Famous Deaths in 1972

Deaths 1 - 200 of 273

  • 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 28th Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • 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 Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 1st Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • 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, 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 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 22nd Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • 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 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 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, Swiss 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, Austrian 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 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American 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, South African and American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11th Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • 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, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • 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