On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1975 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 343 of 343

  • Jul 18 Federico Ghisi, composer, dies at 74
  • Jul 19 Lefty Frizzell, American country music singer and songwriter (b. 1928)
  • Jul 21 Billy West [Roy B Weissburg], Russian actor, Charlie Chaplin impersonator and silent film director (Further Perils of Laurel & Hardy), dies at 82
  • Jul 21 Fie Carelsen, Dutch stage actress (Malle Gevallen), dies at 85
  • Jul 21 George Petty, American pin-up artist, dies at 81
  • Jul 25 Eugen Fink, German philosopher, dies at 69
  • Jul 26 Leigh Whipper, actor (Hidden Eye, Jungle Queen), dies at 98
  • Jul 29 James [Benjamin] Blish, sci-fi author (Star Trek Reader), dies at 54
  • Aug 1 Howard Joslin, American actor (Quebec, Detective Story), dies at 68
  • Aug 3 Ruth Lee, actress (Middleton Family at 1939 World's Fair), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 John Baragrey, American actor (Creeper, The Loves of Carmen), dies of a stroke at 57
  • Aug 8 Julian "Cannonball" Adderley, American jazz alto saxophonist and bandleader of the 1950-60s hard bop era (The Black Messiah), dies of a stroke at 46
  • Aug 8 Bernie Green, American orchestra leader (Arthur Godfrey Show, Garry Moore Show), dies at 66
  • Aug 11 Anthony C McAuliffe, US gen/commandant 101st div (Nuts!), dies at 77
  • Aug 11 Howard Wendell, American actor (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Murder Your Wife), dies at 67

  • Aug 14 Joris Baers, Flemish bibliographer (founder Boekengids), dies at 87

MurderSheikh Mujibur Rahman

Aug 15 Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, Founding father of Bangladesh, 1st and 4th President of Bangladesh (1971-72, 1975-76), assassinated in military coup by group of junior army officers at 55

Founding Father of Bangladesh Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
Founding Father of Bangladesh
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
  • Aug 15 Clay Shaw, alleged John F. Kennedy assassination conspiracist & businessman (b. 1913)
  • Aug 17 Sig Arno [Siegfried Aron], German-Jewish actor (Holiday in Havana, My Friend Irma), dies at 80
  • Aug 17 Vladimir Kutz, Russian distance runner (Olympic gold 1956) dies at 48
  • Aug 19 Jim Londos, wrestler (b. 1897)
  • Aug 19 Ima Hogg, American society leader, Texas art patron and founder of Houston Symphony, dies at 93
  • Aug 23 Hank Patterson, American actor (Gunsmoke, Fred Ziffel-Green Acres), dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Charles H Revson, US cosmetic magnate, dies at 69
  • Aug 25 Frans van Amelsvoort, Dutch choir conductor, dies at 75
  • Aug 25 John R Dunning, US physicist, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Cullen Landis, American actor (Soul of the Beast), dies at 80
  • Aug 26 Juliette Béliveau, Canadian actress (Le gros Bill) and singer, dies at 85

Person of interestHaile Selassie

Aug 27 Haile Selassie [Ras Tafari Makonnen], Emperor of Ethiopia (1930-74), dies of suspected assassination by strangulation at 83

Ethiopian Emperor Haile Selassie
Ethiopian Emperor
Haile Selassie
  • Aug 28 Fritz Wotruba, Austrian sculptor (b. 1907)

Person of interestÉamon de Valera

Aug 29 Éamon de Valera, Irish politician (President of Ireland (1937-48, 51-54, 57-59), dies at 92

Revolutionary and President of Ireland Éamon de Valera
Revolutionary and President of Ireland
Éamon de Valera
  • Aug 29 Leland T. Weed, American singer and actor, dies at 74
  • Aug 31 Pierre Blaise, French actor (Lacombe Lucien), dies at 24
  • Sep 4 Walter Tetley, cartoon voice (Sherman-Bullwinkle Show), dies at 60
  • Sep 5 Georg Ots, Estonian singer (b. 1920)

  • Sep 8 John Mylong, Austrian actor (Robot Monsters), dies at 82
  • Sep 9 Ethel Griffies, actress (Billy Liar, Birds), dies at 97
  • Sep 9 John McGiver, American actor (Patty Duke Show, Jimmy Stewart Show; Fitzwilly), dies from a heart attack at 61
  • Sep 9 Minta Durfee, actress (Keystone Comedies, Mickey), dies at 85
  • Sep 10 George Paget Thomson, English physicist who demonstrated electron diffraction (Nobel 1937), dies at 83 [1]
  • Sep 10 Hans Swarowsky, Austrian conductor (Graz Opera 1947-50), dies at 75
  • Sep 12 Doc Alexander, American College Football Hall of Fame guard (Syracuse; All Pro 1921, 22; Rochester Jeffersons; NFL C'ship 1925; NY Giants), dies at 78
  • Sep 14 Walter Herbert, German conductor and impresario (b. 1902)
  • Sep 16 Irene Hayes, Ziegfeld girl and businesswoman (b. 1896)
  • Sep 18 Pamela Brown, British actress (Cleopatra, I Know Where I'm Going!, Beckett), dies from pancreatic cancer at 58
  • Sep 18 Fairfield Porter, American painter, dies at 68
  • Sep 20 Saint-John Perse, French diplomat and poet (Nobel 1960), dies at 78
  • Sep 22 Franz Salmhofer, composer, dies at 75
  • Sep 22 Patricia Doyle, actress (Wuthering Heights), dies at 60
  • Sep 23 Ian Hunter, South African character actor (Dr Blood's Coffin, White Unicorn), dies at 75
  • Sep 24 Clive Morton, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips, Moonraker), dies at 71
  • Sep 24 Earle Cabell, American politician, 48th Mayor of Dallas (1961-64), dies at 68
  • Sep 25 Bob Considine, American journalist and author (Babe Ruth Story), dies at 68
  • Sep 27 Mark Frechette, actor (Zabriskie Point, Uomini Contro), dies at 27
  • Sep 27 Jack Lang, Australian politician (b. 1876)
  • Sep 28 Agnes Windeck, German actress (A Time to Love and a Time to Die), dies at 87
  • Sep 28 Sidney Fields, comedian (Abbott & Costello), dies at 77

Person of interestCasey Stengel

Sep 29 Casey Stengel, American Baseball Hall of Fame manager (Yankees (1949-60), NY Met's 1st), dies of cancer at 85

Baseball Hall of Fame Manager Casey Stengel
Baseball Hall of Fame Manager
Casey Stengel
  • Oct 1 Larry MacPhail, American Baseball Hall of Fame executive (Cincinnati Reds, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Yankees), dies at 85
  • Oct 1 Al Jackson Jr., American session drummer, known as "The Human Time Keeper" (Stax; Booker T. & MGs - "McLemore Avenue"), murdered by an intruder in his home at 39 [1]
  • Oct 2 Wade Crosby, American actor (Sign of Wolf, Tales of Robin Hood), dies at 70
  • Oct 2 Kumaraswami Kamaraj, Indian political leader, Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (b. 1903)
  • Oct 3 Bauke Tuinstra, Fries notary/writer (Ealse & I), dies at 75
  • Oct 3 Guy Mollet, Prime Minister of France (1956-57), dies at 69
  • Oct 4 Joan Whitney Payson, American heiress, businesswoman and philanthropist (co-founder & majority owner of MLB's New York Mets), dies at 72
  • Oct 4 May Sutton, American tennis player (first American woman to win Wimbledon singles title 1905), dies at 89
  • Oct 6 Henry Calvin, actor (Sgt Garcia-Zorro), dies at 57
  • Oct 8 Alberto Hemsi, composer, dies at 78
  • Oct 10 Lillian Walker, American silent era actress, dies at 88
  • Oct 17 Vittorio Gui, Italian conductor and composer (Batture d'aspetto), dies at 90
  • Oct 18 Al Lettieri, American actor (Deadly Kiss, Pulp, Mr Majestyk, Getaway), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Oct 21 Charles Reidpath, American athlete (Olympic gold 1912), dies at 86

Person of interestArnold J. Toynbee

Oct 22 Arnold J. Toynbee, English historian (A Study of History), dies at 86

  • Oct 23 Barboura Morris, actor (Wasp Woman, Machine-Gun Kelly), dies at 43
  • Oct 23 Charles Brokaw, American actor (Outer Gate, I Cover the War), dies at 77
  • Oct 24 Ismail Erez, Turkish ambassador, killed by car bomb in Paris
  • Oct 24 Zdzisław Żygulski, Sr., Polish literary historian, dies at 87
  • Oct 25 Frank Puglia, Italian actor (Black Orchid, Jungle Book), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 Rex Stout, US detective writer (Nero Wolfe), dies at 88
  • Oct 27 H. V. Porter, American basketball coach and administrator (created fan-shaped backboard; moulded basketball, rules films), dies at 84
  • Oct 28 Georges Carpentier, French boxer (world light heavyweight champion, 1st $1m gate v J Dempsey), dies of a heart attack at 81
  • Oct 28 Oliver Nelson, American jazz composer and arranger (The Blues and the Abstract Truth), dies at 43
  • Oct 29 John Scott Trotter, American orchestra leader (George Gobel Show), dies at 67
  • Oct 30 Gustav Ludwig Hertz, German physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1887)
  • Oct 31 Joseph Calleia, Maltese-American actor (Jungle Book, Gilda), dies at 78
  • Oct 31 SD Burman, Indian musician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 1 Doro Merande, actress (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 77
  • Nov 1 Jacki Ray, actor (In Like Flint), dies at 58
  • Nov 1 Norbert Rosseau, Belgian composer, dies at 67
  • Nov 1 Philip James, American composer, dies at 85

  • Nov 1 Pier Paolo Pasolini, Italian poet/author/director, murdered at 53
  • Nov 4 Sheila Ryan, American actress (Song of Texas, Great Guns), dies at 54
  • Nov 5 Edward L Tatum, American molecular geneticist and biochemist (Nobel Prize 1958), dies of heart failure at 65
  • Nov 5 Lionel Trilling, American literary critic and author (1969 Poses Award, The Liberal Imagination), dies at 70
  • Nov 6 Annette Kellermann, Australian swimmer, silent-film actress (A Daughter of the Gods; Venus Of The South Seas), and author, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Luwig Turek, German writer, dies at 77
  • Nov 10 Ernest M. McSorley, American ship captain (b. 1912)
  • Nov 11 Marty May, American actor (Fireball Fun For All), dies at 79
  • Nov 12 Anthony Ross, TV host (Telltale Clue), dies at 69
  • Nov 13 Olga Berggolts, Russian poet (b. 1910)
  • Nov 13 R. C. Sherriff, English playwright (Journey's End), dies at 79
  • Nov 14 Max Ackermann, German "entartet" painter, dies at 88
  • Nov 15 Willem Scheps, Dutch journalist, dies at 77
  • Nov 16 Ernst van Raalte, lawyer/minister-president, dies at 83
  • Nov 17 Kay Johnson, actress (Real Glory, Of Human Bondage), dies at 70
  • Nov 19 Roger D. Branigin, American politician (b. 1902)

Person of interestFrancisco Franco

Nov 20 Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1936-75), dies at 82

Spanish Dictator and General Francisco Franco
Spanish Dictator and General
Francisco Franco
  • Nov 21 Gunnar Gunnarsson, Icelandic writer (The Church on the Mountain), dies at 86
  • Nov 22 François de Roubaix, French film score composer, dies in diving accident at 36
  • Nov 25 Moyna MacGill, actress (Strange Affair of Uncle Harry), dies
  • Nov 27 Ross McWhirter, English Guinness Book of Records co-founder, assassinated by the IRA at 50

Person of interestGraham Hill

Nov 29 Graham Hill, British auto racer (Formula One World Champion, 1962 & 1968), dies while trying to land a plane in the fog near London at 46

Auto Racer Graham Hill
Auto Racer
Graham Hill
  • 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