On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on August 18

  • 1683 Charles Hart, British Shakespearean actor, dies
  • 1889 Jacques Damala [Aristides Damalas], Greek military officer and actor, dies from an overdose at 34
  • 1952 Ralph Byrd, American actor (Dick Tracy TV Show, SOS Coast Guard), dies from a heart attack at 43
  • 1962 Cleo Ridgely, silent screen actress (I Remember Mama), dies at 68
  • 1969 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • 1981 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, dies at 88
  • 1982 Beverly Bayne, actress (Romeo & Juliet, Passionate Youth), dies at 87
  • 1990 Raf Reymen, Flemish actor (Huisvuil, Het glas water), dies at 64
  • 1995 James Maxwell, American actor and director (The Portrait of a Lady, The Shadow of the Tower, The Evil of Frankenstein), dies at 66
  • 1998 Persis Khambatta, Indian actress (Star Trek, Megaforce), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • 2002 Dean Riesner, American film and television screenwriter (Bill and Coo), dies at 83
  • 2004 Elmer Bernstein, American movie music composer (The Magnificent Seven, To Kill A Mockingbird, The Age Of innocence, Thoroughly Modern Mille), dies at 82
  • 2005 Christopher Bauman, American wrestler (b. 1982)
  • 2005 Gao Xiumin, Chinese comedy actress (b. 1959)
  • 2006 Fernand Gignac, Canadian singer and actor (b. 1934)
  • 2014 Don Pardo, TV announcer (Jeopardy, Saturday Night Live), dies at 96
  • 2015 Bud Yorkin, American producer and director (All in the Family, 1959, 1960 Emmy), dies at 89
  • 2017 Zoe Laskari, Greek actress, dies at 72
  • 2019 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), dies of natural causes at 95