Deaths in Film & TV on September 8

  • 1965 Dorothy Dandridge, American actress (Island in the Sun), dies of accidental overdose at 42
  • 1974 Robert Cox, American comic actor, last surviving member of Keystone Kops, dies at 79
  • 1975 John Mylong, Austrian actor (Robot Monsters), dies at 82
  • 1977 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 62
  • 1978 Leopoldo Torre Nilsson, Argentine film director (Monday's Child), dies at 54
  • 1991 Brad Davis, American actor (Midnight Express, Chariots of Fire), dies at 41
  • 2003 Jaclyn Linetsky, Canadian actress (Caillou; 15/Love), dies in a car crash at 17

Leni Riefenstahl

2003 Leni Riefenstahl [Helene Bertha Amalie], German film director (Triumph of the Will) and actress (Tiefland), dies in her sleep at 101

  • 2004 Frank Thomas, American animator, dies at 92
  • 2006 Frank Middlemass, British actor (Heart Beat, As Time Goes By, Oliver Twist), dies at 87
  • 2009 Mike Bongiorno, Italian television host (b. 1924)
  • 2009 Raymond "Ray" Barrett, Australian actor (The Troubleshooters, Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 82
  • 2020 Ronald Harwood, South African playwright and screenwriter (The Dresser), dies at 85
  • 2021 Big Daddy Graham [Edward Gudonis], American comedian, writer, actor, recording artist, and radio personality, dies of heart failure at 68