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, actor (Road to Bali, Escape to Burma), dies at 63
  • 1976 William Redfield, actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop), dies at 48
  • 1979 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1982 Barney Phillips, actor (Dragnet, Felony Squad), dies at 68
  • 1987 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor (b. 1929)
  • 1988 Victoria Shaw, actress (Alvarez Kelly, Westworld), dies
  • 1990 Pearl Bailey, actress (Landlord)/singer, dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1990 Roderick Cook, actor (Rockabye), dies of apparent heart attack at 58
  • 1991 Don Dubbins, actor (Enchanted Island, DI), dies at 63
  • 1995 David Warrilow, actor (Simon, Radio Days, Barton Fink), dies at 60
  • 1995 Howard Koch, screenwriter, dies at 92
  • 2015 Yvonne Craig, American actress (Batgirl), dies at 78