On This Day

Deaths in Film & Television in February 2012

  • Feb 1 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • Feb 3 Ben Gazzara, American actor, dies from pancreatic cancer at 81
  • Feb 3 Zalman King, American actor and director, dies from cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Sam Coppola, American actor (Saturday Night Fever), dies at 79
  • Feb 6 Peter Breck, American actor (Black Saddle, Big Valley, Benji), dies at 82
  • Feb 7 Phil Bruns, American actor and writer (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), dies of natural causes at 80

Person of interestWhitney Houston

Feb 11 Whitney Houston, American singer (I Will Always Love You; I Wanna Dance With Somebody), and actress (The Bodyguard), dies from an accidental bathtub drowning at 48

  • Feb 12 Zina Bethune, American actress, dies from hit and run at 66
  • Feb 12 David Kelly, Irish actor (Grandpa Joe-Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fawlty Towers), dies of pneumonia and lung cancer at 82
  • Feb 15 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 57
  • Feb 16 Elyse Knox, American actress and model (Hit the Ice, Black Gold) dies at 94
  • Feb 21 Pierre Juneau, Canadian film and broadcast executive, dies at 89
  • Feb 23 Bruce Surtees, American cinematographer (Dirty Harry, Lenny), dies at 74
  • Feb 25 Erland Josephson, Swedish actor, dramatist and author (The Sacrifice, Utflykt), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88