On This Day

Famous People Who Died in June 1979

  • Jun 1 Jack Mulhall, American actor and producer (The Three Musketeers, The Amazing Exploits of the Clutching Hand), dies at 91
  • Jun 1 Werner Forssmann, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies at 74
  • Jun 2 Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
  • Jun 3 Arno Schmidt, German writer, dies at 65
  • Jun 4 Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
  • Jun 4 Herman Shumlin, American Broadway producer, director and actor (Watch on the Rhine), dies at 80
  • Jun 5 Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53

Jack Haley

Jun 6 (John Joseph) "Jack" Haley, American vaudevillle and screen actor, singer, and dancer (The Wizard of Oz - "Tin Man"; Higher and Higher), dies of a heart attack at 81

  • Jun 7 Forrest [Asa Earl] Carter, American author and segregationist speech writer, dies at 53
  • Jun 8 Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
  • Jun 8 Louis Palange, American arranger, classical music and film score composer (Hollywood Panorama; King Dinosaur), and conductor, dies at 61
  • Jun 9 Cyclone Taylor, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame rover (Stanley Cup 1909 Ottawa, 1915 Vancouver), dies at 94
  • Jun 11 August Maes, Flemish actor and director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85

John Wayne

Jun 11 John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], American actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies of stomach cancer at 72

  • Jun 13 Darla Hood, American child actress (Little Rascals, The Bat), dies from acute hepatitis at 47
  • Jun 15 Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
  • Jun 16 Ben Weber, American composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
  • Jun 16 Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, German writer and historian, dies at 77
  • Jun 16 Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian chief of state (1972-78), executed by firing squad during a coup at 47
  • Jun 16 Nicholas Ray, American film director (Rebel Without a Cause), dies at 67
  • Jun 17 Lou Frizzell, American character actor (Summer of '42; Bonanza - "Dusty Rhodes"), dies at 59
  • Jun 17 Duffy Lewis, American baseball left fielder (World Series 1912, 15, 16; Boston Red Sox), dies at 91
  • Jun 19 Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
  • Jun 21 Julian Orchard, English actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
  • Jun 21 Angus Maclise, American percussionist, mystic, shaman, and composer (Velvet Underground), dies of hypoglycemia and pulmonary tuberculosis at 41
  • Jun 22 Emory Parnell, American vaudeville performer and character actor (Life of RIley; County Fair; Falcon films; Ma and Pa Kettle movies), dies of a heat attack at 86
  • Jun 22 Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
  • Jun 22 Louis Chiron, Monégasque racing driver, dies at 79
  • Jun 25 Philippe Halsman, American portrait photographer, dies at 73
  • Jun 26 Charles Clore, financier, dies
  • Jun 28 Paul Dessau, German composer and conductor (Adventures of Casanova; Never Trust a Woman), dies at 84
  • Jun 29 Ben Barnett, Australian cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies at 71
  • Jun 29 Lowell George, American rock vocalist and guitarist (Mothers of Invention; Little Feat), dies at 34
  • Jun 30 Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72