Famous People Who Died In 1978

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1978. This list includes people like Jim Jones, John Cazale, Keith Moon, Bob Crane, Harvey Milk and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, prime ministers, artists and journalists who died in 1978. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & Italy and many more countries.
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 1 
Keith Moon
(Drummer)
Keith Moon
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 23, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wembley, England
Died: September 7
 2 
Harvey Milk
(American Politician and First Openly Gay Man to be Elected to a Public Office in California)
Harvey Milk
18
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Woodmere, New York, United States
Died: November 27
 3 
Bob Crane
(Actor)
Bob Crane
5
Birthdate: July 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterbury, Connecticut, United States
Died: June 29
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 4 
John Cazale
12
Birthdate: August 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Revere, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 12
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 5 
Norman Rockwell
(American Painter & Illustrator Known for His Works ‘Scout at Ship's Wheel’ &‘Santa and Scouts in Snow’)
Norman Rockwell
4
Birthdate: February 3, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 8
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 6 
Golda Meir
(Former Prime Minister of Israel (1969 - 1974))
Golda Meir
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 3, 1898
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kyiv, Ukraine
Died: December 8
 7 
Rocky Dennis
(American Boy Who Had Craniodiaphyseal Dysplasia)
Rocky Dennis
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Glendora, California, United States
Died: October 4
 8 
Pope Paul VI
8
Birthdate: September 26, 1897
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concesio, Italy
Died: August 6
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 9 
Adolf Dassler
(Founder of Adidas)
Adolf Dassler
5
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: November 3, 1900
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach, Germany
Died: September 6
 10 
Will Geer
(Actor, Musician and Social Activist Known for His Role as ‘Zebulon Walton’ in the TV Series ‘The Waltons’)
Will Geer
6
Birthdate: March 9, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Frankfort, Indiana, United States
Died: April 22
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 11 
Pope John Paul I
4
Birthdate: October 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Canale d'Agordo, Italy
Died: September 28
 12 
Kurt Gödel
(Mathematician, Philosopher and One of the Most Significant Logicians in History)
Kurt Gödel
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic
Died: January 14
 13 
Hubert Humphrey
(38th Vice President of the United States (1965-1969))
Hubert Humphrey
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wallace, South Dakota, United States
Died: January 13
 14 
Jomo Kenyatta
(1st President of Kenya (1964–1978) and the 1st Prime Minister of Kenya (1963–1964))
Jomo Kenyatta
19
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 20, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gatundu, Kenya
Died: August 22
 15 
Margaret Mead
(Cultural Anthropologist)
Margaret Mead
3
Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: November 15
 16 
Terry Kath
(Known as a founding member of the rock band Chicago)
Terry Kath
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 31, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: January 23
 17 
Gig Young
(Best Known for His Roles in the Films: ‘They Shoot Horses, Don't They?’ and ‘Teacher's Pet’)
Gig Young
7
Birthdate: November 4, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Cloud, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 19
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 18 
Charles Boyer
(French-American Actor)
Charles Boyer
6
Birthdate: August 28, 1899
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Figeac, France
Died: August 26
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 19 
Ed Wood
(Actor)
Ed Wood
0
Birthdate: October 10, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie, New York, United States
Died: December 10
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 20 
Joseph Colombo
(Mafia Boss)
Joseph Colombo
6
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 16, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 22
 21 
Jack L Warner
(Film Executive)
Jack L Warner
2
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 2, 1892
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, Canada
Died: September 9
 22 
Louis Prima
(Singer-songwriter)
Louis Prima
4
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 7, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: August 24
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 23 
Robert Menzies
(12th Prime Minister of Australia)
Robert Menzies
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jeparit
Died: May 15
 24 
Chill Wills
2
Birthdate: July 18, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seagoville, Texas, United States
Died: December 15
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Sandy Denny
(Legendary British Folk Rock Singer and Fomer Lead Singer of the Band ‘Fairport Convention’)
Sandy Denny
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: April 21
 26 
Aram Khachaturian
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 6, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: May 1
 27 
Burt Munro
(New Zealand Motorcycle Racer Who Set an Under-1,000 CC World Record)
Burt Munro
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 25, 1899
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Invercargill, New Zealand
Died: January 6
 28 
Jacques Brel
(Actor & One of the Best-Selling Belgian Recording Artists of All Time)
Jacques Brel
8
Birthdate: April 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Schaerbeek, Belgium
Died: October 9
 29 
Giorgio de Chirico
(Italian Painter and Founder of the ‘Scuola Metafisica’ Art Movement)
Giorgio de Chirico
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 10, 1888
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Volos, Greece
Died: November 20
 30 
Edgar Bergen
(Best known for his proficiency in ventriloquism and his characters Charlie McCarthy)
Edgar Bergen
3
Birthdate: February 16, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 31 
Totie Fields
(Comedian)
Totie Fields
7
Birthdate: May 7, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 2
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
 32 
James Daly
(Actor)
James Daly
1
Birthdate: October 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: July 3
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 33 
Gene Tunney
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Died: November 7
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 34 
Max Mallowan
(Archaeologist)
Max Mallowan
1
Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wandsworth, London, England
Died: August 19
 35 
Zara Cully
(Actress)
Zara Cully
0
Birthdate: January 26, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 28
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 36 
Pat DiCicco
(Producer)
Pat DiCicco
4
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: February 14, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: October 24
 37 
Carl Betz
(Actor)
Carl Betz
0
Birthdate: March 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 18
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Mohammed Daoud Khan
(1st President of Afghanistan)
Mohammed Daoud Khan
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kabul
Died: April 28
 39 
Maybelle Carter
(Musician)
Maybelle Carter
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nickelsville, Virginia, United States
Died: October 23
 40 
Scott Newman
(Prominent role in The Towering Inferno and Breakhart Pass)
Scott Newman
0
Birthdate: September 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States.
Died: November 20
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 41 
Harold Abrahams
(Athletics competitor, Sprinter, Lawyer, Journalist)
Harold Abrahams
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 15, 1899
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford
Died: January 14
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 42 
Maggie McNamara
1
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: June 18, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: February 18
 43 
Ronnie Peterson
(Racecar driver)
Ronnie Peterson
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 14, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Örebro
Died: September 11
 44 
Aldo Moro
(Politician, Diplomat, University teacher)
Aldo Moro
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 23, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maglie
Died: May 9
 45 
W. Eugene Smith
(Photographer, Photojournalist, War photographer, Journalist)
W. Eugene Smith
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: December 30, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wichita
Died: October 15
 46 
Julio Jaramillo
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 9
 47 
George Moscone
(Attorney)
George Moscone
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: November 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: November 27
 48 
Mary Blair
(Artist, animator, designer)
Mary Blair
0
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: October 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: McAlester
Died: July 26
 49 
Eddie Aikau
(Surfers)
Eddie Aikau
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maui, Hawaii, USA
Died: March 17
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 50 
Joe Davis
(Snooker player)
Joe Davis
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 15, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Whitewell, England
Died: July 10