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Deaths in Film & Television in 2019

  • Jan 2 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • Jan 2 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • Jan 15 Carol Channing, American actress, singer and comedian (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Hello Dolly), dies at 97
  • Jan 17 Windsor Davies, British actor (It Ain't Half Hot Mum), dies at 88
  • Jan 20 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), dies at 97
  • Jan 21 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times) dies at 93
  • Jan 21 Kaye Ballard, American actress and comedienne (Kaye-Mothers-in-Law), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Jonas Mekas, American avant garde filmmaker and film critic, dies at 96
  • Jan 26 Michel Legrand, French composer, film arranger and jazz musician (Summer of '42, Windmills of Your Mind), dies at 86
  • Feb 7 Albert Finney, English actor (The Dresser, Under the Volcano), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Jan-Michael Vincent, actor (Hooper, Tribes, Buster & Billie), dies of cardiac arrest at 74
  • Feb 21 Peter Tork [Thorkelson], American musician and actor (The Monkees), dies from complications of adenoid cystic carcinoma at 77
  • Feb 21 Stanley Donen, American film director and producer (Singin' in the Rain , Bedazzled, Damn Yankees), dies at 94
  • Feb 23 Katherine Helmond, American actress and director (Soap, Mona-Who's the Boss), dies at 89
  • Feb 27 Nathaniel Taylor, American actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 André Previn, German born American conductor (London Symphony), film scorer (My Fair Lady) and pianist, dies at 89

Person of interestLuke Perry

Mar 4 Luke Perry, American actor (Beverly Hills 90210, Riverdale), dies after a stroke at 52

Actor Luke Perry
Actor
Luke Perry
  • Mar 4 King Kong Bundy [Christopher Pallies], American pro wrestler (WWF), dies at 61
  • Mar 25 Cal Ramsey, American basketball broadcaster, small forward (NY Knicks), dies of cardiac arrest at 81
  • Apr 7 Seymour Cassel, American actor (Faces, Plain Clothes, Valentino), dies at 84
  • Apr 11 Monkey Punch [Kazuhiko Kato], Japanese manga cartoonist (Lupin III), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Apr 14 Birgitta "Bibi" Andersson, Swedish actress (Persona, Wild Strawberries), dies at 83
  • Apr 16 Fay McKenzie, American actress and singer (The Party, Sierra Sue), dies at 101
  • Apr 18 Mark Medoff, American playwright, director, actor and professor (Children of a Lesser God), dies at 79
  • Apr 24 Dick Rivers [Hervé Forneri], French rock and roll singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Apr 29 John Singleton, American director and screenwriter (Boyz in the Hood), dies of a stroke at 51
  • Apr 30 Peter Mayhew, British American actor (Chewbacca in Star Wars), dies at 74
  • May 9 Freddie Starr, English comedian & singer (The Freddie Starr Showcase), dies at 76
  • May 11 Harold Lederman, American boxing judge & analyst (HBO), dies of cancer at 79

Person of interestDoris Day

May 13 Doris Day [Kappelhoff], American singer, animal welfare activist and actress known as the "girl next door" actress (Pillow Talk, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies of pneumonia at 97

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • May 30 Frank Lucas, American drug kingpin (fictionalised in 2007 film "American Gangster"), dies at 88
  • Jun 5 Robert Earle, American TV host (GE College Bowl), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Girish Karnad, Indian playwright and filmmaker (Tuglaq), dies at 81
  • Jun 12 Sylvia Miles, American actress (Midnight Cowboy, Farewell My Lovely), dies at 94
  • Jul 3 Arte Johnson, American comedian (Laugh-in, Don't Call Me Charlie), dies at 90
  • Jul 6 Cameron Boyce, American actor (Mirrors, Jessie), dies from an epileptic seizure at 20

  • Jul 9 Rip Torn [Elmore Rual Torn Jr], American actor, voice artist and comedian (The Larry Sanders Show), dies at 88
  • Jul 10 Jim Bouton, American baseball pitcher, author and broadcaster (NY Yankees, MLB All Star 1968, "Ball Four"), dies of cerebral amyloid angiopathy at 80
  • Jul 19 Rutger Hauer, Dutch actor (Blade Runner, Ladyhawke, Osterman Weekend), dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Nick Buoniconti, American NFL linebacker (Miami Dolphins) and sportscaster (NBC), dies at 78
  • Aug 1 [Donn Alan] DA Pennebaker, American documentary filmmaker (Don't Look Back), dies at 94
  • Aug 16 Peter Fonda, American actor (Easy Rider, Ulee's Gold), dies at 79
  • Aug 16 Anna Quayle, British actress (A Hard Day's Night, Stop the World - I want to Get Off), dies at 86
  • Aug 18 Jack Whitaker, American sportscaster (ABC, CBS), dies of natural causes at 95
  • Aug 23 Sheila Steafel, South African British actress (The Frost Report), dies at 84
  • Aug 27 Jessi Combs, American auto racer, television personality (women’s land speed class record [4 wheels] 2013, 16), dies in jet-powered high-speed race car crash at 39
  • Aug 30 Valerie Harper, American actress (The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Rhoda), dies of cancer at 80
  • Aug 30 Franco Columbu, Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor and author (Mr. Olympia 1976, 81), dies at 78
  • Sep 17 Cokie Roberts, American pioneering newscaster (ABC, NPR), dies of cancer at 75
  • Sep 28 José José 'The Prince of Song' [José Rómulo Sosa Ortiz], Mexican singer and actor, dies at 71
  • Oct 1 Peter Sissons, British newsreader (BBC, ITV, Question Time), dies at 77
  • Oct 4 Diahann Carroll, American actress (Julia, Claudine, Dominique-Dynasty), dies at 84

Person of interestRip Taylor

Oct 6 Rip Taylor, American actor and comedian (Gong Show, $1.98 Beauty Show), dies at 88

Comedian and Actor Rip Taylor
Comedian and Actor
Rip Taylor
  • Oct 11 Robert Forster [Foster], American actor (Medium Cool, Jackie Brown), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 16 John Clarke, American actor (Mickey-Days of Our Life), dies at 88
  • Oct 26 Robert Evans, American producer and actor (Love Story, The Godfather, Chinatown), dies at 89
  • Oct 29 Barry Frank, American television sports impresario (CBS, ABC and IMG), dies of pulmonary problems at 87
  • Oct 29 John Witherspoon, American actor (Friday), dies at 77
  • Oct 30 Ron Fairly, American baseball utility and broadcaster (MLB All Star 1973, 77; LA Dodgers, Montreal Expos; Seattle Mariners), dies from cancer at 81
  • Nov 2 Walter Mercado, Puerto Rican astrologist and actor, dies at about 87
  • Nov 24 Clive James, Australian television presenter, poet and critic, dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Shelley Morrison, American actress (General Hospital, Will & Grace), dies at 83
  • Dec 8 Caroll Spinney, American puppeteer behind Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street (1969-2018), dies at 85
  • Dec 8 Rene Auberjonois, American actor and voice artist (Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, God of War), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 11 David Bellamy, English botanist and TV presenter, dies at 86
  • Dec 12 Danny Aiello, American actor (Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing), dies at 86
  • Dec 13 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • Dec 14 Anna Karina, Danish French 'New Wave' actress (Alphaville), dies at 79
  • Dec 14 Randy Colley (Moondog Rex), American pro wrestler (WWF Tag Team champion 1981), dies after undergoing amputation of his right leg at 69
  • Dec 28 Fred Graham, American newscaster and journalist (CBS News, Court TV), dies of Parkinson's disease at 88