Famous Deaths in January 1985

  • 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