Famous Deaths in 1987

Deaths 1 - 200 of 339

  • Jan 1st Gustav Knuth, actor (Heidi, Rats), dies at 85
  • Jan 4th F van Heek, Dutch sociologist, dies at 79
  • Jan 4th Jack Martin, cricketer (Eng pace bowler, 1-111 & 0-18 in Test), dies
  • Jan 4th Peggy Bacon, author/illustrator (Off With Their Heads), dies at 91
  • Jan 5th Margaret Laurence, Canadian author, dies at 60
  • Jan 5th Herman Smith-Johannsen, Norwegian-born Canadian cross-country skier (b. 1875)
  • Jan 7th Larry Carr, pianist (Flight to Rhythm), dies at 72
  • Jan 8th P G Joshi, cricketer (12 Tests for India 1951-60, ct 18 stp 9), dies
  • Jan 8th Peter Adams, actor (Alternative, Blowing Hot & Cold), dies at 69
  • Jan 9th Arthur Lake, actor (Dagwood-Blondie), dies at 81
  • Jan 10th Marion Hutton, American singer (Glenn Miller Orchestra) and actress, dies at 67
  • Jan 10th Sir David Robinson, English philanthropist and entrepreneur (b. 1904)
  • Jan 11th Albert Ferber, Swiss-English pianist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13th E van Ruller, Dutch journalist/co-founder (Trouw, Loyal), dies
  • Jan 14th Douglas Sirk, German American film director (All That Heaven Allows), dies at 86
  • Jan 15th Dolores Hawkins, singer (Guy Mitchell Show), dies at 58
  • Jan 15th Gerrit Borgers, Dutch literary, dies at 69
  • Jan 15th Ray Bolger, actor/dancer (Wizard of Oz), dies at 83
  • Jan 16th Earl Wilson, Bdwy columnist (Midnight Earl), dies in Yonkers at 79
  • Jan 16th Ilse Langen, writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 16th Joyce Jameson, comedienne (Spike Jones Show), dies at 54
  • Jan 16th Bertram Wainer, Australian pro-abortion campaigner (b. 1928)
  • Jan 16th Ilse Lagner, German antiwar writer, dies at 87
  • Jan 17th Hugo Fregonese, Argentine film director (b. 1908)
  • Jan 19th Gerald Brenan, English writer, dies at 92
  • Jan 19th Fred Lohse, German composer, dies at 78
  • Jan 20th Tom Dollery, cricketer (4 Tests for Eng 1947-50), dies
  • Jan 21st Pieter G Buckinx, Flemish writer (7th Day), dies at 83
  • Jan 21st Charles Goodell, American politician (b. 1926)
  • Jan 22nd R Budd Dwyer, Penns State Treasurer, facing prison for conspiracy & perjury, shot himself to death at a televised news conference
  • Jan 25th Emil Hlobil, Czech composer, dies at 85
  • Jan 29th Ivo Lhotka-Kalinski, composer, dies at 73
  • Jan 30th Angelo Rutherford, actor (Willie-Gentle Ben), dies at 32
  • Jan 30th Ken Drake, actor (Crime & Punishment USA), dies
  • Jan 31st Yves Allégret, French film director (b. 1907)
  • Feb 1st Erin Westmore, makeup artist (Hollywood Backstage), dies at 82
  • Feb 1st Alessandro Blasetti, Italian film director (b. 1900)
  • Feb 2nd Alfred Lion, record founder (Blue Note), dies at 78
  • Feb 2nd Patrick "Spike" Hughes, British jazz musician (Cinderella), dies at 78
  • Feb 2nd Castilho, Brazilian footballer (b. 1927)
  • Feb 2nd Alistair MacLean, Scottish novelist (b. 1922)

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Feb 4th Liberace, pianist (Liberace Show, Evil Chandell-Batman), dies at 67

Pianist Liberace
  • Feb 4th Carl Rogers, American psychologist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8th Bronislawa Wajs [Papuscha], writer, dies
  • Feb 8th Harriet MacGibbon, American actress, dies of a pulmonary & cardiac failure at 81
  • Feb 8th Hendrik Koekoek, founder (Dutch Boer party), dies at 74
  • Feb 10th Syed Sadequain Ahmed Naqvi, Pakistani painter, calligrapher and artist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 11th Sadequain, famous Pakistani painter and artist. (b. 1930)
  • Feb 12th Lang Jeffries, Canadian actor (Skip-Rescue 8), dies at 55
  • Feb 13th M L "Curly" Page, cricketer (NZ Test capt 1933), dies
  • Feb 14th Bola Sete, guitarist, dies at 63
  • Feb 14th Karolos Koun, Greek theater director (b. 1908)
  • Feb 15th Jimmy Holiday, US singer (Baby I Love You), dies at 42
  • Feb 15th Osmo Uolevi Lindeman, composer, dies at 57
  • Feb 17th Hal K Dawson, actor (Another Language, Wells Fargo), dies
  • Feb 17th Verree Teasdale, actress (Skyscraper Souls), dies
  • Feb 18th Dmitry Borisovich Kabalevsky, composer, dies at 82
  • Feb 20th Ivan Brkanovic, composer, dies at 80

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Feb 22nd Andy Warhol, pop artist, dies of a heart attack at 58

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Feb 22nd David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 22nd Glenway Wescott, US writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 23rd Esmond Knight, actor (Black Narcissus, Henry V), dies at 80
  • Feb 24th Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Feb 25th James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
  • Feb 27th Joan Greenwood, English actress (Gentle Sex, Bad Sister), dies at 65
  • Feb 28th Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • Feb 28th Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 2nd Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
  • Mar 3rd Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74
  • Mar 11th [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
  • Mar 13th Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 13th Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13th Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 15th Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 16th Scott McKay, actor (Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 71
  • Mar 17th Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18th Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19th Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • Mar 19th Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • Mar 19th Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19th Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 20th Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21st Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35
  • Mar 21st Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 22nd Joan Shawlee, actress (Abbott & Costello Show), dies at 58
  • Mar 23rd Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 23rd Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25th Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 26th Walter Abel, actor (Suspicion), dies at 88
  • Mar 26th Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27th Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Mar 28th Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • Mar 28th Patrick Troughton, actor (Dr Who-Dr Who), dies at 56

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Apr 2nd Buddy Rich, drummer/orchestra leader (Away We Go), dies at 69

Jazz Drummer/Band Leader Buddy Rich
Jazz Drummer/Band Leader
Buddy Rich
  • Apr 3rd Tom Sestak, American football player (b. 1936)
  • Apr 3rd Hans Gál, Austrian-British composer, dies at 97
  • Apr 4th C[atherine] L[ucille] Moore, author (Judgment Night), dies at 76
  • Apr 4th C.L. Moore, American writer (b. 1911)
  • Apr 7th Maxine Sullivan, [Williams], US actress (Going Places), dies at 75
  • Apr 8th Francis C Denebrink, US Naval officer (WW I, WW II, Korea) dies at 90
  • Apr 11th Erskine Caldwell, novelist (Tobacco Road), dies at 83
  • Apr 11th Kent Taylor, actor (Boston Blackie, Rough Riders), dies at 79
  • Apr 11th Primo Levi, Italy, chemist/writer (Survival in Auschwitz), dies at 67
  • Apr 12th Ewan Calague, economist/statistician (Social Security) dies at 90
  • Apr 12th Mike Von Erich, American wrestler
  • Apr 14th Karl Holler, composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 17th Carlton Barrett, Jamaican reggae drummer ("No Woman No Cry"), dies at 36
  • Apr 17th Dick Shawn, comedian (Producers), dies on stage at 57
  • Apr 17th Cecil Harmsworth King, owner of Mirror Group Newspapers (b. 1901)
  • Apr 17th Willie Donnell Smith, American fashion designer (WilliWear), dies of pneumonia at 39
  • Apr 19th Hugh "Lumpy" Brannum, Actor (Mr Green Jeans), dies at 77
  • Apr 19th Maxwell D Taylor, US commander 101st airborne (WW II), dies at 85
  • Apr 20th Antony Tudor, dancer/choreographer (Amer Ballet Theater) dies at 78
  • Apr 21st Edith S Green, (Rep-D-Ore), dies at 77
  • Apr 26th John Ernest Silkin, British politician (b. 1923)
  • Apr 26th Shankar, Of Noted Bollywood Music Director Duo Shankar-Jaikishan (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28th Ben Linder, development worker, murdered by Contras in Nicaragua
  • Apr 30th Hugh Dempster, actor (Anna Karenina, Candles at Nine), dies
  • May 3rd Dicky Fuller, cricketer (one Test for WI 1935, one run, 0-12), dies
  • May 3rd Dalida [Yolande Christina Gigliotti], Egyptian-born Italian French singer, commits suicide at 54
  • May 4th Cathryn Damon, actress (Mary Campbell-Soap), dies at 56
  • May 4th Dick Hillenius, Dutch biologist/writer, dies at 59
  • May 4th Paul Butterfield, singer/harmonica player, dies of drug abuse at 44

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May 6th William J Casey, director of CIA (1981-87), dies at 73

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • May 7th Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8th Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8th Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9th Obafemi Awolowo, Nigeria, President of Nigeria (1979-83), dies at 78
  • May 12th Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 14th Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15th John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 15th Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 17th Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18th Wilbur J Cohen, 1st employee of Social Security System, dies at 73
  • May 19th Alice B[radley] Sheldon, sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 19th James Tiptree, Jr, American author (b. 1915)
  • May 21st Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • May 22nd Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23rd Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24th Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 27th John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 28th Charles Ludlam, actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 29th Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30th Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 30th Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • May 31st Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • Jun 1st Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1st Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 2nd Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • Jun 2nd Sammy Kaye, orchestra leader (Sammy Kaye Show), dies at 77
  • Jun 3rd Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54
  • Jun 7th John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 8th Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • Jun 9th Grandon Rhodes, actor (Gentleman From Nowhere), dies
  • Jun 9th Madge Kennedy, actress (Marrying Kind, 3 Bad Sisters), dies
  • Jun 10th Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Fixer, Patch of Blue), dies at 45
  • Jun 13th Geraldine Page, actress (Blue & Gray), dies at 62
  • Jun 14th Les Favell, cricketer (757 runs for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15th J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • Jun 15th Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 17th Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • Jun 18th Bruce Marshall, writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19th Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jun 21st Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)

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Jun 22nd Fred Astaire, actor/dancer (Royal Wedding, Let's Dance), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 24th Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson, cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies
  • Jun 24th Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 25th Boudleaux Bryant, song writer (for Everly Bros), dies at 67
  • Jun 26th Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide
  • Jun 30th Federico Mompou, composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 30th King Donovan, actor/director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • Jul 1st Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 2nd Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2nd Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 3rd Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 8th Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 8th Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (b. 1903)
  • Jul 10th John Hammond, Jazz reviewer (Melody Maker), dies at 76
  • Jul 11th Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11th Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11th Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13th Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 15th Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 66
  • Jul 15th Jack O'Hagan, cricketer/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • Jul 17th Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 18th Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 20th Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • Jul 22nd A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 25th Malcolm Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce, dies of internal injuries
  • Jul 25th Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25th Charles Stark Draper, American Scientist and Engineer (Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology), dies at 85
  • Jul 26th Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • Jul 27th Travis Jackson, baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • Jul 28th James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29th Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 29th Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Jul 30th Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • Aug 1st Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • Aug 1st Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • Aug 2nd Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79