On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 1991

  • Jan 1 Charles B. Timmer, Dutch writer (Russia Black on White), dies at 83
  • Jan 1 Yvonne Waegemans, Flemish author (Gnome Patjoepelke), dies at 81
  • Jan 2 Renato Rascel, Italian actor (7 Hills of Rome, Secrets of Santa Vittoria), dies of heart failure at 78
  • Jan 2 Irving Johnson, American sail training pioneer & adventurer, dies at 85
  • Jan 3 Luke Appling, American Baseball Hall of Fame shortstop, (7-time MLB All Star; AL batting champion 1936, 43; Chicago White Sox), dies of abdominal aortic aneurysm at 83
  • Jan 4 Berry Kroeger, actor (Demon Seed), dies of kidney failure at 78
  • Jan 4 Harry Krimer, French actor (Napoleon, Les vagabonds magnifiques, La course du flambeau), committed suicide at 94
  • Jan 4 Leo Wright, American jazz saxophone and flute player (Dizzy Gillespie; "Blues Shout"; "I Left My Heart In San Francisco"), dies of a heart attack at 57
  • Jan 4 Poon Lim, Chinese sailor who survived 133 days adrift at sea, dies at 72
  • Jan 4 Richard Maibaum, American screenwriter (Goldfinger), dies at 81
  • Jan 5 John Eckhardt, actor born without legs (Freaks), dies at 82
  • Jan 5 Marie Madeline Sullivan, actress (Elvira Mistress of Dark), dies at 80
  • Jan 5 Vasko Popa, Yugoslavia-Serbian poet (Heaven is a Side Issue), dies at 68
  • Jan 6 Ada Moore, entertainer, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 6 Ahmet Adnan Saygun, Turkish composer, dies at 83
  • Jan 7 Joe Hicks, American baseball coach, dies of cancer at 64
  • Jan 8 Steve Clark, English rock guitarist (Def Leppard), dies at 30
  • Jan 9 Chris Baay, Dutch actor (Tomorrow It Will Be Better, Klatergoud, Surprise Raid), dies at 86
  • Jan 10 Dimitris Myrat, dies of cancer at 62
  • Jan 11 Jason Christmas, dies of a gunshot wound during robbery in NY at 49
  • Jan 12 Keye Luke, Chinese-American actor (Across the Pacific, Charlie Chan's No 1 Son), dies after a stroke at 86
  • Jan 12 Vasco Pratolini, Italian writer (Ragazze di San Frediano), dies at 77
  • Jan 14 Sallah Kharaf [Abu Iyad], co-founder (Al-Fatah), assassinated
  • Jan 14 Gordon Bryant, Australian politician (b. 1914)
  • Jan 16 Cladys "Jabbo" Smith, American jazz trumpet pioneer, dies at 82
  • Jan 17 Olav V, King of Norway (1957-91), dies at 87
  • Jan 18 Hamilton Fish III, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New York), dies at 102
  • Jan 19 Don Beddoe, actor (Bullwhip, Loophole, Texas), dies at 87
  • Jan 19 Glenn Langan, American actor (Amazing Colossal Man, Margie, Jungle Heat, Rapture), dies of lymphoma at 73
  • Jan 19 John Russell, American actor (Apache Uprising, Yellow Sky), dies at 70
  • Jan 19 Marcel Chaput, French Canadian politician, dies at 72
  • Jan 20 Bill Riordon, American tennis promotor (Jimmy Connors), dies
  • Jan 20 Louis Seigner, actor (Eclipse, Special Section), dies in a fire at 87
  • Jan 21 Frank Mitchell, actor (Music is Magic, Prairie Gunsmoke), dies
  • Jan 22 Robert Choquette, French Canadian novelist, poet and diplomat, dies at 85
  • Jan 23 Northrop Frye, Canadian writer and critic (b. 1912)
  • Jan 24 George Gobel, comedian, dies of a heart attack at 71
  • Jan 24 Lawrence Lott, American actor (Real Men, Philadelphia Experiment), dies of AIDS at 40
  • Jan 24 John M. Kelly, Irish politician and academic (b. 1931)
  • Jan 24 Jack Schaefer, American author (Shane), dies at 83
  • Jan 24 Harold "Shot" Jackson, American country dobro player, and pedal steel guitarist (Roy Acuff), and guitar designer and builder (Sho-Bud), dies after his second stroke at 70
  • Jan 25 Hoot Evers, American MLB player, dies at 69
  • Jan 25 Lillian Bond, English-American actress (Air Mail, Pick-up, Blond Cheat), dies at 83
  • Jan 25 Stanley Brock, American actor (UHF, Hard to Kill, Ivan-He's the Mayor), dies of heart attack at 59
  • Jan 26 Johnny van Doorn, Dutch writer/poet, dies at 46
  • Jan 26 Karen Young, American disco singer ("Hot Shot"), dies at 39

Red Grange

Jan 28 Harold "Red" Grange, football's galloping ghost, dies of Parkinson's disease at 87

  • Jan 28 Dale Long, hit HRs in 8 consecutive games, dies at 66
  • Jan 29 Yasushi Inoue, Japanese historian, dies
  • Jan 30 John McIntire, American actor (Naked City, Wagon Train, Virginian), dies of emphysema at 83

John Bardeen

Jan 30 John Bardeen, American physicist, electrical engineer and co-inventor of the transistor (Nobel 1956, 1972), dies of heart disease at 82

  • Jan 30 Clifton C. Edom, American photojournalism educator (b. 1907)