Deaths in Film & TV on July 23

D. W. GriffithD. W. Griffith (1875-1948)

American film director and producer (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 73

  • 1951 Robert Flaherty, American filmmaker and the father of documentary film (Nanook of North), dies at 67
  • 1955 Betsy van Es, Flemish actress (Un soir de joie), dies at 55
  • 1961 Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies after surgery at 75
  • 1966 Donald Novis, British singer and actor (Monte Carlo; The Singing Plumber), dies at 60
  • 1966 Douglass Montgomery, American actor (Forbidden, Harmony Lane), dies from spinal cancer at 56
  • 1966 Montgomery Clift, American actor (From Here to Eternity, Judgement at Nuremberg), dies of a heart attack at 45
  • 1970 Leith Stevens, American pianist, composer and conductor of scores for radio (Suspense), film (The Wild Ones; War of the Worlds), and television (Climax!), dies of a heart attack (upon learning his wife was killed in a car accident) at 60
  • 1971 Van Heflin [Emmett Evan Heflin Jr], American actor (Great Adventure, Madame Bovary), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • 1974 Mary Forbes, actress (Nun-Les Miserables, Ivy), dies at 90
  • 1977 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • 1982 Vic Morrow [Morozoff], American film and television actor Combat!; Cimmaron; Roots), killed by helicopter crash during the filming of "The Twilight Zone: The Movie" at 53
  • 1984 Lloyd Gough, American actor (Sunset Boulevard, The Front, The Green Hornet), dies of aortic aneurysm at 76
  • 1990 Georges Flamant, actor (La Chienne), dies in Paris at 86
  • 1992 Arletty, French actress (Hotel, Longest Day), dies at 94
  • 1992 Maxine Audley, British actress (Peeping Tom, Ricochet, House of Cards), dies at 69
  • 1994 Hans J. Salter, Austrian-American film composer (The Wolf Man; Christmas Holiday; This Love Of Ours), dies at 98
  • 1996 Aliki Vougiouklaki, actress (Madalena), dies at 63
  • 1996 Jean Muir, American actress (Fugitive in the Sky, The Aldrich Family) and the 1st performer to be blacklisted for being an alleged communist sympathizer, dies at 85 [1]
  • 1998 John Hopkins, English TV, film and stage writer (Z-Cars), dies at 67
  • 2002 Reginald "Leo" McKern, Australian actor (Blue Lagoon, Help, Mouse that Roared), dies of health complications at 82
  • 2004 Mehmood [Ali], Indian actor, singer, director and producer (Do Phoo!, Vardaan), dies at 71
  • 2004 Serge Reggiani, French singer and actor (b. 1922)
  • 2007 Tor Kamata, American/Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1937)
  • 2010 Daniel Schorr, American broadcast journalist (CBS), dies at 93
  • 2021 John Cornell, Australian screenwriter (Paul Hogan Show; Crocodile Dundee), and director (Crocodile Dundee II),. dies from complications related to Parkinson's disease at 80
  • 2022 Bob Rafelson, American Emmy Award-winning television producer (The Monkees), and film maker (Five Easy Pieces; Easy Rider; Head), dies at 89