On This Day

Deaths in Film & TV on December 5

  • 1928 Johannes "Johan" Bakker Sr, Dutch actor and husband of Truus Soete, dies at 61
  • 1940 Wilfred Lucas, Canadian actor (Pardon Us, Chump at Oxford), dies at 69
  • 1953 Jorge Negrete [Moreno], Mexican singer and actor (The Rebel, La madrina del diablo), dies of hepatitis at 42
  • 1955 Paul Harvey, American actor (Spellbound, Calamity Jane, Heldorado, Jamboree), dies at 73
  • 1964 Remy Angenot, Flemish actor (Met den helm geboren, Patriot, Idiot), dies at 70
  • 1968 Fred Clark, American actor (Zotz, Auntie Mame), dies of liver ailment at 54
  • 1971 Hugh Wakefield, British actor (The Man Who Knew Too Much, Blithe Spirit), dies at 83
  • 1974 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), dies at 77
  • 1974 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), dies from hepatitis at 60
  • 1975 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • 1983 Robert Aldrich, American director and producer (The Dirty Dozen, Last Sunset), dies at 65
  • 1991 Robert Karvelas, American actor (Get Smart), dies at 70
  • 1995 Robert Parrish, film director editor/actor (Casino Royale), dies at 79

Person of interestRoone Arledge

2002 Roone Arledge, American sports broadcasting pioneer, President of ABC Sports (Monday Night Football) and ABC News, dies of prostate cancer at 71 [1] [2]

Sports Broadcasting Pioneer Roone Arledge
Sports Broadcasting Pioneer
Roone Arledge
  • 2008 Nina Foch, Dutch-American actress (The Ten Commandments, Spartacus, An American in Paris), dies from complications of myelodysplastic syndrome at 84
  • 2008 Beverly Garland [Fessenden], American actress (My Three Sons, Scarecrow and Mrs. King), dies at 82
  • 2009 Garfield Morgan, British actor (Odessa File, To Catch a Spy), dies at 78
  • 2010 Don Meredith, American football player and broadcaster (b. 1938)
  • 2010 Alan Armer, American television producer and director (b. 1922)
  • 2014 Manuel De Sica, Italian composer, chiefly of film scores, dies of a heart attack at 65
  • 2015 Marília Pêra, Brazilian actress (Better Days Ahead, Pixote), dies of lung cancer at 72
  • 2016 Jayaram Jayalalitha, Indian actress and politician, chief minister of Tamil Nadu, dies of a heart attack at 68
  • 2017 Johnny Hallyday [Jean-Philippe Smet], French singer and actor known as the "Elvis Presley of France," dies from lung cancer at 74
  • 2020 Peter Alliss, English golfer (Ryder Cup 1957 GB winners) and author, course designer and television presenter, commentator (BBC, ESPN, ABC Sports), dies at 89