On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on July 21

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

Person of interestBasil 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, TV host (Today Show), dies at 69
  • 1985 Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • 1985 Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • 1986 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 60
  • 1986 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • 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 Steve Barton, American actor (b. 1954)
  • 2001 Sivaji Ganesan, South Indian Tamil actor (b. 1927)
  • 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 folk singer and actor (The Russians Are Coming), dies at 91
  • 2017 John Heard, American actor (Home Alone, Cat People, Big), dies at 71