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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1984

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1983 * * 1985

January

Johnny Weissmuller (actor/former Olympic swimmer) -- Dead. Died January 20, 1984. Born June 2, 1904. Tarzan and His Mate IMDb

February

Ethel Merman (singer/actress) -- Dead. Died February 15, 1984. Born January 16, 1909. "There's no business, like show business...," more of a Broadway star than a movie actress, very briefly married to Ernest Borgnine IMDb

March

Jackie Coogan (actor) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died March 1, 1984. Born October 26, 1914. Uncle Fester on TV's The Addams Family Home Page IMDb

William Powell (actor) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died March 5, 1984. Born July 29, 1892. The Thin Man, Life with Father, Mr. Roberts, survived nearly 50 years after experimental cancer surgery in the '30s, married to Diana Lewis for over 40 years.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Sam Jaffe (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 24, 1984. Born March 10, 1891. Many movie roles, a co-star of Ben Casey IMDb

April

Marvin Gaye (singer) -- Dead. Murder by gun. Died April 1, 1984. Born April 2, 1939. Murdered by his father during a family argument Home Page IMDb

Ansel Adams (photographer) -- Dead. Heart failure and cancer. Died April 22, 1984. Born February 20, 1902. Ansel Adams: An Autobiography Home Page

Count Basie (jazz great) -- Dead. Died April 26, 1984. Born August 21, 1904. April in Paris IMDb

May

Jack Barry (game show host) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 4, 1984. Born March 20, 1918. Joker's Wild in the '70s, host of the infamous 21 in the '50s IMDb

Andy Kaufman (comedian) -- Dead. Lung cancer/quack medicine(?). Died May 16, 1984. Born January 17, 1949. Created a character that was tranplanted to Taxi as Latka Gravas, did not show up at a show in "his honor" on May 16, 2004, so he must still be dead Home Page IMDb

June

Ned Glass (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died June 15, 1984. Born April 1, 1906. Character actor in dozens of movies and TV shows IMDb

Michel Foucault (philosopher) -- Dead. AIDS. Died June 25, 1984. Born October 15, 1926. History of Sexuality

Lillian Hellman (writer, teacher) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died June 30, 1984. Born June 20, 1905. Wrote The Children's Hour and The Little Foxes, and a memoir Pentimento that inspired the movie Julia (which may have been an appropriated story), longtime companion of Dashiell Hammett.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

July

Christine McIntyre (actress) -- Dead. Died July 8, 1984. Born April 16, 1911. The blonde with The Three Stooges during the '40s IMDb

Jim Fixx (runner/writer) -- Dead. Heart attack (while jogging!). Died July 20, 1984. Born April 23, 1932. Running popularist of the '70s who wrote The Complete Book of Running

James Mason (actor) -- Dead. Died July 27, 1984. Born May 15, 1909. IMDb

Fred Waring (chorale director) -- Dead. Died July 29, 1984. Born June 9, 1900. Innovative director who created The Pennsylvanians, started summer music institutes and mentored Robert Shaw and Harry Simeone.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

August

Richard Burton (actor) -- Dead. Brain hemorrhage. Died August 5, 1984. Born November 10, 1925. Married to Liz twice, father of Kate Burton IMDb

Richard Deacon (bald actor) -- Dead. Died August 8, 1984. Born May 14, 1922. IMDb

Truman Capote (author) -- Dead. Booze and pills suspected. Died August 25, 1984. Born September 30, 1924. Childhood friend Harper Lee helped him research In Cold Blood

September

Richard Basehart (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died September 17, 1984. Born August 13, 1914. IMDb

Walter Pidgeon (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died September 25, 1984. Born September 23, 1897. Forbidden Planet, Mrs. Miniver, a Screen Actors Guild president during the '50s.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

October

Oskar Werner (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 23, 1984. Born November 13, 1922. Fahrenheit 451 IMDb

Richard Brautigan (counter-culture writer) -- Dead. Suicide (gunshot wound). Died 1984. Born January 30, 1935. Trout Fishing...and Other Novels... Home Page

Alice Neel (artist) -- Dead. Died October 13, 1984. Born January 28, 1900. Bohemian artist who painted (and lived!) large... Home Page

Jon-Erik Hexum (actor) -- Dead. Stupidity/bad luck. Shot himself accidentally. Died October 18, 1984. Born November 5, 1957. IMDb

Indira Gandhi (Indian president) -- Dead. Murdered. Died October 31, 1984. Born November 19, 1917.

November

December

Jack Mercer (voice/writer/artist) -- Dead. Died December 1984. Born June 13, 1911. Main voice of Popeye, also helped draw the cartoons in the '30s and wrote many later shows Home Page IMDb

Peter Lawford (actor) -- Dead. Cirrhosis of the liver. Died December 24, 1984. Born September 7, 1923. IMDb

Sam Peckinpah (director) -- Dead. Died December 28, 1984. Born February 21, 1925. IMDb

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