Famous Deaths in December 1981

  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, composer, dies at 62
  • Dec 2 Nicolaas "Cola" Debrot, gov of Dutch Antilles (1962-70), dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86
  • Dec 3 Walter Knott, American farmer (b. 1889)
  • Dec 8 Shakey, [Walter Horton], harmonicist (Everybody's Fishin'), dies at 64
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, TV host (Information Please), dies at 89
  • Dec 13 Cornelius Cardew, English composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat Markham, comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 27 Hoagy Carmichael, US actor/songwriter (Stardust), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krle┼ża, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60