Famous Deaths in 1972

Deaths 1 - 200 of 269

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Apr 27th Kwame Nkrumah, president of Ghana, dies at 62

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

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May 2nd 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 3rd Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 3rd Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 4th Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 5th Rev Gary David, vocalist, dies at 76
  • May 6th Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 13th Dan Blocker, American actor (Hoss-Bonanza), dies at 43
  • May 15th Nigel Green, actor (Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies at 47
  • May 16th Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18th Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • May 20th Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20th Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22nd Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 24th Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24th Gavin Muir, actor (Hollister-Betty Hutton Show), dies at 64
  • May 24th Ismail Yasin, Egyptian comedian and actor (b. 1915)

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May 28th Edward VIII, King of Great Britain and Northern Ireland dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29th Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • May 29th Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 30th Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • May 31st Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • Jun 2nd Franz Philipp, composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4th Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 8th Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • Jun 12th Edmund Wilson, US writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • Jun 12th Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • Jun 13th Clyde L Mcphatter, US singer (Drifters-Without Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 13th Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 20th Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • Jun 20th Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • Jun 21st Seth Bingham, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 23rd Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • Jun 26th David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • Jul 2nd Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 3rd Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • Jul 6th Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Jul 6th Sam de Grasse, dies at 97
  • Jul 6th Vincent Valentine, WI cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 7th Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7th King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 9th Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • Jul 10th Lovie Austin, American jazz pianist (b. 1887)
  • Jul 16th Giorgio Nataletti, composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16th Max Zehnder, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 19th Hezekiah M. Washburn, missionary (b. 1884)
  • Jul 21st Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 21st Ralph Craig, American athlete (b. 1889)
  • Jul 22nd Hugo Kauder, composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 22nd Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 24th Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • Jul 28th Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • Jul 28th Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31st Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • Aug 2nd Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2nd Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2nd Rudolf Ganz, composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 2nd Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5th Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 5th Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 7th Joi Lansing, actress (Bob Cummings Show), dies at 44 of cancer
  • Aug 8th Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9th Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 9th Richard Elsasser, composer, dies at 45
  • Aug 11th Max Theiler, S Afr/US microbiologist (vaccin-Nobel 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 13th George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Aug 14th Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 14th Oscar Levant, actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14th Pierre Brasseur, French actor (Quai des Brumes), dies at 66
  • Aug 15th Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16th John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 17th Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17th Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 23rd Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 24th Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Aug 25th Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25th Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26th Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28th William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • Aug 29th Lale [Liselotte H] Anderson, Ger night club performer/singer, dies
  • Aug 29th Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1st May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4th Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5th Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5th Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7th Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 10th Sidney Pegler, cricket leg spinner (leading S Afr prior to WWI), dies
  • Sep 11th Max Fleischer, American animator (b. 1883)
  • Sep 12th William Boyd, cowboy (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14th Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70
  • Sep 15th Ulvi Cemal Erkin, composer, dies at 66
  • Sep 15th Geoffrey Fisher, Archbishop of Canterbury (b. 1887)
  • Sep 17th Akim Tamiroff, actor (Hotel Paradisio, Lord Jim), dies at 72
  • Sep 19th Robert Casadesus, French pianist (b. 1899)
  • Sep 21st Henry M de Montherlant, French author (Port Royal), dies at 76
  • Sep 22nd Robert KJE Antonissen, South African literary, dies at 53
  • Sep 23rd Carl Frank, actor (Uncle Gunnar-Mama), dies at 63
  • Sep 26th Charles J Correll, actor/voice (Calvin & the Colonel), dies at 82
  • Sep 27th Rory Storm, lead singer (Rory Storm & Hurricane), commits suicide