Deaths: December 28

by bcampos862 | created - 28 Dec 2016 | updated - 9 months ago | Public

1. Rose Marie

Actress | The Dick Van Dyke Show

Rose Marie was a legend of show business, with a career stretching 90 years, since her debut as her self in a Vitaphone musical short that appeared on the bill with The Jazz Singer (1927) at its premiere in 1927. According to Rose Marie, when she approached Al Jolson at The Wintergarden Theater in ...

2. Billy Taylor

Soundtrack | Mr. Church

Billy Taylor was born on July 24, 1921 in Greenville, North Carolina, USA as William Taylor. He was married to Theodora Taylor. He died on December 28, 2010 in New York City, New York, USA.

3. Cassandra Harris

Actress | For Your Eyes Only

Cassandra Harris was born on December 15, 1948 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia as Sandra Colleen Waites. She was an actress, known for For Your Eyes Only (1981), Remington Steele (1982) and Rough Cut (1980). She was married to Pierce Brosnan, Dermot Harris and William Firth. She died on ...

4. Charles Tannen

Actor | The Grapes of Wrath

Charles Tannen was born on October 22, 1915 in New York City, New York, USA as Charles David Tannen. He was an actor and writer, known for The Grapes of Wrath (1940), Ensign O'Toole (1962) and Jesse James (1939). He died on December 28, 1980 in San Bernardino, California, USA.

5. Charlotte Greenwood

Actress | Oklahoma!

Charlotte Greenwood was born Frances Charlotte Greenwood on June 25, 1890, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a sickly child and her father left the family when she was very young. Charlotte grew into a healthy, six foot tall woman. She started her career dancing in vaudeville where she became ...

6. Clayton Moore

Actor | The Lone Ranger

Clayton Moore grew up in Chicago, Illinois and although his father wanted him to become a doctor, he had visions of something a little more glamorous. Naturally athletic, he practiced gymnastics during family summer vacations in Canada, eventually joining the trapeze act The Flying Behrs at 19. ...

7. Debbie Reynolds

Actress | Singin' in the Rain

Debbie Reynolds was born Mary Frances Reynolds in El Paso, Texas, the second child of Maxine N. (Harmon) and Raymond Francis Reynolds, a carpenter for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Her film career began at MGM after she won a beauty contest at age 16 impersonating Betty Hutton. Reynolds wasn't a ...

8. Dennis Wilson

Soundtrack | Carlito's Way

Dennis Wilson was born Hawthorne, California in the fall of 1944 to Murry and Audree Wilson. The middle son of three brothers, Dennis was rebellious, argumentative and as he often acknowledged, the "black sheep" of the family. His integration into America's band, The Beach Boys came when his mother ...

9. Florence Lawrence

Actress | Not Like Other Girls

Florence Lawrence was the first film player whose name was used to promote her films and the studio (Independent Moving Pictures Company [IMP]) for which she worked. Before her, actors and actresses worked anonymously, partly out of fear that stage managers would refuse to hire them if they were ...

10. Francis Wyndham

Self | Take It or Leave It

Francis Wyndham was born on July 2, 1924 in London, England as Francis Guy Percy Wyndham. He died on December 28, 2017 in the UK.

11. Frankie Randall

Soundtrack | Wild on the Beach

Frankie Randall was born on January 11, 1938 in Passaic, New Jersey, USA as Frank Joseph Lisbona. He is known for his work on Wild on the Beach (1965), Run for Your Wife (1965) and The Day of the Wolves (1971). He was married to Jan Constance Walker and Patricia Mastrangelo. He died on December 28,...

12. Harry Woods

Actor | The Viking

Harry Woods was born on May 5, 1889 in Cleveland, Ohio, USA as Harry Lewis Woods. He was an actor, known for The Viking (1928), Colorado Territory (1949) and Monkey Business (1931). He was married to Helen P. Hookenberry. He died on December 28, 1968 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

13. Heidi Helmer

Actress | What Women Want

Heidi Helmer was born on March 8, 1965. She was an actress, known for What Women Want (2000), Starting from Scratch (1988) and Terminal Entry (1987). She was married to Daniel Castino. She died on December 28, 2010 in Northfield, Illinois, USA.

14. Helen Kleeb

Actress | Seven Days in May

Helen Kleeb was born on January 6, 1907 in South Bend, Washington, USA. She was an actress, known for Seven Days in May (1964), The Party (1968) and Magnificent Obsession (1954). She was married to Elmer Garrison and John Gerald Prendergast. She died on December 28, 2003 in Los Angeles, California,...

15. Howard Caine

Actor | Hogan's Heroes

At the age of 13 Howard Caine (family name Cohen) moved with his family from his hometown of Nashville, TN, to New York City, where he began studying acting. Learning to erase his Southern accent, he went on to became a master of 32 foreign and American dialects. After service in the Navy during ...

16. Iris Marga

Actress | Tararira

Iris Marga was born on January 18, 1901 in Orvieto, Umbria, Italy as María Iris Elda Rosmunda Pauri Bonetti. She was an actress, known for Tararira (1936), Viaje sin regreso (1946) and The Three Musketeers (1945). She died on December 28, 1997 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

17. Jacques Aubuchon

Actor | Man Against Crime

Jacques Aubuchon was born on October 30, 1924 in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, USA as Jacques Georges Aubuchon. He was an actor, known for Man Against Crime (1949), The Silver Chalice (1954) and So Big (1953). He was married to Denise Caubisens. He died on December 28, 1991 in Woodland Hills, Los ...

18. Jerry Orbach

Actor | Law & Order

Jerry Orbach was born in the Bronx, New York, the only child of Leon Orbach, a former vaudevillian actor, was a German Jewish immigrant, who was born in Hamburg, Germany, and Emily (nee Olexy), a radio singer, was born in Pennsylvania to immigrant Polish-Lithuanian Roman Catholic parents, Alexander...

19. Jon Finch

Actor | Frenzy

Dark, broodingly handsome Jon Finch was the son of a merchant banker. His first stage role was in elementary school at age 13 playing a Roman noblewoman(!). After gaining experience in amateur theatre groups and following a short stint with a folk singing group, he suddenly left for military ...

20. José Cibrián

Actor | Jesús de Nazareth

José Cibrián was born on February 25, 1916 in Buenos Aires, Argentina as José Rafael Cibrián. He was an actor and writer, known for Jesus of Nazareth (1942), Santa (1943) and La monja alférez (1944). He was married to Ana María Campoy. He died on December 28, 2002 in Buenos Aires.

21. Joseph Ruskin

Actor | Smokin' Aces

Joseph Ruskin was born on April 14, 1924 in Haverhill, Massachusetts, USA as Joseph Richard Schlafman. He was an actor and producer, known for Smokin' Aces (2006), Star Trek: Insurrection (1998) and The Scorpion King (2002). He was married to Barbara Greene and Patricia Herd. He died on December 28...

22. Kathleen Clifford

Actress | Richard the Lion-Hearted

Kathleen Clifford was born on February 16, 1887 in Charlottesville, Virginia, USA. She was an actress, known for Richard the Lion-Hearted (1923), When the Clouds Roll by (1919) and Who Is Number One? (1917). She was married to Miomir Peter Illitch (banker). She died on December 28, 1962 in ...

23. Kaye Stevens

Actress | Jaws 3-D

Kaye Stevens was born on July 21, 1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Catherine Louise Stephens. She was an actress, known for Jaws 3-D (1983), The Interns (1962) and B.L. Stryker (1989). She was married to Woodrow Maxwell Melvin Jr., Gerald Armstrong and Tommy Amato. She died on December 28, ...

24. Kiel Martin

Actor | The Panic in Needle Park

Kiel Martin was born on July 26, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA as Kiel Urban Mueller. He was an actor, known for The Panic in Needle Park (1971), Hill Street Blues (1981) and The Ray Bradbury Theatre (1985). He was married to Joanne Marie Lapomarda, Christina Montoya and Claudia Martin. He ...

25. Lemmy

Soundtrack | Grosse Pointe Blank

Lemmy was born on December 24, 1945 in Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England as Ian Fraser Kilmister. He died on December 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

26. Leopoldo Federico

Composer | Buenos Aires tango

Leopoldo Federico was born on January 12, 1927 in Balvanera, Buenos Aires City, Distrito Federal, Argentina. He was an actor, known for Buenos Aires tango (1982), Tango y Goles (1981) and El tango del millón (1973). He was married to Norma. He died on December 28, 2014 in Buenos Aires, ...

27. Lowell Sherman

Actor | Bachelor Apartment

Lowell Sherman was one of the early cinema's first major stars who successfully made the transition from actor to director. Born in either 1885 or 1888, his parents were John Wm. Sherman, a theatrical producer (1855-1924), and Julia Gray Sherman, an actress and daughter of actress Kate Gray.

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28. Maurice Ravel

Soundtrack | Basic

Maurice Ravel was born on March 7, 1875 in Ciboure, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France as Joseph-Maurice Ravel. He died on December 28, 1937 in Paris, France.

29. Max Steiner

Composer | The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

Austrian composer who achieved legendary status as the creator of hundreds of classic American film scores. As a child he was astonishingly musically gifted, composing complex works as a teenager and completing the course of study at Vienna's Hochschule fuer Musik und Darstellende Kunst in only one...

30. Patrick Cranshaw

Actor | Old School

Patrick Cranshaw was born on June 17, 1919 in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA as Joseph Patrick Cranshaw. He was an actor, known for Old School (2003), Nothing to Lose (1997) and The Hudsucker Proxy (1994). He was married to Afyphee Shaw. He died on December 28, 2005 in Fort Worth, Texas, USA.

31. Recy Taylor

Self | The Rape of Recy Taylor

Recy Taylor was born on December 31, 1919 in Abbeville, Alabama, USA as Recy Corbitt. She was married to Willie Guy Taylor. She died on December 28, 2017 in Abbeville.

32. Ronit Matalon

Writer | Sipur Shematchil Belevaya Shel Nachash

Journalist and prize winning author, she was from an Egyptian Sephardic family.

33. Sam Levene

Actor | After the Thin Man

Sam Levene was the actor who originated "craps-shooter extraordinaire" Nathan Detroit in the seminal American musical "Guys and Dolls" on the Great White Way in the original 1950 production. Levene was not a good singer and had trouble staying in key, so his solo number "Sue Me" had to be written ...

34. Sam Peckinpah

Writer | The Wild Bunch

"If they move", commands stern-eyed William Holden, "kill 'em". So begins The Wild Bunch (1969), Sam Peckinpah's bloody, high-body-count eulogy to the mythologized Old West. "Pouring new wine into the bottle of the Western, Peckinpah explodes the bottle", observed critic Pauline Kael. That ...

35. Sean Whitesell

Producer | The Killing

Sean Whitesell was born on March 11, 1963 in Iowa Falls, Iowa, USA as Sean David Gerard Whitesell. He was a producer and writer, known for The Killing (2011), Oz (1997) and Homicide: Life on the Street (1993). He was married to Maria Quiban. He died on December 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California, ...

36. Sheila Guyse

Actress | Sepia Cinderella

Beautiful multi-talented Sheila Guyse was a popular, well-loved figure on the stage and screen of the Dorothy Dandridge era. Some critics even felt she was a better actress than Dandridge, some said if Sheila ever decided to go to Hollywood, she would give her a run for her money. She appeared in ...

37. Sue Grafton

Writer | Lolly-Madonna XXX

Sue Grafton was born in Louisville, Kentucky, USA as Sue Taylor Grafton. She is best known as the author of the "alphabet series" ("A" Is for Alibi, etc.) featuring private investigator Kinsey Millhone in the fictional city of Santa Teresa, California. She was married to Steve Humphrey for 43 years...

38. Susan Sontag

Actress | Zelig

Born in New York City, raised in Arizona and California, educated at the University of Chicago, Harvard, Oxford and the Sorbonne, Susan Sontag constitutes a veritable challenge for any biographer. A novelist, philosopher, essayist, movie director and playwright, over the past thirty years she has ...

39. Tab Thacker

Actor | Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol

Tab Thacker was born on March 10, 1962 in North Carolina, USA as Talmadge R. Thacker. He was an actor, known for Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol (1987), Police Academy 5: Assignment: Miami Beach (1988) and Wildcats (1986). He was married to Sharon. He died on December 28, 2007 in Raleigh, ...



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