On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on May 20

  • 1909 Ernest Hogan, blackface comedian and musician (b. 1859)
  • 1956 Andre Eugene Maurice Charlot, actor (Summer Storm), dies
  • 1969 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • 1969 Royal Beal, American actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer at 69
  • 1984 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1985 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • 1989 Anton Diffring [Alfred Pollack], German character actor (Assignment Vienna), dies at 70
  • 1989 Gilda Radner, American comedian and actress (SNL, Haunted Honeymoon), dies of ovarian cancer at 42
  • 1996 Jon Pertwee, English actor and entertainer (third Doctor in Doctor Who, Worzel Gummidge), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • 1996 Eric Davidson, comedy scriptwriter, dies at 65
  • 2005 John Donovan "J D" Cannon, American actor (McCloud, Ike, Call to Glory), dies at 83
  • 2007 Norman Von Nida, Australian golfer, coach, broadcaster (British Open 1948 3rd), dies at 93
  • 2009 Lucy Gordon, British model and actress (b. 1980)
  • 2011 "Macho Man" Randy Savage, American pro wrestler (WWF/SMW/ICW), dies of a heart attack at 58