Deaths in Film & TV on March 17

  • 1933 Ferdinand Von Alten, German-Russian actor (Champagne), dies at 48
  • 1941 Marguerite Nichols, American actress (b. 1895)
  • 1949 Felix Bressart, German actor (Ninotchka, Escape, Crossroads), dies from Leukemia at 57
  • 1956 Fred Allen, American comedian (Fred Allen Radio Show), dies at 61
  • 1962 Frank Orth, American actor (Boston Blackie, Brothers), dies at 82
  • 1965 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me) and author (FBI), dies at 62
  • 1967 Richard Reeves, American character actor (The Adventures of Superman; Date With an Angel), dies from cirrhosis of the liver at 54
  • 1973 Geertruida Magdelena Wilhelmina Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • 1982 Koos Koster, Dutch newscaster (IKON), murdered in El Salvador
  • 1986 Hal Buckley, American actor (John Quincy-OK Crackerby), dies at 51
  • 1989 Merritt Butrick, American actor (Shy People, Square Pegs), dies of AIDS at 29
  • 1990 Capucine [Germaine Lefebvre], French actress and fashion model (Pink Panther, What's New Pussycat?), commits suicide at 62
  • 1992 Charles Rea, British actor (Ipcress File), dies at 69
  • 1992 Grace Stafford Lantz, American actress and cartoon voice (Woody Woodpecker), dies at 87
  • 1992 Jack Arnold, American actor and director (Sid Caesar Special, Emmy 1967, Creature From the Black Lagoon), dies at 75

Helen HayesHelen Hayes (1900-1993)

American actress (Caesar & Cleopatra, Happy Birthday), and 1st female EGOT (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award winner), dies of congestive heart failure at 92

  • 1993 Skip Young, American actor (Smokey & Hotwire Gang, The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 62
  • 1994 Harold Myers, British film journalist (Variety), dies at 81
  • 1994 Mai Zetterling, Swedish actress and film director (Witches, Offbeat, Jet Storm), dies of cancer at 68
  • 1995 Donald Baverstock, British television Producer (Tonight), dies at 71
  • 1995 Rick Aviles, US comic/actor (Ghost), dies of AIDS
  • 1996 Rene Clement, French film director (Forbidden Games), dies at 83
  • 1999 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • 1999 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • 2002 Rosetta LeNoire, American actress (Family Matters, The Brother from Another Planet), dies from diabetes at 90
  • 2004 J. J. Jackson, American television personality (b. 1941)
  • 2004 Michael Mellinger, German actor (Goldfinger, The Bourne Identity), dies at 74
  • 2006 Bob Papenbrook, American voice actor, dies at 50
  • 2009 Clodovil Hernandes, Brazilian politician and TV host (b. 1937)
  • 2011 Michael Gough, English actor (Hammer Horror Films, Search for the Nile), dies at 94
  • 2014 Gene Feist, American actor, playwright, producer and co-founder of Roundabout Theater Company, dies at 91
  • 2015 Shaw Taylor, British actor and television presenter (Police 5), dies at 90
  • 2020 Lyle Waggoner, American actor (The Carol Burnett Show; Wonder Woman), dies from cancer at 84
  • 2022 Peter Bowles, British actor (I, Claudius; Rumpole of the Bailey - "Featherstone"), dies of cancer at 85