Date of Death between 1974-01-01 and 1974-12-31 (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)


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1. Agnes Moorehead

Actress | Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte

Of Irish/English ancestry, Agnes was born near Boston, the daughter of a Presbyterian minister (her mother was a mezzo-soprano) who encouraged her to perform in church pageants. Aged three, she sang 'The Lord is my Shepherd' on a public stage and seven years later joined the St. Louis Municipal ...

2. Walter Brennan

Actor | Red River

In many ways the most successful and familiar character actor of American sound films and the only actor to date to win three Oscars for Best Supporting Actor, Walter Brennan attended college in Cambridge, Massachusetts, studying engineering. While in school he became interested in acting and ...

3. Billy De Wolfe

Actor | Tea for Two

Most certainly egged on by the dandified antics of an Edward Everett Horton, Eric Blore and/or Franklin Pangborn, burlesque clown Billy DeWolfe in turn gave obvious inspiration to such effeminate cutups as Paul Lynde and Charles Nelson Reilly. Billy's life was one hundred percent show business from...

4. Joe Flynn

Actor | The Rescuers

Born on November 8, 1924, in Youngstown, Ohio and after attending Northwestern University, Flynn began his entertainment career as a ventriloquist and as a radio performer. During World War II, he served in the Army's Special Services Branch (formerly the Morale Branch) entertaining the troops in ...

5. Edward Platt

Actor | North by Northwest

Forever and fondly remembered as Don Adams' foil on the popular Mel Brooks/Buck Henry spy series Get Smart (1965), character actor Ed Platt (also billed as Edward C. Platt) had been around for two decades prior to copping that rare comedy role. Born in Staten Island, New York, he inherited an ...

6. Otto Kruger

Actor | High Noon

The grandnephew of South African pioneer and former president Paul Krüger, Otto Kruger trained for a musical career from childhood, but after enrolling in Columbia University he switched his career choice to acting. Making his Broadway debut in 1915, at 30, he shortly became a matinée idol of the ...

7. Martha Wentworth

Actress | One Hundred and One Dalmatians

Martha Wentworth was born on June 2, 1889 in New York City, New York, USA as Verna Martha Wentworth. She was an actress, known for One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961), The Sword in the Stone (1963) and The Stranger (1946). She was married to Albert Stuart Otto. She died on March 8, 1974 in ...

8. Frank Sutton

Actor | Gomer Pyle: USMC

As the brash and bruising tough guy with wide, flaring nostrils, compact features and boorish, bullying personality, you could have placed bets that anyone who had the guts to go nose-to-nose against crew cut-wearing badger Frank Sutton had better be one tough order. Nope. Far from it. Sutton's ...

9. Vittorio De Sica

Director | Ladri di biciclette

Vittorio De Sica grew up in Naples, and started out as an office clerk in order to raise money to support his poor family. He was increasingly drawn towards acting, and made his screen debut while still in his teens, joining a stage company in 1923. By the late 1920s he was a successful matinee ...

10. Richard Long

Actor | The Stranger

Entering films straight out of high school, Richard Long's good looks served him well and got him a contract at Universal Pictures. Making his debut as Claudette Colbert's son in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Long played juvenile leads in many Universal productions (he was one of the sons in the "Ma ...

11. Candy Darling

Actress | Women in Revolt

Candy Darling was born on November 24, 1944 in Long Island, New York, USA as James Lawrence Slattery. She was an actress, known for Women in Revolt (1971), Flesh (1968) and Silent Night, Bloody Night (1972). She died on March 21, 1974 in New York City, New York.

12. Paul Richards

Actor | Beneath the Planet of the Apes

Paul Richards was born on November 23, 1924 in Hollywood, California, USA as Paul Richard Levitt. He was an actor, known for Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Kiss Me Deadly (1955) and Zorro (1957). He was married to Monica Keating. He died on December 10, 1974 in Culver City, California.

13. Tex Ritter

Soundtrack | High Noon

Tex Ritter was born on January 12, 1905 in Murvaul, Texas, USA as Woodward Maurice Ritter. He was married to Dorothy Fay. He died on January 2, 1974 in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.

14. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloon keeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it, would later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school ...

15. Donald Crisp

Actor | How Green Was My Valley

Donald Crisp was born George William Crisp at the family home in Bow, London. Donald's parents were James Crisp and Elizabeth Crisp, his birth was registered by his mother on 4th September 1882. Donald's sisters were Elizabeth, Ann, Alice (known as Louisa) and Eliza and his brothers were James, ...

16. William Fawcett

Actor | Batman and Robin

"Doc T". as he was known, was a Ph.D., and Professor of Theatre at Michigan State University in the early 1940's, just before World War II. He often spoke about leaving academia and actually trying his hand at the craft he taught. After the war, he got his chance and never looked back.

17. Bud Abbott

Actor | Bud Abbott and Lou Costello Meet Frankenstein

Long acknowledged as one of the best "straight men" in the business, Bud Abbott was born William Alexander Abbott in Reading, Pennsylvania to Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, who had both worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When Bud was three his family moved to Asbury Park, New Jersey, which he...

18. Rodolfo Acosta

Actor | Hondo

Mexican character actor Rodolfo Acosta (born Rodolfo Acosta Pérez) achieved his greatest success in the US, primarily as a villain in westerns. He was born in Chamizal, a section of land disputed by Mexico and Texas due to changes in the Rio Grande river which forms the border. At the time of ...

19. Danny Mummert

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Danny Mummert was born on February 20, 1934 in Dallas, Texas, USA as Dan Easton Mummert. He was an actor, known for It's a Wonderful Life (1946), Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939) and Blondie Goes to College (1942). He was married to Linda Louise Earl Moreno, Mae Louise Horwitz Helms, Helene L Harnett ...

20. Barbara Jo Allen

Actress | Sleeping Beauty

Comedienne/writer Barbara Jo Allen induced laughs nationwide after originating and literally becoming synonymous with the talky, shrill-voiced, man-hungry spinster "Vera Vague," a WWII creation in the late 1930s. She kept the name throughout much of her career and was often billed as such. The ...

21. 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 ...

22. Cass Elliot

Soundtrack | Repo Men

Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who ...

23. Frank Webb

Actor | Hawaii Five-O

Frank Taylor Webb was born in Wilmette, Illinois, a northern suburb of Chicago immediately north of Evanston. He attended high school in Scottsdale, Arizona, and following graduation moved to California where he attended Los Angeles City College. During this time Frank began to pursue acting roles ...

24. Willard Sage

Actor | Star Trek

Willard Sage was born on August 13, 1922 in Canada as James Willard Sage. He was an actor, known for Star Trek: The Original Series (1966), The Butler's Night Off (1951) and Ben Casey (1961). He died on March 17, 1974 in Sherman Oaks, California, USA.

25. Allen Jenkins

Actor | Tomorrow at Seven

Both of Allen Jenkins' parents were musical comedy performers, and he entered the theater as a stage mechanic after World War I, after having spent time working in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Although his screen persona was that of a not-too-bright Brooklyn tough guy, Jenkins attended the American ...

26. Arline Judge

Actress | College Scandal

Educated in a Catholic convent, Arline Judge began her career as a dancer in the act of entertainer Jimmy Durante. She met director Wesley Ruggles on a train; he got her started in films and then married her. Her career was spent mostly in low-budget B pictures. However, she did gain a measure of ...

27. Bill Finger

Writer | Joker

Bill Finger was a comic book writer. His father Louis Finger was born in Austria and emigrated to the United States in 1907, while still a teenager. Louis worked as a tailor. Tessie, Bill's mother, was born and raised in New York City. Both parents were in their early 20s at the time of Finger's ...

28. Pamela Britton

Actress | D.O.A.

Pamela Britton was born Armilda Jane Owen in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Her mother was Ethel Owen, a prominent stage, radio and early television actress. Pam first used Gloria Jane Owen as her stage name, but not wanting to trade on her mother's reputation, chose Pamela from a British book, and then ...

29. Frank Wilcox

Actor | The Ten Commandments

American character actor in scores of films after substantial stage experience. He was born in DeSoto, Missouri, but raised in Atchison, Kansas. The son of a railroad worker and law clerk (some publicity material states the father was a physician, but family and census records show otherwise), he ...

30. Ilona Massey

Actress | Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man

Sultry, opulent blonde Hungarian singer Ilona Massey survived an impoverished childhood in Budapest, Hungary to become a glamorous talent both here and abroad. As a dressmaker's apprentice she managed to scrape up money together for singing lessons and first danced in chorus lines, later earning ...

31. Barbara Ruick

Actress | Carousel

A bundle of bright sunshine and unabashed energy, lovely musical actress Barbara Ruick delighted audiences for over two decades. The brown-eyed singer/actress who admittedly came up short in the dancing department nevertheless toyed with top musical stardom in mid-1950s films and almost nabbed it. ...

32. Mary Forbes

Actress | You Can't Take It with You

Mary Forbes was born on January 1, 1883 in Hornsey, Middlesex [now in Haringey, London], England as Ethel Louise Young. She was an actress, known for You Can't Take It with You (1938), The Awful Truth (1937) and The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945). She was married to Wesley Wall, Charles Quatermaine ...

33. Michael Whalen

Actor | The Dawn Express

A dark, debonair, mustachioed, slick-looking leading man who cut a fine figure in 1930s Fox movies, Michael Whalen's good looks were interestingly offset by a slightly prominent Romanesque nose. Born Joseph Shovlin on June 30, 1902, in Wilkes-Barre, Penssylvania, he took piano lessons as a child ...

34. Chubby Johnson

Actor | Bend of the River

Chubby Johnson was born Charles Rutledge Johnson on August 13, 1903, in Terre Haute, Indiana. He made a living as a journalist and did not become a movie actor until he was in his 40s, making his debut in the Randolph Scott oater Abilene Town (1946) in support of Scott, Ann Dvorak and Edgar Buchanan...

35. Ed Sullivan

Actor | Bye Bye Birdie

The beloved graven image of TV variety from 1948 to 1971 on CBS, Ed Sullivan originally made his name as a newspaper sportswriter, radio broadcaster and theater columnist for the New York Daily News. His column focused primarily on Broadway shows and juicy items about its stars. Hired in 1932 by ...

36. Patricia Collinge

Actress | Shadow of a Doubt

Irish-born stage actress, in London from 1904, on Broadway from 1908. After appearing as a flower girl in 'The Queen of the Moulin Rouge', she became a celebrated theatrical star of many classic plays by George Bernard Shaw, Henrik Ibsen, J.M. Barrie and others. From 1947 to 1948, she starred as ...

37. Bobby Buntrock

Actor | Hazel

Bobby Buntrock was born on August 4, 1952 in Denver, Colorado, USA. He was an actor, known for Hazel (1961), Burke's Law (1963) and Many Happy Returns (1964). He died on April 7, 1974 in Keystone, South Dakota, USA.

38. Maxwell Reed

Actor | Blackout

After a short time working as a merchant seaman, followed by a few appearances on stage, Maxwell Reed moved to London and was signed by the Rank Organisation. He made many British films during the 40s and 50s, rotating between leads in B movies and supporting roles in major productions. He also ...

39. Douglass Dumbrille

Actor | The Ten Commandments

Distinguished character villain Douglass (R.) Dumbrille, whose distinctive stern features, beady eyes, tidy mustache, prominent hook nose and suave, cultivated presence graced scores of talking films, was born on October 13, 1889, in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. He was first employed as a bank clerk ...

40. Roger Pryor

Actor | The Man with Nine Lives

He was considered the "poor man's Clark Gable" at Universal and Columbia studios where he held long-term contracts during the 30s and 40s. The son of composer/band leader 'Arthur Pryor', mustachioed Roger Pryor had slick, roguish leading man looks that helped enable him to become a durable, if not ...

41. Olga Baclanova

Actress | Freaks

Born Olga Vladimirovna Baklanova, one of six children of Vladimir Baklanoff and his wife Alexandra, later billed as the Russian Tigress in her early talking films, was born August 19, 1893. She graduated from the Cherniavsky Institute in Moscow prior to her selection in 1912 at age 19 to apprentice...

42. Reed Hadley

Actor | Zorro's Fighting Legion

Tall, dark, and handsome, Reed Hadley appeared most frequently as either a villain or as an officer of the law during a film career of 35 years. His rich, bass voice was also frequently heard as narrator for movies and documentaries. He may be best remembered for his work in television, where he ...

43. Johnny Mack Brown

Actor | Flaming Frontiers

An All-American halfback while attending the University of Alabama, Johnny Mack Brown chose the silver screen over the green grass of the football field when he graduated. Signed to a contract with MGM in 1926, Brown debuted in Slide, Kelly, Slide (1927) with William Haines in a film about - ...

44. Edna Best

Actress | The Ghost and Mrs. Muir

Genteel, ladylike British actress who was a much respected theatrical star in the 1920s and '30s, both in her own country and in the United States. Born in March 1900 in Hove, Sussex, she took to the stage at the age of seventeen as Ela Delahay in 'Charley's Aunt'. She played Peter Pan three years ...

45. Rosemary Lane

Actress | Always a Bride

Rosemary Lane of the singing Lane sisters (their actual birth name was Mullican) got her start as a vocalist with bandleader Fred Waring and His Pennsylvanians. Her career was somewhat overshadowed by that of her more famous sister, Priscilla, who was also a member of that band and who would go on ...

46. Gino Cervi

Actor | Le miserie del signor Travet

The son of Italian theatre critic Antonio Cervi, Gino Cervi was one of the most famous Italian actors, first on stage, then on screen and finally on television. He appeared in his first play in 1924, a year after his father's death. He won world fame with three movies directed by Alessandro Blasetti...

47. Almira Sessions

Actress | Sullivan's Travels

A member of a very socially prominent Washington family, Sessions played vaudeville, radio, television and film for sixty years. Sessions made her debut in 1909 in a comic opera. She has appeared over 500 times in movies and on television. Session sang comic songs in cabarets before going to New ...

48. George Spahn

Self | Manson

George Spahn was born on February 11, 1889 in Chestnut Hill, Pennsylvania, USA as George Christian Spahn. He died on September 22, 1974 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

49. Ivor Dean

Actor | The Saint

Ivor Dean was born on December 21, 1917 in Edmonton, London, England as Ivor Donald Dean. He was an actor and writer, known for The Saint (1962), Dr Jekyll & Sister Hyde (1971) and My Partner the Ghost (1969). He was married to Patricia Hamilton. He died on August 10, 1974 in Truro, Cornwall, ...

50. Walter Coy

Actor | The Searchers

Walter Coy was born on January 31, 1909 in Great Falls, Montana, USA as Walter Darwin Coy. He was an actor, known for The Searchers (1956), The Lusty Men (1952) and South Seas Adventure (1958). He was married to Ruth E. Harburger and Anne Burr. He died on December 11, 1974 in Santa Maria, ...


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