Deaths in Film & TV on April 20

  • 1965 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • 1968 Marion Weeks, American silent film actress, and Ziegfield Follies singer and dancer, dies of stroke at 81
  • 1971 Cecil Parker, British actor (The Lady Vanishes, Indiscreet, Tale of 2 Cities), dies at 73
  • 1973 Robert Armstrong, American actor (Mighty Joe Young, King Kong), dies at 82
  • 1977 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • 1979 Peter Donald, British-born American actor and radio host dubbed "one of radio's great dialecticians" (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • 1982 Mimi Boesnach, actress (Wedding of Kloris & Roses), dies at 82
  • 1989 H.B. "Toby" Halicki, American filmmaker, stunt driver, and actor (Gone In 60 Seconds), killed by felled telephone pole while filming a stunt at 48
  • 1990 Alex McCrindle, Scottish actor (Star Wars, Eye of the Needle), dies at 78
  • 1991 Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • 1992 Benny Hill [Alfred Hawthorn Hill], British comedian (The Benny Hill Show), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1993 Cantinflas [Mario Moreno], Mexican actor (Around World in 80 Days, Pepe), dies from lung cancer at 81
  • 1994 Jean Carmet, French actor (Cache Cash, Miss Mona, Night Magic), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1996 Cecilia Grace Hunt Reeves Gillie, Executive (BBC), dies at 88
  • 1999 "Ravishing" Rick Rude, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • 1999 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, dies at 103
  • 2001 Maria Karnilova, American dancer and actress (Fiddler on the Roof, Ivan the Terrible), dies at 80
  • 2003 Ruth Hale, American playwright and actress (b. 1908)
  • 2011 Madelyn Pugh, American television writer (I Love Lucy), dies at 90
  • 2012 Peter Carsten, German actor and film producer actor (A Study in Terror, Mr Super Invisible), dies at 83
  • 2013 Nosher Powell, English actor and boxer, dies at 84
  • 2016 Chyna [Joanie Laurer], American professional wrestler and reality TV star, dies at 46
  • 2016 Victoria Wood, British comedian and actress, dies of cancer at 62

Tom LesterTom Lester (1938-2020)

American television actor (Green Acres - "Eb"), dies at 81 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease

  • 2022 Robert Morse, American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen singer and actor (Mad Men; How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying), dies at 90 [1]