Broadway bosses will honour late stars Charles Durning and Jack Klugman with a moment of silence before each performance later this week (begs24Dec12).

Actor and war veteran Durning passed away on Christmas Eve (24Dec12) at the age of 89, and on Thursday (27Dec12) his stage successes in such shows as Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Boom Boom Room, and Inherit the Wind will be remembered when each New York City theatre goes dark for one minute as a sign of respect.

Klugman, who earned a Tony Award nomination for his role in Gypsy, died on the same day and fans will pay tribute to the 90 year old's memory when the lights are dimmed for him on Friday (28Dec12).

Other notable Christmas deaths this year (12) include soul star Fontella Bass, puppeteer and filmmaker Gerry Anderson and Mothers of Invention co-founder Ray Collins.