On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on January 20

  • 1779 David Garrick, English actor, producer and writer (Aboan-Oroonoko), dies at 61
  • 1920 Georg Lurich, Estonian wrestler and strongman of the early 20th century, dies at 43
  • 1960 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • 1971 Broncho Billy Anderson, American actor and the 1st cowboy in a movie (The Great Train, The Lucky Dog), dies at 88

Person of interestJohnny Weissmuller

1984 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

Swimmer and Actor Johnny Weissmuller
Swimmer and Actor
Johnny Weissmuller
  • 1989 Beatrice Lillie, actress (Thoroughly Modern Millie), dies at 94
  • 1989 Alamgir Kabir, Bangladeshi film director (b. 1938)
  • 1990 Barbara Stanwyck [Ruby Stevens], actress (Big Valley), dies at 82
  • 1991 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87

Person of interestAudrey Hepburn

1993 Audrey Hepburn, British actress (Roman Holiday; Breakfast at Tiffany's; My Fair Lady), dies of colon cancer at 63

  • 1993 Joseph Anthony [Deuster], American playwright, actor, and director (Matchmaker, Tomorrow), dies at 80
  • 1998 Bobo Brazil [Houston Harris], American professional wrestler, dies at 73
  • 2002 Carrie Hamilton, American actress (Fame), dies at 38
  • 2003 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)
  • 2011 Bruce Gordon, American actor (The Untouchables), dies after long illness at 94
  • 2018 John Coleman, American journalist, co-founder of The Weather Channel and broadcaster (1953-2014), dies at 83
  • 2018 Bob Smith, American author and a groundbreaking gay comedian (The Tonight Show, Funny Gay Males), dies from Lou Gehrig’s disease at 59
  • 2018 Howard Lew Lewis, English comedian and actor (Maid Marian and Her Merry Men and Brush Strokes), dies at 76
  • 2019 Muriel Pavlow, British actress (Murder, She Said, Reach for the Sky), dies at 97