On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on April 12

  • 1959 James Gleason, American writer and actor (Bishop's Wife, Flying Fool), dies at 76
  • 1961 Philippine "Pine" Belder [Mary de Klerk], actress, dies at 93
  • 1974 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), dies at 72

Person of interestJosephine Baker

1975 Josephine Baker, American-French song and dance revue artist (Folies-Bergere), actress, and civil rights activist, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 68

Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist Josephine Baker
Dancer, Singer, Spy and Civil Rights Activist
Josephine Baker
  • 1976 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • 1984 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • 1987 Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • 1989 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 2006 Rajkumar [Singanalluru Puttaswamayya Muthuraju], Indian actor and singer in Kannada cinema and cultural icon, dies at 76
  • 2010 Palito, Filipino comedian (b. 1934)
  • 2010 Peter Haskell, American actor (Bracken's World, Rituals), dies at 75
  • 2013 Michael France, American screenwriter, dies from complications from diabetes at 51
  • 2016 David Gest, American television producer, dies at 62
  • 2016 Anne Jackson, American stage actress (Twice Around the Park), dies at 90
  • 2019 Georgia Engel, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Georgette"; Hot In Cleveland), dies at 70

Person of interestStirling Moss

2020 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), dies at 90

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
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Stirling Moss
  • 2020 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79