Famous Deaths in December 1974

  • Dec 1 Lajos Zilahy, Hungarian/American author (Angry Angel), dies at 83
  • Dec 1 Stephen Gill Spottswood, US bishop/chairman (NAACP), dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Sofie-Carmen Eckhardt-Gramatte, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 2 Max Weber, Swiss Federal Councilor (b. 1897)
  • Dec 4 Lee Kinsolving, actor (Explosive Generation), dies at 36
  • Dec 5 Hazel Hotchkiss Wightman, American tennis player (US Open 1909-11), dies at 87
  • Dec 5 Henry Wadsworth, American actor (The Thin Man, Applause, Fast & Loose), dies at 77
  • Dec 5 Pietro Germi, Italian actor, writer and director (Divorce Italian Style, The Facts of Murder), dies from hepatitis at 60
  • Dec 6 Nikolay Kuznetsov, Russian naval commander (Admiral of the Fleet during World War II), dies at 70
  • Dec 9 George Carew, cricketer (4 Tests for WI between 1935 & 1949), dies
  • Dec 9 Jorge Croner de Vasconcelos, Portuguese composer, dies at 64
  • Dec 10 Paul Richards, American actor (Dr Thompson-Breaking Point), dies of cancer at 50
  • Dec 11 Reed Hadley, American actor (Zorro's Fighting Legion, Racket Squad, Shock, Grand Canyon), dies from a heart attack at 63
  • Dec 13 Rufus "Rufe" Davis, American actor (Cocoanut Grove, Trail Blazers, Gangs of Sonora), dies at 66
  • Dec 13 Yakup Kadri Karaosmanoglu, Turkish writer and translator, dies at 85
  • Dec 13 John G. Bennett, British scientist and author, dies at 77

Person of interestWalter Lippmann

Dec 14 Walter Lippmann, American journalist (Public Opinion), dies at 85

Writer and Political Commentator Walter Lippmann
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  • Dec 15 Erich Walter Sternberg, composer, dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Anatole Litvak, Russian-born American film director, writer and producer (Mayerling, Anastasia, The Snake Pit), dies at 72
  • Dec 16 Kostas Varnalis, Greek poet, dies at 90
  • Dec 18 Harry Hooper, American baseball player, dies at 87
  • Dec 20 Andre Jolivet, French composer (L'eunuque), dies at 69
  • Dec 21 Richard Long, American actor (Prof-Nanny and the Professor), dies at 47
  • Dec 21 James Henry Govier, British artist (b. 1910)
  • Dec 22 Fosco Giachetti, Italian actor (Wastrel, We the Living), dies at 74
  • Dec 22 Lorraine Gauguin, entertainer, dies at 50
  • Dec 24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress actress (Duel in the Sun, Good Earth), dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Jack Benny [Benjamin Kubelski], American comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies of pancreatic cancer at 80
  • Dec 26 Knudage Riisager, composer, dies at 77
  • Dec 26 Robert Levine Sanders, American composer, dies at 68
  • Dec 26 Farid al-Atrash [El-Atrache], Syrian composer, musician, virtuoso oud player, and actor (Akher kedba), dies of heart disease at 59
  • Dec 27 Amy Vanderbilt, American authority on etiquette, dies of multiple fractures of the skull at 66
  • Dec 27 Raymond Glenn, American actor (Raisin in the Sun, Carmen Jones), dies at 76
  • Dec 28 Paul Dixon, Ohio talk show host (Paul Dixon Show), dies at 56