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People Who Died in the Year 1959 (30 found): Names Only

Carl Switzer

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Carl Dean Switzer
Also Known As:
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Alfalfa
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In role of Alfalfa in the "Our Gang" series of comedies. Uncredited part in the movie It's a Wonderful Life. Died when shot - ruled "Justifiable Homicide" - shooter claimed self defense, was not charged.

Cecil B. DeMille

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Cecil Blount DeMille
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Ten Commandments, The Greatest Show on Earth. Cecil B DeMille Award 1952. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1725 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6240 Vine Street for contributions to radio.
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Hooks Wiltse

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
George Leroy Wiltse
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams New York Giants, Brooklyn Tip-Tops. International League Hall of Fame 1952.

Buddy Holly

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Charles Hardin Holley
Also Known As:
Buddy Holley
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
22
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Died in a plane crash with Ritchie Valens, JP Richardson aka "Big Bopper". Formed early rock group The Crickets. Songs Oh Boy!, That'll Be the Day, Peggy Sue, Everyday. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1986. Songwriters Hall of Fame 1986. Guitar Center RockWalk 1989. Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame 1994. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. West Texas Walk of Fame 1979. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of The Crickets.
Music City Walk of Fame 2007 as a member of The Crickets.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2008 as a member of The Crickets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of The Crickets.
West Texas Walk of Fame 1986 as a member of The Crickets.
Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 September 2011.
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JP Richardson

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Jiles Perry Richardson Jr.
Also Known As:
J.P. Richardson
J. P. Richardson
Jay P. Richardson
Nickname(s):
Big Bopper
The Big Bopper
Jape
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
28
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Chantilly Lace. Died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens. Composed for others sons Purple People Eater Meets the Witch Doctor, Running Bear, White Lightnin'. Texas Country Music Hall of Fame 2004. Rockabilly Hall of Fame 1997. Texas Radio Hall of Fame 2008.

Ritchie Valens

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Richard Steven Valenzuela
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
17
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs La Bamba, Donna, Rockin' All Night. Died in a plane crash with Buddy Holly, JP Richardson (aka "Big Bopper"). Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2001. Guitar Center RockWalk 1997. Rockabilly Hall of Fame. International Guitar Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 11 May 1990.
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Guitar Slim

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Eddie Jones
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album and song Things That I Used to Do fusion of gospel and blues. Died of pneumonia. Blues Hall of Fame 2007. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Nap Lajoie

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Nap Lajoie
Also Known As:
Larry Lajoie
Nickname(s):
The Frenchman
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Teams Philadelphia Phillies, Philadelphia Athletics, Cleveland Naps. National Baseball Hall of Fame 1937. Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame 1951.

Baby Dodds

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Warren Dodds
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
60
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Drummer. Last name pronounced "dots." Also played Dixieland music. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 2010. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1991.

Tim Mara

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Timothy James Mara
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
father of
grandfather of
great grandfather of
great grandfather of
grandfather of
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Founder and administrator of team New York Giants. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963. New York Giants Ring of Honor 2010.

Lou Costello

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Louis Francis Cristillo
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
52, 3 days before his 53rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Comedy team with Bud Abbott. New Jersey Hall of Fame 2009. National Radio Hall of Fame 2005. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 6780 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio.
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A star at 6276 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
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Karl Haraldsen

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Karl August Haraldsen
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69, 27 days before his 70th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

A Norwegian merchant.

Lester Young

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Lester Willis Young
Nickname(s):
Pres
Prez
The Prez
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Tenor saxophonist and clarinetist. Member of Count Basie Orchestra. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1980. Mississippi Musicians Hall of Fame. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004.

Grant Withers

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Granville G. Withers
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
54
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

annulled ex-husband of
Older than Loretta Young by 7 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Oklahoma Annie, The Last Stagecoach West. Marriage to Loretta Young annulled. Suicide.

Sax Rohmer

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Henry Ward
Also Known As:
Arthur Sarsfield Ward
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Novel The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Charles Vidor

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Károly Vidor
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Evelyn Keyes by 16 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Karen Morley by 9 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Joker is Wild, A Farewell to Arms Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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Sonnie Hale

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
John Robert Hale-Monro
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
57
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

younger brother of
Younger than Binnie Hale by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

London stage.

George Reeves

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
George Keefer Brewer
(changed to) George Besolo
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
45
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Adventures of Superman in the role of Superman. Movies Gone with the Wind, Superman and the Mole-Men. Shot to death; controversy whether murder or suicide as announced. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6709 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Ethel Barrymore

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Ethel Mae Blythe
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

great aunt of
older sister of
Older than John Barrymore by 2 years.
great aunt of
aunt of
younger sister of
Younger than Lionel Barrymore by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Movie None But the Lonely Heart. Theater Hall of Fame. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 7001 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Billie Holiday

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
44
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2000. Blues Hall of Fame 1991. DownBeat Jazz Hall of Fame 1961. Big Band and Jazz Hall of Fame 1979. National Women's Hall of Fame 2011. ASCAP Jazz Wall of Fame. National Black Sports and Entertainment Hall of Fame 2002. Nesuhi Ertegun Jazz Hall of Fame 2004. Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2017. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 2015. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry; ceremony: 7 April 1986.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Boileryard Clarke

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Jones Clarke
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Center field and first base, teams Baltimore Orioles, Washington Senators, Boston Beaneaters, New York Giants. Career was 1893-1905.

Blind Willie McTell

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
William Samuel McTell
Also Known As:
Blind Sammie
Georgia Bill
Red Hot Willie Glaze
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blind. 12 string guitar. Blues Hall of Fame 1981. Georgia Music Hall of Fame 1990. International Guitar Hall of Fame.

Edmund Gwenn

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Edmund Kellaway
Nickname(s):
Teddy
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81, 20 days before his 82nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Role as Kris Kringle in the movie Miracle on 34th Street (1947) winning an Academy Award. Movies Them!, The Trouble with Harry Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 1755 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Kay Kendall

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Justine Kay Kendall-McCarthy
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Rex Harrison, until she died.
Younger than Rex Harrison by 18 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Marriage a la Mode, Les Girls, The Reluctant Debutante. Died of leukemia.

Adrian

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Adrian Adolph Greenberg
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
56
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Janet Gaynor, until he died.
Older than Janet Gaynor by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Costume designer for movie The Wizard of Oz. Designed gowns for many MGM movies. Committed suicide.

Patia Power

Gender:
Female
Real/Birth Name:
Helen Emma Reaume
Also Known As:
Helen Bateman/Mrs. Tyrone Power
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandmother of
grandmother of
mother of
grandmother of
ex-wife of
Younger than Tyrone Power Sr. by 12 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Shakespearean stage actor. Silent films - movie The Planter as Helen Bateman.

Mario Lanza

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Alfredo Arnold Cocozza
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
38
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Seven Hills of Rome, The Great Caruso. Song Arrivederci Roma. Philadelphia Music Alliance Walk of Fame 1987. Italian-American National Hall of Fame 1978. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
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A star at 1751 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry.
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Palm Springs Walk of Stars: A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive; ceremony: 31 January 1998.

Bert Bell

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
De Benneville Bell
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, team University of Pennsylvania. Coach and co-owner, teams Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers. Eagles Hall of Fame 1987. Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame 1965. Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame 2004. Pro Football Hall of Fame 1963.

Errol Flynn

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Younger than Lili Damita by 4 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Captain Blood. Dodge City Trail of Fame. London Avenue of Stars. Hollywood Walk of Fame: A star at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.
A star at 7008 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry.
See the page at Hollywood Walk of Fame for more information.

Max Baer Sr.

Gender:
Male
Real/Birth Name:
Maximilian Adelbert Baer
Also Known As:
Max Baer
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Buddy Baer by 6 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Heavyweight champion. Heavyweight Champion of the World. Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame 1988.
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