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 in Hindi and Telugu movies (Shola Aur Shabnam; Deewana), dies at 19 of injuries and internal bleeding after falling from balcony of her 5th-floor apartment
  • 2001 Brother Theodore, German-American comedian, dies at 94
  • 2005 Debralee Scott, American actress (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman - "Cathy"; 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