Famous Deaths in May 1957

  • May 1 Grant Mitchell, actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82

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May 2 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

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  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, composer, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
  • May 8 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter, dies at 75
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 9 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67
  • May 12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian/US actor (Grand Illusion), dies at 71
  • May 12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • May 14 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
  • May 16 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • May 29 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67
  • May 30 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstacy), dies
  • May 31 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)