On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on March 11

  • 1931 F.W. Murnau, German film director (b. 1888)
  • 1950 Florence Arliss, British actress (Disraeli), dies at 78
  • 1952 Pierre Renoir, French stage and film actor and director (b. 1885)
  • 1967 Geraldine Farrar, soprano/actress (Such Sweet Compulsion), dies at 85
  • 1971 Philo Farnsworth, American inventor (created electronic television, video camera tube), dies of pneumonia at 64
  • 1979 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • 1987 Joe Gladwin, British actor (Nearest and Dearest, No Hard Feelings), dies at 81
  • 1992 David Carroll, actor (Grand Hotel), dies of pulmonary embolism at 41
  • 1993 Dino Bravo, wrestler (WWF), shot to death at 44
  • 1996 Vince Edwards, American actor, director, and singer (Ben Casey, The Devil's Brigade, Matt Lincoln, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 67
  • 1999 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 2007 Betty Hutton [Elizabeth June Thornburg], American actress, dancer, singer and comedian (Greatest Show on Earth), dies of colon cancer a 86
  • 2010 Merlin Olsen, American football player (Los Angeles Rams) and actor (Father Murphy), dies of cancer at 69
  • 2015 Ralph Taeger, American actor (Klondike, Acapulco, Hondo), dies at 78
  • 2018 Ken Dodd, British singer and comedian described as "the last great music hall entertainer," dies of complications from a chest infection at 90