Date of Death between 1972-01-01 and 1972-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Reginald Owen

Actor | Mary Poppins

Born August 5th, 1887 in England, Reginald Owen was among Hollywood's busier character actors, making more than 80 films. He was educated in England at Sir Herbert Tree's Academy of Dramatic Arts. Owen excelled and made his professional debut also in England at the age of 18. He came to New York in...

2. George Sanders

Actor | All About Eve

George Sanders was born of English parents in St. Petersburg, Russia. He worked in a Birmingham textile mill, in the tobacco business and as a writer in advertising. He entered show business in London as a chorus boy, going from there to cabaret, radio and theatrical understudy. His film debut, in ...

3. Dan Blocker

Actor | Bonanza

Dan Blocker is one of the true television immortals, having played Hoss Cartwright -- the heart and soul of Bonanza (1959) -- for 13 seasons, before his untimely death in 1972 at the age of 43. "Bonanza" was the most popular TV series of the 1960s, ranked #1 for three straight seasons (1964-65 ...

4. Brandon De Wilde

Actor | Shane

Born into a theatrical family, he made a much-acclaimed Broadway debut at the age of nine in "The Member of the Wedding." He was the first child actor to win the Donaldson Award and went on to repeat his role in the film version directed by Fred Zinnemann in 1952. As the blonde, blue-eyed Joey who ...

5. Leo G. Carroll

Actor | North by Northwest

One of the most indispensable of character actors, Leo G. Carroll was already involved in the business of acting as a schoolboy in Gilbert & Sullivan productions. Aged 16, he portrayed an old man in 'Liberty Hall'. In spite of the fact, that he came from a military family, and , perhaps, because of...

6. Joi Lansing

Actress | Touch of Evil

Joi Lansing was born Joyce Renee Brown on April 6, 1929 in Salt Lake City, Utah. She was a young lady who developed, physically, early as a teen. Because of her striking good looks, she began to model and was extremely successful throughout the 1940s. It was only natural that her physical assets ...

7. Isabel Jewell

Actress | Gone with the Wind

Isabel Jewell, like other actresses in Hollywood in the 1930s, suffered from chronic typecasting. The diminutive, platinum-haired daughter of a doctor and medical researcher seemed to be forever playing hard-boiled, tough-talking broads: gangster's molls, dumb blondes, prostitutes and, of course, ...

8. Rochelle Hudson

Actress | Imitation of Life

Rochelle Hudson was born on March 6, 1916 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA. She was an actress, known for Imitation of Life (1934), Les Misérables (1935) and Harold Teen (1934). She was married to Robert L. Mindell, Dick Irving Hyland, Harold E. Thompson and Charles Brust. She died on January...

9. Brian Donlevy

Actor | Beau Geste

It seems that Brian Donlevy started out life as colorfully as any character he ever played on the stage or screen. He lied about his age (he was actually 14) in 1916 so he could join the army. When Gen. John J. Pershing sent American troops to invade Mexico in pursuit of Pancho Villa--Mexican ...

10. Bruce Cabot

Actor | King Kong

Hollywood stalwart Bruce Cabot's main claim to fame, other than rescuing Fay Wray from King Kong (1933), is that he tested for the lead role of The Ringo Kid in John Ford's Western masterpiece Stagecoach (1939). John Wayne got the role and became the most durable star in Hollywood history, while ...

11. William Boyd

Actor | Two Arabian Knights

The son of a day laborer, William Boyd moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he was seven. His parents died while he was in his early teens, forcing him to quit school and take such jobs as a grocery clerk, surveyor and oil field worker. He went to Hollywood in 1919, already gray-haired. ...

12. Janet Munro

Actress | Darby O'Gill and the Little People

As Disney's lively lass Katie O'Gill she was the freshness of spring. She could inspire you to dance a jig through a field of flowers. Her entrancing green eyes and catchy spirit had that kind of life-affirming effect. Cute, spunky, almond-eyed British actress Janet Munro was deemed to be an ...

13. Miriam Hopkins

Actress | The Heiress

Born into wealth in Savannah,Georgia on October 18, 1902, Ellen Miriam Hopkins was able to attend the finest educational institutions including Goddard Seminary in Plainfield, Vermont and Syracuse University in New York State. Studying dance in New York , she received her first taste of show ...

14. Nigel Green

Actor | Zulu

The character actor Nigel Green, born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1924, was educated in England and studied chemical engineering before winning a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. By age 24, he was appearing on stage at both the Old Vic and Stratford-on-Avon, and in the ...

15. Peter Whitney

Actor | The Big Heat

The name may have you scratchin' your head a bit while searchin' for your nearby trivia book, but oh...that intimidating face is so familiar. Peter Whitney's over-powering frame, swarthy looks, bushy brows and maniacal look in his eye made him one of the most fearsome character actors to lump ...

16. Jerome Cowan

Actor | Miracle on 34th Street

Jerome Cowan was one of Hollywood's most prolific and instantly recognisable character actors. His trademark pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair, immaculate suits and sophisticated manner were his stock-in-trade for impersonating an assortment of rejected husbands, shifty politicians, ...

17. Tom Neal

Actor | Detour

Tom Neal is best remembered for his off-screen exploits, which involved scandal, mayhem and a charge of murder. Before his 1938 screen debut in MGM's Andy Hardy in het Wilde Westen (1938), Neal had been a member of the boxing team at Northwestern University, had debuted on the Broadway stage in ...

18. Margaret Rutherford

Actress | The V.I.P.s

Rare is the reference to Margaret Rutherford that doesn't characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric, or both. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth, Jane Marple, whom Rutherford ...

19. Gia Scala

Actress | The Guns of Navarone

This tall, dazzling, yet reserved and sensitive foreign import was born Giovanna Scoglio in Liverpool, England but moved to Sicily with her aristocratic Sicilian father and Irish mother at three months of age. She migrated to New York at age 14 and attended Bayside (Queens) High School, graduating ...

20. Marilyn Maxwell

Actress | Champion

The less famous, but still undeniably talented, of the "Marilyn" sex symbols of the 1940s and 1950s was born Marvel Marilyn Maxwell in Clarinda, Iowa on August 3, 1921 (she later began using her middle name professionally at the suggestion of Louis B. Mayer). As a teenager, she worked as an usher ...

21. Renee Whitney

Actress | Jimmy the Gent

Renee Whitney was born on February 9, 1912 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bertha Renee Whitney. She was an actress, known for Jimmy the Gent (1934), The Big Shakedown (1934) and Footlight Parade (1933). She died on September 16, 1972 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

22. Betty Blythe

Actress | She

Brunette, buxom matinee idol Betty Blythe capitalised on the 'roaring 20's' infatuation with exotic screen sirens to achieve a brief period of stardom. She was notoriously one of the first actresses to ever appear nude (or in various stages of undress) on screen. It wasn't that Betty couldn't act, ...

23. Maurice Chevalier

Soundtrack | The Love Parade

Maurice Chevalier's first working job was as an acrobat, until a serious accident ended that career. He turned his talents to singing and acting, and made several short films in France. During World War I he enlisted in the French army. He was wounded in battle, captured and placed in a POW camp by...

24. Akim Tamiroff

Actor | Touch of Evil

Though born in Russia and having a Russian-sounding name, Akim Tamiroff is actually of Armenian descent. At 19 he decided to pursue acting as a career and was chosen from among 500 applicants to the Moscow Art Theater School. There he studied under the great Konstantin Stanislavski, and launched a ...

25. Jessie Royce Landis

Actress | North by Northwest

Jessie Royce Landis was called "an international star" in her New York Times obituary. She was 20 when she made her stage debut at the Playhouse in Chicago as the young countess in "The Highwayman". Soon she was on Broadway. In 1950 she went to London for "Larger Than Life", a dramatization of W. ...

26. Steve Ihnat

Actor | Countdown

Steve Ihnat was born on August 7, 1934 in Jastrabie, Czechoslovakia as Stefan Ihnat. He was an actor and writer, known for Objectief Maan (1967), The Honkers (1972) and Do Not Throw Cushions Into the Ring (1970). He was married to Sally Carter-Ihnat. He died on May 12, 1972 in Cannes, ...

27. George Mitchell

Actor | The Andromeda Strain

George Mitchell was born on February 21, 1905 in Larchmont, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Andromeda Strain (1971), Dark Shadows (1966) and The Twilight Zone (1959). He was married to Katherine Squire. He died on January 18, 1972 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

28. Kenneth MacDonald

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Kenneth MacDonald was born Kenneth Dollins on September 8, 1901, in Portland, IN. He began his career as a stage actor in the 1920s and came to Hollywood in the early 1930s. He broke into motion pictures, but after several small roles, he found employment difficult to come by. He hit upon the idea ...

29. Marie Wilson

Actress | My Friend Irma

Lovely, innocent-looking, well-endowed comedienne Marie Wilson was a featherbrained delight instantly reminiscent of the zany Gracie Allen. Unlike Allen, however, Marie was a knockout--with high cheekbones, a wide slash of a mouth and a figure that wouldn't quit.

She was born Katherine Elizabeth ...

30. John Litel

Actor | They Died with Their Boots On

John Litel's tough, no-nonsense demeanor on screen was not entirely due to his skill as an actor--when World War I broke out he enlisted in the French army, not wanting to wait until the US entered, and was twice decorated for bravery. Returning to the US after the war, he enrolled in the American ...

31. Edgar G. Ulmer

Director | The Black Cat

Edgar G. Ulmer was born on September 17, 1904 in Olmütz, Moravia, Austria-Hungary as Edgar George Ulmer. He was a director and writer, known for The Black Cat (1934), Isle of Forgotten Sins (1943) and The Man from Planet X (1951). He was married to Shirley Ulmer and Joan Warner. He died on ...

32. William Dieterle

Director | Portrait of Jennie

Born in Ludwigshafen, Germany, Wilhelm Dieterle was the youngest of nine children of parents Jacob and Berthe Dieterle. They lived in poverty, and when he was old enough to work, young Wilhelm earned money as a carpenter and a scrap dealer. He dreamed of better things, though, and theater caught ...

33. Esma Cannon

Actress | The Rag Trade

Legendary Australian character actress of the British screen, Miss Cannon was without doubt one of the best scene stealing actresses.

Her pixie like looks and extraordinary facial expressions made her a true favourite of many a British movie.

Without her appearances in many a 'Carry On..' film in the...

34. Tod Andrews

Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Tod Andrews was born on November 9, 1914 in El Paso, Texas, USA as Theodore Edwin Anderson. He was an actor, known for Terugkeer naar de apenplaneet (1970), From Hell It Came (1957) and Heaven Can Wait (1943). He was married to Karolyn Rainwater, Alice Kirby Hooker and Gloria Eleanor Folland. He ...

35. Ross Bagdasarian

Actor | Rear Window

Composer, prolific songwriter ("Come On-a My House", "Witch Doctor", "Chipmunk Song"), author, actor, producer, impressionist, educated at Coll. Writer, and has made many records. He joined ASCAP in 1951, and specialized in catchy, hummable melodies. Some of his other popular-song compositions ...

36. Fredric Brown

Writer | The Hobbyist

Attended University of Cincinnati, Hanover College, Indiana, but didn't obtain a degree. Worked in an office 1924-36, when he left to become writer, proofreader for the "Milwaukee Journal". Also started writing at this time, selling the first of over 300 short stories. Active in both ...

37. Kenne Duncan

Actor | Night of the Ghouls

Kenne Duncan was born on February 17, 1902 in Chatham, Ontario, Canada as Kenneth Duncan MacLachlan. He was an actor and writer, known for Night of the Ghouls (1959), Manhunt of Mystery Island (1945) and The Astounding She-Monster (1957). He died on February 5, 1972 in Hollywood, California, USA.

38. Louella Parsons

Actress | Hollywood Hotel

Louella Parsons was born on August 6, 1881 in Freeport, Illinois, USA as Louella Rose Oettinger. She was an actress and writer, known for Hollywood Hotel (1937), Without Reservations (1946) and Starlift (1951). She was married to Dr. Henry Watson Martin, John McCaffrey Jr. and John Demont Parsons. ...

39. Art Mix

Actor | The Bandit Chaser

Art Mix was born on June 18, 1896 in Atlas, Illinois, USA as George Washington Kesterson. He was an actor, known for The Bandit Chaser (1928), Treason (1933) and Border Devils (1932). He was married to Inez Gomez. He died on December 7, 1972 in Riverside, California, USA.

40. Oscar Levant

Actor | An American in Paris

Oscar Levant's own versatility may have helped to cloud his memory as a sort of Hollywood utility man, perhaps in the worst sense; people tended to see him as one among many personalities, but he was so much more. It is unfortunately forgotten that he was first and foremost, a brilliant musician ...

41. Pat Brady

Actor | Man from Music Mountain

Pat Brady was born on December 31, 1914 in Toledo, Ohio, USA as Robert Ellsworth O'Brady. He was an actor, known for Man from Music Mountain (1943), The Roy Rogers Show (1951) and Down Dakota Way (1949). He was married to Carol and Fayetta. He died on February 27, 1972 in Green Mountain Falls, ...

42. Al Kikume

Actor | Mandrake, the Magician

Al Kikume was born on October 9, 1894 in Kaimuki District, Honolulu, Hawaii as Elmer Kikume Gozier. He was an actor, known for Mandrake, the Magician (1939), The Mad Doctor of Market Street (1942) and Orkaan (1937). He was married to Virgil Smith. He died on March 27, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...

43. Prithviraj Kapoor

Actor | Mughal-E-Azam

Prithviraj Kapoor was born on November 3, 1906 in Samundri, Punjab, British India as Prithvinat Kapoor. He was an actor and director, known for Mughal-E-Azam (1960), Maharathi Karna (1944) and Bidyapati (1937). He was married to Rama Kapoor. He died on May 29, 1972 in Bombay, Maharashtra, India.

44. Carl Ottosen

Actor | Soldaterkammerater på bjørnetjeneste

Carl Ottosen was born on July 18, 1918 in Denmark. He was an actor and writer, known for Soldaterkammerater på bjørnetjeneste (1968), Journey to the Seventh Planet (1962) and Soldaterkammerater (1958). He died on January 8, 1972 in Denmark.

45. Pierre Brasseur

Actor | Les enfants du paradis

Pierre Brasseur was born on December 22, 1905 in Paris, France as Pierre Espinasse. He was an actor and writer, known for Les enfants du paradis (1945), Les yeux sans visage (1960) and De poorten van de nacht (1946). He was married to Lina Magrini and Odette Joyeux. He died on August 14, 1972 in ...

46. Max Fleischer

Producer | The Tantalizing Fly

Max Fleischer was born on July 19, 1883 in Krakau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary. He is known for his work on The Tantalizing Fly (1919), Popeye the Sailor Meets Sindbad the Sailor (1936) and The Ouija Board (1920). He was married to Essie Goldstein. He died on September 11, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...

47. Walter Winchell

Writer | Broadway Thru a Keyhole

Walter Winchell was born on April 7, 1897 in New York City, New York, USA as Walter Winchel. He was an actor and writer, known for Broadway Thru a Keyhole (1933), College Confidential (1960) and Telephone Time (1956). He was married to Rita Greene. He died on February 20, 1972 in Los Angeles, ...

48. Jorge Mistral

Actor | El conde de Montecristo

He was a Spanish actor; his father was from Puerto Rico and his mother from Catalonia. His debut in theater was in 1943 and in cinema in 1944. At the end of the fifties he lived in South America. He committed suicide with a gunshot while living in Mexico City, Mexico.

49. Lane Chandler

Actor | Samson and Delilah

American actor who had a brief flirtation with stardom before settling into character roles and bit parts. Born in rural South Dakota (according to government records, though some sources say Walsh County, North Dakota) as Robert C. Oakes, the son of a horse rancher, he moved with his family to ...

50. James Patterson

Actor | In the Heat of the Night

James Patterson was born on June 29, 1932 in Derry, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for De Nacht van Inspecteur Tibbs (1967), Night of the Dark Full Moon (1972) and The DuPont Show of the Week (1961). He was married to Rochelle Oliver. He died on August 19, 1972 in New York City, New York...


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