1976 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Jan 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

  • Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Feb 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Feb 2 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV

Film release premierFilm Release

Feb 8 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Jodie Foster
Actress
Jodie Foster

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

Film release premierFilm Release

Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 20 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Apr 22 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

  • May 28 29th Cannes Film Festival: "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 7 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres
  • Jun 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Jun 12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jun 24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • Jul 12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • Jul 21 9th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 22 "Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith debuts

  • Sep 27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC
  • Sep 29 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 24 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film "Rush")

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

Film release premierFilm Premier

Nov 21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 18 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC

Birthdays in Film & TV

Birthdays 1 - 100 of 229

  • Jan 1 Georgina Chapman, British fashion designer and actress

Person of interestChai Jing

Jan 1 Chai Jing, Chinese broadcaster, author and documentary maker (Under the Dome), born in Linfen, Shanxi Province

Journalist and Environmental Activist Chai Jing
Journalist and Environmental Activist
Chai Jing
  • Jan 2 Mahée Paiement, Canadian actress
  • Jan 2 Paz Vega, Spanish actress
  • Jan 3 Alisen Down, Canadian actress
  • Jan 3 Dinara Drukarova, Russian actress
  • Jan 3 Nicholas Gonzalez, American actor
  • Jan 6 Danny Pintauro, Milltown NJ, actor (Jonathan-Who's the Boss)
  • Jan 8 Jenny Lewis, actress (Becky-Life With Lucy), born in Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Jan 9 Todd Grisham, American professional wrestling interviewer
  • Jan 12 Miki Nakatani, Japanese actress and singer
  • Jan 13 Michael Peña, American actor
  • Jan 15 Dorian Missick, American actor
  • Jan 16 Trisha Stillwell, Miss USA-Oklahoma (1997, top 10)
  • Jan 21 Amanda Little, Miss USA-Texas (1997, top 6)
  • Jan 21 Lynn Thomas, playmate (May 1997), born in Newport News, Virginia
  • Jan 22 Balthazar Getty, American actor (Young Guns 2, Lord of the Flies), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Jan 23 Angelica Lee, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 23 Nigel McGuinness, English professional wrestler
  • Jan 26 Frankie Rayder, American model
  • Jan 27 Clint Ford, American voice actor
  • Jan 27 Ruby Lin, Taiwanese actress and singer
  • Jan 28 Lee Ingleby, British actor
  • Jan 28 Emiko Kado, Japanese professional wrestler (d. 1999)
  • Jan 29 Ilmira Shamsutdinova, Miss Universe-Russia/best costume (1996)
  • Jan 29 Charles Divins, American model and actor
  • Jan 30 Andy Milonakis, American comedian
  • Feb 2 Lori Beth Denberg, American actress

Person of interestIsla Fisher

Feb 3 Isla Fisher, Australian actress (Arrested Development, The Great Gatsby), born in Muscat, Oman

Actress Isla Fisher
Actress
Isla Fisher
  • Feb 5 Tony Jaa, Thai actor and martial artist, born in Surin, Thailand
  • Feb 5 Abhishek Bachchan, Indian actor
  • Feb 9 Charlie Day, American actor
  • Feb 10 Keeley Hawes, British actress, born in Marylebone, United Kingdom
  • Feb 11 Brice Beckham, US actor (Wesley-Mr Belvedare), born in Long Beach, California
  • Feb 11 André Wickström, Finland-Swedish comedian and actor, born in Sipoo, Finland
  • Feb 12 Christopher Pettiet, US actor (Young Riders), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 12 Anna Benson, US model, born in Mableton, United States
  • Feb 12 Silvia Saint, Czech actress, born in Kyjov, Czech Republic
  • Feb 16 Joe Odagiri, Japanese actor
  • Feb 17 Kelly Carlson, American actress
  • Feb 20 Gail Kim, Canadian professional wrestler
  • Feb 23 Kelly Macdonald, Scottish actress, born in Glasgow, United Kingdom
  • Feb 24 Crista Flanagan, American television comedian
  • Feb 25 Rashida Jones, American actress (Parks and Recreation), writer, model, and musician, born in Los Angeles, California
  • Feb 28 Ali Larter, American actress and model
  • Feb 28 Guillaume Lemay-Thivierge, Canadian actor

Person of interestJa Rule

Feb 29 Ja Rule, American rapper (Between Me and You, Always on Time) and actor, born in NYC, New York

Rapper Ja Rule
Rapper
Ja Rule
  • Feb 29 Emma Barton, English actress
  • Mar 4 Sean Covel, American film producer
  • Mar 5 Katerina Matziou, Greek actress
  • Mar 6 Ken Anderson, American professional wrestler
  • Mar 8 Freddie Prinze Jr, actor (I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Mar 9 Ben Mulroney, Canadian television host, born in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Mar 10 Haifa Wehbe, Lebanese actress, model and singer
  • Mar 12 Zhao Wei, Chinese actress
  • Mar 13 Danny Masterson, American actor (That '70s Show), born in Long Island, New York
  • Mar 15 Cara Pifko, Canadian actress
  • Mar 16 Paul Schneider, American actor
  • Mar 16 Nick Spano, American actor
  • Mar 17 Brittany Daniel, American actress
  • Mar 17 Cynthia Daniel, American actress and photographer
  • Mar 18 Michael Spillane, American wrestler, better known as Mike Quackenbush
  • Mar 18 Giovanna Antonelli, Brazilian actress
  • Mar 19 Rachel Blanchard, actress (Cher Horowitz-Clueless), born in Toronto, Ontario
  • Mar 22 Kellie Shanygne Williams, actress (Laura-Family Matters), born in Washington, D.C.

Person of interestReese Witherspoon

Mar 22 Reese Witherspoon, American actress (Pleasantville, Legally Blonde, Sweet Home Alabama), born in New Orleans, Louisiana

  • Mar 23 Keri Russell, American actress (Felicity, The Americans), born in Fountain Valley, California
  • Mar 25 Cha Tae-hyun, South Korean actor
  • Mar 26 Amy Smart, American actress
  • Mar 26 Natalia Livingston, American actress
  • Mar 26 Nurgül Yeşilçay, Turkish actress
  • Mar 31 Amanda Moody, Orem Utah, Miss America-Utah (1996)
  • Mar 31 Josh Saviano, actor (Paul Pfeiffer-Wonder Years)
  • Apr 1 David Oyelowo, English-Nigerian actor
  • Apr 3 Will Mellor, English actor (Hollyoaks), born in Bredbury, Greater Manchester
  • Apr 5 Sterling K. Brown, American actor (The People v. O. J. Simpson, This is Us), born in St. Louis, Missouri
  • Apr 6 Candace H Cameron Bure, actress (DJ Tanner-Full House)
  • Apr 7 Kevin Alejandro, American actor

Person of interestJonathan Brandis

Apr 13 Jonathan Brandis, American actor (Lucas Wolenczak-seaQuest DSV), born in Danbury, Connecticut (d. 2003)

  • Apr 13 Valentina Cervi, Italian actress
  • Apr 13 Yu Ji-tae, South Korean actor
  • Apr 15 Susan Ward, American actress
  • Apr 16 Lukas Haas, American actor and musician (Witness, Inception), born in Los Angeles, California
  • Apr 16 Shu Qi, Taiwanese actress, born in Taiwan
  • Apr 17 Monet Mazur, American actress and musician
  • Apr 17 Alex Nesic, American actor

Person of interestMelissa Joan Hart

Apr 18 Melissa Joan Hart, american actress (Clarissa, Sabrina), born in Smithtown, New York

  • Apr 20 Joey Lawrence, American actor (Gimme a Break, Blossom, Summer Rental), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • Apr 24 Shane McDermott, American actor (Garrett Booth-Swan's Crossing), born in Middletown, New York
  • Apr 27 Sally Hawkins, English film actress (The Shape of Water), born in London, England
  • May 1 Darius McCrary, actor (Edward Winslow-Family Matters)
  • May 4 Heather Kozar, playmate (Jan, 1998), born in Akron, Ohio
  • May 5 Sage Stallone, Sylvester's son/actor (Rocky V)
  • May 12 Matthew P Newmark, actor (Joseph Carroll-Guns of Paradise)
  • May 14 Martine McCutcheon, British actress
  • May 23 Kelly Marie Monaco, playmate (April, 1997), born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
  • May 23 Melanie Joyce Bell, Miss America-New Jersey (1997), born in Vernon, New Jersey
  • May 25 Cillian Murphy, Irish actor
  • May 25 Ethan Suplee, American actor
  • May 26 Benji Gregory, Encino California, actor (Brian Tanner-Alf)

Weddings in Film & TV


HeartWedding of Interest

Jan 23 Actor Sidney Poitier (48) weds actress Joanna Shimkus

HeartWedding of Interest

Feb 2 Actress Gloria Swanson (76) weds writer William Dufty (60)

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 The Washington Post reporter Carl Bernstein (32) weds writer and director Nora Ephron (34) at a civil ceremony in Manhattan

Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein

HeartWedding of Interest

Apr 14 Actress Doris Day (54) weds restaurateur Barry Comden

Singer and Actress Doris Day
Singer and Actress
Doris Day
  • Jun 25 Actor Peter Lawford (52) weds aspiring actress Deborah Gould (25)

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer Andy Gibb (18) weds Kim Reeder in Australia

Singer and TV Host Andy Gibb
Singer and TV Host
Andy Gibb

HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 11 Singer and actor Frank Sinatra (60) marries 4th wife Barbara Marx (45)

Singer and Actor Frank Sinatra
Singer and Actor
Frank Sinatra

HeartWedding of Interest

Dec 4 Actress Elizabeth Taylor (44) marries for the 7th time to politician John Warner (49)


Divorces in Film & TV


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Aug 1 Actress Elizabeth Taylor's 6th divorce from actor Richard Burton (their 2nd divorce together)

Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Nov 24 Singer-songwriter Donna Summer (27) divorces actor Helmuth Sommer after 5 years of marriage

Singer Donna Summer
Singer
Donna Summer

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Jan 4 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • Jan 13 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53
  • Jan 18 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Kevin Coughlin, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in hit-&-run at 30
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (Passport to Pimlico, Tot Coq), dies at 62
  • Jan 29 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Feb 2 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drum, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), dies from bowel cancer at 69
  • Feb 11 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • Feb 11 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • Feb 11 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Feb 12 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • Feb 13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • Feb 17 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), dies from heart failure at 65
  • Feb 18 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Joseph Henabery, actor and director (Cobra), dies at 88
  • Feb 21 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Angela Baddeley, actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
  • Feb 23 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), dies at 74
  • Feb 24 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
  • Feb 24 Julian Rivero, actor (Via Pony Express), dies at 85
  • Mar 6 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • Mar 19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Michael Goodliffe, British actor (A Night to Remember, Cromwell, 5th Day of Peace), commits suicide at 61
  • Mar 24 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66
  • Mar 26 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • Mar 30 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • Apr 2 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), dies at 74

Person of interestHoward Hughes

Apr 5 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Apr 7 Mary Margaret McBride, TV hostess (Mary Margaret McBride), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • Apr 12 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 Maude Prickett, actress (Rosie-Hazel), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), dies from a ruptured aorta at 69
  • Apr 23 Ronald Radd, actor (King Lear, Up Jumped a Swagman), dies at 47
  • Apr 23 Shimen Ruskin, Polish actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • Apr 26 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • Apr 26 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • May 1 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • May 3 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 27 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • Jun 1 Pieter Balledux, actor/stage manager/resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • Jun 2 Alan Dewitt, actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
  • Jun 5 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)
  • Jun 6 Victor Varconi, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings), dies at 85
  • Jun 9 Sybil Thorndike, actress (Melba, Major Barbara), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian/US fur trader/movie producer, dies at 103
  • Jun 28 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Jul 2 Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), dies at 58
  • Jul 7 Norman Foster, American actor (Skyscraper Souls), dies at 75
  • Jul 12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • Jul 19 Gene Roth [Eugene Stutenroth], American actor (She Demons, Tormented, The Spider), dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Lucie Mannheim, actress (39 Steps), dies at 77
  • Aug 7 Cecil Weston, South African-born actress (Dude Ranch, Huckleberry Finn), dies at 86
  • Aug 10 Ray "Crash" Corrigan, American actor (Crash Corrigan's Ranch), dies at 74
  • Aug 17 Murvyn Vye [Marvin], American actor (Road to Bali, Bob Cummings Show), dies of natural causes at 63
  • Aug 17 William Redfield, American actor (Jimmy Hughes Rookie Cop, Marriage), dies of leukaemia at 49
  • Aug 19 Alastair Sim, Scottish actor (Christmas Carol, Green for Danger), dies at 75
  • Aug 20 Phyllis Konstam, actress (Murder, Skin Game), dies at 69
  • Aug 26 Warner Anderson, American actor (The Bubble, Destination Moon, Peyton Place), dies at 65
  • Aug 29 Anissa Jones, actress (Buffy, Family Affair), ODs at 18
  • Sep 10 Dorothy Devore, actress (Newscast, Senor Daredevil), dies at 77
  • Sep 10 George Baxter, French actor (Flying Saucer, Lili, Caged), dies at 71
  • Sep 13 Albert Tessier, French Canadian priest, historian and filmmaker (b. 1895)
  • Sep 20 Johan Boskamp, opera singer/actor, dies at 83
  • Sep 24 Bruno VeSota, American character actor and director (They Stand Accused, Chopper, Teenage Doll, Wild Rovers), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • Sep 24 Romney Brent, Mexican-American actor and writer (Dinner at the Ritz), dies at 74
  • Oct 4 Alexander Gray, American actor (Sally, This is Music), dies at 85
  • Oct 5 Barbara Nichols, actress (Pajama Game, Loved One), dies at 46
  • Oct 11 Connie Boswell, actress (Artists & Models), dies at 68
  • Oct 14 Edith Evans, English actress (Tom Jones, Scrooge, Chalk Garden), dies at 88
  • Oct 31 Linda Watkins, actress (From Hell it Came, Harpy), dies at 68
  • Nov 1 Oscar Beregi Jr, Hungarian actor (Young Frankenstein, Panic in City), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Nov 9 Billy Halop [William Halop Cohen], American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces, All in the Family), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Nov 15 Jean Gabin, French actor (Moulin Rouge, La Grande Illusion), dies at 72
  • Nov 21 Niles Welch, American actor (Cornered), dies at 88
  • Nov 22 Rupert Davies, actor (Zeppelin, Oblong Box), dies at 59
  • Nov 28 Rosalind Russell, actress (Mame), dies of cancer at 68
  • Nov 29 Godfrey Cambridge, actor (Watermelon Man), dies at 43
  • Nov 29 Judith Lowry, actress (Effect of Gamma Rays ...), dies at 86
  • Nov 30 Fritz Rasp, actor (Diary of a Lost Girl), dies at 85
  • Dec 2 William Tannen, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Sitting Bull), dies at 65
  • Dec 3 Mary Nash, actress (Philadelphia Story, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies at 91
  • Dec 9 Nino Martini, Italian actor (The Gay Desperado, Here's to Romance), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Dec 12 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She, The Eiger Sanction), dies in a fire at 49
  • Dec 20 Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • Dec 23 Frank Forest, actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies
  • Dec 24 Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • Dec 25 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), dies of a heart attack at 58