On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on November 5

  • 1933 Texas Guinan, American saloon keeper, actress, and musician (b. 1884)
  • 1935 Mina Dilis-Beersmans, Flemish actress/wife of John Dilis, dies at 71

Person of interestGeorge M. Cohan

1942 George M. Cohan, American father of musical comedy (Phantom President, Give My Regards to Broadway), dies of cancer at 64

Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer George M. Cohan
Composer, Actor, Singer and Producer
George M. Cohan
  • 1960 Mack Sennett, director and producer (Keystone Cops), dies
  • 1960 Ward Bond, American actor (Wagon Train, It's a Wonderful Life), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • 1968 Estelle Hemsley, American actress (Leech Woman, Take a Giant Step), dies at 81
  • 1968 Robert Ayres, actor (Battle Beneath the Earth), dies at 54
  • 1969 Lloyd Corrigan, American actor (Papa Dodger, The Manchurian Candidate), dies at 69
  • 1972 Reginald Owen, British actor (Mary Poppins, Sherlock Holmes), dies at 85
  • 1974 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • 1977 Aleksei G Stachanov, Russian model miner, dies at 72

Person of interestRené Goscinny

1977 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • 1978 Denis O'Dea, Irish actor (Niagara, Esther & the King, Treasure Island), dies at 73
  • 1986 Claude Jutra, Québécois actor and film director (b. 1930)
  • 1987 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • 1990 Herbert Berghof, Austrian actor (Belarus File, Harry and Tonto, Target), dies of heart failure at 81
  • 1991 Fred MacMurray, American actor (Double Indemnity, The Apartment, My Three Sons), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1995 Laura Weber, TV Host, dies at 70
  • 1997 James Robert Baker, American novelist, screenwriter (b. 1946)
  • 2001 Roy Boulting, English film director and producer (Desert Victory), dies at 87
  • 2002 Vinnette Carroll, American actress and 1st African-American woman to direct on Broadway (1972: Don't Bother Me, I Can't Cope), dies of heart disease and diabetes at 80
  • 2008 Michael Higgins, American actor (Angel Heart, 1918, Wanda, Black Stallion), dies of heart failure at 88
  • 2010 Jill Clayburgh, American actress (Unmarried Woman, Semi-Tough), dies of Leukemia at 66
  • 2011 Bhupen Hazarika, Indian singer, composer, lyricist, music director, and filmmaker from Assam (b. 1926)
  • 2020 Geoffrey Palmer, British actor (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, The Madness of King George, Butterflies), dies at 93 [1]