Deaths in Film & TV on September 30

  • 1885 Maria Gartmann, Dutch actress, dies at 60

James DeanJames Dean (1931-1955)

American actor and cultural icon (Giant, Rebel Without a Cause), and 1st actor to be posthumously nominated for a Best Actor Academy Award, dies in a car crash at age 24

  • 1955 Michael Chekhov, Russian-American actor (Rhapsody, Abie's Irish Rose), dies at 64
  • 1959 Taylor Holmes, American actor (Sleeping Beauty, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • 1970 Patrick Aherne, British actor (Green Dolphin Street, Rocketship X-M, The Court Jester), dies at 69
  • 1977 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist (with Les Paul - "How High The Moon"), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • 1978 Edgar Bergen, American ventriloquist (Charlie McCarthy), dies at 75
  • 1983 William Elliott, American actor (Bridget Loves Bernie - "Otis"; Adam-12- "Officer Grant"), and jazz drummer, dies at 49

Simone SignoretSimone Signoret (1921-1985)

German-French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

  • 1988 Chick Chandler [Fehmer Chandler], American actor (Seven Doors to Death, One Happy Family), dies at 83
  • 1991 Nancy Welford, British-born American actress (Gold Diggers of Broadway), dies at 87
  • 1993 Tony Brafa, American actor (The Naked Gun - "Enrico Pallazzo"), dies at 72
  • 1994 Lina Basquette, American actress (Night for Crime, Hard Hombre), dies at 87
  • 1995 George Kirby, American comedian (ABC Comedy Hour, Pearl Bailey Show), dies at 71
  • 1998 Marius Goring, British actor (Stairway to Heaven, The Red Shoes), dies from cancer at 86
  • 2004 Gamini Fonseka, Sri Lankan actor (b. 1936)
  • 2004 Michael Relph, British film producer and director (b. 1915)
  • 2012 Turhan Bey [Sahultavy], Austrian-born actor dubbed "The Turkish Delight" (Arabian Nights, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves), dies from Parkinson's disease at 90
  • 2017 Elizabeth Baur, American actress (Fran-Ironside, Teresa-Lancer), dies at 69
  • 2017 Monty Hall, Canadian-American TV game show host (Let's Make a Deal), dies at 96
  • 2018 Geoffrey Hayes, British TV presenter and actor (Rainbow, Z-Cars), dies at 76
  • 2020 Quino [Joaquín Salvador Lavado Tejón], Argentine cartoonist (Mafalda), dies at 88