Famous Deaths in 1979 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 312 of 312

  • Aug 17 Vivian Vance, American actress (Ethel Mertz-I Love Lucy), dies of cancer at 67
  • Aug 19 Dorsey Burnette, American rockabilly singer (The Rock and Roll trio), dies at 46
  • Aug 21 Giuseppe Meazza, Italian footballer, dies at 68
  • Aug 22 Henry Beernink, politician, dies at 69
  • Aug 22 James T Farrell, American writer (French Girls are Vicious), dies
  • Aug 23 Mian Mohammad Saeed, cricketer (1st Pakistan capt 1948-49), dies
  • Aug 23 Richard Hearne, British actor (Tons of Trouble, The Time of His Life), dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Hanna Reitsch, German test pilot (b. 1912)
  • Aug 24 Sampson Sievers, Russian Orthodox Christian monk and wonder-worker (b. 1898)
  • Aug 25 Stan Kenton, jazz band leader (Music 55), dies at 67
  • Aug 26 Mika Waltari, Finnish author (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Boleslaw Szabelski, composer, dies at 82
  • Aug 27 Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, British naval officer and statesman, last Voceroy of India (1947), is assassinated by an IRA bomb on his boat in Ireland at 79
  • Aug 27 Nicholas Mountbatten, Lord Mountbatten's grandson, murdered by the IRA at 14
  • Aug 27 Gracie Fields, actress (Queen of Hearts), dies at 81
  • Aug 28 Simonow, writer, dies
  • Aug 29 Mary Marquet, actress (Landru, Paris Canaille), dies at 84
  • Aug 29 Samuel I Newhouse Sr., American businessman and publisher (Parade, Vogue, Glamour), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 Jean Seberg, American actress (Breathless, Airport), commits suicide at 40
  • Aug 31 E J "Tiger" Smith, England cricket wicket-keeper 1911-14), dies
  • Aug 31 Sally Rand, American burlesque dancer, vedette and actress known for her ostrich feather fan and balloon bubble dances, dies at 75
  • Sep 1 Doris Kenyon, American silent screen actress (Alexander Hamilton), dies at 81
  • Sep 2 Felix Aylmer, British actor (Anastasia, Hamlet, Iron Duke, Macbeth, St Joan), dies at 90
  • Sep 2 Otto P. Weyland, American military figure (b. 1903)
  • Sep 4 Jef van de Wiele, Belgian politician, dies at 76
  • Sep 4 Canuplin, Filipino magician and bodabil entertainer (b. 1904)
  • Sep 5 Alberto di Jorio, former head of the Vatican Bank and secretary of the 1958 conclave (b. 1884)
  • Sep 6 Ronald Binge, British composer (Elizabethan Serenade, Sailing By), dies at 69
  • Sep 9 Solon Michaelides, composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 10 Agostinho Neto, poet/1st President of Angola, dies at 56
  • Sep 10 Stanislav Pylypovych Lyudkevych, composer, dies at 99
  • Sep 12 Denis Smith, cricketer (England left-handed batsman 1935), dies
  • Sep 14 Raymond Loucheur, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 15 Tommy Leonetti, singer/actor (Gomer Pyle USMC), dies at 50
  • Sep 15 Caro van Eyck [Gerarda Taytelbaum], Dutch actress (De stille Kracht, Medea), dies at 63
  • Sep 16 Nur Mohammed Taraki, president of Afghanistan (1978-79), killed
  • Sep 17 Miloslav Kabelac, composer, dies at 71
  • Sep 18 Gene Kelly, sportscaster (Sportsreel), dies at 60
  • Sep 20 Ludvik Svoboda, Czech general and politician, dies at 83
  • Sep 21 John McQuade, actor (Charlie Wild Private Detective), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Catherine Lacey, actress (October Man, Carnival), dies at 75
  • Sep 25 Tapio Rautavaara, Finnish athlete, actor, and singer (Me tulemme taas, Rion yƶ), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 64
  • Sep 26 Arthur Hunnicutt, American actor (El Dorado, Big Sky, Apache Uprising), dies from mouth cancer at 69
  • Sep 26 John Cromwell, American actor and director (Spitfire, Of Human Bondage), dies at 91
  • Sep 26 Seymour Shifrin, composer, dies at 53
  • Sep 27 Jimmy McCulloch, Scottish songwriter and guitarist (Wings), dies at 26
  • Oct 1 Roy Harris, US composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 3 Charles White, artist, dies at 61 in Los Angeles
  • Oct 3 Claudia Jennings, playmate (Nov, 1969), dies in car crash at 29
  • Oct 4 Christina Spierenburg, Dutch singer, dies at 56
  • Oct 5 Charlie Smith, oldest American (137 year), dies

  • Oct 6 Elizabeth Bishop, poetess (North & South, Pulitzer 1956), dies at 68
  • Oct 8 June Nash, actress (Strange Cargo, Dynamite), dies at 68
  • Oct 10 Paul Paray, French composer, dies at 93
  • Oct 10 Christopher Evans, British psychologist and computer scientist (b. 1931)
  • Oct 12 Celia Lovsky, Austrian-American actress (Man of a Thousand Faces), dies from natural causes at 82
  • Oct 13 Clarence Muse, American actor, screenwriter and director (Casablanca, Black Stallion), dies at 89
  • Oct 13 Rebecca Clarke, English classical composer and violist, dies at 93
  • Oct 16 Johan Borgen, Norwegian author (b. 1903)
  • Oct 17 John Stuart, Scottish actor (Kittie, Superman, Number Seventeen), dies at 81
  • Oct 17 Karel Reiner, composer, dies at 69
  • Oct 17 S J Perelman, US humorist (Around the World in 80 Days), dies at 75
  • Oct 22 Jesse Bishop, murderer, dies in Nevada gas chamber
  • Oct 22 Nadia Boulanger, French composer and conductor (1st woman to conduct Boston Symphony), dies at 92
  • Oct 26 Park Chung-hee, South Korean President, assassinated
  • Oct 30 Sir Barnes Wallis, British scientist, engineer and inventor (b. 1887)
  • Oct 30 Donna Rachele Mussolini, Italian, wife of Benito Mussolini (b. 1890)
  • Nov 1 Mamie Eisenhower, First Lady of the United States (1953-61), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Nov 2 Jacques Mesrine, French "enemy of the state", shot to death
  • Nov 5 Al Capp, US cartoonist (Li'l Abner), dies at 70
  • Nov 7 Amedeo Nazzari, Italian actor (The Nights of Cabiria, Chains, Lure of Sila), dies from cardiac arrest at 71
  • Nov 7 Paolo Carlini, Italian actor (It Started in Naples), dies at 53
  • Nov 8 Sydney Tafler, actor (Too Many Crooks), dies at 63
  • Nov 8 Yvonne de Gaulle, wife of Charles de Gaulle (b. 1900)
  • Nov 9 Lewis Charles, actor (Feather & Father Gang), dies at 59
  • Nov 10 Friedrich Thorberg, writer, dies at 71
  • Nov 11 Dimitri Tiomkin, Russian-American film score composer and conductor (Academy Award 1954-High & Mighty), dies at 85
  • Nov 13 Dimitris Psathas, Greek playwright (b. 1907)
  • Nov 14 Bill Farrimond, England cricket wicketkeeper (4 Tests 1930-35), dies
  • Nov 17 John Glassock, bass (Jethro Tull), dies at 27 following heart surgery
  • Nov 18 Freddie Fitzsimmons, baseball player (b. 1901)
  • Nov 22 Anne Vondeling, Male Dutch soc democratic party-minister, dies at 63
  • Nov 23 Merle Oberon, British actress (That Uncertain Feeling, Wuthering Heights), dies from a stroke at 68
  • Nov 23 Judee Sill, American musician and songwriter (b. 1944)
  • Nov 30 Joyce Grenfell (Adventure for Two), actress, dies at 69
  • Nov 30 Zeppo Marx [Herbert Manfred Marx], American comedian and actor (Marx Brothers), dies at 78
  • Dec 2 Vasily Pavlovich Solov'yov-Sedoy, composer, dies at 72
  • Dec 3 Dhyan Chand, Indian field hockey player (Olympic gold 1928, 1932, 1936), dies at 74
  • Dec 4 Robert Karnes, actor (Max-The Lawless Years), dies at 62
  • Dec 5 Sonia Delaunay, Russian-born French artist (Orphism), dies at 94
  • Dec 7 Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, British-American astronomer and astrophysicist who proposed that stars are composed largely of hydrogen and are not glowing balls of molten rock, dies at 79
  • Dec 7 Mari Andriessen, sculptor (Docker), Amsterdam, dies at 82
  • Dec 7 Nicolas Born, German writer, dies of cancer at 41
  • Dec 7 Prince Chahryar Shafik, Shah of Iran's nephew, murdered in Paris
  • Dec 9 Fulton J Sheen, archbishop/religious broadcaster, dies in NYC at 84
  • Dec 10 Ann Dvorak [McKim], American actress (G Men, Life of Her Own, Scarface), dies at 67
  • Dec 10 Fulton J Sheen, bishop (Life is Worth Living), dies at 84
  • Dec 11 Claire Carleton, NYC, actress (Alice-Cimarron City), dies at 66
  • Dec 11 James J. Gibson, American perceptual psychologist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 13 Jon Hall, American actor (Ramar of the Jungle), dies at 64
  • Dec 14 Nirode Ranjan Chowdhury, cricketer (2 Tests for India, avg 205), dies
  • Dec 15 Bern Hoffman, actor (Major Dell Conway), dies at 66
  • Dec 21 Bill Anderson, cricketer (Test for NZ 1946, scored five & one), dies
  • Dec 22 Darryl F. Zanuck, American film producer and President (20th Century Fox), dies at 77
  • Dec 23 Peggy Guggenheim, American art collector, dies at 81
  • Dec 24 Dirk Uipko Stikker, Dutch CEO (Heineken)/sect-gen NATO, dies at 82
  • Dec 24 Rudi [Rudolf] Dutschke, German student leader, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Joan Blondell, American actress (Real McCoys), dies of leukemia at 73
  • Dec 25 Lee Bowman, American actor (Ellery Queen, Miami Undercover, The Impatient Years), dies from a heart attack at 64
  • Dec 25 Jordi Bonet, Quebec muralist and sculptor (b. 1932)
  • Dec 27 Hafizullah Amin, president of Afghanistan (1979), murdered
  • Dec 30 Richard Rodgers, composer (Rogers & Hammerstein), dies at 77