Deaths in Film & TV on February 15

  • 1902 Wilhelmina Albregt-Engelman, Dutch actress, dies at 68
  • 1903 Julie Verstraete-Lacquet, Flemish actress, dies at 69
  • 1924 Lionel Monckton, British composer (Edwardian musical comedy), dies at 62
  • 1932 Minnie Maddern Fiske, actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • 1955 S Z Sakall, Hungarian stage and film character actor (Dolly Sisters, Casablanca), dies at 72
  • 1961 Jack Whiting, American actor and singer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 59
  • 1962 Vladimir Sokoloff, Russian actor (Road to Morocco, Cloak & Dagger), dies at 72
  • 1964 Jack Teagarden [Weldon Leo Teagarden], American trombonist and actor (Meet Band Leaders), dies from bronchial pneumonia at 58
  • 1967 Antonio Moreno, Spanish actor and director (It, Careers), dies at 79
  • 1973 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies of bone cancer at 54
  • 1973 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • 1978 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • 1979 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • 1984 AAvon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation, The Sting, Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1984 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • 1990 Henry Brandon [Heinrich von Kleinbach], German-American actor (The Searchers, Assault on Precinct 13, Drums of Fu Manchu), dies from a heart attack at 77
  • 1990 Jack Fletcher, American actor (Calucci's Department, Once Upon a Mattress), dies of heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Luis Escobar, Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
  • 1994 Tiger Haynes, US actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
  • 1994 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), dies of heart failure 72
  • 1996 Margaret Courtenay, Welsh actress, singer and entertainer (Royal Flash, Duet for One), dies of cancer at 72
  • 1996 McLean Stevenson, American actor (M*A*S*H, Hello Larry), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1996 Tommy Rettig, American actor (Jeff's Collie, Lassie), dies of a heart attack at 54

Person of interestKevin Smith

2002 Kevin Smith, New Zealand actor (Ares-Hercules), dies at 38 after falling from a prop tower

  • 2004 Jan Miner, American actress (b. 1917)
  • 2007 Walker Edmiston, American actor (Star Trek, Gunsmoke, Mission: Impossible, The Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 81
  • 2008 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • 2009 Phil Carey, American actor (One Life to Live), dies at 83
  • 2012 Lina Romay, Spanish actress (Conan the Barbarian), dies at 57
  • 2016 Denise Matthews "Vanity", singer (Prince protege) and actress (52 Pick Up), dies at 57
  • 2016 George Gaynes, Dutch-American singer, actor and voice artist (Tootsie, Police Academy, General Hospital), dies at 98