Celebrities Who Died of Alzheimer's Disease or Other Dementias

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Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias are the sixth leading cause of death in the United States and the number one leading cause of death in England and Wales

The three most common types of dementia are: 1) Alzheimer's Disease; 2)Lewy body dementia; and 3) vascular dementia


For more information or to become involved in fighting this deadly disease, in the United States contact the Alzheimer's Association 24/7 hotline at 800-272-3900. In the UK contact the National Dementia Helpline at 0300 222 11 22

1. Malcolm Young

Soundtrack | Last Action Hero

Malcolm Young was born on January 6, 1953 in Glasgow, Scotland as Malcolm Mitchell Young. He was married to Linda. He died on November 18, 2017.

Died November 18, 2017, age 64

Had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease

Was the guitarist and co-founder of the Australian rock band AC/DC, who have sold over 110 million albums worldwide

2. Eddie Albert

Actor | Roman Holiday

A graduate of the University of Minnesota, Eddie Albert was a circus trapeze flier before becoming a stage and radio actor. He made his film debut in 1938 and has worked steadily since, often cast as the friendly, good-natured buddy of the hero but occasionally being cast as a villain; one of his ...

Died May 26, 2005, age 99

Best known for starring in the TV show "Green Acres"; father of actor Edward Albert

3. Mabel Albertson

Actress | What's Up, Doc?

When, at 50, Mabel Albertson was given the supporting role of Mrs. Carter, young actress Aileen Stanley Jr.'s mother in a Warner Bros. Technicolor musical romance, little did she know that she was starting out a movie and TV career in which she would shine as "the ultimate haughty judgmental (often...

Died September 28, 1982, age 81

Actress who played on the TV shows "Andy Griffith", "That Girl", and "Bewitched"

4. Dana Andrews

Actor | Laura

American leading man of the 1940s and 1950s, Dana Andrews was born Carver Dana Andrews on New Years Day 1909 on a farmstead outside Collins, Covington County, Mississippi. One of thirteen children, including fellow actor Steve Forrest, he was a son of Annis (Speed) and Charles Forrest Andrews, a ...

Died December 17, 1992, age 83

Was an actor best known for the films "Laura" and "The Best Years of Our Lives";was President of the Screen Actors Guild; was the brother of actor Steve Forrest

5. George Balanchine

Actor | Playhouse 90

George Balanchine was a Georgian-American ballet dancer and one of the foremost choreographers of the 20th century. Regarded as the founder of American ballet, he established and led the New York City Ballet for more than three decades.

Balanchine was born Georgy Melitonovich Balanchivadze, the son ...

Died April 30, 1983, age 79

Had dementia caused by Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Was a Russian-born American choreographer who co-founded the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet

6. Benjamin C. Bradlee

Actor | Born Yesterday

Benjamin C. Bradlee was born on August 26, 1921 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Benjamin Crowninshield Bradlee. He was married to Sally Quinn, Antoinette Bradlee and Jean Saltonstall. He died on October 21, 2014 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA.

Died October 24, 2014, age 93

Was executive editor of The Washington Post for 23 years; was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the US

Was portrayed by actor Jason Robards in the Academy Award-winning movie about the Watergate scandal "All the President's Men"

7. Peter Breck

Actor | Shock Corridor

Breck was born Joseph Peter Breck, the son of a jazz musician also named Joseph (nicknamed "Jobie"). Over time, his father worked with such legendary greats as Fats Waller, Bix Beiderbecke, Paul Whiteman and Billie Holiday. Nicknamed "Buddy" while young, Peter's parents were on the road for much of...

Died February 6, 2012, age 82

American actor best known for the TV shows "Maverick" and "The Big Valley"

8. Charles Bronson

Actor | C'era una volta il West

The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky), ...

Died August 30, 2003, age 81

Best known for starring in the "Death Wish" movies

9. Glen Campbell

Soundtrack | True Grit

Glen Campbell was born on April 22, 1936 in Billstown, Arkansas, USA as Glen Travis Campbell. He was married to Kim Campbell, Sarah Jan Barg Davis, Billie Jean Nunley and Diane Kirk. He died on August 8, 2017 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

Died August 8, 2017, age 81

Was an actor and singer who won four Grammy Awards; known as "The Rhinestone Cowboy"

The documentary "Glen Campbell: I'll Be Me" was about his struggles with Alzheimer's Disease

10. David Cassidy

Actor | The Partridge Family

David Cassidy was born on April 12, 1950 in Manhattan, to Jack Cassidy, a very skilled actor and singer, and Evelyn Ward, an actress. By the time he was five, his parents were divorced and Jack had married actress Shirley Jones, an actress who in 1955 had just made Oklahoma! (1955). When David was ...

Died November 21, 2017, age 67

Best known for starring on the TV show "The Partridge Family"; was the son of actor Jack Cassidy and father of actress Katie Cassidy; brother of actors Shaun and Patrick Cassidy

11. Winston Churchill

Writer | Matinee Theatre

Born in Blenheim Palace, the residence of his grandfather, the 7th Duke of Marlborough. His father was the Duke's third son, Lord Randolph Churchill. His mother, Jennie Jerome, was the daughter of an American financier.

After passing through famous English public schools such as Harrow, he went on ...

Died January 24, 1965, age 90

Had vascular dementia

Was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940-1945, in which he led Great Britain to victory in World War II, and again in 1951-1955. He resigned from his second term after suffering two strokes

Has been the subject of many movies including, "Darkest Hour" starring Gary Oldman, "The Gathering Storm" starring Albert Finney, "Young Winston" starring Simon Ward, among others

12. Imogene Coca

Actress | National Lampoon's Vacation

Imogene Coca is best remembered for playing opposite Sid Caesar in the live 90-minute Your Show of Shows (1950), which ran every Saturday night in regular season on NBC from February 1950 to June 1954. Their repertoire of comedy acts included the very memorable, hilarious, timeless and ...

Died June 2, 2001, age 92

Actress best known for starring on "Your Show of Shows" and "The Imogene Coca Show"

13. Perry Como

Soundtrack | The Perry Como Show

In a singing (and sometimes acting) career that spanned over six decades, the name Perry Como has come to mean that warm, smooth, easy-listening, general-audience, slow-flame romance that characterized popular music in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. It has also come to represent an overall good feeling....

Died May 12, 2001, age 88

Was an actor and singer who recorded for RCA Victor for 44 years and sold millions of records; had his own syndicated TV variety show called "The Perry Como Show"

14. Tim Conway

Actor | The Private Eyes

Funny man Tim Conway was born on December 15th, 1933 in Willoughby, Ohio, to Sophia (Murgoiu) and Daniel Conway, a pony groomer. He was a fraternity man at Bowling Green State University, served in the army, and started his career working for a radio station.

Conway got into comedy when he started ...

Died May 14, 2019, age 85

Had dementia caused by normal pressure hydrocephalus

Was an actor and comedian best known for "The Carol Burnett Show" and "McHale's Navy"

15. Aaron Copland

Soundtrack | He Got Game

Aaron Copland is an Academy Award-winning composer (The Heiress (1949)), author, conductor, lecturer and educator. He was educated at public schools and was a music student of his sister and later Leopold Wolfson, Victor Wittgenstein, Clarence Adler, Rubin Goldmark and Nadia Boulanger. In 1925, he ...

Died December 2, 1990, age 90

Was a Grammy and Academy Award-winning composer, writer, and conductor

16. Lili Damita

Actress | Fighting Caravans

Lili Damita was a French-American actress, better remembered for whom she married than for the movies in which she appeared. When the sound revolution came into Hollywood, the studio's scrambled to find actors who could speak lines and record well. It was at this time that Lili burst on the scene. ...

Died March 21, 1994, age 89

Was a French American actress who was married to actor Errol Flynn

17. James Doohan

Actor | Star Trek

James Doohan was born on March 3, 1920 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada as James Montgomery Doohan. He is known for his work on Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home (1986) and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991). He was married to Wende Doohan, Anita ...

Died July 20, 2005, age 85

Best known as Scotty on the TV series "Star Trek"

18. Peter Falk

Actor | Columbo

Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, ...

Died June 23, 2011, age 83

Best known for starring in the TV show "Columbo"

19. Geraldine Fitzgerald

Actress | Dark Victory

Geraldine Fitzgerald was the only actress to appear as both Laurence Olivier's wife and Rodney Dangerfield's mother-in-law, which surely qualifies her as running the gamut (if not the gauntlet, in the latter case) of A to Z for co-starring with cinema immortals. The Irish lass appeared in many ...

Died July 17, 2005, age 91

Was an actress best known for the movies "Dark Victory," "Wuthering Heights," and "The Pawnbroker"

20. Arlene Francis

Actress | The Thrill of It All

Arlene Francis, the witty actress and popular television personality, was born Arlene Francis Kazanjian on Oct. 20, 1907, in Boston. Her father was an Armenian immigrant, later painter and portrait photographer; her mother was the daughter of actor Alfred Davis. Even at an early age, Arlene said, "...

Died May 31, 2001, age 93

Best known as a panelist on the TV game show "What's My Line?" on which she appeared for 25 years

21. Estelle Getty

Actress | The Golden Girls

She was truly one mother of a mom...on stage, on film and on TV. A favorite firecracker on 80s and 90s television, tiny character player Estelle Getty became best known for her carping, meddlesome moms -- complete with bemused, cynical looks, irreverent digs and dead-pan Henny Youngman-like ...

Died July 22, 2008, age 84

Best known for starring on the TV show "The Golden Girls"

22. Annie Girardot

Actress | La pianiste

Over the course of a five-decade career, she starred in nearly 150 films. She is a three-time César Award winner (1977, 1996, 2002), a two-time Molière Award winner, a BAFTA nominee, and a recipient of several international prizes including the Volpi Cup (Best actress) at the 1965 Venice Film ...

Died February 28, 2011, age 79

Was a French actress who made nearly 150 films, and won the Cesar Award three times

23. Barry Goldwater

Actor | Laugh-In

Barry Goldwater was born on January 1, 1909 in Phoenix, Arizona, USA as Barry Morris Goldwater. He was an actor, known for Laugh-In (1977), The Dean Martin Show (1965) and Dean Martin Celebrity Roast: Dean Martin (1976). He was married to Susan Shaffer Wechsler and Margaret Johnson. He died on May ...

Died May 29, 1998, age 89

Was an American politician who was a five-term Senator and the Republican nominee for US President in 1964

24. Rita Hayworth

Actress | Gilda

Rita Hayworth was born Margarita Carmen Cansino on October 17, 1918, in Brooklyn, New York, into a family of dancers. Her father, Eduardo Cansino Reina, was a dancer as was his father before him. He emigrated from Spain in 1913. Rita's American mother, Volga Margaret (Hayworth), who was of mostly ...

Died May 14, 1987, age 68

Was an actress best known for the movies "Gilda," "The Lady from Shanghai" and "The Loves of Carmen"

25. Charlton Heston

Actor | Ben-Hur

With features chiseled in stone, and renowned for playing a long list of historical figures, particularly in Biblical epics, the tall, well built and ruggedly handsome Charlton Heston was one of Hollywood's greatest leading men and remained active in front of movie cameras for over sixty years. As ...

Died April 5, 2008, age 84

American actor best known for the movies "Ben-Hur", "The Ten Commandments", "The Agony and the Ecstasy", and "Planet of the Apes"

26. Arthur Hill

Actor | The Andromeda Strain

Canadian-born actor Arthur Hill was raised in the Saskatchewan town of Melfort. The son of a lawyer, he served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WWII before receiving his college education at the University of British Columbia. Intending on following in his father's footsteps in the field of...

Died October 22, 2006, age 84

Actor best known for the movies "The Andromeda Strain," and "A Bridge Too Far," and the TV show "Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law"

27. Etta James

Soundtrack | Back to the Future

Etta James is an American singer who performed in various genres, including blues, R&B, soul, rock and roll, jazz, gospel. Starting her career in 1954, she gained fame with hits such as "The Wallflower", "At Last", "Tell Mama", "Something's Got a Hold on Me", and "I'd Rather Go Blind". She faced a ...

Died January 20, 2012, age 73

Was a three-time Grammy award-winning singer; was portrayed by Beyonce in the movie "Cadillac Records"

28. Terry Jones

Writer | Monty Python and the Holy Grail

Terry Jones was born in Colwyn Bay, North Wales, the son of Dilys Louisa (Newnes), a homemaker, and Alick George Parry Jones, a bank clerk. His older brother is production designer Nigel Jones. His grandparents were involved in the entertainment business, having managed the local Amateur Operatic ...

Died January 21, 2020, age 77

Had frontal-temporal dementia (FTD)

Was a Welsh actor, comedian, and writer who was a member of the Monty Python comedy team

29. Casey Kasem

Actor | Ghostbusters

Born an entertainer, Casey reigns from Michigan, the same birthplace for fellow Shaggy voice actor Matthew Lillard (whom both Casey and Matthew do a very fine, smashing job voicing the iconic character). Debuted as a radio operator and legendary disc jockey in his early days, he was the greatest ...

Died June 15, 2014, age 82

Had Lewy body dementia

Was an American actor, disc jockey, and radio personality best known for his countdown of the week's top songs on his show "American Top 40"

30. Mervyn LeRoy

Director | Gypsy

The great San Francisco earthquake and fire of 1906 was a tragedy for Mervyn LeRoy. While he and his father managed to survive, they lost everything they had. To make money, LeRoy sold newspapers and entered talent contests as a singer. When he entered vaudeville, his act was "LeRoy and Cooper--Two...

Died September 13, 1987, age 86

Was an American film director and producer best known for directing "The Wizard of Oz," "Quo Vadis", "Mister Roberts", "Gypsy", and "The Bad Seed"; directed nine movies that were nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture

31. Jack Lord

Actor | Dr. No

Jack Lord will probably be best remembered as Steve McGarrett in the long running television series Hawaii Five-O (1968), but he was much more than that however. He starred in several movies, directed several episodes of his show, was in several Broadway productions, and was an accomplished artist....

Died January 21, 1998, age 77

Best known for the TV show "Hawaii Five-O" and the signature line "Book 'em Danno!"

32. Ross Macdonald

Writer | Harper

Crime novelist and creator of the private eye Lew Archer, Ross MacDonald is often linked to his predecessors Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler as a master of the "hard-boiled" school of detective fiction, but MacDonald added a psychological depth and a unity of theme which was unique.

MacDonald ...

Died July 11, 1983, age 67

Was a writer best known for his novels featuring private detective Lew Archer

33. John Mann

Actor | Underworld: Evolution

John Mann was born on September 18, 1962 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. He was an actor, known for Underworld: Evolution (2006), The Chronicles of Riddick (2004) and Pathfinder (2007). He was married to Jill Daum. He died on November 20, 2019 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Died November 20, 2019, age 57

Had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease

Was a Canadian singer and actor best known as the lead singer of the band "Spirit of the West"

34. William Marshall

Actor | Maverick

Dynamic African American leading man and characters actor William Marshall trained in Grand Opera, Broadway and Shakespeare. In films from the 50s and 60s including: Lydia Bailey (1952), Something of Value (1957), To Trap a Spy (1964) and finally known for being in The Boston Strangler (1968) with ...

Died June 11, 2003, age 78

Classically trained Broadway and Shakespearean actor best known for the movie "Blacula"

35. Burgess Meredith

Actor | Clash of the Titans

One of the truly great and gifted performers of the century, who often suffered lesser roles, Burgess Meredith was born in 1907 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was educated in Amherst College in Massachusetts, before joining Eva Le Gallienne's Student Repertory stage company in 1929. By 1934 he was a star ...

Died September 9, 1997, age 89

Had Alzheimer's Disease and melanoma

Best known as The Penguin on the "Batman" TV show and as the boxing trainer in the "Rocky" movies

36. Russ Meyer

Director | Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens

Russell Albion Meyer was born in San Leandro, California, to Lydia Lucinda (Hauck), a nurse, and William Arthur Meyer, a police officer, who divorced during his childhood. His parents were both of German descent. Meyer began winning prizes at 15 with his amateur films. He spent World War II in ...

Died September 18, 2004, age 82

Was an American film director, producer, and cinematographer known for casting extremely buxom women in his movies

37. Vincente Minnelli

Director | An American in Paris

Born Lester Anthony Minnelli in Chicago on February 28 1903, his father Vincent was a musical conductor of the Minnelli Brothers' Tent Theater. Wanting to pursue an artistic career, Minelli worked in the costume department of the Chicago Theater, then on Broadway during the depression as a set ...

Died July 25, 1986, age 83

Was an Academy Award-winning film and theater director; father of actress and singer Liza Minnelli

38. Iris Murdoch

Writer | Teatr telewizji

Iris Murdoch was born on July 15, 1919 in Dublin, Ireland as Jean Iris Murdoch. She was a writer and actress, known for Television Theater (1953), A Severed Head (1971) and Cierny princ (1990). She was married to John Bayley. She died on February 8, 1999 in Oxford, Oxfordshire, England.

Died February 8, 1999, age 79

Was a British novelist and philosopher; her life was portrayed in the film "Iris" starring Kate Winslet and Judi Dench

39. Edmond O'Brien

Actor | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

Oscar-winner Edmond O'Brien was one of the most-respected character actors in American cinema, from his heyday of the mid-1940s through the late 1960s. Born on September 10, 1915, in the New York City borough of Brooklyn, O'Brien learned the craft of performance as a magician, reportedly tutored by...

Died May 9, 1985, age 69

Was an Academy Award-winning American actor best known for "Seven Days in May", "The Barefoot Contessa", and "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance"

40. Rosa Parks

Actress | Touched by an Angel

Rosa Parks was born on February 4, 1913 in Tuskegee, Alabama, USA as Rosa Louise McCauley. She was an actress, known for Touched by an Angel (1994), Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story (2000) and A Place of Rage (1991). She was married to Raymond Parks. She died on October 24, ...

Died October 24, 2005, age 92

Was a civil rights activist often called "The Mother of the Civil Rights Movement" for refusing to give up her seat on the bus to a white man during the segregation area

Was the first woman to lie in state in the Capitol Rotunda, an honor usually accorded only to U.S. presidents

41. Floyd Patterson

Actor | The Wild Wild West

Floyd Patterson was born on January 4, 1935 in Waco, North Carolina, USA. He was an actor, known for The Wild Wild West (1965), Daniel Boone (1964) and World's Heavyweight Championship Fight: Floyd Patterson vs. Ingemar Johansson (1961). He was married to Janet Sequist and Sandra Hicks. He died on ...

Died May 11, 2006, age 71

Was an American boxer who was a two-time World Heavyweight champion; at age 21 became the youngest undisputed boxing heavyweight champion in history

42. Otto Preminger

Director | Anatomy of a Murder

Otto Ludwig Preminger was born in Wiznitz, Bukovina, Austria-Hungary. His father was a prosecutor, and Otto originally intended to follow his father into a law career; however, he fell in love with the theater in his 20's and became one of the most imaginative stage producers and directors. He was ...

Died April 23, 1986, age 80

Was a movie director and three-time Academy Award nominee best known for the movies "Laura," "Anatomy of a Murder", "Porgy and Bess," Carmen Jones," and "The Cardinal"

43. Ronald Reagan

Actor | The Killers

Ronald Reagan had quite a prolific career, having catapulted from a Warner Bros. contract player and television star, into serving as president of the Screen Actors Guild, the governorship of California (1967-1975), and lastly, two terms as President of the United States (1981-1989).

Ronald Wilson ...

Died June 5, 2004, age 93

Was the 40th President of the United States; was the oldest elected US President (was 73 years old at his 2nd inauguration); was Governor of California

44. Leon Redbone

Soundtrack | Elf

Leon Redbone was born on August 26, 1949 in Nicosia, Cyprus as Dickran Gobalian. He is known for his work on Elf (2003), 50 First Dates (2004) and You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010). He was married to Beryl Handler,. He died on May 30, 2019 in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA.

Died May 30, 2019, age 69

Was a singer-songwriter, guitarist, and actor

45. Norman Rockwell

Actor | Stagecoach

Norman Rockwell was born on February 3, 1894 in New York City, New York, USA as Norman Percevel Rockwell. He was an actor, known for Stagecoach (1966), Arthur Godfrey Time (1952) and The Bob Hope Show (1950). He was married to Molly Punderson, Mary Barstow and Irene O'Connor. He died on November 8,...

Died November 8, 1978, age 84

Was an American painter and illustrator whose work frequently appeared on the cover of The Saturday Evening Post

46. Mickey Rooney

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

Mickey Rooney was born Joe Yule Jr. on September 23, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York. He first took the stage as a toddler in his parents vaudeville act at 17 months old. He made his first film appearance in 1926. The following year, he played the lead character in the first Mickey McGuire short film. ...

Died April 6, 2014, age 93

Was an American actor and comedian who appeared in more than 300 films

47. Margaret Rutherford

Actress | The V.I.P.s

Rare is the reference to Margaret Rutherford that doesn't characterize her as either jut-chinned, eccentric, or both. The combination of those most mundane of attributes has led some to suggest that she was made for the role of Agatha Christie's indomitable sleuth, Jane Marple, whom Rutherford ...

Died May 22, 1972, age 80

Was an Academy Award-winning British actress; was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Dame Commander of the Order the British Empire (DBE)

48. Andrew Sachs

Actor | Fawlty Towers

Andrew Sachs born Andreas Siegfried Sachs was born in Berlin, Germany, he and his family emigrated to London in 1938, to escape persecution under the Nazis. He made his name on British television and rose to fame in the 1970s for his portrayals of the comical Spanish waiter Manuel in Fawlty Towers ...

Died November 23, 2016, age 86

Had vascular dementia

Was a British actor best known for the show "Fawlty Towers"

49. Omar Sharif

Actor | Lawrence of Arabia

Omar Sharif, the Egyptian actor best known for playing Sherif Ali in Lawrence of Arabia (1962) and the title role in Doctor Zhivago (1965), was born Michel Demitri Shalhoub on April 10, 1932 in Alexandria, Egypt to Joseph Shalhoub, a lumber merchant, and his wife, Claire (Saada). Of Lebanese and ...

Died July 10, 2015, age 83

Egyptian actor best known for "Lawrence of Arabia,", "Doctor Zhivago", and "Genghis Khan"

50. Norma Shearer

Actress | The Divorcee

She won a beauty contest at age fourteen. In 1920 her mother, Edith Shearer, took Norma and her sister Athole Shearer (Mrs. Howard Hawks) to New York. Ziegfeld rejected her for his "Follies," but she got work as an extra in several movies. She spent much money on eye doctor's services trying to ...

Died June 12, 1983, age 80

Was an Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actress popular in the 1930's and 1940's

51. Sargent Shriver

Self | The American President

One of America's greatest unsung leaders. Sargent Shriver was not only George McGovern's running mate in the 1972 Presidential election, but also served at one time as the Ambassador to France (1968-1970). In addition, he was the first to head up the Peace Corps, served as the first director of the...

Died January 18, 2011, age 95

American politician and activist who created the Peace Corps, Job Corps, and Head start; was a Vice-Presidential nominee in the 1972 US Presidential election; recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US highest civilian honor

Father of journalist and author Maria Shriver; brother-in-law of US President John F. Kennedy; father-in-law of actor Arnold Schwartzenegger

52. Neil Simon

Writer | The Odd Couple

Neil Simon was born on July 4, 1927 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Marvin Neil Simon. He was a writer and producer, known for The Odd Couple (1968), Murder by Death (1976) and The Goodbye Girl (1977). He was married to Elaine Joyce, Diane Lander, Marsha Mason and Joan Baim. He died ...

Died August 26, 2018, age 91

Was an American playwright, screenwriter and producer

Won 3 Tony Awards and was nominated an additional 11 times; also was nominated for the Academy Award 6 times

Known for many plays and movies including "Barefoot in the Park", "The Odd Couple", "The Sunshine Boys", "Biloxi Blues", "Lost in Yonkers" among others

53. Frank Sinatra

Actor | From Here to Eternity

Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...

Died May 14, 1998, age 82, of multiple health problems including dementia, liver cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease

54. B. Smith

Actress | Santorini Blue

B. Smith was born on August 24, 1949 in Everson, Pennsylvania, USA as Barbara Smith. She was an actress, known for Santorini Blue (2013), The Cosby Mysteries (1994) and Sabrina the Teenage Witch (1996). She was married to Dan Gasby and Don Henderson. She died on February 22, 2020 in Long Island, ...

Died February 22, 2020, age 70

Had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease

Was an American fashion model, television host, restaurateur, magazine publisher, and lifestyle guru often compared to Martha Stewart

Was the first Black woman to have her line of home goods sold at a national retailer, and the second Black model to appear on the cover of Mademoiselle magazine

55. Aaron Spelling

Producer | Charlie's Angels

Aaron Spelling graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. Before that, he attended Forest Avenue High. He started as a writer and sold his first script to Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955). He wrote for various television shows, ...

Died June 23, 2006, age 82

Was a TV producer of the popular shows "The Mod Squad," "Charlie's Angels,", "Beverly Hills 90210", "Dynasty", "Charmed" and many others; father of actress Tori Spelling

56. James Stewart

Actor | Anatomy of a Murder

James Maitland Stewart was born on May 20, 1908 in Indiana, Pennsylvania, to Elizabeth Ruth (Johnson) and Alexander Maitland Stewart, who owned a hardware store. He was of Scottish, Ulster-Scots, and some English, descent. Stewart was educated at a local prep school, Mercersburg Academy, where he ...

Died July 2, 1997, age 89

American actor best known for the movies"Rear Window," Vertigo," "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington" and "The Philadelphia Story"

57. Pat Summitt

Self | Los Angeles 1984: Games of the XXIII Olympiad

Pat Summitt was born on June 12, 1952 in Clarksville, Tennessee, USA as Patricia Sue Head. She was married to R. B. Summitt. She died on June 28, 2016 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Died June 28, 2016, age 64

Had early-onset Alzheimer's Disease

Was an American women's basketball coach who had the most career wins in college basketball history

58. Margaret Thatcher

SDI Star Wars

Margaret Thatcher was born on October 13, 1925 in Grantham, England, the younger daughter of Alfred and Beatrice Roberts. Her father was a greengrocer and respected town leader, serving as lay-leader with their church, city-alderman and then as mayor. He taught Margaret never to do things because ...

Died April 8, 2013, age 87

Was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and the first woman to hold the office; was the longest-serving British Prime Minister of the 20th century

Was portrayed by Meryl Streep in the biographical film "The Iron Lady"

59. Fred Trump

Fred Trump was born on October 11, 1905 in Bronx, New York, USA as Frederick Christ Trump. He was married to Mary Trump. He died on June 25, 1999 in New Hyde Park, New York.

Died June 25, 1999, age 93

Was an American real estate developer; father of US President Donald Trump

60. Abigail Van Buren

Producer | Alive Inside

Abigail Van Buren was born on July 4, 1918 in Sioux City, Iowa, USA as Pauline Esther Friedman. She was a producer, known for Alive Inside (2014), The Steve Allen Plymouth Show (1956) and Sammy and Company (1975). She was married to Morton Phillips. She died on January 16, 2013 in Minneapolis, ...

Died January 16, 2013, age 94

Was an advice columnist known as "Dear Abby;" was the twin sister of advice columnist Ann Landers

61. Cyrus Vance

Self | Cartes sur table

Cyrus Vance was born on March 27, 1917 in Clarksburg, West Virginia, USA as Cyrus Roberts Vance. He was married to Grace Elsie Sloane. He died on January 12, 2002 in New York City, New York, USA.

Died January 12, 2002, age 84

Was a US Secretary of State, Secretary of the Army, and Deputy Secretary of Defense

62. Bobby Vee

Soundtrack | Cold Case

Contrary to popular belief, Bobby Vee was not one of the flood of Italian-American rockers to come out of the New York-New Jersey-Philadelphia area in the '50s and '60s. He was born Robert Velline in Fargo, ND, and, although he started playing music when he was just a young teenager, it was country...

Died October 24, 2016, age 73

Was an American singer and songwriter who was a teen idol in the 1960's; had 38 Hot 100 hits on the Billboard charts

63. 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 ...

Died August 29, 2016, age 83

Actor best known for the movies "Young Frankenstein"and "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"

64. Robin Williams

Actor | Mrs. Doubtfire

Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford ...

Died August 11, 2014, age 63

Had Lewy body dementia

Was an actor and comedian best known for starring in the TV show "Mork and Mindy" and the movies "Mrs. Doubtfire," "Good Morning Vietnam," and "Good Will Hunting" for which he won an Academy Award

His widow said that the paranoia, anxiety, and confusion caused by the disease contributed to his suicide

65. Bobby Womack

Soundtrack | Dredd

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Bobby Womack was born into a musical family. Managed by their father, he and his brothers formed "The Womack Brothers", a gospel singing group that toured with several national gospel stars. "The Womack Brothers" caught the attention of the legendary Sam Cooke when ...

Died June 27, 2014, age 70

Was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist, and record producer; was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009

66. Mark Gastineau

Self | The NFL on CBS

Mark Gastineau was born on November 20, 1956 in Ardmore, Oklahoma, USA as Marcus Dell Gastineau. He is an executive. He has been married to Jo Ann Voorhees since December 20, 2007. He was previously married to Patricia Schorr and Lisa Gastineau.

Currently living with Alzheimer's Disease; age 63

Former pro football player with the New York Jets

67. Nichelle Nichols

Actress | Star Trek

Nichelle Nichols was born Grace Nichols on December 28, 1932 in Robbins, Illinois. She began her show business career at age 16 as a singer with Duke Ellington in a ballet she created for one of his compositions and later sang with his band. After switching to acting, she was twice nominated for ...

Currently living with dementia; age 87

Best known for her role as Lieutenant Uhuru on the original "Star Trek"TV show

68. Sandra Day O'Connor

Actress | Wallace Stegner

A mild-mannered jurist who thinks carefully before she speaks or makes decisions, Sandra Day O'Connor does not project the figure of a trailblazer. But she became exactly that. She was the daughter of cattle ranchers Henry Day and Ada Wilkey. She was a true child of the frontier, learning how to ...

Currently living with Alzheimer's Disease; age 89

Was the first woman appointed to the US Supreme Court

69. Helen Reddy

Soundtrack | Airport 1975

The #1 Grammy-winning "I Am Woman" became not only THE anthem of the feminist movement during the radical 1970s, but also the signature song for its crop-haired composer and singer Helen Reddy. Three decades later this is the hit people still remember her for, despite the fact she had an abundance ...

Currently living with dementia; age 78

Australian-American singer, actress, and activist

70. Ted Turner

Angels in the Outfield

Ted Turner was born on November 19, 1938 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA as Robert Edward Turner III. He is the founder of CNN, TurnerBrodcastSystem(TBS)and TNTnetwork He was previously married to Jane Fonda, Jane Shirley Smith and Judy Nye .He started in the business as a writer and producer but had a ...

Currently living with Lewy body dementia; age 81

Is a billionaire media mogul who founded CNN, TBS, and TNT; at one time was the largest private landowner in the US (owns 1.8 million acres)

71. Barbara Walters

Producer | The Barbara Walters Special

Barbara Walters was born on September 25, 1929 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA as Barbara Jill Walters. She is a producer and writer, known for The Barbara Walters Summer Special (1976), The View (1997) and 20/20 (1978). She was previously married to Merv Adelson, Lee Guber and Robert Henry Katz.

Currently living with dementia; age 90

American journalist, author, TV producer and talk show host; was the first female co-anchor of a network news show; creator and former co-host of "The View", which has won 14 Emmy Awards

72. Barbara Windsor

Actress | EastEnders

Barbara Windsor got a glimpse of theatrical life at an early age when her grandmother took her backstage at a theatre and she decided that was what she wanted to do. She attended several professional schools before making her stage debut at age 12. At 15 she got a job in the chorus line of a London...

Currently living with Alzheimer's Disease; age 82

Is a British actress best known for the TV show "EastEnders". Was awarded the Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in 2016

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