• Joseph Barbera (1911-2006) - Writer, director and producer who was half of the Hanna-Barbera animation team. Read my full tribute here.
  • Desmond Briscoe (1925-2006) - Sound engineer who did sound effects for The Man Who Fell to Earth, Children of the Damned, The Haunting (1963) and The Ipcress File and composed music for Phase IV. He died December 7.
  • James Brown (1933-2006) - Read my full tribute to the "Godfather of Soul" here.
  • Robin Buss (1939-2006) - English writer, critic and translator who was a well-known Francophile. He worked as a film critic for The Independent and wrote the books The French Through Their Films, Italian Films and French Film Noir. He also served as a translator in the documentary Drug-Taking and the Arts. He died of cancer December 16, in London.
  • Hallie D'Amore (c.1940-2006) - Oscar-nominated makeup artist for Forrest Gump. She also worked on Dick Tracy, xXx, Bugsy, 2 Fast 2 Furious and Apollo 13. She also won an Emmy for the HBO movie Normal and she appeared in Forrest Gump as an extra. She was found dead in her home, along with her husband, December 15. A police investigation has ruled that she shot her husband, photographer Richard D'Amore, and then shot herself because of "domestic discord."
  • Charlie Drake (1925-2006) - British comedian and actor who wrote and appeared in The Cracksman, Sands of the Desert and Petticoat Pirates. He died in his sleep over the weekend after a long illness caused by two strokes, in West London.
  • Mike Evans (1949-2006) - Actor who appeared in Now You See Him, Now You Don't and The House on Skull Mountain. He was better known for his TV work, as Lionel Jefferson on All in the Family and The Jeffersons and as co-creator of Good Times. He died of throat cancer December 14, in Twentynine Palms, California.
  • John Gray (1918-2006) - British documentary filmmaker who worked with the General Post Office film, where he was part of the crew on such films as Harry Watt's North Sea. He later made the doc West Highland. He died December 21, in Edinburgh.
  • Kyôko Kishida (1930-2006) - Japanese actress who appeared in Woman in the Dunes, An Autumn Afternoon and Manji (Passion). She died from respiratory failure caused by a brain tumor December 17, in Tokyo.
  • Mavor Moore (1919-2006) - Actor, producer and writer who appeared in City on Fire, Scanners and Threshold. He also supplied his voice to Heavy Metal. He died December 18, in Victoria, British Columbia.
  • Philippa Pearce (1920-2006) - Author of the children's book Tom's Midnight Garden, which was adapted into two different movies. She died after suffering a stroke December 21, in Durham, England.
  • Kimberly Ross (c1959-2006) - Actress who appeared in The Last Starfighter, Pumpkinhead and Nightmare at Noon. She died December 16.
  • Shaila Rubin (1935-2006) - Casting director who worked in Rome casting for U.S. and European productions shooting in Italy, including The Passion of the Christ, Life is Beautiful, Up at the Villa, The Talented Mr. Ripley and Hannibal. She also appeared in some films that she cast for, such as The Passion of 1900 and Heaven. She died of cancer December 15, in Rome.
  • Abigail Shelton (c.1932-2006) - Actress who appeared in 8 Million Ways to Die, Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter, Zigzag and Mail Order Bride. She died in her sleep December 11.
  • Joan Worth (c.1934-2006) - Writer and producer and widow of Malcolm X producer Marvin Worth. She had worked on stage productions based on the life of Lenny Bruce and was currently developing a new film about the comedian. She died of natural causes on December 8, in Los Angeles.
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