Notable Showbiz Deaths of 2018by TrekFan1 | created - 2 weeks ago | updated - 2 hours ago | Public
A list of the notable entertainment figures who passed away in 2018, ordered by date of death.
Please note that, due to time constraints, I may not be able to write up descriptions for many of this year's entries.
1. Tom Heaton
Actor | Reindeer Games
Tom Heaton was born on October 13, 1940 in Bronx, New York, USA. He was an actor, known for Reindeer Games (2000), Slither (2006) and Shanghai Noon (2000). He died on January 1, 2018 in Gibsons, British Columbia, Canada.
October 13, 1940 – January 1, 2018
Prolific character actor whose many movie credits include 'Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?' (1967), 'Bandolero!' (1968), 'The Bridge at Remagen' (1969), 'Monte Walsh' (1970), 'The Grey Fox' (1982), 'Bridge to Terabithia' (1985), 'April Fool's Day' (1986), 'A Christmas Romance' (1994), 'Shanghai Noon' (2000), 'Kill Me Later' (2001) and 'Slither' (2006); also appeared on TV shows ranging from three appearances on 'Death Valley Days' in the late 1960s to three episodes of 'Da Vinci's Inquest' in 2003, with the latter earning him a Gemini Award nomination for Best Performance by an Actor in a Guest Role in a Dramatic Series
Actor | Grace Under Fire
Jon Paul ("J.P.") Steuer He began his acting career at age 4, and it was clear even then that here was a natural entertainer. Born and raised in Escondido, California, Jon made his acting debut on the television series, "Day By Day" playing the role of Scotty Gilbert. He has appeared on "Star Trek:...
March 27, 1984 – January 1, 2018
Musician and former child actor who was the first actor to play Worf's son, Alexander, on 'Star Trek: The Next Generation' and went on to play Quentin Kelly in the first three seasons of 'Grace Under Fire'; also remembered for his role as Johnny "Viper" Vennaro in the film 'Little Giants' (1994); later became the lead singer for the Portland (originally Denver) band Soda Pop Kids (originally Kill City Thrillers) under the name Jonny P. Jewels
Camera_department | Das Boot
Wolfgang Treu was born on April 12, 1930 in Hamburg, Germany. He is known for his work on Das Boot (1981), The Castle (1968) and The Night of the Askari (1976). He was married to Ellinor Busch. He died on January 1, 2018 in Hamburg.
April 12, 1930 – January 1, 2018
Prolific cinematographer who won a German Film Award for his work on Rudolf Noelte's Maximilian Schell starrer 'The Castle' (1968), was nominated for an American Society of Cinematographers Award for Bernhard Sinkel's 1989 miniseries 'Hemingway' and also shot productions such as the features 'The Flying Classroom' (1973), 'North Sea is Dead Sea' (1976) and 'The Little Drummer Girl' (1984) and the mini-series 'Pig in a Poke' (1965) and 'The Oppermann Siblings' (1983)
4. Frank Buxton
Actor | The Odd Couple
Born in Wellesley, MA, USA, Buxton grew up in Larchmont, NY, USA, graduated from Northwestern University (BS) and Syracuse University (MS). After service in the U.S. Army in the Korean War, he worked in local television as a producer-director in Buffalo, N.Y. and Chicago, IL and then began his ...
February 13, 1930 – January 2, 2018
Writer, director and producer who worked on classic TV shows such as 'The Odd Couple,' 'Happy Days' and 'Mork & Mindy' who also provided the voice of cartoon superhero 'Batfink'
Producer | Speriamo che sia femmina
Was engaged to German actress Sabina Began for 7 years.
1948 – January 2, 2018
6. Emily Dole
Actress | GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling
Emily Dole was born on September 28, 1957 in Orange, California, USA. She was an actress, known for GLOW: Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (1986), Son in Law (1993) and Hard Time on Planet Earth (1989). She died on January 3, 2018 in Orange.
September 28, 1957 – January 2, 2018
Legendary professional wrestler with the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling (GLOW) known as Mountain Fiji (Mt. Fiji)
7. Rick Hall
Soundtrack | Muscle Shoals
Rick Hall was born on January 31, 1932 in Forest Grove, Mississippi, USA as Roe Erister Hall. He was married to Linda Kay Hall. He died on January 2, 2018 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, USA.
January 31, 1932 – January 2, 2018
Record producer, songwriter, music publisher and musician who as owner and proprietor of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, was the architect of the Southern soul style known as the Muscle Shoals sound and is thus known as the "Father of Muscle Shoals Music"
Writer | Crveno i crno
Zeljko Senecic was born on January 18, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. He was a production designer and art director, known for Crveno i crno (2006), Zavaravanje (1998) and Pont Neuf (1997). He was married to Mani Gotovac. He died on January 2, 2018 in Zagreb, Croatia.
January 18, 1933 – January 2, 2018
Actor | Avalon
Spending his youth in Skåne, due to his mother's engagement at the Malmö City Theater, wasn't easy for somebody with a Stockholm accent, but Johannes avoided being bullied by cracking jokes and doing pranks. At 18 he applied to acting school but was rejected. He applied successfully later and has ...
September 25, 1946 – January 4, 2018
10. Ray Thomas
Composer | Journey Into Amazing Caves
Ray Thomas was born on December 29, 1941 in Stourport on Severn, England as Raymond Thomas. He was married to Lee Lightle. He died on January 4, 2018 in Surrey, England.
December 29, 1941 – January 4, 2018
Flautist and vocalist best known as a founding member of English rock group The Moody Blues
11. Carole Hart
Producer | For the Next 7 Generations
Carole Hart was born on April 30, 1943 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as Carole Ruth Strickler. She was a producer and writer, known for For the Next 7 Generations (2009), Hot Hero Sandwich (1979) and Free to Be... You & Me (1974). She was married to Bruce Hart. She died on January 5, 2018 in ...
April 30, 1943 – January 5, 2018
12. Marián Labuda
Actor | Kral Ubu
Marián Labuda was born on October 28, 1944 in Hontianske Nemce, First Slovak Republic. He was an actor, known for Kral Ubu (1996), Záhrada (1995) and Obsluhoval jsem anglického krále (2006). He was married to Viera. He died on January 5, 2018 in Bratislava, Slovakia.
October 28, 1944 – January 5, 2018
Slovak actor who played over a hundred characters on stage and appeared in over 80 films and television series; perhaps most widely known for his roles in Jirí Menzel's award-winning films 'My Sweet Little Village' (1985) and 'I Served the King of England' (2006), for co-starring opposite Glenn Close in István Szabó's 'Meeting Venus' (1991) and for his Czech Lion-winning performance in Martin Sulík's 'The Garden' (1995)
13. Münir Özkul
Actor | Hababam Sinifi Tatilde
He was born and grew up in Istanbul. He started his career at Bakirkoy Community Center Theatre. Later he worked at Ankara State Theatre, Istanbul State Theatre and Istanbul City Theatre. He also worked in small play houses with today's famous actors and actresses. He made his place in the theatre ...
August 15, 1925 – January 5, 2018
Actor who was an iconic figure in Turkish cinema's Yeşilçam era; perhaps best known for his roles in many of the films directed by Ertem Egilmez, including the immensely popular 'Hababam Sinifi' ('Chaos Class') series, 'Mavi Boncuk' ('The Blue Bead') and 'Sev Kardeşim' ('Love, Brother'), the latter of which earned him a Golden Orange Award for Best Actor; also starred in several films for director Orhan Aksoy, including 'Neşeli Günler' ('Happy Days') and 'Aile Şerefi' ('Family Honor')
14. Jerry Van Dyke
Actor | Coach
He has that same genuine likability factor, owns that same trademark lantern jaw and is just as appealing and gifted as his older brother, Dick Van Dyke, but, for decades, Jerry Van Dyke had to bear the brunt of his brother's overwhelming shadow. The comic actor was born six years younger than Dick...
July 27, 1931 – January 5, 2018
Actor and banjo-playing comedian brother of Dick Van Dyke best known for his four-time Emmy-nominated role as the easily befuddled Luther Van Dam on the TV sitcom 'Coach'; also known for appearing alongside his brother in several episodes of 'The Dick Van Dyke Show' (playing the brother of Van Dyke's character, Rob Petrie) and for turning down offers to play Gilligan on 'Gilligan's Island' and to replace Don Knotts on 'The Andy Griffith Show' to instead star in the infamously bad 1965-66 sitcom 'My Mother the Car'; more recently played the recurring roles of Big Jimmy Hughes on 'Yes, Dear' and Tag Spence on 'The Middle'
15. Greta Thyssen
Actress | Three Blondes in His Life
The enticing, voluptuous European beauty Greta Thyssen filled out the pages of movie magazines everywhere during the 1950s. Born on March 30, 1927, she was a freshly-scrubbed brunette when she was crowned Miss Denmark in 1952. The subsequent attention had her packing her bags for Hollywood. At that...
March 30, 1927 – January 6, 2018
Danish-born actress and model who doubled for Marilyn Monroe in 'Bus Stop,' starred in the horror film 'Terror Is a Man' and appeared in three Three Stooges shorts
16. France Gall
Soundtrack | Fist Fight
France Gall was born on October 9, 1947 in Paris, France as Isabelle Geneviève Marie Anne Gall. She was married to Michel Berger. She died on January 7, 2018 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Hauts-de-Seine, France.
October 9, 1947 – January 7, 2018
French pop icon who achieved international fame after winning the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and enjoyed continued success over the next five decades
Soundtrack | Point Break
Christopher Tsangarides was born as Christopher Andrew Tsangarides. He died on January 7, 2018 in the UK.
August 17, 1956 – January 7, 2018
Shri Vallabh Vyas was born as Vallabh Vyas. He was an actor, known for Lagaan: Once Upon a Time in India (2001), The Hero: Love Story of a Spy (2003) and Sardar (1993). He was married to Shobha V. Vyas. He died on January 7, 2018 in Jaipur, Rajasthan, India.
ca. 1957 – January 7, 2018
19. Denise LaSalle
Soundtrack | One for the Money
Denise LaSalle was born on July 16, 1939 in Sidon, LeFlore County, Mississippi, USA as Ora Denise Allen. She was married to James E. Wolfe Jr., and Bill Jones. She died on January 8, 2018 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA.
July 16, 1939 – January 8, 2018
20. Donnelly Rhodes
Actor | Da Vinci's Inquest
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada, Donnelly Rhodes trained to be a warden in the National Park Service in Manitoba and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an airman-mechanic before finally settling into his long and successful career as an actor. Rhodes studied at the Manitoba Theatre Center ...
December 4, 1937 – January 8, 2018
Actor best known for his TV roles, particularly those of Dutch Leitner on 'Soap,' "Doc" Roberts on 'Danger Bay,' Detective Leo Shannon on 'Da Vinci's Inquest' and "Doc" Cottle on the reimagined 'Battlestar Galactica'
21. Terence Marsh
Art_director | Doctor Zhivago
Terence Marsh was born on November 14, 1931 in London, England. He is known for his work on Doctor Zhivago (1965), The Hunt for Red October (1990) and Oliver! (1968). He was married to Sandra Marsh. He died on January 9, 2018 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.
November 14, 1931 – January 9, 2018
Two-time Oscar-winning art director and production designer whose credits range from David Lean's 'Lawrence of Arabia' (1962) and 'Doctor Zhivago' (1965) to Frank Darabont's 'The Shawshank Redemption' (1994) and 'The Green Mile' (1999); worked under production designer John Box as an assistant art director on 'Lawrence of Arabia' and as lead art director on 'Doctor Zhivago,' Fred Zinnemann's 'A Man for All Seasons' (1966) and Carol Reed's 'Oliver!' (1968), winning shared Oscars for both 'Zhivago' and 'Oliver!'; subsequently earned consecutive Oscar nominations as production designer of Ronald Neame's 'Scrooge' (1970) and Charles Jarrott's 'Mary, Queen of Scots' (1971); also earned a BAFTA nomination for 'Scrooge' and later received BAFTA nominations for designing Richard Attenborough's 'A Bridge Too Far' (1977) and John McTiernan's 'The Hunt for Red October' (1990); collaborated with director Richard Lester on three films -- 'Juggernaut' (1974), 'Royal Flash' (1975) and 'Finders Keepers' (1984) -- and was production designer on three of the four films directed by and starring Gene Wilder -- 'The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother' (1975), 'The World's Greatest Lover' (1977) and 'Haunted Honeymoon' (1986) -- as well as Robert Aldrich's 'The Frisco Kid' (1979), in which Wilder starred alongside Harrison Ford; other credits as production designer include Melvin Frank's 'A Touch of Class' (1973), Attenborough's 'Magic' (1978), Sydney Pollack's 'Absence of Malice' (1981) and 'Havana' (1990), Alan Johnson's 'To Be or Not to Be' (1983), Mel Brooks' 'Spaceballs' (1987), Paul Verhoeven's 'Basic Instinct' (1992), Phillip Noyce's 'Clear and Present Danger' (1994), Stuart Baird's 'Executive Decision' (1996), Gregory Hoblit's 'Fallen' (1998), and Brett Ratner's 'Rush Hour 2' (2001); remains most noted, however, as the production designer of the aforementioned Frank Darabont-directed critical darlings 'The Shawshank Redemption' and 'The Green Mile'; received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Art Directors Guild in 2010
Actor | Heavy Weights
Joseph Wayne Miller was born on December 18, 1981 in Park Ridge, Illinois, USA. He was an actor, known for Heavy Weights (1995). He died on January 9, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois.
December 18, 1981 – January 9, 2018
Actor who starred as "Salami" Sam in the live-action Disney film 'Heavyweights' (1995)
23. John Thompson
Producer | Brooklyn's Finest
ca. 1946 – January 9, 2018
Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank
Fast Eddie Clarke was born on October 5, 1950 in Twickenham, London, England as Edward Allan Clarke. He died on January 10, 2018 in London.
October 5, 1950 – January 10, 2018
Guitarist for the heavy metal band Motörhead and the last surviving member of the group's classic lineup, which also consisted of Lemmy and Phil "Philthy Animal" Taylor, both of whom died in late 2015; was also lead guitarist of the metal band Fastway, which he formed with UFO bassist Pete Way
25. Novello Novelli
Actor | Una vita in gioco
Novello Novelli was born on March 2, 1930 in Poggibonsi, Tuscany, Italy as Novellantonio Novelli. He was an actor, known for Una vita in gioco (2012), Tutta colpa del paradiso (1985) and Noce di cocco (1995). He died on January 10, 2018 in Poggibonsi.
March 2, 1930 – January 10, 2018
26. Doreen Tracey
Actress | Westward Ho, the Wagons!
Doreen Tracey was born on April 3, 1943 in St Pancras, London, England as Doreen Isabelle Tracey. She was an actress, known for Westward Ho, the Wagons! (1956), Annette (1958) and The Donna Reed Show (1958). She was married to Robert A Washburn. She died on January 10, 2018 in Thousand Oaks, ...
April 13, 1943 – January 10, 2018
Child performer who was a Mouseketeers on 'The Mickey Mouse Club' during the entirety of the show's original run from 1955 to 1959 and co-starred in Disney's 1956 live-action Western feature 'Westward Ho the Wagons!'; subsequently entered the music business, forming and touring with her own rock group and later working as a publicist for acts such as Frank Zappa, Tower of Power and the Doobie Brothers
27. Stephane Gauger
Cinematographer | Cú và chim se se
August 30, 1969 – January 11, 2018
Award-winning Vietnamese-American filmmaker and actor best known for his acclaimed Vietnamese-language dramas 'Owl and the Sparrow' (2007) and 'Saigon Electric' (2011), with the former earning him the LA Film Festival's Audience Award and a nomination for the John Cassavetes Award at the Independent Spirit Awards; also co-starred in the U.S. action-comedy 'Six-String Samurai' (1998) and the Vietnamese martial arts film 'The Rebel' (2007) and worked with writer-director Timothy Linh Bui as a gaffer on the seminal Vietnamese American films 'Three Seasons' (1999) and 'Green Dragon' (2001) and as co-writer on 'Powder Blue' (2009); an integral part of Southern California's indie film community and a pioneer in the Vietnamese film industry
28. Bella Emberg
Actress | History of the World: Part I
Bella Emberg was born on September 16, 1937 in Brighton, East Sussex, England as Sybil Dyke. She was an actress, known for History of the World: Part I (1981), Doctor Who (2005) and Pompidou (2015). She died on January 12, 2018 in Isle of Wight, England.
September 16, 1937 – January 12, 2018
29. Keith Jackson
Actor | The Fortune Cookie
Keith Jackson was born on October 18, 1928 in Roopville, Georgia, USA as Keith Max Jackson. He was an actor, known for The Fortune Cookie (1966), ABC's College Football (1966) and Munich 1972: Games of the XX Olympiad (1972). He was married to Gertrude Ann "Truri Ann" Johnson. He died on January 12...
October 18, 1928 – January 12, 2018
Legendary sports broadcaster who spent the last 40 years of his 54-year career (1952-2006) covering a wide variety of sporting events for ABC Sports, but was most widely known and acclaimed for his coverage of college football, which included calling 16 Sugar Bowls and 15 Rose Bowls; became a sportscasting icon thanks to his distinctively deep voice and the folksy, intelligent, down-to-earth manner with which he called the action, as well as his quirky expressions like "Whoa, Nellie!", "Fum-BLE!" and "Hold the phonnnnne!"; widely regarded by several generations as the definitive voice of college football, having missed only one college-football season in his 54 years when he served as play-by-play announcer during the inaugural season of ABC's 'Monday Night Football' (1970-71); retired after calling the thrilling 2006 Rose Bowl Game between Texas and USC, which was also the final Rose Bowl telecast under the ABC Sports branding and is often considered the greatest college football national championship game of all time
30. Dolores Rubin
In 1943, Dolores began her career as a messenger girl with MGM. She trained to be a script supervisor, and worked on a total of 80 films with prominent directors and producers including John Ford, John Huston, and Arthur Hiller.
June 5, 1923 – January 12, 2018
Script supervisor who worked on a total of 80 films between the mid-1940s to the early 1980s; collaborated with director Arthur Hiller on nine films, including 'The Wheeler Dealers' (1963), 'Penelope' (1966), 'Love Story' (1970), 'The Man in the Glass Booth' (1975) and 'The In-Laws' (1979); also worked with Frank Sinatra on the films 'Robin and the 7 Hoods' (1964), 'Tony Rome' (1967), 'Lady in Cement' (1968) and 'The Detective' (1968) and so impressed the legendary entertainer that he employed her as his Executive Assistant; was also script supervisor on such films as 'Davy Crockett: King of the Wild Frontier' (1955), 'A Kiss Before Dying' (1956), 'No Down Payment' (1957), 'The Last Angry Man' (1959), 'Sergeant Rutledge' (1960), 'Midnight Lace' (1960), 'One-Eyed Jacks' (1961), 'Boys' Night Out' (1962), 'Move Over, Darling' (1963), 'Boeing, Boeing' (1965), 'Play It Again, Sam' (1972) and 'Convoy' (1978)
31. Jean Porter
Actress | Bud Abbott and Lou Costello in Hollywood
One of MGM's more vivacious secondary stars during the 40s, petite and lovely Jean Porter was born in Texas in 1925 but left the state while young to pursue her dream as an actress. Following some vaudeville experience, she made her uncredited film debut in 1939 (age 14) and slowly graduated to ...
December 8, 1922 – January 13, 2018
Actress who was a petite and vivacious supporting player in classic MGM and RKO pictures such as 'Bathing Beauty' (1944), 'Andy Hardy's Blonde Trouble' (1944), 'Abbott and Costello in Hollywood' (1945), 'Till the End of the World' (1946) and 'Cry Danger' (1951)
32. Hugh Wilson
Writer | Blast from the Past
Hugh Wilson was born on August 21, 1943 in Miami, Florida, USA as Hugh Hamilton Wilson Jr. He was a writer and producer, known for Blast from the Past (1999), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and Frank's Place (1987). He was married to Charters Smith. He died on January 14, 2018 in Charlottesville, ...
August 21, 1943 – January 14, 2018
Writer, director and producer best known for creating, executive producing and writing for the classic 1978-1982 sitcom 'WKRP in Cincinnati' and for directing the films 'Police Academy' (1984) and 'The First Wives Club' (1996); shared the three Emmy nominations 'WKRP' received for Outstanding Comedy Series and went on to create the 1987-88 sitcom 'Frank's Place,' which was also nominated as Outstanding Comedy Series and won him an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series; also received the Humanitas Prize for one episode each of 'WKRP' and 'Frank's Place' and later earned Emmy nominations for writing and directing the pilot episode of his 1989-90 sitcom 'The Famous Teddy Z'; made his feature directorial debut with the hit, six-sequel-spawning comedy 'Police Academy,' which he also co-scripted with Neal Israel and Pat Proft; subsequently wrote (or co-wrote)and directed the films 'Rustlers' Rhapsody' (1985), 'Burglar' (1987), 'Guarding Tess' (1994) and the 1999-released Brendan Fraser starrers 'Blast from the Past' and 'Dudley Do-Right'; directed one final film, the 2004 John Grisham-penned family sports drama 'Mickey,' before retiring
33. Edwin Hawkins
Soundtrack | xXx: Return of Xander Cage
The grammy award winning Edwin Hawkins has been coined, The father of contemporary gospel. He rose to fame when the choir he co-founded,The Northern California State Youth Choir, aka, The Edwin Hawkins Singers , performed a new version of the hymn, O Happy Day (1969). Radio stations in the San ...
August 19, 1943 – January 15, 2018
Gospel singer, composer, arranger, musician and choir master who led The Edwin Hawkins Singers and was best known for his arrangement of "Oh Happy Day," which became the first hymn to reach crossover pop success; was one of the originators of the urban contemporary gospel sound, a winner of four Grammy Awards -- three in the 1970s for Best Soul Gospel Performance and one in 1993 for Best Gospel Choir or Chorus Album -- and a 2007 inductee into the Christian Music Hall of Fame
Soundtrack | The Devil's Own
Dolores Mary Eileen O'Riordan was born in Ballybricken, a town 8 miles outside Limerick on Sept. 6, 1971. Her parents are Eileen and Terrance. Terrance was in a wheelchair due to a motorcycle accident. Dolores was the youngest of seven children, and one of two girls. In the late eighties, Dolores ...
September 6, 1971 – January 15, 2018
Lead singer, co-songwriter and co-guitarist of Irish alternative band The Cranberries whose distinctive lilting mezzo-soprano voice and yodel helped fuel the group's rapid rise to fame in the early 1990s with global hits such as "Dreams," "Linger" and "Zombie" -- all of which she either wrote herself or co-wrote with guitarist Noel hogan -- and helped them to become Ireland's second most successful rock band after U2
35. Peter Wyngarde
Actor | Flash Gordon
Peter Paul Wyngarde was born at the home of an aunt in Marseille, Southern France, and is the son of an English father and French mother. Owing to his father's work as a member of the British Diplomatic Service, Peter spent much of his early childhood moving from one country to another, and was ...
c. 1927 – January 15, 2018
Unique, stylish, mustached actor and international sex symbol best known for his role as novelist turned sleuth Jason King on the cult British spy-fi series 'Department S' (1969-70) and its spin-off, 'Jason King' (1971-72); also remembered for co-starring opposite Deborah Kerr on the big screen in Jack Clayton's gothic horror classic 'The Innocents' (1961), for starring in the cult horror film 'Night of the Eagle' (1962; known as 'Burn, Witch, Burn!' in the U.S.), for his role as Klytus in Mike Hodges' sci-fi cult classic 'Flash Gordon' (1980) and for playing Timanov in the 1984 'Doctor Who' serial "Planet of Fire"
36. Bradford Dillman
Actor | Sudden Impact
Dark-haired, Ivy League-looking Bradford Dillman, whose white-collar career spanned nearly five decades, possessed charm and confident good looks that were slightly tainted by a bent smile, darting glance and edgy countenance that often provoked suspicion. Sure enough, the camera picked up on it ...
April 14, 1930 – January 16, 2018
Veteran stage and screen actor who played Edmund Tyrone in the original Broadway production of Eugene O'Neill's 'Long Day's Journey Into Night' in 1958 and had his breakout film role the following year starring opposite Dean Stockwell -- who would play Edmund in the 1962 film adaptation of 'Long Day's Journey' -- in Richard Fleischer's classic crime drama 'Compulsion,' for which Dillman, Stockwell and their co-star Orson Welles all received the award for Best Actor at the Cannes Film Festival; reteamed with both Fleischer and Welles the following year for 'Crack in the Mirror' and then landed the title role in Michael Curtiz's 'Francis of Assisi' (1961); earned an Emmy nomination in 1963 for his performance in the 1962 'Alcoa Theatre' episode "The Voice of Charlie Pont" and would win a Daytime Emmy a decade later for the 1974 'ABC Afternoon Playbreak' drama "Last Bride of Salem"; starred alongside Peter Graves in the 1965-66 drama series 'Court Martial' and in Walter Grauman's 1965 film 'A Rage to Live,' the latter of which also featured Ben Gazzara, with whom Dillman would reunite two years later in John Guillermin's 'The Bridge at Remagen'; played Doctor of Animal Psychology Lewis Dixon in the Don Taylor-directed 'Escape from the Planet of the Apes' (1971), and in 1973 was seen as Willie Oban in John Frankenheimer's filmization of Eugene O'Neill's 'The Iceman Cometh' and as J.J., the best friend of Robert Redford's character in Sydney Pollack's hit romantic drama 'The Way We Were'; went on to play different police captains in two of the 'Dirty Harry' movies -- 'The Enforcer' (1976) and 'Sudden Impact' (1983) -- and to appear in two cult natural horror movies released in 1978: Irwin Allen's 'The Swarm' and Joe Dante's 'Piranha'; additional film credits include Paul Wendkos' 'Fear No Evil' (1969), James Goldstone's 'Brother John' (1971), Frankenheimer's '99 and 44/100% Dead' (1974), Jeannot Szwarc's 'Bug' (1975) and Stuart Rosenberg's 'Love and Bullets' (1979), while other episodic TV credits included recurring roles on 'Dr. Kildare' and 'Falcon Crest' and multiple characters on shows like 'The F.B.I.,' 'Barnaby Jones' and 'Murder, She Wrote'
37. John Barton
Writer | The Wars of the Roses
John Barton was born on November 26, 1928 in London, England as John Bernard Adie Barton. He is a writer and director, known for The Wars of the Roses (1965), ITV Saturday Night Theatre (1969) and All's Well That Ends Well (1968). He was previously married to Anne Righter.
November 26, 1928 – January 18, 2018
Theatre director and playwright who co-founded the Royal Shakespeare Company with the late Peter Hall; was behind the landmark 1963 theatrical adaptation of Shakespeare's 'Wars of the Roses' tetralogy that was itself adapted by Barton into a highly successful TV miniseries for the BBC in 1965; later received an Emmy nomination for his 1970 television adaptation of 'Hamlet' for 'ITV Saturday Night Theatre'
38. Dorothy Malone
Actress | Written on the Wind
The blonde, sultry, dreamy-eyed beauty of Dorothy Malone, who was born in Chicago, Illinois, took some time before it made an impact with American film-going audiences. But once she did, she played it for all it was worth in her one chance Academy Award-winning "bad girl" performance, a role quite ...
January 30, 1924 – January 19, 2018
Legendary actress best known for her Oscar-winning performance as Marylee in Douglas Sirk's 'Written on the Wind' (1956) and for playing overprotective mother Constance MacKenzie on the primetime soap 'Peyton Place' from 1964 to 1968;