Deaths in Film & TV on February 1

  • 1922 William Desmond Taylor [Deane-Tanner], Irish director & actor (The Awakening, Broken Coin), murdered at 49
  • 1949 Herbert Stothart, American theater (Rose-Marie) and film score composer (The Wizard of Oz; Mutiny on the Bounty; A Night at the Opera), dies at 63
  • 1959 Madame Sul-Te-Wan [Nellie Crawford], American actress (The Birth of a Nation, Uncle Tom's Cabin), dies of a stroke at 85

Buster KeatonBuster Keaton (1895-1966)

American actor and comedian (Navigator, Steamboat Bill Jr, The General), dies at 70

  • 1966 William Harrigan, American actor (Invisible Man, Girl in 419), dies at 71
  • 1975 Richard Wattis, British actor (Hobson's Choice, Prince & Showgirl, The Man Who Knew Too Much), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • 1979 Mort Marshall [Mortimer Haig Lichtenstein], American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Dumplings), dies of coronary arrest at 60
  • 1980 Jack Bailey, American actor & TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • 1980 Romolo Valli, Italian actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • 1981 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • 1987 Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director, dies at 86
  • 1987 Ernest "Ern" Westmore, American 3rd generation make-up artist (Westmore family) & actor, dies from a heart attack at 82
  • 1988 Heather O'Rourke, American child actress (Poltergeist), dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • 1988 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • 1991 Carol Dempster, American film actress (Sally of Sawdust, America), dies at 89
  • 1991 Jimmy MacDonald, Scottish-American voice actor (Mickey Mouse), dies at 84
  • 1992 George Berkeley, American actor (Life Stinks, Capts & Kings), dies at 70
  • 1994 Olan Soule, American actor (My 3 Sons, Captain Midnight, Arnie), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1997 Marjorie Reynolds [Goodspeed], American actress & dancer (Holiday Inn; Life of Riley), dies from congestive heart disease at 79
  • 1997 Thelma Moss, American actress & psychologist, dies at 78
  • 1999 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity, dies at 56
  • 2002 Hildegard Knef, German actress, singer, and writer (Touch of Class; Mozambique), dies at 76
  • 2002 Irish McCalla, American actress & artist (Sheena Queen of Jungle), dies of a brain tumor and stroke complications at 73
  • 2005 Franco Mannino, Italian pianist, conductor, classical concert, opera, and film score composer (Death in Venice; Il diavolo in giardino), dies at 80
  • 2005 John Vernon [Adolphus Agopsowicz], Canadian actor (Animal House, Chained Heat, Dirty Harry), dies at 72
  • 2008 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • 2010 Jack Brisco, American pro wrestler (NWA World Heavyweight Champion 1973–75), dies from complications of open heart surgery at 68
  • 2012 Don Cornelius, American television host, commits suicide by gunshot at 75
  • 2013 Paul Holmes, New Zealand radio and TV broadcaster, dies from prostate cancer and heart problems at 62

Maximilian SchellMaximilian Schell (1930-2014)

Swiss-Austrian actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, The Pedestrian), dies at 83

  • 2015 Monty Oum, American animator (RWBY), dies of an allergic reaction at 33
  • 2021 Dustin Diamond, American actor (Saved By Bell - "Screech"), dies of cancer at 44
  • 2022 Maurizio Zamparini, Italian football executive (owner/director Palermo FC 2002–18), dies from complications of peritonitis at 80