10 Celebrities Who Have Battled Lung Cancer

  • Buddy Adler- 1909-1960

    Maurice Buddy Adler was a producer for MGM, Columbia and 20th Century Fox. He won his first academy award in 1953 for the film, From Here to Eternity.

    Adler died from lung cancer at the age of 51.

  • Bing Crosby 1903-1977

    Bing Crosby was a famous singer and actor, and his unique voice made him one of the country's best-selling recording artists well into the rock era. In 1948, polls declared him the most admired man alive. Crosby died on a golf course from a cause of a heart attack, but earlier in his life he had suffered from cancerous lung tumors.

  • Bebe Daniels 1901- 1971 Daniels started out as a child star in silent films, and later in life evolved into a lead actress in early Hollywood films like Miss Bluebird, The Manicure Girl, and Wild, Wild Susan. She retired from her successful acting career in 1935.Daniels died of a cerebral hemorrhage in December 1971, but she had also suffered from lung tumors.
  • Paul Newman 1925 2008 Paul Newman was known for his rugged good looks and his many memorable films such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke. Newman went to high school in Cleveland, Ohio, but was kicked out for disorderly behavior. He was sent to the Navy during World War II, and afterward he attended Yale Universitys school of drama. Unfortunately, early in his life Newman was a chain smoker, and eventually it caught up with him. He died of lung cancer in 2008 at his home in Connecticut.
  • Vincent Price 1911 1993 Vincent Price was well-known for his very dark-toned, creepy voice which he lent to many voice-over roles later in life. As a younger actor he starred in horror films such as House of Wax and The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Price was a lifelong smoker. He suffered from emphysema and Parkinsons disease, and eventually died of lung cancer on October 25, 1993
  • Dean Martin 1917 1995 A talented actor and singer, Dean Martin was famous for being part of the Rat Pack with Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr. and others. One of his major film roles was as Sam Harmon in Oceans Eleven. He also starred in acclaimed films such as Whos Been Sleeping in my Bed? and Toys in the Attic, alongside other icons like Marlon Brando and Shirley McClain. The lights of the Las Vegas strip were dimmed in his honor when Martin passed away on Christmas Day of 1995 from acute respiratory failure, which was caused by a lifetime of smoking.
  • George Harrison 1943 2001 Id rather be a musician than a rock star, were the words of one-time Beatle George Harrison. The talented musician played 26 instruments, and wrote several classic songs, including Something and My Sweet Lord. He was married to Pattie Boyd, who left him for Eric Clapton. Clapton and Harrison remained friends, and called each other husbands-in-law.Harrison died on November 29, 2001 from lung cancer that had spread to his brain.
  • Rosemary Clooney 1928 2002 Rosemary Clooney was a singer and actress who produced hits such as Come on-a my house. She starred alongside Bing Crosby in the classic film White Christmas, and she had her own variety television show called The Rosemary Clooney Show. Clooney died of lung cancer in 2001. Her nephew, actor George Clooney, was one of the many who attended the funeral.
  • John Wayne 1907 1979 John Wayne made his name playing the gunslinger role in innumerable westerns. He started off doing small parts for director John Ford, and eventually rose to the top. Some of his better-known films include Stage Coach and The Alamo. The Duke was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1964 and had to have his entire left lung removed. He died of stomach cancer on June 11, 1979
  • Walt Disney 1901 1966 On a train ride home one day, Walt Disney started doodling on a piece of paper. This simple little doodle birthed the most famous cartoon in history, Mickey Mouse. Disney and his company went on to create more characters, and to produce animated films such as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Pinocchio, and Bambie. Walt Disney died from lung cancer in 1966, his legacy continues in his namesake theme parks and entertainment company.