Famous People Who Died in December 1990

  • Dec 1 Jan Hendrik de Groot, Dutch co-founder of Vrij Nederland), dies at 89

Aaron Copland

Dec 2 Aaron Copland, American composer (Billy the Kid, Fanfare for Common Man), dies of Alzheimer's disease and respiratory failure at 90

  • Dec 2 Robert Cummings, American actor (Love that Bob, Dial M For Murder), dies of kidney failure at 80
  • Dec 3 Gavin Reed, actor (Body Beneath), dies at 59
  • Dec 4 Edward Binns, American actor (12 Angry Men; Fail-Safe), dies of heart attack at 74
  • Dec 5 Steven Shaw, dies at 25
  • Dec 6 Bob Hamilton, American golfer (PGA C'ship 1944), dies at 74
  • Dec 6 Pavlos Sidiropoulos, Greek rock singer, songwriter and guitarist (Electric Theseus) dies from a heroin overdose at 42

Tunku Abdul Rahman

Dec 6 Tunku Abdul Rahman, Malaysia's founding father, 1st Prime Minister of Malaya (1957-63) and Malaysia (1963-70), dies at 87

  • Dec 7 Dee Clark, American pop singer ("Raindrops"), dies at 52
  • Dec 7 Horst Bienek, German writer and director (The First Polka), dies at 60
  • Dec 7 Jean Duceppe, Quebec actor (Mon oncle Antoine), dies at 67
  • Dec 7 Jean Paul Lemieux, Canadian painter, dies at 86
  • Dec 7 Joan Bennett, American actress (House Across the Bay), dies at 80
  • Dec 7 Peter Mieg, Swiss composer, dies at 84
  • Dec 7 Reinaldo Arenas, Cuban poet and novelist (Pentagonia), dies at 47
  • Dec 8 Martin Ritt, American actor and director (The Spy Who Came In from the Cold, Slugger's Wife, End of the Game), dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Pony Sherrell Metcalf, NY, singer, dies of heart attack
  • Dec 9 Mike Mazurki, Austrian-American actor and professional wrestler (Some Like It Hot, It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World), dies at 82
  • Dec 10 Armand Hammer, CEO (Occidental Petroleum), dies at 92
  • Dec 11 Fernand J. Collin, Belgian economist and banker, dies at 92

Alice Marble

Dec 13 Alice Marble, American tennis player (US Open 1936, 1938-40), dies of pernicious anaemia at 77

  • Dec 14 Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Swiss playwright & novelist (The Physicists, The Visit). dies of heart failure at 69
  • Dec 14 Hope Sansberry, American actress (Rats are Coming), dies at 94
  • Dec 14 Johannes, 11th Prince of Thurn und Taxis, German businessman, dies at 64
  • Dec 15 Betty Warren British actress (Passport to Pimlico), dies at 83
  • Dec 15 Jean Paige, American silent film actress (Capt Blood, Black Beauty), dies at 95
  • Dec 16 Douglas Campbell, American aviator and World War I flying ace, dies at 94
  • Dec 17 Don Draper, American actor (Pepper Agent 00X), dies of AIDS at 61
  • Dec 17 Mieke Verstraete [Maria Augustina De Graef], Belgian-Dutch actress (Pleasantly Settled), dies at 79
  • Dec 18 Anne Revere, actress (National Velvet), dies of pneumonia at 87
  • Dec 18 Connie Russell, American singer (Club Embassy; Garroway at Large), dies at 67
  • Dec 18 Paul Tortelier, French concert cellist, composer, and teacher, dies at 76
  • Dec 19 Basil Henson, actor (Change Partners), dies of stroke at 71
  • Dec 19 Massimo Amfiteatrof [Maksim Amfiteatrov], Russian-Italian classical musician, known as 'the Cellists' Caruso', dies at 83
  • Dec 20 (William) Elmo Tanner, American big band singer, whistler (Ted Weems Orchestra - "Heartaches"), bandleader, and DJ, dies at 86
  • Dec 21 Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, American aeronautical engineer (Lockheed Skunk Works; b. 1910)
  • Dec 22 Cecil Effinger, American oboist, composer, and inventor of a music typewriter, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Frank King, West Indian cricketer (WI fast bowler played 14 Tests 1953-56), dies at 64
  • Dec 23 Wendell Scott, American auto racer (first black driver to win a race at NASCAR's premier level [Jacksonville 200 1963]), dies from spinal cancer at 69
  • Dec 24 Thorbjørn Egner, Norwegian author (b. 1922)
  • Dec 25 Marguerite N Wittenberg, entertainer, dies of cancer at 77
  • Dec 26 Nancy Cruznan, accident victim/right-to-die case, dies at 33
  • Dec 27 Helene Stanley, American actress (Carnival Story, Roar of the Crowd),and live-action model for Disney animators (Cinderealla; Sleeping Beauty), dies at 61
  • Dec 28 Ed van der Elsken, Dutch photographer (Sweet Life), dies at 65
  • Dec 28 Kiel Martin, American actor (Hill Street Blues - "Det. LaRue"), dies of cancer at 46
  • Dec 28 Lucas Polhaupessy, Moluccan leader, dies
  • Dec 28 Walter Burle Marx, Brazilian pianist and composer, dies at 88
  • Dec 31 Dalton Cathey, American actor dies of AIDS at 44
  • Dec 31 George Allen, American Pro Football HOF coach (NFL Coach of the Year 1967, 71; LA Rams, Washington Redskins), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Vasily Grigoryevich Lazarev, cosmonaut (Soyuz 12, 18A), dies at 62