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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1996

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January

Francois Mitterrand (politician) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died January 8, 1996. Born October 26, 1916.

Barbara Jordan (politician) -- Dead. Pneumonia/complication of leukemia and multiple sclerosis. Died January 17, 1996. Born February 21, 1936. (First black Congressional representative from the South since Reconstruction, a memorable speaker)

Minnesota Fats (pool hustler) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died January 18, 1996. Born 1913.

Don Simpson (producer) -- Dead. Stupidity (drugs). Died January 19, 1996. Born October 29, 1943. (Canny pop film producer behind Flashdance, Top Gun and about a dozen teen-pleasers.) IMDb

Jonathan Larson (composer) -- Dead. Aortic aneurysm. Died January 25, 1996. Born 1960. (Died just before his materpiece Rent would have made him an "overnight" sensation.)

February

Gene Kelly (dancer/actor/director) -- Dead. Stroke complications. Died February 2, 1996. Born August 23, 1912. Singing in the Rain, married to Betsy Blair.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Audrey Meadows (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 3, 1996. Born February 8, 1924. To the moon, Alice? Home Page IMDb

Bob Shaw (science fiction writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 11, 1996. AwardWeb

Martin Balsam (actor) -- Dead. Died February 13, 1996. Born November 4, 1919. IMDb

Tommy Rettig (businessman/kid actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 15, 1996. Born December 10, 1941. (First master of Lassie on TV.) IMDb

McLean Stevenson (actor) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died February 15, 1996. Born November 14, 1927. (TV series M*A*S*H and many others.) IMDb

Edmund G. "Pat" Brown (politician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 16, 1996. Born April 21, 1905. (Former governor of California, and the father of Jerry Brown.)

Morton Gould (composer) -- Dead. Died February 21, 1996. Born December 10, 1913. IMDb

Haing S. Ngor (doctor/actor) -- Dead. Random Act of Senseless Violence. Murdered February 25, 1996. Born in 1940. (Though he'd never acted before professionally, he co-starred in The Killing Fields and won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.) IMDb

March

Lyle Talbot (actor) -- Dead. Died March 3, 1996. Born February 8, 1902. (Made over 100 B movies, including Plan 9 from Outer Space, father of Stephen Talbot) IMDb

Minnie Pearl (comedian) -- Dead. Stroke. Died March 4, 1996. Born October 25, 1912. (Country comic who always had a price tag dangling from her hat.) Obituary IMDb

Whit Bissell (actor) -- Dead. Parkinson's. Died March 5, 1996. Born October 25, 1909. Got his start on Broadway, then became a very active character actor in the movies (I Was a Teenage Werewolf) and on TV (Time Tunnel) and.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

George Burns (comedian/actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died March 9, 1996. Born January 20, 1896. Performed professionally until he was 98, longtime comedy partner and husband of Gracie Allen, won an Academy Award for The Sunshine Boys.  Home Page  IMDb  IBDB  FindAGrave

Vince Edwards (actor) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died March 11, 1996. Born July 7, 1928. (Ben Casey) IMDb

Krzysztof Kieslowski (filmmaker) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 13, 1996. Born June 27, 1941. IMDb

Terry Stafford (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Died March 17, 1996. Born 1940. "Suspicion"

Edmund Muskie (politician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 26, 1996. Born March 28, 1914. (Senator from Maine.)

David Packard (started an early "garage" company) -- Dead. Old age. Died March 26, 1996. Born September 7, 1912. A co-founder of Hewlett-Packard with William Hewlett

April

Carl Stokes (politician) -- Dead. Cancer. Died April 3, 1996. Born June 27, 1927. First black mayor of a major city (Cleveland)

Larry Laprise (postal worker/composer) -- Dead. Died April 4, 1996. Born November 11, 1912. Wrote that ever-popular kid's song "Hokey-Pokey"  Obituary  IMDb

Greer Garson (actress) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died April 6, 1996. Born September 29, 1903. (Mrs. Miniver.) IMDb

Ben Johnson (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died April 8, 1996. Born June 13, 1918. (The Last Picture Show) IMDb

Piet Hein (architect/poet/mathematician) -- Dead. Died April 18, 1996. Born December 16, 1905.

Christopher Robin Milne (adult "child") -- Dead. Died April 20, 1996. Born August 21, 1920.

Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder (oddsmaker) -- Dead. Died April 21, 1996. Born September 9, 1919.

Erma Bombeck (humorist) -- Dead. Kidney failure. Died April 22, 1996. Born February 21, 1927. Forever, Emma IMDb

P.L. travers (actress/children's author) -- Dead. Died April 23, 1996. Born August 9, 1899. (Wrote Mary Poppins)

May

Jack Weston (actor) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died May 3, 1996. Born August 21, 1924. (Married to Marge Redmond.) IMDb

John Berardino (actor/baseball player) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 19, 1996. Born May 1, 1917. (Dr. Steve Hardy on General Hospital.) IMDb

Jon Pertwee (Who? Doctor #3) -- Dead. Died May 20, 1996. Born July 7, 1919. IMDb

Lash La Rue (actor) -- Dead. Died May 21, 1996. Born June 15, 1917. IMDb

John Abbot (British actor) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died May 24, 1996. Born June 5, 1905. IMDb

Timothy Leary (psychologist, author) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died May 31, 1996. Born October 22, 1920. (Spaced)

June

Ray Combs (game show host) -- Dead. Suicide. Died June 2, 1996. Born April 3, 1956. (Second host of Family Feud) IMDb

Max Factor, Jr. (makeup developer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died June 7, 1996. Born August 18, 1904. (Famed Hollywood makeup artist whose impact spread far beyond Southern California.)

Jo Van Fleet (actress) -- Dead. Died June 10, 1996. Born December 30, 1919. IMDb

Ella Fitzgerald (singer) -- Dead. Diabetes, congestive heart failure. Died June 15, 1996. Born April 25, 1918. IMDb

Mel Allen (sportscaster) -- Dead. Died June 16, 1996. Born February 14, 1913. (Yankees announcer.) IMDb

July

Margaux Hemingway (model/actress) -- Dead. Suicide (or epileptic seizure?). Died July 1, 1996. Born February 19, 1955. (named for a bottle of wine.) IMDb

John Chancellor (news anchorman) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 12, 1996. Born July 14, 1927. IMDb

Dana Hill (actress) -- Dead. Diabetes/stroke. Died July 15, 1996. Born May 6, 1964. (Gave a great performance in the little-seen Shoot the Moon, later did lots of cartoon voices.) IMDb

Herb Edelman (actor) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died July 21, 1996. Born November 5, 1933. (Dozens of TV roles, probably best-known as Dorothy's ex on The Golden Girls.) IMDb

Jessica Mitford (writer) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died July 23, 1996. Born September 11, 1917. (The American Way of Death)

Virginia Christine (actress/Mrs. Olson) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died July 24, 1996. Born March 5, 1920. (Married to Fritz Feld for over 50 years.) IMDb

Roger Tory Peterson (naturalist/illustrator) -- Dead. July 28, 1996. Born August 28, 1908. (Guided birders for over 60 years; odd trivia - he was former attorney general's Elliot Richardson's 7th grade art teacher.)

Claudette Colbert (actress) -- Dead. Stroke. Died July 30, 1996. Born September 13, 1903. (It Happened One Night) IMDb

August

Greg Morris (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 27, 1996. Born September 27, 1934. (Mission Impossible - born the same day as Wilford Brimley.) IMDb

September

Bibi Besch (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 7, 1996. Born February 1, 1940. Dr. Marcus in Star Trek: Wrath of Khan, daughter of Gusti Huber, mother of Samantha Mathis IMDb

Bill Monroe (musician) -- Dead. Stroke. Died September 9, 1996. Born September 13, 1911. IMDb

JoAnne Dru (actress) -- Dead. Lymphedema. Died September 11, 1996. Born January 31, 1923. (Peter Marshall's sister) IMDb

Tupac "2pac" Shakur (rapper) -- Dead. Drive-by shooting. Murdered September 13, 1996. Born June 16, 1971. IMDb

Juliet Prowse (actress) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died September 14, 1996. Born September 25, 1936. IMDb

Gene Nelson (actor/dancer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 16, 1996. Born March 24, 1920. Will Parker in Oklahoma! IMDb

Spiro Agnew (politician) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died September 17, 1996. Born November 9, 1918. (Nixon's VP, who, like Dan Quayle, kept his boss assassination-proof.)

Paul Erdös (mathematician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died September 20, 1996. Born March 26, 1913. (Almost-ceaseless traveler and lecturer.)

Dorothy Lamour (actress) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died September 22, 1996. Born December 10, 1914. (Road pictures with Bob and Bing.) IMDb

Mark Frankel (actor) -- Dead. Motorcycle accident. Died September 26, 1996. Born June 13, 1962. (Leon the Pig Farmer) IMDb

October

Seymour Cray (supercomputer designer) -- Dead. Auto accident. Died October 5, 1996. Born September 28, 1925.

Ted Bessell (director/actor) -- Dead. Aortic aneurysm. Died October 6, 1996. Born March 20, 1935. IMDb

Johnny Costa (musician) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died October 11, 1996. Born in 1922. (Jazz pianist who also wrote music for Mr. Rogers.)

Walter Kerr (critic) -- Dead. Died October 9, 1996. Born July 8, 1913. Theater critic for New York newspapers IBDB IMDb

Jason Bernard (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 16, 1996. Born May 17, 1938. The judge in Liar, Liar. IMDb

Morey Amsterdam (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 28, 1996. Born December 14, 1908. IMDb

November

Mario Savio (activist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died November 6, 1996. Born December 8, 1942.

Alger Hiss (former alleged spy) -- Dead. Died November 15, 1996. Born November 11, 1904.

Mark Lenard (actor) -- Dead. Multiple myeloma. Died November 22, 1996. Born October 15, 1928. Mr. Spock's dad, many TV shows and plays IMDb

Paul Rand (designer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 26, 1996. Born August 15, 1914. Designer who crafted ubiquitous logos for UPS, ABC, IBM and NeXT.  Home Page

Tiny Tim (singer) -- Dead. Heart attack while performing. Died November 30, 1996. Born April 12, 1932. (His wife is reported to have said, "He died to the sound of applause.") Home Page FindAGrave IMDb

December

Pete Rozelle (NFL commissioner) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died December 6, 1996. Born March 1, 1926.

Howard Rollins (actor) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died December 8, 1996. Born October 17, 1950. (Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime; also starred in the TV version of In the Heat of the Night.) IMDb

Mary Douglas Nichol Leakey (archaeologist/anthropologist) -- Dead. Died December 9, 1996. Born February 6, 1913.

Faron Young (country singer) -- Dead. Suicide/chronic illness. Died December 9, 1996. Born February 25, 1932.

Marcello Mastroianni (actor) -- Dead. Died December 19, 1996. Born September 28, 1924. IMDb

Carl Sagan (astronomer/writer) -- Dead. Pneumonia, cancer. Died December 20, 1996. Born November 9, 1934. (Host of the great '70s science series Cosmos, his SF movie, Contact, premiered in July 1997.) IMDb

Margaret E. Rey (author of children's books) -- Dead. Died December 21, 1996. Born 1906.

Lew Ayres (actor) -- Dead. December 30, 1996. Born December 28, 1908. (All's Quiet on the Western Front) IMDb

Jack Nance (actor) -- Dead. Murdered. Died December 30, 1996. Born December 21, 1943. (Rubbed out...) IMDb

1995 * * 1997