Deaths in Film & TV on October 23

  • 1730 Anne Oldfield, English actress (The Maiden Queen), dies from cervical cancer at 47
  • 1936 [Marie] Louise Hens, Flemish actress (Bitter Pill), dies at 80
  • 1942 Ralph Rainger [Reichenthal], American song and film composer (Thanks for the Memory; Love In Bloom), dies in a plane crash at 41

Al JolsonAl Jolson (1886-1950)

American-Lithuanian jazz singer and silent film actor (Mamie, Swanee), dies at 64

  • 1952 Susan Peters [Suzanne Carnahan], American actress (Random Harvest; Young Ideas), dies of complications resulting from pyelonephritis, pneumonia, and starvation at 31
  • 1957 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), dies at 86
  • 1959 Gerda Lundequist 'The Swedish Sarah Bernhardt', Swedish stage actress, dies at 88
  • 1966 Claire McDowell, American silent film actress (Big Parade), dies after long illness at 88
  • 1975 Barboura Morris, American actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • 1975 Charles Brokaw, American actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • 1983 Jessica Savitch, American broadcast journalist and pioneering female news anchor (NBC Weekend), drowns in a car accident at 36
  • 1983 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • 1984 David Gorcey, actor (Angel's Alley), dies at 63 in a diabetic coma
  • 1984 Oskar Werner, Austrian film actor and director (Farenehit 451), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • 1989 Armida, Mexican-American stage, vaudeville and film actress (b. 1911)
  • 1994 Robert Lansing, American actor (12 O'Clock High, Equalizer, A Man for All Seasons, Chariots of Fire), dies of cancer at 66
  • 1994 William Leonard, head (CBS News), dies of a stroke at 78
  • 1997 Bert Haanstra, Dutch filmmaker (b. 1916)
  • 2000 Rodney Anoa'i (aka Yokozuna), Samoan-American professional wrestler, dies from pulmonary edema at 34
  • 2002 Marianne Hoppe, German theater and film actress (Der Schimmelreiter), dies at 93
  • 2003 Tony Capstick, English actor, comedian, and musician. dies of an aneurysm at 59
  • 2004 Robert Merrill [Moishe Miller], American operatic baritone (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1945-76), and actor, dies at 87
  • 2005 William Hootkins, American actor, dies at 57
  • 2011 Herbert A. Hauptman, American mathematician whose models for determining the chemical crystal structures vital for life revolutionized chemistry (Nobel 1985), dies at 94
  • 2016 Jack Chick, American religious cartoonist (Chick tracts), dies at 92
  • 2021 Bob Neumeier, American sportscaster (WBZ-radio, TV Boston; NBC Sports), dies from heart disease at 70