Deaths in Film & TV on April 26

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1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of US US President Abraham Lincoln, shot at 26 by Union soldier Boston Corbett

  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor (b.1886)
  • 1952 Charles L Baars, Dutch actor (Women Tamers), dies at 59
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1961 Gail Russell, actress (Calcutta, Moonrise, El Paso), dies at 36
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee, stripper/actress (Pruitts of S Hampton), dies at 56
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James, South African-born British comedian, dies at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • 1981 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • 1982 Celia Johnson, British actress (Jean Brodie), dies of stroke at 73
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, actor (Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • 1986 Bessie Love, actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

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1986 [William] Broderick Crawford, American actor (Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

  • 1987 Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)

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1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne (I Love Lucy), dies of heart attack at 78

Comedienne/Actress Lucille Ball
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Lucille Ball
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, US actress (Jessie-General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor and author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Swiss-Austrian actress (b. 1926)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and film executive, dies at 85
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress and wife of Steve Allen, dies at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73