Famous People Who Died in 1965

Deaths 1 - 200 of 298

  • Jan 1 Juan Bautista Plaza, Venezuelan composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 3 Betty Harte, entertainer, dies at 82
  • Jan 3 Julius Tannen, comedian, dies at 84

T. S. EliotT. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Jan 4 American-born British poet (The Waste Land) and Nobel laureate (1948), dies in London at 76

  • Jan 5 Nell Craig, American actress (Dr. Kildare (films); The Queen of Sheba), dies at 73
  • Jan 5 Paul Arntzenius, Dutch painter, graphic artist and etcher, dies at 81
  • Jan 8 Albert Asher, New Zealand dual-code rugby union and rugby league winger (RU 11 caps; RL Australasia 2 Tests, NZ 1), dies at 85
  • Jan 8 Aloÿs-Henri-Gérard Fornerod, Swiss composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 11 Wally Pipp, American baseball first baseman (World Series 1923; AL HR leader 1916, 17; NY Yankees), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 12 Lorraine Hansberry, American playwright (A Raisin in the Sun), and writer (To Be Young Gifted And Black), dies in NYC, dies of pancreatic cancer at 34
  • Jan 12 Porcupine, in the National Zoo, dies at 27; oldest known rodent (Washington, DC)
  • Jan 14 Jeanette MacDonald, American soprano (When I'm Calling You), dies at 63
  • Jan 15 Pierre Ngendandumwe, premier of Burundi, murdered
  • Jan 17 Hans Marchwitza, German writer and communist, dies at 75
  • Jan 19 Frank Reicher, German-American actor (King Kong, Son of Kong), dies at 89
  • Jan 20 Alan Freed, American disc jockey who accepted payola and introduced term "rock-n-roll", dies at 42
  • Jan 21 Harvey Zorbaugh, doctor/TV host (Play the Game), dies at 68

Winston ChurchillWinston Churchill (1874-1965)

Jan 24 British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1940-45, 1951-55) during World War II, and writer (Nobel Prize in Literature, 1953), dies of a stroke at 90

  • Jan 25 (Gustaaf) "Staf" Nees, Flemish-Belgian carillonist, organist, composer (Maria-oratorio), and educator, dies at 63
  • Jan 26 Ali Mansoer, premier of Persia, murdered
  • Jan 27 Theo Uden Masman, Dutch big band orchestra leader (The Ramblers), dies at 63
  • Jan 28 Jef van Durme, Belgian composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 28 Maxime Weygand, French soldier (b. 1867)
  • Jan 28 Tich Freeman, English cricket leg-spin bowler (12 Tests, 66 wickets; Kent), dies at 76
  • Jan 29 Jack Hylton, English orchestra leader and impresario (Crazy Passage Show), dies at 72
  • Jan 29 John Larkin, American actor (Saints & Sinners, The Satan Bug, 12 O'Clock High), dies of a heart attack at 52
  • Jan 29 Michał Spisak, Polish composer (Hymne Olympique), dies at 50
  • Jan 30 Vic Jackson, cricketer (NSW/Leicerstershire off-spinner), dies in car
  • Feb 2 Richard P Blackmur, American critic/publisher (Good European), dies at 61
  • Feb 2 Richard Würz, German composer, and music critic, dies at 79
  • Feb 4 U C Greyhound, champion trotter (horse), dies at 33
  • Feb 5 Irving Bacon, American actor (Branded Men, Fort Ti), dies at 71
  • Feb 6 Jack Wagner, American actor (The Razor's Edge, Under Two Flags, Jive Junction), dies from a heart attack at 68
  • Feb 7 Nance O'Neil, American actor (Cimarron, Royal Bed, Rogue Song), dies at 90
  • Feb 8 Ray Brown, American Baseball HOF pitcher (NgL World Series 1943, 44; Triple Crown 1938; Homestead Grays), dies at 56
  • Feb 12 Henry Kulky [Kulakowich], American actor (Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Love Nest), dies from a heart attack at 53
  • Feb 13 Jerry Burke, American easy-listening pianist and organ player (Lawrence Welk Orchestra, 1934-65), dies of cancer at 53
  • Feb 13 William Heard Kilpatrick, American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 93
  • Feb 14 Désiré Inghelbrecht, French composer, conductor and writer, dies at 84

Nat King ColeNat King Cole (1919-1965)

Feb 15 American jazz pianist and pop vocalist ("Unforgettable", "Mona Lisa"), dies of cancer at 49

  • Feb 19 Forrest Taylor, American actor (This is Life, Man Without a Gun), dies at 81
  • Feb 19 Gheorge Gheorghiu-Dej, Romanian communist politician (President of the State Council 1961-65), dies at 63
  • Feb 20 Fred Immler, German actor (Zapata's Gang, Madame DuBarry), dies at 85

Malcolm XMalcolm X (1925-1965)

Feb 21 African American human rights activist and Muslim minister, assassinated in New York City at 39

  • Feb 22 Felix Frankfurter, American jurist and Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1939-62), dies of congestive heart failure at 82

Stan LaurelStan Laurel (1890-1965)

Feb 23 English comedian (Laurel & Hardy films), dies of a heart attack at 74

Jimmie Lee JacksonJimmie Lee Jackson (1938-1965)

Feb 26 American civil rights protester and church deacon, shot and killed at 26 by an Alabama State Trooper

  • Feb 28 Adolf Scharf, president of Austria (1957-65), dies at 74
  • Mar 1 Boleslav Vomáček, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Mar 3 Carlo Gatti, Italian musicologist (Verdi), dies at 88
  • Mar 5 Chen Cheng, Chinese politician (b. 1897)
  • Mar 5 John "Pepper" Martin, American baseball utility (MLB All-Star 1933–35, 37; World Series 1931, 34; NL stolen base leader 1933, 34, 36; St. Louis Cardinals), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Mar 6 Jules Goux, French auto racer (first European to win Indianapolis 500 1913), dies at 79
  • Mar 6 Margaret Dumont [Daisy Baker], actress (Animal Crackers), dies at 75
  • Mar 6 Ruvim Pergament, composer, dies at 58
  • Mar 8 Esther Howard, actress (Detour), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Mar 8 Tadd Dameron, American jazz pianist, composer ("If You Could See Me Now"; "Lady Bird"), arranger (Count Basie, Jimmie Lunceford, Dizzy Gillespie, Billy Eckstine) and band leader, dies of cancer at 48
  • Mar 9 Anthon van der Horst, Dutch organist and composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 9 Kazys Boruta, Lithuanian writer, dies at 60
  • Mar 11 James Reeb, American minister and civil rights activist, dies from head injuries after being beaten in Selma, Alabama at 38
  • Mar 13 Corrado Gini, Italian statistician (b. 1884)
  • Mar 13 Fan S. Noli, Albanian bishop, poet, and politician (b. 1882)
  • Mar 13 George Călinescu, Romanian author (Lauda Lucrorilor), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Vittorio Jano, Italian automobile designer, dies at 73
  • Mar 14 Marion Jones, American tennis player (US Nat C'ship 1899, 1902), dies at 85
  • Mar 17 Almos Alonzo Stagg, American football coach (University of Chicago), dies in California at 102
  • Mar 17 Nancy Cunard, British writer and activist, dies at 69
  • Mar 17 Quentin Reynolds, American newscaster (Its News to Me) and author (FBI), dies at 62
  • Mar 18 Farouk I, last King of Egypt (1936-52), dies at 45
  • Mar 19 Lavere "Buster" Harding, Canadian-American jazz pianist, composer and arranger (Count Basie; Dizzy Gillespie; Billie Holiday), dies at 53
  • Mar 23 Mae Murray, actress (Bachelor Apartment), dies of heart ailment at 75
  • Mar 25 Giorgio Federico Ghedini, Italian composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 25 Viola Gregg Liuzzo, American civil rights activist, murdered by Ku KLux Klan members in Selma, Alabama at 39
  • Mar 28 Clemence Dane, British novelist and playwright (b. 1888)
  • Mar 28 Jack Hoxie, American actor, rodeo performer (The White Outlaw), dies at 80
  • Mar 28 Mary [Victoria Alexandra Alice Mary], Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood and daughter of George V, dies at 67
  • Mar 30 Philip Showalter Hench, American physician, (Nobel Prize 1950 for cortisone), dies at 69

Harry CrerarHarry Crerar (1888-1965)

Apr 1 Canadian WWI and WWII general (First Canadian Army), dies at 76

  • Apr 1 Helena Rubinstein, Polish-born American cosmetics manufacturer, dies at 92
  • Apr 2 Renzo Bossi, Italian composer, and educator (Milan Conservatory), dies at 81
  • Apr 3 Ernst Kirchweger, Austrian communist and resistance fighter (born 1897 or 1898)
  • Apr 8 Erik A. Blomberg, Swedish art historian, poet and author, dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Jack Durston, English cricketer (one Test for England, 4-102 & 1-34), dies at 71
  • Apr 8 Lars Hanson, Swedish actor (Flesh & Devil), dies after illness at 78
  • Apr 10 Linda Darnell, American actress (Unfaithfully Yours, A Letter to Three Wives), dies from burns received in a house fire at 41
  • Apr 10 Lloyd Casner, American race car driver and owner (Casner Motor Racing Division team), dies at 36
  • Apr 14 Leonard Mudie, British actor (Magnetic Monster, British Intelligence), dies of heart ailment at 82
  • Apr 14 Perry Edward Smith, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged at 36
  • Apr 14 Robert Hickok, US murderer (In Cold Blood), hanged at 33
  • Apr 15 Sydney Chaplin, English actor, half brother of Charlie Chaplin and his business manager, dies at 80
  • Apr 18 Guillermo González Camarena, Mexican inventor, dies at 48
  • Apr 19 George Davis, Flemish actor (Private Lives, Devil May Care), dies at 75
  • Apr 20 Dick Wessel, American actor (Dick Tracy vs Cueball, Beware of Blondie), dies of heart attack on 52nd birthday
  • Apr 21 Edward Victor Appleton, English physicist (Nobel Prize 1947), dies at 72
  • Apr 23 Josephina J "Fien" de la Mar, Dutch actress (Pygmalion), dies at 67
  • Apr 24 Louise Dresser, actress (State Fair, Ship Comes In, Mammy), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Aaron Avshalomov, Russian-born Jewish composer, dies at 70
  • Apr 27 Alan Bunce, American radio & television actor (Homicidal, Ethel & Albert), dies at 64
  • Apr 27 Edward R. Murrow, American newscaster (Person to Person), dies at 57
  • Apr 28 Ferdinand Bordewijk, Dutch lawyer & writer (Character), dies at 80
  • Apr 30 Helen Chandler, American actress (Dracula, Salute, Last Flight), dies at 59
  • May 1 Leo Spies, Russian-born German composer, dies at 65
  • May 1 Spike Jones [Lindley Armstrong Jones], American bandleader (Der Fueher's Face, Cocktails For Two), dies from emphysema at 53
  • May 3 Howard Spring, British author (Heaven Lies About Us), dies at 76
  • May 3 Otto Forst de Battaglia, Austrian diplomat and genealogist, dies at 75
  • May 4 Norman Brokenshire, TV moderator (Four Square Court), dies at 66
  • May 8 Wally Hardinge, English cricketer (scored 25 & 5 in only Test for England), dies at 79
  • May 9 Leopold Figl, Austrian politician (13th Chancellor of Austria), dies at 62
  • May 10 Hubertus J van Mook, Dutch min of Colonization (1942-45), dies at 70
  • May 12 Roger Vailland, French author (Drôle de jeu, La loi) and screenwriter, dies at 57
  • May 14 Frances Perkins, American politician and 1st woman to hold cabinet-level position (Labor 1933-45), dies at 83
  • May 15 Adrian Schoevers, Dutch director (Schoevers Institution), dies
  • May 18 Eduard Jan Dijksterhuis, Dutch historian of science (biography of Archimedes), dies at 72
  • May 19 Maria Dabrowska, Polish writer (Znaki Zycia), dies
  • May 21 Geoffrey de Havilland, British aircraft designer, dies at 82
  • May 22 Bobby Watson, American comedian (Hitler Gang, Boys Town), dies at 77
  • May 22 Christopher Stone, first disc jockey in the United Kingdom (b. 1882)
  • May 22 Heinrich Barth, Swiss philosopher (Das Sein in der Zeit), dies
  • May 23 David Smith, sculptor, dies
  • May 23 Earl Webb, American baseball outfielder (MLB Record: 67 doubles, single season 1931; Boston Red Sox), dies at 67
  • May 25 Sonny Boy Williamson II [Aleck Miller], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, dies at 65

Curly LambeauCurly Lambeau (1898-1965)

Jun 1 American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback, coach (founder, first coach Green Bay Packers), dies of a heart attack at 67

  • Jun 4 Bernard Verhoeven, Dutch poet (Pleidooi near een non), dies at 68
  • Jun 5 Lester Matthews, English actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 64
  • Jun 5 Thornton W. Burgess, American conservationist & author (The Bedtime Story-Books; Now I Remember: Autobiography of an Amateur Naturalist), dies at 91

Judy HollidayJudy Holliday (1921-1965)

Jun 7 American comedienne and actress (Born Yesterday, Adam's Rib), dies of cancer at 43

  • Jun 7 Richard Billinger, Austria poet/writer (Bauernpassion), dies
  • Jun 8 Edmondo Rossoni, Italian fascist (b. 1884)
  • Jun 8 Erik Chisholm, Scottish conductor, composer (Hindustani Piano Concerto), and educator (South African College of Music, 1949-65),, dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Jun 8 Julius Bissier, German painter, dies at 71
  • Jun 11 José Mendes Cabeçadas, 95th Prime Minister of Portugal and 9th President of Portugal (b. 1883)
  • Jun 11 Vernon Johns, American civil rights activist, dies at 73
  • Jun 13 David Drummond, Australian politician (b. 1890)
  • Jun 13 Martin Buber, Austrian-Israeli dialogue philosopher and theologist (Ich und Du), dies at 87
  • Jun 14 Guido Guerrini, Italian composer, dies at 74
  • Jun 15 E. A. Speiser, American Bible scholar (b. 1902
  • Jun 15 Steve Cochran [Robert Alexander Cochran], American actor (Mozambique, Gay Senotiys, Dallas), dies from acute infectious edema at 48
  • Jun 17 Arnold Meijer, Dutch leader of fascist Dutch National & Black Front, dies at 60
  • Jun 18 George Melachrino, English composer, dies at 56
  • Jun 19 James Collip, Canadian biochemist and physiologist (insulin), dies at 72
  • Jun 20 Bernard Baruch, American financier and presidential adviser (Cold War), dies at 94
  • Jun 20 Ira Louvin, American country singer (Louvin Brothers), dies at 41
  • Jun 21 Bernard Baruch, American presidential advisor (termed "Cold War"), dies at 94
  • Jun 21 Kay Fisker, Danish architect (Hornbeck House, Copenhagen), dies at 72
  • Jun 22 Adriaan Franciscus Dussenbroek, Dutch doctor and co-founder (Union National Arubano), dies at 72
  • Jun 22 David O Selznick, American Academy Award-winning producer (Gone With The Wind; Rebecca), dies of a heart attack at 63
  • Jun 23 Mary Boland, actress (Boy Trouble, New Moon), dies at 83
  • Jun 26 Bertil Lindblad, Swedish astronomer (Milky Way system), dies at 69
  • Jun 26 Johan C T Kikkert, painter/etcher/critic, dies at 82
  • Jun 26 Reginald Beckwith, actor/writer (39 Steps, Dr in Love), dies at 56
  • Jun 27 Anthony Veiller, writer, dies at 62
  • Jun 28 Red Nichols, American jazz cornettist, composer and jazz bandleader, dies at 60
  • Jun 28 [Theodora E] Betsy Ranucci-Beckman, actress (Dood Water), dies at 88
  • Jun 29 Joseph Ryelandt, Belgian composer (Christus Rex - Christ the King), dies at 95
  • Jun 29 Sidney Marion, American actor (Outlaws is Coming, Quicksand), dies at 64
  • Jun 30 Bessie Barriscale, American actress (Plain Jane, Show Folks), dies at 81
  • Jul 1 Claude Thornhill, American pianist, arranger (Andre Kostelanetz; Tony Bennett), composer ("Snowfall"), and bandleader ("A Sunday Kind of Love"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Jul 1 Wally Hammond, England cricket batsman (7,249 Test runs @ 58.45), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Jul 2 Theodora E "Betsy" Ranucci-Beckmann, actress (Klatergoud), dies at 88
  • Jul 3 Trigger, horse (Roy Rogers), dies at 25
  • Jul 4 Valdemar Eiberg, Danish jazz pioneer, saxophonist, and band leader ("I've Got a Cross-Eyed Papa"), dies at 72
  • Jul 5 Porfirio Rubirosa, Dominican race car driver, diplomat and international playboy, dies when he crashes his Ferrari into a tree at 56
  • Jul 7 Bill Hitch, England cricket fast-bowler (7 Tests 1911-21), dies
  • Jul 7 Moshe Sharett, 2nd Prime Minister of Israel (1954-55), dies at 70
  • Jul 10 Jacques Audiberti, French poet (Le cavalier seul), dies at 66
  • Jul 11 Ray Collins, American actor (Homecoming, Good Sam, Rose Marie), dies at 75
  • Jul 13 Photis Kontoglou, Greek writer, painter and iconographer, dies at 69

Adlai Stevenson IIAdlai Stevenson II (1900-1965)

Jul 14 American politician (US Ambassador to UN, 1961-65; Governor of Illinois, 1949-53; Democratic presidential candidate, 1952 & 1956), dies at 65

  • Jul 15 Francis Cherry, American politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 17 Luiz Cosme, Brazilian composer, dies at 57
  • Jul 18 Shalva Mikhailovich Taktakishvili, Russian composer, teacher, and conductor (Georgian State Orchestra, 1952-65), dies at 64
  • Jul 19 Clyde Beatty, American animal trainer and actor (Africa Screams, The Big Cage), dies from cancer at 62

Syngman RheeSyngman Rhee (1875-1965)

Jul 19 1st President of South Korea (1948-60), dies at 90

  • Jul 24 Constance Bennett, actress (Madame X, Topper), dies at 59
  • Jul 24 Irene Browne, actress (Peg O' My Heart), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 27 Henri Daniel-Rops, French writer and historian (b. 1901)
  • Jul 28 Edogawa Ranpo, Japanese author (boy detectives club books), dies at 70
  • Jul 28 Maurice Yvain, French composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 28 Minor Watson, American actor (Woman of the Year, Viva Cisco Kid), dies at 75
  • Jul 30 Alan Washbond, American 2-man bobsledder (Olympic gold 1932), dies at 65
  • Jul 30 Junichiro Tanizaki, Japanese writer (Key), dies at 79
  • Jul 31 James Rennie, Canadian actor (Lash, Little Damozel), dies at 75
  • Aug 1 Kiyoshi Nobutoki, Japanese cellist and composer, dies at 77
  • Aug 2 Milton B. Babbitt, American composer (Widow's Lament), dies at 49
  • Aug 2 N. Howell Furman, American Chemist whose work on separating uranium contributed to the development of the atomic bomb, dies at 73
  • Aug 6 Aksel Sandemose, writer, dies
  • Aug 6 Everett Sloane, American actor (Patsy, Citizen Kane, Enforcer), dies of apparent suicide with barbiturates at 55
  • Aug 6 Nancy Carroll, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 60
  • Aug 6 Peter Ronnefeld, German pianist, composer and conductor (Die Nachtausgabe), dies at 30
  • Aug 8 Olga Fastrová, Czech writer and editor (National Policy), dies at 89

Shirley JacksonShirley Jackson (1916-1965)

Aug 8 American author (Road Through the Wall), dies at 45

  • Aug 9 Creighton Hale, Irish actor (Gorilla Man, Way Down East), dies at 76
  • Aug 10 Rayford Robinson, cricketer (Test Aust v England 1937), dies
  • Aug 11 Bill Woodfull, Australian cricketer (35 Tests for Australia), dies at 67
  • Aug 11 Ethel Larcombe, British tennis player (Wimbledon 1912), dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Ikeda Hayato, Japanese politician, Prime Minister of Japan (1960-64), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Jan van Nijlen, Flemish poet and author (Walk at Dawn), dies at 80
  • Aug 16 Vasily Petrovich Shirinsky, composer, dies at 64
  • Aug 22 Ellen Church, American 1st female airline stewardess (United flight in 1930 from San Francisco to Cheyenne), dies in a horse riding accident at 60
  • Aug 22 Henriette de Vreker-Verschuur, Dtch Flemish actress (Revolt in Mental Home), dies