On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1973

  • Jul 1 Mario Labroca, Italian composer, dies at 76

Person of interestBetty Grable

Jul 2 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

Film actress Betty Grable
Film actress
Betty Grable
  • 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 and manager (AL fielding leader 1912-15), dies at 92
  • Jul 2 Ferdinand Schörner, German field marshal, dies at 81
  • 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, English cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies at 95
  • Jul 8 Harry F. V. Edward, British 100m/200m runner (Olympic bronze 1920), dies at 75

  • Jul 10 Wallace "Bud" Smith, American boxer (World lightweight title 1955-56), dies of gunshot wounds at 49
  • 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, The Dirty Dozen, The Longest Day), dies from lung cancer at 63
  • Jul 12 Leonidas "Lon" Chaney, American actor nicknamed "the man of a 1000 faces" (The Hunchback Of Notre Dame, The 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 Nine van de Schaaf, Dutch 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 Dmitriyevich 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

Martial Artist and Actor Bruce Lee
Martial Artist and 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, French composer, dies at 72
  • Jul 24 Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
  • Jul 28 Royal Butler [Edwin Richey], American actor (Zenobia), dies at 80
  • Jul 29 Eileen Percy, Irish silent film actress (Wicked, Backstage), dies at 72
  • Jul 29 Norm Smith, Australian rules footballer and coach (b. 1915)
  • Jul 29 Roger Williamson, English racing driver (b. 1948)
  • Jul 30 Erich Katz, German-born American composer and musicologist, dies at 72
  • Jul 30 Guy Middleton, British actor (Oh! What a Lovely War, Laughter in Paradise), dies following a heart attack at 66