Deaths in Film & TV on December 17

  • 1917 Frank Gotch, American professional wrestler, dies at 40
  • 1956 Eddie Acuff, actor (Guns of Pecos), dies at 48
  • 1962 Thomas Mitchell, American Academy Award-winning actor (Gone With The Wind; High Noon), dies of bone cancer at 70
  • 1967 Jack Perrin, American actor, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • 1975 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • 1978 Don Ellis, American avant garde jazz trumpeter, and Grammy Award-winning film score composer (The French Connection), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • 1990 Don Draper, American actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
  • 1990 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), dies at 79
  • 1992 Dana Andrews, American actor (Battle of the Bulge, Laura), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • 1993 Janet Margolin, American actress (Annie Hall), dies of ovarian cancer at 50
  • 1994 Jan Wiegel, director and producer (Uninhabitable Country), dies at 64
  • 1999 Rex Allen, American singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy", and actor (Frontier Doctor - "Dr. Baxter"), dies at 78
  • 2000 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • 2002 James Hazeldine, British stage and screen actor (London's Burning), dies of an aortic dissection at 55
  • 2003 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)
  • 2005 Marc Favreau, French Canadian humourist, dies at 76
  • 2006 Esko Nikkari, Finnish actor, dies at 68
  • 2006 Timmie Rogers [Ancrum], American comedian (The Jackie Gleason Show), actor and singer-songwriter ("Back to School Again"; "I Love Ya, I Love Ya, I Love Ya"), dies at 91
  • 2009 Dan O'Bannon, Screenwriter, after a short illness (b.1943)

Jennifer JonesJennifer Jones (1919-2009)

American actress (Farewell to Arms), dies of natural causes at 90

Penny MarshallPenny Marshall (1943-2018)

American actress (The Odd Couple; Laverne & Shirley), and director (Big; Awakenings; A League of Their Own), and producer (Cinderella Man), dies of diabetes complications at 75