On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on December 15

Person of interestCharles Laughton

1962 Charles Laughton, English actor (Hunchback of Notre Dame), dies at 63

Person of interestWalt Disney

1966 Walt [Walter Elias] Disney, American animator and producer (co-founder of Walt Disney Co), dies of lung cancer at 65

Animator Walt Disney
Walt Disney
  • 1972 Edward Earle, Canadian actor (Charlie Chan-Meeting at Midnight), dies at 90
  • 1974 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), dies at 72
  • 1978 Chill Wills, American actor (Frontier Circus, Rounders), dies at 75
  • 1979 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • 1984 Jan Peerce [Jacob Pincus Perelmuth], American tenor (NBC Symphony, 1938-55; NY Metropolitan Opera, 1941-67; "Bluebird of Happiness"), dies at 80
  • 1984 Lennard Pearce, British actor (Only Fools and Horses....), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • 1989 Arnold Moss, American actor (Loves of Carmen, Kim, Quebec, Viva Zapata), dies at 79
  • 1989 Edward Underdown, British actor (Beat the Devil, Thunderball), dies at 81
  • 1990 Betty Warren actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies
  • 1990 Jean Paige, actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies
  • 1991 Ray Smith, British actor (And Then You Die), dies at 55
  • 1995 Charles Fletcher, British pioneering physician and TV presenter (wrote the 1st report into the dangers of smoking), dies at 84
  • 2001 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of heart attack at 27
  • 2006 Henny Alma [Hendrika den Broek], Dutch actress (Soldier of Orange), dies at 83
  • 2007 John Berg, American actor (Star Trek: Nemesis), takes his own life at 58
  • 2010 Blake Edwards, American writer and director (10, SOB, Breakfast at Tiffany's), dies at 88

Person of interestJoan Fontaine

2013 Joan Fontaine, British-American actress, dies of natural causes at 96

Actress Joan Fontaine
Joan Fontaine
  • 2015 Ken Pogue, Canadian actor (Adderly, Katts and Dog), dies of cancer at 81
  • 2017 Heinz Wolff, German-born British scientist and TV/ radio presenter (BBC series "The Great Egg Race"), dies from heart failure at 89