On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1985

  • Dec 2 Alex Courtney, actor (Sword of Justice), dies
  • Dec 2 Philip Larkin, English poet and writer (North Ship, Jill), dies at 63
  • Dec 2 Aniello Dellacroce, American gangster (b. 1914)
  • Dec 3 Sam Gillman, actor (Sam-Shane), dies at 70
  • Dec 4 Marcel Boereboom, Belgian musicologist, dies at 83
  • Dec 6 Burleigh Grimes, American baseball player, dies at 92
  • Dec 6 Burr Tillstrom, American puppeteer (Kukla Fran & Ollie), dies at 68
  • Dec 7 Potter Stewart, 94th Supreme Court Justice (1958-81), dies in NH at 70
  • Dec 7 Robert Graves, English writer and poet (King Jesus), dies at 90
  • Dec 12 Anne Baxter, American actress, and singer (The Razor's Edge, All About Eve), dies of a stroke at 62
  • Dec 12 Ian Stewart, Scottish keyboardist, road manager, and co-founder of the Rolling Stones, dies of a heart attack at 47

Person of interestRoger Maris

Dec 14 Roger Maris, American baseball right fielder (7-time MLB All Star, 61 HRs 1961), dies of cancer at 51

Baseball Player Roger Maris
Baseball Player
Roger Maris
  • Dec 14 Catherine Doherty, Russian-born Canadian activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 14 Charlie Bachman, American College Football Hall of Fame guard & coach (Notre Dame, Florida, Michigan State), dies at 93
  • Dec 15 Forrest C. Shaklee, American chiropractor and founder (Shaklee Products), dies at 91
  • Dec 16 Dick Pollard, cricketer (England fast-medium bowler 1946-48), dies

  • Dec 16 Merv Waite, cricketer (2 Tests for Aust 1938, 1 wkt avg 190), dies
  • Dec 16 Paul Castellano, American organized-crime chief, shot dead at a NYC restaurant at 70
  • Dec 16 Thomas Bilotti, American mafioso (b. 1940)
  • Dec 17 Otto Gotsche, writer, dies
  • Dec 18 Xuân Diệu, Vietnamese poet (b. 1916)
  • Dec 21 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese film actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 22 D. Boon, American singer and guitarist (The Minutemen) (b. 1958)
  • Dec 23 James Vance (20) and Raymond Belknap (18) attempt suicide (Belknap dies). Their families later sue rock group Judas Priest for subliminal messages in song "Better By You, Better Than Me".
  • Dec 24 Ferhat Abbas, Algerian politician and President of the National Constituent Assembly of Algeria (1962-63), dies at 86
  • Dec 25 George Rhodes, orchestra leader (Sammy Davis Jr Show), dies at 66
  • Dec 26 Dian Fossey, American zoologist (Gorillas in the Mist), murdered in Rwanda at 53
  • Dec 26 Harold P. Warren, American movie director (Manos: The Hands of Fate), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 Jackie Ormes, African-American cartoonist (Torchy Brown), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Harry Hopman, Australian tennis player, coach (Davis Cup captain 1939-67, won 16), dies of a heart attack at 79
  • Dec 28 Benny Morton, American jazz trombonist (Teddy Wilson Sextet), dies at 78

Person of interestRicky Nelson

Dec 31 (Eric) "Ricky" Nelson, American Rock Star ("Hello Mary Lou"; "It's Late"; "Garden Party") and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45

Rock Star and Actor Ricky Nelson
Rock Star and Actor
Ricky Nelson
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) dies at 84
  • Dec 31 Mal Matheson, New Zealand cricket fast bowler (2 Tests) and rugby union Test referee (Australia v NZ 1946), dies at 79