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1980 Deaths

Here is an international list of famous people whose lives ended in 1980:

List of Famous People who died in the Year 1980

Deaths

January

January 1 – Adolph Deutsch, American composer (b. 1897)
January 7 – Simone Mathieu, French tennis champion (b. 1908)
January 8 – John Mauchly, American physicist and inventor (b. 1907)
January 17 – Barbara Britton, American actress (b. 1919)
January 18 – Sir Cecil Beaton, English photographer (b. 1904)
January 19 – William O. Douglas, American Supreme Court Justice (b. 1898)
January 21 – Georges Painvin, French cryptographer (b. 1886)
January 29 – Jimmy Durante, American actor, singer, and comedian (b. 1893)
January 30 – Professor Longhair, American musician (b. 1918)

February

February 2 – Hanna Rovina, Russian-born Israeli actress (b. 1889)
February 2 – William Howard Stein, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1911)
February 9 – Tom Macdonald, Welsh journalist and novelist (b. 1900)
February 12 – Muriel Rukeyser, American poet (b. 1913)
February 13 – David Janssen, American actor (b. 1931)
February 17 – Graham Sutherland, English artist (b. 1903)
February 18 – Gale Robbins, American singer and actress (b. 1921)
February 19 – Bon Scott, Scottish-born rock singer (AC/DC) (b. 1946)
February 20 – Joseph Banks Rhine, American parapsychologist (b. 1895)
February 20 – Alice Longworth, U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt's daughter, wife of Nicholas Longworth (b. 1884)
February 22 – Oskar Kokoschka, Austrian painter and poet (b. 1886)
February 24 – Clement Martyn Doke, South African linguist (b. 1893)
February 27 – George Tobias, American actor (b. 1901)

March

March 1 – Dixie Dean, English football player (b. 1907)
March 1 – Wilhelmina, Dutch-born American high-fashion model and owner of model agency (b. 1940)
March 1 – Daniil Khrabrovitsky, Soviet film director (b. 1923)
March 5 – Jay Silverheels, Native American actor (b. 1912)
March 5 – Winifred Wagner, German daughter-in-law of Richard Wagner, close friend of Adolf Hitler (b. 1897)
March 11 – Maud Hart Lovelace, American author (b. 1892)
March 14 – Anna Jantar, Polish singer (b. 1950)
March 14 – Mohammad Hatta, Indonesia's first vice president (b. 1902)
March 16 – Tamara de Lempicka, Polish-born painter (b. 1898)
March 18 – Jessica Dragonette, American singer (b. 1900)
March 18 – Erich Fromm, German-born psychologist and philosopher (b. 1900)
March 18 – Louise Lovely, Australian actress (b. 1895)
March 21 – Peter Stoner, American mathematician, astronomer and Christian apologist (b. 1888)
March 24 – Oscar Romero, El Salvador Roman Catholic archbishop (b. 1917)
March 24 – Pierre Etchebaster, French real tennis player (b. 1893)
March 25 – Roland Barthes, French literary critic and writer (b. 1915)
March 25 – James Wright, American poet (b. 1927)
March 28 – Dick Haymes, Argentine actor and singer (b. 1916)
March 31 – Vladimír Holan, Czech poet (b. 1905)
March 31 – Jesse Owens, African-American athlete (b. 1913)

April

April 4 – Red Sovine, American folk singer & songwriter (b. 1917)
April 6 – John Collier, English writer (b. 1901)
April 10 – Kay Medford, American actress (b. 1914)
April 11 – Ümit Kaftancıoğlu, Turkish writer (b. 1935)
April 12 – Clark McConachy, New Zealand billiards player (b. 1895)
April 15 – Raymond Bailey, American actor (b. 1904)
April 15 – Marshall Reed, American film and television actor (b. 1917)
April 15 – Jean-Paul Sartre, French philosopher and writer, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1905)
April 20 – Katherine K. Davis, American composer (b. 1892)
April 22 – Jane Froman, American singer and actress (b. 1907)
April 24 – Alejo Carpentier, Cuban writer (b. 1904)
April 29 – Alfred Hitchcock, British suspense film director (b. 1899)
April 30 – Luis Muñoz Marín, Puerto Rican poet, journalist, and politician (b. 1898)

May

May 2 – George Pal, Hungarian-born animator and producer (b. 1904)
May 4 – Kay Hammond, English actress (b. 1909)
May 4 – Josip Broz Tito, President of Yugoslavia (b. 1892)
May 5 – Isabel Briggs Myers, American psychological theorist and co-creator of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (b. 1897)
May 8 – Geoffrey Baker, English field marshal (b. 1912)
May 12 – Lillian Roth, American actress (b. 1910)
May 14 – Hugh Griffith, Welsh actor (b. 1912)
May 16 – Marin Preda, Romanian writer (b. 1922)
May 18 – David A. Johnston, American volcanologist (b. 1949)
May 18 – Ian Curtis, British musician and singer (Joy Division) (b. 1956)
May 21 – Ida Kaminska, Polish actress (b. 1899)
May 28 – Rolf Nevanlinna, Finnish mathematician (b. 1895)

June

June 1 – Rube Marquard, American baseball player (b. 1886)
June 7 – Henry Miller, American writer (b. 1891)
June 7 – Elizabeth Craig, British writer (b. 1883)
June 7 – Philip Guston, American painter (b. 1912)
June 12 – Masayoshi Ohira, Prime Minister of Japan (b. 1910)
June 12 – Billy Butlin, South African–born Canadian founder of Butlins Holiday Camps (b. 1899)
June 12 – Milburn Stone, American actor (b. 1904)
June 20 – Amy Key Clarke, English mystical poet (b. 1892)
June 21 – Bert Kaempfert, German songwriter (b. 1923)
June 23 – Clyfford Still, American painter (b. 1904)
June 23 – John Laurie, British actor (b. 1897)
June 23 – Sanjay Gandhi, Indian son of Indira Gandhi (air crash) (b. 1946)
June 24 – Boris Kaufman, Russian cinematographer (b. 1897)
June 27 – Carey McWilliams, American author, editor, and lawyer (b. 1905)
June 28 – José Iturbi, Spanish conductor and musician (b. 1895)

July

July – Robert Brackman, American painter (b. 1898)
July 1 – C.P. Snow, British physicist and novelist (b. 1905)
July 4 – Gregory Bateson, British anthropologist, anthropologist, social scientist, linguist, semiotician and cyberneticist (b. 1904)
July 6 – Gail Patrick, American actress (b. 1911)
July 7 – Reginald Gardiner, English actor (b. 1903)
July 7 – Dore Schary, American film writer, director, and producer (b. 1905)
July 9 – Vinicius de Moraes, Brazilian writer, poet and diplomat (b. 1913)
July 15 – Ben Selvin, American orchestra leader & recording artist (b. 1898)
July 17 – Don "Red" Barry, American actor (b. 1912)
July 17 – Boris Delaunay, Russian mathematician (b. 1890)
July 23 – Keith Godchaux, American musician of the band The Grateful Dead (b. 1948)
July 24 – Uttam Kumar (Arun Kumar Chatterjee), Bengali actor (b. 1926)
July 24 – Peter Sellers, English comedian and actor (b. 1925)
July 25 – Vladimir Vysotsky, Russian singer-songwriter, poet, actor (b. 1938)
July 26 – Allen Hoskins, American actor (b. 1920)
July 26 – Kenneth Tynan, English theatre critic (b. 1927)
July 27 – Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, Shah of Iran (b. 1919)
July 31 – Pascual Jordan, German physicist (b. 1902)
July 31 – Mohammed Rafi, Indian singer (b. 1924)
July 31 – Bobby Van, American actor (b. 1928)

August

August 1 – Patrick Depailler, French racing driver (b. 1944)
August 2 – Donald Ogden Stewart, American writer (b. 1894)
August 7 – Jackie Cochran, American pilot (b. 1906)
August 9 – Elliott Nugent, American actor (b. 1896)
August 10 – Yahya Khan, President of Pakistan (b. 1917)
August 14 – Dorothy Stratten, Canadian model (murdered) (b. 1960)
August 19 – Otto Frank, German father of Jewish diarist Anne Frank (b. 1889)
August 20 – Joe Dassin, French singer (b. 1938)
August 24 – Yootha Joyce, British actress (b. 1927)
August 25 – Gower Champion, American theatre director, choreographer, and dancer (b. 1919)
August 26 – Tex Avery, American cartoonist (b. 1908)
August 26 – Miliza Korjus, Estonian-Polish opera singer (b. 1909)

September

September 3 – Barbara O'Neil, American actress (b. 1909)
September 3 – Dirch Passer, Danish actor (b. 1926)
September 3 – Duncan Renaldo, American actor (b. 1904)
September 8 – Willard Libby, American chemist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1908)
September 12 – Lillian Randolph, American actress (b. 1898)
September 15 – Bill Evans, American jazz pianist (b. 1929)
September 16 – Jean Piaget, Swiss psychologist (b. 1896)
September 17 – Anastasio Somoza Debayle, former President of Nicaragua (b. 1925)
September 18 – Katherine Anne Porter, American author (b. 1890)
September 19 – Sol Lesser, American film producer (b. 1890)
September 25 – John Bonham, British rock drummer (Led Zeppelin) (b. 1948)
September 25 – Lewis Milestone, American film director (b. 1895)
September 25 – Marie Under, Estonian poet (b. 1883)

October

October 6 – Hattie Jacques, British actress (b. 1922)
October 7 – Sydney Gordon Russell, English designer and craftsman (b. 1892)
October 10 – Billie Thomas, American actor (Buckwheat, Our Gang) (b. 1931)
October 20 – Lady Isobel Barnett, British television personality (b. 1918)
October 21 – Hans Asperger, Austrian pediatrician after whom Asperger syndrome was named (b. 1906)
October 25 – Virgil Fox, American organist (b. 1912)
October 25 – Victor Galindez, Argentine boxer (race car accident) (b. 1948)
October 27 – Steve Peregrin Took, British rock musician (T. Rex) (b. 1949)
October 27 – John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist, Nobel Prize laureate (b. 1899)

November

November 4 – Elsie MacGill, Canadian aeronautical engineer (b. 1904)
November 7 – Steve McQueen, American actor (b. 1930)
November 9 – Carmel Myers, American actress (b. 1899)
November 9 – Victor Sen Yung, American actor (b. 1915)
November 16 – Boris Aronson, Russian set designer (b. 1898)
November 18 – Conn Smythe, Canadian NHL coach (b. 1895)
November 20 – John McEwen, 18th Prime Minister of Australia (b. 1900)
November 22 – Mae West, American actress (b. 1893)
November 24 – George Raft, American actor (b. 1895)
November 26 – Rachel Roberts, British actress (b. 1927)
November 27 – F. Burrall Hoffman, American architect (b. 1882)
November 29 – Dorothy Day, American social progressive (b. 1897)

December

December 2 – Romain Gary, Lithuanian-born writer (b. 1914)
December 3 – Sir Oswald Mosley, British fascist leader (b. 1896)
December 4 – Francisco Sá Carneiro, Prime Minister of Portugal (b. 1934)
December 4 – Stanislawa Walasiewicz, Polish-born runner (b. 1911)
December 7 – Darby Crash, American rock songwriter, singer (The Germs) (b. 1958)
December 8 – John Lennon, British singer, songwriter, and guitarist (The Beatles) (b. 1940)
December 16 – Colonel Sanders, American fast food entrepreneur (b. 1890)
December 16 – Hellmuth Walter, German engineer and inventor (b. 1900)
December 18 – Alexey Kosygin, Russian politician, Premier of the Soviet Union (b. 1904)
December 21 – Marc Connelly, American playwright (b. 1890)
December 23 – Frank Norman, English novelist, playwright and autobiographer (b. 1930)
December 24 – Karl Dönitz, German admiral and briefly President of Germany (b. 1891)
December 24 – Siggie Nordstrom, American model, actress, entertainer, socialite and lead singer (The Nordstrom Sisters) (b. 1893)
December 25 – Victoria Drummond, first woman marine engineer in Britain (b. 1894)
December 26 – Richard Chase, American serial killer (b. 1950)
December 28 – Sam Levene, American actor (b. 1905)
December 29 – Tim Hardin, American musician (b. 1941)
December 31 – Marshall McLuhan, Canadian author and professor (b. 1911)
December 31 – Raoul Walsh, American film director (b. 1887)