Deaths in Film & TV on December 26

  • 1956 Holmes Herbert, British actor (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Kiss), dies at 74
  • 1963 "Gorgeous George" Wagner, wrestler, dies
  • 1971 Robert Lowery, actor (Circus Boy, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 57
  • 1973 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • 1973 William Haines, US actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
  • 1974 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80
  • 1974 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • 1977 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface, The Big Sleep), dies at 81
  • 1981 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • 1983 Violet Carson, British actress (b. 1898)
  • 1985 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (d. 1928)
  • 1986 Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • 1988 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), dies at 62
  • 1988 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • 1989 Peggy Thorpe-Bates, actress (Alcatraz Island), dies
  • 1992 Constance Carpenter, actress (2 Worlds), dies of stroke at 87
  • 1993 Jeff Morrow [Leslie Irving Morrow], American actor (Robe, Union Pacific, Temperatures Rising), dies at 86
  • 1994 Robert Emhardt, American actor (Another World, Underworld USA, Mooncussers), dies at 80
  • 1994 Sylvia Koscina, Croatian/Italian actress (Hercules), dies at 61
  • 2000 Jason Robards, American actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), dies at 78
  • 2000 Jason Robards, American actor (b. 1922)
  • 2000 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), dies of cardiac failure at 78
  • 2001 Nigel Hawthorne, English actor (Tartuffe, Pope John Paul II), dies at 72
  • 2005 Vincent Schiavelli, American actor (b. 1948)
  • 2008 Gösta Krantz, Swedish actor (b. 1925)
  • 2012 Gerry Anderson, English writer/producer/director, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • 2016 George S Irving [Shelasky], American broadway singer and actor (Dumplings), dies at 94