On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1981 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 325 of 325

  • 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 4 Melvyn Douglas [Melvyn Edouard Hesselberg], American actor (Hud, Being There, Ghost Story), dies at 80
  • Aug 14 Dudley Nourse, South African cricketer (34 Tests for South Africa, 2960 runs), dies at 70
  • Aug 14 Karl Böhm, Austrian conductor, dies at 87
  • 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 Hermann Schey, German-Dutch singer, dies at 85
  • Aug 21 Eddie Byrne, British actor (Star Wars, Island of Terror), dies from a stroke 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 27 Joan Edwards, american singer (Joan Edwards Show), dies at 62
  • Aug 27 Valery Kharlamov, Soviet ice hockey player (b. 1948)

  • Aug 28 Béla Guttmann, Hungarian footballer and coach (Benfica, 100 year curse), dies at 82
  • Aug 28 Paul Anspach, Belgian fencer (Olympic gold individual epée, team epée 1912), dies at 99
  • Aug 29 Lowell Thomas, newscaster (High Adventure), dies in Pawling NY at 89
  • Aug 30 Mohammad-Ali Rajai, President of Iran (1981), assassinated by a bomb at 48

Person of interestVera-Ellen

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

Actress Vera-Ellen
Actress
Vera-Ellen
  • Aug 31 Joseph H Hirschhorn, US art collector/founder H Museum, dies at 82
  • Aug 31 Victor Trumper Jr, Australian cricketer (7 games for NSW, 74 runs 12 wkts), dies at 67

Person of interestAlbert Speer

Sep 1 Albert Speer, German architect and Nazi leader (Reich Minister for Armaments and War Production), dies of a stroke at 76

Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production Albert Speer
Nazi Minister of Armaments and War Production
Albert Speer
  • Sep 1 Ann Harding, actress (When Ladies Meet, Devotion), dies
  • Sep 1 Bùi Thanh Liêm, Vietnamese cosmonaut, dies in a MiG-21 crash at 32
  • Sep 2 Tadeusz Baird, Polish composer (Giocosa), dies at 53
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • Sep 8 Hediki Joekawa, Japans physicist (Nobel 1949) at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Edulji Palia, cricket (2 Tests for India, 29 runs & 0-13), dies

  • Sep 9 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, dies at 80
  • Sep 11 Frank McHugh, american actor (Going My Way, Front Page, Gold Diggers 1935, Mighty Joe Young), dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Eugenio Montale, Italian poet and translator (Xenia-Nobel 1975), dies at 84
  • Sep 13 William Loeb, publisher of Manchester Union Leader, NH, dies at 75
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 14 [Walter] Furry Lewis, father of blues, dies at 88 of a heart attack
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 19 Joke Kool-Smit, Dutch feminist, dies
  • Sep 21 Nigel Patrick, actor and director (Sapphire, Prize of Gold), dies of lung cancer at 69
  • Sep 21 Tony Aubin, French composer, dies at 73
  • Sep 22 Harry Warren, American composer and lyricist (b. 1893)
  • Sep 23 Chief Dan George [Tes-wah-no], Canadian Indian author, poet and actor (Harry & Tonto, Little Big Man, Smith!), dies from heart failure at 82
  • Sep 24 Patsy Kelly, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, North Ave Irregulars), dies at 71
  • Sep 27 Coenraad van Emde Boas, Dutch sexologist, dies at 77
  • Sep 27 Robert Montgomery, American actor and director (Robert Montgomery Presents, Earl of Chicago, Yellow Jack), dies at 77
  • Sep 28 Rómulo Betancourt, President of Venezuela (b. 1908)
  • Sep 29 Bill Shankly, Scottish football manager (b. 1913)
  • Sep 30 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Fred Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants), dies at 75
  • Oct 5 Gloria Grahame, American actress (Crossfire, Sudden Fear, Rich Man Poor Man), dies of peritonitis and breast cancer at 55
  • Oct 5 Jud Strunk, American singer and comedian (Laugh-In), dies in a plane crash at 48

MurderAnwar Sadat

Oct 6 Anwar Sadat, 3rd President of Egypt (1970-81, Nobel 1978), assassinated by fundamentalist army officers at 62

President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate Anwar Sadat
President of Egypt and Nobel Laureate
Anwar Sadat
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther, actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)

Person of interestMoshe Dayan

Oct 16 Moshe Dayan, Israel's general/minister of Defense, dies at 66

Israeli Politician and General Moshe Dayan
Israeli Politician and General
Moshe Dayan
  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, composer, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek, [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Karel Srom, Czech composer, dies at 77
  • Oct 22 Michael Granger, actor (Creature with Atom Brain, Pier 5 Havana), dies
  • Oct 24 Deborah Baltzell, actress (Karen-I'm a Big Girl Now), dies at 25
  • Oct 25 Ariel Durant, American author (Story of Civilization), dies at 83
  • Oct 27 John Warburton, British actor (Saratoga Trunk, King Rat, Cavalcade), dies at 82
  • Oct 29 William O Walker, publisher of Cleveland Call Post, dies at 85
  • Oct 30 Georges Brassens, French screenwriter, dies
  • Oct 30 Lew Jenkins, American boxer (World Lightweight Champion 1940-41), dies at 64
  • 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
  • Nov 3 Thérèse Casgrain, French Canadian politician and senator, dies at 85

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
Historian
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, American 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, Australian cricketer (18 Tests for Australia, 1189 runs), dies at 73
  • Nov 25 Jack Albertson, American actor (Chico and the Man, Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory), dies from colon cancerr at 74
  • Nov 25 Morris Kirksey, American 4 X 100m (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 86
  • 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
  • Dec 2 Hershy Kay, American composer (Olympic Hymn, A Chorus Line), dies at 62
  • Dec 2 Cola, Debrot, Dutch author and Governor of the Netherlands Antilles, dies at 79
  • Dec 2 Wallace K[irkman] Harrison, US architect (UN), dies at 86

Person of interestWalter Knott

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

Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm Walter Knott
Farmer and Creator of Knott's Berry Farm
Walter Knott
  • Dec 8 Big Walter Horton, American blues harmonica player (Everybody's Fishin'), dies of heart failure at 64
  • Dec 9 Sonny Til [Earlington Carl Tilghman], American doo-wop singer (The Orioles), dies from heart failure at 56
  • Dec 9 Daniel Faulkner, Philadelphia police officer (b. 1955)
  • 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 21 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born American director and screenwriter (b. 1885)
  • Dec 26 Savithri, Indian actress (b. 1937)
  • Dec 26 Amber Reeves, feminist writer (b. 1887)
  • Dec 27 Hoagland "Hoagy" Carmichael, American composer, singer and actor (In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening), dies at 82
  • Dec 28 Allan Dwan, Canadian-born film director (b. 1885)
  • Dec 29 Guido Provoost, Belgian historian, dies at 41
  • Dec 29 Miroslav Krleža, Croatian writer (b. 1893)
  • Dec 30 Alfie Anido, Filipino actor (b. 1959)
  • Dec 31 Frantisek Chaun, composer, dies at 60