On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on February 2

  • 1952 Charles De Roche, actor (10 Commandments), dies at 72
  • 1956 Charley Grapewin, American actor (The Wizard of Oz, Libeled Lady), dies at 86
  • 1963 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • 1963 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72

Person of interestBoris Karloff

1969 Boris Karloff [William H. Pratt], English actor (The Mummy, Frankenstein), dies of pneumonia at 81

  • 1970 Lawrence Gray, American actor, dies at 71
  • 1972 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • 1976 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • 1978 Wendy Barrie, British-American TV hostess (Wendy Barrie Show), dies at 65
  • 1979 Jim Burke, Australian cricket batsman (24 Tests; record for most innings in a complete career without scoring a duck [44]) and broadcaster (ABC), dies of self inflicted gunshot wounds at 48
  • 1981 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • 1990 Joel Fluellen, American actor (Porgy and Bess, Burning Cross, Learning Tree), commits suicide at 82
  • 1992 Bert Parks, [Jacobson], TV host (Miss America), dies at 77
  • 1994 Stephen Barclay, actor (Pride of the Plains), dies at 75
  • 1995 Fred Perry, English tennis player/broadcaster (8-time Grand Slam singles winner), dies of broken ribs at 85
  • 1995 Donald Pleasence, British actor (You Only Live Twice, Escape from New York, Halloween), dies from heart failure at 75

Person of interestGene Kelly

1996 Gene Kelly, American actor (An American in Paris, Going My Way) and dancer (Singin' in the Rain), dies of a stroke at 83

Actor and Dancer Gene Kelly
Actor and Dancer
Gene Kelly
  • 1996 Shamus Culhane, animator, dies at 87
  • 1997 Sanford Meisner, American actor and teacher, dies at 91
  • 2004 Bernard McEveety, American film director (b. 1924)
  • 2007 Vijay Arora, Indian film and television actor (b. 1944)
  • 2008 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • 2008 Herbert "Barry" Morse, British-Canadian actor (The Fugitive, Space: 1999, Winds of War), dies at 89
  • 2011 Defne Joy Foster, Turkish actress, presenter and VJ. (b. 1975)
  • 2011 Margaret John, Welsh actress (b. 1926)
  • 2013 John Kerr, American actor (South Pacific, Peyton Place, Pit & Pendulum), dies at 81

Person of interestPhilip Seymour Hoffman

2014 Philip Seymour Hoffman, American actor (Capote, Moneyball) dies of a suspected drug overdose at 46

  • 2016 Bob Elliott, American comedian (Bob & Ray, Get a Life), dies at 92