oh, they're dead...?

by carpet_crawler | created - 30 Jul 2015 | updated - 4 months ago | Public

actors & directors & others whom i know of and didn't realize until recently they have been deceased for quite a while (at least a few months before adding them to this list).

1. Vincent Schiavelli

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous ...

knew him from Milos Forman films and a few others (GHOST, MELROSE PLACE). one day i looked him up and learned about his death in 2005, aged 57.

2. Herbert Ross

Director | The Turning Point

Herbert Ross was born on May 13, 1927 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Herbert David Ross. He is known for his work on The Turning Point (1977), The Goodbye Girl (1977) and Steel Magnolias (1989). He was married to Lee Radziwill and Nora Kaye. He died on October 9, 2001 in New York City.

3. Alan J. Pakula

Producer | Sophie's Choice

Alan J. Pakula was born on April 7, 1928 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Alan Jay Pakula. He was a producer and director, known for Sophie's Choice (1982), All the President's Men (1976) and Presumed Innocent (1990). He was married to Hannah Pakula and Hope Lange. He died on November ...

4. Harve Presnell

Actor | Fargo

By the time handsome, brawny baritone Harve Presnell arrived on the film scene, the "Golden Age" of musicals had long dissipated. Born in Modesto, California in 1933 and spending part of his youth on a family ranch near Yosemite Valley where he labored in the fields, it was discovered he had quite ...

FARGO! FACE/OFF! had no idea he died in 2009.

5. Murray Gershenz

Actor | I Love You, Man

Murray Gershenz was born on May 12, 1922 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Morris Gershenzwit. He was an actor, known for I Love You, Man (2009), The Hangover (2009) and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone (2013). He was married to Bobette Cohen. He died on August 28, 2013 in Los Angeles, ...

remember him from THE SARAH SILVERMAN PROGRAM, in which he was already very old. but only now found out he died in 2013.

6. Kellie Waymire

Actress | Enterprise

Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated in 1993 from University of California at San Diego with a Masters of Fine Arts.

remember her as Elaine's friend with the kid in the final season of SEINFELD. had no idea she died suddenly in 2003, merely aged 36.

7. Joe Viterelli

Actor | Bullets Over Broadway

Joe Viterelli was born on March 10, 1937 in The Bronx, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Bullets Over Broadway (1994), Eraser (1996) and Analyze This (1999). He was married to Catherine Brennan. He died on January 28, 2004 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

this one i just found out! Jelly from ANALYZE THIS, liked him a lot there. had no idea he died in 2004.

8. Chao Li Chi

Actor | Big Trouble in Little China

Chao Li Chi was born on April 5, 1927 in Shanxi Province, China. He was an actor and writer, known for Big Trouble in Little China (1986), The Prestige (2006) and Blood Work (2002). He was married to Gan. He died on October 16, 2010 in Granada Hills, California, USA.

FALCON CREST! the buttler! huh.

9. Robert Wise

Director | West Side Story

Robert Earl Wise was born on September 10, 1914 in Winchester, Indiana, the youngest of three sons of Olive R. (Longenecker) and Earl Waldo Wise, a meat packer. His parents were both of Pennsylvania Dutch (German) descent. At age nineteen, the avid moviegoer came into the film business through an ...

10. Brad Davis

Actor | Midnight Express

Born in Florida in 1949, Brad Davis moved to Georgia after graduating from high school to pursue an acting career. From there, he moved to New York City, twice, to find work. By the early 1970s Davis was acting in off-Broadway plays while studying acting at the Academy of Dramatic Arts. His stage ...

leading role in the 70s' classic MIDNIGHT EXPRESS, for years i didn't think to look what he did since, and when i did i found out he died of AIDS in 1991. quite a shocker.

11. Wendie Jo Sperber

Actress | Back to the Future

Though she was known best for drawing laughs as whiny, excitable characters throughout her raucous film and TV career, actress/comedienne Wendie Jo Sperber showed a brave, compassionate and humane side in the last years of her life. The Los Angeles-born performer developed a driving passion for ...

12. Patrick Cranshaw

Actor | Old School

Patrick Cranshaw was born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw. He was an actor, known for Old School (2003), Nothing to Lose (1997) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He was married to Afyphee Shaw. He died on December 28, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

13. Richard Fleischer

Director | Soylent Green

Richard Fleischer was born on December 8, 1916 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Soylent Green (1973), 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954) and The Vikings (1958). He was married to Mary Dickson. He died on March 25, 2006 in Woodland Hills, Los ...

14. Gretchen Wyler

Actress | The Devil's Brigade

Lovely, sparkling blonde musical actress and dancer Gretchen Wyler was born Gretchen Weinecke in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, the daughter of Louis Gustave Weinecke, a gasoline engineer, and Peggy (nee Highley) Weinecke, on February 16, 1932. She graduated from her home town high school and went on to ...

15. Ike Turner

Soundtrack | Deadpool

Ike Turner was born on November 5, 1931 in Clarksdale, Mississippi, USA as Izear Luster Turner Jr. He was married to Audrey Madison, Jeanette Bazzell, Margaret Ann Thomas, Tina Turner, Bonnie Mae Wilson and Lorraine Taylor. He died on December 12, 2007 in San Marcos, California, USA.

16. Ruth Cohen

Actress | Seinfeld

Ruth Cohen was born on January 28, 1930 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for Seinfeld (1989), V.I.P. (1998) and Life Among the Cannibals (1999). She died on August 23, 2008 in Panorama City, California, USA.

the Monk's cashier from SEINFELD! didn't know.

17. Richard Paul

Actor | The People vs. Larry Flynt

Is understanding human behavior important to being a good actor? If so, then it's no surprise that Richard Paul is eminently qualified for his successful acting career. A native Californian with a BA in public affairs from Claremont Men's College, now Claremont McKenna College, Richard earned an MA...

always remembered him as Falwell in THE PEOPLE VS. LARRY FLYNT. i was sure he played the reverend on DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, but he died before it even started and it was another actor who resembles him.

18. Mel Tormé

Soundtrack | Dick Tracy

A professional singer at the age of three, Mel Torme was a genuine musical prodigy. As a teenager, he played the drums in Chico Marx's band and earned the nickname "The Velvet Fog" because of his smooth, mellow tenor voice. In the 1940s, he formed his own group, the Mel-Tones, one of the first ...

19. Roddy McDowall

Actor | Fright Night

Roddy McDowall was born in Herne Hill, London, England, to Winifriede Lucinda (Corcoran), an Irish-born aspiring actress, and Thomas Andrew McDowall, a merchant seaman. Roddy was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), ...

20. Samuel Fuller

Writer | The Steel Helmet

At age 17, Samuel Fuller was the youngest reporter ever to be in charge of the events section of the New York Journal. After having participated in the European battle theater in World War II, he directed some minor action productions for which he mostly wrote the scripts himself and which he also ...

21. Alexander Godunov

Actor | Die Hard

He was born on Sakhalin Island at the far eastern end of the former Soviet Union and began studying dance at age 9 in the Riga State Ballet School. He later said his mother put him there to prevent his becoming "a hooligan". One of his classmates and friends at the school was Mikhail Baryshnikov. ...

22. Don Siegel

Director | Dirty Harry

Don Siegel was educated at Cambridge University, England. In Hollywood from the mid-'30s, he began his career as an editor and second unit director. In 1945 he directed two shorts (Hitler Lives (1945) and Star in the Night (1945)) which both won Academy Awards. His first feature as a director was ...

23. John Schlesinger

Director | Midnight Cowboy

Oscar-winning director John Schlesinger, who was born in London, on February 16, 1926, was the eldest child in a solidly middle-class Jewish family. Berbard Schlesinger, his father, was a pediatrician, and his mother, Winifred, was a musician. He served in the Army in the Far East during World War ...

24. Nell Carter

Actress | Gimme a Break!

Her trademark sass complimented by a distinctively adenoidal voice that could out-snarl Eartha Kitt and Fran Drescher put together, short (4'11"), round, and robust Nell Carter was one indomitable, in-your-face firecracker...and it made her a star. She was born Nell Ruth Hardy in 1948 in Birmingham...

i remember her as P.J. in HANGIN' WITH MR. COOPER. had no idea she died quite young.

25. Noble Willingham

Actor | Walker, Texas Ranger

Noble Willingham has appeared in more than 30 feature films, including Up Close & Personal (1996), Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), Chinatown (1974), City Slickers (1991), and The Distinguished Gentleman (1992).

He was born in the small town of Mineola, Texas, east of Dallas. After graduating ...

26. Edward Bunker

Actor | Reservoir Dogs

Edward Bunker was born on December 31, 1933 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward Heward Bunker. He was an actor and writer, known for Reservoir Dogs (1992), The Longest Yard (2005) and Tango & Cash (1989). He was married to Jennifer Steele. He died on July 19, 2005 in Burbank, ...

Mr. Blue! didn't know.

27. Marc Rocco

Producer | The Jacket

Marc Rocco was born on June 19, 1962 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Marc Daniel King. He was a producer and director, known for The Jacket (2005), Where the Day Takes You (1992) and Murder in the First (1995). He was married to Lisa Rocco. He died on May 1, 2009 in Northridge, California.

director of MURDER IN THE FIRST which i still need to watch (saw parts of it, seems very good). did not know he died in 2009 quite young, age 46. cause of death unknown.

28. Emile Ardolino

Director | Dirty Dancing

Emile Ardolino was born on May 9, 1943 in Maspeth, New York, USA. He was a director and producer, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Great Performances: Dance in America (1976) and He Makes Me Feel Like Dancin' (1983). He died on November 20, 1993 in Bel Air, California, USA.

director of DIRTY DANCING, a movie i have seen oh so many times since childhood. saw a program about it and learned about his death. he was only 50 years old.

29. Yekaterina Golubeva

Actress | J'ai pas sommeil

Yekaterina Golubeva was born on October 9, 1966 in Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR. She was an actress and writer, known for I Can't Sleep (1994), Nauchis tantsevat (1985) and Mest shuta (1993). She was married to Sharunas Bartas. She died on August 14, 2011 in Paris, France.

caught 29 PALMS on tv, a very disturbing movie. then read about it and learned about her death at 44.

30. 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), Lenny (1974) and All That Jazz (1979). He was married to Gwen Verdon, Joan McCracken and Mary Ann Niles. He died on September 23, 1987 in Washington, District of Columbia...

director of LENNY, one of my favorite films of the 70s'. didn't know he died.

31. Richard Crenna

Actor | Rambo III

Richard Donald Crenna was born in Los Angeles, California, into a modest-income family, the only child of Edith J. (Pollette) and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. His mother managed a small hotel in downtown Los Angeles, where Richard and his family ...

just recently saw the first 3 RAMBO films, he had a very distinctive voice. didn't know he died.

32. Max Cantor

Actor | Dirty Dancing

Max Cantor was born on May 15, 1959. He was an actor, known for Dirty Dancing (1987), Fear, Anxiety & Depression (1989) and Leg Work (1987). He died on October 3, 1991 in New York City, New York, USA.

Robbie from DIRTY DANCING! had no idea he died in 1991 at age 32, from a heroin overdose.

33. 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. ...

remember him from FALCON CREST & JAWS 3D. didn't know he died of cancer a few years ago.

34. Richard Jeni

Actor | The Mask

Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Platypus Man (1995) and Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

liked him in THE MASK as the best friend. had no idea he committed suicide in 2007, at age 49.

35. Mia Amber Davis

Actress | Road Trip

Mia Amber Davis was born on July 25, 1974 in New York City, New York, USA. She is known for her work on Road Trip (2000), Girl Crazy (2007) and Holla If I Kill You (2003). She was married to Mike Yard. She died on May 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

36. Janet Margolin

Actress | David and Lisa

Pretty, demure-looking Janet Margolin was born in New York City in 1943 and educated at the New York High School of Performing Arts. The long-haired brunette was discovered for films by director Frank Perry as she was making great strides as a teen on Broadway. He saw her in the play "Daughter of ...

37. Alex Karras

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Alex Karras was born on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Alexander George Karras. He was an actor and producer, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Victor Victoria (1982) and Porky's (1981). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

38. Warren Clarke

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Lancashire-born Warren Clarke was an actor of immense presence and considerable versatility who turned his wide-shouldered, robust appearance and lived-in, hangdog facial features into an asset. For more than two and a half decades he had toiled in a wide variety of supporting roles before finding ...

39. Michael Bates

Actor | A Clockwork Orange

Michael Bates was born on December 4, 1920 in Jhansi, United Provinces of Agra and Oudh, British India as Michael Hammond Bates. He was an actor, known for A Clockwork Orange (1971), Patton (1970) and Frenzy (1972). He was married to Margaret M. J. Chisholm. He died on January 11, 1978 in Chelsea, ...

40. Charles Durning

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

WWII veteran, dance instructor and diversely talented stage & screen actor were all inclusions on the resume of this perpetually busy US actor who didn't get in front of the cameras until around the time of his fortieth birthday. The stockily built Charles Durning was one of Hollywood's most ...

Hudsucker himself! didn't know he died in 2012.

41. Nagisa Ôshima

Director | Merry Christmas Mr. Lawrence

Nagisa Oshima's career extends from the initiation of the "Nuberu bagu" (New Wave) movement in Japanese cinema in the late 1950s and early 1960s, to the contemporary use of cinema and television to express paradoxes in modern society. After an early involvement with the student protest movement in ...

42. Denis Forest

Actor | The Mask

An accomplished actor, painter/sculptor and writer, Denis Forest attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. He was an associate artist with the Necessary Angel Theatre Company from 1982-1987, where he collaborated on a number of award-winning plays under the direction of Richard Rose ("...

43. Jim Carroll

Soundtrack | The Basketball Diaries

In the 1960s Jim Carroll was a basketball prodigy and a fountain of untapped talent. He was also progressively becoming an addict. Through his teenage years, he discovered love, loss, pain, joy, and everything in between which is thoroughly recounted in his infamous book "The Basketball Diaries".

...

the poet and writer who's drug-abusing youth is depicted in THE BASKETBALL DIARIES. learned about his 2009 death at age 60 only in 2011 when i returned to the movie for work purposes.

44. John Cazale

Actor | Dog Day Afternoon

John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way (...

Pacino's psycho accomplice in DOG DAY AFTERNOON. didn't know he died only 3 years after the movie (1978).

45. George Plimpton

Actor | Good Will Hunting

George Plimpton was born on March 18, 1927 in New York City, New York, USA as George Ames Plimpton. He was an actor and writer, known for Good Will Hunting (1997), Nixon (1995) and L.A. Story (1991). He was married to Sara Whitehead Dudley and Freddy Medora Espy. He died on September 26, 2003 in ...

the suspected gay shrink in GOOD WILL HUNTING, quite a memorable little scene. didn't know he died in 2003.

46. John Clive

Actor | The Italian Job

Tall, versatile, brown-haired (now balding) supporting actor, John Clive has been in a number of famous movies throughout his career. His first film was Smashing Time (1967), which was followed by a role in The Beatles' movie, Yellow Submarine (1968), when he was called upon to dub John Lennon's ...

the stage actor in CLOCKWORK ORANGE who makes our hero do quite a nasty thing. didn't know he died in 2012.

47. Philip Stone

Actor | The Shining

Philip Stone was an English character actor, born in Leeds, West Yorkshire, in 1924. His first job was for an engineering company in Leeds and he served in the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. He was on stage at the West End in London from 1947. He also contracted tuberculosis that year...

Kubrick's CLOCKOWRK ORANGE (dad) and THE SHINING (man who cleans wine off Nicholson). didn't know he died in 2003.

48. Tony Musante

Actor | The Incident

Handsome, rugged, and talented Italian-American actor Tony Musante was born on June 30, 1936 in Bridgeport, Connecticut to an accountant father and a school teacher mother. He attended both Northwestern University and Oberlin College. Tony worked as a school teacher prior to beginning his acting ...

Nino from OZ! didn't know he died in 2013.

49. Matthew Cowles

Actor | Shutter Island

Matthew Cowles was born on September 28, 1944 in New York City, New York, USA as Matthew Chandler Cowles. He was an actor, known for Shutter Island (2010), All My Children (1970) and Slap Shot (1977). He was married to Christine Baranski and Kathleen Dezina. He died on May 22, 2014 in New York City.

50. 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 ...

51. Chris Rebello

Actor | Jaws

Chris Rebello was born on August 8, 1963 in Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Jaws (1975). He was married to Lyn Wadsworth. He died on November 30, 2000 in Oak Bluffs.

the kid from JAWS! just found out, had no idea he died in 2000 aged 37.

52. Charles Rocket

Actor | Dumb and Dumber

Charles Rocket was born on August 28, 1949 in Bangor, Maine, USA as Charles Adams Claverie. He was an actor, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Dances with Wolves (1990) and Short Cuts (1993). He was married to Mary Elizabeth (Beth) Crellin. He died on October 7, 2005 in Canterbury, Connecticut, USA.

DUMB & DUMBER villain. was shocked to learn about his suicide in 2005, at age 56.

53. Harrison Young

Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

Harrison Young was born on March 13, 1930 in Port Huron, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005), Saving Private Ryan (1998) and The Game (1997). He died on July 3, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

old private Ryan. didn't know he died in 2005.

54. Lupe Ontiveros

Actress | As Good as It Gets

Lupe Ontiveros was born on September 17, 1942 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Guadalupe Moreno. She is known for her work on As Good as It Gets (1997), Chuck & Buck (2000) and Real Women Have Curves (2002). She was married to Elias P. Ontiveros. She died on July 26, 2012 in Whittier, California, USA.

DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES & AS GOOD AS IT GETS. didn't know about her 2012 demise.

55. O.L. Duke

Stunts | Man on Fire

O.L. Duke's acting career breakthrough occurred when he replaced Denzel Washington in Charles Fuller 's Pulitzer Prize-winning original production of "A Soldier's Play" (later made into the film A Soldier's Story (1984). He was a member of both the renowned Actors Studio and the Negro Ensemble ...

knew his role on OZ. just found out he was killed in a car crash in 2004 at age 51.

56. Richard Hamilton

Actor | Men in Black

Richard Hamilton was born on December 31, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Richard Wesley Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Men in Black (1997), On Deadly Ground (1994) and Pale Rider (1985). He was married to Marilynn Margaret Morgan. He died on December 21, 2004 in Jeffersonville, New York, ...

OZ & MEN IN BLACK. was already in his late 70s by then but didn't know he died in 2004.

57. Adrienne Shelly

Actress | Waitress

The late Adrienne Shelley was born in Queens, New York, to Sheldon Levine and Elaine Langbaum. After graduating Jericho High School, located in Jericho, New York, she enrolled at Boston University, and majored in film production. After her junior year, she dropped out and moved to Manhattan where ...

knew her small role on OZ (season 2). had no idea she was murdered and first believed to have committed suicide, only 40 years old. what a tragedy.

58. Elaine Stritch

Actress | 30 Rock

A brash, incorrigible scene-stealer who led a six decade career that had many highs and lows, veteran Elaine Stritch certainly lived up to the Stephen Sondheim song "I'm Still Here". Having stolen so many moments on stage that she could be convicted of grand larceny, this tough old broad broached ...

another OZ one-timer. seen her on a few other roles, and just found out she passed away last year.

59. Zakes Mokae

Actor | Waterworld

Born in Johannesburg, South Africa, actor Zakes Mokae was trained at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and became one of the most distinguished thespians in South Africa for over two decades. Mokae was one of the few actors capable of crossing the divided racial sections, punctuated by his ...

also know him from a two-episode arc on OZ. didn't know he died 2009.

60. Stanley Kamel

Actor | Domino

Stanley Kamel was born in New Brunswick, New Jersey on January 1, 1943 and was raised in South River, New Jersey. He attended high school at Rutgers Prepatory School (graduated 1961) in Somerset, New Jersey and received his college degree from the Boston University School of Fine Arts in 1965. ...

remember his roles on BEVERLY HILLS 90210, MELROSE PLACE and even the 1994 tv movie "Honor Thy Father and Mother: The True Story of the Menendez Murders". didn't know he died in 2008 of a heart attack, at age 65.

61. Sid Newman

Actor | The Wedding Singer

Sid Newman was born on January 18, 1920. He was an actor, known for The Wedding Singer (1998), The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) and The Larry Sanders Show (1992). He died on April 10, 2001 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

from THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW. didn't know he died not very long after the show ended.

62. Lane Smith

Actor | My Cousin Vinny

Lane Smith was born on April 29, 1936 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA as Walter Lane Smith III. He was an actor, known for My Cousin Vinny (1992), Red Dawn (1984) and The Mighty Ducks (1992). He was married to Deborah Lynn Price and Sydnee Roberta Balaber. He died on June 13, 2005 in Northridge, ...

PERRY WHITE the boss of LOIS & CLARK! didn't know he died in 2005.

63. Mark Ritts

Actor | Beakman's World

Mark Ritts was born on June 16, 1946 in West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Beakman's World (1992), Storytime (1992) and North Mission Road (2003). He was married to Teresa Parente and Nina Daniel. He died on December 7, 2009 in La Cañada Flintridge, California,...

Lester the rat from BEAKMAN'S WORLD which i liked as a child. didn't know he died in 2009.

64. Stephen Lee

Actor | WarGames

Stephen Lee was born in Englewood New Jersey in 1955. Having lived in Europe the first 15 years of his life, Stephen comes from a "casino" background with his father selling and making slot machines. Stephen started acting when he came to the U.S in 1970 and eventually getting a partial scholarship...

nice little role as a nervous officer in THE NEGOTIATOR. didn't know he died in august of 2014 at age 58.

65. Polly Bergen

Actress | Cry-Baby

In a six-decade-plus career (she started out as a radio performer at age 14), there are very few facets of entertainment that lovely singer/actress Polly Bergen has not conquered or, at the very least, touched upon. A nightclub and Columbia recording artist of the 50s and 60s, she is just as well ...

66. Annette Charles

Actress | Grease

Annette Charles was born on March 5, 1948 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Annette Frances Cardona. She was an actress, known for Grease (1978), In Search of Historic Jesus (1979) and The Bionic Woman (1976). She was married to Robert Romeo. She died on August 3, 2011 in Los Angeles.

cha-cha from GREASE! didn't know she died in 2011. aged 63.

67. Dennis Stewart

Actor | Grease

Dennis Stewart was born on July 29, 1947 in Los Angeles County, California, USA as Dennis Cleveland Stewart. He was an actor, known for Grease (1978), Grease 2 (1982) and Moonlighting (1985). He died on April 20, 1994 in Los Angeles County.

Leo the villain from GREASE. had no idea he died of AIDS in 1994, aged 46.

68. Elizabeth Montgomery

Actress | Bewitched

Elizabeth Montgomery was born into show business. Her parents were screen actor Robert Montgomery and Broadway actress Elizabeth Allen. Elizabeth graduated from the Spence School in New York City and attended the Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. After three years' intensive training, she made ...

69. John Randolph

Actor | You've Got Mail

Veteran performer John Randolph was a Tony Award-winning character actor whose union and social activism in the '40s and '50s caused him to be blacklisted during the McCarthy era. The balding performer may not have been a household name, but he was a regular face in movies and TV for over four ...

the original Frank Costanza in SEINFELD before being replaced with Jerry Stiller. didn't know he died in 2004.

70. Robert Donley

Actor | Cocktail

Robert Donley was born on November 26, 1911 in Carmichaels, Pennsylvania, USA as Robert Phillips Donley. He was an actor, known for Cocktail (1988), The Rockford Files (1974) and Deadly Games (1995). He was married to Jane Wakefield, Dolores Lucille Toniatti (Toni) and Katherine McMullen. He died ...

was in SEINFELD as one of the old men in the the episode titled THE OLD MAN. still, didn't know.

71. Ian Abercrombie

Actor | Army of Darkness

Ian Abercrombie began his theatrical career as a lad during the Blitz in World War II. After his footwork years during which he earned Bronze, Silver and Gold medals in dance for the stage, he performed in London, Holland, Ireland and Scotland. He made his American stage debut in 1955 in a ...

SEINFELD's Mr. Pitt! didn't know he died in 2012.

72. Frances Bay

Actress | Blue Velvet

Cute, tiny, and prolific little old lady character actress Frances Bay worked constantly in both films and TV shows alike after making her debut at the age of 59 in life with a small part in the comedy Foul Play (1978) in 1978. She frequently portrayed eccentric elderly women and good-hearted ...

also SEINFELD, the old women Jerry steals the Rye from. didn't know she died in 2011.

73. George Murdock

Actor | Star Trek V: The Final Frontier

George Murdock was born on June 25, 1930 in Salina, Kansas, USA as George Risk Sawaya Jr. He was an actor, known for Star Trek V: The Final Frontier (1989), Orange County (2002) and The X Files (1998). He was married to Catherine A. Miller. He died on April 30, 2012 in Burbank, California, USA.

keeping the SEINFELD roll... the russian writer in THE MARINE BIOLOGIST. died 2012.

74. Rod Steiger

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

Rodney Stephen Steiger was born in Westhampton, New York, to Augusta Amelia (Driver) and Frederick Jacob Steiger, both vaudevillians. He was of German and Austrian ancestry. After his parents' divorce, Steiger was raised by his mother in Newark, New Jersey. He dropped out of Westside High school at...

remember him in THE SPECIALIST (no judgement!) and did not know he died in 2002.

75. Al Capp

Writer | Li'l Abner

Al Capp was born on September 28, 1909 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA as Alfred Gerald Caplin. He was a writer and actor, known for Li'l Abner (1959), Li'l Abner (1940) and Fearless Fosdick (1952). He was married to Catherine Wingate Cameron. He died on November 5, 1979 in Cambridge, Massachusetts,...

the cartoonist and satirist who clashed with John Lennon and Yoko Ono at their "bed-in for peace" in 1969. didn't know he died only 10 years later.

76. Jack Weston

Actor | Dirty Dancing

In a 40-year career that spanned Broadway, television and movies, the versatile actor played everyone from sleazy villains to terrifying killers to clumsy comics. His bad-guy roles included a stalker who, along with Alan Arkin terrorized a blind Audrey Hepburn in the 1967 cult classic Wait Until ...

old KELLERMAN from DIRTY DANCING. didn't know he died in 1996.

77. Rozsika Halmos

Actress | The In-Laws

Rozsika Halmos was born on November 26, 1911 in Romania. She was an actress, known for The In-Laws (1979), F.I.S.T. (1978) and Best Defense (1984). She died in 1999 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

aunt "Manya" from "THE PONY REMARK" episode of SEINFELD. figured as much, but did not know she died in 1999.

78. William Hickey

Actor | National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Son of Edward & Nora Hickey. Best known as the ancient Mafia don in Prizzi's Honor (1985), Hickey had a long, distinguished career in film, television, and the stage. Began career as a child actor on the variety stage. Made Broadway debut as walk-on in George Bernard Shaw's "Saint Joan" (1951 ...

Manya's husband in that same seinfeld episode (see #77). died in 1997 at age 69.

79. Peter Dennis

Actor | Shrek

Peter Dennis was born on October 25, 1933 in Dorking, Surrey, England as Peter John Dennis. He was an actor, known for Shrek (2001), Ten Inch Hero (2007) and Sideways (2004). He was married to Diane Mercer and Audrey B. Cooper. He died on April 18, 2009 in Shadow Hills, California, USA.

small roles on SEINFELD (season 8 finale) and FRIENDS (season 3, "THE ONE WHERE NO ONE'S READY"). did not know he died in 2009.

80. Wayne Tippit

Actor | JFK

Wayne Tippit was born on December 19, 1932 in Lubbock, Texas, USA as Gerald Wayne Tippit. He was an actor and assistant director, known for JFK (1991), Nurse Betty (2000) and Dancer, Texas Pop. 81 (1998). He was married to Carole Macho. He died on August 28, 2009 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

SEINFELD episode (fire department captain, "THE SECRET CODE") and a stint on MELROSE PLACE as Amanda's father. did not know he died in 2009.

81. Kim Chan

Actor | Lethal Weapon 4

Born in China, Kim Chan fled China in 1928 with his father Lem and two older sisters. Settling first in Rhode Island, then in New York, Kim left his family after his father caught him lying about an afternoon spent at the cinema. Faced with an ultimatum, Kim left for years as a day laborer, ...

remember him as "uncle Benny" in quite an amusing scene on LETHAL WEAPON 4. did not know he died in 2008.

82. Roy Brocksmith

Actor | Total Recall

Roy Brocksmith began his career on the bar at Hap Kuhl's Tavern in his native Quincy, Illinois, at the age of three. As a boy soprano, he performed in churches, schools, and appeared regularly on local radio and television programs. At 16, he taught at the local children's theater. Two years later ...

very memorable scene in the original TOTAL RECALL (with the pill), and also THE NOSE JOB episode in SEINFELD. did not know he died in 2001, aged 56.

83. Joseph Sargent

Director | Jaws: The Revenge

Joseph Sargent was born on July 22, 1925 in Jersey City, New Jersey, USA as Giuseppe Daniele Sorgente. He was a director and actor, known for Jaws: The Revenge (1987), Nightmares (1983) and Star Trek (1966). He was married to Carolyn Nelson and Mary Carver. He died on December 22, 2014 in Malibu, ...

84. Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter

Writer | The Hurricane

Rubin "Hurricane" Carter was boxing's most feared middleweight contender in the early 1960s. Standing only 5' 8" tall and weighing 160 lbs., he nevertheless had one of the most muscular builds in the sport. With a shaved head, Fu Manchu mustache and bulging muscles, he sent shudders and shakes ...

85. Pat Morita

Actor | The Karate Kid

Abundantly busy and much loved Asian-American actor who became an on-screen hero to millions of adults and kids alike as the wise and wonderful Mr. Miyagi in The Karate Kid (1984), the sparkling Noriyuki Morita was back again dishing out Eastern philosophy and martial arts lessons for The Karate ...

Miyagi. knew he died. wasn't sure when.

86. Carol Ann Susi

Actress | The Secret of My Success

Carol Ann Susi (February 2, 1952 - November 11, 2014) was an American actress best known for her portrayal of the voice of recurring unseen character Mrs. Wolowitz on the television series The Big Bang Theory (2007). Susi was born in Brooklyn and was of Italian descent. She studied acting at HB ...

SEINFELD ("THE BOYFRIEND"), 2 episodes of THAT '70s SHOW. didn't know she died in 2014.

87. Paul Fuemana

Actor | If... Dog... Rabbit

Paul Fuemana was born on February 8, 1969 in Otara, New Zealand. He was married to Kirstine. He died on January 31, 2010 in North Shore City, Auckland, New Zealand.

remember his OMC hit song "HOW BIZARRE" from 1996, did not know he died in 2010, aged 40.

88. Christopher Evan Welch

Actor | Lincoln

Christopher Evan Welch was born on September 28, 1965 in Fort Belvoir, Virginia, USA. He was an actor, known for Lincoln (2012), The Master (2012) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). He was married to Emma Welch. He died on December 2, 2013 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

amusing character he played on "SILICON VALLEY" season 1, originally aired in mid 2014, months after his passing that i had no idea of. only when the character's death was addressed in season 2 (2015) i thought maybe the actor died but didn't think to look it up until a couple of years later.

89. Charlie Murphy

Actor | Norbit

Charlie Murphy was born on July 12, 1959 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles Quinton Murphy. He was an actor and writer, known for Norbit (2007), Night at the Museum (2006) and Coming to America (1988). He was married to Tisha Taylor Murphy. He died on April 12, 2017 in New York City.

older brother of Eddie Murphy, comedian and writer that i knew a bit from Chappelle's show. died of cancer in april of 2017, aged 57. did not know until october of that year.

90. Matthew Garber

Actor | Mary Poppins

Matthew Garber was a British child actor. Both of his parents were theatrical actors, but neither was particularly famous.

In 1963, Garbet came to the attention of actor Roy Dotrice (father of Karen Dotrice) who was seeking potential child actors. Roy recommended Garber to the casting department of ...

kid from MARY POPPINS (and one of only 3 screen acting roles). didn't know he died in 1977 of hepatitis-related haemorrhage, aged only 21

91. Hervé Villechaize

Actor | The Man with the Golden Gun

Hervé Villechaize was born in Paris on April 23, 1943. He stopped growing very early and his father (who was a surgeon) tried to find a cure by visiting several doctors and hospitals. But there was none, so Hervé had to live with his small height and also with undersized lungs. He studied at the ...

of FANTASY ISLAND fame that i have seen some as a child, i had no idea he committed suicide in 1993, aged 50

92. Hal Ashby

Editor | In the Heat of the Night

Hal Ashby was born the fourth and youngest child in a Mormon household, in Ogden, Utah, to Eileen Ireta (Hetzler) and James Thomas Ashby, on September 2, 1929. His father was a dairy farmer. After a rough childhood that included the divorce of his parents, his father's suicide, his dropping out of ...

93. Paul Gleason

Actor | Die Hard

Character actor Paul Gleason was adept at playing tough guys and white collar sleazebags, making his film debut in Winter A-Go-Go (1965). He made a name for himself portraying these unlikeable characters. A native of Jersey City, New Jersey, Gleason studied extensively at the Actor's Studio in New ...

94. Melanie Thornton

Soundtrack | A Night at the Roxbury

Melanie Thornton was born on May 13, 1967 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA as Melanie Janene Thornton. She was married to Christian Thornton. She died on November 24, 2001 in Zurich, Switzerland.

of LA BOUCHE fame, 90's dance duo most famous for thair hit "BE MY LOVER". had no idea she died in a plane crash in november of 2001. aged 34.

95. Robert Mandan

Actor | Soap

Robert Mandan was born on February 2, 1932 in Clever, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Soap (1977), Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993) and Zapped! (1982). He was married to Sherry Dixon. He died on April 29, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

96. Robert Guillaume

Actor | The Lion King

Robert Guillaume was born on November 30, 1927 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Robert Peter Williams. He was an actor, known for The Lion King (1994), Sports Night (1998) and Big Fish (2003). He was married to Donna Brown Guillaume and Marlene Patricia Scott. He died on October 24, 2017 in Los ...

97. William Pierson

Actor | Stalag 17

William Pierson was born on July 17, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as William H Pierson. He was an actor, known for Stalag 17 (1953), Three's Company (1976) and Sani no yuutsu (1993). He died on August 27, 2004 in Newton, New Jersey, USA.

98. Ann Wedgeworth

Actress | Sweet Dreams

Ann Wedgeworth was born January 21, 1934 in Abilene, Texas to Cortus and Elizabeth Wedgeworth, she graduated from from Highland Park High School in University Park, and later graduated from the University of Texas in 1957. After graduation, Ann moved to New York City and auditioned several times ...

99. Margot Kidder

Actress | Superman

Margot Kidder was born Margaret Ruth Kidder in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada, to Jocelyn Mary "Jill" (Wilson), a history teacher from British Columbia, and Kendall Kidder, a New Mexico-born mining engineer and explosives expert. Margot was a delightful child who took pride in ...

Lois Lane alongside late Christopher Reeve from the original SUPERMAN films, died in may 2018 of suicde by overdose. i had no idea until the ocars' "in memoriam" in late february of 2019.

100. Jed Allan

Actor | General Hospital

Jed Allan was born on March 1, 1935 in Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Jed Allan Brown. He was an actor, known for General Hospital (1963), Days of Our Lives (1965) and Port Charles (1997). He was married to Janice Toby Druger. He died on March 9, 2019 in Palm Desert, California, USA.



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