DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Stephen Stucker (aged 38)
Stephen Stucker (July 2, 1947 – April 13, 1986) was an American actor, known for portrayals of bizarre, larger-than-life characters, notably the manic control-room worker Johnny in the early 1980s Airplane! movies and the crossdressing, rubber-penis-waving stenographer in the courtroom sequence of 1977’s The Kentucky Fried Movie.
DEATH: On July 12, 1984, Stucker was diagnosed with AIDS. He later publicly announced his illness, making him one of the first actors to announce he was suffering from the disease.
He died from AIDS-related complications on April 13, 1986 at the age of 38. He is interred in the Chapel of the Chimes.