On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1984

Deaths 1 - 200 of 389

  • Jan 1 Alexis Korner, British blues musician (Blues Inc-Bootleg Him), dies at 55
  • Jan 1 Ken Sitzberger, American diver & broadcaster (Olympic gold 3m springboard 1964), dies of a brain hemorrhage at 38
  • Jan 6 Ernest Laszlo, Hungarian-U.S. cinematographer (b. 1898)
  • Jan 7 Alfred Kastler, French physicist (Nobel 1966 - Hertzian resonances within atoms), dies at 81
  • Jan 9 Wolfgang Staudte, German director (Ciske de Rat), dies at 77
  • Jan 10 Souvanna Phouma, Prince and Prime Minister of Laos (1951–54, 1956–58, 1960 and 1962–75), dies at 82
  • Jan 11 Fritz Geissler, German composer, dies at 62
  • Jan 11 Jack La Rue, American actor and TV narrator (Lights Out, Mouthpiece, My Favorite Brunette), dies at 81
  • Jan 14 Mary Zeldenrust-Noordanus, Dutch sexuologist (NVSH), dies at 55
  • Jan 14 Paul Ben Haim [Frankenburger], Israeli composer, dies at 86

Ray Kroc

Jan 14 Ray Kroc, American fast food entrepreneur (McDonald's) and owner of baseball's San Diego Padres, dies of heart failure at 81

Brooks Atkinson

Jan 14 Brooks Atkinson, American drama critic (The New York Times), dies at 89

  • Jan 17 Kostas Giannidis [Yannis Constantinidis], Greek composer and pianist, dies at 80
  • Jan 18 Malcolm H Kerr, 9th President of American U of Beirut, shot dead
  • Jan 18 Vassilis Tsitsanis, Greek singer and songwriter (b. 1915)
  • Jan 19 Max Bentley, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame center (Hart Trophy 1946; Chicago Blackhawks), dies at 63

Johnny Weissmuller

Jan 20 Johnny Weissmuller, American actor (Tarzan), swimmer (5 Olympic gold 1924, 28), dies of pulmonary edema at 79

  • Jan 21 Jackie Wilson, American soul singer-songwriter and performer ("Lonely Teardrops"; "Higher And Higher": "I Get the Sweetest Feeling"), dies at 49
  • Jan 21 Giannis Skaribas, Greek writer, dramatist, and poet (b. 1893)
  • Jan 22 Mikiel Gonzi, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Malta (1944-76), dies at 98
  • Jan 23 Samuel Gardner, American composer, dies at 92
  • Jan 23 Mu'in Bseiso, Palestinian poet (b. 1926)
  • Jan 23 Dean Goffin, New Zealand composer, dies at 67
  • Jan 27 Lou Crosby, TV announcer (Mayor of Hollywood), dies at 72
  • Jan 28 John Macvane, newscaster (United or Not), dies at 71
  • Jan 29 Frances Goodrich, (Diary of Anne Frank), dies at 93 of lung cancer
  • Feb 3 Ravindra Mhatre, Indian diplomat, murdered at 48 by Kashmiri terrorists in Birmingham, England
  • Feb 5 Manès Sperber, Austrian-French writer (Like a Tear in the Ocean: A Trilogy), dies at 78
  • Feb 7 Brooks West, actor (Richard-My Friend Irma), dies at 67
  • Feb 8 Karel Miljon, Dutch boxer (Olympic bronze 1928), dies at 80
  • Feb 9 Balasaraswathi, Indian classical dancer, dies in Madras

Yuri Andropov

Feb 9 Yuri Andropov, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1982-84) and KGB Chief (1967-82), dies of total renal failure at 69

  • Feb 10 David Von Erich, professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Feb 12 Julio Cortázar, Argentine writer (Blow-Up, Underground Game), dies at 69
  • Feb 12 Anna Anderson [possibly born Franziska Schanzkowska], best-known of several imposters claiming to be Grand Duchess Anastasia Romanov, dies still maintaining her fraudulent claim at 87
  • Feb 13 Andre Stander, South African police captain and bank robber (b. 1946)
  • Feb 14 Elmer Keith, American firearms enthusiast and author (Guns & Ammo), dies at 84
  • Feb 15 Avon Long, American actor (Roots: Next Generation;The Sting; Harry and Tonto), dies of cancer at 73
  • Feb 15 Ethel Merman, singer/actress (Kid Million), dies in her sleep at 76
  • Feb 15 Leamon Hunt, American Director General of Multinational Force and Observers (international peacekeepers) in Sinai, assassinated Red Brigade communists in Rome, at 56
  • Feb 16 Ken Williams, TV announcer (Video Village), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Lucille Benson, American actress (Halloween II, 1941, Bosom Buddies), dies of liver cancer at 69
  • Feb 19 Ina Ray Hutton, American orchestra leader (Ina Ray Hutton Show), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Claude Hopkins, American jazz stride pianist, arranger, bandleader, and musical director (Josephine Baker), dies at 80
  • Feb 20 Fikret Amirov, Azerbaijani-Soviet composer (Azerbaijan Capriccio, Shur), dies at 61
  • Feb 21 Mikhail Sholokhov, Soviet writer (And Quiet Flows the Don, Nobel 1965), dies at 78
  • Feb 22 David, spent most of his life in a plastic bubble, dies at 12
  • Feb 22 Jessamyn West, American writer (b. 1902)
  • Feb 24 Uwe Johnson, writer, dies at 59
  • Feb 24 Helmut Schelsky, German sociologist (Sociology of Sex), dies at 71
  • Feb 28 Leslie Walcott, cricketer (Test for WI v England 1930), dies
  • Feb 29 Roland Culver, English actor (Thunderball), dies of heart problems at 83

Jackie Coogan

Mar 1 Jackie Coogan, American actor (Addams Family, The Kid, Oliver Twist), dies of a heart attack at 69

  • Mar 2 Louis Basile, actor (Louie-The Super), dies at 48
  • Mar 3 Heinrich Kirchner, German sculptor, dies at 81
  • Mar 4 Shalva Mikhailovich Mshvelidze, Russian composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 4 Ernest Buckler, Canadian novelist (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Jewel Carmen, American actress (b. 1897)
  • Mar 4 Geoffrey Lumsden, British actor (b. 1914)
  • Mar 5 Harry Salter, orchestra leader (Stop the Music), dies at 85
  • Mar 5 Michael Sklar, California, comedian (Laugh-in, Sha Na Na), dies at 39
  • Mar 5 Tito Gobbi, Italian baritone (Scarpia in Tosca), dies at 70
  • Mar 5 William Powell, American actor (My Man Godfrey), dies at 91
  • Mar 6 Henry Wilcoxon, British actor (Cleopatra, Jericho, The Ten Commandments), dies from heart failure and cancer at 78
  • Mar 6 Ian Cromb, New Zealand cricketer (5 Tests for NZ, 123 runs, 8 wkts), dies at 78
  • Mar 6 Martin Niemöller, German theologian who supported then opposed the Nazi regime, famous for his widely quoted poem "First they came ...", dies at 92
  • Mar 6 Pierre Cochereau, French composer, dies at 59
  • Mar 7 Paul Rotha, English director (b. 1907)
  • Mar 10 June Marlowe, actress (Pardon US), dies at 81
  • Mar 11 Nakagawa Soen, Zen teacher/poet, dies in Rytutakuji monastery at 76
  • Mar 11 Kostas Roukounas, Greek rembetiko singer and songwriter (b. 1903)
  • Mar 12 Arnold Ridley, English playwright and actor, dies at 88
  • Mar 13 Dick Whitington, journalist/cricketer (South Aust & AIF batsman), dies
  • Mar 14 Aurelio Peccei, Italian industrialist and chairman (Club of Rome), dies at 75
  • Mar 16 John Hoagland, American photographer (b. 1947)
  • Mar 16 Evencio Castellanos, Venezuelan pianist, and composer, dies at 68
  • Mar 18 Charlie Lau, White Sox coach/renowned hitting instructor, dies at 50
  • Mar 18 Paul Frances Webster, lyricist, dies of Parkinson's disease at 76
  • Mar 19 Garry Winogrand, American photographer, dies of cancer at 56
  • Mar 21 Shauna Grant, American actress (suicide) (b. 1963)
  • Mar 24 Sam Jaffe, American actor (Dr Zorba), dies of cancer at 93
  • Mar 26 Ahmed Sékou Touré, first President of Guinea (1958-84), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Mar 28 Kenneth Whitty, 1st sec at British Embassy in Athens, shot dead
  • Mar 28 Carmen Dragon, American composer and conductor (Hollywood Bowl Symphony) dies of cancer at 69
  • Mar 28 Benjamin Mays, African-American educator (Morehouse, Howard University) and civil rights leader, dies at 89
  • Mar 30 Peter Yarrall, strongest Englishman/weighed 826 lb (374.7 kg), dies
  • Mar 31 Ronald Clark O'Bryan, American murderer, dies of lethal injection at 39

Marvin Gaye

Apr 1 Marvin Gaye, American soul singer-songwriter ("It Takes Two"; What's Going On"; "Let's Get It On"), shot to death by his father Marvin Gay, Sr., during a domestic dispute in Los Angeles at 44

  • Apr 1 Chepín [Electo Rosell], Cuban violinist, bandleader, and composer (Orquesta Chepín-Chovén), dies at 76
  • Apr 4 John Arnold, cricketer (Eng bat v NZ 1931, scored 34 only Test), dies
  • Apr 4 Oleg Antonov, Soviet airplane engineer (b. 1906)
  • Apr 5 Arthur Travors Harris, marshal of British RAF, dies
  • Apr 5 Theo Koomen, Dutch sportscaster, dies in auto-accident at 54
  • Apr 5 Arthur Harris, British RAF Commanding Chief known as "Bomber/Butcher Harris" for commanding the bombing campaign against Nazi Germany, dies at 91
  • Apr 5 Robert Adams, English sculptor and designer, dies at 67
  • Apr 6 Jimmy Kennedy, Irish singer-songwriter ("Teddy Bears' Picnic"; "My Prayer"), dies at 81
  • Apr 6 Ral Donner, singer/narrator, dies at 41
  • Apr 7 Frank Church, American lawyer and politician (United States Senator from Idaho), dies at 59
  • Apr 7 Samuel C Engel, poet, dies of heart failure at 79
  • Apr 8 Pyotr Kapitsa, Russian physicist (Nobel 1978), dies at 89
  • Apr 9 Basil Henry Blackwell, British publisher, dies
  • Apr 10 Ray Middleton, American actor (1776, Hurricane Smith), dies at 75
  • Apr 11 Fred Robinson, American jazz trombonist (Louis Armstong's Hot Five; Fats Waller; Cab Calloway), dies at 83
  • Apr 12 Ruth Taylor, actress (Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), dies at 76
  • Apr 13 Christopher Wilder, Australian serial killer, dies at 39
  • Apr 13 Ralph Kirkpatrick, American musician, musicologist and harpsichordist (Domenico Scarlatti), dies at 72
  • Apr 13 Dionyssis Papayannopoulos, Greek actor, dies at 71
  • Apr 13 Richard Hurndall, British actor (Doctor Who, The Inheritors, It's Murder But Is It Art), dies from a heart attack at 73
  • Apr 13 George Fierstone, British jazz and session drummer, (The Skyrockets), dies at 67
  • Apr 14 Dionisis Papagiannopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1912)
  • Apr 15 Tommy Cooper, British comedian & magician, collapses and dies on stage at 61
  • Apr 15 Alexander Trocchi, Scottish writer, dies at 58
  • Apr 15 Machito, Latin jazz musician & creator of Cubop and salsa music (Afro-Cubans), dies following a stroke at 76
  • Apr 15 William Empson, English poet & critic (Milton's God), dies at 77
  • Apr 17 Claude Provost, French Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1933)
  • Apr 17 Mark W. Clark, American general, dies at 87
  • Apr 18 John Lee Mahin, American screenwriter, dies of emphysema at 81
  • Apr 18 Francis De Wolff, British character actor (A Christmas Carol, From Russia With Love), dies at 71
  • Apr 18 Arvi Kivimaa, Finnish writer (Groenende Cross), dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Mabel Mercer, British jazz and cabaret singer whose style and phrasing influenced Frank Sinatra ("Fly Me to the Moon"), dies at 84
  • Apr 20 Hristo Prodanov, Bulgarian mountaineer (b. 1943)
  • Apr 23 Guus Oster, Dutch actor & director (Carrie), dies at 68
  • Apr 23 (William) "Red" Garland, American jazz pianist (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • Apr 23 Juan Tizol, Puerto Rican jazz trombonist (Duke Ellington), and composer ("Caravan"; "Perdido"), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Richard Benedict, actor (Okinawa), dies at 64 of a heart attack
  • Apr 26 Henry Rowland, American actor (Rogue's Regiment), dies at 70
  • Apr 26 May McAvoy, American actress (Ben Hur), dies at 82 after a heart attack
  • Apr 26 (William) "Count" Basie, jazz pianist, organist, and bandleader ("One O'Clock Jump"; "April In Paris"), dies of pancreatic cancer at 79
  • Apr 27 Piet Kraak, Dutch soccer player, dies at 63
  • Apr 28 Glen H Taylor, American senator, dies at 80
  • Apr 28 Silvia Ashton-Warner, New Zealand writer, dies at 76
  • Apr 28 Moses "Whispering" Smith, American blues harmonica player and singer ("A Thousand Miles From Nowhere"; "Hound Dog Twist"), dies at 52
  • May 1 Gordon Jenkins, American arranger and orchestra leader (Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra), dies of Lou Gehrig's disease at 73
  • May 1 Jüri Lossmann, Estonian athlete (Olympic silver marathon 1920), dies at 93
  • May 2 Jack Barry, american game show emcee (Joker's Wild), dies of cardiac arrest at 66
  • May 2 Piet van Aken, Flemish writer (Klinkaart, Het begeren), dies at 64
  • May 4 Diana Dors [Fluck], British actress and singer (Berserk!; Steaming), dies of cancer at 52
  • May 4 Larry Stock, American singer-songwriter ("Blueberry Hill"; "You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You"), dies at 87
  • May 4 Bob Clampett, American cartoonist (b. 1913)
  • May 6 Bonner Pink, Conservative Party politician
  • May 6 Mary Cain, Mississippi newspaper editor and politician (b. 1904)
  • May 8 Gino Bianco, Brazilian racing driver (b. 1916)
  • May 10 Joaquin Agostinho, Portuguese cyclist, dies at 41
  • May 10 Robert Moore, American director and actor (Murder by Death, Marshall-Diana), dies from AIDS-related pneumonia at 56
  • May 10 Jean-Louis Viale, French jazz drummer, dies at 51
  • May 12 Doris May, American silent film actress (Peck's Bad Boy), dies at 81 of heart failure
  • May 13 Stanislaw Ulam, Polish mathematician, dies at 75
  • May 14 Walter Rauff, German colonel (b. 1906)
  • May 14 Elmer Riddle, American baseball pitcher (NL wins leader 1943; Cincinnati Reds), dies at 69
  • May 15 Lionel Charles Robbins, British economist, dies at 85
  • May 15 Francis Schaeffer, American theologian, philosopher, and pastor (b. 1912)
  • May 16 Andy Kaufman, American comedian and actor (Latka-Taxi), dies of cancer at 35
  • May 16 Irwin Shaw, American writer (Rich Man, Poor Man), dies at 71
  • May 16 Wessel Couzijn, Dutch sculptor and cartoonist (Auschwitz-monument), dies at 71
  • May 19 John Betjeman, poet (Mount Zion) and English Poet Laureate (1972-1984), dies at 77
  • May 20 Peter Bull, British actor and author (The African Queen, Tom Jones, Dr Strangelove), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • May 21 Andrea Leeds, actress (Stage Door, Earthbound), dies of cancer at 70
  • May 21 Ann Little, actress (Roaring Road), dies at 93
  • May 22 John Marley, actor (Cat Ballou), dies at 77 following heart surgery
  • May 24 Vincent J. McMahon, American professional wrestling promoter (b. 1914)
  • May 25 Piet Ketting, Dutch pianist/conductor/composer, dies at 79
  • May 28 Eric Morecambe [John Bartholomew], British comedian (Morecambe & Wise, Picadilly Palace), dies of a heart attack at 58
  • Jun 1 Nate Nelson, American singer (Flamingos - I Only Have Eyes for You), dies at 52
  • Jun 2 Georgios Kasassoglou, Greek musician (b. 1908)
  • Jun 5 Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, Indies Sikh leader
  • Jun 5 Frederick Stratten Russell, English marine biologist (plankton life history and long-term changes in marine ecosystems), dies at 86
  • Jun 6 A. Bertram Chandler, Anglo-Australian mariner and sci-fi author (Empress of Outer Space), dies at 72
  • Jun 6 Bill Voce, cricketer (key player of the Bodyline series), dies
  • Jun 7 George Givot, actor (Versatile Vaudeville), dies at 81
  • Jun 8 Gordon Jacob, British composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 11 Enrico Berlinguer, Italian National Secreatary of Italian Communist Party (PCI), dies at 62
  • Jun 13 Marinus de Jong, Dutch composer, dies at 92
  • Jun 13 António Variações [António Joaquim Rodrigues Ribeiro], Portuguese singer-songwriter (Dar & Receber), dies at 39 of AIDS-related pneumonia complications
  • Jun 15 Meredith Willson, American composer for stage (The Music Man), and screen (The Great Dictator; Little Foxes), dies at 82
  • Jun 15 Ned Glass, Polish-American actor (Sol-Julia, Uncle Moe-Bridget Loves Bernie), dies of heat failure at 78
  • Jun 16 Lew Andreas, American basketball coach (b. 1895)
  • Jun 16 Harmonica Slim [Travis Blaylock], American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter ("You Better Believe It"), dies at 49
  • Jun 17 Chet Allen, American child actor (Amahl and the Night Visitors), intentionally overdoses at 45
  • Jun 17 Swale, Kentucky Derby winner, collapses & dies
  • Jun 17 Klavdiya Shulzhenko, Soviet jazz and pop singer ("Let's Smoke"), dies at 78
  • Jun 18 Alan Berg, American radio talk show host, dies after being shot by White Nationalists at 50
  • Jun 19 Lee Krasner, American abistract expressionist painter, dies at 75
  • Jun 19 Wladimir Rudolfovich Vogel, composer, dies at 88
  • Jun 19 Sunny Johnson, American actress (Flashdance), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 30
  • Jun 20 Estelle Winwood, actress (Miracle on 34th Street), dies at 99
  • Jun 20 Hans Studer, Swiss composer, dies at 73
  • Jun 22 Joseph Losey, director (Go-Between, M, Concrete Jungle), dies at 75
  • Jun 24 William Keighley, American director (The Man who came to Dinner), dies of a stroke at 94
  • Jun 25 Michel Foucault, French philosopher and historian (History of Sexuality), dies of AIDs at 57
  • Jun 26 Carl Foreman, producer, dies of cancer at 69

Lillian Hellman

Jun 30 Lillian Hellman, American playwright, (Toys in the Attic, Little Foxes), dies at 79

  • Jul 1 Moshé Feldenkrais, Ukrainian-Israeli engineer and physicist (founder of the Feldenkrais method), dies at 80
  • Jul 2 Ramiro Cortes, composer, dies at 50
  • Jul 2 Paul Dozois, Quebec politician (b. 1908)
  • Jul 3 Raoul Salan, French Army general and leader of OAS; Secret Army Organization (Algeria), dies at 85
  • Jul 4 Jimmie Spheeris, American singer and songwriter, dies at 34
  • Jul 5 Gaston Vandermeulen, Flemish actor (Heilig Experiment, The Arrival of Joachim Stiller), dies at 79
  • Jul 5 Don Elliott [Helfman], American jazz trumpeter, vibraphonist, mellophone player, and vocalist, dies of cancer at 57