Famous People Who Died In 1957

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1957. This list includes people like Humphrey Bogart, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Joseph McCarthy, Diego Rivera, John von Neumann and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, novelists, journalists and artists who died in 1957. This list includes people from United States, Germany, Italy & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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Humphrey Bogart
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘Casablanca’, ‘The African Queen’ and ‘The Maltese Falcon’)
Humphrey Bogart
30
Birthdate: December 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 14

Humphrey Bogart is considered one of the greatest Hollywood actors and a legend. His filmography includes classics such as Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, To Have and Have Not, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, In a Lonely Place and The Caine Mutiny. He won Academy Award for Best Actor for the 1951 film The African Queen

 2 
Laura Ingalls Wilder
(American Author Known for Her Children's Book Series ‘Little House on the Prairie’)
Laura Ingalls Wilder
18
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Pepin County, Wisconsin, United States
Died: February 10
Laura Ingalls Wilder authored the iconic Little House children’s book series, including the novel Little House on the Prairie, based on her family’s life in Wisconsin, which was later adapted for many stage and screen versions. She is also known for her autobiography, Pioneer Girl, and many posthumously published books.
 3 
Oliver Hardy
(Actor)
Oliver Hardy
17
Birthdate: January 18, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Harlem, Georgia, United States
Died: August 7
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 4 
John von Neumann
(Great Mathematician Who Were Equally at Home in Pure and Applied Mathematics)
John von Neumann
18
Birthdate: December 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: February 8
Hungarian-American scientist John von Neumann contributed to the development of game theory and the concept of self-replication. His work covered vast areas including math, economics, physics, and computer science. His research on nuclear physics led him to be part of the advisory committee of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission.
 5 
Christian Dior
(Fashion Designers)
Christian Dior
11
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: January 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Granville
Died: October 23

Christian Dior was a French fashion designer. He is credited with founding Christian Dior, one of the world's top fashion houses, which is currently owned by Groupe Arnault. At the time of its founding, the clothes designed by Christian Dior revolutionized women's dress. The brand also re-established Paris as the fashion hub of the world after World War II.

 6 
Eliot Ness
(American Prohibition Agent Known for His Efforts to Bring Down Al Capone)
Eliot Ness
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 19, 1903
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 16
Eliot Ness led the group of American law-enforcement agents known as The Untouchables. He is remembered for enforcing the Prohibition in the U.S. and is considered responsible for bringing crime lord Al Capone to justice. He co-authored the book The Untouchables, which led to many screen adaptations.
 7 
Diego Rivera
(Mexican Painter Whose Large Frescoes Helped Establish the Mural Movement in Mexican and International Art )
Diego Rivera
49
Birthdate: December 13, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guanajuato, Mexico
Died: November 25
Mexican painter Diego Rivera is best remembered for his association with the mural movement and had created masterpieces such as The History of Mexico and the Detroit Industry Murals. He was inspired by cubism and post-impressionism. He had married, divorced, and remarried Frida Kahlo, the third of his four wives.
 8 
Ramon Magsaysay
(7th President of the Philippines)
Ramon Magsaysay
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 31, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Iba, Zambales, Philippines
Died: March 17

Born to an artisan father, Ramon Magsaysay was initially a schoolteacher. He served as the president of the Philippines and successfully subdued the Huk movement of the local communist guerrillas. The Ramon Magsaysay Award, named after him, celebrates excellence of Asians in various fields such as journalism and government service.

 9 
Jean Sibelius
(Finnish Composer Known for His 'Seven Symphonies' and His Tone Poem 'Tapiola')
Jean Sibelius
21
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hämeenlinna, Finland
Died: September 20

Jean Sibelius was a Finnish violinist and composer. Widely regarded as Finland's greatest composer, Sibelius' music is credited with having kindled nationalism in Finland during the country's struggle for independence from Russia. His work has inspired other important composers like Douglas Lilburn. The International Jean Sibelius Violin Competition, which is held every five years, is named after him.

 10 
Richard E. Byrd
(American Naval Officer and Explorer Known for His Expedition of the Antarctic Plateau)
Richard E. Byrd
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 25, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Winchester, Virginia, United States
Died: March 11

American naval officer Richard E. Byrd is remembered for his pioneering expeditions to Antarctica, using airplanes. Though he was awarded a US Congressional Medal of Honor for completing the first flight over the North Pole, it was later revealed that he had returned when he was 150 miles away from the destination.

 11 
Louis B. Mayer
(Canadian-American Film Producer Who Co-Founded Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
Louis B. Mayer
23
Birthdate: July 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dymer, Kiev Governorate, Russian Empire [now Vyshhorod Raion, Kiev Oblast, Ukraine]
Died: October 29
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 12 
Pedro Infante
(Actor, Singer, Film actor, Carpenter)
Pedro Infante
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mazatlán
Died: April 15

Once a matinee idol in Mexico, Pedro Infante is remembered for his blockbuster hits such as Nosotros los pobres and Los tres García. He loved flying planes, using the pseudonym Captain Cruz and eventually died in a plane crash. He was posthumously awarded the Silver Bear for his performance in Tizoc.

 13 
Friedrich Paulus
(German Field Marshal Best Known for Commanding the 6th Army During the Battle of Stalingrad)
Friedrich Paulus
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 23, 1890
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guxhagen, Germany
Died: February 1

Friedrich Paulus was a German field marshal who played a major role in World War II. He is best remembered for his role in the Battle of Stalingrad, where he commanded the 6th Army. As German General Staff's deputy chief, he also helped plan Operation Barbarossa, the code name for the invasion of the Soviet Union.

 14 
Peter Freuchen
(Danish Arctic Explorer, Author, Journalist and Anthropologist Who is Known for His Role in Arctic Exploration)
Peter Freuchen
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 20, 1886
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nykøbing Falster, Denmark
Died: September 2
While one of his existing photos shows him dressed in the fur of a polar bear he killed himself, Peter Freuchen was a man of many skills. With a towering 6’ 7” frame, he rode across the Arctic and also fought against the Nazis after losing a leg to frostbite. 
 15 
Constantin Brâncuși
(One of the Most Influential Sculptors of the 20th-Century)
Constantin Brâncuși
5
Birthdate: February 19, 1876
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hobita, Romania
Died: March 16

Constantin Brâncuși was a Romanian sculptor, painter, and photographer. A pioneer of modernism, he is considered one of the most influential sculptors of the 20th-century. The son of poor parents, he worked hard to fund his training at the Bucharest School of Fine Arts and became a skilled sculptor. He left behind 1200 photographs and 215 sculptures at his death. 

 16 
Wilhelm Reich
(One of the Most Radical Figures in the History of Psychiatry)
Wilhelm Reich
4
Birthdate: March 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dobryanychi, Ukraine
Died: November 3

Wilhelm Reich was an Austrian psychoanalyst and doctor of medicine. He is credited with shaping innovations like body psychotherapy, primal therapy, and Gestalt therapy. Also a writer, Reich's books like The Sexual Revolution and The Mass Psychology of Fascism influenced generations of intellectuals. Also a controversial figure, some of Wilhelm Reich's practices caused a disturbance in the psychoanalytic community.

 17 
Nikos Kazantzakis
(One of the Most Important Figures of Modern Greek Literature, Best Known for His Work 'Zorba the Greek')
Nikos Kazantzakis
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 2, 1883
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Heraklion, Greece
Died: October 26

Nikos Kazantzakis was a Greek writer whose works earned him nine nominations for the prestigious Nobel Prize in Literature. Regarded as a giant of modern Greek literature, Kazantzakis achieved international fame when his works, such as The Life And Times Of Alexis Zorba and The Last Temptation of Christ, were adapted into feature films. 

 18 
Gabriela Mistral
(Chilean poet)
Gabriela Mistral
10
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 7, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vicuña, Chile
Died: January 10

Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet and educator Lucila Godoy Alcayaga was better known by her pseudonym, Gabriela Mistral. The suicide of her first love inspired her poem Dolor. Her diplomatic assignments later took her to places such as Madrid and Lisbon. She is remembered for her emotional verses and her feminism.

 19 
Erich von Stroheim
(Actor Known for His Role as ‘Rauffenstein’ in ‘Jean Renoir’s la Grande Illusion')
Erich von Stroheim
4
Birthdate: September 22, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: May 12

Erich von Stroheim was an Austrian-American actor, director, and producer. He was known for being a visionary who gained fame for his avant-garde film projects in the silent era. His film Greed is counted amongst the finest and most important films ever made. He was also a well-respected character actor and a recipient of the French Legion of Honour. 

 20 
Arturo Toscanini
(Conductor)
Arturo Toscanini
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 25, 1867
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Parma, Italy
Died: January 16
 21 
Julia Morgan
(American Architect and Engineer)
Julia Morgan
0
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: January 20, 1872
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: February 2

Julia Morgan was an American engineer and architect who is credited with designing over 700 buildings in California. She was the first woman to study at the Beaux-Arts de Paris and the first woman to be honored with the AIA Gold Medal, which was conferred upon her posthumously. She also received a posthumous induction into the California Hall of Fame.

 22 
Jimmy Dorsey
(Musician)
Jimmy Dorsey
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shenandoah, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 12
 23 
Dorothy L. Sayers
(English crime writer and poet.)
Dorothy L. Sayers
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 13, 1893
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 17
 24 
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
(Composer, Conductor)
Erich Wolfgang Korngold
1
Birthdate: May 29, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brünn, Moravia, Austria
Died: November 29
 25 
Irving Langmuir
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: January 31, 1881
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: August 16

Irving Langmuir was an American physicist, chemist, and engineer. He is credited with popularizing the concentric theory of atomic structure. Irving Langmuir is also credited with inventing the hydrogen welding technique and the gas-filled incandescent lamp. In 1932, Langmuir won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his contribution to surface chemistry. He also won other prestigious awards like Faraday Medal.

 26 
Carlos Castillo Armas
(Politician)
Carlos Castillo Armas
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Escuintla Department, Guatemala
Died: July 26
 27 
Gerty Cori
(Biochemist)
Gerty Cori
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 15, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: October 26

Austro-Hungarian-American biochemist Gerty Cori is best-known for discovering the course of catalytic conversion of glycogen with her husband Carl Ferdinand Cori for which they jointly won the 1947 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. With this Gerty became the third woman to win a Nobel in science and the first to win it in this category.

 28 
V. Gordon Childe
(Australian Archaeologist Known for Excavating 'Skara Brae’ Neolithic Settlement)
V. Gordon Childe
2
Birthdate: April 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Died: October 19

V. Gordon Childe was an Australian archaeologist best remembered for his contribution to the study of European prehistory. One of the earliest supporters of culture-historical archaeology, Childe went on to become the first proponent of Marxist archaeology. He is regarded as one of the best-known and most revered archaeologists of the 20th century.

 29 
Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
(Grand Duchess of Russia)
Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 29, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: March 13

Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna of Russia was the youngest child of Grand Duke Vladimir Alexandrovich of Russia and Duchess Marie of Mecklenburg-Schwerin. Her marriage was arranged with Prince Nicholas of Greece and Denmark, and the wedding took place in 1902. The couple had three daughters. The duchess became involved in charity work later in life. 

 30 
Max Ophüls
(Film Director)
Max Ophüls
1
Birthdate: May 6, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saarbrücken, Germany
Died: March 26
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 31 
Eugène Schueller
(Founder of L'Oréal)
Eugène Schueller
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: March 20, 1881
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: August 23
 32 
Larbi Ben M'hidi
(Algerian Nationalist Leader and a Co-Founder of the 'Front de Libération Nationale')
Larbi Ben M'hidi
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: 1923 AD
Birthplace: Aïn M'lila, Algeria
Died: March 4

A co-founder of the Algerian nationalist political party Front de Libération Nationale, Larbi Ben M'hidi was a revolutionary leader who made a prominent contribution to the Algerian war of independence. He was eventually captured and executed by the French forces but is remembered as a national hero.

 33 
Jack Butler Yeats
1
Birthdate: August 29, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 28
Son of painter John Butler Yeats and brother of poet W. B. Yeats, Jack Butler Yeats was an Irish artist who included elements of Celtic mythology and landscapes in his art and thus redefined romanticism and nationalism following the Irish War of Independence. His later paintings drew from Expressionism.
 34 
James M. Cox
(Politician)
James M. Cox
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 31, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jacksonburg, Ohio, U.S.
Died: July 15
 35 
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
(Italian Writer and the Last Prince of Lampedusa)
Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 23, 1896
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Palermo, Italy
Died: July 23

Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa was an Italian writer best remembered as the last Prince of Lampedusa. Tomasi is quite popular for his novel The Leopard which was published posthumously in 1958. His life and career inspired a docufilm titled Die Geburt des Leoparden which was directed by Luigi Falorni and screened at the 14th Rome Film Festival.

 36 
Dedan Kimathi
(Kenyan Military Leader and Revolutionary)
Dedan Kimathi
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 31, 1920
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nyeri County, Kenya
Died: February 18
Dedan Kimathi was a Kenyan military leader and revolutionary. He is best remembered as the military leader of the Mau Mau rebellion. Kimathi led the armed military resistance against the British colonial regime that occupied Kenya in the 1950s. Today, Dedan Kimathi is recognized as a national hero and is revered for his struggle against British colonial rule in Kenya.
 37 
Walter Duranty
(Journalist)
Walter Duranty
0
Birthdate: May 25, 1884
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: October 3
 38 
James Whale
(Director, Actor)
James Whale
2
Birthdate: July 22, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Worcestershire, England
Died: May 29
 39 
Johannes Stark
(Nobel Prize Winner in Physics)
Johannes Stark
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Freihung
Died: June 21

Johannes Stark was a German physicist who discovered the phenomenon that came to be known as the Stark effect. For this work, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1919. A supporter of Adolf Hitler, he was a main figure in the anti-Semitic Deutsche Physik movement. He was found guilty by a denazification court in 1947.

 40 
Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
(Archduke)
Archduke Joseph Francis of Austria
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 28, 1895
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brno, Czechia
Died: September 25
 41 
Gene Lockhart
(Known for His Appearances on Broadway)
Gene Lockhart
0
Birthdate: July 18, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: March 31

Gene Lockhart was a Canadian American actor, singer, playwright, and lyricist. Apart from acting, Lockhart also worked as a teacher at the Juilliard School of Music where he taught acting and stage technique. Two stars have been dedicated to Gene Lockhart on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contributions to films and TV.

 42 
Mamoru Shigemitsu
(Former Deputy Prime Minister of Japan (1954 - 1956))
Mamoru Shigemitsu
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bungoono, Oita, Japan
Died: January 26

Mamoru Shigemitsu had been the foreign minister and the deputy prime minister of Japan and an ambassador to several countries. He ratified Japan’s surrender to the Allies after World War II, following which he was convicted of war crimes. Hereceived a 7-year sentence but was paroled after 4 years.

 43 
František Kupka
(Artist)
František Kupka
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Opočno, Czech Republic
Died: June 24
 44 
Musidora
(Actress)
Musidora
0
Birthdate: February 23, 1889
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: December 11
 45 
Gichin Funakoshi
(Karateka)
Gichin Funakoshi
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Shuri, Naha, Okinawa, Japan
Died: April 26
 46 
Prince George of Greece and Denmark
(Second son and child of George I of Greece and Olga Konstantinovna of Russia)
Prince George of Greece and Denmark
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 24, 1869
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mon Repos Estate, Corfu, Greece
Died: November 25
 47 
Sacha Guitry
(Actor, screenwriter, playwright, and director who appeared in the hits Un Beau mariage, Le Prise de Berg-op-Zoom, and La Pèlerine écossaise.)
Sacha Guitry
0
Birthdate: February 21, 1885
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: July 24
 48 
Ōkawa Shūmei
(Writer)
Ōkawa Shūmei
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 6, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yamagata, Japan
Died: December 24
 49 
Josef Hofmann
(Polish-American Pianist, Composer and Inventor Known For His Invention of 'Pneumatic Shock Absorbers' for Cars and Airplanes)
Josef Hofmann
1
Birthdate: January 20, 1876
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kraków, Poland
Died: February 16

Josef Hofmann was a Polish-American composer, pianist, inventor, and music teacher. From 1927 to 1938, he served as the director of the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, USA. As the director of the institute, Hofmann was instrumental in recruiting musicians like Efrem Zimbalist, Marcella Sembrich, Fritz Reiner, and Isabella Vengerova. Among his pupils were Abbey Simon and Shura Cherkassky.

 50 
Karl Patterson Schmidt
(American Herpetologist)
Karl Patterson Schmidt
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 19, 1890
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lake Forest, Illinois, United States
Died: September 26

Karl Patterson Schmidt was a herpetologist. He studied biology and geology at Cornell University and realized his keen interest in herpetology. He later worked as a scientific assistant in herpetology at the American Museum of Natural History. He undertook many collecting expeditions for the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago. He died after being bitten by a boomslang snake.