Famous People Who Died In 1992

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1992. This list includes people like Isaac Asimov, Marlene Dietrich, Satyajit Ray, Sam Walton, Benny Hill and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, journalists and directors who died in 1992. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & Germany and many more countries.
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Isaac Asimov
(Writer Best Known for His Hard Science Fiction Novels and Professor of Biochemistry)
Isaac Asimov
47
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
Died: April 6

Isaac Asimov was an American writer. Best known for his science fiction works, Asimov was regarded as one of the Big Three writers along with Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. Asimov is credited with influencing most sci-fi writers since the 1950s. Nobel Prize winner Paul Krugman stated that one of Asimov's works inspired him to take up Economics.

 2 
Marlene Dietrich
(Actress and Singer)
Marlene Dietrich
44
Birthdate: December 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Schöneberg, Berlin, Germany
Died: May 6
Marlene Dietrich initially performed on stage in Berlin and then shot to fame with The Blue Angel. She continued to rule Hollywood with films such as Morocco, Desire, and Shanghai Express. She helped German and French exiles during World War II. Openly bisexual, she was famous for her androgynous image.
 3 
Chuck Connors
(Famous for His Portrayal of ‘Lucas McCain’ in the ABC series ‘The Rifleman’)
Chuck Connors
20
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 10

Chuck Connors was an American actor, professional baseball and basketball player. Connors is one of 13 athletes to have played in both National Basketball Association and the Major League Baseball. As an actor, he contributed to the success of the popular Western television program The Rifleman. Also known for his charity work, Connors helped found the Chuck Connors Charitable Foundation.

 4 
Sam Walton
(Businessman)
Sam Walton
42
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma
Died: April 5
Sam Walton, founder of the retail chain Walmart and Sam's Club, was the richest man in the U.S. at one point. He made Walmart the world’s largest private employer. One of Time’s 100 most influential people of the 20th Century, he had also earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 5 
Benny Hill
(Comedian, Actor, Singer and Writer who is Best Remembered for his Television Programme 'The Benny Hill Show')
Benny Hill
12
Birthdate: January 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Southampton, Hampshire, England
Died: April 20

Benny Hill was an English comedian, writer, singer, and actor. Best known for his TV program The Benny Hill Show, Hill remained an important figure in British culture for almost 40 years. The show is regarded as one of the greatest British comedy programs ever. In 2006, Hill was voted one of TV's 50 Greatest Stars in an ITV poll.

 6 
Anthony Perkins
(Film actor, Film director)
Anthony Perkins
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died: September 12
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 7 
Dick York
(Best Known for His Role ‘Darrin Stephens’ on the ABC Sitcom ‘Bewitched’)
Dick York
20
Birthdate: September 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States
Died: February 20

Actor Dick York is best remembered for his role as Darrin Stephens in the ABC fantasy sitcom Bewitched. He began his career as a teenager by starring in a radio show. He became immensely popular as a radio actor and ventured into films and TV shows as well. In his later years, he founded a charity to help the homeless.

 8 
Grace Hopper
(Computer Scientist, Mathematician and One of the First Programmers of the ‘Harvard Mark I’ Computer)
Grace Hopper
15
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 9, 1906
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: January 1
Computer scientist and U.S. Navy rear admiral Grace Hopper was one of the first programmers of the Harvard Mark I computing system. She pioneered the machine-independent programming language technique, and the FLOW-MATIC language used by her was later used to create COBOL. She received a posthumous Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 9 
Robert Reed
(Actor)
Robert Reed
14
Birthdate: October 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, United States
Died: May 12
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 10 
José Ferrer
(Actor and Director Best Known for His Films: ‘Moulin Rouge’, ‘The Caine Mutiny’ and ‘Lawrence of Arabia’)
José Ferrer
13
Birthdate: January 8, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: January 26

José Ferrer was a Puerto Rican actor and director who established himself in the American theatre and film industry. He received an Academy Award for his performance in Cyrano de Bergerac, becoming the first Hispanic actor and the first Puerto Rican-born actor to win the award. In 1985, he became the first actor to receive the National Medal of Arts.

 11 
Cleavon Little
(Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Jerry Noland’ in the TV Series ‘Temperatures Rising’)
Cleavon Little
9
Birthdate: June 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chickasha, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 22

Cleavon Little was an American actor best known for his performance in a musical titled Purlie, for which he received a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award. Also known for his work in TV, Little received a Primetime Emmy Award in 1989 for appearing in one of the episodes of the NBC sitcom Dear John.

 12 
Eddie Kendricks
(Co-founder of the Motown Singing Group 'The Temptations')
Eddie Kendricks
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 17, 1939
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Union Springs, Alabama, United States
Died: October 5
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 13 
Dana Andrews
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Fred Derry’ in the Film ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’)
Dana Andrews
8
Birthdate: January 1, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Collins, Mississippi, United States
Died: December 17

Dana Andrews was an American actor who achieved popularity during the 1940s. His film career declined in the 1950s, partly due to alcoholism, which he eventually overcame by working with the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence. Later in his life, he started focusing on his real estate business. He died of pneumonia and congestive heart failure in 1992.

 14 
Lawrence Welk
(Accordionist, Bandleader, and Television Impresario)
Lawrence Welk
14
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 11, 1903
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Strasburg, North Dakota
Died: May 17

Lawrence Welk was an American accordionist and bandleader. From 1951 to 1982, Welk hosted the popular musical variety show, The Lawrence Welk Show. Also known for his entrepreneurship skills, Welk had investments in music publishing and real estate. He also owned a club and restaurant. In 1994, he was made an inductee of the International Polka Music Hall of Fame.

 15 
Denholm Elliott
9
Birthdate: May 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ealing, London, England
Died: October 6

Veteran English actor, Denholm Elliott, had more than 125 film and TV credits to his name. He is best remembered for playing Mr. Emerson in the film, A Room with a View. A much-respected character actor, he received three British Academy Film Awards. He was secretly bisexual and had an open marriage to actress Susan Robinson.

 16 
John Cage
(Composer, Writer)
John Cage
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 12
John Cage was one of the most influential avant-garde composers of the post-World War II era. He pioneered many innovative techniques in music, such as the prepared piano and electroacoustic music. His composition 4′33″ involved musicians sitting silently, without playing any instrument, while the audience heard environmental sounds. 
 17 
Alex Haley
(Writer)
Alex Haley
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: February 10
 18 
Samuel Burl Kinison
(Comedian)
Samuel Burl  Kinison
30
Birthdate: December 8, 1953
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Yakima, Washington, United States
Died: April 10
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 19 
Sterling Holloway
(Voice actor, Film actor, Stage actor, Television actor)
Sterling Holloway
11
Birthdate: January 4, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Georgia
Died: November 22
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 20 
Chris McCandless
(American Adventurer Who Led a Nomadic Lifestyle and Trekked and Lived Alone through the Alaskan Wilderness)
Chris McCandless
13
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 12, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Inglewood, California, United States
Died: August 18

Chris McCandless, also known as Alexander Supertramp, was made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book Into the Wild, which was later made into a movie. The adventurer had hitchhiked through Alaska, and later took shelter in an abandoned bus, where he eventually died of starvation and poisoning, cut off from civilization.

 21 
Roger Miller
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Roger Miller
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 2, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fort Worth, Texas, United States
Died: October 25
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 22 
Jeff Porcaro
(Former Drummer best known for his work with the rock band Toto, but is one of the most recorded session musicians, working on hundreds of albums and thousands of sessions)
Jeff Porcaro
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 1, 1954
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: August 5
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 23 
Francis Bacon
(Painter)
Francis Bacon
6
Birthdate: October 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
Died: April 28

Francis Bacon was an English philosopher and statesman. He played a major role in the development of the scientific method and was an influential figure through the scientific revolution. He served as attorney general and as lord chancellor of England and was the first recipient of the queen's counsel designation. He has created Baron Verulam in 1618. 

 24 
Sandy Dennis
(Actress)
Sandy Dennis
6
Birthdate: April 27, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hastings, Nebraska, United States
Died: March 2
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 25 
Audre Lorde
(American Poet Whose Poems Expressed Anger and Outrage at Civil and Social Injustices)
Audre Lorde
18
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: November 17

Author and poet Audre Lorde is remembered as a firebrand feminist and a champion for the LGBT community. Openly lesbian, she penned iconic volumes such as Cables to Rage and The Black Unicorn. She also recorded her 14-year struggle with cancer in The Cancer Journals and A Burst of Light.

 26 
Shirley Booth
(American Actress and One of the Few Performers to Achieve the Triple Crown of Acting)
Shirley Booth
10
Birthdate: August 30, 1898
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: October 16

Shirley Booth is best remembered for her Academy Award-winning role in Come Back, Little Sheba and was one of only 24 people to earn the Triple Crown of Acting, namely the Academy, the Primetime Emmy, and the Tony awards. She also appeared in a TV production of The Glass Menagerie.

 27 
Friedrich von Hayek
(Austrian–British Economist, Philosopher and Winner of the 1974 Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences)
Friedrich von Hayek
16
Birthdate: May 8, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: March 23

A winner of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences, Friedrich von Hayek, was an advocate of classical liberalism. The Austrian-British economist, who was also a political philosopher, co-founded the Mont Pelerin Society. He worked at the London School of Economics, the University of Chicago and the University of Freiburg and authored the popular book, The Road to Serfdom.

 28 
Nancy Walker
(Actress)
Nancy Walker
4
Birthdate: May 10, 1922
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: March 25
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 29 
Mikhail Tal
(Soviet-Latvian Chess Player Who Became the Youngest World Chess Champion at the age of 23)
Mikhail Tal
17
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 9, 1936
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
Died: June 28

Mikhail Tal was a Soviet Latvian chess player. Widely regarded as one of the best attacking players and a creative genius, Tal was renowned for his unpredictability and improvisation. He was also known as the magician from Riga for his daring, combinatorial playing style. Since 2006, the Mikhail Tal Memorial has been annually held in Moscow to honor Tal's memory.

 30 
Chalino Sanchez
(He specialized in Regional Mexican music)
Chalino Sanchez
16
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 30, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: El Guayabo, Sinaloa, Mexico
Died: May 16
 31 
Satyajit Ray
(Indian filmmaker)
Satyajit Ray
27
Birthdate: May 2, 1921
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: April 23

Satyajit Ray was an Indian film director, music composer, and writer. Considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time, Ray became the first Indian to be honored with an Academy Honorary Award in 1992. Apart from Indian filmmakers, international directors like Martin Scorsese, Quentin Tarantino, Francis Ford Coppola, Wes Anderson, and Christopher Nolan have been influenced by Satyajit Ray. 

 32 
John Dehner
5
Birthdate: November 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Died: February 4
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 33 
Neville Brand
(Actor)
Neville Brand
4
Birthdate: August 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Griswold, Iowa, USA
Died: April 16
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 34 
Lenny Montana
(American Actor and Retired Professional Wrestler)
Lenny Montana
8
Birthdate: March 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 12
Height: 6'6" (198 cm)
 35 
Albert King
(Singer-songwriter, Basketball player, Musician, Guitarist)
Albert King
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 25, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indianola
Died: December 21
 36 
Hal Roach
(Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)
Hal Roach
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 2
 37 
Roy Acuff
(Known as the 'King of Country Music' and a Member of the 'Grand Ole Opry')
Roy Acuff
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 15, 1903
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Maynardville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 23

Popularly known as The King of Country Music, Roy Acuff was also a talented fiddler. Initially a budding baseball player, he ditched his sports career due to repeated injuries and focused on music instead. He was part of the radio broadcast Grand Ole Opry and later won a Grammy Lifetime Award.

 38 
Mary Wells
(Singer, musician)
Mary Wells
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 13, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: July 26
 39 
Paul Henreid
(Actor & Director Best Remembered for Roles in the Films 'Casablanca' and 'Now, Voyager')
Paul Henreid
8
Birthdate: January 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trieste, Italy
Died: March 29

Born to an affluent banker, Paul Henreid had an elite education. He also initially worked as a translator and book designer, training as an actor at nights. He gained fame with his role in Goodbye, Mr. Chips and Casablanca. He later also directed a few episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

 40 
Vincent Gardenia
(Actor)
Vincent Gardenia
0
Birthdate: January 7, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naples, Italy
Died: December 9
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 41 
Stella Adler
(American Actress & Acting Teacher)
Stella Adler
6
Birthdate: February 10, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, U.S.
Died: December 21
 42 
Barbara McClintock
5
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 16, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: September 2

Barbara McClintock was a scientist and cytogeneticist who received the 1983 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. in botany from Cornell University and began her lifelong work in the development of maize cytogenetics. She eventually gained recognition as among the best in the field and was honored with several prestigious awards.  

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Angela Carter
(Author of 'The Bloody Chamber' and 'Nights at the Circus')
Angela Carter
5
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 7, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Eastbourne, England
Died: February 16
 44 
Willie Dixon
(Singer-songwriter, Jazz musician, Record producer)
Willie Dixon
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 1, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Vicksburg
Died: January 29
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 45 
Menachem Begin
(Former Prime Minister of Israel)
Menachem Begin
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 16, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brest
Died: March 9

Menachem Begin was an Israeli politician who served as the sixth Prime Minister of Israel. In this position, he signed a peace treaty with Egypt in 1979, for which he and Egyptian politician Anwar Sadat shared the Nobel Prize for Peace. He implemented several reforms to improve the socio-economic condition of Israeli citizens and improve the general quality of life.

 46 
Jack Dunphy
(Novelist)
Jack Dunphy
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 22, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 26
 47 
Robert Morley
(Actor)
Robert Morley
1
Birthdate: May 26, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Semley, Wiltshire, England
Died: June 3
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Olivier Messiaen
(One of the Major Composers, Organists and Ornithologists of the 20th Century Who Developed 'Modes of Limited Transposition')
Olivier Messiaen
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 10, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Avignon, France
Died: April 27

French composer and organist Olivier Messiaen is credited with creating melodically innovative scores, using what he called "modes of limited transposition." An ornithologist, too, he added bird songs into his compositions such as La fauvette des jardins and Catalogue d'oiseaux. His Messiaen: Concert A Quatre won a Grammy.

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Ástor Piazzolla
(Former Composer remembered best for pioneering the classical and jazz-influenced Argentine nuevo tango music genre)
Ástor Piazzolla
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 11, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mar Del Plata, Argentina
Died: July 4
 50 
Joe Shuster
(Comic Book Artist Best Known for Co-creating the DC Comics Character 'Superman')
Joe Shuster
3
Birthdate: July 10, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Died: July 30

Joe Shuster was a comic book artist best remembered for co-creating one of the most popular comic book characters, Superman. Throughout his life, Shuster was involved in several legal battles over the ownership of the character. He was inducted into Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1992 and 1993 respectively.