Deaths in Film & TV on December 13

  • 1940 George Regas, Greek actor (The Mark of Zorro), dies at 50
  • 1944 Lupe Vélez, Mexican actress (Joe Palooka; Mexican Spitfire), intentionally overdoses on barbiturate Seconal at 34
  • 1958 Brand Dirck Ochse, Dutch filmmaker and co-founder (Polygoon), dies at 66
  • 1958 Tim Moore, American actor (Amos 'n' Andy), dies at 71
  • 1963 Stan Jones, American singer-songwriter ("Ghost Riders in the Sky"), and actor (Rio Grande; Ten Who Dared), dies of cancer at 49
  • 1966 Charles Watts, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer
  • 1969 Spencer Williams, American director, writer and actor (The Amos 'n' Andy Show), dies at 76
  • 1974 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • 1975 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), dies at 88
  • 1979 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • 1981 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • 1983 Leora Dana, American actress (3:10 to Yuma, Pollyanna), dies at 60
  • 1986 Heather Angel, British-American actress (Night in Montmartre; The Informer; The Last of the Mohicans; Lifeboat), dies of cancer at 77
  • 1994 Norman Beaton, Guyanese actor (Eureka, Black Joy, Mighty Quinn), dies at 60
  • 1996 Edward Blishen, English author (The God Beneath the Sea), dies at 76
  • 1998 Lew Grade, British TV mogul (ATV), movie producer (Boys from Brazil), dies at 91
  • 2006 Keith Larsen, American actor (Hunter, Brave Eagle), dies at 82
  • 2007 Floyd Red Crow Westerman, American actor (b. 1936)
  • 2008 Horst Tappert, German director, actor and former SS member (Derrick), dies of diabetes at 85
  • 2008 Kathy Staff [Minnie Higginbottom], British actress (Mary Reilly, Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours), dies from a brain tumour at 80
  • 2016 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
  • 2019 Yasuhiro Takai, Japanese baseball first baseman, designated hitter and broadcaster (NPB record 27 career pinch-hit home runs; Hankyu Braves), dies of kidney failure at 74
  • 2022 tWitch [Stephen Boss], American television personality, dancer, DJ, and producer (The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 2014-22), takes his own life at 40 [1]