On This Day

Actors and Actresses Who Died in 1942

  • Jan 3 Pauline Beersmans [PLJM van Cuyck], Flemish actress, dies at 70
  • Jan 16 Carole Lombard [Jane Alice Peters], American actress (My Man Godfrey; To Be or Not to Be), dies in a plane crash at 33
  • Jan 31 Rolf Wenkhaus, German actor (Spoiling the Game, S.A.-Mann Brand), dies when his plane is shot down during WWII at 24
  • May 10 Joseph M Weber, comedian/singer (Weber & Lewis Fields), dies at 74
  • May 13 Hyam Greenbaum, British violinist, composer and conductor of the 1st TV orchestra (BBC), dies of alcohol-related problems at 41

John Barrymore

May 29 John Barrymore, American actor (Beloved Rogue, Dinner at 8), dies from cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure at 60

  • Jul 14 Neel Doff, Dutch Belgian writer, writing in French, dies at 84
  • Sep 10 Nachman N "Neddy" Bamberg, actor, dies in Auschwitz at 63
  • Sep 28 Eva Thatcher, American actress, dies at 80
  • Oct 20 May Robson, Australian born actress (Star is Born, Reckless), dies at 84
  • Oct 23 Ralph Rainger, American film composer, dies at 41

George M. Cohan

Nov 5 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President; Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

  • Nov 11 Hector Abbas, Flemish actor and director (Rosa Lynd Company), dies at 58
  • Nov 16 Joseph Schmidt, Austrian-Hungarian tenor and actor (Der Liebesexpreß, A Star Fell from Heaven), dies from a heart attack at 38
  • Nov 30 Buck Jones [Charles F Gebhart], American Western actor (Just Pals, Forbidden Trails, War Horse), dies in a fire at 50
  • Dec 2 Karen Jønsson née (Pedersen), Danish jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, composer, and actress, dies of pneumonia at 33