Famous Deaths in May 1986

  • May 1 Hylda Baker, English comedy actress (b. 1905)
  • May 1 Hugo Peretti, American songwriter and record producer (b. 1916)
  • May 2 Henri Toivonen, Finnish rally driver, dies in an accident at 29
  • May 3 Robert Alda, American actor (Supertrain, By Popular Demand), dies at 72
  • May 5 Jon William Haussermann Jr, composer, dies at 76
  • May 5 Rui Coelho, Portuguese composer, dies at 94
  • May 7 Gaston Deferre, French politician, dies at 75
  • May 7 Jeffrey Mylett, American actor (b. 1949
  • May 9 Dirk de Vroome, [Red Giant], Limbourg activist, dies at 60
  • May 9 Herschel Bernardi, American actor (Arnie, Voice of Charlie the Tuna, Front), dies of a heart attack at 62

Person of interestTenzing Norgay

May 9 Tenzing Norgay, Tibetan climber who was the 1st to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 1953 with Edmund Hillary, dies of a cerebral hemorrhage at 71

Mountaineer and Explorer Tenzing Norgay
Mountaineer and Explorer
Tenzing Norgay
  • May 11 Henry P. McIlhenny, American philanthropist (b. 1910)
  • May 11 Fritz Pollard, American football player (b. 1894)
  • May 12 Elisabeth Bergner, dies at 85
  • May 12 Lee Bonnell, American actor, dies at 67
  • May 15 Theodore H White, US journalist (Making of Pres, Pulitzer), dies at 71
  • May 15 Elio de Angelis, Italian race car driver (b. 1958)
  • May 18 John Bubbles Sublett, tap dancer (Black & Bubbles), dies at 84
  • May 19 Jimmy Lyons, American musician (b. 1931)
  • May 20 Bernard Naylor, English Canadian composer, dies at 78
  • May 20 Willem Pee, Belgian linguist, dies at 83
  • May 22 Martin Gabel, actor (Thief, Marnie), dies at 63
  • May 23 Sterling Hayden, actor (Blue & Gray), dies at 70
  • May 24 Gunnar Bjornstrand, Swedish actor (7th Seal, Devil's Eye), dies at 76
  • May 24 Stephen D Thorne, Lt Cmdr USN/astronaut, dies in a plane crash at 33
  • May 24 Yakima Canutt [Enos Edward], American rodeo cowboy, actor and director(Texas Terror), dies at 90
  • May 25 Chester Bowles, American ambassador and writer (Conscience of a Liberal), dies at 85
  • May 27 Gaston Duribreux, Flemish writer (Sour Dove), dies at 82
  • May 27 Isma'il Raji' al-Faruqi, Palestinian-born philosopher (b. 1921)
  • May 28 Lurene Tuttle, American actress (Father of Bride, Julia), dies at 79
  • May 30 Hank Mobley, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 55
  • May 31 James Rainwater, American physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1917)