Famous Deaths in 1972

Deaths 1 - 200 of 282

  • Jan 1 Jane Morgan, actress (Mrs Margaret Davis-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 91
  • Jan 1 Maurice A Chevalier, French actor and singer (Can Can, Gigi), dies at 83
  • Jan 3 Frans Masereel, Flem WWII resistance fighter (Le Soleil), dies at 82
  • Jan 4 Carl-Olof Anderberg, Swedish composer, dies at 57
  • Jan 5 Gerald Kelly, British painter, dies at 92
  • Jan 6 Chen Yi, Chinese military commander and politician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 7 Clarence Passailaigue, Jamaican cricketer (487 for 6th wkt for Jamaica), dies at 70
  • Jan 7 John Berryman, American poet (The Dream Songs), dies at 57
  • Jan 7 Eftichia Papagianopoulos, Greek lyricist

Person of interestKenneth Patchen

Jan 8 Kenneth Patchen, American writer (See You in the Morning), dies at 60

Poet/Novelist Kenneth Patchen
Poet/Novelist
Kenneth Patchen
  • Jan 8 Wesley Ruggles, American actor, producer and director (I'm No Angel, Arizona, Too Many Husbands), dies at 82
  • Jan 9 Ted Shawn, US dancer, dies at 80
  • Jan 10 Al Goodman, Russian/US orchestra leader (NBC Comedy Hour), dies at 81
  • Jan 10 Georg Rendl, Austriam miner/beekeeper (Satan on Earth), dies at 68
  • Jan 10 Sverre Jordan, Norwegian composer, orchestra conductor and pianist (Norwegian Rapsody), dies at 82
  • Jan 10 Aksel Larsen, Danish politician (b. 1897)
  • Jan 12 Padraic Colum, Irish poet/writer/founder (Irish Review), dies at 90
  • Jan 14 Frederik IX, [Christiaan FFMKW], king of Denmark (1947-72), dies at 72
  • Jan 15 Margaret "Daisy" Ashford, British child author who wrote "The Young Visiters" (Mister Salteena's Plan) aged 9, dies at 90
  • Jan 16 David Seville, singer (Alvin & Chipmunks), dies at 52
  • Jan 16 Teller Ammons, American politician (b. 1895)
  • Jan 17 Rochelle Hudson, American actress (Les Misérables, Imitation of Life, That's My Boy), dies from pneumonia at 55
  • Jan 17 Betty Smith, American writer and singer (b. 1896)
  • Jan 18 Rudolf Wittelsbach, Swiss pianist and composer, dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Michael Rabin, American violinist (In Memorium), dies at 35
  • Jan 24 Jerome Cowan, American actor (Blondie, Tab Hunter Show), dies at 74
  • Jan 25 Erhard Milch, German field marshal (b. 1892)

Person of interestMahalia Jackson

Jan 27 Mahalia Jackson, gospel singer (He Got the Whole World), dies at 60

Gospel Singer Mahalia Jackson
Gospel Singer
Mahalia Jackson
  • Jan 27 Richard Courant, German-American mathematician, dies at 84
  • Jan 28 Adriaan B "Jaap" Wagemaker, Dutch sculptor, dies at 66
  • Jan 28 Dino Buzzati, Italian writer (The Tartar Steppe), dies at 67
  • Jan 30 Karel Boleslav Jirak, composer, dies at 81
  • Jan 31 Bir Bikram Shah Deva Mahendra, king of Nepal (1955-72), dies at 51
  • Jan 31 Howard Barlow, conductor (Voice of Firestone), dies at 79
  • Jan 31 Istvan Szelenyi, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Jessie Royce Landis, actress (North by Northwest), dies at 67
  • Feb 2 Natalie Clifford Barney, American writer (b. 1876)
  • Feb 3 John Litel, American actor (Jezebel, Virginia City, My Hero), dies at 79
  • Feb 5 Marianne Moore, US poetess (Pulitzer 1951), dies at 84
  • Feb 6 Julian H Steward, US anthropologist (South American), dies at 70
  • Feb 8 Markos Vamvakaris, Greek musician and songwriter (b. 1905)
  • Feb 11 Jan Wils, architect (Olympian Stadium, Amsterdam), dies at 80
  • Feb 14 Lambertus "Bertus" van Lyre, composer/conductor (Dike), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Edgar Snow, American author and journalist (Battle for Asia), dies at 66
  • Feb 15 Jef [Josephus CF] Last, Dutch poet/Indonesian politician, dies at 73
  • Feb 17 Gavril Nikolayevich Popov, Soviet Russian composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 19 John Grierson, Scottish documentary filmmaker (b. 1898)
  • Feb 19 Tedd Pierce, American animator (b. 1906)
  • Feb 20 Herbert Menges, composer, dies at 69
  • Feb 20 Walter Winchell, writer/actor (Dondi, Love & Hisses), dies at 74
  • Feb 20 Maria Goeppert-Mayer, American-German atomic physicist (Nobel 1963), dies at 65

  • Feb 21 Bronislava Nijinska, Polish-Russian ballet dancer (b. 1891)
  • Feb 21 Eugène Tisserant, French Catholic candinal (b. 1884)
  • Feb 23 Michael Taube, Polish composer, dies at 81
  • Feb 26 Tom Manders, Dutch cabaret artist (Dorus), dies at 50
  • Feb 28 Victor Barna, table tennis champ, dies
  • Mar 1 Victor Babin, composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Violet Trefusis, English writer and socialite who had a famous affair with writer Vita Sackville-West, dies at 77
  • Mar 2 Bill Lawrence, news anchor (ABC), dies at 56
  • Mar 5 Nils Björkander, Swedish composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Erich von dem Bach, Nazi official (b. 1899)
  • Mar 11 Fredric [William] Brown, sci-fi author (Martians Go Home), dies at 65
  • Mar 13 Tony Ray-Jones, British photographer, dies of Leukemia at 30
  • Mar 15 Aleksandr Ivanovich Laktionov, Russian painter (b. 1910)
  • Mar 16 Harold "Pie" Traynor, hall of fame 3rd baseman (Pirates), dies at 72
  • Mar 17 Manny Martindale, West Indian cricketer (10 Tests for WI, 34 wickets), dies at 62
  • Mar 20 Aad de Haas, Dutch religious painter, graphic artist and cartoonist, dies at 51
  • Mar 20 Jan Engelman, Dutch poet and art critic (At the Front), dies at 71
  • Mar 20 Marilyn Maxwell, American actress and entertainer (Champion, The Lemon Drop Kid, East of Sumatra), dies of a heart attack at 50
  • Mar 27 Maurits C Escher, Dutch lithograph carver (Praedestinatie), dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Sharkey Bonano, American jazz musician, dies at 67
  • Mar 29 J Arthur Rank, 1st Baron Rank, industrialist/film magnate
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heather, US news anchor, dies at 81
  • Mar 30 Peter Whitney, actor (Rough Riders), dies at 55
  • Mar 30 Gabriel Heatter, American radio commentator (b. 1890)
  • Mar 31 Meena Kumari, Indian actress (b. 1932)

Person of interestGil Hodges

Apr 2 Gil Hodges, American MLB 1st baseman, manager (8-time All Star), dies of heart attack at 57

MLB First Baseman Gil Hodges
MLB First Baseman
Gil Hodges
  • Apr 2 Franz Halder, German general (b. 1884)
  • Apr 2 Toshitsugu Takamatsu, Japanese Martial Arts Grandmaster (b. 1887)
  • Apr 3 Ferde Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofe, composer, dies at 80
  • Apr 3 Ferde Grofe, US composer (Grand Canyon Suite), dies at 80
  • Apr 4 Adam Clayton Powell Jr, American politician (Rep-D-NY), dies at 63
  • Apr 4 John A H J S Bruins Slot, co-founder/editor in chief (illegal), dies
  • Apr 4 Stefan Wolpe, German composer (Zeus & Elidco), dies at 69
  • Apr 5 Brian Donlevy, American actor (Barbary Coast, Glass Key, Wake Island), dies at 71
  • Apr 5 Isabel Jewell, American actress (Gone with the Wind), dies at 64

Person of interestJoe Gallo

Apr 7 "Crazy" Joe Gallo, American mobster, murdered at his 43rd birthday party by rival mobsters

Gangster Joe Gallo
Gangster
Joe Gallo
  • Apr 7 Abeid Karume, Tanzanian sheik/president, murdered
  • Apr 7 Victor Wong, American actor (Mission to Moscow, War Correspondent, King Kong), dies at 65
  • Apr 8 Sherwin Badger, American Figure Skating Champion (1920-24), dies at 70

Person of interestJames F. Byrnes

Apr 9 James F. Byrnes, American politician and statesman influential in domestic and foreign policy in the mid-1940s, dies at 89

Politician and US Secretary of State James F. Byrnes
Politician and US Secretary of State
James F. Byrnes
  • Apr 12 C W Ceram, [Kurt Marek], German/US writer (1st American), dies at 57
  • Apr 12 Henri Potiron, composer, dies at 89
  • Apr 15 Otto Brenner, German trade union leader, dies at 64
  • Apr 16 Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist (Thousand Cranes) and Nobel laureate (1968), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Adolf Bach, German philologist/sociologist, dies at 82
  • Apr 19 Billy Burke, American golfer (US Open 1931), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 George Sanders, Russian actor (All About Eve-Academy Award 1950), commits suicide at 65
  • Apr 26 Margaret A R Bonds, US pianist/composer/arranger, dies at 59
  • Apr 26 Fernando Amorsolo, Filipino painter (b. 1892)

Person of interestKwame Nkrumah

Apr 27 Kwame Nkrumah, 1st Prime Minister of Ghana (1957-60 and 1st President Ghana (1960-66), dies at 62

First President of Ghana Kwame Nkrumah
First President of Ghana
Kwame Nkrumah
  • Apr 27 Phil King, rock (Blue Oyster Cult), shot in head at 24 while gambling
  • Apr 29 Ntare V, deposed King of Burundi, killed in an abortive coup
  • Apr 30 Gia Scala, actress (Garment Jungle, I Aim at the Stars), dies at 38
  • Apr 30 Ntare V, king of Burundi, murdered
  • May 1 Fernand Ansseau, Belgian operator (Orfeo), dies at 82
  • May 2 Hugo Hartung, writer, dies at 69

Person of interestJ. Edgar Hoover

May 2 J. Edgar Hoover, first Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (1924-72) dies at 77

First Director of the FBI J. Edgar Hoover
First Director of the FBI
J. Edgar Hoover
  • May 3 Bruce Cabot, actor (Diamonds are Forever), dies at 68
  • May 3 Les Harvey, rocker, dies
  • May 4 Edward Calvin Kendall, American chemist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1886)
  • May 5 [Reverend] Gary Davis, American blues and folk guitarist (A Little More Faith), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • May 6 Deniz Gezmiş, Turkish Left-wing Political Activist (b. 1947)
  • May 13 Dan Blocker, American actor (Tiny-Cimarron City, Hoss-Bonanza), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 43
  • May 15 Nigel Green, South African-born British character actor (Zulu, Skull, Tobruk, Ipcress File), dies of an accidental barbiturate overdose at 47
  • May 16 Maxime Dumoulin, composer, dies at 79
  • May 18 Eero Aukusti Sipila, composer, dies at 53
  • May 18 Daniel Ray "Danny" Whitten, American musician and songwriter (Crazy Horse, Rod Stewart- "I Don't Want To Talk About It"), dies of a methaqualone overdose at 29
  • May 20 Cornelis J van der Klauw, Dutch biologist/zoologist, dies at 78
  • May 20 Walter Winchell, columnist/narrator (Untouchables), dies at 75
  • May 22 Margaret Rutherford, English actress (Murder Ahoy, VIP's), dies at 80
  • May 22 Cecil Day-Lewis, Irish poet (British Poet Laureate 1968-72) and detective writer (Nicholas Blake), dies of cancer at 68
  • May 24 Asta Nielsen, actress (Joyless Street), dies at 88
  • May 24 Gavin Muir, American actor (Mary of Scotland, Johnny Trouble), dies at 71
  • May 24 Ismail Yasseen, Egyptian comedian and actor (Isamil Yassine as Tarzan, Ibn Hamidu), dies of a heart attack at 59

Person of interestEdward VIII

May 28 Edward VIII, King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Empire and Emperor of India (Jan 20th, 1936 until his abdication on Dec 11th, 1936), dies at 77

King of Great Britain Edward VIII
King of Great Britain
Edward VIII
  • May 29 Moe Berg, American baseball player and spy (b. 1902)
  • May 29 Stephen Timoshenko, Ukrainian-born mechanical engineer (b. 1878)
  • May 30 Margaret Ruthven Lang, composer, dies at 104
  • May 31 Walter Freeman, American physician (developer and practitioner of psychiatric surgery transorbital lobotomy), dies
  • Jun 2 Franz Philipp, German composer, dies at 81
  • Jun 4 Godfried Devreese, composer, dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Jimmy Rushing, US blues singer, dies at 68
  • Jun 12 Edmund Wilson, American writer (To the Finland station), dies at 79
  • Jun 12 Saul David Alinsky, radical writer (John L Lewis), dies at 63
  • Jun 13 Clyde McPhatter, American R&B singer (Drifters-Treasure My Love), dies at 39
  • Jun 13 Dündar Taşer, Turkish nationalist (b. 1925)
  • Jun 20 Horst Salomon, writer, dies
  • Jun 20 Howard Johnson, US restaurant/hotel founder, dies at 75
  • Jun 21 Seth Bingham, American composer, dies at 90
  • Jun 23 Elton Britt, country singer (Sat Night Jamboree), dies at 54
  • Jun 26 David Lichine, [Lichtenstein], Russian/US choreographer, dies at 61
  • Jun 28 Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis, Indian scientist and applied statistician (Mahalanobis distance), whose birthdate is celebrated annually in India as "National Statistics Day", dies at 78
  • Jul 2 Joseph Fielding Smith Jr., 10th president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 95
  • Jul 2 Joseph F Smith Jr, leader US mormon chuch, dies at 95
  • Jul 3 Mississippi Fred McDowell, jazz artist, dies at 68
  • Jul 6 Brandon De Wilde, actor (Jamie), dies at 30 in a car crash
  • Jul 6 Vincent Valentine, West Indian cricket pace bowler (England 1933), dies
  • Jul 7 Athenagoras, 268th patriarch of Constantinople, dies
  • Jul 7 King Talal of Jordan (b. 1909)
  • Jul 8 Lovie [Cora] Austin, American jazz pianist (Down Hearted Blues), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Robert Weede, American baritone (b. 1903)
  • Jul 16 Giorgio Nataletti, Italian composer, dies at 65
  • Jul 16 Max Zehnder, Swiss composer, dies at 70
  • Jul 19 Hezekiah M. Washburn, American Presbyterian Congo missionary, dies at 88
  • Jul 21 Jigme Dori Wangchuck, King of Bhutan, dies
  • Jul 21 Ralph Craig, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 83
  • Jul 22 Hugo Kauder, Austrian composer, dies at 84
  • Jul 22 Pavel Borkovek, composer, dies at 78
  • Jul 24 Bobby Ramirez, drummer (White Trash), killed at 23 in bar brawl
  • Jul 28 Helen Traubel, American soprano, dies at 73
  • Jul 28 Charu Majumdar, Indian revolutionary leader (b. 1918)
  • Jul 31 Paul-Henri Spaak, Belgian premier/sect-gen (NATO, 1957-61), dies at 73
  • Aug 2 Brian Cole, vocalist/bassist (Association), dies of overdose at 29
  • Aug 2 Paul Goodman, US social critic/writer, dies at 60
  • Aug 2 Rudolph Ganz, Swiss-born American composer, dies at 95
  • Aug 2 Helen Hoyt, American poet (b. 1887)
  • Aug 5 Frederic Tozere, actor (Mr Phillips-Stanley), dies at 71
  • Aug 5 Harry Hylton-Foster, Speaker of the British House of Commons (b. 1905)
  • Aug 7 Joi Lansing [Joyce Brown], American model, film and television actress, and nightclub singer (Touch of Evil, Bob Cummings Show), dies of cancer at 43
  • Aug 8 Andrea Feldman, American actor (b. 1948)
  • Aug 9 Bill Berns, commentator (Television Screen Magazine), dies at 53
  • Aug 9 Richard Elsasser, American composer and organist , dies at 45
  • Aug 11 Max Theiler, South African-American virologist who developed vaccine for Yellow Fever (Nobel Prize 1951), dies at 73
  • Aug 11 Rose Schneiderman, American socialist, feminist, trade union leader and secretary of labor for New York State (1937-44), dies at 90
  • Aug 13 George Wiess, General Manager (NY Yankees), dies at 78
  • Aug 14 Jules Romains, French novelist (Death of Nobody), dies at 86
  • Aug 14 Oscar Levant, American actor (An American in Paris, Dance of Life), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Pierre Brasseur [Espinasse], French actor (Eyes Without a Face, Children of Paradise), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Aug 15 Alf Thorbald Hurum, composer, dies at 89
  • Aug 16 John Barnes Chance, composer, dies at 39
  • Aug 17 Raymond Brulez, Flemish author (Schoone slaapster), dies at 76
  • Aug 17 Wampilow, writer, dies
  • Aug 23 Balis Dvarionas, composer, dies at 68
  • Aug 24 Carlos Wesley "Don" Byas, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 59
  • Aug 25 Juan Carlos Paz, composer, dies at 71
  • Aug 25 Robert Denzler, composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Jacques Gans, Dutch author/journalist, dies at 63
  • Aug 28 William HAF, Engl prince/grandson of George V, dies in accident at 29
  • Aug 29 Lale Andersen [Elisabeth Bunnenberg], German singer and actress (Der Pott), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Rene Leibowitz, composer, dies at 59
  • Sep 1 May Aufderheide, composer, dies at 84
  • Sep 4 Alan Kippax, cricketer (1st-class batting average 67), dies
  • Sep 5 Josef Romano, Israeli olympian, murdered
  • Sep 5 Mosje Weinberg, Israeli olympic wrestling coach, murdered
  • Sep 7 Jacques Pirenne, Belgian historian, dies at 81
  • Sep 10 Sidney Pegler, South African cricket leg spinner (16 Tests), dies at 84
  • Sep 11 Max Fleischer, Polish-American animator and film producer (Betty Boop, Popeye the Sailor Man), dies at 89
  • Sep 12 William Boyd, American film actor, cowboy hero (Hopalong Cassidy), dies at 77
  • Sep 14 Kornelis Posthumus, chemist, dies at 70