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Deaths in Film & Television in 1984

  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81

Person of interestBrooks Atkinson

Jan 14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

Drama Critic Brooks Atkinson
Drama Critic
Brooks Atkinson

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73
  • Feb 15 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83

Person of interestJackie Coogan

Mar 1 Jackie Coogan, American actor (Addams Family, The Kid, Oliver Twist), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Mar 2 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48

  • Mar 4 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 4 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • Mar 10 June Marlowe, actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 12 Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Dr Zorba), dies of cancer at 93
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70

  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73
  • May 4 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!; Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • May 10 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • May 12 Doris May, American silent film actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jun 7 George Givot, actor (Versatile Vaudeville), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of heat failure at 78
  • Jun 17 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), intentionally overdoses at 45
  • Jun 19 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Flashdance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • Jun 20 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • Jul 5 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
  • Jul 7 Flora Robson, actress (Great Day, Frieda), dies in her sleep at 82

  • Jul 8 Christine McIntyre, American actress and singer (The Three Stooges, The Rangers' Round-Up), dies from cancer at 73
  • Jul 14 Kenny Delmar, comedian (School House), dies at 74
  • Jul 17 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Carol Eberts Veazie, actress (Maude Endles-Norby), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (b. 1896)
  • Jul 23 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), dies of aortic aneurysm at 76
  • Jul 27 James Mason, British actor (Lolita, North by Northwest, Bloodline, Boys From Brazil), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jul 28 Bess Flowers, actress (View from Pompey's Head), dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • Jul 31 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • Aug 4 Edmond Ryan, actor (Human Monster), dies at 79 of a heart attack
  • Aug 4 Mary Miles Minter, actress (Drums of Fate), die at 82 of heart failure
  • Aug 4 Walter Burke, American actor (Jack the Giant Killer), dies at 75 of emphysema
  • Aug 4 Howard Culver, actor (Howie-Gunsmoke), dies at 66

Person of interestRichard Burton

Aug 5 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
  • Aug 8 Richard Deacon, American actor (Dick Van Dyke Show), dies of Cardiovascular disease at 62
  • Aug 13 Clyde Cook, actor (Dawn Patrol, Jazz Heaven), dies in his sleep at 92
  • Aug 26 Julie Stevens, actress (Lorelei-Big Town), dies at 67
  • Aug 27 Bernard Youens [Popley], British actor (Coronation Street, Somewhere in Politics), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • Aug 27 Billy Sands, American actor (Phil Silvers Show, McHale's Navy), dies at 73
  • Sep 1 Howland Chamberlin, American actor (Force of Evil, Pickup), dies at 73
  • Sep 2 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 E J Andre, actor (Eugene Bullock-Dallas), dies at 74

Person of interestJanet Gaynor

Sep 14 Janet Gaynor, American actress (Sunrise), dies from a traffic accident at 77

Actress Janet Gaynor
Actress
Janet Gaynor
  • Sep 17 Richard Basehart, American actor (Rage), dies following several strokes at 70

  • Sep 19 June Preisser, American acrobatic dancer and actress (Babes in Arms, Strike Up the Band), dies in a car crash at 64
  • Sep 24 Neil Hamilton, American actor (The White Rose, When Strangers Marry, Batman), dies of asthma at 85
  • Sep 25 Walter Pidgeon, Canadian actor (Mrs Miniver, Madame Curie), dies from a stroke at 87
  • Oct 5 Leonard Rossiter, British actor (Rising Damp, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Oct 16 Ken Carpenter, TV announcer (Lux Video Theater), dies at 84
  • Oct 16 Peggy Ann Garner, American actress (Little Women, Daisy Kenyon), dies of cancer at 53
  • Oct 18 Jon-Erik Hexum, American actor (Voyagers!, Cover-up), dies by a gun loaded with blanks at 26
  • Oct 22 Napoleon Whiting, actor (Silas-Big Valley), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • Oct 23 Oskar Werner, Austrian film actor and director (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Oct 24 Edith Massey, actress (Polyester, Pink Flamingos), dies at 66
  • Oct 24 Walter Woolf King, actor/TV host (Lights Cameras Action), dies at 85
  • Oct 25 Pascale Ogier, actress (Ghost Dance), dies of heart attack at 24
  • Oct 26 Sue Randall, actress (Miss Landers-Leave it to Beaver), dies at 49
  • Oct 30 June Duprez, actress (Calcutta, Tiger Fang), dies at 66
  • Oct 30 Mario Gallo, actor (Delvecchio), dies at 61
  • Oct 31 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84
  • Nov 4 Merie Earle [Ireland], American film and television character actress (The Waltons - "Maude Gormley"), dies of uremic poisoning at 95
  • Nov 7 George Matthews, actor (Chick-Glynis), dies at 73 of heart disease
  • Nov 10 Sudie Bond, American actress (Love Story, Johnny Dangerously), dies of a respiratory ailment at 56
  • Nov 13 Dorothy Arnold, actress (House of Fear, Phantom Creeps), dies at 66
  • Nov 14 George Matthews, Brooklyn New York, American actor (Chick-Glynis), dies at 73
  • Dec 6 Ruth Cummings, actress (Daybreak, Dream of Love), dies at 90
  • Dec 7 Jeanne Cagney, American actress (Lion is in the Streets, Quicksand, Kentucky Rifle), dies of cancer at 65
  • Dec 8 Luther Adler, American actor (D.O.A., The Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Dec 11 George Waggner, director/writer, dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • Dec 15 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 24 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
  • Dec 24 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61