R.I.P. 2012

As I reflect on the passing of these entertainers who have made their mark on classic movies, I'm grateful for the contributions they have made to my favorite period in film. Many of the people on this list were widely recognized and revered until the end of their lives. All were primarily actors unless otherwise noted.

Please let me know in the comments if I have missed anyone who you feel belongs on the list!

Peggy Ahern (Our Gang)



Turhan Bey (Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Arabian Nights)


Ernest Borgnine (Marty, The Wild Bunch)


Ray Bradbury (Novelist, Fahrenheit 451)


Dave Brubeck (Musician, All Night Long)


Phyllis Diller (Boy, Did I Get a Wrong Number!, Eight on the Lam)


Andy Griffith (A Face in the Crowd, The Andy Griffith Show)


Celeste Holm (All About Eve, Road House)

Mila Parély (La belle et la bête, Le plaisir)


Ben Gazzara (Anatomy of a Murder, The Strange One)


Larry Hagman (Fail-Safe, Dallas, I Dream of Jeannie)

Charles Higham (Hollywood Biographer)


Davy Jones (Musician, Head)


Elyse Knox (The Mummy's Tomb, Joe Palooka series)

Jeni Le Gon (Dancer, Hi-De-Ho, I Walked With A Zombie)

Herbert Lom (A Shot in the Dark, The Phantom of the Opera)

Susan Luckey (Carousel, The Music Man)


Tony Martin (Ziegfeld Girl, 'Till the Clouds Roll By)


Patricia Medina (Aladdin and His Lamp, Mr. Arkadin, married to Joseph Cotten, above)


Hideaki Nitani (Tokyo Drifter)

Frank Pierson (screenwriter, Cat Ballou, Cool Hand Luke)

Joyce Redman (Tom Jones, Othello)


Ann Rutherford (Gone With the Wind, The Andy Hardy series )


Ravi Shankar (Soundtrack, The Apu Trilogy)


Warren Stevens (Forbidden Planet, Barefoot Contessa)


Martha Stewart (In a Lonely Place)


Joan Taylor (Earth Vs. the Flying Saucers, The Rifleman)


Phyllis Thaxter (Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Tenth Avenue Angel)


Keiko Tsushima (Seven Samurai)

William Windom (To Kill a Mockingbird, One Man's Way)


Jack Klugman (12 Angry Men, The Odd Couple, Quincy)

Harry Carey Jr. (Red River, Rio Grande)

All photos from Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons

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