Famous People Who Died In 1970

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1970. This list includes people like Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Charles de Gaulle, Bertrand Russell, Gamal Abdel Nasser 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 1970. This list includes people from United States, Germany, France & United Kingdom and many more countries.
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 1 
Jimi Hendrix
(One of the Most Influential Electric Guitarists & the Greatest Instrumentalist in the History of Rock Music)
Jimi Hendrix
64
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: September 18

One of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century, Jimi Hendrix began playing guitar at the age of 15. As his career progressed, he became the first musician to use stereophonic phasing effects in recordings. Rolling Stone ranked him as the greatest guitarist and the sixth greatest artist of all time. He died under mysterious circumstances at the age of 27.

 2 
Janis Joplin
(American Singer Known for Her Powerful Mezzo-Soprano Vocals)
Janis Joplin
68
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Port Arthur, Texas, United States
Died: October 4

Best known for her powerful mezzo-soprano voice, Janis Joplin was one of the most successful rock stars of her era. Before dying at the age of 27, she achieved so much that Rolling Stone magazine included her in its 100 Greatest Artists of All Time list in 2004 and 100 Greatest Singers of All Time list in 2008.

 3 
Charles de Gaulle
(Former French President & Army Officer Who Led 'Free France' against Nazi Germany in World War II)
Charles de Gaulle
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 22, 1890
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lille, France
Died: November 9

Charles de Gaulle was a French statesman and army officer. Charles de Gaulle fought against Nazi Germany in the Second World War by leading the Free French Forces. He also worked towards re-establishing democracy in France. He founded the Fifth Republic, France's current republican system, and rewrote the Constitution of France. He then served as the president of France.

 4 
Bertrand Russell
(Philosopher)
Bertrand Russell
31
Birthdate: May 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Trellech, Monmouthshire, Wales
Died: February 2

Bertrand Russell was a British polymath and Nobel laureate. His work, which is spread across various fields, has had a considerable influence on philosophy, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, mathematics, linguistics, and logic. Russell is also credited with leading the revolt against idealism in Britain and is regarded as one of the founders of analytic philosophy.

 5 
Sonny Liston
(Professional Boxer)
Sonny Liston
23
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 8, 1932
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sand Slough, Arkansas, United States
Died: December 30
Renowned as the Big Bear, Sonny Liston became the world heavyweight champion in 1962. Known for his intimidating appearance, formidable punching power, toughness, and long reach, he was inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame. Widely regarded as unbeatable, he lost the WBC title to Muhammad Ali, in 1964.
 6 
Vince Lombardi
(One of the Greatest Coaches and Leaders in the History of All American Sports)
Vince Lombardi
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 3

Football coach, Vince Lombardi, is best known for being the head coach of the Green Bay Packers during the 1960s. Beginning his career as a high school coach, he eventually started coaching  National Football League (NFL) teams. As a head coach in the NFL, he never had a losing season. He died of cancer in 1970.

 7 
Abraham Maslow
(American Psychologist Who was Known for Creating Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs)
Abraham Maslow
8
Birthdate: April 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 8

Abraham Maslow was an American psychologist best remembered for creating an idea in psychology called Maslow's hierarchy of needs. Maslow, who advocated self-actualization, is also credited with co-founding the school of transpersonal psychology. In 1967, he was adjudged Humanist of the Year by the popular non-profit organization, American Humanist Association.

 8 
Tammi Terrell
(Known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye)
Tammi Terrell
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 29, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 16
 9 
E. M. Forster
(English Author Known for His Novels: ‘A Room with a View’, ‘Howards End’ and ‘A Passage to India’)
E. M. Forster
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 1, 1879
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Marylebone, London, United Kingdom
Died: June 7

Best known for his iconic novels Howard’s End and A Passage to India, British author E. M. Forster dealt with themes such as class division and gender. Born in England and educated at Cambridge, he had also spent some time as a secretary to Maharaja Tukojirao III of India.

 10 
Mark Rothko
(American Painter Known or His Abstract Expressionism and Color Field Paintings)
Mark Rothko
8
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Daugavpils, Latvia
Died: February 25

Considered part of the New York school of painters of the 1940s, Mark Rothko was best known for his signature color field paintings, consisting of vertically set rectangular patches of color. A significant figure of the Abstract Expressionist movement, he also experimented with murals and mythological themes.

 11 
Bruce McLaren
(New Zealand Formula One Driver, Engineer & Inventor)
Bruce McLaren
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1937
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
Died: June 2

Bruce McLaren was a New Zealand engineer, inventor, racing car designer, and driver. He is credited with founding McLaren Automotive in 1963. Formula One's successful team, McLaren, is named after him. McLaren has been inducted into various halls of fame, including the New Zealand Sports Hall of Fame, Motorsports Hall of Fame of America, and International Motorsports Hall of Fame.

 12 
Gypsy Rose Lee
(One of the First Burlesque Artists to Imbue a Striptease With Grace and Style)
Gypsy Rose Lee
7
Birthdate: January 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: April 26

Gypsy Rose Lee was an American vedette and burlesque entertainer best remembered for her striptease act. She was also an actress, playwright, and author whose memoir inspired the 1959 stage musical, Gypsy. Lee's life inspired several works of art, including a song titled Gypsy Rose Lee by The Distillers. She also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 13 
C.V. Raman
(Physicist)
C.V. Raman
91
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tiruchirappalli, Madras Province
Died: November 21
Indian physicist C.V. Raman earned the Nobel Prize in Physics after discovering the Raman effect. He was the first director of the IISc and founded the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Raman Research Institute. He destroyed his Bharat Ratna medal in protest against Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies on science.
 14 
Billie Burke
(Actress)
Billie Burke
4
Birthdate: August 7, 1884
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: May 14
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 15 
Max Born
(German Physicist Who Won Nobel Prize for His Contribution to Quantum Mechanics)
Max Born
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wrocław, Poland
Died: January 5
From being home-schooled for being too sickly to attend school, Max Born went on to win the Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to quantum mechanics. Being a Jew, with the rise of the Nazi power, he lost his professorship at the University of Göttingen, and moved to Cambridge.
 16 
Frances Farmer
(American Actress and Television Hostess)
Frances Farmer
8
Birthdate: September 19, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Died: August 1
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 17 
Rube Goldberg
(Cartoonist)
Rube Goldberg
15
Birthdate: July 4, 1883
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Francisco, U.S.
Died: December 7

Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Rube Goldberg, whose works gave rise to the expression Rube Goldberg machines, had started as an engineer and designed sewer pipes. He later worked for the San Francisco Chronicle and eventually soared to fame with his cartoons depicting gadgets and the character Professor Lucifer Gorgonzola Butts.

 18 
Inger Stevens
(Swedish-American Actress Best Known for Her TV Series ‘The Farmer's Daughter’)
Inger Stevens
26
Birthdate: October 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stockholm, Sweden
Died: April 30

Inger Stevens was a Swedish-American actress whose promising career was cut short when she committed suicide at age 35. Stevens is remembered for her performance in TV series like The Farmer's Daughter, for which she received the Golden Globe for Best TV Star – Female in 1963. Her performance in the series also earned her an Emmy nomination in 1964.

 19 
William Hopper
(Actor)
William Hopper
4
Birthdate: January 26, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: March 6
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 20 
Sukarno
(President of Indonesia)
Sukarno
22
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 6, 1901
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Surabaya, Indonesia
Died: June 21

Sukarno was an Indonesian politician who played a major role in the Indonesian struggle for independence. An important leader of the country's nationalist movement, Sukarno declared Indonesian independence from the Dutch Empire and became Indonesia's first president in 1945. He was successful in resisting Dutch re-colonization efforts and went on to serve as the Indonesian president until 1967.

 21 
Napoleon Hill
(Writer of personal-success literature)
Napoleon Hill
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 26, 1883
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pound, Virginia
Died: November 8
 22 
Brian Piccolo
(American football player)
Brian Piccolo
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 31, 1943
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Pittsfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 16
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 23 
Erich Maria Remarque
(German Writer Best Known for His Novel ‘All Quiet on the Western Front’)
Erich Maria Remarque
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 22, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Osnabrück, Germany
Died: September 25

German novelist Erich Maria Remarque is best remembered for his landmark novel All Quiet on the Western Front. Born in the late 1890s, he was conscripted into the German Imperial Army during World War I. His wartime experiences later motivated him to write what would become his seminal work. He also authored many other poignant novels.

 24 
Yukio Mishima
(One of the Most Important Japanese Authors of the 20th Century)
Yukio Mishima
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 14, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yotsuya, Tokyo, Japan
Died: November 25

Japanese author, poet, and playwright Yukio Mishima is counted amongst the most important Japanese authors of the 20th century. His best-known works feature a fusion of traditional Japanese and modern Western literary styles. He was the founder of the Tatenokai, an unarmed private militia dedicated to traditional Japanese values. He was considered controversial due to his political activities. 

 25 
Ed Begley
(Actor)
Ed Begley
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Died: April 28
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 26 
Sam Sheppard
(American Neurosurgeon Who Was Exonerated in 1966, Having Been Convicted of the 1954 Murder of His Pregnant Wife)
Sam Sheppard
6
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: April 6

Sam Sheppard went from being a popular doctor at the Bay View Hospital to a murder suspect. After spending a decade behind bars, convicted of bludgeoning his wife, Marilyn Reese, to death in their bedroom and sentenced to life, he was eventually acquitted due to a lack of sufficient evidence.

 27 
Peter II of Yugoslavia
(Last King of Yugoslavia)
Peter II of Yugoslavia
5
Birthdate: September 6, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Belgrade, Serbia
Died: November 3

Peter II of Yugoslavia reigned as the last king of Yugoslavia from 9 October 1934 until his ousting from power on 29 November 1945. Considered the last reigning king of the Karađorđević dynasty, Peter II of Yugoslavia moved to the USA after his deposition where he suffered from alcoholism and depression.

 28 
Alexander Kerensky
(Minister-President of the Russian Republic (September 1917 - November 1917))
Alexander Kerensky
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 4, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia
Died: June 11

Alexander Kerensky was a Russian revolutionary and lawyer who played a major role in the Russian Revolution of 1917. Alexander Kerensky is often portrayed in films and TV series. In the 1971 epic historical drama film Nicholas and Alexandra, he was played by John McEnery. In the 2019 series The Last Czars, he was portrayed by Kestutis Cicenas.

 29 
Vera Brittain
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 29, 1893
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire, England
Died: March 29
 30 
Lázaro Cárdenas
(President of Mexico)
Lázaro Cárdenas
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 21, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jiquilpan, Mexico
Died: October 19

Lázaro Cárdenas had a difficult childhood and supported his family doing odd jobs after his father’s death. He rose to be the president of Mexico and was known for his efforts to implement the objectives of the Mexican Revolution, such as nationalization of industries and making loans available to farmers.

 31 
Jochen Rindt
(German-Born Austrian Racer Who Became the First Posthumous F-1 Champion)
Jochen Rindt
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: September 5

Though born in Germany, racer Jochen Rindt competed for Austria throughout his illustrious career, which saw him score 6 Grand Prix wins. At 28, he was killed in a practice race for the Italian Grand Prix. He later became the only racer to be posthumously named the F-1 World Champion.

 32 
Leslie Groves
(United States Army Officer in Charge of the Construction of 'The Pentagon' and Director of 'The Manhattan Project')
Leslie Groves
2
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: August 17, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: July 13

US Army officer Leslie Groves is best remembered for his association with the Manhattan Project, which was aimed at developing atom bombs during World War II. He was also in-charge of building a place to house the War Department’s staff in a structure that later became the Pentagon.

 33 
Gamal Abdel Nasser
(Political Leader of Egypt)
Gamal Abdel Nasser
18
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 15, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bacos, Egypt
Died: September 28

Gamal Abdel Nasser was an Egyptian politician. He was the second president of Egypt, serving from 1954 to 1970. Before becoming the president, Nasser played a crucial role in the Egyptian revolution of 1952, in which he led a group of army to overthrow King Farouk. Nasser remains an iconic figure, not just in Egypt, but the entire Arab world.

 34 
Erle Stanley Gardner
(writer, lawyer, novelist, poet lawyer)
Erle Stanley Gardner
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: July 17, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Malden
Died: March 11
 35 
Otto Heinrich Warburg
(German Physiologist, Medical Doctor and Winner of the 1931 Nobel Prize in Medicine)
Otto Heinrich Warburg
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 8, 1883
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Freiburg im Breisgau, Germany
Died: August 1

Otto Heinrich Warburg was a German medical doctor and physiologist. In 1931, his discovery of the nature of the respiratory enzyme earned him the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. He also played an important role during World War I where he served as an officer in the cavalry regiment; he was honored with the Iron Cross for bravery.

 36 
Alfred Newman
(Composer)
Alfred Newman
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 17, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States
Died: February 17
 37 
Hjalmar Schacht
(Reichsminister of Economics (1934 - 1937))
Hjalmar Schacht
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 22, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tinglev, Denmark
Died: June 3

German banker Hjalmar Schacht was appreciated for his role in saving the Weimar Republic from inflation and later served as the Reichsminister of Economics under Adolf Hitler. Following as assassination attempt on Hitler, her was imprisoned, but was later freed and then set up his own bank in Düsseldorf.

 38 
Barnett Newman
(Painter, Sculptor, Visual artist, Architect)
Barnett Newman
0
Birthdate: January 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: July 4

Barnett Newman was an American artist widely regarded as one of the most prominent figures in abstract expressionism. Although his work was unappreciated for much of his life, it served as a major influence on several younger artists like Bob Law, Frank Stella, and Donald Judd.

 39 
Richard Hofstadter
(American Historian and Public Intellectual)
Richard Hofstadter
1
Birthdate: August 6, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: October 24

Richard Hofstadter was an American intellectual and historian who served as a professor at Columbia University. Hofstadter mentored Eric Foner and Paula S. Fass, who became respected historians in their own right. In 1956, Hofstadter won the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for his work The Age of Reform. In 1964, he received his second Pulitzer Prize for Anti-intellectualism in American Life.

 40 
Agustín Lara
(Composer, Singer, Actor, Songwriter)
Agustín Lara
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 30, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tlatlauquitepec Municipality
Died: November 6

Agustín Lara was a Mexican composer and songwriter. Apart from gaining popularity in Mexico, Lara's work has also been appreciated in places like the Caribbean, United States, Spain, Italy, Japan, and Central and South America. Many of his songs have been recorded by several international singers like Enrico Caruso. Lara's life inspired the 1959 film The Life of Agustín Lara.

 41 
Alan Wilson
(singer, singer-songwriter, guitarist)
Alan Wilson
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston
Died: September 3
 42 
Eva Hesse
(American Sculptor)
Eva Hesse
1
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, GermanyEva Hesse
Died: May 29

Born in Germany, Eva Hesse moved with her family to England, and then to the U.S., in a bid to escape the Nazi regime. Her death due to brain tumor at age 34 cut short her dynamic career. A sculptor and painter, she experimented with media such latex, metal, and mesh.

 43 
John Scopes
(Educator)
John Scopes
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paducah, Kentucky, United States
Died: October 21
 44 
Paul Celan
(One of the Most Important and Influential German-Language Poets of the Post-Second World War Era)
Paul Celan
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 23, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Died: April 20

Paul Celan was a Romanian-born poet who wrote in the German language. One of the most important and influential German-language poets of the post-Second World War era, Celan was awarded the Bremen Literature Prize and the Georg Büchner Prize in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Paul Celan is also remembered for his work as a translator.

 45 
Albert Ayler
(Saxophonist, Composer)
Albert Ayler
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 13, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: November 25
 46 
Abraham Zapruder
(Tailor)
Abraham Zapruder
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: May 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kovel
Died: August 30
 47 
Fritz Perls
(Psychologist, Psychiatrist)
Fritz Perls
2
Birthdate: July 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin
Died: March 14

Fritz Perls initially fought in World War I, following which he treated brain injuries of soldiers. He was later drawn to Freudian psychoanalysis. During World War II, he was the psychiatrist for the South African military. His Gestalt therapy, which he co-created with his wife, Laura, redefined psychology.

 48 
Johnny Hodges
(Saxophonist, best known for solo work with Duke Ellington's big band)
Johnny Hodges
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 11
 49 
Bourvil
(Film actor)
Bourvil
0
Birthdate: July 27, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Prétot-Vicquemare, France
Died: September 23
 50 
Rick Tolley
(American Football Coach)
Rick Tolley
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Havaco, West Virginia, United States
Died: November 14