On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1988

  • 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 Paul Vario, U.S. Italian Mafia of the Lucchese Family, dies of lung cancer at 73
  • May 3 Walther Vanbeselaere, Flemish art historian, dies at 79
  • May 3 Johannes Driessler, German organist and composer, dies at 67
  • 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 (Killer angels), dies of a heart attack at 59
  • May 6 Paul Wilson, American baritone doo-wop singer (Flamingos, 1952-64 - "Lovers Never Say Goodbye") dies at 53
  • 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 & 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, American bodybuilder (NPC Gold's Classic 1981), 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, American animation voice (Yogi Bear, Huckleberry Hound), dies at 71
  • May 18 David Moule-Evans, English composer & conductor, dies at 82
  • May 19 Virginia Farmer, actress (Cyrano de Bergerac), dies at 90
  • May 20 René Defossez, Belgian composer, dies at 82
  • May 21 Dino Conte Grandi, Italian Fascist politician and delegate to league of nations (1925-32), dies at 92
  • May 21 Bruno Frei [Benedikt Freistadt], Austrian Marxist journalist, dies at 91
  • May 21 Sammy Davis Sr., American dancer (Mr. Wonderful), dies at 87
  • 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 26 José Muñoz Molleda, Spanish composer and politician, dies at 83
  • 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 28 Melvin "Sy" Oliver, American jazz arranger, songwriter (Tommy Dorsey - "Yes, Indeed!") dies at 77 [1]
  • May 30 Ella Raines, American actress (Uncle Harry, Runaround, Impact, Brute Force), dies of throat cancer at 67