Deaths in Film & TV on February 17

  • 1959 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • 1961 Nita Naldi, actress (Dr Jekyll & Mr Hyde), dies of heart attack at 63
  • 1962 Joseph Kearns, actor (George-Dennis the Menace), dies at 55
  • 1966 Frank Pettingell, actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • 1966 Gail Kane, actress (White Sister, Arizona), dies at 81
  • 1968 Donald Wolfit, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Becket, Accursed), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • 1971 Teddy Hart, American actor (After the Thin Man, 3 Men on a Horse), dies at 73
  • 1976 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Every Man is My Enemy), dies at 65
  • 1977 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • 1979 "Bill" William Gargan, American actor (The Bells of St. Mary's, You Only Live Once), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • 1982 Lee Strasberg, Austrian acting coach and actor (The Godfather: Part II, Somewhere in the Night), dies at 80
  • 1984 Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • 1985 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • 1986 Paul Stewart, actor (Opening Night, In Cold Blood, Window), dies
  • 1987 Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • 1987 Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
  • 1990 Erik Rhodes [Ernest Sharpe], American actor (Top Hat, Night at the Ritz), dies of pneumonia at 84
  • 1990 Marc Clement, actor (Career Opportunities, Sluggers Wife), dies
  • 1993 George E Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1996 [Elsie] Evelyn Laye, actress/singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 2005 Dan O'Herlihy, Irish actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2009 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • 2013 Richard Briers, English actor, dies from emphysema at 79
  • 2017 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97