Deaths in Film & TV on August 17

  • 1963 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1970 Rattana Pestonji, Thai filmmaker (b. 1908)
  • 1971 Horace McMahon, American actor (Detective Story, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies from a heart ailment at 65
  • 1974 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), dies at 81
  • 1975 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • 1976 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), dies of natural causes at 63
  • 1976 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), dies of leukaemia at 49
  • 1979 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1982 Barney Phillips [Bernard Philip Ofner], American actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies from cancer at 68
  • 1987 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman, The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 1988 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, American actress and singer (Hello Dolly), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1990 Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • 1991 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer at 63
  • 1995 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995 Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 2008 František Zvarík, Slovakian stage actor (Slovak National Theatre), dies at 87
  • 2015 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78