Famous People Who Died In 1994

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1994. This list includes people like Jeffrey Dahmer, Richard Nixon, Kurt Cobain, John Wayne Gacy, John Candy and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, novelists and philosophers who died in 1994. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Italy & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Kurt Cobain
(Guitarist, Lead Vocalist and Primary Songwriter of the Rock Band 'Nirvana')
Kurt Cobain
155
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 20, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aberdeen, Washington, United States
Died: April 5

Gaining fame as a member of the rock band Nirvana, singer-songwriter and musician Kurt Cobain was often heralded as a spokesman of Generation X. He is considered to be one of the most influential musicians in the history of alternative rock. He enjoyed tremendous professional success, but his personal life was troubled. He died of suicide at just 27.

 2 
Jackie Kennedy
(First Lady of the United States from 1961 to 1963)
Jackie Kennedy
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 28, 1929
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton, New York, United States
Died: May 19

Jackie Kennedy was a literature editor, photographer, and socialite who was once married to the former American President John F. Kennedy. She became the First Lady of the United States when her husband became the president. She was known for her iconic fashion style. She is considered one of the most popular and recognizable First Ladies in American history.

 3 
Ayrton Senna
(One of the Greatest F1 Drivers in the History of the Sport)
Ayrton Senna
46
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 21, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil
Died: May 1

Ayrton Senna was a Brazilian racing driver. Widely considered one of the greatest F1 drivers of all time, Ayrton had won the prestigious F1 World Drivers' Championship thrice. Following his fatal accident in 1994, several safety improvements were introduced to the sports' set-up; higher crash safety standards, redesigned tracks, and improved crash barriers became part of the sport.

 4 
Richard Nixon
(37th President of the United States)
Richard Nixon
81
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 9, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Yorba Linda, California, United States
Died: April 22

Richard Nixon is the only American president in the history so far to resign from the office. His name is synonymous with the infamous Watergate scandal which led to his resignation. But his regime saw several positives too, such as end to the U.S involvement in the Vietnam War, improvement in the relationship with Soviet Union and China, and the establishment of the Environmental Protection Agency.

 5 
Nicole Brown Simpson
(Murdered Wife of American Footballer O. J. Simpson)
Nicole Brown Simpson
38
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 19, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: June 12

Nicole Brown Simpson was the ex-wife of O. J. Simpson. Her murder led to one of the most famous criminal trials of all time, the O. J. Simpson murder case. After her murder, The Nicole Brown Charitable Foundation was established in her memory. Her story inspired several movies, such as the 1995 TV movie The O. J. Simpson Story.

 6 
Burt Lancaster
(One of the Greatest Male Stars of Classic Hollywood Cinema)
Burt Lancaster
15
Birthdate: November 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 20
Burt Lancaster, one of the most prominent actors of Hollywood’s Golden Age, began as an acrobat and also fought in World War II. He is remembered for his Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance in Elmer Gantry, and other films such as The Rainmaker, Birdman of Alcatraz, and Atlantic City.
 7 
Telly Savalas
5
Birthdate: January 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Garden City, New York, United States
Died: January 22

Telly Savalas was an American singer and actor. He was characterized by his deep, resonant voice and bald head. In a career spanning 40 years, he is best known for her role in the film On Her Majesty's Secret Service   He is also considered  asone of the greatest TV stars ever. As a philhellene and philanthropist, Savalas supported various Hellenic causes.

 8 
Jack Kirby
(Co-Creator of The Superhero 'Captain America' in 1940 with Joe Simon)
Jack Kirby
9
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 28, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: February 6
Jacob Kurtzberg, or Jack Kirby, initially published comics under various other pseudonyms, such as "Jack Curtiss" and "Curt Davis." He worked with Marvel, where he co-created characters such as The Fantastic Four and the X-Men, along with Stan Lee. He then joined DC, where he created the Fourth World Saga
 9 
Peter Cushing
(English Actor Known for His TV Series ‘BBC Sunday-Night Theatre’)
Peter Cushing
9
Birthdate: May 26, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kenley, England, United Kingdom
Died: August 11
Peter Cushing is best remembered for his roles in Hammer Productions horror films, particularly as Baron Frankenstein in their Frankenstein films and as Doctor Van Helsing in their Dracula films. Fans also loved him in The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr. Who and the Daleks, and the original Star Wars.
 10 
George Peppard
(Actor)
George Peppard
7
Birthdate: October 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 8
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 11 
Dinah Shore
(Singer and Actress Who was the Top Charting Female Vocalist of the 1940s)
Dinah Shore
14
Birthdate: February 29, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Winchester, Tennessee, United States
Died: February 24

Dinah Shore initially launched a solo career after failing to qualify for Benny Goodman’s band. After delivering hits such as Blues in the Night, she appeared in a few films and ventured into a successful TV career. She also hosted shows such as The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.

 12 
Raul Julia
(Golden Globe- and Emmy-Winning Puerto Rican Actor)
Raul Julia
19
Birthdate: March 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Floral Park, San Juan, Puerto Rico
Died: October 24
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 13 
Charles Bukowski
(Poet and Author Known for His Work “Mockingbird Wish Me Luck,” and “Love Is a Dog from Hell”)
Charles Bukowski
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 16, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Andernach, Germany
Died: March 9

German-American poet and short story writer ,Charles Bukowski, addressed the ordinary lives of poor Americans in most of his works. Since his death, he has been the subject of many critical books and articles. His stories have inspired several films like Tales of Ordinary Madness, Crazy Love, and Factotum.

 14 
Cesar Romero
(Best Known for His Role as the ‘Joker’ in the TV Series ‘Batman’)
Cesar Romero
18
Birthdate: February 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York City, United States
Died: January 1

Cesar Romero was an American actor, dancer, singer, and vocal artist. He is best known for playing Joker in the television series Batman and his portrayal was included in TV Guide's 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time list in 2013. Cesar Romero's contribution to the TV and film industry was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 15 
Jessica Tandy
(British-American Actress Who Became the Oldest Actress to Win an Oscar for Best Actress)
Jessica Tandy
7
Birthdate: June 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England, United Kingdom
Died: September 11

Jessica Tandy was an English-American actress who completed the triple crown of acting in 1990 after winning Tony Awards, an Academy Award, and Primetime Emmy Award. She is also the oldest actress to win an Oscar. Also known for her good looks, Tandy was named in People magazine's list of 50 Most Beautiful People at the peak of her career.

 16 
Cab Calloway
(Singer)
Cab Calloway
7
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 25, 1907
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester
Died: November 18

Jazz singer and dancer, Cab Calloway, was a famous vocalist of the swing era.  From the early 1930s to the late 1940s, he led a very popular band that included musicians like  Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, and Adolphus "Doc" Cheatham. A man of color, he became the first African-American musician to sell a million records from a single song.

 17 
Harry Nilsson
(Former Singer-songwriter known for Everybody's Talkin' and Without You, both of which won Grammy Awards)
Harry Nilsson
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 15, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 15
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 18 
Bill Hicks
(American Stand-Up Comedian and Satirist)
Bill Hicks
18
Birthdate: December 16, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Valdosta, Georgia, United States
Died: February 26

Stand-up comedian Bill Hicks was known for his controversial themes, which included religion and politics. He was ranked fourth on Channel 4's 2010 list of the "100 Greatest Stand-Up Comics.” He had also experimented with music before his untimely death due to pancreatic cancer at age 32.

 19 
Linus Pauling
(One of the Greatest Scientists of All Time & Winner of Two Nobel Prizes)
Linus Pauling
10
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: February 28, 1901
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States
Died: August 19

Only person to win two unshared Nobel Prizes, Linus Carl Pauling was an American theoretical physical chemist, who received the 1954 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his work on nature of chemical bond and 1962 Nobel Prize for Peace for his efforts to stop nuclear weapon testing. Also a prolific writer and educator, he has published 1,200 books and papers.  

 20 
William Conrad
(Actor, Producer, and Director Who Worked in Radio, Film, and Television for Over Fifty Years)
William Conrad
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: February 11

William Conrad was an American actor and filmmaker whose entertainment career in radio, television, and film spanned five decades. He achieved popularity after starring as Frank Cannon in the popular detective television series, Cannon. In 1997, William Conrad was posthumously inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame.

 21 
Wilma Rudolph
(The First American Woman to Win Three Gold Medals in a Single Olympic Games)
Wilma Rudolph
20
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarksville, Tennessee, United States
Died: November 12

Sprinter Wilma Rudolph made history by becoming the first American female athlete to win three track and field gold medals in a single Olympic game. As a child, she needed orthopedic shoes to help her walk. The sports icon lost her life to cancer but was immortalized through books and movies.

 22 
Henry Mancini
(Composer Best Known for His Soudtrack for the 'Peter Gunn' TV Series & 'The Pink Panther' Film Series)
Henry Mancini
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 16, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Little Italy, Ohio, United States
Died: June 14
 23 
Claude Akins
14
Birthdate: May 25, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nelson, Georgia, United States
Died: January 27
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 24 
Erik Erikson
(Psychoanalyst Best Known for His Theory on Psychological Development of Human Beings)
Erik Erikson
12
Birthdate: June 15, 1902
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany
Died: May 12

Erik Erikson was a German-American psychoanalyst and developmental psychologist best remembered for developing a theory on the psychological development of humans. He is credited with coining the term identity crisis, the failure to achieve ego identity. Also a prolific writer, Erikson won a US National Book Award and a Pulitzer Prize for his book Gandhi's Truth.

 25 
Joseph Cotten
(One of the Leading Hollywood Actors of the 1940s)
Joseph Cotten
10
Birthdate: May 15, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Petersburg, Virginia, United States
Died: February 6

Joseph Cotten was an American actor who achieved prominence on Broadway during the 1930s. He then became a leading Hollywood actor in the 1940s, playing important roles in films like Citizen Kane, Shadow of a Doubt, and Duel in the Sun. In 1960, Joseph Cotten was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 26 
Dick Sargent
(American Actor)
Dick Sargent
20
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 19, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States
Died: July 8
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
Kevin Carter
(South African Photojournalist and Member of the ‘Bang-Bang’ Club)
Kevin Carter
26
Birthdate: September 13, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: July 27

Kevin Carter was a South African photojournalist whose photograph titled the vulture and the little girl, which depicted the 1993 famine in Sudan, earned him the Pulitzer Prize for Feature Photography in 1994. Carter committed suicide in 1994 after suffering from depression. A book titled The Bang Bang Club, which was later made into a film, depicts his story.

 28 
Hal Smith
(Actor)
Hal Smith
6
Birthdate: August 24, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Petoskey, Michigan, United States
Died: January 28
 29 
Maureen Starkey Tigrett
(English Hairdresser)
Maureen Starkey Tigrett
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 4, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Died: December 30
 30 
Karl Popper
(Popper is known for his rejection of the classical inductivist views on the scientific method in favour of empirical falsification.)
Karl Popper
11
Birthdate: July 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: September 17
Austrian-British philosopher and academic Sir Karl Popper is remembered as one of the most prominent philosophers of the 20th century. He rejected the inductivist scientific method and advocated for the empirical falsification, detailing falsifiability in his book Logik der Forschung. He was also a supporter of liberal democracy. 
 31 
Royal Dano
(Actor)
Royal Dano
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 15
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 32 
Dan Hartman
(Singer)
Dan Hartman
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA
Died: March 22
 33 
Tip O'Neill
(The 47th Speaker of the United States House of Representatives (1977 to 1987))
Tip O'Neill
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 9, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 5
 34 
Woody Strode
(One of the First Black American Players in the National Football League in the Postwar Era)
Woody Strode
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: December 31

One of the first Black football players of the NFL, Woody Strode was also a talented decathlete. He had dabbled in professional wrestling, too, but later gained fame solely for his film roles, such as that of gladiator Draba in Spartacus, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.

 35 
Martha Raye
(Actress)
Martha Raye
5
Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: October 19
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 36 
Pat Buttram
8
Birthdate: June 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Addison, Alabama, United States
Died: January 8
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 37 
Pedro Zamora
(Cuban-American HIV/AIDS Activist and Reality TV Personality )
Pedro Zamora
10
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Havana, Cuba
Died: November 11
 38 
Cameron Mitchell
(Actor)
Cameron Mitchell
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 4, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallastown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 6
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 39 
Dub Taylor
(Actor)
Dub Taylor
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond, Virginia, United States
Died: October 3
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 40 
Roland Ratzenberger
(Austrian Formula One Racer Who Died during the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix Qualifier)
Roland Ratzenberger
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salzburg, Austria
Died: April 30

Austrian Formula One racing driver Roland Ratzenberger was in his teens when he first showed an interest in racing. He was killed while qualifying for the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix, while uncannily, Brazilian world champion racer Ayrton Senna died during the race the next day.

 41 
Ralph Waldo Ellison
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 1, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States
Died: April 16
 42 
Vitas Gerulaitis
(American Professional Tennis Player)
Vitas Gerulaitis
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 26, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 17
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 43 
Mary Maxwell Gates
(Businesswoman)
Mary Maxwell Gates
13
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 5, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
Died: June 10
 44 
Dack Rambo
(Actor)
Dack Rambo
3
Birthdate: November 13, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Earlimart, California, United States
Died: March 21
 45 
Moana Pozzi
(Actress)
Moana Pozzi
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 27, 1961
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: September 15
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 46 
Lili Damita
(Actress)
Lili Damita
1
Birthdate: July 10, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blaye, France
Died: March 21
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 47 
James Clavell
(American Writer, Screenwriter, Director, and World War II Veteran)
James Clavell
2
Birthdate: October 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Died: September 7

After a motorcycle injury cut his military career short, James Clavell began writing screenplays for films such as The Fly. The Australian author and World War II veteran later penned iconic Asian Saga novels such as King Rat and Shōgun, which have been made into hit films and series.

 48 
Noah Beery Jr.
(Actor)
Noah Beery Jr.
4
Birthdate: August 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 1
 49 
Harriet Nelson
(American singer)
Harriet Nelson
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 18, 1909
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa
Died: October 2
 50 
Kristen Pfaff
(Bassist)
Kristen Pfaff
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: June 16