On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1987

  • Aug 1 Benson Fong, American actor (Charlie Chan, Purple Heart), dies at 70
  • Aug 1 Pola Negri, actress (Forbidden Paradise), dies at 92
  • Aug 2 Myron Stout, US abstract artist, dies at 79
  • Aug 4 Kenny Price, American country singer ("Walking on New Grass"; "Happy Tracks"), dies of a heart attack at 56
  • Aug 5 Anatoli Papanov, Russian actor (Cold Summer of 1953) named as a People's Artist of the USSR (1973), dies at 64
  • Aug 5 Zygmunt Mycielski, Polish composer, music writer and editor (Ruch Muzyczny, 1957-68), dies at 79 [1]
  • Aug 6 Ira C Eaker, commandant USAF in Europe (WWII), dies at 91
  • Aug 6 Sherwood Bailey, actor (Spud-Our Gang), dies
  • Aug 7 Camille Chamoun, President of Lebanon (1952-58), dies at 87
  • Aug 7 Nobusuke Kishi, Prime Minister of Japan (1957-60), dies at 90
  • Aug 8 Danilo BlanuĊĦa, Croatian mathematician, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 Calvin Culver, actor (Score), dies
  • Aug 10 Clara Peller, actress (Where's the Beef), dies at 86
  • Aug 10 I W Able, CEO (United Steel Workers of America, 1965-77), dies at 87
  • Aug 10 Raquel Torres, actress (Duck Soup, Sea Bat), dies
  • Aug 11 Clara Peller, commercial spokesperson (Wendy's), dies at 86
  • Aug 13 Vincent Persichetti, American composer (Sibyl), dies at 72
  • Aug 16 Charles H. Wesley, American author and historian (The History of Alpha Phi Alpha), dies at 95
  • Aug 17 Charles Drummond de Andrade, Brazilian poet (Claro Enigma), dies at 84
  • Aug 17 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman; The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • Aug 17 Gary Chester [Cesario Gurciullo], Italian-American sessiondrummer (Monkees; Lovin' Spoonful) and drum instructor, dies at 62

Rudolf Hess

Aug 17 Rudolf Hess, German Nazi official (Deputy Fuhrer who dramatically escaped to Britain in 1941, sentenced to life in Spandau Prison), commits suicide at 93

  • Aug 19 Hayden Rorke, American actor (I Dream of Jeannie, When Worlds Collide), dies from multiple myeloma at 76
  • Aug 21 Karl Bruck, entertainer, dies
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, German composer, dies at 80
  • Aug 23 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)

Bayard Rustin

Aug 24 Bayard Rustin, American civil rights leader (March on Washington organizer, Social Democrats USA), dies of a perforated appendix at 75

  • Aug 24 Malcolm Kirk, English wrestler (b. 1936)
  • Aug 26 John Goddard, West Indian cricket all-rounder and captain (27 Tests @ 30.67; 33 wickets; Barbados), dies at 68
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Aug 27 Charlie Smalls, American Tony Award-winning composer and songwriter (The Wiz), dies of a burst appendix at 43
  • Aug 28 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81

Lee Marvin

Aug 29 Lee Marvin, American actor (Paint Your Wagon, Cat Ballou), dies of a heart attack at 63

  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country recording artist, comedian, and writer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 72