Deaths in Film & TV on May 21

  • 1862 John Drew, Irish-born American actor and theatre manager, dies from head injuries at 34
  • 1922 Sidney Ainsworth, British silent film actor (Not in the News, The Rajah's Tunic), dies at 49
  • 1952 John Garfield [Jacob Garfinkle], American actor (Four Daughters, Body and Soul), dies of coronary thrombosis at 39
  • 1966 Pat O'Malley, silent film actor (Wild One, Quiet Man), dies at 75
  • 1968 Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • 1970 Vinton Hayworth, actor (Gen Schaeffer-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 63
  • 1971 Dennis King, English actor (Devil's Brother), dies of heart ailment at 73
  • 1973 George Breakstone, actor and director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • 1973 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • 1980 Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • 1981 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • 1984 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • 1984 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • 1987 Alejandro Rey, Argentine-American actor and director (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies lung cancer at 57
  • 1990 Franklyn Seales, actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 1993 John Holland, American actor (They Saved Hitler's Brain), dies at 65
  • 1996 Alfred "Lash" LaRue, American actor (Lash of the West, Wyatt Earp), dies of emphysema at 78
  • 1998 Douglas Fowley, American actor (Singin' in the Rain, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 86
  • 1999 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), dies at 71

Person of interestJohn Gielgud

2000 Sir John Gielgud, British stage and screen actor and director (Hamlet, Arthur, Ages of Man), dies at 96

  • 2005 Howard Morris, American comedic actor and director (The Andy Griffith Show, High Anxiety), dies of a heart disease at 85
  • 2006 Cherd Songsri, Thai film director (Plae Kao), dies at 74
  • 2009 Joan Alexander [Louise Abrass], American actress (The New Adventures of Superman, The Tales of Hoffmann), dies of an intestinal ailment at 94