On This Day

Deaths in Film & Television in 1989

  • Jan 8 Kenneth McMillan, American actor (Malone, Concrete Beat), dies of liver disease at 56
  • Jan 13 Joe Spinell, actor (Maniac, Star Crash, Strike Force), dies at 51
  • Jan 16 Pierre Boileau, French screenwriter (Vertigo), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Romo Vincent, actor (Naked Jungle), dies
  • Jan 16 Trey Wilson, actor (Bull Durham, Twins, Raising Arizona), dies
  • Jan 19 Norma Varden, actress (Loose in London), dies
  • Jan 20 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • Jan 20 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • Jan 27 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • Jan 31 Jack Douglas, English comedian (My Brother Was an Only Child), dies at 80
  • Feb 3 John Cassavetes, Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter (Dirty Dozen, Rosemary's Baby), dies at 59
  • Feb 5 Joe Raposa, American composer and songwriter (Sesame Street), dies at 51
  • Feb 6 Andre Cayatte, French filmmaker, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 George O'Hanlon, american actor and director (Bop Girl, Zamba), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Joan Woodbury, American actress (Super Sleuth, Northwest Trail), dies at 73
  • Feb 27 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66

  • Mar 1 Josephine van Gasteren, Dutch actress & director (Bluejackets, De kleine zielen), dies at 71
  • Mar 6 Harry Andrews, English actor (Equus, Helen of Troy, Hill), dies at 77
  • Mar 12 Maurice Evans, British actor (Planet of the Apes, Bewitched), dies at 87
  • Mar 17 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Shy People, Square Pegs), dies of AIDS at 29
  • Mar 18 William Challee, actor (Desperate, Moonchild), dies
  • Mar 20 Alan Gifford [John Lennox], American actor (Time Lock, 2001: A Space Odyssey), dies at 78
  • Mar 21 Milton Frome, actor (Family Jewels), dies
  • Mar 27 May Allison, actress (Youth for Salem Men of Steel), dies
  • Mar 29 Bernard Blier, French character actor (Les Miserables; Women & War), dies at 73
  • Mar 30 Dort Clark, actor (In Harm's Way), dies
  • Apr 3 Norman Wooland, German actor (Ivanhoe, Quo Vadis, Hamlet), dies at 79
  • Apr 7 Alberto Morin, Puerto Rican actor (Two Mules for Sister Sara; Rio Grande), dies at 86
  • Apr 12 Gerald Flood, British actor (Doctor Who, Patton), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Apr 15 Charles Vanel, French actor & director (Wages of Fear), dies at 96
  • Apr 21 James Kirkwood, American actor, author and playwright (A Chorus Line, P. S. Your Cat Is Dead!), dies of cancer at 64
  • Apr 25 George Coulouris, British actor (Runaway Bus), dies at 85

Person of interestLucille Ball

Apr 26 Lucille Ball, American comedienne (I Love Lucy; Mame), dies of heart attack at 78

Actress and Comedian Lucille Ball
Actress and Comedian
Lucille Ball
  • Apr 30 Guy Williams [Armando Joseph Catalano], American actor (Zorro, Lost in Space), dies of a brain aneurysm at 65
  • May 1 Douglass Watson, American actor (Satan Murders, Another World), dies at 68
  • May 1 Marion Mack, actress (General), dies

  • May 3 Muriel Ostriche, American silent film actress dies at 92
  • May 15 Johnny Green, American singer (Body and Soul) and film score composer who won 5 Academy Awards, dies at 80
  • May 19 Robert Webber, American actor (12 Angry Men, Moonlighting, 79 Park Avenue), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 64
  • May 20 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • May 20 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies of ovarian cancer at 42
  • May 27 Jack Starrett, director/actor (Chase, Nightwish, 1st Blood), dies
  • May 31 Terry Drinkwater, American CBS news correspondent, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Jun 9 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor (b. 1915)
  • Jun 10 Richard Quine, American actor and director (How to Murder Your Wife, Clay Pigeon), commits suicide at 68
  • Jun 13 Fran Allison, actress (Kukla, Fran & Ollie), dies at 81
  • Jun 15 Ray McAnally, Irish actor (The Mission, My Left Foot, Empire State, Sicilian), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 15 Victor French, American actor (#44-Get Smart, Highway to Heaven), dies at 54
  • Jun 17 John Matuszak, American NFL defensive end (Oak Raider) and actor (The Goonies), dies of an accidental propoxyphene overdose at 38
  • Jun 21 Simon van Collem, Dutch journalist and TV host (Amsterdamned), dies at 70
  • Jun 27 Jack Beutel, actor (The Outlaw), dies
  • Jul 1 William Ching, actor (Moonlighter, Terror in Haunted House), dies
  • Jul 2 Franklin Schaffner, American film director (b. 1920)
  • Jul 3 James "Jim" Backus, American actor (Mr Magoo, Rebel Without a Cause, Gilligan's Island), dies of pneumonia at 76
  • Jul 4 Vic Perrin, American actor (Mission: Impossible), dies at 73
  • Jul 4 Jack Haig [John Cecil Coppin], English actor ('Allo, Allo!), dies of stomach cancer at 76
  • Jul 10 Mel Blanc, American voice actor, comedian best known for his Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons (Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd & Porky Pig), dies at 81
  • Jul 10 Thomas "Tommy" Trinder, British radio comedian and actor (Save a Little Sunshine, Phoenix), dies at 80

Person of interestLaurence Olivier

Jul 11 Laurence Olivier, English stage and screen acting great (Hamlet, Rebecca), dies at 82

  • Jul 18 Rebecca Schaeffer, American actress (Patti-My Sister Sam), is shot by a fan at 21
  • Jul 19 Carl-Heinz Schroth, German director and actor (Strafverteidiger), dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Mary Treen, actress (Career, Rock-a-bye Baby), dies at 71
  • Jul 24 Ernest Morrison, actor (Peggy Does Her Darndest), dies
  • Jul 28 Jeff Richards [Richard Mansfield Taylor], American actor (Don't Go Near the Water), dies of acute respiratory failure at 64
  • Aug 11 John Meillon, actor (Wild Duck, Crocodile Dundee), dies
  • Aug 15 F de Jong Edz, Dutch historian/director (IISG), dies
  • Aug 16 Amanda Blake [Beverly Louise Neill], American actress (Gunsmoke), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 Johannes "Jan" Teulings, Dutch actor (Lentelied, The Three Wishes), dies of natural causes at 84
  • Aug 30 Joe De Santis, American actor, dies at 80
  • Sep 4 Georges Simenon, Belgian born writer and director (Maigret detective novels), dies at 86
  • Sep 9 Tim Hovey, actor (Slim Carter, Man Afraid), dies of a drug overdose
  • Sep 19 Guido de Moor, actor (Flanagan, Because of the Cats), dies
  • Sep 22 Jan Teulings, Dutch actor and director (Dorp aan de Rivier), dies
  • Oct 4 Graham Chapman, English comedian (Monty Python, Life of Brian), dies of cancer at 48

Person of interestBette Davis

Oct 6 Bette Davis, American actress (All About Eve, White Mama), dies at 81

Actress Bette Davis
Actress
Bette Davis
  • Oct 11 Paul Shenar, actor (Deadly Force, Dream Lover), dies at 53
  • Oct 12 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • Oct 13 Cesare Zavattini, Italian screenwriter (Ladri di Biciclette), dies at 87
  • Oct 14 Michael Carmine, actor (Batteries Not Included), dies at 30
  • Oct 16 Cornel Wilde [Kornel Lajos Weisz], Hungarian-American actor (Sword of Lancelot, High Sierra, 5th Musketeer), dies at 74
  • Oct 20 Anthony Quayle, British actor (Anne of 1000 Days, Lawrence of Arabia), dies from liver cancer at 76
  • Oct 21 Jean Image, Hungarian-born French animator (b. 1910)
  • Oct 22 Roland Winters [Winternitz], American actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers, Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), dies at 84
  • Oct 23 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • Nov 6 Yusaku Matsuda, Japanese actor (Detective Story), dies of cancer at 40
  • Nov 17 Billy Lee, actor (Sons of Legion, Biscuit Eater), dies
  • Nov 20 Lynn Bari [Margaret Schuyler Fisher], American actress (Shock, Nocturne, 6 Gun Law), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Nov 25 Frank M Thomas, actor (Behind the Headlines, M'Liss), dies
  • Dec 6 Frances Beauvier, actress (Aunt Bee, Mayberry), dies at 86
  • Dec 6 John Payne, American actor (The Restless Gun, Miracle on 34th Street), dies aged 77
  • Dec 7 William Calhoun, professional wrestler (b. 1934)
  • Dec 7 Haystacks Calhoun, American professional wrestler, dies at 55
  • Dec 14 Jock Mahoney [Jacques Joseph O'Mahoney], American actor & stuntman (Dallas, Yancy Derringer, Day of Fury), dies of a stroke at 70
  • Dec 15 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), dies at 79
  • Dec 15 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Aileen Pringle, actress (Age of Consent, Convicted, Night Parade), dies
  • Dec 16 Lee Van Cleef, American actor (Good, Bad & Ugly), dies at 64
  • Dec 16 Silvana Mangano, Italian actress (Death in Venice, Barabbas), dies at 59
  • Dec 20 Audrey Christie, American actress (Splendor in the Grass, Fair Exchange), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 72
  • Dec 26 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
  • Dec 30 Madoline Thomas, actress (Girl in the Canal), dies