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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1985

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January

Carol Wayne (actress) -- Dead. Drowned. Died January 13, 1985. Born September 6, 1942. IMDb

Barbara Cowsill (singer) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died January 31, 1985. Born July 12, 1928. The mother the Cowsills, a '60s family rock group that inspired The Partridge Family.  Home Page

February

Nicholas Colasanto (actor/director) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died February 12, 1985. Born January 19, 1924. Coach on Cheers IMDb

Rudd Weatherwax (dog trainer) -- Dead. Died February 25, 1985. Born September 23, 1907. Lassie's trainer

March

Michael Redgrave (actor) -- Dead. Died March 21, 1985. Born March 20, 1908. Mostly a stage actor, married to Rachel Kempson for fifty years, father of Corin, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave IMDb

Jeanine Deckers (singer/activist) -- Dead. Suicide. Died March 31, 1985. Born 1925. "Dominique" and the basis for the movie The Singing Nun

April

May

Selma Diamond (actress) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died May 13, 1985. Born August 5, 1920. Various TV shows including Night Court and It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Margaret Hamilton (actress) -- Dead. Died May 16, 1985. Born December 9, 1902. Best-known as the Wicked Witch of the West in The Wizard of Oz, she later pitched coffee on TV IMDb

June

July

Grant Williams (actor) -- Dead. Peritonitis. Died July 28, 1985. Born August 18, 1930. The Incredible Shrinking Man IMDb

August

Grayson Hall (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 7, 1985. Born September 18, 1923. Dr. Julia Hoffman (and others, of course!) on Dark Shadows IMDb

Louise Brooks (actress) -- Dead. Died August 8, 1985. Born November 14, 1906. IMDb

Samantha Smith ("good will ambassador," actress) -- Dead. Plane crash. Died August 25, 1985. Born June 29, 1972. Wrote a letter to Soviet Premiere Yuri Andropov in the early '80s and visited Russia on his invitation.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ruth Gordon (writer/actress) -- Dead. Stroke. Died August 28, 1985. Born October 30, 1896. Though she won a supporting Oscar for Rosemary's Baby, she was the co-writer of Pat and Mike with husband Garson Kanin IMDb

September

Lloyd Nolan (actor) -- Dead. Died September 27, 1985. Born August 11, 1902. Last movie: Hannah and Her Sisters, playing their father IMDb

Simone Signoret (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 30, 1985. Born March 25, 1921. Won an Oscar for Room at the Top.  IMDb  FindAGrave

October

Rock Hudson (actor) -- Dead. AIDS. Died October 2, 1985. Born November 17, 1925. Starred in action/adventure flicks and in comedies with Doris Day, later on popular TV shows like McMillan and Wife and Dynasty, died same day as George Savalas.  Wikipedia  twitter IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

George Savalas (actor) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died October 2, 1985. Born December 5, 1924. Stavros on Kojack.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Yul Brynner (actor) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died October 10, 1985. Born July 12, 1915. The King and I. IMDb

Orson Welles (actor/director) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 10, 1985. Born May 6, 1915. Created Citizen Kane, wrote This is Orson Welles. IMDb

Johnny Olsen (game show announcer) -- Dead. Died October 12, 1985. Born May 22, 1910. IMDb

Ricky Wilson (rocker) -- Dead. AIDS. Died October 21, 1985. Born March 19, 1953. Founder of the B-52s IMDb

Kirby Grant (actor) -- Dead. Car crash. Died October 30, 1985. Born November 24, 1911. Sky King IMDb

November

Phil Silvers (actor) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died November 1, 1985. Born May 11, 1912. Sgt. Bilko IMDb

Bill Scott (voice/producer) -- Dead. Heart attack/cancer. Died November 29, 1985. Born August 2, 1920. Voiced Bullwinkle, Mr. Peabody and Dudley Do-Right IMDb

December

Burr Tillstrom (puppeteer) -- Dead. Died December 6, 1985. Born October 13, 1917. The man beneath Kukla and Ollie Home Page IMDb

Anne Baxter (actress) -- Dead. Stroke. Died December 12, 1985. Born May 7, 1923. All About Eve IMDb

Forrest Shaklee (businessman) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 15, 1985. Born November 27, 1894. Shaklee Products founder

Dian Fossey (zoologist) -- Dead. Murdered. Died December 26, 1985. Born January 16, 1932. Wrote Gorillas in the Mist

Ricky Nelson (singer) -- Dead. Plane crash. Died December 31, 1985. Born May 8, 1940. Father of Tracy Nelson and the Nelsons (twin singers) IMDb

1984 * * 1986