Deaths in Film & TV on January 17

  • 1967 Evelyn Nesbit, actress (Redemption), dies at 82
  • 1972 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
  • 1973 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), dies at 77
  • 1980 Barbara Britton [Brantingham], American actress (Captain Kidd, Young & Willing, Mr. and Mrs. North), dies of pancreatic cancer at 60
  • 1983 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), commits suicide by shooting himself at 70
  • 1987 Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • 1992 Bill Walker, actor (Big Mo, Mask, Harlem Globetrotters), dies at 95
  • 1992 Dorothy Alison, actress (Maggie, 3rd Key, Long Arm), dies
  • 1998 Emil Sitka, actor (3 Stooges shorts), dies of stroke at 82
  • 2002 Queenie Leonard, American actress (b. 1905)
  • 2003 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • 2004 Ray Stark, American stage and film producer, dies at 88
  • 2004 Noble Willingham, American actor (Walker, Texas Ranger), dies at 72
  • 2005 Virginia Mayo [Jones], American actress (The Best Years of Our Lives, Out of the Blue, White Heat), dies of congestive heart failure at 84
  • 2007 Art Buchwald, American humorist (b. 1925)
  • 2008 Allan Melvin, American character actor (Brady Bunch, All in Family), dies of cancer at 84
  • 2013 Robert F. Chew, American actor, dies from heart failure at 52
  • 2015 Greg Plitt, American fitness model and entrepreneur, dies when hit by a train at 37
  • 2018 Simon Shelton Barnes, British actor (Teletubbies-Tinky Winky), dies of hypothermia at 52
  • 2018 Jessica Falkholt, Australian actress (Hope Morrison-Home and Away, dies at 29, three days after a car crash which also killed both her parents