On This Day

Famous People Who Died in 1985 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 368 of 368

  • Jul 27 Smoky Joe Wood, American baseball pitcher (Boston Red Sox), dies at 95
  • Jul 28 Grant Williams, American actor (Hawaiian Eye, Incredible Shrinking Man), dies of toxic poisoning at 54
  • Jul 29 James F Nolan, actor (Dante), dies of cancer at 69
  • Jul 30 Julia Hall Bowman Robinson, American mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Jul 30 Peter Knight, English musical arranger, conductor, and composer, dies at 68
  • Jul 31 Eugene Carson Blake, US Secretary-General of World Council of Churches (1966-72), dies at 78
  • Jul 31 Murray Chapple, New Zealand cricketer (NZ Test batsman through the 1950's), dies at 55
  • Aug 1 Joseph Walker, cameraman, dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Frank Faylen, American actor (It's a Wonderful Life, Funny Girl), dies of pneumonia at 79
  • Aug 2 Sandy Bell, South African cricket pace bowler (16 Tests), dies at 79
  • Aug 4 Zbynek Vostrak, composer, dies at 65
  • Aug 5 Theodore Sturgeon, American sci-fi author (Hugo, It, Caviar), dies at 67
  • Aug 7 Grayson Hall [Shirley Grossman], American actress (The Night of the Iguana, Dark Shadows), dies of cancer at 62
  • Aug 8 Louise Brooks, actress (Pandora's Box), dies of a heart attack at 78
  • Aug 9 Clive Churchill, Australian rugby league footballer (b. 1927)
  • Aug 12 Marcel Mihalovici, composer, dies at 86

  • Aug 12 Kyu Sakamoto, Japanese singer and actor, dies in JAL 123 crash at 43
  • Aug 12 Manfred Winkelhock, German race car driver (b. 1951)
  • Aug 13 Marion Martin, actress (Dakota Lil, Queen of Burlesque), dies at 67
  • Aug 13 J. Willard Marriott, American entrepreneur and hotelier (founder of Marriott Corporation), dies at 84
  • Aug 14 Gale Sondergaard, actress (Letter), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 86
  • Aug 15 Richard Yardumian, American composer (Creator Spirit), dies at 68
  • Aug 20 Harchand Singh Longowai, Sikh leader, shot by Sikh extremists
  • Aug 22 Ginty Lush, Australian cricketer (NSW quickie of 30's), dies at 71
  • Aug 22 Paul Peter Ewald, German Crystallographer and Physicist who devised the theory of X-ray interference by crystals and pioneered X-ray diffraction methods, dies at 97
  • Aug 22 Willy-August Linnemann, Danish writer and journalist, dies at 71
  • Aug 24 Paul Creston [Giuseppe Guttoveggio], Italian-American composer (Creative Harmony, dies at 78
  • Aug 25 Samantha Smith, American peace activist and actress (invited to the Soviet Union during Cold War), dies in plane at 13
  • Aug 26 Pieter "Piet" Jongeling, Dutch politician and author (GPV, Netherlands Daily), dies at 76
  • Aug 28 Ruth Gordon, American actress (Rosemary's Baby, The Big Bus), dies of a stroke in her sleep at 88
  • Aug 29 Alexander Abramsky, composer, dies at 87
  • Aug 29 Evelyn Ankers, actress (Black Beauty, Jungle Woman), dies at 67
  • Aug 29 Patrick Barr, actor (Black Orchid, On the Run), dies at 77
  • Aug 30 Taylor Caldwell [Janet Miriam Holland Taylor Caldwell], Anglo-American novelist (Dynasty of Death, Dear and Glorious Physician), dies at 84
  • Aug 30 [Joseph Rudolph] Philly Joe Jones, American jazz drummer (Miles Davis Quintet), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Aug 31 Frank Macfarlane Burnet, Australian virologist (Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine for tissue grafting), dies at 85

  • Sep 1 Stefan Bellof, German race car driver (b. 1957)
  • Sep 1 Jay Youngblood, American wrestler (b. 1955)
  • Sep 1 James Pitman, British educator and spelling reformer (Alphabets and Reading: The Initial Teaching Alphabet), dies at 84
  • Sep 2 Abe Lenstra, Dutch soccer star, dies at 64
  • Sep 2 Jay Youngblood, American professional wrestler
  • Sep 3 Jo Jones, American jazz drummer, dies at 73
  • Sep 3 John Herbert McDowell, American composer for ballet, TV and the stage, dies at 58
  • Sep 4 George O'Brien, American actor (Sunrise: A Song of Two Human), dies of a stroke at 85
  • Sep 4 Isabel Jeans, actress (Suspicion, Easy Virtue, Tovarich), dies at 93
  • Sep 6 Jane Frazee [Mary Jane Frehse], American actress, singer, and dancer (Beautiful But Broke, Beulah), dies at 70 of pneumonia
  • Sep 6 Johnny Desmond, singer (Your Hit Parade), dies of cancer at 65
  • Sep 6 Leon Orthel, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 8 John Franklin Enders, American scientist, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (b. 1887)
  • Sep 8 Manuel Ivo Cruz, Portuguese composer and founder of Philharmonic Orchestra of Lisbon, dies at 84
  • Sep 9 Paul Flory, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1910)
  • Sep 10 Alexa Kenin, actress (Mousie-Coed Fever), dies at 23
  • Sep 10 Ernest Julius Öpik, Estonian astronomer and astrophysicist known for his studies of meteors and the structure and evolution of the cosmos, dies at 91
  • Sep 10 Jock Stein, Scottish footballer and manager, dies at 62
  • Sep 11 William Alwyn, English composer, dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Andrew C. Thornton II, American drug smuggler (b. 1945)
  • Sep 11 Masako Natsume [Odate], Japanese actress and model (Tripitaka in "Monkey"), dies of leukaemia at 27
  • Sep 13 Dane Rudhyar, composer, dies at 90
  • Sep 15 Cootie Williams, American jazz trumpeter, dies at 77
  • Sep 17 Laura Ashley, Welsh fashion designer, businesswoman and co-founder of Laura Ashley, dies by falling down the stairs of her daughter's home at 60
  • Sep 19 Italo Calvino, Italian author (T-Zero, Mr Palomar), dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 61
  • Sep 21 Gu Long, Taiwanese writer of wuxia novels (b. 1937)
  • Sep 22 Axel Springer, German newspaper magnate (Bild Zeitung), dies at 73
  • Sep 23 Mickey Simpson, actor (Wagonmaster), dies of a heart attack at 72
  • Sep 25 Albert Moeschinger, composer, dies at 88
  • Sep 25 William Cumming Rose, American biochemist who discovered threonine (an amino acid), dies at 98
  • Sep 27 Lloyd Nolan American, actor (A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Peyton Place), dies of lung cancer at 83
  • Sep 30 Charles F. Richter, American physicist and seismologist (developed the Richter scale for measuring earthquake magnitude), dies at 85
  • Sep 30 Heleb MacInnes, US spy writer (Affiliate in place), dies at 77

Person of interestSimone Signoret

Sep 30 Simone Signoret, German/French actress (Room at Top, Gina), dies at 64

Person of interestE. B. White

Oct 1 E. B. White, American author (New Yorker, Charlotte's Web), dies at 86

Writer E. B. White
Writer
E. B. White
  • Oct 2 George Savalas, Greek-American actor (Kojak, Kelly's Heroes), dies of leukaemia at 58
  • Oct 2 Rock Hudson, American actor (Pillow Talk, A Farewell to Arms, Ice Station Zebra), dies of AIDS-related complications at 59
  • Oct 2 Sidney Clute, actor (Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Charles Collingwood, American news commentator (Chronicles), dies at 68
  • Oct 3 Maurice Copeland, American actor (Ralph-Those Young Charmings), dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Brian Keenan, American rock drummer (The Chamber Brothers), dies of a heart attack at 42
  • Oct 6 Nelson Riddle, American Grammy Award winning bandleader, conductor and orchestrator for Capitol Records (Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Dean Martin), dies of complications from cirrhosis of the liver at 64
  • Oct 7 Cemal Reşit Rey, Turkish composer, dies at 81
  • Oct 8 Leon Klinghoffer, American murdered by hijackers of the Achille Lauro when they threw him off the boat at 69
  • Oct 8 Ricardo Bacchelli, Italian playwright and poet (Il malino del Po), dies at 94
  • Oct 8 Malcolm Ross, American balloonist and atmospheric physicist, dies at 65
  • Oct 9 Emílio Garrastazu Médici, 28th President of Brazil (1969-74), dies at 79

Person of interestOrson Welles

Oct 10 Orson Welles, American actor and director (Citizen Kane, War of the Worlds), dies of a heart attack at 70

Actor and Director Orson Welles
Actor and Director
Orson Welles

Person of interestYul Brynner

Oct 10 Yul Brynner, Russian-Swiss actor (The King and I, The Ten Commandments), dies of cancer at 65

  • Oct 11 Tex Williams, American country-western singer, dies at 68 of cancer
  • Oct 12 Johnny Olson, American radio personality and television announcer (The Price is Right), dies at 75
  • Oct 12 Ricky Wilson, rock guitarist (B-52's), dies of AIDS at 32
  • Oct 13 Jack Wilson, Australian cricket spin bowler (1 Test; 43 wickets on England Tour 1956), dies at 64
  • Oct 14 Emil Gilels, Ukrainian pianist (b. 1916)
  • Oct 15 Meret Oppenheim, writer, dies at 72

  • Oct 15 Ted Steele, American orchestra leader (Cavalcade of Stars), dies at 68
  • Oct 16 Claude Stroud, American actor (Breakfast at Tiffany's, Ted Knight Show, Duke), dies at 78
  • Oct 18 Benjamin Moloisi, South African poet/Anc'er, hanged at 30
  • Oct 19 Alfred Rouleau, French Canadian businessman (b. 1915)
  • Oct 22 Viorica Ursuleac, Romanian soprano (b. 1894)
  • Oct 24 Richie Evans, American NASCAR driver, dies in a car crash at 44
  • Oct 24 Maurice Roy, Archbishop of Quebec, (b. 1905)
  • Oct 24 Lásló Jósef Bíró, Hungarian inventor (ballpoint pen), dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Elsa Moranet, writer, dies at 67
  • Oct 25 Morton Downey, singer (Star of the Family), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 John Lodge, American actor (Witchmaker) and politician (79th Governor of Connecticut), dies at 82
  • Oct 30 Kirby Grant, American actor (Rustlers Round-Up, Yukon Gold, Sky King), dies in an auto accident at 74
  • Oct 31 Poul Reichhardt, Danish actor (Soldaten og Jenny, Det gælder os alle), dies at 72
  • Oct 31 Nikos Engonopoulos, Greek painter and poet (b. 1907)
  • Oct 31 Anton Christoforidis, Greek boxer (NBA light heavyweight title 1941), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Nov 1 Phil Silvers, comedic actor (Sgt Bilko), dies in his sleep at 73
  • Nov 1 Arnold Pihlak, Estonian soccer forward (44 caps; FK Austria Wien), dies at 83
  • Nov 2 Fred Enke, American College basketball coach (University of Arizona 1925–1961, record 522–344), dies at 88
  • Nov 5 Arnold Chikobava, Georgian linguist (b. 1898)
  • Nov 6 Joel Crothers, actor (Edge of Night), dies of a heart attack at 44
  • Nov 6 Sanjeev Kumar [Harihar Jariwala], Indian Bollywood actor (Angoor, Dastak, Koshish), dies of a heart attack at 47
  • Nov 8 Nicolas Frantz, Luxembourgish road cyclist (Tour de France 1927-28), dies at 86
  • Nov 8 Masten Gregory, American auto racer (24 Hours of Le Mans 1961, 65 [Jochen Rindt]), dies at 53
  • Nov 9 Helen Rose, costume designer, dies at 81
  • Nov 9 Mary MacLaren, actress (Black Swan), dies at 85 of respiratory probs
  • Nov 10 Pelle Lindbergh, goalie (Philadelphia Flyers), dies in drunk driving accident
  • Nov 13 George Robert Vincent, American sound recording pioneer (b. 1898)
  • Nov 15 Spencer W. Kimball, American 12th President of the Mormon Church (1973-1985), dies at 90
  • Nov 16 John J Sparkmann, (Sen-D-Ala), dies at 85
  • Nov 16 Stuart Chase, American writer and economist (The Tragedy of Waste), dies at 97

  • Nov 17 Jimmy Ritz, American actor and comedian (Ritz Brothers-Blazing Stewardesses), dies of heart failure at 81
  • Nov 19 Lall Singh, cricketer (Test for India 1932), dies
  • Nov 19 Stepin Fetchit [Lincoln Perry], American actor (Miracle in Harlem) 1st African American film star, dies of pneumonia 83
  • Nov 21 Ramnath Kenny, cricketer (5 Tests for India 1958-60), dies
  • Nov 24 Cees Buddingh', Dutch poet/writer/interpreter/translator, dies at 67
  • Nov 24 Big Joe Turner, American singer (b. 1911)
  • Nov 25 Ray Jablonski, American baseball player (b. 1926)
  • Nov 25 Franz Hildebrandt, German Theologian(b. 1909)
  • Nov 25 Elsa Morante, Italian writer, dies at 73
  • Nov 26 Ransom Sherman, comedian (Father of Bride), dies at 87
  • Nov 28 Fernand Braudel, French historian (Civilization & Capitalism), dies at 83
  • Nov 28 Johnny "Blood" McNally, American Pro Football Hall of Fame halfback and coach (NFL champion 1929-31, 36; Green Bay Packers), dies from a stroke at 82
  • Nov 29 Bill Scott, American voice actor, producer and writer (Mr Peabody, Bullwinkle), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Nov 29 Rik Jacobs, Flemish stage manager, dies at 71
  • Nov 30 Phil Tucker, American film director (Robot Monster), dies at 58
  • 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 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 31 Alexander Matheson, cricketer (2 wickets/2 Tests for NZ 1930-31), dies
  • Dec 31 Rick Nelson [Ricky Nelson], American singer and actor (The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet), dies in a plane crash at 45
  • Dec 31 Sam Spiegel, American film producer (On the Waterfront, The Bridge on the River Kwai) dies at 84