On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on January 27

  • 1909 Benoît-Constant Coquelin, French actor, dies at 68
  • 1928 Marie Verstraete, Belgian actress (Mooi Juultje van Volendam, Frou Frou), dies at 74
  • 1963 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1977 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), dies at 88
  • 1978 Oscar Homolka, Hungarian actor (Sabotage, The Seven Year Itch, Ball of Fire, I Remember Mama), dies at 79
  • 1982 Iris Korn, actress (Widder-Palmerstown USA), dies at 60
  • 1983 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • 1983 Robert Christian, actor (Bustin' Loose), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1984 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • 1986 Lilli Palmer [Peiser], German actress (Cloak and Dagger, Anastasia: The Czar's Last Daughter), dies from abdominal cancer at 71
  • 1987 Norman McLaren, Scottish-Canadian film animator and director, dies at 72
  • 1988 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), dies t 86
  • 1989 Bayani Casimiro, Filipino dancer and actor [Okey Ka Fairy Ko!], dies at 70
  • 1990 Helen Jerome Eddy, actress (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm), dies at 92
  • 1992 Gwen Ffrangcon-Davies, British actress (Eliza Dolittle), dies at 101

Person of interestAndré the Giant

1993 André the Giant, French pro wrestler (WWF World Heavyweight C'ship 1988; WWF World Tag Team C'ship [with Haku] 1989), dies of congestive heart failure at 49

Professional Wrestler André the Giant
Professional Wrestler
André the Giant
  • 1994 Claude Akins, American character actor (B. J. and the Bear, The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo, Movin' On), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1994 Joe Mays, actor (Mr Saturday Night), dies of AIDS at 44
  • 1996 Patrick Ludlow, British actor (Naughty Husbands, Evergreen and Modesty Blaise), dies at 93

Person of interestJack Paar

2004 Jack Paar, American comedian and TV host of the Jack Paar Show and The Tonight Show (1957-62), dies at 85

Comedian and TV Host Jack Paar
Comedian and TV Host
Jack Paar
  • 2004 Hard Boiled Haggerty [Don Stansauk], American pro wrestler (AWA, NWA, WWA World Tag Team C'ship; IWA World Heavyweight C'ship) and actor (The Incredible Hulk), dies at 78
  • 2007 Tige Andrews, American character actor (Mod Squad, The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor), dies of cardiac arrest at 86
  • 2007 Bob Carroll, American screenwriter (I Love Lucy, Stage Two Revue, Stranger), dies at 88
  • 2010 Zelda Rubinstein, American actress (b. 1933)
  • 2017 Emmanuelle Riva, French actress (Hiroshima Mon Amour), dies at 89
  • 2017 Robert Ellis Miller, American film director, dies at 89
  • 2018 Mort Walker, American cartoonist (Beetle Bailey, Hi & Lois), dies at 94
  • 2021 Cloris Leachman, American Oscar and Emmy award-winning actress (The Last Picture Show; Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Phyllis"), dies at 94 [1] [2]