Deaths: December 26

by bcampos862 | created - 26 Dec 2016 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

1. Teena Marie

Soundtrack | Top Gun

Teena Marie was born on March 5, 1956 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Mary Christine Brockert. She died on December 26, 2010 in Pasadena, California.

2. Ambrose Bierce

Writer | The Twilight Zone

He was one of the best known journalists of the the last quarter of the 19th century. While working for William Randolph Hearst's "San Francisco Examiner", Bierce doggedly campaigned to bring down Collis Huntington, owner and president of the Southern Pacific Railroad. He won the battle in the US ...

3. Aracy Cardoso

Actress | A hora do Galo

Aracy Cardoso was born on June 17, 1931 in Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil as Aracy Cardoso de Almeida Lima. She was an actress, known for A hora do Galo (2004), A Canção de Bernadete (1957) and Capital Sin (1998). She was married to Ibanez Filho. She died on December 26, 2017 ...

4. Barbara Tarbuck

Actress | Walking Tall

Trained on a Fulbright Grant to the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, Barbara's New York theatre work includes "Landscape & Silence" by Harold Pinter, "Water Engine" by David Mamet, Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" and "Broadway Bound", Joseph Chaikin's production of "America Hurrah!",...

5. Curtis Mayfield

Soundtrack | Armageddon

Rhythm and blues performer/songwriter credited with defining 1960's Chicago sound in hits like "It's All Right" and "Gypsy Woman." His style influenced other artists from pop to hip hop. Has been a quadriplegic ever since he was struck by lighting rig during outdoor concert in New York, 1990. ...

6. Cynthia Stone

Actress | That Wonderful Guy

Cynthia Stone was born on February 26, 1926 in Peoria, Illinois, USA as Cynthia Boyd Stone. She was an actress, known for That Wonderful Guy (1949), Heaven for Betsy (1952) and Celebrity Playhouse (1955). She was married to Robert Davis McDougal III, Cliff Robertson and Jack Lemmon. She died on ...

7. Dian Fossey

Writer | Gorillas in the Mist: The Story of Dian Fossey

Dian Fossey was born on January 16, 1932 in San Francisco, California, USA. She was a director and writer, known for Gorillas in the Mist (1988), The World About Us (1967) and National Geographic Specials (1965). She died on December 26, 1985 in Karisoke, Rwanda.

8. Doctor Tangalanga

Actor | Cha cha cha

Doctor Tangalanga was born on November 10, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as Julio Victorio de Rissio. He was an actor, known for Cha cha cha (1993) and El sol (2009). He died on December 26, 2013.

9. Elsa Lanchester

Actress | Witness for the Prosecution

Elsa Sullivan Lanchester was born into an unconventional a family at the turn of the 20th century. Her parents, James "Shamus" Sullivan and Edith "Biddy" Lanchester, were socialists - very active members of the Social Democratic Federation (SDF) in a rather broad sense and did not believe in the ...

10. Fontella Bass

Soundtrack | I, Robot

Fontella Bass was born on July 3, 1940 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA. She was married to Lester Bowie. She died on December 26, 2012 in St. Louis.

11. Fred Draper

Actor | A Woman Under the Influence

Fred Draper was born on September 2, 1923 in Chester, Pennsylvania, USA as Frederick Paul Draper. He is known for his work on A Woman Under the Influence (1974), Faces (1968) and Columbo (1971). He was married to Marilyn Marie Fair and Ruth Marie Ronberg. He died on December 26, 1999 in San ...

12. George S. Irving

Actor | The Year Without a Santa Claus

George S. Irving was born on November 1, 1922 in Springfield, Massachusetts, USA as George Irving Shelasky. He was an actor, known for The Year Without a Santa Claus (1974), Live From Lincoln Center (1976) and All in the Family (1971). He was married to Maria Karnilova. He died on December 26, 2016...

13. Gerald Ford

Actor | Dynasty

Gerald Rudolph Ford was the 38th President of the United States from August 1974 until January 1977.

Ford was born on July 14, 1913, in Omaha, Nebraska as Leslie Lynch King, Jr., being the son of Leslie Lynch King and Dorothy Ayer Gardner King. His parents separated two weeks after his birth and his...

14. Gerry Anderson

Writer | Invasion: UFO

Gerry Anderson was born on April 14, 1929 in West Hampstead, London, England as Gerald Alexander Abrahams. He was a writer and producer, known for Invasion: UFO (1974), UFO (1970) and Fireball XL5 (1962). He was married to Mary Robins, Sylvia Anderson and Betty Wrightman. He died on December 26, ...

16. Gualtiero Marchesi

Self | Gualtiero Marchesi: The Great Italian

Gualtiero Marchesi was born on March 19, 1930 in Milan, Lombardy, Italy. He was married to Antonietta Cassisa. He died on December 26, 2017 in Milan.

17. Guillermo Stábile

Self | Pelota de trapo

Guillermo Stábile was born in 1906 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Ragged Football (1948) and Fantoche (1957). He died on December 26, 1966.

18. Harry S. Truman

Self | Uppdrag i Korea

Harry S. Truman was born on May 8, 1884 in Lamar, Missouri, USA. He was a writer, known for Assignment in Korea (1951), Chop Chop Chang: Operation C.H.I.M.P (2019) and The DuPont Show of the Week (1961). He was married to Bess Truman. He died on December 26, 1972 in Kansas City, Missouri.

19. Howard Hawks

Director | Red River

What do the classic films Scarface (1932), Twentieth Century (1934), Bringing Up Baby (1938), Only Angels Have Wings (1939), His Girl Friday (1940), Sergeant York (1941), To Have and Have Not (1944), The Big Sleep (1946), Red River (1948) Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953) and Rio Bravo (1959) have in...

20. Hurd Hatfield

Actor | The Picture of Dorian Gray

William Rukard Hurd Hatfield was an American leading man best known for his portrayal of the title character in the Oscar-winning 1945 film 'The Picture of Dorian Gray'. A native of New York, Hatfield came to England to study acting at the Chekhov Theatre Studio in Devonshire. He had lived in ...

21. Irv Weinstein

Actor | Hide in Plain Sight

Irv Weinstein was born on April 29, 1930 in Rochester, New York, USA as Irwin Weinstein. He was an actor, known for Hide in Plain Sight (1980). He was married to Elaine. He died on December 26, 2017 in Costa Mesa, California, USA.

22. Jack Benny

Actor | The Jack Benny Program

The son of a saloon keeper, Jack Benny (born Benny Kubelsky) began to study the violin at the age six, and his "ineptness" at it, would later become his trademark (in reality, he was a very accomplished player). When given the opportunity to play in live theatre professionally, Benny quit school ...

23. Jason Robards

Actor | All the President's Men

Powerful and highly respected American actor Jason Nelson Robards, Jr. was born in Chicago, Illinois, to Hope Maxine (Glanville) and stage and film star Jason Robards Sr. He had Swedish, English, Welsh, German, and Irish ancestry. Robards was raised mostly in Los Angeles. A star athlete at ...

24. Jeff Morrow

Actor | This Island Earth

New York-born Morrow developed an interest in the theater as a result of his studies at art school. As "Irving Morrow," he was acting on stage (in Pennsylvania) as early as 1927; he later appeared in such plays as "Penal Law", "Once in a Lifetime", "A Midsummer Night's Dream", "Twelfth Night", "...

25. John Loder

Actor | King Solomon's Mines

A tall, debonair, immaculately-groomed British leading man best known for his pipe-smoking chaps, actor John Loder (ne John Muir Lowe), the son of a British general, first served in Gallipoli in WWI and was a German prisoner of war at one point. Upon his release he actually stayed there in order to...

26. Joost Karhof

Self | De slimste mens ter wereld

Joost Karhof was born on February 8, 1969 in Gouda, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands. He was married to Kim. He died on December 26, 2017 in The Hague, Zuid-Holland.

27. Leo Gordon

Actor | Maverick

Big, burly character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies. New York-born Leo Gordon's combination of a powerful physique, deep, menacing voice and icy, withering glare was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his ...

28. Mártha Eggerth

Actress | Das Hofkonzert

From the day she was born Martha lived in a world of music. For sure her father was a banker but he was also an amateur pianist. As for her mother, she was a housewife but also a very talented opera singer who had given up her career for the joys of matrimony and motherhood. It does not come as a ...

29. Nigel Hawthorne

Actor | The Madness of King George

Born in Coventry, England on 5 April 1929. Raised in South Africa. Returned to the UK in the 1950s. Extensive theatre work in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. His portrayal of "Sir Humphrey Appleby" in the BBC comedy Yes Minister (1980) won him international acclaim in the 1980s. In 1992, he was awarded...

30. Nuri Montsé

Actress | El gran secreto

Nuri Montsé was born on December 25, 1917 in Cataluna, Spain as Maria Montserrat Julia. She was an actress, known for El gran secreto (1942), El hombre que se llevaron (1946) and Tale of Crimes (1942). She was married to Ángel Magaña. She died on December 26, 1971 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

31. Pedro Armendáriz Jr.

Actor | Licence to Kill

Pedro Armendáriz Jr. was born on April 6, 1940 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico as Pedro Armendáriz Bohr. He was an actor and producer, known for Licence to Kill (1989), Once Upon a Time in Mexico (2003) and The Mask of Zorro (1998). He was married to Lucía Gómez de Parada. He died on ...

32. Rhodes Reason

Actor | Kingu Kongu no gyakushû

Rhodes Reason was born in Glendale, California on April 19, 1930. He is the younger brother of Rex Reason. Rhodes made his professional debut at the age of 18 in the play Romeo and Juliet under the direction of Charles Laughton. His career has spanned nearly 40 years and he has appeared in over 230...

33. Ricky Harris

Actor | Heat

Ricky Harris was born October 5, 1965 in Long Beach, California as Richard George Harris II. He was an actor known for roles in Everybody Hates Chris (2005-2009), Bones (2001), Moesha (1996-2001), Poetic Justice (1993), and Dope (2015). He gained fame after appearing on HBO's Def Comedy Jam in the ...

34. Robert Emhardt

Actor | 3:10 to Yuma

Robert Emhardt looked and sounded as if he had intentionally been created by some perverse god to play villains. Though rotund, he had hooded, lizard like eyes and a drawling whine in his voice. The real Robert Emhardt, however, was a well-educated, cultured, generous man, not at all like the ...

35. Robert Lowery

Actor | Batman and Robin

Robert Lowery was born Robert Larkin Hanks in Kansas City, Missouri, the only living child of Roscoe Hanks, noted Kansas City attorney and oil investor; and Leah Thompson, concert pianist and organist. He attended local Kansas City schools and graduated from Paseo High School in 1931 with a record ...

36. Savitri

Actress | Narthanasala

Savitri was born on December 6, 1937 in Chirravuru, Guntur District, Andhra Pradesh, India. She was an actress and director, known for Narthanasala (1963), Deepavali (1960) and Pelli Chesi Choodu (1952). She was married to Gemini Ganesan. She died on December 26, 1981 in Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

37. Steven Geray

Actor | Gilda

Diminutive, gentle-featured character actor, who specialised in playing meek, reticent or kindly gentlemen, usually of Gallic, Germanic or Eastern European backgrounds. Istvan Gyergyay was born in the old Austro/Hungarian town of Ungvar (present-day Uzhgorod) and studied at Budapest University. His...

38. Sylva Koscina

Actress | Le fatiche di Ercole

Sylva Koscina was born on August 22, 1933 in Zagreb, Croatia, Yugoslavia. She was an actress, known for Hercules (1958), Juliet of the Spirits (1965) and Judex (1963). She was married to Raimondo Castelli. She died on December 26, 1994 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

39. Vincent Schiavelli

Actor | Tomorrow Never Dies

Vincent Schiavelli, selected in 1997 by Vanity Fair as one of the best character actors in America, had made over 120 film and television appearances. He studied acting at NYU's Theatre Program. Aside from his acting career, Vincent was the author of three cookbooks, and has written numerous ...

40. William Haines

Actor | West Point

Born in Staunton, Virginia, William Haines ran off to live life on his own terms while still in his teens, moving to New York City and becoming friends with such later Hollywood luminaries as designer Orry-Kelly and Cary Grant. His film career started slowly, but by the end of the silent era he was...



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