Famous People Who Died in August 1981

  • Aug 1 (Sidney) "Paddy" Chayefsky, American Academy Award-winning screenwriter (Marty; The Hospital; Network), novelist, and playwright, dies of cancer at 58
  • Aug 1 Seppo Nummi, Finnish composer and music critic, dies at 49
  • Aug 2 Stefanie Clausen, Danish diver (Olympic gold 10m platform 1920), dies at 81
  • Aug 3 Roberto Peci, Italian brother of Red Brigade leader, murdered at 25
  • Aug 3 Seymour Österwall, Swedish jazz tenor saxophonist, bandleader and composer, dies at 73
  • Aug 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • Aug 14 lDudley Nourse, South African cricket batsman and captain (34 Tests, 9 x 100s, HS 231; Nata), dies at 70
  • Aug 15 Humphrey Waldock, British lawyer (UN International Law Commission, 1961-72), and jurist (European Court of Human Rights, 1966-74; International Court of Justice, 1973-81), dies of a heart attack at 77
  • Aug 15 Pappy Waldorf, American College Football Hall of Fame tackle and coach (Northwestern, California), dies at 78
  • Aug 17 Robert Russell Bennett, American composer and arranger (Oklahoma!), dies at 87
  • Aug 18 Anita Loos, American screenwriter, novelist (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes) and playwright, dies at 88
  • Aug 19 Jessie Matthews, English actress (Gangway, First a Girl), dies at 74
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke at 70
  • Aug 21 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch classical bass-baritone singer, and teacher, dies at 85
  • Aug 23 (Thaman) "Pete" Daily, American swing and dixieland jazz cornetist and valve trombonist (The Chicagoans), dies at 70
  • Aug 26 Lee Hays, American singer-songwriter (The Weavers), dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Aug 26 Roger Nash Baldwin, American founder of the American Civil Liberties Union, dies at 97
  • Aug 26 Walter "Foots" Thomas, American saxophonist, flutist, and arranger (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies from cancer at 74
  • Aug 27 Joan Edwards, American pop singer on radio (Your Hit Parade) and television (Joan Edwards Show), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)
  • Aug 28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian soccer midfielder (4 caps; MTK Hungária, Hakoah Wien) and coach (Benfica, AC Milan, FC Porto; Hungary, Austria, Netherlands, Italy, Brazil, Uruguay, Portugal), dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Guy Stevens, British record company executive (Sue; Island), band manager (Mott the Hoople; Procol Harum), and record producer (The Clash - London Calling), dies from an overdose of anti-alcohol medication at 38
  • Aug 28 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, American newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling, NY at 89
  • Aug 30 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48

Vera-Ellen

Aug 30 Vera-Ellen [Westmeier Rohe], American actress and dancer (White Christmas; Big Leaguer; On the Town), dies of cancer at 60

  • Aug 31 Joseph H. Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82