Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2018

by khaosjr | created - 02 Jan 2018 | updated - 10 months ago | Public

A list of entertainment industry figures who passed away in 2018

1. Jon Paul Steuer

Actor | Grace Under Fire

Jon Paul "JP" Steuer began his acting career at age 4, and it was clear even then that here was a natural entertainer. Born and raised in Escondido, California, Jon made his acting debut on the television series Day by Day (1988), on which he played the role of Scotty Gilbert. He appeared on Star ...

Former child star, best known for his work on STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION (as Worf's son Alexander) and GRACE UNDER FIRE. He was better known as "Jonny P. Jewels" in his later career as a musician/restaurateur.

2. Frank Buxton

Actor | Overboard

Born in Wellesley, MA, USA, Buxton grew up in Larchmont, NY, USA, graduated from Northwestern University (BS) and Syracuse University (MS). After service in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he worked in local television as a producer-director in Buffalo, N.Y. and Chicago, IL and then began his ...

Writer and director for “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days”.

3. Rick Hall

Soundtrack | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows

Rick Hall was born on January 31, 1932 in Forest Grove, Mississippi, USA as Roe Erister Hall. He was married to Linda Kay Hall. He died on January 2, 2018 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.

Legendary record producer and Fame studio owner, regarded as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music".

4. Carmen Cozza

Self | ESPN 25: Who's #1?

Carmen Cozza was born on June 10, 1930 in Parma, Ohio, USA as Carmen Louis Cozza. He was married to Jean. He died on January 4, 2018 in New Haven, Connecticut, USA.

Cozza coached Yale for 32 seasons and led the Bulldogs to 10 Ivy League titles. He was inducted in the College Football Hall of Fame in 2002.

5. Ray Thomas

Composer | Journey Into Amazing Caves

Ray Thomas was born on December 29, 1941 in Stourport on Severn, England as Raymond Thomas. He was an actor, known for Journey Into Amazing Caves (2001), The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin (1967) and The Moody Blues: Nights in White Satin (B&W Version) (1967). He was married to Lee Lightle....

Founding member of British rock group the Moody Blues.

6. Jerry Van Dyke

Actor | Coach

He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick...

Actor-brother of Dick Van Dyke. He turned down both THE ANDY GRIFFITH SHOW and GILLIGAN'S ISLAND to star on the legendary (for all the wrong reasons) sitcom MY MOTHER THE CAR; later, he co-starred on the much-better-received series COACH. His daughter was tragically-short-lived actress Kelly Van Dyke.

7. Greta Thyssen

Actress | Three Blondes in His Life

The enticing, voluptuous European beauty Greta Thyssen filled out the pages of movie magazines everywhere during the 1950s. Born on March 30, 1927, she was a freshly-scrubbed brunette when she was crowned Miss Denmark in 1952. The subsequent attention had her packing her bags for Hollywood. At that...

Full-figured beauty (a former Miss Denmark, born in Hareskovby) who doubled for Marilyn Monroe, dated Cary Grant, and starred opposite the Three Stooges.

Also starred in several "B" movies, including the horror pic TERROR IS A MAN (1959), a loose adaptation of H.G. Wells' THE ISLAND OF DOCTOR MOREAU. The movie incorporated a "warning bell" gimmick that would alert moviegoers when a particularly horrific sequence was about to take place so that they could hide their eyes. It would ring a second time when it was safe to look again.

Four of her other better-known performances came in the Joseph Kane noir ACCUSED OF MURDER (1956); THE BEAST OF BUDAPEST (1958); THREE BLONDES IN HIS LIFE (1961, opposite Jock Mahoney); and as an enticing pin-up beauty on Uranus in JOURNEY TO THE SEVENTH PLANET (1962, shot in her native Denmark). She was also the "Pirate Girl" on the first three seasons (1956-58) of the game show TREASURE HUNT, created by host Jan Murray.

8. France Gall

Soundtrack | Fist Fight

France Gall was born on October 9, 1947 in Paris, France as Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall. She was married to Michel Berger. She died on January 7, 2018 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.

Gall - who owned France’s pop charts for decades, and who inspired “My Way” - was the daughter of a songwriter who had penned hits for Edith Piaf and Charles Aznavour.

9. Denise LaSalle

Soundtrack | One for the Money

Denise LaSalle was born on July 16, 1939 in Sidon, LeFlore County, Mississippi, USA as Ora Denise Allen. She was married to James E. Wolfe Jr., and Bill Jones. She died on January 8, 2018 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.

Singer/songwriter whose hit "Trapped by a Thing Called Love" topped the R&B charts in 1971.

10. Donnelly Rhodes

Actor | Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Royal Manitoba Theatre ...

Canadian TV actor best known for his roles in the ABC comedy "Soap" (as Dutch) and the cult hit "Battlestar Galactica" (as Dr. Cottle). He also starred on Canada’s "Danger Bay" and, more recently, guested on "Arrowverse" (as Agent Smith).

11. Joseph Wayne Miller

Actor | Heavyweights

Joseph Wayne Miller was born on December 18, 1981 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Heavyweights (1995) and Folks! (1992). He died on January 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.

Former child actor whose claim to fame was portraying the splash-making “Salami” Sam in Disney’s Judd Apatow-penned 1995 fat-camp comedy HEAVY WEIGHTS. Miller's co-stars included Aaron Schwartz and Kenan Thompson.

12. Fast Eddie Clarke

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Fast Eddie Clarke was born on October 5, 1950 in Twickenham, London, England as Edward Allan Clarke. He died on January 10, 2018 in London.

"Fast Eddie" was one of Motorhead's three original members (the other two being late greats Lemmy Kilmister and Phil Taylor). He left the group in the early 1980s to start another, Fastway.

13. Doreen Tracey

Actress | Westward Ho, the Wagons!

Doreen Tracey was born on April 3, 1943 in St Pancras, London, England as Doreen Isabelle Tracey. She was an actress, known for Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956), Annette (1958) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). She was married to Robert A Washburn. She died on January 10, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, ...

One of the original Mouseketeers on the fabled kids program THE MICKEY MOUSE CLUB, nicknamed "Dodo" by her castmates. Her parents, Bessie Hay and Sid Tracey, had a vaudeville dance act known as Tracey & Hay; Doreen was born while they were on tour in London. In the years following MMC, Tracey visited American military bases in South Vietnam and Thailand with her own act. She later worked in promotions at Warner Brothers Records with acts including Frank Zappa, Tower of Power, and the Doobie Brothers.

14. Keith Jackson

Actor | The Fortune Cookie

Keith Jackson was born on October 18, 1928 in Roopville, Georgia, USA as Keith Max Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Fortune Cookie (1966), Munich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad (1972) and Coach (1989). He was married to Gertrude Ann "Truri Ann" Johnson. He died on January 12, 2018 in Los ...

Legendary broadcaster who spent 56 years calling college football, including 15 Rose Bowls...along with the 2006 thriller between USC and Texas at the famed game in Pasadena. Words to live by: "Whoa, Nellie!"

15. Jean Porter

Actress | Cry Danger

One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Texas in 1922 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 17) and slowly graduated to ...

16. Bobby Zarin

Self | Celebrity Wife Swap

Bobby Zarin was born on February 15, 1946. He was married to Jill Zarin. He died on January 13, 2018 in New York City, New York, USA.

17. Hugh Wilson

Writer | Blast from the Past

Hugh Wilson was born on August 24, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...

Writer/producer/director whose credits include the original POLICE ACADEMY (which remains the best-received of the series, by far) and THE FIRST WIVES' CLUB. He also brought DUDLEY DO-RIGHT to live-action in 1999.

18. Edwin Hawkins

Soundtrack | xXx: Return of Xander Cage

The grammy award winning Edwin Hawkins has been coined, The father of contemporary gospel. He rose to fame when the choir he co-founded,The Northern California State Youth Choir, aka, The Edwin Hawkins Singers , performed a new version of the hymn, O Happy Day (1969). Radio stations in the San ...

19. Dolores O'Riordan

Soundtrack | The Devil's Own

Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born in Ballybricken, a town 8 miles outside Limerick on Sept. 6, 1971. Her parents are Eileen and Terrance. Terrance was in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident. Dolores was the youngest of seven children, and one of two girls. In the late eighties, Dolores ...

Iconic lead singer of the notable 1990's band The Cranberries.

20. Peter Wyngarde

Actor | Flash Gordon

Peter Paul Wyngarde was born at the home of an aunt in Marseille, Southern France, and is the son of an English father and French mother. Owing to his father's work as a member of the British Diplomatic Service, Peter spent much of his early childhood moving from one country to another, and was ...

British actor whose better-known roles included that of evil "General Klytus" in the 1980 sci-fi epic FLASH GORDON.

21. Bradford Dillman

Actor | Sudden Impact

Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...

Actor best known for such movies as THE WAY WE WERE and ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES.

22. Micki Varro

Actress | Reform School Girls

Micki Varro was born on June 19, 1942 in Dearborn, Michigan, USA as Maureen Carroll Varro. She was an actress, known for Reform School Girls (1986), The Champ (1979) and It's a Living (1980). She was married to Johnny Varro. She died on January 16, 2018 in Palm Court, Florida, USA.

23. Jo Jo White

Actor | The Game Plan

Jo Jo White was born on November 16, 1946 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA as Joseph Henry White. He was an actor, known for The Game Plan (2007), Inside Moves (1980) and 1971 NBA All-Star Game (1971). He was married to Deborah, and Estelle Bowser. He died on January 16, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts, ...

24. Jessica Falkholt

Actress | Mystery Road

Jessica Falkholt was born on May 15, 1989 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. She was an actress, known for Mystery Road (2018), Harmony (2018) and Home and Away (1988). She died on January 17, 2018 in St. George Hospital, Sydney.

25. Simon Shelton

Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible

Simon Shelton is known for his work on Dr. Terrible's House of Horrible (2001), Incredible Games (1994) and Swing Kids (1993). He was married to Emma Robbins. He died on January 17, 2018 in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, England.

26. Lin Bolen

Producer | Stumpers!

VP of Daytime Programming on NBC in the 1970s.

27. Olivia Cole

Actress | Roots

Olivia Cole was born on November 26, 1942 in Memphis, Tennessee, USA. She was an actress, known for Roots (1977), Backstairs at the White House (1979) and Something About Amelia (1984). She was married to Richard Venture. She died on January 19, 2018 in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

28. Dorothy Malone

Actress | Written on the Wind

The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...

29. Fredo Santana

Producer | Fredo Mafia

Fredo Santana was born on July 4, 1990 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Fredo Mafia, SD x Fredo Santana x Lil Reese: Cant Tell Me Shit (2012) and Fredo Santana ft. Chief Keef: On That (2011). He died on January 19, 2018 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

30. Jim Rodford

Music_department | Return to Waterloo

Jim Rodford was born on July 7, 1941 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England as James Walter Rodford. He is known for his work on Return to Waterloo (1984), The Kinks: Come Dancing (1983) and The Kinks: Don't Forget to Dance (1983). He was married to Jean. He died on January 20, 2018 in St Albans, ...

31. Bob Smith

Writer | Side by Side by Susan Blackwell

Bob Smith was born on December 24, 1958 in Buffalo, New York, USA. He was a writer, known for Side by Side by Susan Blackwell (2009), CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival (2002) and Outlaugh! (2006). He died on January 20, 2018 in New York City, New York.

32. Connie Sawyer

Actress | Dumb and Dumber

Connie Sawyer was born on November 27, 1912 in Pueblo, Colorado, USA as Rosie Cohen. She was an actress, known for Dumb and Dumber (1994), Pineapple Express (2008) and Out of Sight (1998). She was married to Marshall Schacker. She died on January 21, 2018 in Woodland Hills, California, USA.

33. Ursula K. Le Guin

Writer | Gedo senki

Ursula K. Le Guin was born on October 21, 1929 in Berkeley, California, USA as Ursula Kroeber. She is known for her work on Tales from Earthsea (2006), The Lathe of Heaven (1980) and The Telling. She was married to Charles A. Le Guin. She died on January 22, 2018 in Portland, Oregon, USA.

34. Robert Dowdell

Actor | Stoney Burke

Robert Dowdell was born on March 10, 1932 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He is known for his work on Stoney Burke (1962), Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1964) and Assassination (1987). He was married to Sheila Connolly. He died on January 23, 2018 in Coldwater, Michigan, USA.

35. Hugh Masekela

Soundtrack | The Jewel of the Nile

Hugh Masekela was born on April 4, 1939 in Wilbank, South Africa as Hugh Ramapolo Masekela. He was married to Elinam Cofie, Jabu Mbatha, Chris Calloway and Miriam Makeba. He died on January 23, 2018 in Johannesburg, South Africa.

36. Joel Taylor

Self | Tornado Glory

Joel Taylor was born on January 6, 1980 in Elk City, Oklahoma, USA. He died on January 23, 2018 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

37. Lari White

Actress | Cast Away

Lari White was born on May 13, 1965 in Dunedin, Florida, USA as Lari Michele White. She was an actress, known for Cast Away (2000), Big Eden (2000) and No Regrets (2004). She was married to Chuck Cannon. She died on January 23, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

38. Jack Ketchum

Writer | The Woman

Jack Ketchum published his first novel in 1980 titled "Off Season", a version of the Sawney Beane story. The novel was subsequently slated by the Village Voice as 'violent pornography' but, undeterred, the author continued to write fiction that deals with the cruelty and violence so often apparent ...

39. Warren Miller

Writer | The Way We Live Now

Warren Miller was born on October 15, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA. He was a writer and director, known for The Way We Live Now (1970), Extreme Surfing (1992) and The Killy Style (1969). He was married to Laurie Penketh Kaufmann, Dorothy Roberts and Jean. He died on January 24, 2018 in Orcas ...

40. Mark E. Smith

Soundtrack | The Silence of the Lambs

Lead singer and lyricist of British punk/new wave band The Fall. A former office worker, Smith formed The Fall in 1977, although their commercial peak came in the late '80s and early '90s. They have influenced many bands, most notably Pavement, and are famous for being Radio 1 DJ John Peel's ...

41. Cyrus Yavneh

Producer | 24

Cyrus Yavneh was born on October 14, 1942. He was a producer and production manager, known for 24 (2001), The Arrival (1996) and Baby (2000). He died on January 25, 2018 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

42. Mort Walker

Writer | The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie

Mort Walker was born on September 3, 1923 in El Dorado, Kansas, USA as Addison Morton Walker. He is known for his work on The ABC Saturday Superstar Movie (1972), Hero's Reward (1962) and A Tree Is a Tree Is a Tree? (1962). He was married to Catherine Carty and Jean Marie Suffill. He died on ...

43. Mark Salling

Actor | Glee

Known for starring as musically-inclined football player Noah "Puck" Puckerman on the show Glee (2009), Mark Wayne Salling was born in Dallas, Texas. He was the younger of two children of Condy Sue (Wherry), a school secretary, and John Robert Salling, Jr., an accountant. He was home-schooled at an...

44. Louis Zorich

Actor | Fiddler on the Roof

Louis Zorich was born on February 12, 1924 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Fiddler on the Roof (1971), Detachment (2011) and The Muppets Take Manhattan (1984). He was married to Olympia Dukakis. He died on January 30, 2018 in New York City, New York, USA.

Actor, well-known among MAD ABOUT YOU fans as Paul Reiser's on-screen father.

45. Rasual Butler

Actor | Think Like a Man

Rasual Butler was born on May 23, 1979 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. He was an actor, known for Think Like a Man (2012) and Trina Feat. Kelly Rowland: Here We Go (2005). He died on January 31, 2018 in Studio City, California, USA.

46. Leah LaBelle

Actress | Pharrell Williams: Happy

Leah LaBelle, born Leah Vladowski on 8 September 1986 in Toronto, Canada, was the only child of Troshan and Anastasia Vladowski. Troshan and Anastasia, musicians and immigrants to the United States, defected from communist Bulgaria during a tour of Western Europe in 1979 at the height of success ...

47. Ann Gillis

Actress | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Ann Gillis was born Alma Mabel Conner on February 12, 1927, in Little Rock, Arkansas. At age seven, she appeared in her first film, Men in White (1934), as an extra. During the next two years, she had uncredited appearances in six more films until she received her first major role in King of Hockey...

48. Dennis Edwards

Soundtrack | Bringing Down the House

Dennis Edwards was born on February 3, 1943 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA. He was married to Brenda Edwards and Ruth Pointer. He died on February 1, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

49. Ndugu Chancler

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Ndugu Chancler was born on July 1, 1952 in Shreveport, Louisiana, USA as Leon Chancler. He was married to Brenda Curry. He died on February 3, 2018 in Los Angeles California, USA.

50. John Mahoney

Actor | Frasier

John Mahoney was an award-winning American actor. He was born in Blackpool, Lancashire, England, the seventh of eight children of Margaret and Reg, a baker. His family was evacuated to the sea-side resort to avoid the Nazi bombing of their native Manchester. The Mancunian Mahoneys eventually ...

Actor best known as "Martin Crane", father of Kelsey Grammer's FRASIER. Mahoney also starred in a rare misfire from executive producer Dick Wolf: THE HUMAN FACTOR, an ambitious 1992 medical drama that was cancelled after only eight episodes - three of which were never even broadcast.

51. John Perry Barlow

Actor | Endangered Species

John Perry Barlow was born on October 3, 1947 in Pinedale, Wyoming, USA. He was an actor, known for Endangered Species (1982), Conceiving Ada (1997) and Grateful Dead: Dead Ahead (1981). He was married to Elaine Parker Barlow. He died on February 7, 2018 in San Francisco, California, USA.

52. Mickey Jones

Actor | Starman

Mickey Jones was born on June 10, 1941 in Houston, Texas, USA. He was an actor, known for Starman (1984), Total Recall (1990) and Sling Blade (1996). He was married to Phyllis Jean Starr and Sandra Joel Davis. He died on February 7, 2018 in Simi Valley, California, USA.

53. Jill Sobel Messick

Producer | Mean Girls

Rose McGowan's manager [January 1997].

54. Pat Torpey

Music_department | Armed Response

Pat Torpey was born on December 13, 1962. He is known for his work on Armed Response (1986), One Hit Wonderland (2012) and Impellitteri: Stand in Line (1988). He died on February 7, 2018.

55. Reg E. Cathey

Actor | Fantastic Four

Born into a military family in Huntsville, Alabama -- his father was an army vet who had served in World War II, Korea and Vietnam, while his mother held a somewhat mysterious job in the Department of Defence -- Reg E. Cathey spent much of his early childhood living on a rural farmhouse in Germany....

56. John Gavin

Actor | Psycho

John Gavin, the American film and TV actor, businessman and diplomat who was Ronald Reagan's first Ambassador to Mexico, was born Juan Vincent Apablasa in Los Angeles, California.

The future "Jack" Gavin was a fifth-generation Angeleno, the son of Delia Diana Pablos and Juan Vincent Apablasa, and ...

57. Jóhann Jóhannsson

Composer | Sicario

Jóhann Jóhannsson was born on September 19, 1969 in Reykjavík, Iceland. He was a composer, known for Sicario (2015), The Theory of Everything (2014) and Prisoners (2013). He died on February 9, 2018 in Berlin, Germany.

58. Tina Louise Bomberry

Actress | North of 60

Tina Louise Bomberry hailed from the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario, Canada. She was an enrolled member of the Mohawk Bear clan. Tina was active in the entertainment business as an actress, singer, traditional women's dancer, storyteller, stage manager, production assistant, workshop ...

59. Vic Damone

Soundtrack | Payback

At fourteen he worked as an usher at the NYC Paramount Theatre. His father was an electrician who played guitar and his mother taught piano. Damone attended PS 163 and sang in St. Finbar's choir and later attended the Alexander Hamilton Vocational High School and then Lafayette High School in ...

60. Jan Maxwell

Actress | BrainDead

Jan Maxwell was born on November 20, 1956 in Fargo, North Dakota, USA as Janice Elaine Maxwell. She is known for her work on BrainDead (2016), An Unfinished Life (2005) and Gossip Girl (2007). She was married to Robert Emmet Lunney. She died on February 11, 2018 in New York City, New York, USA.

61. Marty Allen

Actor | Night Gallery

Marty Allen was born on March 23, 1922 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Morton David Alpern. He was an actor, known for Night Gallery (1969), The Naked Face (1984) and The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! (1989). He was married to Karon Kate Blackwell and Lorraine 'Frenchy' Trydelle. He died on ...

62. Daryle Singletary

Self | Touched by an Angel

Daryle Singletary was born in 1971 in Cairo, Georgia, USA as Daryle Bruce Singletary. He was married to Holly Mercer and Kerry Harvick. He died on February 12, 2018 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

63. Edward M. Abroms

Editor | Columbo

Edward M. Abroms was born on May 6, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Edward Meyer Abroms. He was an editor and director, known for Columbo (1971), Blue Thunder (1983) and Street Fighter (1994). He died on February 13, 2018 in Los Angeles.

64. Nini Theilade

Actress | A Midsummer Night's Dream

Nini Theilade was born on June 15, 1915 in Poerwokerto, Banjoemas, Dutch East Indies as Nini Arlette Theilade. She is known for her work on A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935), The Song to Her (1934) and The Big Bluff (1933). She was married to Arne Buchter-Larsen and Peter Loopuyt. She died on ...

65. Didier Lockwood

Music_department | Astérix & Obélix contre César

Didier Lockwood was born on February 11, 1956 in Calais, France. He is known for his work on Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar (1999), Max & Jeremie (1992) and Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul (2010). He was married to Patricia Petibon and Caroline Casadesus. He died on February 18, 2018 in ...

66. Idrissa Ouedraogo

Director | Yaaba

Idrissa Ouedraogo was born on January 21, 1954 in Banfora, Upper Volta. He was a director and writer, known for Yaaba (1989), The Law (1990) and Samba Traoré (1992). He died on February 18, 2018 in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso.

67. Billy Graham

Actor | The Mighty Fortress

Billy Graham was arguably the most successful Christian evangelist in the world. He was born William Franklin Graham, Jr., on Monday, November 7th, 1918 on a dairy farm near Charlotte, North Carolina, to Morrow (Coffey) and William Franklin Graham, who were dairy farmers. Billy was an unofficial ...

68. Emma Chambers

Actress | Notting Hill

Emma was born Emma Gwynedd Mary Chambers born in Doncaster, South Yorkshire in 1964 to John, a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist, and Noelle (nee Strange). The family moved around and, while attending St Swithun's school, Winchester, Chambers acted in Winchester college productions - saying...

69. Nanette Fabray

Actress | Harper Valley P.T.A.

A sparkling, entertaining, highly energetic presence ever since her early days (from age 4) as a singing and tap dancing child vaudevillian, Nanette Fabray was once billed as "Baby Nanette".

She was born in San Diego, California, to Louisiana-born parents, Lily Agnes (McGovern) and Raoul Bernard ...

70. Ensa Cosby

Actress | The Cosby Show

Ensa Cosby was born on April 8, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Ensa Camille Cosby. She was an actress, known for The Cosby Show (1984). She was married to Martin McLean. She died on February 23, 2018 in Massachusetts, USA.

Daughter of Bill, who credits her with inspiring the character of "Vanessa Huxtable" on THE COSBY SHOW. (She guest-starred in an episode of that series, as one of several kids who play a drinking game and get terribly hung-over.) Ensa is the second real-life Cosby Kid to die at an early age...the first being her elder brother Ennis, who was murdered at 27.

71. Lewis Gilbert

Director | Alfie

Lewis Gilbert was a British film director, producer and screenwriter best known for Alfie (1966), as well as three James Bond films: You Only Live Twice (1967), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979).

He also directed Reach for the Sky (1956), Sink the Bismarck! (1960), Educating Rita (...

British filmmaker whose output includes three 007 movies - one scripted by WILLY WONKA creator Roald Dahl, the other two by Christopher Wood of REMO WILLIAMS fame - and a number of WW2 epics...notably OPERATION DAYBREAK.

Gilbert also directed FRIENDS...whose box office-performance was outshined by the sales of its own soundtrack album, particularly Elton John's title tune.

72. Sridevi

Actress | English Vinglish

Sridevi was born on August 13, 1963 in her father's hometown of Sivakasi, Tamil Nadu, India. Her mother was from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh. So Sridevi grew up speaking Telugu and Tamil. She has a sister named Srilatha and a stepbrother named Satish. Her dad passed away during the year 1991, while ...

73. Barry Crimmins

Self | Call Me Lucky

Barry Crimmins was born on July 3, 1953 in Kingston, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Call Me Lucky (2015), The New Adventures of Beans Baxter (1987) and Lenny Clarke's Late Show (1980). He was married to Helen Lysen. He died on February 28, 2018 in Syracuse, New York.

74. Ronnie Prophet

Actor | The Ronnie Prophet Show

Ronnie Prophet was born on December 26, 1937 in Hawkesbury, Ontario, Canada as Ronald Lawrence Victor Prophet. He was an actor, known for The Ronnie Prophet Show (1974), Country Roads (1973) and The Ronnie Prophet Show (1975). He was married to Glory-Anne Carriere. He died on March 2, 2018 in ...

75. Frank Doubleday

Actor | Escape from New York

Thin, intense, antsy, and often unnerving character actor Frank Doubleday usually portrayed creepy villains in both movies and TV shows alike from the mid-1970's up until the early 1990's. Frank was born on January 28, 1945 in Norwich, Connecticut and came with his family to Los Angeles, California...

A longtime friend of John Carpenter, Doubleday starred in ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13 as a member of the "Street Thunder" syndicate who guns down young murder witness Kim Richards.

Frank's real-life daughter Portia co-starred as class bully "Chris Hargensen" in 2013's CARRIE.

76. David Ogden Stiers

Actor | M*A*S*H

David Ogden Stiers was born in Peoria, Illinois, to Margaret Elizabeth (Ogden) and Kenneth Truman Stiers. He moved with his family to Eugene, Oregon, where he graduated from North Eugene High School in 1960. At the age of twenty, he was offered $200 to join the company of the Santa Clara ...

77. Russ Solomon

Self | All Things Must Pass: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

Russ Solomon was born on September 22, 1925 in Sacramento, California, USA as Russell Malcolm Solomon. He was married to Patti Drosins and Doris Epstein. He died on March 4, 2018 in Sacramento.

Solomon is best known for founding and building the worldwide financial empire known as Tower Records (1960 - 2006).

78. Donna Butterworth

Actress | The Family Jewels

Donna Butterworth was born on February 23, 1956 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Donna Lee Butterworth. She was an actress, known for The Family Jewels (1965), Paradise, Hawaiian Style (1966) and Summer Fun (1966). She died on March 6, 2018 in Hilo, Hawaii, USA.

79. Hubert de Givenchy

Costume_department | Breakfast at Tiffany's

Hubert de Givenchy was born on February 21, 1927 in Beauvais, Oise, France as Hubert James Marcel Taffin de Givenchy. He is known for his work on Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961), Funny Face (1957) and How to Steal a Million (1966). He died on March 10, 2018 in Paris, France.

80. Ken Dodd

Actor | Hamlet

Ken Dodd was born on November 8, 1927 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, England as Kenneth Arthur Dodd. He was a writer, known for Hamlet (1996), The Ken Dodd Laughter Show (1979) and Alice in Wonderland (1999). He was married to Anne Jones. He died on March 11, 2018 in Knotty Ash, Liverpool, Merseyside, ...

81. Siegfried Rauch

Actor | Patton

Siegfried Rauch was born on April 2, 1932 in Landsberg am Lech, Bavaria, Germany. He was an actor, known for Patton (1970), Der Idiot (1968) and Es muß nicht immer Kaviar sein (1977). He was married to Karin Rauch. He died on March 11, 2018 in Untersöchering, Bavaria.

82. Nokie Edwards

Self | Beloved Invaders: The Ventures

Nokie Edwards was born on May 9, 1935 in Lahoma, Oklahoma, USA as Nole Floyd Edwards. He was married to Judy Bean, Jean Bauers and Zelda Wade. He died on March 12, 2018 in Yuma, Arizona, USA.

83. Craig Mack

Soundtrack | The Wackness

Craig Mack was born on September 3, 1971 in North Trenton, New Jersey, USA. He died on March 12, 2018 in Walterboro, South Carolina, USA.

84. Stephen Hawking

Actor | Star Trek: The Next Generation

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of ...

85. Ed Charles

Self | 1969 World Series

Ed Charles was born on April 29, 1933 in Daytona Beach, Florida, USA as Edwin Douglas Charles. He was married to Betty. He died on March 15, 2018 in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York City, New York, USA.

86. Mike MacDonald

Actor | The Nutcracker Prince

Mike MacDonald was born on June 21, 1954 in Metz, Moselle, France as Mike Allan MacDonald. He was an actor and writer, known for The Nutcracker Prince (1990), Chasing Robert (2007) and The Funny Farm (1983). He was married to Bonnie Lee Bayes. He died on March 17, 2018 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

87. Sammy Williams

Actor | The Day of the Triffids

Sammy Williams was born on November 13, 1948 in Trenton, New Jersey, USA as Samuel Joseph Williams. He was an actor, known for The Day of the Triffids (2009), The Take (2009) and God Told Me To (1976). He died on March 17, 2018 in North Hollywood, California, USA.

88. Frank Avruch

Actor | Bozo's Big Top

Frank Avruch was born on May 21, 1928 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He was an actor, known for Bozo's Big Top (1966), Summer Solstice (1981) and I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story (2014). He was married to Betty. He died on March 20, 2018 in Boston.

89. Wayne Huizenga

Wayne Huizenga was born on December 29, 1937 in Evergreen Park, Illinois, USA as Harry Wayne Huizenga. He was married to Martha Jean Goldsby and Joyce VanderWagon. He died on March 22, 2018 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, USA.

Florida-based entrepreneur who founded Blockbuster Video, Incorporated in empire which collapsed after three successful decades, imploding from a nationwide chain to a single store in Oregon.

Huizenga also founded not one but two professional sports teams in 1993: the Marlins (baseball) and the Panthers (hockey).

90. Morgana King

Actress | The Godfather

Morgana King was born on June 4, 1930 in Pleasantville, New York, USA as Maria Grazia Morgana Messina. She was an actress, known for The Godfather (1972), The Godfather: Part II (1974) and The Godfather Saga (1977). She was married to William DeBerardinis and Tony Fruscella. She died on March 22, ...

91. DuShon Monique Brown

Actress | Prison Break

DuShon Monique Brown was born on December 7, 1968 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was an actress, known for Prison Break (2005), Chicago Fire (2012) and One Small Hitch (2013). She died on March 23, 2018 in Olympia Fields, Illinois.

92. Debbie Lee Carrington

Actress | Men in Black

Debbie Lee Carrington was born on December 14, 1959 in San Jose, California, USA as Deborah Lee Carrington. She is known for her work on Men in Black (1997), Total Recall (1990) and She's All That (1999). She died on March 23, 2018 in Pleasanton, California.

Diminutive, often unrecognizable, character actress whose work includes CAPTAIN EO (as a member of Michael Jackson's backup band/spaceship crew).

93. Delores Taylor

Actress | Billy Jack

Delores Taylor was born on September 27, 1932 in Winner, South Dakota, USA as Delores Judith Taylor. She was an actress and producer, known for Billy Jack (1971), Billy Jack Goes to Washington (1977) and The Trial of Billy Jack (1974). She was married to Tom Laughlin. She died on March 23, 2018 in ...

94. Stéphane Audran

Actress | Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie

Stéphane Audran was born on November 8, 1932 in Versailles, Seine-et-Oise [now Yvelines], France as Colette Suzanne Dacheville. She was an actress, known for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Babette's Feast (1987) and Le Boucher (1970). She was married to Claude Chabrol and Jean-Louis ...

95. Anita Shreve

Writer | The Weight of Water

Anita Shreve was born on October 7, 1946 in Dedham, Massachusetts, USA. She was a writer and producer, known for The Weight of Water (2000), Resistance (2003) and The Pilot's Wife (2002). She was married to John Osborn and John Clemans. She died on March 29, 2018 in Newfields, New Hampshire, USA.

96. Rusty Staub

Self | 1973 National League Championship Series

Rusty Staub was born on April 1, 1944 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Daniel Joseph Staub. He died on March 29, 2018 in Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida, USA.

97. Bill Maynard

Actor | Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt

Actor and comedian fondly remembered as the curmudgeonly reprobate Claude Jeremiah Greengrass in the long-running nostalgic police drama Heartbeat (1992). Greengrass had been written as a minor background character, but -- given a fair amount of latitude for interpreting his part -- Maynard was ...

98. Steven Bochco

Writer | Hill Street Blues

Attended Carnegie Tech (now Carnegie-Mellon U) as a playwriting major. Barbara Bosson, Michael Tucker, Bruce Weitz and Charles Haid were classmates; he and Tucker drove cross-country to Hollywood for full-time jobs at Universal, where Bochco would remain for 12 years. In 1978, he moved to MTM ...

Legendary writer-producer whose output includes L.A. LAW, DOOGIE HOWSER M.D., COP ROCK (as they say, nobody's perfect), and CIVIL WARS. He also co-scripted the movie SILENT RUNNING; his writing partners were Deric Washburn and Michael Cimino, both of DEER HUNTER fame.

99. Susan Anspach

Actress | Five Easy Pieces

Susan Anspach was born on November 23, 1942 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA as Susan Florence Anspach. She was an actress, known for Five Easy Pieces (1970), Play It Again, Sam (1972) and Blume in Love (1973). She was married to Sherwood Ball and Mark Goddard. She died on April 2, 2018 in ...

100. Mary Hatcher

Actress | Holiday in Havana

She was a pert brunette with a winning smile who decorated several minor screen entertainments in the 1940s. A genuinely talented singer and tap dancer, even a fair actress, Mary Hatcher enjoyed a promising start, yet -- like so many other hopefuls -- her career barely got off the ground. Mary was ...

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