Date of Death between 1988-01-01 and 1988-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
1. Karen Steele
Actress | Star Trek
Karen Steele was born on March 20, 1931, in Honolulu, Hawaii. A former cover girl and model, she was one of the most strikingly beautiful actresses to ever work in film and television. She went to the University of Hawaii and to Rollins College in Florida before gracing our film screens with her ...
2. John Carradine
Actor | The Grapes of Wrath
John Carradine, the son of a reporter/artist and a surgeon, grew up in Poughkeepsie, New York. He attended Christ Church School and Graphic Art School, studying sculpture, and afterward roamed the South selling sketches. He made his acting debut in "Camille" in a New Orleans theatre in 1925. ...
3. Anne Ramsey
Actress | The Goonies
American character actress Anne Ramsey was born Anne Mobley in Omaha, Nebraska to Eleanor (Smith), a national treasurer of the Girl Scouts, and Nathan Mobley, an insurance executive. Her uncle was U.S. Ambassador David S. Smith. An ancestor was Mayflower Pilgrim William Brewster. She attended ...
4. Trevor Howard
Actor | The Third Man
The son of an insurance underwriter who represented Lloyd's of London in Ceylon, Trevor Wallace Howard-Smith was born in Margate, Kent. He spent his early childhood globetrotting with his mother, frequently left in the care of strangers. After attending private school he went on to study drama at ...
5. Heather O'Rourke
Actress | Poltergeist
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry.
Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting ...
6. Richard S. Castellano
Actor | The Godfather
Bronx born, stocky Italian-American actor who only appeared in a handful of films, yet earned some degree of immortality for his role as the loyal Corleone capo "Peter Clemenza" teaching Al Pacino how to shoot a crooked police captain in the iconic gangster film The Godfather (1972). He was ...
7. Judith Barsi
Actress | The Land Before Time
The only child of Jozsef Barsi and Maria Benko, Judith Eva Barsi beat 10,000-to-1 odds when she was discovered at a San Fernando Valley skating rink at age 5 1/2 in 1983 and mistaken for a three-year-old. Her first commercial was for Donald Duck Orange Juice and she went on to appear in anywhere ...
Actor | Pink Flamingos
Originally born Harris Glen Milstead just after the end of WWII, Baltimore's most outrageous resident eventually became the international icon of bad taste cinema, as the always shocking and highly entertaining transvestite performer, Divine.
Milstead met maverick film director & good friend, John ...
9. Ralph Meeker
Actor | Paths of Glory
Burly American character actor Ralph Meeker first acted on stage at his alma mater, Northwestern University, alongside other budding performers Charlton Heston and Patricia Neal. He graduated as a music major because his dean had discouraged him from pursuing a theatrical career. Ignoring that ...
10. Ella Raines
Actress | Phantom Lady
Ella Raines was born in Snoqualmie Falls, Washington, in 1920. After graduating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Washington as a drama student and participated in many plays. Following graduation, she traveled to New York and the lights of Broadway. She was eventually signed by ...
11. Dorothy Adams
Actress | The Best Years of Our Lives
Dorothy Adams was born on January 8, 1900 in Hannah, North Dakota, USA. She was an actress, known for The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Killing (1956) and The Ten Commandments (1956). She was previously married to Byron Foulger. She died on March 16, 1988 in Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, ...
12. Leonard Frey
Actor | Fiddler on the Roof
Leonard Frey originally wanted to become an artist, but in college he became interested in acting. He made his stage debut in an off-Broadway production of "Little Mary Sunshine" and his film debut as a celebrant in Passages from James Joyce's Finnegans Wake (1966), but he first rose to prominence ...
13. Jeff Donnell
Actress | In a Lonely Place
A reliable featured player and occasional co-star, actress Jeff Donnell was born Jean Marie Donnell in a boys' reformatory in South Windham, Maine in 1921, the younger of schoolteacher Mildred and penologist Howard's two daughters. She took piano and dance lessons during her childhood in Maryland; ...
14. 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 ...
15. Roy Kinnear
Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory
After his schooling in Edinburgh, the British character actor Roy Kinnear attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London. Following national service, Kinnear appeared on stage, radio, and television in Scotland before becoming a household name in Britain in the early 1960s as one of the ...
16. Alan Napier
Actor | Marnie
Alan Napier was born on January 7, 1903 in Kings Norton, Worcestershire, England. Tall, distinguished-looking English character actor with aristocratic bearing and precisely modulated voice. A cousin of the former British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain, he studied at the Royal Academy of ...
17. Gert Fröbe
Actor | Goldfinger
Tall, portly built German born actor (and talented violinist) who notched up over 100 film appearances, predominantly in German-language productions. He will forever be remembered by Western audiences as the bombastic megalomaniac "Auric Goldfinger" trying to kill Sean Connery and irradiate the ...
18. John Houseman
Actor | The Paper Chase
Academy Award-winning actor John Houseman's main contribution to American culture was not his own performances on film but rather, his role as a midwife to one of the greatest actor-directors-cinematic geniuses his adopted country ever produced (Orson Welles) and as a midwife to a whole generation ...
19. Mary Morris
Actress | The Prisoner
Mary first appeared on stage aged just 10. She received her formal training at the royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA) and went on to a long and distinguished career in film, television and the theatre. She toured Britain with her own theatrical touring company.
20. Angela Aames
Actress | Scarface
Angela Aames grew up in Pierre, South Dakota. She acted in high school and attended the University of South Dakota before coming to Hollywood in 1978 to begin her acting career. Her first film role was as Little Bo Peep in the film Fairy Tales (1978). She followed that up by playing Linda "...
21. Anne Seymour
Actress | Field of Dreams
The daughter of a copper expert (William Stanley Eckert) and an actress and museum curator (May Davenport), character actress Anne Seymour was born on September 11, 1909 in New York City. She was the seventh generation of a theatrical family that could be tracked back to Ireland in 1740. Her ...
22. Victoria Shaw
Actress | Westworld
Victoria Shaw was born on May 25, 1935 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was an actress, known for Westworld (1973), The Crimson Kimono (1959) and To Trap a Spy (1964). She was previously married to Elliott Alexander and Roger Smith. She died on August 17, 1988 in Sydney, New South Wales, ...
23. Andrew Duggan
Actor | In Like Flint
Born in Franklin, Indiana on December 28, 1923, he was raised in Texas and went to college at Indiana University. There, on a speech and drama scholarship, he began to act and perform however this was interrupted by being called into the service. In World War II where he saw action overseas, he was...
24. Louis Quinn
Actor | All the President's Men
Louis Quinn was born on March 23, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for All the President's Men (1976), The Crowded Sky (1960) and 77 Sunset Strip (1958). He was previously married to Christine Nelson and Joanne Elizabeth (Jody) Ward. He died on September 14, 1988 in Los ...
25. Bob Steele
Actor | The Big Sleep
American Western star and character actor whose career spanned six decades. The son of director Robert N. Bradbury, he appeared in vaudeville with his parents and with his twin brother Bill Bradbury appeared as a child in a series of 16 semi- documentary short films directed by their father, The ...
26. Bonita Granville
Actress | Now, Voyager
Daughter of Bernard Granville, Bonita Granville was born into an acting family. It's not surprising that she herself became a child actor, first on the stage and, at the age of 9, debuting in movies in Westward Passage (1932). She was regularly cast as a naughty little girl, as in These Three (1936)...
27. Abraham Sofaer
Actor | The Naked Jungle
Born on October 1, 1896, in Rangoon, Burma, to Burmese-Jewish parents, and the son of a well-to-do merchant, distinguished veteran character actor Abraham Isaac Sofaer was a one-time schoolteacher in both Rangoon and London. He switched gears to acting after a short time and made his stage debut in...
28. Vivi Janiss
Actress | TV Reader's Digest
Vivi Janiss was born on May 29, 1911 in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She was an actress, known for TV Reader's Digest (1955), Ben Casey (1961) and Lux Video Theatre (1950). She was previously married to John Larch and Robert Cummings. She died on September 7, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
29. Christopher Connelly
Actor | Benji
Christopher Connelly was born on September 8, 1941 in Wichita, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for Benji (1974), Atlantis Interceptors (1983) and Peyton Place (1964). He was previously married to Cindy Carol. He died on December 7, 1988 in Burbank, California, USA.
30. Gabriel Dell
Actor | Hard Boiled Mahoney
The son of an Italian immigrant doctor, Gabriel "Gabe" Dell began his career singing in a boys church choir and then on a children's radio show. He made his stage debut in the play "Dead End" and, with the other juvenile members of the cast, was called to Hollywood for the film version. Dell was ...
31. Raj Kapoor
Actor | Mera Naam Joker
Raj Kapoor was the son of well-known Indian actor Prithviraj Kapoor, who acted both in film and on stage. After apprenticing in the Bollywood production studios of the 1940's, at 24 years of age Raj Kapoor produced, directed and acted in Aag (1948), with his new company, RK Films. His next ...
32. Duane Jones
Actor | Night of the Living Dead
Cult figure who will forever be remembered as Ben, the resourceful, yet ill-fated hero of George A. Romero's low-budget zombie film Night of the Living Dead (1968). Jones was a former English professor who directed at the Maguire Theater at the Old Westbury campus of New York State University, and ...
33. Florence Eldridge
Actress | Inherit the Wind
Versatile character actress Florence Eldridge seemed often better served by the stage than by her roles in motion pictures. On the boards from the age of seventeen as a chorine in "Rock-a-Bye Baby" in 1918, she acted with touring companies and on Broadway and soon found herself playing leading ...
34. Chuck Roberson
Actor | Shock Corridor
American stuntman who also played minor roles in scores of movies. Son of Allie W. and Jannie Hamm Roberson. Raised on cattle ranches in Shannon, Texas, and Roswell, New Mexico, he left school at 13 to become a cowhand and oilfield roughneck. He married and took his wife and daughter to California,...
35. Kenneth Williams
Actor | Carry on Cleo
The acting bug bit Kenneth Williams when, as a student, his English teacher suggested he try out for a school play. He found that he enjoyed it tremendously, but when he raised the possibility at home of becoming an actor, his father forbade it. Williams was eventually sent to art school in London ...
36. Timothy Patrick Murphy
Actor | The Love Boat
Timothy Patrick Murphy was born on November 3, 1959 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA. He was an actor, known for The Love Boat (1977), Dallas (1978) and Sam's Son (1984). He died on December 6, 1988 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.
37. Billy Curtis
Actor | High Plains Drifter
Diminutive American actor Billy Curtis avoided the usual onus of freak-show employment as a youth, opting for a mainstream job as a shoe clerk. Encouraged by stock company actress Shirley Booth to take a little person role in a stage production, Curtis soon became a professional actor, with ...
38. John Sylvester White
Actor | Welcome Back, Kotter
John Sylvester White was born on October 31, 1919 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Welcome Back, Kotter (1975), Kojak (1973) and Baretta (1975). He was previously married to Joan Alexander. He died on September 11, 1988 in Waikiki, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA.
39. Robert Livingston
Actor | Daredevils of the Clouds
Bob Livingston's father was a newspaper editor in Quincy, Illinois. As a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily News Bob did a story on the Pasadena Playhouse, and that got him interested in acting. In his mid-20s, he was doing bit parts for Universal and Fox and went from there to romantic roles with ...
40. Daws Butler
Actor | Hey There, It's Yogi Bear
Daws Butler spent the greater part of his career as one of the premier voice-over actors in Hollywood- providing the voices for such well- known characters as Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound, Quick-Draw McGraw, Snagglepuss, Jinks the cat, Dixie the mouse, Augie Doggie, Peter Potamus, Wally Gator, ...
41. Emeric Pressburger
Writer | The Red Shoes
Educated at the Universities of Prague and Stuttgart, Emeric Pressburger worked as a journalist in Hungary and Germany and an author and scriptwriter in Berlin and Paris. He was a Hungarian Jew, chased around Europe (he worked on films for UFA in Berlin and Paris) before World War II, finally ...
42. Trinidad Silva
Actor | The Jerk
Trinidad Silva was born on January 30, 1950 in Mission, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for The Jerk (1979), Colors (1988) and UHF (1989). He was previously married to Sofia Alvarez. He died on July 31, 1988 in Whittier, California, USA.
43. Andy Gibb
Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
A blessing or a curse? Every silver lining has a cloud, yet sadly Andrew Roy Gibb had to find that out the hard way. Born the fifth and final child to parents Barbara (17 November 1920-12 August 2016) and Hugh Gibb (15 January 1916-6 March 1992) Andy grew up with his three older siblings dominating...
44. Brent Collins
Actor | Another World
Brent Collins was born on October 31, 1941 in Plainville, Kansas, USA. He was an actor, known for Another World (1964), Vortex (1982) and Spenser: For Hire (1985). He died on January 6, 1988 in New York City, New York, USA.
45. Stuart Randall
Actor | Pony Soldier
Stuart's entertainment career began as a child in school, acting and singing in school plays, then in the late 1920's he began entertaining professionally as Larry Sothern. He was the lead singer in the Will Bradley Orchestra, going on to have his own band, the Larry Sothern Orchestra. While in ...
46. Irene Rich
Actress | Everybody's Hobby
Born Irene Luther on October 13, 1891, silent-screen femme Irene Rich came from a once well-to-do family in Buffalo, New York. Her father had a reversal of fortune while she was quite young and the family subsequently had to move to California. Following her education, Irene pursued a career as a ...
47. Charles Hawtrey
Actor | Don't Lose Your Head
Coming from a theatrical family (although not related to the famous Edwardian actor Sir Charles Hawtrey, he did "borrow" his last name), Charles Hawtrey made his stage debut at age 11 after having spent several years in a prestigious acting school. A string of stage roles followed, and by 1929 his ...
48. Tucker Smith
Actor | West Side Story
Tucker Smith was born on April 24, 1936 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for West Side Story (1961), The Producers (1967) and At Long Last Love (1975). He died on December 22, 1988 in Los Angeles, California, USA.
49. Olive Carey
Actress | The Searchers
Olive Carey was born Olive Fuller Golden on January 31, 1896. Olive was 18 when she appeared in her first motion picture, a silent entitled, Tess of the Storm Country (1914). After she made A Knight of the Range (1916), she retired from films. In 1916, she married actor Harry Carey who was eighteen...
50. John Loder
Actor | Now, Voyager
A tall (6'3"), handsome, debonair, immaculately-groomed British leading man best known for his pipe-smoking chaps, Londoner John Loder (né John Muir Lowe), was born on January 3, 1898, the son of a British general. Attending both the Eton and the Royal Military colleges, he followed his ...