On This Day

Famous Deaths in May 1995

  • May 2 Michael Hordern, American actor (Watership Down, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), dies from kidney disease at 83
  • May 3 Michael Horden, actor (Fool, Green Man, Scoop), dies at 83
  • May 4 Lewis T Preston, American banker (President of the World Bank 1991-95), dies at 68
  • May 4 Louis Krasner, Ukrainian-American violinist, dies at 91
  • May 5 Anthony Wagner, Officer of Arms at the College of Arms in London, dies at 86
  • May 5 Bernard Benjamin Gillis, judge, dies at 89
  • May 5 James Pack, naval officer museum curator, dies at 81
  • May 5 Lionel Alexander Bethune [Alastair] Pilkington, British engineer (float glass), dies at 75
  • May 5 Mikhail Botvinnik, Russian influential world chess champion, dies at 83
  • May 5 Thomas Eden Binkley, musician, dies at 63
  • May 6 Maria Pia de Braganca, Portuguese journalist and writer who claimed to be the bastard daughter of King Carlos I of Portugal, dies at 88
  • May 6 Leanoard "Red" Truss, R&B singer, dies at 47
  • May 6 Nicholas Palmer, TV writer/producer, dies at 57
  • May 6 Noel Brotherston, Northern Irish footballer (b. 1956)
  • May 6 Hilda Toledano (b. 1907)
  • May 7 Ernest Harold Martin [Markowitz], American Broadway producer (Feuer & Martin in A Chorus Line), dies at 75

  • May 7 Lawrence Josset, British engraver, dies at 84
  • May 7 Maria Luisa Bemberg, Argentine filmmaker, dies at 73
  • May 7 Ray McKinley, American orchestra leader and jazz drummer (Glenn Miller Time), dies at 84
  • May 8 Carroll Best, bluegrass banjo, dies at 63
  • May 8 Jerry Zipkin, socialite, dies at 80
  • May 8 Prem Bhatia, journalist, dies at 83
  • May 8 Teresa Teng, singer, dies at 41
  • May 9 Abha Gandhi, servant to Gandhi, dies at 68
  • May 9 Charles Montgomery Monteith, publisher, dies at 74
  • May 9 Marshall Royal, American jazz alto saxophonist and clarinetist (Count Basie Orchestra), dies at 82
  • May 9 Percy Mansell, cricketer (355 runs in 13 Tests for South Africa), dies
  • May 10 Harold Berens, comedian, dies at 92
  • May 10 Hilde Jarecki, educationist, dies at 83
  • May 10 Jimmy Raney, jazz guitarist, dies at 67
  • May 11 David Avidan, poet/writer, dies at 62
  • May 11 William John Phillips, British actor (Nothing but a Man, Z-Cars), dies at 80
  • May 11 Tibor Sarai, Hungarian composer, dies at 76
  • May 12 Arthur Lubin, American film director and producer (Francis The Talking Mule, Mr Ed), dies at 95
  • May 12 Giorgio Belladonna, Italian bridge champion, dies of lung cancer at 71
  • May 12 Reza Abdoh, theatre Director, dies at 32
  • May 12 Marcel Rubin, Austrian composer, dies at 89
  • May 13 Robert Marley, Jamaican cricketer (WICBC pres 1971-74, Jamaican capt 1946), dies at 85
  • May 14 Maezumi Hakuyu Taizan Koun, teacher (Zen Buddhism), dies at 64
  • May 14 Christian B. Anfinsen, American Nobel laureate (b. 1916)
  • May 15 Edouard Dermithe, Italian actor (Orpheus, Thomas the Impostor), dies at 70

  • May 15 Eric Richard Porter, actor (Crucible, Hennessy), dies at 67
  • May 15 Johnny Van Derrick, British jazz violinist (Pink Panther Theme), dies at 68
  • May 15 Perry Lederman, folk singer, dies at 52
  • May 15 Eric Porter, British actor (Antony & Cleopatra, 39 Steps), dies of colon cancer at 67
  • May 16 Lola Flores, Spanish singer, dancer and actress (Kuma Ching, Faraona), dies at 70
  • May 16 Ragnhild Marie Hatton, Norwegian historian, dies at 82
  • May 17 Nathan "Dambuza" Mdledle, singer, dies at 72
  • May 18 Alexander Gudonov, Russian dancer/actor (Witness), dies at 45
  • May 18 Elisha Cook Jr, American actor (Maltese Falcon, Shane, Magnum PI), dies at 91

Person of interestElizabeth Montgomery

May 18 Elizabeth Montgomery, American actress (Bewitched), dies of cancer at 62

  • May 18 Gordon Reynolds, English organist and master of the Choristers at the Chapel Royal, Hampton Court Palace, dies at 74
  • May 18 Robert Harris, British actor (Big Caper, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Laughing Anne), dies at 95
  • May 18 André-François Marescotti, Swiss organist and composer, dies at 93
  • May 19 Robert S. Dietz, American geophysicist who proposed a theory of seafloor spreading in 1961, dies at 80
  • May 21 Kieron Walsh, academic, dies at 46
  • May 21 Les Aspin, US sec of Defense (1993-95), dies of stroke at 56
  • May 22 Robert Flemyng, British actor (The Deadly Affair, Funny Face), dies at 83
  • May 23 Patricia Ford, Lady Fisher, Irish politician and founder (British Women Caring Trust), dies at 74
  • May 23 Keith Humble, Australian composer, dies at 67

Person of interestHarold Wilson

May 24 Harold Wilson, British Prime Minister (Labour: 1964-70, 74-76), dies of cancer at 79

British Prime Minister Harold Wilson
British Prime Minister
Harold Wilson
  • May 24 Mike Pyne, jazz Pianist, dies at 54
  • May 25 Dany Robin, French actress (Follow the Boys, Topaz, Jupiter, Julietta), dies at 68
  • May 25 Dick Curless, singer/songwriter, dies at 63
  • May 25 Krešimir Ćosić, Croatian basketball player (b. 1948)
  • May 26 Isadore "Friz" Freling, cartoon director (Sylvester), dies at 88
  • May 26 Ron Weatherburn, jazz pianist, dies at 61
  • May 26 Severn Darden, American actor (Luv, President's Analyst, Saturday the 14th), dies at 65
  • May 26 Friz Freleng, American animator (Warner Bros cartoons), dies at 88
  • May 27 C W Stubblefield, music promoter, dies at 64
  • May 27 Ulysses Simpson Kay, American composer, dies at 78
  • May 28 Daniela Rocca, Italian actress (Battle of Austerlitz), dies at 57
  • May 28 Henning Kronstam, Danish dancer, dies at 60
  • May 28 Jean Muir, British fashion designer, dies at 66
  • May 29 Margaret Chase Smith, American politician (U.S. Senator from Maine), dies at 97
  • May 30 Bobby Stokes, soccer star, dies at 44
  • May 30 Philip Owen A Sherrard, scholar theologian poet/translator, dies at 72
  • May 30 Ted Drake [Edward Joseph Drake], English footballer, dies at 82
  • May 30 Thomas Dorrington Tomlinson, British national park warden, dies at 87
  • May 30 Lofty England, English automotive engineer and race team manager (b.1911)
  • May 31 Pavel Sivic, Slovenian composer, dies at 87