On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on August 20

  • 1974 Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • 1976 Phyllis Konstam, British actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • 1982 Ulla Jacobsson, Swedish actress (Zulu, One Summer of Happiness), dies of bone cancer at 53
  • 1986 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • 1986 Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • 1991 Betty Bowden, British dancer/actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • 1993 Sydney Arnold, British comic actor (The Meaning of Life, Top Secret!, Miss Jones & Son), dies at 93
  • 1994 Aleksander Petrovic, film Director, dies at 65
  • 1995 Vladimír Škutina, Czechoslovakian writer and actor (Hvezda jede na jih), dies of cancer at 64
  • 2001 Kim Stanley [Patricia Reid], American actress (Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Chase, Right Stuff), dies at 76
  • 2006 Claude Blanchard, French-Canadian singer, comedian and actor, dies at 74
  • 2008 Margaret Douglas, chief political adviser (BBC), dies at 73
Comedienne and Actress Phyllis Diller
Comedienne and Actress
Phyllis Diller
  • 2015 Melody Patterson, American actress (F Troop) dies at 66
  • 2016 Brian Rix [Lord Rix], British actor and activist (Mencap), dies at 92

Person of interestJerry Lewis

2017 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Jerry Lewis