Deaths: December 31

by bcampos862 | created - 31 Dec 2016 | updated - 24 Dec 2018 | Public

1. James Avery

Actor | Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Although known as the uncle/patriarch and judge "Philip Banks" on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (1990), James Avery was a classically trained actor and scholar. A native of Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA, he joined the US Navy after graduating high school and served in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. Upon...

2. A. Edward Sutherland

Director | Sky Devils

British-born A. Edward ("Eddie") Sutherland started in vaudeville and acted in films from 1914 at Keystone (he was one of the original Keystone Kops). He became a director in 1925, first with Paramount (1925-31), then at United Artists (1931-32), again with Paramount (1933, 1935-37), then Universal...

3. Al Porcino

Al Porcino was born on May 14, 1925 in New York, USA. He died on December 31, 2013 in Munich, Germany.

4. Antonio Ugo

Actor | Nueve reinas

Antonio Ugo was an actor, known for Nine Queens (2000), On Probation (2005) and Hermanos y detectives (2006). He died on December 31, 2012 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

5. Baldwin Cooke

Actor | Let's Make a Million

Baldwin Cooke was born on March 10, 1888 in New York City, New York, USA as Baldwin Gardiner Cooke. He was an actor, known for Let's Make a Million (1936), The Pooch (1932) and Perfect Day (1929). He was married to Alice Cooke. He died on December 31, 1953 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

6. Beth Howland

Actress | Alice

Beth Howland was born on May 28, 1939 in Brighton, Massachusetts, USA. She was an actress, known for Alice (1976), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970) and American Playhouse (1981). She was married to Charles Kimbrough and Michael J. Pollard. She died on December 31, 2015 in Santa Monica, California, ...

7. Bill Idelson

Writer | Get Smart

Bill Idelson was born on August 21, 1919 in Forest Park, Illinois, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Get Smart (1965), Love, American Style (1969) and The Andy Griffith Show (1960). He was married to Seemah Wilder. He died on December 31, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

8. Billie Dove

Actress | The Black Pirate

In her silent heyday, this ravishing and highly photogenic star, known for her voluptuous femininity on the silent screen, rivaled that of Mary Pickford, Marion Davies and Clara Bow in popularity. She retired after only a few years into the talking picture era, however, and is not as ...

9. Billy Booth

Actor | Dennis the Menace

Billy Booth was born on November 7, 1949 in Los Angeles, California, USA as William Allen Booth. He was an actor, known for Dennis the Menace (1959), The Detectives (1959) and Assignment: Underwater (1960). He died on December 31, 2006 in San Luis Obispo, California.

10. Bob Johnson

Actor | Mission: Impossible

Bob Johnson was born on May 4, 1920 in Portland, Oregon, USA as Robert Cleveland Johnson. He was an actor, known for Mission: Impossible (1988), The Outer Limits (1963) and Bad Girls for the Boys (1966). He died on December 31, 1993 in Molokai, Hawaii, USA.

11. Bodil Rosing

Actress | Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans

Bodil Rosing was born on December 27, 1877 in Copenhagen, Denmark as Bodil Hammerich. She was an actress, known for Sunrise (1927), You Can't Take It with You (1938) and Why Be Good? (1929). She was married to Einer Jansen. She died on December 31, 1941 in Hollywood, California, USA.

12. Brad Sullivan

Actor | Slap Shot

Brad Sullivan was born on November 18, 1931 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Bradford Edward Sullivan. He was an actor, known for Slap Shot (1977), The Untouchables (1987) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993). He died on December 31, 2008 in Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA.

14. Carlos Ginés

Actor | Con el más puro amor

Carlos Ginés was born on August 31, 1909. He was an actor, known for Con el más puro amor (1966), Captura recomendada (1950) and Los Pérez García (1950). He died on December 31, 1965.

15. Carlos Roffé

Actor | Buenos Aires Vice Versa

Carlos Roffé was born on August 1, 1943 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Carlos Alberto Roffe. He was an actor, known for Buenos Aires Vice Verse (1996), A Night with Sabrina Love (2000) and Bad Times (1998). He died on December 31, 2005 in Buenos Aires.

16. David Meltzer

Self | Beyond the Knock

David Meltzer was born on February 17, 1937 in Rochester, New York, USA. He was married to Julie Rogers. He died on December 31, 2016 in San Francisco Bay, California, USA.

17. Donald E. Westlake

Writer | The Grifters

Donald E. Westlake was born on July 12, 1933 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Donald Edwin Edmund Westlake. He was a writer, known for The Grifters (1990), Payback (1999) and The Stepfather (2009). He was married to Abigail Adams, Sandra Foley and Nedra Henderson. He died on December 31, 2008 in San ...

18. Doreen Keogh

Actress | The Royle Family

Doreen Keogh was born on April 10, 1924 in Dublin, Ireland as Doreen Sheila Elsie Keogh. She was an actress, known for The Royle Family (1998), Father Ted (1995) and Coronation Street (1960). She was married to Jack Jenner and Frank Singuineau. She died on December 31, 2017 in Thomastown, County ...

19. Edward Herrmann

Actor | The Lost Boys

Edward Herrmann was born on July 21, 1943 in Washington, District of Columbia, USA as Edward Kirk Herrmann. He was an actor, known for The Lost Boys (1987), Overboard (1987) and Annie (1982). He was married to Star Herrmann and Leigh Curran. He died on December 31, 2014 in New York City, New York, ...

20. Eileen Heckart

Actress | The Bad Seed

Versatile, award-winning character actress Eileen Heckart, with the lean, horsey face and assured, fervent gait, was born Anna Eileen Herbert on March 29, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. An only child, she lived with her mother after her parents separated at age 2, and was eventually adopted by her ...

21. Howard Hickman

Actor | Gone with the Wind

Howard Hickman was born on February 9, 1880 in Columbia, Missouri, USA. He was an actor and director, known for Gone with the Wind (1939), Kitty Kelly, M.D. (1919) and Nobody's Kid (1921). He was married to Bessie Barriscale. He died on December 31, 1949 in San Anselmo, California, USA.

22. José Greco

Actor | Sombrero

José Greco was born on December 23, 1918 in Montorio nei Frentani, Molise, Italy as Constanzo José Greco. He is known for his work on Sombrero (1953), Around the World in 80 Days (1956) and Ship of Fools (1965). He was married to Ana Borger-Greco. He died on December 31, 2000 in Lancaster, ...

23. Karen Landry

Actress | Peaceful Warrior

Karen Landry was born on December 4, 1950 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA as Karen Elizabeth Nienaber. She was an actress and writer, known for Peaceful Warrior (2006), JAG (1995) and Patti Rocks (1988). She was married to Chris Mulkey. She died on December 31, 2015 in Venice Beach, California, USA.

24. Kathryn Ish

Actress | The American President

Kathryn Ish was born on February 18, 1936 in San Jose, California, USA as Kathryn Loetta Ish. She was an actress, known for The American President (1995), WKRP in Cincinnati (1978) and The Bob Newhart Show (1972). She was married to Richard Stahl. She died on December 31, 2007 in Santa Barbara, ...

25. Lloyd Haynes

Actor | Room 222

Lloyd Haynes was born on October 19, 1934 in South Bend, Indiana, USA as Samuel Lloyd Haynes. He was an actor and writer, known for Room 222 (1969), Star Trek: The Original Series (1966) and Good Guys Wear Black (1978). He was married to Carolyn Yvonne Giorella, Saundra Lee Madariaga and Alice ...

26. Marshall McLuhan

Actor | Annie Hall

Marshall McLuhan was born on July 21, 1911 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada as Herbert Marshall McLuhan. He was an actor and writer, known for Annie Hall (1977), Intercut (1980) and The Third Walker (1978). He was married to Corinne Lewis. He died on December 31, 1980 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

27. Maurice Peress

Soundtrack | Bad Boy Made Good: The Revival of George Antheil's 1924 Ballet Mécanique

Maurice Peress was born on March 18, 1930 in New York City, New York, USA. He was married to Ellen Waldron and Gloria Vando. He died on December 31, 2017 in New York City.

28. Miguel de Unamuno

Writer | La entrega

Miguel de Unamuno was born at number 16 of the Ronda de Bilbao, in the neighborhood of Seven Streets. In 1900 he was appointed, with only 36 years old, president of the University of Salamanca for the first time, a post he came to hold three times. In 1921 he was appointed rector. His constant ...

29. Natalie Cole

Soundtrack | Taxi

Growing up and living under the huge, daunting shadow of a singing icon can intimidate a son or daughter enough to want to look anywhere else to find their station in life. Those who dared to try to follow in their footsteps, such as Frank Sinatra Jr., found success branching out in other areas of ...

30. Paul Hubschmid

Actor | Bagdad

The son of an accountant, Paul Hubschmid was born, raised and schooled in Schoenenwerd, Switzerland. He trained for an acting career at the Max Reinhardt Seminar of Dramatic Art in Vienna and first appeared on stage at the Vienna Volkstheater in 1937. His motion picture debut took place the ...

31. Paula Raymond

Actress | King Richard and the Crusaders

American leading woman of films and television in the 1950s, whose career was hampered by injuries. Raised in San Francisco, Paula Raymond studied music, dance, and opera as a child. She made her film debut as a child by chance in Keep Smiling (1938) during a visit to Los Angeles. She remained to ...

32. Per Oscarsson

Actor | Sult

Per Oscarsson was born on January 28, 1927 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden as Per Oscar Heinrich Oscarsson. He was an actor and writer, known for Hunger (1966), The Girl Who Played with Fire (2009) and Sverige åt svenskarna (1980). He was married to Kia Östling and Gerd Hegnell. He died ...

33. Pete Duel

Actor | Alias Smith and Jones

Born on 24 February 1940 in Rochester, New York, Pete Duel moved to West Hollywood in 1963 following a tour with the National Road Company's "Take Her, She's Mine". After landing small guest spots on various TV series, Pete was cast in a recurring role alongside Sally Field on Gidget (1965) in 1965...

34. Philippe Rondot

Writer | L'infiltré

Philippe Rondot was born in 1936 in France. He was a writer, known for L'infiltré (2011) and Le bal des menteurs (2011). He died in December 2017 in France.

35. Raoul Walsh

Director | Sadie Thompson

Raoul Walsh's 52-year directorial career made him a Hollywood legend. Walsh was also an actor: He appeared in the first version of W. Somerset Maugham's "Rain" renamed Sadie Thompson (1928) opposite Gloria Swanson in the title role. He would have played the Cisco Kid in his own film In Old Arizona ...

36. Raúl Matas

Actor | Cuando tú no estás

Raúl Matas was born on August 13, 1921 in Santiago, Chile as Raul Matas Esteban. He was an actor, known for Cuando tú no estás (1966), Las ibéricas F.C. (1971) and To Return (1969). He died on December 31, 2004 in Santiago.

37. Ricky Nelson

Actor | The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet

Ricky Nelson was born on May 8, 1940 in Teaneck, New Jersey, USA as Eric Hilliard Nelson. He was an actor, known for The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet (1952) and Rio Bravo (1959). He was married to Kristin Harmon. He died on December 31, 1985 in De Kalb, Texas, USA.

38. Sam Spiegel

Producer | Lawrence of Arabia

Sam Spiegel was born on November 11, 1901 in Jaroslau, Galicia, Austria-Hungary as Samuel P. Spiegel. He is known for his work on Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) and On the Waterfront (1954). He was married to Betty Benson, Lynn Baggett and Rachel "Ray" Agranovich. He...

39. Wayne Rogers

Actor | M*A*S*H

Tough around the edges and with a handsome durability, Alabama-born Wayne Rogers had graduated from Princeton with a history degree in 1954 and joined the Navy before giving acting a thought. During his military service, however, he became associated with theater by happenstance and decided to give...

40. Wesley Addy

Actor | Kiss Me Deadly

Character actor Wesley Addy began his prolific career as a prime player on the classical stage before coming to occasional films and TV in the early 1950s. Known for his intelligent, white-collar demeanor and lean, icy, cultivated menace, the silver-haired performer, who was actually born in Omaha,...

41. William Christopher

Actor | M*A*S*H

William Christopher was born on October 20, 1932 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as William Wallace Christopher. He was an actor, known for M*A*S*H (1972), The Fortune Cookie (1966) and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993). He was married to Barbara Christopher. He died on December 31...

42. Woody Strode

Actor | Spartacus

An athlete turned actor, Strode was a top-notch decathlete and a football star at UCLA. He became part of Hollywood lore after meeting director John Ford and becoming a part of the Ford "family," appearing in four Ford motion pictures. Strode also played the powerful gladiator who does battle with ...

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