Deaths in Film & TV on February 27

  • 1955 Tom Howard, Irish-American vaudeville and radio comedian (It Pays To Be Ignorant), dies of heart disease at 66
  • 1962 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • 1969 John Boles, American singer and actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • 1972 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rogers Show, Man from Music Mountain), dies at 57
  • 1977 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), dies of leukemia or lead poisoning at 47
  • 1980 George Tobias, American actor (Bewitched), dies at 78
  • 1985 David Huffman, American actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), murdered at 39
  • 1985 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), dies at 80
  • 1987 Joan Greenwood, British actress and director (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Amorous Mr Prawn), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 1989 Joseph "Joe" Silver, American actor (Lenny, Mr I Magination), dies of liver cancer at 66
  • 1993 Jose Duval, actor (Juan Valdez), dies at 72
  • 1993 Lillian Gish, American silent film/stage actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 99
  • 1996 Francois Chaumette, French actor (Le Bossu, They Never Slept, Christine), dies at 72
  • 1998 J. T. Walsh, American actor (Good Morning, Vietnam, Pleasantville), dies of a heart attack at 54

Spike MilliganSpike Milligan (1918-2002)

Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Fred RogersFred Rogers (1928-2003)

American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood), Presbyterian minister, dies of stomach cancer at age 74

  • 2006 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • 2013 Dale Robertson, American actor (Death Valley Days, Tales of Wells Fargo, The Iron Horse), dies at 89

Leonard NimoyLeonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

American actor (Star Trek - "Spock"'; Mission Impossible, 1969-71), and director (Star Trek III: The Search for Spock; Three Men and a Baby), dies of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease at 83

  • 2016 George Kennedy, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Naked Gun films), dies at 91
  • 2019 Nathaniel Taylor, American actor (Rollo-Sanford & Sons), dies at 80