On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on May 28

  • 1940 Randle Ayrton, British actor (The Manxman, Nell Gwyn), dies at 70
  • 1940 Walter Connolly, American actor (It Happened One Night, Good Earth), dies from a stroke at 53
  • 1969 Rhys Williams, Welsh actor (How Green Was My Valley, Nightmare, Okinawa, Cross My Heart), dies at 71
  • 1971 Audie Murphy, American soldier who was among the most decorated in WW II with 33 medals and actor (To Hell and Back, Whispering Smiths), killed in a plane crash at 46
  • 1971 Jean Vilar, French stage and film actor and director (Théâtre National Populaire), dies at 59
  • 1975 Roy Roberts, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies from a heart attack at 69
  • 1978 Arthur Brough, English actor (b. 1905)
  • 1984 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • 1986 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), dies at 79
  • 1987 Charles Ludlam, American playwright and actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • 1990 Joseph Hardy, actor and director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71
  • 1995 Daniela Rocca, Italian actress (Battle of Austerlitz), dies at 57

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1998 Phil Hartman, Canadian actor and comedian, murdered by his wife in his sleep at 49

  • 2003 Martha Scott, American actress (The Ten Commandments, Our Town, Ben-Hur), dies of natural causes at 90
  • 2008 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • 2009 Terence Alexander , English actor (Bergerac), dies at 86
  • 2010 Gary Coleman, American actor (Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 42
  • 2010 Eddie Barth [Edward Bartholetti], American actor and voiceover artist nicknamed "Mr. Gravel" for his raspy vocals (Shaft, Simon & Simon), dies at 78
  • 2017 John Noakes, British TV presenter, dies at 83
  • 2018 Cornelia Frances [Zulver], British-Australian actress (Home and Away), dies from bladder cancer at 77
  • 2018 María Dolores Pradera, Spanish melodic singer and actress, dies at 93
  • 2020 Lennie Niehaus, American jazz saxophonist and film composer (Clint Eastwood films), dies at 90