Famous Deaths in 1975

Deaths 1 - 200 of 320

  • Jan 1st Arthur Pierson, actor/director (Hat Check Girl), dies at 73
  • Jan 3rd Milton J Cross, TV announcer (Met Opera Auditions), dies at 87
  • Jan 3rd Robert Neumann, Austrian/British author (False Flag), dies at 77
  • Jan 3rd Walter Linck, Swiss sculptor, dies at 71
  • Jan 4th Carlo Levi, Italian writer (Parole Sono Pietre), dies at 72
  • Jan 5th Don Wilson, pitcher (Astro), dies at 29 of carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Jan 6th Noel Madison, actor (Jitterbugs, Black Raven), dies at 77
  • Jan 8th Anthony Warde, actor (Big Punch, Buck Rogers), dies at 66
  • Jan 8th John Dierkes, actor (Red Badge of Courage), dies at 69
  • Jan 8th John Gregson, actor (Rooney, Assassin), dies at 55
  • Jan 8th Louis J H C A de Bourbon, Dutch writer/poet (Gypsy Blood), dies at 66
  • Jan 8th Richard Tucker, [Reuben Ticker], US tenor (La Gioconda), dies at 61
  • Jan 9th John Slater, actor (Deadlock, 3 on a Spree), dies at 58
  • Jan 9th Pierre Fresnay, French actor (Monsieur Vincent), dies at 77
  • Jan 9th Pyotr Sergeyevich Novikov, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 11th Max Lorenz, German heldentenor famous for Wagner roles (b. 1901)
  • Jan 12th Caryn Campbell, Bundy victim, disappears from Snowmass, Colo
  • Jan 18th Gertrude Olmstead, American silent film actress, dies at 77
  • Jan 19th Thomas Hart Benton, American painter dies at 85 (b. 1889)
  • Jan 20th Franz Andre, Belgian conductor, dies at 81
  • Jan 21st Marie Lohr, actress (Pygmalion, Small Hotel, Escapade), dies at 84
  • Jan 22nd Klaas Voskuil, Dutch journalist, dies at 79
  • Jan 22nd Andrew George Burry, Swiss-born manufacturer and businessman (b. 1873)
  • Jan 23rd Karel Paul van der Mandele, director (Rotterdam Bank), dies at 94
  • Jan 24th Larry Fine, actor (3 Stooges), dies at 72
  • Jan 25th Vivien Kellems, TV hostess (The Power of Women), dies at 78
  • Jan 25th Charlotte Whitton, Canadian politician, mayor of Ottawa (b. 1896)
  • Jan 26th Lubov Orlova, actress (Moscow Laughs, Man of Music, Tanya), dies at 72
  • Jan 27th Bill Walsh, American producer and writer (b. 1913)
  • Jan 28th Ola Raknes, Norwegian psychoanalyst and philologist (b. 1887)
  • Jan 30th Boris Blacher, German composer (Purloined Letter), dies at 72
  • Feb 1st Richard Wattis, actor (Dick & Duchess, Liberace), dies at 62
  • Feb 3rd John Secondari, newscaster (Open Hearing), dies at 55
  • Feb 3rd Robert Evett, composer, dies at 52
  • Feb 3rd William D. Coolidge, American physicist and inventor (b. 1873)
  • Feb 3rd Umm Kulthum, Egyptian singer (b. 1904)

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Feb 4th Louis Jordan, American musician (b. 1908)

Musician Louis Jordan
Musician
Louis Jordan
  • Feb 4th Howard Hill, American archer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 7th Brendan Fay, actor (Hustler, Man on a Swing), dies at 54
  • Feb 8th Martyn Green, actor (Gilbert & Sullivan, Mikado), dies at 75
  • Feb 8th Robert Robinson, British chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1886)
  • Feb 9th Constant Burniaux, Belgian art historian (L'amour Vivre), dies at 82
  • Feb 10th Nikos Kavvadias, Greek poet and writer (b. 1910)
  • Feb 11th Richard Ratsimandrava, Malagasy soldier and statesman, assassinated (b. 1931)
  • Feb 13th Dagmar Godowsky, actress (Common Law, Red Lights), dies at 78
  • Feb 13th Eric Harding Thiman, composer, dies at 74
  • Feb 13th Henry P Van Dusen, US protestant theologist, dies at 77
  • Feb 14th Heintje Davids, [Hendrika David], Dutch cabaret artist, dies at 87
  • Feb 14th Julian S Huxley, English scholar/dir-gen (UNESCO), dies at 87
  • Feb 14th Pelham G Wodehouse, English/US writer (Piccadilly Jim), dies at 93
  • Feb 15th Julian Huxley, biologist, dies
  • Feb 15th Pelham G Wodehouse, writer, dies
  • Feb 16th Morgan Taylor, American athlete (b. 1903)
  • Feb 16th Norman Treigle, American bass-baritone (b. 1927)
  • Feb 18th Chivu Stoica, [Stoica Chivu), premier of Romania (1955-61), dies at 66
  • Feb 18th Luigi Dallapiccola, composer, dies
  • Feb 18th Raymond Moley, US advisor to pres Roosevelt "Brain Trust", dies at 88
  • Feb 18th Syed Nazir Ali, cricketer (2 Tests for India, 4 wickets), dies
  • Feb 19th Luigi Dallapiccola, Italian 12-tone composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 20th Edgar "Cookie" Fairchild, bandleader (Jerry Colonna Show), dies at 76
  • Feb 20th Lillian Fontaine, actress (Suddenly it's Spring), dies at 88
  • Feb 20th Robert Strauss, actor (Sgt Gruzewsky-Mona McCluskey), dies at 61
  • Feb 24th Nikolai A Bulganin, marshal/premier of USSR (1955-58), dies at 79
  • Feb 25th Elijah Muhammad, leader of Nation of Islam, dies in Chicago at 77
  • Feb 27th Neville Cardus, writer/cricketer, dies
  • Feb 28th Istvan Kardos, composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 2nd Jean Kurt Forest, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 2nd Josiah Mwangi Kariuki, Kenyan politician (b.1929)
  • Mar 7th Ben Blue, Canadian actor (Accidental Family), dies at 73
  • Mar 7th Francine Larrimore, actress (John Meade's Woman), dies at 76
  • Mar 7th Mikhail Bakhtin, Russian philosopher (b. 1895)
  • Mar 8th George Stevens, US director (Swing Time, Gunga Din), dies at 70
  • Mar 9th Joseph Dunninger, NYC, mentalist (Amazing Dunninger), dies at 82
  • Mar 9th Shirley Ross, actress (Night Vision, Mindkiller), dies at 62
  • Mar 9th Gleb W. Derujinsky, Russian-American sculptor (b. 1888)
  • Mar 10th Leopold Samuel, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 11th Philip Bezanson, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 11th Sammy Spear, orchestra leader (Dom Deluise Show), dies at 65
  • Mar 11th Walter Kinsella, actor (Happy-Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 74
  • Mar 13th Ali Sastroamidjojo, Indonesian attorney/minister/premier, dies at 71
  • Mar 13th Ivo Andric, Yugoslavian author (Nemiri-Nobel 1961), dies at 82
  • Mar 13th Jean Del Val, actor (Sainted Devil, Flying Deuces), dies at 83
  • Mar 13th Ruth Schaumann, German author/painter/sculptor, dies at 75
  • Mar 14th Susan Hayward, actress (Young & Willing), dies at 56
  • Mar 15th Antonino Rocca, professional wrestler/sportscaster, dies at 49
  • Mar 15th Aristotle S Onassis, Greek shipping magnate, dies at 69

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Mar 16th T-Bone Walker, blues guitarist (Funky Town, Well Done), dies at 64

Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter T-Bone Walker
Blues Guitarist and Singer-Songwriter
T-Bone Walker
  • Mar 16th Richard W. DeKorte, American politician (b. 1936)
  • Mar 18th Alain Grandbois, Quebec poet (b. 1900)
  • Mar 19th John A DeMott, dies at 63
  • Mar 21st Berend Giltay, composer, dies at 64
  • Mar 21st Ralph Hawtrey, economist (multiplier), dies at 95
  • Mar 21st Joe Medwick, baseball player (b. 1911)
  • Mar 22nd Asa Smith Bushnell Jr, Sec of US Olympics (1945-65), dies at 75
  • Mar 22nd Cass Daley, actress (Red Garters), dies at 59
  • Mar 22nd Paul Verhoeven, German director dies at 73
  • Mar 24th Muriel Hutchinson, actor (Another Thin Man), dies at 60
  • Mar 24th Oscar Rasbach, composer, dies at 86
  • Mar 25th Faisal bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, King of Saudi Arabia (1964-75), shot by nephew at 68
  • Mar 25th Juan Gaudino, Argentine racing driver (b. 1893)
  • Mar 27th Arthur Bliss, English composer/conductor (Checkmate), dies at 83
  • Mar 27th Gertrude Niesen, actress (Start Cheering), dies at 63
  • Mar 28th Renzo Massarani, composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 30th Peter Bamm, writer, dies
  • Apr 1st Eugeen Yoors, Flemish draftsman/glass painter, dies at 95
  • Apr 3rd Mary Ure, Scottish actress (Sons & Lovers, Where Eagles Dare), dies at 42
  • Apr 5th Inez Courtney, dies at 67
  • Apr 5th Victor GM Marijnen, Dutch premier (1963-65), dies at 58

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Apr 6th Chiang Kai-shek, Nationalist Chinese leader, dies at 87

Chinese Military and Political Leader Chiang Kai-shek
Chinese Military and Political Leader
Chiang Kai-shek
  • Apr 10th Marjorie Main, actress (Ma & Pa Kettle), dies at 85
  • Apr 10th Sophia JW "Sophie" Hermse, actress (But a Dream), dies at 86
  • Apr 10th Walker Evans, US photographer (Fortune Magazine), dies at 71
  • Apr 11th Dorothy Patten, American actress, dies at 70
  • Apr 12th Josephine Baker, US/French revue artist (Folies-Bergere), dies at 68
  • Apr 13th Larry Parks, actor (Jazz Singer), dies at 60
  • Apr 13th N'garta Tombalbaye, president Chad, dies
  • Apr 14th Fredric March, American actor (Inherit the Wind), dies of prostate cancer at 77
  • Apr 15th Charles Marshall, dies
  • Apr 15th John B McKay, US test pilot (X-15), dies
  • Apr 15th Richard Conte, actor (Four Just Men, Jean Arthur Show), dies at 65
  • Apr 17th Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Indian philosopher (b. 1888)
  • Apr 18th Rob Touber, [Robert J Noordervliet), chansonnier/director, dies at 38
  • Apr 21st Jack Allan Westrup, composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 22nd Mary Philips, actress (Farewell to Arms), dies at 75
  • Apr 23rd R D Brinkmann, writer, dies
  • Apr 23rd William Hartnell, actor (Dr Who), dies at 67
  • Apr 24th Pete Ham, rock musician (Badfinger), commits suicide by hanging himself at 27
  • Apr 24th William Hartnell, actor (Jackpot, This Sporting Life), dies at 67
  • Apr 25th Mike Brant, Israeli singer (b. 1947)
  • Apr 27th Nicholas Soussanin, actor (Last Command), dies at 86
  • Apr 28th Jan A de Jonge, Dutch historian, dies at 48
  • Apr 29th Darwin Judge, USMC-corporal, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29th Michael John Shea, USMC-lt/pilot, 1 of last soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • Apr 29th William Craig Nystul, USMC capt, 1 of last US soldiers killed in Vietnam
  • May 3rd Samuel Gonard, chairman (International Red Cross), dies at 78

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May 4th Moe Howard, [Moses Horowitz], comedian (3 Stooges), dies at 77

Comedian Moe Howard
Comedian
Moe Howard
  • May 6th Jozsef Mindszenty, [Joseph Prehm], Hungarian cardinal, dies at 83
  • May 8th Avery Brundage, CEO (Intl Olympic Committee, 1952-72), dies at 87
  • May 9th Philip Dorn, dies at 73
  • May 13th Bob Wills, actor (Lone Prairie), dies at 69
  • May 16th Michael X, (Abdul Malik), hanged in Trinidad, for murder
  • May 18th Leroy Anderson, composer, dies at 66
  • May 20th Dame Barbara Hepworth, English sculptor, dies in fire at 72
  • May 20th Jacques Stehman, composer, dies at 62
  • May 22nd Torben Meyer, actor (Viking, Roberta, Sunny), dies at 90
  • May 22nd Lefty Grove, American Baseball Player (b. 1900)
  • May 23rd Jackie "Moms" Mabley, comedienne (Amazing Grace), dies at 81

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May 27th Ezzard Charles, heavyweight boxing champion (1949-51), dies of ALS at 53

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Ezzard Charles
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Ezzard Charles
  • May 28th Eric Emerson, entertainer, dies
  • May 28th Roy Roberts, actor (Petticoat Junction, Lucy Show), dies at 75
  • May 30th Michel Simon, actor (Panic, Plague, Two of Us), dies at 80
  • May 30th Tatsuo Shimabuku, Japanese martial artist (b. 1908)
  • Jun 1st Steve Prefontaine, 5K (Olympics-4-1972), dies at 25
  • Jun 2nd Eisaku Sato, premier of Japan (1964-71 Nobel 1974), dies at 74
  • Jun 3rd Ozzie Nelson, American actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies at 69
  • Jun 4th Evelyn Brent, actress (Nitwits, Last Command, Spy Train), dies at 75
  • Jun 5th Paul Keres, Estonian chess player (b. 1916)
  • Jun 6th Larry Blyden, actor (Joe & Mabel, What's My Line), dies at 49
  • Jun 8th William F Jenkins, author (Time Tunnel, Land of Giants), dies at 78
  • Jun 9th David Frederick Barlow, composer, dies at 48
  • Jun 11th Floro Manuel Ugarte, composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 14th Pablo Antonio, Filipino modernist architect (b. 1902)
  • Jun 16th Don Robey, US gospel/impresario/producer, dies at 71
  • Jun 18th Faisal Ibn Mussed Abdul Aziz, Saudi prince, beheaded in Riyadh shopping center parking lot for killing his uncle the king

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Jun 19th Sam Giancana, American gangster, dies of multiple gunshot wounds at 67

Gangster Sam Giancana
Gangster
Sam Giancana
  • Jun 20th Daniel Ayala Perez, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21st Heinz Lau, composer, dies at 49
  • Jun 23rd William Hansen, actor (Homebodies), dies at 64
  • Jun 26th St. JosemarĂ­a Escrivá, Spanish Catholic priest (b. 1902)
  • Jun 28th Rod Serling, writer/host (Twilight Zone, Night Gallery), dies at 50
  • Jun 28th Konstantinos Apostolos Doxiadis, Greek architect (b. 1913)
  • Jun 28th Serge Reding, Belgian weightlifter (b. 1941)
  • Jun 29th Jerry Verno, actor (River of Unrest, Ourselves Alone), dies at 79
  • Jun 29th Tim Buckley, American singer-songwriter, dies at 28 of a heroin overdose
  • Jul 2nd James Robertson Justice, actor (DR at Large, Dr om Love), dies at 70
  • Jul 4th Georgette Heyer, English author (b. 1902)
  • Jul 5th Gilda dalla Rizza, Italian soprano (b. 1892)
  • Jul 6th Otto Skorzeny, German/Austrian SS (Mussolini/Ardennen), dies
  • Jul 6th Ruffian, American racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 7th Barbara Brown
  • Jul 7th Vito Frazzi, composer, dies at 86
  • Jul 7th Ruffian, American thoroughbred racehorse (b. 1972)
  • Jul 10th Achiel H van Acker, Belgian premier (1945-46, 1954-58), dies at 77
  • Jul 11th Kurt Pinthus, writer, dies at 89
  • Jul 13th Owen Wynne, cricketer (6 Tests for South Africa 1948-50), lost at sea
  • Jul 14th Zutty Singleton, US jazz drummer, dies at 77
  • Jul 14th Madan Mohan, Hindi Film's Melodious Music director (b. 1924)
  • Jul 15th Charles Weidman, US dancer/choreographer (Fables for Our Time), dies
  • Jul 17th Modoc, the elephant, dies at age 78 (oldest known nonhuman mammal)
  • Jul 17th Konstantine Gamsakhurdia, Georgian writer and public benefactor (b. 1893)
  • Jul 18th Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19th Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Jul 21st Billy West, actor (Jimmy the Gent, Jealousy), dies at 82
  • Jul 21st Fie Carelsen, actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • Jul 26th Leigh Whipper, actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • Jul 29th James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54
  • Aug 1st Howard Joslin, actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68
  • Aug 3rd Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • Aug 4th John Baragrey, actor (Gamera), dies at 57
  • Aug 8th Julian "Cannonball" Alderly, saxophonist/bandleader, dies of a stroke at 46