On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on June 9

  • 1912 Ion Luca Caragiale, Romanian actor and playwright (O Noapte Furtunoasa), dies at 60
  • 1929 Lewis Bennison, American actor (The Road Called Straight), commits suicide at 44
  • 1939 Owen Moore, Irish actor (She Done Him Wrong), commits suicide at 52

Person of interestRobert Donat

1958 Robert Donat, English actor (Citadel, Goodbye Mr Chips, 39 Steps), dies at 53

  • 1962 Henry Kendall, British director and actor (Amazing Quest, Shadow, Rich & Strange), dies from a heart attack at 65
  • 1971 Harold Lloyd Jr, American actor, singer and son of famous silent film actor Harold Lloyd sr (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 40
  • 1974 Phillips Tead, American character actor (The Front Page; Lightnin'; Fighting Blade; The Adventures of Superman - "Professor Pepperwinkle), dies at 80
  • 1976 Sybil Thorndike, actress (Melba, Major Barbara), dies at 93
  • 1978 Chief Tahachee [Jeff Davis Tahchee Cypert], Cherokee stage and film actor, dies from a heart attack at 74
  • 1981 Russell "Lucky" Hayden [Pate Lucid], American actor (Judge Roy Bean, Three Men from Texas), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • 1981 Allen Ludden [Ellsworth], American TV personality and gameshow host (Password), husband of Betty White, dies of stomach cancer at 63
  • 1982 Hank Ladd, TV host (Arrow Show, Waiting for the Break), dies at 74
  • 1987 Grandon Rhodes, actor (Gentleman From Nowhere), dies
  • 1987 Madge Kennedy, actress (Marrying Kind, 3 Bad Sisters), dies
  • 1989 Rashid Behbudov, Azerbaijani singer and actor, dies of kidney disease at 73
  • 1991 Bob Irwin, Comedian, dies of Alzheimer's related illness at 88
  • 1993 Alexis Smith, Canadian actress and singer (The Age of Innocence, Follies), dies of brain cancer at 72
  • 1997 Reid Shelton, American stage and screen actor (Annie - "Daddy Warbucks"; 1st & 10 - "Ernie"), dies of stroke at 71
  • 2011 Tomoko Kawakami, Japanese voice actress, dies at 41
  • 2014 Rik Mayall, English actor & comedian, dies from cardiac arrest at 56
  • 2017 Adam West [William West Anderson], American actor (Batman, Last Precinct) dies from leukemia at 88