Deaths in Film & TV on July 21

  • 1928 Ellen Alice Terry, British Shakespearean actress and director (Imperial Theatre), dies at 81

Basil Rathbone

1967 Basil Rathbone, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies of heart attack at 75

  • 1973 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • 1975 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), dies at 82
  • 1975 Fie Carelsen, Dutch stage actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • 1982 Dave Garroway, American TV host (Today Show, 1951-61), dies of self-inflicted gunshot wound at 69
  • 1985 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • 1985 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • 1986 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 1986 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1991 Theodore Wilson, American actor dies after a stroke at 47
  • 1993 Piet Wielinga, TV producer (Dutch Glory), dies at 56
  • 1993 Robert J Glass, film producer (ET), is killed at 53
  • 1994 Dorothy Collins [Marjorie Chandler], Canadian-American singer and actress (Your Hit Parade), dies at 67
  • 1996 Herb Edelman, American actor (Good Guys, Strike Force, 9 to 5), dies of emphysema 62
  • 1996 Wolf Morris, actor (Padmasambhava-Dr Who), dies at 71
  • 1998 Robert Young, American actor (Father Knows Best, Marcus Welby, M.D.), dies at 91
  • 2001 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 2001 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2005 Lord Alfred Hayes, English pro wrestler, manager and commentator (WWF), dies from a stroke at 76
  • 2006 Mako, Japanese-American actor (The Sand Pebbles), dies at 72
  • 2015 Theodore Bikel, Austrian-American stage and screen singer and actor (The Sound of Music; Fiddler On The Roof; The Russians Are Coming, The Russians Are Coming; 200 Motels), folk singer (co-founder Newport Folk Festival), and political activist, dies at 91
  • 2017 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71
  • 2020 Annie Ross, British-American jazz singer (Lambert, Hendricks & Ross - "Twisted") and actress, dies from emphysema and heart disease, at 89 [1]
  • 2022 Taurean Blacque [Herbert Middleton Jr], American stage and screen actor (Hill Street Blues - "Det. Neal Washington"), and adoption advocate, dies at 82