On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on June 22

  • 1928 George Siegmann, American actor (Birth of Nation, Queen of Sheba, Oliver Twist), dies from pernicious anemia at 46
  • 1932 Tommy Treichel, American professional wrestler (b. 1892)
  • 1954 Don Hollenbeck, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 49
  • 1961 Betty Elder, actress (Annie Get Your Gun), dies
  • 1966 Roger Blunt MBE, New Zealand cricket all-rounder and broadcaster (9 Tests; BBC), dies at 65

Person of interestJudy Garland

1969 Judy Garland [Frances Gumm], American actress (The Wizard of Oz; Meet Me In St. Louis; Easter Parade), and singer ("Over The Rainbow"); dies at 47; coroner determines cause as unintentional, incautious overdose of prescription barbiturates

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • 1979 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • 1981 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • 1982 Alan Webb, British actor (King Lear, Taming of Shrew, Challenge of Lassie), dies at 75

Person of interestFred Astaire

1987 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • 1988 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), dies at 84
  • 1988 Dennis Day [Owen Patrick Eugene McNulty], Irish-American tenor ("Danny Boy"), and comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 72
  • 1988 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • 1991 Cameron Miller, actor (Portrait of Claire), dies at 82
  • 1991 Kevin O'Connor, actor (Bogie), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1992 Chuck Mitchell, American actor (General Hospital, Porky's, Better Off Dead), dies at 64
  • 1994 Jack Davies, screenwriter, dies at 80
  • 1996 Salah Abou Seif, film director, dies at 81
  • 1997 Don Henderson, British actor (The XYY Man, Strangers), dies at 65
  • 2006 Moose (dog actor), dog actor popular for role on Frasier (b. 1990)
  • 2007 Nancy Benoit, former professional wrestling valet (b. 1964)
  • 2008 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • 2009 Steve Race, British composer, jazz pianist and radio and television presenter (BBC's "My Music", 1967-94), dies at 88
  • 2015 James Horner, American film composer (Titanic; Apollo 13; Avatar), dies in a plane crash at 61
  • 2015 Laura Antonelli, Italian actress (Wifemistress, Divine Nymph), dies at 73
  • 2015 Buddy Landel 'Nature Boy', American professional wrestler, dies after a car accident at 53
  • 2017 Norman Ayrton, English actor and opera director (Royal Shakespearean Acad - UK), dies at 92
  • 2020 Joel Schumacher, American film director (Lost Boys, Batman), dies at 80