Famous Men : R.I.P. List #2

by gattonero975 | created - 22 Apr 2016 | updated - 27 Sep 2016 | Public

This is my 2nd tribute list of the talented and famous gentlemen individuals that have passed away....Their legacies will forever live in our hearts for us to continue to enjoy......May the Rest in Peace.......

1. Bill Nunn

Actor | Regarding Henry

Commanding performer Bill Nunn made his feature debut in fellow Morehouse College graduate Spike Lee's School Daze (1988), but really etched himself into moviegoers' minds as a formidable screen presence in his second film with Lee, Do the Right Thing (1989), playing Radio Raheem, whose ...

Date of Birth 20 October 1953, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 24 September 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name William Goldwyn Nunn III

Height 6' 3½" (1.92 m)

Spouse: Donna Anne Watts (? - 24 September 2016) (his death)

Trade Mark: Frequently cast in Spike Lee films.

2. Arnold Palmer

Actor | Return to Campus

Arnold Palmer was born on September 10, 1929 in Youngstown, Pennsylvania, USA as Arnold Daniel Palmer. He was an actor, known for Return to Campus (1975), Arnold Palmer: The Scoring Zone (1989) and Arnold Palmer: Course Strategy (1989). He was married to Kathleen Gawthrop and Winifred Walzer. He ...

Date of Birth 10 September 1929, Youngstown, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 25 September 2016, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA

Birth Name Arnold Daniel Palmer

Spouse (2) Kathleen Gawthrop (26 January 2005 - 25 September 2016) (his death)

Winifred Walzer (20 December 1954 - 20 November 1999) (her death) (2 children)

3. Herschell Gordon Lewis

Director | This Stuff'll Kill Ya!

Only one film-maker can claim the title "Godfather of Gore." That peculiar but apt identification seems to be the exclusive property of Herschell Gordon Lewis. With an unusual background that included teaching English Literature to college students, producing and directing television commercials, ...

Date of Birth 15 June 1929, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 26 September 2016

Nickname Godfather Of Gore

Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

4. Steven Hill

Actor | Law & Order

Born in Seattle, Washington, in 1922, as Solomon Krakovsky, to Russian Jewish immigrants, Hill became interested in the theater as a little boy. After graduation from high school, he served in the Naval Reserve (1940-44). From there, he worked alongside a young, unknown star Marlon Brando in "A ...

Date of Birth 24 February 1922, Seattle, Washington, USA

Date of Death 23 August 2016, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name Solomon Krakovsky

Height 5' 11½" (1.82 m)

Spouses: Rachel Schenker (1967 - 23 August 2016) (his death) (5 children)

Selma Stern (8 April 1951 - 1964) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Marks: Often tells stories about his life as an Orthodox Jew Usually played roles that are both parental and authority figures His pragmatic voice

5. Muhammad Ali

Actor | The Greatest

Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...

Date of Birth 17 January 1942, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Date of Death 3 June 2016, Phoenix, Arizona, USA (respiratory ailments)

Birth Name Cassius Marcellus Clay

Nicknames The Louisville Lip The Greatest The People's Champion

Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse (4) Yolonda Williams (19 November 1986 - 3 June 2016) (his death) (1 child)

Verónica Porche Ali (19 June 1977 - 1986) (divorced) (2 children)

Khalilah 'Belinda' Ali (17 August 1967 - 29 December 1976) (divorced) (4 children)

Sonji Roi (14 August 1964 - 10 January 1966) (divorced)

Trade Marks:

Trademark phrase: "Floats Like A Butterfly and Stings Like a Bee"

Predicting the round in which his opponents would fall, sometimes even down to the minute

The Ali Shuffle

Boastful behavior

Extraordinary speed and agility in addition to devastatingly powerful blows

Stinging taunts of opponents which frequently rhymed.

Rope-a-dope strategy (absorbing round after round of punishing blows from the opponent only to come back stronger after the opponent exhausted themselves)

Suffered,for 30years, from Parkinson's Syndrome, caused by the numerous blows to the head during his boxing career.

[on Elvis Presley] Elvis was my close personal friend. He came to my Deer Lake training camp about two years before he died. He told us he didn't want nobody to bother us. He wanted peace and quiet and I gave him a cabin in my camp and nobody even knew it. When the cameras started watching me train, he was up on the hill sleeping in the cabin. Elvis had a robe made for me. I don't admire nobody but Elvis Presley. He was the sweetest, most humble and nicest man you'd ever meet.

6. Steve Adams

Actor | Confessions of a Dangerous Mind

Steve Adams was born on September 4, 1960 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was an actor and producer, known for Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002), Hollywoodland (2006) and The Bone Collector (1999). He died on January 23, 2012 in Canada.

Born: September 4, 1960 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Died: January 23, 2012 (age 51) in Canada

Alternate Names: Stephen Adams

Height: 6' 2" (1.88 m)

7. Neil Armstrong

Actor | Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention

Neil Armstrong was born on August 5, 1930 in Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA as Neil Alden Armstrong. He is known for his work on Kitty Hawk: The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention (2003), Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey (2010) and First Flights with Neil Armstrong (1991). He was married to Carol ...

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. [First words spoken on the moon. The speech as written by his wife read "That's one small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind. Unfortunately he forgot the a in the between for and man, thus changing the meaning.]

Date of Birth 5 August 1930, Wapakoneta, Ohio, USA

Date of Death 25 August 2012, USA(Natural causes)

Birth Name Neil Alden Armstrong

Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)

Spouse Carol Held Knight (12 June 1994 - His death) Janet Shearon (28 January 1956 - 1994) (divorced) 3 children

8. Hoyt Axton

Actor | Gremlins

Hoyt Axton was born on March 25, 1938 in Duncan, Oklahoma, USA as Hoyt Wayne Axton. He was married to Deborah Hawkins, Donna "Bambi" Roberts, Kathryn Roberts and Mary Sanino. He died on October 26, 1999 in Helena, Montana, USA.

Date of Birth 25 March 1938, Duncan, Oklahoma, USA

Date of Death 26 October 1999, Helena, Montana, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name Hoyt Wayne Axton

In November of 2007, the Oklahoma born-and-raised singer/songwriter was inducted posthumously, along with his mother, to the Oklahoma Country Music Hall of Fame in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

"Contemplating mankind's purpose turns people like me into pseudo-philosophers. I feel that life is simply a matter of one foot in front of the other and down the road we go. If we're lucky we get to enjoy a little dance or song now and then--I've been singing my song to life since I was born. I've learned that love and the blues seem to be partners."

9. Kenny Baker

Actor | Time Bandits

Kenny Baker was born on August 24, 1934 in Birmingham, England as Kenneth George Baker. He was an actor, known for Time Bandits (1981), The Elephant Man (1980) and Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980). He was married to Eileen Baker. He died on August 13, 2016 in Preston, ...

Date of Birth 24 August 1934, Birmingham, England, UK

Date of Death 13 August 2016, England, UK

Birth Name Kenneth George Baker

Height 3' 8" (1.12 m)

Spouse: Eileen Baker (1970 - 1993) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Marks: Short stature Thick English accent Best known as R2D2 from the Star Wars films

He and Anthony Daniels are the only actors to have a role in all seven Star Wars movies. However, Baker worked only as an uncredited consultant in the seventh film while Daniels actually appeared in all seven films.

10. Ed Bishop

Actor | 2001: A Space Odyssey

Born as George Victor Bishop in 1932. He changed his name to Edward when he became a professional actor, as there was already an actor named George Bishop. Raised in Peekskill, New York through high school. Served in the US Army 1952-1954, worked as a disc jockey on Armed Forces Radio at St Johns' ...

Date of Birth 11 June 1932 , Brooklyn, New York, USA

Date of Death 8 June 2005 , London, England, UK (virus)

Birth Name George Victor Bishop

Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouses: Hillary Preen (1962 - ?) (divorced) (4 children)

Jane Skinner (? - 8 June 2005) (his death)

Died 5 days after his UFO (1969) co-star Michael Billington.

Had three daughters. He also had a son named Daniel who passed away.

11. Gary Collins

Actor | Airport

Born on April 30, 1938 in Venice, California, Gary Collins was one of the most versatile actors in the entertainment industry. Gary attended Santa Monica City College and then enlisted in the United States Army for two years. While in uniform, Gary discovered acting and performed as a radio and ...

Date of Birth 30 April 1938, Venice, California, USA

Date of Death 14 October 2012, Biloxi, Miss., USA

Birth Name Gary Ennis Collins

Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

"Needless to say, DeMolay had a profound effect on me. It arrived at a critical point in my life. For at fourteen, the issues of fraternity, faith, and trust were insignificant. The example of Jacques DeMolay's courage helped me to see that there was another dimension to one's life and that the attempt to reach a worthy goal could give so much more meaning to one's life. Of course, the opportunity to go through the chairs was an honor and certainly nurtured whatever leadership qualities I might possess today."

12. Hal David

Soundtrack | My Best Friend's Wedding

Songwriter ("Magic Moments", "Baby Elephant Walk", "What the World Needs Now is Love") and author, educated at New York University. Joining ASCAP in 1943, he collaborated musically with Burt Bacharach, Sherman Edwards, Lee Pockriss, [error], Redd Evans, Don Rodney, John Barry and Henry Mancini. His...

Date of Birth 25 May 1921, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death 1 Sept 2012, Los Angeles, USA (complications from a stroke)

"Pop songs are not as graceful as they used to be. Performers today haven't gone through the regimen of learning how to write. And of course, everyone wants to own copyrights. Rap culture is interesting and different and has purpose but it has a non-romantic view of life and of social feelings. There may be a void in that."

13. Michael Clarke Duncan

Actor | The Green Mile

Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let ...

Date of Birth 10 December 1957, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death 3 September 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (cardiac arrest)

Birth Name Michael Clarke Duncan

Nickname Hollywood Big Mike

Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

[on The Green Mile (1999)] I think the toughest scene for me to film was the two dead girls, simply because I had a lot of crying to do, a lot of howling to do, and it really drained me.

14. Chad Everett

Actor | Mulholland Dr.

Both a leading and a supporting actor in movies and on television, name a role - lawyer, airline pilot, rig foreman, doctor, gunslinger, real-life person, good guy, bad guy - and Chad Everett has probably played it. He was born Raymon Lee Cramton on June 11, 1937 in South Bend, Indiana. In high ...

Date of Birth 11 June 1936, South Bend, Indiana, USA

Date of Death 24 July 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer)

Birth Name Raymon Lee Cramton

Height 6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse Shelby Grant (22 May 1966 - 25 June 2011) (her death) 2 children

15. Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson

Actor | Blood and Bone

Kevin 'Kimbo Slice' Ferguson was born on February 8, 1974 in Nassau, Bahamas as Kevin Ferguson. He is known for his work on Blood and Bone (2009), Locked Down (2010) and The Motherfucker (2015). He died on June 6, 2016 in Coral Springs, Florida, USA.

Date of Birth 8 February 1974, Nassau, Bahamas

Date of Death 6 June 2016, Coral Springs, Florida, USA

Birth Name Kevin Ferguson

Nickname Kimbo Slice

Height 6' 2" (1.88 m)

16. Paul Fix

Actor | Red River

Paul Fix, the well-known movie and TV character actor who played "Marshal Micah Torrance" on the TV series The Rifleman (1958), was born Peter Paul Fix on March 13, 1901 in Dobbs Ferry, New York to brew-master Wilhelm Fix and his wife, the former Louise C. Walz. His mother and father were German ...

Date of Birth 13 March 1901 , Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA

Date of Death 14 October 1983 , Los Angeles, California, USA (kidney failure)

Birth Name Peter Paul Fix

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Spouses: Beverly Pratt (20 August 1949 - 13 November 1979) (her death)

Frances Harvey (1922 - 1945) (divorced) (1 child)

Buried in Woodlawn Cemetery, Santa Monica, California - Block 17.

Personal Quotes: The only reason some people get lost in thought is because it's unfamiliar territory.

[of John Wayne] He was too generous. He was just like his father and that I respect.

[of "Chata" Wayne] Not someone to settle down with. You just knew she was trouble.

17. Eric Fleming

Actor | Rawhide

At the age of eight, Fleming hopped on a freight train to Chicago to escape his abusive father. Following hospitalization for gang fight injuries, he returned to California where he lived with his mother and worked at Paramount as a laborer. Fleming joined the Merchant Marine, and then he served in...

Date of Birth 4 July 1925 , Santa Paula, California, USA

Date of Death 28 September 1966 , Tingo Maria area, Peru (drowned)

Birth Name Edward Heddy

Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Drowned while filming a TV scene in Peru at age 41.

Fleming was unmarried and had no children. He was to have married long-time companion Lynne Garber within two days of his death.

During Fleming's enlistment in the Seabees in 1942, his face was shattered when a 200-pound block of steel slipped from a hoist. A long convalescence and four plastic surgical procedures created the face familiar to Rawhide (1959) viewers.

Personal Quotes: [Citizen-News/Los Angeles, March 1, 1962] Most cattle today are like one large fillet. They are too pampered to appear on Rawhide (1959).

18. Denis Forest

Actor | The Mask

An accomplished actor, painter/sculptor and writer, Denis Forest attended Ryerson Theatre School in Toronto, Canada. He was an associate artist with the Necessary Angel Theatre Company from 1982-1987, where he collaborated on a number of award-winning plays under the direction of Richard Rose ("...

Date of Birth 5 September 1960 , Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death 18 March 2002 , Los Angeles, California, USA (stroke)

Denis passed away suddenly following a massive stroke in Los Angeles on March 18, 2002, after having dinner in a Franklin Avenue restaurant in Hollywood with a few friends.

19. Juan Gabriel

Soundtrack | 30 Minutes or Less

Juan Gabriel was born on January 7, 1950 in Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico as Alberto Aguilera Valadez. He died on August 28, 2016 in Santa Monica, California, USA.

Date of Birth 7 January 1950, Parácuaro, Michoacán, Mexico

Date of Death 28 August 2016, Santa Monica, California, USA (Heart Attack)

Birth Name Alberto Aguilera Valadez

He was Mexico's leading singer-songwriter and top-selling artist. His biggest hits include "Hasta Que Te Conoci" ("Until I Met You") and "Amor Eterno" ("Eternal Love"). His song "Querida" ("Dear") topped Mexico's charts for an entire year. He wrote his first song when he was 13, and went on to compose more than 1,500 songs.

20. Sherman Hemsley

Actor | The Jeffersons

Sherman Hemsley played characters known to be wise-cracking, "Weezy" loving, boisterous fools which America and the entire world laughed with kindheartedly. Sherman Alexander Hemsley, Air Force veteran and actor, was born on Feb. 1, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His father, William Hemsley, ...

Date of Birth 1 February 1938, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 24 July 2012, El Paso, Texas, USA (superior vena cava syndrome due to lung cancer)

Birth Name Sherman Alexander Hemsley

Height 5' 6" (1.68 m)

[When he was about to co-star with Isabel Sanford on "All in the Family" (1968)'s spinoff, "The Jeffersons" (1975)]: Isabel Sanford, who played his wife, Louise Jefferson, was reluctant to leave "All in the Family" (1968). She didn't know how the show would go."

21. David Hess

Actor | The Last House on the Left

David Alexander Hess was born in New York City in 1936. He began his professional career as a songwriter for Shalimar Music, in 1957, under the pseudonym of David Hill. His first recording was a quick hit, which was later performed by and credited to Elvis Presley, "All Shook Up."

David went on to ...

Date of Birth 19 September 1936, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death 7 October 2011, Tiburon, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name David Alexander Hess

Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)

[on being a guest at horror conventions] I love doing them. Maybe other people don't. I just think if you're not in touch with your fans, why bother? I mean, it's a job but it's not a job. I can't do that many of them though. I try to limit my appearances to maybe four or five a year if that sounds right. When you're on screen and you're depicting something, you're influencing a lot of people. So it's very important if you're influencing them in a way that can be negative, that you go out there and show the positive side of you. The convention circuit is a good way to get out there and meet and greet your fans and say thank you. And at the same time, pick up a little pocket money if you're not working. So it works on both ends.

[on his first love] I'd say the music. That's my essence. I always tell people, "Don't make me choose because you won't get me in any more films!" Of course, that's not realistic because nobody forces you to choose ... you choose yourself. Essentially, I'm a musician. Always have been. When that darkness comes, I always resort to music to try and get myself back into a positive state of mind. That's not to say making films, writing or acting isn't important to me. It's very important because it's another way of telling people how I feel and who I am.

"My style of acting is to go over the edge during rehearsal -- to push it as far as I possibly can, just to see how far I can go. And I set my parameters from there."

22. Richard Hillman

Actor | Bring It On

Richard Hillman was born on December 13, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Richard Hayes Hillman Jr. He was an actor and writer, known for Bring It On (2000), Detroit Rock City (1999) and Boys and Girls (2000). He died on June 27, 2009 in Los Angeles County, California.

Date of Birth 13 December 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death 27 June 2009, Los Angeles County, California, USA

Birth Name Richard Hayes Hillman Jr.

Did not get along with his father, producer Richard Hillman Sr., during his lifetime. The two were estranged at the time of his death. Contracted HIV in the late 1990s.

23. Leslie Howard

Actor | Pygmalion

Leslie Howard Steiner was born in London, to Lilian (Blumberg) and Ferdinand "Frank" Steiner. His father was a Hungarian Jewish immigrant, and his English mother was of German Jewish, and mostly English, descent. Leslie went to Dulwich College. After school, he worked as a bank clerk until the ...

Date of Birth 3 April 1893, Forest Hill, London, England, UK

Date of Death 1 June 1943, Bay of Biscay (casualty of war)

Birth Name Leslie Howard Steiner

Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse Ruth Evelyn Martin (March 1916 - 1 June 1943) (his death) 2 children

Died when the 1936 Douglas aircraft «Isis» he was in, with 4 crew members and 12 other passengers, KLM flight #777 of the regular line Bristol - Lisbon, was shot down by Luftwaffe fighter planes over the Bay of Biscay.

Disclosed in 1944, Leslie Howard left an estate totaling $251,000. The majority was held in trust to his widow, son and daughter. Howard had also left a Beverly Hills home to his secretary, Violette Cunnington (with whom he was rumored to be having an affair), but she had died six months before his own death.

24. Geoffrey Hughes

Actor | Yellow Submarine

Geoffrey began his extensive stage career at the Unity Theatre in Liverpool. He then appeared in several West End productions, such as Say Goodnight to Grandma and Run for Your Wife. He appeared in numerous TV shows, including Coronation Street (1960) and Keeping Up Appearances (1990), where he ...

Date of Birth 2 February 1944, Wallasey, Cheshire, England, UK

Date of Death 27 July 2012, The Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, UK (prostate cancer)

Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)

"The joy of doing a play as an actor is that you've got that interaction with the audience and you're also your own editor. If I want to make a pause three quarters of an hour long, I can, whereas on television and film you've got an editor and if you feel there's a rhythm to a line and you want to say it that way, there's no guarantee it'll stay that way."

25. Henry Hull

Actor | Lifeboat

Henry Hull, the actor who created the role of Jeeter on Broadway in "Tobacco Road," was born in Louisville, Kentucky, on October 13, 1890, the son of a drama critic. Originally intending to become an engineer, Hull became an actor and made his Broadway debut in "Green Stockings" less than two weeks...

Date of Birth 3 October 1890, Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Date of Death 8 March 1977, Cornwall, England, UK (following a stroke)

Birth Name Henry Watterson Hull

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Juliet van Wyck Fremont (30 November 1913 - 3 March 1971) (her death) 3 children

Died in England but was interred in the Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill, New York next to his wife.

Lived on an Old Lyme, Connecticut farm with his wife for over thirty years. Following her death in 1971 and after suffering a stroke, he moved to his daughter Joan's home in Cornwall, England.

Had three children: Henry Jr., an infrequent performer and stage manager; Shelley (named after his deceased brother and a prolific TV producer); and Joan.

26. Michael Jeter

Actor | Open Range

Michael Jeter was born on August 26, 1952 in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA. He was an actor, known for Open Range (2003), The Green Mile (1999) and Jurassic Park III (2001). He was married to Sean Blue. He died on March 30, 2003 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Date of Birth 26 August 1952, Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, USA

Date of Death 30 March 2003, Los Angeles, California, USA (epileptic seizure/asphyxiation)

Nickname Mike Jeter

Height 5' 4" (1.63 m)

Revealed his HIV status on "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) before it could be revealed by any tabloids.

Survived by his life partner, Sean Blue; his parents, Dr. William and Virginia Jeter of Lawrenceburg, Tennessee; his brother, William; and four sisters: Virginia, Amanda, Emily, and Larie.

27. Alex Karras

Actor | Blazing Saddles

Alex Karras was born on July 15, 1935 in Gary, Indiana, USA as Alexander George Karras. He was an actor and producer, known for Blazing Saddles (1974), Porky's (1981) and Victor Victoria (1982). He was married to Susan Clark and Ivalyn Joan Jurgensen. He died on October 10, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

Date of Birth 15 July 1935, Gary, Indiana, USA

Date of Death 10 October 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (kidney failure)

Birth Name Alexander George Karras

Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

28. Brian Keith

Actor | The Parent Trap

Son of character actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman. He grew up on the road with his parents while they toured in plays. First appeared at age 3 in film Pied Piper Malone (1924) with his father. Began acting in radio programs and on stage before World War II. Joined the Marines and ...

Born: Robert Keith Richey Jr. November 14, 1921 in Bayonne, New Jersey, USA

Died: June 24, 1997 (age 75) in Malibu, California, USA(suicide)

At the time of his death, he was suffering from emphysema and terminal lung cancer, as well as mourning the recent gunshot suicide of his 27-year-old daughter, Daisy Keith, only ten weeks prior. His own suicide happened after he returned from a stay at a hospital.

29. Bruno Kirby

Actor | City Slickers

Native New Yorker and Italianate Bruno Kirby tended towards assertive, pushy, streetwise characters and was armed with a highly distinctive scratchy tenor voice that complemented his slim eyes and droopy puss and accentuated his deadpan comedic instincts on film and TV. The well-regarded character ...

Date of Birth 28 April 1949, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death 14 August 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA (complications from leukemia)

Birth Name Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Jr.

Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

Spouse Lynn Sellers (29 September 2003 - 14 August 2006) (his death)

"I've been very lucky. And in this business, you have to have a certain amount of timing and luck because I know, right now as we're sitting here talking, there's a guy driving a cab in New York City who can put me away."

30. Barton MacLane

Actor | The Maltese Falcon

Barton MacLane graduated from Wesleyan University, where he displayed a notable aptitude for sports, in particular football and basketball. Not surprisingly, his physical prowess led to an early role in The Quarterback (1926) with Richard Dix. MacLane once commented that, as an actor, he needed to ...

Date of Birth 25 December 1902, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Date of Death 1 January 1969, Santa Monica, California, USA (cancer)

Birth Name Ernest Barton MacLane

Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse Charlotte Wynters (22 November 1939 - 1 January 1969) (his death) Martha Stewart (1925 - 1930) (divorced) 2 children

31. Ted Manson

Actor | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Ted Manson was born on October 23, 1926 in Columbus, Ohio, USA. He was an actor, known for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006) and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). He died on June 1, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Date of Birth 2 February 1944, Wallasey, Cheshire, England, UK

Date of Death 27 July 2012, The Isle of Wight, Hampshire, England, UK (prostate cancer)

Height 5' 11" (1.80 m)

"The joy of doing a play as an actor is that you've got that interaction with the audience and you're also your own editor. If I want to make a pause three quarters of an hour long, I can, whereas on television and film you've got an editor and if you feel there's a rhythm to a line and you want to say it that way, there's no guarantee it'll stay that way."

32. Christopher Mayer

Actor | Liar Liar

Christopher Mayer was born on February 21, 1954 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA as George Charles Mayer III. He was an actor, known for Liar Liar (1997), The Dukes of Hazzard (1979) and Glitter (1984). He was married to Shauna Sullivan, Eileen Davidson and Teri Copley. He died on July 23...

Date of Birth 21 February 1954, Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death 23 July 2011, Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, California, USA (brain aneurysm)

Birth Name George Charles Mayer III

Nickname Chip

Height 6' 4" (1.93 m)

Spouses: Shauna Sullivan (24 December 1988 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Eileen Davidson (16 August 1986 - 1988) (divorced)

Teri Copley (1982 - 1984) (divorced) (1 child)

Was engaged to be married for a 4th time at the time of his death.

33. Martin Milner

Actor | Sweet Smell of Success

Martin Sam Milner was born December 28, 1931 in Detroit, Michigan. His mother, Jerre Martin, originally from Oregon, was a dancer with the Paramount Theater circuit. His father, Sam Gordon Milner, a Polish Jewish immigrant, was a film distributor. The Milners moved to Seattle when Martin was a baby...

Date of Birth 28 December 1931, Detroit, Michigan, USA

Date of Death 6 September 2015, Carlsbad, California, USA (after a long illness)

Birth Name Martin Sam Milner

Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Died peacefully on a Sunday night at his home in Carlsbad, California, surrounded by his family.

Milner's memorial service occurred six days after his passing in Oceanside, California with Law Enforcement and community members paying tribute to him.

He is buried at Eternal Hills Memorial Park in Oceanside, California.

34. Jerry Nelson

Actor | Fraggle Rock

Puppeteer, actor, musician, and master of voices, Jerry Nelson originally joined Henson & Company as a temporary replacement for Frank Oz, who had been drafted into the armed services in the 60's. He later re-joined the crew as a full-time performer in the 70's, and has since been heavily involved ...

Date of Birth 10 July 1934, Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

Date of Death 23 Aug 2012, USA

Worked on Sesame Street for 42 years until his death.

35. Hugh O'Brian

Actor | Game of Death

Hugh O'Brian had the term "beefcake" written about him during his nascent film years in the early 1950s, but he chose to avoid the obvious typecast as he set up his career.

O'Brian was born Hugh Charles Krampe in Rochester, New York, to Ohio-born parents Edith Lillian (Marks) and Hugh John Krampe, a...

Date of Birth 19 April 1925, Rochester, New York, USA

Date of Death 5 September 2016, Beverly Hills, California, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name Hugh Charles Krampe

Height 6' (1.83 m)

Spouse: Virginia Barber (25 June 2006 - 5 September 2016) (his death)

36. Ron Palillo

Actor | Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

At 14, Ron Palillo (born Ronald Gabriel Paolillo) started his own summer theater in Cheshire, Connecticut. His parents, Gabriel and Carmel Paolillo, were surprised when the summer theater actually made money. After graduating from high school, Ron went to the University of Connecticut at Storrs, ...

Date of Birth 2 April 1949, Cheshire, Connecticut, USA

Date of Death 14 August 2012, Palm beach, FL, USA (Heart Attack)

Birth Name Ron Paolillo

Height 5' 7" (1.70 m)

Was the second of the main cast members of "Welcome Back, Kotter" (1975) to pass away in 2012. The first was Robert Hegyes, who ironically also passed away from a heart attack.

37. Stafford Repp

Actor | Batman: The Movie

Stafford Repp was born on April 26, 1918 in San Francisco, California, USA as Stafford Alois Repp. He was an actor, known for Batman (1966), Batman (1966) and Playhouse 90 (1956). He was married to Theresa Valenti Moriarty, Sharon D. Currier and Berta J. Slack. He died on November 5, 1974 in ...

Date of Birth 26 April 1918 , San Francisco, California, USA

Date of Death 5 November 1974 , Inglewood, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name Stafford Alois Repp

Nickname Staff

Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouse (3) Theresa Valenti Moriarty (6 November 1970 - 6 November 1974) (his death)

Sharon D. Currier (23 November 1969 - 5 November 1970) (divorced)

Berta J. Slack (1967 - 1968) (divorced)

He suffered a fatal heart attack on November 5, 1974 while at the Hollywood Park racing track. After his death, his sister, a TV writer, established the Stafford Repp Memorial Scholarship for alumni of his alma mater, Lowell High School, in San Francisco.

Veteran character actor best known for his role as Chief O'Hara on the _"Batman" (1966/II)_ TV series. He became a wealthy man through a business partnership in a chain of car washes before his early death at the age of 56.

38. John Saunders

Self | ABC's Wide World of Sports

John Saunders was born on February 2, 1955 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. He was married to Wanda. He died on August 10, 2016 in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, USA.

Date of Birth 2 February 1955, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death 10 August 2016

39. August Schellenberg

Actor | Black Robe

August Schellenberg was born on July 25, 1936 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada as August Werner Schellenberg. He was an actor and director, known for Black Robe (1991), The New World (2005) and Free Willy (1993). He was married to Joan Karasevich. He died on August 15, 2013 in Dallas, Texas, USA.

Date of Birth 25 July 1936 , Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Date of Death 15 August 2013 , Dallas, Texas, USA (lung cancer)

Birth Name August Werner Schellenberg

Nickname Augie

Height 5' 8" (1.73 m)

Lived in Montreal until moving to Toronto, Ontario, where he resided from 1967 until 1995. Was living in Dallas, Texas when he died.

He was Métis (Swiss-German and Mohawk). His father was of Swiss descent and his mother was of English-Mohawk descent.

40. Tony Scott

Producer | Domino

Tony Scott was a British-born film director and producer. He was the youngest of three brothers, one of whom is fellow film director Ridley Scott. He was born in North Shields, Northumberland, England to parents Jean and Colonel Francis Percy Scott. As a result of his father's career in the British...

Date of Birth 21 June 1944, North Shields, Northumberland, England, UK

Date of Death 19 August 2012, San Pedro, California, USA (Suicide)

Birth Name Anthony D. L. Scott

Nickname T-Scott

Height 5' 6½" (1.69 m)

[on Top Gun (1986) and similar films] I see these pilots as rock 'n' roll stars of the skies. I see deep blue skies and silver steel. I hear the rock music and smell the jet fuel. I love shooting real things in the real world.

[on Days of Thunder (1990)] The problem was, we started on the movie without a script. Tom [Cruise] was already part of the line-up when I arrived and they said: "Tom can sit behind the wheel of a race car and smoke a cigarette and this movie will make a fortune." And that was the attitude we went in with. Robert Towne would be writing the scenes at night, we would shoot in the morning. It was a dangerous way to work. But we really thought, "Look - it's racing cars and it's Tom Cruise!" But you always have to get a story and you've got to get character first, and we hadn't.

(The studio) saw a cut of The Hunger (1983) and all of a sudden my parking spot at Warner Brothers was painted out.

"I always get criticized for style over content, unlike Ridley's films that go into the classic box right away. Mine sort of hover. Maybe with time people will start saying they should be classics, but I think I'm always perceived as reaching too hard for difference, and difference doesn't categorize you as the 'classic category'.

"The biggest edge I live on is directing. That's the most scary, dangerous thing you can do in your life."

"The scariest thing in my life is the first morning of production on all my movies. It's the fear of failing, the loss of face, and a sense of guilt that everybody puts their faith in you and not coming through?"

"I like changing the pace of my life, changing my discipline. It gives me ideas for how to see the world differently."

"Ridley makes films for posterity. My films are more rock 'n' roll."

41. Bud Spencer

Actor | Lo chiamavano Trinità...

Bud Spencer, the popular Italian actor who starred in innumerable spaghetti Westerns and action-packed potboilers during the 1960s and 1970s, was born Carlo Pedersoli on October 31, 1929, in Naples. The first Italian to swim the 100-meter freestyle in less than a minute, Spencer competed as a ...

Date of Birth 31 October 1929, Naples, Campania, Italy

Date of Death 27 June 2016, Rome, Italy

Birth Name Carlo Pedersoli

Nickname Bud Spencer

Height 6' 2¾" (1.9 m)

Maria Pedersoli (25 February 1960 - 27 June 2016) (his death) (3 children)

Trade Marks: Uses to end a fist fight by striking a hammer-like blow on the top of the opponent's head and a Thick black beard.

He changed his screen name to "Bud Spencer" in 1967, as an homage to Spencer Tracy and to the American beer Budweiser. Spencer allegedly thought it was funny to call himself "Bud" in light of his huge frame.

42. Alex Stevens

Stunts | Superman

Alex Stevens was born on January 6, 1936 in Hartford, Connecticut, USA as Alex Poulos. He is known for his work on Superman (1978), Goodfellas (1990) and Black Rain (1989). He was married to Pota Poulos. He died on April 14, 2015 in New York City, New York, USA.

Date of Birth 6 January 1936, Hartford, Connecticut, USA

Date of Death 14 April 2015

Birth Name Alex Poulos

43. Tom Towles

Actor | Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer

A character player, often playing scumbags or obnoxious men, who worked for more than a decade in Chicago theatre before establishing himself in films and TV beginning in the late 80s, often in lower-budget fare. Tom Towles drifted into acting after serving in the Marine Corps. Although he made an ...

Date of Birth 20 March 1950, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death 2 April 2015, Pinellas, Florida, USA (complications following a stroke)

Birth Name Thomas Towles

Height 6' 3" (1.91 m)

44. Gene Wilder

Actor | Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory

Gene Wilder was born Jerome Silberman in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to Jeanne (Baer) and William J. Silberman, who manufactured miniature whiskey and beer bottles. His father was a Russian Jewish immigrant, while his Illinois-born mother was of Russian Jewish descent.

Wilder caught his first big break ...

Date of Birth 11 June 1933, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Death 29 August 2016, Stamford, Connecticut, USA (complications from Alzheimer's disease)

Birth Name Jerome Silberman

Height 5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouses: Karen Boyer (8 September 1991 - 29 August 2016) (his death)

Gilda Radner (18 September 1984 - 20 May 1989) (her death)

Mary Joan Schutz (27 October 1967 - 24 November 1980) (divorced) (1 child)

Mary Mercier (22 July 1960 - 1965) (divorced)

Trade Marks: Soft mellow voice Curly brown hair and blue eyes Frequently played highly eccentric yet likeable characters Often worked with Richard Pryor Often worked with Mel Brooks

45. Anton Yelchin

Actor | Star Trek

Anton Yelchin was an American actor, known for playing Bobby in Hearts in Atlantis (2001), Chekov in the Star Trek (2009) reboot, Charlie Brewster in the Fright Night (2011) remake, and Jacob in Like Crazy (2011).

He was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), Russia, USSR, to a Jewish family. His ...

Date of Birth 11 March 1989, Leningrad, Russian SFSR, USSR [now St. Petersburg, Russia]

Date of Death 19 June 2016, Los Angeles, California, USA (car accident)

Birth Name Anton Viktorovich Yelchin

Height 5' 9" (1.75 m)

46. Bill Cardille

Self | Night of the Living Dead

Bill Cardille is a native of Sharon Pennsylvania. "Chilly Billy" as he is affectionately known, started his broadcast career in 1952 in Erie, PA at WICV Channel 12. He later made Pittsburgh his home in 1957 signing on WIIC Channel 11 (now known as WPXI) and starred as the host for several ...

Date of Birth 10 December 1928, Farrell, Pennsylvania, USA

Date of Death 21 July 2016, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA (cancer)

Birth Name William Robert Cardille

Spouse: Louise Maras (3 October 1953 - 21 July 2016) (his death) (3 children)

Inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame in 2012, as his character Chilly Billy.

His daughter, Lori, was the star of George Romero's Day of the Dead (1985).

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