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
  • 1974 Harry Ray, American film make-up artist, costume designer and actor (Avanti!), dies at 65
  • 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

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin (1889-1977)

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

  • 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
  • 1991 Tom Newman, American actor (Cape Fear (1962); Tales From The Dark Side), dies of a heart attack at 60

Dean MartinDean Martin (1917-1995)

American singer ("That's Amore"; "Everybody Loves Somebody"; "Sway"), comedian and actor (Martin and Lewis, The Dean Martin Show), dies of throat cancer at 78

  • 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 actor (The Big Street), and television producer (Cheyenne), dies at 85
  • 2008 Eartha Kitt, American singer (Santa Baby), dancer, comedian, actress and activist (Catwoman-Batman), dies at 81
  • 2020 Jaan Rääts, Estonian pianist, orchestral and film score composer, dies at 88