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
  • 1932 Minnie Maddern Fiske, American actress (Henrik Ibsen's plays), dies at 66
  • 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
  • 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 Alex Bradford, American gospel composer and singer (Your Arms Too Short To Box With God), dies of a stroke at 51
  • 1978 Ilka Chase, American actress (Masquerade Party, Trials of O'Brien), dies at 72
  • 1984 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73

Ethel MermanEthel Merman (1908-1984)

American Tony and Grammy Award-winning stage and screen singer ("There's No Business Like Show Business"), and actress (It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World), dies of brain cancer at 76

  • 1987 Osmo Lindeman, Finnish jazz pianist, film score composer, pedagogue, and electronic music pioneer, dies at 57
  • 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 a heart attack at 68
  • 1991 Luis Escobar, Spanish actor (Don Juan My Love), dies at 78
  • 1994 Maria Britneva, Russian actress (A Room with a View, Maurice), dies of heart failure 72
  • 1994 Tiger Haynes, American actor (Moscow on the Hudson, Cosby Show), dies at 79
  • 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, 1972-75 - "Col. Henry Blake"; 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

Kevin SmithKevin Smith (1963-2002)

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

  • 2004 Jan Miner, American actress (Crime Photographer), dies at 86
  • 2006 Andrey Petrov, Soviet-Russian classical and film score composer (Creation of the World), dies at 75
  • 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 George Gaynes, Dutch-Finnish-American singer, stage and screen actor (Tootsie; Police Academy; General Hospital), dies at 98
  • 2016 Vanity [Denise Matthews], Canadian R&B singer, Prince protege ("Nasty Girl"), actress (52 Pick Up), and evangelist dies of kidney failure at 57
  • 2018 Wynn Irwin, American actor (Lotsa Luck, Sugar Time), dies at 85
  • 2020 Caroline Flack, British television presenter (Love Island), commits suicide at 40