Famous Deaths in October 1981

  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer/pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, American journalist (b. 1902)
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, writer, dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, Major League Baseball Hall of famer (b. 1905)
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Sue-Rich Man Poor Man), dies at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, singer/comedian (Laugh-In), dies at 48

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Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (b. 1895)
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Justin Jud Strunk Jr, comedian (Laugh In), dies at 48
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)
  • Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, US author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, actor (King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 94
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies