On This Day

Famous People Who Died in February 2006

  • Feb 1 Dick Bass, American NFL running back (Pro Bowl 1962, 63, 66; LA Rams), dies at 68
  • Feb 1 Bryce Harland, New Zealand diplomat, dies at 74
  • Feb 3 Al Lewis [Alexander Meister], American actor (The Munsters, Used Cars), dies at 82
  • Feb 3 Lou Jones, American athlete (Olympic gold 4x400m relay 1956), dies at 74

Person of interestBetty Friedan

Feb 4 Betty Friedan, American writer and feminist (The Feminine Mystique), dies of congestive heart failure at 85

  • Feb 4 Myron Waldman, American animator (Fleischer Studio), dies at 97
  • Feb 5 Norma Candal, Puerto Rican actress and comedian (La criada malcriada), dies at 78
  • Feb 5 Franklin Cover, American actor (Tom-The Jeffersons), dies at 77
  • Feb 6 Pedro Gonzales-Gonzalez, American actor (Rio Bravo), dies at 80
  • Feb 7 Princess Hadice Hayriye Ayshe Dürrühsehvar (b. 1914)
  • Feb 7 Shujauddin Butt, Pakistani cricketer (batted in 19 Tests for Pakistan 1954-62), dies at 75
  • Feb 7 Jack Montrose, American "cool jazz" tenor saxophonist and arranger, dies at 78
  • Feb 8 Elton Dean, English musician (Soft Machine) (b. 1945)
  • Feb 8 Akira Ifukube, Japanese composer, best known for his film scores in the Godzilla films, dies at 91
  • Feb 9 Freddie Laker, British airline entrepreneur (b. 1922)
  • Feb 9 Nadira, Indian actress (b. 1932)

  • Feb 9 Ron Greenwood CBE, English soccer defender (Brentford) and manager (West Ham Utd 1961-74; FA Cup 1964, European Cup Winners' Cup 1965; England 1977-82), dies from Alzheimer's disease at 84
  • Feb 10 J Dilla, American rapper/producer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 10 Dick Harmon, American golf instructor (Fred Couples, Jay Haas, Craig Stadler, Lanny Wadkins, Steve Elkington), dies from pneumonia at 58
  • Feb 11 Jockey Shabalala, South African singer (b. 1943)

Person of interestPeter Benchley

Feb 11 Peter Benchley, American author, dies at 65

Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
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Peter Benchley
  • Feb 11 Jackie Pallo, English professional wrestler, dies at 79
  • Feb 13 Andreas Katsulas, Greek-American actor (b. 1946)
  • Feb 13 Peter Frederick Strawson, British philosopher (b. 1919)
  • Feb 14 Shoshana Damari, Israeli singer and actress (b. 1923)
  • Feb 14 Lynden David Hall, British singer (b. 1974)
  • Feb 14 Darry Cowl, French musician and actor, dies at 80
  • Feb 16 Johnny Grunge, American professional wrestler (b. 1966)
  • Feb 16 Ernie Stautner, German-American football player, dies at 80
  • Feb 17 Ray Barretto, Puerto Rican American congo drummer (El Watusi), dies at 76
  • Feb 17 Bill Cowsill, American singer (The Cowsills), dies at 58
  • Feb 18 Richard Bright, American actor (Al Neri-Godfather), dies at 68
  • Feb 20 Lucjan Wolanowski, Polish journalist, writer and traveller (b. 1920)
  • Feb 20 Curt Gowdy, American sportscaster and author (Ford C. Frick Award; Pete Rozelle Award; lifetime achievement Emmy, 1992), dies of leukemia at 86
  • Feb 21 Angelica Rozeanu, Romanian table tennis player (World Champ 1950-55), dies at 84
  • Feb 22 Anthony Burger, American musician and singer (b. 1961)

  • Feb 22 Hilde Domin [Hilde Palm], German writer and poet, dies at 96
  • Feb 23 Benno Besson, Swiss actor and director (Der Arzt wider Willen), dies at 83
  • Feb 23 Telmo Zarraonaindía, Spanish footballer (b. 1921)
  • Feb 24 Octavia Butler, American author and MacArthur Foundation Fellow (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Don Knotts, American actor (Andy Griffth Show, 3's Company), died of lung cancer at 81
  • Feb 24 John Martin, Canadian broadcaster (b. 1947)
  • Feb 24 Denis Twitchett, Cambridge scholar, and Chinese historian (b. 1925)
  • Feb 24 Dennis Weaver, American actor (Chester-Gunsmoke, Duel, Battered), dies at 81
  • Feb 25 Darren McGavin [Richardson], American actor (Murphy Brown, The Night Stalker, A Christmas Story), dies of cardiovascular disease at 83
  • Feb 25 Charlie Wayman, English footballer (b. 1922)
  • Feb 27 Otis Chandler, American newspaper publisher (b. 1927)
  • Feb 27 Robert Lee Scott, Jr., American General and Air Force pilot, dies at 97
  • Feb 27 Linda Smith, British comedian (b. 1958)
  • Feb 28 Owen Chamberlain, American physicist (antiproton, Nobel-1959), dies at 85