On This Day

Deaths in Film & Television in 1969

  • Jan 1 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • Jan 2 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • Jan 3 Howard McNear, American actor (The Andy Griffith Show, Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 5 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 13 Wilton Graff, American actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 19 Charles Winninger, American actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island, Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 84
  • Jan 30 Allen Dulles, American Central Intelligence Agency director (1953-1961), dies of influenza complicated by pneumonia at 75

Person of interestBoris Karloff

Feb 2 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies of pneumonia at 81

  • Feb 5 Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 9 [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11 James Lanphier, American actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12 Johanna Tourniaire, Dutch actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 19 Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20 Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 23 Madhubala [Mumtaz Jehan Begum Dehlavi], Indian actress regarded as "The Venus of Indian Cinema", dies of a heart condition at 36

  • Feb 24 Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 27 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Mar 4 Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 9 Richard Crane, American character actor (Surfside 6, Rocky Jones, Space Ranger), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 13 Felix Locher, Swiss actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 15 Miles Malleson, British stage and screen actor, and writer (Kind Hearts and Coronets; Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Barbara Bates, American actress (All About Eve, It's a Great Life), commits suicide at 43
  • Mar 22 Ernst Deutsch [Dorian], Jewish-Austrian actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 25 Alan Mowbray, British actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Rex Evans, British actor (Frankenstein Meets The Wolfman; Zara; Matchmaker), dies after surgery at 65
  • Apr 5 Shelby Storck, American television producer, dies at 52
  • Apr 18 Piotr F. Scharoff, Russian-Italian actor & director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 23 Krzysztof Komeda, Polish jazz and film composer and pianist (Rosemary's Baby), dies of head injuries as the result of a fall at 37
  • Apr 25 Margarita Xirgu, Catalan stage actress, director and political radical (Bloody Wedding, Mariana Pineda), dies at 80
  • Apr 27 Dino Terranova, American actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • May 1 Ella Logan [Ina Allan], Scottish actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man, Top of the Town), dies from cancer at 56
  • May 3 Karl Freund, German cinematographer and film director (Dracula, I love Lucy, The Mummy), dies at 79
  • May 14 Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director & cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77

  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 24 Mitzi Green [Elizabeth Keno], American child actress (Huckleberry Finn; Little Orphan Annie), dies from cancer at 48
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, American actor (Star Trek Cage, The Searchers), dies of an intracranial hemorrhage at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • Jun 2 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, American actor (Waterloo Bridge, Quo Vadis, Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, British actor (Devil Doll, Invisible Ray), dies at 64
  • Jun 13 Martita Hunt, Argentine-born English actress (Great Expectations), dies at 69

Person of interestJudy Garland

Jun 22 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 23 Stanley Andrews, American actor (Mr. Deeds Goes to Town), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jun 24 Frank King, American cartoonist (Gasoline Alley), dies at 86
  • Jul 2 Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 5 Ben Alexander, American actor (Dragnet, All Quiet on the Western Front), dies of natural causes at 58
  • Jul 5 Leo McCarey, American film director (The Awful Truth), dies at 70
  • Jul 7 Erskine Sanford, American actor (Citizen Kane, Angel on My Shoulder), dies at 83
  • Jul 9 Rob de Vries, actor and director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 15 Peter Van Eyck [Götz von Eick], German actor (The Longest Day, The Wages of Fear), dies after long illness at 56

  • Jul 18 Barbara Pepper [Marion], American actress (Foreign Correspondent, Green Acres, Rogue Tavern), dies of coronary thrombosis at 54
  • Jul 26 Raymond Walburn, American actor (Christmas in July), dies after illness at 81
  • Aug 9 Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

MurderSharon Tate

Aug 9 Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 12 Dick Ryan, American actor (For Heaven's Sake, Born to be Bad), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14 Sigrid Gurie, Norwegian American actress (Algiers, Sofia, Refugee), dies from a blood clot at 58
  • Aug 16 Russell "Russ" Bender, American actor and writer (Amazing Colossal Man, Space Monster, It Conquered the World), dies at 59
  • Aug 18 Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 27 Claire Whitney, silent film actress (Blind Fools), dies at 79
  • Aug 28 Clarence Hennecke, American actor (The Strong Man, Murder by Television, Keystone Kops), dies at 74
  • Sep 1 Drew Pearson, American newscaster (Drew Pearson), dies at 71
  • Sep 5 Mitchell Ayres, orchestra leader (Hollywood Palace), dies at 58
  • Sep 9 Katherine Singleton, actress/Miss Universe (1926), dies at 65
  • Sep 14 James Anderson, American actor (To Kill a Mockingbird), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Sep 19 Rex Ingram, American actor (The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Tarzan of the Apes, The ten Commandments), dies of a heart attack at 73
  • Sep 27 Violet Farebrother, English actress (Downhill, Easy Virtue), dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Eduardo Ciannelli, Italian actor (Foreign Correspondent, Gunga Din), dies at 80
  • Oct 12 Sonja Henie, Norwegian figure skater (Olympic gold 1928, 32, 36), actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • Oct 15 Rod La Rocque, American actor (Mystery Woman), dies at 70
  • Oct 28 Constance Dowling, actress (Blind Spot), dies of cardiac arrest at 49
  • Nov 5 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 69
  • Nov 8 Kam Tong, Chinese American actor (Have Gun Will Travel, Across the Pacific, Flower Drum Song), dies at 62
  • Nov 8 Dave O'Brien [Fronabarger], American actor and writer (Reefer Madness, Kiss Me Kate, 1st Aid), dies from a heart attack at 57
  • Nov 11 Frank Newburg, American actor (Homemaker), dies at 83
  • Nov 15 Roy D'Arcy [Roy Giusti], American actor (Warning Shadows, Revolt of Zombies), dies at 75
  • Nov 28 Roy Barcroft [Howard Ravenscroft], American actor (Oklahoma!; Freckles), dies at 67
  • Dec 3 Ruth White, American actress (To Kill a Mockingbird, Up the Down Staircase), dies of cancer at 55
  • Dec 3 Mathias Wieman, German actor (The Blue Light, Fear), dies at 67
  • Dec 7 Eric Portman, actor (Naked Edge), dies from heart ailment at 66
  • Dec 7 Hugh Williams, British dramatist, actor and writer (Wuthering Heights, Bank Holiday), dies after surgery at 65
  • Dec 13 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • Dec 22 Ilse Steppat, actress (Invisible Terror), dies at 52
  • Dec 23 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • Dec 28 Henry Oscar, English stage and film actor (Saint in London), dies at 78
  • Dec 31 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69