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, English American actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • 1970 Vinton Hayworth, American 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 Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • 1980 Ida Kamińska, Polish stage and screen actress, director, and writer (The Shop on Main Street; Mother Courage and Her Children), dies at 80
  • 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 Max Wall [Lorimer], British music hall, screen, and stage comic and actor (Professor Wallofski), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • 1993 John Holland, American actor (My Fair Lady, Chinatown), 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

John GielgudJohn Gielgud (1904-2000)

British stage and screen actor and director (Arthur, Hamlet, 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