Famous People Who Died in 1981 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 345 of 345

  • Jul 19 Roger Doucet, French Canadian tenor, noted for his bilingual rendition of national anthem "O Canada" at Montreal sporting events, dies of a brain tumor at 62
  • Jul 21 Lawrence "Snub" Mosley, American jazz trombonist (Alphonso Trent Orchestra; Louis Armstrong), bandleader, and promoter of the slide saxophone ("The Man With The Funny Little Horn"),, dies at 75 [1]
  • 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

William WylerWilliam Wyler (1902-1981)

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

  • Jul 28 Fr. Stanley Rother, American Roman Catholic priest, martyr and missionary to Guatemala, murdered at 46
  • Jul 29 Robert Moses, American public official and urban planner (oversaw rebuilding of Long Island and NYC parks and roads), dies at 92
  • Jul 30 Daisy Kennedy, Australian concert violinist, dies at 88
  • Jul 31 Gen Omar Torrijos, leader of Panama, dies in plane crash
  • 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-EllenVera-Ellen (1921-1981)

Aug 30 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

Albert SpeerAlbert Speer (1905-1981)

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

  • 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 (Four Essays; Psychodrama; Voices From Afar), co-founder of Warsaw Autumn festival, and educator, dies at 53
  • Sep 3 Alec Waugh, English novelist (Island in the Sun), died after suffering a stroke at 83
  • Sep 3 Mary Jane DeZurik, American country singer and hillbilly yodeler (The Cackle Sisters - National Barn Dance, Grand Ole Opry), dies at 64
  • Sep 4 Verne Rowe, actor (Verne-Fernwood 2 Night), dies at 59
  • Sep 5 Ayatollah Ali Qoddusi, prosecutor-general of Iran, assassinated
  • Sep 6 Christy Brown, Irish author (b. 1932)
  • Sep 6 Joseph Yasser, Russian-American composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 6 Maria Palmer, actress (Days of Glory, Web), dies
  • Sep 8 Hideki Yukawa, Japanese physicist (Nobel 1949), dies at 74
  • Sep 8 Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist and longtime executive director of NAACP, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Helen Humes, American jazz and blues singer (Harry James; Count Basie; "Million Dollar Secret"), dies of cancer at 68
  • Sep 9 Jacques Lacan, French psychoanalyst and semanticist, dies at 80
  • Sep 9 Phiroz Palia, Indian cricket batsman (2 Tests; United Provinces), dies at 71
  • 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 (Walter) "Furry" Lewis, American country blues guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heart attack at 88 (or 82) [year of birth disputed]
  • Sep 14 Yasuji Kiyose, Japanese composer, dies at 81
  • Sep 15 (Charles) "Chick" Bullock, American jazz and dance band vocalist (Chick Bullock and His Levee Loungers), dies at 82
  • Sep 15 Harold Bennett, English actor (b. 1899)
  • Sep 15 Sara Haden, American actress (A Family Affair), dies at 83
  • 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, conductor, and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1944-77), 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 (Liverpool, 1959-74), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Sep 30 Boyd Neel, English conductor (Story of an Orchestra), dies at 76
  • Oct 2 Fidel LaBarba, American boxer (Olympic gold flyweight 1924; world flyweight title 1927), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Oct 2 Harry Golden, Jewish-American journalist and writer (Only in America), dies at 79
  • Oct 2 Hazel Scott, Trinidadian singer and pianist, dies at 63
  • Oct 3 Walter Mehring, German writer (Die Gedichte, Lieder und Chansons des Walter Mehring), dies at 85
  • Oct 4 Freddie Lindstrom, American Baseball Hall of Fame utility (New York Giants, Pittsburgh Pirates), 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

Anwar SadatAnwar Sadat (1918-1981)

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

  • Oct 7 Albert Cohen, Greek-born Swiss novelist (Belle du Seigneur), dies at 86
  • Oct 7 Wouter Paap, Dutch composer, dies at 73
  • Oct 13 Nils Asther 'the male Greta Garbo', Swedish actor (Son of Lassie, Wild Orchids), dies at 84
  • Oct 14 Ingemar Liljefors, Swedish composer, pianist, pedagogue, and music theorist, dies at 74
  • Oct 15 Frank DeKova, American actor (Chief Wild Eagle-F Troop), dies at 71
  • Oct 15 Philip Fotheringham-Parker, British racing driver (b. 1907)

Moshe DayanMoshe Dayan (1915-1981)

Oct 16 Israeli Military Leader and politician (Minister of Defense 1967-74), dies of a heart attack at 66

  • Oct 16 Stanley Clements, actor (Boys' Prison, Army Bound, Hot News), dies
  • Oct 17 David Guion, American pianist, composer, and cowboy, dies at 88
  • Oct 19 Paul Snoek [Edm Schietekat], Belgian poet, dies at 48
  • Oct 21 Šrom, Karel, Czech composer, musicologist, and critic, 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, American 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

Will DurantWill Durant (1885-1981)

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

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

William HoldenWilliam Holden (1918-1981)

Nov 12 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 15 Walter Heitler, German physicist, quantum field theorist, philosopher, and writer (Man and Science), dies at 77
  • 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 African anti-apartheid activist, murdered at 46
  • 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 Hans Krebs, German-British doctor and research biochemist specializing in metabolic reactions (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, 1953), dies at 81 [1]
  • Nov 22 Jack Fingleton, Australian cricket batsman (18 Tests, 1,189 runs @ 42.46, 5 x 100s), 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 [Karoline Wilhelmine Charlotte Blamauer], Austrian-American singer, muse and wife of Kurt Weill, and actress (The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone; From Russia with Love), dies of cancer at 83
  • Nov 29 Fredric Wertham, German-born psychologist (b. 1895)
  • Nov 29 Natalie Wood [Zacharenko], American actress (Miracle on 34th Street; Gypsy; Rebel Without A Cause; West Side Story), dies due to "drowning and other undetermined factors" at 43
  • Nov 30 Robert H Harris, actor (Jake-Goldbergs), dies at 72
  • 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 Krleža, 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