Deaths in Film & TV on June 16

  • 1778 Konrad Ekhof [Hans Konrad Dieterich Eckhof], German actor and director, dies at 57

George ReevesGeorge Reeves (1914-1959)

American actor (Adventures of Superman; Gone With The Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • 1967 Reginald Denny, English actor (Rebecca, Cat Ballou, Batman), dies at 75
  • 1970 Brian Piccolo, American NFL football running back, 1965-69 (Chicago Bears), and subject of the 1971 TV movie "Brian's Song", dies of cancer at 26
  • 1971 John Reith, Scottish broadcast executive (General Manager of the BBC), dies at 81
  • 1974 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), dies from heart disease at 65

Wernher von BraunWernher von Braun (1912-1977)

German-American rocket scientist (Germany - V1 and V2, US -Saturn V, NASA), and Disney space consultant, dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

  • 1979 Nicholas Ray, American film director (Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 67
  • 1988 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • 1992 Joris Diels, Flemish actor and director (It's a Cruel World; Haagsche Comedy), dies at 89
  • 1993 Lindsay Hassett, Australian cricket batsman and captain (43 Tests; 3,073 runs @ 46.56; 10 x 100s) and broadcaster (ABC 1956-81), dies at 79
  • 1994 Eileen Way, British actress (Les Miserables, Rainbow, Vikings, Assassin), dies at 82
  • 2006 Igor Śmiałowski, Polish actor (Lalka, Znachor, Niedaleko Warszawy), dies at 88
  • 2007 Mikhail Kononov, Soviet actor (b. 1940)
  • 2017 John G. Avildsen, American film director (Rocky, The Karate Kid), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2017 Stephen Furst, American actor (Animal House, St. Elsewhere), dies from diabetes complications at 63
  • 2021 Frank Bonner [Boers], American actor (WKRP in Cincinnati - "Herb Tarlek"; The Hoax; Just The Ten Of Us), and television director, dies of complications from Lewy body dementia at 79