On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on April 5

  • 1951 Edward Rigby, British actor (Star Look Down, Young & Innocent), dies at 72
  • 1960 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • 1968 Lois Andrews [Lorraine Gourley], American actress (Dixie Dugan, Meet Me After the Show, The Desert Hawk), dies of lung cancer at 44
  • 1969 Shelby Storck, American television producer, dies at 52
  • 1972 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64
  • 1974 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49

Person of interestHoward Hughes

1976 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • 1985 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • 1988 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor and director (Juggler), dies
  • 1993 Divya Bharti, Indian actress who starred in Hindi and Telugu movies in the early 1990s (Shola Aur Shabnam, Deewana), dies at 19 of head injures and internal bleeding after falling from the balcony window of her 5th-floor apartment
  • 2001 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • 2005 Debralee Scott, American actress (Cathy-Mary Hartman, Angie), dies at 52

Person of interestCharlton Heston

2008 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • 2014 John Pinette, American comedian and actor (The Punisher, Junior), dies from an pulmonary embolism at 50
  • 2015 Richard Dysart, American actor (Leland MacKenzie-LA Law, The Last Days of Patton), dies at 86
  • 2018 Isao Takahata, Japanese anime film director, screenwriter and producer (Grave of the Fireflies, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2020 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), dies at 94