Date of Death between 1968-01-01 and 1968-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Bobby Driscoll
Actor | Peter Pan
Bobby Driscoll was a natural-born actor. Discovered by chance at the age of five-and-a-half in a barber shop in Altadena, CA. and then convincing in anything he ever undertook on the movie screen and on television throughout his career spanning 17 years (1943-1960). Includes such notable movie ...
2. Nick Adams
Actor | Frankenstein tai Baragon
Nick Adams, best known to audiences as Johnny Yuma of the TV series The Rebel (1959), played leads and supporting parts in many films of the 1950s, often cast in the same "troubled young man" mold as his good friend, James Dean. He was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Twilight of Honor...
3. William Talman
Actor | Perry Mason
William Talman is best known for his role as Hamilton Burger, the district attorney who perpetually lost to Perry Mason in the long-running series Perry Mason (1957). Talman was an accomplished screenwriter and stage and screen actor, and appeared in numerous roles on television as a character ...
4. Dan Duryea
Actor | Too Late for Tears
Dan Duryea was educated at Cornell University and worked in the advertising business before pursuing his career as an actor. Duryea made his Broadway debut in the play "Dead End." The critical acclaim he won for his performance as Leo Hubbard in the Broadway production of "The Little Foxes" led to ...
5. Virginia Weidler
Actress | The Philadelphia Story
Delightful child/juvenile actress Virginia Anna Adelaide Weidler (her friends called her "Ginny") had that knowing gleam in her eye that usually spelled trouble in one form or another for anyone nearby. She was born in Eagle Rock, California, in 1927, one of six children. Her mother was former ...
6. Scotty Beckett
Actor | A Date with Judy
Scotty Beckett was one of the cutest, most successful child actors of the 1930s and 1940s. His descent into a life of alcoholism, drugs, and crime remains one of the most tragic of Hollywood stories.
Born Scott Hastings Beckett on October 4, 1929, in Oakland, California, he and his family moved to ...
7. Bea Benaderet
Actress | The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
Bea Benaderet had a remarkable career in radio and television. In the earlier days of radio, before television, she provided the voice for numerous names of characters on the radio, on shows like "Fibber McGee and Molly," "My Favorite Husband" with Lucille Ball & "The Jack Benny Show. She was born ...
8. Tallulah Bankhead
Actress | Lifeboat
Tallulah Brockman Bankhead was born on January 31, 1902 in Huntsville, Alabama. Her father was a mover and shaker in the Democratic Party who served as Speaker of the United States House of Representatives from June 4, 1936, to September 16, 1940. Tallulah had been interested in acting and, at age ...
9. Franchot Tone
Actor | Dangerous
President of the Dramatic Club at Cornell University, Franchot Tone gave up the family business for acting, making his Broadway debut in "The Age of Innocence".
Tone then went into movies for MGM, making his film debut (at Paramount Pictures) in The Wiser Sex (1932). With his theatrical background, ...
10. Pert Kelton
Actress | The Music Man
Vaudevillain, Broadway player and, for one decade from 1929, screen actress often in comedic roles. She also appeared in character parts in a handful of 60s films. She is memorable as the original - and the most believable - Alice Kramden, wife of Ralph Kramden (immortalized by Jackie Gleason), in ...
11. Gerald Mohr
Actor | Gilda
Bearing a strong resemblance to Humphrey Bogart certainly helped in typecasting the handsome, hairy-chested Gerald Mohr into "B" film noir. Born in New York City in 1914, he was the son of Sigmond Mohr and Henrietta Noustadt, a Viennese singer. In 1920 his father was killed in a tragic accident ...
12. Finlay Currie
Actor | Ben-Hur
Scottish-born Finlay Currie was a former church organist and choirmaster, who made his stage debut at 20 years of age. It took him 34 more years before making his first film, but he worked steadily for another 30 years after that. Although he was a large, imposing figure, with a rich, deep voice ...
13. Kay Francis
Actress | Mandalay
Kay Francis is possibly the biggest of the 'forgotten stars' from Hollywood's Golden Era. Yet, for a while in the 1930s she ranked as one of America's most popular actresses, tagged the 'Queen of Warner Brothers'. By 1935, she earned a yearly salary of $115,000 (compared to Bette Davis with $18,000...
14. Marion Lorne
Actress | Strangers on a Train
Forever embraced as the mumbling, bumbling Aunt Clara on the Bewitched (1964) television series, endearing character actress Marion Lorne had a five-decade-long career on the stage before ever becoming a familiar TV household name.
Born Marion Lorne MacDougall on August 12, 1883 (other sources list ...
15. Francis McDonald
Actor | The Ten Commandments
Francis J. McDonald - not a name to bring ready recognition-but a look at the face reminds one of many old movie roles indeed. His career as an actor literally spanned from early silent films and the great silver screen era of sound film to follow on through the golden age of television. His screen...
16. Wendell Corey
Actor | Rear Window
Wendell Corey was a hard-working American character actor who appeared in numerous movies and television productions in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Born on March 20, 1914 in Dracut, Massachusetts, in the northeastern part of the Commonwealth near the New Hampshire border, Corey was the son of a ...
17. Fay Bainter
Actress | Jezebel
Fay Bainter's career began as a child performer in 1898. For some time, she was a member of the traveling cast of the Morosco Stock Company in Los Angeles. In 1912, she made her Broadway debut in 'The Rose of Panama', but this and her subsequent play 'The Bridal Path' (1913), were conspicuous ...
18. John Ridgely
Actor | The Big Sleep
John Ridgely was a versatile character actor who made over 100 films at Warner Brothers during the 1930s and 1940s. Starting out in bit roles in such films as Dark Victory (1939), They Died with Their Boots On (1941) and The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942), Ridgely eventually graduated to larger ...
19. Ramon Novarro
Actor | Ben-Hur A Tale of the Christ
Ramon Novarro was born José Ramón Gil Samaniego on February 6, 1899 in Durango, Mexico, to Leonor (Gavilan) and Dr. Mariano N. Samaniego Siqueiros, a prosperous dentist. Ramon and his family moved to Los Angeles in 1913, as refugees from the Mexican Revolution. After stints as a ballet dancer, ...
20. Charles Chaplin Jr.
Actor | Fangs of the Wild
Charles Chaplin Jr. was born on May 5, 1925 in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Fangs of the Wild (1954), The Beat Generation (1959) and Matinee Theatre (1955). He was previously married to Martha Brown (nurse) and Susan Magness. He died on March 20, 1968 in ...
21. Tommy Noonan
Actor | Gentlemen Prefer Blondes
Slim, often bespectacled comedy performer Tommy Noonan (born Thomas Patrick Noone) started off in experimental theater alongside his half-brother, actor John Ireland, who went on to have an enviable career of his own. The actor then launched his own repertory theatre back in his home state in the ...
22. Helen Walker
Actress | Call Northside 777
Helen Walker was a beautiful and bright actress whose career never reached its full potential, in spite of her evident talent. She was a successful actress on Broadway, and in 1942 her performance in the play "Jason" was so impressive that she was signed up to act in films. She immediately earned ...
23. Carl Theodor Dreyer
Writer | La passion de Jeanne d'Arc
The illegitimate son of a Danish farmer and his Swedish housekeeper, Carl Theodor Dreyer was born in Copenhagen on the 3th of February, 1889. He spent his early years in various foster homes before being adopted by the Dreyers at the age of two. Contrary to popular belief (perhaps nourished by the ...
24. Fred Clark
Actor | Sunset Blvd.
This popular, baggy-eyed, bald-domed, big lug of a character actor had few peers when called upon to display that special "slow burn" style of comedy few others perfected. But perfect he did -- on stage, film and TV. In fact, he pretty much cornered the market during the 50s and 60s as the dour, ...
25. Mae Marsh
Actress | The Birth of a Nation
Mae Marsh's father was an auditor for the railroad who died when she was four. Her family moved to San Francisco, where her stepfather was killed in the 1906 earthquake. Her great-aunt then took Mae and her sister to Los Angeles. With her show business background, Mae's aunt took them to the ...
26. Dorothy Gish
Actress | Gretchen the Greenhorn
Dorothy Gish was born into a broken family where her restless father James Lee Gish was frequently absent. Mary Robinson McConnell a.k.a. Mary Gish, her mother, had entered into acting to make money to support the family. As soon as Dorothy and her sister Lillian Gish were old enough, they became ...
27. Albert Dekker
Actor | The Wild Bunch
A stage actor from 1927, Albert Dekker was an established Broadway star when he made his film debut ten years later. Tall and with rugged good looks, he often played aggressive character roles, a prime example being his double-crossing gang leader in the classic The Killers (1946). From 1944-46 he ...
28. Eric Feldary
Actor | Hold Back the Dawn
More on cause of death: Eric Feldary died of burns suffered when a gas explosion wrecked his West Hollywood home. Feldary, 55, was taken to a hospital with second and third degree burns over more than 50 per cent of his body. A sheriff's deputy who investigated the blast said Feldary told him he ...
29. Martin Melcher
Producer | Pillow Talk
Martin Melcher was born on August 1, 1915 in North Adams, Massachusetts, USA. He was a producer, known for Pillow Talk (1959), Julie (1956) and Billy Rose's Jumbo (1962). He was previously married to Doris Day and Patty Andrews. He died on April 20, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
30. Dennis O'Keefe
Actor | T-Men
Tall, cheerful, outdoorsy leading man of Hollywood B movies who started in show business as an infant accompanying his vaudevillian parents ("Flanagan and Edwards, the Rollicking Twosome") on the stage. In his teens, Dennis started to write film scripts while attending college. He then tried to ...
31. Robert Bice
Actor | Foxfire
Robert Bice was born on March 4, 1914 in Dallas, Texas, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Foxfire (1955), Burke's Law (1963) and The Living Christ Series (1951). He was previously married to Andre Stuart (actress). He died on January 8, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
32. Doris Lloyd
Actress | The Time Machine
Doris Lloyd was an English actress with a lengthy film career. She appeared in over 150 films between 1920 and 1960. She spent most of her life abroad in the United States.
In 1891, Lloyd was born in Walton, Liverpool. Her parents were Edward Franklin Lloyd and Hessy Jane McCappin. One of her ...
33. Howard Petrie
Actor | Bend of the River
Howard Petrie was born on November 22, 1906 in Beverly, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Bend of the River (1952), Rage at Dawn (1955) and Walk Softly, Stranger (1950). He was previously married to Alice Laurie Wood. He died on March 24, 1968 in Keene, New Hampshire, USA.
34. Mister Ed
Self | Mister Ed
Mister Ed was born in El Monte, California, and his real name was Bamboo Harvester. He was a palomino show horse that had his own show. On the Mr. Ed show, he played a talking horse that only spoke to his owner Wilber. Bamboo Harvester actually had a stunt double who stepped in often. He died in ...
35. Howard Smith
Actor | Death of a Salesman
Howard Smith was born on August 12, 1893 in Attleboro, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Death of a Salesman (1951), Don't Go Near the Water (1957) and Kiss of Death (1947). He was previously married to Mildred A. Barker and Lillian Boardman. He died on January 10, 1968 in Hollywood, ...
36. Robert F. Kennedy
Writer | The Missiles of October
Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-68), US politician, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the third son of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and wife Rose Kennedy. He studied at Harvard and at the University of Virginia University Law School, served at sea (1944-46) in World War II, was admitted to the bar...
37. June Collyer
Actress | The Ghost Walks
June Collyer was born Dorothea Heermance in New York City on August 19, 1906. She began her career in the film East Side, West Side (1927). After making the successful change to the sound era, June continued to work, something some of her counterparts couldn't do. She appeared on the silver screen ...
38. Lee Tracy
Actor | The Best Man
Rangy, red-headed and straightforward to the bone while possessing distinctively adenoidal vocal tones, this actor with a voracious appetite for high living was a fine cinematic representation of the racy and race-paced style of pre-Code Hollywood. Lee Tracy patented with peerless skill the ...
39. John Steinbeck
Writer | Lifeboat
John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher. John graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended classes at Stanford University, leaving in 1925 ...
40. Grant Woods
Actor | Star Trek
Grant Woods arrived in Hollywood after a stint in the U.S. Navy. He worked as a stuntman, occasionally using the name Grant Lockwood. Most notably he is known to Star Trek (1966) fans as Lieutenant Kelowitz in three episodes, This Side of Paradise (1967), Arena (1967), and The Galileo Seven (1967).
41. Al Mulock
Actor | Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo
Al Mulock was born on June 30, 1925 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor, known for The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), The Hellbenders (1967) and Pickup Alley (1957). He was previously married to Catherine Ellison and Steffi Henderson. He died in May 1968 in Guadix, Spain.
42. John George
Actor | The Unknown
John George was born on January 20, 1898 in Aleppo, Syria. He was an actor, known for The Unknown (1927), Scaramouche (1923) and The Night of Love (1927). He died on August 25, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
43. Joan Tabor
Actress | Dante
Joan Tabor was born on September 16, 1932 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA. She was an actress, known for Dante (1960), The Red Skelton Hour (1951) and Mike Hammer (1958). She was previously married to Broderick Crawford and Abraham David Gold. She died on December 18, 1968 in Culver City, ...
44. Alice Guy
Director | The Woman of Mystery
The world's first female filmmaker, French-born Alice Guy entered the film business in 1896 as a secretary at Gaumont, a manufacturer of movie cameras and projectors who had purchased a "cinématographer" from its inventors, the Lumiere brothers. The next year Gaumont became the world's first motion...
45. Nedrick Young
Writer | The Defiant Ones
Nedrick Young was born on March 23, 1914 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Defiant Ones (1958), Inherit the Wind (1960) and Gun Crazy (1950). He was previously married to Elizabeth MacRae and Frances Sage. He died on September 16, 1968 in Los Angeles, ...
46. Dorothy Abbott
Actress | Dragnet
Perennial starlet Dorothy Abbott was a sexy, vivacious, wide-smiling model, showgirl and actress who could brighten up a room. Unfortunately, her cinematic offerings wound up being pretty minimal and her last years were marred by depression and, ultimately, a tragic end.
She was born Dorothy E. ...
47. Harry Woods
Actor | The Viking
Harry Woods was born on May 5, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for The Viking (1928), Monkey Business (1931) and Crime Takes a Holiday (1938). He was previously married to Helen P. Hookenberry. He died on December 28, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
48. Juanita Hall
Actress | South Pacific
Juanita Hall was born on November 6, 1901 in Keyport, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for South Pacific (1958), Flower Drum Song (1961) and Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018). She was previously married to Clement Hall. She died on February 28, 1968 in Bay Shore, Long Island, New York, USA.
49. Kitty Kelly
Actress | So Proudly We Hail!
Kitty Kelly was born on April 27, 1902 in New York City, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for So Proudly We Hail! (1943), Men of Chance (1931) and The Girl in 419 (1933). She died on June 29, 1968 in Hollywood, California, USA.
50. Martin Luther King
Soundtrack | Freedom Writers
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr. a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six ...