Famous Deaths in January 1985

  • 1st Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (b. 1905)
  • 2nd Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author and first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • 3rd Lucien Cailliet, composer, dies at 93
  • 4th Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English lt-general (A Full Life), dies at 89
  • 4th Lovro von Matacic, Croatian conductor (b. 1899)
  • 5th Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • 6th Robert H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • 7th Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies at 67
  • 7th Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • 9th Don Brennan, cricket wicketkeeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • 9th Robert Mayer, British businessman and philanthropist (b. 1879)
  • 10th Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • 11th Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • 13th Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • 14th Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • 16th Robert Fitzgerald, U.S. poet and translator (b. 1910)
  • 18th Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • 18th Wilfrid Brambell, actor (Hard Day's Night, Boys), dies at 72
  • 20th Jo Juda, Dutch musician, dies at 75
  • 21st Barbara Cowsill, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56
  • 21st James Beard, American chef and author (b. 1903)
  • 21st Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • 22nd Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • 26th James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • 30th Ken Mayers, actor (Robbie Robertson-Space Patrol), dies at 67