Deaths in Film & Television in 2017

  • Jan 10 Tony Rosato, Italian-born Canadian comedian (SCTV, Saturday Night Live), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Dick Gautier, American stage and screen actor (Get Smart, Bye Bye Birdie), dies at 85

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Jan 13 William Peter Blatty, American scriptwriter and author of The Exorcist, dies at 89

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  • Jan 19 Miguel Ferrer, American actor (Robocop, NCIS LA), dies of cancer at 61
  • Jan 23 Gorden Kaye, British actor (Allo Allo), dies at 75

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Jan 25 Mary Tyler Moore, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Ordinary People), dies at 80

  • Jan 25 John Hurt, English actor (Elephant Man, Alien, Midnight Express), dies at 77
  • Jan 26 Barbara Hale, American actress (Della Street in Perry Mason), dies at 94
  • Jan 26 Mike Connors, [Krekor Ohanian], American actor (Mannix), dies at 91
  • Jan 27 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • Feb 6 Alec McCowen, English actor (Frenzy), dies at 91
  • Feb 6 "Professor" Irwin Corey, American comedian (Car Wash, Doc), dies at 102
  • Feb 7 Richard Hatch, American actor (Battlestar Galactica), dies of cancer at 71
  • Feb 13 Seijun Suzuki, Japanese cult film director, dies at 93
  • Feb 17 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • Feb 25 Bill Paxton, American actor (Titanic, Big Love), dies from surgical complications at 61
  • Mar 6 Robert Osborne, American film historian (Turner Classic Movies), dies at 84
  • Mar 12 David Burns, American actor (Music Man, Hello Dolly!), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 23 Lola Albright, American actress (A Cold Wind in August), dies at 92
  • Mar 26 Darlene Cates, American actress (What's Eating Gilbert Grape), dies at 69
  • Mar 28 Christine Kaufmann, Austrian-born actress (Town Without Pity, Red Lips), dies at 72
  • Apr 6 Don Rickles, American comedian (Don Rickles Show, CPO Sharkey), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Tim Pigott-Smith, English actor (Jewel in Crown, King Charles III), dies at 70
  • Apr 9 Peter Hansen, American actor (General Hospital), dies at 95
  • Apr 15 Clifton James, American actor (Live and Let Die), dies at 96
  • Apr 22 Erin Moran, American actress (Happy Days, Joanie Loves Chachi), dies at 56
  • Apr 24 Don Gordon [Donald Guadagno], American actor (Bullitt, Papillon), dies at 90
  • Apr 26 Jonathan Demme, American film director (Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia), dies at 73
  • Apr 27 Vinod Khanna, Indian Bollywood actor (Mera Gaon Mera Desh), dies at 70
  • May 3 Daliah Lavi [Levinbuck], Israeli actress (Casino Royale, Lord Jim), dies at 74
  • May 9 Michael Parks, American actor (Then Came Bronson), dies at 77
  • May 14 Brad Grey, American film and TV producer (Sopranos), Chairman of Paramount Pictures, dies of cancer at 59
  • May 14 Powers Boothe, American Actor (Sin City, Deadwood), dies at 68
  • May 22 Dina Merrill, American actress (Operation Petticoat, Butterfield 8), dies at 93

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May 23 Roger Moore, British actor (The Saint, James Bond), dies at 89

  • May 28 John Noakes, British TV presenter, dies at 83
  • Jun 9 Adam West, American actor (Batman, Last Precinct), dies from leukemia at 88
  • Jun 16 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere) dies from diabetes complications at 63
  • Jun 16 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), dies of cancer at 81
  • Jul 1 Heathcote Williams [John Henly Heathcote Williams], British poet, actor and political activist, dies at 75
  • Jul 8 Nelsan Ellis, American actor (True Blood), dies of complications from heart failure at 39
  • Jul 15 Martin Landau, American actor (Mission Impossible, Space 1999, Ed Wood), dies at 89
  • Jul 16 George A. Romero, American Canadian filmmaker "Father of the Zombie Film" (Night of the Living Dead), dies at 77
  • Jul 21 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71
  • Jul 25 Barbara Sinatra, American model and philanthropist, dies at 90
  • Jul 26 June Foray, American voice actress (Cinderella, Cindy Lou Who), dies at 99
  • Jul 27 Sam Shepard Ill, American actor/playwright (Frances, Crimes of the Heart), dies at 73
  • Jul 31 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), dies at 89
  • Aug 3 Robert Hardy, British actor (Harry Potter, All Creatures Great and Small), dies at 91
  • Aug 8 Glen Campbell, actor/singer (Time I Get to Phoenix), dies at 81
  • Aug 8 Barbara Cook, American stage singer and actress (Music Man), dies at 89
  • Aug 19 Dick Gregory, American comedian, civil rights activist and dietician (Bahamian Diet), dies of heart failure at 84
  • Aug 20 Jerry Lewis [Joseph Levitch], American comedian (Martin and Lewis, MDA Telethon), dies at 91
  • Aug 24 Jay Thomas [Jon Thomas Terrell], American actor and comedian (Cheers, Murphy Brown), dies of cancer at 69
  • Sep 1 Novella Nelson, American actress (Antwone Fisher, Purlie, Chiefs), dies at 78
  • Sep 2 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), dies at 90
  • Sep 13 Frank Vincent, American actor (The Sopranos), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 16 Sean Hughes, Irish stand-up comedian, writer and actor, dies at 51
  • Nov 9 John Hillerman, American actor (Magnum PI, Chinatown, Blazing Saddles), dies at 84
  • Nov 12 Liz Smith [Mary Elizabeth], American journalist and gossip columnist known as "The Grand Dame of Dish" (WNBC, NY Daily News), dies at 94
  • Nov 17 Earle Hyman, American actor (The Cosby Show, ThunderCats, Coriolanus), dies from natural causes at 91
  • Nov 19 Della Reese [Delloreese Patricia Early], American singer and actress (Della Reese Show, Royal Family), dies at 86