On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2005

  • Dec 1 Gust Avrakotos, American intelligence case officer (b. 1938)
  • Dec 1 Jack Colvin, American actor (Incredible Hulk), dies at 71
  • Dec 2 Kenneth Lee Boyd, American convicted murderer (executed) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 2 Nat Mayer Shapiro, American painter (b. 1919)
  • Dec 2 Van Tuong Nguyen, Australian drug smuggler (hanged) (b. 1980)
  • Dec 4 Errol Brathwaite, New Zealand author (b. 1924)
  • Dec 4 Gregg Hoffman, American film producer (b.1963)
  • Dec 4 Gloria Lasso [Rosa Montserrat Coscolín], French-Spanish n canción melódica singer ("Etranger au paradis"; "Buenas noches mi amor"), dies of a heart attack at 83
  • Dec 5 Ed Masry, American lawyer (b. 1932)
  • Dec 5 Kevin "Big Kev" McQuay, Australian businessman (b. 1949)
  • Dec 5 Frits Philips, Dutch engineer and CEO (Philips), dies at 100
  • Dec 5 Danny Williams, British pop singer, known as "Britain's Johnny Mathis" ("Moon River"; "White on White"), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Dec 6 Charly Gaul, Luxembourg cyclist (b. 1932)
  • Dec 6 Devan Nair, Singaporean politician, 3rd President of Singapore (1981-85), dies at 82
  • Dec 6 Danny Williams, South African-born singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 7 Bud Carson, American football player and coach (b. 1931)
  • Dec 7 Lucy d'Abreu, was the oldest living person in the United Kingdom from April 2004 until her death (b. 1892)
  • Dec 7 Rigoberto Alpizar, airplane passenger fatally shot by U.S. Air Marshals after allegedly claiming he had placed a bomb aboard (b. 1961)
  • Dec 8 Georgiy Zhzhonov, Russian actor and writer (The Secret Agent's Blunder), dies at 90
  • Dec 9 György Sándor, Hungarian pianist, dies at 93
  • Dec 9 Robert Sheckley, American sci-fi author (10th Victim, Mindswap), dies at 77

Eugene McCarthy

Dec 10 Eugene McCarthy, American politician (Sen-D-Minn) and presidential candidate, dies of parkinsons at 89

Richard Pryor

Dec 10 Richard Pryor, American Emmy and 5X Grammy Award-winning comedian (Live on the Sunset Strip), actor (Silver Streak; Stir Crazy), and screenwriter (Blazing Saddles), dies of a heart attack at 65

  • Dec 12 Gebran Tueni, Lebanese politician (b. 1957)
  • Dec 12 Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  • Dec 12 Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)
  • Dec 13 Timothy Jordan II, American pop-rock musician (The All American Rejects; Jonezetta), takes his own life at 24
  • Dec 13 Stanley Tookie Williams, co-founder of the Crips and convicted murderer (b. 1953)
  • Dec 14 Trevanian [Rodney William Whitaker], American film scholar & author, dies at 74
  • Dec 15 Heinrich Gross, Austrian physician (b. 1914)
  • Dec 15 Stan Leonard, Canadian golfer (3 PGA Tour titles), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Dec 15 William Proxmire, American politician (Sen-D-WI, 1957-88), dies at 90
  • Dec 15 Darrell Russell, American football defensive tackle (Pro Bowl 1998, 99; First-Team All-Pro 1998; Oakland Raiders), dies in a car crash at 29
  • Dec 16 Kenneth Bulmer, English author (b. 1921)
  • Dec 16 Ed Hansen, American film director and editor (b. 1937)
  • Dec 16 John Spencer, American actor (b. 1946)
  • Dec 16 Enzo Stuarti [Scapone], Italian-American pop tenor (That's A'Nice!), dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Jack Anderson, American journalist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 17 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist, dies at 76
  • Dec 18 Alan Voorhees, American engineer and urban planner (b. 1922)
  • Dec 19 Keith Duckworth, English mechanical engineer (Cosworth; b. 1933)
  • Dec 19 Vincent Gigante, Italian-American mafioso, dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Maniam Moorthy, Malaysian climber
  • Dec 21 Elrod Hendricks, American baseball player and coach (b. 1940)
  • Dec 21 Myron Healey, American actor (The Lone Ranger, Wyatt Earp), dies of ill health at 82
  • Dec 22 T. Cooper Evans, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Iowa), dies at 81
  • Dec 23 Norman D. Vaughan, American polar explorer and dogsled driver (b. 1905)
  • Dec 23 Lajos Baróti, Hungarian soccer defender (2 caps; Szegedi AK, Győri ETO) and manager (Hungary 1957-66, 75-78), dies at 91
  • Dec 24 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", dies at 83
  • Dec 25 Derek Bailey, English guitar virtuoso (b. 1930)
  • Dec 25 (Märta) Birgit Nilsson, Swedish operatic soprano (Elektra, Salome), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Robert Barbers, Philippine senator (b. 1944)
  • Dec 26 Erich Topp, German submarine commander (b. 1914)
  • Dec 26 Muriel Costa-Greenspon, American mezzo-soprano (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Kerry Packer, Australian businessman (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor, dies of cancer at 57
  • Dec 27 William Doody, Canadian politician (b. 1931)
  • Dec 29 Gerda Boyesen, Norwegian-born body psychotherapist (b. 1922)
  • Dec 30 Rona Jaffe, American novelist (Mazes & Monsters), dies at 74
  • Dec 31 Phillip Whitehead, British politician (b. 1937)
  • Dec 31 Enrico di Giuseppe, American tenor, dies of cancer at 73