Famous Deaths in 1957

Deaths 1 - 200 of 213

  • Jan 1 Ruth Draper, US elocutionist, dies at 67 or 72
  • Jan 1 Seán South and Fergal O'Hanlon are killed in the Brookeborough Raid.
  • Jan 4 Theodor Korner von Siegringen, 5th President of Austria (1951-57), dies at 84
  • Jan 7 Al White, choreographer (NBC Comedy Hour), dies
  • Jan 9 Mary Carr Moore, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 10 Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet (Nobel Prize 1945), dies at 67
  • Jan 11 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)

Person of interestHumphrey Bogart

Jan 14 Humphrey Bogart, American actor (Casablanca, Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer of the esophagus at 57

  • Jan 16 Alexander Cambridge, gov-gen (South African 1923-31/Canada 1940-5), dies at 82
  • Jan 16 Arturo Toscanini, Italian US conductor (NBC), dies in NYC at 89
  • Jan 19 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • Jan 20 James Connolly, 1st Oly winner (1896) since Barasdates (369 CE), dies
  • Jan 21 Arthur L Bowley, English statistician/economist, dies at 87
  • Jan 22 Paul Walden, Latvian chemist (Walden inversion, room-temperature ionic liquid, ethylammonium nitrate), dies at 93
  • Jan 23 Willie Edwards, US African American, murdered by KKK at 25
  • Jan 24 Daniel Taylor, cricketer (bro of Herbie, 2 Tests for S Af 1914), dies
  • Jan 25 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • Jan 25 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • Jan 28 Fred Stein, TV panelist (Live Begins at 80), dies at 88
  • Jan 30 Grigore Gafencu, Romanian minister of Foreign Affairs (1938-39), dies at 65
  • Feb 1 Friedrich Paulus, German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad, dies at 66
  • Feb 2 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • Feb 4 Miguel Covarrubias, Mexican illustrator, dies
  • Feb 5 Joseph Ben Hardaway, American storyboard artist, director, and creator of Bugs Bunny, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • Feb 5 Sami Ibrahim Haddad, Lebanese surgeon (b. 1890)
  • Feb 7 Rudolph Reti, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 8 John von Neumann, mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88
  • Feb 10 Laura Ingalls Wilder, American author (Little House on Praries), dies at 90
  • Feb 12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • Feb 12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 16 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British politician (Minister of Transport), dies at 63
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36

Person of interestJoseph Gilbert Hamilton

Feb 18 Joseph G. Hamilton, American Physician who was a pioneer of using radioactive isotopes in disease treatment and diagnosis, dies of radiation induced leukemia at 49

  • Feb 18 Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Maurice Garin, French cyclist (b. 1871)
  • Feb 22 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)
  • Feb 23 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, dies at 67
  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70

Person of interestBugs Moran

Feb 25 Bugs Moran, American gangster, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

Gangster Bugs Moran
Gangster
Bugs Moran
  • Mar 2 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Wyndham Lewis, British author (b. 1882)
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70

Person of interestRichard E. Byrd

Mar 11 Richard E. Byrd, American aviator and polar explorer (1st to reach both the North Pole and South Pole by air - disputed), dies at 68

Aviator and Polar Explorer Richard E. Byrd
Aviator and Polar Explorer
Richard E. Byrd
  • Mar 12 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies at 72
  • Mar 12 Josephine Hull, actress (Harvey), dies at 71
  • Mar 13 Lena Ashwell, British actress and theatrical manager who was the 1st to organize large-scale entertainment for WWI troops at the front, dies at 84
  • Mar 14 Evagoras Pallikarides, Cypriot freedom fighter (b. 1938)
  • Mar 15 Ernst Nobs, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1886)

  • Mar 16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian MP (communist), dies at 67
  • Mar 16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81

Person of interestRamon Magsaysay

Mar 17 Ramon Magsaysay, 7th President of the Philippines, dies in a plane crash at 49

7th President of the Philippines Ramon Magsaysay
7th President of the Philippines
Ramon Magsaysay
  • Mar 23 Patrick Abercrombie, English architect and town planner, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Fud Livingston, American jazz clarinetist and composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 25 Max Ophüls, German director and writer (b. 1902)
  • Mar 26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), dies at 84
  • Mar 29 Joyce A L Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way), dies at 65
  • Apr 1 Gheorge Tatarescu, premier Romania (1933-37, 39-40), dies
  • Apr 3 Edward "Ned" Sparks, Canadian actor (42nd Street, Imitation of Life), dies from intestinal obstruction at 73
  • Apr 4 E. Herbert Norman, Canadian diplomat (b. 1909)
  • Apr 8 Frank Chester, cricketer (distinguished 1-armed Engl Test ump), dies
  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor and singer (b. 1917)
  • Apr 19 Charles Earle Funk, American lexicographer (Funk & Wagnalls), dies at 76
  • Apr 19 Johan W Albarda, 1st Dutch SDAP minister (1939-45), dies at 79
  • Apr 22 Ignatius Roy D Campbell, British poet (Garcia Lorca), dies at 54
  • Apr 23 William Orlamond, Danish actor (Flesh and the Devil, The Wind), dies at 89
  • Apr 24 Andries CD de Graeff, gov-gen of Neth Indies (1926-31), dies at 84
  • Apr 26 Gichin Funakoshi, Japanese martial artist, Father of Japanese Shotokan Karatedo, dies at 88
  • Apr 27 Mario A Gianini, creator (maraschino cherry), dies
  • Apr 28 Heinz "Pritzl" Bär, German fighter pilot (b. 1913)
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Ludwig Schiedermair, German musicologist (Beethoven), dies at 80
  • May 1 Grant Mitchell, American actor (Great Lie, Laura, Cairo, Conflict), dies at 82

Person of interestJoseph McCarthy

May 2 Joseph McCarthy, anti-communist US senator (R-Wisc), dies at 48

US Senator Joseph McCarthy
US Senator
Joseph McCarthy
  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • May 5 Mikhail Fabianovich Gnesin, composer, dies at 74
  • May 7 Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer who led the German Antarctic expedition of 1911–12, dies at 79
  • May 8 Johannes C B "Jan" Sluyters, Dutch painter, dies at 75
  • May 9 Ezio F Pinza, Italian bass (Scale of Milan, NY Met Opera), dies
  • May 9 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter/wood carver/glasier, dies at 67
  • May 12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian film director and actor (Sunset Boulevard, Blind Husbands, La Grande Illusion), dies at 71
  • May 12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • May 14 Marie Vassilieff, Russian artist (b. 1884)
  • May 16 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • May 16 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Edwin St Hill, cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet/composer (Plumb), dies at 75
  • May 29 James Whale, English film director (Frankenstein, Show Boat), commits suicide by drowning at 67
  • May 30 Toivo R Pekkanen, Finnish writer (Black Ecstasy), dies
  • May 31 Leopold Staff, Polish poet (b. 1878)
  • Jun 7 Elizabeth S Kingsley, double-Crostic puzzle creator, dies
  • Jun 9 Robert Oboussier, Swiss composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 12 James F "Jimmy" Dorsey, US orchestra leader, dies at 53
  • Jun 17 D Richardson, writer, dies at 84
  • Jun 17 Esme Percy, British actor (Murder!, Pygmalion, Old Spanish Custom), dies at 69
  • Jun 19 Karl Plagge, German officer and Nazi Party member who during World War II used his position as a staff officer in the German Army to employ and protect some 1,240 Jews, dies at 59
  • Jun 21 Don McBride, actor (Mr Clyde-My Friend Flicka), dies at 68
  • Jun 21 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer, dies at 85
  • Jun 21 Donald McBride, American actor (The Seven Year Itch, My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Jun 23 Louis Fornberg, writer, dies at 48
  • Jun 26 Alfred Döblin, German writer (b. 1878)
  • Jun 27 Malcolm Lowry, English writer (Ultramarine), dies at 48
  • Jun 28 Ede Poldini, Hungarian composer (La poupée valsante), dies at 88
  • Jul 3 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • Jul 3 Judy Tyler [Judith Mae Hess], American actress (Jailhouse Rock, Bop Girl Goes Calypso) and Miss Stardust (1949), dies in car crash with 2nd husband Gregory Lafayette (19) at 24
  • Jul 3 Dolf Luque, Cuban baseball player, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Gregory Lafayette (19) dies from injuries sustained in a car crash that killed his wife, actress Judy Tyler (24), the day earlier
  • Jul 5 Charles Sherwood Noble, American-born inventor
  • Jul 8 Grace Goodhue Coolidge, American First Lady (1923-29), dies at 78
  • Jul 8 Henry Fevrier, French composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 William Adlington Cadbury, English chocolate maker, dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 9 Manfred Julius Susskind, South African cricketer (1924 Test series), dies
  • Jul 10 Sholem Asch, Polish-Jewish novelist and playwright (East River, Three Cities), dies at 77

Person of interestAga Khan III

Jul 11 Aga Khan III, Pakistani 48th Shia Iman, dies at 79

48th Shia Imam Aga Khan III
48th Shia Imam
Aga Khan III
  • Jul 15 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jul 15 Marie C of Zeggelen, author (Dessajongen), dies at 87
  • Jul 15 James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • Jul 15 Vasily Maklakov, Russian orator and liberal politician (b. 1869)
  • Jul 19 Curzio Malaparte, [Kurt E Suckert], Italian author (Kaputt), dies at 59
  • Jul 20 Phil Hanna, singer (Once Upon a Tune), dies at 46
  • Jul 21 Bernard Spooner, US inventor (bulletproof jacket), dies
  • Jul 21 Rockley Wilson, cricketer (bro of Clem, Test for England 1921), dies
  • Jul 23 G Tomasi di Lampedusa, writer, dies at 61
  • Jul 24 Sacha Guitry, French actor and playwright (Deburan, The Story of a Cheat), dies at 72
  • Jul 26 Carlos Castillo Armas, Dictator and President of Guatemala (1954-57), assassinated by a palace guard with leftist sympathies at 42
  • Jul 28 Edith Abbott, American social worker, educator, and author (b. 1876)
  • Jul 30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • Aug 1 Harvey Glatmin, 1st bondage-photo victim, executed [or 8/18/59]
  • Aug 3 John Vernou "Black Jack" Bouvier, father of Jacqueline Kennedy, dies of cancer
  • Aug 4 Washington Luís, President of Brazil (1926-30), dies at 87
  • Aug 5 Heinrich O Wieland, German chemist (Nobel 1927), dies at 80

Person of interestOliver Hardy

Aug 7 Oliver Hardy, American comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies at 65

Comic Actor Oliver Hardy
Comic Actor
Oliver Hardy
  • Aug 9 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • Aug 16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1881)
  • Aug 18 Wawrzyniec Zulawski, Polish composer, dies at 41
  • Aug 19 David Bomberg, English painter (b. 1890)
  • Aug 19 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • Aug 21 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • Aug 21 Nels Stewart, professional ice hockey player (b. 1902)
  • Aug 24 Albert Edward Sammons, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Ronald Arbuthnott Knox, British priest, broadcaster and author (Viaduct Murder), dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Leo Perutz, Austrian writer and mathematician, dies at 74
  • Aug 26 Umberto Saba, Italian writer, dies at 74
  • Sep 1 Helen Haye, actress (Girl in the Taxi, Spy in Black), dies at 83
  • Sep 1 Dennis Brain, English musician (b. 1921)
  • Sep 2 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), dies at 90
  • Sep 9 Ettore Pozzoli, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 16 Ch'i Pai-shih, traditional Chinese painter, dies at 93
  • Sep 16 Qi Baishi, Chinese artist, dies at 93
  • Sep 17 John W "John" Eisenloeffel, goldsmith, dies at 81
  • Sep 19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86
  • Sep 20 Jean Julius Christian Sibelius, Fin composer (Finlandia), dies at 91
  • Sep 21 Haakon VII, King of Norway (1905-57), dies at 85
  • Sep 22 Soemu Toyoda, Japanese admiral during World War II, dies at 72
  • Sep 28 Albert Ascoli, Italian developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine, dies
  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 10 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician, Chief of the Medical Office of the Waffen-SS, dies at 72
  • Oct 14 Carl Natanael Berg, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 John HA Eman, founder of Aruban Peoples Party, dies at 70
  • Oct 19 Vere G Childe, British archaeologist/prehistorian, dies at 65
  • Oct 23 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), dies at 86

Person of interestChristian Dior

Oct 23 Christian Dior, French fashion designer (New Look), dies of a heart attack at 52

Fashion Designer Christian Dior
Fashion Designer
Christian Dior
  • Oct 25 Henry Van de Velde, Flemish painter and architect (Art Nouveau), dies at 94
  • Oct 25 Edward Plunkett, 18th Baron of Dunsany, Irish sci-fi writer (Time & Gods), dies at 79
  • Oct 25 Maria "Mary" Beekman, actress (Modern Landhaaien), dies at 73

Person of interestAlbert Anastasia

Oct 25 Albert Anastasia [Umberto Anastasio], American gangster (murder Inc), murdered at 55

  • Oct 26 N Kazantzakis, writer, dies
  • Oct 26 Níkos Kazantzákis, prominent Greek writer and philosopher (Zorba the Greek, The Last Temptation of Christ), dies at 74
  • Oct 28 Anthony J Morabito, co-owner of San Francisco '49ers, dies while watching a game
  • Oct 29 Louis B. Mayer, American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), dies at 71
  • Oct 29 Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl (b. 1933)
  • Oct 30 Fred Beebe, baseball player (b. 1880)
  • Nov 3 Wilhelm Reich, Austria/US psycho analyst (sexual), dies at 60
  • Nov 4 Marie Joseph Canteloube de Malaret, composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1897)
  • Nov 9 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record), dies at 85
  • Nov 12 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • Nov 14 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, dies at 71
  • Nov 16 Cora Witherspoon, actress (Quality Street, Bank Dick), dies at 67
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 20 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist, dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)

Person of interestDiego Rivera

Nov 24 Diego Rivera, Mexican painter, dies at 70

Painter Diego Rivera
Painter
Diego Rivera
  • Nov 26 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian author (Iveren), dies
  • Nov 26 Billy Bevan, Australian actor (Terror by Night, White Sin), dies at 70
  • Nov 27 Margo Scharten-Antink, Dutch writer (Catherina, Sprotje), dies at 88
  • Nov 29 Erich Wolfgang Korngold, Austrian-American movie composer (Violanta; The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 60
  • Nov 30 Beniamino Gigli, Italian tenor (b. 1890)
  • Dec 2 Harrison Ford, American silent screen actor (Rubber Tires), dies at 73
  • Dec 2 Manfred Sakel, Polish neurophysiologist and psychiatrist, dies at 57
  • Dec 3 Frank E Gannett, newspaper publisher, dies at 81
  • Dec 6 Robert Esnault-Pelterie, French Engineer and aviation pioneer, dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Reginald Sheffield, British actor (Suspicion, Of Human Bondage, Second Chance), dies at 56