On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on April 26

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

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

  • 1936 Tammany Young, American actor, dies at 49
  • 1956 Edward Arnold, American actor (Mr Smith Goes to Washington), dies at 66
  • 1961 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
  • 1970 Gypsy Rose Lee [Rose Hovick], American burlesque actress (Gypsy), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • 1973 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • 1976 Allan Jackson, American newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, British-Canadian actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character & comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1980 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British 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 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 1983 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • 1984 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • 1984 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack

  • 1986 Bessie Love, American actress (Broadway Melody, Isadora), dies at 87

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

1986 Broderick Crawford, American actor (All the King's Men, Highway Patrol), dies after a series of strokes at 74

Person of interestLucille Ball

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

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • 1991 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • 1992 Alberta Vaughn, American actress (Wild Horse, Silver Devil), dies at 87
  • 1995 Alexander Knox, Canadian actor & author (Gorky Park, 2 of a Kind), dies of bone cancer at 88
  • 1996 Stirling Silliphant, American screenwriter, dies at 78
  • 1997 Joey Faye, American comedian (Joey Faye's Follies), dies at 86
  • 1997 John Beal [James Andrew Bliedung], American actor (10 Who Dare, I Am the Law, Les Misérables), dies at 87
  • 1999 Jill Dando, British television presenter, dies at 37
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor, die at 86
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise), dies at 79
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor & film executive, dies at 85
  • 2013 Jacqueline Brookes, American actress (Jack & Mike, Another World), dies at 82
  • 2015 Jayne Meadows, American actress (Dark Delusion, David and Bathsheba) & wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73