On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1985

  • Jan 1 Kamatari Fujiwara, Japanese actor (Seven Samurai, The Hidden Fortress, Yojimbo), dies at 85
  • 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 lt-general (A Full Life), 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 H W Welch Jr, US founder/leader John Birch Society, dies at 85
  • Jan 7 Johnny Guarnieri, jazz pianist (Morey Amsterdam Show), dies 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 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, singer and mother in The Cowsills band, dies of emphysema at 56