Deaths: December 20

by bcampos862 | created - 20 Dec 2016 | updated - 8 months ago | Public

1. Argentina Brunetti

Actress | It's a Wonderful Life

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on August 31, 1907, Argentina Brunetti began her show business career at the age of three with a walk-on role in the opera "Cavelaria Rusticana", and followed her famous mother Mimi Aguglia's footsteps in the theater, performing supporting roles on stages throughout...

2. Albert Abelló

Self | .Cat

Albert Abelló was born on March 9, 1960 in Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain as Joan Albert Abelló Hierro.

3. Andrew Dorff

Soundtrack | Wheeler

Son of composer Steve Dorff.

4. Angela McEwan

Actress | Nebraska

Angela McEwan was born on April 23, 1934 in Santa Monica, California, USA as Angela Van Zanten. She was an actress, known for Nebraska (2013), Moments of Clarity (2016) and Élan Vital (2016). She was married to Guillermo McEwan. She died on December 20, 2015 in Long Beach, California.

5. Arnold Stang

Actor | It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World

A show-stopping comic for decades, the inimitable Arnold Stang, with the trademark Runyonesque voice and thick, black glasses, started out famously on radio before branching out to include Broadway, films and especially TV. Born on September 28, 1918, in New York City (for decades he himself ...

6. Bobby Darin

Soundtrack | Come September

Walden Robert Cassotto, nicknamed "Bobby", was born in The Bronx, New York, in 1936. Severe rheumatic fever as a child scarred his heart and led to an overprotected and pampered childhood. He was the focal point of a family that fostered and encouraged his love of music. His music career started ...

7. Brittany Murphy

Actress | Just Married

Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New...

8. C. Aubrey Smith

Actor | Rebecca

Movie roles are sometimes based upon what the audience expects to see. If the role called for the tall stereotypical Englishmen with the stiff upper lip and stern determination, that man would be C. Aubrey Smith, graduate of Cambridge University, a leading Freemason and a test cricketer for England...

9. Carl Sagan

Writer | Contact

Astronomer, educator and author Carl Sagan was perhaps the world's greatest popularizer of science, reaching millions of people through newspapers, magazines and television broadcasts. He is well-known for his work on the PBS series Cosmos (1980), the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning show that ...

10. Combat Jack

Self | A Genius Leaves the Hood: The Unauthorized Story of Jay Z

Combat Jack was born on July 8, 1964 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA as Reginald Joseph Ossé. He was married to Akim Vann-Ossé. He died on December 20, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City.

11. Foster Brooks

Actor | The Villain

Brooks was born in Louisville, Kentucky, one of eight sons, whose father was a county sheriff. Brooks dropped out of school after the 6th grade and did a variety of jobs before beginning a career in radio at the age of 21. He was a newscaster and disc jockey in Louisville, and Buffalo before ...

12. Irene Hervey

Actress | Night Monster

Attractive, blond, dimple-cheeked artist's daughter, Irene Hervey was trained at the MGM School of Acting before being signed as a contract player in 1933. Often on loan to other studios, she was assigned bit parts until meatier co-starring roles came along in The Girl Said No (1937) and Say It in ...

13. Iván Heyn

Iván Heyn died on December 20, 2011 in Montevideo, Uruguay.

14. James Wainwright

Actor | The Survivors

General purpose actor James Wainwright was born in Illinois in 1938 and discovered he had artistic talent at a young age, landing a scholarship at Carnegie University. This active pursuit was all but dissipated when he decided to join the Marines. Following his honorable discharge, he made do with ...

15. Janet Elder

Self | Late Show with David Letterman

Janet Elder was born on July 6, 1956 in New York City, New York, USA. She was married to Richard J. Pinsky. She died on December 20, 2017 in Manhattan, New York City.

16. Jeanne Carmen

Actress | Untamed Youth

Jeanne Carmen spent her early childhood in Paragould, Arkansas with her family picking cotton. At age 13, she ran away from home, eventually landing in New York City and taking a job as a dancer in an off-Broadway touring company. The early 1950s found her in Las Vegas, Nevada, in the company of ...

17. John Steinbeck

Writer | The Grapes of Wrath

John Steinbeck was the third of four children and the only son born to John Ernst and Olive Hamilton Steinbeck. His father was County Treasurer and his mother, a former schoolteacher. John graduated from Salinas High School in 1919 and attended classes at Stanford University, leaving in 1925 ...

18. Jûzô Itami

Writer | Osôshiki

A tragic end belies a life led with purpose. The son of a successful filmmaker, Juzo Itami made his name acting in television and films before making a late career shift into screenwriting and directing at age 50. Known to choose the subjects of his films through everyday observations, he often ...

19. Lois Jewell

Actress | Star Trek

Lois Jewell was born on October 8, 1938 in the USA. She was an actress, known for Star Trek (1966) and The Flying Nun (1967). She died on December 20, 2014 in Hollywood, California, USA.

21. Madge Sinclair

Actress | Coming to America

Madge Sinclair was born Madge Dorita Walters on April 28 1938 in Kingston, Jamaica, married young and had two sons. Madge worked as a teacher in Jamaica until she was 30. She left her two boys with their father and went to New York City to be an actress. She began modeling and later acted with the ...

22. Michèle Morgan

Actress | La symphonie pastorale

A classic beauty, blonde French actress Michèle Morgan has been one of her country's most popular leading ladies for over five decades. Born in 1920, she studied acting under René Simon and began her career at 15 working as a film extra to pay for drama classes. The young actress soon caught the ...

23. Moss Hart

Writer | A Star Is Born

Tony Award-winning American playwright/lyricist Moss Hart was born Oct. 24, 1904, in New York City to a poor Jewish family and raised in what he described as a "drab tenement" on 107th St. in the Bronx. He was educated in the city public school system. He showed a knack for writing at an early age-...

24. Natalie Norwick

Actress | 87th Precinct

Natalie Norwick was born on May 28, 1923 in Smithtown, New York, USA. She was an actress, known for 87th Precinct (1961), Star Trek (1966) and 23 Paces to Baker Street (1956). She died on December 20, 2007 in Broward, Florida, USA.

25. Nelly Omar

Actress | Canto de amor

Nelly Omar was born on September 10, 1911 in Guaminí City, Guaminí, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Nilda Elvira Vattuone. She was an actress, known for Canto de amor (1940), Mi vida por la tuya (1951) and Café de los maestros (2008). She died on December 20, 2013 in Buenos Aires.

26. Patricia Elliott

Actress | One Life to Live

Patricia Elliott was born on July 21, 1938 in Gunnison, Colorado, USA. She was an actress, known for One Life to Live (1968), St. Elsewhere (1982) and The Quinns (1977). She was married to Peter Heath. She died on December 20, 2015 in Manhattan, New York, USA.

27. Peter Brocco

Actor | Spartacus

Prolific, sharp-featured American character actor of somewhat skeletal and dishevelled appearance, accentuated later in his career by thinning hair and a scraggly goatee. A former theology student, Brocco began his career playing leading roles in stock theatre. He subsequently honed his craft ...

28. Randolph Quirk

Self | Friday Night, Saturday Morning

Randolph Quirk was born on July 12, 1920 in Lambfell, Isle of Man, England as Charles Randolph Quirk. He was married to Gabriele Stein and Jean Williams. He died on December 20, 2017 in the UK.

29. Robert Mulligan

Director | To Kill a Mockingbird

Robert Mulligan was born on August 23, 1925 in The Bronx, New York City, New York, USA as Robert Patrick Mulligan Jr. He was a director and producer, known for To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), Summer of '42 (1971) and The Other (1972). He was married to Sandy Mulligan and Jane Lee Sutherland. He died ...

30. Roy O. Disney

Camera_department | Alice's Spooky Adventure

Roy O. Disney was an American businessman, becoming the partner and co-founder, along with his younger brother Walt Disney, of Walt Disney Productions, since renamed The Walt Disney Company.

While Walt was the creative man, Roy was the one who made sure the company was financially stable. Roy and ...

31. Steve Landesberg

Actor | Barney Miller

Steve Landesberg was born on November 23, 1936 in New York City, New York, USA. He was an actor and writer, known for Barney Miller (1975), Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008) and Wild Hogs (2007). He was married to Nancy Ross. He died on December 20, 2010 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

32. William Lundigan

Actor | Pinky

The athletic William Lundigan stood 6' 2" and weighed 170 pounds. He played football, basketball and tennis at Syracuse (NY) University. He was discovered by Charles R. Rogers, head of production at Universal Studios. Rogers happened to tune into radio station WFBL in Syracuse. He was so intrigued ...

33. Wolfgang Lauinger

Self | Die Gestapo

Wolfgang Lauinger was born in 1918 in Zürich, Switzerland as Wolfgang Leopold Lauinger. He died on December 20, 2017 in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany.

34. Wylie Draper

Actor | The Jacksons: An American Dream

Wylie Hughes Draper Jr. was born May 5 1969 in West Virginia. He seemed destined for stardom from the very start, at the age of ten Wylie's brother Desmond would throw parties at a local skating rink where Wylie would dance like Michael Jackson often becoming the main attraction at the party! Even ...



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