Famous People Who Died in 1960

  • Jan 1 Margaret Sullavan, American actress (Three Comrades), dies of barbiturate overdose at 50
  • Jan 2 Cees [Cornelis J] Laseur, Dutch actor & director (Hague Comedy), dies at 60
  • Jan 2 Chris van Abkoude, Dutch-American writer & novelist (Pietje Bell, Kruimeltje), dies at about 79
  • Jan 2 Fausto Coppi, Italian cyclist (Giro d'Italia 1940, 47, 49, 52-53; Tour de France 1949, 52; World Championship gold Individual pursuit 1947, road race 1953), dies from malaria at 40
  • Jan 2 Friedrich Adler, Austrian socialist politician & revolutionary (assassinated Count von Storgkh), dies at 80
  • Jan 2 Paul Sauvé, Canadian politician, dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Victor Sjöström, Swedish director (Wind, Under the Red Robe), dies at 80

Albert CamusAlbert Camus (1913-1960)

Jan 4 French playwright (Les Justes - The Just Assassins), novelist (L'Étranger - The Stranger), and philosopher (Nobel Prize for Literature 1957), dies in an auto accident at 46

  • Jan 5 Donald Knight, cricketer (54 runs in 2 Tests for England 1921), dies
  • Jan 5 Pavel P Parenago, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 53
  • Jan 6 Edith Barstow, American choreographer (Frankie Laine Time, The Gem of the Ocean), dies at 54
  • Jan 6 Erik Lindahl, Swedish economist (Theory of Money & Capital), dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Dorothea Lambert Chambers, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1903-04, 06, 10-11, 13-14), dies at 81
  • Jan 7 Luiz Costa, Portuguese pianist, and composer, dies at 80
  • Jan 9 Elsie J. Oxenham, British children's author (Abbey Series), dies at 79
  • Jan 10 Jack Laviolette, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 80
  • Jan 11 Johan E. Elias, Dutch historian (Amsterdam's regency), dies at 84
  • Jan 12 Nevil Shute [Norway], English-Australian novelist (On the Beach, Town like Alice), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Sibilla Aleramo [Rina Faccio], Italian feminist and poet (Una Donna), dies at 83
  • Jan 20 Matt Moore, Irish-American actor and director (Coquette, Deluge), dies at 72
  • Jan 24 Edwin Fischer, Swiss concert pianist and conductor, dies at 73
  • Jan 24 John Miljan, American actor (The Ten Commandments, Possessed, Final Extra, Susan Lenox), dies at 67
  • Jan 25 Diana Barrymore, American actress (Nightmare, Lady Courageous, Fired Wife), dies of an alcohol and drug overdose at 38
  • Jan 25 Rutland Boughton, British composer (The Immortal Hour), dies at 82
  • Jan 28 Jacques de Menasce, composer, dies at 54
  • Jan 28 Zora Neale Hurston, American author, dies at 69
  • Jan 29 Louis Jean Heydt, American character actor (Waterfront; Gone With The Wind; The Great McGinty), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • Jan 31 Lowell Gilmore, American actor (The Picture of Dorian Gray, Living Christ Series), dies at 53
  • Feb 2 Jeno Huszka, Hungarian composer, dies at 84
  • Feb 3 Ferdinando "Fred" Buscaglione, Italian singer and actor, dies in an automobile accident at 38
  • Feb 3 Johannes Geelkerken, Dutch theologian and vicar, dies at 80
  • Feb 5 Louis Stricker, cricketer (South African open bat in 13 Tests 1909-12), dies
  • Feb 5 Rudolf Nelson, German composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 6 Jesse Belvin, American pop singer, piano player (Mr. Easy), and songwriter (Earth Angel), dies in a car crash after a concert in Little Rock, Arkansas at 27
  • Feb 7 Igor V Kurtshatov, Russian nuclear physicist, dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Giles Gilbert Scott, British architect (b. 1880)
  • Feb 8 John Langshaw Austin, British philosopher, (b. 1911)
  • Feb 9 Alexandre Benois, Russian artist, dies at 89
  • Feb 9 Ernst von Dohnányi [Dohnányi Ernő], Hungarian composer and conductor, dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Aloysius Stepinac, Croatian cardinal (b. 1898)
  • Feb 12 Bobby Clark, American vaudevillian, clown and actor (in comedy act with Paul McCullough), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Delmar G Roos, designer of jeep, dies at 79
  • Feb 20 Leonard Woolley, British pioneering archaeologist, dies at 79
  • Feb 22 Hubert Cuypers, Dutch organist, composer and choir conductor (Missa Populi), dies at 86
  • Feb 22 Paul-Émile Borduas, Canadian abstract painter, dies at 54
  • Feb 24 Jean Binet, composer, dies at 66
  • Feb 25 Everhardus Jacobus van Romondt, Dutch Antillean minister, dies at 51
  • Feb 26 Aleksandar Belic, Serbian linguist, dies at 83
  • Feb 27 Adriano Olivetti, Italian engineer and manufacturer (typewriter), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 F. S. Flint, English translator and imagist movement poet (In the Net of the Stars), dies at 74

Melvin PurvisMelvin Purvis (1903-1960)

Feb 29 American FBI agent that lead the manhunt for outlaws Baby Face Nelson, Pretty Boy Floyd and John Dillinger, dies of a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 56

  • Mar 2 Stanisław Taczak, Polish general, commander-in-chief of the Greater Poland Uprising, dies at 85
  • Mar 3 Sammy White, American comedian and actor (711 Ocean Drive, Sound Off), dies at 65
  • Mar 4 Herbert O'Conor, American politician, 51st Governor of Maryland (b. 1896)
  • Mar 4 Leonard Warren [Warenoff], American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1939-60), dies of a heart attack during a performance of Verddi's "La forza del destino" at 48
  • Mar 9 Jack Beattie, Northern Irish politician (b. 1886)
  • Mar 11 Roy Chapman Andrews, US scientist and explorer (found 1st known dinosaur eggs, director of the American Museum of Natural History), dies at 76
  • Mar 22 José Antonio Aguirre, Basque politician (b. 1904)
  • Mar 23 Franklin P. Adams, American columnist (Information Please), dies at 78
  • Mar 24 Paul Joostens, Flemish painter, dies at 70
  • Mar 26 Ian Keith, American actor (Abraham Lincoln, Queen Christina, Cleopatra, 3 Musketeers), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Mar 27 Ian Whyte, Scottish composer and conductor (BBC Scottish Orchestra), dies at 58
  • Mar 30 Fritz Klimsch, German sculptor and painter, dies at 90
  • Mar 30 Joseph Haas, German late romantic opera composer (Tobias Wunderlich; Totenmesse), dies at 81
  • Apr 1 Piet[er O] Bakker, Dutch journalist/writer (Ciske), dies at 62
  • Apr 5 Alma Kruger, actor (Made For Each Other), dies at 88
  • Apr 10 Arthur Benjamin, Australian composer (Devil Take Her), dies at 66

Archibald McIndoeArchibald McIndoe (1900-1960)

Apr 12 New Zealand plastic surgeon pioneer who rehabilitated badly burned Royal Air Force crew during WWII, dies in his sleep of a heart attack at 59 [or 11 April] [1]

  • Apr 13 Beverly Kenney American jazz singer ("I Hate Rock n' Roll"; "Born To Be Blue"), takes her on life at 28
  • Apr 17 Eddie Cochran, American rock vocalist and guitarist ("Summertime Blues"; "C'Mon Everybody"), dies in a English taxi-car crash at 21
  • Apr 18 Emory Johnson, American actor & director (Phantom Express, Shield of Honor), dies at 66
  • Apr 20 Paul Fort, French poet (founder of Vers et Prose), dies at 88
  • Apr 23 Cornelis Jan Bakkerr, Dutch/US nuclear physicist, dies
  • Apr 23 Toyohiko Kagawa, Japanese Christian social reformer & writer, dies at 71
  • Apr 24 Johannes "Jan" Musch, Dutch actor (Dead Water), dies at 84
  • Apr 24 Max von Laue, German physicist who discovered the diffraction of X-rays by crystals, dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Amanullah, emir/king of Afhanistan (1919-28), dies at 67
  • Apr 25 Hope Emerson, actress (I Married Joan, Peter Gunn), dies at 62
  • Apr 25 Ilmari Krohn, Finnish composer, dies at 92
  • Apr 26 Wander Johannes de Haas, Dutch physicist (Einstein-De Haas effect), dies at 82
  • Apr 28 Anton Pannekoek, Dutch astronomer, philosopher and Marxist theorist, dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Carlos Ibáñez del Campo, 19th and 25th President of Chile, dies at 82
  • May 2 Caryl Chessman, American kidnapper and rapist, executed in gas chamber at San Quentin (California) State Prison after 12 years of appeals at 38
  • May 5 Sulho Ranta, Finnish composer, dies at 58
  • May 6 Paul Abraham, Hungarian composer (Blume von Hawaii), dies at 67
  • May 6 Vern Bickford, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1949; no-hitter 1950; Boston / Milwaukee Braves), dies from cancer at 39
  • May 8 Hugo Alfvén, Swedish violinist, conductor, and composer (Midsommarvaka - Midsummer Vigil), dies at 88
  • May 8 J. H. C. Whitehead, British mathematician (one of the founders of homotopy theory), dies at 55
  • May 10 Yuri Olesha, Russian writer, dies at 61
  • May 12 (Cecil) Armstrong Gibbs, English composer, dies of pneumonia at 70
  • May 12 Prince Aly Khan [Ali Salman Aga Khan], Pakistani socialite, jockey, political ambassador and third husband to Rita Hayworth, dies from injuries sustained in a car accident at 48
  • May 17 Ioannis Georgiadis, Greek fencer (Olympic 1896 gold), dies at 84
  • May 23 Georges Claude, French engineer and inventor (neon light), dies at 89
  • May 27 Edward Brophy, American character actor (Champ, Dumbo, Great Guy, The Cameraman, Doughboys), dies at 65
  • May 27 George Zucco, British actor (Fog Island, Black Raven, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Captain Fury), dies at 74
  • May 27 James Montgomery Flagg, American illustrator, dies at 82

Boris PasternakBoris Pasternak (1890-1960)

May 30 Russian novelist and poet (Doctor Zhivago, Nobel 1958), dies at 70

  • May 31 Walther Funk, German economist and Nazi politician, dies at 69
  • May 31 Willem Elsschot [Alfons Josephus de Ridder], Flemish writer (Kas), dies at 78
  • Jun 1 Lester Patrick, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame defenceman (6 x Stanley Cups as player, coach and manager), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jun 1 Paula Hitler, sister of Adolf Hitler (b. 1896)
  • Jun 4 Lucien Littlefield, American actor (Blondie), dies at 64
  • Jun 9 René Maran, French writer (Batouala, 1st black writer to win Prix Goncourt), dies at 72
  • Jun 14 Ana Pauker-Rabensohn, Romanian Foreign Minister (1945-52), dies at 67
  • Jun 14 Vladimir Nikolayevich Kryukov, Russian composer, dies at 57
  • Jun 17 Pierre Reverdy, French poet (Nord-Sud), dies at 70
  • Jun 20 Mahlon Hamilton, American actor (Peg O'My Heart, High School Girl), dies at 80 (b. 1880)
  • Jun 20 Walter Dehmel, German writer, dies at 57
  • Jun 25 Tommy Corcoran, American baseball shortstop (MLB shortstop game assist record 14), dies at 91
  • Jun 25 Walter Baade, German-American astronomer (Andromeda), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 John B. Kelly, American rower and father of Grace Kelly (3 x Olympic gold 1920, 24), dies of intestinal cancer at 70
  • Jun 27 Harry Pollitt, General Secretary of the Communist Party of Great Britain dies at 69

Lottie DodLottie Dod (1871-1960)

Jun 27 British all-round athlete (Wimbledon 1887-88, 1891-93), dies at 88

  • Jun 28 Jake Swirbul, American aircraft manufacturer (b. 1898)
  • Jun 29 Frank Patrick, Canadian Hockey HOF pioneer (Stanley Cup 1915 Vancouver Millionaires; introduced uniform numbers, blue line, penalty shots) and coach (Boston Bruins 1934-36), dies at 74
  • Jun 30 Clarence Cameron White, American concert violinist, and composer (Elegy; Ouanga!), dies from cancer at 79
  • Jul 3 Alfred Henry Ackley, American composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 6 Aneurin Bevan, Welsh politician (launched the NHS), dies at 62
  • Jul 9 Edward Burlingame Hill, American composer and educator, dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Vallance Jupp, cricketer (28 wkts in 8 Tests for England 1921-28), dies
  • Jul 13 Anna Blaman, Dutch writer (Life & Death), dies at 55
  • Jul 13 Joy Davidman, American poet, writer and wife of C. S. Lewis, dies at 45
  • Jul 13 Joy Gresham, American writer (b. 1915)
  • Jul 14 Maurice de Broglie, French physicist (studied X-ray diffraction and spectroscopy), dies at 85
  • Jul 15 Lawrence Tibbett, American baritone (Metropolitan Opera, 1923-50), dies after surgery at 63
  • Jul 15 Set Persson, Swedish communist politician, dies at 63

Albert KesselringAlbert Kesselring (1885-1960)

Jul 16 German general during World War II (Commander-in-Chief South and West), dies of a heart attack at 74

  • Jul 16 John P. Marquand, American writer (The Late George Apley), dies at 66
  • Jul 24 Carl Deis, composer, dies at 77
  • Jul 24 Hans Albers, German actor (Blue Angel), dies at 68
  • Jul 26 Cedric Gibbons, American art director (b. 1893)
  • Jul 26 Maud Menten, Canadian biochemist (b. 1879)
  • Jul 28 Enrique Amorim, Uruguayan author (La victoria no viene sola), dies at 60
  • Jul 29 Richard Simon, American book publisher (co-founder of Simon & Shuster), dies at 61
  • Jul 31 Karl Hasse, German composer, dies at 77

Arthur MeighenArthur Meighen (1874-1960)

Aug 5 9th Prime Minister of Canada (C: 1920-21, 1926), dies at 86

  • Aug 7 Salvatore Ferragamo, Italian luxury shoe designer (Salvatore Ferragamo S.p.A.), dies at 62
  • Aug 7 Vaino Hannikainen, composer, dies at 60
  • Aug 8 Danton Walker, American columnist (Broadway Spotlight), dies at 61
  • Aug 9 Bernard Ogilvie Dodge, American botanist and pioneer researcher on heredity in fungi, dies at 88
  • Aug 10 Emil Strauss, German writer (Vaterland), dies at 94

Frank LloydFrank Lloyd (1886-1960)

Aug 10 Scottish actor and director (Mutiny on Bounty, Oliver Twist, Blood on the Sun), dies at 74

  • Aug 10 Oswald Veblin, mathematician
  • Aug 14 Fred Clarke, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder and manager (Louisville Colonels, Pittsburgh Pirates; World Series 1909 [PP]), dies at 87
  • Aug 16 Errol Holmes, cricketer (batted in 5 Tests for England 1935), dies
  • Aug 19 Lewis Bernstein Namier, English historian, dies at 72
  • Aug 20 Rudolf Moser, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 21 David Barnard Steinman, American civil engineer and bridge designer (Hudson, Triborough), dies at 74
  • Aug 22 Eduard Pütsep, Estonian wrestler (b. 1898)
  • Aug 23 Oscar Hammerstein II, American lyricist (Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma!"; "South Pacific"; "The King And I"; " The Sound Of Music"), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 Mark Hambourg, Russian-British composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Anton Lajovic, Slovenian composer, dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Alexander Gauge, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 46
  • Aug 29 Hazza el-Majali, Prime Minister of Jordan is assassinated
  • Aug 29 Vicki Baum, Austrian writer (Grand Hotel), dies at 72
  • Sep 3 Joseph Lamb, American ragtime composer, dies at 72
  • Sep 4 Alfred Ez. Green, American director (Copacabana), dies after long illness at 71
  • Sep 6 Jimmy Savo, comedian (Through the Crystal Ball), dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Wilhelm Pieck, German politician (co-founder German Communist Party, President of German DR 1949-60), dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Armas Toivo Valdemar Maasalo, Finnish composer and organist, dies at 75
  • Sep 9 Jussi Björling, Swedish operatic tenor, dies from cardiomegaly (enlarged heart) complications at 49
  • Sep 10 Fjodor Panfjorov, Russian author (Volga - matushka-reka), dies at 63

Harold GilliesHarold Gillies (1882-1960)

Sep 10 New Zealand father of modern plastic Surgery who pioneered skin graft techniques on injured soldiers in WWI, dies at 78 of a slight cerebral thrombosis gained while operating on the leg of an 18-year-old girl [1]

  • Sep 12 Jules Buffano, American composer and pianist (Jimmy Durante Show), dies at 62
  • Sep 13 Leó Weiner, Hungarian composer (Toldi), and music educator (Budapest Academy of Music, 1912-60), dies at 75
  • Sep 14 M. Karagatsis, Greek author (b. 1908)
  • Sep 16 José Sancho Marraco, Spanish composer, organist and chapel master (Cathedral of Barcelona, 1923-57, dies at 81
  • Sep 18 John Evans, English cricket batsman (1 Test) and author ('The Escaping Club'), dies at 71
  • Sep 20 Lee Duncan, owner/trainer (Rin Tin Tin), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Sep 20 Michel Brusselmans, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • Sep 22 Melanie Klein, Austrian-British author and child psychoanalyst (object relations theory), dies at 78
  • Sep 23 Kathlyn Williams, actress (Single Man), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Sep 24 Mátyás Seiber, Hungarian-British classical and jazz composer (Scherzando), dies at 55
  • Sep 25 Emily Post, American authority on social behaviour and writer (Etiquette), dies at 86
  • Sep 26 William Ling, cricketer (South African batsman in 6 Tests 1921-23), dies
  • Sep 27 Sylvia Pankhurst, English feminist and suffragette, dies at 78
  • Sep 29 Franz Arnold, German writer, dies at 82
  • Sep 30 St John Philby, British explorer and Arabist, dies at 75
  • Oct 2 Jaroslav Doubrava, Czech composer, dies at 51
  • Oct 5 Alfred L. Kroeber, American anthropologist and author (Anthropologist looks at History), dies at 84
  • Oct 6 Douglas Spencer, American actor (The Thing from Another World, This Island Earth, River of No Return), dies from diabetes at 50
  • Oct 9 Howard Glenn, NY Titan, dies of injuries sustain in this day's game
  • Oct 11 Richard Cromwell [LeRoy Melvin Radabaugh], American actor (Jezebel, Riot Squad), dies of cancer at 50
  • Oct 12 Inejiro Asanuma, Leader of the Japanese Socialist Party, murdered at 61
  • Oct 14 Abram F. Joffe, Russian physicist (crystal), dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Clara Kimball Young, American actress (Return of Chandu), dies of stroke at 70
  • Oct 15 Henny Porten, German silent screen actress (Mother Love), dies at 70
  • Oct 15 Maude Eburne, Canadian actress (Ladies They Talk About, Guardsman), dies at 84
  • Oct 19 Günter Raphael, German composer (Busskantate), dies at 57
  • Oct 22 Edgar Scauflaire, Belgian painter and decorator, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Henry George "Harry" Ferguson, Irish aviator, engineer and inventor (Modern tractor), dies at 75
  • Oct 25 José Padilla, Spanish composer and pianist (La Violetera - City Lights; Ça c'est Paris - Moulin Rouge), dies at 71
  • Oct 30 Alfred Hill, Australian-New Zealand composer and conductor (Hinemoa), dies at 90
  • Oct 31 H L Davis, American writer (Honey in the Horn, Pulitzer prize), dies at 64
  • Nov 2 Dimitri Mitropoulos, Greek-American pianist, conductor (Minneapolis Symphony, 1937-49; New York Philharmonic, 1949-58), and composer, dies of heart failure at 64
  • Nov 3 Bobby Wallace, Baseball HOF shortstop, pitcher (Temple Cup 1895 Cleveland Spiders) and manager (St. Louis Browns, Cincinnati Reds), dies at 86
  • Nov 3 Harold Spencer Jones, English astronomer and 10th astronomer royal of England whose work led to a more accurate determination of the distance between the Earth and the Sun, dies at 70
  • Nov 3 Paul Willis, American actor (The Little Lumberjack; Little Kaintuck), dies at 59
  • Nov 5 August Gailit, Estonian writer (Ekke Moor), dies at 69