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2029 - 2020

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 2029 - 2020


  • Tom Smothers

    American comedian who performed with his brother, dick as a duo on the tv series "the smothers brothers comedy hour." they recorded 13 albums together, of which three went gold.

  • Indonesian politician, governor of papua from 2013 to 2023 (b.1967)


  • South african social rights activist, and former anglican bishop, who gained worldwide fame as an opponent to apartheid during the 1980s. he was the first black archbishop of cape town, and the bishop of the church of the province of southern africa (now the anglican church of southern africa).

  • Australian author, journalist, and radio show host (b. 1945)

  • Italian roman catholic prelate, bishop of the roman catholic diocese of lodi from 1989 to 2005 (d. 2021).

  • American biologist (b. 1929)

  • Greek politician, president of greece from 2005 to 2015 (b. 1929)


  • Known for his time in WWE and AEW wrestling promotions.

2019 - 2010

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 2019 - 2010



  • Renowned art historian known for her TV series on art history.

  • Nobel laureate known for his contributions to the quantum theory of optical coherence.

  • Pioneer in the development of the ARPANET, the precursor to the internet.


  • American broadcaster and television news anchor (b. 1930)




  • Belgian politician, 43rd prime minister of belgium (d. 2014)

  • American dentist, soldier, and politician, 3rd united states secretary of energy (d. 2014)

  • Polish-american poet, critic, and scholar (d. 2014)





2009 - 2000

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 2009 - 2000


  • French politician and industrialist. he is the inventor of natural cosmetics. he is a billionaire. from 1962 to 1988, he was the mayor of la gacilly. married, three children. his son didier, who took over the company's affairs in june 1992, was tragically killed in an accident on 12/23/1994.

  • South African poet and anti-apartheid activist, known for his powerful political poetry.

  • American composer and cellist (born 1958).




  • 38th President of the United States, known for his pardon of Richard Nixon.

  • Gerrald Ford was the 38th President of the United States and a former college football player.

  • Gerald Ford

    American politician, lawyer, congressman, and vice-president under richard nixon, 1969, and the 38th president the united states. he was the first person to be elected to the highest office in the country after a former president resigned. he was sworn into office on august 9, 1974, at 12:03:35 eastern time (edt), washington, dc. this occurred just minutes after nixon's resignation …

  • American commander, lawyer, and politician, 38th president of the united states (d. 2006)

  • Norwegian skier and engineer (b. 1951)



  • American athlete. he was a defensive end for the philadelphia eagles, green bay packers and carolina panthers. his professional football career began with the memphis showboats in 1984. he joined the philadelphia eagles the following year. after 15 years of playing football and two nfl "player of the year" awards, he decided to retire from the game. his nickname was …

  • Polish-swedish producer and singer (nasum and genocide superstars), (d. 2004).

  • Alexandra, the son of princess alexandra of england

  • South african surgeon and academic (b. 1959)

  • Norwegian jazz musician (born 1959).



  • American photographer ritts is most well-known for his celebrity photography, particularly for rolling stone magazine covers. ritts also has a reputation for his photographs that celebrate the human body. he directed tv commercials and music videos including "cherish" by madonna and "wicked game" by chris isaak. he succumbed to complications from pneumonia at the university of california los angeles medical …

  • American businessman, founded the avedis zildjian company (b. 1921)


  • Renowned Indian classical musician known for his mastery of the sitar.

  • Nigel Hawthorne

    He was a british actor on the stage and screen who earned admiration in his early 50s. his role as king george iii was a major highlight of the film "the madness of king george." hawthorne received the best actor oscar nomination in 1995 for the role he played on london's west end. hawthorne, a late bloomer who rose to …


  • Jason Robards

    American actor who appeared in more than 170 films over a forty-year career. he was awarded best actor oscars for "all the president's men", and "julia." his first love was the stage. he loved it more than life.

1999 - 1990

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1999 - 1990


  • American singer-songwriter and record producer known for his soul and funk music.

  • Curtis Mayfield

    Curtis mayfield was an influential funk singer known for his socially conscious lyrics and his work with the group the impressions.

  • Indian academic and politician, 9th president of india (b. 1918)

  • President of india (born 1918).


  • Irish republican and former Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army.

  • Indian writer on hindu philosophy and religion (b. 1920)



  • American child beauty queen and victim of prominent unsolved murder case (d. 1996)


  • Sylva Koscina

    Italian actress, best known for her role in "hercules," (1958), and "hercules unchained", (1960). she was also paul newman's love interest in "the secret war of harry frigg", (1968).

  • Allie Reynolds was a successful baseball pitcher known for his achievements with the New York Yankees.

  • Pakistani poetess (born 1952).

  • Actor (mac cory - another world), died at 80

  • Minister of rfa economics (6666-72)


  • Jeff Morrow

    Actor (robe harbor lights, blood legacy, robe) dies at age 80




  • American production designer and art director (d. 1990).

  • Accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at age 33.

1989 - 1980

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1989 - 1980



  • Briggs Stratton was an American inventor known for co-founding the Briggs & Stratton Corporation, a manufacturer of small engines.

  • American businessman, founded the shamrock hotel (d. 1988)

  • German-spanish composer and conductor (b. 1897)

  • John Loder

    Actor (sabotage java head), passes away at 90


  • American invertebrate zoologist, curator at the american museum of natural history (b. 1916)


  • Elsa Lanchester

    London, england -- actress (bride of frankenstien), lewisham london


  • Diani Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist who studied gorillas in Rwanda.

  • Earlee Crayton was an American blues guitarist and singer known for his distinctive playing style.

  • At 53, zoologist (gorillas in the mist) was murdered

  • Pakistani painter known for his abstract art.

  • American movie director (d. 1928)


  • Co-founder of the health food company, Hauser Chemical Research.



  • Developed the theory of absolute reaction rates, which explains the kinetics of chemical reactions.

  • New zealand-english scholar and author (d. 1981).

  • Turkish politician, prime minister of turkey (b. 1903)

  • Indian actress, playback singer, dancer, director and producer (b. 1936)

  • Indian actress (born 1937)


1979 - 1970

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1979 - 1970


  • American director and screenwriter (b. 1896)

  • Composer dies at 53

  • American screenwriter, director, and producer of classic hollywood films. his films include scarface (1932), bringing up baby (38), only angels have wings(39), his girl friday (40), sergeant york (1941), to have and have not (1844), red river (1948), red river (1948), red river (1951), the thing from another world (1951), gentlemen prefer blondes (1953), and rio bravo (1959).


  • American lawyer and politician, 49th lieutenant governor of michigan (d. 1976)

  • American politician (senator-democrat-michigan), dies at age 64.



  • Jack Benny

    American actor and comedian, benny was a tv, radio, and film star for many years. benny was a star in many films between 1930 and 1945, as well as a comedian for years about his flop "the horn blows at midnight". he was honored with a tv emmy in 1957 for his show "the jack benny show". he was married …

  • Syrian-egyptian singer-songwriter, oud player, and actor (b. 1915)

  • Scottish admiral (d. 1974).

  • Syrian-egyptian actor and singer, oud player, and actor (d. 1974).

  • Composer dies at 68


  • American religious leader, 11th president of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints (b. 1899)

  • 11th president of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints (born in 1899).

  • Actor (french line), dead at 69

  • American actor and a leader in silent film. he was an interior decorator during film work that was slow. his film career was ruined by the public exposure of his homosexuality.


  • Birt Truman was an American politician who served as the 33rd President of the United States from 1945 to 1953.

  • Hersel Truman was the 33rd president of the United States, serving from 1945 to 1953.

  • 33rd President of the United States.

  • American colonel and politician, 33rd president of the united states (b. 1884)

  • American politician, president of the united states from 1945 to 1952 at the end of ww ii. after f.d.'s death, he worked his way up to the rank of vice-president. roosevelt in 1945. washingtonians were not sure what to expect from the former senator, but they soon discovered that he was hardheaded and sincere. his famous motto, "the buck stops …


  • England, united kingdom -- 400m (1968 olympics-silver medalist).

1969 - 1960

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1969 - 1960


  • Ukrainian-american photographer and journalist (b. 1898)




  • Known for his iconic 'When It Rains It Pours' salt advertising campaign.



1959 - 1950

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1959 - 1950







1949 - 1940

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1949 - 1940



  • Adella Wotherspoon was a suffragist who played a key role in the women's suffrage movement in the early 20th century.


1939 - 1930

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1939 - 1930


  • Ivor Gurney was an English poet and composer who served in World War I.


  • Rudolph Fisher was an American author known for his works exploring African American life in the early 20th century.

  • Founder of the American Express Company.



  • Inventor of the Dewey Decimal Classification system and founder of the Library Bureau.

  • American librarian and educator, created the dewey decimal classification (b. 1851)


  • A prominent Portuguese writer known for his novels and plays that explored the human condition.

1929 - 1920

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1929 - 1920



  • Character in the novel 'Zeno's Conscience' by Italo Svevo.

  • Czech architect, designed the hiroshima peace memorial (b. 1880)


  • A prominent figure in the early Nazi Party, known for his anti-Semitic and nationalist views, and as a mentor to Adolf Hitler.

  • Dietrick Eckart was a German journalist, politician, and occultist who was a key figure in the early Nazi Party and a mentor to Adolf Hitler.

  • German journalist, poet, and politician (b. 1868)

  • Bavarian roman catholic poet, dramatist, and anti-semitic. he blamed jews, marxists and others for his failures and for germany's defeat during ww1. bohemian, a berlin-based morphine addict, he entered politics as hitler's first mentor, and "spiritual godfather" of national socialistism. he prepared hitler for his messianic roles.

1919 - 1910

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1919 - 1910




1909 - 1900

Famous deaths on December 26th for the celebrities who died in the years 1909 - 1900


  • Braxson Remington was a renowned American sculptor known for his bronze sculptures depicting the American Old West.

  • American artist and sculptor famous for his depictions of the American Old West.


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