People

Obituaries

Besides the people that lived through the 80's and prospered during the decade, there are also those didn't live through the decade. These people found notoriety in various ways, but it seems that those in show business were the ones most remembered.

We've recently begun adding descriptions of who these people were. Hopefully our brief descriptions will do them justice and remind people for what these people were well known. We recognize that many of these people had extensive careers, so we hope the accomplishment we choose does not diminish the others. Let us know, as always!

  1. Albertson, Jack (1907-1981) - actor, played Grandpa Joe in "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory", The Man in "Chico and the Man"
  2. Andropov, Yuri (1914-1984) - General Secretary of Soviet Union, 1982-1984
  3. Arnaz, Desi (1917-1986)
  4. Astaire, Fred (1899-1987)
  5. Avery, Tex (1909-1980)
  6. Backus, Jim (1913-1989) - actor, played Thurston Howell III in "Gilligan's Island", voice of cartoon character Mr. Magoo
  7. Ball, Lucille (1911-1989)
  8. Basie, William "Count" (1904-1984)
  9. Beaumont, Hugh (1909-1982) - actor, played Ward Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver"
  10. Belushi, John (1949-1982)
  11. Bergman, Ingrid (1915-1982)
  12. Blanc, Mel (1908-1989) - voice artist of Looney Tunes characters and many other cartoon characters
  13. Bolger, Ray (1904-1987)
  14. Bonham, John "Bonzo" (1948-1980) - Led Zeppelin drummer
  15. Brezhnev, Leonid (1906-1982) - Soviet leader. General Secretary of Soviet Union, 1977-1982.
  16. Bryant, Paul "Bear" (1910-1983)
  17. Brynner, Yul (1920-1985)
  18. Burton, Cliff (1962-1986) - bass player for Metallica
  19. Burton, Richard (1925-1984)
  20. Cagney, James (1899-1986)
  21. Capote, Truman (1924-1984)
  22. Carpenter, Karen (1951-1983) - singer of the Carpenters
  23. Carter, Billy (1937-1988) - younger brother of Preseident Jimmy Carter, introduced "Billy Beer"
  24. Challenger astronauts (1986) - Greg Jarvis (b. 1944), Christa McAuliffe (b. 1948), Ronald McNair (b. 1950), Ellison Onizuka (b. 1946), Judith Resnick (b. 1950), Dick Scobe (b. 1939), Mike Smith (b. 1945)
  25. Chapin, Harry (1942-1981)
  26. Chapman, Graham (1941-1989)
  27. Cheever, John (1912-1982)
  28. Chernenko, Konstantin (1911-1985) - General secretary of Soviet Union, 1984-1985
  29. Clark, Dr. Barney (1921-1983) - first artificial heart recipient
  30. Cohn, Roy (1986)
  31. Colasanto, Nicholas (1924-1985)
  32. Coogan, Jackie (1914-1984)
  33. Crabbe, Buster (1908-1983)
  34. Crothers, Scatman (1910-1986)
  35. Cullen, Bill (1920-1989)
  36. Dali, Salvador (1904-1989)
  37. Davis, Bette (1908-1989)
  38. Demarest, William (1910-1983)
  39. Dempsey, Jack (1895-1983) - world heavyweight boxing champion (191-1926)
  40. Duchess of Windsor (1986)
  41. Dunne, Dominique (1959-1982) - actress, Dana (the older daughter) in Poltergeist
  42. Durante, Jimmy (1893-1980)
  43. Fechit, Stepin (1986)
  44. Feldman, Marty (1934-1982)
  45. Fonda, Henry (1905-1982)
  46. Ford II, Henry (1917-1987) - grandson of carmaker Henry Ford
  47. Fosse, Bob (1927-1987)
  48. French, Victor (1934-1989)
  49. Gaye, Marvin (1939-1984)
  50. Gershwin, Ira (1897-1983)
  51. Gibb, Andy (1958-1988) - popular disco singer
  52. Gleason, Jackie (1916-1987)
  53. Godfrey, Arthur (1903-1983)
  54. Goodman, Benny (1909-1986)
  55. Gordon, Ruth (1896-1985) - actress, played Maude in "Harold and Maude"
  56. Gould, Chester (1900-1985) - cartoonist, creator of "Dick Tracy"
  57. Grant, Cary (1904-1986)
  58. Greene, Lorne (1915-1987)
  59. Gromyko, Andrei (1909-1989)
  60. Halas, George (1893-1983) - NFL Hall of Fame football player
  61. Haley, Bill (1925-1981)
  62. Hamilton, Margaret (1902-1985) - actress, played the Wicked Witch in "Wizard of Oz"
  63. Hayworth, Rita (1918-1987)
  64. Hexum, Jon-Erik (1957-1984) - actor, male model
  65. Hirohito, Emperor (1901-1989)
  66. Hitchcock, Alfred (1899-1980) - Master of Suspense
  67. Hoffman, Abbie (1936-1989)
  68. Holden, William (1918-1981)
  69. Horowitz, Vladimir (1904-1989)
  70. Houseman, John (1902-1988)
  71. Hubbard, L. Ron (1911-1986) - founder of Scientology
  72. Hudson, Rock (1925-1985)
  73. Janssen, David (1930-1980)
  74. Jones, Carolyn (1929-1983) - actress, played Morticia Addams on "The Addams Family"
  75. Kaufman, Andy (1949-1984)
  76. Kaye, Danny (1913-1987)
  77. Kelly, Grace (1929-1982)
  78. Kennedy, David (1955-1984) - son of Robert F. Kennedy
  79. Khomeini, Ayatollah (1902-1989)
  80. King, Martin Luther, Sr. (1899-1984)
  81. Knight, Ted (1923-1986)
  82. Kroc, Ray (1902-1984) - founder of McDonald's
  83. Lanchester, Elsa (1902-1986)
  84. Landon, Alf (1887-1987) - GOP presidential candidate in 1936
  85. Lawford, Peter (1923-1984)
  86. Lennon, John (1940-1980) - musician/singer from the Beatles
  87. Liberace (1919-1987)
  88. Lodge, Henry Cabot (1902-1985)
  89. Louis, Joe (1914-1981)
  90. Lynde, Paul (1926-1982)
  91. Malamud, Bernard (1914-1986) - author, wrote "The Natural"
  92. Maravich, Pistol Pete (1947-1988) - famous basketball player
  93. Marcos, Ferdinand (1917-1989)
  94. Maris, Roger (1934-1985)
  95. Marley, Bob (1945-1981)
  96. Martin, Billy (1928-1989) - five-time manager of the New York Yankees
  97. Marvin, Lee (1924-1987)
  98. Mason, James (1909-1984)
  99. McQueen, Steve (1930-1980)
  100. Merman, Ethel (1909-1984)
  101. Miró, Joan (1893-1983) - Spanish surrealist painter
  102. Mitchell, John (1931-1988)
  103. Morrow, Vic (1929-1982)
  104. Nelson, Ricky (1940-1985)
  105. Niven, David (1910-1983)
  106. O'Rourke, Heather (1975-1988)
  107. Olivier, Laurence (1907-1989)
  108. Olsen, Johnny (1910-1985) - game shows announcer
  109. Onassis, Christine (1950-1988) - billionairess
  110. Orbison, Roy (1936-1988)
  111. Ormandy, Eugene (1899-1985) - violinist and conductor
  112. Owens, Jesse (1913-1980)
  113. Pickens, Slim (1919-1983)
  114. Radner, Gilda (1946-1989)
  115. Rand, Ayn (1905-1982) - best-selling author, founder of Objectivism
  116. Reed, Donna (1921-1986)
  117. Reynolds, Frank (1923-1983) - ABC news anchor
  118. Rhoads, Randy (1956-1982) - lead guitarist for Ozzy Osbourne
  119. Riddle, Nelson (1921-1985)
  120. Robinson, Max (1939-1988) - first full-time black evening news anchor
  121. Rowan, Dan (1922-1987)
  122. Sanders, Colonel Harland (1890-1980) - founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken
  123. Schroeder, William (1986) - longest living recipient of a permanent artificial heart
  124. Secretariat (1970-1989) - race horse, won Triple Crown
  125. Sellers, Peter (1925-1980) - actor, "Jacques Clouseau" in Pink Panther movies
  126. Silvers, Phil (1911-1985)
  127. Smith, Kate (1986)
  128. Sweet, Dolph (1920-1985) - actor, "Chief" on Gimme a Break!
  129. Swigert, Jack (1931-1982) - astronaut on Apollo 13
  130. Truman, Bess (1885-1982) - First lady (guess who was President)
  131. Truman, Harry (1980) - not the former-President. He lived next to Mount St. Helens till it erupted
  132. Tucker, Forrest (1919-1986)
  133. Veeck, Bill (1986)
  134. Warhol, Andy (1928-1987)
  135. Webb, Jack (1920-1982) - actor, played Sgt. Joe Friday on "Dragnet"
  136. Weissmuller, Johnny (1904-1984)
  137. Welles, Orson (1915-1985)
  138. West, Mae (1890-1980)
  139. Williams, Tennessee (1911-1983)
  140. Wood, Natalie (1938-1981)