Deaths in Film & TV on March 5

  • 1953 Herman J. Mankiewicz, American screenwriter (b. 1897)
  • 1963 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • 1967 Mischa Auer [Ounskowsky], Russian actor (My Man Godfrey), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • 1971 Winnie Lightner, actress (Gold Dust Gertie, Sit Tight), dies at 71
  • 1973 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • 1973 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • 1974 Billy Dewolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • 1974 Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
  • 1980 Jay Silverheels [Harold J. Smith], Canadian actor (The Lone Ranger, Key Largo), dies from a stroke at 67
  • 1981 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • 1981 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • 1982 John Belushi, comedian (Sat Night Live), dies of drug overdose at 33
  • 1984 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • 1984 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • 1988 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • 1990 Gary Merrill, American actor (Young Dr Kildare, All About Eve), dies of a lung cancer at 74
  • 1992 Andrew Samuel, child actor (Our Gang), dies at 82
  • 1992 Yevgeny Yevstigneev, Russian actor (Welcome Kosta), dies at 65
  • 1995 Ed Flanders, actor (Dr Westphal-St Elsewhere), dies
  • 1995 Marguerite Kelsey, Engl painter/sculptor model (Haunting), dies at 86
  • 1996 Whitner "Whit" Bissell, American actor (Time Machine, Soylent Green, The Magnificent Seven), dies at 86
  • 1998 Donald Woods, Canadian actor (True Grit, Craig Kennedy; Criminologist), dies at 91
  • 1999 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet, Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), dies at 76
  • 2004 Walter "Walt" Gorney, American character actor (Friday the 13th, Trading Places), dies from natural causes at 91
  • 2018 AndrĂ© S. Labarthe, French actor, film producer and director (Vivre sa vie, CinĂ©astes de notre temps), dies at 86