On This Day

Famous People Who Died in April 1991

  • Apr 1 Martha Graham, American choreographer (Appalachian Spring), dies at 96
  • Apr 1 Paulo Muwanga, chief of Uganda (1980), dies
  • Apr 1 Jaime Guzmán, Chilean politician (President of the Independent Democratic Union), dies at 44
  • Apr 1 Frankie Gustine, American Major baseball infielder (MLB All-Star 1946, 47, 48; Pittsburgh Pirates), dies at 71

Person of interestGraham Greene

Apr 3 Graham Greene, British writer (3rd Man, Our man in Havana), dies at 86

  • Apr 4 John Heinz, American businessman and Republican politician (Senator from Pennsylvania, 1977-1991), dies in a plane crash at 52
  • Apr 4 Luc de Rijck, Belgian soccer player (Turnhout), dies
  • Apr 4 Max Frisch, Swiss architect/writer (Stiller, Biedermann), dies at 79
  • Apr 4 Edmund Adamkiewicz, German soccer forward (2 caps; Hamburger SV, Eintracht Frankfurt), dies at 70
  • Apr 5 John Tower, American politician (US Senator (R)-Texas), dies in a plane crash at 65
  • Apr 5 Manley Lanier "Sonny" Carter Jr, American chemist and NASA astronaut (STS 33), dies at 43
  • Apr 6 Bill Ponsford, Australian cricket batsman (29 Tests @ 48 22, 7 x 100s; 1st-class 13,819 runs @ 65.18; Victoria), dies at 90
  • Apr 7 Ruth Page, American ballet dancer and choreographer (Diaghilev, Pygmalion), dies at 92
  • Apr 8 Dead [Pelle Ohlin], Swedish heavy metal singer (Mayhem), commits suicide at 22
  • Apr 9 Maurice Binder, American photographer and film title designer (James Bond Movies), dies at 73
  • Apr 9 Forrest Towns, American athlete (Olympic gold 110m hurdles 1936), dies at 77

  • Apr 9 Martin Hannett, record producer (b. 1948)
  • Apr 10 Kevin Peter Hall, actor (Harry & Hendersons), dies of AIDS at 35
  • Apr 10 Natalie Schafer, American actress (Gilligan's Island, Anastasia), dies from cancer at 90
  • Apr 11 Walker Cooper, American baseball catcher (MLB All-Star 1942–44, 46–50; World Series 1942, 44; St. Louis Cardinals), dies at 76
  • Apr 11 Tom Rosqui, American stage and screen character actor (The Godfather - "Rocco Lampone"), dies of cancer at 62
  • Apr 12 James Schuyler, American poet (Pulitzer 1980), dies
  • Apr 15 Marjorie Warfield, American actress, dies at 88
  • Apr 15 Martin Ashe, American actor, dies at 81

Person of interestDavid Lean

Apr 16 David Lean, film director (Doctor Zhivago, Lawrence of Arabia), dies of pneumonia at 83

Film Director David Lean
Film Director
David Lean
  • Apr 17 Jack Yellen, American poet (Sons o' Fun), dies at 97
  • Apr 18 Heino Jurisalu, Estonian composer (Kvintett puhkpillidele), dies at 60
  • Apr 18 Barry Rogers, American jazz, salsa, and session trombonist (Eddie Palmiere; Fania All-Stars; Chaka Khan; Todd Rundgren), dies at 55
  • Apr 19 Stanley Hawes, British-born Australian film producer, director and administrator (b. 1905)
  • Apr 20 Don Siegel, American film director (Coogan's Bluff, Dirty Harry), dies at 78
  • Apr 20 Yumjaagiin Tsedenbal, Mongolian politician (Chairman of the Presidium of the People's Great Khural (President), 1974-84; Prime Minister, 1952-74; General Secretary of the Mongolian People's Party, 1940-54), dies at 74
  • Apr 20 Sean O'Faolain [J Whelan], Irish writer (Nest of Simple), dies at 91
  • Apr 20 Steve Marriott, English guitarist (Small Faces), dies in a house fire at 44
  • Apr 21 Richard Bolling, American politician (Rep-D-Missouri 1949-83), dies at 74
  • Apr 21 Willi Boskovsky, Austrian violinist and conductor (Vienna New Year's Concert, 1955-79), dies at 81
  • Apr 23 Peter Bailey, Graphic designer/calligrapher, dies

  • Apr 23 Johnny Thunders [Genzale], American punk rock guitarist (New York Dolls), dies from a combination of leukemia and drug abuse at 38
  • Apr 24 J de Graaf, ethicus/president church & peace, dies
  • Apr 25 Frank Hamilton, actor (Subterraneans), dies at 66
  • Apr 25 Theo Laseroms [Tank], Dutch soccer player (Feyenoord), dies
  • Apr 26 Emily McLaughlin, American actress (Jessie Brewer- General Hospital), dies at 61
  • Apr 26 Carmine Coppola, American composer and conductor (The Godfather Part II), and father of Francis Ford Coppola, dies at 80
  • Apr 26 Leo Arnaud, French-American composer (Bugler's Dream), dies at 86
  • Apr 26 Richard Hatfield, Canadian politician (26th Premier of New Brunswick), dies at 60
  • Apr 26 Hans Holewa, Austrian-born Swedish composer, dies at 85
  • Apr 26 Lars Hall, Swedish pentathlete (Olympic gold 1952), dies at 63
  • Apr 27 Marcus Heeresma, Dutch author (Anna, Son of a Whore), dies at 55
  • Apr 28 Floyd McKissick, American lawyer & civil rights activist, dies at 69
  • Apr 28 Ken Curtis, American actor (Festus - Gunsmoke), dies at 74
  • Apr 28 Steve Broidy, American motion picture executive, dies at 85
  • Apr 29 Claude Gallimard, French publisher, dies
  • Apr 30 George Sperti, American inventor (Preparation H), dies at 91