Famous Deaths in 1963

Deaths 1 - 200 of 228

  • Jan 2 Dick Powell [Richard Ewing Powell], American singer, actor, producer and director (Cry Danger, Dick Powell Theater), dies from cancer at 58
  • Jan 2 Jack Carson, Canadian-American actor (Star is Born, Mildred Pierce), dies at 52
  • Jan 3 Oscar Backing, Austria/Neth viola player, dies at 83
  • Jan 5 Rogers Hornsby, baseball player, dies of a heart ailment at 66
  • Jan 6 Lourens GM Baas Becking, Dutch botanist/resistance fighter, dies at 68
  • Jan 7 Arthur Moore, Premier of Queensland (b. 1876)
  • Jan 8 Stark Young, American writer (So Red the Rose), dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Kay Sage, American artist and poet commits suicide aged 64
  • Jan 10 Tadeusz Szeligowski, Polish composer (The Peacock and the Girl), dies at 66
  • Jan 11 Arthur D Nock, English/Americans historian (St Paul), dies at 60
  • Jan 13 Rad Kortenhorst [Leonardus Gerardus Kortenhorst], Dutch politician (KVP), dies at 76
  • Jan 14 Gustav Regler, German writer, dies at 64
  • Jan 16 Gilardo Gilardi, Argentine composer, pianist and conductor (La leyenda del urutaú, Réquiem, Misa de Gloria), dies at 73
  • Jan 16 Ike Quebec, American tenor-saxophone player, dies of cancer at 44
  • Jan 18 Johnnie Moyes, journalist and cricketer (S Aust batsman), dies
  • Jan 21 Al St John, actor (Law & Order, Devil Riders), dies at 70
  • Jan 21 Franz Jung, German writer and political activist, dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Wilson Kettle, Nfld, dies at 102, leaving 582 living descendents
  • Jan 26 Ole Olsen, American comedian (Olsen & Johnson), dies at 70
  • Jan 27 John Farrow, Australian director and actor (Botany Bay, Wake Island), dies from a heart attack at 58
  • Jan 28 Jean Felix Piccard, swiss explorer, dies on his 79th birthday
  • Jan 28 Gustave Garrigou, French cyclist (b. 1884)

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Jan 29 Robert Frost, American poet (New Hampshire, 4 Pulitzers), dies at 88

  • Jan 30 P F "Plum" Warner, cricketer (England mgr during Bodyline tour), dies
  • Jan 30 Francis Poulenc, French composer (b. 1899)
  • Feb 1 Fleetwood Lindley, the last living person to see Abraham Lincoln's face (b. 1888)
  • Feb 2 Herman Bouber, Dutch actor and playwright (Sailor's Wives), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 William Gaxton, American actor (Destry, Convoy), dies at 72
  • Feb 6 Mohammed ibn al-Chattabi Abd el-Krim, Morocco opposition leader, dies
  • Feb 6 Werner Erich Josten, German composer (Jungle), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Abd el-Krim, Moroccan politician
  • Feb 7 Learco Guerra, Italian cyclist (b. 1902)
  • Feb 8 Abdul Karim Kassem, PM of Iraq (58-63), assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz, Italian actor (Count of Monte Cristo), dies at 55

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Feb 11 Sylvia Plath, American poet/novelist (Ariel), commits suicide at 30

Author and Poet Sylvia Plath
Author and Poet
Sylvia Plath
  • Feb 13 Harry Steers, bowling hall of famer, dies
  • Feb 16 Laszlo Lajtha, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 18 Monte Blue, American silent film actor (Apache), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 18 Todd "Hugh" Gaitskell, leader British Labour Party, dies at 56
  • Feb 20 Ferenc Fricsay, Hungarian conductor (b. 1914)
  • Feb 20 Jacob Gade, Danish composer(b. 1879)
  • Feb 26 Artturi A Leinonen, Fin journalist/politician (Prophet), dies at 74
  • Feb 28 Theodore Newton, American actor (Voltaire, Ace of Aces), dies at 58
  • Feb 28 Rajendra Prasad, Indian leader, First President of India (1950-62), dies at 78
  • Mar 1 Irish Meusel, American baseball player (b. 1893)
  • Mar 1 Jorge Daponte, Argentine racing driver (b. 1923)
  • Mar 4 William Carlos Williams, US physician/poet, dies at 79
  • Mar 5 Cyril Smith, Scottish actor (The Adventures of Sir Lancelot), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 5 Hawkshaw Hawkins, country singer (Ozark Jubilee), dies at 41

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Mar 5 Patsy Cline, country singer (Crazy), dies in a plane crash at 30

Country Music Singer Patsy Cline
Country Music Singer
Patsy Cline
  • Mar 5 Cowboy Copas, American singer (b. 1913)

  • Mar 6 Kornelis ter Laan, 1st Dutch socialist mayor (Zaandam), dies at 91
  • Mar 8 John Hartley, cricketer (bowl avg 115 in 2 Tests for Eng 1906), dies
  • Mar 11 Mahomed Nissar, cricketer (6 Tests for India 1932-36, 25 wkts), dies
  • Mar 13 Austin Dobson, British racing driver (b. 1912)
  • Mar 17 William Henry Squire, composer, dies at 91
  • Mar 18 Wanda Hawley, American actress (b. 1895)
  • Mar 20 Karl Otten, German Expressionist writer, dies at 73
  • Mar 23 Davey Moore, dies seconds after KOed in feather-weight championship
  • Mar 25 Davey Moore, American featherweight world champion boxer, dies at 29 as a result of injuries sustained in a match against Sugar Ramos
  • Mar 28 Alec A Templeton, composer/pianist (Alec Templeton Time), dies at 52
  • Mar 29 Pola Gojawiczynska, Polish author (Stolica), dies at 64
  • Mar 30 Alexander Vasil'yevich Gauk, composer, dies at 69
  • Apr 4 Endzion Barelli, dies 2 days after winning a boxing match at 18
  • Apr 4 Jason Robards Sr, American actor (Acapulco, Isle of the Dead), dies from a heart attack at 70
  • Apr 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (The Style), dies at 73
  • Apr 5 Julius Harrison, composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 6 Otto Struve, Russian-born astronomer (b. 1897)
  • Apr 8 Len Tuckett, cricketer (no runs no wkts in 1 Test for S A), dies
  • Apr 15 Edward "Carji" Greeves, Australian rules footballer (b. 1903)
  • Apr 18 Henrietta Kreis, 3rd of famous Wallenda aerialist to fall to death
  • Apr 18 Meyer Jacobstein, American politician (b. 1880)
  • Apr 30 Bryant Washburn, American actor (Exposure, Millionaire Kid, Nabonga), dies at 74
  • May 1 Lope K. Santos, Filipino writer, Father of the Philippine National Language and Grammar (b. 1879)
  • May 2 Jack Crawford, cricketer (469 runs & 39 wickets in 12 Tests), dies
  • May 2 Tomas Vackar, composer, dies at 17
  • May 2 Van Wyck Brooks, US historian (Ordeal of Mark Twain), dies at 77
  • May 5 Heinrich Gebhard, German-born American composer, dies at 84
  • May 5 Jacobus JP Old, architect/co-founder (Stijl), dies at 73
  • May 6 Monty Wooley, American actor (The Bishop's Wife, The Man Who Came to Dinner), dies at 74
  • May 6 Theodore von Kármán, Hungarian-born physicist (b. 1881)

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May 9 Charles Vyner Brooke, 3rd and last White Rajah of Sarawak (1917-46), dies at 88

3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak Charles Vyner Brooke
3rd and Last White Rajah of Sarawak
Charles Vyner Brooke
  • May 10 Gene "Big Daddy" Lipscomb, American football player (b. 1931)
  • May 11 Herbert Spencer Gasser, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1888)
  • May 12 Stanislaw Wiechowicz, composer, dies at 69
  • May 12 Bobby Kerr, Canadian runner (b. 1882)
  • May 13 Alois Hudal, bishop, helped Nazi war criminals escape (b. 1885)
  • May 17 John Wilce, physician and former head football coach at the Ohio State University (b. 1888)
  • May 18 Ernie [Ernest] Davis, American football player (1st African American to win Heisman Trophy) (b. 1939) dies of leukemia aged 23
  • May 24 Elmore James, blues guitarist, dies at 45 of a heart attack
  • May 26 Sharon Lynn, actress (Way Out West, Big Broadcast), dies at 53
  • May 27 Lambrakis, Greek EDA-parliament leader, murdered
  • May 28 Vissarion Yakovlevich Shebalin, composer, dies at 60
  • May 31 Carel C van Essen, archaeologist (Art of Ancient Rome), dies at 63

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Jun 3 Pope John XXIII [Angelo G Roncalli], Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • Jun 3 Paul Maxey, actor (Matt-Lassie, Mayor-People's Choice), dies at 57
  • Jun 3 Nazim Hikmet, Turkish poet (Tosun Pasa, The Passenger), dies at 61
  • Jun 7 ZaSu Pitts, American actress (Life With Father, Dames, Wedding March), dies at 69
  • Jun 10 Anita King, actress (Tender Loving Care), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Jun 11 Thích Quảng Đức, Buddhist monk, immolates himself on a street in Saigon
  • Jun 12 Andrew Browne, Irish/British admiral (Cape Matapan, WW II), dies at 80
  • Jun 12 Medgar Evers, NAACP official, shot in Jackson Miss at 37
  • Jun 17 John Cowper Powys, British writer and critic (Wood & Stone, Wolf Solent), dies at 90
  • Jun 17 Alain F B Alanbrooke, 1st viscount of Brookeborough, dies at 79
  • Jun 17 John Whiting, British dramatist/actor (Devils), dies
  • Jun 18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (b. 1912)
  • Jun 20 Gordon Jones, actor (Mike the Cop-Abbott & Costello), dies at 52
  • Jun 20 Joseph Self, murderer, executed; last Wash state execution in 25 yrs
  • Jun 20 Ralph Sanford, American actor (Life & Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 64
  • Jun 20 Raphaël Salem, Greek mathematician, dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Maria Tănase, Romanian singer of traditional and popular music (b. 1913)
  • Jun 26 Obe Postma, Fries, poet/geography/historian (Own Cart), dies
  • Jun 28 Frank "Home Run" Baker, (hit 2 HRs in 1911 world series) dies at 77
  • Jul 1 Camille Chautemps, premier France, dies
  • Jul 2 Seth Barnes Nicholson, American astronomer who discovered four satellites of Jupiter, dies at 71
  • Jul 4 Fritz Reutter, German composer, dies at 66
  • Jul 4 Grant Richards, actor (Doug-Doorway to Danger), dies at 48
  • Jul 4 Bernard Freyberg, Governor-General of New Zealand (b. 1889)
  • Jul 5 Daniel Ruyneman, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 9 Frank Mayo, American silent screen actor (Burning Gold, Hell's Headquarters), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Jul 10 John Sutton, actor (Of Human Bondage), dies of heart attack at 54
  • Jul 10 Teddy Wakelam, English sports broadcaster and rugby union player (b. 1893)
  • Jul 18 A H C Cooper, South African cricketer (Test v England 1914), dies
  • Jul 25 Ugo Cerletti, Italian neurologist (b. 1877)
  • Jul 27 Garrett Morgan, American inventor (gas mask and traffic signal), dies at 86
  • Jul 29 Dave Smith, cricketer (2 Tests in 1912 Australian side), dies
  • Jul 29 Dorian Le Gallienne, composer, dies at 48
  • Aug 1 Theodore Roethke, US poet (Praise to the end!), dies
  • Aug 2 Oliver Hazzard Perry La Farge, US anthropologist/writer, dies at 61
  • Aug 2 Oliver [Hazard Perry] La Farge, American anthropologist and novelist, dies at 61
  • Aug 5 Salvador Bacarisse, Spanish composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 6 Tom Keene, American actor (Our Daily Bread), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 8 Sandor Jemnitz, composer, dies at 72
  • Aug 10 Estes Kefauver, (Sen-D-Tn), dies at 60
  • Aug 10 Patrick Kennedy, son of US President JFK, dies at only 3 days
  • Aug 10 Ernst Wetter, member of the Swiss Federal Council (b. 1877)
  • Aug 14 Clifford Odets, US playwright (Golden Boy), dies at 57
  • Aug 15 John Powell, American composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Richard Barthelmess, American actor (Broken Blossoms, Noose, Heroes for Sales), dies of cancer at 68
  • Aug 19 Kathleen Parlow, Canadian violinist (b. 1890)
  • Aug 20 Joan Voûte, Dutch astronomer (b. 1879)
  • Aug 21 John Gunn, cricketer (England all-rounder in 6 Tests 1901-05), dies
  • Aug 22 William Richard Morris, 1st viscount Nuffield motor manufacturer, dies
  • Aug 23 Glen Gray, American jazz musician and leader of the Casa Loma Orchestra (b. 1900)
  • Aug 26 Larry Keating, actor (George Burns Show, Roger-Mr Ed), dies at 67

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Aug 27 W E B Du Bois, scholar/founder (NAACP), dies at 95 in Accra Ghana

Civil Rights Activist W.E.B. Du Bois
Civil Rights Activist
W.E.B. Du Bois
  • Aug 27 Allama Mashriqi, Pakistani scholar and politician (b. 1888)
  • Aug 30 Axel Stordahl, orchestra leader (Frank Sinatra Show), dies at 50
  • Aug 30 Guy Burgess, English-born Soviet spy, dies of acute liver failure at 52
  • Aug 31 Georges Braque, French cubist painter and sculptor (My bicycle) who helped develop Cubism with Pablo Picasso, dies at 81
  • Sep 1 Jean Canneel, Flemish sculptor, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Cruys Voorbergh [Ernest Pieter Coningh], Dutch actor and director (De vliegende Hollander , Flying Dutchman), dies from cardiac arrest at 64
  • Sep 3 Frico Kafenda, Slovak composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 4 Robert Schuman, French premier/chair (European Parliament), dies at 77
  • Sep 6 Margarita Sierra, actress (Surfside 6), dies after heart surgery at 26
  • Sep 9 Ernst Kantorowicz, German/US historian, dies at 68
  • Sep 9 Jan Schouten, Dutch founder (illegal Trouw)/chairman (ARP), dies
  • Sep 12 Ben Sealey, cricketer (one Test WI v England 1933), dies
  • Sep 12 Mervyn A Ellison, British astronomer (spectrohelioscope), dies at 63
  • Sep 15 Fred Hillebrand, American actor (Martin Kane, Moon Over Manhattan), dies at 69
  • Sep 21 Paulino Masip, Spanish playwright (b. 1899)
  • Sep 22 Fred Le Roux, cricketer (South African all-rounder in only Test), dies
  • Sep 30 Arnold Foster, composer, dies at 66
  • Oct 7 Grace Darmond, silent screen actress (Below the Surface), dies at 69
  • Oct 7 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M), dies of internal hemorrhage at 63
  • Oct 7 Gustaf Gründgens, German actor and director (M, Faust, A Glass of Water), dies from an internal hemorrhage at 63
  • Oct 8 Remedios Varo, Spanish-Mexican surrealist artist dies of a heart attack aged 54
  • Oct 9 Thurlow Weed Lieurance, composer, dies at 85
  • Oct 10 Roy Cazaly, Australian rules footballer (b. 1893)

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Oct 11 Édith Piaf, French singer (No, I don't regret anything), dies of liver cancer at 47

Singer Edith Piaf
Singer
Edith Piaf
  • Oct 11 Jean Cocteau, French author (La Voie Humaine), dies at 73
  • Oct 15 Edmond Fleg[enheimer], Swiss/French writer (Ecoute Israel), dies
  • Oct 15 Horton Smith. American golfer (b. 1908)
  • Oct 17 Jacques Hadamard, French mathematician (Prime Numbers), dies at 97
  • Oct 18 Claudio Carneyro, composer, dies at 68
  • Oct 21 George B Cressey, US geographer (Crossroads), dies at 66
  • Oct 21 Józef Franczak, last cursed soldier - anticommunist underground in Poland(b. 1918)
  • Oct 22 Elvin M. Jellinek, American Physiologist and pioneer in the study of alcoholism, dies at 73
  • Oct 23 Raphael HLAJM Verwilghen, architect/urban developer, dies at 78
  • Oct 24 Beverly Wills, actress (Beverly-I Married Joan), dies at 29
  • Oct 25 Abu-Bakr Khairat, composer, dies at 53
  • Oct 28 Mart Saar, Estonian composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 29 Adolphe Menjou, actor (Front Page, Star is Born), dies at 73
  • Oct 31 Henry Daniell, British actor (The Great Dictator, Camille, Philadelphia Story, Body Snatchers), dies at 69
  • Nov 1 Elsa Maxwell, author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 80

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Nov 2 Ngô Đình Diệm, President and authoritarian leader of South Vietnam (1954-63), assassinated in a coup at 62

President of South Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm
President of South Vietnam
Ngô Đình Diệm
  • Nov 6 Djuanda Kartawidjaja, premier (Indonesia), dies at 52
  • Nov 8 Simon Jurovsky, composer, dies at 51
  • Nov 10 Otto Flake, writer, dies
  • Nov 13 Margaret Murray, English anthropologist and Egyptologist (b. 1863)
  • Nov 15 Fritz Reiner, Hung/US conductor (Chicago Symphony Orch), dies at 74
  • Nov 19 Carmen Amaya, Spanish flamenco dancer, dies at about 50
  • Nov 21 Luis Cernuda, Spanish poet (Perfil del Aire), dies at 61
  • Nov 21 Pierre Blanchar, Algerian actor and director (Magnificent Sinner, Wooden Crosses,, Pastoral Symphony), dies from a brain tumor at 71
  • Nov 21 Robert Stroud, American convict "Birdman of Alcatraz", dies at 73

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Nov 22 Aldous Huxley, English author (Brave New World), dies at 69

  • Nov 22 Bikram Singh, Indies Lt-General (Kashmir), dies

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Nov 22 C. S. Lewis [Clive Staples], Irish author (Silver Chair), dies at 64

Author and Theologian C. S. Lewis
Author and Theologian
C. S. Lewis
  • Nov 22 Claude Floquet, cricketer (Test for South Africa), dies
  • Nov 22 Daulet Singh, Indies Lt-General, dies