Being the end of the year, we felt it appropriate to remember those who’ve passed from the frock flick world into the firmament forever. Those listed here played some part in making historical costume movies or TV better over the years.
Nicholas Amer (1923–2019)
Diahann Carroll (1935–2019)
Tony Award-winning Broadway singer and actor who appeared in the film version of Porgy and Bess (1959) and historical TV shows Roots: The Next Generations (1979), Lonesome Dove: The Series (1994-1995), The Courage to Love (2000), and Sally Hemings: An American Scandal (2000).
Carol Channing (1921–2019)
Tony Award-winning Broadway singer and actor who could barely be contained in films like The First Traveling Saleslady (1956) and Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967).
Doris Day (1922–2019)
Chart-topping singer and actor who ventured into historical fare with On Moonlight Bay (1951), By the Light of the Silvery Moon (1953), Calamity Jane (1953), and The Ballad of Josie (1967).
Stanley Donen (1924–2019)
Best-known as the director of Singin’ in the Rain (1952).
Freda Dowie (1928–2019)
British actor featured in historical TV series such as The Brontës of Haworth (1973), Upstairs, Downstairs (1974), I, Claudius (1976), Lillie (1978), The Old Curiosity Shop (1979-1980), The Pickwick Papers (1985), Distant Voices, Still Lives (1988), Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (1990), and Middlemarch (1994).
Albert Finney (1936–2019)
Welsh actor who starred in historical films and TV shows including Tom Jones (1963), Scrooge (1970), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Duellists (1977), Annie (1982), Nostromo (1996), Washington Square (1997), The Gathering Storm (2002), My Uncle Silas (2001-2003), and Amazing Grace (2006).
Rutger Hauer (1944–2019)
Dutch action hero who appeared in historical movies and TV shows such as Cyrano de Bergerac (1975), Eureka (1983), Ladyhawke (1985), Flesh+Blood (1985), Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994), Nostradamus (1994), The Call of the Wild (1997), Simon Magus (1999), The Mill and the Cross (2011), Francesco (2014), Galavant (2015), Admiral (2015), The Last Kingdom (2015), Drawing Home (2016), Mata Hari (2016), Samson (2018), The Sisters Brothers (2018), and Emperor (unreleased).
Pierre L’Homme (1930–2019)
Paul Le Blanc (1946–2019)
Academy Award-winning Canadian make-up and hair/wig artist for TV shows and movies such as Little Gloria … Happy at Last (1982), Amadeus (1984), Places in the Heart (1984), Mrs. Soffel (1984), Valmont (1989), Come See the Paradise (1990), Harlow: The Blonde Bombshell (1993), The Mask of Zorro (1998), and O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000).
Serge Merlin (1932–2019)
French actor who appeared in historical movies and TV series including The Song of Roland (1978), Quand flambait le bocage (1978), Le roi Lear (1981), Danton (1983), Nous deux (1992), La rivière Espérance (1995), The Count of Monte Cristo (1998), Nicolas Le Floch (2009), L’énergumène (2011), and One Nation, One King (2018).
André Previn (1929–2019)
Academy Award-winning German musician and composer for historical films such as Gigi (1958), Porgy and Bess (1959), Long Day’s Journey Into Night (1962), My Fair Lady (1964), Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967), The Music Lovers (1971), and Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974).
Clive Swift (1936–2019)
British actor featured in historical TV shows and movies such as The Wars of the Roses (1965), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1968), Dombey and Son (1969), Canterbury Tales (1969), South Riding (1974), Romeo and Juliet (1976), Henry IV, Part I (1979), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1980), Excalibur (1981), Winston Churchill: The Wilderness Years (1981), The Barchester Chronicles (1982), Martin Luther, Heretic (1983), Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1984), A Passage to India (1984), The Pickwick Papers (1985), and Aristocrats (1999).
Rip Torn (1931–2019)
American actor featured in historical TV shows and movies including The Blue and the Gray (1982), Cross Creek (1983), Dream West (1986), J. Edgar Hoover (1987), Nadine (1987), April Morning (1988), Pair of Aces (1990), Beautiful Dreamers (1990), Where the Rivers Flow North (1993), Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994), Marie Antoinette (2006), and The Golden Boys (2008).
Piero Tosi (1927–2019)
BAFTA Award-winning Italian costume designer for films such as Senso (1954), Careless (1962), The Leopard (1963), The Damned (1969), Medea (1969), Death in Venice (1971), Ludwig (1973), The Night Porter (1974), L’Innocente (1976), Beyond Good and Evil (1977), Lady of the Camelias (1981), La Traviata (1983), and Sparrow (1993).
Franco Zeffirelli (1923–2019)
Italian director and screenwriter of films including The Taming of the Shrew (1967), Romeo and Juliet (1968), Brother Sun, Sister Moon (1972), Jesus of Nazareth (1977), Young Toscanini (1988), Hamlet (1990), Sparrow (1993), Jane Eyre (1996), and Tea With Mussolini (1999).
Have we left out anyone else who left the world of historical costume movies and TV in 2019?