Deaths in Film & TV on December 24

  • 1955 Nana Bryant, American stage and screen actress (Ladies of the Chorus; Harvey; Brewster's Millions), dies at 67
  • 1957 Norma Talmadge, American silent screen actress (Within the Law, Sign on Bay), dies at 64
  • 1972 Melville Ruick, American actor (Sun Valley Serenade, City Hospital), dies at 74
  • 1975 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun; Garden of Allah), dies at about 71 (birth date disputed)
  • 1976 Victor Stanitsin, actor (War & Peace, Jubilee), dies at 79
  • 1980 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
  • 1984 Ian Hendry, British actor (The Avengers, The Lotus Eaters), dies of a stomach haemorrhage at 53
  • 1984 Peter Lawford, British actor, producer and socialite (Mrs Miniver, Thin Man), dies of cardiac arrest at 61
  • 1993 Norman Vincent Peale, American clergyman, broadcaster (The Art Of Living), and author (The Power of Positive Thinking), dies at 95
  • 1994 Julie Haydon [Donella Donaldson], American actress (Scoundrel), dies at 84
  • 1994 Rossano Brazzi, Italian actor (Final Justice, South Pacific, The Barefoot Contessa), dies of a neural virus at 78
  • 1997 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Toshiro MifuneToshiro Mifune (1920-1997)

Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

  • 2005 Michael Vale, American actor known for being Dunkin' Donuts mascot "Fred the Baker", dies at 83
  • 2006 Frank Stanton, American television executive (b. 1908)
  • 2006 Kenneth Sivertsen, Norwegian singer, poet, comedian, and composer, dies of complications from epilepsy at 66

Harold PinterHarold Pinter (1930-2008)

British playwright and screenwriter (The Birthday Party, The Homecoming), dies at 78

  • 2011 Cheetah [Cheeta, Cheta, Chita], chimpanzee actor (1930s Tarzan franchise), dies of kidney failure at 80
  • 2012 Charles Durning, American actor (Fury, Sting, Tootsie), dies from natural causes at 89
  • 2012 Jack Klugman, American actor (Oscar-Odd Couple, Quincy, Goodbye Columbus), dies at 90
  • 2012 Richard Rodney Bennett, English pianist, classical and film score composer (Four Weddings And A Funeral), dies at 76
  • 2016 Liz Smith [Betty Gleadle] British BAFTA Award-winning character actress (A Private Function; 2point4 Children -"Belle" and "Bette"), dies at 95
  • 2017 Heather Menzies-Urich, Canadian actress (The Sound of Music; Piranha), dies of cancer at 68