On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1980 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 333 of 333

Person of interestStrother Martin

Aug 1 Strother Martin, American actor (Cool Hand Luke, Slapshot), dies of heart attack at 61

  • Aug 1 Patrick Depailler, French Formula 1 driver (b. 1944)
  • Aug 2 Verdun Scott, New Zealand cricket batsman, rugby league utility back (10 Tests; 1 cap), dies at 64
  • Aug 4 Diego Fabbri, Italian playwright and leader (Vatican movie bureau), dies at 69
  • Aug 5 Harold Runnels, American politician (b. 1924)
  • Aug 6 Charles Urbanus, Dutch baseball player, dies at 66
  • Aug 8 Aga Yahya Khan, Pakistan military/politician, dies at 63
  • Aug 8 Jacqueline Cochran, US pilot and 1st woman to break sound barrier, dies at 74
  • Aug 8 Paul Triquet, Canadian military officer, dies at 70
  • Aug 9 Elliott Nugent, American director and actor, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Oleg Grigoryevich Kononenko, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 41
  • Aug 9 P K "Perker" Lee, cricketer (Australian bowler 1931-33, 2 Tests), dies
  • Aug 11 Paul Robert, French lexicographer and publisher (b. 1910)
  • Aug 11 Willi Forst, Austrian actor and director (Bel Amis, Operette, Vienna Blood), dies at 77
  • Aug 14 Dorothy Stratten [Hoogstraten], Canadian playmate (August, 1979), model and actress (Galixina), murdered by estranged husband and manager Paul Snider at 20
  • Aug 18 Norman Cazden, composer, dies at 65

  • Aug 19 Otto Frank, father of Anne Frank, dies at 91
  • Aug 20 Joe Dassin, French-American singer (Les Champs-Élysées), dies at 41
  • Aug 21 Jack Cheetham, South African cricket batsman and captain (24 Tests; Western Province), dies at 60
  • Aug 22 James Smith McDonnell, American aircraft manufacturer, dies of a stroke at 81
  • Aug 22 Alfred Neubauer, German racing team manager (Mercedes Benz), dies at 89
  • Aug 23 Norman Shelley, English radio actor (Churchill's Speech), dies at 77
  • Aug 24 Yootha Joyce, British actress (Man About the House, George and Mildred), dies of liver failure at 53
  • Aug 25 Gower Champion, dancer (Marge & Gower Champion Show), dies at 60
  • Aug 26 Miliza Korjus, actress (Great Waltz), dies at 71
  • Aug 26 Rosa Albach-Retty, German actress (b. 1874)
  • Aug 26 Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
  • Aug 27 Sam Levenson, humorist (Sam Levenson Show), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Douglas Kenney, American humorist (co-founded the magazine National Lampoon), dies at 33
  • Sep 2 William Douglas Denny, American composer, dies at 70
  • Sep 3 Barbara O'Neil, actress (Tower of London, Stella Dallas)
  • Sep 3 Duncan Renaldo, Spanish actor (Cisco Kid, Guns of Fury), dies from lung cancer at 76
  • Sep 3 Fabian von Schlabendorff, German resistance fighter/judge, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 Dirch Passer, prolific Danish actor (Going for Broke, Mig og mafiaen), dies of a myocardial infarction at 54
  • Sep 4 Wolfgang Gentner, German nuclear physicist, dies at 74
  • Sep 5 Barbara Loden, actress (Ernie Kovacs Show), dies at 48

  • Sep 8 Bruce Dooland, Australian cricket all-rounder (3 Tests; Nottinghamshire; Wisden Cricketer of the Year 1955), dies at 56
  • Sep 8 Jean Piaget, Swiss pioneer developmental psychologist and zoologist, dies at 84

Person of interestWillard Libby

Sep 8 Willard Libby, American chemist who developed radiocarbon dating (Nobel 1960), dies of pneumonia at 71

Chemist Willard Libby
Chemist
Willard Libby
  • Sep 8 Hermann Claudius, German folk poet (Meister Bertram), dies at 101
  • Sep 9 John Howard Griffin, American photographer, journalist and author (Black Like Me), dies from complications of diabetes at 60
  • Sep 9 Harold Clurman, American theatrical producer and director (Deadline at Dawn), dies at 78
  • Sep 11 Jose Antonio Calcano, composer, dies at 80
  • Sep 12 Lillian Randolph, actress (Roots, Amos n Andy), dies at 65
  • Sep 15 Bill Evans, US jazz pianist, dies of a bleeding ulcer at 51
  • Sep 17 Anastasio Somoza Debayle [Tachito], President of Nicaragua (1967-72 and 1974-79), assassinated in Paraguay at 54
  • Sep 17 Katherine A Porter, American author (Ship of Fools, Pulit-66), dies at 90
  • Sep 18 K A Porter, writer, dies at 90
  • Sep 20 Sanpei Hayashiya, Japanese comedian (b. 1925)
  • Sep 21 Ernest White, composer, dies at 80

Person of interestJohn Bonham

Sep 25 John Bonham, English rock drummer (Led Zeppelin), dies from asphyxiation after heavy alcohol intake at 32

Drummer John Bonham
Drummer
John Bonham
  • Sep 25 Lewis Milestone, Moldovan film director (b. 1895)
  • Sep 25 Marie Under, Estonian author and poet, dies at 97
  • Sep 25 Earl Roy Curry, religious thinker and Kirtland Temple overseer, dies at 90
  • Sep 29 Bindo Maserati, Italian auto engineer and businessman (manager Maserati Racing; founder O.S.C.A. Racing), dies at 97
  • Oct 2 Valentin Varlamov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 46
  • Oct 6 Josephine "Hattie" Jacques, British comedy actress (Carry on films, Hancock's Half Hour), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Oct 6 Ray Walker, actor (Baby Take a Bow), dies
  • Oct 6 Jean Robic, French cyclist (b. 1921)
  • Oct 10 William "Billie" Thomas, American actor (Our Gang), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Oct 10 Walter Keeton, cricketer (opening bat in 2 Test for Eng 1934-39), dies
  • Oct 10 William "Billie" Thomas, American child actor (Buckwheat- Our Gang), dies of a heart attack at 49
  • Oct 14 S N Banerjee, cricketer (one Test for India), dies
  • Oct 15 Mikhail Lavrentyev, Russian hydrodynamicist and mathematician, dies at 79
  • Oct 15 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek footballer and volleyball player (b. 1896)
  • Oct 16 Carl PM Romme, Dutch minister of Social Affairs (KVP), dies at 83
  • Oct 21 Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician and eponym of Asperger syndrome, dies at 74
  • Oct 24 Leonid Georiyevich Ivanov, Russian cosmonaut (Soyuz 33), dies at 30
  • Oct 25 Virgil Fox, American organist, dies at 68
  • Oct 25 Víctor Galíndez, Argentine boxer (WBA light heavyweight title 1974-79), dies in stock-car race pit area accident at 31
  • Oct 26 Marcello Caetano, last Portuguese prime minister of the Estado Novo regime (1968-1974), dies in exile of a heart attack at 74
  • Oct 27 Steve Peregrin Took, English musician (Tyrannosaurus Rex), dies of a drug overdose at 31
  • Oct 27 Judy LaMarsh, Canadian politician, author and broadcaster (b. 1924)
  • Oct 27 John Van Vleck, American physicist, mathematician, and Nobel Laureate who pioneered the modern quantum mechanical theory of magnetism, dies at 81
  • Oct 28 Leon Janney (Ramon), American actor (Charly, Stolen Paradise, Hawk), dies of cancer at 63
  • Nov 2 Edith Bunker, character on "All in the Family", dies
Bank Robber Willie Sutton
Bank Robber
Willie Sutton
  • Nov 3 Ludwig Hohl, writer, dies
  • Nov 4 Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer, 1st female in Canada to get bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, dies at 75
  • Nov 6 Mary Michael, actress (Biridie-Wonderful John Acton), dies at 77

Person of interestSteve McQueen

Nov 7 Steve McQueen, American actor called "The King of Cool" during the 1960s (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape), dies of a heart attack after surgery at 50

  • Nov 7 Wolfgang Weyrauch, German writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 9 Carmel Myers, American actress (Carmel Myers Show), dies at 79
  • Nov 9 Victor Sen Yung [Cheung Young], American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan in Honolulu), dies from accidental asphyxiation at 65
  • Nov 12 Alexander Nicolaas Voormolen, Dutch composer, dies at 85
  • Nov 12 Andrei Amalrik, Russian writer/dissident, dies at 42
  • Nov 12 Haya Victoria van Someren-Downer [Gerarda Victoria Downer], Dutch politician, dies at 54
  • Nov 16 Imogen Hassall, English actress (Countess of Cleavage-Carry on Loving), suicide at 37
  • Nov 16 O. V. [Overton Vertis] Wright, American blues singer, dies at 41
  • Nov 18 Conn Smythe, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame team owner (Toronto Maple Leafs 1927-61; Stanley Cup x 8), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Nov 20 John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (1967-68), dies at 80

  • Nov 21 Jim Parks Sr, Kent cricket all-rounder (only Test for England), dies
  • Nov 22 Herbert Wade, cricketer (South African batsman & captain 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 22 Leonard Barr, comedian (Dean Martin Show, Szysznyk), dies at 77

Person of interestMae West

Nov 22 Mae West, actress (She Done Him Wrong), dies in Hollywood at 87

Actress Mae West
Actress
Mae West
  • Nov 22 Norah McGuinness, Northern Irish painter (b. 1901)
  • Nov 23 Herby Wade, cricketer (South African capt 10 Tests 1935-36), dies
  • Nov 23 Thien-an Thich, Zen teacher/Vietnamese Rinzai line, dies in LA at 54
  • Nov 24 George Raft, American actor (Scarface, Johnny Angel, Mr Ace), dies at 79
  • Nov 24 Herbert Agar, American journalist and historian (b. 1897)
  • Nov 26 Rachel Roberts, Welsh actress (Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Foul Play, Doctor's Wife), commits suicide at 53
  • Nov 27 F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)

Person of interestDorothy Day

Nov 29 Dorothy Day, American journalist, social activist and devout Catholic convert, dies of a heart attack at 83

Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert Dorothy Day
Journalist, Socialist and Catholic Convert
Dorothy Day
  • Dec 1 Sam Levene, American Broadway actor (Purple Heart, Designing Women), dies at 75
  • Dec 2 Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born French writer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 3 Oswald Mosley, British politician and founder of British Union of Fascists, dies at 84
  • Dec 4 Stanislawa Walasiewicz [Stella Walsh], Polish-born American athlete (Olympic gold 100m 1932), dies when shot during an armed robbery, at 69
  • Dec 4 Francisco Sá Carneiro, 109th Prime Minister of Portugal, dies at 46
  • Dec 7 Darby Crash, American Punk rocker (Germs), dies of an overdose at 22

MurderJohn Lennon

Dec 8 John Lennon, British musician, pop star and member of The Beatles (Imagine), shot and murdered in NY by Mark David Chapman at 40

Musician and Beatle John Lennon
Musician and Beatle
John Lennon
  • Dec 12 Jean Lesage, Canadian politician (19th Premier of Quebec), dies at 68
  • Dec 13 Harm van Riel, Dutch Liberal Party politician, dies at 73
  • Dec 14 Elston Howard, American baseball catcher (NY Yankees), dies at 59
  • Dec 15 Rudolph Cleveringa, Dutch anti-nazi lawyer and professor of Law at Leiden University, dies at 86

Person of interestColonel Sanders

Dec 16 Colonel Harland Sanders, American founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, dies at 90

Businessman and Restaurateur Colonel Sanders
Businessman and Restaurateur
Colonel Sanders
  • Dec 16 Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
  • Dec 18 Alexei N Kosygin, Soviet PM (1964-80), suffers heart attack at 76
  • Dec 21 Marc Connelly, American playwright (One Minute Please), dies at 90
  • Dec 24 Alec Lafayette Chew Wilder, composer, dies at 73

Person of interestKarl Dönitz

Dec 24 Karl Dönitz, German admiral and last leader of Nazi Germany, dies of heart attack at 89

Naval Commander and Nazi leader Karl Dönitz
Naval Commander and Nazi leader
Karl Dönitz
  • Dec 24 Siggie Nordstrom, American singer (The Nordstrom Sisters), dies at 87
  • Dec 25 Fred Emney, British actor (Let the People Sing, Adventures of a Private Eye, Lilac Domino), dies at 80
  • Dec 25 Louis Neefs, Belgian singer, dies at 43
  • Dec 26 Tony Smith, American sculptor (b. 1912)
  • Dec 28 Amir Elahi, Pakistani cricket spin bowler (1 Test India, 5 Tests Pakistan), at 72
  • Dec 28 Jersey calf, lived 222 days with an artificial heart
  • Dec 29 Roy Engle, American writer and actor (The Man from Planet X, The Wild Wild West, My Favorite Martian), dies from meningitis at 67
  • Dec 29 Tim Hardin, American singer (If I Were a Carpenter, Reason to Believe), dies of a drug overdose at 39
  • Dec 29 Nadezhda Mandelstam, Russian writer (b. 1899)
  • Dec 31 Arthur Wellard, cricketer (2 Tests for England, legendary 6-hitter), dies

Person of interestMarshall McLuhan

Dec 31 Marshall McLuhan, Canadian writer (Medium is the Message), dies at 69

Philosopher of Communication Theory Marshall McLuhan
Philosopher of Communication Theory
Marshall McLuhan
  • Dec 31 Raoul Walsh, American director (High Sierra), dies at about 88
  • Dec 31 Bob Shawkey, American baseball pitcher (World Series 1923, 27); AL ERA leader 1920, New York Yankees), dies at 90