Deaths in Film & TV on December 20

  • 1948 C Aubrey Smith [Charles], British actor (The Prisoner of Zenda), dies at 85
  • 1975 William Lundigan, Syracuse NY, actor (Climax), dies at 61
  • 1976 Walter Fitzgerald, actor (Adv of Sadie, Fallen Idol), dies at 80
  • 1981 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)

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1988 Max Robinson, 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

1st African-American Network TV Anchor Max Robinson
1st African-American Network TV Anchor
Max Robinson
  • 1989 Audrey Christie, actress (Splendor in the Grass), dies at 77
  • 1991 Helene Heigh, actress (Undercover Woman, Teen Age Thunder), dies at 86
  • 1991 Thomas Newman, actor/composer (Cape Fear), dies of heart attack at 60
  • 1991 Walter Chiari, actor (Girl Under Sheet), dies of heart attack at 67
  • 1993 Moses Gunn, actor (Shaft), dies at 64
  • 1993 Sam Wanamaker, actor (Pvt Benjamin), dies from cancer at 74
  • 1995 Madge Sinclair, actress (Star Trek IV, Conrack, Convoy), dies at 55
  • 1997 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • 1998 Irene Hervey, American actress (b. 1910)
  • 1999 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director (b. 1909)
  • 2001 Foster Brooks, American actor and comedian (b. 1912)
  • 2008 Dorothy Sarnoff, American operatic soprano, Broadway actress (Rosalinda), author and pioneer of the self-help movement (Speech Can Change Your Life, Speech Dynamics), dies at 94
  • 2009 Brittany Murphy, American actress (b. 1977)
  • 2009 Arnold Stang, American comic actor (b. 1918)
  • 2009 Mairoon Ali, Trinidadian comedienne and actress (b. 1954)
  • 2010 Steve Landesberg, American actor and comedian (b. 1945)
  • 2014 John Freeman, British politician (Labour)/ambassador/TV host, dies at 99
  • 2015 Patricia Elliott, American actress (Renee-Empire, One Life to Live), dies at 77
  • 2016 Michèle Morgan, French actress (Passage to Marseille), dies at 96