Deaths in Film & TV on January 2

  • 1937 Ross Alexander, American stage and film actor (Captain Blood, Boulder Dam), commits suicide by gunshot at 29

Emil JanningsEmil Jannings (1884-1950)

German actor (Faust, The Blue Angel, The Way of All Flesh), dies of liver cancer at 65

  • 1960 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor & director (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • 1963 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • 1963 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • 1969 George Renevant [Georges de Cheux], French actor (Moulin Rouge, Scotland Yard, Comrade X), dies at 74
  • 1971 Willard Maas, American educator & experimental filmmaker (b. 1906)
  • 1981 David Lynch, American singer (Platters - "Twilight Time"; "Only You"; "The Great Pretender"), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1983 Harriet Parsons, American film producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • 1983 Richard "Dick" Emery, British comedian & actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), dies from cardio-respiratory failure at 65
  • 1986 Una Merkel, American actress (42nd Street, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1990 Alan Hale Jr., American actor (Skipper-Gilligan's Island), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1991 Renato Rascel, Italian actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria), dies of heart failure at 78
  • 1992 Virginia Field, British-born actress (Dream Girl), dies of cancer at 74
  • 1995 Nancy Kelly, American child actress & model (The Bad Seed, Double Exposure, Jesse James), dies at 73
  • 1999 Shepard Menken, American voice & character actor (The Wild Wild West), dies at 77
  • 2001 Teri Diver, American actress, dies at 29
  • 2002 Armi Aavikko, Finnish beauty queen (Miss Finland, 1977), and pop singer, dies at 43
  • 2002 Margaret "Bibi" Osterwald, American actress (As Good as It Gets, Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of lung disease at 83
  • 2004 Doralyn "Lynn" Cartwright, American character actress (A League of Their Own), dies at 76
  • 2005 Cyril Fletcher, British comedian, dies at 91
  • 2006 Osa Massen [Aase Madsen Iversen], Dutch actress (Jack London, Rocketship X-M), dies at 91
  • 2007 Sergio Jiménez, Mexican actor, dies at 69
  • 2009 Jett Travolta, son of actors John Travolta and Kelly Preston, dies of a seizure at 16
  • 2011 Anne Francis, American actress (Honey West, Forbidden Planet, Pancho Villa), dies at 80
  • 2011 Pete Postlethwaite, English actor (In the Name of the Father, Inception), dies of pancreatic cancer at 64
  • 2013 Ned Wertimer, American actor (The Jeffersons), dies from complications from a fall at 89
  • 2019 "Mean" Gene Okerlund, American pro wrestling interviewer, announcer and television host (WWF, WCW), dies of kidney failure at 76
  • 2019 Bob Einstein, American comedian (Officer Judy, Super Dave Osborne), dies of leukemia at 76
  • 2022 Bob Halloran, American sportscaster (CBS Sports NY) and event organiser (MGM Mirage), dies at 87