On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on December 25

  • 1940 Agnes Ayres [Hinkle], American actress (Sheik, Souls at Sea), dies at 42
  • 1946 W C Fields, writer and comedian (Bank Dick, It's A Gift), dies at 67
  • 1964 Cheerio Meredith, actress (One Happy Family), dies at 74
  • 1976 Frankie Darro [Frank Johnson], American actor (Radio Ranch, Wild Boys of the Road, Valley of Wanted Men), dies of a heart attack at 58

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

1977 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • 1979 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • 1979 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • 1980 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), dies at 80
  • 1991 Curt Bois, actor (Great Waltz, Boat is Full), dies at 90
  • 1991 Orane Demazis, French actress (Marius, Fanny et Caesar), dies at 87

Person of interestDean Martin

1995 Dean Martin [Dino Paul Crocetti], American singer, comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies of throat cancer at 78

Actor, Comedian and Singer Dean Martin
Actor, Comedian and Singer
Dean Martin
  • 1996 Jon Benet Ramsey, Colorado child beauty queen, murdered at 6
  • 1997 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • 1999 Peter Jeffrey, British character actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity), dies at 70
  • 2002 William T. Orr, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81