Today's Deaths in Film & Television History

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  • 1945 Robert Benchley, US humorist (My 10 years in a quandary), dies at 56
  • 1963 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • 1967 Florence Reed, actress (Black Panther Club), dies after illness at 84
  • 1976 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
  • 1981 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • 1982 Lee Patrick, actress (Henrietta-Topper, Maltese Falcon), dies at 75
  • 1986 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • 1986 Marcelino Sanchez, American actor (b. 1957)
  • 1986 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • 1990 Dean Hart, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1954)
  • 1993 Christopher Frank, director/actor (Annee Des Meduses), dies at 50
  • 1996 Virginia Downing, actress (Gig, Butterfield 8), dies at 92
  • 1999 Quentin Crisp, British writer, raconteur and actor (b. 1908)
  • 2007 Fernando Fernán Gómez, Spanish actor, director, academic and playwright (b. 1921)
  • 2010 Norris Church Mailer, American model and widow of Norman Mailer (b. 1949)