On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on October 22

  • 1918 Myrtle Gonzalez, American actress regarded as Hollywood's first Latin and Hispanic movie star actress (Missy, Her Great Part), dies from influenza and heart ailment at 27
  • 1981 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • 1984 Napoleon Whiting, actor (Silas-Big Valley), dies at 75
  • 1986 Ivor Francis, actor (Dusty's Trail), dies at 68
  • 1986 Jane Dornnacker, WNBC-AM NYC helicopter traffic reporter, dies doing a live traffic report as her copter crashes
  • 1987 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 1989 Roland Winters [Winternitz], American actor (Mama, Smothers Brothers, Jet Pilot, Meet Millie), dies at 84
  • 1991 Peter Willes, British actor/producer (Way We Live), dies
  • 1992 Cleavon Little, American actor (Blazing Saddles), dies of colon cancer at 53
  • 1995 Mary Wickes [Wickenhauser], American character actress (Father Dowling Mysteries; Sister Act; Dennis The Menace), dies of surgery complications at 79
  • 1995 Ralph Whitlock, British farmer, conservationist, writer, and broadcaster, dies at 81
  • 1997 Leonid Amalrik, Russian animator (b. 1905)
  • 2005 Tony Adams, Irish film producer (b. 1953)
  • 2006 Arthur Hill, Canadian actor (Owen Marshall, Glitter), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • 2006 Richard Mayes, British actor (Doctor Who, Emmerdale), dies of a stroke at 83
  • 2009 Don Lane, American-born Australian television personality (b. 1933)
  • 2009 Soupy Sales [Milton Supman], American comedian, television, and radio personality, dies from cancer at 83