On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on December 31

  • 1900 Hannibal Goodwin, Episcopal priest who patented a method for making film used in Thomas Edison's Kinetoscope, dies at 78
  • 1945 Don Douglas, Scottish actor (The Black Castle), dies at 40
  • 1946 Frederik "Frits" Tartaud, Dutch actor and husband of Dutch actress Alida Klein, dies at 89
  • 1960 Germaine Loosveldt, Flemish actress (Trees die Upright), dies at 69
  • 1964 Gertrude Michael, American actress (Cleopatra, Menace, Club Havana, caged), dies from undisclosed causes at 53
  • 1966 Chief Nipo Strongheart, Native American actor (Pony Soldier), dies at 75
  • 1969 Salvatore Baccaloni, Italian opera singer and actor (Merry Andrew, Rock-a-Bye Baby), dies at 69
  • 1971 Peter Deuel, actor (Gidget, Love on a Rooftop), commits suicide at 31
  • 1971 Pete Duel American actor (b. 1940)
  • 1971 Marin Sais, American actress (b. 1890)
  • 1977 Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • 1983 Frank Link, actor (Burns & Schreiber Comedy Show), dies at 46
  • 1985 Ricky Nelson [Rick Nelson], American rock star (Hello Mary Lou, It's Late, Garden Party) and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45
  • 1985 Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) dies at 84
  • 1986 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies of lung cancer at 54
  • 1990 Dalton Cathey, American actor dies of AIDS at 44

  • 1993 Arthur Dreifuss, director and producer (Murder in Amsterdam), dies at 85
  • 1994 Leo Fuchs, Polish-born Jewish American actor (The Six Million Dollar Man, Avalon), dies at 83

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1994 Woody Strode, African American football player and actor (Posse, Cotton Club, Vigilante, Scream), dies of lung cancer at 80

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  • 1996 David Sinclair, actor (Love & Hate), dies at 62
  • 1996 Wesley Addy, American actor (Kiss Me Deadly, Bostonians, Loving), dies at 83
  • 1997 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96
  • 2001 Eileen Heckart, American actress (Butterflies Are Free, Doll's House, Trauma Center), dies of lung cancer at 82
  • 2003 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), dies at 79
  • 2007 Bill Idelson, American actor (b. 1919)
  • 2007 Kathryn Ish, American actress (b. 1936)
  • 2007 Markku Peltola, Finnish actor and musician (b. 1956)
  • 2013 John Fortune [John C. Wood], English satirist and comedian (Bremner, Bird and Fortune), dies at 74
  • 2013 James Avery, American actor, dies from complications from surgery at 68
  • 2015 Wayne Rogers, American actor (M*A*S*H, House Calls), dies at 82
  • 2015 Beth Howland, American actress (Vera - Alice, Company), dies at 74
  • 2016 William Christopher, American comedian and actor (Father Mulcahy-M*A*S*H), dies at 84