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
43
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: February 3
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 2 
Billie Holiday
(One of the Greatest Jazz Singers from the 1930s to the 1950s)
Billie Holiday
33
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 3 
Ritchie Valens
(A 'Rock and Roll' Pioneer and a Forefather of the 'Chicano Rock' Movement)
Ritchie Valens
25
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3
 4 
Frank Lloyd Wright
13
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
16
Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Battery Point, Australia
Died: October 14
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 6 
George Reeves
11
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 
Cecil B. DeMille
(One of the Most Commercially Successful Producers & Directors in Film History)
Cecil B. DeMille
2
Birthdate: August 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21
 9 
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
 10 
Raymond Chandler
(Novelist and Screenwriter)
Raymond Chandler
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 26
 11 
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
 12 
Carl Switzer
(Actor, Singer)
Carl Switzer
2
Birthdate: August 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, Illinois, United States
Died: January 21
 13 
Stepan Bandera
(Political leader)
Stepan Bandera
16
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15
 14 
Ethel Barrymore
4
Birthdate: August 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 18
 15 
Lester Young
(Musician)
Lester Young
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15
 16 
Albert Namatjira
5
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hermannsburg
Died: August 8
 17 
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
 18 
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
(British Ambassador to the United States (1940-46))
Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 16, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Powderham Castle, Devon, England
Died: December 23
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 19 
Victor McLaglen
(Actor, Boxer)
Victor McLaglen
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney, East London, England
Died: November 7
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
Camilo Cienfuegos
(Armed force officer)
Camilo Cienfuegos
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28
 21 
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)
 22 
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
 23 
Jack Frost
(Composer)
Jack Frost
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 25, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: October 21
Laxmi Prasad Devkota
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14
 25 
Harvey Glatman
(Serial Killer)
Harvey Glatman
3
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: December 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York
Died: September 18
 26 
Preston Sturges
(Playwright, Director)
Preston Sturges
0
Birthdate: August 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 6
 27 
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
(Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer)
S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: September 26
 28 
José P. Laurel
(Former President of the Philippines)
José P. Laurel
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tanauan, Philippines
Died: November 6
 29 
Una O Connor
(Actress)
Una O Connor
1
Birthdate: October 23, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: February 4
 30 
Stanley Spencer
0
Birthdate: June 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cookham, England
Died: December 14
 31 
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
 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 
Edith Clarke
(Electrical Engineer)
Edith Clarke
5
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29
 34 
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
 35 
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
 36 
Alfred Munnings
0
Birthdate: October 8, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mendham, Suffolk
Died: July 17
 37 
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
 38 
Maurice Duplessis
(Politician)
Maurice Duplessis
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: September 7
 39 
Ed Walsh
(Baseball pitcher)
Ed Walsh
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plains Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 26
 40 
Max Baer
(Heavyweight)
Max Baer
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 21
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 41 
Charles Vidor
(Film director)
Charles Vidor
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 4
 42 
Edward C. Tolman
(Psychologist)
Edward C. Tolman
0
Birthdate: April 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newton
Died: November 19
 43 
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
 44 
Bohuslav Martinů
(Composer of modern classical music)
Bohuslav Martinů
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Policka, Czechia
Died: August 28
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, Scotland
Died: November 15
 46 
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
 47 
Andrew Loomis
(Illustrator)
Andrew Loomis
1
Birthdate: June 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: May 25
 48 
Enrico De Nicola
(Journalist)
Enrico De Nicola
0
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples
Died: October 1
 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 
Gilda Gray
(Dancer, Actress)
Gilda Gray
0
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rydlewo, Poland
Died: December 22