Famous People Who Died in December 2000

  • Dec 2 Chris Antley, American Racing Hall of Fame jockey (Kentucky Derby 1991, 1999; Preakness 1999), dies of a drug overdose at 34
  • Dec 2 Gail Fisher, American Emmy Award-winning actress (Mannix - "Peggy"), dies of kidney failure at 65
  • Dec 3 Gwendolyn Brooks, American poet (Bean Eaters, Annie Allen, Pulitzer 1950), dies at 83
  • Dec 3 Hoyt Curtin, American composer (Hanna-Barbera cartoon theme songs), dies at 78

Colin Cowdrey

Dec 4 Colin Cowdrey, England Cricket Batsman (114 Tests, 7,624 runs @ 44.06), dies of a heart attack at 67

  • Dec 4 H. C. Artmann, Austrian writer, dies at 79
  • Dec 6 Werner Klemperer, German-American Emmy Award-winning stage and screen actor (Judgment at Nuremberg; Hogan's Heroes - "Col. Klink"), dies of cancer at 80
  • Dec 7 Vladimir Gotovac, Croatian poet and politician (b. 1930)
  • Dec 8 Marvin Leath, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Texas's 11th district), dies at 69
  • Dec 10 Marie Windsor [Emily Marie Bertelson], American actress (The Bounty Hunter, Double Deal), dies of congestive heart failure at 80
  • Dec 11 David Lewis, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 11 Shaista Suhrawardy Ikramullah, Pakistani politician, diplomat and author (b. 1915)
  • Dec 12 George Montgomery, American actor (b. 1916)
  • Dec 14 George Sholty, American harness driver (2,934 career wins; $20 million+ purse money), dies at 68
  • Dec 14 Ralph Louis Wain, British agricultural scientist, dies at 89
  • Dec 17 Gérard Blain, French director and actor (The Friends, Hatari), dies at 70
  • Dec 18 James Mitchell, American session baritone saxophonist (The Memphis Horns; Stax Records), dies at 69
  • Dec 18 Kirsty MacColl, English singer and songwriter (Electric Landlady), dies when run over by a power boat in the National Marine Park of Cozumel at 41
  • Dec 18 Randolph Apperson Hearst, American newspaper publisher (Hearst Newspapers), dies at 85
  • Dec 18 Stan Fox, American race car driver (b. 1952)
  • Dec 19 (Roebuck) "Pops" Staples, American gospel singer (The Staple Singers), dies at 85
  • Dec 19 John Lindsay, American politician (b. 1921)
  • Dec 19 Milt Hinton, American jazz bassist (Cab Calloway) and session musician, dies at 90
  • Dec 19 Rob Buck, American musician (10,000 Maniacs), dies at 42
  • Dec 20 Adrian Henri, British poet and founder of poetry-rock group (Liverpool Scene), dies at 68
  • Dec 20 Mirza Ghulam Hafiz, Bangladesh statesman, politician, and philanthropist (b. 1920)
  • Dec 21 Edward Miller, British historian and Master (Fitzwilliam College Cambridge), dies at 85
  • Dec 23 Billy Barty [William John Bertanzetti,], American actor (Under the Rainbow, Foul Play), dies of heart failure at 76
  • Dec 23 Noor Jehan [Allah Rakhi Wasai], Pakistani singer and actress (Mela; Chann Way), dies at 74

Victor Borge

Dec 23 Victor Borge [Borge Rosenbaum], Danish-American comedian and pianist, dies at 91

  • Dec 24 John Cooper, English race car designer (b. 1923)
  • Dec 24 Nick Massi [Macioci], American bass vocalist, vocal arranger, and bassist (The Four Seasons, 1960-65 - "Sherry"; "Rag Doll"), dies of cancer at 65
  • Dec 25 Neil Hawke, Australian cricket fast bowler (27 Tests, 91 wickets; South Australia CA), dies at 61
  • Dec 25 Willard Van Orman Quine, American philosopher and logician in the analytic tradition, dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Jack Jacob, British senior master (British Supreme Court), dies at 92
  • Dec 26 Jason Robards, American actor (A Thousand Clowns, Any Wednesday), dies at 78
  • Dec 26 Leo Gordon, American actor (Maverick, Circus Boy, Enos, Winds of War), dies of cardiac failure at 78
  • Dec 26 Paul Kont, Austrian composer, dies at 80
  • Dec 27 Jack McVea, American swing jazz, and R&B clarinetist, saxophonist, and bandleader, dies at 86
  • Dec 30 Julius J. Epstein, American screenwriter (Casablanca), dies at 91
  • Dec 30 Lionel Hebert, American golfer (PGA Championship 1957), dies at 72
  • Dec 31 Alan Cranston, American politician (US Senator from California, 1969-93), dies at 86
  • Dec 31 Eddy Shaver, American country-rock guitarist and songwriter, dies of a heroin overdose at 38
  • Dec 31 José Greco, Italian-born American flamenco dancer and choreographer, dies of heart failure at 82