On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on May 8

  • 1950 Franklin Dyall, British actor (Easy Virtue, Atlantic), dies at 80
  • 1952 William Fox, Austrian-born film producer (b. 1879)
  • 1967 Barbara Payton [Redfield], American actress known for her tumultuous private life (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies of heart and liver failure due to drug addiction at 39

Person of interestElmer Rice

1967 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, dies at 74

Playwright and Novelist Elmer Rice
Playwright and Novelist
Elmer Rice
  • 1981 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • 1983 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), dies at 74
  • 1985 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • 1985 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • 1991 Ronnie Brody, British actor (Superman 3, What's Up Nurse, Ritz), dies at 72
  • 1992 Richard Derr, actor (When Worlds Collide), dies at 74 of cancer
  • 1993 Kees Deenik, Dutch singer, bandleader, and broadcaster, dies at 78-ish
  • 1994 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • 1994 Rupert Haselden, journalist and screenwriter, dies at 36
  • 1994 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • 1995 Teresa Teng [Li-chun], Taiwanese pop singer("Aijin"; "The Power Of Love"; "Airport"), and actress, dies from a severe asthma attack at 42
  • 1999 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), dies at 78
  • 1999 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), dies at 67
  • 1999 Dana Plato, American actress (Kimberly-Diff'rent Strokes), dies at 34
  • 2013 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), dies at 84
  • 2015 (Antoni) "Ton" Hartsuiker, Dutch pianist, composer, broadcaster, and educator, dies at 81
  • 2016 William Schallert, American character actor (Patty Duke Show- "Martin"; Get Smart - "The Admiral"), dies at 93
  • 2018 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92