Deaths in Film & TV on October 12

  • 1940 Tom Mix, American actor (Texan, Hidden Gold), dies at 60
  • 1951 Leon Errol, Australian actor (Ziegfeld Follies, What a Blonde!), dies at 70
  • 1958 Ed Hinton, actor (Henderson-I Lived 3 Lives), dies at 30
  • 1958 Gordon Griffith, American actor (first actor to portray Tarzan on film) and director, dies at 51
  • 1967 Nathaniel "Nat" Pendleton, American wrestler (Olympics 1920, Silver) and actor (The Thin Man, Reckless), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • 1969 Sonja Henie, Norwegian ice skater (Olympic gold 1928,32,36) and actress (My Lucky Star), dies from leukemia at 57
  • 1977 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • 1979 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • 1983 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager, known by the ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling", dies at 57
  • 1985 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), dies at 75
  • 1988 Ken Murray, actor (Bill & Coo, Crooner, Half-Marriage), dies at 85
  • 1989 Carmen Cavallaro, American actor and pianist (Hollywood Canteen, Diamond Horseshoe), dies from prostate cancer at 76
  • 1990 Max Tailleur, Dutch adjudant to Prince Bernhard and Jewish humorist, dies at 81
  • 1991 Aline MacMahon, US actress (Backdoor to Heaven), dies at 92
  • 1991 Sheila Florance, Australian actress (Cactus), dies of cancer at 75
  • 1992 Alexander Pola [Abraham Polak], Dutch actor and writer (Farce Major), dies at 78
  • 1992 John Hancock, American actor (LA Law, Love & War), dies of a heart attack at 51
  • 1993 Leon Ames, American actor (Mister Ed, Father of the Bride), dies from a stroke at 91
  • 1995 Gary Bond, actor (Outback, Zulu, Anne of Thousand Days), dies at 55
  • 1995 David McLean [Eugene Joseph Huth], American actor known for appearing in Marlboro advertisements (Days of Our Lives, Tate), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • 2006 Gillo Pontecorvo, Italian film director (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Lon "Lonny" Chapman, American actor (Investigator, For the People), dies from heart disease at 87
  • 2011 Heinz Bennent, German actor (Possession, The Serpent's Egg), dies at 90
  • 2011 Patricia Breslin, American actress (b. 1931)
  • 2011 Peter Hammond, British actor and director (The Buccaneers, King of the Castle), dies at 87
  • 2013 Eduard Martsevich, Soviet-Russian actor and People's Artist of the RSFSR, dies at 76
  • 2015 Joan Leslie, American actress (High Sierra, Yankee Doodle Dandy), dies at 90