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, 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 Phillip Tead, American actor (The Front Page, Lightnin', Fighting Blade), 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 (b. 1915)
  • 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, actor (Daddy Warbucks-Annie), 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