Deaths in Film & TV on December 15

Charles LaughtonCharles Laughton (1899-1962)

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

Walt DisneyWalt Disney (1901-1966)

American animator (Mickey Mouse), producer and co-founder of Walt Disney Co., dies of lung cancer at 65

  • 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, American 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, British actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies at 83
  • 1990 Jean Paige, American silent film actress (Capt Blood; Black Beauty), dies at 95
  • 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
  • 1999 George Elrick, Scottish-British singer ("I Like Bananas Because They Have No Bones"), and broadcaster known as 'The Smiling Voice of Radio' (BBC's "Housewives' Choice"), dies at 95
  • 2001 Russ Haas, American professional wrestler, dies of a 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

Joan FontaineJoan Fontaine (1917-2013)

British-American actress (Gunga Din; Ivanhoe; Rebecca), dies of natural causes at 96

  • 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
  • 2020 Charles Shere, American contemporary classical composer, broadcaster, music critic, and educator, dies at 85
  • 2021 Bridget Hanley, American actress (Here Come the Brides - "Candy Pruitt"), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 80