Deaths: December 21

by bcampos862 | created - 21 Dec 2016 | updated - 14 Dec 2018 | Public

1. Dick Enberg

Actor | Heaven Can Wait

A native of suburban Detroit, Michigan, Dick Enberg grew up near Pontiac, one of Detroit's suburbs. Upon graduating from high school Enberg went to college first at Central Michigan University and then at Indiana University. After graduating from college Dick moved to Los Angeles to become an ...

2. Albert Bettcher

Camera_department | Blade Runner

Al Bettcher began his career with the 168th Signal Photo Corp in WWII. After the war he filmed the Japanese War Crimes Trials in the Philippines. When he returned home, he started at the Columbia studios still lab, where he worked for 7 years before breaking in as an assistant cameraman on the ...

3. Billie Whitelaw

Actress | The Omen

Billie Whitelaw first appeared on the radio aged 11. She made her theatrical debut in 1950 and in films from 1953. She has made a speciality of playing intense, single-purposed women. Also, (on stage), she has appeared in many of the stranger plays by Samuel Beckett.

4. Bob Steele

Actor | The Big Sleep

Started working with his father on stage when he was two. Later he toured in a comedy act for Fanchon and Marco. His first screen experience was at age 14, in a Pathe production of "Adventures of Bill and Bob".

5. Bruce McCandless II

Max Q

Bruce McCandless II was born on June 8, 1937 in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is known for his work on Max Q (1998), A Beautiful Sunset (2016) and Horizon (1964). He was married to Ellen Shields. He died on December 21, 2017 in California, USA.

6. Catalina Speroni

Actress | Un extraño en nuestras vidas

Catalina Speroni was born on January 1, 1938 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She was an actress, known for Un extraño en nuestras vidas (1972), Would You Marry Me? (1967) and Champions of Life (1999). She died on December 21, 2010 in Buenos Aires.

7. Chu Ishikawa

Composer | Sôseiji

Chu Ishikawa was born in 1966. He was a composer and actor, known for Gemini (1999), Killing (2018) and Tokyo Fist (1995). He died on December 21, 2017 in Japan.

8. Colin Douglas

Actor | The Children of the New Forest

Colin Douglas was born on July 28, 1912 in Newcastle, England as Colin Martin Douglas. He was an actor, known for The Children of the New Forest (1964), Gamble for a Throne (1961) and The Crawling Eye (1958). He was married to Gina Cachia. He died on December 21, 1991 in London, England.

9. Dick Schaap

Writer | Lombardi

Dick Schaap was born on September 27, 1934 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard Jay Schaap. He is known for his work on Lombardi, The Sports Reporters (2016) and New York Illustrated (1966). He was married to Patricia McLeod and Madeleine Gottlieb. He died on December 21, 2001 in New York City, ...

10. Dominic Frontiere

Music_department | Color of Night

Dominic Carmen Frontiere, 86, Emmy and Golden Globe winning film and television composer, former head of music at Paramount Pictures, passed away in Tesuque, New Mexico on 21 December 2017. He is survived by his wife Robin and their children Emily, Joseph, Nicholas and Sofia, as well as daughter ...

11. Emmanuel Yarborough

Actor | Oz

Emmanuel Yarborough was born on September 5, 1964 in Rahway, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Oz (1997), Paranoia (1998) and Dirty Movie (2011). He died on December 21, 2015 in Richmond, Virginia, USA.

12. F. Scott Fitzgerald

Writer | The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

"There are no second acts in American lives," wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, who himself went from being the high priest of the Jazz Age to a down-and-out alcoholic within the space of 20 years, but not before giving the world several literary masterpieces, the most famous of which is "The Great Gatsby...

13. Federico Moura

Soundtrack | El Clan

Federico Moura was born on October 23, 1951 in La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina as Federico José Moura. He died on December 21, 1988 in Buenos Aires.

14. George S. Patton

Self | Nazi Concentration Camps

George S. Patton III was a highly successful and highly controversial general who held Corps- and Army-level commands during World War II. Because of his great competence as a battlefield commander, Patton might have led the American troops during the invasion of Normandy; however, his impolitic ...

15. H.B. Warner

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Henry Byron Warner was the definitive cinematic Jesus Christ in Cecil B. DeMille's The King of Kings (1927). He was born into a prominent theatrical family on October 26, 1875 in London. His father was Charles Warner, and his grandfather was James Warner, both prominent English actors. He replaced ...

16. Henry H. Daniels Jr.

Actor | Meet Me in St. Louis

Henry H. Daniels Jr. was born on January 27, 1921 in Plainfield, New Jersey, USA. He was an actor, known for Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), The Burning Cross (1947) and Bewitched (1945). He died on December 21, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

17. Horacio Ferrer

Actor | Historias Breves 2

Horacio Ferrer was born on June 2, 1933 in Montevideo, Uruguay as Arturo Horacio Ferrer Ezcurra. He was an actor, known for Historias Breves 2 (1997), Luar (1992) and Diálogos de poeta y bandoneón (2006). He was married to Lulú Michelli. He died on December 21, 2014 in Buenos Aires, ...

18. Jerry Yellin

Self | Journey to Royal

Captain (Retired) Jerry Yellin is an Army Air Corps veteran who served in WWII between 1941 and 1945. Yellin enlisted two months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor on his 18th Birthday. After graduating from Luke Air Field as a fighter pilot in August of 1943, he spent the remainder of the war ...

19. Jim French

Actor | Left 4 Dead

Jim French was born in 1928 in Pasadena, California, USA. At the age of eight he knew he wanted to be a radio announcer. During WWII, Jim got a job as an announcer on a radio station called KPAS. He entered the Army a few years later and, after being sent to Japan with other troops, was assigned to...

20. John Arnatt

Actor | A Challenge for Robin Hood

John Edwin Arnatt was born in Petrograd on the eve of the Russian Revolution, the son of a manager for Vauxhall Motors. Forced to leave Russia during the turmoil, his family returned to England where John was schooled at Epworth College and later trained for acting at RADA. On stage from 1936, he ...

21. José María Aguilar

Actor | Canchero

José María Aguilar was born on May 3, 1891 in San Ramón, Canelones, Uruguay as José María Aguilar Porrás. He was an actor, known for Canchero (1930), El quinielero (1930) and Añoranzas (1930). He died on December 21, 1951 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

22. Kamatari Fujiwara

Actor | Shichinin no samurai

Kamatari Fujiwara was born on January 15, 1905 in Tokyo, Japan. He was an actor, known for Seven Samurai (1954), The Hidden Fortress (1958) and Yojimbo (1961). He died on December 21, 1985 in Tokyo.

23. Lois Hall

Actress | Daughter of the Jungle

Lois, was born in a tiny town in Minnesota in 1926, moved with her family to Long Beach, California where she had her first experience with theater as a set designer, stage manager and head electrician, was given a scholarship at the Pasadena Playhouse and became bitten by the "acting bug". In 1957...

24. Marianne Stone

Actress | Lolita

She was one British character player who seemed to show up everywhere on post-war film, stage and TV, although, more times than not, could barely be glimpsed. A most efficient actress, Marianne Stone's career spanned four decades and was primarily enjoyed in bawdy, ribald comedy playing lowbrow or ...

25. Myron Healey

Actor | Hell's Crossroads

American actor and occasional screenwriter. One of the most frequently seen heavies in films and television programs of the 1950s, his name is nevertheless well known only to buffs. Occasionally he played minor leads and sympathetic characters, but his stern good looks and rich deep voice made him ...

26. Ralph Nelson

Director | Lilies of the Field

In 1959, Emmy Award-winning television director Ralph Nelson directed a 90-minute adaptation of Shakespeare's "Hamlet," with John Neville as the Dane, for the DuPont Show of the Month. Nelson himself adapted the 1601 Quatro (the "pirated" version considered corrupt) in order to make a coherent ...

27. Richard Hamilton

Actor | Men in Black

Richard Hamilton was born on December 31, 1920 in Chicago, Illinois, USA as Richard Wesley Hamilton. He was an actor, known for Men in Black (1997), On Deadly Ground (1994) and Sommersby (1993). He was married to Marilynn Margaret Morgan. He died on December 21, 2004 in Jeffersonville, New York, ...

28. Richard Long

Actor | The Stranger

Entering films straight out of high school, Richard Long's good looks served him well and got him a contract at Universal Pictures. Making his debut as Claudette Colbert's son in Tomorrow Is Forever (1946), Long played juvenile leads in many Universal productions (he was one of the sons in the "Ma ...

29. Robert Paige

Actor | Son of Dracula

A "B" Hollywood leading man who had the requisite tall, dark and handsome features (plus an excellent singing voice) that Hollywood often relied upon, Robert Paige was an extremely capable player worthy of stronger dramatics but was too often trapped in staid and standard leading man roles that ...

30. Rod Cameron

Actor | Panhandle

The well-worn phrase "Tall in the saddle" is certainly one easy way of describing (and perhaps pigeon-holing) leathery, wiry-framed 1940s and early 1950s western film star Rod Cameron, although he proved quite capable in crime stories, horrors and even swing-era musicals.

The 6'4" Canadian-born ...

31. Roswell Rudd

Actor | Wavelength

Roswell Rudd was born on November 17, 1935 in Sharon, Connecticut, USA as Roswell Hopkins Rudd Jr. He was an actor, known for Wavelength (1967), Ten for Two: The John Sinclair Freedom Rally (1972) and Inside Out in the Open (2001). He was married to Marilyn Schwartz and Moselle Galbraith. He died ...

32. Stella Adler

Actress | Shadow of the Thin Man

Stella Adler was born on February 10, 1901, in New York, the youngest daughter of the Yiddish theater actors, Jacob P. Adler and Sarah Adler, who founded an acting dynasty. In addition to her parents, Stella's family included her siblings Charles Adler, Jay Adler, Julia and Luther Adler, all of whom...

33. Stuart Erwin

Actor | Before Dawn

Stuart Erwin was an American actor, often working as a voice actor in radio and animation. He was once nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

Erwin was born in Squaw Valley, Fresno County, California, in 1903. Squaw Valley is a census-designated place, the location of a post ...

34. Ted Healy

Actor | Mad Love

US vaudevillian who in 1923 founded a stage act known as "Ted Healy & His Stooges," the latter comprising one Moe Howard and his brother, Shemp Howard, whose roles were to act as foils, or stooges, for Healy's jokes. Joined later by Larry Fine, the Howards later went off on their own, eventually to...

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