Famous People Who Died In 1999

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 1999. This list includes people like Wilt Chamberlain, Stanley Kubrick, Fred Trump, John F. Kennedy Jr., Joe DiMaggio and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, composers, novelists and journalists who died in 1999. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Canada and many more countries.
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Wilt Chamberlain
(One of the Greatest Basketball Players Who Played as a Center)
Wilt Chamberlain
58
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 21, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: October 12
One of the greatest basketball players of all time, Wilt Chamberlain created numerous records and won two championships during his fourteen years career. The legendary player, first drafted by Philadelphia Warriors, later played for the Philadelphia 76ers and the Los Angeles Lakers. After retirement, he ventured into business, played volleyball, appeared in commercials and movie and even published his autobiography.
 2 
John F. Kennedy Jr.
(Son of John F. Kennedy)
John F. Kennedy Jr.
51
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 25, 1960
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 16

John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.   

 3 
Stanley Kubrick
(One of the Greatest Filmmakers in Cinematic History)
Stanley Kubrick
47
Birthdate: July 26, 1928
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: March 7

Regarded as one of the greatest American filmmakers, Stanley Kubrick was the maker of acclaimed movies like Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey and Barry Lyndon. Stanley Kubrick was known for his exceptional visual style and artistic expression. He began his career as a magazine photographer and subsequently began directing short films. His first big break came with the hit movie Spartacus.

 4 
Joe DiMaggio
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players of All Time)
Joe DiMaggio
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 25, 1914
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States
Died: March 8
MLB center fielder Joe DiMaggio won nine World Series championships and bagged 13 All-Star games during his 13-year tenure with the New York Yankees. Nicknamed Joltin' Joe and The Yankee Clipper, the 3-time MVP is remembered for his unbeaten 56-game hitting streak record and his marriage to Marilyn Monroe.
 5 
Dusty Springfield
(Singer, Artist, Cleric)
Dusty Springfield
41
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: April 16, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London,England
Died: March 2
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 6 
Shel Silverstein
58
Birthdate: September 25, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: May 10

Shel Silverstein was an American writer, playwright, songwriter, and cartoonist. Renowned for his children's books, songs, and cartoons, Silverstein's works have been translated into over 30 languages. The recipient of many prestigious awards, such as Grammy Awards, Shel Silverstein was posthumously inducted into the Chicago Literary Hall of Fame.

 7 
Madeline Kahn
(Known for Her Comedic Roles in Films)
Madeline Kahn
15
Birthdate: September 29, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: December 3

Madeline Kahn was an American actress, singer, and comedian. She is best remembered for her comedic roles in movies like Young Frankenstein, History of the World, Part I, and High Anxiety. Over the course of her career, Madeline Kahn received several prestigious awards such as the Drama Desk Award, People's Choice Award, and Daytime Emmy Award.

 8 
Brandon Burlsworth
(American Football Offensive Lineman)
Brandon Burlsworth
40
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harrison, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 28
Arkansas Razorbacks offensive lineman Brandon Burlsworth had joined the team as a walk-on and later became an All-American. He was drafted by the NFL team Indianapolis Colts in 1999 but tragically died in a car accident just 11 days later. Following his death, his Arkansas jersey was permanently retired.
 9 
Owen Hart
(Professional Wrestler)
Owen Hart
22
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 7, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Calgary, Canada
Died: May 23
Owen Hart, also known as “The Golden Nugget” and “Blue Blazer,” was part of the Hart wrestling family. He had won several titles, such as the WWF Intercontinental Championship and the WWF World Tag Team Championship. He died in an equipment malfunction accident at the 1999 WWF Over the Edge.
 10 
George C. Scott
(Actor, Director, and Producer Known for His Film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’)
George C. Scott
15
Birthdate: October 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, United States
Died: September 22
George C. Scott won the Academy Award for the film Patton but also became the first actor to reject the award, as he believed no two actors or performances could be compared. Fans also loved him for his roles in A Christmas Carol, Dr. Strangelove, and Anatomy of a Murder.
 11 
Carlos Hathcock
(Military Personnel)
Carlos Hathcock
25
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Little Rock, Arkansas
Died: February 23
Carlos Hathcock was a U.S. Marine sniper who had killed at least 93 enemy personnel in the Vietnam War. He inspired the 1993 movie Sniper. His signature style of attaching a feather to his bush hat earned him the name “White Feather.” He later had a rifle named after him.
 12 
Oliver Reed
18
Birthdate: February 13, 1938
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England
Died: May 2

Oliver Reed was an English actor who was considered one of the most bankable actors at the peak of his career. Characterized by his hellraiser lifestyle and macho image, Reed's problem with alcohol addiction was highly publicized and overshadowed his acting achievements. He often got into trouble because of his drinking habit and was once arrested for disturbing the peace.

 13 
Curtis Mayfield
(Singer, Guitarist)
Curtis Mayfield
12
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 3, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 26
Soul singer and guitarist Curtis Mayfield gained fame with The Impressions. His songs such as People Get Ready carried prominent social themes. The Grammy Hall of Fame inductee was paralyzed from the neck down after an accident during a live performance in 1990 but continued to record even after that.
 14 
DeForest Kelley
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Dr. Leonard McCoy’ in the TV Series ‘Star Trek’)
DeForest Kelley
8
Birthdate: January 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toccoa, Georgia, United States
Died: June 11
DeForest Kelley, also known as Dee, is remembered for his appearances in Westerns such as Warlock. He also gained fame as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in the Star Trek movie and TV franchise. A talented singer, he also sang on various radio shows and appeared on WSB AM
 15 
Dana Plato
(Actress)
Dana Plato
13
Birthdate: November 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Maywood, California, United States
Died: May 8
One of VH1’s "100 Greatest Kid Stars" on TV, Dana Plato is best remembered for her Young Artist Award-nominated role of Kimberly Drummond from Diff'rent Strokes. She has also been part of Family and Growing Pains. Her death due to an overdose of prescription drugs was later ruled a suicide.
 16 
Gene Rayburn
(American Popular Television and Radio Personality Known for Hosting Numerous Editions of 'Match Game' Shows)
Gene Rayburn
3
Birthdate: December 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Christopher, Illinois, United States
Died: November 29

TV and radio host Gene Rayburn gained fame as the host of Match Game for more than 20 years. He also played the lead in the Broadway musical Bye Bye Birdie and received the ATAS Lifetime Achievement Award. A prominent liberal, he supported Planned Parenthood and was concerned about overpopulation.

 17 
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
(Publicist for 'Calvin Klein')
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy
18
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Died: July 16
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy was a Calvin Klein publicist and the wife of John F. Kennedy Jr. Her fashion sense was often compared to that of her mother-in-law, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. A plane carrying Carolyn, her husband, and her older sister crashed off Martha's Vineyard in July 1999, killing all three.
 18 
Rory Calhoun
13
Birthdate: August 8, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 28
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 19 
Ellen Corby
(Actress and Screenwriter Known for Her Role in Film ‘I Remember Mama’ and the TV Series 'The Waltons')
Ellen Corby
11
Birthdate: June 3, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Racine, Wisconsin, United States
Died: April 14

Actress and screenwriter, Ellen Corby, is best known for her role in the TV  series The Waltons, for which she won three Emmy Awards. In a long and productive career that spanned over six decades, she appeared in over two hundred films and TV shows. In her later years, she also trained as a teacher of transcendental meditation.

 20 
Mario Puzo
(Novelist, Screenwriter)
Mario Puzo
8
Birthdate: October 15, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: July 2

Mario Puzo is remembered for his iconic crime novels, most notably the New York Times bestseller The Godfather, which was later turned into a movie trilogy by Francis Ford Coppola and won Puzo two Academy Awards for the best screenplay. Puzo also wrote the screenplay for Richard Donner's Superman.

 21 
King Hussein of Jordan
(King of Jordan from 1952 to 1999)
King Hussein of Jordan
12
Birthdate: November 14, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amman, Jordan
Died: February 7

King Hussein of Jordan reigned as the king of Jordan from 1952 to 1999. As a royal member of the House of Hashim, Hussein was a direct descendant of Prophet Muhammad. At the time of Hussein's accession, Jordan was a young nation with few natural resources. However, by the end of his reign, Jordan had become a stable, modern state.

 22 
Fred Trump
(American Real Estate Developer and Father of Former US President 'Donald Trump')
Fred Trump
67
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: June 25
Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, was a well-known real estate developer who built more than 27 thousand apartments in New York. Having lost his father early, Fred ventured into construction business with his mother when he was fifteen. Determined, he built himself a huge fortune but controversies surrounded him too including an investigation for not renting to black families.
 23 
Bill Bowerman
(Co-founder of Nike, Inc.)
Bill Bowerman
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 19, 1911
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, U.S.
Died: December 24
 24 
Victor Mature
(First male film star to be labeled a hunk, he appeared in Samson and Delilah in 1949 and The Robe in 1953)
Victor Mature
6
Birthdate: January 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 4
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 25 
Mel Tormé
(Actor, Singer, Composer, Novelist, Songwriter, Autobiographer, Jazz musician, Television actor, Writer)
Mel Tormé
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: September 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: June 5
 26 
Gene Siskel
(Film critic. Journalist)
Gene Siskel
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: February 20
 27 
Desmond Llewelyn
(Welsh Actor Best Known for His Role as ‘Q’ in James Bond Films)
Desmond Llewelyn
8
Birthdate: September 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Wales Newport, Wales
Died: December 19

Welsh actor, Desmond Llewelyn, is best known for his role as Q in many James Bond films over a span of four decades. Even though he originally wanted to be a minister, his interest shifted to acting while in high school. He served in the army during World War II and resumed his acting career afterward. 

 28 
Rick Danko
(Singer-Songwriter, Bassist and Founding Member of 'The Band')
Rick Danko
2
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: December 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Norfolk County, Canada
Died: December 10

Canadian singer and The Band member Rick Danko initially performed as a rhythm guitarist and bassist for The Hawks. Part of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Danko struggled with drug addiction and was once even arrested in Japan for smuggling drugs. He died in his sleep after a performance.

 29 
Scatman John
(Musician, Singer)
Scatman John
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 13, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Monte, California, United States
Died: December 3
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 30 
Iron Eyes Cody
6
Birthdate: April 3, 1904
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaplan, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 4
 31 
Vikram Batra
Vikram Batra
33
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 9, 1974
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Palampur
Died: July 7
 32 
Dirk Bogarde
(English actor)
Dirk Bogarde
4
Birthdate: March 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: West Hampstead, London
Died: May 8
 33 
Pete Conrad
(NASA Astronaut Who Became the Third Person to Walk on the Moon)
Pete Conrad
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: July 8

Pete Conrad was an American aeronautical engineer, NASA astronaut, aviator, test pilot, and naval officer. He is credited with commanding the Apollo 12 mission, during which he became only the third person ever to walk on the Moon. Apart from winning awards like the Harmon Trophy, Pete Conrad was also inducted into several Astronaut and Aviation Halls of Fame.

 34 
Sylvia Sidney
(Actress)
Sylvia Sidney
3
Birthdate: August 8, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: July 1
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 35 
Hoyt Axton
(Singer-songwriter)
Hoyt Axton
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 25, 1938
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Duncan, Oklahoma, United States
Died: October 26
 36 
Clayton Moore
(American actor)
Clayton Moore
2
Birthdate: September 14, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 28
 37 
Roger Troutman
(Musician)
Roger Troutman
10
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 29, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamilton, Ohio, United States
Died: April 25
 38 
Mary Kay Bergman
(American Actress and Voice Actress)
Mary Kay Bergman
7
Birthdate: June 5, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 11
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 39 
Lena Zavaroni
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 4, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Greenock, Renfrewshire, Scotland, UK
Died: October 1

Scottish singer Lena Zavaroni is an example of how harmful unregulated childhood stardom can be. At 10, she became the youngest singer with a Top 10 album on the UK Albums Chart. However, after a lifelong battle with anorexia nervosa and depression, she died at 34, following a psychosurgical operation.

 40 
Julius Nyerere
(Politician)
Julius Nyerere
7
Birthdate: April 13, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Butiama, Tanzania
Died: October 14
 41 
Hassan II of Morocco
(King)
Hassan II of Morocco
5
Birthdate: July 9, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rabat, Morocco
Died: July 23
 42 
Anthony Newley
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: September 24, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 14
 43 
Shirley Hemphill
(Comedians)
Shirley Hemphill
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1947
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Asheville, North Carolina, United States
Died: December 10
 44 
Joseph Heller
(Best Known for His Novel "Catch-22.")
Joseph Heller
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coney Island, New York, United States
Died: December 12
 45 
Pee Wee Reese
(Baseball player)
Pee Wee Reese
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 23, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ekron
Died: August 14
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 46 
Bobby Troup
(Singer-songwriter, Pianist, Actor, Songwriter, Jazz musician, Officer)
Bobby Troup
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 18, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Harrisburg
Died: February 7
 47 
Catfish Hunter
(Baseball player)
Catfish Hunter
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 8, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hertford, North Carolina, United States
Died: September 9
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 48 
Brion James
(Actor)
Brion James
0
Birthdate: February 20, 1945
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Redlands, California, USA
Died: August 7
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 49 
Hank Snow
(Country Singer Best Known for Songs: 'I’m Moving On' and 'The Golden Rocket')
Hank Snow
3
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 9, 1914
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, Canada
Died: December 20

Hank Snow was a Canadian-American country music artist who had an extensive career spanning half a century. He rose to fame in the 1950s and released around 140 albums during his career. He endured extreme difficulties as a youngster and sought solace in music, eventually becoming one of the most influential artists in all of country music. 

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Jean Shepherd
(American Storyteller, Writer, Radio and TV Personality)
Jean Shepherd
0
Birthdate: July 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 16

Jean Shepherd was a writer, storyteller, humorist, and radio and TV personality. In a long and productive career that spanned nearly five decades, he gave live performances, wrote scripts and stories, hosted radio shows, and even worked in a few films. He was posthumously inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame. He was known to be a private person.