Famous Deaths in 1981 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 299 of 299

  • 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

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • 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
  • Sep 1 Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), dies of a stroke at 76
  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 1 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, actor (Dawn Patrol, Going My Way), dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1896)
  • Sep 13 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 19 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor/director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies at 68
  • Sep 21 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George, actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man), dies at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, actor/dir (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • 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
  • Nov 2 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Will Durant, US author (story of civilization), dies at 96
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, french movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

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Nov 12 William Holden, American actor (Network, The Wild Bunch, Breezy), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 15 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Morgan Conway, actor (Dick Tracy Detective), dies
  • Nov 17 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • Nov 19 Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
  • Nov 20 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, actor (Chico & the Man), dies at 74
  • Nov 26 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood, American actress (West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Nov 29 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72
  • 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, American 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 Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60