On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on May 16

  • 1944 George Ade, American playwright, writer and humorist (Counsel Widow, Fables in Slang), dies at 78
  • 1959 Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • 1984 Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1984 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71

Person of interestMargaret Hamilton

1985 Margaret Hamilton, American actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

Person of interestJim Henson

1990 Jim Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, and creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street; The Muppet Show), dies of toxic shock syndrome caused by pneumonia at 53

Muppeteer and Filmmaker Jim Henson
Muppeteer and Filmmaker
Jim Henson

Person of interestSammy Davis Jr.

1990 Sammy Davis Jr., American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

Singer, Actor and TV Host Sammy Davis Jr.
Singer, Actor and TV Host
Sammy Davis Jr.
  • 1991 Prudence Nesbitt, British actress/TV producer, dies
  • 1992 Marisa Mell, actress (Hostages), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Alain Cuny, French actor (La Dolce Vita, Detective, Weite Land, Emmanuelle), dies at 85
  • 1994 Phani Majumdar, film director, dies at 82
  • 1994 Vasek Simek, Czech/American actor (Green Card, Mistress), dies at 66
  • 1995 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • 1997 Horace "Bones" McKinney, American basketball forward, coach and broadcaster (Washington Capitols, Wake Forest), dies at 78
  • 2002 Big Dick Dudley, American professional wrestler (b. 1968)
  • 2011 Edward Hardwicke, British actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 78
  • 2012 Doug Dillard, American country rock musician (The Dillards, Gene Clark, Dillard & Clark) and actor (Clem-Popeye), dies of a lung infection caused by a collapsed lung at 75
  • 2013 Paul Shane, English comedian and actor, dies at 72
  • 2015 Prashant Bhargava, American filmmaker (Patang), dies of cardiac arrest at 42
  • 2016 Julia Meade [Kunz], American actress and TV hostess (Spotlight Playhouse), dies at 90
  • 2018 Joseph Campanella, American character actor (Guiding Light, Mannix), dies at 93