People Who Died in the Year 1959:

(34 found)

Carl Switzer
actor, comedy, murdered

Real/Birth Name:
Carl Dean Switzer
Also Known As:
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Alfalfa
Gender:
Male
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
producer, director, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Cecil Blount DeMille
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1725 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6240 Vine Street for contributions to radio

Hooks Wiltse
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
George Leroy Wiltse
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Buddy Holly
singer, accident, musician, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Hardin Holley
Also Known As:
Buddy Holley
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of group The Crickets.
Music City Walk of Fame 2007 as a member of group The Crickets.
Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum 2008 as a member of group The Crickets.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2012 as a member of group The Crickets.
West Texas Walk of Fame 1986 as a member of group The Crickets.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1750 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry7 September 2011

JP Richardson
singer, composer, accident, air crash, radio

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
Gender:
Male
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'.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ritchie Valens
singer, musician, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Steven Valenzuela
Gender:
Male
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".

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6733 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry11 May 1990

Guitar Slim
singer, musician, blues

Real/Birth Name:
Eddie Jones
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Nap Lajoie
baseball, manager

Real/Birth Name:
Nap Lajoie
Also Known As:
Larry Lajoie
Nickname(s):
The Frenchman
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Baby Dodds
jazz, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Warren Dodds
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Tim Mara
football, business

Real/Birth Name:
Timothy James Mara
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lou Costello
actor, comedy

Real/Birth Name:
Louis Francis Cristillo
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6438 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6780 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6276 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Karl Haraldsen
business

Real/Birth Name:
Karl August Haraldsen
Gender:
Male
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
musician, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Willis Young
Nickname(s):
Pres
Prez
The Prez
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Grant Withers
actor, western, producer, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Granville G. Withers
Gender:
Male
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.

Sidney Bechet
jazz, musician, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Sidney Bechet
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62, his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Jazz and Dixieland. Saxophonist, clarinetist. Songs Muskrat Ramble, Petite Fleur.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Sax Rohmer
writer

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Henry Ward
Also Known As:
Arthur Sarsfield Ward
Gender:
Male
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
director, producer, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Károly Vidor
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Sonnie Hale
actor, singer, dancer, director

Real/Birth Name:
John Robert Hale-Monro
Gender:
Male
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
actor, western, director, adopted, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
George Keefer Brewer
(changed to) George Besolo
Gender:
Male
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. Subject of movie Hollywoodland. Shot to death; controversy whether murder or suicide as announced.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6709 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Ethel Barrymore
actor

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

Relationships:

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

Brief Facts:

Movie None But the Lonely Heart.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7001 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Billie Holiday
singer, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Eleanora Fagan
Nickname(s):
Lady Day
Gender:
Female
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:

Album Strange Fruit.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1540 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry7 April 1986

Eugene Meyer
business

Real/Birth Name:
Eugene Isaac Meyer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Chair of the Federal Reserve. Newspaper Washington Post.

Harry Fox
actor, dancer, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Arthur Carringford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

husband of
Evelyn Brent, until he died.
Older than Evelyn Brent by 13 years.

Brief Facts:

Associated with the Fox Trot dance. Vaudeville. Short film Harry Fox and His American Beauties.

Boileryard Clarke
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
William Jones Clarke
Gender:
Male
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
singer, musician, blues

Real/Birth Name:
William Samuel McTell
Also Known As:
Blind Sammie
Georgia Bill
Red Hot Willie Glaze
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Edmund Gwenn
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Edmund Kellaway
Nickname(s):
Teddy
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1755 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Kay Kendall
actor, dancer

Real/Birth Name:
Justine Kay Kendall-McCarthy
Gender:
Female
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
style, costume design, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Adrian Adolph Greenberg
Also Known As:
Gilbert Adrian
"Gowns by Adrian"
Gender:
Male
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. Heart attack.

Helena Pickard
actor, radio, suicide, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Helena Pickard
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 16 days before her 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Cedric Hardwicke by 7 years.
mother of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Stage and movie and television. Suicide by overdose on sleeping pills.

Patia Power
actor, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Helen Emma Reaume
Also Known As:
Helen Bateman/Mrs. Tyrone Power
Gender:
Female
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
singer

Real/Birth Name:
Alfredo Arnold Cocozza
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6821 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1751 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive31 January 1998

Bert Bell
football, coach, commissioner

Real/Birth Name:
De Benneville Bell
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Errol Flynn
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn
Gender:
Male
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:

Movies The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938), Captain Blood, The Charge of the Light Brigade, Santa Fe Trail, The Sun Also Rises.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6654 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7008 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Max Baer Sr.
boxing, actor, wrestling, radio, dj

Real/Birth Name:
Maximilian Adelbert Baer
Also Known As:
Max Baer
Gender:
Male
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.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

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