On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1985

Deaths 1 - 200 of 378

  • Jan 2 Moses Josiah Madiba, South African author & first African chancellor of the University of the North, dies at 76
  • Jan 3 Lucien Cailliet, French-American composer, conductor and teacher (Philadelphia Orchestra, 1919-1937), dies at 93
  • Jan 4 Brian Gwynne Horrocks, English Army Lt-General, author (A Full Life; Corps Commander), and film consultant (A Bridge Too Far), dies at 89
  • Jan 4 Lovro von Matačić, Croatian conductor and composer (Bruckner Medal), dies at 86
  • Jan 5 Robert L. Surtees, American Oscar-winning cinematographer (Ben-Hur) (b. 1906
  • Jan 6 Robert W. Welch Jr., American businessman who founded the conservative John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, American stride and jazz stride pianist, and harpsichordist (The Gramercy Five; The Morey Amsterdam Show) dies of a heart attack at 67
  • Jan 7 Mary Hardy, Australian radio and television presenter (b. 1931)
  • Jan 9 Don Brennan, cricket wicket-keeper (England in 2 Tests 1951), dies
  • Jan 9 Robert Mayer, German-born businessman and philanthropist, dies at 105
  • Jan 10 Anton Karas, Austrian zither player and composer (b. 1906)
  • Jan 11 Sir William McKell, Premier of New South Wales, Governor-General of Australia (b. 1891)
  • Jan 13 Adam Walsh, American College Football Hall of Fame center and coach (Notre Dame; Bowdoin), dies at 83
  • Jan 13 Carol Wayne, Johnny Carson's teatime movie hostess, dies at 42
  • Jan 14 Jetta Goudal, French actress (White Gold), dies at 86
  • Jan 16 Robert Fitzgerald, American poet and translator, dies at 74
  • Jan 17 Jimmy DeBerry, American blues guitarist, banjo player, and singer, dies at 73
  • Jan 18 Mahmoud Taha, Sudanese Muslim leader, hanged at 76
  • Jan 18 Wilfrid Brambell, Irish actor (Hard Day's Night, Steptoe and Son), dies from cancer at 72
  • Jan 20 Jo Juda, Dutch musician (1st concertmaster of the Amsterdam Concertgebouw Orchestra), dies at 75
  • Jan 21 James Beard, American culinary expert and author (Delights & Prejudices), dies at 81
  • Jan 21 Eddie Graham, American professional wrestler and promoter (b. 1930)
  • Jan 22 Sir Arthur Bryant, British historian (b. 1899)
  • Jan 26 James Cameron, journalist, dies
  • Jan 30 Ken Mayers, American actor (Little Big Man, Dick Tracey, Space Patrol), dies at 66
  • Jan 31 Barbara Cowsill, American singer and rock band mother (The Cowsills - "Hair"; "We Can Fly"), dies of emphysema at 56
  • Feb 3 Frank Oppenheimer, American physicist (b. 1912)
  • Feb 5 Georges-Émile Lapalme, Quebec politician (b. 1907)
  • Feb 6 Charles Briggs, actor (13 Frightened Girls, Capt Newman), dies at 53
  • Feb 6 James Hadley Chase, English writer (b. 1906)
  • Feb 7 Albert Dondeyne, Belgian philosopher/theologist, dies at 83
  • Feb 7 Uday Merchant, cricket (bro of Vijay, prolific scorer), dies
  • Feb 7 Matt Monro [Terence Parsons], English pop singer ("Softly As I Leave You"), dies from liver cancer at 54
  • Feb 8 Marvin Miller [Mueller], American actor (Space Patrol, Dead Reckoning, Millionaire), dies from a heart attack at 71
  • Feb 8 Tom Greenway, actor (Miami Story), dies of a heart attack at 75

William Lyons

Feb 8 William Lyons, British automobile manufacturer, dies at 84

  • Feb 10 Johnny Mokan, baseball player (b. 1895)
  • Feb 11 Heinz Roemheld, American film composer (Yankee Doodle Dandy; Ruby Gentry), dies of pneumonia at 83
  • Feb 11 Henry Hathaway, actor and director (Nob Hill), dies of heart attack at 86
  • Feb 11 Ulysses Sipmson Kay, composer, dies at 68
  • Feb 11 Ben Abruzzo, American businessman and balloonist (b. 1930)
  • Feb 12 Nicholas Colasanto, American actor (Cheers, Family Plot, The Counterfeit Killer), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Feb 12 Van Lingle Mungo, American baseball pitcher (MLB All-Star 1934, 36, 37, 45; NL strikeout leader 1936; Brooklyn Dodgers, NY Giants), dies at 73
  • Feb 16 Larry Ward, actor (Frank Ragan-Dakotas), dies at 69
  • Feb 17 Wanda Perry, actress (Roberta, Death of a Salesman), dies at 67
  • Feb 18 Willy Alberti [Carel Verbrugge], Dutch singer and actor (Riffin in Amsterdam), dies at 58
  • Feb 19 Elizabeth Julesberg, author (Dick & Jane), dies
  • Feb 19 George Holmes, actor (Man in the Trunk), dies at 66
  • Feb 20 Clarence Nash, American voice actor (Donald Duck), dies of leukaemia at 80
  • Feb 21 Eric Herfst, Dutch cabaret performer (Floris), dies at 47
  • Feb 21 Ina Claire, actress/comedienne (3 Bdwy Girls), dies of stroke at 89
  • Feb 21 Louis Hayward, British-American actor (Lone Wolf, Survivors), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Feb 22 Alexander Scourby, American actor (Victory at Sea, Ransom), dies at 71
  • Feb 22 Efrem A Zimbalist, Russian/American composer/violinist, dies at 95
  • Feb 22 Salvador Espriu, Spanish poet (b. 1913)
  • Feb 27 David Huffman, American actor (FIST, Jane Doe, Firefox, Onion Field), murdered at 39
  • Feb 27 Henry Cabot Lodge Jr., American politician (Sen-R) and ambassador (West Germany, Vietnam & UN), dies at 82
  • Feb 27 J Pat O'Malley, Irish-British actor (101 Dalmatians, The Jungle Book), dies at 80
  • Feb 28 Charita Bauer, American actress (The Guiding Light, Aldrich Family), dies following long illness at 62
  • Feb 28 David Byron [Garrick], British vocalist and songwriter (Uriah Heep), dies of alcohol-related complications at 38
  • Feb 28 Ray Ellington, English singer (b. 1916)
  • Mar 1 Eugene List, American concert pianist & teacher (Eastman School of Music), dies at 66
  • Mar 2 John Kelly Jr, American rower (Olympic bronze single sculls 1956; president US Olympic Committee) and brother of Grace Kelly, dies at 57
  • Mar 3 Sarah Blanding, 1st US fem college head (Vassar 1946-64), dies at 86
  • Mar 6 Eric Sloane, American artist, dies at 80
  • Mar 7 George Schick, Czech conductor (Chicago Symphony, 1950-56; Metropolitan Opera, 1958-69), and educator, dies at 76
  • Mar 7 Robert W. Woodruff, American CEO (Coca-Cola) and philanthropist, dies at 95
  • Mar 7 Victor W. Farris, American inventor (paper milk carton), dies at 75
  • Mar 8 Edward Andrews, American actor (Tea & Sympathy, Glass Bottom Boat), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Mar 8 Thomas Creighton, US heart patient (3 implants in 46 hrs), dies at 33

Konstantin Chernenko

Mar 10 Konstantin Chernenko, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (1984-85), dies of Emphysema at 73

  • Mar 12 Eugene Ormandy [Blau], Hungarian/US conductor, dies at 85
  • Mar 13 Robert "Bob" Shad [Abraham Shadrinsky], American record producer and record label owner (Big Brother and the Holding Company), dies at 65
  • Mar 15 Radha Krishna Choudhary, Indian historian and writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 16 Roger Huntington Sessions, American composer (Black Masks), dies at 88
  • Mar 16 Jean Purdy, British embryologist and nurse (pioneer in developing IVF), dies from melanoma at 39
  • Mar 17 Dattu Phadkar, Indian cricketer (Indian all-rounder, 31 Tests 1947-58), dies at 59
  • Mar 18 Jack Miller, orchestra leader (Kate Smith Evening Hour), dies at 89
  • Mar 21 Michael Redgrave, British actor (Goodbye Mr Chips), dies at 77 of Parkinson's Disease
  • Mar 21 Salvador Ley, composer, dies at 78
  • Mar 23 Anton Constandse, Dutch anarchist and writer, dies at 85
  • Mar 23 Patricia Roberts Harris, (Rep-D), 1st African American woman cabinet member, dies of cancer at 60
  • Mar 23 Richard Beeching, chairman of British Railways (b. 1913)
  • Mar 23 Peter Charanis, Greek-American scholar and professor (b. 1908)
  • Mar 24 George London, Canadian bass-baritone (Rigoleto- "Monterone"), dies at 64
  • Mar 25 Karl Gustav Ahlefeldt, Danish actor (Gertrud, Hooray for the Blue Hussars), dies at 75
  • Mar 28 Marc Chagall, French painter, dies at 97
  • Mar 28 Nand Baert, Belgian radio/tv-host, dies at 53
  • Mar 29 Luther Terry, 9th Surgeon General of the United States, dies at 73
  • Mar 29 Jeanine Deckers, Belgian singer-songwriter, and Dominican nun known as 'The Singing Nun' ("Dominique"), cities financial difficulties, and commits suicide with barbiturate overdose at 51
  • Mar 30 Harold Peary, actor (Herb-Blondie, Willy), dies of heart attack at 76
  • Apr 1 Douglass Wallop, American novelist and playwright (b. 1920)
  • Apr 1 Herman Roelstraete, Belgium composer, dies at 59
  • Apr 4 Kate Roberts, Welsh nationalist and writer (b. 1891)
  • Apr 5 Tyrell Johnson, cricketer (WI left-arm quickie, one Test 1939), dies
  • Apr 5 Arthur Negus, English antiques expert and broadcaster (Antiques Roadshow), dies at 82
  • Apr 6 Mark Lothar, German composer (The Story of the Lazy Bear), dies at 82
  • Apr 8 J. Fred Coots, American songwriter ("Santa Claus Is Coming To Town"; "Love Letters In The Sand"), dies at 87

Enver Hoxha

Apr 11 Enver Hoxha, Albanian post-war communist leader and dictator of Albania (1944-85), dies at 76

  • Apr 11 Bunny Ahearne, British ice hockey promoter, dies at 84
  • Apr 14 Reginald Beane, American pianist (Starlit Time: Once Upon a Tune), dies at 63
  • Apr 14 Noele Gordon, British actress (Crossroads) dies at 65
  • Apr 15 Ben Stroman, Dutch writer (Jomtof & Blue Beard), dies at 82
  • Apr 16 Scott Brady [Gerald Tierney], American actor (Shotgun Slade, China Syndrome, Gremlins, Johnny Guitar), dies of pulmonary fibrosis at 60
  • Apr 17 Ilona Bodden, writer, dies
  • Apr 21 Rudi Gernreich, US designer (miniskirt), dies at 62
  • Apr 21 Tancredo Neves, president-elect of Brazil, dies at 75
  • Apr 21 Foster Hewitt, Canadian radio broadcaster (Hockey Night in Canada), dies at 82
  • Apr 21 Irving Mills [Isadore Minsky], American jazz music publisher, manager (Duke Ellington, 1926-48), singer and lyricist, dies at 91
  • Apr 22 Paul H. Emmett, American chemical engineer, dies at 84
  • Apr 22 José de Lima Siquiera, Brazilian conductor, and composer, dies at 78
  • Apr 23 Kent Smith, American actor (Peyton Place, Invaders), dies from heart disease at 78
  • Apr 23 Sam Ervin, American politician (U.S. Senator from North Carolina) and Watergate committee chairman, dies at 88
  • Apr 24 Sergei Yutkevich, Russian director, (Otello, Banya), dies at 80
  • Apr 25 Murray Matheson, actor (Felix-Banacek), dies at 72
  • Apr 25 Richard Haydn, British actor (The Sound of Music; Alice in Wonderland), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • May 1 George Pravda, Czech actor, dies at 68
  • May 2 Hal LeRoy [John LeRoy Schotte], American vaudeville, Broadway and film dancer (Ziegfeld's Follies of 1931), dies at 71 after surgery
  • May 2 Milton S Eisenhower, US diplomat, dies at 85
  • May 2 Larry Clinton, American trumpeter and bandleader, dies at 75
  • May 2 Bridget D'Oyly Carte, British theater & hotel director, dies of lung cancer at 77
  • May 4 Clarence Wiseman, the 10th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1907)
  • May 5 Sir Donald Bailey, British civil engineer (b. 1901)
  • May 6 Julie Vega, Filipina child actress and singer, dies at 16
  • May 6 Pete Desjardins, American platform and springboard diver (Olympic gold 1928), dies at 78
  • May 7 Dawn Addams, British actress (A King in New York, Star Maidens) who married the Prince of Roccasecca, dies of cancer at 54
  • May 8 Adolphus "Dolph" Sweet, American actor (Gimme a Break, Which Way is Up), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 8 Redmond "Edmond" O'Brien, American actor (The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Sam Benedict, Johnny Midnight), dies of Alzheimer's at 69
  • May 8 Karl Marx, German composer and conductor, dies at 87
  • May 9 Reginald Dixon, British theatre organist, dies at 80
  • May 11 Chester Gould, American cartoonist (Dick Tracy), dies at 84
  • May 11 Garmt Stuiveling, Dutch writer & poet (Ego & Echo), dies at 77
  • May 11 Jorja Curtright, American actor (Whistle Stop), dies of a heart attack at 89
  • May 12 Jean Dubuffet, French painter and sculptor (Landscape with 2 Personages), dies at 83
  • May 13 Leatrice Joy, silent screen star, dies in Riverdale (Bronx) NYC at 91
  • May 13 Selma Diamond, Canadian-American comedy writer (Your Show Of Shows), and actress (Night Court, 1984-85 - "Selma"), dies of lung cancer at 64
  • May 13 Revaz Dogonadze, Georgian scientist (one of the founders of Quantum electrochemistry), dies at 53
  • May 14 Mohammed Munir, Indonesian worker's union leader, executed
  • May 15 Jackie Curtis, actor (Underground USA), dies of a drug overdose at 38

Margaret Hamilton

May 16 Margaret Hamilton, American character actress (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 82

  • May 17 Bobby Ewing, (Patrick Duffy) killed off on Dallas
  • May 17 Hugh Burden, actor (Night of Laughing Dead), dies at 72
  • May 17 Abe Burrows [Borowitz], American Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winning songwriter, composer, and writer, dies from Alzheimer's disease at 74
  • May 18 Tex Terry, American actor (Apache Rose, Timberjack), dies at 82
  • May 18 Stojan Daskalov, Bulgarian writer (A Farm), dies at 75
  • May 18 Harald Andersson, Swedish discus thrower (world record 52.42m 1934), dies at 78
  • May 20 George Memmoli, actor (Earl-Hello Larry), dies at 46
  • May 24 Joe Darensbourg, Cajun-American dixieland-style jazz clarinetist (Jelly Roll Morton; Louis Armstrong), dies at 78
  • May 25 Harold Hecht, choreographer, dies at 77 of cancer
  • May 25 Robert Nathan, American poet and novelist (Portrait of Jennie), dies at 91
  • May 27 Kay Campbell, actress (All My Children), dies at 80
  • May 27 (Clifton) "Skeeter" Best, American jazz guitarist (Erskine Hawkins; Earl Hines; Oscar Pettiford; Ray Charles; Milt Jackson), dies at 70
  • May 29 39 people die in a confrontation at Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium when Juventus and Italian fans are crushed against a wall escaping a breach by Liverpool fans
  • May 29 Madge West, American actress (McLean Stevenson Show), dies at 93
  • Jun 1 Richard Greene, English composer and actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies at 67
  • Jun 4 John Ringling North, American circus director (Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus from 1937-43), dies at 81
  • Jun 6 Siem Devout, Dutch actor, dies at 54
  • Jun 10 George Chandler, American actor (Fury, Lassie, The Fatal Glass of Beer), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 86
  • Jun 10 Bob Prince, American sportscaster (Monday Night Baseball, Pittsburgh Pirates), dies of cancer at 68
  • Jun 11 Karen Ann Quinlan, comatose patient, dies in Morris Plains NJ at 31
  • Jun 11 Sapfo Notara, Greek actress (b. 1907)
  • Jun 12 Edmund Perry, 17 and newly graduated from N.H. prep. high school, shot and killed in Manhattan by NYPD undercover officer Lee Vanhouten, who claimed Perry tried to rob him
  • Jun 15 Len Hopwood, cricketer (took 0-155 in two Tests Eng v Aust 1934), dies
  • Jun 15 Percy Fender, English cricketer (13 Tests for England, 380 runs 29 wkts), dies at 92
  • Jun 15 Andy Stanfield, American athlete (b. 1927)
  • Jun 15 Robert Stethem, U.S. Navy Seabee diver murdered by terrorists on TWA Flight 847 (b. 1961)
  • Jun 17 Piet De Somer, Belgian rector of University of Louvain, dies at 67
  • Jun 18 Paul Colin, French poster designer, dies at 92
  • Jun 21 Tage Erlander, Swedish politician (25th Prime Minister of Sweden 1946-69), dies at 84
  • Jun 25 Morris Mason, American convicted rapist and murderer, executed by electric chair at 31
  • Jun 25 Connie "Pee Wee" Crayton, American R&B and blues guitarist and singer ("Do Unto Others"), dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Jun 27 Jane Ross [Breslaw], American actress (Star Trek, Rocket Attack U.S.A., Wild Is My Love), dies at 53
  • Jun 28 James Craig [Meador], American actor (Devil & Daniel Webster, Cyclops), dies of lung cancer at 73
  • Jun 28 Lambros Konstantaras, Greek actor (O blofatzis, Anna of Rhodes), dies at 72
  • Jun 28 Jimmy Thomson, Scottish golfer (US Open 1935, PGA C'ship 1936 runner-up), dies at 76
  • Jun 30 James Dewar, Canadian inventor and baker (Twinkie cake), dies at 88
  • Jul 1 Pauli Murray, African American poet and civil rights activist, dies at 74
  • Jul 2 David Purley, British Formula 1 driver (b. 1945)
  • Jul 3 Frank Selke, Canadian ice hockey manager, dies at 92
  • Jul 3 Cooney Weiland, Canadian NHL forward (Boston Bruins), dies at 80
  • Jul 4 John de Quay, Dutch premier (1959-63), dies at 83
  • Jul 5 Gerard Schmook, Flemish literature historian/custodian, dies at 86
  • Jul 5 Jack Robertson, South African cricket spinner (3 Tests v Aust 1935-36), dies
  • Jul 5 Marion Byron, actress (Steamboat Bill Jr), dies at 73
  • Jul 7 Patti McCarty, actress (Gangster of the Frontier), dies at 64
  • Jul 8 Gardner Cowles Jr, US publisher (Look Magazine), dies at 82
  • Jul 8 Phil Foster, American comedian (Frank De Fazio-Laverne & Shirley), dies at 72
  • Jul 8 Simon Kuznets, American economist (Nobel 1971), dies at 84
  • Jul 9 Rafael Campos, actor (Ramon-Rhoda, Sancho-V), dies of cancer at 49
  • Jul 9 Charlotte, Grand Duchess of Luxembourg (b. 1896)
  • Jul 9 Jimmy Kinnon, Scottish founder of Narcotics Anonymous (b. 1911)
  • Jul 10 Fernando Pereira, military activist, murdered
  • Jul 16 Wayne King, American saxophonist and bandleader, known as the Waltz King ("The Waltz You Saved for Me"), dies at 84
  • Jul 16 Heinrich Böll, German writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)
  • Jul 17 Czesław Marek, Polish composer, dies at 93
  • Jul 17 Margo, actress (Rumba, Viva Zapata), dies at 68 of a brain tumor
  • Jul 18 Shahnawaz Bhutto, son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto
  • Jul 19 Janusz A. Zajdel, Polish sci-fi author (The Whole Truth about Planet Xi), dies at 47
  • Jul 20 Bruno de Finetti, Italian probabilist statistician and actuary, dies at 79