Famous Deaths in 1984

Deaths 1 - 200 of 341

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

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Jan 14th 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 18th Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 18th Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19th Max Bentley, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1920)
  • Jan 20th Johnny Weissmuller, US swimmer (Olympics-5 gold-1924, 28), dies at 79
  • Jan 21st Jackie Wilson, US singer (I Get the Sweetest Feeling), dies at 49
  • Jan 21st Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 23rd Samuel Gardner, composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23rd Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 27th Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28th John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29th Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 3rd Anne Townsend, lacrosse/tennis/field hockey star, dies
  • Feb 3rd Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 7th Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 8th Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (b. 1903)
  • Feb 9th Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras
  • Feb 9th Yuri Andropov, Gen Sec of Soviet Communist Party (1982-84), dies at 69
  • Feb 10th David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12th Julio Cort zar, Argentina writer (Final del Juego), dies at 69
  • Feb 12th Anna Anderson, claimant to the throne of Russia (b. 1896)
  • Feb 13th Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 15th Avon Long, dancer/actor (Roots: Next Generation), dies of cancer at 73
  • Feb 15th Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • Feb 15th Leamon Hunt, US director-General in Sinai, killed by communists
  • Feb 16th Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17th Lucille Benson, actress (Lilly-Bosom Buddies), dies at 69
  • Feb 19th Ina Ray Hutton, orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 20th Fikret Dzhamil Amirov, composer, dies at 61
  • Feb 21st Michail A Sholochov, Russian writer (Ocean Don, Nobel 1965), dies
  • Feb 22nd David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22nd Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24th Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24th Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 28th Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Feb 29th Roland Culver, actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83

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

  • Mar 2nd Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • Mar 3rd Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4th Shalva Mikhaylovich Mshvelidze, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4th Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4th Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 4th Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5th Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • Mar 5th Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5th Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 68
  • Mar 5th William Powell, actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6th Henry Wilcoxon, actor (Cleopatra, Dragnet, Jericho), dies at 78
  • Mar 6th Ian Cromb, cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies
  • Mar 6th Martin Niemöller, German submarine capt/anti-nazi minister, dies at 92
  • Mar 6th Pierre Cochereau, composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 7th Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 10th June Marlowe, actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 11th Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 11th Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and song writer (b. 1903)
  • Mar 12th Arnold Ridley, playwright/actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 13th Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF bat), dies
  • Mar 14th Aurelio Peccei, Italian businessman/CEO (Club Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16th John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 18th Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18th Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 19th Garry Winogrand, American photographer (b. 1928)
  • Mar 21st Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24th Sam Jaffe, actor (Dr Zorba-Ben Casey), dies of cancer at 93
  • Mar 26th Ahmed Sékou Touré, President of Guinea (b. 1922)
  • Mar 28th Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 28th Carmen Dragon, American conductor, composer and arranger (b. 1914)
  • Mar 30th Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31st Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer (b. 1944)

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

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

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Apr 22nd Ansel Adams, US photographer, dies at 82

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

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

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

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Jul 26th 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 26th 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 27th James Mason, British actor (Lolita), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Jul 27th Oswald Jacoby, US contract bridge champion, dies at 81
  • Jul 28th Bess Flowers, actress (View from Pompey's Head), dies at 85
  • Jul 29th Fred Waring, orchestra leader (Fred Waring Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 29th Woodrow Parfey, actor (Time Express), dies at 61 of a heart attack
  • Jul 30th Maurice Tremlett, cricketer (England pace bowler 1948-49), dies
  • Jul 31st Bill Raisch, one armed actor (Fred Johnson- The Fugitive), dies at 79