Famous Deaths in May 1988

  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 1 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • May 3 Lev Semenovich Pontryagin, Russian mathematician (b. 1908)
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 George Rose, actor (Devil's Disciple, Hideaways), dies at 68
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • May 7 Harris Glenn Divine, dies of natural causes at 42
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

Person of interestPerson of Interest

May 11 Kim Philby, British spy/Soviet mole, dies at 76

  • May 13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • May 14 Willem Drees, PM of Netherland (1948-58), dies at 101
  • May 15 Andrew Duggan, actor (Jigsaw, Firehouse), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 15 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italy, delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italy, fascist (member of parliament), dies at 73
  • May 23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • May 27 Florida Friebus, actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • May 27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • May 27 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • May 30 Ella Raines, actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact), dies at 66