1974 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 NBC radio begins on the hour news 24 hours a day (following CBS lead)

Appears on tv showTV Show Appearance

Jan 5 Raul Julia appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Oh, Brother"

Comedian and Actor Bob Newhart
Comedian and Actor
Bob Newhart
  • Jan 6 "CBS Mystery Theater" premieres on radio
  • Jan 11 ABC airs final episode of "Love, American Style"
  • Jan 15 "Happy Days" begins an 11 year run on ABC
  • Jan 18 "$6 Million Man" starring Lee Majors premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 26 31st Golden Globes: "The Exorcist", Al Pacino, & Marsha Mason win

Actor Al Pacino
Actor
Al Pacino
Writer & Filmmaker William Peter Blatty
Writer & Filmmaker
William Peter Blatty

Music release#1 in the Charts

Feb 2 Barbra Streisand's 1st #1 hit, "The Way We Were"

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 7 Mel Brooks' film "Blazing Saddles" opens in movie theaters starring Cleavon Little and Gene Wilder

Actor & Director Mel Brooks
Actor & Director
Mel Brooks
Actor Gene Wilder
Actor
Gene Wilder
  • Feb 8 "Good Times" (spinoff from "Maude") premieres on CBS TV
  • Feb 8 Soap opera "Secret Storm" ends a 20 year run
  • Feb 23 Teri Garr appears on Bob Newhart Show in "Confessions of an Orthodontist"
  • Mar 25 Barbra Streisand records the album "Butterfly"

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 2 46th Academy Awards: "The Sting", Glenda Jackson & Jack Lemmon win

  • May 24 Dean Martin Show last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

May 24 27th Cannes Film Festival: "The Conversation" directed by Francis Ford Coppola wins the Grand Prix du Festival International du Film

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 28 26th Emmy Awards: M*A*S*H, Alan Alda & Mary Tyler Moore win, 1st Daytime Award presentation

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 20 "Chinatown", directed by Roman Polanski starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway, is released

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway
Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • Jun 27 "Flip Wilson Show" last airs on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Jul 24 "Death Wish", based on the novel by Brian Garfield, directed by Michael Winner and starring Charles Bronson is released in the US

  • Jul 31 6th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 2 Jerry Lewis' 9th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 7 Shirley Cothran (Texas), 21, crowned 47th Miss America 1975
  • Sep 10 Controversial TV drama "Born Innocent" premieres on US NBC tv, starring Linda Blair as an abused teen in a juvenile detention home
  • Sep 13 1st broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC-TV
  • Sep 23 BBC Ceefax begins 1st teletext service
  • Oct 1 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in director Tobe Hooper's hometown, Austin, Texas in the US
  • Oct 30 "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" horror film premieres in Los Angeles

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 5 Final episode of Monty Python's Flying Circus airs on BBC TV

Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 19 "The Man with the Golden Gun", 9th James Bond film, starring Roger Moore, Britt Ekland and Christopher Lee, premieres in London

  • Dec 20 "The Godfather Part II", directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starring Al Pacino and Robert De Niro, is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1975)
  • Dec 27 Dear Abby show ends run on CBS radio after 11 years

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 227

  • Jan 7 Jennifer LeRoy, Craig CO, playmate (Feb, 1993)
  • Jan 9 Farhan Akhtar, Indian Bollywood Director, Actor, Producer, Singer.
  • Jan 10 Jemaine Clement, New Zealand actor and musician (Flight of the Conchords), born in Masterton, New Zealand
  • Jan 10 Hrithik Roshan, Indian actor and dancer (Bang Bang!, Fiza, Kaho Naa... Pyaar Hai), born in Mumbai, Maharashtra
  • Jan 11 Echo Leta Johnson, playmate (Jan, 1993), born in Austin, Texas
  • Jan 14 Kevin Durand, Canadian actor
  • Jan 15 Aubrey Jo Hiller, Miss America-Montana (1997), born in Missoula, Montana

Person of interestKate Moss

Jan 16 Kate Moss, English model, born in Croydon, England

Supermodel Kate Moss
Supermodel
Kate Moss
  • Jan 18 Devon Odessa, actor (Sharon-My So Called Life, Girl of Limberlost)
  • Jan 18 Maulik Pancholy, American actor
  • Jan 19 Frank Caliendo, American comedian
  • Jan 21 Rove McManus, Australian television host and comedian
  • Jan 23 Tiffani Theissen, American actress (Saved by Bell, 90210), born in Long Beach, California
  • Jan 23 Rebekah Elmaloglou, Australian actress
  • Jan 24 Ed Helms, American actor
  • Jan 25 Robert Budreau, Canadian film director, born in London, Canada
  • Jan 30 Christian Bale, Wales, British actor (Batman Begins, American Psycho, The Machinist), born in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, Wales
  • Feb 1 Jennifer Lien, actress (Hannah Moore-Another World)
  • Feb 1 Lisa Marie Scott, playmate (Feb, 1994), born in Pensacola, Florida
  • Feb 8 Seth Green, American actor and producer (Family Guy, Austin Powers), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Feb 9 Amber Valletta, American actress and model (Hitch, Revenge), born in Phoenix, Arizona

Person of interestElizabeth Banks

Feb 10 Elizabeth Banks, American actress (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Man on a Ledge), born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts

  • Feb 15 Jodie McMullen, Miss Universe-Australia/Miss Congeniality (1996)
  • Feb 17 Jerry O'Connell, American actor (Scream 2, Andrew-My Secret Identity), born in NYC, New York
  • Feb 17 Valeria Mazza, Rosario Argentina, model (Cosmo-July 1995)
  • Feb 18 Jillian Michaels, American fitness instructor and television personality (The Biggest Loser), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 19 Danny Doring, American professional wrestler
  • Feb 20 Ophelie Winter, French actress
  • Feb 24 Bonnie Somerville, American actress and singer
  • Feb 28 Michael Manasseri, actor (License to Drive)
  • Mar 1 Mark-Paul Gosselaar, actor (Zack-Saved by the Bell)
  • Mar 3 Jared Rushton, actor (Big, Honey I Shrank the Kids)
  • Mar 3 David Faustino, actor (I Had 3 Wives, Bud-Married With Children), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Mar 3 Paula Malai Ali, Malaysian-Bruneian TV Presenter and Actress

Person of interestKevin Connolly

Mar 5 Kevin Connolly, American actor (Beverly Hillbillies, Rocky V, Angus), born in Patchogue, New York

  • Mar 5 Matt Lucas, English comedian

Person of interestEva Mendes

Mar 5 Eva Mendes, American actress (Training Day, 2 Fast 2 Furious), born in Miami, Florida

Actress Eva Mendes
Actress
Eva Mendes
  • Mar 6 Sebastian Siegel, British-American actor (Lost, Hawaii Five-0), born in Oxford, England
  • Mar 7 Larry Bagby, American actor and musician
  • Mar 7 Jenna Fischer, American actress (The Office), born in Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Mar 17 Marisa Coughlan, American actress
  • Mar 19 Jennifer Lynn Drayton, Saginaw Michigan, Miss America-Michigan (1997)
  • Mar 19 Vida Guerra, Cuban-American swimsuit model
  • Mar 20 Paula Garces, Colombian actress
  • Mar 21 Laura Allen, American actress
  • Mar 22 Kidada Jones, American actress
  • Mar 24 Alyson Hannigan, American actress (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, How I met Your Mother), born in Washington, D.C.
  • Mar 25 Lark Voorhies, American actress
  • Mar 27 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, born in Edmond, Oklahoma (d. 2001)
  • Mar 29 Kristoffer Cusick, American actor
  • Mar 31 Carol Ann Plante, actress (Sara Henderson-Harry & the Hendersons)
  • Mar 31 Benjamin Eicher, Swiss film director
  • Apr 5 Uhm Tae Woong, South Korean actor
  • Apr 9 Sharon Pelletier, Madawaska Maine, Miss America-Maine (1996)
  • Apr 11 Anton Glanzelius, Danish actor (My Life as a Dog), born in Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Apr 11 Tricia Helfer, Canadian model and actress (Battlestar), born in Donalda, Alberta, Canada
  • Apr 11 Zöe Lucker, British television actor, born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire
  • Apr 12 Belinda Emmett, Australian actress (Home and Away), born in Gosford, New South Wales, Australia (d. 2006)
  • Apr 12 Marley Shelton, American actress (Sin City), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 15 Marena Bencomo, Miss Universe-2nd place (Venezuela, 1997)
  • Apr 15 Danny Pino, American actor
  • Apr 15 Douglas Spain, American actor
  • Apr 16 Xu Jinglei, Chinese actress, singer and director
  • Apr 16 Valarie Rae Miller, American actress
  • Apr 19 Akara Amarttayakul, Thai actor
  • Apr 22 Georgia Goettmann, model (Cosmo-May 1995)
  • Apr 23 Barry Watson, American actor
  • Apr 24 Eric Kripke, American television writer, director and producer (Supernatural), born in Toledo, Ohio
  • Apr 26 Ivana Milicevic, Croatian-American actress
  • Apr 26 Adil Ray, English radio presenter (BBC Asian Network)
  • Apr 27 Johnny Devine, Canadian professional wrestler

Person of interestPenélope Cruz

Apr 28 Penélope Cruz, Spanish actress (Vanilla Sky, Waking Up in Reno), born in Madrid, Spain

  • May 7 Breckin Meyer, American actor
  • May 10 Janet Reasons, Port Orchard Washington, Miss America-Washington (1997)
  • May 11 Billy Kidman, American professional wrestler
  • May 11 Benoît Magimel, French actor
  • May 12 Tiffany Stoker, Clovis California, Miss America (California-4th-1996)
  • May 13 Brian Geraghty, American actor
  • May 14 Keram Malichi-Sanchez, actor (No Contest, Catwalk, Boulevard)
  • May 14 Jennifer Allan, American model
  • May 15 Shiney Ahuja, Indian actor
  • May 16 Adam Richman, American TV personality (Man v Food), born in Brooklyn, New York
  • May 17 Marcia Turner, Miss America (Mass-Top 10-1996), born in Cambridge, Massachusetts
  • May 17 Sendhil Ramamurthy, American actor
  • May 22 Sean Gunn, American actor
  • May 22 A. J. Langer, American actress
  • May 23 Kimber West, playmate (Feb 1997), born in Atlanta, Georgia
  • May 24 Will Sasso, Canadian actor and comedian
  • May 28 Alicia Minshew, American actress
  • May 29 Myf Warhurst, Australian radio presenter on Triple J and TV personality on Spicks and Specks
  • Jun 3 Alison McCreary, Florence Alabama, Miss America (Alabama-4th-1997)
  • Jun 3 Arianne Zuker, American actress
  • Jun 4 Lyndsay Kahler, Orange California, Miss America-California (1997)
  • Jun 5 Chad Allen [Lazzari], American actor (David-Our House, St Elsewhere), born in Cerritos, California
  • Jun 6 Danny Strong, American actor
  • Jun 6 Sonya Walger, British actress
  • Jun 13 Steve-O, American television personality
  • Jun 13 Brande Roderick, American actress
  • Jun 13 Takahiro Sakurai, Japanese voice actor
  • Jun 14 Jang Jin-young, South Korean actress

Weddings in Film & TV

  • Jan 31 "The Outlaw" actress Jane Russell (52) weds real-estate broker John Calvin People (45) in Santa Barbara, California

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 12 "Coal Miner's Daughter" actress Sissy Spacek weds art director Jack Fisk

Actress Sissy Spacek
Actress
Sissy Spacek
  • Jun 5 "Sly and the Family Stone" frontman Sly Stone (31) weds model-actress Kathy Silva at Madison Square Garden

HeartWedding of Interest

Jun 7 Actor Richard Harris (43) weds actress Ann Turkel (27)

Actor and Singer Richard Harris
Actor and Singer
Richard Harris

HeartWedding of Interest

Aug 7 Actress Faye Dunaway weds Peter Wolf of J. Geils Band

Actress Faye Dunaway
Actress
Faye Dunaway

HeartWedding of Interest

Sep 14 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (41) weds actress Peggy Lipton (28) in Los Angeles, California

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

May 6 Actress Maggie Smith (39) divorces actor Robert Stephens (42) after 6 years of marriage

Actress Maggie Smith
Actress
Maggie Smith

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jun 26 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 5th divorce from actor Richard Burton

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Sep 13 Singer-composer Quincy Jones Jr (28) divorces actress Ulla Andersson (41) after 5 years of marriage

Composer & Singer Quincy Jones Jr
Composer & Singer
Quincy Jones Jr

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Oct 10 Actress Elizabeth Montgomery (41) divorces director-producer William Asher (53) after 11 years of marriage


Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 3 Gino Cervi, Italian actor (Les Miserables, Naked Maja), dies at 72
  • Jan 22 Leon Lontoc, actor (Henry-Burke's Law), dies at 64
  • Jan 31 Glenn Morris, olympian/actor (Tarzan's Revenge), dies at 61
  • Jan 31 Harry Baum, actor (Crime & Punishment), dies at 58
  • Jan 31 Roger Pryor, American actor (Lady by Choice, Belle of the Nineties, Identity Unknown), dies at 72
  • Jan 31 Glen Morris, American Olympic track and field champion (Olympic gold, 1936) and actor (Tarzan, Hold That Co-ed), dies of congestive heart failure at 61
  • Feb 7 Arline Judge, American actress (Girls in Chains, Mad Wednesday, Age of Consent), dies at 61
  • Feb 8 Fern Andra [Vernal Andrews], American actress who worked in German silent cinema, dies at 80
  • Feb 11 Anna Q Nilsson, actress (Toll Gate, Sorrell & Son), dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Florence Rice, American actress (Fast Company, Double Wedding, Riding on Air), dies from lung cancer at 67
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady [Robert Ellsworth O'Brady], American actor (The Roy Rodgers Show, Man from Music Mountain), dies at 57
  • Mar 2 Barbara Ruick, American actress and singer (Jerry Colonna Show), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 43
  • Mar 3 Barbara Ruick, actress (Carousel, Fearless Fagan), dies at 43
  • Mar 3 Frank Wilcox, American actor (Beverly Hillbillies), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Mar 5 Billy Dewolfe, American character actor (Good Morning World), dies of lung cancer at 67
  • Mar 5 Billy De Wolfe, American actor (b. 1907)
  • Mar 7 Alberto Rabagliati, Italian singer and actor (b. 1906)
  • Mar 8 Willem "Wim" Sonneveld, Dutch singer considered one of the 'Great Three' of Dutch cabaret (My Fair Lady), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Mar 10 June Harrison, actress (Land of the Lawless), dies at 48
  • Mar 13 Howard St John, American actor (Investigator, Dr Lewis-Hank), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Mar 13 Janos Prohaska, actor (Andy Williams Show), dies at 52
  • Mar 18 David C Imboden, actor (King of Kings), dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Edward Platt, actor (Chief-Get Smart), dies at 58
  • Mar 20 Chet Huntley, newscaster (NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report), dies at 62
  • Mar 21 Candy Darling [James Slattery], American transgender actress (Flesh, Women in Revolt), dies at 29
  • Mar 25 Otto Waldis, Austrian actor (Unknown World, Whip Hand), dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Francoise Rosay, actress (Interlude, Women in Prison), dies at 82
  • Mar 29 Andrea Checchi, Italian actor (The Lady Without Camelias, Two Anonymous Letters), dies of periarthritis at 57
  • Mar 31 Andrea Checci, actress (2 Women, Assassin, Black Sunday), dies at 57
  • Apr 2 Douglass Dumbrille, Canadian actor (Mr Deed Goes to Town), dies at 84
  • Apr 5 William Hudson, actor (I Led 3 Lives), dies at 49
  • Apr 11 Charles Curtis "Curt" Conway, American actor (Raw Deal, The Twilight Zone), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 12 Carl Jaffe, German actor (1st Man in Space, Escapement), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Stanley Smith, American actor (Honey, King of Jazz, Soup to Nuts), dies at 71
  • Apr 17 Frank McGee, American news anchor (NBC Evening News), dies of cancer at 52
  • Apr 18 Betty Compson, actress (Barker, Weary River, Drag Net), dies at 77
  • Apr 24 Bud Abbott, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 78
  • Apr 28 Paul Page, American actor (Girl From Havana, Moth), dies at 70

Person of interestAgnes Moorehead

Apr 30 Agnes Moorehead, American actress (Endora in Bewitched), dies of uterine cancer at 73

  • May 4 John Wengraf, Austrian actor (12 to the Moon, Pride & Passion), dies at 77
  • May 17 Charles Braswell, actor (Only Game in Town), dies at 49
  • May 25 Donald Crisp, British actor and director (How Green Was My Valley, Pollyana), dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Elliott Sullivan, American actor (The Persuaders!, Fury Below, Sergeant), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Jun 6 Blanche Yurka, actress (Tale of 2 Cities, Cry of Werewolf), dies at 86
  • Jun 9 Phillip Tead, American actor (The Front Page, Lightnin', Fighting Blade), dies at 80
  • Jun 16 Mauritz Hugo, Swedish actor (Atomic Blonde, Death Valley Gunfighter), dies from heart disease at 65
  • Jun 17 Pamela Britton, actress (Blondie, My Favorite Martian), dies at 50
  • Jun 28 Frank Sutton, American actor (Marty, Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Jul 19 Joseph "Joe" Flynn, American character actor (McHale's Navy, Batman), dies of a heart attack while swimming at 59
  • Jul 20 Allen Jenkins, American actor (Hey Jeannie, Top Cop, Girl Habit), dies at 74
  • Jul 22 Edna Lewis Thomas, US actress (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 88
  • Jul 22 Lili Darvas, Hungarian actress (Szerelem, Cimmaron), dies at 68
  • Jul 23 Mary Forbes, actress (Nun-Les Miserables, Ivy), dies at 90
  • Jul 24 Chris Chubbock, newscaster, shoots self on air
  • Jul 24 Ernest Milton, actor (Julius Caesar, Cat Girl), dies at 84
  • Jul 28 Truman Bradley, TV host (Science Fiction Theater), dies at 69
  • Aug 3 Almira Sessions, actress (Oklahoma Annie), dies at 85
  • Aug 10 Ilona Massey, actress/singer (Ilona Massey Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 10 Ivor Dean, British actor (Theatre of Death), dies at 57
  • Aug 10 Pedro Regas, Greek stage actor (Only Angels Have Wings, Pat Paulsen's Half a Comedy Hour), dies at 77
  • Aug 15 Edmund Cobb, Mexican western actor (Motorcycle Gang, Comanche Territory), dies at 82
  • Aug 17 Edgar Dearing, American actor (Pollyanna, Abraham Lincoln, Free & Easy), dies at 81
  • Aug 20 Ilona Massey, actress (Love HAppy, Holiday in Mexico), dies at 62
  • Aug 22 Jacob Bronowski, Polish-born British mathematician and science writer best known as the presenter of the BBC television series, The Ascent of Man, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Sep 6 Olga Baclanova, actress (Freaks, Docks of NY), dies at 75
  • Sep 6 Otto Kruger, American actor (Lux Video Theater), dies on 89th birthday
  • Sep 14 Vera Vague [Barbara Jo Allen], American actress (Sleeping Beauty, Follow the Leader), dies at 66
  • Sep 14 Warren Hull, American actor (Strike it Rich, Who in the World), dies from heart failure at 71
  • Sep 18 Edna Best, actress (Key, Calendar, Escape), dies at 74
  • Sep 19 Eve March, actress (Adam's Rib, Danny Boy), dies at 63
  • Sep 20 Carlyle Blackwell Jr, American actor (The Pilgrim Lady, The Triumph of the Rat), dies at 71
  • Sep 21 Walter Brennan, American actor (Real McCoys, At Gun Point), dies at 80
  • Sep 23 Cliff Arquette, American comedian (Charlie Weaver), dies at 68
  • Sep 28 Raymond Largay, American actor (April in Paris, Variety Girl), dies at 88

Person of interestOskar Schindler

Oct 9 Oskar Schindler, Austrian businessman and subject of the novel "Schindler's Ark" and the film "Schindler's List", dies at 66

Industrialist Oskar Schindler
Industrialist
Oskar Schindler
  • Oct 13 Ed Sullivan, TV host (Ed Sullivan Show, Toast of the Town), dies at 73
  • Nov 1 Ralf Harolde, American actor (Framed, Smart Money, Tip-off), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Stafford Repp, American actor (Playhouse 90, Batman, Plunder Road), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Nov 7 Rodolfo Acosta, Mexican-American character actor (Salón México, The Fugitive, Littlest Outlaw), dies of cancer at 54
  • Nov 11 Jane Ace, comedian (Easy Aces), dies at 74
  • Nov 12 Charles Quinlivan, American actor (Seven Guns to Mesa, Mr. Garlund), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Nov 13 Vittorio de Sica, Italian actor and director (Bicycle Thieves, Sciuscià), dies at 73
  • Nov 14 Johnny Mack Brown, American actor (Lawman is Born, Back Trail), dies from a cardiac condition at 70
  • Nov 15 James Morrison, American actor (Wine of Youth, Little Detectives), dies on his birthday at 86
  • Nov 17 Clive Brook, British actor and director (List of Adrian Messenger, On Approval), dies at 87
  • Nov 25 Rosemary Lane, American actress (An Angel from Texas, 4 Mothers, Harvest Melody), dies from diabetes and pulmonary obstruction at 61
  • Nov 30 Bert Gordon [Barney Gorodetsky], American comedian, dies at 79
  • Dec 4 Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
  • Dec 5 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), dies at 77
  • Dec 5 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), dies from hepatitis at 60
  • Dec 10 Paul Richards, American actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies of cancer at 50
  • Dec 11 Reed Hadley, American actor (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Racket Squad, Shock, Grand Canyon), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Dec 13 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • Dec 15 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), dies at 72
  • Dec 21 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), dies at 47
  • Dec 22 Fosco Giachetti, Italian actor (Wastrel, We the Living), dies at 74
  • Dec 24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • Dec 27 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76