Famous Deaths in 1976

Deaths 1 - 200 of 333

  • Jan 3 Malcolm "Mal" Evans, British Beatles roadie and assistant, dies in a confrontation with the police at 40
  • Jan 3 Mateusz Glinski, composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 3 Michael V. Love, American test pilot (X-24), dies in F-4 crash at 37
  • Jan 4 Jan B Cammans, Flemish actor (Brothers Karamazov), dies at 84
  • Jan 5 Georges E Migot, French composer, dies at 84
  • Jan 5 John A. Costello, Taoiseach of Ireland (b. 1891)

Person of interestZhou Enlai

Jan 8 Zhou Enlai, Premier of the People's Republic of China, dies of bladder cancer at 77

Premier of the People's Republic of China Zhou Enlai
Premier of the People's Republic of China
Zhou Enlai
  • Jan 8 Robert Forgan, British fascist (b. 1891)
  • Jan 10 Chester Arthur Burnett, US blues pianist/harmonica player, dies at 65
  • Jan 10 Howlin' Wolf, singer/guitarist, dies following brain surgery at 65
  • Jan 11 Mervyn Grell, cricketer (Test WI v England 1930, 21 & 13, 0-17), dies

Person of interestAgatha Christie

Jan 12 Agatha Christie, British crime writer ("10 Little Indians"), dies at 85

Novelist Agatha Christie
Novelist
Agatha Christie
  • Jan 13 Margaret Leighton, British actress (The Go-Between, The Night of the Iguana), dies of multiple sclerosis at 53
  • Jan 14 Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
  • Jan 17 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/18]
  • Jan 18 Ad Verhoeven, soccer player (Xerxes/Sparta), dies in a car crash [or 1/17]

  • Jan 18 Sonia Dresdel, actor (Fallen Idol, Secret Tent), dies at 67
  • Jan 19 Kevin Coughlin, actor (T R Ryan-Mama), killed in hit-&-run at 30
  • Jan 19 Hidetsugu Yagi, Japanese electrical engineer (b. 1886)
  • Jan 23 Aleksey Vasilyevich Sorokin, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 44
  • Jan 23 Paul Robeson, American singer (Old Man River), actor and civil rights activist, dies in Philadelphia at 77
  • Jan 23 Paul Dupuis, French Canadian actor (Passport to Pimlico, Tot Coq), dies at 62
  • Jan 26 João Branco Núncio, Portuguese Bullfighter (b. 1901)
  • Jan 28 Chris Kenner, American R&B singer-songwriter (I Like it Like That), dies at 46
  • Jan 29 Michael Gwynn, English actor (Dunkirk, Barabbas, Cleopatra), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • Jan 30 Jesse "Lone Cat" Fuller, San Francisco Blues Great, dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Mance Lipscomb, American blues musician (Shine On, Harvest Moon), dies at 80
  • Jan 30 Percy Tyson "Plum" Lewis, cricketer (pair in only Test for S Af), dies
  • Jan 31 Ernesto Miranda, American litigant, conviction on kidnapping, rape, and armed robbery charges, stabbed to death at 34
  • Feb 1 Edgar Pangborn, sci-fi author (Judgment of Eve, Davy), dies at 66
  • Feb 1 Werner C Heisenberg, physicist (Nobel 1932, field theory), dies at 74
  • Feb 1 George Whipple, American scientist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1878)
  • Feb 1 Werner Heisenberg, German physicist who discovered the uncertainty principle (Nobel 1932), dies at 74
  • Feb 2 Harry Elliott, England cricket wicketkeeper (3 Tests 1927-34), dies
  • Feb 2 Johan Kaart, Dutch actor (My Fair Lady), dies at 78
  • Feb 2 Maurice Jacobson, composer, dies at 80
  • Feb 3 Neville Lindsay, cricketer (South African batsman in Test v Aust 1921), dies
  • Feb 5 Roger Livesey, Welsh actor (Drum, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp), dies from bowel cancer at 69
  • Feb 5 Rudy Pompilli, American musician (Bill Haley and His Comets) (b. 1926)
  • Feb 6 Vince Guaraldi, jazz pianist and composer (Peanuts TV specials), dies at 43
  • Feb 9 Percy Faith, Canadian musician (b. 1908)

  • Feb 11 Alice Allen, actress (Call of the Hills), dies
  • Feb 11 Charles "Charlie" Naughton, Scottish actor (Frozen Limits), dies at 89
  • Feb 11 Lee J Cobb [Leo Jacoby], American actor (Virginian, 12 Angry Men, On the Waterfront), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Feb 11 Alexander Lippisch, German scientist and pioneer of aerodynamics, dies at 81
  • Feb 11 Frank Arnau [Heinrich Schmitt], German crime fiction writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 12 Clifton Williams, American composer (The Ramparts, Sinfonians), dies from cancer at 52
  • Feb 12 Sal Mineo, actor (Exodus, Rebel Without a Cause), stabbed at 37
  • Feb 13 Lily Pons, French opera singer (Met Opera) and actress (That Girl From Paris), dies at 71
  • Feb 13 Murtala Mohammed, Nigerian military ruler, is assassinated at 37
  • Feb 17 Jean Servais, Belgian actor (Le Plaisir, Every Man is My Enemy), dies from heart failure at 65
  • Feb 18 Anton Betzner, writer, dies at 81
  • Feb 18 Eddie Dowling, American actor (Rainbow Man, Anywhere USA), dies at 80
  • Feb 18 Joseph Henabery, actor and director (Cobra), dies at 88
  • Feb 20 Kathryn Kuhlman, religious leader/faith healer, dies
  • Feb 20 René Cassin, French jurist and judge (Nobel Peace Prize 1968), dies at 88
  • Feb 21 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies at 32
  • Feb 21 Frieda Inescort, Scottish actress (Meet Corliss Archer), dies at 74
  • Feb 22 Angela Baddeley, English actress (Speckled Band), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Florence Ballard, rocker (Supremes), dies of a heart attack at 32
  • Feb 22 Michael Polany, Hungarians/English chemist/sociologist, dies at 84
  • Feb 23 John Forest "Fuzzy" Knight, American actor (Oklahoma Annie, Cowby & the Lady), dies at 74
  • Feb 23 L. S. Lowry, British painter of industrial scenes, dies at 88
  • Feb 24 Charles Wilfred Orr, English pianist and composer (settings of A.E. Housman poems), dies at 82
  • Feb 24 H Allen Smith, TV host (Armchair Detective), dies at 69
  • Feb 24 Julian Rivero, American actor (Son of Oklahoma, Via Pony Express), dies at 85
  • Mar 1 Jean Martinon, French conductor/composer, dies at 66
  • Mar 3 Alfred Sendrey, composer, dies at 92
  • Mar 4 Walter H. Schottky, German physicist (Thermodynamik), dies at 89
  • Mar 6 "Slapsie" Maxie Rosenbloom, Light heavyweight boxing champion (1930-34) and actor, dies at 71
  • Mar 7 Erwin Kroll, German composer, dies at 90
  • Mar 7 Wright Patman, American politician (b. 1893)
  • Mar 8 Alfons Rebane, Estonian military commander (b. 1908)
  • Mar 13 Willy Alfredo, [Willem Jue], Dutch comedian/poet, dies at 77
  • Mar 14 Alberta Franklin, silent screen actress, dies at 79
  • Mar 14 Busby Berkeley, US choreographer/dir (Strike Up the Band), dies at 80
  • Mar 14 Martha Saalfeldt, writer, dies
  • Mar 17 Luchino Visconti, Italian director (The Leopard, Death in Venice), dies at 69
  • Mar 18 James McCartney, father of Paul McCartney, dies at 73
  • Mar 18 Robert de Roos, composer, dies at 69
  • Mar 18 Giuseppe Genco Russo, Sicilian mafioso (b. 1893)
  • Mar 19 George Sklavos, Greek composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 19 Paul Kossoff, British rock guitarist (Free), dies of a pulmonary embolism at 25
  • Mar 19 Albert Dieudonné, French actor and novelist (Backbiters, Napoleon), dies at 86
  • Mar 20 Michael Goodliffe, British actor (A Night to Remember, Cromwell, 5th Day of Peace), commits suicide at 61
  • Mar 24 Nelson Case, TV host (Trash or Treasure), dies at 66

Person of interestBernard Montgomery

Mar 24 Bernard Montgomery, 1st Viscount Alamein, British WWII Field Marshal (African campaign, D-Day) and WWI officer, dies at 88

British WWII Field Marshal Bernard Montgomery
British WWII Field Marshal
Bernard Montgomery
  • Mar 26 Richard Arlen, American actor (Apache Uprising, Wings), dies at 75
  • Mar 26 Josef Albers, German artist (b. 1888)
  • Mar 26 Lin Yutang, Chinese writer (b. 1895)
  • Mar 30 Jacqueline Royaards-Sandberg, actress (Hostage Rights), dies at 99
  • Mar 31 Paul Strand, American photographer (b. 1890)
  • Apr 1 Freddie Lennon, father of John Lennon (Beatles), dies at 63
  • Apr 1 Max Ernst, German-French surrealist painter and sculptor (founded surrealism), dies at 85
  • Apr 1 Miroslav Ponc, composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 1 S Constantine Timoshenko, Russian marshal, dies at 75
  • Apr 2 Ray Teal, American actor (Judgment at Nuremberg, Bonanza), dies at 74
  • Apr 3 Maurice Johnstone, composer, dies at 75
  • Apr 4 Harry Nyquist, Swedish contributor to information theory (b. 1889)

Person of interestHoward Hughes

Apr 5 Howard Hughes, American reclusive billionaire, filmmaker and aviator, dies at 72

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Apr 5 Wilder Penfield, Canadian surgeon (b. 1891)
  • Apr 6 Ruth P Thomson, writer, dies
  • Apr 6 Sidney Franklin, American bullfighter (b. 1903)
  • Apr 7 Mary Margaret McBride, TV hostess (Mary Margaret McBride), dies at 76
  • Apr 8 Donald Byrne, American chess player, dies at 45
  • Apr 9 Akio Yashiro, composer, dies at 46
  • Apr 9 Phil Ochs, American anti-war folk singer (Draft Dodger Rag), commits suicide at 35
  • Apr 11 Liam Dunn, American actor, dies at 59
  • Apr 12 Paul Ford, American actor (Phil Silvers Show), dies at 74
  • Apr 14 Maude Prickett, actress (Rosie-Hazel), dies at 60
  • Apr 14 José Revueltas, Mexican writer (b. 1914)

  • Apr 15 Gerald Smith, antisemite/catholic (National Christian Crusade), dies at 78
  • Apr 17 Jean-Jacques Gailliard, Belgian painter, dies at 85
  • Apr 17 Henrik Dam, Danish biochemist, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Apr 18 Mahmoud Younis, Suez Canal nationalization engineer, dies at 65
  • Apr 22 Frutuoso de Lima Viana, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 23 James Flavin, American actor (King Kong, In Cold Blood, Man With a Camera), dies from a ruptured aorta at 69
  • Apr 23 Ronald Radd, actor (King Lear, Up Jumped a Swagman), dies at 47
  • Apr 23 Shimen Ruskin, Polish actor (Beau Brummel, Having a Wonderful Time), dies at 69
  • Apr 24 Mark Tobey, US abstract painter, (Broadway Norm), dies at 85
  • Apr 25 Carol Reed, English film director (Agony & Ecstasy, Oliver!), dies at 69
  • Apr 25 Margaret Bannerman, actress (Great Defender), dies at 79
  • Apr 26 Allan Jackson, newscaster (Youth Takes a Stand), dies at 60
  • Apr 26 Neil McCallum, actor (Pete-Saber of London), dies at 45
  • Apr 26 Sid James [Solomon Joel Cohen], South African-born British character and comedy actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On), dies from a heart attack at 62
  • Apr 28 Eugen Roth, German poet, dies at 81
  • Apr 29 Wilhelm Maler, German composer, dies at 73
  • Apr 30 Edvard Fliflet Braein, Norwegian composer (Ut mot havet), dies at 51
  • May 1 Rex O'Malley, British actor (Camille, Zara, Midnight, Thief), dies at 75
  • May 1 Alexandros Panagoulis, Greek poet who fought the military junta in Greece (b. 1939)
  • May 1 T.R.M. Howard, civil rights leader, entrepreneur, surgeon (b. 1908)
  • May 3 David Bruce [Marden Andrew McBroom], American actor (The Mad Ghoul, Flying Tigers), dies from a heart attack at 60
  • May 3 Ernie Nevers, American College, Pro Football Hall of Fame fullback, coach (Stanford, Chicago Cardinals), dies of heart & kidney ailments at 72
  • May 5 Thomas Burnett Swann, American sci-fi author (Day of Minotaur), dies at 47
  • May 6 Karel M J F Cruysberghs, Flemish author (On the Pulpit), dies at 85
  • May 8 Alan Baxter, dies at 67
  • May 8 Ulrike Meinhof, lead Germany Red Army Faction, dies
  • May 9 Raymond Chevreuille, Belgian composer, dies at 74
  • May 9 Valentino Bucchi, composer, dies at 59
  • May 9 Jens Bjørneboe, Norwegian poet and writer (Dikt, Jonas), dies at 55
  • May 10 George Curzon, dies at 77
  • May 10 Elias Aslaksen, Leader of Smith's Friends (b. 1888)
  • May 11 Alvar Aalto, architect (Finlandia House), dies at 78
  • May 11 Camille Schmit, composer, dies at 68
  • May 11 J Anaya, Bolivian military/ambassador to France, murdered
  • May 14 Keith Relf, British musician and vocalist (the Yardbirds-For Your Love, Renaissance), electrocuted while playing an improperly earthed electric guitar at 33
  • May 15 Samuel Eliot Morison, American historian (Admiral of the Ocean Sea), dies at 88
  • May 20 Syd Howe, Canadian ice hockey player, dies at 64
  • May 20 Zelmar Michelini, Uruguayan politician, member of the Christian-Democrat party, and Héctor Gutiérrez Ruiz "disappeared"
  • May 21 Sulo Nikolai Salonen, composer, dies at 77
  • May 21 Harold Blair, Australian tenor and Aboriginal activist, dies at 51

  • May 24 Henk Lankhorst [Hendrik Johannes Lankhorst], Dutch politician (PSP), dies at 62
  • May 24 Melle J Oldeboerrigter ("Melle"), painter/cartoonist, dies at 65
  • May 26 Martin Heidegger, German philosopher (Being & Time), dies at 86
  • May 26 Juan Maino, Chilean leader of MAPU, "disappeared"
  • May 27 Ruth McDevitt, actress (Jo-All in the Family), dies at 80
  • May 28 Steffan Danielsen, Faroese painter (b. 1922)
  • May 30 Max Carey, American baseball player, dies at 86
  • May 31 Jacques Monod, French biochemist, dies
  • May 31 Martha Mitchell wife of former Att Gen John Mitchell, dies in NY at 57
  • Jun 1 Pierre Balledux, Dutch stage manager and resistance fighter, dies at 89
  • Jun 2 Alan Dewitt, actor (Mr Tyler-It's About Time), dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Bartoes [Albertus J Wijstma], cabaret performer, dies at 73
  • Jun 2 Juan José Torres, former President of Bolivia, assassinated in the frame of Operation Condor
  • Jun 5 Walter Field, entertainer, dies at 101
  • Jun 5 Violet Wilkey, American actress (b. 1903)

Person of interestJ. Paul Getty

Jun 6 J. Paul Getty, American oil magnate and billionaire (Getty Oil), dies at 83

Industrialist J. Paul Getty
Industrialist
J. Paul Getty
  • Jun 6 Victor Varconi, actor (Divine Lady, King of Kings), dies at 85
  • Jun 7 Bobby Hackett, American jazz cornetist and orchestra leader (Air time '57), dies at 61
  • Jun 9 James A Farley, US Postmaster General (1932-38), dies at 88
  • Jun 9 Paul T B Rodenko, Dutch poet/writer (Never Marry a Witch), dies at 55
  • Jun 9 Sybil Thorndike, actress (Melba, Major Barbara), dies at 93
  • Jun 10 Adolph Zukor, Hungarian/US fur trader/movie producer, dies at 103
  • Jun 11 Jim Konstanty, American MLB relief pitcher (NL MVP 1950), dies at 59
  • Jun 13 Don Bolles, US journalist (against Arizona), dies
  • Jun 15 Jimmy Dykes, American MLB infielder, manager (All Star 1933-34), dies at 79
  • Jun 16 Francis E Meloy Jr, US ambassador to Lebanon, kidnapped & killed
  • Jun 16 Victor Dalby Lord, fictional character on "One Life to Live", dies at 59
  • Jun 20 Lou Klein, American baseball player (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
  • Jun 23 Imogen Cunningham, American photographer (1965 ASMP award), dies at 93

Person of interestJohnny Mercer

Jun 25 Johnny Mercer, US songwriter (That old Black Magic), dies at 66

Songwriter Johnny Mercer
Songwriter
Johnny Mercer
  • Jun 28 Stanley Baker, Welsh actor and producer (Concrete Jungle, Zorro, Zulu), dies of pneumonia at 49
  • Jun 29 Leonora Summers, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 29 Christos Papakyriakopoulos, Greek mathematician, dies at 62
  • Jun 30 Firpo Marberry, baseball player (b. 1898)
  • Jul 1 Anneliese Michel, German woman said to be possessed by demons (b. 1952)
  • Jul 2 Frances Howard, actress (Swan, Shock Punch), dies at 73
  • Jul 3 Hans Bentz van den Berg, Dutch actor (Last Train), dies at 58
  • Jul 4 Antoni Słonimski, Polish poet (b. 1895)
  • Jul 4 Yonatan Netanyahu, Israel commander killed freeing Israeli hostages during Operation Entebbe in Uganda, at 30 years
  • Jul 6 Zhu De, Chinese general and politician (commander-in-chief of Eighth Route Army), dies at 89
  • Jul 6 Fritz Lenz, German geneticist, dies at 89
  • Jul 7 Gustav Heinemann, President of West Germany (1969-74), dies at 76
  • Jul 7 Norman Foster, American actor (Skyscraper Souls), dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Walter Giesler, American soccer coach (b. 1910)
  • Jul 12 Ted Mack, TV host (Original Amateur Hour), dies at 72
  • Jul 13 Max Butting, German composer, dies at 87
  • Jul 13 Frederick Hawksworth, GWR Chief mechanical engineer. (b. 1884)
  • Jul 13 Joachim Peiper, German military leader (SS, by assassination; b. 1915)