Deaths in Film & Television in August 1985

  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall, actor (Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 10 Kenny Backer, comedian (Time Bandits), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, actress (Elizabeth-Lime Street), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, actress (Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77