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, American composer, choirmaster, and musicologist 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 Berta Waterstradt, German writer and actress, dies at 82
  • May 7 Jessica James, actress (Spring Break), dies of breast cancer at 60
  • May 8 Luigi Nono, Italian avant-garde composer (Intolleranza), dies at 66
  • May 8 Tomas O'Fiach [Tomas Seamus Fee], Irish cardinal-archbishop, dies of a heart attack at 66
  • May 9 Patrick Piggott, British pianist, composer, and musicologist (The Life & Music of John Field; The Innocent Diversion - Music in the Life and Writings of Jane Austen), dies at 74
  • 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 at 51
  • May 14 Andre Ameller, French double bassist (Paris Opéra, 1937-53), conductor, composer, and educator (École Nationale de Musique - Dijon, 1953-81), dies at 78
  • May 14 Franklyn Seales, West Indian-American stage and screen actor (The Onion Field; Silver Spoons - "Dexter"), dies of AIDS at 37
  • 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 her brother Christian

Jim HensonJim Henson (1936-1990)

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

Sammy Davis Jr.Sammy Davis Jr. (1925-1990)

May 16 American vaudeville, stage, and screen dancer, singer ("The Candy Man"), actor (Ocean's 11), and Rat Pack member, dies of throat cancer at 64

  • May 17 Frank Wright, American free jazz saxophonist, dies at 54
  • May 18 Jill Ireland, English actress (Carry on Nurse, Family), dies of cancer at 54
  • May 21 Mary Victor Bruce (née Petre), British speedboat pilot, race car driver, and aviator who flew around Empire State building in 1930, dies at 94
  • May 21 Max Wall [Lorimer], British music hall, screen, and stage comic and actor (Professor Wallofski), dies of head injuries from a fall at 82
  • 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
  • May 28 Julius Eastman, American pianist, vocalist, and minimalist composer (The Holy Presence of Joan d'Arc; Gay Guerrilla), dies of cardiac arrest at 49