Famous Deaths in 1987

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

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

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

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Feb 22 Andy Warhol, American pop artist and film producer (Frankenstein, Bad), dies of a heart attack at 58

Pop Artist Andy Warhol
Pop Artist
Andy Warhol
  • Feb 22 David Susskind, TV host (Open End, David Susskind Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 22 Glenway Wescott, US writer (Apartment in Athens), dies at 85
  • Feb 23 Esmond Knight, actor (Black Narcissus, Henry V), dies at 80
  • Feb 24 Jim Connors, American Legendary Radio personality, dies in a car crash at 46
  • Feb 25 James Coco, actor (Joe-Dumplings), dies at 58
  • Feb 27 Joan Greenwood, English actress (Gentle Sex, Bad Sister), dies at 65
  • Feb 28 Anny Ondra, actress (Blackmail), dies at 83
  • Feb 28 Nora Kaye, US ballet dancer, dies at 67
  • Mar 2 Randolph Scott, actor (Fort Worth, Gung Ho, Jesse James), dies at 89
  • Mar 3 Danny Kaye, comedian (Danny Kaye Show), dies at 74
  • Mar 11 [Wayne] Woody Hayes, football coach (Ohio State), dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Bernhard Grzimek, West German zoologist, dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Finn Videro, Danish organist and composer, dies at 80
  • Mar 13 Gerald Moore, England, pianist (Am I Too Loud), dies at 87
  • Mar 15 Sterling W Cole, (Rep-R-NY), dies at 82
  • Mar 16 Scott McKay, actor (Guest in House, 30 Seconds over Tokyo), dies at 71
  • Mar 17 Santo Trafficante, Jr., American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Mar 18 Bil Baird, puppeteer (Jack Paar Show), dies at 82
  • Mar 19 Arch Oboler, radio writer (Lights Out), dies at 77
  • Mar 19 Emile Meyer, actor (Young Jesse James, Lineup), dies
  • Mar 19 Louis Broglie, French physicist (Nobel 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 19 Tony Stratton-Smith, journalist/record co CEO (Charisma), dies at 53
  • Mar 19 Louis Victor de Broglie, French quantum physicist (studied electrons, Nobel Prize 1929), dies at 94
  • Mar 20 Norman Harris, guitarist (O'Jays), dies at 39 of heart failure
  • Mar 21 Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35
  • Mar 21 Robert Preston, actor (Harold Hill-Music Man), dies at 68
  • Mar 22 Joan Shawlee, actress (Abbott & Costello Show), dies at 58
  • Mar 23 Dean Paul Martin, musician/tennis pro, killed in plane crash at 29
  • Mar 23 Adriaan Pitlo, Dutch lawyer, dies at 85
  • Mar 25 Henry R LaBouisse, headed UNICEF (1965-79), dies at 83
  • Mar 26 Walter Abel, actor (Suspicion), dies at 88
  • Mar 26 Eugen Jochum, German conductor (b. 1902)
  • Mar 27 Lloyd Goodrich, American Arts Museum director, dies at 90
  • Mar 27 Bruno Kiefer, German-born Brazilian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 28 Maria Augusta Trapp, singer (Trapp Family Singers), dies at 82
  • Mar 28 Patrick Troughton, English actor (second Doctor in Doctor Who), dies of a heart attack at 67

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

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

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

CIA Director William Casey
CIA Director
William Casey
  • May 7 Colin Blakely, dies at 56
  • May 8 Pam Ewing, (Victoria Principal) character on Dallas, is killed off
  • May 8 Doris Stokes, British psychic medium (b. 1920)
  • May 9 Obafemi Awolowo, Nigerian statesman and nationalist, dies at 78
  • May 12 Victor Feldman, British jazz pianist/drummer, dies at 53 of a heart attack
  • May 14 Rita Hayworth, actress (Gilda), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 68
  • May 15 John Baur, museum director, dies at 78
  • May 15 Wynne Gibson, actor (Night After Night, Aggie Appleby), dies
  • May 17 Gunnar Myrdal, Sweden, economist (Nobel 1974), dies at 88
  • May 18 Wilbur J Cohen, American social security expert, worked on the New Deal, dies at 73
  • May 19 James Tiptree Jr. [Alice Sheldon], American sci-fi author (Byte Beautiful), dies at 71
  • May 21 Alejandro Rey, actor (Carlos-Flying Nun), dies at 57
  • May 22 Mario Zafred, composer, dies at 65
  • May 23 Karel Albert, Flemish composer (Marieken van Nymeghen), dies at 86
  • May 24 Hermione Ferdinanda Gingold, British actress (Gigi, Music Man), dies at 89
  • May 27 John Howard Northrop, American chemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1891)
  • May 28 Charles Ludlam, actor (Big Easy), dies at 44
  • May 29 Alain Vincx, Belgian stuntman, dies in an accident at 40
  • May 30 Frank Carlson, (Gov/Rep/Sen-R-Ks), dies at 94
  • May 30 Turk Murphy, jazz trombonist, dies at 71
  • May 31 Dorothy Patrick, actress (Torch Song, New Orleans, High Wall), dies
  • Jun 1 Errol W Barrow, PM of Barbados (1961-76), dies at 67
  • Jun 1 Rashid Karami, 10 time premier of Lebanon, dies in bomb attack at 65
  • Jun 2 Andres Segovia, Spanish composer/guitarist, dies at 94
  • Jun 2 Sammy Kaye, American orchestra leader (Swing and Sway With Sammy Kaye)), dies of cancer at 77
  • Jun 3 Will Sampson, actor (From Here to Eternity, Yellow Rose), dies at 54
  • Jun 7 John Blofeld, writer/translator/Zen practitioner, dies at 73
  • Jun 8 Yogi Horton, drummer (Luther Vandross), commits suicide at 33
  • Jun 9 Grandon Rhodes, actor (Gentleman From Nowhere), dies
  • Jun 9 Madge Kennedy, actress (Marrying Kind, 3 Bad Sisters), dies
  • Jun 10 Elizabeth Hartman, actress (Fixer, Patch of Blue), dies at 45

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Jun 13 Geraldine Page, American actress (Blue & Gray, Trip to Bountiful), dies at 62

  • Jun 14 Les Favell, cricketer (757 runs for Australia), dies
  • Jun 15 J A K Cochrane, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1931), dies
  • Jun 15 Walter Heller, American economist (Old Myths & New Realities), dies at 71
  • Jun 17 Dick Howser, mgr (NY Yankees & KC Royal), dies of brain cancer at 51
  • Jun 18 Bruce Marshall, writer, dies at 87
  • Jun 19 Teresa Cormack, New Zealand murder victim (b. 1981)
  • Jun 21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)

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Jun 22 Fred Astaire, American tap dancer, presenter and actor (Easter Parade, Swingtime), dies at 88

Actor and Dancer Fred Astaire
Actor and Dancer
Fred Astaire
  • Jun 24 Hophnie Hobah Hines Johnson, cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies
  • Jun 24 Jackie Gleason, comedian (Honeymooners), dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter (Rocky Top, Love Hurts, Bye Bye Love), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Glen Hall, cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 30 King Donovan, actor/director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennet, choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 3 Viola Dana, actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (b. 1896)
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician, dies at 84
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, critic and activist, discovered Billie Holiday, dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 15 Alfie Bass, actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 66
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer/composer (Our Don Bradman), dies
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, actor (Big Cube, Amsterdam Kill), dies at 63
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, Secretary of Commerce, dies of internal injuries
  • Jul 25 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 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins, US composer (I've a Right to Cry), dies at 71
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, baseball player (NY Giants), dies at 83
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Jul 30 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • Aug 1 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92