Famous Deaths in 1963

Deaths 1 - 200 of 231

  • 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, American 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 18 Hugh Gaitskell, British politician (Leader of the Labour Party), dies at 56
  • 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)

Person of interestRobert Frost

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 Abd al-Karīm Qāsim, Prime Minister of Iraq (1958-63),, assassinated in Baghdad at 48
  • Feb 8 George Dolenz [Jure Dolenc], Italian actor (Scared Stiff, Count of Monte Cristo), dies from a heart attack at 55

Person of interestSylvia Plath

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

Person of interestPatsy Cline

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 9 Frederic G. Melcher, American publisher and editor who founded children's book week, dies at 83
  • 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)

Person of interestCharles Vyner Brooke

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 16 Oleg Penkovsky, Soviet military intelligence (GRU), dies at 44
  • 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

Person of interestJohn XXIII

Jun 3 Pope John XXIII [Angelo Giuseppe Roncalli], 261st Pope (1958-63), dies at 81

  • Jun 3 Paul Maxey, American actor (The Narrow Margin, Till the Clouds Roll By), dies from a heart attack at 56
  • 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 at the age of 65-66
  • 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 actor, dramatist and critic (PT Raiders, The Devils, The Good Companions), dies of cancer at 45
  • Jun 18 Pedro Armendáriz, Mexican actor (From Russia With Love, Fort Apache), commits suicide at 51
  • Jun 20 Gordon Jones, American character actor (The Green Hornet, Flying Tigers, Abbott & Costello), dies from a heart attack 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, British actor (The Three Musketeers, Tower of London, Return of Fly), 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, American politician (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

Person of interestW.E.B. Du Bois

Aug 27 W. E. B. Du Bois, American civil rights activist, writer (Souls of Black Folk) and founder of the 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-American historian (Laudes regiae), 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)

Person of interestEdith Piaf

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, Egyptian 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, American author (Jack Paar Show), dies at 80

Person of interestNgô Đình Diệm

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 Orchestra), 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

Person of interestAldous Huxley

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

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