Date of Death between 1969-01-01 and 1969-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Judy Garland
Actress | The Wizard of Oz
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals.
She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in ...
2. Sharon Tate
Actress | Valley of the Dolls
Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break ...
3. Jeffrey Hunter
Actor | The Searchers
Jeffrey Hunter was born Henry Herman McKinnies Jr. on November 25, 1926 in New Orleans, Louisiana, an only child. His parents met at the University of Arkansas, and when he was almost four his family moved to Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In his teens, he acted in productions of the North Shore Children's ...
4. Robert Taylor
Actor | The Bribe
Born Spangler Arlington Brugh, Robert Taylor began displaying a diversity of talents in his youth on the plains of Nebraska. At Beatrice High School, he was a standout track athlete, but also showed a talent for using his voice, winning several oratory awards. He was a musician and played the cello...
5. Thelma Ritter
Actress | Rear Window
Thelma Ritter appeared in high school plays and was trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. In the 1940s she worked in radio. Her movie career was started with a bit part in the 1946 Miracle on 34th Street (1947). In the movie she played a weary Xmas shopper. Her performance in the short ...
6. Boris Karloff
Actor | Bride of Frankenstein
Along with fellow actors Lon Chaney, Bela Lugosi and Vincent Price, Boris Karloff is recognized as one of the true icons of horror cinema, and the actor most closely identified with the general public's perception of the "monster" from the classic Mary Shelley book, "Frankenstein". William Henry ...
7. Howard McNear
Actor | The Andy Griffith Show
Although Los Angeles native Howard McNear had a long career on radio and in films, he will forever be remembered for his memorable - and scene-stealing - portrayal of Floyd the Barber in the long-running The Andy Griffith Show (1960) (actor Don Knotts once said that playing Floyd wasn't much of a ...
8. Barbara Pepper
Actress | Foreign Correspondent
Barbara Pepper's signature roles were as worldly "dames" during the Hollywood's 1930s and 1940s Golden Era, fitting snugly alongside other flashy broads of that period such as Iris Adrian, Joan Blondell and Veda Ann Borg. Barbara patented her own unique, hard-boiled style, however, and should have ...
9. Rex Ingram
Actor | God's Little Acre
A Corsicana native, Rex (Clifford) Ingram was the son of Mack and Mamie Ingram. He graduated from Northwestern University with a degree in medicine before launching a brilliant acting career which spanned 50 years. Ingram made his screen debut during the silent era in Tarzan of the Apes (1918). He ...
10. Madge Blake
Actress | Batman: The Movie
Spouse: James Lincoln Blake (1 Child)
During World War II, she and her husband, James Lincoln Blake, worked in Utah on construction of the detonator for the atomic bomb and performed such jobs as testing equipment destined for the Manhattan Project. The couple received a citation for their work from...
11. James Anderson
Actor | To Kill a Mockingbird
A familiar face to movie audiences in the 1950s, James Anderson's rugged and somewhat sinister good looks made him a natural for westerns, and he appeared in many of them over the years, often as a gunman or hired killer but occasionally as a storekeeper or grizzled frontier scout. He turned in a ...
12. George 'Gabby' Hayes
Actor | Randy Rides Alone
American character actor, the most famous of Western-movie sidekicks of the 1930s and 1940s. He was born May 7, 1885, the third of seven children, in the Hayes Hotel (owned by his father) in the tiny hamlet of Stannards, New York, on the outskirts of Wellsville, New York. Hayes was the son of ...
13. Barbara Bates
Actress | All About Eve
Born in Denver, Co, 6 August, 1925 and originally named Barbara Jane Bates, Barbara was the eldest of 3 daughters born to a postal clerk and RN.
Rather shy, her mother initially sent Barbara to study ballet. By her late teens, the young beauty began to model clothes as a teen out of high school.
14. Colette Jackson
Actress | Unwed Mother
Colette Jackson was born on July 30, 1933 in North Carolina, USA. She was an actress, known for Unwed Mother (1958), Teenage Doll (1957) and Peter Gunn (1958). She was previously married to Solomon Sturges. She died on May 15, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
15. Barton MacLane
Actor | The Maltese Falcon
Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback (1926) with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to ...
16. Ben Alexander
Actor | All Quiet on the Western Front
Starting out as a child actor in 1915, Ben Alexander's first roles were in the films of such directors as Cecil B. DeMille and D.W. Griffith. He later graduated to juvenile leads and supporting parts in sound films, most notably in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930). When his acting career ...
17. Susanne Cramer
Actress | Get Smart
Susanne apparently had a tumultuous private life. She married actor Hermann Nehlsen in 1956. Apparently that did not go well, as she tried to commit suicide twice in 1957 and was soon divorced. In 1958, she married actor Helmuth Lohner and was divorced five months later. She married Helmut a second...
18. Richard Crane
Actor | Behind Green Lights
Dark haired, athletic American leading man of '40s B-movies. Richard Crane was at his most successful at a time when Hollywood was somewhat denuded of its male stars, most of whom were doing wartime military service. Upon their return to the ranks, Crane's career went into decline. He did, however,...
19. Leo Gorcey
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Leo Gorcey's parents were actor Bernard Gorcey (born 1888) who stood 4' 10", and Josephine Condon (born 1901), who stood 4' 11" and weighed 95 pounds; they worked in vaudeville in New York. In 1915, 14-year-old Josephine gave birth to Fred. In 1917, Leo was born, a large baby at 12 lb. 3 oz.; as an...
20. Josef von Sternberg
Director | Dishonored
Josef von Sternberg split his childhood between Vienna and New York City. His father, a former soldier in the Austro-Hungarian army, could not support his family in either city; Sternberg remembered him only as "an enormously strong man who often used his strength on me." Forced by poverty to drop ...
21. Peter van Eyck
Actor | The Longest Day
With his whitish blond crew-cut, slow, menacing drawl and Germanic manner, Van Eyck was destined to be typecast as stereotypically scowling, arrogant Nazi officers. This was ironic, because being an avowed anti-fascist, he had left Germany in 1931 -- two years before Adolf Hitler came to power. The...
22. Roy Barcroft
Actor | The Purple Monster Strikes
After serving in World War I, Roy Barcroft spent most of the 1920s and early 1930s moving from job to job. It was in the 1930s, after he moved to California with his wife, that he found his calling while acting in amateur theatrical productions. In 1937 he was appearing in bit parts in various ...
23. May Hallatt
Actress | Black Narcissus
May Hallatt was born on May 1, 1876 in Scarborough, England, UK. She was an actress, known for Black Narcissus (1947), Separate Tables (1958) and Me and My Girl (1939). She died on May 20, 1969 in London, England, UK.
24. Wilton Graff
Actor | Bloodlust!
Wilton Graff was born on August 13, 1903 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for Bloodlust! (1961), Bulldog Drummond Strikes Back (1947) and Lili (1953). He was previously married to Elisabeth Lawrence (Whittemore) Strong and Mary Goodwin. He died on January 13, 1969 in Pacific ...
25. Jay Sebring
Make Up Department | Operation C.I.A.
Jay Sebring was born on October 10, 1933 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He was an actor, known for Operation C.I.A. (1965), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Come Blow Your Horn (1963). He was previously married to Cami Sebring. He died on August 9, 1969 in Beverly Hills, California, USA.
26. Leo McCarey
Director | An Affair to Remember
Leo McCarey was born on October 3, 1896 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was a director and writer, known for An Affair to Remember (1957), Going My Way (1944) and Love Affair (1939). He was previously married to Virginia Stella Martin. He died on July 5, 1969 in Santa Monica, California, USA.
27. Rhys Williams
Actor | How Green Was My Valley
Moviegoers can be forgiven if they thought that stocky, jaunty Rhys Williams was a jovial Irishman, as he often played that type of character, but his role as a Welsh miner in John Ford's classic How Green Was My Valley (1941) (his film debut) was much closer to home for him, as he was born and ...
28. Martita Hunt
Actress | Great Expectations
Popular British character actress known for her rich cluster of queens, dowagers, shrews and evildoers, Martita Hunt was born on a ranch in Argentina to British parents, but moved with her family to England at age 10 for her formal education. On stage at age 21 with the Liverpool Repertory Theatre,...
29. Ruth White
Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird
Ruth White was born on April 24, 1914 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Midnight Cowboy (1969) and Hang 'Em High (1968). She died on December 3, 1969 in Perth Amboy, New Jersey, USA.
30. Lloyd Corrigan
Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World
Lloyd Corrigan was born on October 16, 1900 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World (1963), The Manchurian Candidate (1962) and The Chase (1946). He died on November 5, 1969 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.
31. Eric Portman
Actor | A Canterbury Tale
With his clipped delivery, aristocratic if somewhat ominous manner and suave, urbane demeanour, Eric Portman was so good at playing German and/or Nazi officers that many believed he actually was German, or at least Austrian. The fact is that he was British to the core, having been born, raised and ...
32. Sonja Henie
Actress | Sun Valley Serenade
The daughter of a fur wholesaler in Norway, Sonja Henie received her first pair of ice skates when she was six. At 14 she was the Norwegian Skating Champion. At 15 she would win the Olympic gold medal in Skating, a feat she would repeat in 1932 and 1936. In 1936 she would turn professional and tour...
33. Ian Fleming
Actor | The Sleeping Cardinal
Ian Fleming was born on September 10, 1888 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. He was an actor, known for Sherlock Holmes' Fatal Hour (1931), The Triumph of Sherlock Holmes (1935) and Lucky Girl (1932). He died on January 1, 1969 in London, England, UK.
34. Alan Mowbray
Actor | I Wake Up Screaming
Alan Mowbray, the American film actor who was one of the founding members of the Screen Actors Guild, was born Ernest Allen on August 18, 1896, in London, England, to a non-theatrical family. He served in the British army during World War I and received the Military Medal and the French Croix De ...
35. John Boles
Actor | Frankenstein
John Boles was an American actor who worked prolifically in both leading and supporting roles for 28 years. He was born in Greenville, Texas and graduated from the University of Texas, where he had studied medicine, in 1917. Boles' parents wanted their son to continue with a career in the medical ...
36. James Lanphier
Actor | The Pink Panther
James Lanphier was born on August 31, 1920 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for The Pink Panther (1963), The Party (1968) and The Green Hornet (1966). He died on February 11, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
37. Charles Winninger
Actor | Show Boat
Short, chubby-framed, twinkle-eyed, ever-huggable Charles Winninger was a veteran vaudevillian by the time he arrived in talking films. Born in a trunk to Austrian immigrant show biz folk in Athens, Wisconsin, on May 26, 1884, he was the son of Rosalia (Grassler) and Franz Winninge, a violinist. He...
38. Mikio Naruse
Director | Ukigumo
Considered a major figure of Japan's 'golden age of cinema', Mikio Naruse was a filmmaker, screenwriter, and producer who directed 89 films in the period 1930 to 1967. Although Naruse's work is lesser known in the twenty-first century than those of his contemporaries Akira Kurosawa, Kenji Mizoguchi...
39. Howard Marion-Crawford
Actor | The Face of Fu Manchu
Howard Marion-Crawford was born on January 17, 1914 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for The Face of Fu Manchu (1965), Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and The Castle of Fu Manchu (1969). He was previously married to Germaine Tighe-Umbers, Junia Crawford, Mary Wimbush and Jeanne Scott-Gunn. ...
40. Eduardo Ciannelli
Actor | Foreign Correspondent
Eduardo Ciannelli was born on the beautiful island of Ischia in the Bay of Naples, which is renowned for its thermal baths. His father, a physician, owned a health spa there and Eduardo briefly followed the same career path and studied medicine at the University of Naples, graduating as a fully ...
41. Paul Birch
Actor | Queen of Outer Space
Paul Birch, born Paul Lowery Smith in Atmore, Alabama, was a stocky and barrel-chested actor, gifted with a resonant baritone speaking voice. Birch was a veteran of 39 movies, 50 stage dramas and an untold number of television shows, including the Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951). He entered motion ...
42. Brian Jones
Soundtrack | Mord und Totschlag
Jones was born on 28 February, 1942, to Lewis and Louise Jones. He had two sisters, Pamela and Barbara. Pamela died when Brian was still a child. He fathered his first of several children in high school and was subsequently made to leave. In the early 1960s, Brian formed the legendary group, The ...
43. Daisy Hilton
Actress | Freaks
Born to a barmaid, Daisy and her conjoined twin sister Violet Hilton were raised by the midwife who delivered them. This woman, Mary Hilton, saw her meal ticket in the curly-haired babies and trained them to perform. The girls were ill-treated and kept in a state of poverty until they arranged a ...
44. Carol Thurston
Actress | China Sky
Carol Thurston was born on September 27, 1920 in Valley City, North Dakota, USA. She was an actress, known for China Sky (1945), The Story of Dr. Wassell (1944) and Rogues' Regiment (1948). She was previously married to Robert Creighton Williams, Barry Russo and David Starr Thayer Jr.. She died on ...
45. Constance Dowling
Actress | Gog
Lovely, exotic-looking, hazel-eyed blonde Constance Dowling was born on July 24, 1920, in New York City, and raised there. One of four children, her younger sister, Doris Dowling, followed her into show business; her two brothers, Richard and Robert did not. Following graduation from Wadleigh High ...
46. Miles Malleson
Actor | Kind Hearts and Coronets
Actor, playwright and screenwriter Miles Malleson's list of credits reads like a history of British cinema in the first half of the 20th century. Born in Croydon in Surrey, he attended Brighton College in Sussex before studying at Cambridge University with the intention of becoming a schoolmaster. ...
47. Ernst Deutsch
Actor | The Third Man
Ernst Deutsch was born on September 16, 1890 in Prague, Bohemia, Austria-Hungary [now Czech Republic]. He was an actor, known for The Third Man (1949), Der Prozeß (1948) and Isle of the Dead (1945). He was previously married to Anuschka Fuchs. He died on March 22, 1969 in West Berlin, West ...
48. Kam Tong
Actor | Flower Drum Song
Kam Tong was born on December 18, 1906 in San Francisco, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Flower Drum Song (1961), Mr. Garlund (1960) and Women of the Prehistoric Planet (1966). He died on November 8, 1969 in Costa Mesa, California, USA.
49. Eddie Kane
Actor | The Big Wheel
Eddie Kane was born on August 12, 1889 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He was an actor, known for The Big Wheel (1949), Star Reporter (1939) and The Broadway Melody (1929). He was previously married to Madeleine ?. He died on April 30, 1969 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
50. Natalie Talmadge
Actress | Passion Flower
Natalie Talmadge was the middle daughter of the original "stage mother", Margaret Talmadge (Peg). Her two sisters, Constance Talmadge (the comedienne) and Norma Talmadge (the tragedian) were also in the movies, and had their own production companies, bankrolled by Norma's husband in the 1920s, ...