Famous Deaths in 1968

Deaths 1 - 200 of 291

  • Jan 2nd Sanoesi Pane, Indonesian writer, dies
  • Jan 4th Joseph Pholien, Belgian PM (1950-52) communist fighter, dies at 83
  • Jan 5th Jean Murat, actor (On the Riviera), dies at 79
  • Jan 6th Kurt Baschwitz, Germ/Dutch sociologist/journalist (Heksen), dies at 81
  • Jan 7th Prof James Smith, South African ichthyologist (b. 1897)
  • Jan 9th Kokichi Tsuburaya, Jap marathoner (Oly-bronze-1964), commits suicide
  • Jan 9th Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (Habanera), dies at 90
  • Jan 10th Basil Sydney, actor (Hamlet, Simba), dies of pleurisy at 73
  • Jan 10th Howard Smith, actor (Harvey Griffin-Hazel), dies at 74
  • Jan 10th Josue Teofilo Wilkes, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 10th Louis-Francois-Marie Aubert, French composer (La Momie), dies at 90
  • Jan 13th Bill Masterson, NHL player for the Minnesota Northstars checked into the boards, dies two days later
  • Jan 14th Dorothea Mackellar, Australian poet (My Country) (b. 1885)
  • Jan 15th Bill Masterson, 1st NHLer fatally injured during a game (Jan 13), dies
  • Jan 15th John Davidson, actor (Dick Tracy vs Crime Inc), dies at 80
  • Jan 15th Leopold Infeld, Pol nuclear physcist (Motion & Relativity), dies at 69
  • Jan 15th Bill Masterton, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1938)
  • Jan 16th Robert R "Bob" Jones, founder (Bob Jones University), dies at 84
  • Jan 17th Julis Deutsch, Austria politician/general Spanish rep army, dies at 83
  • Jan 18th Bert Wheeler, actor (Rainmakers, High Flyers, Dixiana), dies at 72
  • Jan 18th John Ridgely, actor (Air Force, Possessed, Big Sleep), dies at 58
  • Jan 18th Lee Tracy, actor (Martin Kane-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 69
  • Jan 19th Ray Harroun, American race car driver (b. 1879)
  • Jan 21st Will Lang Jr., American magazine executive (b. 1914)
  • Jan 22nd Duke Kahanamoku, 100m swimmer (Olympics-3 gold-12, 20, 24), dies at 77
  • Jan 25th Virginia Maskell, actress (Only Two Can Play), dies at 31
  • Jan 26th Merrill C. Meigs, American newspaper publisher (b. 1883)
  • Jan 26th Yvor Winters, American poet (b. 1900)
  • Jan 29th Laxmidas Purshottamdas Jai, cricketer (Test for India), dies
  • Jan 30th Tsugouharu T Foujita, Japanese/French painter, dies at 81
  • Feb 1st Lawson Little, amateur golfer (US/British Opens 1934,35), dies at 57
  • Feb 4th Ed Baker, actor (Keystone Kops), dies of emphysema at 70
  • Feb 4th Gerard den Brabander, [Jan G Jofriet], poet (Nothing New), dies at 67
  • Feb 4th Neal Cassady, American writer (b. 1926)
  • Feb 5th Luckey Roberts, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 6th C Montague Shaw, actor (Buck Rogers, Planet Outlaws), dies at 85
  • Feb 7th Nick Adams, actor (Interns, Pillow Talk, FBI Story), ODs at 36
  • Feb 7th Stuart Foster, singer (Galen Drake Show), dies at 49
  • Feb 8th J Borremans, Belgian politician (Communist), dies at 56
  • Feb 9th Barbara Everest, actress (Inquest, Madeleine), dies at 77
  • Feb 9th Frederik M baron van Asbeck, lawyer (League of Nations), dies at 78
  • Feb 10th Pitirim A Sorokin, Russian/US sociologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 11th Howard Lindsay, US playwright (State of the Union), dies at 78
  • Feb 13th Ildebrando Pizzetti, Italian composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 13th Mae Marsh, actress (Birth of a Nation, Intolerance), dies at 72
  • Feb 15th Little Walter [Marion Walter Jacobs], American blues singer-songwriter and harmonica player, dies as the result of a fight at 37
  • Feb 16th Healey Willan, composer, dies at 87
  • Feb 17th Donald Wolfit, actor (Lawrence of Arabia), dies of heart ailment at 65
  • Feb 18th Sigurd Erixon, etnologist (Atlas "ver Svensk Folkkultur), dies at 79
  • Feb 19th Ralph Dunn, actor (Mr Rudge-Norby), dies at 65
  • Feb 19th Georg Hackenschmidt, Estonian professional wrestler (b. 1878)
  • Feb 20th Anthony Asquith, British director (Court Martial), dies at 65

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Feb 21st Howard Florey, Australian pathologist and pharmacologist who purified penicillin (Nobel 1945), dies at 69

Pathologist and Nobel Laureate Howard Florey
Pathologist and Nobel Laureate
Howard Florey
  • Feb 22nd Omer CFL Tulippe, Belgian geographer, dies at 71
  • Feb 22nd Peter Arno, American cartoonist (b. 1904)
  • Feb 23rd Fannie Hurst, US author (Anatomy of Me), dies at 78
  • Feb 25th Camille Huysmans, Belgian premier (1946-47), dies at 96
  • Feb 26th Eric Feldary, actor (16 Fathoms Deep), dies of burns at 55
  • Feb 27th Johannes Tralow, writer, dies at 85
  • Feb 27th Ludvik Podest, composer, dies at 46
  • Feb 27th Frankie Lymon, American rock and roll/rhythm and blues singer (The Teenagers), dies at 25 of a heroin overdose
  • Feb 28th Doretta Morrow, actress (Because You're Mine), dies at 41
  • Feb 28th Juanita Hall, actress (Capt Billy), dies at 66
  • Feb 29th Tore Ørjasæter, Norwegian poet (b. 1886)
  • Mar 1st G v d Vring, writer, dies
  • Mar 1st Georg von der Vring, German painter (Camp Lafayette), dies at 78
  • Mar 4th Alexandre Cellier, composer, dies at 84
  • Mar 6th Isa Krejci, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 6th Joseph Martin Jr, Speaker of the House, dies at 83
  • Mar 7th Yuri Aleksayevich Gagarin, USSR cosmonaut (Vostok I), dies at 31
  • Mar 10th Helen Walker, actress (Brewster's Million), dies of cancer at 47
  • Mar 14th Erwin Panofsky, German/US art historian/iconologist, dies
  • Mar 16th June Collyer, actress (June-Stu Erwin Show), dies at 60
  • Mar 16th Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 18th Manuel Gomez Carillo, composer, dies at 85
  • Mar 20th Carl T Dreyer, Danish director (Passion of Jeanne d'Arc), dies
  • Mar 23rd Edwin O'Connor, US writer, dies at 49
  • Mar 24th Howard Petrie, actor (Border River, Bounty Hunter), dies at 61
  • Mar 24th Lauwrens Voorthuyzen, Dutch sect leader, dies at 70
  • Mar 24th Alice Guy-Blaché, American film director (b. 1873)
  • Mar 25th Douglas Evans, actor (South Pacific Trail), dies in Hollywood

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Mar 27th Yuri Gagarin, 1st man to orbit Earth, & Seryogin, in plane crash at 34

Cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin
Yuri Gagarin
  • Mar 30th Bobby Driscoll, American actor (b. 1937)
  • Mar 31st Grover Lowdermilk, American baseball player (b. 1885)
  • Apr 1st Lev D Landau, Russian physicist (Nobel 1962), dies at 59


Apr 4th Martin Luther King Jr., American clergyman and leader of the Civil Rights Movement (Nobel 1964), assassinated at the Lorraine Hotel in Memphis, Tennessee at 39

Civil Rights Activist Martin Luther King Jr.
Civil Rights Activist
Martin Luther King Jr.
  • Apr 5th Lois Andrews, dies of lung cancer at 44
  • Apr 6th Bobby Hutton, US Black Panther leader, shot to death
  • Apr 7th Jim Clark, Scottish F1 World Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner, dies in an accident during a race at Hockenheim, Germany at 32
  • Apr 10th Gustavs Celmins, Latvian politician (b. 1899)
  • Apr 12th Heinrich Nordhoff, German automobile engineer and Volkswagen director (b. 1899)
  • Apr 14th Al Benton, American baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Apr 15th Boris Mykolayovich Lyatoshyns'ky, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 16th Edna Ferber, American author (American Beauty), dies at 82
  • Apr 16th Fay Bainter, actress (Jezebel, Our Town, State Fair), dies at 76
  • Apr 17th Margaret Seddon, dies at 95
  • Apr 19th Tommy Bridges, US baseball pitcher (Detroit Tigers), dies at 61
  • Apr 20th Marion Weeks, singer/actress, dies of stroke at 81
  • Apr 21st Norman Demuth, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 21st Toby Halicki, car-crash film producer 48, killed shooting stunt
  • Apr 22nd Stephen H. Sholes, American recording executive (b. 1911)
  • Apr 24th Norman McKaye, actor (Untamed Fury, Frogman), dies at 62
  • Apr 24th Tommy Noonan, actor (Gentlemen Perfer Blondes), dies at 45
  • Apr 25th John Tewksbury, American athlete (b. 1876)
  • May 1st Harold G Nicolson, English author (English sense of humor), dies at 71
  • May 1st Jack Adams, Canadian ice hockey player, coach and general manager (b.1895)
  • May 2nd Donald L Hall, airplane designer (Spirit of St Louis), dies at 69
  • May 3rd Leonid Leonidovich Sabaneyev, composer, dies at 86
  • May 5th Albert Dekker, dies of accidental suffocation at 62
  • May 7th Lurleen Burns, wife of George Wallace/gov of Alabama, dies at 41
  • May 9th Finlay Currie, dies at 90
  • May 9th Harold Gray, US comic strip artist (Little Orphan Annie), dies at 74
  • May 9th Marion Lorne, actress (Aunt Clara-Bewitched), dies at 81
  • May 9th Phil Arnold, actor (Skidoo, Errand Boy, Damn Yankees), dies at 58
  • May 9th Mercedes de Acosta, American poet, playwright, costume designer, and socialite (b. 1893)
  • May 10th Maurie Sievers, cricket medium-pacer (Austral v England 1936-37), dies
  • May 10th Philippa Bevans, dies at 55
  • May 10th Scotty Beckett, dies at 38
  • May 14th Husband Edward Kimmel, commandant US Ocean fleet WW II, dies at 86
  • May 20th Albert Hartkopf, cricketer (one Test for Australia), dies
  • May 20th Kees van Dongen, Dutch/French painter, dies at 91
  • May 21st Doris Lloyd, actress (Oliver Twist), dies of heart strain at 71
  • May 23rd James Burke, actor (Ellery Queen, Army Surgeon), dies at 81
  • May 23rd Merle Kendrick, orchestra leader (Window on the World), dies at 72
  • May 24th Bernard Rogers, composer (Warrior, Passion), dies at 75
  • May 25th Charles K Feldman, [Gould], producer (Casino Royale), dies at 63
  • May 26th William E "Little Willie" John, US R&B-singer (Fever), dies at 30)
  • May 27th Little Willie John, rocker, dies at 30
  • May 28th Fyodor Matveyevich Okhlopkov, Yakut-born Soviet sniper (b. 1908)

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 1st Helen Keller, American blind & deaf author (Let us Have Faith) and lecturer, dies at 87

Author Helen Keller
Helen Keller
  • Jun 1st [Johan] Erik Lindegren, Swedish poet/interpreter, dies at 57
  • Jun 2nd André Mathieu, Quebec pianist and composer (b. 1929)
  • Jun 4th Dorothy Gish, [de Guiche], actress (Home Sweet Home), dies at 70
  • Jun 6th Franklin C Fry, US minister (World Rad of Church), dies


Jun 6th Robert F. Kennedy, (Sn-D-NY), assassinated in LA by Sirhan Sirhan at 42

US Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy
US Attorney General
Robert F. Kennedy
  • Jun 6th Randolph Churchill, son of Winston Churchill (b. 1911)
  • Jun 7th Dan Duryea, actor (Pride of the Yankees), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jun 9th Bernard Cronin, Australian author and journalist (b. 1884)
  • Jun 10th Yury Sergeyevich Milyutin, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 12th Fidelio Friedrich Finke, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 14th Karl-Birger Blomdahl, Swedish opera composer (Aniara), dies at 51

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 14th Salvatore Quasimodo, Italian poet/essayist (Nobel 1959), dies at 66

Author/Poet Salvatore Quasimodo
Salvatore Quasimodo
  • Jun 15th Samuel Earl "Wahoo Sam" Crawford, baseball pitcher, dies at 88
  • Jun 15th Wes Montgomery, jazz guitarist, dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Jun 17th José Nasazzi, Uruguayan footballer (b. 1901)
  • Jun 19th James Joseph Sweeney, American Catholic prelate (b. 1898)
  • Jun 21st Ruth St Denis, ballerina (Dances of the 5 Senses), dies at 91

Person of interestPerson of Interest

Jun 25th Tony Hancock, actor/writer (Call Me Genius, Rebel), dies at 43

Comedian Tony Hancock
Tony Hancock
  • Jun 27th Norman Norton, cricketer (dismissed Hobbs in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Jun 29th Kitty Kelly, actress (Ladies of Jury, Behind Office Doors), dies at 66
  • Jun 30th John Gough, actor (Circus Kid, 2 for Tonight), dies at 73
  • Jul 1st Dick Young, cricketer (England wicketkeeper v Aust 1907-08), dies
  • Jul 1st Virginia Weidler, actress (All This & Heaven Too), dies at 42
  • Jul 2nd Francis Brennan, US cardinal of Philadelphia, dies at 74
  • Jul 7th Leo Sowerby, composer (Pulitzer Prize), dies at 73
  • Jul 9th Allyn Edwards, host (One Minute Please, Mr Citizen), dies at 53
  • Jul 9th John Indrisano, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 62
  • Jul 9th Vardis A Fisher, US writer (Passion Spin the Plot), dies at 73
  • Jul 14th Konstatin G Paustovski, Russian sailor/author, dies at 76
  • Jul 14th Westbrook Van Voorhis, announcer (March of Time), dies at 64
  • Jul 14th Konstantin Georgiyevich Paustovsky, Russian writer (b. 1892)
  • Jul 15th Lura Anson, dies in Woodland at 76
  • Jul 18th Corneille Heymans, Belgian physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1892)
  • Jul 20th Joseph Keilberth, German conductor (Bayreuther Festival), dies
  • Jul 21st Ruth St Denis, US choreography, dies at about 90
  • Jul 22nd Giovanni Guareschi, Italian author: Don Camillo/Peppone, dies at 60
  • Jul 23rd Don Lillis, NFL president (NY Jets)
  • Jul 23rd Henry Hallett Dale, physiologist, dies
  • Jul 26th Lilian Harvey, British actress (Congress Dances), dies
  • Jul 27th Anton van Duinkerken, [Willem J M A Asselbergs], literary, dies
  • Jul 27th Lillian Harvey, actress (Invitation to the Waltz), dies at 61
  • Jul 27th Babe Adams, baseball player (b. 1882)
  • Jul 28th Charles W Mayo, US surgeon, dies at 70
  • Jul 28th Otto Hahn, German physicist/chemist (Nobel 1944), dies at 89
  • Jul 30th Jon Leifs, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 31st Gertrude Short, actress (Stella Dallas, Blonde Venus), dies at 66
  • Aug 3rd Constantine Rokossovski, vice-premier of Poland (1952-56), dies at 71
  • Aug 5th Luther Perkins American guitarist
  • Aug 6th Ernest Burnelle, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • Aug 8th Orovida Camille Pissarro, British painter and etcher (b. 1893)
  • Aug 11th Lucien Cerfaux, Belgian biblical scholar, dies
  • Aug 12th Pieter J Auld, mayor of Rotterdam (1945-52), dies at 81
  • Aug 12th Esther Forbes, American novelist (b. 1891)
  • Aug 15th Edward Kilenyi, composer, dies at 84
  • Aug 16th Luis Gianneo, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 18th Cy Walter, pianist (3's Company), dies at 52
  • Aug 19th Sara Jane Roberts, child actress (Our Gang), dies after surgery at 44
  • Aug 19th George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist (b. 1904)
  • Aug 20th Earl Sande, US jockey (Kentucky Derby), dies at 69
  • Aug 21st Vladimir Boudnik, Czech sculptor, commits suicide at about 45
  • Aug 24th Cyril Vincent, cricketer (84 wkts slow lefty for S Af 1927-35), dies
  • Aug 25th John George, actor (Kolb-Adventures of Fu Manchu), dies at 70
  • Aug 25th Stan McCabe, cricketer (39 Tests for Australia 1930-38), dies
  • Aug 26th Kay Francis, American actress (Charley's Aunt, False Madonna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 27th Marina, princess of Greece/Denmark/Dutchess of Kent, dies at 61
  • Aug 28th John Gordon Mein, US ambassador in Guatemala, dies
  • Aug 28th Nick Castle, choreographer (Dinah Shore, Judy Garland), dies at 58
  • Aug 29th Victor Sutherland, dies at 79
  • Aug 29th Ulysses S. Grant III, American soldier and planner (b. 1881)
  • Aug 30th William Talman, actor (Hamilton-Perry Mason), dies at 53