Deaths in Film & TV on August 27

  • 1949 Arthur Chesney, actor (Lodger, Chelsea Life), dies at 67
  • 1964 Gracie Allen, American actress and comedienne (Burns & Allen), dies at 62
  • 1969 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • 1977 George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • 1978 Robert Shaw, British actor, novelist, and playwright (Deep, Jaws, Sting, Black Sunday), dies of heart attack at 51
  • 1979 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • 1980 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • 1980 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (b. 1947)
  • 1984 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1984 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • 1988 Mario Montenegro, Filipino actor (The Rites of May), dies at 60
  • 1990 Raymond St Jacques, American actor, director and producer, who was the 1st African-American to hold a regular role in a western series (Simon Blake- "Rawhide"), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991 Gordon Heath, actor (Sapphire, Staircase, Animal Farm), dies
  • 1993 Bob Verstraete, Dutch actor/screenwriter/director (Alicia), dies at 71
  • 1996 Greg Morris, actor (Mission Impossible), dies at 61
  • 1997 Brandon Tartikoff, TV exec (NBC), dies at 48
  • 1997 Jeep Swenson, American actor (Batman & Robin), dies of heart failure at 40
  • 2003 Jinx Falkenburg [Eugenia], American actress and well-known US cover-girl model throughout 1930s-40s, dies at 84
  • 2006 Hrishikesh Mukherjee, Indian film director (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Emma Penella, Spanish actress, dies at 76
  • 2008 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • 2010 Luna Vachon, Professional Wrestler (b. 1962)
  • 2011 Nico Minardos, Greek-American actor (The Twilight Zone, Twelve Hours to Kill), dies at 81