On This Day

Famous People Who Died in May 1990

  • May 1 Sunset Carson [Michael Harrison] American western actor (Cat of Rockies, El Paso Kid, Oregon Trail), dies at 69
  • May 2 David Rappaport, 3'11' actor (Wizard, LA Law), shoots himself at 38
  • May 2 Oleg Anatolyevich Yakovlev, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 49
  • May 2 William Levi Dawson, composer, dies at 90
  • May 3 Pimen, [Sergei Irzyekov], patriarch of Rus-orthodox church, dies at 79
  • May 4 Don Appell, American writer and director, dies at 70
  • May 6 Charles Farrell, American actor (7th Heaven, My Little Margie), dies at 89
  • May 7 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • May 7 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, dies at 82
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach, [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies
  • May 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 9 Pauline Frederick, American journalist & author, dies at 84
  • May 10 Susan Oliver, American actress (Ann-Peyton Place, Star Trek-Cage), dies of cancer at 61
  • May 10 Walker Percy, physician/novelist (Lancelot), dies of cancer at 73
  • May 12 Andrei Kirilenko, Russian member of Central Committee of Communist Party, dies at 83
  • May 13 Venedikt Jerofejev, Russian writer, dies

  • May 14 Andre Ameller, composer, dies at 78
  • May 15 Doug Young, Canadian NHL defenceman (Stanley Cup 1936-37, Detroit Red Wings captain), dies at 81
  • May 16 Dag Drollet, Cheyenne Brando's boyfriend killed by brother Christian

Person of interestJim Henson

May 16 James "Jim" Henson, American puppeteer, artist, screenwriter and filmmaker, best known as the creator of 'the Muppets" (Sesame Street, The Muppet Show), dies of toxic shock syndrome caused by pneumonia at 53

Muppeteer Jim Henson
Muppeteer
Jim Henson
  • May 16 Sammy Davis Jr, American singer, dancer and actor (Ocean's 11, Candy Man), dies of throat cancer at 64
  • May 18 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • May 21 Franklyn Seales, actor (Silver Spoon, Onion Field), dies of AIDS at 37
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce, who flew around empire state bldg in 1930, dies
  • May 21 Moelvi Mohammed Farouk, Indian spiritual leader, murdered
  • May 22 Max Wall, actor (Jabberwocky), dies
  • May 22 Rocky Graziano, American boxer (World Middleweight title 1947-48; famous Tony Zale trilogy) and entertainer (Pantomime Quiz, Miami Undercover), dies of heart failure at 71
  • May 25 Victor "Vic" Tayback, American actor (Mel Sharples-"Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore "), dies of a heart attack at 60
  • May 27 Robert B. Meyner, American politician (44th Governor of New Jersey), dies at 81
  • May 28 Giorgio Manganelli, writer, dies at 67
  • May 28 Hussein Bin Onn, 1st minister of Malasia (1976-81), dies
  • May 28 Joseph Hardy, actor and director (Tree Grows in Brooklyn), dies at 71