Famous People Who Died in December 1986

  • Dec 1 Bobby Layne, American College and Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback (NFL champion 1952-53, 57; 6 x Pro Bowl; Detroit Lions), dies of cardiac arrest at 59
  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, American orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • Dec 1 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61

Desi ArnazDesi Arnaz (1917-1986)

Dec 2 Cuban-American singer ("Babalú"), bandleader, actor (I Love Lucy - "Ricky Riccardo"), and television producer (The Untouchables),r, dies of lung cancer at 69

  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 3 Bob Howard [Joyner], American swing jazz singer and pianist (Sing it Again), dies at 80
  • Dec 4 Reuben Nakian, US sculptor, dies at 89
  • Dec 5 Carmol Taylor, country songwriter, dies at 53 of cancer
  • Dec 5 Sir Edward Youde, Governor of Hong Kong (b. 1924)
  • Dec 6 Malik Oussekine, Algerian/French student, killed by police at 22
  • Dec 10 Kate Wolf [Allen], American folk singer-songwriter ("Love Still Remains"; "Across the Great Divide"), dies of leukemia at 44
  • Dec 10 Susan Cabot, American actress (Sorority Girl, Carnival Rock), is killed by her son following a psychotic episode at 59
  • Dec 11 Paul Keenan, American actor (Summer Fantasy), dies of AIDS at 30
  • Dec 13 Heather Angel, British-American actress (Night in Montmartre; The Informer; The Last of the Mohicans; Lifeboat), dies of cancer at 77
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • Dec 16 Marcel Quinet, Belgian pianist and composer (Vague et Sillon), dies at 71
  • Dec 17 Ron Kass, record co pres (MGM), dies at 52 of cancer
  • Dec 18 Mamo Clark, actor (1 Million BC, Robinson Crusoe of Clipper Island), dies
  • Dec 19 V. C. Andrews, American author (Flowers in the Attic), dies of breast cancer at 63
  • Dec 20 Joe DeSa, American baseball player (b. 1959)
  • Dec 21 Willy Coppens, Belgian WW I fighter ace, dies at 94
  • Dec 22 Celius Dougherty, American pianist and composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 24 Gardner Fox, American author (Zatanna), dies at 75
  • Dec 26 Elsa Lanchester, actress (Bride of Frankenstein), dies at 84
  • Dec 26 Leslie Dwyer, English actor (Hi-de-Hi!), dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Lars-Erik Larsson, Swedish composer (God in Disguise (Förklädd gud, Op. 24); Linden), and pedagogue (Stockholm Conservatory; Uppsala University), dies of complications from diabetes at 78
  • Dec 27 Louis van Lint, Belgian painter (post-war abstraction), dies at 77
  • Dec 28 John D. MacDonald, American novelist (Deep Blue Goodbye), dies at 70

Andrei TarkovskyAndrei Tarkovsky (1932-1986)

Dec 29 Soviet filmmaker and director (Andrei Rublev: Mirror; Stalker), dies at 54

Harold MacmillanHarold Macmillan (1894-1986)

Dec 29 British Conservative politician and Prime Minister (1957-63), dies at 92

  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree; New Guinea Patrol), dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 31 Lester Trimble, American composer, music critic and educator, dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies of lung cancer at 54