On This Day

Famous People Who Died in December 2003

  • Dec 1 Clark Kerr, first Chancellor of the University of California, Berkeley (b. 1911)
  • Dec 1 Eugenio Monti, Italian bobsledder (2 x Olympic gold 2-man, 4-man 1968; World C'ships 9 x gold), dies from a self-inflicted gunshot wound at 75
  • Dec 2 Alan Davidson, British author (b. 1924)
  • Dec 2 Suzanne Cloutier, Canadian film actress (Othello), dies at 80
  • Dec 3 David Hemmings, English actor (b. 1941)
  • Dec 3 Ellen Drew [Esther Loretta Ray], American actress (Isle of Dead, Christmas in July), dies at 88
  • Dec 4 Iggy Katona, American auto racer (ARCA Series 1955-57, 62, 66-67; record 79 wins), dies at 87
  • Dec 6 Carlos Manuel Arana Osorio, President of Guatemala (b. 1918)
  • Dec 6 Jerry Tuite, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Dec 6 Hans Hotter, German bass-baritone (b. 1909)
  • Dec 7 Carl F. H. Henry American theologian and publisher (b. 1913)
  • Dec 7 Azie Taylor Morton, Treasurer of the United States (b. 1936)
  • Dec 7 Joe Skeen, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from New Mexico), dies at 76
  • Dec 8 Rubén González, Cuban pianist (Buena Vista Social Club) (b. 1919)
  • Dec 9 Paul Simon, U.S. Senator from Illinois (b. 1928)
  • Dec 9 Norm Sloan, American basketball coach (b. 1926)

  • Dec 10 Sean McClory, Irish actor (The Californians, My Chauffeur), dies at 79
  • Dec 10 John Watts, British army and Chief of Defense (Omani Armed Forces), dies at 73
  • Dec 11 Ahmadou Kourouma, Ivorian writer (b. 1927)
  • Dec 12 Heydər Əliyev, President of Azerbaijan (b. 1923)
  • Dec 12 Joseph Anthony Ferrario, American Roman Catholic Diocese of Honolulu (1982-1993), dies at 77
  • Dec 12 Keiko, orca (killer whale), star of Free Willy (b. 1976)
  • Dec 13 William V. Roth, Jr., U.S. Senator (b. 1921)
  • Dec 14 Blas Ople, Filipino journalist & politician, dies at 76
  • Dec 14 Jeanne Crain, American actress (Man Without a Star, Pinky), dies at 78
  • Dec 15 George Fisher, American political cartoonist (b. 1923)
  • Dec 15 Keith Magnuson, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1947)
  • Dec 16 Robert Stanfield, Premier of Nova Scotia (b. 1914)
  • Dec 16 Gary Stewart, American country singer (She's Actin' Single), commits suicide by shooting himself in the neck at 59
  • Dec 17 David Smith, English cricket fast-medium bowler (5 Tests), dies at 69
  • Dec 17 Brian Lee, father of Wikipedia user, James Lee (b. 1948)
  • Dec 17 Ed Devereaux, Australian actor (b. 1925)

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Dec 17 Otto Graham, NFL Quarterback, dies of a heart aneurysm at 82

NFL Quarterback Otto Graham
NFL Quarterback
Otto Graham
  • Dec 18 Susan Travers, English-French Foreign Legion soldier, dies at 94
  • Dec 19 Peter Carter-Ruck, English lawyer (b. 1914)
  • Dec 19 Hope Lange, American actress (Peyton Place, The Ghost & Mrs Muir), dies at 70

  • Dec 19 Lester "Les" Tremayne, British radio, film and television actor (Angry Red Planet, War of the Worlds), dies of heart failure at 90
  • Dec 19 Roy Hughes, Baron Islwyn, British politician (L), dies at 78
  • Dec 21 Prince Alfonso of Hohenlohe-Langenburg, Spanish playboy and businessman (b. 1924)
  • Dec 21 M. J. Gopalan, Indian cricketer (1 Test India v England 1933-34), dies at 94
  • Dec 22 Dave Dudley, American country singer (Six Days on the Road), dies at 75
  • Dec 22 Rose Hill, British actress and operatic soprano ('Allo 'Allo!, Nicholas Nickleby, Shot in the Dark), dies at 89
  • Dec 24 David Hobman, English human right activist and director (Age Concern England), dies at 76
  • Dec 24 Herman Keiser, American golfer (US Masters 1946), dies of Alzheimer's disease complications at 89
  • Dec 25 Nicholas Mavroules, American politician (Rep-D-MA, 1979-93), dies at 74
  • Dec 27 Alan Bates, English actor (b. 1934)
  • Dec 27 Iván Calderón, Puerto Rican baseball player (b. 1962)
  • Dec 28 Benjamin T. Hacker, American naval aviator (first Naval Flight Officer (NFO) to achieve Flag rank), dies at 68
  • Dec 29 Earl Hindman, American actor (b. 1942)
  • Dec 29 Dinsdale Landen, British actor (The Mask of Janus), dies at 71
  • Dec 29 Bob Monkhouse, English comedian and game show host (b. 1928)
  • Dec 30 David Bale, South African-born activist (b. 1941)
  • Dec 30 John Gregory Dunne, American writer, dies of heart attack at 71
  • Dec 30 Anita Mui, Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress, "Madonna of the East", dies of cancer at 40
  • Dec 31 Arthur R. von Hippel German physicist (pioneer in the study of dielectrics, ferromagnetic and ferroelectric materials, and semiconductors and was a codeveloper of radar during World War II), dies at 105
  • Dec 31 Paula Raymond, American actress and model (The Beast From 20,000 Fathoms), dies at 79