Famous Deaths in August 1983

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