Famous People Who Died in December 1981

  • Dec 2 Alexis Kagame, Rwandan philosopher, historian, poet and Tutsi intellectual and cultural leader, dies at 69
  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Dec 2 Wallace Harrison, American architect (Metropolitan Opera House, United Nations complex), dies at 86
  • Dec 3 (Nicolaas) "Cola" Debrot, Dutch lawyer, doctor.author and politician (Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, 1962-70), dies at 79

Walter KnottWalter Knott (1889-1981)

Dec 3 American farmer who created the Knott's Berry Farm amusement park in California and introduced the boysenberry to America, dies at 91

  • Dec 8 "Big" Walter [Horton], American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 60
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 10 John Kieran, American columnist and author (Natural History of NYC), dies at 89
  • Dec 11 I. D. du Plessis, South African writer and director (3rd World), dies at 81
  • Dec 13 Cornelius Cardew, British composer (Scratch Orchestra), dies in a hit and run accident at 45
  • Dec 13 Pigmeat [Dewey] Markham, American comedian (Here Comes da Judge-Laugh In), dies at 75
  • Dec 17 Edwin Erich Dwinger, German writer (General Vlassov), dies at 83
  • Dec 18 Mehmet Shehu, PM Albania (1954-81)/"US-Russ spy", commits suicide
  • Dec 20 Dimitris Rontiris, Greek actor and director (b. 1899)
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 27 (Hoagland) "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer ("In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening"; "Stardust"; "Two Sleepy People"), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 (Joseph Aloysius) "Allan" Dwan, Canadian-American screenwriter and film director (Robin Hood; Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farms; Sands Of Iwo Jima), dies at 96
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krle┼ża, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino model and actor (Temptation Island), dies under mysterious circumstances on his 22nd birthday
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, Czech pianist, composer, painter, and actor, dies at 60