Deaths in Film & TV on March 15

  • 1673 Salvatore Rosa, Italian baroque painter, poet, musician and actor, dies at 57
  • 1912 Louis van Westerhoven, Dutch actor, singer and opera director (Youth), dies at 58
  • 1918 George Alexander [Samson], British actor, theatre producer and manager, dies at 59
  • 1962 Sam Wren, American actor (Marked Woman, The Old Grey Mayor), dies at 65
  • 1964 Paul Cavanagh, British actor (The Woman in Green, Tarzan & his Mate), dies at 75
  • 1969 Miles Malleson, British writer and actor (Phantom of the Opera, Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • 1977 Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentine professional wrestler, dies at 49
  • 1981 RenĂ© Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • 1990 Tom Harmon, American football player and announcer (LA Rams, CBS 1950-62), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • 1991 Eileen Sedgwick, silent film actress (Hot Heels), dies at 93
  • 1992 Helen Deutsch, screenwriter, dies of natural causes
  • 1992 Jack Washburn, actor (Black Orchid), dies after long illness at 64
  • 1992 Vanessa Lee, actress (Split), dies at 71
  • 1993 Dennis Gregory, actor (Village of the Damn), dies of pneumonia at 40
  • 1994 Mae Zetterling, Swedish actress (Night Games), dies at 68
  • 1997 Gail Davis, American actress (Annie Oakley), dies at 71
  • 2001 Ann Sothern, American actress (b. 1909)
  • 2003 Dame Thora Hird, British actress, comedian, presenter and writer (Last of the Summer Wine, The Love Match), dies at 91
  • 2009 Ron Silver, American actor (Reversal of Fortune, Timecop), dies of cancer at 62
  • 2014 David Brenner, American stand-up comedian and TV talk show host (Nightlife) known as a pioneer of observational comedy, dies from cancer at 78