Deaths in Film & TV on July 4

  • 1952 Walter Long, American actor (Moby Dick, Sheik, Sea Devils, Dragnet Patrol), dies at 73
  • 1957 Gregory Lafayette (19) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash that killed his wife, actress Judy Tyler (24), the day earlier
  • 1961 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • 1962 Rex Bell [George Francis Beldam], American cowboy actor (Cowboys & Injuns) and 21st Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, dies from a heart attack at 58
  • 1963 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • 1988 Adrian Adonis, [Keith Franke], WWF wrestler, killed in auto accident
  • 1993 Anne Shirley [Dawn Evelyeen Paris], British actress (The Devil and Daniel Webster, Murder My Sweet), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • 1993 Charles Crain, actor, dies in Hollywood at 83
  • 1994 Liesbeth Struppert, actress (Pipo the Clown, Anne Frank), dies at 55
  • 1994 Joey Marella, American professional wrestling referee (b. 1964)
  • 1995 Eva Gabor, Hungarian-born American actress, comedian, singer and socialite (Green Acres, Gigi), dies at 76
  • 1996 Clay [David] Jones, Welsh gardener (BBC Gardener's Question Time), dies at 72
  • 1997 Charles Kuralt, news anchor (CBS Sunday Morning), dies at 62
  • 1999 Ronald "Ronny" Graham, American actor, director, composer, lyricist, and writer (Bob Crane Show, Chico & the Man), dies of liver disease at 79
  • 2005 June Haver [Stovenour], American actress (Dolly Sisters, Girl Next Door), dies at 79
  • 2008 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • 2009 Brenda Joyce [Betty Graffina Leabo], American actress (Tarzan, The Rains Came), dies of complications from pneumonia at 92
  • 2012 Eric Sykes, English writer, actor and director (Goon Show, Sykes and A...), dies at 89
  • 2016 Abbas Kiarostami, Iranian author and director (Under the Olive Trees, Close Up, Taste of Cherry), dies at 76