Famous Deaths in August 1983

  • Aug 1 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, die at 47
  • Aug 3 Carolyn Jones, actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies at 54 of cancer
  • Aug 5 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 15 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, US author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Jack Somack, actor (Ball Four, Stockard Channing Show), dies at 64
  • Aug 24 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • Aug 26 Mike Kellin, actor (Honestly Celeste), dies at 61 of cancer
  • Aug 28 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • Aug 29 Simon Oakland, actor (Toma, Kolchak, Baa Baa Black Sheep), dies at 61
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68