On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1985

  • 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, American 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