Famous Deaths in December 1999

  • Dec 2 Joey Adams [Joseph Abramowitz], American comedian, actor and columnist (ABC's Back That Fact), dies at 88
  • Dec 3 Madeline Kahn, American actress (b. 1942)
  • Dec 3 Jarl Wahlström, 12th General of The Salvation Army (b. 1918)
  • Dec 3 Scatman John, American singer (b. 1942)
  • Dec 3 John Archer [Ralph Bowman], American actor (Destination: Moon, White Heat, Blue Hawaii), dies of lung cancer at 84
  • Dec 4 Rose Elizabeth Bird, California Supreme Court Justice (1977-87), dies at 63
  • Dec 8 Péter Kuczka, Hungarian writer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 10 Lex Goudsmit, Dutch actor (Fiddler on the Roof, Thomas en Senior op het spoor van Brute Berend), dies at 86
  • Dec 10 Rick Danko, Canadian bassist and singer (The Band - Stagefright), dies of heart failure at 55
  • Dec 10 Shirley Hemphill, American actress (b. 1947)
  • Dec 10 Franjo Tuđman, President of Croatia (b. 1922)
  • Dec 12 Paul Cadmus, American artist (b. 1904)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Heller, American author (Catch-22), dies at 76
  • Dec 13 Allen Breed, American inventor of the first automotive airbag sensor, dies of a heart attack while suffering from lung cancer, at 72
  • Dec 17 Grover Washington Jr., American jazz saxophonist (Mr Magic), dies at 56
  • Dec 17 Rex Allen, American actor and singer-songwriter known as the "the Arizona Cowboy" (Dr Baxter-Frontier Doctor), dies at 78

  • Dec 18 Robert Bresson, French film director (A Man Escaped, Balthazar, at Random), dies at 98
  • Dec 19 Desmond Llewelyn, Welsh actor, dies at 85
  • Dec 20 [Clarence] Hank Snow, Canadian country singer (I'm Moving On, I Went to Your Wedding), dies of heart failure at 85
  • Dec 20 Riccardo Freda, Italian film director (b. 1909)
  • Dec 21 John Arnatt, British actor (A Challenge for Robin Hood, Circumstantial Evidence), dies at 82
  • Dec 24 João Baptista de Oliveira Figueiredo, President of Brazil (b. 1918)
  • Dec 24 Bill Bowerman, American track and field coach
  • Dec 24 Maurice Couve de Murville, French politician, Prime minister of France (b. 1907)
  • Dec 24 Zeke Carey, American R&B singer (Go, Johnny, Go!, Rock Rock Rock!) dies at 66
  • Dec 25 Peter Jeffrey, British character actor (Dr Phibes Rides Again, Twinsanity), dies at 70
  • Dec 26 Curtis Mayfield, American singer-songwriter and soul musician (Freddie's Dead, Superfly), dies from complications of type 2 diabetes at 57
  • Dec 26 Shankar Dayal Sharma, Indian politician, ninth President of India (1992-97), dies at 81
  • Dec 28 Clayton Moore, American actor (The Lone Ranger), dies at 85
  • Dec 29 Leon Radzinowicz, British criminologist (b. 1906)
  • Dec 30 Fritz Leonhardt, German structural engineer, dies at 90
  • Dec 30 Sarah Knauss, American, once considered the world's oldest living person (b. 1880)
  • Dec 31 Elliot Richardson, American politician (b. 1920)