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  • List of Famous Dead People: Category - Movies

    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 [...]
    Sidney Lumet: Born: 1924-06-25 - Died: 2011-04-09
    Lumet is a five time Academy Award nominated director, who directed for film and television for more than fifty years. The director is known for a style that integrates social commentary into thriller storylines, providing a unique stamp on the industry.
    Gary Winick: Born: 1961-03-31 - Died: 2011-02-27
    Gary Winick was an American film director, who was renowned for being an avid support of indie films. He started an independent film company in 1999, called InDigEnt. Upon transitioning to Hollywood, he directed the romantic-comedy films 13 Going on 30 and Bride Wars.
    Blake Edwards: Born: 1922-07-26 - Died: 2010-12-15
    Blake Edwards is a highly touted American film writer, and director. His most famous works include Breakfast at Tiffany’s and The Pink Panther series. He received an Honorary Academy Award for his lifelong quality of work.