Famous Deaths in December 1997

  • Dec 1 Denis Gerald Barrington, artist, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • Dec 1 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Endicott Peabody, 62nd Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1920)
  • Dec 2 Shirley Crabtree, British professional wrestler (b. 1930)
  • Dec 2 Michael Hedges, American guitarist known for originality (b. 1953)
  • Dec 3 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • Dec 3 Steve Hamilton, pitcher (NY Yankees), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 4 David Abell Wood, priest, dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Richard Vernon, British actor (Gandhi, Hard Days Night), dies at 72
  • Dec 4 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, dies at 82
  • Dec 5 Colin Franklin, doctor, dies at 67
  • Dec 5 Daphne Fielding, British socialite and writer, dies at 93
  • Dec 6 Alan Mouncer, film director and producer, dies at 68
  • Dec 6 Eddie Myers, British WWII soldier and engineer, dies at 91
  • Dec 6 Eliot Daniel, composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • Dec 7 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • Dec 8 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Leon Poliakov, historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 8 Nicholas Polunin, British botanist and environmentalist, dies at 88
  • Dec 9 Tamara Geva, Russian-born dancer and actress, dies at 91
  • Dec 10 Violet Carlson, stage dancer/singer, dies at 97
  • Dec 10 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Kenneth WIlliam Gatland, aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • Dec 12 Yevgeniy Landis, Russian mathematician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Martin Carter, Guyanese poet and political activist, dies at 70
  • Dec 13 Rafael Jose Fernandez de la Calzada y Ferrer, restaurateur, dies at 83
  • Dec 14 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • Dec 14 Robert Sutton, electronics engineer, dies at 82
  • Dec 14 Stubby Kaye [Bernard Solomon Kotzin], American actor (Guys & Dolls, Lil' Abner, Cat Ballou), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Dec 14 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), dies of kidney failure at 51
  • Dec 15 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, middle east scholar, dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • Dec 16 Nicolette Larson, rock vocalist (Twins, Lotta Love), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • Dec 16 Richard Warwick, actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies at 52
  • Dec 17 Reginald Victor Jones, scientist, dies at 86
  • Dec 18 Chris Farley, comedian (SNL, Tommy Boy), dies at 33
  • Dec 19 David Norman Schramm, physicist, dies at 52
  • Dec 19 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • Dec 19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band) dies at 73
  • Dec 20 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 20 Denise Levertov, poet, dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • Dec 21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • Dec 21 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton, British aeronautical engineer, dies at 95
  • Dec 22 Douglas Ranger, surgeon, dies at 81
  • Dec 22 Hugh Edward Conway Seymour, 8th Marquess of Hertford, dies at 67
  • Dec 22 John Pinkerton, English computer scientist who designed the first business computer in England, the LEO computer, dies at 78

  • Dec 22 Johnny Coles, trumpeter, dies at 71
  • Dec 22 Juzo Itami, Japanese director, commits suicide at 64
  • Dec 23 Austin Whitaker, schoolmaster classical scholar/archivist, dies at 90
  • Dec 23 Brian Malzard Foss, British psychologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Donald Gunn MacRae, sociologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Hrvoje Horvatic, video artist, dies at 39
  • Dec 23 Keith Bentley, international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Stanley Cortez, cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 Alan Fluck, musical educationalist, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 Anthea Joseph, music producer, dies at 57
  • Dec 24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67

Person of interestToshiro Mifune

Dec 24 Toshiro Mifune, Japanese writer and actor (Rashomon, Seven Samurai, Shogun), dies at 77

Actor & Writer Toshiro Mifune
Actor & Writer
Toshiro Mifune
  • Dec 24 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, dies at 72
  • Dec 25 Anatoli Boukreev, mountaineer, dies at 39
  • Dec 25 Denver Pyle, American actor (The Dukes of Hazzard, The Andy Griffith Show), dies of lung cancer at 77
  • Dec 25 Giorgio Strehler, theatre director, dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • Dec 26 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 John Whitley, British air-marshal, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 27 Ewart G Abner Jr, president (Motown Records), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Tom Hudson, British artist and teacher, dies at 75
  • Dec 27 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • Dec 28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • Dec 28 James Lees-Milne, English writer and architectural historian, dies at 89
  • Dec 28 Ronald Clive Williams, Welsh actor and comedian (Twin Town), dies at 68
  • Dec 28 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • Dec 29 Pat Clarke, British cyclist, dies at 82
  • Dec 30 Shinichi Hoshi, Japanese novelist (b. 1926)
  • Dec 31 76 law enforcement officers, killed by felons in US this year
  • Dec 31 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 Floyd Cramer, American Hall of Fame pianist (Nashville Sound), dies of cancer at 64
  • Dec 31 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96
  • Dec 31 Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39