On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1975

  • Dec 1 Nick Kenny, American columnist/songwriter (Nick Kenny Show), dies at 80
  • Dec 1 Nellie Fox, American Baseball Hall of Fame infielder (15 x MLB All Star; AL MVP 1959; Chicago White Sox), dies from lymphatic cancer at 47
  • Dec 1 Anna E. Roosevelt, American radio personality (b. 1906)
  • Dec 1 Ernesto Maserati, Italian auto racer and engineer (director, chief engineer Maserati of Modena), dies at 77
  • Dec 3 Jacob Kruijt, Dutch sociologist, dies at 76

Person of interestHannah Arendt

Dec 4 Hannah Arendt, German-American political theorist and historian (Origins of Totalitarianism), dies of a heart attack at 69

Political Theorist Hannah Arendt
Political Theorist
Hannah Arendt
  • Dec 5 Jimmy Nervo, actor (Frozen Limits), dies
  • Dec 7 Hardie Albright, actress (Silver Streak, Scarlet Letter), dies at 71

Person of interestThornton Wilder

Dec 7 Thornton Wilder, American playwright and writer (Bridge of San Luis Rey), dies at 78

Playwright and Writer Thornton Wilder
Playwright and Writer
Thornton Wilder
  • Dec 7 Beatrix Loughran, American figure skater (Olympic gold 1924, 1928, 1932), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Gary Thain, New Zealand bassist (Uriah Heep) (b. 1948)
  • Dec 9 William A Wellman, American director (Ox Bow Incident), dies at 79
  • Dec 9 Esdras Minville, Quebec writer, economist and sociologist, dies at 79
  • Dec 11 Lee Wiley, American jazz singer (Night in Manhattan), dies at 67
  • Dec 13 Cyril Delevanti, British actor (Soylent Green, The Night of the Iguana), dies at 88
  • Dec 13 Hendrik Johan Kruls, Dutch general and chief military authority (1944-46), dies at 73

  • Dec 14 Arthur Treacher, English TV announcer (Merv Griffin Show), dies at 81
  • Dec 15 Mukhtar Ashrafi, Soviet-Uzbek composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 17 Frank Sully, American actor (Along Came Jones, Phantom Thief, Inside the Law), dies at 67
  • Dec 17 Noble Sissle, jazz musician, dies at 86
  • Dec 17 Hound Dog Taylor [Theodore Roosevelt], American Chicago blues guitarist and singer, dies of lung cancer at 60
  • Dec 18 Theodosius Dobzhansky, Russian-American genetist, evolutionary biologist and author (Mankind Evolving), dies at 75
  • Dec 20 Vincent Lopez, orchestra leader (Welcome Aboard), dies at 76
  • Dec 20 William Lundigan, American actor (Climax, Pinky, They Asked for It), dies of lung and heart congestion at 61
  • Dec 23 Richard S Welch, CIA station chief in Athens, shot dead
  • Dec 24 Tilly Losch, Austrian dancer and actress (Duel in the Sun; Garden of Allah), dies at about 71 (birth date disputed)
  • Dec 24 Bernard Herrmann, American composer, dies of heart attack at 64
  • Dec 25 Gaston Gallimard, French publisher (Library Gallimard), dies at 94
  • Dec 29 Euell Gibbons, American outdoorsman and proponent of natural diets (b. 1911).
  • Dec 31 Donal Michalsky, composer, dies at 47