Famous People Who Died in 1957

  • 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 9 Mary Carr Moore, American composer, dies at 83

Gabriela MistralGabriela Mistral (1889-1957)

Jan 10 Chilean poet (Nobel Prize for Literature, 1945), educator, and diplomat, dies of pancreatic cancer at 67

  • Jan 11 Sir Robert Garran, Australian lawyer and early leading expert in Australian constitutional law (b. 1867)
  • Jan 13 Alfred Edgar Coppard, English short story writer (Black Dogs & Other Stories), dies at 79

Humphrey BogartHumphrey Bogart (1899-1957)

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

  • Jan 16 Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone, Governor-General of the Union of South Africa and Canada, dies at 82

Arturo ToscaniniArturo Toscanini (1867-1957)

Jan 16 Italian cellist and conductor (La Scala, 1898-1908 & 1921-29; Metropolitan Opera, 1908-15; New York Philharmonic, 1926-36; NBC Symphony Orchestra, 1937-41 & 1944-54), dies after a stroke in NYC at 89

  • Jan 19 József Dudás, Romanian/Hungarian resistance fighter (b. 1912)
  • Jan 20 Dudley Benjafield, British racing driver, dies at 69
  • 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 Ichizo Kobayashi, Japanese industrialist and Minister of Commerce and Industry (b. 1873)
  • Jan 25 Kiyoshi Shiga, Japanese physician and bacteriologist (b. 1871)
  • 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

Friedrich PaulusFriedrich Paulus (1890-1957)

Feb 1 German field marshal who commanded the 6th Army at Stalingrad and was the highest-ranking German officer to surrender, dies at 66

  • Feb 2 Grigory Landsberg, Russian physicist (b. 1890)
  • Feb 2 Julia Morgan, American architect (Hearst Castle, and other Hearst properties), first female degreed by Ecole des Beaux-Arts, and first licensed in California, dies at 85 [1]
  • 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, Serbian composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 8 John von Neumann, Hungarian-American mathematician and astronomer (Bocher Award 1938), dies at 53
  • Feb 8 Walter Bothe, German subatomic particle physicist (Nobel Prize for Physics 1954), dies at 66
  • Feb 9 Miklos Horthy von Nagybanya, Hung admiral/regent (1920-44), dies at 88

Laura Ingalls WilderLaura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957)

Feb 10 American author (Little House on the Prairie), dies at 90

  • Feb 12 Eric Alfred Knudsen, American folklorist (b. 1872)
  • Feb 12 Johannes Anker Larsen, Danish writer (Martha og Maria), dies at 82
  • Feb 16 Józef Hofmann, Polish-American pianist, composer, educator (Curtis Institute, 1924-38), and inventor, (pneumatic shock absorbers), dies of pneumonia at 81
  • Feb 16 Leslie Hore-Belisha, British politician (Minister of Transport, 1934-37; War Secretary, 1937–40), dies at 63
  • Feb 18 Dedan Kimathi, Kenyan freedom fighter, dies by execution at 36
  • Feb 18 Henry Norris Russell, American astronomer (Hertzsprung-Russell diagram), dies at 79

Joseph Gilbert HamiltonJoseph Gilbert Hamilton (1907-1957)

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

  • Feb 19 Maurice Garin, Italian-born French road bicycle racer (winner of Tour de France in 1903), dies at 85
  • Feb 22 Harry Sothern, British actor (Blind Wives, Buck Rogers), dies at 72
  • Feb 23 John Friend Mahoney, American physician who pioneered the treatment of syphilis with penicillin, dies at 67
  • Feb 23 Marika Ninou, Greek singer (b. 1918)

Bugs MoranBugs Moran (1891-1957)

Feb 25 American gangster of the Prohibition-era, dies of lung cancer in prison at 65

  • Feb 25 Kurt von Wolfurt, German composer, dies at 76
  • Feb 25 Mark Aldanov, Russian-French writer and critic (Novy Zhurnal), dies at 70
  • Mar 2 Harry E Soref, inventor (padlock), dies at 70
  • Mar 7 Wyndham Lewis, English author (Tarr, Apes of God) and co-founder of the Vorticist movement in art, dies at 74
  • Mar 8 Othmar Schoeck, composer, dies at 70

Richard E. ByrdRichard E. Byrd (1888-1957)

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

  • Mar 12 Harry Dean, English cricketer (England left-arm bowler in 3 Tests, 1912), dies at 72
  • Mar 12 Josephine Hull, American 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 politician (Mayor of Zurich, 1942-44; Federal Council, 1943-51), dies at 70
  • Mar 16 Constantin Brancusi, Romanian French sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 16 Mosa Pijade, Yugoslavian communist politician who worked with Tito, dies at 67
  • Mar 23 Patrick Abercrombie, English architect and town planner, dies at 77
  • Mar 25 Joseph "Fud" Livingston, American jazz clarinetist, arranger, and composer ("I'm Thru With Love") and composer, dies at 50
  • Mar 25 Max Ophüls, German director (The Earrings of Madame de...), dies at 54
  • Mar 26 Édouard Herriot, French politician (served 3 times as Prime Minister of France), dies at 84
  • Mar 28 Christopher Morley, American author (Kitty Foil), dies at 66
  • Mar 28 Gheorge Tatarescu, Romanian politician (Prime Minister. 1933-37 and 1939-40; Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1945-48), dies at 70
  • Mar 29 Joyce Cary, English writer (Horse's Mouth), dies at 68
  • Mar 31 Gene Lockhart, American actor (Going My Way), dies at 65
  • 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, English cricketer and distinguished 1-armed Test umpire, dies at 62
  • Apr 15 Pedro Infante, Mexican actor & singer, dies at 39
  • 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 Roy Campbell, South African 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 28 Heinz Bär, German fighter pilot, dies at 43
  • Apr 29 Otallo Morales, Spanish 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

Joseph McCarthyJoseph McCarthy (1909-1957)

May 2 American Senator (Rep - Wisconsin) who claimed communists infiltrated the US government, dies of acute hepatitis, exacerbated by chronic alcohol abuse at 48

  • May 2 Tadeusz Zygfryd Kassern, Polish composer and cultural attache, dies at 53
  • May 5 Joseph W Kennedy, American chemist (Manhattan Project; 1 of 4 discoverers of plutonium), and educator, dies of stomach cancer at 40
  • May 5 Mikhail Gnesin, Russian composer (Vrubel; The Youth Of Abraham), dies at 74
  • May 7 Wilhelm Filchner, German explorer who led the German Antarctic expedition of 1911–12, dies at 79
  • May 8 Jan Sluyters, Dutch painter (Moderne Kunstkring), dies at 75
  • May 9 Ernest de Silva, Sri Lankan business magnate & philanthropist, dies at 69
  • May 9 Ezio Pinza, Italian American operatic bass (NY Metropolitan Opera, 1926-48), and Tony Award-winning singer (South Pacific), dies at 64
  • May 9 Heinrich Campendonk, German painter & wood carver, dies at 67
  • May 12 Alfonso de Portago, Spanish bobsledder and race car driver (b. 1928)
  • May 12 Erich von Stroheim, Austrian-American film director and actor (Greed; La Grande Illusion; Sunset Boulevard), dies of prostate cancer at 71
  • May 14 Marie Vassilieff [Mariya Vassiliéva], Russian-French Left Bank artist, dies at 73
  • May 16 Dick Irvin, Canadian ice hockey player and coach (Chicago Black Hawks), dies at 64
  • May 16 Eliot Ness, American federal agent "The Untouchables" (put away Al Capone), dies of a heart attack at 54
  • May 17 Shalva Azmayparashvili, composer, dies at 54
  • May 21 Aleksandr Vertinsky, Russian singer (b. 1889)
  • May 21 Edwin St Hill, Trinidadian cricketer (two Tests for West Indies 1930-31), dies at 53
  • May 29 George Bacovia [Vasiliu], Romanian poet and 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 John Kilbane, American featherweight boxer and World Featherweight Champion (1912-23), dies at 68
  • 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 Jimmy Dorsey, American big band jazz saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, and bandleader (Green Eyes; Tangerine; Pennies From Heaven), dies of throat cancer at 53
  • Jun 17 Dorothy M. Richardson, English novelist (Pilgrimage), 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 Donald MacBride, American vaudeville, stage and screen character actor (Topper Returns; The Seven Year Itch; My Friend Irma - "Mr. Clyde"), dies of a heart ailment at 63
  • Jun 21 Frantisek Kupka, Czech writer, dies at 85
  • Jun 21 Johannes Stark, German physicist (Stark Effect; Nobel Prize in Physics -1919), and Nazi sympathizer, dies at 83
  • 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
  • Jun 29 Johan Hin, Dutch yachtsman (Olympic gold 12' Dinghy 1920), dies at 58
  • Jul 3 Dolf Luque, Cuban Baseball HOF pitcher (World Series 1919, 33; MLB wins leader & MLB ERA leader 1923; Cincinnati Reds, NY Giants), dies at 66
  • 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 Richard Mohaupt, German composer (Bucolica), dies at 52
  • Jul 4 Gregory Lafayette, American actor, dies at 19 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) wife of Calvin Coolidge, dies at 78
  • Jul 8 Henry Février, French composer, dies at 81
  • Jul 8 William Adlington Cadbury, English chocolate maker, dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Alexander Fyodorovich Gedike, Soviet-Russian pianist, and 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

Aga Khan IIIAga Khan III (1877-1957)

Jul 11 Shia Imam who was one of the founders of the All-India Muslim League and later President of the League of Nations (1937-38), dies at 79

  • Jul 15 George Cleveland, Canadian actor (Mystery Liner, Courage of Lassie), dies from a heart attack at 74
  • Jul 15 James M. Cox, American politician (b. 1870)
  • Jul 15 Marie C of Zeggelen, author (Dessajongen), dies at 87
  • 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 Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa, Italian prince and writer (The Leopard), 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 and educator (University of Chicago Social Sciences), dies at 80
  • Jul 30 Sem Dresden, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 76
  • 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 Otto Wieland, German chemist (bile acids-Nobel 1927), dies at 80

Oliver HardyOliver Hardy (1892-1957)

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

  • Aug 9 Carl Clauberg, Nazi doctor (b. 1898)
  • Aug 16 Irving Langmuir, American chemist and engineer (Nobel Prize for Chemistry 1932, invented gas-filled incandescent lamp), dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Wawrzyniec Żuławski, Polish composer, dies during an alpine rescue mission on Mont Blanc, in the Alps, at 41
  • Aug 19 Carl-Gustaf Rossby, Swedish meteorologist (b. 1898)
  • Aug 19 David Bomberg, English painter, dies at 66
  • Aug 21 Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Norwegian meteorologist and oceanographer (b. 1888)
  • Aug 21 Nels Stewart, Canadian Hockey HOF center (Stanley Cup 1925 Montreal Maroons; Hart Memorial Trophy 1926, 30), dies at 57
  • Aug 23 Eugène Schueller, French chemist, founder of L'Oréal, dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Albert Edward Sammons, British violinist, and composer (Phantasy Quartet), 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 Dennis Brain, British classical horn player (Serenade), killed in a car wreck at 38
  • Sep 1 Helen Haye [Hay], British stage and silent and sound screen actress (Honour in Pawn; Girl in the Taxi; Spy in Black), dies at 83
  • Sep 2 William Alexander Craigie, Scottish lexicographer (Skotlands Rimur), dies at 90
  • Sep 11 Petar Stojanovic, Serbian composer, dies at 80

Qi BaishiQi Baishi (1864-1957)

Sep 16 Chinese painter famous for whimsical and playful watercolor paintings, dies at 93

  • Sep 17 Jan Eisenloeffel, Dutch goldsmith, dies at 81
  • Sep 19 Reginald Aldworth Daly, Canadian-American Geologist who independently developed the theory of magmatic stopping, dies at 86

Jean SibeliusJean Sibelius (1865-1957)

Sep 20 Finnish composer (Valse Triste, 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 serologist and chemist (developed anti-tuberculosis vaccine), dies at 80
  • Sep 28 Luis Cluzeau-Mortet, Uruguayan composer, dies at 67
  • Oct 3 Bernard Maybeck, American architect (Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco), dies at 95
  • Oct 10 Karl Genzken, Nazi physician, Chief of the Medical Office of the Waffen-SS, dies at 72
  • Oct 14 [Carl] Natanael Berg, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 17 John HA Eman, founder of Aruban Peoples Party, dies at 70
  • Oct 19 V. Gordon Childe, British archaeologist and prehistorian, dies at 65
  • Oct 23 Frederick Burton, American actor (The Big Trail, One Way Passage), dies at 86

Albert AnastasiaAlbert Anastasia (1902-1957)

Oct 25 Italian-American mobster and crime boss (Murder Inc), murdered at 55

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

Louis B. MayerLouis B. Mayer (1884-1957)

Oct 29 American film producer and creator of the star system (MGM), dies at 71

  • Oct 29 Rosemarie Nitribitt, German call girl, strangled in her apartment in an unsolved murder at 24
  • Nov 1 Charlie Caldwell, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Williams, Princeton), dies at 56
  • Nov 2 Ted Meredith, American athlete (Olympic gold 800m in world record 1:51.9s 1912), dies at 64
  • Nov 3 Wilhelm Reich, Austrian-American psychoanalyst (coined term "sexual revolution", worked with Freud), dies at 60
  • Nov 4 Joseph Canteloube,French composer, dies at 78
  • Nov 4 Shoghi Effendi, Guardian of the Bahá'í Faith (b. 1897)
  • Nov 7 Roy Worters, Canadian Hockey HOF goaltender (Hart Memorial Trophy 1929; Vezina Trophy 1931; NY Americans), dies at 57
  • Nov 9 Ettore Pozzoli, Italian classical pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Nov 9 Peter O'Connor, Irish athlete (1st recognised world long jump record 1901), dies at 85
  • Nov 12 Fritz Schulz, German law historian (Classical Roman Law), dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Antonin Zapotocky, Czech communist politician (President of Czechoslovakia 1953-57), dies in office at 72
  • Nov 14 Jacobus Hendrik Pierneef, South African painter, dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Cora Witherspoon, American actress (Quality Street; The Bank Dick), dies at 67
  • Nov 20 Mstislav Dobuzhinsky, Russian-Lithuanian artist, dies at 82
  • Nov 20 Weldon Hart, American composer, commits suicide at 46
  • Nov 21 Francis Burton Harrison, American political figure (b. 1873)

Diego RiveraDiego Rivera (1886-1957)

Nov 24 Mexican painter (En el Arsenal) and husband of Frida Kahlo, dies at 70

  • Nov 26 Aleksei M Remizov, Russian author (Iveren), dies at 80