- Ahmet Ertegun(1923-2006) - Legendary founder and longtime chairman of Atlantic Records. He appeared in a number of documentaries, including Listen Up: The Lives of Quincy Jones, Make It Funky! and the recent Once in a Lifetime: The Extraordinary Story of the New York Cosmos, and he was portrayed by Curtis Armstrong in the biopic Ray. On October 29, he suffered a fall while attending a Rolling Stones concert in New York and was in a coma from then until his death on December 14.
- Michael Gilden(1962-2006) - Actor who played an Ewok in Return of the Jedi and a page in Pulp Fiction. He also appeared in Freaked and had a small, uncredited role in the upcoming Southland Tales. He died December 5, in Los Angeles.
- Freddie Marsden(1940-2006) - Drummer for Gerry and the Pacemakers, who starred in their own film, Ferry Cross the Mersey. He died December 9, in Lancashire, England.
- Denis Payton(1943-2006) - Musician who played saxaphone, harmonica and guitar for the Dave Clark Five. He appeared with the band in John Boorman's debut film Catch Us If You Can (aka Having a Wild Weekend). He died December 18, in Bournemouth, England.
- Jay McShann(1916-2006) - Jazz pianist and bandleader who appeared in a few documentaries, including The Last of the Blue Devils and Ken Burns' Jazz series. He died of respiratory problems December 7, in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Don Snell(c.1949-2006) - Actor who appeared in Never Been Kissed, Traffic and Erin Brockovich. He died after a long illness December 2.
- Martha Tilton(1915-2006) - Vocalist (pictured) who was popular during the Big Band Era, often singing with Benny Goodman's orchestra. She appeared as herself in The Benny Goodman Story and also appeared in Topper, You'll Never Get Rich and Swing Hostess. She provided the singing voice for Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire and for Anne Gwynne in both South of Dixie and Murder in the Blue Room. She died December 8.