On This Day

Famous People Who Died in October 1983

  • Oct 2 Gerald Strang, American classical and electronic music composer, dies at 75
  • Oct 3 John K. M. McCaffery, American TV host (One Minute Please), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Kurt Kusenberg, writer, dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Humberto Mauro, Brazilian film director (Ganga Bruta), dies at 86
  • Oct 5 Earl Tupper, American-born Costa Rican inventor and businessman (Tupperware), dies of a heart attack at 76
  • Oct 6 Terence Cooke, cardinal/archbishop of NY, dies at 62
  • Oct 8 Joan Hackett, actress (Group, Flicks, Rivals), dies of cancer at 49
  • Oct 9 Sun Suk Joon, South Korean vice premier, murdered

Person of interestRalph Richardson

Oct 10 Sir Ralph Richardson, English actor (Richard III), dies at 80

  • Oct 12 Jiri Lederer, Czechoslovakia journalist/dissident, dies at 61
  • Oct 12 Ernie Roth, American wrestling manager (ring name "The Grand Wizard of Wrestling"), dies at 57
  • Oct 14 Paul Fix, American actor (Rifleman), dies of kidney failure at 82
  • Oct 14 Willard Price, Canadian author and naturalist
  • Oct 15 Pat O'Brien, American actor (Knute Rockne, Angels with Dirty Faces), dies of heart attack at 83
  • Oct 16 George Liberace, American violinist (Liberace Show), dies at 72
  • Oct 16 Kelso, American racehorse (b. 1957)

  • Oct 16 Øivin Fjeldstad, Norwegian conductor and composer, dies at 80
  • Oct 17 Raymond Aron, French sociologist/political scientist, dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Vijay Manjrekar, Indian cricketer (55 Tests for India), dies at 52
  • Oct 18 Diego Abad de Santillán, Spanish anarchist (b. 1897)
  • Oct 18 Willie Jones, American baseball third baseman (MLB All Star 1950, 51; Philadelphia Phillies), dies from cancer at 58
  • Oct 19 Albert Carel Willink, painter (surrealism), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Maurice Bishop, premier of Grenada (1979-83), murdered in coup
  • Oct 20 Merle Travis, American country singer, dies at 75
  • Oct 20 Yves Thériault, French Canadian author (b. 1915)
  • Oct 21 Theodorus H J Zwartkruis, Bishop (Haarlem), dies
  • Oct 23 Jessica Savage, Margate NJ, newscaster (NBC Weekend), dies at 36
  • Oct 23 Tamara Shayne, Russian-American actress (Moma Yoelson-The Jolson Story), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Oct 24 Jessica Savitch, news anchor (NBC-TV), dies at 35
  • Oct 25 Hermann Ambrosius, German composer, dies at 86
  • Oct 26 Mike Michalske, American football NFL guard (NY Yankees, Green Bay Packers), dies at 80
  • Oct 29 Sten Broman, Swedish composer, dies at 81

Person of interestGeorge Halas

Oct 31 George Halas [Papa Bear], American NFL coach and pioneering owner of the Chicago Bears, dies of pancreatic cancer at 88

American Football Coach and Team Owner George Halas
American Football Coach and Team Owner
George Halas