On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on August 11

  • 1961 Antanas Škėma, Lithuanian writer actor and director (b. 1910)
  • 1973 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • 1975 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67
  • 1980 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • 1982 Tom Drake [Alfred Sinclair Alderdice], American actor (Meet Me In St. Louis; Warlock), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • 1988 Anne Ramsey, American actress (Throw Mama from the Train), dies of cancer at 59
  • 1989 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies
  • 1994 Dorothy Grenfell Williams, radio producer and broadcaster, dies at 60
  • 1994 Mark "Red" Mitchell, American actor (JFK, 8 Seconds, Want to Live), dies at 33

Person of interestPeter Cushing

1994 Peter Cushing, actor (Star Wars, Dr Who), dies of cancer at 81

  • 1995 Phil Harris [Wonga Philip], American actor and singer (Anything Goes, Robin Hood), dies of heart failure at 91
  • 1995 Wilbur Stark, tV/film producer, dies at 83
  • 2005 James Booth [David Geeves], British actor and screenwriter (Zulu, Keeping Mum), dies at 77
  • 2007 Franz Antel, Austrian filmmaker (Der Bockerer), dies at 94
  • 2008 Sir William "Bill" Cotton, British television producer and executive (Noel Gay TV), dies at 80
  • 2008 George Furth, American actor and director (Tammy, Good Guys, Dumplings), dies at 75
  • 2012 Sid Waddell, English darts commentator (the 'Voice of Darts'; Granada, BBC, Sky Sports), dies from bowel cancer at 72

Person of interestRobin Williams

2014 Robin Williams, American actor and comedian (Mork & Mindy, Good Will Hunting), commits suicide by hanging himself at 63

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
Actor and Comedian
Robin Williams
  • 2020 Trinidad "Trini" Lopez, American singer and guitarist ("If I Had A Hammer"; "Lemon Tree"), and actor (The Dirty Dozen) dies of COVID-19 at 83
  • 2020 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), dies at 97