Deaths in Film & TV on October 31

Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini (1874-1926)

Famous magician and escape artist, dies at 52 in Detroit of gangrene and peritonitis that developed after his appendix ruptured

  • 1945 Henry Ainley, English actor (As You Like It), dies at 66
  • 1963 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • 1965 Rita Johnson, American actress (Honolulu, All Mine to Give), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 53
  • 1975 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American stage, screen, and radio actor (The Book; Gilda; Touch of Evil), dies at 78
  • 1975 SD Burman, Indian singer and film music composer (Zindagi Zindagi), dies at 69
  • 1976 Linda Watkins, American actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68
  • 1977 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1984 Eduardo De Filippo, Italian playwright, director, actor and poet (7 Deadly Sins, Shoot Loud), dies at 84
  • 1985 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (Soldaten og Jenny, Det gælder os alle), dies at 72
  • 1988 John Houseman, Romanian actor (The Paper Chase, Rollerball, The Fog), dies of spinal cancer at 86
  • 1991 Bert Bertram, Australian actor (How to Steal a Million, Shamus), dies of cancer at 97
  • 1991 Gene Anderson, American professional wrestler (b. 1933)
  • 1991 Johan Schmitz, actor (Gysbregt van Aemstel/Soldat van Orange), dies

Federico FelliniFederico Fellini (1920-1993)

Italian film director and scriptwriter (8 1/2, La Dolce Vita), dies of stroke at 73

River PhoenixRiver Phoenix (1970-1993)

American actor (Little Nikta, Stand By Me), dies of a drug overdose at 23

  • 1994 Jole Silvani [Niobe Quaiatti], Italian actress (La citta' Delle), dies
  • 1995 Dr. Hepcat [Lavad Durst], American blues piano player and singer-songwriter, radio DJ and baseball broadcaster, dies at 82
  • 1995 Rosalind Cash, American actress (Emma-Go Tell It on the Mountain), dies of cancer at 56
  • 1996 Arthur Peterson, American actor (Soap, Mission: Impossible, Crisis), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2000 Ring Lardner, Jr., American screenwriter (b. 1915)
  • 2002 Raf Vallone, Italian actor (A View From the Bridge), dies at 86
  • 2005 Mary Wimbush, British actress (Oh! What a Lovely War, The Archers), dies at 81
  • 2012 Brian Cobby, British actor (Evita, The Nudist Story) and the first male voice of the British speaking clock, dies from health complications at 83
  • 2015 Gregg Palmer [Palmer Edvind Lee], American actor (Scream, To Hell & Back), dies at 88
  • 2016 Tammy Grimes, American stage actress (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 82
  • 2019 (Elizabeth) Ann Crumb, American stage and screen actress and singer, dies of ovarian cancer at 69

Sean ConnerySean Connery (1930-2020)

Scottish actor and producer (James Bond films; Indiana Jones), dies at 90