Deaths: December 25

by bcampos862 | created - 25 Dec 2016 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

1. Eartha Kitt

Actress | The Emperor's New Groove

An out-of-wedlock child, Eartha Kitt was born in the cotton fields of South Carolina. Kitt's mother was a sharecropper of African-American and Cherokee Native American descent. Her father's identity is unknown. Given away by her mother, she arrived in Harlem at age nine. At 15, she quit high school...

2. Ann Savage

Actress | Detour

For one tough cookie who achieved major cult stardom with her hard-bitten blonde looks and "Perfect Vixen" tag, Ann Savage in real life was a lovely, spirited, gentle-looking lady. She may have peaked only briefly in 1940s Hollywood low-budgeters, but she made the most of it during that fairly ...

3. Betty Garde

Actress | Caged

Betty Garde was a versatile actress, who began in show business after winning a playwriting competition at high school. Joining Actor's Equity in 1922, she became a noted performer on stage in Boston and Philadelphia, eventually making her debut on Broadway in 1925. Betty, at least early in her ...

4. Charles Chaplin

Writer | The Great Dictator

Considered to be one of the most pivotal stars of the early days of Hollywood, Charlie Chaplin lived an interesting life both in his films and behind the camera. He is most recognized as an icon of the silent film era, often associated with his popular character, the Little Tramp; the man with the ...

5. Cheerio Meredith

Actress | The Andy Griffith Show

Cheerio Meredith was born as Edwina Lucille Hoffmann on July 12, 1890 in Missouri. She was originally a stage actress until breaking into films and TV. She was a regular as Emma Brand and Emma Watson on "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960)" and appeared in "One Happy Family" (1961) as Lovey Hackett. She...

6. Curt Bois

Actor | Der Himmel über Berlin

Curt Bois was born on April 5, 1901 in Berlin, Germany. He was an actor and director, known for Wings of Desire (1987), Casablanca (1942) and Fortunes of Captain Blood (1950). He was married to Dagmar and Hedy Ury. He died on December 25, 1991 in Berlin.

7. D'Arcy Corrigan

Actor | The Last Warning

D'Arcy Corrigan was born on January 2, 1870 in County Cork, Ireland. He was an actor, known for The Last Warning (1928), A Christmas Carol (1938) and Ella Cinders (1926). He died on December 25, 1945 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

8. David Ryall

Actor | Around the World in 80 Days

David Ryall was born on January 5, 1935 in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex, England as David John Ryall. He was an actor, known for Around the World in 80 Days (2004), Automata (2014) and City of Ember (2008). He was married to Penny England, Cathy Buchwald and Gillian Eddison. He died on December 25,...

9. Dean Martin

Soundtrack | Rio Bravo

If there had to be an image for cool, the man to fit it would be Dean Martin.

Martin was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, to Angela (Barra) and Gaetano Alfonso Crocetti, a barber. His father was an Italian immigrant, and his mother was of Italian descent. He spoke only Italian until ...

10. Denver Pyle

Actor | The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance

A rather wanderlust fellow before he latched onto acting, Denver Pyle--who made a career of playing drawling, somewhat slow Southern types--was actually born in Colorado in 1920, to a farming family. He attended a university for a time but dropped out to become a drummer. When that didn't pan out ...

11. Eber Lobato

Composer | Natasha

Eber Lobato was born in Pigüé, Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was an actor and composer, known for Natasha (1974), Scream of the Butterfly (1965) and Olga, la hija de aquella princesa rusa (1972). He was married to Nélida Lobato. He died on December 25, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

12. Eliseo Subiela

Director | Hombre mirando al sudeste

Eliseo Subiela was born on December 27, 1944 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina as Eliseo Subiela de la Fuente. He was a director and writer, known for Man Facing Southeast (1986), The Dark Side of the Heart (1992) and Last Images of the Shipwreck (1989). He was married to Mora Moglia. He...

13. Frances Halpenny

Actress | First Person

Frances Halpenny was born on May 27, 1919 in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada as Francess Georgina Halpenny. She was an actress, known for First Person (1960). She died on December 25, 2017 in Toronto, Ontario.

14. Frankie Darro

Actor | On the Spot

Born into a show-business family - his parents were circus aerialists - Frankie Darro appeared in his first film at age six. Due to his small size and youthful appearance, he played teenagers well into his 20s. Always a physical performer, Darro often did his own stunts, many times out of necessity...

15. Friedrich von Ledebur

Actor | Moby Dick

Tall, lean, austere-looking Austrian character actor, whose chiselled features appeared on screen in small parts from 1945. Friedrich was the younger brother of renowned Viennese stage and film actor and director Leopold von Ledebur, both descended from a distinguished aristocratic family (their ...

16. George Clayton Johnson

Writer | Logan's Run

George Clayton Johnson was born on July 29, 1929 in Cheyenne, Wyoming, USA. He was a writer and actor, known for Logan's Run (1976), Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983) and Ocean's Eight (2018). He was married to Lola Brownstein. He died on December 25, 2015 in North Hills, California, USA.

17. George Michael

Soundtrack | Beverly Hills Cop II

George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Finchley, north London, in the United Kingdom, to Lesley Angold (Harrison), a dancer, and Kyriacos Panayiotou, a restaurateur. His father was a Greek Cypriot, and his mother was of English background. He first discovered fame as a musician ...

18. Haydeé Larroca

Actress | Galleguita

Haydeé Larroca was born in 1915. She was an actress, known for Galleguita (1940), Vidas marcadas (1942) and El cantor de Buenos Aires (1940). She was married to Homero Cárpena. She died on December 25, 2003 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

19. James Brown

Actor | The Blues Brothers

James Brown was born on May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, South Carolina, USA as James Joseph Brown. He was married to Tomirae Brown, Adrienne Rodriguez, Deidra Jenkins and Velma Warren. He died on December 25, 2006 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

20. Jason Wingreen

Actor | Archie Bunker's Place

Character actor Jason Wingreen was born on October 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City. The son of a Jewish tailor father, Wingreen grew up in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. Jason attended John Adams High School and majored in English and Speech at Brooklyn College (he initially planned on...

21. Joan Blondell

Actress | Grease

With blonde hair, big blue eyes and a big smile, Joan was usually cast as the wisecracking working girl who was the lead's best friend. Born into vaudeville to a comic named Eddie, Joan was on the stage when she was three years old. For years, she toured the circuit with her parents and joined a ...

22. Joan Miró

Art_department | Marsalis on Music

Joan Miró was born on April 20, 1893 in Barcelona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. He is known for his work on Marsalis on Music (1995), Around and About Joan Miro (1955) and John Cage (1966). He was married to Pilar Juncosa Iglesias. He died on December 25, 1983 in Palma de Mallorca, Mallorca, ...

23. JonBenét Ramsey

Born JonBenet Patricia Ramsey, at Northside Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia on August 6th, 1990 to John Bennett Ramsey and Patricia Paugh Ramsey. JonBenet moved to Colorado with her family when she was just a year old. Her first name is a combination of her father's first and middle names, John ...

24. Lágrima Ríos

Actress | Tango

Lágrima Ríos was born on September 26, 1925 in Durazno, Uruguay as Lida Melba Benavídez Tabárez. She was an actress, known for Tango (1996), Banda sonora (2007) and Café de los maestros (2008). She died on December 25, 2006 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

25. Lee Bowman

Actor | My Dream Is Yours

Lee Bowman made his reputation as a suave, polished leading man opposite glamorous stars like Rita Hayworth and Jean Arthur in the 1940s. The columnist Jack Sher, later a noted writer and director,,referred to him in 1944 as 'a very hot commodity' in Hollywood. A graduate from the University of ...

26. Nedra Deen

Actress | The Rockford Files

Nedra was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, and moved to New York where she had a successful modeling career. In 1968 she moved to Los Angeles and performed in such shows as 'Mind with the Dirty Man','Confessions of a Female Disorder','Ajax' and 'Women of Trachis'.

27. Peter Jeffrey

Actor | The Adventures of Baron Munchausen

Immensely talented and instantly recognizable, Peter Jeffrey was one of a great generation of British actors who were comfortable in everything from classical theatre to television comedy. He was born in Bristol, England in 1929 and went on to be educated at Harrow school. He studied at Pembroke ...

28. Richard Paul

Actor | The People vs. Larry Flynt

Is understanding human behavior important to being a good actor? If so, then it's no surprise that Richard Paul is eminently qualified for his successful acting career. A native Californian with a BA in public affairs from Claremont Men's College, now Claremont McKenna College, Richard earned an MA...

29. Rudy Casanova

Actor | Mañana es para siempre

Rudy Casanova was born on November 3, 1967 in Havana, Cuba. He was an actor, known for Mañana es para siempre (2008), Double Life (2011) and Wooden Woman (2004). He died on December 25, 2017 in Mexico City, Mexico.

30. Sadhana

Actress | Woh Kaun Thi?

Sadhana was born on September 2, 1941 and was named after her father's favorite actress Sadhona Bose. Her father and actor Hari Shivdasani were brothers, and Hari's daughter is actress Babita Kapoor. Sadhana was an only child and her parents made her the center of their lives; in fact, her mother ...

31. Sandra Giles

Actress | Columbo

Sandra Giles was born on July 24, 1932 in Hooker, Oklahoma, USA as Lelia Bernice Giles. She was an actress, known for Columbo (1971), Daddy-O (1958) and Black Gunn (1972). She was married to Paul Everett Robertson and Dalton R Smith. She died on December 25, 2016 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. Vic Chesnutt

Actor | Sling Blade

Vic Chesnutt was born on November 12, 1964 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA as James Victor Chesnutt. He was married to Tina Whatley Chesnutt. He died on December 25, 2009 in Athens, Georgia, USA.

33. Vladimir Shainskiy

Soundtrack | Kanikuly strogogo rezhima

Vladimir Shainskiy was born in Kiev in a Jewish family. Since 1936, he studied violin at the music school, a ten-year school at the Kiev Conservatory, but the war that broke out interrupted his studies, and in 1941 the family was evacuated to Tashkent. Vladimir continued his musical education at ...

34. W.C. Fields

Actor | It's a Gift

William Claude Dukenfield was the eldest of five children born to Cockney immigrant James Dukenfield and Philadelphia native Kate Felton. He went to school for four years, then quit to work with his father selling vegetables from a horse cart. At eleven, after many fights with his alcoholic father ...

35. William T. Orr

Producer | Hawaiian Eye

William Orr is known to fans of 1950s and 1960s TV shows by the abbreviated but imposing credit of Wm. T. Orr seen at the end of every Warner Bros. show including Maverick (1957), Cheyenne (1955), 77 Sunset Strip (1958) and F Troop (1965). As the head of WB Television for nine years, he was ...

36. Willie Toweel

Actor | Brutal Glory

Willie Toweel was born on April 6, 1934 in Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa as William Michael Toweel. He is known for his work on Brutal Glory (1989). He was married to Alida Saad. He died on December 25, 2017 in South Africa.

37. Zully Moreno

Actress | Cristina

Zulema Esther Gonzalez Borbon was born in Buenos Aires on October 17, 1920. She began working as a model when she was in her teens and, at the same time, she became an extra in cheap movies. She was given more important roles in a modest studio called EFA-Establecimientos Filmadores Argentinos, but...

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