Famous People Who Died In 1979

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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.
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 1 
John Wayne
(American Actor Who was a Popular Icon During Hollywood's Golden Age)
John Wayne
50
Birthdate: May 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Winterset, Iowa, United States
Died: June 11
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 2 
Sid Vicious
(Musician)
Sid Vicious
25
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lewisham, South London
Died: February 2
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 3 
Minnie Riperton
(Singer, Singer-songwriter)
Minnie Riperton
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 8, 1947
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: July 12
 4 
Ted Cassidy
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Lurch’ in the TV Series ‘The Addams Family’)
Ted Cassidy
19
Birthdate: July 31, 1932
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 16
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)
 5 
Nelson Rockefeller
(41st Vice President of the United States (1974 - 1977))
Nelson Rockefeller
12
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 8, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bar Harbor, Maine, United States
Died: January 26
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 6 
Vivian Vance
(Actress)
Vivian Vance
6
Birthdate: July 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryvale, Kansas
Died: August 17
 7 
Jean Seberg
(Known for Her Performance in the French Film ‘Breathless’)
Jean Seberg
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Birthdate: November 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marshalltown, Iowa, United States
Died: August 30
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 8 
Conrad Hilton
(American Businessman and Founder of the ‘Hilton Hotels’ Chain)
Conrad Hilton
12
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 25, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Antonio, New Mexico, United States
Died: January 3
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 9 
Josef Mengele
(German Physician Known for His Atrocities at the Auschwitz II Concentration Camp)
Josef Mengele
77
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: March 16, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bavaria, Germany
Died: February 7
 10 
Lord Mountbatten
(Last Viceroy of British India)
Lord Mountbatten
38
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 25, 1900
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Frogmore House, Windsor, England
Died: August 27
 11 
Donny Hathaway
(Singer, Singer-songwriter, Conductor, Musician, Pianist, Record producer)
Donny Hathaway
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 13
 12 
Joan Blondell
(American Actress Best Known for Her Film 'The Blue Veil')
Joan Blondell
4
Birthdate: August 30, 1906
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: December 25
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 13 
Charles Mingus
(One of The Greatest Jazz Musicians & Composers in History)
Charles Mingus
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 22, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nogales, Arizona, United States
Died: January 5
 14 
Merle Oberon
(Actress)
Merle Oberon
1
Birthdate: February 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bombay, British India
Died: November 23
 15 
Mary Pickford
(One of the Most Popular Actresses of the 1910s and 1920s)
Mary Pickford
8
Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: May 29
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)
 16 
Mamie Eisenhower
(First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Dwight D. Eisenhower)
Mamie Eisenhower
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Boone, Iowa, United States
Died: November 1
 17 
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)
 18 
Edgar Buchanan
5
Birthdate: March 20, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Humansville, Missouri, United States
Died: April 4
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 19 
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)
 20 
Barbara Hutton
(Socialites)
Barbara Hutton
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 14, 1912
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 11
 21 
Zeppo Marx
(Actor, Comedian)
Zeppo Marx
4
Birthdate: February 25, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 30
 22 
Richard Rodgers
(Composer – First Person To Win EGOT)
Richard Rodgers
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Arverne, New York, United States
Died: December 30
 23 
Thurman Munson
(Baseball Player)
Thurman Munson
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 7, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: August 2
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 24 
Fulton J. Sheen
(Archbishop)
Fulton J. Sheen
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9
 25 
Dhyan Chand
(One of the Greatest Field Hockey Players in History)
Dhyan Chand
24
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: December 3
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 26 
A. Philip Randolph
(Leader of the African-American civil-rights movement,)
A. Philip Randolph
4
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 15, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Crescent City
Died: May 16
 27 
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)
 28 
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
(4th President of Pakistan and 9th Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Zulfikar Ali Bhutto
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Larkana, Pakistan
Died: April 4
 29 
Herbert Marcuse
(Philosopher and Sociologist His Best-Known Works are "Eros and Civilization" (1955) and "One-Dimensional Man.")
Herbert Marcuse
2
Birthdate: July 19, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: July 29
 30 
Peggy Guggenheim
(Art Collector)
Peggy Guggenheim
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 23
 31 
Elizabeth Bishop
4
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 8, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 6
 32 
Nicholas Ray
(Director)
Nicholas Ray
4
Birthdate: August 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Galesville, Wisconsin, USA
Died: June 16
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 33 
Jayaprakash Narayan
(Indian Independence Activist Who is Remembered for Leading the Mid-1970s Opposition Against Prime Minister Indira Gandhi)
Jayaprakash Narayan
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 11, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bihar, India
Died: October 8
 34 
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
 35 
Barnes Wallis
(English Scientist and Engineer Known for Inventing the ‘Bouncing Bomb’ and ‘Earthquake Bomb’)
Barnes Wallis
1
Birthdate: September 26, 1887
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ripley, Derbyshire, England
Died: October 30
 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 
Hafizullah Amin
(Former Foreign Minister of Afghanistan)
Hafizullah Amin
7
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paghman
Died: December 27
 38 
George Brent
1
Birthdate: March 15, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ballinasloe, Ireland
Died: May 26
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 39 
Jim Hutton
(Actor)
Jim Hutton
1
Birthdate: May 31, 1934
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Binghamton, New York, USA
Died: June 2
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 40 
Nino Rota
(Composer)
Nino Rota
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Milan, Italy
Died: April 10
 41 
Nadia Boulanger
(One of the Most Influential Teachers of Musical Composition of the 20th Century)
Nadia Boulanger
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 16, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22
 42 
Peter Butterworth
0
Birthdate: February 4, 1915
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bramhall, Cheshire, England, UK
Died: January 16
 43 
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
 44 
Jean Renoir
(French Film Director & Screenwriter Known for His Films 'La Grande Illusion' and 'The Rules of the Game')
Jean Renoir
1
Birthdate: September 15, 1894
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Montmartre, Paris, France
Died: February 12
 45 
Thomas DeSimone
(Gangster)
Thomas DeSimone
9
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 24, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 14
 46 
Sara Carter
(Singer-songwriter, Singer)
Sara Carter
0
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 21, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copper Creek, Virginia
Died: January 8
 47 
Lester Flatt
(Guitarist)
Lester Flatt
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Overton County, Tennessee, United States
Died: May 11
 48 
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
 49 
Ahmad Zahir
(Singer)
Ahmad Zahir
8
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: June 14
 50 
Immanuel Velikovsky
0
Birthdate: June 10, 1895
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vitebsk
Died: November 17