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Deaths in Film & Television in 2020

  • Jan 8 Edd Byrnes, American actor (77 Sunset Strip, Jack the Ripper), dies at 87
  • Jan 15 Rocky Johnson, Canadian pro wrestler (father of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson; with Tony Atlas first black champions in WWE history), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 75
  • Jan 17 Derek Fowlds, British actor (Yes Minister, The Basil Brush Show), dies at 82
  • Jan 21 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • Jan 28 Nicholas Parsons, British presenter, comedian and actor "the ultimate quiz show host", dies at 96

Person of interestKirk Douglas

Feb 5 Kirk Douglas [Issur Danielovitch], American actor (Spartacus, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral), dies at 103

  • Feb 7 Orson Bean, American actor and comedian (To Tell the Truth), killed in a traffic accident at 91
  • Feb 7 Nexhmije Pagarusha, Albanian singer ‘the Nightingale of Kosovo’ and actress, dies at 86
  • Feb 8 Robert Conrad [Conrad R. Falk], American actor (Wild Wild West), dies at 84
  • Feb 10 Claire Bretécher, French cartoonist (Les Frustrés), dies at 79
  • Feb 15 Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), commits suicide at 40
  • Feb 24 Katherine Johnson, American NASA mathematician (portrayed in film Hidden Figures), dies at 101
  • Mar 2 James Lipton, American actor, writer and host of Inside the Actors Studio, dies at 93

Person of interestMax Von Sydow

Mar 8 Max Von Sydow, Swedish actor (The Seventh Seal, Exorcist, Game of Thrones), dies at 90

  • Mar 15 Suzy Delair, French actress and singer (The Murderer Lives at Number 21, Utopia, White Paws), dies at 102
  • Mar 15 Roy Hudd, British comedian, radio host (News Huddlines, 1975-2001), author (Underneath The Arches), and actor (Lipstick On Your Collar), dies at 83

  • Mar 17 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Wonder Woman), dies from cancer at 84
  • Mar 22 Julie Felix, American-born British-based folk-rock singer-songwriter, and BBC presenter (The Frost Report; Once More With Felix), dies at 81

Person of interestAlbert Uderzo

Mar 24 Albert Uderzo, French cartoonist and script writer (Asterix comic books), dies at 92

Cartoonist Albert Uderzo
Cartoonist
Albert Uderzo
  • Mar 24 Gerard Schurmann, Dutch-British conductor, and composer of classical music (The Double Heart), and film scores, (The Bedford Incident) dies at 96
  • Mar 25 Mark Blum, American actor (Desperately Seeking Susan, Blind Date, Presidio), dies of COVID-19 complications at 69
  • Mar 29 Ken Shimura, Japanese comedian and actor (Shimura Ken no Bakatono-sama), dies of COVID-19 at 70
  • Mar 31 Tony Adams, radio and television broadcaster (WCAX-TV Sports Director 1954-89; Vermont sports figure), dies at 95
  • Mar 31 Jeff Grosso, American skateboarder (host Youtube’s 'Vans Loveletters to Skateboarding'), dies at 51
  • Apr 1 Ed Farmer, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1980; Chicago WS) and broadcaster (Chicago WS radio 1991-2005), dies of kidney disease at 70
  • Apr 2 Patricia Bosworth, American actor, journalist, writer, and biographer, dies of COVID-19 complications at 86
  • Apr 2 Eddie Large [McGinnis], British comedian (Little and Large), dies of heart issues and Covid-19 complications at 78
  • Apr 4 Forrest Compton, American actor (Gomer Pyle USMC, Edge of Night), dies at 94
  • Apr 5 Honor Blackman, English actress (Goldfinger, The Avengers), dies at 94
  • Apr 6 James Drury, American actor (The Virginian), dies of natural causes at 85
  • Apr 7 Hal Willner, American music producer (Lost In The Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill; Stay Awake: Various Interpretations of Music from Vintage Disney Films; The Carl Stalling Project), dies with symptoms of Covid-19 at 64
  • Apr 9 Jocelyn Barrow, British race relations campaigner (Card) and 1st black female governor of the BBC, dies at 90

Person of interestStirling Moss

Apr 12 Stirling Moss, British auto racer (16 x F1 Grands Prix; World F1 Drivers C'ship runner-up 1955-58; 12 Hours of Sebring 1954) and broadcaster (ABC F1, NASCAR), dies at 90

Auto Racer Stirling Moss
Auto Racer
Stirling Moss
  • Apr 12 Tim Brooke-Taylor, English comedian (The Goodies), dies of COVID-19 complications at 79
  • Apr 15 Brian Dennehy, American actor (Cocoon, Death of a Salesman), dies at 81
  • Apr 16 Howard Finkel, American pro wrestling ring announcer (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from stroke complications at 69

  • Apr 16 Steve Cash, YouTube personality (Talking Kitty Cat), commits suicide at 40
  • Apr 19 Steve Dalkowski, American baseball player and inspiration for Bull Durham film, dies of COVID-19 complications at 80

Person of interestTom Lester

Apr 20 Tom Lester, American television actor (Green Acres - "Eb"), dies at 81 from complications related to Parkinson’s disease

Actor Tom Lester
Actor
Tom Lester
  • Apr 22 Shirley Knight, American actress (Endless Love, Desperate Housewives), dies at 83
  • Apr 22 Terence Frisby, English actor and playwright (There's a Girl in My Soup), dies at 87
  • Apr 23 Bernardino Lombao, Spanish handballer (Atlético de Madrid 1967-69), coach (Nat basketball teams) and TV presenter (De Olimpia a Los Ángeles, Objetivo 92), dies at 81
  • Apr 24 Lynn Faulds Wood, Scottish television presenter (Watchdog), dies of a stroke at 72
  • Apr 28 Michael Robinson, Irish soccer striker (24 caps, Republic of Ireland; Brighton & Hove Albion) and Spanish TV host (Canal+, El día después), dies from melanoma at 61
  • Apr 29 Irrfan Khan, Indian film producer & actor (Paan Singh Tomar, Slumdog Millionaire, Life of Pi), dies of cancer at 53
  • Apr 29 Jill Gascoine, British pioneering TV actress (The Gentle Touch), dies at 83
  • Apr 30 Rishi Kapoor, Indian Bollywood actor and director (Bobby, Do Dooni Chaar), dies at 67

Person of interestJerry Stiller

May 11 Jerry Stiller, American comedian (Frank Constanza-Seinfeld, Stiller & Meara), dies of natural causes at 92

Comedian Jerry Stiller
Comedian
Jerry Stiller
  • May 14 Phyllis George, Miss America (1971) sportscaster (CBS) 1st Lady of Kentucky(1979-83, dies of a blood disorder at 70
  • May 15 Fred Willard, American comedian and actor (Best In Show, Everyone Loves Raymond), dies at 86
  • May 17 Shad Gaspard, American professional wrestler (WWE), bodyguard, and actor, drowns at 39
  • May 28 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90
  • May 30 [Nicolas] Michael Angelis, English actor (Thomas & Friends, Boys from the Black Stuff), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Jun 1 Lee Grosscup, American football quarterback (NY Jets, NY Titans) and sportscaster (college football analyst ABC; Cal Berkeley), dies at 83
  • Jun 4 Basu Chatterjee, Indian film director (Rajanigandha, Chhoti Si Baat), dies at 94
  • Jun 11 Mel Winkler, American actor (Devil in a Blue Dress), dies at 78
  • Jun 19 Ian Holm, English actor (The Lord of the Rings, Alien, King Lear), dies at 88
  • Jun 22 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), dies at 80
  • Jun 27 Linda Cristal, Argentinian actress (High Chapparal), dies at 89
  • Jun 27 Johnny Mandel, American composer, arranger and musician (M*A*S*H theme), dies at 94

Person of interestCarl Reiner

Jun 29 Carl Reiner, American comedian, actor, writer and director (2000 Year Old Man, Dick Van Dyke Show), dies at 98

Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director Carl Reiner
Actor, Comedian, Writer and Director
Carl Reiner
  • Jul 1 Hugh Downs, American TV journalist (20/20, Concentration), dies at 99
  • Jul 3 Leonardo Villar, Brazilian actor (The Given Word), dies at 96
  • Jul 5 Nick Cordero, Canadian Broadway actor (Bullets Over Broadway), dies of COVID-19 complications at 41
  • Jul 5 Ragaa al-Gedawy, Egyptian actress (The Stranger) dies of COVID-19 at 81
  • Jul 6 Ennio Morricone, Italian composer and musician (film soundtracks for The Mission and The Hateful Eight), dies at 91 [1]
  • Jul 8 Naya Rivera, American actress and singer (Glee), drowns at 33
  • Jul 12 Kelly Preston, American actress (Mischief, Twins, A Tigers Tale), dies of breast cancer at 57
  • Jul 16 Brigid Berlin, American actress (Andy Warhol films), dies at 80
  • Jul 17 Zizi Jeanmaire, French dancer, singer and actress (Carmen), dies at 96
  • Jul 18 Charles Papa, Kenyan comedian and actor (Papa Shirandula), dies at 58
  • Jul 21 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]
  • Jul 22 Carlton Haselrig, American football guard (Pro Bowl 1992; Pittsburgh Steelers) and wrestler (6 x NCAA titles; Pitt-Johnstown), dies from liver disease at 54

Person of interestOlivia de Havilland

Jul 25 Olivia de Havilland, American actress (All the King's Men, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Gone with the Wind), dies at 104

  • Jul 25 John Saxon, American actor (Bees, Nightmare on Elm St, Electric Horseman), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Aug 1 Wilford Brimley, American actor Our House, Cocoon), dies at 85 [1]
  • Aug 11 Sumner Redstone, American media mogul (ViacomCBS), dies at 97
  • Aug 18 Ben Cross, English actor (Chariots of Fire, Star Trek), dies at 72
  • Aug 26 Joe Ruby, American animator (co-creator of Scooby-Doo), dies at 87
  • Aug 27 'Bullet' Bob Armstrong, American pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame), dies from bone cancer at 80

Person of interestChadwick Boseman

Aug 28 Chadwick Boseman, American actor (Black Panther), dies of colon cancer at 42

  • Aug 31 John Thompson, American Basketball Hall of Fame center, coach and broadcaster (NBA C'ship 1965, 66, Boston Celtics; coach NCAA C'ship 1984, Georgetown), dies at 78
  • Sep 5 Jiří Menzel, Czech film director (Closely Watched Trains), dies at 82
  • Sep 6 Kevin Dobson, American actor (Kojak, Knots Landing, Shannon), dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85
  • Sep 10 Diana Rigg, English actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Game of Thrones), dies at 82
  • Sep 12 Barbara Jefford, British stage actress (James Joyce's Ulysses), dies at 90
  • Sep 21 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), dies at 89
  • Sep 22 Road Warrior Animal [Joseph Laurinaitis], American pro wrestler (3 x WWE Tag Team C'ship; WWE Hall of Fame), dies at 60
  • Sep 23 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]
  • Sep 24 Dean Jones, Australian cricket batsman and broadcaster (52 Tests @ 46.55; 164 ODIs; Victoria), dies from cardiac arrest at 59

  • Sep 27 Yūko Takeuchi, Japanese actress (Miss Sherlock), dies at 40
  • Sep 29 Mac Davis, American country music singer-songwriter (Baby, Don't Get Hooked On Me) and actor (North Dallas Forty) dies following heart surgery at 78 [1]
  • Sep 29 Isidora Žebeljan, Serbian classical, opera, and film composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 30 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), dies at 88

Person of interestJoe Morgan

Oct 11 Joe Morgan, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (10 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1975, 76; NL MVP 1975, 76; Cincinnati Reds) and broadcaster (ESPN), dies at 77

MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster Joe Morgan
MLB Hall of Fame Infielder and Broadcaster
Joe Morgan
  • Oct 13 Conchata Ferrell, American actress (LA Law, Two and a Half Men), dies at 77

Person of interestSean Connery

Oct 31 Sean Connery, Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films, Indiana Jones), dies at 90

  • Nov 3 John Sessions, Scottish actor and comedian (Whose Line Is It Anyway), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Nov 5 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Madness of King George, Butterflies), dies at 93 [1]
  • Nov 7 Norm Crosby, American comedian and "Master of the Malaprop" (Liar's Club), dies of heart failure at 93

Person of interestAlex Trebek

Nov 8 Alex Trebek, Canadian-American TV game host (High Rollers, Jeopardy), dies of cancer at 80

TV Host of Jeopardy! Alex Trebek
TV Host of Jeopardy!
Alex Trebek
  • Nov 8 Howie Meeker, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame right wing, coach, broadcaster (NHL All Star 1947-49; Stanley Cup 1947, 48, 49, 51; Toronto Maple Leafs) and politician (Canada MP), dies at 97
  • Nov 14 Des O'Connor, British television presenter, singer and comedian, dies at 88 [1]
  • Nov 15 Soumitra Chatterjee, Indian actor, playwright and poet (Satyajit Ray's Apu Trilogy), dies of COVID complications at 85 [1]
  • Nov 28 Dave Prowse, English actor (Darth Vader), dies of COVID-19 at 85
  • Dec 2 Pat Patterson, Canadian pro wrestler (WWE Hall of Fame; creator Royal Rumble), dies from cancer at 79
  • Dec 2 Pamela Tiffin, American actress (One, Two, Three; Viva Max!), dies at 78 [1]
  • Dec 4 David L. Lander, American actor (Laverne & Shirley - "Squiggy"), dies of multiple sclerosis at 73 [1]
  • Dec 5 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89
  • Dec 10 Barbara Windsor, British actress and Dame (Carry On films, EastEnders). dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), dies at 71 [1]
  • Dec 25 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 30 Dawn Wells, American actress (Gilligan's Island -"Mary Ann"), dies of COVID-19 complications at 82 [1]