On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on September 2

  • 1906 Guiseppe Giacosa, Italian screenwriter (libretti opera Puccini), dies
  • 1934 Russ Columbo [Ruggiero Eugenio di Rodolfo Colombo], American baritone, violinist and actor (You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love), is shot at 26
  • 1937 Esther de Farmer-of Rich, actress (Kniertje-On hope of blessing), dies
  • 1962 William Wilkerson, Founder of the Hollywood Reporter, The Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas and nightclubs such as Ciro's (b. 1890)
  • 1964 Morris Ankrum, American actor (Kronos, Earth vs Flying Saucers), dies at 67

Person of interestJ. R. R. Tolkien

1973 J. R. R. Tolkien, British author (The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

Writer and Academic J. R. R. Tolkien
Writer and Academic
J. R. R. Tolkien
  • 1973 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)
  • 1977 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), dies at 59
  • 1979 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • 1982 Jay Novello, actor (Harum Scarum, Rebel Breed), dies of cancer at 78
  • 1982 Tom Baker, American actor, dies of a drug overdose in New York at 42
  • 1984 Manos Katrakis, Greek actor (Antigone, Marinos Kontaras), dies at 79
  • 1985 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • 1993 Eric Berry, English/American actor (Pippin, 49th Parallel), dies at 80
  • 1994 Roy Castle, English dancer, actor and tv presenter (Dr Who & the Daleks), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • 2001 Troy Donahue, American actor (Hawaiian Eye), dies at 65
  • 2004 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)

Person of interestBob Denver

2005 Bob Denver, American actor (Gilligan's Island), dies of complications from treatment for cancer at 70

Actor Bob Denver
Bob Denver
  • 2006 Charlie Williams MBE, English soccer defender (Doncaster Rovers 151 games) and comedian, dies from Parkinson's disease at 78
  • 2007 Marcia Mae Jones, American actress (Frankie Darro, The Cisco), dies at 83
  • 2008 Bill Meléndez, American character animator (b. 1916)
  • 2011 Felipe Camiroaga, Chilean character animator, Chile (b. 1966)
  • 2013 David Jacobs, British broadcaster (Juke Box Jury), dies at 87
  • 2017 Murray Lerner, American documentary and experimental film director and producer (Secrets of the Reef), dies at 90