfield, his...

21. Harold Gould

Actor | Patch Adams

Harold Gould earned a Ph.D. in theatre and taught speech and drama at Cornell University. Pursuing off-Broadway work in the 1950s, he decided to practice what he preached and became a full-time professional actor in the 1960s. He has appeared in hundreds of TV shows since, usually playing a father,...

22. Claude Chabrol

Director | Le beau Serge

Claude Chabrol was born on June 24, 1930 in Paris, France. He was a director and writer, known for Le Beau Serge (1958), La Cérémonie (1995) and Story of Women (1988). He was married to Aurore Chabrol, Stéphane Audran and Agnès Goute. He died on September 12, 2010 in Paris.

23. Eddie Fisher

Soundtrack | Carol

In 1953 Eddie Fisher was given his own fifteen-minute TV show called Coke Time (1953), sponsored by the Coca-Cola company. This show proved to be so popular that Coke then offered Eddie a $1 million contract to be their national spokesperson. A deal of that magnitude was almost unheard of at this ...

24. Arthur Penn

Director | Bonnie and Clyde

Arthur Penn was born on September 27, 1922 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Bonnie and Clyde (1967), Little Big Man (1970) and The Miracle Worker (1962). He was married to Peggy Maurer. He died on September 28, 2010 in Manhattan, New York City, New York,...

25. Simon MacCorkindale

Actor | Jaws 3-D

Born in Ely, Cambridgeshire, England, the light-haired, aristocratically handsome Simon MacCorkindale's first career choice was to follow in his Air Force pilot father Peter's bootsteps by joining the Air Training Corps., but his deteriorating eyesight forced him to choose an alternative vocation. ...

26. Tom Bosley

Actor | Happy Days

Tom Bosley was born on October 1, 1927 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Thomas Edward Bosley. He was an actor, known for Happy Days (1974), The Back-up Plan (2010) and Yours, Mine and Ours (1968). He was married to Patricia Carr and Jean Eliot. He died on October 19, 2010 in Palm Springs, California, ...

27. Caroline McWilliams

Actress | Mermaids

Caroline McWilliams was born on April 4, 1945 in Seattle, Washington, USA as Caroline Margaret McWilliams. She was an actress and director, known for Mermaids (1990), Benson (1979) and Beverly Hills, 90210 (1990). She was married to Michael Keaton. She died on February 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, ...

28. Jill Clayburgh

Actress | Bridesmaids

It came as no surprise to film aficionados when, in 1999, Entertainment Weekly named Jill Clayburgh on its list of Hollywood's 25 Greatest Actresses. For decades, she delivered stellar performances in a wide variety of roles.

Jill Clayburgh was born in 1944 in New York City, into a wealthy family, ...

29. Lisa Blount

Actress | An Officer and a Gentleman

Lisa Blount's mother found her dead in her home after two days of not being able to reach her. No signs of foul play were reported by Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper but he did not release cause of death. The police report listed her death as 'natural'. Her husband, Ray McKinnon, had been out...

30. James MacArthur

Actor | Hang 'Em High

In a career spanning more than four decades, James MacArthur developed a body of work which is wonderfully dynamic in both scope and range. Portraying everything from crazed killer to stalwart defender of law and order, frustrated teenager to cynical senior supervisor, he has appeared in numerous ...

31. Dino De Laurentiis

Producer | La strada

Dino De Laurentiis left home at age 17 to enrol in film school, supporting himself as an actor, extra, propman, or any other job he could get in the film industry. His persistence paid off, and by the time he reached his 20th birthday he already had one produced film under his belt. After serving ...

32. Ingrid Pitt

Actress | The Wicker Man

Best known as Hammer Films' most seductive female vampire of the early 1970s, the Polish-born Pitt possessed dark, alluring features and a sexy figure that made her just right for Gothic horror! Ingrid Pitt (born Ingoushka Petrov) survived World War II and became a well-known actress on the East ...

33. Irvin Kershner

Director | Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back

Irvin Kershner was born on April 29, 1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of the University of Southern California film school, Kershner began his career in 1950, producing documentaries for the United States Information Service in the Middle East. He later turned to television, directing...

34. Leslie Nielsen

Actor | Airplane!

Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of ...

35. Emiko Azuma

Actress | Bushidô zankoku monogatari

Emiko Azuma was born on March 15, 1903 in Ushigome, Tokyo, Japan as Emiko Minami. She was an actress, known for Bushido (1963), Abare kishidô (1965) and Kagero-za (1981). She died on January 8, 2010.

36. Tanie Kitabayashi

Actress | Dai yûkai

Tanie Kitabayashi was born on May 21, 1911 in Tokyo, Japan as Reiko Ando. She was an actress, known for Dai yûkai (1991), Letter from the Mountain (2002) and Kiku to Isamu (1959). She died on April 27, 2010 in Setagaya, Tokyo.

37. Kei Satô

Actor | Kôshikei

Kei Satô was born on December 21, 1928 in Aizuwakamatsu, Fukushima, Japan as Keinosuke Sato. He is known for his work on Death by Hanging (1968), Azumi (2003) and The Ceremony (1971). He died on May 2, 2010 in Setagaya, Tokyo, Japan.

38. Kayako Sono

Actress | Dai satsujin

Kayako Sono was born on October 7, 1934 in Tokyo, Japan as Toshiko Shimizu. She was an actress, known for The Great Killing (1964), Jirochô sangokushi daiichibu (1963) and Yakuza wataridori: Akutôkagyô (1969). She died on July 27, 2010 in Setagaya-ku, Tokyo.

39. Keiju Kobayashi

Actor | Godzilla 1985

Keiju Kobayashi was born on November 23, 1923 in Gunma, Japan. He was an actor, known for Godzilla 1985 (1985), The Lost Alibi (1960) and Sanjuro (1962). He died on September 16, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.

40. Yoshie Minami

Actress | Ikiru

Yoshie Minami was born on October 5, 1915 in Hiroshima, Japan as Fusae Minami. She was an actress, known for Ikiru (1952), So Young, So Bright (1955) and The Rendezvous (1972). She died on August 6, 2010 in Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan.

41. Ryô Ikebe

Actor | Kyûketsu-ga

Ryô Ikebe was born on February 11, 1918 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Kyûketsu-ga (1956), Desertion at Dawn (1950) and Madame White Snake (1956). He died on October 8, 2010 in Tokyo.

42. Junko Ikeuchi

Actress | Sûpâ jaiantsu

Junko Ikeuchi was born on November 4, 1933 in Tokyo, Japan as Sumiko Nakazawa. She was an actress, known for Sûpâ jaiantsu (1957), Zoku sûpâ jaiantsu (1957) and Sûpâ jaiantsu - Kaiseijin no majô (1957). She died on September 26, 2010 in Tokyo.

43. Teruko Nagaoka

Actress | Tôkyô monogatari

Teruko Nagaoka was born on January 5, 1908 in Morioka, Iwate, Japan as Teruko Shinohara. She was an actress, known for Tokyo Story (1953), Kuchizuke (1955) and Jun'ai monogatari (1957). She died on October 18, 2010 in Tokyo, Japan.



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