Famous Deaths in 1977

Deaths 1 - 200 of 298

Person of interestErroll Garner

Jan 2 Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53

Jazz Pianist Erroll Garner
Jazz Pianist
Erroll Garner
  • Jan 3 Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
  • Jan 3 Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
  • Jan 5 Onslow Stevens, American actor (This is the Life), dies at 74
  • Jan 6 Hanns Lilje, German Lutheran bishop and antifascist (Church und Welt), dies at 77
  • Jan 6 Niall MacGinnis, Irish character actor (Curse of the Demon, Helen of Troy), dies from cancer at 63
  • Jan 9 Alexey Fedorovich Kozlovsky, Russian composer, dies at 71
  • Jan 9 Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
  • Jan 10 Ruth Wakefield, American inventor (created the Toll House Cookie, the first chocolate chip cookie), dies at 73
  • Jan 12 Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69

Person of interestAnthony Eden

Jan 14 Anthony Eden, British Prime Minister (Conservative: 1955-57) and Foreign Secretary, dies of liver cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Anthony Eden
British Prime Minister
Anthony Eden

Person of interestPeter Finch

Jan 14 Peter Finch, actor (Network, The Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60

  • Jan 14 Anaïs Nin, French author (b. 1903)
  • Jan 17 Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
  • Jan 18 Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Paul Nordoff, American composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67

  • Jan 18 Yvonne Printemps, French singer and actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
  • Jan 19 Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
  • Jan 21 John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 21 Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Sandro Penna, Italian poet, dies at 70
  • Jan 23 Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
  • Jan 23 Dick Burnett, American musician (Man of Constant Sorrow), dies at 93
  • Jan 25 Donald Kerr, actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
  • Jan 26 Margaret Hayes, American actress (Blackboard Jungle, Robert Montgomery Presents), dies from cancer and hepatitis at 60
  • Jan 27 Walter Baldwin, American actor (The Best Years of Our Lives, The Long, Long Trailer), dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Burton "Burt" Mustin, American actor (All in the Family, The Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92
  • Jan 29 E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
  • Jan 29 Freddie Prinze, comedian and actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
  • Feb 1 Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, American sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
  • Feb 3 Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
  • Feb 4 Brett Halliday, American writer (Dividend on Death), dies at 72
  • Feb 5 Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
  • Feb 5 Oskar Klein, Swedish physicist (b. 1894)
  • Feb 7 Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
  • Feb 8 Eivind Groven, Norwegian composer and ethnomusicologist, dies at 75
  • Feb 9 Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
  • Feb 9 Gaus, an orangutan who lived to be 59
  • Feb 9 Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
  • Feb 10 Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
  • Feb 11 Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74

  • Feb 11 Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed, Indian leader and 5th President of India (1974-77), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Feb 13 Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
  • Feb 17 Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Janani Luwum, Ugandan Archbishop (b. 1922)
  • Feb 18 Andy Devine [ Andrew Vabre Devine], American character actor (Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Stagecoach), dies from leukaemia at 71
  • Feb 18 Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curacao), dies at 87
  • Feb 18 Ralph Graves, American actor (Dirigible, Extra Girl, Flight, Dream Street), dies at 77
  • Feb 19 Mike González, Cuban baseball player, dies at 86
  • Feb 19 Anthony Crosland, British politician (b. 1918)
  • Feb 22 Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
  • Feb 22 Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
  • Feb 26 Bukka [Booker T. Washington] White, American blues guitarist, dies at 70
  • Feb 26 Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
  • Feb 26 Sherman Garnes, American rock vocalist (Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers), dies of a heart attack at 36
  • Feb 27 Allison Hayes, American model and actress (Attack of the 50 Foot Woman), dies of Leukemia or lead poisoning at 47
  • Feb 27 John Dickson Carr, American author (b. 1905)
  • Feb 28 Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, American comedian and actor (The Jack Benny Program), dies at 71
  • Mar 2 Eugénie Brazier, French chef who was the 1st woman to earn 3 Michelin stars (1933), and the 1st person earn 3 Michelin stars for 2 restaurants, dies at 81
  • Mar 3 Percy Marmont, British actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon, Captain Apache), dies at 93
  • Mar 4 Andrés Caicedo, Colombian writer (b. 1951)
  • Mar 4 Toma Caragiu, Romanian actor (b. 1925)
  • Mar 4 Lutz Graf Schwerin von Krosigk, German politician and former Chancellor of Germany (b. 1887)
  • Mar 5 Lockrem Johnson, American composer, dies at 52
  • Mar 5 Moses Pergament, Finnish composer, dies at 83
  • Mar 5 Tom Pryce, Welsh Formula One driver, dies at 27
  • Mar 5 Jansen Van Vuuren, Dutch volunteer safety marshall at the 1977 South African Grand Prix
  • Mar 8 Henry Hull, American actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
  • Mar 10 E. Power Biggs, English organist and composer (CBS), dies at 70
  • Mar 10 Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist and historian, dies at 74
  • Mar 10 Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
  • Mar 11 Alberto Rodriguez Larreta, Argentine racing driver (b. 1934)
  • Mar 11 Ulysses S. Grant IV, American geologist (b. 1893)
  • Mar 13 Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
  • Mar 13 Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison

Person of interestFannie Lou Hamer

Mar 14 Fannie Lou Hamer, American civil rights activist (Freedom Summer, Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee), dies of breast cancer at 59

Civil Rights Activist Fannie Lou Hamer
Civil Rights Activist
Fannie Lou Hamer
  • Mar 14 Gyula David, Hungarian composer (Viola Concerto) and violinist, dies at 63
  • Mar 15 Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
  • Mar 15 Antonino Rocca, Italian-Argentine professional wrestler, dies at 49
  • Mar 15 Hubert Aquin, Quebec novelist, political activist and editor (b. 1929)
  • Mar 18 Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
  • Mar 18 José Carlos Pace, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1944)
  • Mar 19 Buck Shaw, American football player and coach, dies at 77
  • Mar 22 Witold Friemann, Polish composer, dies at 87
  • Mar 22 A.K. Gopalan, Indian Communist leader (b. 1904)
  • Mar 24 Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 27 Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
  • Mar 27 Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
  • Mar 27 Lodewijk de Vocht, Belgian composer, dies at 89
  • Mar 27 A. P. Hamann, American politician and city manager of San Jose, California, dies in the Tenerife airport disaster at 67
  • Mar 30 Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
  • Mar 30 Abdel Halim Hafez, Egyptian singer and actor (b. 1929)
  • Apr 3 Jack Ryder, Australian cricket all-rounder (20 Tests, 1,394 runs @ 51.62), dies at 87
  • Apr 4 Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
  • Apr 5 John Marriott, dies at 83
  • Apr 7 Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
  • Apr 7 Jim Thompson, American author (The Killer Inside Me), dies at 70
  • Apr 8 Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
  • Apr 11 Jacques Prévert, French poet and screenwriter (b. 1900)
  • Apr 12 Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
  • Apr 14 Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
  • Apr 17 Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
  • Apr 17 William Cardinal Conway, Northern Irish clergyman (b. 1913)
  • Apr 19 Günter Bruno Fuchs, German writer, poet and artist, dies at 48
  • Apr 20 Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
  • Apr 20 Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
  • Apr 20 Sepp Herberger, German football coach and manager (West German National Team), dies at 80
  • Apr 21 Milton "Gummo" Marx, American comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
  • Apr 22 Charles Sanford, orchestra leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
  • Apr 27 Stanley Adams, American actor (Star Trek, Breakfast at Tiffany's), commits suicide at 61
  • Apr 28 Ricardo Cortez [Jacob Krantz], American actor and director (The Maltese Falcon), dies at 76

  • Apr 30 Clive Martin Douglas, Australian composer, dies at 73
  • May 5 Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
  • May 7 Irwin Fischer, American composer (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), dies at 73
  • May 9 James Jones, American novelist (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
  • May 9 Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71

Person of interestJoan Crawford

May 10 Joan Crawford, American actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 72

Actress Joan Crawford
Actress
Joan Crawford
  • May 12 Luc van Brabant, Flemish writer and erotic poet, dies at 67
  • May 22 Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
  • May 22 Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
  • May 25 Yevgenia Ginzburg, Russian writer (b. 1904)
  • May 26 Jim Boles, American actor (The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, One Man's Family), dies of cardiac arrest at 63
  • May 26 William Powell, American R&B singer (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 28 Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
  • May 29 Goddard Lieberson, English composer and President of Columbia Records, dies at 66
  • May 29 Ba Maw, Burmese politician (b. 1893)
  • May 30 Claire Goll, German-French writer, dies at 86
  • May 30 Paul Desmond, American jazz alto saxophonist (Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • May 30 Marinus Adam, Dutch conductor and composer, dies at 76
  • May 31 William Castle, American film director (b. 1914)
  • Jun 2 Forrest Lewis, American actor (All That Heaven Allows, Monster of Piedras Blancas), dies at 77
  • Jun 2 Henri D Gagnebin, Belgian-Swiss organist and composer, dies at 91
  • Jun 2 Stephen Boyd [William Millar], Irish actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur), dies of heart attack at 45
  • Jun 3 Archibald Vivian Hill, English physiologist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1886)
  • Jun 3 Roberto Rossellini, Italian film director (b. 1906)
  • Jun 5 "Sleepy" John Estes, American Blues musician ("Drop Down Mama"), dies at 78
  • Jun 6 Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69
  • Jun 9 Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
  • Jun 9 Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
  • Jun 13 Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
  • Jun 13 Matthew Garber, British child actor (Mary Poppins) (b. 1956)
  • Jun 14 Alan Reed, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's) and voice artist (Fred Flintstone, Lady and the Tramp), dies at 69
  • Jun 14 Robert Middleton, American actor (Barney-Monroes), dies at 66

Person of interestWerner von Braun

Jun 16 Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking

Rocket Scientist Werner von Braun
Rocket Scientist
Werner von Braun
  • Jun 19 Ali Shariati, Iranian sociologist (b. 1933)
  • Jun 20 Abner Biberman, American director and actor (His Girl Friday, The Leopard Man), dies at 68
  • Jun 22 Peter Laughner, American singer, songwriter and guitarist (Rocket From the Tombs, Pere Ubu), dies at 24
  • Jun 24 André-Gilles Fortin, Canadian politician, dies in car crash at 33
  • Jun 25 Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
  • Jun 25 Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 25 Lady Olave Baden-Powell, English founder of the Girl Guides, dies at 88

  • Jun 26 Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
  • Jun 26 Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 Anton Hildebrand, Dutch children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
  • Jun 29 Magda Lupescu, consort of King Carol II of Romania (b. 1895)
  • Jul 2 Vladimir Nabokov, Russian-American novelist (Lolita, Ada), dies at 78
  • Jul 3 Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
  • Jul 3 Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
  • Jul 4 Gersh Budker, Russian physicist (b. 1918)
  • Jul 6 Oedoen Partos, composer, dies at 69
  • Jul 8 Rie Cramer, Dutch writer and illustrator, dies at 89
  • Jul 9 Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69

Person of interestAlice Paul

Jul 9 Alice Paul, American suffragist (National Woman's Party), dies at 92

Suffragist Alice Paul
Suffragist
Alice Paul
  • Jul 9 Loren Eiseley, American anthropologist and natural science writer (The Unexpected Universe), dies at 69
  • Jul 10 Norman Paris, orchestra leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
  • Jul 12 Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
  • Jul 12 Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 15 Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
  • Jul 19 John R Powers, US director model bureau, dies at 80

Person of interestNoel Wien

Jul 19 Noel Wien, American aviation pioneer (Wien Air Alaska), dies at 78

Aviation Pioneer Noel Wien
Aviation Pioneer
Noel Wien
  • Jul 20 Carter DeHaven, American actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
  • Jul 20 Gary Kellgren, American music producer (b. 1939)
  • Jul 21 Lee Miller, American photographer (War correspondent for Vogue in WWII), dies at 70
  • Jul 23 René de Vos, Dutch actor and composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
  • Jul 26 Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 26 Karac Plant, son of Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, dies of respiratory failure at 6
  • Jul 27 Jacob Marschak, Ukrainian-American economist (econometrics), dies at 79
  • Jul 29 Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
  • Jul 30 Jorgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
  • Jul 31 Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
  • Aug 1 Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
  • Aug 3 Alfred Lunt, American actor (The Guardsman, Sally of the Sawdust), dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Makarios III [Michail Mouskos], Greek Cypriot clergyman and politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 4 Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
  • Aug 5 Charles Carson, British actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 91
  • Aug 9 Edward Chapman, British actor (Things to Come, Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
  • Aug 10 Vince Barnett, American actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
  • Aug 11 John Howard Lawson, American scriptwriter and playwright (Blockade, Algiers, Sahara), dies at 82
  • Aug 13 Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
  • Aug 14 Alexander Luria, Russian neuropsychologist (Higher Cortical Functions in Man), dies at 75

Person of interestElvis Presley

Aug 16 Elvis Presley, American musician, dies at Graceland at 42, with the official cause of death being cardiac arrhythmia

Singer & Cultural Icon Elvis Presley
Singer & Cultural Icon
Elvis Presley
  • Aug 17 Petros John Petridis, Greek composer (Isotope Suite), dies at 86

Person of interestGroucho Marx

Aug 19 Groucho Marx [Julius], American comedian (Marx Bros, You Bet Your Life), dies at 86

Comedian Groucho Marx
Comedian
Groucho Marx
  • Aug 21 Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
  • Aug 21 Danny Lockin, American actor/dancer, dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • Aug 22 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet, Family Affair, Time Machine), dies at 59
  • Aug 24 Buddy O'Connor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1916)
  • Aug 24 Soewarsih Djojopoespito, Indonesian writer (Toe the Line), dies at 65
  • Aug 26 HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78