Famous People Who Died in 1987 (Part 2)

Deaths 201 - 400 of 410

  • Jun 21 Madman Muntz, American entrepreneur, businessman, electrical engineer, TV commercial actor (b. 1914)

Fred Astaire

Jun 22 Fred Astaire [Austerlitz], American stage and screen tap dancer, singer ("Night And Day"; "Cheek To Cheek"; "Let's Call The Whole Thing Off"), and actor (Royal Wedding; Easter Parade; Swingtime), dies of pneumonia at 88

  • Jun 24 (John Herbert) "Jackie" Gleason, American comedian, (The Jackie Gleason Show; The Honeymooners), actor (Requiem For A Heavyweight; The Hustler; Gigot), composer, and conductor (Music for Lovers Only),, dies of colon cancer at 71
  • Jun 24 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (3 Tests; first WI fast bowler to take 10 wickets in a Test), dies at 76
  • Jun 24 Hines Johnson, West Indian cricketer (3 Tests for WI), dies at 76
  • Jun 25 Boudleaux Bryant, American country music and pop songwriter ("Rocky Top"; "Love Hurts"; "Bye Bye Love"), dies at 67
  • Jun 26 Arthur F. Burns, American economist and chairman (Federal Reserve Board), dies at 82
  • Jun 26 Glen Hall, South African cricketer (Test for South Africa 1965), commits suicide at 49
  • Jun 26 Henk Badings, Dutch opera composer (Orestes), dies at 80
  • Jun 30 Federico Mompou, Spanish composer, dies at 94
  • Jun 30 King Donovan, actor and director (Enforcer, Perfect Furlough), dies
  • Jun 30 Thor Thorvaldsen, Norwegian yachtsman (Olympic gold dragon class 1948, 52), dies at 78
  • Jul 1 Snakefinger, British-born musician (b. 1949)
  • Jul 2 Karl Linnas, accused Nazi, dies of heart failure in Russia
  • Jul 2 Michael Bennett, American theater director and choreographer (Chorus Line), dies of AIDS at 44
  • Jul 3 Viola Dana, American silent screen actress (Willow Tree, 40 Winks, Silent Lover), dies at 90
  • Jul 7 Tibor Frešo, Slovak composer (Fanfares of Peace; A Beetle was Born), and conductor (Slovak National Theatre Opera), dies at 68
  • Jul 8 Gerardo Diego, Spanish poet (Versos humanos), dies at 90
  • Jul 8 Lionel Chevrier, Canadian politician (Canadian Member of Parliament), dies at 84
  • Jul 10 John H. Hammond, American music producer, talent scout, promoter, and activist, "discovered" Billie Holiday, Teddy Wilson, Count Basie, Bob Dylan, and Bruce Springsteen, dies at 76
  • Jul 11 Avi Ran, Israeli footballer (b. 1963)
  • Jul 11 Thomas F Waddell, founder (Gay Olympics), dies of AIDS at 50
  • Jul 11 Yaakov Yitzchak Ruderman, American Rosh Yeshiva (b. 1901)
  • Jul 13 Patience Collier, dies
  • Jul 15 Alfie Bass [Abraham Basalinsky], British actor (Moonraker, Are You Being Served), dies at 71
  • Jul 15 Jack O'Hagan, cricketer and composer (Our Don Bradman), dies at 88
  • Jul 17 Howard McGhee, American be-bop bebop jazz trumpeter, dies at 69
  • Jul 17 Yujiro Ishihara, Japanese actor (b. 1934)
  • Jul 18 Gilberto Freye, Brazilian sociologist/writer, dies at 87
  • Jul 20 Richard Egan, American actor (Empire, Redigo, Pollyanna), dies of cancer at 63
  • Jul 22 A G Kripal Singh, cricketer (14 Tests for India), dies
  • Jul 24 Dick Wellstood, American jazz pianist, dies at 59
  • Jul 25 Alex Sadkin, American audio engineer, and record producer (Grace Jones; Thompson Twins), dies in a car crash in The Bahamas at 38
  • Jul 25 Charles Stark "Doc" Draper, American Scientist and Engineer who headed the team that invented the Apollo Guidance Computer and inertial navigation technology for aircraft, space vehicles, and submarines, dies at 85
  • Jul 25 Eric Mntonga, co-director of the Institute for a Democratic Alternative for South Africa (IDASA), found on a dirt road a day after he had been detained at a police station
  • Jul 25 Malcolm Baldrige, American businessman and US Secretary of Commerce (1981-87), dies of internal injuries at 64
  • Jul 26 Jim Bishop, American journalist and author (The Day Lincoln was Shot), dies at 79
  • Jul 26 Joe Liggins {Theodro Elliott], American jazz, R&B, and jump blues pianist, songwriter, and vocalist ("The Honeydripper"; "Pink Champagne'), dies after a stroke at 71
  • Jul 27 Travis Jackson, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop (World Series 1933; MLB All Star 1934; NY Giants), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 83
  • Jul 28 James Burnham, philosopher (Coming Defeat of Communism), dies at 81
  • Jul 29 Arthur Chipperfield, cricketer (14 Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 29 Bibhutibhushan Mukhopadhyay, Bengali author (b. 1894)
  • Jul 30 Mary Spinell, actress (Last Horror Film), dies
  • Aug 1 Benson Fong, American character actor (Charlie Chan films; Purple Heart; Flower Drum Song), and restaurateur, dies of a stroke at 70
  • Aug 1 Pola Negri [Apolonia Chalupec], Polish-American stage and silent and sound screen actress (Forbidden Paradise; Madame Bovary), and singer, dies of pneumonia and a brain tumor 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 Blanuša, Croatian mathematician, dies at 83
  • Aug 9 Kees de Galan, Dutch economist, dies at 55
  • Aug 10 Calvin Culver, actor (Score), dies
  • 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, Russian-American manicurist and commercial spokesperson (Wendy's - "Where's the beef?"), dies of congestive heart failure at 85
  • 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 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 17 Shaike Ophir, Israeli actor, comedian and Israel's 1st mime (The Policeman; The Delta Force), dies of lung cancer at 57
  • 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 Didier Pironi, French racing car driver (b. 1952)
  • Aug 23 Siegfried Borris, German composer, dies at 80

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 Charlie Smalls, American Tony Award-winning composer and songwriter (The Wiz), dies of a burst appendix at 43
  • Aug 27 Scott La Rock, American DJ (Boogie Down Productions) (b. 1962)
  • Aug 28 John Huston, US/Irish actor and director (Maltese Falcon), dies at 81
  • Aug 29 Archie Campbell, American country recording artist, comedian, and writer (Hee Haw), dies of a heart attack at 72

Lee Marvin

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

  • Sep 1 Philip Friend, British actor (Dick Turpin, Buccaneer's Girl, Vulture, Fur Collar), dies at 72
  • Sep 3 Morton Feldman, American composer (For Philip Guston; Rothko Chapel), dies at 61
  • Sep 3 Viktor Nekrasov, Ukrainian journalist and novelist (V okopakh Stalingrada - Front-line Stalingrad; Kira Georgijevna), dies at 76
  • Sep 5 Bill Bowes, English cricketer (Bodyline bowler, 68 wkts for England), dies at 79
  • Sep 6 Quinn Martin, American television producer, dies at 65
  • Sep 9 Gerrit John Heijn, senior executive (Ahold), kidnapped/murdered
  • Sep 9 Gunnar de Frumerie, Swedish pianist and composer (Circulus Quintus), dies at 79
  • Sep 11 Lorne Greene [Lyon Chaim Green], Canadian actor (Bonanza, Battlestar Galactica), dies of pneumonia following heart surgery at 72
  • Sep 11 Ludovic Feldman, Romanian violinist and composer, dies at 94
  • Sep 11 Mahadevi Varma, Indian poet and freedom fighter, dies at 80
  • Sep 11 Peter Tosh [Winston Hubert McIntosh], Jamaican reggae musician (The Wailers -"Get Up Stand Up"; "Mystic Man"; "Legalize It"), shot dead at his home in Jamaica at 42
  • Sep 12 John Qualen, Canadian actor (Casablanca, The Grapes of Wrath, The Searchers), dies at 87
  • Sep 13 Mervyn LeRoy, American movie producer (Devil at 4 O'Clock), dies at 86
  • Sep 15 Bob Tadema Sporry, author, dies at 75
  • Sep 15 Steven Tuomi, murder victim of Jeffery Dahmer (b. 1963)
  • Sep 16 Howard Moss, American poet, dramatist, and critic (b. 1922)
  • Sep 17 Harry Locke, British actor (Passport to Pimlico, Town on Trial), dies at 73
  • Sep 18 Américo Tomás, Portuguese admiral and politician (13th President of Portugal 1958-74), dies at 92
  • Sep 19 Einar Gerhardsen, Prime Minister of Norway (b. 1897)
  • Sep 20 Michael Stewart [Myron Stuart Rubin], American playwright (Hello, Dolly!), dies at 63
  • Sep 21 Jaco Pastorius, American jazz-fusion musician and bass guitarist (Weather Report; Joni Mitchell; Word of Mouth), dies from injuries sustained in a bar fight at 35
  • Sep 21 Ruth Attaway, American actress (Porgy & Bess, Conrack, Being There), dies at 77
  • Sep 22 Christopher Stryker, entertainer, dies at 27
  • Sep 22 Dan Rowan, American comedian (Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In), dies at 65
  • Sep 22 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British composer, dies at 82
  • Sep 23 Bob Fosse, American choreographer, film and stage director (All the Jazz, Cabaret, Damn Yankees), dies of a heart attack at 62
  • Sep 23 Louis Kentner, Hungarian-British pianist and composer, dies at 87
  • Sep 23 O. B. McClinton, American country singer (Man needs a woman), dies at 47
  • Sep 25 Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and director (I Accuse, Ivanhoe, Scarf), dies at 81
  • Sep 25 George Emlyn Williams, Welsh actor and playwright (David Copperfield), dies from cancer at 81

Mary Astor

Sep 25 Mary Astor [Lucile Langhanke], American Academy Award-winning actress (The Great Lie; Meet Me In St Louis; The Maltese Falcon), dies of emphysema at 81

  • Sep 28 Mehdi Hashemi, Iranian aid of Ayatollah Khomeini, shot for treason
  • Sep 29 Henry Ford II, American automotive industry businessman, grandson of Henry Ford, and son of Edsel Ford (Ford Motor Company President, 1945-60 & CEO, 1947-79), dies of pneumonia at 70
  • Sep 30 Alfred Bester, American sci-fi author (Dark Side of Earth), dies at 73
  • Sep 30 Robert Schollum, Austrian composer, dies at 74
  • Oct 2 Madeleine Carroll, English actress (39 Steps, Secret Agent), dies at 81
  • Oct 2 Peter Medawar, British biologist (1960 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine "for discovery of acquired immunological tolerance"), dies at 72

Jean Anouilh

Oct 3 Jean Anouilh, French dramatist (Antigone, The Lark), dies at 77

  • Oct 8 Konstantinos Tsatsos, Greek politician and 2nd President of Greece (1975-1980), dies at 88
  • Oct 9 Clare Boothe Luce, American politician and U.S. ambassador to Italy, dies at 84
  • Oct 9 Guru Gopinath, Indian classical dancer, dies at 79
  • Oct 12 Alfred M Landon, former Kansas Gov, dies at his Topeka home at 100
  • Oct 12 Philleo Nash, US Bureau of Indian Affairs (1961-67), dies at 77
  • Oct 13 Kishore Kumar, Indian singer and actor, dies at 58
  • Oct 14 Rodolfo Halffter, Spanish composer, and music critic, dies at 86
  • Oct 15 Thomas Sankara, Burkinabé revolutionary and politician, President of Burkina Faso (1983-87), assassinated in a coup at 37
  • Oct 16 Dana Suesse, American musician and songwriter ("You Ought To Be In Pictures"), dies at 77
  • Oct 17 Abdul Malek Ukil, Bangladeshi politician (b. 1925)
  • Oct 17 Roderich Menzel, Czech tennis player (French Open singles 1938 runner-up; US Open mixed doubles 1935 runner-up), dies at 80
  • Oct 17 Ruby Dandridge [Ruby Jean Butler], American actress (Father of the Bride), dies at 87
  • Oct 18 Theodore Brameld, author (Use of Explosive Ideas), dies at 83
  • Oct 19 Hermann Lang, German race car driver (b. 1909)
  • Oct 19 Jacqueline du Pre, British cellist, dies from complications of multiple sclerosis at 42
  • Oct 20 Andrey Nikolayevich Kolmogorov, Russian mathematician (theory of probability), dies at 84
  • Oct 21 Ying-Chin Ho, Taiwan government official, dies at 88
  • Oct 22 Angiolino "Lino" Ventura, Italian actor (Happy New Year, Pain in the A--), dies of a heart attack at 68
  • Oct 24 Constantin Alajalov, Armenian-American illustrator (The New Yorker; Saturday Evening Post; Dithers & Jitters), and painter, dies at 86
  • Oct 25 Cecil Brown, American war correspondent (worked closely with Edward R. Murrow during WW II), dies at 80
  • Oct 27 Vijay Merchant, Indian cricketer (Test average 47 72, 1st-class avg 71), dies at 76
  • Oct 28 Andre Masson, French surrealist artist (Labyrinth), dies at 91
  • Oct 29 Kamal El Mallakh, Egyptian archaeologist (King Khufu Solar ship), and journalist, dies at 57
  • Oct 29 Woody Herman, American jazz clarinetist and composer (Thundering Herd), dies at 74
  • Oct 31 Joseph Campbell, American professor of comparative mythology (Mythic Image), dies at 83
  • Nov 1 René Lévesque, Premier of Quebec, dies at 65
  • Nov 4 Raphael Soyer, Russian-born American artist (Depression scenes in NYC), dies at 87
  • Nov 5 Eamonn Andrews, Television Presenter (b. 1922)
  • Nov 5 Georges Franju, French film director (Judex; Les Yeux sans visage - Eyes Without A Face), dies at 75
  • Nov 5 Jan Nicolaas Bakhuizen van den Brink, Dutch theologist and church historian, dies at 91
  • Nov 6 Jean Rivier, French composer and educator (Paris Conservatory, 1946-66), dies at 91
  • Nov 6 Ross R. Barnett, American lawyer and politician, (Gov-D-Miss), dies at 89
  • Nov 6 William Pahlmann, American interior designer (4 Season restaurant, NYC), dies at 80
  • Nov 6 Zohar Argov, Israeli singer, dies in jail of unintentional suicide at 32
  • Nov 11 Lowell T. Coggeshall, American medical scientist and US Secretary of HEW (1956-58), dies at 86
  • Nov 11 Nico Slothouwer, poet (Liefdesstratenplan), commits suicide at 30
  • Nov 12 Roger Lewis, aviation exec (Lockheed, C Wright, Pan Am), dies at 75
  • Nov 16 Jim Brewer, American baseball relief pitcher (World Series 1965; MLB All Star 1973; LA Dodgers), dies of injuries suffered in car accident at 50
  • Nov 16 Zubir Said, Singaporean composer who composed Singapore's national anthem (b. 1907)
  • Nov 17 Irene Wicker, singer/actress (Singing Lady), dies at 81

Jacques Anquetil

Nov 18 Jacques Anquetil, French road cyclist (Tour de France 1957, 61-64; first 5-time winner), dies of stomach cancer at 53

  • Nov 21 Jim Folsom, American politician (Alabama-Gov, 1947-51, 1955-59), dies at 79
  • Nov 22 Ted Taylor, American R&B singer, dies in a car crash at 58
  • Nov 23 Alton Adams, American composer (1st black bandmaster in the United States Navy), dies at 98
  • Nov 23 Marcia Henderson, American actress (Aldrich Family -"Kathleen"; Peter Pan), dies of lupus at 58
  • Nov 24 Jehane Benoît, French Canadian culinary author (b. 1904)
  • Nov 25 Anton Pieck, Dutch illustrator (1001 Nights), dies at 92
  • Nov 25 Harold Washington, 1st African American mayor of Chicago (D, 1983-87), dies at 65
  • Nov 26 Emmanuel Bondeville, French composer, dies at 89
  • Nov 26 Thomas G Lanphier Jr, US WW II pilot, dies at 71
  • Nov 27 Babe Herman, American baseball right fielder (.324 career average; hit for cycle record x 3; Brooklyn Robins), dies at 84
  • Nov 28 Choh Hao Li, bio-chemist prof (isolated growth hormones), dies at 74
  • Nov 28 Paul Arma, Hungarian-French composer, dies at 83
  • Nov 29 Howard Pyle, American politician (Governor-R-Arizona, 1951-55), dies at 81
  • Nov 29 Irene Handl, British actress (Riding High, Morgan), dies at 85
  • Nov 30 Arthur H Dean, lawyer/advisor to FDR, dies at 89

James Baldwin

Nov 30 James Baldwin, American novelist (Go Tell it on Mountain, Another Country) and playwright (The Amen Corner), dies at 63

  • Nov 30 Simon Carmiggelt, journalist/literary (Kronkel), dies at 74
  • Dec 1 Donn Fulton Eisele, American Air force officer and astronaut, dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Dec 1 James Arthur Baldwin, American writer (Another Country), dies at 63
  • Dec 1 Punch Imlach, Canadian Hockey Hall of Fame coach and general manager (Toronto Maple Leafs, Buffalo Sabres), dies of a heart attack at 69
  • Dec 2 Yakov Borisovich Zel'dovich, Russian physicist, dies at 73
  • Dec 4 Rouben Mamoulian, American movie director and author (The Mark of Zorro, Applause), dies at 90
  • Dec 5 "Fat" Larry James, American drummer (Fat Larry's Band-Zoom), dies at 38
  • Dec 6 James Dobson, actor (Impulse, Jet Attack, Okinawa), dies
  • Dec 8 José Casanova, Peruvian soccer midfielder (10 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 23
  • Dec 8 José González, Peruvian soccer goalkeeper (20 caps; Alianza Lima), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 33
  • Dec 8 Marcos Calderón, Peruvian soccer coach (Peru 1975-79; Copa América 1975), dies in Alianza Lima air disaster at 59
  • Dec 10 (Leroy) "Slam" Stewart, American jazz double bass player, dies of congestive heart failure at 73
  • Dec 10 Jascha Heifetz, Russian violinist, dies at 86
  • Dec 11 G. A. Kulkarni, Indian (Marathi) writer (RamalKhuna), dies at 64
  • Dec 12 Enrique Jorrín, Cuban musician and composer (b. 1926)
  • Dec 12 Louis de Meester, Belgian pianist and classical and electronic music composer (The Great Temptation of St Anthony), dies at 83
  • Dec 12 Truman "Pinky" Tomlin, American singer and actor (Sing While You're Able, With Love and Kisses), dies from a heart attack at 80
  • Dec 14 Clinton Sundberg, American actor (Belle of NY, Easter Parade), dies at 84
  • Dec 15 Septima Poinsette Clark, American educator and civil rights activist, dies at 89
  • Dec 16 Albert P. Morano, American politician (Rep-R-Conn, 1951-59), dies at 79
  • Dec 17 Bernard Cardinal Alfrink, archbishop of Utrecht Neth, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Bernardus Johannes Alfrink, Dutch cardinal of Utrecht Netherlands, dies at 87
  • Dec 17 Marguerite Yourcenar, French-American novelist (Memoirs of Hadrian, The Abyss), dies at 84
  • Dec 18 Conny Plank, German record producer and musician, dies at 47
  • Dec 21 John Spence, founding No Doubt member (b. 1969)
  • Dec 21 Robert Paige, American actor, TV newscaster and political correspondent (Son of Dracula, Pardon My Sarong, Colgate Comedy Hour), dies 77