2008 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 7 13th Critics' Choice Movie Awards: No Country for Old Men wins Best Film

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Jan 8 34th People's Choice Awards: Johnny Depp & Reese Witherspoon win (Movie Star) and Patrick Dempsey & Katherine Heigl win (TV)

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Jan 13 65th Golden Globes (announced): Atonement, Daniel Day-Lewis, & Julie Christie win

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Jan 18 The United Nations announce George Clooney as a UN messenger of peace

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Jan 20 "Breaking Bad", created by Vince Gilligan and starring Bryan Cranston premieres on AMC

  • Jan 27 24th Sundance Film Festival: "Frozen River", directed by Courtney Hunt, wins Grand Jury Prize Dramatic
  • Feb 10 61st British Film and Television Awards (BAFTAS): "Atonement" Best Film, Ethan and Joel Coen Best Director
  • Feb 14 39th NAACP Image Awards: "The Great Debaters" wins Outstanding Motion Picture
  • Feb 19 Toshiba announces its formal recall of its HD DVD video formatting, ending the format war between it and Sony's Blu-Ray Disc
  • Feb 23 28th Golden Raspberry Awards: "I Know Who Killed Me" wins

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Feb 24 80th Academy Awards: "No Country for Old Men", Daniel Day-Lewis & Marion Cotillard win

  • Apr 20 54th British Academy Television Awards: "Fonejacker" Best Comedy, "The Street" best Drama

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Apr 30 Heidi Klum launches her clothing line for Jordache

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Heidi Klum

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May 2 The critically acclaimed "Iron Man", starring Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark, is released

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May 4 Seth MacFarlane reaches an agreement worth $100 million with Fox to keep "Family Guy" and "American Dad" on television until 2012, making MacFarlane the world's highest paid television writer

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May 11 Charo makes a guest appearance on the Latin-themed VH1 reality show Viva Hollywood

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Charo
  • May 25 61st Cannes Film Festival: "The Class" directed by Laurent Cantet wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 1 A fire at the backlot of Universal Studios Hollywood destroys several icons from movies, such as Courthouse Square, the clock tower from Back to the Future, and the King Kong exhibit on the studio tour.

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Jul 14 "The Dark Knight" directed by Christopher Nolan, starring Christian Bale and Heath Ledger, premieres in New York

  • Jul 24 41st San Diego Comic-Con International opens at San Diego Convention Center
  • Jul 30 "Slumdog Millionaire" based on the novel "Q & A" by Vikas Swarup, directed by Danny Boyle and starring Dev Patel premieres at the Telluride Film Festival (Best Picture 2009)

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Aug 3 Morgan Freeman is injured in an automobile accident near Ruleville, Mississippi, when his car flipped over several times on the highway

  • Aug 27 65th Venice Film Festival: "The Wrestler" directed by Darren Aronofsky wins Golden Lion
  • Sep 2 54th National Film Awards (India): "Pulijanmam" wins the Golden Lotus

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Sep 4 "The Hurt Locker" directed by Kathryn Bigelow and starring Jeremy Renner premieres at the Venice Film Festival (Best Picture 2010)

Director Kathryn Bigelow
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Kathryn Bigelow
  • Sep 21 60th Emmy Awards: Mad Men, 30 Rock, Bryan Cranston & Glenn Close win
  • Oct 7 Music, podcast, and video streaming service Spotify is launched by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon
  • Oct 29 "Quantum of Solace" 22nd James Bond film starring Daniel Craig and Olga Kurylenko, premieres in London

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Nov 17 "Twilight", based on the book by Stephenie Meyer, directed by Catherine Hardwicke, starring Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson, premieres in Los Angeles

  • Nov 22 YouTube hosts the largest ever live broadcast, YouTube Live.

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Dec 6 American pin-up model Bettie Page (85) is hospitalized in critical condition after suffering a heart attack

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Bettie Page

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Feb 2 Singer-actress Katharine McPhee (23) weds producer Nick Cokas (42) at the Beverly Hills Presbyterian Church in Beverly Hills, California

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Feb 2 23rd French Republic President Nicolas Sarkozy (53) weds supermodel-turned-singer Carla Bruni (39) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France

President of France Nicolas Sarkozy
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Nicolas Sarkozy
  • Feb 19 "The Lord of The Rings" actor Sean Bean (49) weds actress Georgina Sutcliffe (29) at Marylebone Registry Office in central London

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Apr 4 Singer-songwriter and actress Beyonce Knowles (30) weds rapper Jay-Z (43) at a 13,500-square foot penthouse apartment in New York

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Beyoncé Knowles
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  • Apr 20 "The Game" actress Tia Mowry (29) weds actor Cory Hardrict (32) at the Biltmore Hotel in Santa Barbara, California

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Apr 30 Singer-songwriter Mariah Carey (41) weds actor and rapper Nick Cannon (31) at Bahamian estate on the island of Windermere

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Mariah Carey
Actor & Rapper Nick Cannon
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Nick Cannon
  • May 17 Singer-songwriter and actress Ashlee Simpson (26) weds rock band Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz (31) in Encino, California

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May 19 Film actress Jessica Alba (31) weds film and TV producer Cash Warren (33) at the Beverly Hills Courthouse in Beverly Hills, California

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Jessica Alba

HeartWedding of Interest

May 30 Film actor Charlie Sheen (42) weds socialite Brooke Mueller (30) at a private estate in Los Angeles, California

  • May 31 "Law & Order" actress Alana De La Garza (31) weds writer Michael Roberts in Orlando, Orange County, Florida
  • Jun 28 "Saturday Night Live" actor-comedian Chris Kattan (37) weds model Sunshine Tutt (31) at Chateau Du Sureau in Yosemite, California

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Jun 30 Singer-actress Olivia Newton-John (59) weds natural-health businessman John Easterling (56) in Florida's Jupiter Island

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
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Olivia Newton-John
  • Jul 5 "The Bachelor" TV personality Andrew Firestone (32) weds Serbian model and actress Ivana Bozilovic (30) at St Mark's in the Valley Episcopal Church in Los Olivos, California
  • Jul 13 American Pie actor Jason Biggs (30) weds actress Jenny Mollen (28) at Honig Winery and Vineyard in Napa, California
  • Jul 26 Actress Jennifer Siebel (34) weds San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom (40) at her parents horse ranch in Stevensville, Montana

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Aug 16 "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" talk show host Ellen DeGeneres (54) weds actress Portia de Rossi (39) in Beverly Hills, California

Comedian and TV Star Ellen DeGeneres
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Ellen DeGeneres

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 30 "The Sopranos" actor James Gandolfini (46) weds former model Deborah Lin (40) at Central Union Church in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Sep 13 "Curb Your Enthusiasm" comedian actress Susie Essman (53) weds real-estate broker Jim Harder (51) at the Friars Club in Manhattan

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Sep 14 Actor George Takei (68) weds Brad Altman at the Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

  • Sep 19 NBC's The Biggest Loser contestant Matt Hoover (30) weds Suzy Preston (30) at the Grand Lido Negril resort in Jamaica
  • Sep 22 TV personality and glamour model Kendra Wilkinson (24) weds Philadelphia Eagles NFL player Hank Baskett (26) at Playboy mansion in Los Angeles, California

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Sep 27 Actress and singer Scarlett Johansson (23) weds film actor Ryan Reynolds (31) at Clayoquot Wilderness Retreat in Tofino, British Columbia

  • Sep 27 "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" actress Kaitlin Olson (33) weds actor Rob McElhenney (31) at the Saddlerock Ranch in Malibu, California
  • Sep 28 American tennis player Mardy Fish (26) weds "Deal or No Deal" model Stacey Gardner at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, California
  • Oct 1 "7th Heaven" actress Beverley Mitchell (27) weds Michael Cameron (27) at the Church of Santa Maria a Gradillo in Ravello, Italy

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Oct 3 Radio personality Howard Stern (54) weds actress Beth Ostrosky (36) in Manhattan, New York

Radio shock jock Howard Stern
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Howard Stern
  • Oct 5 American Idol season 6 fourth finalist LaKisha Jones (28) weds financial adviser Larry Davis at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California
  • Nov 1 Actress Marisa Coughlan (34) weds Stephen Wallack at a private estate in Pasadena, California
  • Nov 17 Heartthrob finalist from Top Chef's second season Sam Talbot (30) weds Colombian model and t-shirt designer Paola Guerrero in a secret wedding ceremony at City Hall in New York City
  • Nov 29 "Without a Trace" star Roselyn Sanchez (35) weds actor Eric Winter (32) at Fort San Cristobal in Old San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • Dec 6 "Lonestar" bass guitarist John Rich (34) weds former model Joan Bush in Nashville
  • Dec 12 Fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger (57) weds former model Dee Ocleppo in Greenwich, Connecticut

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 21 Talk show host Craig Ferguson (46) weds art dealer Megan Wallace Cunningham (26) in Chester, Vermont

Actor & Comedian Craig Ferguson
Actor & Comedian
Craig Ferguson

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 28 "Cheers" actor Woody Harrelson (47) weds longtime girlfriend Laura Louie (43) in Maui Island

  • Dec 31 Former American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen (24) weds teacher Joe Ruzicka (32) at the Century Memorial Chapel at Naperville Settlement in Naperville, Illinois

Divorces in Film & TV

  • Feb 22 "Baywatch" actress Pamela Anderson (40) divorces Rick Salomon (39) due to irreconcilable differences only 2 months after getting married

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Mar 3 Actor Michael Biehn (52) divorces film producer Gina Marsh after 20 years of marriage

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Mar 17 Musician Paul McCartney (65) divorces former model and anti-landmines campaigner Heather Mills (40) on the grounds of unreasonable behaviour

Musician and Beatle Paul McCartney
Musician and Beatle
Paul McCartney

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Mar 21 Second wife Marsha Garces divorces comedian Robin Williams (56) after nearly 19 years of marriage due to irreconcilable differences

Actor and Comedian Robin Williams
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Robin Williams
  • May 16 "24" actor Kiefer Sutherland (37) divorces former model Elizabeth Kelly Winn (42) due to irreconcilable differences after nearly 8 years of marriage

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Jun 13 Actor Bill Murray (57) divorces costume designer Jennifer Butler (42) due to abuse and infidelity after 10 years of marriage

Actor/Comedian Bill Murray
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Bill Murray
  • Aug 19 Actor-comedian Tom Arnold (48) divorces Shelby Roos (35) after six years of marriage
  • Oct 10 Actor and comedian Chris Kattan (37) divorces model Sunshine Tutt (32) due to irreconcilable differences after 2 months of marriage
  • Dec 1 "CSI" actress Marg Helgenberger (50) divorces actor Alan Rosenberg (58) due to irreconcilable differences after 19 years of marriage

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Dec 15 Pop singer Madonna (50) divorces film director Guy Ritchie (40) due to unreasonable behavior after almost 8 years of marriage

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Madonna

Deaths in Film & TV

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  • Jan 1 Peter Caffrey, Irish actor (b. 1949)
  • Jan 3 Aleksandr Abdulov, Russian actor (b. 1953)
  • Jan 3 Natasha Collins, British actress and television presenter (b. 1976)
  • Jan 9 Johnny Grant, American radio personality, television producer (b. 1923)
  • Jan 10 Maila Nurmi, aka Vampira, Finnish-born American actress (b. 1921)
  • Jan 15 Brad Renfro, American actor (b. 1982)
  • Jan 17 Allan Melvin, American actor (b. 1923)
  • Jan 19 Suzanne Pleshette, American actress (b. 1937)
  • Jan 19 Don Wittman, Canadian sportscaster for CBC (b. 1936)
  • Jan 22 Roberto Gari, American actor (b. 1920)

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Jan 22 Heath Ledger, Australian-American Actor (Brokeback Mountain, The Dark Knight), dies of a drug overdose at 28

  • Jan 24 Randy Salerno, co-anchor of Chicago's CBS 2 News (b. 1963)
  • Jan 25 Christopher Allport, American actor (b. 1947)
  • Jan 26 Christian Brando, actor and son of Marlon Brando (b 1958)
  • Jan 29 Philippe Khorsand, French actor (b. 1948)
  • Jan 30 Jeremy Beadle, British television host (Beadle's About), dies of pneumonia at 59
  • Jan 30 Roland Selmeczi, Hungarian actor (b. 1969)
  • Feb 1 Shell Kepler [Michelle Alaine Kepler], American actress (General Hospital), dies from renal failure at 49
  • Feb 2 Katoucha, Guinean model and activist (b. 1960)
  • Feb 7 Tamara Desni, German-born British actress (b. 1913)
  • Feb 10 Roy Scheider, American Actor (b. 1932)
  • Feb 12 Oscar Brodney, American screenwriter (b. 1907)
  • Feb 15 Ashley Callie, South African actress (b. 1976)
  • Feb 18 Mihaela Mitrache, Romanian actress, (b. 1955)
  • Feb 19 Lydia Shum, Hong Kong comedian and actress (b. 1945)
  • Feb 20 Emily Perry, English Actress (b. 1907)
  • Feb 21 Ben Chapman, American actor (b. 1928)
  • Mar 4 Elena Nathanael, Greek film actress (b. 1941)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Rosenman, American film, television and concert composer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 4 Semka Sokolovic-Bertok, Yugoslavian-born Croatian actress (b. 1935)
  • Mar 8 Carol Barnes, former ITV news presenter (b. 1944)
  • Mar 12 Jorge Guinzburg, Argentine journalist, producer, humorist, and TV, theater and radio host (b. 1949)
  • Mar 16 Gary Hart, American professional wrestling manager and wrestler (b. 1942)
  • Mar 16 John Hewer, Actor famous for portraying Captain Birdseye in British commercials. (b. 1922)
  • Mar 18 Anthony Minghella, English Oscar winning film director (The English Patient, The Talented Mr. Ripley), dies at 54
  • Mar 19 Raghuvaran, Tamil, Telugu and Malayalam actor (b. 1948)

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Mar 19 Paul Scofield, English actor (A Man for All Seasons and Quiz Show), dies from leukemia at 86

  • Mar 20 Shoban Babu, Indian actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 20 Brian Wilde, English actor (b. 1921)
  • Mar 24 Richard Widmark, American actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 25 Rafael Azcona, Spanish screenwriter (b. 1926)
  • Mar 30 Dith Pran, Cambodian photojournalist, survivor of the Cambodian genocide and subject of the movie "The Killing Fields", dies of pancreatic cancer at 65
  • Mar 31 Jules Dassin, American film director (b .1911)

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Apr 5 Charlton Heston, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Ben-Hur), dies at 84

  • Apr 8 Stanley Kamel, American actor (b. 1943)
  • Apr 14 Miguel Galvan, Mexican actor/comedian. (b. 1957)
  • Apr 15 Benoît Lamy, Belgian Movie Director (b. 1945)
  • Apr 25 Humphrey Lyttelton, Jazz musician and broadcaster, (b. 1921)
  • May 2 Beverlee McKinsey, American actress (b. 1940)
  • May 10 Jessie Jacobs, Australian Actress (b. 1990)
  • May 15 Alexander Courage, composer of original Star Trek theme (b. 1919)
  • May 24 Dick Martin American comedian (b. 1922)

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May 26 Sydney Pollack, American actor, director, producer, and screenwriter (Out of Africa, Tootsie) dies at 73

Film Director, Producer and Actor Sydney Pollack
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Sydney Pollack
  • May 28 Robert Justman, American television producer (b. 1926)
  • May 29 Harvey Korman, American actor (Carol Burnett Show, Blazing Saddles), dies at 81
  • Jun 2 Mel Ferrer, American actor (Longest Day, Eaten Alive, 5th Floor), dies at 90
  • Jun 4 Nikos Sergianopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1952)
  • Jun 7 Rudy Fernandez, Filipino actor (b. 1953)

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Jun 13 Tim Russert, American television host, NBC News Meet the Press moderator, dies at 58

Television Journalist Tim Russert
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Tim Russert
  • Jun 15 Stan Winston, American special effects and makeup artist, and film director (b. 1946)
  • Jun 17 Cyd Charisse [Tula Finklea], American dancer and actress (Singin' in the Rain), dies at 86
  • Jun 18 Jean Delannoy, French actor and director (b. 1908)
  • Jun 18 Miyuki Kanbe, Japanese actor (b. 1984)
  • Jun 22 George Carlin, American comedian, actor (b. 1937)
  • Jun 28 Ruslana Korshunova, Kazakhstani model (b.1987)
  • Jun 29 Don S. Davis, American actor and artist (b. 1942)
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth Spriggs, English-Born Actress (b. 1929)
  • Jul 3 Larry Harmon, American entertainer and TV producer (b. 1925)
  • Jul 3 Clive Hornby, English soap actor - Emmerdale (b. 1944)
  • Jul 4 Evelyn Keyes, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 91
  • Jul 7 Dorian Leigh, American supermodel and icon of the fashion industry, dies of Alzheimer's disease at 91
  • Jul 14 Henki Kolstad, Norwegian actor (b. 1915)
  • Jul 17 Larry Haines, American actor (b. 1918)
  • Jul 18 Khosrow Shakibai, Iranian actor (b. 1944)

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Jul 22 Estelle Getty, American actress ("The Golden Girls"), dies of Lewy body disease at 84

Actress Estelle Getty
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Estelle Getty
  • Jul 27 Youssef Chahine, Egyptian film director (b. 1926)
  • Jul 28 Susan Tamim, Lebanese singer and actress, murdered (b. 1977)
  • Aug 9 Bernie Mac, American comedian, actor.(b. 1957)
  • Aug 10 Isaac Hayes, American musician and actor (b. 1942)
  • Aug 27 Mark Priestley, Australian actor (b. 1976)
  • Aug 29 Geoffrey Perkins, British comedy producer (b. 1953)
  • Aug 30 Killer Kowalski, Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Aug 31 Jerry Reed, American country music singer and actor (b. 1937)
  • Sep 1 Don LaFontaine, American voice actor (b. 1940)
  • Sep 6 Anita Page, American silent screen actress ((Our Dancing Daughters), dies at 98
  • Sep 7 Ilarion Ciobanu, Romanian actor (b. 1931)
  • Sep 14 Ştefan Iordache, Romanian actor (b. 1941)

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Sep 26 Paul Newman, American actor (Hud, Hombre, Hustler), racing car driver and popcorn mogul (Newman's Own), dies of lung cancer at 83

Actor & Entrepreneur Paul Newman
Actor & Entrepreneur
Paul Newman
  • Oct 2 Choi Jin-sil, South Korean actress (b. 1968)
  • Oct 6 Kim Ji-hoo, South Korean actor and model (b. 1985)
  • Oct 8 Eileen Herlie, American actress (b. 1918)
  • Oct 8 Bob Friend (newscaster), British newscaster (b. 1938)
  • Oct 15 Edie Adams, American singer and Broadway actress (b. 1927)
  • Oct 19 Rudy Ray Moore, American comedian and actor (Dolemite) (b. 1937)
  • Oct 26 Delmar Watson, American child actor (Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Heidi, Annie Oakley), dies at 82
  • Nov 16 Reg Varney, British actor (On The Buses) (b. 1916)
  • Nov 26 De'Angelo Wilson, American actor (b. 1979)
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (b. 1938)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-born American actress (b. 1924)
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)