Deaths in Film & TV on January 21

  • 1766 James Quin, British actor (Covent Garden Theatre), dies at 72
  • 1851 (Gustav) Albert Lortzing, German Spieloper composer and actor (Zar und Zimmerman), dies at 49
  • 1937 Marie Prevost, Canadian actress (b. 1898)
  • 1938 George Méliès, French early filmmaker (A Trip to the Moon), dies at 76
  • 1959 Carl "Alfalfa" Switzer, American actor (Our Gang; Beginner's Luck; General Spanky), shot by an acquaintance during a financial dispute at 31

Cecil B. DeMilleCecil B. DeMille (1881-1959)

American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

  • 1963 Al St. John, American vaudeville and silent film comic (Young and Dumb),and talkie character actor billed as "Fuzzy" St. John (Outlaws of the Plains), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1964 Joseph Schildkraut, Austrian actor (Cleopatra, Joseph Schildkraut Presents, Diary of Anne Frank), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • 1965 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68
  • 1967 Ann Sheridan, American actress (They Drive by Night, Dodge City, Another World), dies of cancer at 51
  • 1975 Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • 1981 Allyn Joslyn, American actor (They Won't Forget; Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • 1985 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 1988 Abraham Sofaer, Burmese born British actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies at 91
  • 1991 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • 1998 Jack Lord, American actor (Hawaii FIVE-O), dies at 77
  • 1999 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • 1999 Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)

Peggy LeePeggy Lee (1920-2002)

American singer ("Fever"; "Is That All There Is?"), songwriter ("Mañana"), and actress (Pete Kelly's Blues; Lady and the Tramp), dies of a heart attack at 81

  • 2005 Parveen Babi, Indian actress (b. 1955)
  • 2010 Paul Quarrington, Canadian novelist, playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker, musician and educator (b. 1953)
  • 2011 E. V. V. Satyanarayana, Indian Telugu Film Director, screenwriter and producer, dies at 54
  • 2013 Michael Winner, English film director and producer (Death Wish), dies at 77
  • 2015 Pauline Yates, British actress (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin), dies at 85
  • 2018 Connie Sawyer [Rosie Cohen], American actress known as "The Clown Princess of Comedy" (Pineapple Express, Dumb and Dumber), dies at 105
  • 2019 Kaye Ballard, American stage and screen actress, comedienne, and singer (Mothers-in-Law - "Kaye"), dies at 93
  • 2019 Russell Baker, American columnist, author and humorist (NY Times), dies at 93
  • 2020 Terry Jones, Welsh comedian (Monty Python), dies from complications of dementia at 77
  • 2022 Louie Anderson, American comedian, Emmy Award-winning actor (Baskets; Life With Louie; Coming To America), TV game show Host (Family Feud, 1999-2002), and writer, dies of cancer at 68