Famous Deaths in 1959

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  • Jan 6 Jose Enrique Pedreira, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 9 Paul Malengreau, composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 11 Mohammed Zakaria Ghonein, discoverer of 6,000 yr old pyramid, dies
  • Jan 17 Abdul Aziz, cricket, dies at 17 struck by ball in fc match for Karachi
  • Jan 20 Carl Switzer, actor (Alfalfa-Our Gang), shot to death at 31
  • Jan 21 Lamar Stringfield, composer, dies at 61

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Jan 21 Cecil B. DeMille, American filmmaker (The Ten Commandments, Samson and Delilah), dies of heart failure at 77

Filmmaker and Director Cecil B. DeMille
Filmmaker and Director
Cecil B. DeMille
  • Jan 22 A J Else Mauhs, German/Dutch actress (Hamlet, Nora), dies at 73
  • Jan 22 Mike Hawthorn, English race car driver and one-time F1 world champion (b. 1929)
  • Jan 28 Joseph Sprinzak, Speaker of Israel Knesset (1949-59), dies at 73
  • Jan 28 Viktor Joseph Keldorfer, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Madame Sul-To-Wan, [Conley], actress (Birth of a Nation), dies at 85
  • Feb 2 Frank DeCaires, cricketer (WI bat v Eng 1930, 3 Tests 232 runs), dies
  • Feb 3 Big Bopper, rocker, dies in plane crash at 28

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Feb 3 Buddy Holly, rock and roll musician (That'll be the Day), dies in a plane crash at 22

Singer-songwriter Buddy Holly
Singer-songwriter
Buddy Holly
  • Feb 3 Richie Valens, rock vocalist (Donna), killed in plane crash at 17
  • Feb 4 Una O'Connor, actress (Banjo, Invisible Man), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Gwili Andre, actress (No Other Woman, Roar of the Dragon), dies
  • Feb 7 Daniel François Malan, Prime Minister of South Africa (1948-54) who began the implementation of apartheid, dies at 84
  • Feb 7 Napoleon Lajorie, baseball player, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Guitar Slim [Eddie Jones], American blues guitarist (The Things That I Used to Do) dies at 32
  • Feb 8 William J "Wild Bill" Donovan, Office Strategic Services, dies at 76
  • Feb 11 Marshall Teague, American race car driver (b. 1922)
  • Feb 13 William L Axt, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 14 Baby Dodds, American jazz drummer (b. 1898)
  • Feb 15 Owen W Richardson, English physicist (Nobel 1928), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Kathryn Adams, actress (Meet the Chump, 5th Avenue Girl), dies
  • Feb 17 Tim Mara, co-founder of NFL's NY Giants, dies
  • Feb 18 Alfred Alessandrescu, composer, dies at 65
  • Feb 18 Eric Zeisl, Austrian American composer, dies at 53
  • Feb 18 Jaroslav Kvapil, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Ray McDonald, dancer, dies of barbituate overdose at 38
  • Feb 22 Helen Parrish, actress (Hour Glass), dies of cancer at 36
  • Feb 28 Maxwell Anderson, US dramatist (Key Largo, Bath Seed), dies at 70
  • Mar 2 Eric Blore, actor (Abie's Irish Rose, Love Happy), dies at 70

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Mar 3 Lou Costello, comedian/actor (Abbott & Costello), dies at 52

Comedian and Actor Lou Costello
Comedian and Actor
Lou Costello
  • Mar 4 Maxey Long, American athlete (b. 1878)
  • Mar 6 Fred Stone, actor (Hideaway, Westerner), dies at 85
  • Mar 7 Arthur C Pigou, English economist (Economics of Welfare), dies
  • Mar 7 Hinsdale Smith, developer of roll-down auto windows, dies at 88
  • Mar 8 Abdel Wahab Shawwaf, Iraqi colonel/putschist, murdered
  • Mar 11 Haydn Wood, English composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 15 Lester Young, American musician (b. 1909)
  • Mar 16 John Sailling, last documented Civil War vet, dies at 111
  • Mar 17 Raffaele d' Alessandro, composer, dies on 48th birthday
  • Mar 25 Billy Mayerl, composer, dies at 56
  • Mar 26 Raymond T Chandler, US detective writer (Long Goodbye), dies at 71
  • Mar 27 Grant Withers, actor (Oklahoma Annie), suicide with sleeping pills at 54
  • Mar 28 James Neblett, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1935), dies
  • Mar 29 Barthelemy Boganda, Central African Republic's 1st president, dies
  • Mar 29 Sara Wennerberg-Reuter, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 30 Daniil Andreev, Russian writer and mystic (b. 1906)
  • Mar 30 Riccardo Zanella, president of Free State of Fiume (b. 1875)
  • Mar 31 Peter Suhrkamp, German publisher (Suhrkamp Verlag), dies at 68
  • Apr 2 Benjamin Christensen, Danish actor (Barnet, Mockery), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Stanley Snooke, cricketer (bro of S J, duck in South African Test), dies
  • Apr 8 Gustave Charlier, Belgian literature historian, dies

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Apr 9 Frank Lloyd Wright, US architect (Guggenheim Museum NY), dies at 89

  • Apr 12 Ernest Willem Mulder, composer, dies at 60
  • Apr 12 James Gleason, dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Eduard A van Beinum, Dutch musician/conductor, dies at 57
  • Apr 13 Rigardus "Rijn" Rijnhout, Giant of Rotterdam (2.375m), dies at 38
  • Apr 16 Charles Halton, dies at 83
  • Apr 18 Irving Cummings Sr, actor/director (In Old Ariz), dies at 70
  • Apr 24 Jef van Hoof, composer, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Gordon Armstrong, inventor (baby incubator), dies
  • Apr 30 Armand Louis Joseph Marsick, composer, dies at 81
  • May 1 Oscar Torp, Norwegian premier, dies

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May 5 Carlos Saavedra Lamas, Argentine politician, dies at 80

Nobel Peace Laureate Carlos Saavedra Lamas
Nobel Peace Laureate
Carlos Saavedra Lamas
  • May 8 Renato Caccioppoli, Italian mathematician/pianist, suicide at 55
  • May 14 Sidney Bechet, US jazz clarinetist/saxophonist/bandleader, dies at 62
  • May 15 Berend van den Amstel, [Bernard CED Hattink], Dutch actor, dies at 56
  • May 16 Joe Cook, Stage comedian, dies at 69
  • May 16 Elisha Scott, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1894)
  • May 20 Alfred Schutz, Austrian/US architect/philosopher, dies at 60
  • May 24 John Foster Dulles, US Secretary of State (1953-59), dies at 71
  • May 26 Ed Walsh, baseball pitcher (1.82 ERA), dies at 78
  • May 26 Joe Kelly, TV host (Quiz Kids), dies at 57
  • May 28 Bert Collins, cricketer (19 Tests for Aust 1920-26), dies
  • May 30 Thomas Carl Whitmer, composer, dies at 85
  • Jun 1 Sax Rohmer, English author (b. 1883)
  • Jun 3 Ole Windingstad, composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 4 Charles Vidor, director (Gilda, Farewell to Arms), dies at 58
  • Jun 10 Zoltán Meskó, Hungarian Nazi (b. 1883)

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Jun 16 George Reeves, actor (Superman, Gone with the Wind), commits suicide by shooting himself in the head at 45

  • Jun 17 Abdul Mouse, Indonesian nationalist foreman/author, dies at about 68
  • Jun 18 Ethel Barrymore, [Blythe], actress (None but the lonely), dies at 79
  • Jun 20 Hitoshi Ashida, Japanese politician, dies at 71
  • Jun 22 Hermann Brill, German politician (b. 1895)
  • Jun 23 Jean Gallon, French composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 23 Boris Vian, French writer and musician (b. 1920)
  • Jun 24 Lou Bandy, Dutch revue-artist (Life Ain't Bad), commits suicide at 69
  • Jun 25 Charles Starkweather, spree killer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 26 Audley Miller, cricketer (Test for England 1896), dies
  • Jun 29 A Cecil Snyder, Chief Justice of Puerto Rico, dies at 51
  • Jun 30 Lazare Saminsky, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 30 José Vasconcelos, Mexican writer and politician (b. 1882)
  • Jul 6 George Grosz, German cartoonist/painter (Ecce Homo), dies at 65
  • Jul 8 Dale Buisand & Chester Ovnand, 1st Americans killed in Vietnam War
  • Jul 11 C W L Parker, cricketer (3,776 1st-class wickets, 2nd best ever), dies
  • Jul 14 Grock, [Adrien Wettach], Swiss clown/circus director, dies at 79
  • Jul 15 Ernest Bloch, Swiss/US composer (Macbeth), dies at 78
  • Jul 15 Peter A Egge, Norwegian writer (The Dream), dies
  • Jul 15 Vance Palmer, Australian author (b. 1885)

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Jul 17 Billie Holiday, jazz singer, dies at Metropolitan Hospital in New York of cirrhosis of the liver at 44

Jazz Musician Billie Holiday
Jazz Musician
Billie Holiday
  • Jul 17 Henri Pourrat, French writer (Le chasseur de la nuit), dies
  • Jul 17 Eugene Meyer, American businessman and newspaper publisher (b. 1875)
  • Jul 20 Harry Fox II, dies at 77
  • Jul 25 Isaac Halevi Herzog, chief rabbi of Israel (1936-59), dies at 71
  • Jul 26 Manuel Altolaguirre, Spanish poet/publisher (Amor), dies at 54
  • Aug 2 Prospero Bisquertt, composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 5 Edgar Guest, US poet/newspaperman, dies at 77
  • Aug 6 Preston Sturges, [Edmund Biden], US director/screenwriter, dies at 60
  • Aug 7 Armas Emmanuel Launis, composer, dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Emil Frantisek Burian, composer, dies at 55
  • Aug 12 Mike O'Neill, Irish-born American baseball player (b. 1877)
  • Aug 13 Henry Garat, actor (Congress Dances), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 Blind Willie McTell, American ragtime singer and guitarist (b. 1901)
  • Aug 16 Pedro Humberto Allende Saron, Chilean composer (Tonados), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 William "Bull" F Halsey, US vice-admiral (WW II Pacific), dies
  • Aug 16 Wanda Landowska, Polish harpsichordist (b. 1879)
  • Aug 19 Jacob Epstein, US/English sculptor/painter, dies at 78
  • Aug 20 Alfred Kubin, Austrian writer and illustrator, dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Bohuslav Jan Martinu, Czech composer (Hry o Marti), dies at 68
  • Aug 31 Charles Delaney, dies at 67
  • Sep 6 Edmund Gwenn, actor (Them, Java Head, Miracle on 34th St), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 Kay Kendall, British actress (Genevieve), dies of leukemia at 32
  • Sep 7 Maurice Duplessis, Québec Prime Minister (b. 1890)
  • Sep 9 Max d' Ollone, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 9 O'Neil Gordon Collie Smith, WI cricket all-rounder, dies in car crash
  • Sep 11 Paul Douglas, actor (Adventure Theater), dies at 52
  • Sep 13 Gilbert Adrian, costume designer, dies of heart attack at 56
  • Sep 14 Wayne Morris, actor (Kid Galahad), dies of heart attack at 45
  • Sep 17 Bert Leysen, Belgian TV director, dies at 39
  • Sep 20 Olin Howlin, actor (Swifty-Circus Boy), dies at 63
  • Sep 22 Benjamin Peret, French writer/poet (Le grand jeu), dies at 60
  • Sep 22 Jane Winton, actress (Hell's Angel, Patsy, Don Juan), dies at 53
  • Sep 22 Josef Matthias Hauer, composer, dies at 76
  • Sep 25 Ennio Porrino, composer, dies at 49
  • Sep 25 Helen Broderick, comedienne/actress (Swing Time, Top Hat), dies
  • Sep 25 S W R D Bandaranaike, Ceylon's PM, assassinated by a Buddhist monk
  • Sep 26 Solomon Bandaranaike, PM of Ceylon (1956-59), assassinated at 60
  • Sep 28 Gerard Hoffnung, German-born British artist/humorist/musician, dies at 34
  • Sep 28 Rudolf Caracciola, German race car driver (b. 1901)
  • Sep 29 Bruce Bairnsfather, cartoonist, dies
  • Sep 29 Harold Huber, actor (I Cover Times Square), dies at 49
  • Sep 30 John H Kliegl, developer of Klieg light, dies at 89
  • Sep 30 Taylor Holmes, actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 81
  • Sep 30 Ross Granville Harrison, American Biologist and Zoologist (organ transplant pioneer), dies at 89
  • Oct 3 William Bishop, actor (Steve-It's a Great Life), dies at 42
  • Oct 6 Bernard Berenson, American art historian (b. 1865)
  • Oct 7 Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
  • Oct 7 PM Kassem of Iraq, assassinated
  • Oct 10 Friedrich, Prince of Liechtenstein, dies
  • Oct 11 Bert Bell, NFL hall of famer, dies at 64
  • Oct 12 Arnoldt Bronnen, writer, dies at 63
  • Oct 13 K Rudolf Mengelberg, Dutch composer (Concert Amsterdam), dies at 67
  • Oct 14 Errol Flynn, Australian-born US actor (Captain Blood), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Oct 15 Lipót Fejér, Hungarian mathematician (b. 1880)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Oct 16 George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78

Military Leader George Marshall
Military Leader
George Marshall
  • Oct 18 Boughera El Ouafi, Algerian athlete (b. 1898)
  • Oct 19 Boughera El Quafi, marathoner (Olympic-gold-1928), shot to death at 60
  • Oct 19 Stanley Bate, composer, dies at 45
  • Oct 20 Werner Krauss, actor (Joyless Street), dies at 75
  • Oct 23 Gerda Lundequist, Swedish actress (b. 1871)
  • Oct 25 Bob Murphy, TV host (RFD America), dies at 42
  • Oct 28 Abe Waddington, cricketer (Yorks left-arm quick, Test avg 119), dies
  • Oct 28 Egon Kornauth, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 28 Camilo Cienfuegos, Cuban revolutionary (b. 1932)
  • Oct 30 Blonde Dolly, [Sybille A J Niemans], society prostitute, dies at 33
  • Oct 31 Jean Cabannes, French physicist (b. 1885)
  • Nov 1 Gershon Agron, mayor of Jerusalem, dies at 66
  • Nov 3 Friedrich Niggli, composer, dies at 83

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Nov 6 Jose P. Laurel, Philippine president, dies of heart attack at 68

3rd President of the Philippines José P. Laurel
3rd President of the Philippines
José P. Laurel
  • Nov 7 Victor McLaglen, actor (Gunga Din), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Nov 8 Frank Sherman Land, founder of DeMolay International (b. 1890)
  • Nov 9 Frederick Preston Search, composer, dies at 70
  • Nov 10 Lupino Lane, English actor (Deputy Drummer), dies at 67
  • Nov 14 Thomas Ross, actor (Without Limit), dies at 84
  • Nov 15 Alex Kennedy, cricketer (31 wkts in 5 Tests for England 1922-23), dies
  • Nov 17 Heitor Villa-Lobos, Brazilian composer/pianist/conductor, dies at 72
  • Nov 19 Edward C Tolman, US psychologist (behaviorism), dies
  • Nov 19 Gerard J Arbous, actor/publicist (Bohemian Amsterdam), dies at 83
  • Nov 19 Joseph Charbonneau, archbishop of Montreal (b. 1892)
  • Nov 21 Max Baer, American heavyweight boxing champion (1934-35), dies at 50

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Nov 22 Molla Mallory, eight-time U.S. Open tennis champion, dies at 75

Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion Molla Mallory
Tennis Player and Eight-Time U.S. Open Champion
Molla Mallory
  • Nov 24 Lyman Bryson, educator (UN Casebook), dies at 71
  • Nov 24 Yuri N Libedinski, Ukrainen writer (Commissioners), dies at 60
  • Nov 24 Dally Messenger, Australian rugby player (b. 1883)
  • Nov 26 Albert Ketèlbey, British composer (In a Monastery Garden), dies at 84
  • Nov 27 Gerard Philipe, actor/dir (La Ronde, Gambler), dies of cancer at 36
  • Nov 28 Lester Vail, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies on 59th birthday
  • Nov 29 Fritz Brun, Swiss composer and conductor, dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Hans Henny Jahnn, writer, dies at 64
  • Dec 4 Rosetta Duncan, (Duncan Sisters), dies in an auto accident at 58
  • Dec 5 K S Duleepsinhji, cricketer (12 Tests for England, 995 runs), dies
  • Dec 6 Len Doyle, actor (Harrington-Mr District Attorney), dies at 66
  • Dec 9 Walter Compton, news anchor (DuMont Evening News), dies at 47
  • Dec 10 Charles Jones, cricket batsman (WI in 4 Tests 1930-35, 63 runs), dies
  • Dec 10 Henri Vidal, French actor (Fabiola), dies of a heart attack at 40