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Famous Deaths in 1999

Deaths 1 - 200 of 393

  • Jan 2 Sebastian Haffner, German journalist and author (b. 1907)
  • Jan 2 Shepard Menken, American voice and character actor (The Wild Wild West), dies at 77
  • Jan 4 Iron Eyes Cody [Espera Oscar de Corti], Italian-American actor (Keep America Beautiful, Black Gold, Ernest Goes to Camp), dies at 91
  • Jan 6 French Jazz piano virtuoso Michel Petrucciani dies in New York following a brief respiratory illness at age 36
  • Jan 10 Sir Edward Williams, Australian judge (b. 1921)
  • Jan 10 Frank Parker, American singer (Arthur Godfrey Show, Masquerade Party), dies at 95
  • Jan 11 Naomi Mitchison, Scottish novelist and poet (The Corn King and the Spring Queen ), dies at 101
  • Jan 11 Brian Moore, Irish novelist (Catholics, Doctor's Wife), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Fabrizio de André, Italian singer-songwriter (Storia di un impiegato), dies of lung cancer at 58
  • Jan 12 Betty Lou Gerson, American voice actress (101 Dalmatians, Cinderella), dies of a stroke at 84
  • Jan 12 Doug Wickenheiser, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1961)
  • Jan 14 Jerzy Grotowski, Polish theatre director (b. 1933)
  • Jan 14 Robin Bailey, British actor (See No Evil, I Didn't Know You Cared), dies of respiratory failure at 79
  • Jan 15 Betty Box, British film producer (b. 1915)
  • Jan 16 Jim McClelland, Australian solicitor, politician, Minister, Royal Commissioner, judge (b. 1915)
  • Jan 17 Robert Eads, American transsexual (b. 1945)

  • Jan 19 Ivan Francescato, Italian rugby union footballer (b. 1967)
  • Jan 21 Leslie French, British actor and singer (Death in Venice, More than a Miracle), dies at 94
  • Jan 21 Charles Brown, American blues singer and pianist (Merry Christmas Baby), dies at 76
  • Jan 21 Susan Strasberg, American actress (b. 1938)
  • Jan 21 Jacques Chailley, French musicologist and composer, dies at 88
  • Jan 22 Graham Staines, Australian missionary (b. 1941)
  • Jan 22 William M. Batten, American businessman and CEO (NY Stock Exchange 1976-84), dies at 89
  • Jan 23 Jay Pritzker, American businessman (b. 1922)
  • Jan 23 Prince Lincoln Thompson, Jamaican musician (b. 1949)
  • Jan 25 Sarah Louise "Sadie" Delany, American author and teacher, dies at 109
  • Jan 25 Ted Mallie, American radio and television announcer (b. 1924)
  • Jan 25 Robert Shaw, American chorale conductor (Robert Shaw Chorale), dies of a stroke at 82
  • Jan 27 Gonzalo Torrente Ballester, Spanish writer associated with the Generation of '36 movement, dies at 88
  • Jan 28 Markey Robinson, Irish painter (b. 1918)
  • Jan 28 Torgny T:son Segerstedt, Swedish sociologist and philosopher (b. 1908)
  • Jan 29 Lili St. Cyr, American dancer (b. 1918)
  • Jan 30 Henry "Huntz" Hall, American actor (Cyclone, Gas Pump Girls, The Rating Game), dies from congestive heart failure at 76
  • Jan 30 Ed Herlihy, American broadcaster (b. 1909)
  • Jan 31 Norm Zauchin, American baseball player (b. 1929)
  • Jan 31 Shohei Baba, Japanese professional wrestler
  • Feb 1 Paul Mellon, American philanthropist (Washington National Gallery of Art), dies at 91
  • Feb 1 Barış Manço, Turkish singer, composer, television producer and celebrity. (b. 1943)
  • Feb 2 David McComb, Australian musician (The Triffids) (b. 1962)
  • Feb 3 Gwen Guthrie, American singer ("Ain't Nothin' Goin' on but the Rent"), dies of cancer at 48
  • Feb 5 Wassily Leontief, Russian economist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1906)

  • Feb 5 Neville Bonner, the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia, dies at 76
  • Feb 7 King Hussein of Jordan (b. 1935)
  • Feb 7 Robert "Bobby" Troup, American jazz pianist and actor (Emergency, Acapulco), dies of a heart attack at 80
  • Feb 7 José Silva, author of Silva Method and the Silva UltraMind ESP System (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Hussein ibn Talal, King of Jordan (1952-99), dies at 63
  • Feb 8 Iris Murdoch, Irish-born British writer (The Sea, The Sea), dies at 79
  • Feb 9 Bryan Mosley, British actor (b. 1931)
  • Feb 14 John Ehrlichman, American presidential advisor (b. 1925)
  • Feb 14 Buddy Knox, American singer and songwriter (Party Doll, Lovey Dovey), dies at 65
  • Feb 15 Big L, American rapper (b. 1974)
  • Feb 15 Henry Way Kendall, American physicist, Nobel Prize Laureate (b. 1926)
  • Feb 15 Jan Masseus, Dutch composer, dies at 86
  • Feb 16 Michael Larson, American "Press Your Luck" scandal big-winning contestant, dies of cancer at 49
  • Feb 16 Necil Kazım Akses, Turkish classical composer, dies at 90
  • Feb 17 Shirley Stoler, American actress (The Honeymoon Killers, Seven Beauties), dies at 69
  • Feb 18 Noam Pitlik, American actor and director (Sanford & Son, Bob Newhart), dies at 66
  • Feb 19 Mohammad Sadeq al-Sadr, Iraqi Shiite leader (assassinated)
  • Feb 20 Sarah Kane, English playwright (b. 1971)
  • Feb 20 Gene Siskel, American film critic (b. 1946)
  • Feb 21 Wilmer David Mizell, baseball player (b. 1930)

Person of interestGertrude B. Elion

Feb 21 Gertrude B. Elion, American biochemist and drug researcher who developed groundbreaking leukemia and herpes drug treatments (Nobel 1988), dies at 81

Biochemist and Drug Researcher Gertrude B. Elion
Biochemist and Drug Researcher
Gertrude B. Elion
  • Feb 22 Menno Oosting, Dutch tennis player (b. 1964)
  • Feb 23 Carlos Hathcock, USMC Sniper, 93 Confirmed Kills (b. 1942)
  • Feb 23 Ruth Gipps, British prolific conductor and composer, dies of cancer at 78
  • Feb 24 Andre Dubus, American writer (b. 1936)
  • Feb 24 Frank Leslie Walcott, Barbadian labour leader (b. 1916)
  • Feb 25 Glenn T. Seaborg, American chemist (AEC, Plutonium, Nobel 1951), dies at 86
  • Feb 28 Christine Glanville, British Puppeteer (. 1924)
  • Feb 28 William Talbert, American tennis doubles champ (US 1942, 45, 46, 48), dies at 80
  • Mar 2 Dusty Springfield [Mary O'Brien], English vocalist (Growing Pains), dies at 59
  • Mar 2 David Ackles, American singer and songwriter (b. 1937)
  • Mar 3 Gerhard Herzberg, German-born chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1904)
  • Mar 3 Lee Philips, American actor and director (Peyton Place, Ellery Queen), dies of progressive supranuclear palsy at 72
  • Mar 4 Harry Blackmun, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (b. 1908)
  • Mar 4 Del Close, American actor (b. 1934)
  • Mar 4 Karel van het Reve, Dutch writer (b. 1921)
  • Mar 5 Richard Kiley, American actor and singer (Kismet, Man of La Mancha, Endless Love), dies at 76
  • Mar 6 Isa ibn Salman Al Khalifah, 1st emir of Bahrain (1961-1999), dies of a heart attack at 65
  • Mar 6 Dennis Viollet, English former soccer player (Manchester United), dies at 65
  • Mar 7 Sidney Gottlieb, American CIA official, dies at 80

Person of interestStanley Kubrick

Mar 7 Stanley Kubrick, American film director (2001 A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange) dies at 70

Film Director Stanley Kubrick
Film Director
Stanley Kubrick
  • Mar 8 Mary Margaret "Peggy" Cass, American actress, comedian, game show panelist and announcer (To Tell The Truth), dies at 74

Person of interestJoe DiMaggio

Mar 8 Joe DiMaggio, American Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder (MLB record 56-game hitting streak), dies of lung cancer at 84

Baseball Player Joe DiMaggio
Baseball Player
Joe DiMaggio
  • Mar 8 Adolfo Bioy Casares, Argentinean writer (b.1914)
  • Mar 8 Hans Eklund, Swedish composer, dies at 71
  • Mar 9 Harry Somers, Canadian composer, dies at 73
  • Mar 10 Oswaldo Guayasamin, Ecuadorian paintor and sculptor (b. 1919)
  • Mar 11 Camille Laurin, Quebec psychiatrist and politician (Parti Québécois), dies at 76
  • Mar 11 Stefan Schnabel, German actor (Anna, Dracula's Widow, Firefox), dies from a heart attack at 87
  • Mar 11 Herbert Jasper, Canadian physiologist and neurologist, dies at 92
  • Mar 12 Yehudi Menuhin, American-British violinist, conductor and teacher (Bartok's Sonata), dies at 82
  • Mar 13 Lee Falk, American comic strip writer (The Phantom), dies at 87
  • Mar 13 Garson Kanin, American writer and director (b. 1912)
  • Mar 13 Bidu Sayão, Brazilian born soprano (b. 1902)
  • Mar 14 Kirk Alyn [John Feggo Jr], American actor (Superman), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 88
  • Mar 16 Gratien Gélinas, Quebec playwright and director (b. 1909)
  • Mar 17 Ernest Gold, Austrian-born American film composer (Exodus), dies at 77
  • Mar 17 Rod Hull, British comedian (Emu), dies after falling off a roof at 63
  • Mar 18 Elizabeth Huckaby, American educator, dies at 93
  • Mar 19 Jaime Sabines, Mexican poet (b. 1926)
  • Mar 19 Tofilau Eti Alesana, former Prime Minister of Samoa (b. 1924)
  • Mar 20 Patrick Heron, British abstract painter, dies at 79
  • Mar 21 Ernie Wise, British comedian (b. 1925)
  • Mar 21 Edward Playfair, British senior civil servant, dies at 89
  • Mar 22 David Strickland, American actor (b. 1969)
  • Mar 23 Luis María Argaña, Paraguayan politician (b. ?)
  • Mar 24 Gertrud Scholtz-Klink, German women's activist (b. 1902)
  • Mar 24 Birdie Tebbetts, American baseball player and manager (b. 1912)
  • Mar 25 Cal Ripken Sr, American MLB manager (Baltimore Orioles), dies of lung cancer at 63
  • Mar 28 Freaky Tah, American rapper (Lost Boyz) (b. 1971)

  • Mar 29 Joe Williams [Joseph Goreed], American jazz singer (Everyday I have the Blues), dies of natural causes at 80
  • Mar 30 Gary Morton, American film and television producer (b. 1924)
  • Mar 30 Terry Wilson, American actor (Wagon Train, Escape to Witch Mountain), dies at 75
  • Mar 31 Yuri Knorozov, Russian linguist (b. 1922)
  • Apr 1 Jesse Stone, American record producer (b. 1901)
  • Apr 2 Andrew Gardner, British newscaster (News at Ten), dies in flight en route to Madeira at 66
  • Apr 3 Lionel Bart, English pop music composer and writer, dies of liver cancer at 68
  • Apr 4 Faith Domergue, American actress and early "scream queen" (Vendetta, House of 7 Corpses), dies at 74
  • Apr 4 Early Wynn, Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher (9-time All Star), dies of a stroke at 79
  • Apr 5 Paul David, French-Canadian cardiologist (b. 1919)
  • Apr 6 Red Norvo, American jazz vibraphonist known as "Mr. Swing" (Congo Blues, Knockin' on Wood), dies at 91
  • Apr 9 Ibrahim Baré Maïnassara, Niger politician and general, assassinated at 49
  • Apr 10 Heinz Fraenkel-Conrat, German-born biochemist (b. 1910)
  • Apr 10 Jean Vander Pyl, American voice, radio and film actress (The Flintstones, The Jetsons), dies of lung cancer at 79
  • Apr 12 Boxcar Willie [Travis Martin], American soldier (USAF) and singer (King of the Road), dies of leukemia at 67
  • Apr 13 Ortvin Sarapu, New Zealand chess player (b. 1924)
  • Apr 13 Willi Stoph, German politician ((Prime Minister of German Democratic Republic 1964-73), dies at 84
  • Apr 14 Ellen Corby [Hansen], American actress (The Waltons, Vertigo, Caged), dies of natural causes at 87
  • Apr 14 Anthony Newley, British actor and singer-songwriter (Doctor Dolittle; Goldfinger theme; Willy Wonka score), dies at 67
  • Apr 15 Harvey Postlethwaite, British engineer and racing car designer (b. 1944)
  • Apr 16 Skip Spence, Canadian-born guitarist, singer and songwriter (Jefferson Airplane) (b. 1946)
  • Apr 18 Gian-Carlo Rota, Italian-born American mathematician and philosopher, dies at 66
  • Apr 19 David Sanes, US Navy employee
  • Apr 19 Hermine Braunsteiner, Nazi war criminal and female camp guard at Ravensbrück and Majdanek concentration camps, dies at 79
  • Apr 20 Victims and shooters of the Columbine High School massacre
  • Apr 20 Rick Rude, American professional wrestler (b. 1958)
  • Apr 20 Señor Wences, Spanish ventriloquist (his hand acts as a puppet) and comedian, dies at 103
  • Apr 20 Eric Harris, American mass murderer (Columbine High School shooter), dies at 18
  • Apr 21 Charles "Buddy" Rogers, American musician actor (An Innocent Affair, Wings), dies at 94
  • Apr 22 Apostolos Nikolaidis, Greek singer (first Greek artist to record or re-record the authentic, "prohibited" rebetika songs in the early 1970s with their original lyrics), dies at 60
  • Apr 22 Chan Canasta, magician and mindreader (b. 1920)
  • Apr 23 Tullio Pandolfini, Italian water polo (Olympic gold 1948), dies at 84
  • Apr 25 Lord Killanin, Irish 6th International Olympic Committee President (1972-80), dies at 84
  • Apr 26 Adrian Borland, English musician (The Sound) (b. 1957)
  • Apr 26 Jill Dando, British television presenter (b.1961)
  • Apr 27 Al Hirt, American trumpeter (b. 1922)
  • Apr 28 Rory Calhoun [Francis Timothy McCown], American actor (Blue & Gray, How to Marry a Millionaire), dies of emphysema at 76
  • Apr 28 Alf Ramsey, English football manager (b. 1920)

Person of interestArthur Leonard Schawlow

Apr 28 Arthur Leonard Schawlow, American physicist who shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering work with lasers, dies of leukemia at 77

  • Apr 28 Walter Gieseler, German composer, dies at 79

  • May 2 Oliver Reed, English actor (b. 1938)
  • May 2 Edward Portman, 9th Viscount Portman, British landowner and multimillionaire, dies at 65
  • May 3 Joe Adcock, American baseball utility, manager (Milwaukee Braves; 2-time MLB All Star), dies of Alzheimer's disease at 71
  • May 3 Steve Chiasson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1967)
  • May 4 Brinsley Ford, British art historian and CEO (National Art Collections Fund), dies at 90
  • May 6 Dennis Riley, American composer (Masques (for wind quintet)), dies at 55
  • May 6 Johnny Morris, British broadcaster and actor (Once in a Lifetime), dies at 82
  • May 8 Dirk Bogarde [Derek van den Bogaerde] British writer and actor (Death in Venice, Servant), dies at 78
  • May 8 Ed Gilbert, American actor (The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries), dies at 67
  • May 8 Dana Plato, American actress (b. 1964)
  • May 9 Ivan M. Niven, Canadian-American mathematician, dies at 83
  • May 10 Shel Silverstein, American writer (Now Here's My Plan: A Book of Futilities), dies at 68
  • May 12 Abd-al-Aziz ibn Abd-Allah ibn Baaz, Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia 1993-1999 (b. 1910)
  • May 12 Saul Steinberg, Romanian-American cartoonist and illustrator (The New Yorker), dies at 84
  • May 12 Penny Santon [Pierina Burlando], American actress (Fletch, Roll Out, Matt Houston), dies at 82
  • May 13 Gene Sarazen, American golfer (7 major titles including major slam), dies of pneumonia at 97
  • May 17 Bruce Fairbairn, Canadian record producer and musician (b. 1949)
  • May 17 Henry Jones, American actor (Vertigo, Phyllis, Falcon Crest, Gun Shy), dies from complications from a fall at 86
  • May 18 Augustus Pablo, Jamaican musician (King Tubbys Meets Rockers Uptown), dies at 44
  • May 18 Betty Robinson, American runner (b. 1911)
  • May 18 Freddy Randall, English jazz trumpeter, dies at 78
  • May 19 James Blades, English percussionist (b. 1901)
  • May 19 Candy Candido [Jonathan Joseph Candido], American actor and radio performer (Peter Pan, The Great Mouse Detective), dies at 85
  • May 20 Robert Rhodes James, British politician historian (Gallipoli), dies at 66
  • May 21 Karnail "Bugz" Pitts, American rapper (D12) (b. 1979)
  • May 21 Vanessa Brown [Smylla Brind], Austrian-born American actress (My Favorite Husband), dies at 71
  • May 22 Alfred Kubel, German politician, dies at 89
  • May 23 Owen Hart, Canadian-American professional wrestler, dies at 34
  • May 26 Paul Sacher, Swiss conductor and entrepreneur, dies at 93
  • May 26 Waldo Semon, American inventor (b. 1898)
  • May 27 Alice Adams, American author (Beautiful Girl), dies at 72
  • Jun 1 Christopher Cockerell, English engineer and inventor (Hovercraft), dies at 88
  • Jun 2 Junior Braithwaite, Jamaican musician (The Wailers) (b. 1949)
  • Jun 5 Mel Tormé, American singer (The Velvet Fog) and composer (The Christmas Song), dies at 73
  • Jun 6 Anne Haddy, Australian actress (b. 1930)
  • Jun 6 Eddie Stanky, American baseball 2nd baseman (Dodgers), dies at 83
  • Jun 7 Paco Stanley, Mexican TV entertainer, dies at 56
  • Jun 11 DeForest Kelley, American actor, screenwriter, poet and singer (Star Trek), dies of stomach cancer at 79
  • Jun 14 Bernie Faloney, professional football player (b. 1932)
  • Jun 15 Ernst van Altena, Dutch author and interpreter (Chansons van Earnest), dies at 65
  • Jun 16 David Edward Sutch, British musician (b. 1940)
  • Jun 20 Clifton Fadiman, American author (b. 1902)
  • Jun 21 Kami, Japanese drummer (Malice Mizer) (b. 1973)
  • Jun 21 Karl Krolow, German poet and translator, dies at 84
  • Jun 22 Lubos Fiser, Czech composer, dies at 63
  • Jun 23 Buster Merryfield, British actor (Only Fools and Horses), dies of a brain tumor at 78
  • Jun 25 Fred Feast, English actor (b. 1929)
  • Jun 27 Marion Motley, American NFL fullback (all-time leading AAFC rusher), dies at 79
  • Jun 27 Brian O'Hara, English rock musician (The Foremost), commits suicide at 57