Deaths in Film & TV on April 4

  • 1951 Al Christie, Canadian film director and producer (b. 1881)
  • 1958 Johnny Stompanato, American organized crime figure and abusive partner of actress Lana Turner, stabbed to death by her teenage daughter in self-defense at 32
  • 1963 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1970 Byron Foulger, American actor (Capt Nice, Petticoat Junction), dies at 70
  • 1979 Edgar Buchanan, American actor (Petticoat Junction), dies at 76
  • 1981 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56

Gloria SwansonGloria Swanson (1899-1983)

American actress (Airport 1975, Sunset Boulevard) and producer, dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • 1983 Jacqueline Logan, American actress and silent film leading lady (WAMPAS Baby Star), dies at 78
  • 1992 Sy Kramer, singer/comedy writer dies of cancer at 59
  • 1994 (Virginia) "Ginny" Simms, American singer (Kay Kyser Band), actress (Night and Day), and radio star, dies of a heart attack at 80 [1]
  • 1995 Kenny Everett [Maurice James Christopher Cole], British TV personality and disc Jockey, dies at 50 of an AIDS related illness
  • 1995 Priscilla Lane [Mullican], American actress (Saboteur; Arsenic and Old Lace:, Bodyguard), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • 1999 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), dies at 74
  • 2002 Harry L. O'Connor, Czech film stuntman
  • 2003 Anthony Caruso, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2003 Resortes, Mexican comedian (b. 1916)
  • 2007 Bob Clark, American film director (b. 1941)
  • 2007 Terry Hall, English ventriloquist, dies at 80
  • 2011 Juliano Mer-Khamis, Israeli actor, director, filmmaker and political activist, assassinated at 52
  • 2012 Claude Miller, French director and screenwriter, dies at 70
  • 2013 Roger Ebert, American film critic (Pulitzer Prize 1975), dies of cancer at 70
  • 2014 Margo MacDonald, Scottish national broadcaster and politician (MP for Glasgow Govan 1973-74), dies at 70
  • 2016 Chus Lampreave [María Jesús Lampreave Pérez], Spanish actress (Volver, Belle Époque), dies at 85
  • 2018 Gertrude Jeannette, African American taxi driver, playwright and film and stage actress (Shaft, Cotton Comes to Harlem), dies at 103
  • 2020 Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), dies at 94