Famous Deaths for Year 1979

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Deaths 1 - 150 of 311

Jan 3rd - Conrad Hilton, US founder (Hilton Hotels), dies at 91
Jan 5th - Charles Mingus, US jazz bassist/composer/orchestra leader, dies at 56
Jan 7th - Zbigniew Turski, composer, dies at 70
Jan 9th - Avery Claflin, composer, dies at 80
Jan 9th - Sara Carter, vocalist/guitarist (Carter Family), dies at 80
Jan 9th - Pier Luigi Nervi, Italian engineer and architect (b. 1891)
Jan 11th - Jack Soo, actor (Nick Yemana-Barney Miller, Green Berets), dies at 63
Jan 13th - Donny Hathaway, Chicago Ill, rocker (Ghetto), commits suicide at 33
Jan 13th - Marjorie Lawrence, Australian soprano (b. 1907)
Jan 14th - Thomas DeSimone, gangster associate of the Lucchese crime family (b. 1950)
Jan 16th - Fred Elizalde, composer, dies at 71
Jan 16th - Ted Cassidy, actor (Lurch-Addams Family), dies at 46
Jan 16th - August Heissmeyer, German SS officer (b. 1897)
Jan 18th - Cyril Mockridge, composer, dies at 82
Jan 19th - Paul Meurisse, actor (Diabolique, Truth, Suspects, Monocle), dies
Jan 20th - Gustav Winckler, Danish singer (b. 1925)
Jan 22nd - Ali Hassan Salameh, [Abu Hassan], killed by car bomb; believed to have helped mastermind massacre of 1972 Munich Olympics athletes
Jan 24th - Jerry Damon, comedian (That Was The Week That Was), dies at 51
Jan 24th - Mabel Taliaferro, actress (My Love Come Back), dies at 91
Actor Ted CassidyActor Ted Cassidy (Jan 16th) Jan 25th - J Robertson Hare, actor (Fighting Stock), dies at 87
Jan 26th - Nelson Rockefeller, former VP & (4X Gov-R-NY), dies at 70
Jan 27th - Qalander Ba Ba Auliya, Sufi master (b. 1898)
Jan 28th - Eileen Shanahan, Irish Poet (b. 1901)
Feb 1st - Mort Marshall, actor (Cully-Dumplings), dies at 60
Feb 2nd - Jim Burke, cricketer (Australian opener), commits suicide
Feb 2nd - Sid Vicious, [John Simon Ritchie], bassist (Sex Pistols), OD's at 21
Feb 3rd - Jody Gilbert, actress (Willard, Shaggy, Blonde Dynamite), dies
Feb 5th - Eddie Paynter, cricketer (20 Tests for England, avg 59.23), dies
Feb 6th - Alain Teister, Dutch sculptor/writer, dies at 47
Feb 6th - Arthur van Schendel, Dutch art historian, dies at 68
Feb 7th - Josef Mengele, concentration camp doctor, drowns
Feb 8th - Nikolay Semyonovich Tikhonov, Russian poet, dies at 82
Feb 9th - C I J Smith, cricket all-rounder (5 Tests for England 1935-37), dies
Feb 9th - Dennis Gabor, Hungarian physicist, Nobel laureate (b. 1900)
Musician Sid ViciousMusician Sid Vicious (Feb 2nd) Feb 12th - Jean Renoir, French writer/director (Human Beast), dies at 84
Feb 13th - Jean Renoir, actor/director (Rules of the Game), dies at 84
Feb 14th - Adolph Dubs, US ambassador to Afghanistan, murdered
Feb 15th - Alex Bradford, actor/composer (Your Arms too Short...), dies at 51
Feb 15th - Mehdi Rahimi, Iran general/milt governor of Teheran, executed
Feb 16th - Louise Allbritton, actress (Celia-Stage Door), dies at 58
Feb 16th - Nematullah Nassiri, Iran general/head of Savak, executed
Feb 16th - William Gargan, actor (New Adventures of Martin Kane), dies at 73
Feb 17th - William Gargan, actor (Rain, Bells of St Mary), dies at 73
Feb 21st - Glendon Gibbs, cricketer (Test Cricket WI v Australia 1955), dies
Feb 21st - Ray Whitley, composer, dies
Feb 23rd - W.A.C. Bennett, Canadian politician (b. 1900)
Feb 28th - Jane Hylton, English actress (Adv of Sir Lancelot), dies at 52
Feb 28th - Mr Ed, talking horse, dies
Feb 28th - Paul Alverdes, German writer (b. 1897)
Mar 1st - Dolores Costello, actress (Noah's Ark, Expensive Women), dies at 73
Mar 1st - Molla Mustafa Barzani, Iranian Kurd leader (KDP), dies at 75
Mar 2nd - Edith Craig, actress (Harmony Lane, Smashing Rackets), dies at 71
Mar 2nd - Mollah Mustafa Barzani, Kurdish leader, dies at 75
Mar 2nd - Christy Ring Irish hurler (b. 1920)
Mar 4th - Willi Unsoeld, American mountain climber (b. 1926)
Mar 5th - Vicente Ascone, composer, dies at 81
Mar 6th - Charles Wagenheim, actor (Halligan-Gunsmoke), dies at 83
Mar 7th - Guiomar Novaes, pianist (Brazilian Order of Merit), dies at 84
Mar 7th - Klaus Egge, Norwegian composer (Fanitullen), dies at 72
Mar 9th - Barbara Mullen, actress (Talk of a Million), dies at 64
Mar 11th - Victor Kilian, actor (Gentleman's Agreement), dies at 88
Mar 16th - Jean Monnet, French economist/CEO (ECSC), dies at 90
Mar 17th - Merv Inverarity, cricketer (father of John WA player 1925-40), dies
Mar 19th - Al Hodge, actor (Capt Video), dies at 65
Mar 19th - Richard Beckinsale, actor (Doing Time, Porridge, Lovers), dies at 31
Mar 22nd - Richard Sykes, British ambassador, assassinated by the IRA in The Hague, Holland
Mar 22nd - Ben Lyon, actor (I Cover the Waterfront, Indiscreet), dies at 78
Mar 23rd - Philip Bourneuf, actor (Big Night, Frankenstein), dies at 71
Mar 23rd - Ted Anderson, English footballer (b. 1911)
Mar 24th - Yvonne Mitchell, writer, dies at 53
Mar 25th - Anton Heiller, composer, dies at 55
Mar 26th - Jean Stafford, US author (Boston Adventure), dies at 63
Mar 27th - Ronald Adam, actor (Phantom Shot), dies at 82
Mar 28th - Emmett Kelly, circus clown (Weary Willy), dies at 80
Mar 29th - Melville Cooper, TV panelist (I Got a Secret), dies at 82
Mar 30th - Airey Neave, British MP (Conservatives), killed by terrorist bomb
Apr 1st - Marinus Peijnenburg, Dutch politician, dies at 51
Apr 1st - Bruno Coquatrix, French music impresario (b. 1910)
Apr 2nd - Carroll D Rosenbloom, LA Rams president, dies at 72
Apr 2nd - Ivan Barrow, cricketer (11 Tests for West Indies 1930-39), dies
Apr 4th - Edgar Buchanan, actor (Uncle Joe-Petticoat Junction), dies at 77
Apr 4th - Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, Pakistani president, hanged in Pakistan at 51
Apr 5th - Eugène Gabritschevsky, Russian biologist and artist (b. 1893)
Apr 6th - M Marie Widlow, softball pitcher (Hall of Fame 1957), dies at 61
Apr 6th - Milton Ager, US composer, dies at 85
Apr 7th - Bruno Apitz, writer, dies at 78
Apr 9th - Staats Cotsworth, dies at 71
Apr 10th - Henriette P "Hetty" Beck, actress (Dodendans), dies at 91
Apr 10th - Nino Rota, Italian composer (Torquemada), dies at 67
Apr 20th - Peter Donald, host (Masquerade Party), dies at 60
Apr 23rd - Blair Peach, New Zealand-born anti-fascist (b. 1946)
Apr 24th - John Carroll, actor (Hired Wife, Fiesta, Geraldine), dies at 72
Apr 28th - Feliks Roderyk Labunski, composer, dies at 86
Apr 29th - Julia Perry, American composer (Soul Symphony), dies at 55
Apr 29th - Hardie Gramatky, American author and animator (b. 1907)
May 1st - Berkeley Bertram McGarrell Gaskin, cricketer (2 Tests for WI), dies
May 2nd - Giulio Natta, Italian chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1903)
May 3rd - Erin O'Brien-Moore, actress (Nurse Choate-Peyton Place), dies at 76
May 5th - Shirley O'Hara, actress (Wild Party), dies at 68
May 8th - Talcott Parsons, US sociologist, dies at 76
Steel Magnate Cyrus S. EatonSteel Magnate Cyrus S. Eaton (May 9th) May 9th - Cyrus S. Eaton, Canadian-American financier, industrialist and steel magnate, dies at 95
May 9th - Lan Adomian, composer, dies at 73
May 10th - John Cameron Andrieu Bingham Morton, satirist (Beachcomber), dies
May 10th - Louis Paul Boon, Flemish writer (Eros & the Lonely Man), dies at 67
May 11th - Joan Chandler, dies at 55
May 11th - Lester Raymond Flatt, musician (Ballad of Jed Clampett), dies at 64
May 13th - Nelly Aenders, actress (In Pyama), dies at 65
May 14th - Paul van 't Veeer, Dutch journalist/writer (Vrije Volk), dies at 57
May 16th - Asa Philip Randolph, labor leader & civil rights pioneer, dies at 90
May 23rd - Hubert van Doorne, auto manufacturer (DAF), dies at 79
May 24th - Jan Arvan, actor (Red Skelton Show, Zorro), dies
May 25th - John Arthur Spenkelink, American murderer (b. 1949)
May 26th - George Brent, actor (Baby Face, Dark Victory, 42nd St), dies at 75
May 29th - Mary Pickford, actress (Coquette, Suds, Secrets), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 87
May 29th - John H. Wood, Jr., American federal judge (b. 1916)
Actress Mary PickfordActress Mary Pickford (May 29th) May 30th - Jack Raine, actor (Quartet), dies at 82
May 31st - Nigel Howard, cricketer (England captain 1951-52 tour of India), dies
Jun 1st - Jack Mulhall, actor (Buck Rogers, Held for Ransom), dies at 91
Jun 1st - Werner Forssman, German urologist (Nobel 1956), dies
Jun 2nd - Jim Hutton, actor (Ellery Queen), dies of liver cancer at 45
Jun 3rd - Arno Schmidt, writer, dies at 65
Jun 4th - Edward Dawson, cricketer (England batsman in 5 Tests 1927-30), dies
Jun 5th - Pauline Offner, Zen Theravadin nun, dies at 53
Jun 6th - Jack Haley, American actor (The Wizard of Oz), dies of a heart attack at 80
Jun 7th - Forrest Carter, American author (b. 1925)
Jun 8th - Herb Polesie, producer/playwright (20 Questions), dies at 79
Jun 8th - Louis Salvador Palange, composer, dies at 61
Jun 9th - Cyclone Taylor, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1884)
Jun 11th - August Maes, Flemish actor/director (Farmer that Dies), dies at 85
Jun 11th - John Wayne [Marion Mitchell Morrison], actor (Green Berets, True Grit), dies at 72
Actor John WayneActor John Wayne (Jun 11th) Jun 13th - Darla Hood, actress (Our Gang 1935-45), dies at 47
Jun 15th - Ernst Meister, writer, dies at 67
Jun 16th - Ben Weber, US composer (Thorne Music Award 1965), dies at 62
Jun 16th - Liselotte Welskopf-Heinrich, writer, dies at 77
Jun 16th - Ignatius Kutu Acheamphong, Ghanaian dictator (b. 1931)
Jun 16th - Nicholas Ray, American film director (b. 1911)
Jun 17th - Lou Frizzel, actor (Dusty Rhoades-Bonanza), dies at 58
Jun 19th - Paul Popenoe, American eugenicist (b. 1888)
Jun 21st - Julian Orchard, actor (Perfect Friday, Bless this House), dies at 49
Jun 21st - Angus Maclise, American mystic, shaman, musician, and composer (b. 1938)
Jun 22nd - Emory Parnell, St Paul Minn, actor (Life of Riley), dies at 85
Jun 22nd - Julius Sommer, dies of heart failure, buried in Dayton Ohio
Jun 22nd - Louis Chiron, Monaco race car driver (b. 1899)
Jun 25th - Philippe Halsman, American photographer (b. 1906)
Jun 26th - Charles Clore, financier, dies
Jun 28th - Paul Dessau, German composer/conducter (Berlin, 1925-33), dies at 84
Jun 29th - Ben Barnett, cricketer (4 Tests for Australia 1938), dies
Jun 29th - Lowell George, rocker (Mothers of Invention, Little Feat), dies at 34
Jun 30th - Alfons Vranckx, Belgian politician, dies at 72
Jul 1st - Richard Ward, actor (Beacon Hill), dies at 64

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