On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1983

Deaths 1 - 200 of 354

  • Jan 2 Bernard George Stevens, British composer, dies at 66
  • Jan 2 Richard "Dick" Emery, British comedian & actor (Yellow Submarine, Loot, Baby Love), dies from cardio-respiratory failure at 65
  • Jan 2 Harriet Parsons, American film producer (Susan Slept Here), dies at 76 of cancer
  • Jan 7 August Cool, Belgian trade union leader, dies at 79
  • Jan 8 Gale Page, actress (4 Daughters, Knute Rockney), dies of cancer at 72
  • Jan 8 Lois Wilson, actress (Alice-Aldrich Family), dies at 88
  • Jan 8 Tom McCall, Governor of Oregon (b. 1913)
  • Jan 8 Gerhard Barkhorn, German fighter pilot (b. 1919)
  • Jan 8 Ron Frazer, Australian actor (b. 1924)
  • Jan 9 Stan Spence, American baseball center fielder (MLB All-Star 1942, 44, 46, 47; Boston Red Sox, Washington Senators, St. Louis Browns), dies from emphysema at 67

MurderRoy DeMeo

Jan 10 Roy DeMeo, American gangster (Gambino crime family), murdered at 40

Gangster Roy DeMeo
Gangster
Roy DeMeo
  • Jan 10 Ewan Roberts, Scottish actor (The Day of the Triffids, Five to One), dies at 68
  • Jan 11 Nikolaj V Podgorny, president USSR, dies at 79
  • Jan 11 Ghanshyam Das Birla, Indian industrialist and educator, dies at 88
  • Jan 12 Rebop Kwaku Baah, Nigerian percussionist (b. 1944)
  • Jan 13 Arthur Space, actor (Doc Weaver-Lassie), dies of cancer at 74

  • Jan 13 D Mack Reynolds, American writer (Amazon Planet, Once Departed), dies
  • Jan 13 John McHugh, actor (Unspeakable), dies of a heart attack at 69

Person of interestMeyer Lansky

Jan 15 Meyer Lansky, Polish-born American mobster known as the "Mob's Accountant", dies of lung cancer at 80

Mobster Meyer Lansky
Mobster
Meyer Lansky
  • Jan 15 Shepperd Strudwick, actor (Psychomania), dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 17 Doodles Weaver [Winstead Sheffield Weaver], American comedian (Spike Jones & City Slickers, The Zodiac Killer), commits suicide by shooting himself at 70
  • Jan 17 Bill Bonthron, American athlete (world 1,500m record 3:48.8 1934), dies at 70
  • Jan 18 Cedric Thorpe Davie, British composer of film scores and pedagogue (The Green Man; St. Andrews University), dies at 69
  • Jan 19 Don Costa, American composer (Hello, Dolly!) and record producer (Sinatra and Strings, My Way), dies at 57
  • Jan 20 Garrincha, Brazilian footballer, dies at 49
  • Jan 21 Lamar Williams, American musician (The Allman Brothers Band), dies of cancer at 34
  • Jan 23 Fred Bakewell, English cricket batsman (6 Tests, top score 107; Northamptonshire), dies at 74

Person of interestGeorge Cukor

Jan 24 George Cukor, American film director (My Fair Lady, The Wizard of Oz), dies of a stroke and a heart attack at 83

Director George Cukor
Director
George Cukor
  • Jan 26 Paul "Bear" Bryant, American college football coach (Alabama), dies at 69
  • Jan 27 Louis De Funes, French actor and writer (The Mad Adventures of Rabbi Jacobs), dies at 68
  • Jan 27 Robert Christian, actor (Bustin' Loose), dies of cancer at 42
  • Jan 28 Billy Fury [Ronald Wycherley], English singer (That'll Be the Day), dies at 42 of heart failure
  • Jan 28 Frank Forde, 15th Prime Minister of Australia (the shortest-serving prime minister in Australia's history-8 days), dies at 92
  • Jan 28 "Sweet" Emma Barrett, American Dixieland jazz pianist and singer, dies at 85
  • Jan 30 Joan Valerie, actress (Pier 13), dies of pneumonia
  • Jan 30 Mack Reynolds, American sci-fi author (Earth War), dies at 65

  • Jan 30 Alan Cunningham, British general and last High Commissioner of Palestine (1945-48), dies at 95
  • Feb 2 Bryan Valentine, cricketer (7 Tests for England, 454 runs), dies
  • Feb 2 Roy Horb, Suriname sergeant/putschist, commits suicide
  • Feb 2 Sam Chatman, elder statesman of the blues, dies
  • Feb 3 Tullio Campagnolo, Italian racing cyclist and inventor (quick release skewer patent; founder bicycle component company Campagnolo), dies at 81
  • Feb 4 Jim Ameche [James Amici], American voice actor (Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy), dies at 67
  • Feb 4 Karen Carpenter, American vocalist and drummer (We Only Just Begun), dies of anorexia at 32
  • Feb 4 Reginald Denham, English writer & director (Obsession, The Bad Seed), dies at 89
  • Feb 5 Derk Roemers, Dutch union leader/politician (soc dem), dies at 67
  • Feb 10 Eduard Franz, American actor (Zorro), dies at 80
  • Feb 10 Vittorio Sereni, Italian poet (Diario d'Algeria), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Eubie Blake, US ragtime-composer/pianist (Memories of You), dies at 96
  • Feb 13 Marian Nixon, actress (Dr Bull, Sweepstakes), dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 14 Lina Radke, German 800m runner (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 79
  • Feb 19 Alice White, actress (Employees' Entrance), dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Feb 20 James G Richardson, (Tim Cassidy-Sierra), dies at 37 in ski accident
  • Feb 20 Ray Vitte, actor (Doc, Cody-Quest), killed by police at 33
  • Feb 20 Fritz Köberle, Austrian-Brazilian physician (b. 1910)
  • Feb 22 Christina E "Christine" Auwen, singer and wife of John Kelly, dies at 75
  • Feb 22 Romain Maes, Belgian cyclist (Tour de France 1935), dies at 70
  • Feb 23 Adrian Boult, conductor, dies
  • Feb 24 Herbert Norman Howells, composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 25 John Cowles Sr, US publisher, dies at 84

Person of interestTennessee Williams

Feb 25 Tennessee Williams, US playwright and writer (Streetcar Named Desire), dies at 71

Playwright Tennessee Williams
Playwright
Tennessee Williams
  • Mar 1 Arthur Koestler, Hungarian-British writer (Darkness at Noon), commits suicide at 77

Person of interestHergé

Mar 3 Hergé [Georges Prosper Remi], Belgian comic book creator (The Adventures of Tintin), dies at 75

Cartoonist Hergé
Cartoonist
Hergé
  • Mar 6 Thelma Pelish, actress (Pajama Game), dies at 55
  • Mar 7 Robert Bray, actor (Corey-Lassie, Simon-Stagecoach West), dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Igor Markevitch, Russian composer and conductor (Le Paradis Perdu), dies at 70
  • Mar 8 William T Walton, English composer (Belhazzar's feast), dies at 80
  • Mar 9 Faye Emerson, American actress (I've Got a Secret), dies of cancer at 65
  • Mar 9 Ulf von Euler, Swedish physiologist famous for his work on neurotransmitters (Nobel 1970), dies at 78
  • Mar 11 Lurlean Hunter, American jazz singer, dies at 63
  • Mar 12 Jevsei G Liberman, Ukraine economist (Plan, profit, bonus), dies at 85
  • Mar 12 Ki Aldrich, American College Football Hall of Fame linebacker (TCU; Pro Bowl 1939, 42; Chicago Cardinals, Washington Redskins), dies at 66
  • Mar 13 Louison Bobet, French cyclist (Tour de France 1953-55), dies of cancer at 58
  • Mar 13 Paul Citroen, Dutch sculptor, dies at 86
  • Mar 14 Maurice Ronet, French film actor, director, and writer (Frantic, Sphinx, Circle of Love), dies of cancer at 55
  • Mar 15 José Luis Sert, Spanish-American architect and urban developer, dies at 80
  • Mar 15 Rebecca West, English writer (b. 1892)

Person of interestArthur Godfrey

Mar 16 Arthur Godfrey, American radio and TV host (Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scout), dies at 79

Radio and TV Host Arthur Godfrey
Radio and TV Host
Arthur Godfrey
  • Mar 16 Fred Rose, Canadian politician (b. 1907)
  • Mar 17 Haldan Keffer Hartline, American physiologist, Nobel laureate (b. 1903)
  • Mar 17 Ray Barr, American pianist (Vincent Lopez Show), dies at 70
  • Mar 18 Umberto of Piemonte, King Umberto II of Italy (1946) and Italy's last king dies in exile aged 78
  • Mar 18 Kenneth E. Boulding, English economist (b. 1910)
  • Mar 18 Franco Giorgetti, Italian cyclist (Olympic gold 1920), dies at 80
  • Mar 18 Robert F. Bradford, American politician (57th Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 80
  • Mar 20 Ivan Vinogradov, Russian mathematician (analytic number theory), dies at 91
  • Mar 23 Barney Clark, 1st artificial heart recipient, dies after 112 days at 62
  • Mar 23 David Wynne, Welsh composer (Owain ab Urien), dies at 82
  • Mar 25 Martha Sleeper, actress (Spitfire), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Mar 25 Bob Waterfield, American NFL quarterback (Rams), dies at 62
  • Mar 26 Anthony Blunt, British art historian and spy for USSR, dies at 75
  • Mar 27 James Hayter, actor (Pickwick Papers, Trio, Great Game), dies at 75

  • Mar 27 Janis Ivanovs, Latvian composer, dies at 76
  • Mar 28 Ank [Anna M] van der Moer, actress (Verkade, Dutch Comedy), dies at 71
  • Mar 28 Martinus A. Jansen, Bishop of Rotterdam (1956-70), dies at 77
  • Mar 31 Stephen Murray, English actor (Guilty, Silent Dust, Master Spy), dies at 70
  • Mar 31 Christina Stead, Australian writer (b. 1902)

Person of interestGloria Swanson

Apr 4 Gloria Swanson, American actress (Airport 1975, Sunset Boulevard) and producer, dies of a heart ailment at 84

  • Apr 4 Jacqueline Logan, American actress and silent film leading lady (WAMPAS Baby Star), dies at 78
  • Apr 4 Bernard Vukas, Croatian soccer forward (59 caps, Yugoslavia; Hajduk Split; Olympic silver 1948, 52), dies at 55
  • Apr 5 Danny Rapp, American musician (Danny & the Juniors) (b. 1941)
  • Apr 6 Ana Maria, Salvador guerilla leader, murdered
  • Apr 7 Gavin Gordon, television actor (Romance, Lone Cowboy), dies at 82
  • Apr 10 Issam Sartawi, PLO ambassador to Portugal, murdered
  • Apr 11 Dolores Del Rio, actress (Cheyenne Autumn), dies at 78
  • Apr 12 Carl Morton, American baseball player (b. 1944)
  • Apr 13 Theodore Stephanides, Greek doctor & naturalist, dies at 87
  • Apr 13 Mercè Rodoreda, Catalan novelist (La plaça del diamant), dies at 74
  • Apr 13 Gerry Hitchens, English footballer, dies at 48
  • Apr 14 Nina Dumbadze, Russian discus thrower (Olympic bronze 1952), dies at 64

Person of interestPete Farndon

Apr 14 Pete Farndon, English rock bassist (the Pretenders), dies of a drug overdose at 30

Musician Pete Farndon
Musician
Pete Farndon
  • Apr 14 Willem Frederik Bon, Dutch composer and pedagogue (Les Prédictions), dies at 42
  • Apr 14 Elisabeth Lutyens, English composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 15 Gyula Illyés, Hungarian author & poet (Az Ismertlen Illyes), dies at 80
  • Apr 15 Rodolfo Hoyos, Mexican actor (Luis-Viva Valdez), dies at 68
  • Apr 15 Corrie ten Boom, Dutch author (The Hiding Place) & Holocaust survivor, dies at 91
  • Apr 17 Felix Pappalardi, rocker (Cream, Mountain), dies
  • Apr 17 Mark W Clark, US general (WWII), dies at 87
  • Apr 18 Alan Melville, South African cricketer (11 Tests for South Africa, 894 runs), dies at 72
  • Apr 19 Jerzy Andrzejewski, Polish writer (Ashes and Diamonds), dies at 73
  • Apr 19 Lorene Scott, actress (Faraway Hill), dies at 74
  • Apr 22 Earl "Fatha" Hines, American jazz pianist & bandleader (Deep Forest), dies at 79

  • Apr 22 Walter Slezak, Austrian actor (Bedtime for Bonzo, Inspector General), commits suicide at 80
  • Apr 23 Selena Royale, American actress (Date With Judy, Robot Monster), dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Clarence "Buster" Crabbe, American swimmer (Olympic gold 1932) and actor (Tarzan the Fearless, Flash Gordon), dies of a heart attack at 75
  • Apr 24 Rolf Stommelen, German race car driver (b. 1943)
  • Apr 26 Bronislaw Kaper, Polish film composer & Academy Award winner (Green Dolphin Street, Lili), dies at 81
  • Apr 26 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies at 72
  • Apr 28 Ron James, Australian cricketer (NSW's Sheffield Shield capt 1949-50), dies at 62

Person of interestGeorge Balanchine

Apr 30 George Balanchine, Russian-American ballet composer and choreographer who founded the New York City Ballet, dies from Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease at 79

Ballet Choreographer George Balanchine
Ballet Choreographer
George Balanchine
  • Apr 30 Jerry Hatsuo Fujikawa, actor (Uncle Matsu-Mr T & Tina), dies at 71

Person of interestMuddy Waters

Apr 30 Muddy Waters, US blues singer/guitarist (Mad Love), dies at 70

Blues Musician Muddy Waters
Blues Musician
Muddy Waters
  • Apr 30 Joel H. Hildebrand, American chemist and educator (research led to new treatments for divers with the 'bends' through the use of helium and oxygen breathing mixtures), dies at 101
  • May 2 Marius F Duintjer, architect, dies
  • May 2 Norm Van Brocklin, American football star (b. 1926)
  • May 3 Vaughn Taylor, American actor (Jailhouse Rock, Johnny Jupiter), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 72
  • May 3 Armando José Fernandes, Portuguese neoclassical composer, dies at 76
  • May 4 Nino Sanzogno, Italian conductor (La Fenice) and composer, dies at 72
  • May 5 John Williams, British actor (Family Affair, Dial M for Murder), dies at 80
  • May 5 Horst Schumann, Nazi physician, dies at 77
  • May 5 Olin Dutra, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1932, US Open 1934), dies at 82
  • May 6 Kai Winding, Danish-American Jazz musician and trombonist (Georgia On My Mind), dies of a brain tumor at 60
  • May 7 Peter Edel, writer, dies
  • May 8 John Fante, Italian-American author and screenwriter (Wait Until Spring, Bandini, Ask the Dust, Full of Life), dies at 74
  • May 10 John P Strijbos, writer (Called that Bird), dies at 92
  • May 11 Zenna Henderson, American sci-fi author (Anything Box), dies at 65
  • May 14 Miguel Alemán Valdés, Mexican attorney and President of Mexico (1946-52), dies at 80
  • May 14 Roger J. Traynor, American judge (b. 1900)
  • May 15 James Van Der Zee, African-American photographer, dies at 96
  • May 16 Carel Brons, Dutch composer, dies at 52
  • May 19 Jean Rey, Belgian politician and President of the European Commission dies at 80
  • May 20 Clair Bee, American College Basketball and Basketball Hall of Fame coach (Long Island University undefeated 1936, 39; National Invitation Tournament 1939, 41), dies at 87

  • May 21 Finn Einar Mortensen, composer, dies at 61
  • May 21 Kenneth Clark, English art historian (Civilisation), dies at 79
  • May 23 Albert Claude, Belgian biologist and physician (Nobel 1974), dies at 84
  • May 25 Sydney Box, academy award producer, dies at 76
  • May 25 Jean Rougeau, French Canadian professional wrestler (b. 1925)
  • May 25 Black Jack Stewart, Canadian NHL hockey player (b. 1917)
  • May 27 Arnoldus van Wyk, South African composer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Erastus Corning 2nd, American politician, 72nd Mayor of Albany, New York (b. 1909)
  • May 29 Arvīds Pelše, Soviet Latvian statesman (b. 1899)
  • May 30 Alfred M Gruenther, US general/NATO-commander (1953-56), dies at 84

Person of interestJack Dempsey

May 31 Jack Dempsey, American boxer (world heavyweight champion 1919-26), dies of heart failure at 86

Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey
Heavyweight Boxing Champion
Jack Dempsey
  • Jun 1 Anna Seghers [Netty Reiling], German author (The 7th Cross), dies at 82
  • Jun 1 Charles Tham, of Saxon-Coburg-Gotha, count of Flanders/Prince, dies
  • Jun 2 Stan Rogers, Canadian folk musician and songwriter, dies in aircraft fire at 33
  • Jun 3 Miroslav "Standa" Bares, actress (Te Gkek Om Los te Lopen), dies at 60
  • Jun 3 Nanna, Rafi Khawar, Lollywood actor, Lahore
  • Jun 4 Ivan Tors, Hungarian TV producer (Sea Hunt, Flipper), dies at 66
  • Jun 6 James E. Casey, American businessman and founder (United Parcel Service), dies at 95
  • Jun 7 Charles von Saksen-Coburg-Gotha, Belgium prince, buried
  • Jun 7 Daniele Amfiteatrov, Russian-Italian pianist, conductor and Hollywood film score composer, dies at 81

Person of interestNorma Shearer

Jun 12 Norma Shearer, Canadian-American actress (Escape, Romeo & Juliet), dies at 82

Actress Norma Shearer
Actress
Norma Shearer
  • Jun 15 Srirangam Srinivasarao [Sri Sri], Indian Telugu poet, dies at 73
  • Jun 16 James Arthur Calata, African National Congress (ANC) leader and Anglican clergyman, dies at 87
  • Jun 17 Eelco N van Kleffens, Dutch min of Foreign affairs 1939-46, dies at 88
  • Jun 17 Peter Mennin[i], American composer (Moby Dick) and educator (Juilliard), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jun 21 Anton G J van de Velde, Flemish writer/director (Tijl), dies at 87
  • Jun 25 Alberto Evaristo Ginastera, Argentine composer (Panambi), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Walter O'Keefe, songwriter, radio and TV host (Mayor of Hollywood), dies of congestive heart failure at 82
  • Jun 27 Don Ida, balloonists, dies during a race
  • Jun 27 Maxie Anderson, balloonists, dies during a race

  • Jun 30 Bo Gentry, American songwriter/producer, dies at 41
  • Jun 30 Mary Livingstone [Sadye Marks], American comedienne, (Jack Benny), dies at 77
  • Jul 1 R. Buckminster Fuller, American architect and inventor (geodesic dome), dies at 87
  • Jul 1 Erich Juskowiak, German footballer, dies at 56
  • Jul 3 John Fleming (Jack) Brock, South African nutritional scientist, physician and a professor in the Department of Medicine at the University of Cape Town, dies at 78
  • Jul 4 Claus Adam, American composer and cellist (Juilliard Quartet), dies at 65
  • Jul 5 Arie Querido, psychiatrist (social psychiatry), dies
  • Jul 5 Václav Trojan, Czech composer, dies at 76
  • Jul 5 Harry James, American swing-era bandleader, trumpeter and husband to Betty Grable, dies from lymphatic cancer at 67
  • Jul 7 Herman Kahn, US futurist/nuclear strategist, dies at 71
  • Jul 7 Vicki Morgan, mistress (Beautiful Bad Girl), murdered at 30
  • Jul 9 Keith Wickenden, British Politician (b. 1932)
  • Jul 10 Werner Egk, German composer (Die Zaubergeige), dies at 82
  • Jul 11 Ross Macdonald [Kenneth Millar], American-Canadian detective novelist (Goodbye Look), dies at 67
  • Jul 12 Chris Wood, rocker (Traffic), dies at 39
  • Jul 13 Gabrielle Roy, Canadian author (b. 1909)
  • Jul 14 Jack MacBryan, cricketer (Test for England 1924), dies
  • Jul 14 Arnout Colnot, Dutch painter and graphic artist, dies at 96
  • Jul 15 Eddie Foy Jr [Edwin Fitzgerald Jr], American actor (The Pajama Game, Fair Exchange), dies of cancer at 78