Famous Deaths in 1984

Deaths 1 - 200 of 342

  • Jan 1 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (b. 1928)
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1902)
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Suvanna Phuma, premier of Laos, dies at 82
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (b. 1901)
  • Jan 11 Fritz Geissler, composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, TV narrator (Lights Out), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 14 Paul Ben Haim, composer, dies at 86

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Jan 14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

McDonald's Entrepreneur Ray Kroc
McDonald's Entrepreneur
Ray Kroc
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, US singer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 3 Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • Feb 9 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

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Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

Soviet General Secretary Yuri Andropov
Soviet General Secretary
Yuri Andropov
  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
  • Feb 15 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • Feb 19 Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Fikret Dzhamil Amirov, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 21 Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83

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Mar 1 Jackie Coogan, actor (Uncle Fester-Addams Family), dies at 69

  • Mar 2 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 4 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • Mar 5 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 William Powell, actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Henry Wilcoxon, actor (Cleopatra, Dragnet, Jericho), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Ian Cromb, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • Mar 6 Pierre Cochereau, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 10 June Marlowe, actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 11 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and song writer (b. 1903)
  • Mar 12 Arnold Ridley, playwright/actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 13 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF bat), dies
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/CEO (Club Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 18 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24 Sam Jaffe, actor (Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • Mar 28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 28 Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • Mar 30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer (b. 1944)

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Apr 1 Marvin Gaye, singer (Sexual Healing), shot to death by his father Marvin Gaye Sr in LA at 44

Singer Marvin Gaye
Singer
Marvin Gaye
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 6 Jimmy Kenndy, British songwriter (South of the Border), dies
  • Apr 6 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, (Sen-D-Ohio, 1957-81), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1894)
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor, dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, FBI's "most wanted man," accidentally kills self
  • Apr 13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian and magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer (b. 1925)
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 20 Mabel Mercer, English/US singer (Fly me to the moon), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)

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Apr 22 Ansel Adams, US photographer, dies at 82

Photographer Ansel Adams
Photographer
Ansel Adams
  • Apr 23 August "Guus" Oster, actor/director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • Apr 26 William "Count" Basie, American jazz musician and bandleader, dies at 79
  • Apr 27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, US senator/VP candidate (1948), dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia A Warner, writer, dies
  • Apr 30 Arthur T "Bomber" Harris, bombed nazi-Germany, dies
  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • May 2 Jack Barry, game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Failing God, Niggers), dies at 64
  • May 4 Diana Dors, actress (Berserk!), dies at 52 of cancer
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 8 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • May 10 Robert Moore, actor (Marshall-Diana), dies at 56
  • May 12 Doris May, actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 14 Larry Stock, songwriter (Blueberry Hill), dies
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, comedian (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, US writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor (Dr Doolittle), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe, British comedian (Morecambe & Wise), dies at 58
  • Jun 1 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos-I'll Be Home), dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 5 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • Jun 5 Frederick Russell, English Marine Biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 A[rthur] Bertram Chandler, author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • Jun 7 George Givot, actor (Versatile Vaudeville), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 Gordon Jacob, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Enrico Berlinguer, secr-general (CP) Italy, dies
  • Jun 13 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 15 Meredith Willson, composer (Meredith Willson Show), dies at 82
  • Jun 15 Ned Glass, actor (Charade, Street Music), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jun 16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • Jun 17 Chet Allen, actor (Jerry-Bonino, Slats-Troubleshooter), dies at 51
  • Jun 17 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • Jun 18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host
  • Jun 19 Lee Krasner Pollock, US painter, dies at 75
  • Jun 19 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 20 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • Jun 20 Sunny Johnson, actress (Animal House), dies cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • Jun 20 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 William Keighley, dir (Man who came to Dinner), dies of a stroke at 94

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Jun 24 Clarence Campbell, Canadian NHL president, dies at 78

3rd President of the NHL Clarence Campbell
3rd President of the NHL
Clarence Campbell
  • Jun 25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • Jun 26 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69
  • Jun 26 George H Gallup, pollster (Gallup Poll), dies at 82
  • Jun 30 Lillian Hellman, playwright, (Little Foxes), dies at 79
  • Jul 1 Moshe Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-born educator (b. 1904)
  • Jul 2 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • Jul 2 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 3 Raoul Salan, French general/OAS leader (Algeria), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer-songwriter (b. 1949)
  • Jul 7 Flora Robson, actress (Great Day, Frieda), dies in her sleep at 82
  • Jul 7 Carl Boenish, American father of BASE jumping (b. 1941)
  • Jul 8 Christine McIntyre, actress (3 Stooges), dies at 73
  • Jul 9 Randall Thompson, US composer (Trip to Nahant), dies at 85
  • Jul 11 Karel Mengelberg, composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 14 Al Schacht, [Clown prince of baseball], baseball player, dies at 91
  • Jul 14 Kenny Delmar, comedian (School House), dies at 74
  • Jul 14 Philippe Wynne, US soul singer (I'll Be Around), dies at 43
  • Jul 14 Ernest Tidyman, American writer (b. 1928)
  • Jul 16 Billy Williams, singer (Your Show of Shows), dies at 73
  • Jul 17 J Delos Jewkes, singer/actor (Stars & Stripes Forever), dies at 89
  • Jul 18 James Oliver Huberty, shot by police after killing 21 in McDonalds
  • Jul 19 Carol Eberts Veazie, actress (Maude Endles-Norby), dies at 89
  • Jul 19 Geert Lubberhuizen, Dutch publisher (Busy Bee), dies at 68
  • Jul 19 Faina Ranevskaya, Russian actress (b. 1896)
  • Jul 20 Gail Kubik, US composer (Gerald McBoing Boing), dies at 69
  • Jul 20 Jim [James] Fixx, jogger/writer (Jim Fixx on Running), dies at 52
  • Jul 21 Michael Osborne, rock guitarist/vocalist (Axe), dies at 34
  • Jul 23 Lloyd Gough, actor (Black Bart, Tolsa), dies of aortic aneurism at 77
  • Jul 25 Bryan Hextall, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1913)
  • Jul 25 Big Mama Thornton, American singer (b. 1926)

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Jul 26 Ed "Psycho" Gein, mass murderer ("Psycho" & "The Texas Chain Saw Massacre" based on him), dies at 78

Murderer and Body Snatcher Ed Gein
Murderer and Body Snatcher
Ed Gein

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Jul 26 George Gallup, pioneer of public opinion polls, dies of a heart attack at 82

Inventor of the Gallup Poll George Gallup
Inventor of the Gallup Poll
George Gallup
  • Jul 27 James Mason, British actor (Lolita), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jul 27 Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • Jul 28 Bess Flowers, actress (View from Pompey's Head), dies at 85
  • Jul 29 Fred Waring, orchestra leader (Fred Waring Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 29 Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • Jul 30 Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies
  • Jul 31 Bill Raisch, one armed actor (Fred Johnson- The Fugitive), dies at 79