Famous Deaths in 1972

Deaths 1 - 200 of 273

  • Jan 1 Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 3 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Carl-Olof Anderberg, composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 6 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies
  • Jan 7 John Berryman, US poet (Imaginary Jew), dies
  • Jan 7 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist

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Jan 8 Kenneth Patchen, US writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • Jan 9 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Sverre Jordan, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 10 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • Jan 12 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
  • Jan 14 Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Daisy Ashford, English child writer (The Young Visiters) (b. 1881)
  • Jan 16 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
  • Jan 16 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • Jan 17 Rochelle Hudson, actress (That's My Boy), dies at 55
  • Jan 17 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 24 Jerome Cowan, actor (Mr Dithers-Blondie), dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)

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Jan 27 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Jan 27 Richard Courant, German/US mathematician, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • Jan 30 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 31 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Jan 31 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 John Litel, actor (Big Boss, Crime Doctor, My Buddy), dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 11 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Edgar P Snow, US author/journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 20 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • Feb 21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • Feb 22 Walter Sande, actor (Adventures of Tugboat Annie), dies at 65
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 26 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • Feb 27 Pat Brady, American actor and singer (b. 1914)
  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • Mar 2 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • Mar 5 Nils Bjorkander, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • Mar 11 Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer (b. 1941)
  • Mar 15 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • Mar 16 Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter/graphic artist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet/art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Mar 20 Marilyn Maxwell, actress (Grace-Bus Stop), dies at 50
  • Mar 27 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American musician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 29 J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • Mar 31 Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)

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Apr 2 Gil Hodges, manager (NY Mets), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 3 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Brian Donlevy, actor (Steve-Dangerous Assignment), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, dies at 62

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Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, killed at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, actor (Mission to Moscow, King Kong) dies at 65
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese author (Nobel 1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, actor (Mr Freeze-Batman, Ivanhoe), dies at 65
  • Apr 26 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)

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Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 27 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered
  • May 1 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • May 2 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

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May 2 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 4 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 5 Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • May 20 Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20 Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
  • May 24 Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)

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May 28 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • May 29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 30 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • May 31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • Jun 2 Franz Philipp, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • Jun 12 Edmund Wilson, US writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • Jun 12 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • Jun 13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 13 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 20 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • Jun 20 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • Jun 21 Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • Jun 26 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • Jul 2 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 3 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • Jul 6 Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Jul 6 Sam de Grasse, dies at 97
  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, WI cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 9 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • Jul 10 Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 16 Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jul 22 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 22 Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • Jul 28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • Aug 2 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 2 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing, actress (Bob Cummings Show), dies at 44 of cancer
  • Aug 8 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, composer, dies at 45
  • Aug 11 Max Theiler, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Pierre Brasseur, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 66
  • Aug 15 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 17 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 23 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Aug 25 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • Aug 29 Lale [Liselotte H] Anderson, Ger night club performer/singer, dies
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15 Ulvi Cemal Erkin, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 15 Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • Sep 17 Akim Tamiroff, actor (Hotel Paradisio, Lord Jim), dies at 72
  • Sep 19 Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21 Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • Sep 22 Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53