Thursday, January 5, 2012

80 Famous Movie-Makers Who Died Young (Aged 50 or Less)


Causes of death mostly come from imdb.com

1.   Alan Ladd, American Actor, 1964 (Aged 50), Overdose, Probably Accidental
2.   Albert Lamorrisse, French Director, 1970, Aged 48, Helicopter Accident
3.   Andre Bazin, Legendary French Critic, 1958 (Aged 40), Leukemia
4.   Andrzej Munk, Polish Director, 1961 (Aged 39), Road Accident
5.   Audie Murphy, American Actor, 1971 (Aged 47), Plane Crash
6.   Bernie Mac, American Actor, 2008 (Aged 50), Sarcoidosis/Pneumonia
7.   Brad Davis, American Actor (‘Midnight Express’), 1991 (Aged 41), AIDS
8.   Brandon De Wilde, American Child Star (‘Shane’), 1972 (Aged 30), Road Accident
9.   Brandon Lee, American Actor, 1993 (Aged 28), Accidental Gunshot Wound
10. Brittany Murphy, American Actress, 2009 (Aged 32), Cardiac Arrest
11. Bruce Lee, Hong Kong Actor, 1973 (Aged 32), Cerebral Edema
12. Carl Mayer, Austrian Screenwriter (‘Sunrise’), 1944 (Aged 49), Cancer
13. Carmen Miranda, Portuguese Actress, 1955 (Aged 46), Heart Attack
14. Carole Lombard, American Actress, 1942 (Aged 33), Plane Crash
15. Chris Penn, American Actor, 2006 (Aged 40), Enlarged Heart
16. Conrad Veidt, German-American actor, 1943 (Aged 50), Heart Attack
17. Cyril Collard, French Director, 1993 (Aged 35), AIDS
18. Divine, American Actor, 1988 (Aged 42), Respiratory Failure
19. Dorothy Dandridge, American Actress, 1965 (Aged 41), Suicide
20. Elvis Presley, American Actor, 1977 (Aged 42), Cardiac Arrhythmia
21. Errol Flynn, American Actor, 1959 (Aged 50), Heart Attack
22. Fatty Arbuckle, American Actor, 1933 (Aged 46), Heart Attack
23. Francois Dorleac, French Actress, 1967 (Aged 26), Road Accident
24. FW Murnau, German Director, 1931 (Aged 42), Road Accident
25. George Gershwin, American Composer, 1937 (Aged 38), Brain Tumor
26. Glauber Rocha, Brazilian Director, 1981 (Aged 43), Lung Infection
27. Graham Chapman, British Actor, 1989 (Aged 48), Spinal And Throat Cancer
28. Gregg Toland, American Cinematographer, 1948 (Aged 44), Coronary Thrombosis
29. Guru Dutt, Indian Director,1964 (Aged 39), Suicide
30. Haing S. Ngor, Cambodian Actor (‘The Killing Fields’), 1996 (Aged 46), Murdered
31. Heath Ledger, Australian Actor, 2008 (Aged 28), Accidental Drug Overdose
32. Humphrey Jennings, British Director, 1950 (Aged 43), Fell From Cliff
33. Inger Stevens, Swedish Actress, 1970 (Aged 36), Suicide
34. Irving Thalberg, American Executive, 1936 (Aged 37), Pneumonia
35. James Dean, American Actor, 1955 (Aged 24), Road Accident
36. Jayne Mansfield, American Actress, 1967 (Aged 34), Road Accident
37. Jean Eustache, French Director, 1981 (Aged 42), Suicide
38. Jean Harlow, American Actress, 1937 (Aged 26), Uremic Poisoning
39. Jean Seberg, American Actress, 1979 (Aged 40), Probable Suicide
40. Jean Vigo, French Director, 1934 (Aged 29), Tuberculosis
41. John Belushi, American Actor, 1982 (Aged 33), Cocaine And Heroin Overdose
42. John Candy, American Actor, 1994 (Aged 43), Heart Attack
43. John Cazale, American Actor, 1978 (Aged 42), Bone Cancer
44. John Garfield, American Actor, 1952 (Aged 39), Coronary Thrombosis
45. John Gilbert, American Actor, 1936 (Aged 38), Heart Failure
46. Judy Garland, American Actress, 1969 (Aged 47), Accidental Barbiturate Overdose
47. Judy Holliday, American Actress, 1965 (Aged 43), Throat Cancer
48. Kay Kendall, British Actress, 1959 (Aged 33), Leukaemia
49. Laurence Harvey, British Actor, 1973 (Aged 45), Stomach Cancer
50. Leslie Howard, British Actor, 1943 (Aged 49), Killed In Plane Shot Down By Germans
51. Linda Darnell, American Actress, 1965 (Aged 41), Fire
52. Lon Chaney, American Actor, 1930 (Aged 47), Lung Cancer
53. Margaret Sullavan, American Actress, 1960 (Aged 48), Suicide
54. Marilyn Monroe, American Actress, 1962 (Aged 36), Drug Overdose
55. Mario Lanza, American Actor, 1959 (Aged 38), Heart Attack
56. Marty Feldman, British Actor, 1982 (Aged 49), Heart Attack
57. Mary Ure, British Actress, 1975 (Aged 42), Accidental Overdose
58. Matthew Garber, British Child Actor (‘Mary Poppins’), 1977 (Aged 21), Pancreatitis
59. Mauritz Stiller, Swedish Director, 1928 (Aged 45), Infective Pleurisy
60. Max Linder, French Actor-Director, 1925 (Aged 41), Suicide
61. Maya Deren, Russian-American Director, 1961 (Aged 44), Cerebral Hemorrhage
62. Mike Todd, American Producer, 1958 (Aged 50), Plane Crash
63. Montgomery Clift, American Actor, 1966 (Aged 45), Heart Attack
64. Natalie Wood, American Actress, 1981 (Aged 43), Drowning
65. Natasha Richardson, British actress, 2009 (Aged 45), Head Injury
From Skiing Accident
66. Pier Angeli, Italian actress, 1971 (Aged 39), Barbiturate Overdose
67. Rainer Werner Fassbinder, German Director, 1982 (Aged 37), Drug Overdose
68. River Phoenix, American Actor, 1933 (Aged 33), Drug-Induced Heart Failure
69. Robert Walker, American Actor, 1951 (Aged 32), Adverse Reaction
To Prescription Drugs
70. Romy Schneider, Austrian Actress, 1982 (Aged 43), Cardiac Arrest
71. Rudolph Valentino, Italian-American Actor, 1926 (Aged 31), Perforated Ulcer
72. Sabu, Indian Child Star (‘The Thief of Baghdad’), 1963 (Aged 39), Heart Attack
73. Sadao Yamamaka, Japanese Director, 1937 (Aged 29), Killed In Action In Manchuria
74. Sal Mineo, American Actor, 1976 (Aged 47), Murdered
75. Sharon Tate, American Actress, 1969 (Aged 26), Murdered
76. Steve McQueen, American Actor, 1980 (Aged 50), Lung Cancer
77. Thomas Ince,  American Producer, 1924 (Aged 42), Heart Failure
78. Tyrone Power, American Actor, 1958 (Aged 45), Heart Attack
79. Veronica Lake, American Actress, 1973 (Aged 50), Hepatitis
80. Zbigniew Cybulski, Polish Actor, 1967 (Aged 40), Struck By Train


People who died not long after the age of 50 include:
Robert Shaw, aged 51 (1978)
Grace Kelly, aged 52 (1982)
Francois Truffaut, aged 52 (1984)
Don Simpson, aged 52 (1996)
Christopher Reeve, aged 52 (2004)
Derek Jarman, aged 52 (1994)
Robert Donat, aged 53 (1958)
Pier Paulo Pasolini, aged 53 (1975)
Anthony Minghella, aged 54 (2008)
Krzysztof Kieslowski, aged 54 (1996)
Max Ophüls, aged 54 (1957)

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