Famous Deaths in November 1981

  • Nov 2 Kenneth Oakley, English Anthropologist, Palaeontologist, and Geologist whose method for the relative dating of fossils using fluorine content was instrumental in exposing the Piltdown Man hoax, dies at 70

Person of interestWill Durant

Nov 7 Will Durant, American author and historian (The Story of Philosophy, The Story of Civilization), dies at 96

Historian Will Durant
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Will Durant
  • Nov 10 Abel Gance, French movie director (J'accuse), dies at 92

Person of interestWilliam Holden

Nov 12 William Holden [Beedle], American actor (The Blue Knight, Sunset Boulevard, Sabrina, The Bridge on the River Kwai), slips on a rug and bleeds to death at 63

  • Nov 14 Robert Bradford, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1941)
  • Nov 15 Enid Markey, American actress, 1st to play Tarzan's Jane, dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Morgan Conway, American actor (Dick Tracy, Brother Orchid), dies at 78
  • Nov 17 Bob Eberly, singer (Jimmy Dorsey Band), dies at 65
  • Nov 19 Griffiths Mxenge, South Afr's anti-apartheid advocate, murdered
  • Nov 20 Rolf Bongs, German writer, dies at 74
  • Nov 21 Harry Von Zell, TV announcer (Burns & Allen), dies at 75
  • Nov 22 Andreina Pagnani, actress (Il Commandante), dies at 74
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • Nov 26 Max Euwe, Dutch world chess champion (1935-37), dies at 80
  • Nov 27 Lotte Lenya, Austrian singer/actress (From Russia With Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood [Natasha Gurdin], American actress (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause, West Side Story), drowns at 43
  • Nov 29 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72