Famous People Who Died In 1959

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.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly
30
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-Songwriter & Pioneer in Mid 1950's Rock and Roll
Birthdate: September 7, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lubbock, Texas, United States
Died: February 3
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 2 Ritchie Valens

Ritchie Valens
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Guitarist
Birthdate: May 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 3

 3 Billie Holiday

Billie Holiday
30
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: April 7, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 17
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 4 Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright
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Listed In: Architects
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: June 8, 1867
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Richland Center, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 9

 5 George Reeves

George Reeves
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 5, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Woolstock, Iowa
Died: June 16
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 6 Errol Flynn

Errol Flynn
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 20, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Battery Point, Australia
Died: October 14
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 7 Lou Costello

Lou Costello
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 6, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Paterson, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 3
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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 8 The Big Bopper

The Big Bopper
3
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Singer, Musician, Disc jockey, Songwriter
Birthdate: October 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Port Arthur
Died: February 3

 9 Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille
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Famous As: Film Director, Producer
Birthdate: August 12, 1881
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ashfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 21

 10 Raymond Chandler

Raymond Chandler
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist and Screenwriter
Birthdate: July 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 26

 11 William Halsey Jr.

William Halsey Jr.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military officer
Birthdate: October 30, 1882
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Elizabeth, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 16

 12 Carl Switzer

Carl Switzer
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Famous As: Actor, Singer
Birthdate: August 7, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paris, Illinois, United States
Died: January 21

 13 Max Baer

Max Baer
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Heavyweight
Birthdate: February 11, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 21
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax

Edward Wood, 1st Earl of Halifax
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: British Ambassador to the United States (1940-46)
Birthdate: April 16, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Powderham Castle, Devon, England
Died: December 23
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 15 Mario Lanza

Mario Lanza
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Actor, Tenor
Birthdate: January 31, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 7
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 16 Ethel Barrymore

Ethel Barrymore
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 18

 17 Stepan Bandera

Stepan Bandera
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galicia
Died: October 15

 18 Albert Namatjira

Albert Namatjira
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hermannsburg
Died: August 8

 19 Lester Young

Lester Young
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: August 27, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Woodville, Mississippi, United States
Died: March 15

 20 Victor McLaglen

Victor McLaglen
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor, Boxer
Birthdate: December 10, 1886
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Stepney, East London, England
Died: November 7
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 21 George Marshall

George Marshall
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Secretary of Defense (1950-51)
Birthdate: December 31, 1880
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Uniontown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 16

 22 Heitor Villa-Lobos

Heitor Villa-Lobos
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: March 5, 1887
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: November 17

 23 Camilo Cienfuegos

Camilo Cienfuegos
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Armed force officer
Birthdate: February 6, 1932
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Havana
Died: October 28

 24 José P. Laurel

José P. Laurel
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President of the Philippines
Birthdate: March 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tanauan, Philippines
Died: November 6

 25 Laxmi Prasad Devkota

Laxmi Prasad Devkota
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: November 13, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kathmandu, Nepal
Died: September 14

 26 Una O Connor

Una O Connor
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1880
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: February 4

 27 Harvey Glatman

Harvey Glatman
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial Killer
Birthdate: December 10, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, New York
Died: September 18

 28 Preston Sturges

Preston Sturges
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Famous As: Playwright, Director
Birthdate: August 29, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: August 6

 29 S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike

S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Diplomat, Politician, Lawyer
Birthdate: January 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Colombo
Died: September 26

 30 Stanley Spencer

Stanley Spencer
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Famous As: Painter
Birthdate: June 30, 1891
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cookham, England
Died: December 14

 31 Alfred Munnings

Alfred Munnings
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Famous As: painter
Birthdate: October 8, 1878
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mendham, Suffolk
Died: July 17

 32 Duncan Hines

Duncan Hines
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Famous As: Food critic, Journalist
Birthdate: March 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bowling Green, Kentucky, United States
Died: March 15

 33 Edith Clarke

Edith Clarke
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Famous As: Electrical Engineer
Birthdate: February 10, 1883
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Howard County
Died: October 29

 34 Ernest Bloch

Ernest Bloch
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: One of the Greatest Swiss Composers in History
Birthdate: July 24, 1880
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: July 15

 35 Edward C. Tolman

Edward C. Tolman
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 14, 1886
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Newton
Died: November 19

 36 Maurice Duplessis

Maurice Duplessis
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: April 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trois-Rivières, Canada
Died: September 7

 37 George Antheil

George Antheil
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: July 8, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Trenton, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 12

 38 Adrian Adolph Greenberg

Adrian Adolph Greenberg
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 3, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Naugatuck
Died: September 13

 39 Charles Thomson Rees Wilson

Charles Thomson Rees Wilson
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 14, 1869
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Glencorse, Scotland
Died: November 15

 40 Roger Touhy

Roger Touhy
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Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Crime boss
Birthdate: September 18, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 16

 41 Charles Vidor

Charles Vidor
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Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: July 27, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: June 4

 42 Enrico De Nicola

Enrico De Nicola
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 9, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Naples
Died: October 1

 43 Andrew Loomis

Andrew Loomis
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Famous As: Illustrator
Birthdate: June 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: May 25

 44 Abraham Flexner

Abraham Flexner
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: November 13, 1866
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: September 21

 45 Gilda Gray

Gilda Gray
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Famous As: Dancer, Actress
Birthdate: October 25, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rydlewo, Poland
Died: December 22

 46 D. F. Malan

D. F. Malan
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: May 22, 1874
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Riebeek-West in the Cape Colony
Died: February 7

 47 Wanda Landowska

Wanda Landowska
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Harpsichordist
Birthdate: July 5, 1879
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warsaw, Poland
Died: August 16

 48 Jim Bottomley

Jim Bottomley
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Famous As: Baseball player
Birthdate: April 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oglesby, Illinois, United States
Died: December 11

 49 Edwin Ray Guthrie

Edwin Ray Guthrie
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Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 9, 1886
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: April 23

 50 Molla Mallory

Molla Mallory
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: March 6, 1884
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oslo, Norway
Died: November 22