Obituaries of the Seventies, 1973

This is a list of people who died during 1973. Exact dates are listed when known.

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January 05Cornelis van Dis, Dutch MP (SGP), dies at 79
January 11Isabel Randolph, actress (Missing Corpse), dies at 83
January 11Rudolf Kubin, composer, dies a day after 64th birthday
January 15Jef Alpaerts, Flemish pianist/conductor, dies at 68
January 16Ray Barrett, sportscaster (Gillette Summer Sports Reel), dies at 65
January 17Fred Essler, actor (Unsinkable Molly Brown), dies at 77
January 19Max Adrian, actor (Boy Friend, Her Favorite Husband), dies at 69
January 20Amilcar L Cabral, fought for Guinea Bissau independence, murdered 51
January 22Lyndon B Johnson, president (1963-69), dies at his Texas ranch at 64
January 24Alan Lisette, cricketer (took 3 wickets in 2 Tests for NZ 1956), dies
January 24J Carrol Naish, actor (Charlie Chan-Adv of Charlie Chan), dies at 73
January 26Edward G Robinson, [Goldenberg], actor (Little Caesar), dies at 79
January 26Meijer Sluyser, Dutch journalist/commentator (VARA), dies at about 71
January 28John Banner, actor (Schultz-Hogan's Heroes), dies on 62nd birthday
January 29Johannes Paul Thilman, composer, dies at 67
January 29Ludwig Stossel, Austrian actor (Man With a Camera), dies at 89
January 30Jack McGowan, actor (On Our Selection), dies at 54
January 31Ragnar Frisch, Norwegian economist (Nobel 1969), dies at 77
February 02Henry J Elias, Flemish historian/mayor of Gent, dies at 70
February 03Edward Lockspeiser, composer, dies at 67
February 05George Morrison, dies at 82
February 05L C William Nolde, last US soldier killed in Vietnam, funeral
February 06Ira S Bowen, US physicist/astronomer (Mt Wilson/Palomar), dies at 74
February 08Herbie Taylor, cricketer (2936 runs in 42 Tests for S Africa), dies
February 09Max Yasgur, owner Woodstock-festival farmland, dies at 53
February 11Hans D Jensen, German physicist (Nobel prize 1963), dies at 65
February 12Benjamin Frankel, composer, dies at 67
February 15Tim Holt, actor (Stagecoach, Hitler's Children), dies of cancer at 55
February 15Wally Cox, actor (Mr Peepers, Hollywood Squares), dies at 48
February 16Pieter Van der Bijl, cricketer (outstanding S Af bat in 1938-39), dies
February 18Franc Costello, US gangster, dies at 82
February 20Brigitte Reimann, writer, dies at 39
February 20Joseph Szigeti, Hungarian/US violinist, dies at 80
February 20Maurice Dallimore, actor (Collector), dies at 60
February 22Elizabeth Bowen, Anglo-Irish novelist (Cat Jumps), dies in Lond at 73
February 22Katina Paxinou, actress (For Whom the Bell Tolls, Zita), dies at 72
February 22Winthrop Rockefeller, US governor (Arkansas), dies at 60
February 24Art Smith, actor (Quicksand), dies of heart attack at 73
February 26Mary Finney, actress (Honestly Celeste), dies at 68
February 27Lucijan Marija Skerjanc, Yugoslav composer/conductor, dies at 72
February 28Cecil Kellaway, actor (Guess Who's Coming to Dinner), dies at 78
February 28Hope Landin, actress (I Remember Mama, Sugarfoot), dies at 79
March 02Cleo Noel, US ambassador to Sudan, assassinated
March 05Rupert Crosse, actor (Too Late Blues), dies of cancer at 45
March 06Paul Klecki/Kletzki, Polish violinist/composer/conductor, dies at 72
March 06Pearl S[ydenstricker] Buck, author (Good Earth-Nobel 1938), dies at 80
March 06Vera Fjodorova Panova, Russian author (Sputniki), dies at 67
March 07Andr‚ de Meulemeester, Belg WW I pilot [Eagle of Flanders], dies at 78
March 08Gordon Leggat, cricketer (9 Tests for NZ, 351 runs at 21 93), dies
March 08Ron "Pigpen" McKernan, rocker (Grateful Dead, Grass Roots), dies at 27
March 10Richard Sharples, governor of Bermuda, assassinated
March 11Manuel Rojas Sep£lveda, writer
March 12Esther Williamson Ballou, composer, dies at 57
March 12Frankie "Fordham Flash" Frisch, baseball player, dies at 74
March 12Manuel Rojas Sepulveda, Chilean writer (Hijo de Ladron), dies at 77
March 13Stacy Harris, actor (NOPD, Doorway to Danger), dies at 54
March 14Murat B "Chic" Young, US comic strip artist (Blondie), dies at 72
March 15Carl Benton Reid, actor (Burke's Law), dies at 82
March 16Carl Benton Reid, actor (Trap, Underwater City), dies at 79
March 16M Revis, [Willem Fisherman), author (People that Mutiny), dies at 68
March 17Geertruida M W "Truus" Bakker, Dutch actress (2 Orphans), dies at 81
March 18Lauritz L H Melchior, Danish baritone/actor (Luxury Liner), dies at 82
March 21Antoni Szalowski, composer, dies at 65
March 23Ken Maynard, actor (Phantom Rancher, $50,000 Reward), dies at 77
March 25Edward Steichen, pioneer of US photography, dies at 93
March 26George Sisler, hall of famer 1st baseman (257 hits-1920), dies at 80
March 26Noel Coward, English playwright (Private Letters), dies at 73
March 26Safford Cape, US/Belgian conductor/composer/musicologist, dies at 67
March 27Boyan Georgiev Ikonomov, composer, dies at 72
March 28Hakuun Yasutani, Zen teacher/co-founder (Sanbo Kyodan), dies
March 31Kurt George Hugo Thomas, composer, dies at 68
April --Louis Borell, Dutch actor (Over the Moon), dies in Amsterdam at 67
April 01Arthur Wood, cricket wicket-keeper (England 1938-39), dies
April 07Nick Stuart, bandleader, dies of cancer at 69
April 08Pablo (Ruiz y) Picasso, Spanish/French painter (Guernica), dies at 91
April 11Ted Decorsia, actor (Police Chief Hegedorn-Steve Canyon), dies at 69
April 13Alexandre A M Stols, publisher/typographer (Schoone Book), dies at 73
April 14Magda Janssens, Flemish actress (Nederlands in 7 Lessons), dies at 88
April 14Minna Gombell, dies in Santa Monica CA
April 16Istv n Kert‚sz, Hung/German conductor (London Symphony), dies at 43
April 20Robert Armstrong, actor (Fall Guy, Exposed), dies at 82
April 21Ursula Jeans, actress (Cavalcade, Over the Moon), dies at 66
April 23Otto Eissfeldt, German old testament scholar, dies at 85
April 26Irene Ryan, actress (Granny-Beverly Hillbillies), dies at 69
April 27Jim Sims, cricketer (England leg-spinner in 4 Tests 1935-37), dies
April 27Libbe de Wal, founder of Humanistic Covenant, dies at 72
April 28Pat Henning, actor (Goodyear TV Playhouse), dies at 62
April 29Manfred Gurlitt, composer, dies at 82
April 30Josie Sedgwick, actress (White Moth), dies of stroke at 75
May 02Alan Carney, actor (Herbie-Take it from Me), dies at 61
May 04Jane Bowles, writer, dies at 56
May 06Ernest MacMillan, composer, dies at 79
May 08Ralph Miller, last 19th century baseball player, dies
May 10Jack E Leonard, Chicago Ill, comedian, dies at 62
May 10Loren Tindall, dies of heart attack at 51
May 11Grigory M Kosinzev, Russian director, dies
May 12Frances Marion, screenwriter (Pollyanna, Camille), dies at 85
May 15Willem H Rassers, Dutch cult anthropologist (Pandji-Novel), dies at 95
May 16A P Gtersloh, writer, dies at 86
May 17Alexander J Kropholler, Dutch architect/writer, dies at 91
May 18Jeannette Rankin, 1st Congresswoman (1917-19, 41-43), dies at 92
May 21Carlo E Gadda, Italian engineer/writer (War Diary), dies at 79
May 21George Breakstone, actor/director (Great Expectations), dies at 53
May 21Vaughn Monroe, singer/orch leader (Vaughn Monroe Show), dies at 61
May 23Athena Lorde, actress (Fuzz, Skin Game, Firecreek), dies at 57
May 26Jacques Lipchitz, US cubist sculptor, dies at 81
May 28Hans Schmidt-Isserstedt, Germ composer/conductor (Hassan), dies at 73
May 28Jacques Lipchitz, Polish/French/US art critic sculptor, dies at 81
May 29Eric Applewhite, entertainer, dies
May 30Hal Hastings, orch leader (Chevrolet on Broadway), dies at 66
May 31Albert Egges van Giffen, Dutch archaeologist, dies at 89
June 01Harvey S Firestone Jr, US tire manufacturer, dies at 75
June 01Mary Kornman, actress (Desert Trail, Swing it Professor), dies at 57
June 01Walter Greaza, actor (Leonard-Martin Kane, Treasury Men), dies at 76
June 04Arna Bontemps, writer (Harlem Renaissance), dies at 72 in Nashville
June 04Murray Wilson, father of beachboys Brian, Carl & Dennis, dies at 55
June 05Max Terhune, actor (Range Justice, Night Riders), dies at 82
June 07Lane Bradford, actor (Dead Man's Gold, Gun Hawk), dies at 50
June 08Eino Mauno Aleksanteri Linnala, composer, dies at 76
June 10William M Inge, US playwright (Come Back Little Sheba), dies at 60
June 13Alvin Derold Etler, composer, dies at 60
June 13Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 82
June 17Luis Van Rooten, actor (One Man's Family), dies at 66
June 18Fritz Mahler, composer, dies at 71
June 18Roger Delgado, actor (Agent 8 3/4, Hot Enought for June), dies at 55
June 18Willem Vogt, Dutch radio pioneer/founder AVRO, dies at 84
June 19Roger Delgado, actor (Adv's of Sir Francis Drake, Dr Who), dies at 55
June 21Frank Leahy, football coach (Notre Dame), dies at 64
June 22Jacques Leon Wolfe, composer, dies at 77
June 23Fay Holden, actress (Mother-Andy Hardy films), dies at 77
June 24Mary Carr, actress (Forbidden Trail, 2nd Wife), dies at 99
June 26Arnold Richardson, composer, dies at 59
June 26Ernest Truex, actor (Fluffy, Scared, His Girl Friday), dies at 82
June 27Earl Browder, leader US Communist Party (1930-45), dies at 82
June 27Ernest Truex, actor (Pop-Pete & Gladys, Mr Peepers), dies at 73
June 30Elmer Layden, one of Notre Dame's legendary 4-horsemen, died
July 01Mario La Broca, composer, dies at 76
July 02Betty Grable, US actress (How to Marry a Millionaire), dies at 56
July 02George Macready, US, actor (Martin Peyton-Peyton Place), dies at 73
July 02Swede Savage, dies of injuries at Indianapolis 500
July 03Charles Ancerl, Czech conductor (Prague/Toronto), dies at 63
July 04Leonid Stein, Russian chess player, dies at about 39
July 06Joe E Brown, comedian, dies after long illness at 80
July 06Otto Klemperer, German/US conductor, dies at 88
July 06Patrick McVey, actor (Manhunt, Big Town), dies at 63
July 07Max Horkheimer, German philosopher/sociologist, dies at 78
July 07Veronica Lake, [Constance Ockleman], actress (Ramrod), dies at 58
July 08Wilfred Rhodes, cricketer (4187 1st-class wickets, most ever), dies
July 11Alexander Vasilyevich Mosolov, Russian composer (Zavod), dies at 72
July 11Isabel Randolph, actress (Mrs Nester-Our Miss Brooks), dies at 83
July 11Robert Ryan, US actor (Dirty Dozens, Longest Day), dies at 63
July 12Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Wolfman), dies after long illness at 66
July 13Lon Chaney Jr, actor (Hawkeye, Pistols 'n' Petticoats), dies at 67
July 13Martian Negrea, composer, dies at 80
July 13Willy Fritsch, German actor (Spies, Women in the Moon), dies at 72
July 14Clarence White, guitarist (Byrds), killed by a car
July 16Trijntje "Nine" van de Schaaf, author (Fries dorpsleven), dies at 91
July 18Jack Hawkins, actor (Ben Hur, Ben-Four Just Men), dies at 62
July 19Clarence White, rocker (Byrds), killed by drunken driver at 29
July 19Vasily Dmiotriyevich Shcheglov, Russian cosmonaut, dies at 33
July 20Bruce Lee, [Lee Yuen Kam], actor (Enter the Dragon), dies at 32
July 21Russell Hardie, dies after long illness at 69
July 23Eddie Rickenbacker, WW I fighter pilot, dies at 82
July 23Marius-Fran‡ois Gaillard, composer, dies at 72
July 24Mary Frasca, singer/actress, dies in NYC
July 26Mike Burke, Pres (NY Yankees)/dir (Madison Sq Garden), dies
July 28Royal Butler, actor, dies at 80
July 29Eileen Percy, silent film actress (Wicked, Backstage), dies at 72
July 30Erich Katz, composer, dies at 72
July 30Guy Middleton, actor (Fur Collar, Now & Forever), dies at 65
August 01Gian Francesco Malipiero, composer, dies at 91
August 01Walter Ulbricht, pres German DR, dies at 80
August 02Jean-Pierre Melville, director (Bob Le Flambeur), dies at 57
August 03Ariantje "Jeanne" Leg, actress (It Vijgeblaadje/It Hippie), dies at 84
August 04Eddie Condon, jazz guitarist (Eddie Condon's Floor Show), dies at 68
August 06Fulgencio Batista y Zaldivar, dictator Cuba (1940-58), dies at 72
August 07Jack Gregory, cricketer (scorer of fastest ton Australia 1921), dies
August 09Charlie Daniels, US swimmer (Olympics-4 gold-1904, 08), dies at 88
August 09Dean Corll, shot, he raped & killed 26 boys
August 10Douglas Kennedy, actor (Lone Ranger & Lost City of Gold), dies at 57
August 11Peggy Castle, actress (Lily Merrill-Lawman), dies of cirrhosis at 46
August 12John Clay, cricketer (Glamorgan offie in only Test 1935), dies
August 13Ben van Eysselsteijn, Dutch playwright (Arid Earth), dies at 75
August 16Selman A Waksman, Russian/US microbiology (Nobel 1952), dies at 85
August 16Veda Ann Borg, actress (Kid Galahad), dies at 54
August 17Conrad Aiken, US poet (Pulitzer), dies at 74
August 17Jean Barraqu‚, French composer, dies at 45
August 17Paul Williams, rocker (Temptations), commits suicide at 32
August 22Louise Huff, actress (Sea Waif, Caprice, Disraeli), dies at 77
August 24Billy Greene, actor (Burton-One Man's Family), dies at 76
August 24Slava Vorlova, composer, dies at 79
August 29Michael Dunn, short actor (Justine, Boom, Madigan), dies at 38
August 29Stringer Davis, actress (Mouse on the Moon, Miranda), dies at about 77
August 31John Ford, US director (Mary of Scotland, Stagecoach), dies at 78
August 31Raymond Keane, dies at 66
August 31Stan Worthington, English cricket pace bowler (9 Tests 1930-36), dies
September 02John R R Tolkien, British story writer (Hobbitt), dies of ulcer at 81
September 06William H Harris, composer, dies at 90
September 07Hans Lorbeer, writer, dies at 72
September 09Samuel N Behrman, US stage/screenwriter (Quo Vardis), dies at 80
September 11Salvador Allende Gossens, president Chile (1970-73), dies at 65
September 12Eduard Flipse, Dutch conductor/composer, dies at 77
September 12Marjorie Post, US philanthropic/multi-millionaire ($200m), dies at 86
September 13Betty Field, actress (Kings Row), dies of cerebral hemorrhage at 60
September 16Frederic Meyer, actor (Faraway Hill), dies at 63
September 17Hugo Winterhalter, composer, dies at 63
September 18Nora Nicholson, actress (Blue Lagoon, Crow Hollow), dies at 80
September 18Th‚o LefŠvre, premier Belgium, dies
September 19Bob Gilbert, actor (Never the Twain Shall Meet), dies of hepatitis 75
September 19Gram Parsons, rocker (Byrds), dies of OD at 26
September 20Ben[jamin F] Webster, US tenor saxophonist, dies
September 20Glenn Strange, actor (Sam the Bartender-Gunsmoke), dies at 74
September 20Jim Croce, vocalist (Time in a Bottle), dies in a plane crash at 30
September 21Diana Sands, actress (Landlord, Raisin in the Sun), dies at 39
September 21William CF Plomer, S Afr libretto writer (Curlew River), dies at 69
September 23A S Neill, British headmaster, dies at at 89
September 23Manuel Borguno, composer, dies at 87
September 23Pablo Neruda, [N R R Basoalto], poet (100 Love Sonnets), dies at 69
September 26Anna Magnani, Italians actress (Roma, Citt… Aperta), dies at 64
September 26Anton Schnack, German writer/poet, dies at 81
September 28Mantan Moreland, comedian (Watermelon Man), dies at 71
September 28Norma Crane, actress (Rayola-Mr Peepers), dies of cancer at 44
September 28Wystan H Auden, British/US writer (Spain/Platonic Blow), dies at 66
September 29W H Auden, Vienna poet, dies
October 01Joe Devlin, actor (Sam-Dick Tracy), dies at 74
October 02Paavo "Flying Finn" Nurmi, who won 6 Olympic gold medals, dies at 76
October 02Paul Hartman, actor (Bert-Petticoat Junction), dies at 84
October 06Arnold Maria Walter, composer, dies at 71
October 06Dennis Price, actor (VIPs, Pulp, Canterbury Tales), dies at 58
October 06Sidney Blackmer, actor (Love Crazy), dies of cancer at 58
October 08Gabriel Marcel, writer, dies
October 10Albe, [Renaut A Joostens], Flemish writer (Paradise Bird), dies at 71
October 16Gene Krupa, US swing drummer (Sing Sing Sing), dies at 64
October 17Ingeborg Bachmann, Austrian poet (Gott von Manhattan), dies at 47
October 18Crane Wilbur, dir/writer (Bat, Canon City, Yellow Cargo), dies at 86
October 18Frank Knight, TV announcer (Chronoscope), dies at 79
October 18Walt Kelly, US comic strip artist (Pogo), dies at 60
October 21Arabi El Goni, VP/Chad parliament, murdered
October 22Pablo Casals, Spanish violin cellist/conductor/composer, dies at 96
October 24Allan "Rocky" Lane, actor (voice of Mr Ed, Red Ryder), dies at 72
October 24Jack Iverson, cricketer (5 Tests 21 wickets S1024 15 23), dies
October 25Abebe Bikila, Ethiopian marathoner (Oly-gold 1960, 64), dies at 46
October 25G Paul H Schuitema, graphically designer/photographer, dies
October 27Allan "Rocky" Lane, western actor (All's Fair), dies at 64
October 29Heathcote Dicken Statham, composer, dies at 83
October 30Ernst-Lothar von Knorr, composer, dies at 77
November 03Arturo De Cordova, actor (This Strange Passion), dies at 65
November 04Karl H Waggerl, Austria author (Green Friends), dies at 75
November 04Marc All‚gret, French director (Lady Chatterley), dies at 72
November 10Stringbean, country singer/comedian/banjoist (Hee Haw), dies at 58
November 11Stringbean, [David Akeman], banjoist/comedian (Hee Haw), dies at 58
November 13Bruno Maderna, Italian composer/conductor (Satyricon), dies at 53
November 13Elsa Schiaparelli, French fashion designer, dies at 77
November 13Lila Lee, actress (Blood & Sand), dies of stroke at 68
November 16Alan Watts, writer/popularizer of Zen, dies in Calif
November 18Alois H ba, Czech (opera)composer (Neuland), dies at 80
November 19Cyril Allcott, cricketer (6 Tests for NZ, 113 runs & 6 wickets), dies
November 20Allan Sherman, parodist (Camp Granada, Harvey & Sheila), dies at 48
November 23Claire Dodd, actress (Ex-Lady, In the Navy), dies after illness at 64
November 23Constance Talmadge, US comedienne (Her Primitive Lover), dies at 75
November 23Paul Newlan, actor (Capt Grey-M Squad), dies
November 23Robert Ellis, actor (Curse of King Tut's Tomb), dies at 40
November 23Sessue Hayakawa, actor (Tokyo Joe), dies of cerebral thrombosis at 83
November 25Laurence Harvey, actor (Of Human Bondage), dies of cancer at 45
November 26Albert DiSalvo, Boston strangler, stabbed in prison
November 26John Rostill, rocker, dies at 31
November 30Bruce Yarnell, LA Calif, actor (Outlaws), dies at 35
December 01David Ben-Gurion, founding father of Israel, dies in Tel Aviv at 87
December 03Michael O'Shea, actor (Denny- It's a Great Life), dies at 67
December 04Michael O'Shea, actor (Smart Woman), dies of heart attack at 67
December 06Justus Hermann Wetzel, composer, dies at 94
December 06Robert A Watson-Watt, England, physicist (radar), dies at 81
December 10Earle Foxe, actor (Dance Fools Dance), dies at 81
December 14Yitzhak Edel, composer, dies at 77
December 15Orest Alexandrovich Evlahkov, composer, dies at 61
December 16Syd Barnes, cricketer (13 Tests for Australia 1938-48), dies
December 17Charles G Abbot, US astronomer (Sun Constant), dies at 101
December 17Patrick Hadley, composer, dies at 74
December 18Giulio Cesare Brero, composer, dies at 64
December 20Bobby Darin, singer (Mack the Knife), dies of heart failure at 37
December 20Luis Carrero Blanco, PM of Spain (1973), assassinated by ETA
December 22Domingo Julio Gomez Garcia, composer, dies at 87
December 22Irna Phillips, creator of 5 TV soap operas, dies at 72
December 23Arthur Richardson, cricketer (9 Tests 1924-26), dies
December 25Ismet In”n [Mustapha Ismet Pasha], Turkish PM (1923..65), dies at 89
December 26Harold B Lee, US head of Mormon Church, dies at 74
December 26Steven Geray, actor (French Line), dies at 69
December 26William Haines, actor (Little Annie Rooney), dies of cancer at 73
December 30Henri-Paul Busser, composer, dies at 101

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