Famous Deaths in 1988

Deaths 1 - 200 of 374

  • Jan 1 Leo Steiner, NY Carnegie Deli's owner, dies
  • Jan 1 Marcel Hillaire, German actor (Take the Money and Run, Seven Thieves), dies from surgery complications at 79
  • Jan 2 E.B. Ford, British ecological geneticist, dies at 86
  • Jan 3 Gaston Eyskens, Prime Minister of Belgium (1949, 1958-61, 1968-72), dies at 82
  • Jan 3 William Cagney, actor (Torrid Zone), dies of a heart attack at 82
  • Jan 3 Rose Ausländer, German poet (b. 1901)
  • Jan 3 Joie Chitwood, American racedriver & Daredevil (b. 1912)
  • Jan 4 Lily Laskine, French harpist, dies at 94
  • Jan 5 "Pistol Pete" Mavarich, NBAer (Atlanta), dies of a heart attack at 40

Person of interestPete Maravich

Jan 5 Pete Maravich, American basketball player, dies of heart failure at 40

NBA Guard Pete Maravich
NBA Guard
Pete Maravich
  • Jan 6 Brent Collins, soap actor (Another World), dies of heart attack at 46
  • Jan 7 Trevor Howard, British actor (Brief Encounter, Superman, The Third Man), dies of bronchitis at 71
  • Jan 7 Michel Auclair [Vladimir Vujović], German actor (Funny Face, Day of the Jackal), dies at 65
  • Jan 8 Frank Pace Jr, US Secretary of Army (1950-53), dies at 76
  • Jan 11 Gregory (Pappy) Boyington, ace WW II pilot, dies of cancer at 75
  • Jan 11 Isidor Isaac Rabi, nuclear physicist (Nobel Prize-1944), dies at 89
  • Jan 11 Florence Knapp, American, one-time oldest person in the world (b. 1873)
  • Jan 12 Connie Mulder, South African politician (b. 1925)
  • Jan 13 Chiang Ching-huo, president of Taiwan (1978-88), dies at 69
  • Jan 14 Georgy M Malenkov, PM of USSR (1953-55), dies at 86

Person of interestSeán MacBride

Jan 15 Seán MacBride, Chief of Staff of the Irish Republican Army and founder of Amnesty International (Nobel 1974), dies at 83

Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA Seán MacBride
Irish Politician and Chief of Staff of the IRA
Seán MacBride
  • Jan 16 Ballard Berkeley [Blascheck], British actor (Fawlty Towers, East meets West, The BFG), dies at 83
  • Jan 16 Andrija Artuković, Croatian war criminal (b. 1899)
  • Jan 20 Philippe de Rothschild, Bordeaux Vineyard manager, dies in Paris at 86
  • Jan 20 Dora Stratou, Greek choreographer and folklorist (b. 1903)
  • Jan 21 Abraham Sofaer, actor (Naked Jungle, Elephant Walk), dies
  • Jan 22 Georgi M Malenkov, Russian premier (1953-55), dies at 86
  • Jan 22 Parker Fennelly, actor (Kettles on Old MacDonald's Farm), dies at 96
  • Jan 23 Dan Daniel, politician (Rep-D-VA, 1969-88), dies at 73
  • Jan 24 Charles Glenn King, biochemist (discovered vitamin C), dies at 91
  • Jan 24 Werner Fenchel, German mathematician (b. 1905)
  • Jan 25 Colleen Moore, actress (These Girls Won't Talk), dies at 87
  • Jan 27 Massa Makan Diabaté, Malian author (b. 1938)
  • Jan 27 Edward Pawley, American actor (Angels with Dirty Faces), dies t 86
  • Jan 28 Klaus Fuchs, German physicist (b. 1911)
  • Jan 29 Bantcho Bantchevsky, US opera singer, commits suicide
  • Jan 29 James R. Killian Jr., 10th president of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1948-59), dies at 83
  • Jan 29 Rogier van Otterloo, Dutch composer and conductor, dies at 46
  • Jan 30 Cornelia D "Corry" Spark, Dutch cabaret performer, dies at 85
  • Feb 1 Heather O'Rourke, (Poltergeist) star, dies of intestinal ailment at 12
  • Feb 1 Reinder Zwolsman, Dutch businessman, dies at 75
  • Feb 1 Marcel Bozzuffi, French actor (The French Connection), dies at 59
  • Feb 2 Clive Epstein, brother of Brian Epstein, dies at 51
  • Feb 2 G Mennen Williams, Supreme Court justice, dies at 76 in Detroit
  • Feb 6 Lee Goodman, actor (Imitation of Life), dies of TB at 64
  • Feb 6 Marghanita Laski, English author (Victorian chaise-lounge), dies
  • Feb 6 Nuno Oliveira, Bass Player (b. 1925)
  • Feb 7 Lin[wood V] Carter, American sci-fi writer (Lost World of Time), dies at 57
  • Feb 8 Allan Cuthbertson, actor (Running Man, 7th Dawn), dies at 67
  • Feb 14 Frederick Loewe [Friedrich Löwe], Austrian-born American composer (My Fair Lady, Camelot), dies at 86
  • Feb 15 Frederick [Fritz] Loewe, composer, dies

  • Feb 15 Gardiner Means, US economist, dies at 91
  • Feb 15 Gerard Holt, architect, dies at 83
  • Feb 15 Neil R[onald] Jones, sf writer (Space War, Twin Worlds), dies at 78
  • Feb 15 Richard Feynman, American theoretical physicist known for his work on quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics (1965 Nobel), dies of liposarcoma at 69
  • Feb 16 Jean Carignan, French Canadian fiddler (b. 1916)
  • Feb 19 André Frédéric Cournand, French-born physician, Nobel laureate (b. 1895)
  • Feb 24 Irwan Chanin, US theater builder, dies at 96
  • Feb 24 Memphis Slim [John Len Chatman] American blues musician ("Every Day I Have the Blues"), dies at 72
  • Feb 25 Amapola Del Vando, actress (Cowboy), dies at 78
  • Feb 28 Mikha`il Na'imah, Lebanese playwright, dies at 99
  • Mar 1 Jean Le Poulain, French actor (Divine), dies at 63
  • Mar 1 Joe Besser, American actor and comedian (The Three Stooges, Let's Make Love, Africa Screams), dies from heart failure at 80
  • Mar 3 Lois Wilson, actress (Crash, Deluge, Bright Eyes), dies
  • Mar 3 Sewall Wright, US geneticist (evolution model), dies at 98
  • Mar 5 Alberto Olmedo, Argentine comedian (b. 1933)
  • Mar 6 Konstantin Iliev, Bulgarian composer, dies at 63
  • Mar 7 Divine, [Harris Milstead], female impersonator (Pink Flamingos), dies
  • Mar 7 Robert Livingston, American actor (Three Mesquiteers, The Lone Ranger and Zorro), dies at 83 of emphysema
  • Mar 7 Divine [Harris Glenn Milstead], American actress, drag queen, and international icon of bad taste cinema (Pink Flamingos), dies of natural causes at 42
  • Mar 8 Werner Hartmann, German physicist (b. 1912)
  • Mar 8 Henryk Szeryng, Polish-born violinist (b. 1918)
  • Mar 9 Kurt Georg Kiesinger, West German chancellor (1966-69), dies at 83
  • Mar 10 Andy Gibb, British singer-songwriter, performer and teen idol (Bee Gees-I Just Want to Be Your Everything), dies of myocarditis at 30
  • Mar 10 Glenn Cunningham, American middle distance runner (1930's), dies at 78
  • Mar 10 William Brocklesby Wordsworth, composer, dies at 79
  • Mar 11 Pham Hung, premier of Vietnam, dies at about 74
  • Mar 12 Billie Rhodes, American silent film actress, dies at 93
  • Mar 12 William Camp, dies at 74
  • Mar 13 Olive Carey, actress (Affairs With a Stranger), dies at 92

Person of interestDmitri Polyakov

Mar 15 Dmitri Polyakov, Soviet Major General and spy for the CIA, executed at 66

Soviet General and Cold War Spy Dmitri Polyakov
Soviet General and Cold War Spy
Dmitri Polyakov
  • Mar 16 Dorothy Adams Foulger, actress (Laura, Devil Commands), dies at 88
  • Mar 17 Reg Sinfield, cricketer (one Test for England v Australia 1938), dies
  • Mar 17 Nikolas Asimos, Greek counter-culture composer and singer (b. 1949)
  • Mar 20 Gil Evans, Canadian/US jazz composer (Out of the Cool), dies at 75
  • Mar 25 James J. Howard, American educator and Democratic Party politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey), dies at 60
  • Mar 27 Jan van den Weghe, Flemish writer, dies at about 67
  • Mar 29 Ted Kluszewski, American baseball 1st baseman (4-time MLB All Star), dies of heart attack at 63
  • Mar 30 Edgar Faure, French politician (b. 1908)
  • Mar 31 Talib Rasul Hakim, composer, dies at 48
  • Mar 31 William McMahon, 20th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1908)
  • Apr 1 Jim Jordan, American actor and radio comedian (Fibber McGee), dies from a blod clot at 91
  • Apr 1 Marius Holtrop, Dutch economist and President of Netherlands Bank, dies at 85
  • Apr 3 Milton A Caniff, US cartoonist (Terry & the Pirates), dies at 81
  • Apr 5 Alf Kjellin, Swedish actor and director (Juggler), dies
  • Apr 7 Cesar Bresgen, Austrian composer/organist, dies at 74
  • Apr 9 Brook Benton [Benjamin Franklin Peay], American soul vocalist (It's Just a Matter of Time, Rainy Night in Georgia), dies of meningitis at 56
  • Apr 9 Dave Prater, American singer and musician (Sam & Dave), dies in a car crash at 50
  • Apr 10 Cliff Gladwin, cricketer (8 Tests for England 1947-49), dies
  • Apr 11 Jean "Jeff" Donnell, American actress (Gidget Goes to Rome, Hoedown, 9 Girls), dies at 66 of a heart attack

Person of interestAlan Paton

Apr 12 Alan Paton, South African author (Cry, the Beloved Country, Too Late the Phalarope) and anti-apartheid activist, dies at 85

Author and Apartheid Activist Alan Paton
Author and Apartheid Activist
Alan Paton
  • Apr 14 Herbert Reynolds Inch, composer, dies at 83
  • Apr 14 Johan Franco, Dutch composer, dies at 79
  • Apr 14 John Stonehouse, British politician (b. 1925)
  • Apr 15 Han G. Hoekstra, Dutch poet (Zandloper), dies at 81
  • Apr 15 Kenneth Williams, British actor (Hancock's Half Hour, Carry On films), dies of an overdose at 61
  • Apr 15 Youri Egorov, Soviet classical pianist (b. 1954)
  • Apr 16 Clifford Roach, cricketer (16 Tests early in West Indian cricket history), dies
  • Apr 16 Jacques de Kadt, Dutch politician and writer (Fascism is War!), dies at 90
  • Apr 16 Khalil al-Wazir, PLO leader, assassinated by Israeli commandos at 52
  • Apr 16 Warde Donovan, dies at 72
  • Apr 17 Eva Novak, actress (Medicine Man), dies of pneumonia at 90
  • Apr 17 Louise Nevelson, sculptor, dies of brain tumor at 88
  • Apr 18 Pierre Desproges, French humorist (b. 1939)
  • Apr 19 Kwon Ki-ok, first Korean female pilot (b. 1901)
  • Apr 21 I. A. L. Diamond, Hollywood screenwriter (1960 Acad Award-Apartment), dies at 67
  • Apr 22 Irene Rich, US actress (Beau Brumell, Champ), dies at 96
  • Apr 23 Arthur Michael, Lord Ramsey/archbishop of Canterbury, dies
  • Apr 24 E S "Bob" Newson, cricketer (South African fast bowler in 1930's), dies
  • Apr 25 Boris Kremenliev, composer, dies at 76
  • Apr 25 Carolyn Franklin, American singer-songwriter, sister of Aretha, dies of cancer at 43
  • Apr 25 Clifford D. Simak, American sci-fi author (Hugo, Way Station), dies at 83
  • Apr 25 Valerie Solanas, American radical feminist, author of SCUM Manifesto, who attempted to assassinate Andy Warhol in 1968, dies of pneumonia at 52
  • Apr 27 David Scarboro, British actor (b. 1968)
  • Apr 28 B. W. Stevenson, American country singer (b. 1949)
  • Apr 29 Andrew Cruickshank, actor (Body in Library, Murder Most Foul), dies
  • Apr 29 Jan Kapr, Czech composer, dies at 74
  • Apr 30 James McCracken, US tenor, dies at 61
  • May 1 Ben Lexcen, Australian yacht designer (Australia II 1983 America's Cup), dies of heart disease at 52
  • May 1 Carroll Righter, American columnist and astrologer to the stars, dies prostate cancer at 88
  • May 1 Paolo Stoppa, actor (Garibaldi, Visit, Freedom Fighters), dies
  • May 3 Lev Pontryagin, Russian mathematician, dies at 79
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 5 George Rose, British actor and singer (Beacon Hill, Holocaust), dies at 68
  • May 5 Tamara Pos, Suriname/Dutch activist
  • May 5 Michael Shaara, American author (b. 1928)
  • May 8 Robert A Heinlein, sci-fi writer (Friday), dies of heart failure at 80
  • May 10 Shen Congwen, Chinese writer (Long River), dies at 85

Person of interestKim Philby

May 11 Kim Philby, British spy and Soviet mole who was a member of the "Cambridge Five", dies at 76

  • May 12 Paul Osborn, American playwright (Mornings at 7), dies at 86
  • May 13 Chet Baker, jazz trumpeter, fell to death out of a hotel window at 59
  • May 14 Willem Drees, Dutch statesman of the Labour Party (PvdA) and Prime Minister of the Netherlands, dies at 101
  • May 15 Andrew Duggan, American character actor (Secret War of Harry Frigg, Winds of War), dies of cancer at 64
  • May 15 Greta Nissen, actress (Ambassador Bill), dies
  • May 16 Kay Baxter, best bodybuilder in the world (1983-85), dies in car crash at 42
  • May 16 Louise Wood, director of Girl Scouts of USA (1961-72), dies at 78
  • May 16 Charles Keeping, English illustrator (b. 1924)
  • May 18 Daws Butler, cartoon voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actresss (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian delegate to league of nations, dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 22 Dennis Day, tenor/comedian (Jack Benny Show, Danny Boy), dies at 71
  • May 22 Giorgio Almirante, Italian fascist (member of parliament (1948-87)), dies at 73
  • May 23 David Schoenbrun, CBS broadcast bureau head (Wash, Paris), dies at 73
  • May 24 James "Hamish" Hamilton, British publisher (Salinger/Mitford), dies at 87
  • May 24 Tom Burtt, cricketer (NZ slow left-armer in 11 Tests 1947-53), dies
  • May 25 Ernst Ruska, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1906)
  • May 27 Florida Friebus, American actress (Bob Newhart Show), dies of a stroke at 79
  • May 27 Melvin J "Cy" Oliver, US jazz composer/orchestra leader, dies at 77
  • May 27 Renato Salvatori, actor (Burn, Luna, 2 Women), dies
  • May 30 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 67
  • Jun 1 Leon Belasco [Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky], Russian actor (Lucky Partners, My Sister Eileen), dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Horace A Hildreth, (Gov-Maine, 1945-49), dies at 85
  • Jun 2 Raj Kapoor, Indian actor known as "the greatest showman of Hindi cinema" (Awaara, Boot Polish), dies of complications related to asthma at 63
  • Jun 5 Clarence M Pendleton, chairman of comm on Civil Rights (1981-88) dies
  • Jun 7 Joe Partridge, cricketer (South African pace bowler 1963-65), commits suicide
  • Jun 7 Vernon Washington, American actor (Roots, The Last Starfighter, Friday the 13th: A New Beginning), dies at 60
  • Jun 8 Eli Mintz, actor (Boardwalk), dies
  • Jun 8 Russell Harty, broadcaster, dies
  • Jun 8 Virgil Oliver Jr, entertainer, dies
  • Jun 10 Louis L'Amour, western writer (Bowdrie), dies at 80 of cancer
  • Jun 11 Giuseppe Saragat, 5th President of Italy (1964-71), dies at 89
  • Jun 11 Nathan Cook, actor (White Night), dies of an allergic reaction at 38
  • Jun 12 Marcel Poot, Belgian baron and composer, dies at 87
  • Jun 16 Miguel Piñero, Puerto Rican playwright, actor, and co-founder of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe. (b. 1946)
  • Jun 19 Zdeněk Blažek, Czech composer and music theorist (Verchovina), dies at 83
  • Jun 19 Fernand Seguin, Canadian biologist (b. 1922)
  • Jun 19 Gladys Spellman, American. Congresswoman (b. 1918)
  • Jun 21 Robert Lee "Bobby" Dodd, US football coach
  • Jun 22 Bramwell Fletcher, British actor (White Cargo, Random Harvest, The Mummy), dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Dennis Day, actor/tenor (Jack Benny Show), dies of ALS at 71
  • Jun 22 Ross Ford, actor (Reform School Girl, Jungle Patrol), dies
  • Jun 22 Jesse Ed Davis, Native American guitarist, dies of a drug overdose at 43
  • Jun 23 Dayton Lummis, actor (Moonfire, Flight that Disappeared), dies
  • Jun 23 Evert Werkman, Dutch journalist (Het Parool), dies at 73
  • Jun 23 M Gregor-Dellin, writer, dies
  • Jun 25 Axis Sally, [Mildred E Gillars], US nazi propagandist (WWII), dies
  • Jun 25 Hillel Slovak, Israeli-born musician (Anthym/What Is This?, Red Hot Chili Peppers) (b. 1962)
  • Jun 27 Leonie Fuller Adams, US poetess (High Falcon), dies at 88
  • Jun 28 Kurt Raab, writer/actor (Boarding School, Stationmaster's Wife), dies
  • Jul 1 Hellmuth Christian Wolff, composer, dies at 82
  • Jul 1 Lex van Delden, Dutch composer/writer, dies at 68
  • Jul 3 Gabriel Dell, American actor (The Bowery Boys, Steve Allen Show), dies of leukemia at 68
  • Jul 4 Adrian Adonis [Keith A. Franke Jr.], American professional wrestler, killed in auto accident at 34
  • Jul 7 Jimmy Edwards, British comedy writer and actor (Take It From Here, Whack-O!), dies from pneumonia at 68
  • Jul 8 Ray Barbuti, American athlete (Olympic gold 400m, 400m relay 1928), dies at 83
  • Jul 9 Anthony Holland, AIDS sufferer committed suicide at 60
  • Jul 9 Barbara Woodhouse, dog trainer, dies at 78 of a stroke
  • Jul 10 Errol John, Trinidadian actor and playwright (A Man from the Sun, The Nun's Story, Assault on a Queen), dies at 63
  • Jul 11 Milton Krims, American screenwriter (Prince of Foxes), dies at 84