Deaths in Film & TV on December 10

  • 1875 Otogaki Rengetsu, zen nun/benefactress of Tessai, dies at about 84
  • 1959 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40
  • 1968 Patsy Moran, actress (Children of the Wild), dies at 65
  • 1973 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • 1974 Paul Richards, American actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies of cancer at 50
  • 1978 Ed Wood, American filmmaker and director (Plan 9 from Outer Space), dies of heart failure at 54
  • 1979 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • 1981 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • 1982 Freeman Gosden, American radio and television writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show; Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1983 Dorothy Cummings, actress (Dancing Mothers), dies at 84
  • 1983 Patrick O'Moore, actor (Jungle Gents), dies at 74
  • 1986 Susan Cabot, American actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), is killed by her son following a psychotic episode at 59
  • 1988 Dick Clair, American comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • 1988 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), dies at 55
  • 1993 Maroun Bagdadi, Lebanese film director (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies in an accident at 43
  • 1995 Darren Robinson [Human Beatbox], American rapper and actor (Fat Boys-Jail House Rock), dies of a heart attack at 28
  • 1996 Faron Young, American country and honky-tonk singer ("Hello Walls"; "It's Four in the Morning"), and actor (Hidden Guns; Daniel Boone, Trailblazer), commits suicide at 64
  • 1997 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • 1999 Lex Goudsmit, Dutch actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Thomas en Senior op het spoor van Brute Berend), dies at 86
  • 1999 Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b. 1947)
  • 2000 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • 2001 Ashok Kumar [Dadamoni, Kumudlal Kunjilal Ganguly], Indian actor (Mahal, Afsana), dies from chronic asthma at 90
  • 2003 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79

Richard PryorRichard Pryor (1940-2005)

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

  • 2013 Rossana Podestà, Italian actress, dies at 79
  • 2020 Barbara Windsor, British actress and Dame (Carry On films, EastEnders). dies at 83