On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on October 3

  • 1890 Andries Andre, Dutch actor and husband of Geertruida Meeuwissen (Trumpeter-Major), dies at 36
  • 1929 Jeanne Eagels, American actress and former Ziegfeld Girl (Rain, Under False Colors), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • 1954 Herbert Prior, British actor (Caught Short, Slave of Desire), dies at 87
  • 1959 William Bishop, American actor (Black Eagle, Adventures in Silverado, It's a Great Life), dies of cancer at 42
  • 1965 Zachary Scott, American actor (Spotlight Playhouse, Mildred Pierce), dies from a malignant brain tumor at 51
  • 1967 Pinto Colvig, American animation voice actor (Goofy, Pluto), dies at 75
  • 1979 Claudia Jennings [Mary Ellen Chestrerton],, American actress and Playboy playmate (Nov, 1969, Playmate of the Year 1970), dies in car crash at 29
  • 1982 Vivien Merchant [Ada Thompson], British actress (Alfie, The Homecoming, The Offence), dies from alcoholism at 53
  • 1983 John K. M. McCaffery, American TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • 1985 Charles Collingwood, American news commentator (Chronicles), dies at 68
  • 1985 Maurice Copeland, American actor (Ralph-Those Young Charmings), dies at 74
  • 1994 Dennis Wolfberg, comedian (Quantum Leap), dies from cancer at 48
  • 1994 Dub Taylor [Walter Clarence Taylor Jr], American character actor (Gunsmoke), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • 1994 Harriet Nelson, American actress (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 80
  • 1994 V, comedian and actor, dies at 48
  • 1994 Virginia Dale, American actress/dancer (Holiday Inn), dies at about 77
  • 1994 Heinz Rühmann, German actor and director (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick), dies at 92
  • 1998 Roddy McDowall, British actor (Planet of Apes, Cleopatra, Lord Love a Duck), dies at 70
  • 2002 Bruce Paltrow, American television and film producer (b. 1943)
  • 2003 Florence Stanley, American actress (b. 1924)
  • 2004 John Cerutti, American baseball pitcher and broadcaster (Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Sportsnet), dies of ventricular arrhythmia at 44

Person of interestJanet Leigh

2004 Janet Leigh [Jeanetta Morrison], American actress (Psycho), dies at 77

Actress Janet Leigh
Janet Leigh
  • 2005 Ronnie Barker, English comedian (The Two Ronnies, Porridge), dies at 76