Deaths in Film & TV on December 23

  • 1556 Nicholas Udall, English playwright (wrote the 1st comedy in English "Ralph Roister Doister"), dies at about 52
  • 1931 (Frederick) Tyrone Power Sr., British-American stage and screen actor (The Big Trial; The Test of Donald Norton), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1959 Lester Lonergan Jr, American stage and screen actor (Guilty Bystander; The Growing Paynes), dies at 66
  • 1962 Luis Alberni, Spanish character actor (The Lady Eve, Topaze), dies at 76
  • 1967 Karen Verne [Ingeborg Klinkerfuss], German actress (Sky Murder, All Through the Night, Madame X), dies from a heart ailment at 49
  • 1969 Donald Foster, American actor (Hazel, Lord Love A Duck), dies after long illness at 80
  • 1970 Charlie Ruggles, American actor (Bringing Up Baby, The Patchwork Girl of Oz), dies at 84
  • 1973 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • 1976 Frank Forest [Hayek], American actor (Big Broadcast of 1937, Champagne Waltz), dies at 80
  • 1982 Jack Webb, American screenwriter, director and actor (Dragnet, Sunset Boulevard), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • 1989 Peter Bennett, British actor (Lady Chatterley's Lover, The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 72
  • 1991 Byron Q Griffith, producer/actor, dies at 73
  • 1993 Gertrude "Trudi" Duby Blom, actress, shot to death at about 92
  • 1994 Nora Dunfee, American actress (Forrest Gump, Lorenzo's Oil), dies at 78
  • 1994 Sebastian Shaw, British actor, director, playwright and poet (High Season, Ace of Spades, Caste), dies of natural causes at 89
  • 1995 Patric Knowles [Reginald Lawrence Knowles], British actor (Chisum, Arnold, Mutiny), dies from a brain hemorrhage at 84
  • 1997 Hrvoje Horvatic, Croatian video artist, dies at 39
  • 1997 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • 2000 Billy Barty [William John Bertanzetti,], American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies of heart failure at 76
  • 2000 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela; Chann Way), dies at 74

Victor BorgeVictor Borge (1909-2000)

Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91

  • 2006 Charlie Drake [Charles Springall], English comedian, dies at 81
  • 2007 Michael Kidd, American film and stage choreographer (b. 1915)
  • 2011 Denise Darcel, French actress (Dangerous When Wet), dies of complications from a ruptured aneurysm at 87