Deaths: December 23

by bcampos862 | created - 24 Dec 2016 | updated - 16 Dec 2018 | Public

1. David Manners

Actor | Dracula

Distantly related to Princess Diana on his mother's side, Nova Scotia-born actor David Manners, nee Rauff de Ryther Daun Acklom, came from well-to-do stock. His father ran the prestigious Tower Road boys' school Harrow House and later became a literary advisor for E.P. Dutton Publishing Co. in New ...

3. Billy Barty

Actor | Masters of the Universe

Billy Barty was born William John Bertanzetti on October 25, 1924 in Millsboro, Pennsylvania. He began performing at age three and began making pictures in 1927. He played Mickey Rooney's little brother in the "Mickey McGuire" comedy shorts series. He was equally adept in both comedy and drama, and...

4. Charles Ruggles

Actor | Murder in the Private Car

Charles Ruggles had one of the longest careers in Hollywood, lasting more than 50 years and encompassing more than 100 films. He made his film debut in 1914 in The Patchwork Girl of Oz (1914) and worked steadily after that. He was memorably paired with Mary Boland in a series of comedies in the ...

5. Enrique Santos Discépolo

Soundtrack | Focus

Enrique Santos Discépolo was born on March 27, 1901 in Buenos Aires, Federal District, Argentina. He was married to Tania. He died on December 23, 1951 in Buenos Aires.

6. Evelyn Ward

Actress | Mike Hammer

Evelyn Ward was born on May 21, 1923 in West Orange, New Jersey, USA. She was an actress, known for Mike Hammer (1958), The Man from U.N.C.L.E. (1964) and Vacation Playhouse (1963). She was married to Al Williams, Elliot Silverstein and Jack Cassidy. She died on December 23, 2012 in Los Angeles, ...

7. George DeNormand

Actor | The Painted Stallion

George DeNormand was born on September 22, 1903 in New York City, New York, USA. He is known for his work on The Painted Stallion (1937), The Money Jungle (1967) and The Gay Amigo (1949). He was married to Bernice Victoria "Patsy" Peterson and Wanda Tuchock. He died on December 23, 1976 in Woodland...

8. Irna Phillips

Writer | Days of Our Lives

Irna Phillips was born on July 1, 1901 in Chicago, Illinois, USA. She was a writer and producer, known for Days of Our Lives (1965), The Brighter Day (1954) and Another World (1964). She died on December 23, 1973 in Chicago.

9. Jack Webb

Writer | Dragnet

John Randolph Webb was born in Santa Monica, California, to Margaret (Smith) and Samuel Chester Webb. His father left home before he was born; Webb would never know him. He was raised by his mother and maternal grandmother in dire poverty that preceded the Depression. Making things worse, Webb ...

10. James Ellison

Actor | Three on the Trail

American light leading man, primarily of Westerns, James Ellison was born James Ellison Smith in Guthrie Center, Iowa, in 1910. He grew up on a ranch in Valier, Montana, where he learned the skills that would stand him in good stead as a movie cowboy. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a ...

11. Jeannette Clift

Actress | The Hiding Place

Jeannette Clift was born on June 1, 1925 in Houston, Texas, USA as Jeannette Clift George. She is known for her work on The Hiding Place (1975), Broken Victory (1988) and A Woman Betrayed (2013). She was married to Lorraine George. She died on December 23, 2017 in Houston.

12. Jeremy Lloyd

Actor | Murder on the Orient Express

Jeremy Lloyd was born on July 22, 1930 in Danbury, Essex, England as John Jeremy Lloyd. He was a writer and actor, known for Murder on the Orient Express (1974), Are You Being Served? (1977) and Whodunnit? (1972). He was married to Elizabeth Moberly, Collette Northrop, Joanna Lumley and Dawn Bailey...

13. Joey Boots

Actor | Being Flynn

Joey Boots was born on May 24, 1967 in New York City, New York, USA as Joseph Bassolino. He is known for his work on Being Flynn (2012), Newsreaders (2013) and All the Kings Men: A Wack Pack Documentary. He died on December 23, 2016 in New York City.

14. Jordan Feldstein

Live in Brazil

Jordan Feldstein was born on December 12, 1977 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Jordan David Feldstein. He is known for his work on Live in Brazil (2010). He was married to Francesca Eastwood. He died on December 22, 2017 in Los Angeles.

15. Jorge Fontenla

Music_department | Sofía

16. Kaaren Verne

Actress | All Through the Night

Berlin-born actress Kaaren Verne (sometimes billed as Karen) was born Ingeborg Catherine Marie Rose Klinkerfuss in 1918. Originally a stage actress and member of the Berlin State Theatre, she and her first husband, Arthur Young, fled their homeland in 1938. She began her career in England as a ...

17. Leon Bernicoff

Self | Gogglebox

Leon Bernicoff was born on October 27, 1934 in Liverpool, England. He was married to June Bernicoff. He died on December 23, 2017.

18. Lois Hamilton

Actress | The Cannonball Run

Lois Hamilton (Areno) personified a new wave of actresses who built careers on both beauty and brains. Lois attend Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennslyvannia, and the University of Florence in Florence, Italy, where she received degrees in Psychology and Fine Arts. As a top Ford model in the ...

19. Luisito Domínguez

Actor | No hay 2 sin 3

Luisito Domínguez is an actor, known for No hay 2 sin 3 (2004) and Premios Martín Fierro 2007 (2007).

20. Manolo Bolognini

Le notti di Cabiria

Manolo Bolognini was born on October 26, 1925 in Pistoia, Tuscany, Italy. He was a producer and production manager, known for Nights of Cabiria (1957), Django (1966) and The Master Touch (1972). He died on December 23, 2017 in Rome, Lazio, Italy.

21. María Santos

Actress | La fuga

María Santos is an actress, known for La fuga (1937), El misterioso tío Sylas (1947) and Melodies of America (1942).

22. Michael Earl

Actor | The Muppet Movie

Michael Earl has been secretly entertaining millions of people for 30 years. A four-time Emmy Award-winner and Jim Henson Protege, Michael performed the original "Shrek" character in a motion-capture development test film for DreamWorks, and puppeteered lead characters in Paramount Pictures' "Team ...

23. Michael Kidd

Actor | It's Always Fair Weather

Lithe, diminutive and unimposing, Michael Kidd never asked a dancer to perform a step or move he himself could not do. One of Broadway's and Hollywood's most distinguished, inventive and gifted choreographers, it was not uncommon to remember his expert dance sequences above all else. After all, who...

24. Michael Walker

Actor | Hell's Belles

Michael Walker was born on March 13, 1941 in New York, New York, USA as Michael Ross Walker. He was an actor, known for Hell's Belles (1969), It Takes a Thief (1968) and Coronet Blue (1967). He died on December 23, 2007 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

25. Olimpio Bobbio

Actor | Mosquita muerta

Olimpio Bobbio was born in 1896 in Italy. He was an actor, known for Mosquita muerta (1946), The Crazy Musician (1939) and Allá en el setenta y tantos (1945). He was married to María Santos. He died in 1946 in Mar del Plata, Argentina.

26. Oscar Peterson

Soundtrack | Phantom Thread

Oscar Peterson, the famous jazz musician, started his recording career in the mid 40s with records for RCA. As member of the group "Jazz at the Philharmonic" he started touring in the 50s and continued until late in the 60s. During this time he made also numerous recordings for various labels. He ...

27. Patric Knowles

Actor | The Adventures of Robin Hood

Fourteen-year-old Reginald Lawrence Knowles was being readied to take his place with other relatives in the family bookbinding business (in Leeds) when he ran off to become an actor. He was inevitably brought back home, but he made good his second escape a few years later - his willful Knowles ...

28. Pierre Debauche

Actor | Portrait-robot

Pierre Debauche was born on February 5, 1930 in Namur, Wallonia, Belgium. He is known for his work on Portrait-robot (1962), Netchaïev est de retour (1991) and Hiver 54, l'abbé Pierre (1989). He was married to Françoise Danell. He died on December 23, 2017 in Agen, Lot-et-Garonne, ...

29. Ricky Lawson

Soundtrack | Only You

Ricky Lawson was born in 1954 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He is known for his work on Only You (1994), One Long Day (2004) and Michael Jackson Live in Bucharest: The Dangerous Tour (1992). He died on December 23, 2013 in Long Beach, California, USA.

30. Sebastian Shaw

Actor | Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi

Though primarily a stage actor, Sebastian Shaw appeared in some forty film and television productions from 1930 to 1991. Born on May 29, 1905, in Holt, Norfolk, England, he first appeared on stage as a child in 1913, graduating to lead roles by the late 1920s. It was in 1930 that he made his first ...

32. Tyrone Power Sr.

Actor | A Texas Steer

Frederick Tyrone Power was born in London, England, the son of concert pianist Harold Littledale Power and stage actress Ethel Lavenu, and the grandson of famed Irish actor Tyrone Power (1795-1841). He was educated at Dulwich College. His family emigrated to the U.S. and he was sent to Florida to ...

33. Victor Borge

Actor | Higher and Higher

Pianist, composer, songwriter, entertainer and actor, educated at Borgerdydskolen and the Conservatory of Copenhagen. He studied with Egon Petri and Frederic Lammond. His concert career began in 1922, and he performed in a musical revue in 1934, and in films by 1937. Arriving in the US in 1940, he ...

34. Willa Kim

Costume_designer | Great Performances: Dance in America

Willa Kim was born on June 30, 1917 as Wullah Mei Ok Kim. She is known for her work on Great Performances: Dance in America (1976), Gardens of Stone (1987) and The 40th Annual Tony Awards (1986). She was married to William Pène du Bois. She died on December 23, 2016 in Seattle, Washington, USA.

35. Yusef Lateef

Soundtrack | Selma

Yusef Lateef was born on October 9, 1920 in Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA as William Emanuel Huddleston. He was married to Ayesha and Tahira. He died on December 23, 2013 in Shutesbury, Massachusetts, USA.

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