December 2016 in Film & Television

Events in Film & TV

  • Dec 10 "Rogue One", 1st of the Star Wars Anthology films, directed by Gareth Edwards and starring Felicity Jones, premieres in Los Angeles

Music Concert

Dec 14 Rock for the Rainforest benefit concert held at Carnegie Hall, NYC; performers include: Sting, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, Ronnie Spector, Idina Menzal, Darlene Love, and Jennifer Nettles

Film Premiere

Dec 21 Indian sports drama film "Dangal" directed by Nitesh Tiwari and starring Aamir Khan, Fatima Sana Shaikh and Sanya Malhotra premieres - first Indian film to earn $300 million worldwide


Weddings in Film & TV

  • Dec 10 Actress Troian Bellisario (31) weds actor and director Patrick J. Adams (35) in Santa Barbara, California

Deaths in Film & TV

  • Dec 4 Margaret Whitton, American actress (Good & Evil, Major League), dies of cancer at 67
  • Dec 5 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Dec 6 Peter Vaughan, British actor (Porridge, Game of Thrones), dies at 93
  • Dec 8 Joseph Mascolo, American actor (Days of Our Lives), dies at 87
  • Dec 13 Alan Thicke, Canadian actor (Growing Pains), host (Thicke of the Night), and theme song composer (Diff'rent Strokes; The Facts of Life), dies of an aortic dissection at 69
  • Dec 18 China Machado, Chinese-born model, 1st non-Caucasian super model, dies at 86

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor (1917-2016)

Dec 18 Hungarian-born American actress (Queen of Outer Space), dies at 99

  • Dec 20 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96
  • Dec 24 Liz Smith [Betty Gleadle] British BAFTA Award-winning character actress (A Private Function; 2point4 Children -"Belle" and "Bette"), dies at 95
  • Dec 26 George S. Irving [Shelasky], American broadway singer and actor (Dumplings), dies at 94

Carrie FisherCarrie Fisher (1956-2016)

Dec 27 American actress (Princess Leia in Star Wars, When Harry Met Sally...) and writer (Postcards from the Edge), dies at 60 four days after suffering a heart attack on a flight from London to Los Angeles

Debbie ReynoldsDebbie Reynolds (1932-2016)

Dec 28 American actress and singer (Singin' In The Rain -"Kathy Selden"; The Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies of a stroke at 84 one day after her daughter Carrie Fisher passed away

  • Dec 31 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (M*A*S*H & AfterMASH - "Father Mulcahy"), dies at 84