Famous Deaths in 1979

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  • Jan 3 Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
  • Jan 5 Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
  • Jan 7 Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
  • Jan 9 Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
  • Jan 11 Jack Soo, actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
  • Jan 13 Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
  • Jan 13 Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
  • Jan 14 Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
  • Jan 16 Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71

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Jan 16 Ted Cassidy, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46

  • Jan 16 August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)
  • Jan 18 Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
  • Jan 19 Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
  • Jan 20 Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
  • Jan 22 Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
  • Jan 24 Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
  • Jan 24 Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
  • Jan 25 J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
  • Jan 26 Nelson Rockefeller, former VP & (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
  • Jan 28 Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
  • Feb 1 Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
  • Feb 2 Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide

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Feb 2 Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21

Musician Sid Vicious
Musician
Sid Vicious
  • Feb 3 Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
  • Feb 5 Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
  • Feb 6 Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
  • Feb 6 Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
  • Feb 7 Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
  • Feb 8 Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
  • Feb 9 C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
  • Feb 9 Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12 Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
  • Feb 13 Jean Renoir, actor/director (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
  • Feb 14 Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
  • Feb 15 Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
  • Feb 15 Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Tehran, executed
  • Feb 16 Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
  • Feb 16 Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
  • Feb 16 William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
  • Feb 17 William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
  • Feb 21 Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
  • Feb 21 Ray Whitley, composer, dies
  • Feb 23 W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
  • Feb 28 Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
  • Feb 28 Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
  • Feb 28 Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
  • Mar 1 Dolores Costello, actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
  • Mar 1 Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
  • Mar 2 Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
  • Mar 2 Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
  • Mar 4 Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
  • Mar 5 Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
  • Mar 6 Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
  • Mar 7 Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
  • Mar 7 Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
  • Mar 9 Barbara Mullen, actress (Talk of a Million), dies at 64
  • Mar 11 Victor Kilian, American actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Jean Monnet, French economist/CEO (ECSC), dies at 90
  • Mar 17 Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
  • Mar 19 Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video), dies at 65
  • Mar 19 Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
  • Mar 20 Mino Pecorelli, Italian journalist, shot dead in Rome at 50
  • Mar 22 Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
  • Mar 22 Ben Lyon, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Indiscreet), dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
  • Mar 23 Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
  • Mar 24 Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
  • Mar 25 Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
  • Mar 26 Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
  • Mar 27 Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
  • Mar 29 Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
  • Mar 30 Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
  • Apr 1 Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
  • Apr 1 Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
  • Apr 2 Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
  • Apr 2 Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
  • Apr 4 Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
  • Apr 4 Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
  • Apr 5 Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
  • Apr 6 M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
  • Apr 6 Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 7 Bruno Apitz, German writer, dies at 78
  • Apr 9 Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
  • Apr 10 Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
  • Apr 10 Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
  • Apr 20 Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
  • Apr 23 Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
  • Apr 24 John Carroll, actor (Hired Wife, Fiesta, Geraldine), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
  • Apr 29 Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
  • Apr 29 Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
  • May 1 Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
  • May 2 Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
  • May 3 Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • May 5 Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
  • May 8 Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76

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May 9 Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95

Steel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton
Steel Magnate
Cyrus S. Eaton
  • May 9 Lan Adomian, Russian-born American composer, dies at 73
  • May 10 John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
  • May 10 Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
  • May 11 Joan Chandler, dies at 55
  • May 11 Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
  • May 13 Nelly Aenders, actress (In Pyama), dies at 65
  • May 14 Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
  • May 16 Asa Philip Randolph, American labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
  • May 23 Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79
  • May 24 Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
  • May 25 John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
  • May 26 George Brent, actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75

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May 29 Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87

Actress Mary Pickford
Actress
Mary Pickford
  • May 29 John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
  • May 30 Jack Raine, actor (Quartet), dies at 82
  • May 31 Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies
  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, actor (Buck Rogers, Held for Ransom), dies at 91
  • Jun 1 Werner Forssman, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53

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Jun 6 Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80

Actor Jack Haley
Actor
Jack Haley
  • Jun 7 Forrest Carter, American author (b. 1925)
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor/director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

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Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72

Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72
  • Jul 1 Richard Ward, actor (Beacon Hill), dies at 64
  • Jul 3 Louis Durey, French composer, dies at 91
  • Jul 4 Lee Wai Tong, Chinese footballer (b. 1905)

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Jul 5 Elizabeth Ryan, tennis ace (won 19 Wimbledon titles), dies at 87

Tennis Player Elizabeth Ryan
Tennis Player
Elizabeth Ryan
  • Jul 5 Judson Laire, actor/singer (Papa-Mama), dies at 76
  • Jul 6 Van McCoy, singer/songwriter (Hey Mr DJ, Hustle), dies at 35
  • Jul 7 D P Conyngham, cricketer (one Test for South Africa), dies
  • Jul 8 Michael Wilding, actor (Waterloo, Zarakm Naked Edge), dies
  • Jul 8 Sin-Itiro Tomonaga, Japanese physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1906)
  • Jul 8 Robert B. Woodward, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 9 Betty Evans Grayson, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1959), dies at 53
  • Jul 9 Cornelia Otis Skinner, dies at 78
  • Jul 9 Janardhan Gnanoba Navle, cricketer (2 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 10 Arthur Fiedler, orchestra leader (Boston Pops), dies at 84
  • Jul 11 Claude Wagner, French Canadian judge and politician (b. 1925)
  • Jul 12 Kalervo Tuukkanen, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 12 Minnie Ripperton, [Andrea Davis], singer (Lovin' You), dies at 30
  • Jul 13 Corine Griffith, dies at 84
  • Jul 14 George De Witt, TV host (Name that Tune), dies at 56
  • Jul 15 Gustavo Díaz Ordaz, President of Mexico (b. 1911)
  • Jul 16 James F Mcintyre, archbishop of Los Angeles, dies at 93
  • Jul 16 Alfred Deller, English countertenor (b. 1912)
  • Jul 17 Doug Meintjes, South African cricket pace bowler (v England 1922-23), dies
  • Jul 21 Ludwig Renn, German writer, dies at 90
  • Jul 22 Hope Summers, actress (Clara - "The Andy Griffith Show"), dies at 78
  • Jul 22 Soschtschenko, writer, dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Tony "Two-Ton" Galento, American boxer/actor (On the Waterfront), dies at 69
  • Jul 22 Sándor Kocsis, Hungarian footballer (b. 1929)
  • Jul 23 Keith Godchaux, rocker (Grateful Dead), dies in a car accident at 31
  • Jul 23 Joseph Kessel, French journalist and novelist (b. 1898)
  • Jul 24 Archie Duncan, actor (Sherlock Holmes), dies at 65
  • Jul 27 Ettore Manni, actor (Street People, Divine Nymph), dies at 52
  • Jul 27 Shirley Mason, actress (Let it Rain, Dark Skies), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Charles Shadwell, English conductor and bandleader (b. 1898)
  • Jul 29 Herbert Marcuse, philosopher (Eros & Civilization), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Bill Todman, American television producer (b. 1916)
  • Jul 30 Beppie Nooij Jr, Dutch actress (Rooie Sien), dies at 67
  • Jul 31 Beatrix Lehmann, actress (Psyche '59, Rat, Staircase), dies at 76
  • Aug 2 Thurmon Munson, NY Yankee, killed in a plane crash at Akron Oh at 32
  • Aug 3 Renato Fasano, composer, dies at 76
  • Aug 3 Bertil Ohlin, Swedish economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1899)
  • Aug 6 Kurt Kasznar, actor (Cmdr Fitzhugh-Land of the Giants), dies at 65
  • Aug 8 Nicholas Monsarrat, British novelist (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9 Allan Frank, actor (Charade Quiz), dies at 64
  • Aug 9 Walter O'Malley, CEO (Dodgers), dies at 75
  • Aug 9 Raymond Washington, founder of Los Angeles, California gang, the Crips
  • Aug 10 Dick Foran, actor (OK Crackerby), dies at 69
  • Aug 10 Walther Gerlach, German Physicist (Stern–Gerlach effect) dies at 90

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Aug 16 John Diefenbaker, 13th Prime Minister of Canada (Conservative: 1957-63), dies at 83

13th Prime Minister of Canada John Diefenbaker
13th Prime Minister of Canada
John Diefenbaker
  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67