On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on December 17

  • 1917 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • 1956 Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • 1962 Thomas Mitchell, American Academy Award-winning actor (Gone with the Wind, High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • 1967 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of heart attack at 71
  • 1975 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • 1990 Don Draper, American actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1990 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), dies at 79
  • 1992 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1993 Janet Margolin, American actress (Annie Hall), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 1994 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Uninhabitable Country), dies at 64
  • 1999 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78
  • 2000 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • 2002 James Hazeldine, British stage and screen actor (London's Burning), dies of an aortic dissection at 55
  • 2003 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Marc Favreau, French-Canadian humourist, dies at 76
  • 2006 Timmie Rogers, American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter (Back to School Again; I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya), dies at 91

Person of interestJennifer Jones

2009 Jennifer Jones [Phyllis Isley], American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies of natural causes at 90

  • 2009 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)

Person of interestPenny Marshall

2018 Penny Marshall, American actress and director (Laverne & Shirley, Big), dies at 75

Actor and Director Penny Marshall
Actor and Director
Penny Marshall