Famous People Who Died In 1980

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Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1980. This list includes people like John Lennon, Colonel Sanders, Alfred Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, John Bonham and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, philosophers, soldiers and artists who died in 1980. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Germany & India and many more countries.
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 1 
John Lennon
(The Founder, Co-Songwriter, Co-Lead Vocalist & Rhythm Guitarist of 'The Beatles')
John Lennon
118
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England, United Kingdom
Died: December 8
 2 
Colonel Sanders
(Founder of the Fast Food Chicken Restaurant ‘Kentucky Fried Chicken’ (KFC))
Colonel Sanders
42
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Henryville, Indiana, United States
Died: December 16
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 3 
Jesse Owens
(American Track and Field Athlete Who Won Four Gold Medals at the 1936 Berlin Olympics)
Jesse Owens
28
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakville, Alabama, United States
Died: March 31
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 4 
Steven McQueen
24
Birthdate: March 24, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Beech Grove, Indiana, United States
Died: November 7
 5 
Alfred Hitchcock
(One of the Most Influential Filmmakers of All Time)
Alfred Hitchcock
24
Birthdate: August 13, 1899
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Leytonstone, London, England
Died: April 29
 6 
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
(The Last Shah of Iran Who Ruled from 1941 to 1979)
Mohammad Reza Pahlavi
47
Birthdate: October 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tehran, Iran
Died: July 27
 7 
Peter Sellers
(English Actor and Comedian Known for His Role as ‘Inspector Jacques Clouseau’ in ‘The Pink Panther’ Film Series)
Peter Sellers
7
Birthdate: September 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Portsmouth, England
Died: July 24
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 8 
John Bonham
(Drummer of Rock Band Led Zeppelin)
John Bonham
12
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Redditch, England, UK
Died: September 25
 9 
Bon Scott
(Singer & Musician)
Bon Scott
51
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Forfar, Scotland
Died: February 19
 10 
Jean-Paul Sartre
(Novelist, Playwright, & Philosopher)
Jean-Paul Sartre
12
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 21, 1905
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: April 15
 11 
Mae West
(Actress, Screenwriter, Singer)
Mae West
6
Birthdate: August 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 22
Height: 5'0" (152 cm)
 12 
Oswald Mosley
(British Politician)
Oswald Mosley
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 16, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mayfair, London
Died: December 3
 13 
Otto Frank
(German Businessman and Father of ‘Anne Frank', the Author of 'The Diary of a Young Girl’)
Otto Frank
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Province of Hesse-Nassau
Died: August 19
 14 
Jean Piaget
(Swiss Psychologist Known for His Work on Child Development)
Jean Piaget
10
Birthdate: August 9, 1896
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Neuchâtel, Switzerland
Died: September 16
 15 
Josip Broz Tito
(Yugoslav Communist Revolutionary and the chief Architect of the 'Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia')
Josip Broz Tito
24
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 25, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kumrovec, Croatia
Died: May 4
 16 
George Raft
5
Birthdate: September 26, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hell's Kitchen, New York, United States
Died: November 24
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 17 
Karl Dönitz
(German Admiral Who Briefly Succeeded Adolf Hitler as Head of State)
Karl Dönitz
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 16, 1891
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Grünau, Berlin, Germany
Died: December 24
 18 
Mohammed Rafi
(One of India's Greatest and Most Influential Playback Singers)
Mohammed Rafi
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India
Died: July 31
 19 
Jimmy Durante
(One of America's Most Popular Personalities of the 1920s through the 1970s)
Jimmy Durante
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 28
 20 
Ian Curtis
(Singer-songwriter)
Ian Curtis
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 15, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Stretford
Died: May 18
 21 
Dorothy Stratten
(Canadian Former Actress and Model Who was Killed by Her Estranged Husband Paul Snider)
Dorothy Stratten
9
Birthdate: February 28, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: August 14
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 22 
Óscar Romero
(Prelate of the Catholic Church in El Salvador)
Óscar Romero
44
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 15, 1917
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ciudad Barrios, El Salvador
Died: March 24
 23 
Marshall McLuhan
(Canadian Philosopher Known for His Work in the Field of Media Theory)
Marshall McLuhan
3
Birthdate: July 21, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Edmonton, Canada
Died: December 31
Alice Roosevelt Longworth
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 20
 25 
David Janssen
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Richard Kimble’ in the TV Series ‘The Fugitive’)
David Janssen
11
Birthdate: March 27, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Naponee, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 13
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 26 
Bill Evans
(American Jazz Pianist Known for Lush Harmonies and Lyrical Improvisation)
Bill Evans
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 16, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 15
 27 
Milburn Stone
11
Birthdate: July 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burrton, Kansas, United States
Died: June 12
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 28 
Jay Silverheels
(Actor and Athlete Known for His Role as ‘Tonto’ in the TV Series ‘The Lone Ranger’)
Jay Silverheels
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brantford, Canada
Died: March 5
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 29 
William O. Douglas
(Former Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States)
William O. Douglas
10
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Maine Township, Minnesota, United States
Died: January 19
 30 
Strother Martin
6
Birthdate: March 26, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Died: August 1
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 31 
Dorothy Day
(American Social Activist, Journalist, and Anarchist)
Dorothy Day
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 29
 32 
Angelo Bruno
(Sicilian-American Gangster Who was the Boss of the Philadelphia Crime Family)
Angelo Bruno
9
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: May 21, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Villalba, Sicily, Italy
Died: March 21
 33 
Roland Barthes
(French Literary Theorist Best Known for His Essay Collection 'Mythologies' and His Essay 'The Death of the Author')
Roland Barthes
4
Birthdate: November 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cherbourg-en-Cotentin, France
Died: March 25
Henry Valentine Miller
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 26, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yorkville, Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 7
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 35 
Erich Fromm
(German Social Psychologist and Psychoanalyst & One of the Founders of The 'William Alanson White Institute')
Erich Fromm
2
Birthdate: March 23, 1900
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: March 18
 36 
Douglas Kenney
(Screenwriter)
Douglas Kenney
4
Birthdate: December 10, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: West Palm Beach, Florida, USA
Died: August 27
 37 
Seretse Khama
(Politician)
Seretse Khama
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 1, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Serowe, Botswana
Died: July 13
 38 
V. V. Giri
(Fourth President of India)
V. V. Giri
10
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berhampur
Died: June 24
 39 
Raymond Bailey
2
Birthdate: May 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, USA
Died: April 15
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 40 
Bobby Van
(Actor)
Bobby Van
3
Birthdate: December 6, 1928
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 31
 41 
Tex Avery
(Golden Age Animator & Creator of Classic Cartoon Characters 'Bugs Bunny', 'Daffy Duck' and 'Porky Pig')
Tex Avery
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Taylor, Texas, United States
Died: August 26
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 42 
Darby Crash
(Singer)
Darby Crash
1
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Los Angeles County, California, USA
Died: December 7
 43 
Hans Asperger
(Paediatrician)
Hans Asperger
3
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 18, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: October 21
 44 
Willie Sutton
(Bank Robber)
Willie Sutton
2
Listed In: Criminals
Birthdate: June 30, 1901
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Greenpoint, Brooklyn
Died: November 2
 45 
Dick Haymes
(Former Actor, singer who was one of the most popular male vocalists of the 1940s and early 1950s)
Dick Haymes
0
Birthdate: September 13, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Buenos Aires, Argentina
Died: March 28
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 46 
Romain Gary
(French Diplomat & Novelist)
Romain Gary
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vilnius, Republic Of Lithuania
Died: December 2
 47 
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
(Former Duchess Consort of Brunswick (1913 - 1918))
Princess Victoria Louise of Prussia
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Potsdam, Germany
Died: December 11
 48 
David A. Johnston
(American Volcanologist Who was Caught in the Midst of the Eruption of Mount St. Helens in 1980)
David A. Johnston
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 18, 1949
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 18
 49 
John Laurie
3
Birthdate: March 25, 1897
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dumfries, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK
Died: June 23
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 50 
Harry R. Truman
(Businessman)
Harry R. Truman
3
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ivydale, West Virginia, United States
Died: May 18