Famous People Who Died in December 1997

  • Dec 1 Denis Gerald Barrington, British artist, dies at 67
  • Dec 1 Michel Bélanger, French Canadian businessman and banker (b. 1929)
  • Dec 1 Stéphane Grappelli, French jazz violinist who founded the Quintette du Hot Club de France, dies at 89
  • Dec 2 Endicott Peabody, American politician (62nd Governor of Massachusetts), dies at 77
  • Dec 2 Michael Hedges, American new age guitarist and composer, dies in a car accident at 43
  • Dec 2 Shirley Crabtree Jr. [Big Daddy], English pro wrestler (record-breaking 64-inch chest), dies from a stroke at 67
  • Dec 2 Steve Hamilton, American baseball pitcher (New York Yankees) and basketball forward (Minneapolis Lakers), dies of cancer at 63
  • Dec 3 Marian Kratochwil, artist, dies at 91
  • Dec 3 Violet Carlson, American Broadway actress (The Student Prince), dies at 97
  • Dec 4 Joseph Wolpe, South African psychotherapist, dies at 82
  • Dec 4 Richard Vernon, British character actor (A Hard Days Night; The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy; Gandhi), dies of complications from Parkinson's disease at 72
  • 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, American composer (I Love Lucy theme), dies at 89
  • Dec 6 Willy den Ouden, Dutch swimmer (WR 100m freestyle, 1:04.06 1933-56; Olympic gold 4×100m freestyle 1936), dies at 79
  • Dec 7 Billy Bremner, Scottish footballer (Leeds United), dies at 54 from a suspected heart attack
  • Dec 8 Bob Bell, clown (WGN's 1st Bozo), dies at 75
  • Dec 8 Léon Poliakov, French historian (The Aryan Myth), 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 Jake Carey, American actor (Rock Rock Rock!, Go, Johnny, Go!), dies at 71
  • Dec 11 Kenneth W. Gatland, British aerospace scientist, dies at 73
  • Dec 12 (Irving) "Mouse" Randolph, American swing jazz trumpeter (Cab Calloway Orchestra), dies at 88
  • Dec 12 Evgenii Landis, Soviet Russian mathematician, dies at 77
  • Dec 13 Alexander Oppenheim, mathematician, dies at 94
  • Dec 13 Harry Glaß, German ski jumper (Olympic bronze 1956), dies at 67
  • 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 Kurt Winter, Canadian musician (The Guess Who), dies of kidney failure at 51
  • Dec 14 Owen Barfield, British philosopher of language, dies at 99
  • Dec 14 Robert Sutton, New Zealand 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 15 Pananayiotis Taki Vatikiotis, Middle Eastern scholar, dies at 69
  • Dec 16 Lillian Disney, widow of animator Walt Disney, dies of a stroke at 98
  • Dec 16 Nicolette Larson, American rock vocalist (Lotta Love; Twins), dies from brain seizure at 45
  • Dec 16 Richard Warwick, English actor (Johnny Dangerously, Sebastine, If), dies of AIDS complications at 52
  • Dec 17 Reginald Victor Jones, British scientist who worked in military intelligence in WWII, dies at 86
  • Dec 18 Chris Farley, American actor (SNL, Wayne's World, Coneheads), dies of a drug overdose at 33
  • Dec 19 David Schramm, American astrophysicist (pioneer in establishing particle astrophysics as a vibrant research field), dies at 52
  • Dec 19 Jimmy Rogers, American blues musician (Muddy Waters' Band), dies at 73
  • Dec 19 Masaru Ibuka, Japanese electronics industrialist (Sony Corp), dies at 89
  • Dec 20 Dawn Steel, American filmmaker, 1st woman to head Hollywood studio, dies of cancer at 51
  • Dec 20 Denise Levertov, American poet and essayist (Joy Beneath the Skin), dies at 74
  • Dec 20 Dick Spooner, English cricket wicket-keeper (7 Tests; 12 dismissals), dies at 77
  • Dec 20 Vincent Ciccone, inventor (Blow-Pops candy), dies at 81
  • Dec 21 Amie Comeaux, American country music singer, dies at 21
  • Dec 21 Bruce Woodcock, English boxer, European Heavyweight Champion, dies at 76
  • Dec 21 Harold Roxbee Cox, Baron Kings Norton, British aeronautical engineer, dies at 95
  • Dec 21 Juzo Itami, film director/actor (Lord Jim, Yuuguremade), dies at 64
  • Dec 21 Michael Lyne, air-marshal, dies at 78
  • Dec 22 Douglas Ranger, British 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, British sociologist, dies at 76
  • Dec 23 Hrvoje Horvatic, Croatian video artist, dies at 39
  • Dec 23 Keith Bentley, English international racing cyclist, dies at 72
  • Dec 23 Stanley Cortez, American cinematographer (Magnificent Ambersons), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 Alan Fluck, Scottish musical educator, dies at 69
  • Dec 24 James Komack, American writer, director and actor (Courtship of Eddie's Father), dies at 67
  • Dec 24 Pierre Péladeau, Canadian businessman and founder of Quebecor, dies at 72

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

  • 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, Italian opera and theatre director, dies at 76
  • Dec 25 Laurence Gower, academic, dies at 84
  • Dec 26 Cornelius Castoriadis, Greek philosopher and economist, dies at 75
  • Dec 26 John Hinde, photographer/circus promoter, dies at 81
  • Dec 26 John Whitley, British air-marshal, dies at 92
  • Dec 27 Anthea Joseph, British music promoter, dies at 57
  • Dec 27 Billy Wright, Irish Protestant paramilitary leader (b. 1960)
  • Dec 27 Brendan Gill, American critic (The New Yorker), dies at 83
  • Dec 27 Buxton Orr, Anglo-Scottish composer, dies at 73
  • Dec 27 Dorothy Stroud, garden historian, dies at 87
  • Dec 27 Ewart Abner, American record label executive, President of Motown Records, manager of Stevie Wonder), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Tom Hudson, British artist and teacher, dies at 75
  • Dec 28 George Fleming, cyclist, dies at 80
  • Dec 28 Henry Barraud, French composer, dies at 97
  • 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 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 Billie Dove [Lilian Bohny], American actress (Black Pirate, Stolen Bride), dies at 96
  • Dec 31 Dominique de Menil, arts patron/human rights advocate, dies at 89
  • Dec 31 Floyd Cramer, American Country Music Hall of Fame pianist ("Last Date"; "On the Rebound"), dies of cancer at 64
  • Dec 31 Michael Kennedy, son of Robert F. Kennedy, dies in ski accident at 39