On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1961

  • Jul 1 Louis-Ferdinand Céline, French writer (Die Nacht), dies at 67

Person of interestErnest Hemingway

Jul 2 Ernest Hemingway, American author and Nobel laureate (The Old Man and the Sea), dies from suicide at 61

  • Jul 4 William Franklin "Frank" Smith, American actor (Cowboy & Bandit, Scarlet Car, Frontier Days), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Jul 6 Cuno Amiet, Swiss painter and illustrator, dies at 93
  • Jul 6 Enrique Larreta [E Rodriguez Maza], Argentine diplomat and writer, dies at 86
  • Jul 6 Scott LaFaro, American jazz bassist (Bill Evans Trio), dies in a car accident at 25
  • Jul 6 Woodall Rodgers, American politician (b. 1890)
  • Jul 8 Julián Bautista, Spanish composer, dies at 60
  • Jul 9 Alan Marshal, Australian actor (Lydia, Irene, Exile Express), dies from a heart attack at 52
  • Jul 11 Erskine Butterfield American swing and boogie-woogie jazz pianist, singer, and composer, dies at 48
  • Jul 12 Mazo de la Roche, Canadian author (b. 1879)
  • Jul 15 John E. Brownlee, Canadian politician (b. 1884)
  • Jul 16 [Louise] Sophie M E de Vries, actress (English Prof), dies at 88

Person of interestTy Cobb

Jul 17 Ty Cobb, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (AL MVP 1911; Triple Crown 1909; 12 × AL batting champion; Detroit Tigers) and manager (Detroit Tigers 1921-26), dies of cancer at 74

MLB Legend Ty Cobb
MLB Legend
Ty Cobb
  • Jul 18 Kit Guard, Danish actor (El Diablo Rides, Kid Courageous), dies of cancer at 67
  • Jul 23 Esther Dale, American actress (Curly Top; The Egg and I; Ma and Pa Kettle films), dies after surgery at 75
  • Jul 26 Gail Russell, American actress (The Uninvited, Moonrise, Unseen), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 36
  • Jul 27 Theodore Chanler, American composer, dies at 59
  • Jul 31 Jesse Harper, American College Football Hall of Fame coach (Notre Dame 57–17–7), dies at 77