On This Day

Famous People Who Died in August 1991

  • Aug 1 Stuart Wilson, actor (The Girl Who Had Everything), dies at 87
  • Aug 2 Helen Page Camp, American actress, dies at 60
  • Aug 3 Jackie Verdell, American gospel singer (The Davis Sisters, 1955-66), pop singer-songwriter ("Why Not Give Me A Chance") and session vocalist (Wilson Picket; Van Morrison), dies at 53
  • Aug 4 Nikiforos Vrettakos, Greek poet (Hodyne), dies at 80
  • Aug 4 Jeri Southern [Genevieve Hering], American jazz singer ("You Better Go Now"; "Joey"), dies of a heart attack at 64

Paul Brown

Aug 5 Paul Brown, American NFL Hall of Fame coach (Cleveland Browns, 1946-62, 1968-69; Cincinnati Bengals, 1970-75), dies of pneumonia at 82

  • Aug 5 Soichiro Hondo, Japanese CEO & founder of Honda, dies of liver cancer at 84

Harry Reasoner

Aug 6 Harry Reasoner, American newscaster (60 Minutes, ABC, CBS), dies at 68

  • Aug 6 Shapour Bakhtiar, premier Iran (1979), dies in Paris
  • Aug 6 Roland Michener, 20th Governor General of Canada (1967-74), dies at 91
  • Aug 7 Billy James, New Zealand comedian and singer (Billy T. James Show), dies of heart failure at 42
  • Aug 7 Shapur Bahktiar, Iranian politician, Prime Minister of Iran (1979), assassinated at 77
  • Aug 7 Schottzie Schott, Cincinnati Red dog mascot, dies at 9
  • Aug 8 James Irwin, American air force officer and NASA astronaut (Apollo 15, 8th person to walk on the moon), dies at 61
  • Aug 8 John Brasser, Zaans resistance fighter (White Ko), dies
  • Aug 8 Magdalena G Schenk, historical (Vorstenhuizen of our time), dies
  • Aug 8 Julissa Gomez, American gymnast (b. 1972)
  • Aug 9 Corrie Hartong, Dutch dance pioneer, dies at 85
  • Aug 10 Josef Lipski, Polish Senator, anti-Communist dissident, and human rights advocate, dies of heart disease at 65
  • Aug 10 (Henry) "Buster" Smith, American jazz alto saxophonist, arranger, and bandleader (Blue Devils; Count Basie), dies of a heart attack at 86
  • Aug 11 Jef Contryn, Flemish pioneer puppet theatre, dies at 89
  • Aug 11 J. D. McDuffie, American NASCAR driver (b. 1939)
  • Aug 11 Helmut Walcha, a blind German organist (church music), dies at 83
  • Aug 12 Irene Campbell, British actress/dancer (Wicker Man, St Justice), dies
  • Aug 12 William Gordon, screenwriter (Back to Bataan), dies
  • Aug 13 Jack Ryan, American toy developer at Mattel (Barbie Doll, Hot Wheels), dies at 65
  • Aug 14 Douglas Kiker, American newscaster (NBC-TV), dies of a heart attack at 61
  • Aug 14 Alberto Crespo, Argentine racing driver (b. 1920)
  • Aug 15 Marietta Tree, ambassador (UN Comm of Human Rights), dies at 74
  • Aug 16 Robert DiMatte Jr, stage director/actor, dies at 43
  • Aug 16 Shamu the Whale, dies of respiratory failure at 16
  • Aug 16 Stuart Karl, CEO (Karl Home Video), dies at 38 of skin cancer
  • Aug 17 Donald "Don" Dubbins, American actor (From Here to Eternity, The Caine Mutiny), dies of cancer at 63
  • Aug 17 Leo Geerts [Marcel van der Linden], Belgian writer/critic, dies
  • Aug 17 Mervyn Nelson, American stage director (Some of My Best Friends Are...), dies at 76
  • Aug 18 Vaughn Shoemaker, US cartoonist (John Q Public, Pulitzer), dies
  • Aug 18 Rick Griffin, American artist and a leading designer of psychedelic posters in the 1960s (Grateful Dead), dies in a motorcycle accident on his Harley at 47
  • Aug 18 Clarence Hutchenrider, American jazz clarinetist (Casa Loma Orchestra), dies at 83
  • Aug 19 Richard Maltby Sr., American musician and orchestra leader ("(Themes from) The Man with the Golden Arm"; Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 77
  • Aug 20 Betty Bowden, British dancer and actress (Vote for Nigel), dies at 86
  • Aug 20 Lenore Strunsky Gershwin, widow of Ira Gershwin, dies at 90
  • Aug 21 Oswald von Nell-Breuning, German theologist and philosopher, dies at 101
  • Aug 21 Richard Wilson, producer/writer/actor (Pay or Die), dies at 75
  • Aug 21 Wolfgang Hildesheimer, German-Swiss architect and writer (Mozart biographer), dies at 74
  • Aug 22 Boris Pugo, USSR minister of Interior (1990), commits suicide
  • Aug 22 Colleen Dewhurst, Canadian-American Tony and Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actress (The Blue and the Grey - "Maggie"; Anne of Green Gables), dies of cervical cancer at 67
  • Aug 23 Florence B Seibert, bio-chemist (TB), dies at 93
  • Aug 24 Abel Kivlat, US 1500m runner (Olympic silver 1912), dies at 99
  • Aug 24 Beb [Elizabeth] Vuyk, Neth/Indon writer (Camp Diary), dies at 86
  • Aug 24 Bernard Castro, patented convertible couch, dies at 87
  • Aug 24 Mike Sokoll, cowboy actor, dies at 97
  • Aug 25 Don Nute, American actor, dies of AIDS at 56
  • Aug 25 Niven Busch, American screenwriter (Duel in the Sun), dies at 88
  • Aug 25 Sergei Ajromeiev, soviet general, commits suicide
  • Aug 27 Gordon Heath, actor (Sapphire, Staircase, Animal Farm), dies
  • Aug 27 Vince Taylor [Brian Holden], British rock and roll singer (Brand New Cadillac), dies of lung cancer at 52
  • Aug 28 Christian Anders, actor/composer (Death Stone, Love Cult), dies
  • Aug 28 Eleanor Berry, actress (Death Valley Days), dies
  • Aug 29 Dallas Adams, British painter, writer and actor (Terror from Within), dies
  • Aug 29 Daniel Ocko, American actor dies of a respiratory condition at 78
  • Aug 29 Dixie Dunbar [Charlotte King], American singer and actress, dies of heart attack at 72
  • Aug 29 Kathryn Cravens, American early news correspondent, dies at 92
  • Aug 29 Libero Grassi, Italian underwear manufacturer/anti mafia, dies
  • Aug 30 Alan Wheatley, British actor (The Adventures of Robin Hood), dies from a heart attack at 84
  • Aug 30 Hans Koetsier, Dutch sculptor artist (KLM-Schiphol), dies at 61
  • Aug 30 Jean Tinguely, Swiss sculptor artist (moving objects), dies at 66
  • Aug 31 Leigh Watson, US aviation pioneer/air force general, dies at 93
  • Aug 31 Gerry Davis, British screenwriter (Dr Who), dies at 61