On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on January 1

  • 1960 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 50
  • 1964 Rika Hopper, Dutch actress (Comedia, Anastasia), dies at ~86
  • 1969 Barton Maclane, American actor (The Quarterback, I Dream of Jeannie), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1972 Jane Morgan, American singer & actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • 1972 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor & singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • 1975 Arthur Pierson, Norwegian-born American actor & director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • 1982 Victor Buono, American actor & comic (Mr Schubert-Man from Atlantis), dies at 43
  • 1982 Margot Grahame [Margaret Clark], British actress (The Three Musketeers, Criminal Lawyer), dies from chronic bronchitis at 70
  • 1984 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • 1985 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
  • 1987 Gustav Knuth, German actor (Sissi, Freddy Unter Fremden), dies at 85
  • 1988 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), dies from surgery complications at 79
  • 1990 Charles Boost, Dutch film critic, dies at 82
  • 1992 Ginette Leclerc, French actress (Baker's Wife), dies at 79
  • 1992 M. J. Frankovich, American football player & film producer (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 82
  • 1993 June Clayworth, American actress (Bodyguard, Criminal Court), dies of lymphoma at 87
  • 1993 Phyllis Hill, American dancer & actress (Singing in the Dark), dies of lung cancer at 72

Person of interestCesar Romero

1994 Cesar Romero, American actor (Batman, Ocean's 11), dies at 86

  • 1997 Joan Rice, British actress (His Majesty O'Keefe, The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men), dies at 66
  • 2001 Ray Walston, American actor (My Favorite Martian, Damn Yankees), dies at 86
  • 2002 Julia Phillips, American film producer, dies at 57
  • 2003 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • 2007 A. I. Bezzerides, American novelist & screenwriter, dies at 98
  • 2008 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor, dies at 58
  • 2009 Edmund Purdom, British actor (The Egyptian, Asissi Underground, Pieces), dies at 84
  • 2012 Bob Anderson, English fencer & film fight choreographer (Lord of the Rings, Die Another Day), dies at 90
  • 2013 Christopher Martin-Jenkins, British cricket journalist & broadcaster (President MCC; BBC Radio), dies of cancer at 67
  • 2015 Donna Douglas, American actress (Elly May Clampett-The Beverly Hillbillies), dies of pancreatic cancer at 82
  • 2016 Vilmos Zsigmond, Hungarian-born American cinematographer (Close Encounters of the Third Kind), dies at 85