Deaths in Film & TV on July 31

  • 1948 Maria "Marie" Hens, Flemish actress (Female Revue), dies at 70
  • 1964 Jim Reeves, American country singer ("He'll Have To Go"; "Distant Drums"), and actor (Kimberley Jim), dies in airplane crash at 39
  • 1965 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), dies at 75
  • 1968 Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • 1978 Carleton Percy Hobbs, actor (I Claudius, Dark Places), dies at 80
  • 1979 Beatrix Lehmann, British actress (Candles at Nine, Staircase), dies at 76
  • 1980 Bobby Van [Stein], American stage and screen musical singer and actor (The Affairs of Dobie Gillis; Small Town Girl), dies of brain cancer at 49
  • 1984 Bill Raisch, American one armed actor (The Fugitive, Spartacus, Sweet Smell of Success), dies from lung cancer at 79
  • 1988 Trinidad Silva, American character actor (Hill Street Blues -"Jesus Martinez"), killed in a car accident by a drunk driver at 38
  • 1992 Joe George, American character actor (Across 110th Street; Seinfeld - "Uncle Mac"), dies of cancer at 65
  • 1992 Ralph Strait, American character actor (Search for Tomorrow, 1985-86; Halloween III), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1995 Genevieve Tobin Keighley, actress (Zaza, Great Gambini), dies at 83
  • 2004 Laura Betti, Italian actress (b. 1927)
  • 2004 Virginia Grey, American actress, dies at 87
  • 2009 Harry Alan Towers, English film producer and screenwriter (b. 1920)
  • 2013 Michael Ansara, American actor (Broken Arrow, Centennial), dies at 91
  • 2015 Gerald S O'Loughlin, American actor and director (Storefront Lawyer, Rookies, Wheels), dies at 93

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Canadian pro wrestler (WWF Intercontinental Heavyweight C'ship 1992; World Tag Team C'ship [Ric Flair] 2006), dies from cardiopulmonary arrest caused by hypertension at 61

  • 2017 Jeanne Moreau, French actress (Going Places, Jules & Jim), dies at 89
  • 2021 Alvin Ing, American stage and screen singer and actor (Flower Drum Song), dies of COVID-19 complications at 89