Famous Deaths in August 1983

  • Aug 1 Peter Arne, actor (Straw Dogs), bludgeoned to death in London at 62
  • Aug 2 James Jamerson, American bass guitarist for Motown Records, dies of alcohol-related complications at 47
  • Aug 3 Carolyn Jones, American actress (Morticia-Addams Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • Aug 5 Judy Canova, American comedian and actress (Cannonball), dies of cancer at 66
  • Aug 6 Klaus Nomi, German singer (b. 1944)
  • Aug 12 Henry Gifford Vivian, cricketer (7 Tests for NZ, 17 wkts), dies
  • Aug 15 Anthony Costello, actor (Blue), dies at 42
  • Aug 15 Benjamin V Cohen, American author of New Deal legislation, dies at 88
  • Aug 16 Earl Averill, American baseball player (Cleveland Indians), dies at 81
  • Aug 17 Ira Gershwin, lyricist, dies in Beverly Hills at 86
  • Aug 18 Nikolaus Pevsner, German-born art historian (b. 1902)
  • Aug 20 Kerwin Duinmeijer, Dutch of Antillean descent, murdered by in a racially motivated attack at 15
  • Aug 21 Benigno S Aquino Jr, Philippines opposition leader, killed at 50
  • Aug 24 Jack Somack, American actor (Ball Four, The Frisco Kid, Stockard Channing Show), dies of a heart attack at 64
  • Aug 24 Shawn Lewis, 5th wife of Jerry Lee Lewis, dies of methadone OD
  • Aug 26 Mike Kellin [Myron Kellin], American actor (Pipe Dream, American Buffalo), dies of cancer at 61
  • Aug 28 Jan Clayton, actress (Ellen Miller-Lassie), dies at 66
  • Aug 29 Simon Oakland, American actor (Toma, Kolchak), dies at 61
  • Aug 29 William Goyen, American writer, dies at 68