Famous People Who Died In 1975

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1975. This list includes people like Jimmy Hoffa, K. Kamaraj, Francisco Franco, Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, Haile Selassie and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, composers and journalists who died in 1975. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Josephine Baker
(First Black Woman to Star in a Major Motion Picture, the 1927 Silent Film 'Siren of the Tropics')
Josephine Baker
40
Birthdate: June 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 12
Nicknamed Black Pearl and Creole Goddess, Josephine Baker was the first Black woman to appear in a motion picture. She was a revue dancer, famous for her signature banana costume. A civil rights activist, she helped the French military during World War II. She adopted 12 children of different ethnicities.
 2 
Haile Selassie
(Former Emperor of Ethiopia (1930 - 1936, 1941 - 1974))
Haile Selassie
27
Birthdate: July 23, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ejersa Goro, Ethiopia
Died: August 27

Haile Selassie, served his country, Ethiopia, as its regent from 1916 to 1930 and as its emperor from 1930 to 1974. He introduced the first Ethiopian constitution, abolished slavery, chaired the Organisation of African Unity, and helped Ethiopia enter the UN. He inspired the Rastafari movement, too.

 3 
Moe Howard
(Actor, Comedian and Leader of Comedy Group ‘The Three Stooges’)
Moe Howard
19
Birthdate: June 19, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: May 4

Moe Howard was an American comedian and actor best known for his role as the leader of one of the most popular farce comedy teams of all time, The Three Stooges. He appeared in several films as part of the comedy team and is credited with popularizing a distinctive hairstyle called a bowl cut.

 4 
Rod Serling
(Screenwriter and Playwright Best Known for His Work on Anthology TV Series ‘The Twilight Zone’)
Rod Serling
8
Birthdate: December 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Syracuse, New York, United States
Died: June 28

Rod Serling was an American playwright, screenwriter, narrator, and television producer. One of the first writers to write specifically for television, Serling is often credited with legitimizing television drama. He is also credited with creating the much-acclaimed series The Twilight Zone. For his much-publicized clashes with TV executives, Serling was often referred to as the angry young man of Hollywood.

 5 
Dmitry Shostakovich
(One of the Major Russian Composers of the 20th Century)
Dmitry Shostakovich
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 25, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia
Died: August 9

Dmitry Shostakovich was a Soviet and Russian pianist and composer. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's major composers, Shostakovich's music is characterized by ambivalent tonality, elements of the grotesque, and sharp contrasts. He composed 15 symphonies during his lifetime and most of his work came under Joseph Stalin.

 6 
Larry Fine
(Comedian, Actor and Member of the Comedy Team the ‘Three Stooges’)
Larry Fine
9
Birthdate: October 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 24
Louis Feinberg, or Larry Fine, soared to stardom as a member of the comedy group The Three Stooges, appearing in movies such as Disorder in the Court and Men in Black. He was known for his signature frizzy hair and his violin skills. He had previously been a boxer.
 7 
Steve Prefontaine
(American Long-Distance Runner)
Steve Prefontaine
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1951
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Coos Bay, Oregon, United States
Died: May 30

Long-distance runner Steve Prefontaine had competed in only one Olympic, finishing fourth in the 5000m race in Munich. However, he had begun breaking records since high school and excelled in cross-country running. His tragic death in a car accident after attending a party ended his life and his sports dreams.

 8 
Susan Hayward
(American Film Actress, Best Known for her Film Portrayals of Women that were Based on True Stories)
Susan Hayward
16
Birthdate: June 30, 1917
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 14

Susan Hayward was an American model and actress best known for playing characters based on true stories. During her illustrious acting career, which spanned 35 years, Susan Hayward won several prestigious awards, such as Academy Award and Golden Globe Award. She was also one of the most bankable Hollywood actresses throughout the 1950s.

 9 
Aristotle Onassis
(Businessman)
Aristotle Onassis
15
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: January 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Karataş, İzmir, Turkey
Died: March 15

A Greek shipping magnate who was one of the world's richest men at one point, Aristotle Onassis held the world's largest privately-owned shipping fleet at the peak of his career. He was involved in the privatization of the Greek national airlines as well. He had liaisons with many famous and beautiful women and was married to Jacqueline Kennedy.

 10 
Hannah Arendt
(One of the Most Influential Political Theorists of the 20th Century)
Hannah Arendt
7
Birthdate: October 14, 1906
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Linden - Mitte, Hanover, Germany
Died: December 4

Hannah Arendt was a political theorist. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most prominent political thinkers, Hannah Arendt's articles and books have had a significant influence on philosophy and political theory. Her life and work inspired the 2012 biographical drama film, Hannah Arendt. Her work has also inspired several biographies written by popular authors.

 11 
Chiang Kai-shek
(President of the Republic of China)
Chiang Kai-shek
26
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 31, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Xikou
Died: April 5

Chiang Kai-shek was a Chinese revolutionary who led the Republic of China between 1928 and 1975, first in mainland China until 1949 and later on in Taiwan until his death. He is credited with successfully leading the Northern Expedition against the Beiyang government, achieving Chinese unification. He was involved in a civil war with Communist Party of China, which he lost in 1949 and retreated to Taiwan.

 12 
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
(2nd President of India (1962 – 1967), 1st Vice President of India (1952 - 1962))
Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
87
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 5, 1888
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Thiruttani, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: April 17

Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan was the second President of India and served from 1962 to 1967. He is regarded as one of India’s most eminent scholars and wrote extensively on Indian philosophy and religion. Lifelong he defended Hindu traditions and culture against criticism from the West. September 5, his birthday, is observed as Teachers Day in India, in his honour.

 13 
Faisal of Saudi Arabia
(King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975)
Faisal of Saudi Arabia
22
Birthdate: April 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: March 25

Faisal of Saudi Arabia was King of Saudi Arabia from 1964 to 1975. He was the son of King Abdulaziz and his wife, Tarfa. During his father’s reign, he was given numerous responsibilities of political significance. After coming to power, he implemented a series of modern reforms and issued a decree for the total abolition of slavery. 

 14 
P G Wodehouse
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 15, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guildford, England
Died: February 14
 15 
Pier Paolo Pasolini
(Italian Filmmaker Known for His Radical Methods, Overtly Political and Often Scandalous Content)
Pier Paolo Pasolini
10
Birthdate: March 5, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bologna, Italy
Died: November 2

Noted film director and actor Pier Paolo Pasolini had already gained fame as a poet and author before stepping into the entertainment industry. The openly gay filmmaker was known for his usage of non-professional actors and themes of sexuality. His brutal murder remains to be a controversial topic.

 16 
Fredric March
(One of Hollywood's Most Celebrated, Versatile Stars of the 1930s and 1940s)
Fredric March
4
Birthdate: August 31, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 14

Fredric March was an American actor best remembered for his versatility. One of the most celebrated actors during the 1930s and 1940s, Fredric March won two Academy Awards for Best Actor and two Tony Awards for Best Actor in a Play; he is one of two actors to have received both the Tony Award and Academy Award twice.

 17 
Pete Ham
(Welsh Singer-Songwriter and Lead Vocalist for the 1970s Rock Band ‘Badfinger’)
Pete Ham
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 27, 1947
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Swansea, West Glamorgan, Wales
Died: April 24

Welsh musician Pete Ham soared to fame as the lead singer and composer of the rock band Badfinger. Known for iconic hits such as No Matter What, he also co-wrote the classic Without You. After the band’s manager defrauded and vanished, Ham committed suicide by hanging himself in his garage.

 18 
Ozzie Nelson
8
Birthdate: March 20, 1906
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 3
 19 
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
(Founding Father of Bangladesh)
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman
43
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tungipara, Bangladesh
Died: August 15
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, father of Bangladeshi prime minister Sheikh Hasina, is known as the "Father of the Nation" and “Bangabandhu" in Bangladesh. He was an Awami League leader and led the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War. He was the first president of Bangladesh and later also served as the Bangladeshi PM.
 20 
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
(Writer, Editor)
Anna Roosevelt Halsted
4
Birthdate: May 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City
Died: December 1

Anna Roosevelt Halsted was an American writer and newspaper editor. The daughter of Eleanor Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt, Anna played an important role during World War II, serving as her father's key advisor. After her marriage, Anna moved into the White House and served as First Lady of the USA as per her parents' request.

 21 
Éamon de Valera
(Former President of Ireland)
Éamon de Valera
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 14, 1882
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City
Died: August 29

Irish statesman Éamon de Valera served as the 3rd President of Ireland from 1959 to 1973. An influential political leader in 20th-century Ireland, he played a key role in introducing the Constitution of Ireland. Prior to becoming the president, he served as Taoiseach on three different occasions. He was an austere, stern, and unbending figure.

 22 
K. Kamaraj
(Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu (1954-63))
K. Kamaraj
68
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Virudhunagar, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: October 2
 23 
Marjorie Main
(Actress)
Marjorie Main
4
Birthdate: February 24, 1890
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Acton, Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 10
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 24 
Casey Stengel
(Baseball player)
Casey Stengel
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 30, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: September 29
 25 
Moms Mabley
(American Stand-up Comedian and Actress)
Moms Mabley
7
Birthdate: March 19, 1894
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brevard, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 23
 26 
Richard Conte
(Actor)
Richard Conte
0
Birthdate: March 24, 1910
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, USA
Died: April 15
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 27 
Percy Lavon Julian
(One of the First African Americans to Receive a Doctorate in Chemistry)
Percy Lavon Julian
7
Birthdate: April 11, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: April 19

Percy Lavon Julian was an American chemist whose work paved the way for the production of birth control pills and corticosteroids. Julian went on to start his own company which helped reduce the price of steroid intermediates. In 1973, Percy Lavon Julian was inducted into the National Academy of Sciences and became the first African-American to receive this honor.

 28 
Cannonball Adderley
(Jazz alto saxophonist)
Cannonball Adderley
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida, United States
Died: August 8
 29 
Clyde Tolson
(1st Associate Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation)
Clyde Tolson
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 22, 1900
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Laredo, Missouri, United States
Died: April 14

Clyde Tolson was an American associate director of the FBI from 1930 to 1972. He is perhaps best remembered for his relationship with FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover; it has been speculated that Clyde Tolson shared an intimate relationship with Hoover.

 30 
Bob Wills
(Musician)
Bob Wills
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 6, 1905
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Limestone County, Texas, United States
Died: May 13
 31 
Bernard Herrmann
(American Composer and Conductor)
Bernard Herrmann
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 29, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 24
 32 
Lefty Frizzell
(Singer)
Lefty Frizzell
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 31, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Corsicana, Texas, United States
Died: July 19
 33 
Thornton Wilder
(Playwright)
Thornton Wilder
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 17, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin, United States
Died: December 7
 34 
Barbara Hepworth
(English Artist and Sculptor Whose Work Exemplifies Modernism)
Barbara Hepworth
5
Birthdate: January 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wakefield, England, United Kingdom
Died: May 20
English sculptor Barbara Hepworth, CBE and DBE, was a prominent figure in Modern Art. A Royal College of Art alumna, she used bronze, marble, and wood to create masterpieces such as Single Form and Family of Man, which adorn various venues. She died in a fire at her studio.
 35 
William Hartnell
(Actor)
William Hartnell
3
Birthdate: January 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Pancras, London, England, UK
Died: April 23
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 36 
Thomas Hart Benton
4
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Missouri
Died: January 19
 37 
Louis Jordan
(Singer, Actor, Saxophonist, Jazz musician)
Louis Jordan
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arkansas
Died: February 4
 38 
Euell Gibbons
(Outdoorsman)
Euell Gibbons
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clarksville, Texas, United States
Died: December 29
 39 
George Stevens
(Film Director & Producer)
George Stevens
0
Birthdate: December 18, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 8
 40 
Tim Buckley
(Guitarist, Singer-songwriter)
Tim Buckley
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 14, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: June 29
 41 
Francisco Franco
(Former Caudillo of Spain)
Francisco Franco
71
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 4, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Ferrol, Spain
Died: November 20

Francisco Franco overthrew the Second Spanish Republic by leading the Nationalist forces as their general during the Spanish Civil War. Subsequently, Franco ruled over Spain as a dictator from 1939 to 1975. He had such an impact as a dictator that the period between the Nationalist victory and Franco's death is known as Francoist Spain in the history of Spain.

 42 
Arnold J. Toynbee
1
Birthdate: April 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: October 22
 43 
Audrey Williams
(Musician, Songwriter)
Audrey Williams
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 28, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pike County
Died: November 4
 44 
Umm Kulthum
(The Voice of Egypt)
Umm Kulthum
12
Birthdate: December 31, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: El-Senbellawein, Egypt
Died: February 3
 45 
Anthony McAuliffe
(Military Leader)
Anthony McAuliffe
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 2, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, District of Columbia, USA
Died: August 11
 46 
Moyna Macgill
(Actress)
Moyna Macgill
0
Birthdate: December 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Belfast, Ireland
Died: November 25
 47 
Ezzard Charles
(American Professional Boxer and World Heavyweight Champion Known for His Slick Defense and Precision)
Ezzard Charles
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 7, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lawrenceville, Georgia, United States
Died: May 28
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Ivo Andric
(Novelist, Poet & Short Story Writer Who Won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature)
Ivo Andric
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 9, 1892
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Dolac, Travnik, Bosnia and Herzegovina
Died: March 13

Ivo Andric was a Yugoslav short story writer, poet, and novelist. Andric won the 1961 Nobel Prize in Literature after the Nobel Committee chose him over writers like Robert Frost, E. M. Forster, John Steinbeck, and J. R. R. Tolkien. After receiving the award, Andric's works were translated into several languages as they found an international audience.

 49 
Josemaría Escrivá
(Spanish Priest Who Founded the Organization 'Opus Dei')
Josemaría Escrivá
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Barbastro, Spain
Died: June 26

Josemaría Escrivá was a Spanish priest best remembered for founding an organization called Opus Dei. He is also remembered for authoring a book titled The Way. The book has been translated into many languages and has sold millions of copies around the world.

 50 
Lefty Grove
(American Professional Baseball Player Who Played as Pitcher)
Lefty Grove
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 6, 1900
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lonaconing, Maryland, United States
Died: May 22
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)