Famous People Who Died in 1986 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 421

  • Jun 17 Kate Smith, American singer ("God Bless America"; "When The Moon Comes Over The Mountain"), radio star, and NHL Philadelphia Flyers good luck charm, dies of respiratory arrest at 78
  • Jun 18 Frances Scott Fitzgerald, Daughter of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Zelda Sayre. (b. 1921)
  • Jun 19 Coluche [Michel Colucci], French comedian (My Best Friend's Girl), dies at 41
  • Jun 19 Len Bias, American basketball player (Boston Celtics pick for 1986 draft), dies of a cocaine-induced seizure at 22
  • Jun 19 Murray P Haydon, artificial heart recipient, dies in Louisville at 59
  • Jun 20 Tim Herbert, American comedian (Dagmar's Canteen), dies at 71
  • Jun 21 Assi Rahbani, Lebanese composer, with his lyricist brother, Mansour (Biya el-Khawatim - The Ring Seller), dies at 63
  • Jun 22 Matti Rautio, Finnish classical composer (The Blue Heron), dies at 64 
  • Jun 23 Nigel Stock, British actor (Lost Continent, Young Sherlock Holmes), dies at 66
  • Jun 25 Gery Florizoone, Flemish poet, dies at 63
  • Jun 26 Laurie Fishlock, cricketer (4 Tests for England), dies
  • Jun 27 (Otis W.) "Joe" Maphis, American session and country music guitarist ("Dim Lights"), dies of lung cancer at 75
  • Jun 27 Don Rogers, of Cleveland Browns, dies of cocaine poisoning
  • Jun 27 Edna Mae Cooper, actress (Folly of Vanity, Grounds for Divorce), dies
  • Jun 27 George Nepia, New Zealand rugby player, dies at 81
  • Jun 27 Zoltán Gárdonyi, Hungarian composer, dies at 80
  • Jun 29 Dusolina Giannini, Italian-American dramatic soprano (New York Metropolitan Opera, 1935-42), and teacher, dies at 83
  • Jun 29 Ida Mae McKenzie, American actress, dies at 75
  • Jun 29 John P. East, American politician (Sen-R-NC), dies at 55
  • Jun 29 Robert Drivas [Choromokos], American stage and screen actor (Cool Hand Luke; Illustrated Man; Our Private World), and theater director, dies of AIDS complications at 50
  • Jul 1 Roy Poole, actor (Winds of War), dies at 62
  • Jul 2 Peanuts Lowrey, American baseball player, dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Rudy Vallee, American singer (Vagabond Dreams), dies at 84
  • Jul 4 Flor Peeters, Flemish organist and composer (Lied Symphony), dies at 83
  • Jul 4 Oscar Zariski, Russian mathematician (algebraic geometry), dies at 87
  • Jul 6 Jagjivan Ram, Indian independence activist and politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 8 Skeeter Webb, American baseball player (b. 1909)
  • Jul 9 Karl-Heinz Beckurts, West german Siemens manager, murdered
  • Jul 9 Le Duan, Vietnamese politician, dies at 78
  • Jul 13 Joseph "Coke" Escovedo, Mexican-American percussionist (Santana; Malo; Azteca), dies from cirrhosis at 45
  • Jul 14 Raymond Loewy, French-American industrial designer, dies at 92
  • Jul 15 Benny Rubin, American actor and comedian (Benny Rubin Show), dies at 87
  • Jul 15 Billy Haughton, American harness driver and trainer (Hambletonian x 4; Little Brown Jug x 5; Messenger Stakes x 7), dies from head injuries in fall at Yonkers Raceway at 62
  • Jul 15 Florence Halop, American actress (Night Court, 1985-86 -"Florence"; St Elsewhere, 1984-85), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Jul 18 Stanley Rous, British soccer official, 6th President of FIFA (1961-74), dies at 91
  • Jul 19 Alfredo Binda, Italian road cyclist (first to win Giro d'Italia x 5; World Road Race C'ship 1927, 30, 32), dies at 83
  • Jul 20 Helen Craig, American actress (Snake Pit, They Live by Night), dies at 74
  • Jul 21 Ernest Maas, American screenwriter (b. 1892)
  • Jul 21 Paulo Correia, Guinee-Bissaus colonel/putschist, executed
  • Jul 21 Virginia Hewitt, American actress (Carol-Space Patrol), dies of cancer at 60
  • Jul 23 Jouko Paavo Kalervo Tolonen, Finnish composer, dies at 73
  • Jul 24 Fritz A Lipman, discoverer (co-enzymes, Nobel 1953), dies at 87
  • Jul 24 Laurie Nash, Australian cricket fast-bowler (2 Tests, 10 wickets) and VFL player & coach (South Melbourne), dies at 76
  • Jul 25 Ted Lyons, American Baseball HOF pitcher (MLB All-Star 1939; AL wins leader 1925, 27; AL ERA leader 1942; no-hitter 1926; Chicago White Sox) and manager (Chicago WS 1926-28), dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Vincente Minnelli, American director (Gigi, Goodbye Charlie), dies in LA at 76
  • Jul 26 W. Averell Harriman, American politician (Gov-D-NY) and ambassador to USSR (1943-46), dies at 94
  • Jul 27 Leroy Holmes, American orchestra leader (The Tonight Show, 1956-57), dies at 72
  • Jul 28 Charles Aubroeck, Belgian painter and sculptor (Iron Tower), dies at 91
  • Jul 28 Cliff Melton, American baseball pitcher (MLB All Star 1942; NL saves leader 1937; NY Giants), dies at 74
  • Jul 28 Syd Curnow, South African cricket batsman (7 Tests, HS 47; Transvaal), dies at 78
  • Jul 29 Gordon Mills, British songwriter (Tom Jones - "It's Not Unusual"), dies of cancer at 51
  • Jul 31 Chiune Sugihara, Japanese diplomat (b. 1900)
  • Jul 31 Teddy Wilson, American jazz pianist and arranger (Billie Holiday; Benny Goodman), dies of stomach cancer at 73 [1]
  • Aug 1 Robert Wolfgang Schnell, German writer, dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Willem Klein, variety artist, dies at about 73
  • Aug 2 Roy Marcus Cohn, American lawyer (Joseph McCarthy), dies of AIDS at 59
  • Aug 3 Beryl Markham (née Clutterbuck), British-Kenyan; racehorse trainer, aviator, and memoirist, dies at 83
  • Aug 3 Joe Thomas, American jazz tenor saxophonist, vocalist (Jimmie Lunceford Orchestra), bandleader, and undertaker, dies at 77
  • Aug 3 Paul de Groot, Dutch communist politician (CPN) and editor (The Truth), dies at 87
  • Aug 3 Rupert de Smidt, cricketer (Western Province 1911-13), dies at 102
  • Aug 3 Willem Ruis, Dutch TV host (Willem Ruis Show), dies at 41
  • Aug 3 William B Williams, American DJ (WNEW - Make Believe Ballroom), and TV announcer/second banana (Sammy and Company), dies of acute anemia and respiratory failure at 62
  • Aug 6 Emilio Fernandez, Mexican director (La Choca, Flor Silvestre), dies at 82
  • Aug 6 Manfred Hausmann, writer, dies at 87
  • Aug 6 William J Schroeder, (longest-survivor with permanent artificial) heart, dies at 54, after 620 days with Jarvik VII man-made pump)
  • Aug 9 Jef Scherens, Belgian track cyclist (World C'ships gold sprint 1932-37, 47), dies at 77
  • Aug 10 Don McRae, New Zealand cricket medium pace bowler (1 Test; Canterbury CA) and soccer goalkeeper (1 cap; Nomads United FC), dies at 71

Chuck McKinleyChuck McKinley (1941-1986)

Aug 11 American tennis player (1963 Wimbledon), dies of a brain tumor at 45

  • Aug 13 Caterina Jarboro, African-American opera singer and 1st black female performer to sing on opera stage in US, dies at 88
  • Aug 13 Helen Mack, American actress (Son of Kong, Milky Way), dies of cancer at 72
  • Aug 15 Richard E. Holz, American composer for brass band (Salvation Army), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 Jaime Saenz, Bolivian poet, novelist, and short story writer (b. 1921)
  • Aug 16 John Hurley, songwriter (Son of a Preacher Man), dies at 45
  • Aug 16 Werner Fussan, German composer (Heiteres Aquarium) and educator, dies at 73
  • Aug 19 Hermione Baddeley, British actress (Camp Runamuck; Maude), dies at 79
  • Aug 19 Jaap [Jacobus Albertus Wilhelmus] Burger, Dutch politician and chairman (PvdA), dies at 81
  • Aug 19 Lorenzo Tucker 'the Black Valentino', American actor (Black King), dies at 79
  • Aug 20 Donn Bennett, TV host (The Big Idea), dies at 76
  • Aug 20 Milton Acorn, Canadian poet (b. 1923)
  • Aug 20 Thad Jones, American jazz trumpeter, dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 20 Walter Brooke, actor (DA Scanlon-Green Hornet), dies at 71
  • Aug 23 Charles Janssens, Belgian actor (Mira, Malpertuis), dies at 80
  • Aug 25 Allen Case, actor (Deputy, Legend of Jesse James), dies at 51
  • Aug 26 Jennifer Levin, American murder victim, strangled by Robert Chambers in New York City's Central Park aged 18
  • Aug 26 Ted Knight [Tadeusz Wladyslaw Konopka], American actor (The Mary Tyler Moore Show - "Ted Baxter"; Too Close for Comfort), dies of colorectal cancer at 62
  • Aug 30 Ellis Achong, West Indian cricket spin bowler (6 Tests, 8 wickets; Trinidad; 1st of Chinese descent to play a Test match), dies at 82
  • Aug 30 Otto Mortensen, Danish composer and musicologist, dies at 79
  • Aug 31 Goffredo Parise, Italian writer (Il padrone), dies at 56
  • Aug 31 Henry Moore, English artist and sculptor (known for Three Piece Sculpture: Vertebrae), dies at 88
  • Aug 31 Urho Kekkonen, 8th President of Finland (1956-81), dies at 85
  • Sep 1 Murray Hamilton, American character actor (Rich Man Poor Man, Anatomy of a Murder), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Sep 2 Philip Radcliffe, English composer, dies at 81

Hank GreenbergHank Greenberg (1911-1986)

Sep 4 American Baseball Hall of Fame first baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1935, 45; AL MVP 1935, 40; Detroit Tigers), dies of cancer at 75

  • Sep 6 Blanche Sweet, American actress (DW Griffith movies), dies at 90
  • Sep 7 Ruth Polsky, American record promoter, dies after being run over by a cab at 30
  • Sep 7 Vladimir Alexandrovich Vlasov, Russian-Soviet conductor and composer, dies at 83
  • Sep 12 Frank Nelson, actor (Ralph-I Love Lucy, Jack Benny Show), dies at 75
  • Sep 12 Jacques-Henri Lartigue, French photographer and painter, dies at 92
  • Sep 15 Virginia Gregg, American actress (Little Women), dies at 69
  • Sep 17 Patricia "Pat" Phoenix, British actress (Coronation Street, L Shaped Room), dies of lung cancer at 62
  • Sep 19 Vivian Duncan, American vaudevillian (Duncan Sisters), actress (Topsy and Eva), dies of complications from Alzheimer's disease at 89
  • Sep 21 Pierre Wigny, Belgium minister of Foreign affairs (1958-61), dies at 81
  • Sep 22 Bernie Cummins, American jazz drummer and big band leader ("Dark Eyes"), dies at 86
  • Sep 25 Ben Sajet, physician/politician, dies at 99
  • Sep 25 Donald MacDonald, Canadian politician and former president of the Canadian Labour Congress (1967-74), dies at 77
  • Sep 25 Hans Vogt, Norwegian linguist (b. 1909)
  • Sep 25 Nikolay Nikolayevich Semyonov, Russian Chemist and Nobel Prize winner, dies at 90
  • Sep 26 Hugh Franklin, American soap opera actor (b. 1916)
  • Sep 27 Cliff Burton, American rock bassist (Metallica), dies in bus crash at 24
  • Sep 28 Carmen DeRue, entertainer, dies
  • Sep 28 Robert Helpmann, Australian actor, choreographer and dancer (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Don Quixote), dies at 77
  • Sep 29 Betty Kean, American actress (Amy Tucker-Leave it to Larry), dies at 69
  • Oct 3 Vince DiMaggio, American baseball center fielder (MLB All Star 1943-44; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 74
  • Oct 5 Emanuel Sayles, American jazz banjo player (Preservation Hall Jazz Band), dies at 79
  • Oct 5 Hal B. Wallis [Aaron Blum Wolowicz], American movie producer (Casablanca; Maltese Falcon; Martin & Lewis; Elvis movies; Barefoot in the Park), dies at 87
  • Oct 5 James H. Wilkinson, English mathematician (b. 1919)
  • Oct 5 Mike Burgmann, Australian racing driver (b. 1947)
  • Oct 6 Alexander Kronrod, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Oct 7 Cheryl Crawford, American actress and producer (Touch of Venus, Brigadoon), dies at 84
  • Oct 8 Walter Burkemo, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1953), dies at 67
  • Oct 10 (Ivy) Priaulx Rainier, South African-British composer (Ploërmel), dies at 83
  • Oct 10 Gleb Wataghin, Ukrainian-Italian physicist, dies at 86
  • Oct 11 Norm Cash, American baseball 1st baseman (5 × MLB All-Star; World Series 1968; AL batting champion 1961; Detroit Tigers), dies from drowning at 51
  • Oct 14 Keenan Wynn, American actor (Dr Strangelove, Absent Minded Professor), dies at 70
  • Oct 14 Mary Lund, American women first to receive an artificial heart, dies at 40
  • Oct 16 Arthur Grumiaux, Belgian violinist, dies at 65
  • Oct 16 C Wttewaall van Stoetwegen, CHU Member of Dutch parliament, dies at 85
  • Oct 19 Dele Giwa, Nigerian journalist, editor, and founder of Newswatch magazine, is assassinated by a mail bomb at 39
  • Oct 19 Moses Asch, Polish-American recording engineer (founder of Folkways Records), dies at 81 [1]
  • Oct 20 Samora Machel, President of Mozambique, dies in air crash at 53
  • Oct 21 Lionel Murphy, Australian politician and judge, dies at 64
  • Oct 22 Albert Szent-Györgyi, Hungarian biochemist (Vitamin C, Nobel 1937), dies at 93
  • Oct 22 Ivor Francis, Canadian-American radio, stage, and screen character actor (Dusty's Trail; The Prisoner of Second Avenue), and acting teacher, dies at 67
  • Oct 22 Jane Dornacker, American stand-up comic, songwriter, rock vocalist (The Tubes), and ill-fated traffic reporter, dies in a helicopter crash at 39
  • Oct 22 Ye Jianying, Chinese communist general and politician (Head of State of the People's Republic of China 1978-83), dies at 89
  • Oct 23 Edward A Doisy Sr, American bio-chemist (Vitamin K1, Nobel 1943), dies at 92
  • Oct 25 Forrest Tucker, American actor (F Troop, Dusty Trail, The Crawling Eye), dies of lung cancer and emphysema at 67
  • Oct 26 Jackson Scholz, American athlete (Olympic gold 4 x 100m 1920, 200m 1924), dies at 89
  • Oct 27 Alan Branscombe, British jazz and session pianist, vibraphonist, and saxophonist (Tubby Hayes; Beatles - "Got To Get You Into My Life"), dies at 50
  • Oct 28 John Braine, English novelist (Life at the Top), dies at 64
  • Oct 28 Marga Klompé, Dutch 1st female minister (CRM), dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Abel Meeropol, American songwriter ("Strange Fruit"; "The House I Live In'), and librettist ("The Good Soldier Schweick"), dies at 83
  • Oct 29 Mimis Fotopoulos, Greek actor (b. 1913)
  • Oct 29 Osamu Shimizu, Japanese composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 29 Sem Presser, Dutch press photographer, dies at 68
  • Oct 30 Andrzej Markowski, Polish composer, dies at 62
  • Oct 31 Robert S. Mulliken, American chemist and physicist (Nobel 1966), dies at 90
  • Nov 1 Serge Garant, Canadian composer and conductor (Anerca), dies at 57
  • Nov 1 Sippie Wallace [Beulah Belle Thomas], American blues singer ("Women Be Wise"), dies on her 88th birthday
  • Nov 2 Paul Frees [Solomon Hersh Frees], American voice actor (voice of Boris Badenov in The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show), dies at 66
  • Nov 3 E. Cuyler Hammond, American epidemiologist (first to link smoking with lung cancer), dies at 74
  • Nov 3 Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, American jazz saxophonist (Kenny Clarke/Francy Boland Big Band), dies of cancer at 65
  • Nov 4 Kurt Hirsch, German mathematician (b. 1906)
  • Nov 4 Zlatan Vauda, Slovene composer and conductor (RTB Children's Choir, 1953-86), dies at 86
  • Nov 5 (Ulysses) Bobby Nunn, American singer (The Robins; The Coasters - "Charlie Brown"; "Youngblood"), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Nov 5 Claude Jutra, Québécois actor and film director (b. 1930)
  • Nov 6 Elisabeth Grümmer, Alsatian soprano (b. 1911)
  • Nov 7 Tracy Pew, Australian musician (The Birthday Party) (b. 1957)
  • Nov 8 Beatrice Kay, American singer and actress (Sister Sue-Calvin & the Col), dies at 78

Vyacheslav MolotovVyacheslav Molotov (1890-1986)

Nov 8 Russian politician (Soviet Minister of Foreign Affairs, 1939-49, 1953-6), dies at 96

  • Nov 10 Francis "King" Clancy, Canadian NHL ice hockey defenseman, 1921-36, 3X Stanley Cup (Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs), referee (1938-49), coach, 1953-56 (Toronto), executive, and trophy namesake, dies of septic shock at 84
  • Nov 10 Gordon Richards, British jockey (winner of 4,870 races), dies at 82
  • Nov 10 Rogelio de la Rosa, Filipino film actor and politician, dies of a heart attack at 70
  • Nov 11 Roger C. Carmel, American actor (Star Trek - "Harry Mudd"; The Mothers-in-Law - "Roger"), dies at 54
  • Nov 13 Rolando Olalia, Philippines worker's union leader, murdered
  • Nov 13 Rudolf Schock, German opera tenor, dies at 71
  • Nov 13 Thierry Le Luron, French humorist, dies at 34
  • Nov 15 Alexandre Tansman, Polish composer (Dyptique), dies at 89
  • Nov 15 John E. Grotberg, American politician (Rep-R-IL, 1985-86), dies of cancer in office at 61
  • Nov 16 Siobhán McKenna [Cionnaith], Irish stage actress (Saint Joan, The Chalk Garden), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Nov 17 Alan Hewitt, actor (Det Brennan-My Favorite Martian), dies at 71
  • Nov 17 Georges Besse, French president-director of Renault, murdered
  • Nov 18 Gia Carangi, American model (AIDS) (b. 1960)
  • Nov 18 Lajos Bárdos, Hungarian conductor, composer, musicologist and professor, dies at 87
  • Nov 20 William Bradford Huie, American writer and publisher, dies at 76
  • Nov 21 Dar Robinson, American film stuntman (b. 1947)
  • Nov 21 Jerry Colonna, American actor (Jerry Colonna Show, Alice in Wonderland, Road to Singapore), dies at 82
  • Nov 21 Marcelino Sánchez, Puerto Rican actor (The Warriors), dies of AIDs at 28
  • Nov 22 (Benjamin) "Scatman" Crothers, American singer, musician ("I'd Rather Be a Hummingbird"), and actor (Chico and the Man - "Louie"; The Shining), dies of lung cancerat 76
  • Nov 22 Dinny Pails, Australian tennis player (Australian C'ship 1947), dies at 65
  • Nov 22 Fred Bertrand, Belgian politician, dies at 73
  • Nov 22 Robert Whitney, American conductor (Louisville Orchestra, 1937-67), educator (University of Louisville, 1956-71), and composer, dies at 82
  • Nov 26 Betico Croes, Arubian politician, dies in an accident at 48
  • Nov 27 Steve Tracy, actor (Percival-Little House on Praire), dies at 61

Cary GrantCary Grant (1904-1986)

Nov 29 British-born American actor (Arsenic & Old Lace, North by Northwest), dies from a cerebral hemorrhage at 82

  • Nov 29 Herb Vigran, American character actor (The Ed Wynn Show - "Ernie"; Gunsmoke - "Judge Brooker"; The Jack Benny Program), dies of cancer at 76
  • 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