Famous Deaths in 1969

Deaths 1 - 200 of 292

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

Ice Hockey Player Joe Malone
Ice Hockey Player
Joe Malone
  • May 16 Johnny Jordan, cameraman (You Only Live Twice), dies at 44
  • May 17 Joseph Beran, Czech archbishop of Prague/cardinal, dies at 80
  • May 18 Ludwig Berger, German film director and cinematographer (The Thief of Bagdad), dies at 77
  • May 19 Coleman Hawkins, US jazz musician/composer, dies
  • May 20 Fred Sherman, actor (Chain Lightning), dies after a stroke at 64
  • May 20 Royal Beal, actor (Death of a Salesman), dies of cancer, at 69
  • May 23 Diane Aubrey, actress (Haunted Strangler), dies of heart attack at 79
  • May 23 Jimmy McHugh, composer (Can't Give You Anything But Love), dies at 74
  • May 23 Peter Alma, painter/graphic artist, dies at 83
  • May 24 Mitzi Green, actress (Huckleberry Finn, Tom Sawyer), dies at 48
  • May 26 Kathryn Minner, entertainer, dies of heart attack at 77
  • May 26 Paul Hawkins, Australian racing driver (b. 1937)
  • May 26 Allan H. Loughead, American aviation pioneer (Lockheed Corporation; b. 1889)
  • May 27 Jeffrey Hunter, actor (Christopher Pike-Star Trek Cage), dies at 43
  • May 28 Rhys Williams, actor (Nightmare, Okinawa, Corn is Green), dies at 71
  • May 30 Gaston Brenta, composer, dies at 66
  • May 30 John Cipollini, guitarist, dies of ephysema at 45
  • Jun 1 Ivar Ballangrud, Norwegian ice skater (b. 1904)
  • Jun 7 Leo Gorcey, actor (Bowery Boys), dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Robert Taylor, actor (Death Valley Days), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Jun 10 Frank Lawton, actor (David Copperfield, Skin Game), dies at 64
  • Jun 11 John L Lewis, formed (Congress of Industrial Org), dies at 89
  • Jun 12 Alexander Deyneka, Ukrainian painter (b. 1899)
  • Jun 13 Ken Errair, American singer (Four Freshmen), dies in a plane crash at 39
  • Jun 14 Wynonie Harris, American rhythm and blues singer, dies of cancer at 53
  • Jun 16 Harold RLG 1st Earl Alexander of Tunis, British field marshal, dies at 78
  • Jun 16 John BMR "John" Hanlo, poet (Oote oote boe), dies at 57
  • Jun 16 Karl Hubert Rudolf Schiske, composer, dies at 53
  • Jun 21 Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly, 1st woman grand slam (1953), dies at 34

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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

MurderMurder of Interest

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

Person of interestPerson of Interest

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

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