James Andelin(1917-2006) - Actor who appeared in Field of Dreams, City That Never Sleeps, The Babe and Grumpier Old Men. He died of congestive heart failure and emphysema December 27, in Chicago.
John Bishop(1929-2006) - Playwright and screenwriter who wrote The Package and Drop Zone and did rewrites for Paramount during the '90s. He died of cancer December 20, in Bad Heilbrunn, Germany.
João de Barro, aka Braguinha(1907-2006) - Brazilian composer, writer and director. He made the films Alô, Alô, Brasil and Anastácio, acted in Garota de Ipanema and wrote music for The Mandarin. He died from an infection December 24, in Rio de Janeiro.
Pierre Delanoë(1918-2006) - French songwriter who wrote music for The Story of O and The Country I Came From. He died of heart failure December 26.
Marion Doran (c.1910-2006) - Vet of Paramount and Columbia Pictures who started as a script typer for Preston Sturges and later married film executive D.A. Doran. She died December 26, in Woodland Hills, California.
Wilma Dykeman(1920-2006) - Writer on the environment and race who narrated the documentary The Electric Valley. She died from an infection resulting from a broken hip December 22, in Asheville, North Carolina.
Andi Engel(1942-2006) - Founder of Artificial Eye, a U.K. distribution and exhibition company. He also wrote and directed Melancholia and appeared in Klassenverhältnisse. He died December 26, in Lubeck, Germany.
Gerald Ford(1913-2006) - 38th President of the United States; he can be seen via archival footage in a number of documentaries, including In the Year of the Pig, Grass, Beyond 'JFK': The Question of Conspiracy, The Weather Underground and The Trials of Henry Kissinger, as well as dramatic films, including All the President's Men, Forrest Gump, Nixon and Network. He died of heart failure December 26.
Lois Hall(1926-2006) - Actress who starred in many westerns of the early 1950s, including Horsement of the Sierras and Texas Dynamo. She also appeared in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Carrie (1952), Flightplan, Dead Again and Love Happy. She fell ill on the set of The Curious Case of Benjamin Button in early December and then died December 21, in Los Angeles.
Saddam Hussein(1937-206) - President of Iraq who appeared in archive footage in many documentaries, including Fahrenheit 9/11, Fahrenhype 9/11, Uncle Saddam, WMD: Weapons of Mass Destruction, Bush's Brain and Celsius 41.11: The Temperature at Which the Brain ... Begins to Die, as well as the dramatic films Courage Under Fire and Peter's Friends. He also wrote the novel-turned-film Ayyam al-tawila (The Long Days), which featured Hussein as a character (played on film by Saddam Kamel). Cinematically, though, he is best remembered as played by impersonator Jerry Haleva (pictured) in Hot Shots!, Hot Shots! Part Deux, Jane Austen's Mafia! and The Big Lebowski. He was hanged December 30.
Charles Hyatt(c.1931-2007) - Jamaican actor, comedian and journalist who appeared in Cool Runnings, The Mighty Quinn and Club Paradise. He died of lung cancer January 1, in Palm Bay, Florida.
Richard Morgan(1958-2006) - Australian actor who appeared in Phar Lap, The Devil's Playground and Farewell to the King. He died from motor neuron disease December 23, in Melbourne.
Tillie Olsen(1913-2007) - Author of the novella Tell Me a Riddle, which became a film in 1980. She died January 1, in Oakland, California.
Del Reeves(1932-2007) - Country music star who appeared in Sam Whiskey, Forty Acre Feud and Cottonpickin' Chickenpickers. He died after suffering from emphysema and other ailments January 1.
Galina Ustvolskaya(1919-2006) - Russian composer who scored The Girl and the Crocodile. She died December 22, in St. Petersburg, Russia.