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
  • 1967 Elmer Rice, NY playwright, director and novelist, dies at 74
  • 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
  • 1994 George Peppard, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Banacek, A-Team, Blue Max), dies at 65
  • 1994 Rupert Haselden, journalist/screenwriter, dies at 36
  • 1994 Steven Keats, American actor (Death Wish), dies of apparent suicide at 48
  • 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 (b. 1964)
  • 2013 Brian Forbes, English director and actor, dies at 86
  • 2013 Jeanne Cooper, American actress (Kay-The Young & Restless), dies at 84
  • 2016 William Schallert, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Get Smart), dies at 93
  • 2018 Anne V. Coates, British film editor (1962 Oscar, Lawrence of Arabia), dies at 92