On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2008

  • Dec 1 Mikel Laboa, Basque singer and songwriter (b. 1934)
  • Dec 1 Joseph B Wirthlin, American businessmen, religious leader, member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles (LDS Church), dies at 91
  • Dec 1 Paul Benedict, American actor (Harry-Jeffersons), dies at 70
  • Dec 2 Ted Rogers OC, Canadian entrepreneur and MLB team owner (Toronto Blue Jays), dies of heart failure at 75
  • Dec 2 Kathleen Baskin-Ball, American United Methodist Pastor
  • Dec 2 Odetta [Odetta Holmes], American folk singer (Sanctuary), actress and civil rights activist, dies of heart disease at 77
  • Dec 2 Renato de Grandis, Italian composer, dies at 81
  • Dec 3 Robert Zajonc, Polish-American social psychologist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 5 Patriarch Alexy II of Russia, head of the Russian Orthodox Church (b. 1929)
  • Dec 5 Constantin Ticu Dumitrescu, Romanian politician and president of the Association of Romanian Former Political Prisoners. (b. 1928)
  • Dec 5 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • Dec 5 Anca Parghel, Romanian jazz singer and composer (b. 1957)
  • Dec 5 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Marky Cielo, Filipino and Igorot dancer and actor (b. 1988)
  • Dec 7 Dennis Yost, American vocalist, dies at 65
  • Dec 8 Robert Prosky, Polish-American actor and comedian (Christine, Thief), dies at 77

  • Dec 8 Oliver Postgate, English animator, puppeteer and writer, dies at 83
  • Dec 9 Ibrahim Dossey, Ghanaian football player (b. 1972)
  • Dec 9 Yury Glazkov, Soviet Air Force officer and cosmonaut (Soyuz 24), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Didith Reyes, Filipino singer (b. 1948)

Person of interestBettie Page

Dec 11 Bettie Page, American pinup model considered the 'Queen of Pinups' and the 'Dark Angel', dies at 85

Queen of Pinups Bettie Page
Queen of Pinups
Bettie Page
  • Dec 11 Maddie Blaustein, American voice actress (b. 1960)
  • Dec 11 Ron Carey, American labor leader (International Brotherhood of Teamsters), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • Dec 12 Avery Dulles, Roman Catholic Cardinal, heologian (b. 1918)
  • Dec 12 Van Johnson, American actor (Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • Dec 12 Tassos Papadopoulos, Cypriot former president (b. 1934)
  • Dec 13 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • Dec 13 John Drake, New Zealand rugby union footballer (b. 1959)
  • Dec 13 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • Dec 14 Ramon Barce, Spanish composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 15 León Febres Cordero, Ecuador's former President (b. 1931)
  • Dec 17 Dave Smith, American baseball player (b. 1955)
American Football Player and Coach Sammy Baugh
American Football Player and Coach
Sammy Baugh
  • Dec 17 Freddy Breck, German schlager singer, composer, record producer and news anchor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 18 Jack Douglas, English actor (Carry On films), dies at 81
  • Dec 18 Majel Barrett, American actress and producer (Star Trek), and the widow of Gene Roddenberry, dies at 76

  • Dec 18 Mark Felt, the infamous "Deep Throat", American FBI official and whistle blower during the Watergate Scandal dies aged 95

Person of interestJames Bevel

Dec 19 James Bevel, American civil rights activist (Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Direct Action), dies of cancer at 72

Civil Rights Activist James Bevel
Civil Rights Activist
James Bevel
  • Dec 19 Kenny Cox, American jazz musician (b. 1940)
  • Dec 19 Dock Ellis, American baseball pitcher (b. 1945)
  • Dec 19 Carol Chomsky, American linguist and education specialist (b. 1930)
  • Dec 20 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • Dec 22 Lansana Conté, Guinean politician, dies at 74
  • Dec 23 Eric Charles Twelves Wilson, English British Army officer (awarded Victoria Cross), dies at 96

Person of interestHarold Pinter

Dec 24 Harold Pinter, British playwright (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

Playwright Harold Pinter
Playwright
Harold Pinter

Person of interestSamuel P. Huntington

Dec 24 Samuel P. Huntington, American political scientist (The Clash of Civilizations) and presidential adviser, dies at 81

Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser Samuel P. Huntington
Political Scientist and Presidential Adviser
Samuel P. Huntington
  • Dec 25 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • Dec 27 Delaney Bramlett, American rocker (Shindogs, Delaney & Bonnie), dies at 69
  • Dec 29 Freddie Hubbard, American jazz trumpet player (b. 1938)
  • Dec 29 Kees [Cornelis Pieter] van Dijk, Dutch minister of the Interior, dies at 77
  • Dec 29 Daniel Nagrin, American modern dancer and choreographer, dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Dick Green, Canadian actor
  • Dec 30 Derek Wadsworth, British jazz composer and arranger, dies at 69
  • Dec 31 Donald E. Westlake, American author (The Hunter), dies at 75