On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1967

  • May 4 Bengt Axel von Torne, Finnish composer, dies at 75
  • May 6 Zhou Zuoren, Chinese writer (b. 1885)
  • May 7 Judith Evelyn [Evelyn Morris], American actress (13th Letter, Tingler, Rear Window), dies of cancer at 54
  • May 7 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian Formula One driver (b. 1935)
  • May 8 Barbara Payton [Redfield], American actress known for her tumultuous private life (Dallas, Trapped, Bad Blonde), dies of heart and liver failure due to drug addiction at 39

Elmer Rice

May 8 Elmer Rice, American playwright (Pulitzer-Street Scene) and novelist, dies at 74

  • May 8 LaVerne Andrews, American pop and swing jazz singer (The Andrews Sisters - "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"; "Rum and Coca-Cola"), dies of cancer at 55
  • May 9 Elmar Berkovich, Hungarian-Dutch industrial designer (Eindhoven theater), dies at 69
  • May 9 Philippa Schuyler, African-American child classical piano prodigy, composer, and journalist, dies in a helicopter crash in Vietnam at 35
  • May 10 Lorenzo Bandini, Italian racing driver, (b. 1935)
  • May 12 Julius Kalas, Czech composer, dies at 64
  • May 12 John Masefield, British writer and poet (Salt-Water Ballads), Poet Laureate (1930-67), dies at 88
  • May 13 Frank McGrath, American actor (The Reluctant Astronaut, Wagon Train), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • May 15 Edward Hopper, American painter (House by Railroad), dies at 84
  • May 15 Jaromír Fiala, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • May 17 John Wesley Work III, African-American composer, musicologist and scholar of African-American folklore and music, dies at 65
  • May 18 Andy Clyde, Scottish actor (The Real McCoys, Lassie), dies from natural causes at 75
  • May 18 Richard Ainley, British actor (I Dood It, As You Like It, Above Suspicion), dies from barbiturate poisoning at 56
  • May 19 Elmo Hope, American bebop jazz pianist, composer, and arranger, dies of heart failure at 43

Langston Hughes

May 22 Langston Hughes, American poet (Weary Blues), playwright (Mulatto), and librettist (Troubled Island), dies at 65

  • May 22 Josip Plemelj, Slovenian mathematician, dies at 93
  • May 23 Philip Coolidge, American actor (North by Northwest, North by Northwest, I Want to Live, Tingler), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • May 23 Sanne Sannes, photographer, dies at 30
  • May 23 Carl-Henrik Norin Swedish jazz saxophonist, and composer ("Mississippi Mood"), dies at 47
  • May 26 Antoon Spinoy, Belgian politician, dies at 60
  • May 26 George E Stone, Polish actor (Viva Villa, Last Mile, 5 Star Final, Front Page), dies at 64
  • May 27 Ernst Niekisch, German politician (b. 1889)
  • May 29 Geronimo Baqueiro Foster, Mexican composer, dies at 69
  • May 30 Claude Rains, British actor (Invisible Man, Casablanca), dies at 77
  • May 31 Billy Strayhorn, American pianist and composer ("Take The 'A' Train"), dies of esophageal cancer at 51