Deaths in Film & TV on September 2

  • 1934 (Ruggiero) "Russ" Columbo, American pop baritone singer ("You Call It Madness, But I Call It Love"), songwriter ("Prisoner of Love"), actor (Wake Up And Dream), and violinist, is accidentally shot to death 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
  • 1973 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

  • 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
  • 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
  • 2000 Curt Siodmak, German-American novelist and screenwriter (Donovan's Brain; I Walked With A Zombie), dies at 98
  • 2001 Troy Donahue, American actor (Hawaiian Eye), dies at 65
  • 2004 Eleni Zafeiriou, Greek actress (b. 1916)

Bob DenverBob Denver (1935-2005)

American actor (Gilligan's Island, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis), dies of complications from treatment for cancer at 70 [1] [2]

  • 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
  • 2021 Mikis Theodorakis, Greek classical and film music composer (Zorba the Greek; Mauthausen Trilogy; Serpico), dies of cardiopulmonary arrest at 96