On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on September 23

  • 1956 Earl Godwin, newscaster (Meet the Veep), dies at 75
  • 1960 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of heart attack at 72
  • 1961 Billy House, American actor (Imitation of Life; Bedlam; The Egg and I), dies at 71
  • 1970 Bourvil [André Robert Raimbourg], French actor and singer (Le Corniaud, La Grande Vadrouille), dies of Kahler's syndrome at 53
  • 1971 Billy Gilbert, American actor (Great Dictator, His Gal Friday), dies at 77
  • 1972 Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • 1974 Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • 1975 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), dies at 75
  • 1978 Jay Adler, American actor (Macon County Line; Illegal, Big Combo), dies at 79
  • 1979 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • 1981 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • 1985 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • 1991 Ernestine McClendon, director/actress (Homer & Eddie), dies
  • 1992 Martin Arsenault, actor (Guilty by Suspicion), dies of an ulcer
  • 1993 William Cort, actor/producer (Ghost, Dear Heart), dies of cancer at 53
  • 1994 Madeleine Renaud, French actress and theater director (Plaisir), dies at 94
  • 1997 Shirley Clarke, American film director, dies at 78
  • 1998 Mary Frann, American actress (b. 1943)
  • 1999 Ivan Goff, Australian screenwriter (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies at 89
  • 2002 Vernon Corea, Sri Lankan pioneer radio broadcaster, died at 75
  • 2005 Roger Brierley, English actor (b. 1935)
  • 2006 Sir Malcolm Arnold, British trumpeter, and classical and film score composer (The Bridge On The River Kwai), dies at 84
  • 2020 Juliette Gréco, French singer (Sous le ciel de Paris) and actress, dies at 93 [1]

Person of interestGale Sayers

2020 Gale Sayers, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, 4X Pro Bowl, 2X NFL rushing leader (Chicago Bears), and source for the TV movie "Brian's Song", dies from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease at 77 [1]

NFL Running Back Gale Sayers
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Gale Sayers