Famous People Who Died In 1950

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1950. This list includes people like George Orwell, George Bernard Shaw, Sri Aurobindo, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Walter Huston and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, philosophers and novelists who died in 1950. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & India and many more countries.
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 1 
George Orwell
(Known for His Novels “Animal Farm” and “Nineteen Eighty-Four”)
George Orwell
61
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Motihari, Bihar, India
Died: January 21

The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.

 2 
George Bernard Shaw
(Irish playwright Who Won the 1925 Nobel Prize in Literature)
George Bernard Shaw
27
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 26, 1856
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Portobello, Dublin, Ireland
Died: November 2

Nobel Prize-winning playwright and author George Bernard Shaw was best known for his realism and his support for women’s rights and socialism. His ideas gave rise to the word “Shavian.” His drama Pygmalion inspired the musical My Fair Lady. His other notable works include Candida and Man and Superman.

 3 
Al Jolson
(Singer and Comedian Known as 'The King of Blackface Performers')
Al Jolson
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 26, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seredžius, Lithuania
Died: October 23

Singer, comedian, and actor Al Jolson was dubbed "The World's Greatest Entertainer" at the peak of his career. Known for his brash and extroverted performances, he is credited to have played a major role in defining the modern musical. He was the first star to entertain troops overseas during World War II and was posthumously awarded the Medal for Merit.

 4 
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(First Deputy Prime Minister of India and First Home Minister of India)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
29
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Died: December 15

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was an Indian politician who played an influential role in the Indian independence movement. Dubbed the Iron Man of India and Unifier of India, Sardar Patel played an important role in integrating various princely states into a united, independent nation. In 2018, the world's tallest statue called the Statue of Unity was dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

 5 
Edgar Rice Burroughs
(Creator of Tarzan)
Edgar Rice Burroughs
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 1, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 19
 6 
Charles R. Drew
(Surgeon and Researcher Who Improved Techniques for Blood Storage)
Charles R. Drew
12
Birthdate: June 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: April 1

Born into a middle-class African-American family, Charles R. Drew initially excelled in football and track and field, and ended up earning athletic scholarships to fund his studies. He grew up to be a renowned surgeon and revolutionized the storage of blood plasma in blood banks.

 7 
Walter Huston
(One of the Modern Theater's Greatest Actors)
Walter Huston
7
Birthdate: April 5, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: April 7

Walter Huston was a Canadian singer and actor. He is best remembered for his portrayal of Howard in the 1948 American Western film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, which earned him an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor. Walter Huston was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame a decade after his death.

 8 
Vaslav Nijinsky
(Ballet Dancer, Choreographer and One of the Greatest Male Dancers of All Time)
Vaslav Nijinsky
7
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: March 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: April 8

Vaslav Nijinsky was a ballet dancer and choreographer. He is counted among the greatest male dancers of the early 20th century. He was known for the intensity of his characterizations. He was brilliant and could dance en pointe, a rare skill few male dancers of his era possessed. He suffered from mental health issues in his later life. 

 9 
Carter Woodson
(Historian)
Carter Woodson
4
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Canton, Virginia, United States
Died: April 3

Historian Carter Woodson was is remembered for pioneering Black studies in schools and colleges. He began the Negro History Week, which is now celebrated as the Black History Month. Poverty had pushed him to work in the coal mines initially, and he couldn’t join high school before 20.

Edna St. Vincent Millay
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 22, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rockland, Maine, United States
Died: October 19
 11 
Henry H. Arnold
(Military Leader)
Henry H. Arnold
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 15
 12 
Jan Smuts
(2nd Prime Minister of South Africa)
Jan Smuts
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 24, 1870
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riebeeck West, South Africa
Died: September 11

Jan Smuts was a South African military leader, statesman, and philosopher. He played a key role in the formation of the Union of South Africa and helped shape its constitution. From 1919 to 1924 and again from 1939 to 1948, he served as the Union of South Africa's prime minister. He played a major role in establishing the United Nations.

 13 
Nicholas Black Elk
(Traditional Healers)
Nicholas Black Elk
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 1, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Powder River, Wyoming, United States
Died: August 19
 14 
Alan Hale
(Actor)
Alan Hale
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: January 22
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 15 
Grover Cleveland Alexander
(Baseball Player)
Grover Cleveland Alexander
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Elba, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 4
 16 
Emil Jannings
(German Actor Who was the First Recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor)
Emil Jannings
3
Birthdate: July 23, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rorschach, Switzerland
Died: January 2

Emil Jannings was a German actor who became the first recipient of the Academy Award for Best Actor. He was born in Switzerland but moved to Germany as a young child. He began his career as a theater actor and enjoyed tremendous success. He later ventured into films and became a popular figure in Hollywood in the 1920s.   

 17 
Kurt Weill
(German-American Composer Best Known for His Work ‘The Threepenny Opera’)
Kurt Weill
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 2, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dessau, Germany
Died: April 3

Kurt Weill was a German composer best remembered for his collaboration with Bertolt Brecht. An influential composer, Weill's music has been recorded by several performers like Frank Sinatra and David Bowie. Singers like Marianne Faithfull and Anne Sofie von Otter have recorded several albums of his music. His music continues to be performed in classical as well as popular contexts.

 18 
Léon Blum
(Former Prime Minister of France)
Léon Blum
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 9, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris
Died: March 30

Born into a Jewish family in Paris, three-time French prime minister Léon Blum had initially studied law. He joined politics inspired by the Dreyfus affair. The first socialist and the first Jew to head France, he introduced reforms such as the 40-hour work week and paid vacations.

 19 
Joseph Schumpeter
5
Birthdate: February 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Třešť, Czechia
Died: January 8
Business students remember Austrian economist and sociologist Joseph Schumpeter for his contribution to the concepts of entrepreneurship, creative destruction, and business cycles. An academic, who had also taught at Harvard, Schumpeter believed capitalism would someday automatically give way to socialism, a thought he expressed in Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy
 20 
Ramana Maharshi
(Indian Hindu Sage and Jivanmukta)
Ramana Maharshi
11
Birthdate: December 30, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tiruchuzhi, Virudhunagar, India
Died: April 14

Indian Hindu sage Ramana Maharshi had run away to Arunachala, a sacred mountain in Tamil Nadu, at 16, and had stayed there throughout his life. He propagated vichara, or self-enquiry, as the primary means of self-realization, instead of the study of scriptures as proposed by the Advaita Vedanta philosophy.

 21 
Sara Allgood
(Actress)
Sara Allgood
0
Birthdate: November 29, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: September 13
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 22 
Cesare Pavese
(A Very Influential Italian Novelist, Poet and Short story writer)
Cesare Pavese
2
Birthdate: September 9, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santo Stefano Belbo, Italy
Died: August 27

Italian author Cesare Pavese is remembered for his themes of gloom and loneliness and for his protagonists who were often loners. His prolonged fight with fascists and the failure of his affair with actor Constance Dowling led him to commit suicide by consuming sleeping pills in a Turin hotel.

 23 
Henry L. Stimson
(Politician)
Henry L. Stimson
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 21, 1867
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, U.S.
Died: October 20
 24 
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
(Ruler)
Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah
3
Birthdate: 1885 AD
Birthplace: Kuwait City
Died: January 29
 25 
Eliel Saarinen
(A Leading Architect and Urban Planner Known for His 'Art Nouveau' Buildings)
Eliel Saarinen
2
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: August 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rantasalmi
Died: July 1

Finnish-American architect Eliel Saarinen was a prominent architect of Finland. He later moved to the US where he influenced modern architecture. He also collaborated with son Eero, a leading American architect. Notable buildings designed by Eliel, known for his designs in Art Nouveau style, includes Helsinki Central Station and Joensuu City Hall in Finland; and St Paul's Church in Estonia.   

 26 
Ransom Eli Olds
(Automotive designer)
Ransom Eli Olds
3
Birthdate: June 3, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geneva, Ohio, United States
Died: August 26
 27 
Werner Haase
(German Physician and Medicine Professor)
Werner Haase
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 2, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Köthen, Germany
Died: November 30

Originally professor of medicine, Werner Haase served as the deputy personal physician of German Chancellor Adolf Hitler from 1933 until the latter’s death in 1945, remaining with him in the Führerbunker to the very end. After Hitler committed suicide, he continued serving wounded soldiers and civilians until he was made a prisoner of war and died while serving his term.

 28 
Milada Horáková
(Czech Politician Wrongfully Convicted and Executed on Fabricated Charges by the 'Communist Party of Czechoslovakia')
Milada Horáková
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prague, Czech Republic
Died: June 27
Czech lawyer-politician Milada Horáková remained active in underground resistance-movement during the Second World War. She was convicted on fabricated charges of conspiracy and treason by the Communist Party of Czechoslovakia and executed by hanging. Her trial verdict was posthumously annulled and she was rehabilitated and awarded Order of Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk (1st Class) and Order of the White Double Cross (1st Class).
 29 
Rafael Sabatini
(Writer)
Rafael Sabatini
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 29, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Iesi, Italy
Died: February 13

Rafael Sabatini was an Italian-English author who wrote romance and adventure novels. Sabatini is best remembered for his bestselling novels like The Sea Hawk, Captain Blood: His Odyssey, and Bellarion the Fortunate. Overall, Rafael Sabatini wrote 34 novels, six non-fiction books, eight short story collections, and several uncollected short stories.

 30 
Max Beckmann
(German Expressionist Painter and Printmaker)
Max Beckmann
1
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Leipzig, Germany
Died: December 27

Max Beckmann was a German painter, sculptor, draftsman, printmaker, and writer. Even though scholars classify him as an Expressionist artist, he personally never identified as one. He became involved with the New Objectivity movement in the 1920s. He taught at the St. Louis School of Fine Arts at Washington University in his last years.

 31 
Liane de Pougy
(Vedette)
Liane de Pougy
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: La Flèche, France
Died: December 26

Liane de Pougy was a French dancer and vedette who performed at the Folies Bergère in Paris. Remembered for her captivating looks, de Pougy was widely regarded as one of Paris's most notorious courtesans. She also served as the subject for many artists like Paul César Helleu and Jean Baptiste Guth.

 32 
Walton Walker
(Army General)
Walton Walker
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belton, Texas, United States
Died: December 23
 33 
William Lyon Mackenzie King
(The 10th Prime Minister of Canada)
William Lyon Mackenzie King
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 17, 1874
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Berlin, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 22

Canadian statesman and politician Mackenzie King OM CMG PC, was the 10th prime minister of Canada. He held the position for three non-consecutive terms with a total of over 21 years in office and emerged as the longest-serving prime minister in the history of Canada. He remained instrumental in laying the foundations of the Canadian welfare state.

 34 
Karl Renner
(President of Austria from 1945 to 1950)
Karl Renner
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1870
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dolní Dunajovice, Czech Republic
Died: December 31

Remembered as the Father of the Republic in Austria, Karl Renner led his country as its third president. Previously, he had also led the first Austrian republic. Born into a humble family of wine-growers, he studied law and began his political career with the SDAP.

 35 
Fats Navarro
(Jazz trumpet player, who was a pioneer of the bebop style of jazz improvisation in the 1940s)
Fats Navarro
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 24, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Key West, Florida, United States
Died: July 6
 36 
Dinu Lipatti
(Pianist)
Dinu Lipatti
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bucharest, Romania
Died: December 2
 37 
Elsie de Wolfe
(Actor, Architect, Socialite)
Elsie de Wolfe
1
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: December 20, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 12

One of the first female interior designers of her time, Elsie de Wolfe was largely known for her anti-Victorian elements in her designs. She was also a professional stage actor and had also launched her own theater company. Her works include the Colony Club, New York’s first women’s club.

 38 
Gustaf V
(Former King of Sweden (1907 - 1950))
Gustaf V
2
Birthdate: June 16, 1858
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Drottningholm Palace, Stockholm, Sweden
Died: October 29

Swedish king Gustaf V was the eldest son of King Oscar II. His motto was “With the people for the Fatherland.” Post-World War I, he became a mere constitutional monarch, as the parliamentary government came into full-fledged effect. He was also the first Swedish king to not have a formal coronation.

 39 
Melitta Bentz
(Entrepreneur)
Melitta Bentz
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 31, 1873
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dresden, Germany
Died: June 29
 40 
Gopinath Bordoloi
(First Chief Minister of Assam, India)
Gopinath Bordoloi
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 6, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Raha, Assam
Died: August 5
 41 
Prince Hubertus of Prussia
(Prince)
Prince Hubertus of Prussia
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Marmorpalais, Potsdam, Germany
Died: April 8
 42 
Marcel Mauss
(French Sociologist and Anthropologist Best Known for His Work on Social Exchange and Gift-Giving)
Marcel Mauss
1
Birthdate: May 10, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Épinal, Vosges, France
Died: February 10

Sociologist and anthropologist Marcel Mauss is regarded as the Father of French Ethnology. Shunning his family business, he became influenced by his uncle, sociologist Émile Durkheim. His best-known work remains Essai sur le don, or The Gift. He also influenced Claude Lévi-Strauss, who founded structural anthropology.

 43 
Sri Aurobindo
(Philosopher, Spiritual Leader)
Sri Aurobindo
10
Birthdate: August 15, 1872
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: December 5

Sri Aurobindo was an Indian philosopher, poet, yogi, teacher, and nationalist. He was one of the most influential leaders of the Indian independence movement before becoming a spiritual reformer, focusing on spiritual evolution and human progress. He is credited with founding the Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry, which continues to serve spiritual aspirants from all over the world.

 44 
Alfred Korzybski
(Scholar who developed the field of General Semantics)
Alfred Korzybski
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Birthdate: July 3, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw
Died: March 1

Polish-American scholar Alfred Korzybski had initially been sent to the U.S. by the Russian intelligence services. After the fall of the tsarist rule, he stayed back in the U.S. The pioneer of general semantics, he believed human knowledge is shaped by one’s linguistic reach and the nervous system.

 45 
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze
(Swiss Composer, Musician and Music Educator Who Developed 'Dalcroze Eurhythmics' Method of Learning Music)
Émile Jaques-Dalcroze
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 6, 1865
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: July 1

Remembered for pioneering the eurythmics approach of learning music, Swiss composer Émile Jaques-Dalcroze was a major figure of the modernist movement in music. Starting his career as a professor at the Geneva Conservatory, he later launched his own music school, which was later shut down by the Nazis.

 46 
Luis Carlos López
(Colombian Poet)
Luis Carlos López
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 11, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cartagena, Colombia
Died: November 30

Luis Carlos López was a Colombian poet. He also had an active journalistic career and is credited with co-founding a newspaper called La Unión Comercial. Luis Carlos López is best remembered for his depiction of the people and culture of his native city, Cartagena de Indias.

 47 
Sudirman
(The First Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces)
Sudirman
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Purbalingga Regency, Indonesia
Died: January 29

Sudirman was the first commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces. Initially a teacher at an elementary school, he started his army career with the volunteer army Defenders of the Homeland. He fought in World War II and the Indonesian National Revolution, and was named a National Hero of Indonesia.

 48 
Walter Damrosch
(American Conductor and Composer)
Walter Damrosch
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 30, 1862
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: December 22

German-born American conductor and composer Walter Damrosch, best-known in his day as an avowed propagandist and conductor of the music of Richard Wagner, directed the New York Symphony Orchestra for over four decades. He conducted world premiere performances of George Gershwin's An American in Paris and Piano Concerto in F. He played key role in founding of the Carnegie Hall.

 49 
Edward Arthur Milne
(Astrophysicist)
Edward Arthur Milne
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull
Died: September 21

British astrophysicist and cosmologist Edward Arthur Milne was a brilliant student and a Cambridge scholar. Remembered for his work on kinematic relativity, he introduced the Milne model, too. He applied the Saha equation in his studies on the spectral lines of stars and also lectured on Christianity.

 50 
Charles Koechlin
(Composer)
Charles Koechlin
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 31