On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on August 5

  • 1925 Jennie Lee, American actress (The Birth of a Nation), dies at 76
  • 1931 Ullrich Haupt, Prussian actor (Morocco, Du Barry-Woman of Passion), accidentally shot at 43
  • 1955 Carmen Miranda, Portuguese-born Brazilian samba singer and actress (Down Argentine Way), dies of a heart attack at 46
  • 1955 Suzan (Susan) Ball, American actress, dies of cancer at 21
  • 1961 Eva JC Beck, actress (Elckerlyc, Resurrection), dies at 63

Person of interestMarilyn Monroe

1962 Marilyn Monroe [Norma Jean Mortenson], American actress (Some Like It Hot), found dead of an apparent self-inflicted drug overdose at 36

  • 1972 Frederic Tozere, American stage and screen actor (Stanley - "Mr. Phillips"), dies at 71
  • 1977 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 91
  • 1978 Queenie Smith, American actress/dancer (Funny Side), dies at 79
  • 1982 Wanda Rotha, actress (Mrs Fitzherbert), dies at 72
  • 1983 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66

Person of interestRichard Burton

1984 Richard Burton, Welsh stage and screen actor (Cleopatra, The Robe), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 58

Stage and Screen Actor Richard Burton
Stage and Screen Actor
Richard Burton
  • 1987 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor (Cold Summer of 1953) named as a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), dies at 64
  • 1988 Ralph Meeker [Rathgeber], American actor (Mister Roberts, Anderson Tapes, Night Stalker), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1994 Amy Sacks, producer (ABC sports, Disney), dies of Lupus at 39
  • 1996 Bruce Howard Lidington, actor (Sword of Valiant, Mosses), dies at 46

Person of interestAlec Guinness

2000 Alec Guinness, British actor (The Ladykillers, The Bridge on the River Kwai), dies of liver cancer at 86

  • 2002 Josh Ryan Evans, American actor (b. 1982)
  • 2002 Chick Hearn, American NBA broadcaster (called 3,338 LA Lakers games), dies at 85
  • 2009 Budd Schulberg, American screenwriter and novelist (On the Waterfront), dies at 95
  • 2015 George Cole, English actor (Minder), dies at 90
  • 2018 Charlotte Rae, American character actress, comedian, singer and dancer (Edna-Facts of Life), dies at 92