Famous People Who Died In 1967

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1967. This list includes people like Che Guevara, Jayne Mansfield, Vivien Leigh, Otis Redding, Jack Ruby and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, poets and military leaders who died in 1967. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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Che Guevara
(Revolutionary)
Che Guevara
206
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 14, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rosario, Argentina
Died: October 9

Argentine Marxist revolutionary, Che Guevara, was a major figure of the Cuban Revolution. A physician by profession, he developed radical views upon witnessing the injustices in the world and joined Fidel Castro’s revolutionary 26th of July Movement. Assassinated in 1967, he remains both a revered and reviled historical figure.

 2 
Jayne Mansfield
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rita Marlowe’ in the Broadway Play 'Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter?)
Jayne Mansfield
27
Birthdate: April 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: June 29

One of the early Playboy Playmates, Jayne Mansfield was a popular sex symbol of Hollywood during the 1950s. Although she had a short-lived film career, she was very popular for her well-publicized publicity stunts, including wardrobe malfunctions. She started a new trend by becoming the first major actress of the post-silent film era to act in a nude scene!

 3 
Vivien Leigh
(British Actress Known for Her Roles in the Films: ‘Gone with the Wind’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’)
Vivien Leigh
22
Birthdate: November 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Darjeeling, India
Died: July 8

British actress Vivien Leigh gained popularity with her award winning performance in films Gone with the Wind and A Street Car named Desire and her Musical Broadway Tovarich. The beautiful actress, who went on to feature in films like That Hamilton Woman and Ship of Fools, had a troubled personal life and suffered from physical and mental health issues.

 4 
J. Robert Oppenheimer
(American Theoretical Physicist and Former Wartime Head of the ‘Los Alamos Laboratory’)
J. Robert Oppenheimer
16
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 22, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 18

Hailed as a brilliant scientific mind, American physicist J Robert Oppenheimer, led the Manhattan Project which resulted in the development of atomic bomb during the World War II. The bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. However, Oppenheimer was in a constant conflict over the moral issue of the weapons of mass destruction and rallied against nuclear proliferation.

 5 
Otis Redding
(Singer-songwriter)
Otis Redding
43
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 9, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dawson, Georgia, United States
Died: December 10
The King of Soul Otis Redding, who had performed with the Pinetoppers, among others, is remembered for his track (Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay, released after his death in a plane crash. It became the first posthumous Billboard R&B- and Hot 100-topping record. He also won two posthumous Grammys
 6 
John Coltrane
(One of the Most Influential Saxophonists in Music History)
John Coltrane
13
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: HaHamlet, North Carolina, United States
Died: July 17
Jazz saxophonist John Coltrane is remembered for his significant influence on modern jazz. He was initially part of the Navy band and eventually collaborated with musicians such as Miles Davis. He won a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and was canonized by the African Orthodox Church.
 7 
Langston Hughes
(One of the Earliest Innovators of the Literary Art Form Called Jazz Poetry)
Langston Hughes
38
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22

Langston Hughes is best remembered as a prominent leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He was one of the first to write jazz poetry. He also wrote plays and short stories. He was a columnist for The Chicago Defender and wrote the iconic poem The Negro Speaks of Rivers.

 8 
Spencer Tracy
(One of the Greatest Actors of Hollywood's Golden Age)
Spencer Tracy
21
Birthdate: April 5, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: June 10

One of the most popular actors of classical Hollywood cinema, Spencer Tracy was known for his versatility, which helped him win two successive Oscars for Best Actor. In 1999, he was ranked the ninth greatest male star of Hollywood's Golden Age by the American Film Institute. Tracy is widely regarded as one of the finest actors of the 20th century.

 9 
Vladimir Komarov
(First Cosmonaut to Fly into Space Twice and the First Human to Die in a Space Flight)
Vladimir Komarov
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
Died: April 24

Soviet cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov was the first from his country to fly into space twice. He died when his Soyuz 1 capsule crashed while re-entering the Earth, due to a parachute failure, on April 24, 1967, which made him the first human to die in a space flight.

 10 
Woody Guthrie
(Singer-songwriter)
Woody Guthrie
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Okemah, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 3
Legendary folk singer Woody Guthrie is best remembered for his songs such as This Land Is Your Land and Cocaine Blues, and the concept album Dust Bowl Ballads. He inspired artists such as Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen, and performed with a guitar labeled “This machine kills fascists.”
 11 
Rene Magritte
(Belgian Surrealist Artist, Who Became Well Known for Creating a Number of Witty and Thought-Provoking Images)
Rene Magritte
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lessines, Belgium
Died: August 15
Belgian surrealist artist René Magritte is remembered for his art that displayed alternate perceptions of reality. His creations were influenced by elements of pop art and minimalist art. Some of his most notable works were The Empire of Light and Les Amants. The Magritte Museum is dedicated to his work.
 12 
Brian Epstein
(Businessperson, Impresario, Talent agent, Talent manager)
Brian Epstein
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 19, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: August 27
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 13 
Puyi
(Last Emperor of China)
Puyi
15
Birthdate: February 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Beijing, China
Died: October 17

Puyi served as the final emperor of China's last imperial dynasty, The Qing dynasty. After Manchuria was invaded by Japan, Puyi became a puppet at the hands of the Japanese and was chosen as the emperor of the puppet state of Manchukuo. He then signed many edicts, given to him by the Japanese, including the one that made slavery legal.

 14 
Edward Hopper
(American Painter and Printmaker)
Edward Hopper
2
Birthdate: July 22, 1882
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Upper Nyack, New York, United States
Died: May 15

Edward Hopper was an American painter and printmaker. An exponent of American Realism, Hopper is best remembered for his oil paintings. He is also widely known as a printmaker in etching and watercolorist. Edward Hopper has had a significant impact on the art world in the USA. Artists like Mark Rothko and Jim Dine have cited him as an influence.

 15 
Harold Holt
(Former Prime Minister of Australia)
Harold Holt
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 5, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanmore
Died: December 17

Harold Holt was an Australian politician and the 17th prime minister of Australia. On 17 December 1967, Holt disappeared while swimming in rough conditions at Cheviot Beach. Following his disappearance, which gave rise to several conspiracy theories, Harold Holt was presumed dead. The Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Centre in Melbourne is named in his honor.

 16 
Basil Rathbone
(British Actor Who Portrayed Sherlock Holmes in 14 Hollywood Films)
Basil Rathbone
4
Birthdate: June 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: July 21

Basil Rathbone was an English actor best remembered for playing private detective Sherlock Holmes in 14 movies made between 1939 and 1946. Renowned for playing morally ambiguous characters, Rathbone won the prestigious Tony Award for his portrayal of Dr. Austin Sloper in The Heiress. Basil Rathbone has been honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 17 
Mohammad Mosaddegh
(Political Leader)
Mohammad Mosaddegh
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: March 5
Born to an Iranian public officer, Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh had an elite education in Switzerland. His oil-nationalization act brought about an economic crisis in the country. He was known to be an eccentric person who met visitors in pajamas, from his bed, and also cried in public.
 18 
Claude Rains
(One of the Greatest Character Stars on the Big Screen)
Claude Rains
8
Birthdate: November 10, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Clapham, London, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 30

British-American actor, Claude Rains, had an extensive career that spanned nearly seven decades. The son of a stage actor, he was introduced to the entertainment industry at a young age and went on to have a successful career. He was nominated for the Academy Award four times. He is considered one of the finest actors of the 20th century.

 19 
Siegfried Sassoon
(English War Poet and Soldier Who Became One of the Leading Poets of the First World War)
Siegfried Sassoon
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 8, 1886
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Matfield, Kent, England
Died: September 1

Siegfried Sassoon was an English writer, poet, and soldier. One of the most popular poets during the First World War, Sassoon's works satirized the patriotic pretensions of those accountable for the war as well as described the horrors of the war. Siegfried Sassoon's works and ideology greatly influenced another leading poet of the First World War, Wilfred Owen.

 20 
Dorothy Parker
(American Poet, Critic & Satirist Who Was Known for Her Wit, Wisecracks, and Eye for 20th-Century Urban Foibles)
Dorothy Parker
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 7

Poet and author Dorothy Parker rose to fame with her published works in The New Yorker. She later formed the Algonquin Round Table. She also wrote for Hollywood films such as A Star Is Born and earned two Academy Award nominations. However, her association with left-wing politics got her blacklisted.

 21 
Bert Lahr
(Actor)
Bert Lahr
2
Birthdate: August 13, 1895
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 4
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Ann Sheridan
(Actress)
Ann Sheridan
2
Birthdate: February 21, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Denton, Texas, USA
Died: January 21
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 23 
Evelyn Nesbit
(Actress)
Evelyn Nesbit
4
Birthdate: December 25, 1884
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tarentum, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 14
 24 
Konrad Adenauer
(Former Chancellor of Germany)
Konrad Adenauer
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cologne
Died: April 19

German politician, Konrad Adenauer, served as the first Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1949 to 1963. He was also the co-founder and the first leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU). He played a key role in leading his country from the ruins of World War II to becoming a  prosperous nation.

 25 
Carl Sandburg
(Writer & Editor)
Carl Sandburg
2
Birthdate: January 6, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Galesburg, Illinois, United States
Died: July 22

Carl Sandburg had begun working since age 11 and been employed in various odd jobs, such as a truck driver, a harvester, and a brickyard hand, before being part of the Illinois Infantry. The two-time Pulitzer-winning poet and biographer late also won a Grammy for his recording of Lincoln Portrait.

 26 
John Nance Garner
(32nd Vice President of the United States)
John Nance Garner
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 22, 1868
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: November 7

Texas-based Democratic politician John Nance Garner III, also known as Cactus Jack, served as the vice president of the U.S. from 1933 to 1941, under President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The qualified lawyer had also served as the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives. He fell out with Roosevelt later.

 27 
Ed White
(Engineer)
Ed White
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: January 27
 28 
Paul Muni
(American Stage and Film Actor)
Paul Muni
5
Birthdate: September 22, 1895
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lviv
Died: August 25

Paul Muni was an Austro-Hungarian American actor best remembered for his portrayal of Louis Pasteur in the 1936 biographical film The Story of Louis Pasteur, which earned him the Academy Award for Best Actor. Muni is also remembered for his performance in the play Inherit the Wind, which earned him the prestigious Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play.

 29 
Roger B. Chaffee
(American Aviator, Naval Officer, NASA Astronaut, and Aeronautical Engineer)
Roger B. Chaffee
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1935
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Grand Rapids
Died: January 27

Roger B. Chaffee was an American aviator, naval officer, NASA astronaut, and aeronautical engineer. In 1963, Chaffee was chosen by NASA to be part of Astronaut Group 3, a group of 14 astronauts selected for the Apollo and Gemini program. In 1983, Roger B. Chaffee was made an inductee of the International Space Hall of Fame. 

 30 
Felix Yusupov
(Prince of Russia)
Felix Yusupov
1
Birthdate: March 23, 1887
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: September 27

Felix Yusupov was a Russian prince and count from the Yusupov family. He participated in the assassination of the controversial mystic Grigori Rasputin. He was born into a wealthy family and led a flamboyant life. He was happily married to Princess Irina of Russia, the niece of Tsar Nicholas II, for more than 50 years.

 31 
David Unaipon
(Preacher)
David Unaipon
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Birthdate: September 28, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: South Australia
Died: February 7

David Unaipon was an Aboriginal Australian preacher, author, and inventor. He is best remembered for his significant contribution to Australian society, which helped break several stereotypes about Aboriginal Australians. Apart from establishing a couple of awards in his honor, the Australian government has also featured Unaipon on the Australian fifty-dollar note.

 32 
Barbara Lee Payton
3
Birthdate: November 16, 1927
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cloquet, Minnesota, United States
Died: May 8
 33 
Jimmie Foxx
(Baseball player)
Jimmie Foxx
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 22, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sudlersville, Maryland, United States
Died: July 21
 34 
Alice B. Toklas
(Writer, Autobiographer, Memoirist)
Alice B. Toklas
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 30, 1877
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: March 7
 35 
Joseph Pilates
(Physical Trainer and Inventor of the 'Pilates' Method of Physical Fitness)
Joseph Pilates
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mönchengladbach, Germany
Died: October 9

Joseph Pilates was a German physical trainer. He is credited with developing and popularizing the Pilates method of physical training. Originally a bodybuilder and gymnast, Pilates studied the movements of animals, especially cats, and modeled his fitness training based on this. He was featured in a documentary movie titled A Movement of Movement.

 36 
Tom Conway
(British Actor Best Known for His Portrayals of Private Detectives)
Tom Conway
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: April 22

Best known for playing detectives such as The Falcon and Sherlock Holmes, British actor Tom Conway also appeared in 2 Tarzan movies and a few Val Lewton cult horror movies. His performance in an episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents was appreciated by critics. He also voiced a role in 101 Dalmatians.

 37 
Carson McCullers
(American novelist)
Carson McCullers
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Columbus, Georgia, USA
Died: September 29
 38 
Françoise Dorléac
(French Actress Known for Her Films: ‘That Man from Rio’, ‘The Soft Skin’, and ‘Cul-de-sac’)
Françoise Dorléac
7
Birthdate: March 21, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: June 26
Actor-model Françoise Dorléac, elder sister of Catherine Deneuve, had first appeared on stage at age 10. Known for her vivacious personality, she made quite a name for herself with movies such as Cul-de-sac and Where the Spies Are, before an unfortunate car accident claimed her life at age 25. 
 39 
Clement Attlee
(Former British Prime Minister)
Clement Attlee
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 3, 1883
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Putney
Died: October 8

Clement Attlee was a British politician. As the Prime Minister of the UK, Attlee organized the granting of independence to Pakistan and India. in 1947. He also oversaw the independence of Ceylon and Burma. Regarded as one of the greatest prime ministers of the UK, Clement Attlee has been the subject of several plays and TV series. 

 40 
Violeta Parra
(Composer)
Violeta Parra
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: San Carlos, Chile
Died: February 5
 41 
Jane Darwell
(Known for Playing the 'Matriarch of the Joad family' in the ‘Grapes of Wrath’ & the 'Bird Woman' in ‘Mary Poppins')
Jane Darwell
2
Birthdate: October 15, 1879
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Palmyra, Missouri, United States
Died: August 13

Jane Darwell was an American actress whose career spanned over 50 years, during which she appeared in over 100 movies. She is best remembered for her performance in the 1940 drama film The Grapes of Wrath, which earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. In 1960, Darwell was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 42 
Billy Strayhorn
(Former Jazz artist known for this three-decade collaboration with Duke Ellington)
Billy Strayhorn
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Dayton, Ohio, United States
Died: May 31
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 43 
Henry J. Kaiser
(Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist)
Henry J. Kaiser
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 9, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sprout Brook
Died: August 24
 44 
Donald Campbell
(English Speed Record Breaker Who Broke Eight World Speed Records on Land and on Water)
Donald Campbell
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames
Died: January 4

Donald Campbell was an English speed record breaker. He is best remembered for breaking eight world speed records on land and on water in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1964, he became the first person to set both world water speed and land records in the same year. Campbell died while attempting to set a water speed record in England.

 45 
Fatima Jinnah
(Sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah)
Fatima Jinnah
15
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: July 8

Fatima Jinnah was a Pakistani politician, stateswoman, and dental surgeon. She was the younger sister of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan. Fatima worked closely with her elder brother, who often sought the advice of his sister. Fatima Jinnah is also credited with co-founding the All Pakistan Women's Association, which aims at promoting the welfare of Pakistani women. 

 46 
Francis Ouimet
(American Amateur Golfer)
Francis Ouimet
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: September 2

Francis Ouimet was an amateur golfer often referred to as the "ather of amateur golf. He became interested in golf at an early age and won his first significant title when he was 20 years old. He went on to win the US Open in 1913. He was posthumously inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1974. 

 47 
Zoltan Kodaly
(Hungarian Composer and Creator of the ‘Kodály Method’ of Music Education)
Zoltan Kodaly
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 16, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kecskemét, Hungary
Died: March 6

Hungarian composer and folk music legend Zoltan Kodaly pioneered what is known as the Kodály method of music education. His style reflected a fusion of Hungarian, Italian, and French tunes. His music originated from years of research on folk music in Hungarian villages, leading to his thesis on the same.

 48 
Gordon Allport
(American Psychologist)
Gordon Allport
1
Birthdate: November 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montezuma, Indiana, United States
Died: October 9
 49 
Joe Orton
(Playwright, Screenwriter, Writer)
Joe Orton
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leicester
Died: August 9
 50 
Andy Clyde
(American Actor)
Andy Clyde
0
Birthdate: March 25, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Blairgowrie, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: May 18