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 (Taxi -"Latka"), dies of cancer at 35
  • 1984 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71

Margaret HamiltonMargaret Hamilton (1902-1985)

American character actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 82

Jim HensonJim Henson (1936-1990)

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

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

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

  • 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, Indian film director (Street Singer), 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: The Kite), 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