Famous People Who Died In 1959

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1959. This list includes people like Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Errol Flynn, Frank Lloyd Wright, Billie Holiday and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include artists, political leaders, military leaders and lawyers who died in 1959. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Australia and many more countries.
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 1 
Buddy Holly
(Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll)
Buddy Holly
51
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: February 3
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 2 
Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
27
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3
 3 
Billie Holiday
(One of the Greatest Jazz Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s)
Billie Holiday
35
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 4 
Frank Lloyd Wright
15
Listed In: Architects
Birthdate: June 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 9
 5 
Errol Flynn
(Best Known for His Romantic Swashbuckler Roles in the Golden Age of Hollywood)
Errol Flynn
21
Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Battery Point, Australia
Died: October 14
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 6 
George Reeves
16
Birthdate: January 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woolstock, Iowa
Died: June 16
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 7 
Lou Costello
(Actor and Comedian Best Known for His Comedy Routine ‘Who's on First’)
Lou Costello
1
Birthdate: March 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 3
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 8 
The Big Bopper
(Singer, Musician, Disc jockey, Songwriter)
The Big Bopper
3
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Died: February 3
 9 
Cecil B. DeMille
(One of the Most Commercially Successful Producers & Directors in Film History)
Cecil B. DeMille
3
Birthdate: August 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21
 10 
George Marshall
(3rd United States Secretary of Defense)
George Marshall
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16
 11 
Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)
Stepan Bandera
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15
 12 
William Halsey Jr.
(Military officer)
William Halsey Jr.
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 16
 13 
Raymond Chandler
(Novelist and Screenwriter)
Raymond Chandler
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 26
 14 
Carl Switzer
(Actor, Singer)
Carl Switzer
2
Birthdate: August 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, Illinois, United States
Died: January 21
 15 
Mario Lanza
(Actor, Tenor)
Mario Lanza
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Ethel Barrymore
4
Birthdate: August 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 18
 17 
Victor McLaglen
(British Boxer-Turned-Hollywood Actor Who Rose to Fame as Character Actor)
Victor McLaglen
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney, East London, England
Died: November 7
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 18 
Albert Namatjira
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hermannsburg
Died: August 8
 19 
Lester Young
(Musician)
Lester Young
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15
 20 
Heitor Villa-Lobos
(One of the Foremost Latin American Composers of the 20th Century)
Heitor Villa-Lobos
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 17
 21 
Camilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)
Camilo Cienfuegos
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28
 22 
José P. Laurel
(The 3rd President of the Philippines)
José P. Laurel
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tanauan, Philippines
Died: November 6
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14
 24 
Una O Connor
(Actress)
Una O Connor
1
Birthdate: October 23, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: February 4
 25 
Preston Sturges
(Playwright, Director)
Preston Sturges
0
Birthdate: August 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 6
 26 
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
4
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: September 26
 27 
Max Baer
(Heavyweight)
Max Baer
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 21
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 28 
William D. Leahy
(Naval Officer)
William D. Leahy
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 6, 1875
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hampton, Iowa, United States
Died: July 20
 29 
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
(British Ambassador to the United States (1940-46))
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 16, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Powderham Castle, Devon, England
Died: December 23
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 30 
Nap Lajoie
(Baseball player)
Nap Lajoie
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 5, 1874
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woonsocket, Rhode Island, United States
Died: February 7
 31 
Jack Frost
(Composer)
Jack Frost
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 21
 32 
Duncan Hines
(Food critic, Journalist)
Duncan Hines
1
Birthdate: March 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 15
 33 
Stanley Spencer
0
Birthdate: June 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cookham, England
Died: December 14
 34 
Edith Clarke
(Electrical Engineer)
Edith Clarke
5
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29
 35 
Maurice Duplessis
(Politician)
Maurice Duplessis
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: September 7
 36 
George Antheil
(Composer)
George Antheil
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 12
 37 
Edward C. Tolman
(Psychologist)
Edward C. Tolman
0
Birthdate: April 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newton
Died: November 19
 38 
Ernest Bloch
(One of the Greatest Swiss Composers in History)
Ernest Bloch
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 15
 39 
Alfred Munnings
0
Birthdate: October 8, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mendham, Suffolk
Died: July 17
 40 
Charles Vidor
(Film director)
Charles Vidor
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 4
 41 
Enrico De Nicola
(Journalist)
Enrico De Nicola
0
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples
Died: October 1
 42 
Ibrahim of Johor
(Malaysian king)
Ibrahim of Johor
0
Birthdate: September 17, 1873
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Istana Bidadari, Serangoon, Singapore, Straits Settlements
Died: May 8
 43 
Eugene Meyer
(Financier)
Eugene Meyer
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 17
 44 
Max Gerson
(Physician)
Max Gerson
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wągrowiec
Died: March 8
 45 
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
(Scottish Physicist, Meteorologist and Winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics)
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, Scotland
Died: November 15
 46 
Mike Hawthorn
(British Racing Driver Who Became the United Kingdom’s First Formula One World Champion)
Mike Hawthorn
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mexborough, England
Died: January 22
 47 
Boris Vian
(Writer)
Boris Vian
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 10, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ville-d'Avray, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Died: June 23
 48 
George Grosz
(German Artist Best Known for His Caricatural Drawings and Paintings of Berlin Life in the 1920s)
George Grosz
0
Birthdate: July 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 6
 49 
Abraham Flexner
(Educator)
Abraham Flexner
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 21
 50 
Ed Walsh
(Baseball pitcher)
Ed Walsh
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plains Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 26