Famous Deaths in May 1984

  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 73
  • May 2 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest 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, American 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