Famous Deaths in 1969

Deaths 1 - 200 of 289

  • Jan 1st Barton Maclane, actor (Gen Peterson-I Dream of Jeannie), dies at 68
  • Jan 1st Bruno Söderström, Swedish athlete (b. 1888)
  • Jan 2nd Georges Renevant, actor (Cornered), dies after long illness at 74
  • Jan 3rd Howard McNear, actor (Irma La Douce), dies after long illness at 63
  • Jan 3rd Jean Focas, Greco-French astronomer (b. 1909)
  • Jan 4th Montague Fawcett Phillips, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 4th Daisy and Violet Hilton, British conjoined twins (b. 1908)
  • Jan 5th Franz T Csokor, Austria author (Gottes General), dies at 83
  • Jan 5th Tom Aherne, actor (Hustler, April Fools), dies of influenza in NY
  • Jan 8th Albert Hill, British athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jan 9th Ladislav Vycpalek, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 10th John Brownlee, Australian tenor (b. 1900)
  • Jan 11th Richmal Crompton, British author (b. 1890)
  • Jan 13th Fred Price, cricket wicket-keep (England, v Aust Headingley 1938), dies
  • Jan 13th Wilton Graff, actor (Bloodlust, Just Before Dawn), dies at 65
  • Jan 15th Theodor Werner, German painter, dies at 82
  • Jan 16th Jan Palach, protesting Soviet invasion of Czech, self immolates at 20
  • Jan 16th Vernon Duke, composer, dies at 65
  • Jan 17th Grazyna Bacewicz, composer, dies at 59
  • Jan 18th Hans Freyer, German sociologist (b. 1887)
  • Jan 19th Charles Winninger, actor (Cafe Metropole, Coney Island), dies at 84
  • Jan 23rd Jaroslav Kricka, composer, dies at 86
  • Jan 24th Pauline Hall, composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 24th Tom Zachary, baseball pitcher (Wash Senators), dies at 72
  • Jan 25th Irene Castle, English dancer (b. 1887)
  • Jan 27th Charles Winninger, actor (Charlie Farrell Show), dies at 82
  • Jan 27th Hanns Jelinek, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 30th Allan Welsh Dulles, US diplomat/director (CIA 1953-61), dies at 75
  • Jan 30th Dominique G Pire, clergyman, (Europe village Nobel 1958), dies at 58
  • Jan 31st Alexander Mikhaylovich Dzegelyonok, composer, dies at 77
  • Jan 31st Meher Baba, Indian guru (b. 1894)
  • Feb 2nd Boris Karloff, [Pratt], British actor (Frankenstein), dies at 81
  • Feb 2nd Giovanni Martinelli, opera singer (NY Met), dies at 83
  • Feb 3rd Eduardo C Mondlane, president of Mozambique, murdered
  • Feb 5th Thelma Ritter, American actress (All About Eve, Pillow Talk), dies at 63
  • Feb 7th Bainbridge Crist, composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 9th Manuel Plaza Reyes, Chilean marathoner (Oly-gold 1928), dies at 68
  • Feb 9th [George] Gabby Hayes, actor (Albuquerque, Colorado), dies at 83
  • Feb 11th James Lanphier, actor (Flight of Lost Balloon), dies at 48
  • Feb 12th Johanna EFG Tourniaire, actress (Potasch & Perlemoer), dies at 80
  • Feb 14th Vito Genovese, US mafia chief, dies at 71
  • Feb 14th Wolfe Barzell, actor (Blue Angel), dies of heart attack at 72
  • Feb 18th Dragisa Cvetkovic, Serbian premier of (Yugoslavia 1939-4.), dies at 76
  • Feb 19th Madge Blake, American actress (b. 1899)
  • Feb 20th Ernest Ansermet, Swiss conductor/composer, dies at 85
  • Feb 20th Jack Ingram, actor (Law of the West), dies of heart attack at 66
  • Feb 21st Jose de Capriles, Mexican-born US Olympic fencer, dies
  • Feb 23rd Abd al-Aziz Abd al-Rahman al-Faisal al-Saud, King Saudia, dies at 67
  • Feb 23rd Joseph Messner, composer, dies at 75
  • Feb 24th Kenneth Green, actor (Penrod), dies of heart attack at 61
  • Feb 25th Jan Zajic, Czech student, self incinerates
  • Feb 26th Karl Jaspers, German psychiatrist/philosopher, dies at 86
  • Feb 26th Levi Eshkol, [Sjkolnik], Israeli Prime Minister (1963-69), dies in office of a heart attack at 73
  • Feb 27th John Boles, actor (Stella Dallas, Curly Top), dies at 73
  • Feb 27th Marius Barbeau, French Canadian folklorist (b. 1883)
  • Mar 4th Nicholas Schenck, Russian-born film empresario (b. 1881)
  • Mar 6th Nadya Rusheva, Russian painter (b. 1952)
  • Mar 9th Riad, chief of staff (Egyptian army), dies
  • Mar 9th Richard Crane, actor (Surfside 6), dies at 50
  • Mar 11th John Wyndham, [Parkes Lucas B Harris], author (Chrysalids), dies at 65
  • Mar 13th Felix Locher, actor (Frankenstein's Daughter), dies at 86
  • Mar 14th Ben Shahn, US painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 15th Miles Malleson, actor/writer (Postman's Knock), dies at 80
  • Mar 18th Barbara Bates, actress (Kathy-It's a Great Life), dies at 43
  • Mar 19th Theodor Schaefer, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 20th Henri Longchambon, French politician (b. 1896)
  • Mar 21st Gerhart Fritsch, writer, dies at 44
  • Mar 22nd Ernst Deutsch, [Dorian], Czech actor (3rd Man, Golem), dies at 78
  • Mar 23rd Rudolf Pannwitz, German author/philosopher (Urblik), dies at 87
  • Mar 24th Joseph Kasavubu, president Congo (1960-65), dies at about 55
  • Mar 25th Alan Mowbray, actor (Dante, Colonel Flack), dies at 72
  • Mar 25th Max Eastman, American critic/essayist (Love and Revolution), dies at 86
  • Mar 25th Norman Gallichan, cricketer (one Test for NZ, 30 & 2, 3-113), dies
  • Mar 25th Billy Cotton, British bandleader & entertainer (b. 1889)
  • Mar 26th B[runo] Traven, writer (Sierra Madre), dies at 87
  • Mar 26th Gunther Weisenborn, German/Argentine writer (Illegals), dies at 66

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Mar 28th Dwight D. Eisenhower, 34th US President (R, 1953-61) and WWII general, dies of a congestive heart failure at 78

34th US President & WWII General Dwight D. Eisenhower
34th US President & WWII General
Dwight D. Eisenhower
  • Mar 28th Aryeh Levin [Reb Aryeh], Orthodox Jewish rabbi, dies at 84
  • Mar 30th Lucien Bianchi, Belgian auto racer, dies at 34
  • Apr 2nd Fortunio Bonanova, actor (My Best Gal, Havana Rose), dies at 74
  • Apr 3rd Rex Evans, actor (Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Zara), dies at 65
  • Apr 5th Gabriel M-E-R Chevallier, French author (La Peur), dies at 73
  • Apr 5th Romulo Gallegos, Venezuela author/president (1947-48), dies at 84
  • Apr 5th Ain-Ervin Mere, Estonian Nazi (b. 1903)
  • Apr 5th Shelby Storck, American television producer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 8th Arthur Walter Kramer, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 8th Denton Cooley, got 1st fully artificial heart, dies at 48
  • Apr 10th Harley J. Earl, American automobile designer (b. 1893)
  • Apr 11th Ludvig Irgens Jensen, composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 15th Victoria von Battenberg, wife of Spanish king Alfonso, dies at 81
  • Apr 18th Piotr F Scharoff, Russ/Italian actor/director (Chechov), dies at 82
  • Apr 23rd Krzystzof Komeda, composer, dies at 37
  • Apr 25th Margarita Xirgu, actress (Bloody Wedding), dies at 80
  • Apr 26th Morihei Ueshiba, Japanese martial artist and founder of aikido (b. 1883)
  • Apr 27th Dino Terranova, actor (Young Dillinger), dies at 65
  • Apr 27th René Barrientos, President of Bolivia (b. 1919)
  • Apr 28th Johannes Rontgen, composer, dies at 70
  • May 1st Ella Logan, actress (52nd Street, Woman Chases Man), dies at 56
  • May 1st George Parker, cricketer (2 Tests for S Afr 1924), dies
  • May 2nd Franz JHMM von Papen, German chancellor (1932), dies at 89
  • May 3rd Imre Vincze, composer, dies at 42
  • May 3rd Zakir Hussain, 3rd President of India, (b. 1897)
  • May 4th Osbert Sitwell, English writer (b. 1892)
  • May 5th Ben Alexander, actor (Frank Smith-Dragnet), dies at 57
  • May 8th Remington Kellogg, American naturalist (b. 1892)
  • May 14th Enid Bennett, silent film actress (Skippy, Hairpins), dies at 75
  • May 14th Frederick Lane, Australian swimmer (b. 1888)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

May 15th Joe Malone, Canadian ice hockey center (Quebec Bulldogs), dies at 79

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 16th Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17th Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 19th Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 20th Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20th Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69
  • May 23rd Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 23rd Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 23rd Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 24th Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 26th Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26th Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26th Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • May 27th Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28th Rhys Williams, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
  • May 30th Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30th John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 1st Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • Jun 7th Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8th Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10th Frank Lawton, actor (David Copperfield, Skin Game), dies at 64
  • Jun 11th John L Lewis, formed (Congress of Industrial Org), dies at 89
  • Jun 12th Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 14th Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16th Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, Brit field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16th John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16th Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 21st Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Jun 22nd Judy Garland, American singer and actress (Wizard of Oz, Easter Parade), dies at 47 of an overdose

Actress Judy Garland
Actress
Judy Garland
  • Jun 23rd Stanley Andrews, actor (Old Ranger-Death Valley Days), dies at 78
  • Jun 23rd Volmari Iso-Hollo, Finnish athlete (b. 1907)
  • Jun 24th Maria Belgado, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 24th Ted Hecht, actor (Time to Kill, Song of India, Gangster)
  • Jun 24th Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 27th Richard Vance Maxfield, composer, dies at 42
  • Jun 29th Moise K Tsjombe, premier Congo/Zaire, dies
  • Jun 29th Shorty Long, soul singer/pianist (Here Comes the Judge), dies at 29
  • Jun 29th Vesselin Stoyanov, composer, dies at 67
  • Jun 30th Jan Evangelista Zelinka, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 2nd Michael DiBiase, wrestler (b. 1923)
  • Jul 3rd Brian Jones, guitarist (Rolling Stones), drowns to death at 25
  • Jul 3rd Hermann Grabner, composer, dies at 83
  • Jul 5th Ben Alexander, dies at 58
  • Jul 5th Tom Mboya, Kenyian economics minister, assassinated in Narobi at 65
  • Jul 5th Walter Gropius, architect/found (Bauhaus school of design), dies at 86
  • Jul 5th Wilhelm Backhaus, German pianist (Rubinstein-1905), dies at 85
  • Jul 5th Leo McCarey, American film director (b. 1898)
  • Jul 7th Erskine Sanford, dies at 83
  • Jul 7th Gladys Swarthout, US mezzo-soprano (La Gioconda), dies at 69
  • Jul 9th Gertrude Dixon, compiler of Shunryu Suzuki's Zen Mind, dies
  • Jul 9th Pierre Capdevielle, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 9th Rob de Vries, actor/director (Ciske de Rat, Silent Raid), dies at 51
  • Jul 13th Madiba Thembekile, Nelson Mandela's son, dies in a car accident at 24
  • Jul 15th Peter Van Eyck, dies after long illness at 56
  • Jul 18th Barbara Pepper, actress (Doris Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 57
  • Jul 19th Mary Jo Kopechne, in Ted Kennedy's car, drowns at 28
  • Jul 19th Pavel I Apostolov, Russian military bandmaster, dies
  • Jul 20th Roy Hamilton, American rocker, dies at 40 (b. 1929)
  • Jul 22nd Hammy Love, cricketer (NSW wicket-keeper, played for Australia), dies
  • Jul 23rd Deli Floyd, writer, dies
  • Jul 24th Witold Gombrowicz, Polish author (Ferdydurke, Dziennik), dies at 64
  • Jul 25th Douglas Stuart Moore, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26th Raymond Walburn, actor (Spoilers, Dixie), dies after illness at 81
  • Jul 28th Ernst Tittel, composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 28th Frank H Loesser, US songwriter/composer (Guys & Dolls), dies at 59
  • Jul 28th Gabriel von Wayditch, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 28th Ramón Grau, Cuban president (b. 1882)
  • Aug 2nd Clarence Dickinson, composer, dies at 96
  • Aug 6th Theodor Adorno, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 65
  • Aug 7th Joseph Kosma, composer, dies at 63
  • Aug 7th Russ Morgan, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 65
  • Aug 8th Otmar Freiherr von Verschuer, German eugenicist and Nazi physician (b. 1896)
  • Aug 9th Abigail Folger, US, coffee magnate (Folgers), murdered
  • Aug 9th George P Marshall, NFL president (Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Aug 9th Robert Lehman, US multi-millionaire/director (Met Museum of Art), dies

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9th Sharon Tate, actress (Valley of Dolls), murdered by Manson's gang at 26

Actress and Murder Victim Sharon Tate
Actress and Murder Victim
Sharon Tate
  • Aug 9th Voyteck Freykowski, US director, murdered
  • Aug 9th Wojciech Frykowski, Polish writer (murdered) (b. 1936)
  • Aug 9th Jay Sebring, American hair stylist (murdered) (b. 1933)
  • Aug 9th Steven Parent, American student (murdered) (b. 1951)

Person-of-interestPerson of Interest

Aug 9th Cecil Frank Powell, British physicist, dies at 65

Physicist and Nobel Laureate Cecil Frank Powell
Physicist and Nobel Laureate
Cecil Frank Powell
  • Aug 10th Leno LaBianca, American businessman (murdered) (b. 1925)
  • Aug 10th Rosemary LaBianca, American housewife (murdered) (b. 1930)
  • Aug 12th Dick Ryan, actor (For Heaven's Sake), dies after long illness at 72
  • Aug 14th Leonard Sidney Woolf, English publisher/writer, dies at 88
  • Aug 14th Sigrid Gurie, actor (3 Faces West, Algiers), dies at 58
  • Aug 15th Stijn Streuvels, [F Lateur], Flemish writer (Vlaschard), dies at 97
  • Aug 16th Russ Bender, actor/writer (Air Patrol, Strangler), dies at 59
  • Aug 17th Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, architect (November Group), dies at 83
  • Aug 17th Philip Blaiberg, after 19 days with artificial heart, dies
  • Aug 18th Laci Boldemann, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 18th Mildred Davis, actress (Haunted Spooks), dies of coronary at 68
  • Aug 18th Otto Stern, German/US physicist (Nobel 1943), dies at 81