On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 1986

  • Dec 1 Horace Heidt, orchestra leader (Swift Show Wagon), dies at 85
  • 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 [Irving] Lee Dorsey, American pop and R&B singer (Working in the Coal Mine), dies at 61

Person of interestDesi Arnaz

Dec 2 Desi Arnaz, Cuban-American actor (Ricky Ricardo-I Love Lucy), dies of lung cancer at 69

Actor Desi Arnaz
Actor
Desi Arnaz
  • Dec 2 John Curtis Gowan, American psychologist (b. 1912)
  • Dec 3 Bob Howard, American 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, folksinger (Back Roads), 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, actor (Summer Fantasy), dies at 30
  • Dec 13 Heather Angel, actress (Lifeboat, Daniel Boone), dies at 77
  • Dec 15 Serge Lifar, Russian-French dancer, choreographer (Paris Opera Ballet), dies at 81
  • 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-Eric Vilner Larsson, composer, dies 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
  • Dec 29 Andrei Tarkovsky, Soviet director (Solaris, Stalker), dies at 54
  • Dec 29 John Antill, Australian composer (Corroboree), dies at 82

Person of interestHarold Macmillan

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

British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan
British Prime Minister
Harold Macmillan
  • Dec 29 Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, Soviet filmmaker (Andrei Rublev, Mirror, Stalker), dies at 54
  • Dec 30 Jiri Jaroch, Czech composer, dies at 66
  • Dec 30 Era Bell Thompson, American journalist (b. 1905)
  • Dec 31 Lester Trimble, American composer, dies at 63
  • Dec 31 Lloyd Haynes, American actor and TV writer (Pete Dixon-Room 222), dies of lung cancer at 54