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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Movies

    Leonard Nimoy: Born: 1931-03-26 - Died: 2015-02-27
    Leonard Nimoy was an American actor, best known for his portrayal of Spock in the original Star Trek TV series, and later in additional series and films. Nimoy was a prolific actor outside of Star Trek, however, having roles in over 130 movies, TV shows, and video games. Nimoy was also a poet and a […]
    Ken Weatherwax: Born: 1955-09-29 - Died: 2014-12-07
    Ken Weatherwax was an American actor best known for his role as Pugsley Addams on the classic TV show The Addams Family. He reprised the role in the 1977 TV movie Halloween with the New Addams Family, but did not do any more acting after that.
    Mike Nichols: Born: 1931-11-06 - Died: 2014-11-19
    Mike Nichols was an American director, writer, and producer whose direction of the 1968 classic The Graduate won him an Academy Award. Nichols was a Hollywood heavyweight, directing films like Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Working Girl, The Birdcage, Closer, and Charlie Wilson’s War. Nichols, who was born Mikhail Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin in 1931, […]
    Richard Schaal: Born: 1928-05-05 - Died: 2014-11-04
    Richard Schaal was an American TV and movie actor who began his career in Chicago’s famous Second City improv troupe. He’s best known for his work on The Mary Tyler Moore show, but he also appeared an many classic sitcoms including Rhoda and The Bob Newhart Show.
    Gerard Parkes: Born: 1924-10-16 - Died: 2014-10-19
    Actor of the stage and screen, Gerard (Gerry) Parkes was born in Ireland but moved to Canada to kick off his acting career. He’s best known in the States for playing the role of Doc on Fraggle Rock. Parkes actually had a thing for playing “Doc” roles – playing “Doc” on the Canadian TV show […]
    Skip E. Lowe: Born: 1929-06-05 - Died: 2014-09-22
    Skip E. Lowe, real name Sammy Labella, was an American talk show host. He is best known for hosting the public access show Skip E. Lowe Looks at Hollywood, which first aired in 1978. This show, and his persona, was the inspiration behind Martin Short’s Jiminy Glick character. Lowe also appeared in a over a […]
    Richard Attenborough: Born: 1923-08-29 - Died: 2014-08-24
    Richard Attenborough was an English actor, director, and producer whose career spanned seven decades. As a director and producer, Attenborough is best known for the 1982 biopic Gandhi – which won Academy Awards for directer, lead acting, and Best Picture. As an actor, Attenborough had a sizable list of credits, but is best known for […]
    Dick Smith: Born: 1922-06-26 - Died: 2014-07-30
    Dick Smith was a Hollywood makeup artist. His nickname, ‘The Godfather of Makeup’, could have come from the fact that he was responsible for turning Marlon Brando into Vito Corleone for The Godfather – or it could just be a reference to his giant influence in the field. Smith also worked on films such as […]
    John Fasano: Born: 1961-08-24 - Died: 2014-07-19
    John Fasano was a film director, producer, and screenwriter. His films include Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare, Black Roses, and The Jitters. He also co-rote Another 48 Hours.
    Malik Bendjelloul: Born: 1977-09-14 - Died: 2014-05-13
    Malik Bendjelloul was a filmmaker best known for his 2012 documentary Searching for Sugar Man, which won an Academy Award and a BAFTA. He was also a child actor.
    H.R. Giger: Born: 1940-02-05 - Died: 2014-05-12
    H.R. Giger was a Swiss artist known for paintings, sculptures, and furniture. He is probably most well known, however, for his work on films and set design. Giger created the famous alien monster from the film Alien, which won his team an Oscar for Visual Effects in 1980.
    Mickey Rooney: Born: 1920-09-23 - Died: 2014-04-06
    Mickey Rooney (born Joseph Yule, Jr.) was an American actor and funnyman, with a career that spanned an incredible nine decades. Rooney’s time in the spotlight began in the early 1920s, and Rooney was one of the last remaining actors with ties to the silent film era. Apart from being one of the most prolific […]
    Juanita Moore: Born: 1914-10-19 - Died: 2014-01-01
    Juanita Moore, 99, was an African-American actress who was most famous for her role as Annie Johnson in Imitation of Life. Moore got her start in 1949 with the film Pinky. She didn’t become household name, however, until 1959’s Imitation of Life in which she was nominated for an Academy Award. In doing so, she […]
    Tony Musante: Born: 1936-06-30 - Died: 2013-11-26
    Tony Musante, 77, was a famous actor most well-known for his role in the 1970s ABC TV series Toma. During his career, he starred in a number of high-profile films and TV series as either a cop or criminal. His last film was 2007’s We Own The Night.
    Eileen Brennan: Born: 1932-09-03 - Died: 2013-07-28
    Eileen Brennan, 80, was a famous actress best known for her role in Private Benjamin. In fact, she was even nominated for an Oscar in 1981 for her role as Doreen Lewis. She continued to play the character in three seasons of CBS’ adaptation of the series. Her television career was more successful as she […]
    Ray Harryhausen: Born: 1920-06-29 - Died: 2013-05-07
    Ray Harryhausen, 92, was an American filmmaker best known for his special effects work in films like Mighty Joe Young, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, and Jason and the Argonauts. Harryhausen was first inspired to get into special effects after seeing King Kong for the first time in 1933. After that, he was involved in […]
    Richard LeParmentier: Born: 1946-07-16 - Died: 2013-04-15
    Richard LeParmentier was an actor who is best known for his role as Admiral Motti in Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. LeParmentier had over 50 film and TV credits to his name, including roles in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Octopussy, and Superman II.
    Mickey Rose: Born: NA - Died: 2013-04-11
    Mickey Rose was was a television writer who wrote jokes for Johnny Carson and other comedians. He was also good friends with Woody Allen, and helped him write some early films.
    Les Blank: Born: 1935-11-27 - Died: 2013-04-07
    Les Blank was a documentary filmmaker whose work chronicled the works of American musicians. His films focused on traditional styles of music including blues, Appalachian, Cajun, Creole, Tex-Mex, polka, tamburitza and Hawaiian. Films included (but were not limited to): Dizzy Gillespie, The Blues Accordin’ to Lightnin’ Hopkins, Chulas Fronteras, Always for Pleasure, Werner Herzog Eats […]
    Roger Ebert: Born: 1942-06-18 - Died: 2013-03-04
    Roger Ebert was a film critic, journalist, and overall titan of the movie industry. Ebert, whose first film review column appeared in the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967, was also known for his series of review shows with fellow critic Gene Siskel. He was the first film critic to ever receive a Pulitzer Prize.
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala: Born: 1927-05-07 - Died: 2013-04-03
    Ruth Prawer Jhabvala was a Booker prize-winning author and Oscar-winning screenwriter. She won the former for her novel Heat and Dust. She won Academy Awards for Howards End and A Room with a View. She was also nominated for The Remains of the Day.
    Jesus Franco: Born: 1930-05-12 - Died: 2013-04-02
    Jesus Franco was a Spanish filmmaker known mostly for his low budget horror movies, often with laced with gratuitous sex. Horror movie magazine Fangoria called Franco “The most important figure in cinema”. Two of his more well known titles in the U.S. – The Bloody Judge and Count Dracula – starred screen legend Christopher Lee.
    Fay Kanin: Born: 1917-05-09 - Died: 2013-03-27
    Fay Kanin was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer. She later went on to become the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
    Stuart Freeborn: Born: 1914-09-05 - Died: 2013-02-05
    Stuart Freeborn was a make-up artist, often referred to as the “grandfather of modern make-up design.” He is probably best known for his work on the Star Wars trilogy, where he was behind the design of Yoda. He was also responsible for the make-up on a couple of Stanley Kubrick films including 2001: A Space […]
    Michael Winner: Born: 1935-10-30 - Died: 2013-01-21
    Michael Winner was a film director who helmed “Death Wish” and “The Mechanic”. He also wrote restaurant reviews for the Sunday Times, but it was his movies which garnered the most attention, making Charles Bronson a vigilante poster-boy and action star.
    David R. Ellis: Born: 1952-09-08 - Died: 2012-01-07
    David R. Ellis was a Hollywood filmmaker, who directed such films as Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco, Final Destination 2, Cellular, Snakes On A Plane, Asylum, The Final Destination, and Shark Night. Those last two were released in 3D. He was born in Hollywood, and began his career as a supporting actor, debuting […]
    Danny Steinmann: Born: 1942-01-07 - Died: 2012-12-18
    Danny Steinmann, 70, was a film director best known for his directorial work on Friday the 13th: A New Beginning. His other works include horror-thriller The Unseen and action-crime film Savage Streets.
    Mel Stuart: Born: 1928-09-02 - Died: 2012-08-09
    Mel Stuart was a well-known film director and producer from New York, NY. The film that Stuart is most associated with is the original colorful movie musical of Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. Other films that Mel Stuart was known for directing and/or producing are: The Making of a President, Ripley’s […]
    Ben Gazzara: Born: 1930-08-28 - Died: 2012-02-03
    Ben Gazzara was a prolific actor who was not only known for his work on Broadway (including Cat on a Hot Tin Roof), but films such as: The Big Lebowski, Brian’s Song, Road House, Shadow Conspiracy, Summer of Sam, and The Thomas Crown Affair to name a few.
    Annette Charles: Born: 1948-03-05 - Died: 2011-08-03
    Annette Charles was an actress known best for her performance as Cha Cha DiGregorio in the 1978 hit Grease. She was born in LA in 1948, got her degree from NYU School of Social Work in 2001, and taught speech at California State University, Northridge. While she appeared on numerous TV shows, including: The High […]