Deaths in Film & TV on April 26

Person of interestJohn Wilkes Booth

1865 John Wilkes Booth, American stage actor and assassin of 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, 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, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • 1976 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • 1976 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack 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 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer and Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • 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

Person of interestBroderick Crawford

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

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

Person of interestLucille Ball

1989 Lucille Ball, comedienne (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, 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
  • 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 (b.1961)
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2005 Maria Schell, Austrian-Swiss star of German cinema (The Last Bridge, Gervaise, Space 1999), dies at 79
  • 2005 Mason Adams, American actor (Lou Grant, Deadliest Season), dies at 86
  • 2007 Jack Valenti, American political advisor and 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) and wife of Steve Allen, dies of natural causes at 95
  • 2017 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73