Famous People Who Died In 2004

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2004. This list includes people like Ronald Reagan, Marlon Brando, Christopher Reeve, Ray Charles, Julia Child and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, journalists, actresses and historians who died in 2004. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, India & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Ronald Reagan
(40th President of the United States (1981-1989))
Ronald Reagan
131
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tampico, Illinois, United States
Died: June 5

An actor turned union leader turned politician, Ronald Wilson Reagan served as the 40th president of America. Hailed for his public speaking and communication skills, Reagan is one of the most popular Presidents of USA, mainly due to his ‘America First’ economic policies which led to a decrease in inflation and unemployment rates during his tenure.

 2 
Marlon Brando
(One of the Most Influential Actors of the 20th Century)
Marlon Brando
69
Birthdate: April 3, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: July 1

One of the greatest movie actors of all time, heartthrob of millions of women around the world, and a cultural icon, who had immense influence on actors of future generations, there are very few like Marlon Brando. In a career spanning six decades, Marlon Brando delivered critical and commercial successes in movies like A Streetcar Named Desire and The Godfather.

 3 
Ray Charles
(Singer-songwriter)
Ray Charles
41
Birthdate: September 23, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albany, Georgia, United States
Died: June 10

Ray Charles went on to become a great singer-songwriter, composer, and pianist, despite suffering blindness due to glaucoma early in his life. One of the most respected and decorated musicians of all time, Ray Charles has been named in lists, such as 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. He pioneered the soul music genre, which remains his greatest contribution.

 4 
Christopher Reeve
(Best Known for Playing the Titular Role in the Film 'Superman' & its Three Sequels)
Christopher Reeve
35
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: October 10

Christopher Reeve had a flying start to his acting career as he played the iconic Superman in four films. Unfortunately, he became a quadriplegic after suffering an accident at an equestrian competition. Despite the setback, he continued contributing to the film industry and also founded the Christopher Reeve Foundation as part of his charitable work.

 5 
Julia Child
(American Chef, Author and Television Personality)
Julia Child
19
Listed In: Food Experts
Birthdate: August 15, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Pasadena, California, United States
Died: August 13
Julia Child gained fame with her culinary show The French Chef and her cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. She also founded The Julia Child Foundation for Gastronomy and Culinary Arts. She received several Emmys and the Peabody Award for her work, and had a rose named after her.
 6 
Pat Tillman
(American Professional Football Player Who Joined Army After September 11, 2001 Attacks)
Pat Tillman
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fremont, California, United States
Died: April 22

Pat Tillman was an American football player who represented the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League. Tillman's decision to join the US Army after the September 11, 2001 attacks proved to be costly as he died in Afghanistan as a result of friendly fire. He became the first football player since Bob Kalsu to be killed in combat.

 7 
Rodney Dangerfield
(Stand-up Comedian Who Was Known for His Self-Deprecating One-Liner Humor and Catchphrase 'I Don't Get No Respect!')
Rodney Dangerfield
12
Birthdate: November 22, 1921
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Deer Park, New York, United States
Died: October 5
Rodney Dangerfield began as a stand-up comedian in and around New York City and eventually became a regular on late-night talk shows. He was known for his catchphrase “I don't get no respect!” and his self-deprecating humor. He also appeared in movies such as Caddyshack and Natural Born Killers.
 8 
Janet Leigh
(Actress and Singer Known for Her Films: ‘The Romance of Rosy Ridge’, ‘Act of Violence’ and ‘Psycho’)
Janet Leigh
14
Birthdate: July 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Merced, California, United States
Died: October 3
Best known for her Golden Globe-winning performance as Marion Crane in Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, Janet Leigh was helped by Norma Shearer to secure a contract with MGM. She has also appeared on radio shows and in Broadway productions. She has written four books, including a best-selling memoir and two novels.
 9 
Dimebag Darrell
(Guitarist, Composer, Musician)
Dimebag Darrell
23
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dallas
Died: December 8
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 10 
Rick James
(American Singer-Songwriter, Multi-Instrumentalist and Record Producer.)
Rick James
23
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States
Died: August 6

Rick James was an American multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter, and record producer. He is credited with forming several bands, including The Mynah Birds and Stone City Band. His career was hampered by his controversial personal life and drug addiction problems; he was convicted of kidnapping and torturing women on two separate instances under the influence of crack.

 11 
Laura Branigan
(Singer)
Laura Branigan
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 3, 1952
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: August 26
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 12 
Jerry Orbach
(Actor, Singer)
Jerry Orbach
8
Birthdate: October 20, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 28
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 13 
Tony Randall
13
Birthdate: February 26, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Died: May 17

Tony Randall is best remembered as Felix Unger from the sitcom The Odd Couple, based on the 1965 play of the same name, also winning an Emmy for the role. He also appeared in series such as Love, Sidney and delivered Golden Globe-nominated roles in films such as Pillow Talk.

 14 
Peter Ustinov
(British Actor Known for Playing 'Inspector Hercule Poirot' in 'Agatha Christie' Mystery Films)
Peter Ustinov
3
Birthdate: April 16, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Swiss Cottage, London, England
Died: March 28

Peter Ustinov was a British actor, writer, and filmmaker. An intellectual, Ustinov held several academic posts and served as the president of the World Federalist Movement. Over the course of his illustrious career, Peter Ustinov won many prestigious awards, such as the Golden Globes, Emmy Awards, Academy Awards, Grammy Awards, and BAFTA Awards.

 15 
Frances Shand Kydd
(Mother of Diana, Princess of Wales)
Frances Shand Kydd
18
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 20, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sandringham, Norfolk, England
Died: June 3
Frances Ruth Shand Kydd was the mother of Diana, Princess of Wales. She apparently had a tiff with Diana over an interview with Hello! magazine and was not on speaking terms with her at the time of her death. Frances later spent most of her time in Catholic charitable initiatives.
 16 
Terry Melcher
(Record Producer and Singer-Songwriter Known for His Collaboration With the Rock Band 'The Byrds')
Terry Melcher
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: February 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: November 19

Terry Melcher was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. Melcher played a key role in shaping the California Sound and folk rock movements of the 1960s. He is also credited with forming the popular rock music duo Bruce & Terry along with Bruce Johnston. Melcher is also known for his association with The Byrds and Charles Manson.

 17 
John Drew Barrymore
13
Birthdate: June 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Died: November 29

John Drew Barrymore was an American actor who hailed from the famous Barrymore family of actors, which includes his daughter Drew Barrymore and his half-sister Diana Barrymore. For his contributions to the American television industry, John Drew Barrymore was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 18 
Johnny Ramone
(Guitarist)
Johnny Ramone
8
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York City, New York, USA
Died: September 15
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 19 
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
(1st President of the United Arab Emirates)
Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan
20
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 6, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Died: November 2
 20 
Bob Keeshan
(Actor, TV Producer)
Bob Keeshan
5
Birthdate: June 27, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lynbrook, New York
Died: January 23
Bob Keeshan created and played the titular role in the children's program Captain Kangaroo, which was the longest-running national children's TV program. He was also seen as Clarabell the Clown on Howdy Doody. He had won five Emmys and three Peabody Awards, and was a Clown Hall of Fame inductee.
 21 
Gordon Cooper
(Officer, Astronaut, Test pilot, Aerospace engineer, Engineer, Aviator)
Gordon Cooper
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Shawnee
Died: October 4

Part of the seven Project Mercury astronauts, Gordon Cooper manned a 34-hour space mission, becoming the first American to stay for a day in space. As part of the Gemini 5 mission, he and his co-pilot proved it was possible for astronauts to survive a mission to the Moon and back.

 22 
Howard Keel
(Actor and Singer Known for His Rich Bass-Baritone Singing Voice and His Role in TV Series ‘Dallas’)
Howard Keel
4
Birthdate: April 13, 1919
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Gillespie, Illinois, United States
Died: November 7

Howard Keel was an American actor. Renowned for his bass-baritone voice, Keel starred in several MGM musicals throughout the 1950s. Also known for his work in TV and films, Keel was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. In 1996, a Golden Palm Star was dedicated to him on the Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

 23 
Francis Crick
(Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA Molecule, Nobel Prize Winner)
Francis Crick
8
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Weston Favell, Northamptonshire, England
Died: July 28

Nobel Prize-winning British biophysicist Francis Crick is best known for his ground-breaking work to determine the structure of the DNA, along with James Watson, Maurice Wilkins, and Rosalind Franklin. He taught at various institutes, such as the Salk Institute, and was also awarded the Order of Merit.

 24 
Isabel Sanford
7
Birthdate: August 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: July 9
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 25 
Ann Miller
(Actress, Singer)
Ann Miller
7
Birthdate: April 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Chireno, Texas, United States
Died: January 22
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 26 
Paul Winfield
3
Birthdate: May 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 7

Paul Winfield was an American actor best remembered for playing Nathan Lee in the 1972 drama film Sounder, for which he received an Academy Award nomination. He also earned four Emmy nominations over the course of his career, one of which came for his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in the 1978 miniseries King.

 27 
Fay Wray
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Ann Darrow’ in the Film ‘King Kong’)
Fay Wray
9
Birthdate: September 15, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cardston, Canada
Died: August 8

One of the original “scream queens” of Hollywood, Fay Wray is best remembered as Ann Darrow, the woman picked up by King Kong like a doll while he went on a rampage, in the 1933 film about the fabled monster. She declined a cameo in a King Kong remake later.

 28 
Artie Shaw
(Musician)
Artie Shaw
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 23, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: December 30
 29 
Estee Lauder
(Co-Founder of the Estée Lauder Companies)
Estee Lauder
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Corona, New York, United States
Died: April 24
 30 
Betty Friedan
(Feminist, Writer)
Betty Friedan
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: eoria, Illinois, United States
Died: February 4
 31 
Mercedes McCambridge
1
Birthdate: March 16, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: March 2
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 32 
Juliana of the Netherlands
(Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980)
Juliana of the Netherlands
1
Birthdate: April 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: March 20

Juliana of the Netherlands was the Queen of the Netherlands from 1948 to 1980, during which she remained a popular member of the Dutch royal family. Her reign witnessed the decolonization and independence of Suriname and the Dutch East Indies (present-day Indonesia). Several important places, including the Princess Juliana International Airport, are named after her.

 33 
Skeeter Davis
(Singer-songwriter, Singer, Writer, Children's writer)
Skeeter Davis
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dry Ridge
Died: September 19
 34 
Robert Pastorelli
3
Birthdate: June 21, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 8
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 35 
Stieg Larsson
(Swedish Writer and Activist Best Known for His Millennium Trilogy of Crime Novels)
Stieg Larsson
7
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Skelleftehamn, Sweden
Died: November 9

Stieg Larsson was a Swedish writer and journalist. He is best remembered for his Millennium trilogy of novels, which were adapted as three films in Sweden. After his sudden death, due to a heart attack, Stieg Larsson was posthumously honored with several awards, such as the Glass Key award, Galaxy British Book Award, and Anthony Award.

 36 
Henri Cartier-Bresson
(Photographer and Painter)
Henri Cartier-Bresson
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: August 22, 1908
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chanteloup-en-Brie, France
Died: August 3

Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French humanist photographer. Considered a master of candid photography, he pioneered the genre of street photography. He was among the earliest users of the 35 mm film. In 1947, he became one of the founding members of Magnum Photos, an international photographic cooperative. In his later years, he explored drawing and painting. 

 37 
Jack Paar
(Actor)
Jack Paar
5
Birthdate: May 1, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Canton, Ohio, United States
Died: January 27
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 38 
Jerry Goldsmith
(Prolific composer and conductor who received an Oscar for his work on The Omen in 1976.)
Jerry Goldsmith
4
Birthdate: February 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 21
 39 
Tug McGraw
(Baseball Player)
Tug McGraw
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 30, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Martinez, California, United States
Died: January 5
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 40 
Jan Berry
(Singer and songwriter)
Jan Berry
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: March 26
 41 
David Reimer
David Reimer
4
Birthdate: August 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg
Died: May 5
 42 
Carrie Snodgress
7
Birthdate: October 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Barrington, Illinois, U.S.
Died: April 1
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 43 
Fernando Poe Jr.
(Popular Philippine Actor Who Later Stepped into Politics)
Fernando Poe Jr.
3
Birthdate: August 20, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manila, Philippines
Died: December 14

Also known as FPJ and Da King, Fernando Poe Jr. was a popular actor in the Philippines and won 5 FAMAS Best Actor awards. He later stepped into politics as a member of KNP, or the United Opposition. He is also known for testifying against the criminal gangs known as the Big Four.

 44 
P. V. Narasimha Rao
(Indian Politician Who Served as the 9th Prime Minister of India from 1991 to 1996)
P. V. Narasimha Rao
22
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 28, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karimnagar, India
Died: December 23

The ninth Prime Minister of India, P. V. Narasimha Rao, is often called the Father of Indian Economic Reforms due to a major economic transformation in India during his prime ministership. He dismantled the Licence Raj and his economic policies rescued India from an impending economic collapse. 

 45 
Jacques Derrida
(French Philosopher Who Developed the Philosophical Approach Known as 'Deconstruction')
Jacques Derrida
14
Birthdate: July 15, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: El Biar, Algeria
Died: October 9

Jacques Derrida was a French philosopher remembered for developing deconstruction, a form of semiotic analysis. Derrida is one of the most influential figures associated with postmodern philosophy and post-structuralism. He also had a major influence on academic disciplines like philosophy, law, political theory, anthropology, applied linguistics, and historiography. He also influenced music, art criticism, art, and architecture.

 46 
Brenda Fassie
(Singer)
Brenda Fassie
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: November 3, 1964
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Langa
Died: May 9

Brenda Fassie was a South African dancer, singer, songwriter, and activist. Renowned for her bold on-stage antics, Fassie earned the nickname Madonna of The Townships. Also dubbed the Queen of African Pop, Brenda Fassie won five South African Music Awards and three Kora Awards during her illustrious career. She was also named in the Top 100 Great South Africans list.

 47 
Elmer Bernstein
(Composer)
Elmer Bernstein
2
Birthdate: April 4, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 18
 48 
Anna Lee
(Actress)
Anna Lee
2
Birthdate: January 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ightham, Kent, England
Died: May 14
 49 
Susan Sontag
(Writer and Filmmaker, Best Known for her Essay 'Notes on 'Camp')
Susan Sontag
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: December 28
Susan Sontag is best known for her essay anthologies such as Against Interpretation and her novels such as In America. She wrote about diverse issues such as human rights, photography, AIDS, and leftist beliefs, and also visited war-torn areas. The National Book Award-winning author was also openly bisexual. 
 50 
Alan King
(Actor)
Alan King
5
Birthdate: December 26, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 9
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)