Famous Deaths in 1985

Deaths 1 - 200 of 335

  • Jan 1st Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • Jan 2nd Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 3rd Lucien Cailliet, composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 4th Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • Jan 4th Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5th Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6th Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 7th Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • Jan 7th Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9th Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Jan 9th Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • Jan 10th Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 11th Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13th Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 14th Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • Jan 16th Robert Fitzgerald, U.S. poet and translator (b. 1910)
  • Jan 18th Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 18th Wilfrid Brambell, actor (Hard Day's Night, Boys), dies at 72
  • Jan 20th Jo Juda, Dutch musician, dies at 75
  • Jan 21st Barbara Cowsill, rocker (Cowsills), dies of emphysema
  • Jan 21st James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 21st Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • Jan 22nd Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26th James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • Jan 30th Ken Mayers, actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol), dies at 67
  • Feb 3rd Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5th Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6th Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • Feb 6th Dandy Nichols, actress (Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • Feb 6th James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7th Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 7th Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 7th Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8th Marvin Miller, actor (Michael Anthony-Millionaire), dies at 71
  • Feb 8th Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75

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Feb 8th William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

Mr Jaguar William Lyons
Mr Jaguar
William Lyons
  • Feb 10th Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 11th Heinz Eric Roemheld, composer, dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 11th Henry Hathaway, actor/director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • Feb 11th Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 11th Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 12th Nicholas Colssanto, actor (Coach-Cheers), dies at 61
  • Feb 16th Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • Feb 17th Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • Feb 18th Willy Alberti, [Carel Verbruggen], Dutch singer, dies at 58
  • Feb 19th Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • Feb 19th George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • Feb 20th Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • Feb 21st Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • Feb 21st Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • Feb 21st Louis Hayward, actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Feb 22nd Alexander Scourby, actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71
  • Feb 22nd Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/US composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • Feb 22nd Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 23rd Alexander Scourby, actor (Jesus, Shaggy Dog, Giant), dies at 71
  • Feb 27th David Huffman, actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), dies
  • Feb 27th Henry Cabot Lodge, (Sen-R)/diplomat, dies at 82
  • Feb 27th Pat J O'Malley, actor (My Favorite Martian, Maude), dies at 83
  • Feb 28th Charita Bauer, actress (Mary-Aldrich Family), dies at 62 in NYC
  • Feb 28th David Byron, English singer (Uriah Heep) (b. 1947)
  • Feb 28th Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • Mar 1st Eugene List, US concert pianist, dies at 66
  • Mar 2nd John B Kelly Jr, chairman US Olympic Committee, dies at 57
  • Mar 2nd Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's
  • Mar 3rd Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6th Eric Sloane, US artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7th George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony), dies at 76
  • Mar 7th Robert W Woodruff, CEO (Coca-Cola), dies at 95
  • Mar 7th Victor W Farris, inventor of paper milk carton, etc, dies
  • Mar 8th Edward Andrews, actor (Broadside), dies at 70 of a heart attack
  • Mar 8th Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33
  • Mar 10th Konstantin Chernenko, party leader/President of USSR (1984-85), dies at 73
  • Mar 12th Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • Mar 15th Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16th Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

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Mar 16th Eddie Shore, Canadian ice hockey player, dies of a lung infection at 82

NHL Star Eddie Shore
NHL Star
Eddie Shore
  • Mar 17th Dattu Phadkar, cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies
  • Mar 18th Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21st Michael Redgrave, actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Mr Arkadin), dies at 77
  • Mar 21st Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 23rd Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist/writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23rd Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), dies at 60
  • Mar 23rd Singing Nun, commits suicide in Belgium at 52
  • Mar 23rd Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23rd Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 24th George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Monterone-Rigoleto), dies at 64
  • Mar 28th Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • Mar 28th Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29th Luther Terry, Surgeon General of the United States (b. 1911)
  • Mar 29th Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun, The Singing Nun (b. 1933)
  • Mar 30th Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Mar 31st Jeanine Deckers, Belgian nun (b. 1933)
  • Apr 1st Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • Apr 4th Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • Apr 5th Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 6th Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • Apr 8th J. Fred Coots, American songwriter (b. 1897)
  • Apr 11th Enver Hoxha, party leader/premier of Albania, dies at 76
  • Apr 11th Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 14th Enver Hoxha, Albanian leader (1944-85), dies
  • Apr 14th Reginald Beane, pianist (Starlit Time, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • Apr 14th Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65
  • Apr 16th Scott Brady, [Gerald Tierney], actor (Shotgun Slade), dies at 60
  • Apr 17th Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • Apr 21st Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • Apr 21st Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • Apr 21st Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio pioneer (b. 1902)
  • Apr 22nd Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer (b. 1900)
  • Apr 23rd Kent Smith, actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies at 78
  • Apr 23rd Sam J Ervin Jr, (Sen-D-NC), dies at 88
  • Apr 24th Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80
  • Apr 25th Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • Apr 25th Richard Haydn, British actor (Mutiny on the Bounty), dies at 80
  • May 1st George Pravda, Czechoslovakian actor, dies at 68
  • May 2nd Hal LeRoy, dancer/actor (Harold Teen), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2nd Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • May 2nd Attilio Bettega, Italian rallydriver (b.1951)
  • May 2nd Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader (b. 1909)
  • May 4th Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • May 5th Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • May 6th Julie Vega, Filipino child actress and singer (b. 1968)
  • May 7th Dawn Addams, actress (Alan Young Show, Star Maidens), dies at 54
  • May 8th Dolph Sweet, actor (Gil McGowan-Another World), dies at 74
  • May 8th Edmond O'Brien, actor (Sam Benedict), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • May 8th Karl Marx, German composer/conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9th Edmond O'Brien, actor (Moon Pilot, Wild Bunch), dies at 69
  • May 9th Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 11th Chester Gould, cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11th Garmt Stuiveling, literatrary (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 11th Jorja Curtright, actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack
  • May 11th Samuel Frith, English co-founder of soccer team (Bradford City), dies
  • May 12th Jean Debuffet, French painter/sculptor, dies
  • May 13th Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • May 13th Selma Diamond, comedienne (Selma-Night Court), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 14th Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 15th Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38

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May 16th Margaret Hamilton, actress (Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz), dies at 82

  • May 17th Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 17th Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • May 17th Abe Burrows, songwriter, composer, and writer (b. 1910)
  • May 18th Tex Terry, actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • May 20th George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • May 21st Julie Vega, Philippine Actress (b. 1968)
  • May 25th Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25th Robert Nathan, US writer/poet (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • May 27th Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • May 29th 39, die at Heysel Stadium in Liverpool in a riot prior to soccer match
  • May 29th Madge West, actress (Grandma-McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93
  • Jun 1st Richard Greene, actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • Jun 6th Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • Jun 10th Bob Prince, sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball), dies at 68
  • Jun 10th George Chandler, actor (Lassie), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 87
  • Jun 11th Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • Jun 11th Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • Jun 12th Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • Jun 15th Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • Jun 15th Percy Fender, cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies
  • Jun 15th Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • Jun 15th Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • Jun 17th Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • Jun 18th Paul Colin, French poster designer (b. 1892)
  • Jun 21st Tage Erlander, Prime Minister of Sweden (b. 1901)
  • Jun 25th Morris Mason, American murderer (b. 1954)
  • Jun 28th James Craig, actor (Human Comedy, Kismet), dies of lung cancer at 74
  • Jun 28th Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor, dies at 72
  • Jun 30th James Dewar, inventor (Twinkie), dies
  • Jul 2nd David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3rd Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager (b. 1893)
  • Jul 4th John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • Jul 5th Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • Jul 5th Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 5th Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • Jul 7th Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • Jul 8th Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • Jul 8th Phil Foster, comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • Jul 8th Simon Kuznets, US economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • Jul 9th Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 9th Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • Jul 9th Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10th Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered
  • Jul 16th Wayne King, orchestra leader (Wayne King Show), dies at 84
  • Jul 16th Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17th Czeslaw Josef Marek, composer, dies at 93
  • Jul 17th Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • Jul 18th Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • Jul 19th Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish writer (b. 1938)
  • Jul 21st Mickey Shaughnessy, actor (Chicago Teddy Bears), dies at 65
  • Jul 21st Vicki Vola, actress (Miss Miller-Mr District Attorney)
  • Jul 23rd Kay Kyser, bandleader (Kay Kyser's Kollege), dies at 79
  • Jul 23rd Johnny Wardle, English cricketer (b. 1923)
  • Jul 27th Joseph "Smoky Joe" Wood, pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 28th Grant Williams, actor (Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • Jul 29th James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 30th Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 31st Eugene Carson Blake, sec-gen World Council of Churches, dies at 78
  • Jul 31st Murray Chapple, cricketer (14 Tests for NZ, 497 runs), dies
  • Aug 1st Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 2nd Frank Faylen, vaudevillian, dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 2nd Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies
  • Aug 4th Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65