Famous Deaths in 1981

Deaths 1 - 200 of 299

  • Jan 1 Hephzibah Menuhin, American-Jewish concert pianist (b. 1920)
  • Jan 2 David Lynch, singer (Platters-My Prayer), dies at 51
  • Jan 3 Princess Alice of Albany (b. 1883)
  • Jan 5 Harold C Urey, US chemist (Deuterium, Nobel 1934), dies at 87
  • Jan 5 Paul Félix, Flemish architect (Song of the Sun), dies at 67
  • Jan 5 Lanza del Vasto, Italian philosopher (b. 1901)
  • Jan 6 A[rchibald] J[oseph] Cronin, physician/author (Citadel), dies at 84
  • Jan 6 A. J. Cronin, Scottish writer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 7 Jose Ardevol, composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 7 Alvar Lidell, UK radio broadcaster (b. 1908)
  • Jan 7 Eric Robinson, Australian politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 8 Matthew Beard, entertainer, dies
  • Jan 8 Woody Chamblis, actor (Mr Lathrop-Gunsmoke), dies at 66
  • Jan 9 Kazimierz Serocki, composer, dies at 58
  • Jan 10 Richard Boone, actor (Paladin-Have Gun Will Travel), dies at 63
  • Jan 10 Fawn M. Brodie, American historian (b. 1915)
  • Jan 11 Beulah Bondi, actress (It's a Wonderful Life), dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Isobel Elsom, actress (Unseen, Jane Eyre, Illegal), dies at 87
  • Jan 13 Emiel van Hemeldonck, Belgian writer (Mary, My Child), dies at 83
  • Jan 14 John O'Grady, Australian writer (Nino Culotta) (b. 1907)
  • Jan 15 Emanuel Celler, (Rep-D-NY, 1923-73), dies at 92
  • Jan 16 Bernard Lee, English actor (Fallen Idol, Dr No), dies at 73
  • Jan 17 Loukas Panourgias, Greek footballer (b. 1899)
  • Jan 21 Allyn Joslyn, actor (They Won't Forget, Cafe Society), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Norman Stronge, former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA alondside son James
  • Jan 21 James Stronge former Ulster Unionist Member of Parliament, assassinated by IRA, alondside his father Norman
  • Jan 22 Fannie Thomas, US, dies at 113
  • Jan 22 Ishtiaq Hussain Qureshi, Pakistani historian and educationist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 23 Bobby Sherwood, orchestra leader (Milton Berle Show), dies at 66

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Jan 23 Samuel Barber, American composer (School for Scandal), dies of cancer at 70

Composer Samuel Barber
Composer
Samuel Barber
  • Jan 25 Richard Talmadge, actor (Speed Reporter), dies
  • Jan 25 [Adele] Marie Astaire, actress (Last Man on Earth, Millie) and sister of Fred Astaire, dies at 82
  • Jan 27 Leo Collard, Belgian minister of Education (1946/54-58), dies at 78
  • Jan 29 Cozy Cole, rocker (Topsy Part II), dies
  • Feb 1 Donald W Douglas, US aviation pionieer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 1 Ernst Pepping, composer, dies at 79
  • Feb 1 Nils Geirr Tveitt, composer, dies at 72
  • Feb 1 Wanda Hendrix, American actress (Sierra, Ride the Pink Horse), dies at 52
  • Feb 2 Donald W Douglas, US aircraft pioneer/builder, dies at 88
  • Feb 2 Jan Donner, Dutch chairman of High Council, dies at 89
  • Feb 2 Louise Lorraine, actress (Adventures of Tarzan), dies
  • Feb 5 Barend Barendse, Dutch sportscaster, dies at 73
  • Feb 5 Kuda Bux, Indian mystic (I'd Like to See), dies at 75
  • Feb 5 Ella Grasso, Governor of Connecticut (b. 1919)
  • Feb 6 Hugo Montenegro, American film music composer (b. 1925)
  • Feb 6 Frederika of Hanover, Queen Consort of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 7 Frederika of Hanover, Queen of Greece (b. 1917)
  • Feb 9 Bill Haley, vocalist (Rock Around Clock), dies of heart attack at 55
  • Feb 12 Jean Dixon, actress (Joy of Livng, You Only Live Once), dies
  • Feb 15 Jack Crapp, cricketer (7 Tests for England 1948-49, 319 runs), dies
  • Feb 15 Mike Bloomfield, American musician (Electric Flag), dies of a drug overdose at 37
  • Feb 15 Thomas Beversdorf, composer, dies at 56
  • Feb 15 Karl Richter, German conductor (b. 1926)
  • Feb 18 John Knudsen Northrop, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1895)
  • Feb 19 Frank Merrik, composer, dies at 94
  • Feb 26 FC Terborgh, [Reijnier Flaes], lawyer/writer (Turkish War), dies at 79

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Feb 26 Howard Hanson, American classical music composer and conductor (Nordic), dies at 84

Composer and Conductor Howard Hanson
Composer and Conductor
Howard Hanson
  • Feb 26 Munabi, assistant to Uganda president Obote, murdered
  • Feb 26 Robert Aickman, English writer and conservationist (b. 1914)
  • Feb 27 Jacob H. Gilbert, American politician (b. 1920)
  • Mar 2 Janear Hines, actress (Roberta-Julia), dies at 30
  • Mar 4 Torin Thatcher, actor (Houdini, Isranbul, Lady Godiva), dies
  • Mar 4 Yip Harburg, American lyricist (b. 1896)
  • Mar 5 Brenda De Banzie, actress (39 Steps, Hobson's Choice), dies at 64
  • Mar 5 Paul Horbiger, actor (3rd Man), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 George Geary, cricketer (14 Tests for England, 46 wickets), dies
  • Mar 6 Klaus Grabowski, child molester, shot by parent
  • Mar 7 John Gnagy, artist (Learn to Draw), dies at 73
  • Mar 7 Kirill Petrovich Kondrashin, Russian conductor/composer, dies at 67
  • Mar 14 Ken Barrington, cricketer (82 Tests for England, 6806 runs), dies
  • Mar 15 René Clair, French film director (b. 1898)
  • Mar 17 Paul Dean, American baseball player (b. 1913)
  • Mar 22 James "Jumbo" Elliott, American track coach (b. 1915)
  • Mar 26 Cyril Dean Darlington, biologist (hereditary mechanisms), dies at 77
  • Mar 26 Tim Wall, cricketer (SA v NSW 1933 is Sheffield Shield record), dies
  • Mar 27 Mao Dun, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 29 Eric Williams, Prime Minister (Trinidad & Tobago), dies at 79
  • Mar 30 Dewitt Wallace, US founder (Reader's Digest), dies at 91
  • Mar 30 Noel Harford, cricketer (8 Tests for NZ 1955-58), dies
  • Mar 31 Enid Bagnold, British playwright (b. 1889)
  • Apr 1 D[ennis] F[eltham] Jones, sci-fi author (Colossus), dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Eua Sunthornsanan, Thai composer and bandleader (b. 1910)
  • Apr 3 Juan Trippe, Airline entrepreneur and pioneer, Pan Am founder (b. 1899)
  • Apr 4 Brad Johnson, actor (Annie Oakley), dies at 56
  • Apr 5 Bob "Bear" Hite, rocker (Canned Heat), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Apr 5 Cornelis Verolme, Dutch ship builder, dies at 80
  • Apr 7 Kit Lambert, British record producer and manager (The Who) (b. 1935)
  • Apr 8 Norman Taurog, American film director (Skippy), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 Omar Bradley, last US 5-star general, (Normandy) dies in NY at 88
  • Apr 11 Marie Ney, dies at 85
  • Apr 12 Hans Chemin-Petit, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Hendrik F Andriessen, Dutch organist/composer (Te Deum), dies at 88

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Apr 12 Joe Louis, [Brown bomber], US heavyweight boxing champion (1937-49), dies of cardiac arrest at 66

Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Joe Louis
Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion
Joe Louis
  • Apr 13 Prince Asaka Yasuhiko of Japan (b. 1887)
  • Apr 15 French Duynstee, Dutch states rights leader, dies at 67
  • Apr 16 Eric Hollies, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 44 wickets), dies
  • Apr 19 Ernst Levy, Swiss composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 21 Harry Lee, cricketer (scored 18 & 1 in only Test for England), dies
  • Apr 22 Brailsford Reese Brazeal, dean (Morehouse College), dies at 76
  • Apr 23 Josep Pla, Catalan journalist and writer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 26 Jim Davis, American actor (Jack Ewing-Dallas), dies at 65
  • Apr 26 Madge Evans, TV panelist (Masquerade Party), dies at 71
  • Apr 28 Mickey "Toy Bulldog" Walker, welterweight champ (1922-26) dies at 79
  • Apr 30 Peter Huchel, German poet, dies at 78
  • May 1 Clarence A Bacote, historian/political scientist, dies at 75
  • May 5 Bobby Sands, IRA activist/terrorist dies in the 66th day of his hunger strike aged 26
  • May 7 Mieczyslaw Kolinski, composer, dies at 79
  • May 8 Margaret Lindsay, actress (G Men, Lady Killer, Jezebel), dies at 70
  • May 8 Maurice Fernandes, cricket captain (WI in 1st Test win, 1930 v Eng), dies
  • May 9 C E "Nip" Pellew, cricketer (10 Tests 484 runs at 37), dies
  • May 9 Nelson Algren, US writer (Man with the Golden Arm), dies at 72
  • May 9 Ralph Allen, English footballer (b. 1906)

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May 11 Bob Marley, reggae singer, dies of brain & lung cancer at 36

Reggae Musician Bob Marley
Reggae Musician
Bob Marley
  • May 11 Hoyt J Fuller, editor (1st World magazine), dies at 57
  • May 12 Benjamin Sheares, President of Singapore (1971-81), dies at 73
  • May 13 Carl Weinrich, composer, dies at 76
  • May 16 Ernie Freeman, American pianist and arranger (b. 1922)
  • May 17 Hugo Freidhofer, composer, dies at 80
  • May 17 Jeannette Ridlon Piccard, 1st US woman free balloon pilot, dies
  • May 18 Arthur O'Connell, actor (Mr Peepers, 2nd Hundred Years), dies at 73
  • May 18 William Saroyan, US stagewriter (Time of your life), dies at 72
  • May 21 Yuki Shimoda, actor (Farewell to Manzanar), dies
  • May 21 Patsy O'Hara, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • May 21 Raymond Mccreesh, Irish hunger striker (b. 1957)
  • May 23 George Jessel, US comic/toastmaster (Diary of Young Comic), dies at 83
  • May 23 Rayner Heppenstall, English novelist (d. 1911)
  • May 23 David Lewis, Canadian labour lawyer and politician (b. 1909)
  • May 24 George Jessel, actor (Diary of a Young Comic), dies at 83
  • May 24 Jack Warner, [Waters], actor (Captive Heart), dies at 84
  • May 25 Rosa Ponselle, US singer (Metropolitan Opera), dies at 84
  • May 25 Roy Brown, American boxer/rocker, dies of a heart attack at 55
  • May 25 Fredric Warburg, British publisher and author (b. 1898)
  • May 28 Mary Lou Williams, African American musician, dies at 71 in Durham NC
  • May 28 Stefan Wyszynski, Polish Cardinal, dies
  • May 30 Ziaur Rahmen, President of Bangladesh, is assassinated
  • May 30 Don Ashby, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1955)
  • Jun 1 Carl Vinson, (Rep-D-Ga, 1914-64), dies at 97
  • Jun 1 Naim Chadir, PLO-representative in Brussels, murdered
  • Jun 3 Carleton Coon, anthropology prof (What in the World), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Eric Dalton, cricketer (698 runs for South Africa at 31 72), dies
  • Jun 5 Philo McCullough, actor (Branded, Ridin' Thru), dies
  • Jun 9 Allen Ludden, game show host (Password), dies at 63
  • Jun 9 Russell Hayden, actor (Hidden Gold, Apache Chief, Justice), dies
  • Jun 10 Russell "Lucky" Hayden, actor (Judge Roy Bean), dies at 68
  • Jun 11 Eppo Doeve, Dutch graphic artist/cartoonist/painter, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 Humphrey Keervelt, director (Suriname Planning Bureau), murdered
  • Jun 16 John S Knight, US newspaper magnate, dies at 86
  • Jun 16 Jule Gregory Charney, American meteorologist (b. 1917)
  • Jun 17 Richard O'Connor, British general (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Zerna Sharp, American writer and educator (Dick and Jane) (b. 1889)
  • Jun 17 Yitzhak Zuckerman [Itzhak Zuckerman], Jewish resistance hero in World War II and one of the few survivors of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, dies at 65
  • Jun 21 Gunnar Ek, Swedish composer, dies on his 81st birthday
  • Jun 22 Lola Lane, actress (Zanzibar, Mystery Ship, Big Fight), dies
  • Jun 23 Zarah Leander, Swedish/German singer/actress (Gabriela), dies at 79
  • Jun 26 Peter Kreuder, German composer, dies
  • Jun 28 Ayatollah Mohammad Beheshti, Iran Islamic Rep Party founder, bombed
  • Jun 28 Peter Paul Kreuder, German composer, dies at 75
  • Jun 28 Terry Fox, Canadian one-legged marathoner, dies of cancer at 22
  • Jun 29 Mohammed Hussein Beheshti, Iran ayatollah/politician, murdered
  • Jul 1 George Voskovec, actor (Fred-Nero Wolfe, Peter-Skag), dies at 76
  • Jul 1 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve, American bass player (b. 1948)
  • Jul 2 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • Jul 3 Ross Martin, actor (Mr Lucky, Wild Wild West), dies at 61
  • Jul 5 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Keefe Brasselle, actor (Be Our Guest), dies at 58
  • Jul 7 Mildred Lisette Norman a.k.a. Peace Pilgrim, American pacifist and activist
  • Jul 8 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Allen Ludden, TV show host (Password), dies at 61
  • Jul 9 Oscar van Hemel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • Jul 12 Ben Seijes, historian (WW II), dies at 73
  • Jul 16 Harry Chapin, folk vocalist (Taxi), dies in car crash at 38
  • Jul 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Louis Cheslock, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 25 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69
  • Jul 26 Donald Lybbert, composer, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64
  • Jul 27 William Wyler, US director (Ben Hur), dies at 79
  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala (b. 1935)
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • Aug 1 Paddy Chayefsky, screenwriter (Network, Hospital) dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 1 Seppo Antero Yrjonpoika Nummi, composer, dies at 49
  • Aug 3 Robert Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas, [Hesselberg], actor (Woman's Face, Hud), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor (b. 1894)
  • Aug 17 Robert Russell Bennett, US composer/arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, US (stage)author (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Hermann Schey, German/Neth singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 26 Lee Hays, rocker, dies of a heart attack
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, founder (ACLU), dies at 97
  • Aug 27 Joan Edwards, singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttman, Hungarian footballer (b. 1900)
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89