Deaths in Film & TV on January 5

  • 1946 George "Slim" Summerville, American actor (All Quiet on the Western Front, Keystone Cops), dies of a stroke at 53
  • 1956 Mistinguett [Jeanne Florentine Bourgeois], French actress and singer (Moulin Rouge star), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 80
  • 1965 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), dies at 73
  • 1968 Jean Murat, French actor (Eternal Rain, Carnival Flanders), dies at 79
  • 1969 Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • 1971 Douglas Shearer, Canadian film engineer (b. 1899)
  • 1977 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), dies at 74
  • 1982 Hans Conried, American actor (Peter Pan; Bullwinkle Show; Make Room for Daddy - "Uncle Tonoose"; The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T), dies from a heart ailment at 64
  • 1982 Harvey Lembeck, American stage and screen actor (The Phil Silvers Show; Stalag 17; Beach Party films), dies of a heat attack at 58
  • 1985 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 1990 Arthur Kennedy, American Tony Award-winning stage and screen actor (Death of a Salesman; Fantastic Voyage; Peyton Place; Some Came Running),dies of complications from thyroid cancer at 75
  • 1991 Johnny Eck [Eckhardt], American sideshow performer, actor (Freaks; Tarzan films), magician, and artist, dies of a heart attack at 79
  • 1991 Marie Madeline Sullivan, American actress (Elvira, Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
  • 1993 George L George, Russian/American journalist/director/producer, dies at 85
  • 1993 Jennifer Raine Bissell, British actress (Thriller, Rush: Inspired by Battlefield), dies from a heart ailment 60
  • 1993 Ronnie Welsh, actor (Patterns), dies of brain cancer at 52
  • 1994 William Raynor, American screenwriter (Gomer Pyle; Get Smart; McDuff, The Talking Dog; Dukes of Hazzard), dies at 73
  • 1998 David Bairstow, English cricket wicket keeper, broadcaster (4 Tests, 13 dismissals; father of England Test 'keeper Jonny; Yorkshire CCC), dies from suicide at 46
  • 1998 Salvatore "Sonny" Bono, American actor, musician, vocalist, (Sonny & Cher) and politician (Rep-R-Ca, 1995-98), dies at Heavenly Ski Resort in Lake Tahoe, California, when he hits a tree at 62
  • 2001 Nancy Parsons, American actress (b. 1942)
  • 2003 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • 2009 Ned Tanen, American movie executive (b. 1931)
  • 2012 Frederica Sagor Maas, American playwright and screenwriter, dies at 111
  • 2014 Carmen Zapata, American actress (Hagen, Viva Valdez, Man & the City), dies at 86
  • 2018 Jerry Van Dyke, American actor (My Mother the Car, Coach), dies at 86