Deaths in Film & TV on September 21

  • 1812 Emmanuel Schikaneder, German performing arts impresario, dramatist, actor, singer, and librettist (Mozart's "Magic Flute"), dies at 61
  • 1946 Olga Engl, Austrian actress (Phantom), dies at 75
  • 1947 Harry Carey [Henry DeWitt Carey II], American actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; Red River), dies at 69
  • 1973 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • 1974 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • 1979 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • 1981 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • 1987 Ruth Attaway, American actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies at 77
  • 1988 Christine Norden, British actress (Little Shop of Horrors, Night Beat), dies from pneumonia at 63
  • 1991 Angelo Rossitto, American dwarf actor (known as "Little Moe", Carousel), dies at 83
  • 1992 Bill Williams [Herman Wilhelm Katt], American actor (The Adventures of Kit Carson; Date With the Angels), dies of a brain tumor at 77
  • 1993 Fernand Ledoux, Belgian-French actor (L'Homme de Londres), dies at 96
  • 1993 Kamaran Abdalla, Iraqi-English-Dutch actor (Best Thing in Life), dies at 34
  • 1995 Irven Spence, American animator, dies at 86
  • 1995 Peter Shankland, filmmaker/writer, dies at 94
  • 1997 Jennifer Holt, American actress (b. 1920)
  • 2004 Bob Mason, British actor (b. 1952)
  • 2007 Alice Ghostley, American stage and screen actress (Bewitched, 1969-72 - "Esmeralda"; Designing Women, 1986-93 - "Bernice"), and singer dies of colon cancer and stroke complications at 84
  • 2010 Geoffrey Burgon, British jazz trumpeter, and film, television and concert composer (City Adventures), dies at 69
  • 2013 Michel Brault, Canadian filmmaker (Direct Cinema - pioneered hand-held camera work), dies at 85 [1]
  • 2020 Michael Lonsdale, French actor (The Day of the Jackal, Moonraker), dies at 89
  • 2021 Al Harrington [born Tausau Ta'a], Samoan-American actor (Hawaii Five-O, 1969-75 -"Ben"; Hawaii Five-O, 2011-18 - "Mamo"), dies after a stroke at 85

Melvin Van PeeblesMelvin Van Peebles (1932-2021)

American stage and screen actor, director (Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song; Sophisticated Gent), composer, and novelist, dies at 89