Obituaries of the Seventies, 1977

This is a list of people who died during 1977. Exact dates are listed when known.

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January 02Erroll Garner, jazz pianist (Misty), dies at 53
January 03Avraham Ofer, Israeli minister of housing, commits suicide
January 03Benno Stokvis, Dutch attorney/politician, dies at 75
January 05Onslow Stevens, actor (Mr Fisher-This is the Life), dies at 74
January 09Alexey Kozlovsky, composer, dies at 71
January 09Hal Sawyer, TV host (Sawyer Views Hollywood), dies at 62
January 12Henri-Georges Clouzot, director (Diabolique, Truth), dies at 69
January 14Abdul Razak bin Hussain, premier of Malaysia (1970-77), dies at 53
January 14Anas Nin, Cuban/American writer (Delta of Venus), dies at 73
January 14Anthony Eden, British premier (1955-57), dies at 79
January 14Peter Finch, actor (Network, Nun's Story, Judith), dies at 60
January 17Gary Gilmore, executed in Utah, 1st US execution since 1967
January 18Carl Zuckmayer, German/Swiss/US playwright (Second Wind), dies at 80
January 18Paul Nordoff, US composer (Frog Prince), dies at 67
January 18Yvonne Printemps, actress (Paris Waltz, Voyage to America), dies at 81
January 19Geraldine Brooks, actress (Faraday & Co, Dumplings), dies at 51
January 21John Vincent, composer, dies at 74
January 21Zoltan Vasarhelyi, composer, dies at 76
January 23Bernard "Toots" Shor, barkeeper, dies at 73
January 25Donald Kerr, actor (Devil Bat, Killer Bats), dies at 85
January 26Margaret Hayes, actress (Robert Montgomery Presents), dies at 61
January 27Walter Baldwin, actor (Gay Amigo), dies at 88
January 28Burt Mustin, actor (All in the Family, Andy Griffith Show), dies at 92
January 29E P "Buster" Nupen, cricketer (50 wickets for S Af, lost eye), dies
January 29Freddie Prinze, comedian/actor (Chico & the Man), shoots himself at 22
February 01Edmond [Moore] Hamilton, US, sci-fi author (Danger Planet), dies at 72
February 03Pauline Starke, actress (Dante's Inferno, Viking, Sun Up), dies at 76
February 05Izaak Boleslavski, Russian chess player, dies at 67
February 07Herman Dooyeweerd, Dutch philosopher/lawyer, dies at 82
February 09Denys Amiel, French dramatist/playwright (Le mouton noir), dies at 92
February 09Gaus, an orangautan who lived to be 59
February 09Sergei Ilyushin, Russian airplane builder (Ilyushin), dies at 82
February 10Grace Mary Williams, composer, dies at 70
February 11Louis J M Beel, Dutch premier (1946-48, 58-59), dies at 74
February 13Jack Gardner, actor (Wild Bill Hickok, 3 Russian Girls), dies at 77
February 17Quincy Howe, newscaster (CBS Weekend News), dies at 76
February 18Andy Devine, [Jeremiah Schwartz], actor (Andy's Gang), dies at 71
February 18Maria Realino, teacher (Botany of Curaao), dies at 87
February 18Ralph Graves, actor (Extra Girl), dies at 77
February 22Edith Barrett, actress (Molly & Me, Ghost Ship), dies at 64
February 22Jack O'Connor, cricketer (batted in 4 Tests for England 1929-30), dies
February 26Bukka White, rocker, dies at 43
February 26Maxime Jacob, composer, dies at 71
February 27Allison Hayes, actress (Attack of 50 Foot Woman), dies at 47
February 28Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, comedian (Jack Benny Show), dies at 71
March --Anthony Nicholls, actor (Tremayne-The Champions), dies at 74
March 03Percy Marmont, actor (Secret Agent, Lisbon), dies at 93
March 05Lockrem Johnson, composer, dies at 52
March 05Moses Pergament, composer, dies at 83
March 08Henry Hull, actor (Werewolf of London, Boys Town), dies at 86
March 10E Power Biggs, English organist/composer (CBS), dies at 70
March 10Pieter Jan Bouman, Dutch sociologist/historian, dies at 74
March 10Willem Schermerhorn, Dutch premier (1945-46), dies at 82
March 13Fanie Lou Hamer, freedom fighter, dies
March 13Jan Patocka, Czech philosopher, dies in prison
March 15Kamal Joemblat, Lebanese politician, murdered
March 18Marien Ngouabi, president of Congo-Brazzaville, murdered
March 24Saburo Moroi, composer, dies at 73
March 27Diana Hyland, actress (Peyton Place, 8 is Enough), dies at 41
March 27Eve Meyer, X actress (Immoral Mr Teas), dies in a plane crash at 46
March 27Lodewijk de Vocht, composer, dies at 89
March 30Levko Mykolayevich Revutsky, composer, dies at 88
April --Marion Gering, actress (Sarumba, Rumba, 24 Hours), dies at 75
April 03Jack Ryder, cricketer (20 Tests for Aust, 1394 runs), dies
April 04Jeno Zador, composer, dies at 82
April 05John Marriott, dies at 83
April 07Siegfried Buback, German FR procureur-genl, murdered attorney-general
April 08Frank Milan, actor (Witness), dies at 71
April 11Jacques Prvert, French poet (La puil et le beau), dies at 77
April 12Philip K Wrigley, baseball owner (Chicago Cubs), dies at 82
April 14Riekus Waskowsky, Dutch poet, dies at 44
April 17Marjorie Gateson, actress (One Man's Family), dies at 86
April 20Bryan Foy, director/writer, dies at 80
April 20Len Johnson, cricketer (one Test for Australia, 3-66 & 3-8), dies
April 21Gummo [Milton] Marx, US comic (Marx Brothers), dies at 84
April 22Charles Sanford, orch leader (Your Show of Shows), dies at 71
April 27Stanley Adams, actor (Lillies of the Field, Thunder Alley), dies at 61
April 28Ricardo Cortez, actor/director (Bad Company, Flesh), dies at 87
April 30Clive Martin Douglas, composer, dies at 73
May 05Ludwig Erhard, German minister of Economic Affairs (CDU), dies at 80
May 07Irwin Fischer, composer, dies at 73
May 09James Jones, US writer (Bad Blood, From Here to Eternity), dies at 55
May 09Walter Kraft, composer, dies at 71
May 10Joan Crawford, actress (Mildred Pierce), dies at 69
May 22Gijsbert van Hall, banker/mayor of Amsterdam (1957-67), dies at 73
May 22Marius Monnikendam, Dutch choir composer, dies at 80
May 26Jim Boles, actor (Kraft Music Hall, One Man's Family), dies at 63
May 26William Powell, rocker (O'Jays), dies of cancer at 35
May 28Jiri Reinberger, composer, dies at 63
May 29Goddard Lieberson, composer, dies at 66
May 30Claire Goll, writer, dies at 86
May 30Paul Desmond, US jazz saxophonist, dies at 52
June 02Forrest Lewis, actor (Great Gildersleeve, Ichabod & Me), dies at 77
June 02Henri D Gagnebin, Swiss organist/composer, dies at 91
June 02Stephen Boyd, actor (Fantastic Voyage, Ben-Hur, Lisa), dies at 48
June 03Roberto Rossellini, Italian director (Roma citt aperta), dies at 71
June 05"Sleepy" John Estes, rocker (Electric), dies at 74
June 06Sophie Stewart, actress (As You Like It), dies at 69
June 09Bill Merritt, cricketer (6 Tests of leg-spin for NZ, 12 wkts), dies
June 09Hans Andreus, [Johan W van de Zant], Dutch poet, dies at 51
June 13Tom C Clark, former Supreme Court Justice (1949-67), dies in NY at 77
June 14Alan Reed, actor (Fred Allen)/voice (Fred Flintstone), dies at 69
June 14Robert Middleman, actor (Barney-Monroes), dies at 66
June 16Wernher von Braun, rocket scientist (V1/V2), dies at 65 of smoking
June 20Abner Biberman, actor (Imhook-Kodiak), dies at 68
June 25Endre Szervanszky, composer, dies at 65
June 25Petko Staynov, composer, dies at 80
June 26Lou Reizner, rock vocalist/producer (Rod Stewart, Tommy), dies at 43
June 26Oskar Morgenstern, German/US economist, dies at 75
June 29Anton D Hildebrand, children's book writer (Monus), dies at 70
July 02Vladimir V Nabokov, Russian/US writer (Lolita), dies at 78
July 03Hugh Le Caine, composer, dies at 63
July 03Mohammed al-Zahaby, Egyptian minister, murdered
July 06Oedoen Partos, composer, dies at 69
July 09Loren C Eiseley, US anthropologist/writer (Animal Secrets), dies at 69
July 10Norman Paris, orch leader (For Your Pleasure), dies at 41
July 12Ed Holmes, actor (Growing Paynes, Once Upon a Tune), dies at 66
July 12Frantisek Suchy, composer, dies at 75
July 15Konstantin Fedin, writer, dies
July 19John R Powers, US director model bureau, dies at 80
July 20Carter De Haven, actor (Courage, Great Dictator), dies at 90
July 20F G Jnger, writer, dies
July 23Ren de Vos, Dutch actor/composer (Jij Bent Mijn Leven), dies at 79
July 26Gena Branscombe, composer, dies at 95
July 26Hans-Otto Borgmann, composer, dies at 75
July 26Karac Plant, son of Robert Plant, dies of respratory failure at 6
July 29Austin Matthews, cricketer (Test Eng v NZ 1937), dies
July 30Johanna Andersen-Nex, wife of Danish poet Martin A-N, dies at 74
July 30Jrgen Ponto, West German banker, murdered
July 31Stacy Moskowitz, shot to death by Son of Sam, at 20
August 01Francis Gary Powers, US U-2 pilot, dies at 47
August 03Alfred Lunt, actor (Guardsman, Sally of Sawdust), dies at 83
August 03Makarios III, [Michail Mouskos], archbishop/pres (Cyprus), dies at 63
August 04Emil Bloch, German philosopher (Principle Hope, Traces), dies at 92
August 05Charles Carson, actor (Cry the Beloved Country), dies at 87
August 09Edward Chapman, actor (Promoter, Rembrandt), dies at 75
August 10Vince Barnett, actor (Star is Born, Human Jungle), dies at 75
August 13Henry Williamson, English author (Tarka the Otter), dies
August 16Elvis Presley, rocker, dies of heart ailment/drugs at Graceland at 42
August 18Tibor Dry, writer, dies at 82
August 19Groucho Martin, NYC, comedian (Marx Bros), dies in LA at 86
August 21Octavus L "Octave" van Aerschot, actor (Scandal in Paris), dies at 87
August 22Sebastian Cabot, actor (Mr French-Family Affair), dies at 59
August 23Sebastian Cabot, actor (Giles French-Family Affair), dies at 59
August 26HA Rey, author of popular constellation book, dies at 78
August 26Heinz Rottger, composer, dies at 67
August 26Willis Bouchey, actor (Battle Cry, From Here to Eternity), dies at 34
August 27George Merritt, actor (I Monster, Canterbury Tale), dies at 86
August 27Steve Dunne, actor (Professional Father), dies at 59
August 29Jean Hagen, actress (Dead Ringer, Shaggy Dog, Arena), dies at 54
September 01Ethel Waters, actress (Beulah)/singer (Stormy Weather), dies at 76
September 06Guido Pannain, composer, dies at 85
September 06Paul Burkhard, composer, dies at 65
September 07Gustave Reese, composer, dies at 77
September 08Zero [Samuel J] Mostel, US actor (Fiddler on the Roof), dies at 62
September 09John Breeden, actor (Madame Racketeer, Salute), dies at 73
September 10Hamida Djandoubi, convicted murderer last to, die by guillotine
September 11Don Blackman, actor (Old Man & Sea, Desert Legion), dies at 65
September 11Leonard Carey, actor (Laughter), dies at 90
September 12Robert Lowell, US poet/pacifist (Near the Ocean), dies at 60)
September 12Steven Biko, S African black student leader, dies in police custody
September 13Arthur Fagg, cricketer (5 Tests for England 1936-39/umpire), dies
September 13Leopold Stokowski, symphonic conductors, dies in England, at 95
September 16Marc Bolan, rock vocalist/guitarist (T Rex), dies in a car crash at 29
September 16Maria Callas, American-born prima donna, dies in Paris at 53
September 25Sidney van den Bergh, Dutch businessman/politician, dies at 78
September 29Alexander Nikolayevich Tcherepnin, Russian composer, dies at 78
October 11Mason Gross, professor (Think Fast, 2 for the Money), dies at 66
October 12Doris Davenport, actress (Behind the News, Westerner), dies at 81
October 14Bing Crosby, singer/actor (Going My Way), dies of a heart attack at 74
October 15Ralph Truman, actor (Henry V, Treasure Island), dies at 77
October 16Michael Balcon, producer, dies at 81
October 17Robert C "Cal" Hubbard, US baseball player/umpire, dies at 77
October 18Rolph Grant, cricketer (West Indian capt on 1939 England tour), dies
October 20Cassie Gaines, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 28
October 21Ferit Tuzun, composer, dies at 48
October 21Ronnie Van Zant, singer (Lynyrd Skynyrd Band), killed in plane crash
October 21Stevie Gaines, guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd Band), killed in plane crash
October 27James M Cain, US writer (Postman Always Rings Twice), dies at 85
October 30Ronnie Van Zant, rocker (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in a plane crash at 29
October 30Steve Gaines, rock guitarist (Lynyrd Skynyrd), dies in air crash
October 31Joan Tetzel, actress (Hell Below Zero), dies at 56
November 02H E Nossak, writer, dies at 76
November 03Florence Vidor, actress (Jack Knife Man), dies at 82
November 05Aleksei G Stachanov, Russian model miner, dies at 72
November 05Guy Lombardo, orch leader (Auld Lang Syne), dies in Houston at 75
November 05Ren Goscinny, French writer (Asterix), dies at 51
November 09Gertrude Astor, actress (Ship of Wanted Men), dies on 90th birthday
November 14Richard Addinsell, English composer (Alice in Wonderland), dies at 73
November 18Victor Francen, actor (J'Acusse, San Antonio), dies at 89
November 20Maxie Wander, writer, dies
November 22Reg Perks, England cricket pace bowler (1938-39), dies
November 24Richard Carlson, actor/director (Little Foxes, Hunted), dies at 65
November 25Richard Carlson, actor (Col MacKenzie-MacKenzie's Raiders), dies at 65
November 27John L McClellan, (Sen-D-Ark), dies at 81
November 28Trevor Bardette, actor (Clanton-Legend of Wyatt Earp), dies at 75
November 29George Hamilton Combs, TV host (Through the Curtain), dies at 78
December 01Paul Hardy, Belgian designer (Italian Country, dies at 69
December 04Leila Hyams, actress (Red Headed Woman, Freaks), dies at 72
December 07Paul Gibb, cricketer (England batsman, 8 Tests), dies
December 09Clarice Lispector, writer, dies
December 12Clementine O Spencer-Churchill (Hozier), British barones, dies at 92
December 18Cyril Ritchard, actor (Peter Pan), dies at 80
December 18Louis Untermeyer, poet/critic/TV panelist (What's My Line), dies at 92
December 19Nellie Tayloe Ross, 1st woman governor, dies at 101
December 22Johann Nepomuk David, composer, dies at 82
December 24Harrit Freezer, Dutch journalist/author, dies at 66
December 25Charlie Chaplin, actor (Modern Times), dies in Switzerland at 88
December 26Howard Hawks, director (Rio Lobo, Hatari!), dies at 81
December 26Ivan Rezak, composer, dies at 53
December 31Nora Marlowe, actress (Sara-Gov & JJ), dies at 62

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