Deaths in Film & TV on August 1

  • 1821 Elizabeth Inchbald [Simpson], English actress and author (Lovers' Vows, Lady Abbess), dies at 68
  • 1970 Frances Farmer, American actress (Son of Fury, Flowing Gold, Among the Living), dies from esophageal cancer at 56
  • 1975 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68

Strother MartinStrother Martin (1919-1980)

American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of a heart attack at 61

  • 1981 (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayefsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, dies of cancer at 58
  • 1983 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • 1987 Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • 1987 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor at 92
  • 1988 Florence Eldridge [McKechnie], American Broadway stage and screen actress (Long Day's Journey Into Night; The Swan; Inherit The Wind), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • 1991 Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
  • 1992 Kenny Sacha, American actor (Buffy the Vampire Slayer film), dies of AIDS at 39
  • 1995 Loudi Nijhoff, Dutch actress (Alicia, Van Geluk Gesproken), dies
  • 1998 Eva Bartok, Hungarian-born actress (Crimson Pirate), dies at 72
  • 2003 Marie Trintignant, French actress (b. 1962)
  • 2010 Robert F. Boyle, American production designer and art director, dies at 100
  • 2015 Cilla Black [Priscilla White], British pop singer ("Anyone Who Had a Heart"), and TV personality (Blind Date), dies at 72
  • 2019 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), dies at 94
  • 2020 Wilford Brimley, American character actor (Our House; Cocoon; Quaker Oats commercials), dies at 85 [1]