People Who Died in the Year 1976:

(45 found)

Howlin' Wolf
musician, singer, blues, composer, unusual name

Real/Birth Name:
Chester Arthur Burnett
Also Known As:
Howlin Wolf
Nickname(s):
Big Foot
Bull Cow
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
65
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blues guitar and harmonica. Album Howlin' Wolf in 1962. Album The London Sessions featuring Eric Clapton plus Ringo Starr and others in backup.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Agatha Christie
writer

Real/Birth Name:
Agatha Mary Clarissa Miller
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mystery novels and movies Murder on the Orient Express, Death on the Nile. Play The Mousetrap

Paul Robeson
singer, actor, activist, football, Broadway, blacklist

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Leroy Robeson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Song Ol' Man River. In role of Othello on Broadway. Controversy over his support of Soviet Communism.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6660 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 9 April 1979

Chris Kenner
singer, producer, criminal, R&B, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Chris Kenner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46, 31 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs I Like It Like That, The Land of a Thousand Dances

Vince Guaraldi
musician, composer, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Vincent Anthony Dellaglio
Also Known As:
Vincent Anthony Guaraldi
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
47
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name changed when his stepfather adopted him. Composed song Linus and Lucy and other music for the animated Peanuts movies.

Percy Faith
bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Percy Faith
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Delicado, Theme from a Summer Place

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1501 Vine Street for contributions to the recording industry

Lee J. Cobb
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Leo Jacoby
Also Known As:
Leo Colt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie On the Waterfront

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Sal Mineo
actor, murdered, dancer

Real/Birth Name:
Salvatore Mineo Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37, 33 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Murdered actor. In movies Rebel Without a Cause, The Gene Krupa Story, Cheyenne Autumn

Lily Pons
actor, singer, opera

Real/Birth Name:
Alice Joséphine Pons
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Older than Andre Kostelanetz by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1940. Operas Barber of Seville, Rigoletto, Lucia di Lammermoor

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7006 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Florence Ballard
singer, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Florence Glenda Ballard
Also Known As:
Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman
Nickname(s):
Flo
Blondie
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Singer with group The Supremes. Song Pretty Baby. Died of cardiac arrest at age 32.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hit Parade Hall of Fame 2007 as a member of group The Supremes.
Rhythm & Blues Hall of Fame 2013 as a member of group The Supremes.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1988 as a member of group The Supremes.
SoulMusic Hall of Fame as a member of group The Supremes.
The Vocal Group Hall of Fame 1998 as a member of group The Supremes.
A star at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry as a member of group The Supremes.

Fuzzy Knight
actor, sidekick, western, composer, singer

Real/Birth Name:
John Forrest Knight
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Sidekick to Tex Ritter, Johnny Mack Brown. Movies My Little Chickadee, She Done Him Wrong

Doris Hill
actor, western, dancer

Real/Birth Name:
Roberta M. Hill
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70, 18 days before her 71st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1929). Movies The Studio Murder Mystery, Sons of the Saddle

Busby Berkeley
director, choreographer

Real/Birth Name:
William Berkeley Enos
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Famed for musical and dance revues.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jim McCartney
musician, jazz, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
James McCartney
Nickname(s):
Jim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

grandfather of
husband of
Mary Patricia McCartney, until her earlier death.
Older than Mary Patricia McCartney by 7 years.
father of
father of
grandfather of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Jazz band Jim Mac Jazz Band

Spider Sabich
skiing, murdered

Real/Birth Name:
Vladimir Peter Sabich Jr.
Also Known As:
Vladimir "Spider" Sabich
Nickname(s):
Spider
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
30
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alpine skier. In the 1968 Winter Olympics. Died of a gunshot. His girlfriend Claudine Longet was convicted of misdemeanor criminally negligent homicide.

Richard Arlen
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Cornelius Richard Van Mattimore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jobyna Ralston by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Movie The Virginian (1929)

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Howard Hughes
producer, director, aviator, business, inventor

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Robard Hughes Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jean Peters by 20 years.

Brief Facts:

Multi-millionaire businessman. Movies, airplanes, airlines, oil exploration, medical research. Excentric and reclusive. Subject of movie The Aviator

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Phil Ochs
singer, composer, activist, writer, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
Philip David Ochs
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Folk-protest singer in th 60s. Suicide by hanging.

Paul Ford
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Paul Ford Weaver
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies The Music Man, The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming, Adise and Consent

Mike McCormick (outfielder)
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Myron Winthrop McCormick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
58, 23 days before his 59th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams Cincinnati Reds, Boston Braves, Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago White Sox, Washington Senators

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ernie Nevers
football, baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest Alonzo Nevers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher, baseball team St. Louis Browns. NFL football teams Duluth Eskimos, Chicago Cardinals as a fulback.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Keith Relf
singer, musician, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Keith William Relf
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Lead singer and harmonica musician for group The Yardbirds. Songs Shapes of Things, I Ain't Done Wrong, Over Under Sideways Down, Happening Ten Years Time Ago. Died from electrocution at his home, while playing his improperly grounded guitar.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Guitar Center RockWalk 1998 as a member of group The Yardbirds.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1992 as a member of group The Yardbirds.

Ella Fitzgerald
singer, jazz, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Ella Jane Fitzgerald
Nickname(s):
Lady Ella
Queen of Scat
First Lady of Song
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Won 13 Grammy Awards, and was awarded the National Medal of Art by Ronald Reagan

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6738 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Johnny Mercer
singer, lyricist, composer, business

Real/Birth Name:
John Herndon Mercer
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs I'm an Old Cowhand from the Rio Grande, You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby, Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive, On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe, One for My Baby (and One More for the Road), Lazybones, The Glow-Worm, Something?s Gotta Give, That Old Black Magic, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, Autumn Leaves, Moon River, Summer Wind. Co-founder of Capitol Records.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1628 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Frances Howard
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Frances Howard
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
73, 28 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Samuel Goldwyn, until his earlier death.
Younger than Samuel Goldwyn by 23 or 24 years.
mother of
grandmother of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie The Swan

Ted Mack
tv, radio, musician, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
William Edward Maguiness
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show and radio program The Original Amateur Hour

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6300 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Paul Gallico
writer, sports analyst

Real/Birth Name:
Paul William Gallico
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 11 days before his 79th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Novels The Snow Goose, The Poseidon Adventure. Novelist, short story writer, sports writer.

Mickey Cohen
criminal, boxing

Real/Birth Name:
Meyer Harris Cohen
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Twice convicted of tax evasion.

Fritz Lang
director, writer, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Friedrich Christian Anton Lang
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Had a reputation for being abusive to actors. Movie Metropolis

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1600 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Jerry Litton
US Representative, accident, air crash

Real/Birth Name:
Jerry Lon Litton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Democrat. Had just won a primary - died in a plane crash with wife and 2 kids.

Ray Corrigan
actor, stunts, fitness, western

Real/Birth Name:
Raymond Benard
Also Known As:
Crash Corrigan
Ray "Crash" Corrigan
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In role of It in movie It! The Terror from Outer Space. Movie The White Gorilla (1945) and movie and serials The Three Mesquiteers in the role of Tucson Smith

Alastair Sim
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Alastair George Bell Sim
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie A Christmas Carol (1951)

Anissa Jones
actor, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Mary Anissa Jones
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
18
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show Family Affair in role of the child Buffy. Drug overdose at age 18 on cocaine, angel dust, Quaaludes and Seconal.

Jimmy Reed
musician, blues

Real/Birth Name:
Mathias James Reed
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
50, 8 days before his 51st birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Mississippi blues star.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Dalton Trumbo
writer, blacklist

Real/Birth Name:
James Dalton Trumbo
Also Known As:
Robert Rich
Sam Jackson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Blacklisted - one of the Hollywood Ten. Story or screenplay often uncredited or fronted by others. Movies Exodus, Spartacus, Papillon, The Sandpiper, Lonely Are the Brave

Dorothy Devore
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Alma Inez Williams
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1923). Silent films The Tomboy, The Man Upstairs

Leonard Lee
singer, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Leonard Lee
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group Shirley and Lee. Song Let the Good Times Roll. Died of a heart attack at age 40.

Patrick Dennis
writer

Real/Birth Name:
Edward Everett Tanner III
Also Known As:
Virginia Rowans
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
55
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wrote (fiction) book Auntie Mame which became the musical Mame and the movie Auntie Mame. Later, worked as a butler for Ray Kroc

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Duke Moore
actor

Real/Birth Name:
James Moore
Also Known As:
'Duke' Moore
James 'Duke' Moore
Clarence J. Moore
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22

Brief Facts:

Movies Plan 9 from Outer Space, Night of the Ghouls, The Sinister Urge, Take It Out in Trade

Man Ray
photographer, painter

Real/Birth Name:
Emmanuel Radnitzky
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The most important American Dada artist.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wayne Millner
football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Wayne Vernal Millner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

End. Teams University of Notre Dame, Boston/Washington Redskins

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Rosalind Russell
actor, writer, singer, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Catherine Rosalind Russell
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Auntie Mame, His Girl Friday, Gypsy, Oh Dad, Poor Dad, Mamma's Hung You in the Closet and I'm Feelin' So Sad, Picnic, Mourning Becomes Electra. Broadway musical plays Wonderful Town, Bell, Book and Candle, Auntie Mame

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1708 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Silver Quilty
football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Sylvester Patrick Quilty
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Also admin and referee. Flying wing. Team Ottawa Rough Riders

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Jack Cassidy
actor, singer, accident, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
John Joseph Edward Cassidy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
grandfather of
father of
father of
father of
ex-husband of
Older than Shirley Jones by 7 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Died in an apartment fire due to a lit cigarette. Movie The Eiger Sanction. Tony Award for Broadway musical play She Loves Me 1963.

Freddie King
musician, blues, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Christian
Also Known As:
Freddy King
Nickname(s):
The Texas Cannonball
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. A major influence on rock guitarists, especially British.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

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