Famous Deaths in 1985

Deaths 1 - 200 of 335

  • Jan 1 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 3 Lucien Cailliet, composer, dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • Jan 4 Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6 Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • Jan 7 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9 Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • Jan 10 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • Jan 16 Robert Fitzgerald, U.S. poet and translator (b. 1910)
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 18 Wilfrid Brambell, actor (Hard Day's Night, Boys), dies at 72
  • Jan 20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician, dies at 75
  • Jan 21 Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • Jan 22 Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • Jan 30 Ken Mayers, actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol), dies at 67
  • Feb 3 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 Dandy Nichols, actress (Confessions of a Window Cleaner), dies at 78
  • Feb 6 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 7 Matt Monro, English singer (b. 1932)
  • Feb 8 Marvin Miller, actor (Michael Anthony-Millionaire), dies at 71
  • Feb 8 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75

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

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

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Mar 10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

Soviet General Secretary Konstantin Chernenko
Soviet General Secretary
Konstantin Chernenko
  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Roger Huntington Sessions, US composer (Black Masks), dies at 88

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

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

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

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