On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on February 27

  • 1955 Tom Howard, comedian (It Pays to be Ignorant), dies at 66
  • 1962 Willie Best, actor (Charlie-My Little Margie), dies at 45
  • 1966 Minerva Urecal, actress (Apache Rose, Ghost Crazy), dies at 81
  • 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 (b. 1943)

Person of interestSpike Milligan

2002 Spike Milligan, Irish-British actor and comedian (The Goon Show, 3 Musketeers), dies of kidney failure at 83

Comedian and author Spike Milligan
Comedian and author
Spike Milligan

Person of interestFred Rogers

2003 Fred Rogers, American children's TV host (Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood) dies at age 74

TV Host Fred Rogers
TV Host
Fred Rogers
  • 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

Person of interestLeonard Nimoy

2015 Leonard Nimoy, American actor (Spock-Star Trek, Mission Impossible), 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