Famous People Who Died In 1964

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1964. This list includes people like Jawaharlal Nehru, Herbert Hoover, Douglas MacArthur, Sam Cooke, Ian Fleming and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, poets, journalists and novelists who died in 1964. This list includes people from United States, Germany, India & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Sam Cooke
(Singer-songwriter)
Sam Cooke
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 22, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Clarksdale, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 11
The King of Soul Sam Cooke is best remembered for his hits A Change is Gonna Come, You Send Me, and Wonderful World. He began singing gospel as a child and later joined The Soul Stirrers. He was shot and killed by a motel manager in Los Angeles. 
 2 
Douglas MacArthur
(American Military Leader Who Played a Prominent Role in the Pacific Theater During World War II)
Douglas MacArthur
33
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 5
American five-star general Douglas MacArthur was the field marshal of the Philippine Army. He and his father were the first father-son duo to win the Medal of Honor. after World War II, he became the Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Japan and contributed to Japan’s reconstruction.
 3 
Ian Fleming
(Author of James Bond Series)
Ian Fleming
23
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mayfair, London
Died: August 12

Ian Fleming was a British writer, naval intelligence officer, and journalist. Fleming is credited with creating one of the most popular characters of all time, James Bond. His James Bond series of novels have sold more than 100 million copies, making them one of the best-selling fictional book series in history. Jamaica’s Ian Fleming International Airport is named after him.

 4 
Herbert Hoover
(31st President of the United States (1929 – 1933))
Herbert Hoover
43
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 10, 1874
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Branch, Iowa, United States
Died: October 20

The 31st president of the United States, Herbert Hoover, was sworn into the office in 1929, the year the Great Depression struck the American economy. Earlier, Hoover was a successful mining engineer and had earned a reputation of a humanitarian who fed numerous Europeans during and after WWI. His policies during the depression, though, could not provide relief to people.

 5 
Alan Ladd
(Actor and Film Producer)
Alan Ladd
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Birthdate: September 3, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Died: January 29
Alan Ladd soared to fame with Westerns and film noir of the 1940s-1950s. He often paired up with Veronica Lake and also appeared in radio plays. Some of his hits were The Blue Dahlia, The Carpetbaggers, and The Great Gatsby. He died of an accidental overdose of alcohol and drugs.
 6 
Alvin York
(One of the Most Decorated United States Army Soldiers of World War I)
Alvin York
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 13, 1887
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Fentress County, Tennessee, United States
Died: September 2

One of the most decorated United States Army soldiers of World War I, Alvin York is best remembered for leading an attack on a German machine-gun nest. The son of a poor blacksmith, he started working as a child to contribute to his family income. After joining the army, he became known for his courage and valor.

 7 
Peter Lorre
(Best Known for His Role as the Psychotic Child Murderer in the Thriller Film ‘M’)
Peter Lorre
17
Birthdate: June 26, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ružomberok, Slovakia
Died: March 23
Hungarian-American actor Peter Lorre went from stage-acting in Vienna to working in films in Germany. He soared to fame with the films M and The Man Who Knew Too Much. He left Germany during the Nazi rule. Fans loved him as Le Chiffre in the TV version of Casino Royale.
 8 
Harpo Marx
(Comedian and Actor Well-Known for His Clown and Pantomime Traditions With a Curly Reddish Blond Hairstyle)
Harpo Marx
4
Birthdate: November 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28
Harpo Marx was the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers, namely Groucho and Chico Marx. Opposed to the verbal comedy of his brothers, Harpo focused on physical comedy and gained fame for his signature curly-haired wig. He used props such as canes and harps, and was always silent in his appearances.
 9 
Cole Porter
(Composer, Songwriter)
Cole Porter
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 9, 1891
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peru, Indiana, United States
Died: October 15
Singer-songwriter Cole Porter is best known for his work in the Tony-winning musical, Kiss Me, Kate and for his hit tracks Night and Day, Got You Under My Skin, and You're the Top. He also composed for movies. His marriage to Linda Lee Thomas was a cover for his homosexuality.
 10 
Rachel Carson
(Marine biologist)
Rachel Carson
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springdale
Died: April 14

Rachel Carson was a conservationist, marine biologist, and author. She is credited with authoring an influential book titled Silent Spring, which played a significant role in advancing the global environmental movement. Carson is also remembered for her book, The Sea Around Us, which earned her a U.S. National Book Award. She was posthumously honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 11 
Jim Reeves
(Singer-Songwriter)
Jim Reeves
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galloway, Texas, United States
Died: July 31
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 12 
Gracie Allen
(Comedian)
Gracie Allen
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: August 27
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 13 
Nancy Astor
(Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton (1919-45))
Nancy Astor
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 19, 1879
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Danville, Virginia, United States
Died: May 2
 14 
Consuelo Vanderbilt
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 2, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 6
 15 
Brendan Behan
(One of the Greatest Irish Writers of All Time)
Brendan Behan
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: March 20
Irish author and poet Brendan Behan is remembered for his trademark satire and for his works such as The Quare Fellow and Borstal Boy. In a life plagued with arrests, he had served 14 years behind bars for the attempted murder of a policeman. He was also a lifelong alcoholic.
 16 
Eddie Cantor
(comedian)
Eddie Cantor
2
Birthdate: January 31, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: October 10
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 17 
Flannery O'Connor
(Novelist)
Flannery O'Connor
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Savannah, Georgia, United States
Died: August 3
 18 
Norbert Wiener
(Father of Cybernetics)
Norbert Wiener
1
Birthdate: November 26, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Columbia, Missouri, United States
Died: March 18
 19 
Alma Mahler
(Austrian Composer & Socialite)
Alma Mahler
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 31, 1879
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: December 11

Alma Mahler, remembered as the wife of composer Gustav Mahler and the daughter of landscape painter Emil Schindler, initially studied art but later acquired skills as a pianist. However, Mahler discouraged her from composing after marriage. She later had other affairs and married architect Walter Gropius and author Franz Werfel.

 20 
Cedric Hardwicke
(British Stage and Film Actor Known for His Performances in the Plays of 'Shakespeare' and 'Shaw')
Cedric Hardwicke
1
Birthdate: February 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lye, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England
Died: August 6

English actor Cedric Hardwicke is mostly remembered for his roles in the plays of Shakespeare and Shaw. Nicknamed Butch and Badger, he was one of the finest character actors of the initial days of talkies. He was also known for his baritone voice and later moved to the US permanently.

 21 
Leó Szilárd
(Physicist)
Leó Szilárd
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 11, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest
Died: May 30

Physicist Leó Szilárd, one of the "Martians," or eminent scientists who had migrated from Hungary to the U.S., was the first to initiate a controlled nuclear chain reaction and was closely associated with the Manhattan Project, meant to develop the atomic bomb. He later advocated for responsible use of nuclear powers.

 22 
Andrew Goodman
(Civil Rights Acrivist)
Andrew Goodman
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: June 21
 23 
James Chaney
(American Civil Rights Activist)
James Chaney
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 30, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi, United States
Died: June 21
 24 
Eric Dolphy
(Musician)
Eric Dolphy
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 20, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: June 29
 25 
Jimmie Dodd
(Former Actor best known as the master of ceremonies for the popular 1950s Walt Disney television series The Mickey Mouse Club)
Jimmie Dodd
1
Birthdate: March 28, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: November 10
 26 
Anna Julia Cooper
(One of the Most Important African-American Scholars in US History)
Anna Julia Cooper
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 10, 1858
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Died: February 27

Anna Julia Cooper was an American author, sociologist, educator, Black liberation activist, and speaker. She was one of the most important African-American scholars in US history. In 1924, Anna Julia Cooper earned her PhD from the University of Paris, becoming only the fourth African-American woman to receive a doctoral degree.

 27 
Fireball Roberts
(American Stock Car Racer)
Fireball Roberts
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tavares, Florida, United States
Died: July 2
 28 
Johnny Burnette
(Singer, Musician)
Johnny Burnette
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Memphis, Tennessee, United States
Died: August 14
 29 
Michael Schwerner
(Civil Rights Activist)
Michael Schwerner
2
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 21
 30 
Joseph Schildkraut
(Austrian-American Actor)
Joseph Schildkraut
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1896
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 21

Joseph Schildkraut was an Austrian-American actor best known for winning an Academy Award for his performance in the film The Life of Emile Zola. The son of an actor, he began stage training with Max Reinhardt. He began his career as a character actor on the stage, eventually transitioning to films. He was also active on television. 

 31 
Giorgio Morandi
(Italian Painter and Printmaker Who Specialized in Still Life)
Giorgio Morandi
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Birthdate: July 20, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: June 18

Italian painter and printmaker Giorgio Morandi is best remembered for his remarkable still life paintings of subjects such as vases, boxes, bottles, and flowers. Though he was hugely inspired by the works of Paul Cézanne, his paintings, known for their gentle, subdued tones, do not fit in any specific school of painting.

 32 
Paulino Alcántara
(Filipino-born Spanish Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Paulino Alcántara
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 7, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Iloilo, Philippines
Died: February 13

Paulino Alcántara was a Filipino-born Spanish football player who played as a forward for the Catalonia national football team from 1915 and 1926 and for the Spain national team from 1921 to 1923. He also played for the Philippines national team in 1917. In 1917, Paulino Alcántara won a silver medal for the Philippines at the Far Eastern Championship Games.

 33 
J.B.S. Haldane
(British Scientist Who Developed the Mathematical Theory of Population Genetics and One of the Founders of ‘Neo-Darwinism’)
J.B.S. Haldane
7
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 5, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: December 1

British geneticist J.B.S. Haldane is remembered for his pioneering use of statistics in biology. A proponent of neo-Darwinism, he was the son of physiologist John Scott Haldane and had begun assisting his father at age 8. He later joined the British Communist Party and also moved to India.

 34 
Ben Hecht
(Screenwriter)
Ben Hecht
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Birthdate: February 28, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, U.S.
Died: April 18
 35 
Karl Polanyi
(Austro-Hungarian Economic Anthropologist, Economic Sociologist and Politician)
Karl Polanyi
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Birthdate: October 25, 1886
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: April 23

Apart from being a political economist, Karl Polanyi was also a prominent Hungarian political leader. The Great Transformation remains his best-known work. He taught at institutes such as the Columbia University and is known for proposing the idea of a cultural version of economics known as substantivism.

 36 
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
(Activist)
Elizabeth Gurley Flynn
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 7, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Concord, New Hampshire, U.S.
Died: September 5
 37 
Alfred Blalock
0
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: April 5, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Culloden, Georgia, United States
Died: September 15

Remembered as a medical pioneer and a much-loved mentor, Alfred Blalock is especially noted for his work on traumatic and hemorrhagic shock, which saved thousands of lives during WWII. Working with Vivien Thomas and Helen Taussig, he also developed the Blalock-Thomas-Taussig shunt. Designed to treat children with Blue Baby Syndrome, it ushered a revolution in the field of cardiac surgery.

 38 
Orry-Kelly
(Costume designer)
Orry-Kelly
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: December 31, 1897
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiama
Died: February 27

Born to a tailor in Australia, Orry-Kelly initially studied banking but later sailed to the US to explore his dreams in theater. Starting with painting murals at a US nightclub, he later grew to design costumes for legends such as Bette Davis and Katharine Hepburn. He also won 3 Academy Awards.

 39 
Jack Teagarden
(Trombonist)
Jack Teagarden
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vernon, Texas, US
Died: January 15
 40 
T. H. White
(English Writer Best Known for His 'Arthurian' Novels)
T. H. White
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 29, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Died: January 17

T. H. White was an English author whose works have influenced other famous writers like Michael Moorcock, J. K. Rowling, Gregory Maguire, Ed McBain, Neil Gaiman, and Helen Macdonald. Rowling has stated that the Harry Potter books were strongly influenced by White's writing. Gaiman admitted that both Harry Potter and his own character Timothy Hunter were inspired by White's characters.

 41 
James Franck
(Physicist)
James Franck
2
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 26, 1882
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamburg, German Empire
Died: May 21

James Franck was a German physicist. Along with fellow physicist Gustav Hertz, he jointly received the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1925. He had a prominent academic career and served as the director of the Second Institute for Experimental Physics at the University of Göttingen. He later moved to USA and participated in the Manhattan Project during World War II.

 42 
Roscoe Pound
(Scholar)
Roscoe Pound
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 27, 1870
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lincoln, Nebraska, United States
Died: June 30
 43 
Nella Larsen
(American Novelist Who is Considered as the Most Important Novelist of the Harlem Renaissance)
Nella Larsen
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: March 30

Nella Larsen was an American novelist who also worked as a librarian and nurse. Among her literary work were her novels, Quicksand and Passing; the latter was adapted into a film of the same name in 2021. Larsen's work has gained renewed interest since the 20th century. Today, she is recognized as the most important novelist of the Harlem Renaissance.

 44 
Guy Banister
(American Private Investigator)
Guy Banister
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 7, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monroe, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 6
 45 
Khawaja Nazimuddin
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Khawaja Nazimuddin
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Dhaka
Died: October 22

The second governor-general and the second prime minister of Pakistan, Khawaja Nazimuddin had a short tenure due to his ineffective handling of the tense situation in his country. Born in Dacca, he had an elite education at Cambridge and was a qualified lawyer. He was also knighted by the British.

 46 
Fred Hutchinson
(Baseball player)
Fred Hutchinson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: November 12
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 47 
Guru Dutt
(Actor, Producer, Director, Choreographer)
Guru Dutt
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bangalore
Died: October 10
 48 
Prince Axel of Denmark
(Prince)
Prince Axel of Denmark
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 12, 1888
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark
Died: July 14
 49 
Gerhard Domagk
(German Pathologist and Bacteriologist Known for Discovery of Sulfonamides Such as Prontosil as Antibiotics)
Gerhard Domagk
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 30, 1895
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Łagów, Poland
Died: April 24

Nobel Prize-winning German pathologist and bacteriologist Gerhard Domagk is best remembered for his pathbreaking discovery of Prontosil, the first sulfonamide antibiotic. The Nazis, however, didn’t allow him to accept the Nobel Prize immediately and detained him briefly instead. He had also served as a soldier in World War I.

 50 
Stuart Davis
(Modernist painter well known for his jazz-influenced, proto-pop art paintings of the 1940s and 1950s)
Stuart Davis
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Birthdate: December 7, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 24