On This Day

Famous People Who Died in January 2003

  • Jan 1 Joe Foss, American fighter ace, football executive (Medal of Honor-1943; first commissioner American Football League) and politician, dies at 87
  • Jan 1 F. William Free, American advertising executive (I'm Cheryl – Fly Me.), dies at 74
  • Jan 1 Cyril Shaps, British actor, producer and voice artist (The Pianist), dies at 79
  • Jan 2 Eric Jupp, British-born musician, dies at 80
  • Jan 3 Sid Gillman, Pro & College Football Hall of Fame end (Ohio State U) and coach (U of Cincinnati, LA Rams, Houston Oilers), dies at 91
  • Jan 4 Sabine Ulibarri, Mexican American writer (b. 1919)
  • Jan 4 Yfrah Neaman, Lebanese-born violinist (b. 1923)
  • Jan 4 Conrad Hall, Tahitian-American cinematographer, dies at 76
  • Jan 5 Massimo Girotti, Italian actor (Last Tango in Paris, In the Name of the Law), dies of a heart attack at 84
  • Jan 5 Roy Jenkins, British politician (b. 1920)
  • Jan 5 Doreen Carwithen, British composer, widow of William Alwyn (b. 1922)
  • Jan 5 Jean Kerr, Irish-American novelist (Please Don't Eat the Daisies), dies at 80
  • Jan 7 David Harries, Welsh composer (Epithalamium), dies at 69
  • Jan 8 Ron Goodwin, British composer and conductor (b. 1925)
  • Jan 9 Will McDonough, American sports journalist (b. 1935)
  • Jan 11 Richard Simmons, American actor (Sergeant Preston of the Yukon), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 89

  • Jan 11 Maurice Pialat, French actor and director (The Naked Childhood), dies at 77
  • Jan 11 Mickey Finn, English drummer (T. Rex) (b. 1947)
  • Jan 11 William Joseph Russo, American composer, dies at 74
  • Jan 12 Dean Amadon, American ornithologist, dies at 90
  • Jan 12 Kinji Fukasaku, Japanese director (b. 1930)
  • Jan 12 Leopoldo Galtieri, dictator of Argentina (b. 1926)

Person of interestMaurice Gibb

Jan 12 Maurice Gibb, guitarist of the Bee Gees, dies of cardiac arrest at 53

Bee Gees Guitarist Maurice Gibb
Bee Gees Guitarist
Maurice Gibb
  • Jan 12 Allan Nunn May, English physicist and Soviet spy (b. 1911)
  • Jan 13 Norman Panama, American screenwriter and director (b. 1914)
  • Jan 14 Koloman Sokol, Slovak painter, dies at 100
  • Jan 15 Doris Fisher, American singer and songwriter, dies at 87
  • Jan 16 Richard Wainwright, English politician, Liberal MP for Colne Valley (1966–70), dies at 84
  • Jan 16 Henryk Czyz, Polish composer and musician, dies at 79
  • Jan 17 Richard Crenna, American actor (Rambo, Summer Rental, Sand Pebbles), dies at 76
  • Jan 17 Balint Vazsonyi, Hingarian pianist (b. 1936)
  • Jan 18 Edward "The Sheik" Farhat, American professional wrestler (b. 1926)
  • Jan 18 Gavin Lyall, British author (Conduct of Major Maxim, The Secret Servant), dies of cancer at 70
  • Jan 19 Françoise Giroud, French journalist and politician (French Minister of Culture), dies at 86
  • Jan 20 Al Hirschfeld, American caricaturist (NINA, NY Times), dies at 99
  • Jan 20 Nedra Volz, American actress (b. 1908)

  • Jan 20 Bill Werbeniuk, Canadian snooker player (b. 1947)
  • Jan 21 Paul Haines, American-born Canadian poet (b. 1933)
  • Jan 22 Bill Mauldin, American cartoonist famous for his World War II cartoons depicting American soldiers (Pulitzer-1945, 59), dies of Alzheimer's disease and a bathtub scalding at 81
  • Jan 23 Nell Carter, American actress (Nell-Gimme a Break, Lobo), dies at 54
  • Jan 24 Gianni Agnelli, Italian auto executive (b. 1921)
  • Jan 24 Lucien Blackwell, American politician (Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania), dies at 71
  • Jan 24 Giovanni Agnelli, Italian industrialist and CEO of Fiat Automaker, dies at 81
  • Jan 25 Samuel Weems, Arkansas judge (b. 1936)
  • Jan 26 Valeriy Brumel, Soviet Olympic athlete (b. 1942)
  • Jan 26 Hugh Trevor-Roper, English historian (The Last Days of Hitler), dies at 89
  • Jan 26 George Younger, 4th Viscount Younger of Leckie, British politician (b. 1931)
  • Jan 26 John Browning, American pianist (Leventritt Award-1956), dies at 69
  • Jan 27 Henryk Jabłoński, President of Poland (b. 1909)
  • Jan 27 Louis Archambault, Quebec sculptor (b. 1915)
  • Jan 29 Frank Moss, American politician (b. 1911)
  • Jan 31 Michael Ogden, British barrister and judge (Ogden Tables), dies at 76