On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on February 26

  • 1823 John Philip Kemble, British actor and director (Drury Lane, Covent Garden), dies at 66
  • 1947 Ben Webster, British actor (Old Curiosity Shop), dies at 82
  • 1950 Harry Lauder, Scottish comedian and singer (Roamin' in the Gloamin), dies at about 75
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal, actress (Peter Gunn, Adv of Tugboat Annie), dies at 71
  • 1967 Harry McNaughton, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 70
  • 1968 Eric Feldary, Hungarian actor (Hold Back the Dawn, 16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • 1971 Fernandel [Fernand Contandin], French actor (The Little World of Don Camillo), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 1971 Tullio Carminati, Austrian actor (War and Peace, Roman Holiday), dies at 76
  • 1973 Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • 1982 Teinosuke Kinugasa, Japanese actor and director (Gate of Hell, A Page of Madness, Jujiro, Jigoku-mon), dies at 86
  • 1993 Constance Ford, American model and actress (Burden Hunt, Another World), dies from cancer at 69
  • 1994 William Melvin "Bill" Hicks, American stand-up comedian and social critic, dies of pancreatic cancer at 32
  • 1997 David Doyle, American actor (Charlie's Angels, Rugrats), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • 1998 J T Walsh, actor (Good Morning Vietnam), dies at 54
  • 2002 Lawrence Tierney, American actor (Abduction, Dillinger, Reservoir Dogs), dies of pneumonia at 82
  • 2004 Ralph E. Winters, Canadian film editor, dies at 94
  • 2009 Wendy Richard, English actress (EastEnders), dies of cancer at 65
  • 2009 Norm Van Lier, American basketball point guard (NBA All Star 1974, 76, 77; Chicago Bulls) and broadcaster (Comcast SportsNet), dies at 61
  • 2009 Johnny Kerr, American basketball forward (NBA All Star 1956, 59, 63; Syracuse Nats/Philadelphia 76ers), coach (Chicago Bulls, Phoenix Suns) and broadcaster (Chicago Bulls), dies of prostate cancer at 76
  • 2010 Richard Devon, American character actor (Magnum Force, Battle of Blood Island), dies at 83