Famous Deaths in August 1985

  • 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
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall, actor (Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 10 Kenny Backer, comedian (Time Bandits), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Aug 12 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86
  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 14 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 15 Richard Yardumian, US composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe/Joseph Guttoveggio], US composer, dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, actress (Elizabeth-Lime Street), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 26 Pieter Jongeling, Dutch MP/editor (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, actress (Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell, English-born author (b. 1900)
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian biologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1899)