On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on February 17

  • 1959 Kathryn Adams, American silent film actress, dies at 65
  • 1961 Nita Naldi [Anita Donna Dooley], American stage and silent film actress (Blood & Sand; Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde), dies of a heart attack at 66
  • 1962 Joseph Kearns, American actor (George-Dennis the Menace), des at 55
  • 1966 Frank Pettingell, English actor (Becket, Up the Creek), dies at 75
  • 1966 Gail Kane, American 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 (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), dies from heart failure at 65
  • 1977 Quincy Howe, American broadcaster (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, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • 1985 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • 1987 Hal K. Dawson, American actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies at 90
  • 1987 Verree Teasdale, American actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies at 83
  • 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 at 39
  • 1993 George E. Wilburn, film editor, dies of emphysema at 77
  • 1996 Evelyn Laye, English actress and singer (Sun Child), dies at 95
  • 1999 Shirley Stoler, American actress (The Honeymoon Killers, Seven Beauties), dies at 69
  • 2005 Daniel "Dan" O'Herlihy, Irish actor (Twin Peaks, Fail Safe, Last Starfighter, Robocop), dies of natural causes at 85
  • 2007 Mike Awesome, American professional wrestler (b. 1965)
  • 2009 Gazanfer Özcan, Turkish actor (b. 1931)
  • 2010 Kathryn Grayson [Zelma Hedrick], American vocalist and actress (Anchors Aweigh, Kiss Me Kate), dies of natural causes at 88
  • 2011 Egbert van Paridon, Dutch actor and director (Flodder, The Assault), dies at 90
  • 2013 Richard Briers, English actor, dies from emphysema at 79
  • 2017 Magnus Wenninger, American mathematician and author of Polyhedron models, dies at 97
  • 2017 Warren Frost, American actor (Twin Peaks, Matlock, Seinfeld), dies at 91