On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1980

  • Apr 2 Dick Howorth, English cricket all-rounder (5 Tests, 19 wickets; Worcestershire CCC), dies at 70
  • Apr 3 Luella Gear, American actress (Joe & Mabel), dies at 82
  • Apr 4 Woodrow Wilson "Red" Sovine, American country music singer, dies following a heart attack leading to a car crash at 62
  • Apr 9 Kathleen Burke, American actress (Island of Lost Souls), dies at 66
  • Apr 10 Kay Medford [Margaret Kathleen Regan], American actress (Dean Martin Show: To Rome With Love), dies of cancer at 60
  • Apr 11 Charlotte Henry, American actress (Alice in Wonderland; Babes In Toyland; Jungle Menace), dies of cancer at 66
  • Apr 11 Florence Lake, American actress (Edgar Kennedy shorts), dies at 75
  • Apr 12 Stanley De Silva, cricketer (motor bike Sri Lanka '79 World Cup), dies
  • Apr 12 William Tolbert, Liberian President (1971-80), killed with 27 others in a coup at 66
  • Apr 12 Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards and snooker player (b. 1895)
  • Apr 13 Markus Höttinger, Austrian racing driver, dies at 23
  • Apr 14 Tom Fadden, American stage and screen character actor (It's a Wonderful Life; Broken Arrow; Cimarron City), dies at 85

Jean-Paul Sartre

Apr 15 Jean-Paul Sartre, French existentialist philosopher & writer (Nobel 1964), dies in Paris at 74

  • Apr 15 Marshall Reed, American actor (The Madmen of Mandoras, Mysterious Island), dies from a massive hemorrhage at 62
  • Apr 15 Paul Langton, American actor (Till the Clouds Roll By, Peyton Place), dies from a heart attack at 66
  • Apr 15 Raymond Bailey, American actor (Vertigo, The Beverly Hillbillies, The Incredible Shrinking Man), dies at 75
  • Apr 16 Morris Stoloff, American violinist, Academy Award-winning composer, music director (Columbia Pictures, 1938-62), and orchestra leader (Moonglow/Theme from Picnic), dies at 81
  • Apr 19 Ethel Wilson, actress (Aunt Harriet-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Apr 19 Tony Beckley, actor (Assault, When a Stranger Calls), dies at 51
  • Apr 21 Aleksandr Oparin, Russian biochemist (b. 1894)
  • Apr 21 Sohrab Sepehri, Persian poet and painter (b. 1928)

Jane Froman

Apr 22 Jane Froman, American singer (Jane Froman's USA Canteen), dies at 72

  • Apr 24 Alenjo Carpentier, Cuban/French writer (Guerra del Tiempo), dies at 75
  • Apr 25 Katia Mann, German actress and wife of German writer Thomas Mann, dies at 96
  • Apr 26 Cicely Courtneidge, Australian-born British actress (Double Exposure), dies at 87
  • Apr 28 Dee Carroll [Betty Jean Marsh], American actress (Mad Bomber, Split), dies at 54
  • Apr 28 Tommy Caldwell, American rock bass player (Marshall Tucker Band), dies in a jeep crash at 30

Alfred Hitchcock

Apr 29 Alfred Hitchcock, English director (Psycho, Birds, Rear Window), dies of renal failure at 80

  • Apr 30 Mary McCarty, American singer, dancer, stage and screen actress (Babes in Toyland; All That Jazz;, Trapper John, MD), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Apr 30 Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)