Famous Deaths in 1973

Deaths 1 - 200 of 354

  • Jan 5 Cor of Dis sr. [Cornelis Nicolas of Dis sr.], Dutch politician (SGP), dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Isabel Randolph, US actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
  • Jan 11 Rudolf Kubin, Czech cellist, dies a day after 64th birthday
  • Jan 15 Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
  • Jan 15 Ivan Petrovsky, Russian mathematician (b. 1901)
  • Jan 15 Coleman Francis, American film director (b. 1919)
  • Jan 17 Fred Essler, Austrian actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown, Saratoga Trunk), dies at 77
  • Jan 19 Max Adrian, Irish actor (Boy Friend), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Jan 20 Amilcar Cabral, Bissau-Guinean nationalist leader, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered at 51
  • Jan 20 Lorenz Böhler, Austrian physician (b. 1885)

Person of interestLyndon B. Johnson

Jan 22 Lyndon B. Johnson, 36th US President (Democrat: 1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64

36th US President Lyndon B. Johnson
36th US President
Lyndon B. Johnson
  • Jan 23 Alexander Onassis, Greek heir of the Onassis family (b. 1948)
  • Jan 23 Kid Ory, American jazz trombonist (b. 1886)
  • Jan 24 Alan Lisette, New Zealand cricketer (NZ slow left-armer vs West Indies 1956), dies at 53
  • Jan 24 J. Carrol Naish, American actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Masao Ohba, world champion Japanese boxer (b. 1949)
  • Jan 26 Edward G Robinson [Goldenberg], Romanian actor (Double Indemnity, The Stranger, The Ten Commandments), dies at 79
  • Jan 26 Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
  • Jan 26 Jay C. Higginbotham, American musician (b. 1906)
  • Jan 28 John Banner, Austrian-born American actor (Hogan's Heroes, Lone Ranger, 36 Hours), dies of a abdominal haemorrhage at 63
  • Jan 29 Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 29 Ludwig Stössel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera, The Pride of the Yankees), dies at 89
  • Jan 30 Jack MacGowran, Irish actor (King Lear, The Quiet Man, The Exorcist), dies of influenza at 54
  • Jan 31 Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
  • Feb 2 Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
  • Feb 2 Hendrik Elias, Flemish historian and Mayor of Ghent (1941-44), dies at 70
  • Feb 3 Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 George Morrison, dies at 82
  • Feb 5 L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
  • Feb 6 Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
  • Feb 8 Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • Feb 9 Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
  • Feb 9 Vasiliki Maliaros, Greek actress (b. 1883)
  • Feb 11 J. Hans D. Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
  • Feb 12 Benjamin Frankel, composer, dies at 67
  • Feb 15 Tim Holt [Charles John Holt III], American actor (The Treasure of the Sierra Madre), dies of bone cancer at 54
  • Feb 15 Wallace "Wally" Cox, American comedian and actor (Mister, Underdog, Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies of a heart attack at 48
  • Feb 16 Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies

Person of interestFrank Costello

Feb 18 Frank Costello, Italian-American gangster (The Prime Minister of the Underworld), dies of a heart attack at 82

Gangster Frank Costello
Gangster
Frank Costello
  • Feb 20 Brigitte Reimann, German writer (Franziska Linkerhand), dies of cancer at 39
  • Feb 20 Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian violinist (Violinist Notebook 1933), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Maurice Dallimore, British actor (The Collector, Me and My Girl), dies from Laennec's cirrhosis at 60
  • Feb 22 Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (The Death of the Heart, Cat Jumps), dies at 73
  • Feb 22 Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
  • Feb 22 Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
  • Feb 22 Jean-Jacques Bertrand, Quebec politician, Premier of Quebec (b. 1916)
  • Feb 23 Dickinson W. Richards, American physician, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
  • Feb 26 Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
  • Feb 27 Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Feb 28 Cecil Kellaway, South African-born American actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78

  • Feb 28 Hope Landin, American actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
  • Mar 2 Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
  • Mar 4 Samuel Tolansky, British scientist and expert on spectroscopy (b. 1907)
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
  • Mar 5 Michael Jeffery, British music manager (b. 1933)
  • Mar 5 Rupert Crosse, American actor, 1st African-American to be nominated for Best Supporting Actor Academy Award (The Reivers), dies of lung cancer at 45
  • Mar 6 Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
  • Mar 6 Pearl S. Buck, American author (Good Earth - Nobel Prize 1938), dies at 80
  • Mar 6 Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
  • Mar 7 Andre de Meulemeester, Belgium WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
  • Mar 8 Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
  • Mar 8 Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead) dies at 27
  • Mar 10 Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
  • Mar 10 Eugene 'Bull' Connor, American segregationist (b. 1897)
  • Mar 12 Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
  • Mar 12 Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
  • Mar 12 Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
  • Mar 13 Stacy Harris, actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
  • Mar 14 Murat B "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
  • Mar 14 Rafael Godoy, Colombian composer (b. 1907)
  • Mar 14 Howard Aiken, American computing pioneer (Harvard Mark I computer), dies at 73
  • Mar 16 Carl Benton Reid, American actor (Pressure Point, In a Lonely Place), dies at 79
  • Mar 16 M Revis, [Willem Fisherman), author (People that Mutiny), dies at 68
  • Mar 17 Geertruida M W "Truus" Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
  • Mar 18 Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
  • Mar 21 Antoni Szalowski, composer, dies at 65
  • Mar 23 Ken Maynard, American stuntman and actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies of stomach cancer at 77
  • Mar 25 Edward Steichen, American photographer, dies at 93
  • Mar 26 George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 26 Noel Coward, English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73
  • Mar 26 Safford Cape, American-Belgian conductor, composer and music historian, dies at 67
  • Mar 26 Johnny Drake, American football player (b. 1916)
  • Mar 26 Don Messer, Canadian fiddler (b. 1909)
  • Mar 27 Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer, dies at 72
  • Mar 28 Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
  • Mar 31 Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, dies at 68
  • Apr 1 Arthur Wood, English cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies at 74
  • Apr 2 Jascha Horenstein, Russian-born American conductor
  • Apr 5 John Coleman, Australian rules footballer (b. 1928)
  • Apr 7 Nick Stuart, Romanian-born American bandleader and actor (Secrets of Chinatown), dies of cancer at 69

Person of interestPablo Picasso

Apr 8 Pablo Picasso, Spanish painter (The Young Ladies of Avignon, Guernica), dies at 91

Painter Pablo Picasso
Painter
Pablo Picasso
  • Apr 11 Ted Decorsia, American actor (The Killing, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea), dies at 67
  • Apr 13 Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
  • Apr 13 Balraj Sahni [Yudhishthir], Indian Bollywood actor (Dharti Ke Lal), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Apr 14 Magda Janssens, Flemish actress (Nederlands in 7 Lessons), dies at 88
  • Apr 14 Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
  • Apr 20 Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
  • Apr 20 Hans Kelsen, Austrian legal philosopher and political philosopher, dies at 91
  • Apr 21 Ursula Jeans, British actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon, I Lived With You), dies of cancer at 66
  • Apr 21 Arthur Fadden, thirteenth Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1894)
  • Apr 23 Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Irene Ryan, American actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
  • Apr 27 Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
  • Apr 27 Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
  • Apr 27 Carlos Menditeguy, Argentine racing driver (b. 1914)
  • Apr 28 Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
  • Apr 28 Clas Thunberg, Finnish speed skater (Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies at 80
  • Apr 29 Manfred Gurlitt, German composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 30 Josie Sedgwick, American actress (The Best Man, Queen of the Round-Up), dies of stroke at 75
  • Apr 30 Václav Renč, Czech poet, dramatist and translator (b. 1911)
  • May 2 Alan Carney [David Boughal], American actor (Zombies on Broadway, Take it from Me), dies at 61
  • May 4 Jane Bowles, American writer and playwright, dies at 56
  • May 6 Ernest MacMillan, Canadian composer and conductor, dies at 79
  • May 8 Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player (Brooklyn Bridegrooms and Baltimore Orioles), dies at 100
  • May 10 Jack E. Leonard, American comedian (Disorderly Orderly), dies at 62
  • May 10 Loren Tindall, American actor (Meet Me on Broadway, Girl of Limberlost), dies of heart attack at 51
  • May 11 Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
  • May 11 Lex Barker, American actor (b. 1919)
  • May 12 Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
  • May 12 Art Pollard, American racecar driver (b. 1927)
  • May 14 Jean Gebser, German-born author, linguist, and poet (b. 1905)
  • May 15 Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
  • May 17 Alexander J. Kropholler, Dutch architect and writer, dies at 91

Person of interestJeannette Rankin

May 18 Jeannette Rankin, American politician, 1st woman elected to US Congress (R-Montana), women's rights advocate and pacifist, dies at 92

1st Woman Elected to Congress Jeannette Rankin
1st Woman Elected to Congress
Jeannette Rankin
  • May 20 Jarno Saarinen, Finnish motorcycle racer (b. 1945)
  • May 21 Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
  • May 21 George Breakstone, actor and director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
  • May 21 Vaughn Monroe, singer/orchestra leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
  • May 21 George Breakston, French-American producer, actor and director (Jungle Stampede, It Happened One Night), dies at 53
  • May 23 Athena Lorde, American actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies of cancer at 57
  • May 26 Jacques Lipchitz, Polish-French-American painter and cubist sculptor, dies at 81
  • May 28 Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, German composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
  • May 29 Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
  • May 29 P. Ramlee, Malaysian film actor, director, singer and songwriter. (b. 1929)
  • May 30 Hal Hastings, orchestra leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
  • May 31 Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
  • Jun 1 Harvey S Firestone Jr, US tire manufacturer, dies at 75
  • Jun 1 Mary Kornman, American actress (Desert Trail, Queen of the Jungle, Swing it Professor), dies at 57
  • Jun 1 Walter Greaza, American actor (Treasury Man, Martin Kane Private Eye), dies at 76
  • Jun 3 Dory Funk, professional wrestler (b. 1919)

Person of interestArna Bontemps

Jun 4 Arna Bontemps, American poet (Harlem Renaissance), dies of heart attack at 72 in Nashville

  • Jun 4 Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
  • Jun 4 Emma "Grandma" Gatewood, American ultra-light hiking pioneer and 1st woman to hike the Appalachian Trail alone, dies of an apparent heart attack at 85
  • Jun 5 Max Terhune, actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
  • Jun 7 Lane Bradford, actor (Dead Man's Gold, Gun Hawk), dies at 50
  • Jun 7 Christine Lavant, Austrian poet and writer (Das Kind), dies at 57
  • Jun 8 Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
  • Jun 9 Erich von Manstein, German military commander (b. 1887)
  • Jun 10 William M. Inge, American playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Alvin Derold Etler, composer, dies at 60
  • Jun 13 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 82
  • Jun 17 Luis Van Rooten, Mexican-born, American actor, author and translator (One Man's Family), dies at 66

Person of interestTarsila do Amaral

Jun 17 Tarsila do Amaral, Brazilian modernist artist, dies at 86

  • Jun 18 Fritz Mahler, Austrian composer, dies at 71
  • Jun 18 Roger Delgado, English actor (Doctor Who, Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enough for June), dies in a road accident at 55
  • Jun 18 Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
  • Jun 21 Frank Leahy, football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
  • Jun 22 Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer, dies at 77
  • Jun 23 Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
  • Jun 24 Mary Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, 2nd Wife), dies at 99
  • Jun 24 George "Bud" Hamilton Westmore, American film make-up artist (Westmore family), dies after a heart attack at 55
  • Jun 26 Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
  • Jun 26 Ernest Truex, American actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday, Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 83
  • Jun 27 Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
  • Jun 29 Tin-Tan [Germán Valdés], Mexican actor, singer and comedian (Spanish dubbing of The Jungle Book, The Aristocats), dies from cancer at 57
  • Jun 30 Elmer Layden, one of Notre Dame's legendary 4-horsemen, died
  • Jun 30 Blessed Vasyl Velychkovsky C.Ss.R Bishop and Martyr (b. 1903)
  • Jun 30 Nancy Mitford, English author (Love in a Cold Climate), one of the Mitford sisters, dies of cancer at 68
  • Jul 1 Mario La Broca, composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 2 Elizabeth "Betty" Grable, American singer, dancer, pin-up girl and actress (I Wake Up Screaming, How to Marry a Millionaire, Gay Divorcee), dies of lung cancer at 56
  • Jul 2 George Macready, American actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
  • Jul 2 Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
  • Jul 2 Chick Hafey, American Baseball Hall of Fame outfielder (2 World Series 1926, 31), dies at 70
  • Jul 2 George McBride, American MLB shortstop/manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal (b. 1892)
  • Jul 3 Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
  • Jul 4 Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
  • Jul 6 Joe E. Brown, American comedian (Buck Circus Hour), dies after long illness at 80
  • Jul 6 Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
  • Jul 6 Patrick McVey, actor (Manhunt, Big Town), dies at 63
  • Jul 7 Max Horkheimer, German philosopher and sociologist (Studies in prejudice), dies at 78
  • Jul 7 Veronica Lake [Constance Ockleman], American actress (Sullivan's Travels, I Married a Witch), dies from hepatitis and acute kidney injury at 50
  • Jul 8 Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
  • Jul 11 Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
  • Jul 11 Isabel Randolph, actress (Mrs Nester-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 83
  • Jul 11 Robert Ryan, American actor (Billy Budd, Dirty Dozen, Longest Day), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Jul 12 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (High Noon, Phantom of the Opera), dies after long illness at 67
  • Jul 13 Martian Negrea, composer, dies at 80
  • Jul 13 Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon), dies from a heart attack at 72
  • Jul 15 Clarence White, American guitarist (Byrds), killed by a drunk driver at 29
  • Jul 16 Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf, author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
  • Jul 18 Jack Hawkins, British actor (Lawrence of Arabia, Ben-Hur Just Men, Zulu, Malta Story), dies of post-operative complications at 62
  • Jul 19 Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 33

Person of interestBruce Lee

Jul 20 Bruce Lee [Lee Yuen Kam], Hong Kong and American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32

Karate Star/Actor Bruce Lee
Karate Star/Actor
Bruce Lee
  • Jul 20 Robert Smithson, American land artist (b. 1938)
  • Jul 21 Russell Hardie, American actor (Sequoia, In Old Kentucky), dies after long illness at 69
  • Jul 23 Eddie Rickenbacker, American aviator "Ace of Aces" (WWI), dies at 82
  • Jul 23 Marius-Francois Gaillard, composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC