On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1977 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 316 of 316

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 and dancer (Hello Dolly), dies from bleeding to death after being stabbed 100 times
  • Aug 22 Sebastian Cabot, British actor (Kismet; Family Affair - "Mr. French", 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 H. A. Rey, American author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
  • Aug 26 Heinz Rottger, German composer, dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
  • Aug 27 George Merritt, English actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
  • Aug 29 Jean Hagen, actress (Dead Ringer, Shaggy Dog, Arena), dies at 54
  • Aug 29 Brian McGuire, Australian racing driver, killed while practicing at Brands Hatch at 31
  • Aug 29 Edward Sinclair, English actor (Dad's Army), dies at 63
  • Sep 1 Ethel Waters, American actress (Beulah), singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 76

  • Sep 2 Stephen "Steve" Dunne, American actor (Professional Father, Shock), dies at 59
  • Sep 4 Stelios Perpiniadis, Greek folk singer, songwriter and guitarist, dies at 78
  • Sep 4 E. F. Schumacher, German economist and statistician (b. 1911)
  • Sep 4 Jean Rostand, French biologist and philosopher, dies at 82
  • Sep 5 Marcel Thiry, Belgian writer and wallon militant, dies at 80
  • Sep 6 Guido Pannain, composer, dies at 85
  • Sep 6 Paul Burkhard, composer, dies at 65
  • Sep 7 Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77
  • Sep 8 Samuel Joel "Zero" Mostel, American comedian and actor (Fiddler on the Roof, The Producers), dies of an aortic aneurysm at 62
  • Sep 9 John Breeden, American actor (Salute, Madame Racketeer, Joy Street), dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Hamida Djandoubi, Tunisian convicted murderer who was the last person to be executed in Western Europe, is beheaded in Marseille by guillotine at 28
  • Sep 11 Don Blackman, actor (Old Man & Sea, Desert Legion), dies at 65
  • Sep 11 Leonard Carey, American actor (Rebecca, Laughter), dies at 90
  • Sep 12 Robert Lowell, American poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
  • Sep 12 Steven Biko, South African anti-apartheid activist, dies in police custody at 30
  • Sep 13 Arthur Fagg, English cricket batsman (5 Tests; dual double-centuries for Kent v Essex 1938) and umpire (18 Tests, 7 ODIs), dies at 62
  • Sep 13 Leopold Stokowski, British conductor (Philadelphia Orchestra, Disney's Fantasia), dies of a heart attack at 95
  • Sep 16 Marc Bolan, English rock vocalist and guitarist (T-Rex-Bang a Gong (Get It On)), dies in a car crash at 29
  • Sep 16 Maria Callas, American soprano (Carmen), dies in Paris at 53
  • Sep 18 Paul Bernays, Swiss mathematician (b. 1888)

  • Sep 25 Sidney James van den Bergh, Dutch businessman and politician, dies at 78
  • Sep 27 Jock Hutchison, Scottish golfer (PGA C'ship 1920, British Open 1921), dies at 93
  • Sep 29 Alexander Tcherepnin, Russian pianist and composer, dies at 78
  • Sep 30 Mary Ford [Iris Colleen Summers], American vocalist, guitarist and actress (Les Paul, Queen of Outer Space), dies from complications of alcohol abuse at 53
  • Oct 4 Del Porter, American jazz singer (Foursome - "Walkin' My Baby Back Home"; Spike Jones and His City Slickers - "Der Fuehrer's Face"), dies at 75
  • Oct 8 Giorgos Papasideris, Greek country singer, composer and lyricist, dies at 75
  • Oct 10 Angelo Muscat, Maltese-born British actor (The Prisoner, Doctor Who), dies at 47
  • Oct 10 Jean Duvieusart, 36th Prime Minister of Belgium, dies at 77
  • Oct 11 Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
  • Oct 11 MacKinlay Kantor, American author (b. 1904)
  • Oct 12 Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
  • Oct 12 Jan Zrzavý, Czech painter, dies at 86

Person of interestBing Crosby

Oct 14 Bing Crosby [Harry Lillis Crosby], American singer and actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74

Singer and Actor Bing Crosby
Singer and Actor
Bing Crosby
  • Oct 15 Ralph Truman, British actor (Henry V, Treasure Island, Web of Evidence), dies at 77
  • Oct 16 Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
  • Oct 17 [Robert] Cal Hubbard, American football and baseball player and umpire (only person in football and baseball Hall of Fame), dies at 77
  • Oct 18 Rolph Grant, West Indian cricketer (West Indian captain on 1939 England tour), dies at 67

Person of interestAndreas Baader

Oct 18 Andreas Baader, German left-wing militant and leader of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 34

Red Army Faction Leader Andreas Baader
Red Army Faction Leader
Andreas Baader
  • Oct 18 Gudrun Ensslin, German terrorist and founder of the Red Army Faction, commits suicide along with other RAF leaders at 37
  • Oct 18 Jan-Carl Raspe (b. 1944)
  • Oct 20 Cassie Gaines, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 20 Ronnie Van Zant, American rock musician (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
  • Oct 20 Steve Gaines, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
  • Oct 21 Ferit Tuzun, Turkish composer, dies at 48
  • Oct 24 Hugo Myrtelius, Swedish conductor, composer, and educator, dies at 85
  • Oct 27 James M. Cain, American writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
  • Oct 27 Peg Leg Sam [Arthur Jackson], American country blues harmonica player, singer and comedian, dies at 65
  • Oct 31 Joan Tetzel, American actress (Hell Below Zero, Joy in the Morning), dies of cancer at 56
  • Nov 2 Hans Erich Nossak, German writer, dies at 76
  • Nov 3 Florence Vidor, American actress (Jack Knife Man), dies at 82
  • Nov 3 William Kurelek, Canadian artist and writer (The Maze, Passion of Christ series), dies of cancer at 50
  • Nov 5 Aleksei G Stachanov, Russian model miner, dies at 72
  • Nov 5 Guy Lombardo, Canadian-American orchestra leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75

Person of interestRené Goscinny

Nov 5 René Goscinny, French cartoonist (Asterix), dies of cardiac arrest during a routine stress test at 51

Author and Cartoonist René Goscinny
Author and Cartoonist
René Goscinny
  • Nov 8 Bucky Harris, American baseball player and manager (Phillies, Yankees), dies at 81
  • Nov 8 Georg Wüst, German Oceanographer, dies at 87
  • Nov 9 Gertrude Astor, American actress (Ship of Wanted Men), dies on 90th birthday
  • Nov 9 Fred Haney, American baseball player, dies at 81
  • Nov 11 Greta Keller, Vienna-born cabaret singer and actress (b. 1903)
  • Nov 11 Abraham Sarmiento, Jr., Filipino journalist & political activist, dies at 27
  • Nov 13 Ingrid Schubert, German terrorist (b. 1944)
  • Nov 14 Richard Addinsell, English composer (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 73
  • Nov 14 A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, Indian guru, founder of International Society for Krishna Consciousness, dies at 81
  • Nov 15 Serafin Pro, Cuban composer, dies at 71
  • Nov 18 Victor Francen, Belgian actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
  • Nov 18 Kurt Schuschnigg, Austrian politician (Dictator of the Austrian Federal State), dies at 79
  • Nov 18 Davey O'Brien, American College Football Hall of Fame quarterback (Heisman Trophy 1938, Texas Christian University; NFL: Philadelphia Eagles), dies from cancer at 60
  • Nov 19 William "Sonny" Criss, American bebop jazz saxophonist (Jazz U.S.A.), commits suicide while suffering from stomach cancer at 50
  • Nov 20 Maxie Wander, Austrian writer (Good Morning My Lovely), dies at 44
  • Nov 22 Reg Perks, England cricket pace bowler (1938-39), dies
  • Nov 24 Richard Carlson, American actor (All I Desire, Flat Top, Valley of Gwangi), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 65
  • Nov 27 John Little McClellan, American lawyer and politician (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
  • Nov 28 Trevor Bardette, American actor (Refugee, None Shall Escape), dies at 75
  • Nov 29 George Hamilton Combs, American politician and TV and radio commentator (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
  • Nov 30 Terence Rattigan, British playwright (Winslow Boy, Browning Version), dies at 66

  • Nov 30 Miloš Crnjanski, Serbian poet (Seobe), dies at 84
  • Dec 1 Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
  • Dec 1 Teun Struycken [Antoon Arnold Marie Struycken], Dutch Minister of Justice (1950-51) and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles (1951-56), dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
  • Dec 5 Aleksandr Vasilevsky, Soviet military commander (b. 1895)
  • Dec 5 Rahsaan Roland Kirk, American jazz multi-instrumentalist (Bright Moments, The Case of the 3 Sided Dream in Audio Color) dies of a stroke at 42
  • Dec 7 Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
  • Dec 7 Peter Carl Goldmark, Hungarian-American engineer (developed the 33-1/3 rpm LP record format), dies in a car accident at 77
  • Dec 9 Clarice Lispector, Ukrainian-Brazilian writer (Laços de Família), dies at 56
  • Dec 10 Adolph Rupp, American basketball coach (b. 1901)
  • Dec 12 Baroness Clementine Spencer-Churchill (nee Hozier), widow of Sir Winston, dies at 92
  • Dec 15 Wilfred Kitching, the 7th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1893)
  • Dec 16 Risto Jarva, Finnish filmmaker (b. 1934)
  • Dec 16 Benny de Weille, German swing jazz clarinetist and bandleader, dies at 62
  • Dec 18 Cyril Ritchard, Australian actor (Peter Pan; Hans Brinker), dies at 80
  • Dec 18 Louis Untermeyer, American poet and critic (Immortal Poems, Story Poems), dies at 92
  • Dec 18 Walter Breedveld, Dutch writer (Een ship vergaat), dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Nellie Tayloe Ross, American politician and the 1st woman to serve as a governor (Wyoming, 1925-27), dies at 101
  • Dec 22 Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Samael Aun Weor, Colombian writer (b. 1917)

Person of interestCharlie Chaplin

Dec 25 Charlie Chaplin, British actor and comedian (Modern Times, The Kid), dies in Switzerland at 88

Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker Charlie Chaplin
Comedian, Actor and Filmmaker
Charlie Chaplin
  • Dec 26 Howard Hawks, American director and producer (Rio Bravo, Scarface, The Big Sleep), dies at 81
  • Dec 26 Ivan Rezak, Czech composer, dies at 53
  • Dec 31 Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62
  • Dec 31 Sabah III Al-Salim Al-Sabah, ruler of Kuwait (b. 1924)