Deaths in Film & TV on December 12

  • 1872 Edwin Forrest, American actor and philanthropist, dies at 66
  • 1937 Alfred Abel, actor (Dr Mabuse, Metropolis), dies at 57

Douglas FairbanksDouglas Fairbanks (1883-1939)

American actor (The Mark of Zorro, 3 Musketeers, Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 56

  • 1946 Ben Carter, American actor (Crash Dive; Dark Alibi; Maryland), casting agent, and civil rights activist, dies from diphtheria at 36
  • 1959 Russell Simpson, American actor (San Francisco, Abraham Lincoln), dies at 82
  • 1962 Leo "Syd" Sailor, American actor (Arizona Days, Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1963 Yasujiro Ozu, Japanese film director (b. 1903)
  • 1965 Johnny Lee, American actor (Song of the South, The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies from a heart attack at 67
  • 1968 Tallulah Bankhead, American stage and film actress (Lifeboat, They Knew What They Wanted), dies of pneumonia at 65
  • 1971 David Sarnoff, American radio and television pioneer (RCA, NBC), dies at 80
  • 1971 Frank Wolff, actor (Erotic Illusion, Last Gun), commits suicide at 43
  • 1976 John "Jack" Cassidy, American singer and actor (Oscar-He & She; The Eiger Sanction), dies in an apartment fire at 49
  • 1978 Fay Compton, actress (Othello), dies at 74
  • 1985 Anne Baxter, American actress (The Razor's Edge; All About Eve), and singer, dies of a stroke at 62
  • 1987 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • 1991 Eleanor Boardman, actor (Crowd), dies in at 93
  • 1993 Jeremiah Sullivan, actor (Soldier, Double-Stop), dies of AIDS at 58
  • 1995 Andrew Olle, broadcaster, dies at 48
  • 1996 Larry Gates, American actor (Guiding Light, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Body Snatchers), dies of leukemia at 81
  • 2000 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • 2001 Jean Richard, French actor (b. 1921)
  • 2002 Brad Dexter [Boris Milanovich], American actor (Macao, The Magnificent Seven), dies of emphysema at 85
  • 2005 Annette Vadim, Danish actress (b. 1936)
  • 2005 Robert F. Newmyer, American film producer (b. 1946)
  • 2006 Annette Strøyberg, Danish actress (Les Liaisons dangereuses (1959)), dies of cancer at 69

Peter BoylePeter Boyle (1935-2006)

American actor (Joe, Candidate, Everybody Loves Raymond), dies of multiple myeloma at 71

  • 2008 (Charles) Van Johnson, American actor (in A Guy Named Joe; Brigadoon) always wore red socks, dies at 92
  • 2013 Audrey Totter, American actress (Carpetbaggers, Set-Up, The Unsuspected), dies from a stroke at 95
  • 2013 Tom Laughlin, American actor and director (Billy Jack), dies of complications from pneumonia at 82
  • 2014 Norman Bridwell, American author and cartoonist (Clifford the Big Red Dog), dies at 86
  • 2019 Danny Aiello, American stage and screen actor (Moonstruck; Do The Right Thing; Broadway Danny Rose), and singer dies at 86
  • 2020 Ann Reinking, American dancer and actress (All the Jazz, Micki & Maude), dies at 71 [1]
  • 2021 Vicente Fernández, Mexican Grammy Award-winning singer, known as "El Rey de la Música Ranchera" (The King of Ranchera Music), actor, and film producer, dies at 81