On This Day

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 "Amos" Gosden, US radio actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 83
  • 1982 Roy Webb, American film score composer (films of Val Lewton), dies at 94
  • 1982 Freeman Gosden, American writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show, Calvin and the Colonel), dies at 83
  • 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, director/writer (Little Wars, Veiled Man), dies at 42
  • 1996 Faron Young, American country 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

Person of interestRichard Pryor

2005 Richard Pryor, American comedian and actor (Lady Sings the Blues, Stir Crazy), dies aged 65

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