Famous Deaths in August 1981

  • 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
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Ali Rajai, president of Iran, assassinated by a bomb
  • Aug 30 Mohammad Javad Bahonar, prime minister of Iran, assassinated by a bomb

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Aug 30 Vera-Ellen, actress (Big Leaguer, On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

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  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies