Date of Death between 1970-01-01 and 1970-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Inger Stevens

Actress | Hang 'Em High

This enigmatic Stockholm-born beauty had everything going for her, including a rapidly rising film and TV career. Yet on April 30, 1970, at only 35, Inger Stevens would become another tragic Hollywood statistic -- added proof that fame and fortune do not always lead to happiness. Over time, a ...

2. William Hopper

Actor | Perry Mason

William Hopper was born on January 26, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Perry Mason (1957), 20 Million Miles to Earth (1957) and The Bad Seed (1956). He was previously married to Jeanette Juanita Ward and Jane Gilbert. He died on March 6, 1970 in Palm Springs, ...

3. Ed Begley

Actor | 12 Angry Men

Charismatic character star Edward James Begley was born in Hartford, Connecticut of Irish parents and educated at St.Patrick's school. His interest in acting first surfaced at the age of nine, when he performed amateur theatricals at the Hartford Globe Theatre. Determined to make his own way, he ...

4. Cathy O'Donnell

Actress | They Live by Night

Born and raised in Alabama as Ann Steely, O'Donnell attended high school and college in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, then worked as a stenographer to finance a trip to Hollywood, where she was spotted by a talent scout, leading to her being signed to a contract by producer Samuel Goldwyn.

Recognizing ...

5. Charles Ruggles

Actor | Murder in the Private Car

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...

6. Billie Burke

Actress | The Wizard of Oz

Billie Burke was born Mary William Ethelbert Appleton Burke on August 7, 1885 in Washington, D.C. Her father was a circus clown, and as a child she toured the United States and Europe with the circus (before motion pictures and after the stage, circuses were the biggest form of entertainment in the...

7. Erich Maria Remarque

Writer | A Time to Love and a Time to Die

The German novelist Erich Maria Remarque was born in Osnabrück in 1898. His first novel, the famous anti-war epic All Quiet on the Western Front (1930), was written based on his experiences as a soldier in WWI, and published in 1929. He moved to Switzerland until 1939 and later emigrated to the US....

8. Geraldine Wall

Actress | Alias Nick Beal

Geraldine Wall was born on June 24, 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Alias Nick Beal (1949), Born to Speed (1947) and Girls of the Big House (1945). She was previously married to Wolfram Charles Franklin Day. She died on June 22, 1970 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...

9. Edward Everett Horton

Actor | Arsenic and Old Lace

It seemed like Edward Everett Horton appeared in just about every Hollywood comedy made in the 1930s. He was always the perfect counterpart to the great gentlemen and protagonists of the films. Horton was born in Brooklyn, New York City, to Isabella S. (Diack) and Edward Everett Horton, a ...

10. Frances Farmer

Actress | Flowing Gold

Born in Seattle, Frances Farmer studied drama at the University of Washington, Seattle. In 1935, she went to Hollywood where she secured a seven-year contract with Paramount. In 1943, she was wrongfully declared mentally incompetent and committed by her parents to a series of asylums and public ...

11. Preston Foster

Actor | Two Seconds

Actor, composer, songwriter, guitarist and author. He moved from Broadway acting (1928-1932) into films, touring America with his wife and daughter, and did some recordings. He was the executive producer at the El Camino Playhouse in California. Joining ASCAP in 1953, his chief musical collaborator...

12. Carolyn Craig

Actress | House on Haunted Hill

Carolyn Craig was born Adele Ruth Crago on October 27, 1934 in Green Acres, New York. Her father Clarence was an engineer and her mother Ruth was a housewife. The family moved to Santa Barbara, California when she was child. Carolyn started her career acting at the Santa Barbara Community playhouse...

13. Mari Blanchard

Actress | Destry

Petite, attractive Mari Blanchard rarely managed to get the lucky breaks. The daughter of an oil tycoon and a psychotherapist, she suffered from severe poliomyelitis from the age of nine, which denied her a hoped-for dancing career. For several years, she worked hard to rehabilitate her limbs from ...

14. Frank Silvera

Actor | Killer's Kiss

He was a highly successful black actor/director in the 1950s and 1960s who - because of his light-skinned appearance - transcended race and ethnicity in his performances. In motion pictures, Frank Silvera was cast as black, Latino, Polynesian and "white"/racially indeterminate (due to black + white...

15. Conrad Nagel

Actor | The Ship from Shanghai

Conrad Nagel was born on March 16, 1897 in Keokuk, Iowa, USA. He was an actor and director, known for The Ship from Shanghai (1930), Quality Street (1927) and Kongo (1932). He was previously married to Michael Coulson Smith, Lynn Merrick and Ruth Helms. He died on February 24, 1970 in New York City...

16. James Edwards

Actor | The Killing

Pioneering actor who was among Hollywood's first - years ahead of Sidney Poitier - to crush the Stepin Fetchit stereotype of black males as shiftless illiterates. Although in some pictures Edwards would portray subservient characters (e.g. "General" George C. Scott's valet in Patton (1970)), he ...

17. Gypsy Rose Lee

Actress | Belle of the Yukon

Born Rose Louise Hovick in Seattle, Washington, in 1911, but called Louise from early childhood, Gypsy Rose Lee was the daughter of a mild-mannered businessman and a restless, fiery young woman named Rose, who was determined to get out of Seattle and make a life for herself and her daughter in show...

18. Soledad Miranda

Actress | Eugénie

Soledad Miranda was a Spanish actress who appeared in many films in the 1960s. Her remarkable beauty and her tragic untimely death make her story the stuff of legend. She was born on July 9, 1943 in Seville, Spain. She started her career when only eight years old as a flamenco dancer and singer. ...

19. Frank Gerstle

Actor | D.O.A.

Frank Gerstle was born on September 27, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for D.O.A. (1949), The Neanderthal Man (1953) and 13 West Street (1962). He died on February 23, 1970 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

20. Chester Morris

Actor | Tomorrow at Seven

The Academy Award-nominated film actor Chester Morris, who will forever be associated with the character Boston Blackie, was born John Chester Brooks Morris on February 16 1901 in New York City, the son of actor William Morris and comedienne Etta Hawkins.

Chester Morris made his Broadway debut as a ...

21. Del Moore

Actor | The Nutty Professor

Del Moore was born on May 14, 1916 in Pensacola, Florida, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for The Nutty Professor (1963), Get Smart (1965) and Batman (1966). He was previously married to Gayle. He died on August 30, 1970 in Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA.

22. Jimi Hendrix

Soundtrack | Woodstock

Widely regarded as the greatest and most influential guitarist in rock history, Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al ...

23. Sean Flynn

Actor | Il segno di Zorro

American actor and journalist. Born to famed swashbuckling movie hero Errol Flynn and actress Lili Damita, Sean Flynn was the object of contention between the divorced couple for his entire life. Raised primarily by his mother, he was alternately ignored and fought for by his father, who engaged in...

24. Tyrell Davis

Actor | Strictly Unconventional

Tyrell Davis was born on September 29, 1902 in Surbiton, Surrey, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Strictly Unconventional (1930), Peg o' My Heart (1933) and Let Us Be Gay (1930). He was previously married to Lota B. Cheek. He died on December 8, 1970 in London, England, UK.

25. Janis Joplin

Soundtrack | Watchmen

Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta, ...

26. Byron Foulger

Actor | Sullivan's Travels

One of those wonderfully busy character actors whose face is familiar if not his name, mild-mannered actor Byron Foulger began performing with community theater, and stock and repertory companies after graduating from the University of Utah. He met his future wife, character actress Dorothy Adams, ...

27. Sonny Tufts

Actor | The Seven Year Itch

Born into a prominent Boston family of bankers whose patriarch was said to have arrived in America from England in 1683, Sonny Tufts would end his career as a Hollywood "bad boy," immersed in drink and scandal.

Tufts was graduated from Yale in 1935 and began pursuing a career in opera, eventually ...

28. Peter Godfrey

Actor | Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

London-born Peter Godfrey was a stage actor / director / producer before coming to Hollywood as an actor in the late '30s. After appearing in several films, he turned to directing, and spent most of his career at Warner Bros., directing "B" dramas, comedies and thrillers. He left film directing in ...

29. Anita Louise

Actress | The Little Princess

An actress from the age of 6, Anita appeared with Walter Hampden in the Broadway production of Peter Ibbetson. As a juvenile actor, Anita used the name Louise Fremault and made her film debut at 9 in the film The Sixth Commandment (1924). She continued to make films as a child actor, and in 1929, ...

30. Vinton Hayworth

Actor | Batman

Vinton Hayworth was born on June 4, 1906 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA. He was an actor, known for Batman (1966), Zorro (1957) and Hazel (1961). He was previously married to Jean Hayworth and Florence Alvina McEnany. He died on May 21, 1970 in Van Nuys, California, USA.

31. Bourvil

Actor | The Longest Day

At the age of three, André Zacharie Raimbourg and his family moved to a town in the region of Normandy called Bourville. He finished school at the age of 15 and began to work as a baker. He was already playing harmonica, mandoline and cornet when he engaged himself in a village band. In the ...

32. Patrick Wymark

Actor | Where Eagles Dare

British character actor with radio and stage experience from 1951. Studied at University College in London and learned acting at the Old Vic Theatre School. Toured South Africa in 1952 and subsequently appeared in many Shakespearean roles in Stratford-upon-Avon. Busy television actor from the late ...

33. Arthur Shields

Actor | The Quiet Man

Though not as well known as his nearly decade-older brother Barry Fitzgerald, Shields was a talented actor with well over twice the film roles in his career. Fitzgerald was already a well established player at the renowned Dublin Abbey Theater when Shields, also bitten by the acting bug, joined in ...

34. Roscoe Karns

Actor | His Girl Friday

On stage since age 15, Roscoe Karns parlayed his machine-gun delivery and street-wise demeanor (although many thought of him as a New Yorker, he was actually from San Bernardino, California) into character roles in dozens of films from the 1920s to the 1960s. His peak period, though, was in the ...

35. Chet Stratton

Actor | Matinee Theater

Born into a theatrical family, Chet would become a profit film, radio-television and stage actor and singer. Starting when very young, Chet would tour as a child in repertory shows and in vaudeville. He studied at the University of Alabama and Rutgers University and later appeared on Broadway in ...

36. Jimmy Hanley

Actor | The Chronicle History of King Henry the Fifth with His Battell Fought at Agincourt in France

Good-natured British actor Jimmy Hanley was groomed by the Rank Studio system during his teen years and earned stardom as the "boy next door" type in exuberant musicals and likeable comedies. He married actress Dinah Sheridan in 1942 and they appeared together in a number of featherweight war-era ...

37. Marjorie Rambeau

Actress | Tugboat Annie Sails Again

Born July 15, 1889 in San Francisco, unappreciated character player Marjorie Rambeau worked on the stage from the age of 12. In the 1910s and 1920s, she became a prominent Broadway lead, noted for her serene beauty, elegant poise and touching theatrics. Around the same time she made a few silent ...

38. Alfred Newman

Music Department | The King and I

Alfred Newman was born on March 17, 1900 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA. He was a composer and actor, known for The King and I (1956), All About Eve (1950) and Airport (1970). He was previously married to Martha Montgomery, Mary Lou Dix and Elizabeth Jane Meakins. He died on February 17, 1970 in ...

39. Juano Hernandez

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

He was the son of a Puerto Rican seaman. He was self-educated and spent much of his childhood in Brazil singing on the streets to raise money for food. He became an actor after having been a circus performer, radio actor, and vaudeville performer. He worked in the chorus of the 1927 stage ...

40. Alec Clunes

Actor | Richard III

In the 1940s and 50s, there were few greater classical actors in Britain than Alec Clunes. Born into a show business family, he began his career with Ben Greet's company and, later, he worked at the Old Vic Theatre. He played numerous Shakespearian roles and, in 1942, took over the Arts Theatre in ...

41. Jamie Forster

Actor | Perry Mason

Jamie Forster was born on September 16, 1891 in Thomasville, Alabama, USA. He was an actor, known for Perry Mason (1957), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958). He was previously married to Margaret Claire McGregor. He died on September 7, 1970 in Thomasville, Alabama, USA.

42. Helen Wallace

Actress | Matinee Theater

Helen Wallace was born on October 23, 1889 in Van Nuys, California, USA. She was an actress, known for Matinee Theatre (1955), The Twilight Zone (1959) and Marshal of Cripple Creek (1947). She died on December 17, 1970 in New York City, New York, USA.

43. Erle Stanley Gardner

Writer | Perry Mason

Erle Stanley Gardner, the prolific pulp fiction writer best known for creating the fictional lawyer Perry Mason; Della Street, Mason's secretary; private detective Paul Drake, Mason's favorite investigator; and Hamilton Burger, the district attorney with the worst won-lost record in the history of ...

44. Nydia Westman

Actress | The Cat and the Canary

This adorable character actress tended to play older than she really was on stage, screen and TV. Petite and quite pretty in her youth, Nydia Westman was born in 1902 to vaudevillian parents, actor-composer Theodore Westman and actress-playwright Lily Wren, and was thrust into the limelight at an ...

45. Joe Dominguez

Actor | The Fast Express

Joe Dominguez was born on March 19, 1894 in Chihuahua, Mexico. He was an actor, known for The Fast Express (1924), Wolves of the North (1924) and Fighting Fate (1921). He died on April 11, 1970 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA.

46. Katherine Walsh

Actress | The Chase

Actress, born in Northern Kentucky on April 11, 1947. The first born daughter out of five children born to Thomas and Martha Katherine Walsh. From the moment of birth, Kathy was not only beautiful and brilliant, but she had a confidence unlike that of most newborns. She was exceptionally talented ...

47. Pat Flaherty

Actor | My Man Godfrey

Pat Flaherty served in the military during the Mexican border campaign in 1916 and was a flying officer for the Signal Corps in World War I. He then played professional baseball in the minor leagues in Des Moines, San Francisco, Shreveport, Indianapolis, Akron and for other teams. He played ...

48. Yukio Mishima

Writer | Yûkoku

Yukio Mishima was born in Tokyo in 1925. He attended the University of Tokyo. His first work of fiction, a short story, was published when he was a first-year student. For the rest of his life he wrote - to enormous popular and critical acclaim - plays, poetry, essays, and novels. His first ...

49. Claud Allister

Actor | Bulldog Drummond at Bay

Claud Allister was born on October 3, 1888 in London, England, UK. He was an actor, known for Bulldog Drummond at Bay (1937), The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) and Bulldog Drummond (1929). He was previously married to Daisy Isabel Douglas Overend (aka Dorothy Overend, actress), Barbara ...

50. Patricia Ellis

Actress | Block-Heads

Patricia Ellis called herself "the Queen of B pictures at Warner Brothers". With only three years of theatrical experience in New York under her belt, she started in films in 1932. Alongside other ladies considered to have potential (such as Ginger Rogers and Mary Carlisle), Patricia was selected ...


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