• Tab Thacker (1962-2007) - Wrestler and actor (pictured) who played Officer "House" in Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol and Police Academy 5: Assignment Miami Beach. He also appears in Wildcats, City Heat and Melvin Van Peebles' Identity Crisis. He died after a long illness complicated by diabetes December 28. (WRAL.com)
  • Jeanne Carmen (1930-2007) - B-movie actress and pinup model who appears in The Monster of Piedras Blancas and Untamed Youth. She died of lymphoma December 20, in Irving, California. (Variety)
  • Peter Handford (1919-2007) - Sound recordist and mixer who won a Best Sound Oscar for Out of Africa and was nominated for his work on Gorillas in the Mist. He also worked on Hope and Glory, Dangerous Liaisons, Julia, Tom Jones, Night and the City, Summertime, Murder on the Orient Express and Hitchcock's Frenzy and Under Capricorn. He died November 6 in Suffolk, England. (Times Online)
  • Edward Hansen (c.1925-2007) - Assistant director of Disney's Robin Hood, The Aristocats and The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh and production manager of The Fox and the Hound, Mickey's Christmas Carol and The Black Cauldron. He died December 20. (The Big Cartoon Forum)
  • Jerzy Kawalerowicz (1922-2007) - Polish filmmaker who co-wrote and directed the Cannes winners Joan of the Angels and Pharaoh, which was nominated for an Oscar, as well as 2001's Quo Vadis? He died December 27. (EUX.tv)
  • Michael Kidd (1915-2007) - Choreographer who worked on Guys and Dolls, The Band Wagon, Li'l Abner, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Hello, Dolly!, Star!, and Merry Andrew, which he also directed. He acted in Stanley Donen's It's Always Fair Weather and Movie Movie, Michael Ritchie's Smile and Blake Edward's Skin Deep. He received an honorary Academy Award in 1997 for "his services in the art of the dance in the art of the screen." He died of cancer December 23, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Pat Kirkwood (1922-2007) - Actress and singer who portrayed music hall star Vesta Tilley in 1957's After the Ball. She died of Alzheimer's Disease December 25, in Ilkley, West Yorkshire, England. (Variety)
  • Irv Letofsky (1931-2007) - Entertainment journalist, editor and critic who wrote for the Minneapolis Tribune, the L.A. Times and the Hollywood Reporter. He also produced the 2003 Bravo special All the Presidents' Movies. He died of liver cancer December 23, in Los Angeles. (LA Times)
  • Stu Nahan (1926-2007) - Sportscaster who appears as a fight commentator/announcer in all six of the Rocky movies. He's also a sportscaster in the Don Knotts comedy Gus, a football announcer in Meteor, a fight announcer in The Great White Hype, a radio reporter in Taking Care of Business and a newscaster in Private Benjamin. He also appears as himself in Fast Times at Ridgemont High. He died of lymphoma December 26, in Los Angeles. (Variety)
  • Oscar Peterson (1925-2007) - Pianist who composed the score to The Silent Partner and conducted and played on the score to Play It Again, Sam. He died of kidney failure December 23, in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada. (Variety)
  • G.P. Sippy (1915-2007) - Indian filmmaker who produced the 1975 Bollywood hit Sholay, which was directed by his son, Ramesh Sippy. He died of a liver ailment December 25, in Mumbai, India. (Variety)
  • Tokuzo Tanaka (1925-2007) - Japanese filmmaker who assisted Akira Kurosawa on Rashômon and Kenji Mizoguchi on Tales of Ugetsu and Sansho the Bailiff. He went on to direct New Tale of Zatoichi, Zatoichi the Fugitive and Zatoichi's Revenge. He died of a cerebral hemorrhage December 20, in Kashihara, Nara, Japan. (Tokyograph)
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