On This Day

Deaths in Film & Television in July 1989

  • 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