Famous People Who Died in December 1988

  • Dec 2 Tata Giacobetti, Italian jazz singer and lyricist (Quartetto Cetra), dies at 66
  • Dec 4 Osman Achmatowicz, Polish chemist, dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Bill Harris, American guitarist (Clovers-Love Potion No 9), dies at 63
  • Dec 6 Roy Orbison, American rock singer-songwriter ("Pretty Woman"; "Only The Lonely"; Traveling Wilburys - "Handle With Care"), dies of a massive heart attack at 52
  • Dec 7 Andrei P Ershov, Russian computer pioneer, dies
  • Dec 7 Christopher Connelly, actor (Liar's Moon, Hawmps), dies at 47
  • Dec 7 Peter Langan, Irish restaurateur (Langans London), dies in fire
  • Dec 8 Anne Seymour, actress (Misty, Chevy Mystery Show), dies at 79
  • Dec 8 Herbert "Tubo" Rhoad, American baritone a cappella singer (Persuasions - "Street Corner Symphony"), dies at 44
  • Dec 10 Dick Clair, American comedian (Clair & McMahon, Facts of Life), dies of AIDS
  • Dec 10 Richard Castellano, American actor (The Godfather, Lovers & Other Stranger), dies at 55
  • Dec 12 Anthony "Tony Pro" Provenzano, American Mafia figure (b. 1917)
  • Dec 12 John Canning, NY Post managing editor, dies at 56
  • Dec 13 Bill Nichols, American politician (Rep-D-AL, 1967-88), dies of a heart attack in office at 70
  • Dec 14 Evald Schorm, Czech film director (Courage for Every Day), dies at 56
  • Dec 16 Hunter "Stork" Hendry, Australian cricket all-rounder (11 Tests, 1 x 100, 16 wickets; NSW CA, Victoria CA), dies at 93

Sylvester James Jr.Sylvester James Jr. (1947-1988)

Dec 16 American singer-songwriter (Do Ya Wanna Funk), dies of complications from HIV/AIDS at 41

  • Dec 20 Alphonse Ouimet, Canadian television pioneer and president of the CBC, dies at 80

Max RobinsonMax Robinson (1939-1988)

Dec 20 1st African American network TV anchor (ABC), dies of AIDS at 49

  • Dec 21 Bob Steele [Robert Adrian Bradbury], American actor (Monogram, Supreme, Tiffany), dies of Emphysema at 60
  • Dec 21 Nikolaas Tinbergen, Dutch-British biologist and zoologist (Nobel 1973), dies at 81
  • Dec 22 (Thomas) "Tucker" Smith, American stage and screen dancer, singer and actor (West Side Story - "Ice"), dies of cancer at 52

Chico MendesChico Mendes (1944-1988)

Dec 22 Brazilian environmental activist and rubber tapper, assassinated at 44 by rancher Darcy Alves

  • Dec 25 Edward Pelham-Clinton, 10th Duke of Newcastle-under-Lyne (b. 1920)
  • Dec 25 Ooka Shohei, Japanese novelist (b. 1909)
  • Dec 26 Cynthia Stone, American actress (That Wonderful Guy, Ad Libbers), dies at 62
  • Dec 26 Glenn McCarthy, American oil tycoon and businessman (b. 1907)
  • Dec 26 John Loder, actor (Sabotage, Java Head), dies at 90
  • Dec 26 Pablo Sorozábal, Spanish composer, dies at 91
  • Dec 27 Fox Harris, actor (Alienator, Warlords, Sid & Nancy), dies
  • Dec 27 Hall Ashby, American director (Shampoo, 8 Million Ways to Die), dies at 59
  • Dec 28 Hal Ashby, academy-award-winning director, dies of cancer at 59
  • Dec 29 Mike Beuttler, British racing driver, dies at 48
  • Dec 30 Isamu Noguchi, Japanese-American sculptor (1963 Fine Arts Medal, Noguchi table), dies at 84
  • Dec 30 Yuli Daniel, Russian writer (b. 1925)