Famous People Who Died in 1973 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 371 of 371

  • Jul 13 Marțian Negrea, Romanian conductor, composer (The Glacier from Scărișoara), and teacher, 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 session and country-rock guitarist (The Byrds, 1968-73 - "Ballad of Easy Rider"), struck and 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

Bruce LeeBruce Lee (1940-1973)

Jul 20 Hong Kong-American martial artist and actor (Enter the Dragon), dies of a cerebral edema at 32

  • 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-François Gaillard, French pianist (DeBussy), conductor and composer (La passion noire), 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
  • Aug 1 Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
  • Aug 1 Walter Ulbricht, German politician (Head Of State, German Democratic Republic), dies at 80
  • Aug 2 Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
  • Aug 3 Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
  • Aug 3 Richard Marshall, U.S. Army general (b. 1895)
  • Aug 4 Eddie Condon, American jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68

Fulgencio BatistaFulgencio Batista (1901-1973)

Aug 6 Dictator and President of Cuba (1933-44, 1952-59), dies of a heart attack at 72

  • Aug 6 James Beck, British actor (Dad's Army), dies from pancreatitis at 44
  • Aug 6 Memphis Minnie [Lizzie Douglas], American blues musician, dies at 76
  • Aug 7 Jack Gregory, Australian cricket all-rounder (24 Tests, 2 x 100, 7 x 50, 85 wickets, BB 7/69; NSW CA), dies at 77
  • Aug 8 Vilhelm Moberg, Swedish author (The Emigrants) and historian, dies at 74
  • Aug 9 Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (4 Olympic golds 1904, 08), dies at 88
  • Aug 9 Dean Corll, American serial killer (Houston mass murders), fatally shot by an accomplice at 33
  • Aug 10 Douglas Kennedy, American actor (Dark Passage, The Lone Ranger & the Lost City of Gold), dies of cancer at 57
  • Aug 11 Peggy Castle, American actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
  • Aug 12 John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies

Karl ZieglerKarl Ziegler (1898-1973)

Aug 12 German chemist and Nobel Laureate (polymers), dies at 74

  • Aug 12 Perry Botkin, American jazz and session guitarist, banjo player, composer, and musical director (Bing Crosby), dies at 66
  • Aug 12 Walter Rudolf Hess, Swiss physiologist (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1949), dies of heart failure at 92
  • Aug 13 Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
  • Aug 16 Selman Waksman, Ukrainian-American microbiologist (Nobel 1951-ingenious, systematic and successful studies of the soil microbes that led to the discovery of streptomycin), dies at 85
  • Aug 16 Veda Ann Borg, American model and actress (Kid Galahad, Avalanche, Accomplice), dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 17 Conrad Aiken, American poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
  • Aug 17 Jean Barraqué, French composer, dies at 44
  • Aug 17 Paul Williams, American baritone singer and choreographer (The Temptations - "Cloud Nine"), commits suicide at 32
  • Aug 22 Louise Huff, American actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Billy Greene, American actor (Single Room Furnished, One Man's Family), dies at 76
  • Aug 24 Sláva Vorlová, Czech composer, dies at 79
  • Aug 29 Michael Dunn, American short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
  • Aug 29 Stringer Davis, English actress (Mouse on the Moon; Miranda), dies at about 77

John FordJohn Ford (1895-1973)

Aug 31 American director (Stagecoach, Air Mail, Quiet Man), dies at 78

  • Aug 31 Raymond Keane, American actor (Midnight Sun, Love Eagle), dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Stan Worthington, English cricket all-rounder (9 Tests, 1 x 100, HS 128, 8 wickets, BB 2/19; Derbyshire CCC, Northumberland CCC), dies at 68
  • Sep 2 Carl Dudley, American film director (b. 1910)

J. R. R. TolkienJ. R. R. Tolkien (1892-1973)

Sep 2 British author (The Hobbit; The Lord of the Rings), dies of an ulcer at 81

  • Sep 5 Jack Fournier, American baseball player, 1912-27 (White Sox; Cardinals; Brooklyn Robins), dies at 83
  • Sep 6 William Henry Harris, English composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Hans Lorbeer, German writer and politician, dies at 72
  • Sep 9 Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80
  • Sep 11 Neem Karoli Baba, Indian guru

Salvador AllendeSalvador Allende (1908-1973)

Sep 11 President of Chile (1970-73) and the 1st Marxist to become president of a Latin American country through an open election, commits suspected suicide by shooting himself during a military coup at 65

  • Sep 12 Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 12 Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
  • Sep 13 Betty Field, American actress (Of Mice and Men; Kings Row; Bus Stop), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 57
  • Sep 15 Gustav VI Adolf, King of Sweden (1950-73), dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Victor Jara, Chilean folk singer-songwriter, and political activist, killed by Augusto Pinochet's military interrogators at 40
  • Sep 16 Frederic Meyer, actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Leonard Carmichael, American Psychologist and secretary of the Smithsonian Institution (1953-64), dies at 74
  • Sep 17 Hugo Winterhalter, American composer, dies at 63
  • Sep 18 Nora Nicholson, British actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
  • Sep 19 Bobby Gilbert, American actor (Some Like It Hot, The Rebel Set), dies of hepatitis at 75
  • Sep 19 Gram Parsons [Cecil Ingram Connor III], American country-rock singer-songwriter (Byrds - Sweethearts of the Rodeo; Flying Burrito Brothers; "Grievous Angel"), dies of a drug overdose at 26
  • Sep 20 Ben Webster, American jazz tenor saxophonist, dies at 64
  • Sep 20 Glenn Strange, American actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Sep 20 Jack Marshall, American jazz and session guitarist, film and television composer, arranger, and record producer (Capitol Records), dies at 51
  • Sep 20 Jim Croce, American singer-songwriter ("Time in a Bottle"; "Bad, Bad Leroy Brown"), dies in a plane crash at 30
  • Sep 20 Maurice T. "Maury" Muehleisen, American musician and songwriter (Jim Croce), dies in a plane crash at 24
  • Sep 21 Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
  • Sep 21 William Plomer, South African-British libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
  • Sep 23 Manuel Borguñó, Spanish pianist, composer, choral director, and pedagogue, dies at 89

Pablo NerudaPablo Neruda (1904-1973)

Sep 23 Chilean poet (Residence on Earth-Nobel 1971), dies of heart failure at 69

Anna MagnaniAnna Magnani (1908-1973)

Sep 26 Italian actress (The Rose Tattoo; Miracle; Wild is the Wind), dies of pancreatic cancer at 65

  • Sep 26 Anton Schnack, German writer and poet, dies at 81
  • Sep 28 Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
  • Sep 28 Norma Crane, American actress (Tea & Sympathy, Fiddler on the Roof, They Call Me Mister Tibbs!), dies of cancer at 44
  • Sep 28 Wystan H Auden, British/American writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
  • Sep 29 W. H. Auden, Anglo-American poet (The Age of Anxiety), dies at 66
  • Sep 30 Peter Pitseolak, Inuit photographer and author (b. 1902)
  • Oct 1 Joe Devlin, American actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 77

Paavo NurmiPaavo Nurmi (1897-1973)

Oct 2 Finnish middle & long distance runner (9 Olympic gold 1920, 24, 28), dies of Atherosclerosis at 76

  • Oct 2 Paul Hartman, American actor (Petticoat Junction, Inherit the Wind), dies at 69
  • Oct 6 Arnold Maria Walter, Canadian composer, dies at 71
  • Oct 6 Dennis Price, English actor (Kind Hearts and Coronets, Separate Tables), dies at 58 (b. 1915)
  • Oct 6 Sidney Blackmer, American actor (played Ted Roosevelt in 7 movies, Rosemary's Baby), dies of cancer at 78
  • Oct 7 Habib Rajab, South African trader and collector of oriental art who fought against a takeover of the Grey Street complex by White traders, dies at 58
  • Oct 8 Gabriel Marcel, French philosopher and writer, dies at 83
  • Oct 9 Sister Rosetta Tharpe [Nubin], American gospel and R&B singer, songwriter, and electric guitarist ("This Train"; "Down By The Riverside"), dies of a stroke at 58
  • Oct 10 Albe [Renaut A. Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
  • Oct 10 Ludwig von Mises, Austrian-American Economist (The Anti-Capitalistic Mentality), dies at 92
  • Oct 14 Edmund A. Chester, American broadcaster and journalist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 16 Gene Krupa, American jazz and swing drummer ("Sing, Sing, Sing"), dies at 64
  • Oct 17 Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian author and poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
  • Oct 18 Crane Wilbur, American director and writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
  • Oct 18 Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
  • Oct 18 Leo Strauss, German-American political philosopher, dies at 74
  • Oct 18 Margaret Caroline Anderson, American magazine publisher (b. 1886)
  • Oct 18 Walt Kelly, American cartoonist and animator (Pogo), dies at 60
  • Oct 21 Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
  • Oct 22 Pablo Casals [Pau Casals i Defilló], Spanish cellist, conductor and composer, dies at 96
  • Oct 24 Jack Iverson, Australian cricket spin bowler (5 Tests, 21 wickets, BB 6/27; Victoria CA), dies from suicide at 58

Abebe BikilaAbebe Bikila (1932-1973)

Oct 25 Ethiopian distance athlete (Olympic gold marathon 1960 WR [barefoot], 64 WR; Africa's first WR breaking athlete in any sport), dies of a brain haemorrhage at 41

  • Oct 25 G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
  • Oct 27 Allan "Rocky" Lane, American western cowboy actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies from cancer at 64
  • Oct 28 Sergio Tofano, Italian actor (b. 1883)
  • Oct 28 Taha Hussein, Egyptian writer (b. 1889)
  • Oct 29 Heathcote Dicken Statham, English composer, dies at 83
  • Oct 30 Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, German composer, and music educator, dies at 77
  • Nov 2 Earl Neale, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame coach (Virginia; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles) and MLB outfielder (Cincinnati Reds), dies at 81
  • Nov 3 Arturo de Córdova [Arturo García Rodríguez], Mexican actor (Medal for Benny), dies from a stroke at 66
  • Nov 3 Marc Allégret, French director and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Nov 4 Karl H. Waggerl, Austria author (Green Friends), dies at 75
  • Nov 10 Stringbean [David Akeman], American country singer, comedian, and banjo player (Hee Haw), murdered by burglars at his home at 58
  • Nov 11 Artturi Ilmari Virtanen, Finnish Chemist and Nobel laureate, dies at 78
  • Nov 13 Bruno Maderna, Italian conductor, and avant garde composer (Quadrivium; Satyricon), dies of lung cancer at 53
  • Nov 13 Lila Lee, American actress (Midnight Girl, Blood & Sand), dies of stroke at 68
  • Nov 16 Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
  • Nov 17 Mirra Alfassa, French-Indian spiritual leader (Sri Aurobindo), known as "The Mother", dies at 95
  • Nov 19 Cyril Allcott, New Zealand cricket all-rounder (6 Tests, 113 runs @ 22.6, 6 wickets; Auckland), dies at 77
  • Nov 20 Allan Sherman, American parody singer and songwriter ("Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah"), dies from emphysema at 48
  • Nov 21 Thomas Pelly, American politician, dies at 71
  • Nov 23 Claire Dodd, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy), dies after illness at 64
  • Nov 23 Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
  • Nov 23 Paul Newlan, actor (Capt Grey-M Squad), dies
  • Nov 23 Robert Ellis, actor (Curse of King Tut's Tomb), dies at 40
  • Nov 23 Sessue Hayakawa, Japanese actor (Bridge on River Kwai, Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
  • Nov 24 John Neihardt, American writer (b. 1881)
  • Nov 25 Albert DeSalvo, American criminal (The Boston Strangler), stabbed to death in prison at 42
  • Nov 25 Laurence Harvey [Larushka Skine], Lithuanian-born South African actor (Alamo, Romeo & Juliet), dies of cancer at 45
  • Nov 26 John Rostill, British rock bassist (The Shadows, 1963-70 - "The Rise and Fall of Flingel Bunt"), and songwriter ("If You Love Me, Let Me Know"), dies of barbiturate poisioning at 31
  • Nov 27 Frank Christian, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 86
  • Nov 28 Marthe Bibesco, Romanian writer (b. 1886)
  • Nov 30 Bruce Yarnell, American actor (Outlaws) and singer, dies when single‐engine plane he was piloting crashes into northern Los Angeles county (California) mountain slope at 37 [1]
  • Dec 2 Watson Washburn, American tennis player (runner-up Wimbledon doubles 1924, US Nationals 1921, 23; founder International Tennis Hall of Fame), dies at 79
  • Dec 3 Emile Christian, American jazz trombonist, dies at 78
  • Dec 4 Michael O'Shea, American actor (Smart Woman), dies of a heart attack at 67

Robert Watson-WattRobert Watson-Watt (1892-1973)

Dec 5 Scottish physicist and developer of the radar and radio direction finding in WWII, dies at 81

  • Dec 6 Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
  • Dec 10 Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Henry Green, English author (b. 1905)
  • Dec 14 Yitzhak Edel, Israeli composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, Russian composer, dies at 61
  • Dec 16 Sid Barnes, Australian cricket batsmen (13 Tests, 3 x 100, 5 x 50, HS 234; NSWCA), dies of barbiturate and bromide poisoning at 57
  • Dec 17 Charles Greeley Abbot, American astronomer (Solar Constant), dies at 101
  • Dec 17 Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
  • Dec 18 Julio César Brero [or Giulio Cesare], Italian-born Argentine composer (Novella), and lawyer, dies at 64
  • Dec 18 Rasheed Turabi, Pakistani scholar, orator and philosopher, dies at 65
  • Dec 20 Bobby Darin [Walden Robert Cassotto], American singer ("Mack the Knife"; "Splish-Splash"; "Beyond the Sea"), and actor, dies of a heart attack at 37
  • Dec 20 Luis Carrero Blanco, Prime Minister of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
  • Dec 22 Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
  • Dec 22 James Anderson, Australian tennis player (Australasian C'ship 1922, 24, 25), dies at 79
  • Dec 23 Arthur Richardson, Australian cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Gerard Kuiper, Dutch-American astronomer after whom the Kuiper belt is named, dies at 68
  • Dec 23 Irna Phillips, American scriptwriter who created 6 soap operas (Guiding Light), dies at 72
  • Dec 24 Periyar E. V. Ramasamy, Indian Social social activist and reformer, dies at 94
  • Dec 25 Gabriel Voisin, French aviation pioneer (b. 1880)
  • Dec 25 İsmet İnönü, Turkish statesman (b. 1884)
  • Dec 26 Harold B. Lee, American religious leader, Head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dies at 74
  • Dec 26 Steven Geray, American actor (French Line), dies at 69
  • Dec 26 William Haines, American actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
  • Dec 30 Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101