Famous People Who Died In 1979

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1979. This list includes people like John Wayne, Josef Mengele, Dhyan Chand, Sid Vicious, Zulfikar Ali Bhutto and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, poets and physicists who died in 1979. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & France and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 
John Wayne
(A Popular Icon During Hollywood's Golden Age)

John Wayne
34
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States
Died: June 11
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 2 
Josef Mengele
(War Criminal)

Josef Mengele
56
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7

 3 
Sid Vicious
(Musician)

Sid Vicious
16
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 4 
Nelson Rockefeller
(Vice President of the United States (1974-77))

Nelson Rockefeller
5
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died: January 26

 5 
Minnie Riperton
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)

Minnie Riperton
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: July 12

 6 

Ted Cassidy
9
Birthdate: July 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 7 
Vivian Vance
(Actress)

Vivian Vance
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: August 17
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 8 
Jean Seberg
(Actress)

Jean Seberg
8
Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 9 
Conrad Hilton
(Founder of the Hilton Hotels)

Conrad Hilton
6
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, New Mexico, United States
Died: January 3

 10 
Lord Mountbatten
(Last Viceroy of British India)

Lord Mountbatten
25
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27

 11 
Dhyan Chand
(Field hockey player)

Dhyan Chand
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3

 12 
Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)

Donny Hathaway
4
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13

 13 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(Prime Minister of Pakistan (1973-77))

Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana, Pakistan
Died: April 4

 14 
Charles Mingus
(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)

Charles Mingus
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5

 15 
Thomas DeSimone
(Gangster)

Thomas DeSimone
5
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 14

 16 
Mary Pickford
(Actress)

Mary Pickford
6
Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 29
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 17 
Mamie Eisenhower
(First Lady of the United States (1953-1961))

Mamie Eisenhower
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1

 18 
Joan Blondell
(Actress)

Joan Blondell
2
Birthdate: August 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 25
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 19 
Jayaprakash Narayan
(Political Leader)

Jayaprakash Narayan
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bihar, India
Died: October 8

 20 
Merle Oberon
(Actress)

Merle Oberon
0
Birthdate: February 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bombay, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died: November 23

 21 
Barbara Hutton
(Socialites)

Barbara Hutton
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11

 22 
Jack Haley
(Vaudevillian)

Jack Haley
2
Birthdate: August 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Died: June 6
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 23 
Carmine Galante
(Gangster)

Carmine Galante
1
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: February 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 12

 24 

Edgar Buchanan
4
Birthdate: March 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 4
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 25 
Jack Soo
(Actor)

Jack Soo
0
Birthdate: October 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Oakland, California, USA
Died: January 11
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 26 
Richard Rodgers
(Composer – First Person To Win EGOT)

Richard Rodgers
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arverne, New York, United States
Died: December 30

 27 
Zeppo Marx
(Actor, Comedian)

Zeppo Marx
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 30

 28 
Fulton J. Sheen
(Archbishop)

Fulton J. Sheen
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9

 29 
Thurman Munson
(Baseball Player)

Thurman Munson
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 30 
A. Philip Randolph
(Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,)

A. Philip Randolph
3
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: May 16

 31 
Alvin Karpis
(Gangster)

Alvin Karpis
6
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: August 10, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: August 26

 32 
Peggy Guggenheim
(Art Collector)

Peggy Guggenheim
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 23

 33 

Elizabeth Bishop
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6

 34 
Darla Hood
(Actress)

Darla Hood
4
Birthdate: November 8, 1931
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Leedey, Oklahoma, United States
Died: June 13
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 35 
Lowell George
(Musician, Singer, Composer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Record producer)

Lowell George
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hollywood
Died: June 29

 36 
Park-Chung-hee
(Former President of South Korea)

Park-Chung-hee
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 14, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gumi, South Korea
Died: October 26

 37 
Nicholas Ray
(Director)

Nicholas Ray
1
Birthdate: August 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA
Died: June 16
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 38 
Herbert Marcuse
(Philosopher)

Herbert Marcuse
1
Birthdate: July 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 29

 39 
Barnes Wallis
(Scientist)

Barnes Wallis
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ripley, Derbyshire, England
Died: October 30

 40 
Hafizullah Amin
(Politician)

Hafizullah Amin
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paghman
Died: December 27

 41 

Peter Butterworth
0
Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: January 16

 42 
Nadia Boulanger
(Music Teacher)

Nadia Boulanger
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22

 43 
Richard Beckinsale
(TV & Film Actor)

Richard Beckinsale
4
Birthdate: July 6, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Carlton, Nottinghamshire, England
Died: March 19

 44 
Abul A'la Maududi
(Philosopher)

Abul A'la Maududi
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: September 25, 1903
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Aurangabad, India
Died: September 22

 45 
Nino Rota
(Composer)

Nino Rota
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10

 46 
Jean Renoir
(Film Director, Actor, Producer)

Jean Renoir
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12

 47 
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
(Astronomer, Astrophysicist)

Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
1
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 10, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wendover, Buckinghamshire, England
Died: December 7

 48 
Jacques Mesrine
(Criminal)

Jacques Mesrine
2
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: December 28, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Clichy, France
Died: November 2
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 49 
Agostinho Neto
(Former President of Angola)

Agostinho Neto
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ícolo e Bengo
Died: September 10

 50 

Immanuel Velikovsky
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitebsk
Died: November 17