Famous Deaths in 1980

Deaths 1 - 200 of 315

  • Jan 1st Frank Clifford Wykoff, sprinter (Olympic-gold-28, 32, 36), dies at 70
  • Jan 1st Pietro Nenni, Italian politician (Socialists), dies at 88
  • Jan 2nd Larry Williams, rocker, dies at 44
  • Jan 3rd Amos Milburn, rocker, dies at 52
  • Jan 3rd Axel Springer Jr, German photographer, commits suicide at 38
  • Jan 3rd Ivan Triesault, actor (Von Ryan's Express, Desert Fox), dies at 81
  • Jan 3rd Lucien Buysse, Belgian cyclist (b. 1892)

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Jan 3rd Joy Adamson, Czech conservationist and author (Born Free), killed by her servant at 69

Naturalist and Author Joy Adamson
Naturalist and Author
Joy Adamson
  • Jan 7th Carl White, rocker, dies
  • Jan 7th Sarah Selby, actress (Tower of London), dies at 74
  • Jan 8th Oscar Ewing, US government official (Everybody's Business), dies at 90
  • Jan 8th John Mauchly, American physicist (b. 1907)
  • Jan 10th George Meany, labor leader, dies at 86
  • Jan 10th Bo Rein, American college football coach (b. 1945)
  • Jan 11th Barbara Pym, English novelist (b. 1913)
  • Jan 12th Hans Ebeling, cricketer (Vict stalwart, bowled for Aust 1934), dies
  • Jan 13th Andre Kostelanetz, Russian conductor, dies at 78
  • Jan 14th Robert Ardrey, American author (b. 1908)
  • Jan 16th Anna van Wageningen-Salomons, Dut author (Unspoilt Dream), dies at 94
  • Jan 17th Barbara Britton, actress (Pamela-Mr & Mrs North), dies at 59
  • Jan 18th Cecil Beaton, British photographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 19th Richard Franko Goldman, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19th William O Douglas, member US Supreme court (1939-75), dies at 81
  • Jan 22nd Iris Meredith, actress (Lawless Land, Gambling Terror), dies at 64
  • Jan 24th Lil Dagover, Dutch-born German actress (Spiders), dies at 92
  • Jan 25th David Newell, actor (Dangerous Curves, White Heat), dies at 75
  • Jan 25th Queenie Watts, English actress (b. 1926)
  • Jan 29th Antonio Molina, composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29th Jimmy Durante, comedian (Palooka, Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 86
  • Jan 30th Lil Dagover, actress (Destiny, Spiders), dies at 82
  • Jan 30th 'Professor Longhair' Henry Roeland Byrd, New Orleans blues singer and pianist
  • Jan 31st J P Duminy, cricket (30 runs at 5 & 1 wkt at 39 in 3 Test S Af), dies
  • Feb 1st Jack Bailey, TV host (Queen for a Day), dies at 72
  • Feb 1st Romolo Valli, actor (Boom, La Viaccia), dies at 54
  • Feb 1st Gastone Nencini, Italian cyclist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 2nd William H Stein, US biochemist (Nobel 1972), dies at 68
  • Feb 7th Ernst Kunz, composer, dies at 88
  • Feb 7th Katherine Emery, actress (Maze, Isle of the Dead), dies at 73
  • Feb 7th Secondo Campini, Italian jet pioneer (b. 1904)
  • Feb 8th Nikos Xilouris, Greek singer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 9th Antoine Pompe, Belgian architect, dies at 106
  • Feb 9th Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
  • Feb 12th Floyd Taliaferro Alderson, actor (Crossing Trails), dies
  • Feb 12th Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 13th David Janssen, [Meyer], actor (Fugitive, Harry O), dies at 49
  • Feb 14th Luitkonwar Rudra Baruah, Assamese composer and actor
  • Feb 16th Erich Hückel, German physicist (b. 1895)
  • Feb 17th Graham Sutherland, English artist (official WWII war artist), dies at 76
  • Feb 17th Jerry Fielding, composer (Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes), dies at 57
  • Feb 18th Gale Robbins, actress (Fuller Brush Girl, Mr Hex), dies at 58
  • Feb 19th Bon Scott, Aust rock vocalist (AC/DC), dies at 33
  • Feb 20th Alice Longworth Roosevelt, youngest daughter of Theodore, dies at 96
  • Feb 21st Chester H Lauck, actor (2 Weeks to Live, Goin' to Town), dies at 78
  • Feb 22nd Alfred Andersch, German writer (Red Head), dies at 66
  • Feb 22nd Oskar Kokoschka, Austria/British painter/graphic artist, dies at 93
  • Feb 22nd Dick Kallman, American actor (Born to Be Loved, Verboten!), murdered in his New York apartment at 46
  • Feb 23rd Robert Vandekerckhove, Belgian politician, dies at 62
  • Feb 27th George Tobias, actor (Abner Kravitz-Bewitched), dies at 78
  • Feb 28th Ian Alexander Ross Peebles, cricketer (45 wkts for England), dies
  • Feb 29th Yigol Alton, Israeli Foreign Minister, dies at 61
  • Feb 29th Gil Elvgren, American artist (b. 1914)
  • Mar 1st John Jacob Niles, composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 1st Dixie Dean, English footballer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 1st Wilhelmina, high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
  • Mar 5th Jay Silverheels, Canadian actor (Tonto-Lone Ranger), dies at 67
  • Mar 5th Winifred Wagner-William, German World Festival organizer, dies at 82
  • Mar 9th Olga Chekova, actress (Moulin Rouge, Pawns of Possession), dies at 82
  • Mar 10th Herman Tarnower, doctor (Scarsdale Diet), killed by Jean Harris
  • Mar 12th Arthur Charles Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Mar 13th Tauno Kullerve Pylkkanen, composer, dies at 61
  • Mar 14th Mohammad Hatta, Indonesian politician (b. 1902)
  • Mar 16th Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17th Rudolf G Escher, Dutch composer (Vrai Visage de la Paix), dies at 68
  • Mar 18th Erich Fromm, German/US psychoanalyst, dies at 79
  • Mar 18th Herman Griffith, cricketer (13 Tests for WI, 44 wickets), dies
  • Mar 21st Gideon Fagan, composer, dies at 75
  • Mar 21st Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 23rd Arthur Melvin Okun, American economist (b. 1928)
  • Mar 24th Oscar Romero, archbishop of San Salvador, murdered during mass
  • Mar 25th Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
  • Mar 25th Milton H. Erickson, American psychiatrist (b. 1901)
  • Mar 25th Walter Susskind, Czech conductor (b. 1913)
  • Mar 25th James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
  • Mar 26th Jon-Jon Poulos, rocker (Buckinghams), dies from drugs at 32
  • Mar 28th Dick Haymes, actor (Real Life, Betrayal), dies
  • Mar 28th Jesse Owens, (Oly-gold-36), dies at the age of 66
  • Mar 29th Annunzio Mantovani, Italian orchestra leader (Mantovani), dies at 74
  • Mar 31st Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
  • Apr 2nd Dick Howorth, cricketer (England slow lefty all-rounder late 40's), dies
  • Apr 3rd Luella Gear, actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • Apr 4th Red Sovine, American country music singer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 9th Kathleen Burke, dies
  • Apr 10th Kay Medford, actress (Dean Martin Show, To Rome With Love), dies at 65
  • Apr 11th Charlotte Henry, dies
  • Apr 11th Florence Lake, dies
  • Apr 12th Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 12th William R Tolbert Jr, Liberian President & 27 others killed in coup
  • Apr 12th Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 13th Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver (b. 1956)
  • Apr 14th Tom Fadden, actor (Duffeild-Broken Arrow, Cimarron City), dies at 84

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Apr 15th Jean-Paul Sartre, existentialist philosopher and writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • Apr 15th Marshall Reed, actor (Fred Asher-Lineup), dies at 62
  • Apr 15th Paul Langton, actor (Leslie-Peyton Place), dies at 76
  • Apr 15th Raymond Bailey, actor (Mr Drysdale-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 75
  • Apr 19th Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Apr 19th Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • Apr 21st Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 21st Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)

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Apr 22nd Jane Froman, singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

Singer Jane Froman
Jane Froman
  • Apr 22nd Tommy Caldwell, rocker (Marshall Tucker Band), dies
  • Apr 24th Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • Apr 25th Katia Mann, wife of German writer Thomas Mann (b. 1883)
  • Apr 26th Cicely Courtneidge, actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • Apr 28th Dee Carroll, [Betty Jean Marsh], actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies

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Apr 29th Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • Apr 30th Mary McCarty, actress (French Line), dies
  • Apr 30th Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)
  • May 2nd Clarrie Grimmett, cricket (36 Tests for Australia, 216 wickets), dies
  • May 2nd George Pál, Hungarian-born film director (b. 1908)
  • May 4th Josip Broz Tito, leader of Yugoslavia (1943-80), dies at 87
  • May 4th Kay Hammond, actress (Blithe SPirit, 5 Golden Hours), dies
  • May 5th Edmond Vandercammen, Belgian writer/poet (Grand Combat), dies at 79
  • May 12th Lillian Roth, actress (Animal Crackers, Alice Sweet Alice), dies
  • May 14th Hugh Griffith, actor (Passover Plot, Ben Hur, Tom Jones), dies at 67
  • May 14th Wilhelm Weismann, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18th Ian Curtis, English rock vocalist (Joy Division), commits suicide at 23
  • May 18th Reid Blackburn, a photojournalist for National Geographic was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1952)
  • May 18th Harry Truman, victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1896)
  • May 18th David A. Johnston, a U.S. Volcanoligist was also a victim of Mount St. Helens eruption (b. 1949)
  • May 20th Jack Walsh, cricketer (at Wallsend)/commentator (NBN), dies
  • May 21st Ida Kaminska, actress (Shop on Main Street), dies
  • May 28th Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)
  • May 30th Carl Radle, bassist (Derek & Dominoes), dies of a kidney ailment
  • Jun 1st [Richard] Rube Marquard, US baseball pitcher, dies at 90
  • Jun 1st Arthur Nielsen, American market analyst (b. 1897)
  • Jun 5th Lauritz Lauritzen, German politician, dies at 70
  • Jun 7th Henry Miller, American writer (Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn), dies of circulatory complications at 88
  • Jun 7th Richard Bonnelli, actor (Enter Madame), dies
  • Jun 7th Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
  • Jun 8th Ernst Busch, German singer and actor (b. 1900)
  • Jun 9th Leonard Huizinga, journalist/writer (Olivier & Adrian), dies at 73
  • Jun 10th Denys Morkel, South African cricketer (batsman scored 663 runs 1927-32), dies
  • Jun 12th Milburn Stone, actor (Doc-Gunsmoke), dies at 75
  • Jun 12th Billy Butlin, Founder of the brand of holiday venues known as Butlins (b. 1899)
  • Jun 18th André Leducq, French cyclist (b. 1904)
  • Jun 18th Terence Fisher, English film director (b. 1904)
  • Jun 20th Gustaf Allan Pettersson, composer, dies at 68
  • Jun 21st Bert Kaempfert, German orchestra leader and songwriter, dies of a stroke at 56
  • Jun 23rd John Laurie, actor (39 Steps, Jericho, Kidnapped), dies at 83
  • Jun 23rd Odile Versois, actress (Nude in a White Car, Young Lovers), dies
  • Jun 23rd Sanjay Gandhi, Indian politician, dies
  • Jun 23rd Walter Rodney, Guyanese historian (bomanslag), dies
  • Jun 23rd Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
  • Jun 23rd Varahagiri Venkata Giri, Fourth President of India (b. 1894)
  • Jun 27th Steve Peregrin Took, percussionist (T-Rex), dies at 31
  • Jun 28th Heal Gahagan Douglas, (Rep-D-Ca), lost to Nixon, dies at 79
  • Jun 28th Herbie Faye, comedian (Doc, Phil Silvers Show), dies at 81
  • Jun 28th Yoshiro Irino, composer, dies at 58
  • Jun 28th José Iturbi, Spanish pianist and conductor (b. 1895)
  • Jun 30th Virginia Brown Faire, actress (Lonesome Trail, Temptress), dies
  • Jul 1st Charles Percy Snow, British writer (Friends & Associates), dies at 75
  • Jul 4th Maurice Grevisse, Belgian grammarian (b. 1895)
  • Jul 5th Archibald James Potter, composer, dies at 61
  • Jul 6th Gail Patrick, actress (My Man Godfrey), dies of leukemia at 69
  • Jul 7th Reginald Gardiner, actor (Great Dictator), dies at 77
  • Jul 9th Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian poet and lyricist (b. 1913)
  • Jul 11th Boleslaw Woytowicz, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 11th Peggy Knudson, actress (April-So This is Hollywood), dies at 57
  • Jul 12th John W Davis, Pres (WV State college), dies at 92
  • Jul 13th Seretse Khama, 1st president of Botswana, dies
  • Jul 13th Sir Seretse Khama, Botswanan statesman and president, 59
  • Jul 15th Eddie Jackson, comedian (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 15th Henri Martelli, composer, dies at 85
  • Jul 17th Donald Barry, actor (Mr Gallo-Mr Novak), dies at 68
  • Jul 17th Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 18th Naoomal Jeoomal, cricketer (3 Tests for India 1932-34, 108 runs), dies
  • Jul 22nd Fred Kaps [Abram PA Bongers], magician (world champ 1955), dies at 54
  • Jul 23rd Sarto Fournier, Mayor of Montreal (b. 1908)
  • Jul 23rd Mollie Steimer, anarchist agitator and American political prisoner (b. 1897)

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Jul 24th Peter Sellers, English actor and comedian (The Goon Show, Pink Panther), dies at 54

Actor and Comedian Peter Sellers
Actor and Comedian
Peter Sellers
  • Jul 24th Uttam Kumar, Indian actor (b. 1926)
  • Jul 25th Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian poet, singer, and actor (b. 1938)
  • Jul 26th Allen Hoskins, American child actor (Our Gang) dies at 59
  • Jul 26th Ibn-e-Safi, Pakistani fiction writer and Urdu poet (b. 1928)

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Jul 27th Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (1941-79), dies in Cairo at 60

Last Shah of Iran Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
Last Shah of Iran
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
  • Jul 28th Cecil Burleigh, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 29th Jan Tausinger, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 30th Charles McGraw, actor (Michael-Falcon, Smith Family), dies at 66
  • Jul 30th Norman Lloyd, composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 31st Bobby Van, actor/TV host (Make Me Laugh), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 31st Mohd. Rafi, Indian playback singer (b. 1924)

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Aug 1st Strother Martin, actor (Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 1st Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2nd Verdun John Scott, cricketer (ten Tests for NZ), dies
  • Aug 5th Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 6th Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 8th Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8th Jacqueline Cochrane, US pilot/1st female faster than sound, dies at 70
  • Aug 8th Paul Triquet, French Canadian army officer (b. 1910)
  • Aug 9th Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83