On This Day

Famous People Who Died in July 1981

  • Jul 1 George Voskovec [JirĂ­ Wachsmann], Czech actor (12 Angry Men, Somewhere in Time), dies from a heart attack at 76
  • Jul 1 Carlos de Oliveira, Portuguese writer (b. 1921)
  • Jul 1 Rushton Moreve [Morey], American bass player (Steppenwolf - "Magic Carpet Ride"), dies at in a car accident at 32
  • Jul 2 Robert Emmett Keane, actor (Rookie Cop, Red Dragon), dies
  • Jul 3 Ross Martin [Martin Rosenblatt], Polish-American actor (Mr Lucky, The Wild Wild West), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Jul 5 Jorge Urrutia Blondel, Chilean composer, dies at 75
  • Jul 7 Keefe Brasselle [John Brasselli], American actor (The Eddie Cantor Story, Be Our Guest), dies of liver disease at 58
  • Jul 7 Peace Pilgrim [Mildred Lisette Norman], American peace activist, dies at 72
  • Jul 8 Loring Smith, actor (Hartmans), dies at 86
  • Jul 9 Oscar van Hemel, Belgian-Dutch composer, dies at 88
  • Jul 9 Wilhelm H C Tenhaeff, para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 10 Ken Rex McElroy, American resident of Skidmore, Missouri known as "the town bully", murdered at 47 in an unsolved killing in front of a crowd of 30-46 in Skidmore's main street
  • Jul 12 Ben Seijes, historian (WWII), dies at 73
  • Jul 13 Kirby Stone, American jazz combo leader (Kirby Stone Four - Baubles Bangles & Beads), dies at 63
  • Jul 16 Harry Chapin, American folk-rock singer-songwriter ("Taxi"; "Cat's in the Cradle"), dies in car crash at 38
  • Jul 18 Wilhelm HC Tenhaeff, Dutch para-psychologist, dies at 87
  • Jul 19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor (b. 1919)
  • Jul 19 Louis Cheslock, British-born American violinist, composer and educator of Polish heritage (Peabody Institute, 1916-76), dies at 82
  • Jul 25 Ian Martin, actor (Uncle Bill-O'Neills), dies at 69
  • Jul 26 Donald Lybbert, American composer (Zap; Lines for the Fallen), and educator, dies at 58
  • Jul 27 Ray Harrison, dancer (American Song), dies at 64

Person of interestWilliam Wyler

Jul 27 William Wyler, American film director (Ben-Hur, Mrs Miniver), dies at 79

Film Director William Wyler
Film Director
William Wyler
  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, American Roman Catholic Priest, Martyr and Missionary to Guatemala, dies at 1981
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American urban planner (b. 1888)
  • Jul 30 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, dies at 88
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash