Famous People Who Died In 2007

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2007. This list includes people like Benazir Bhutto, Anna Nicole Smith, Chris Benoit, Boris Yeltsin, Kurt Vonnegut and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include political leaders, actresses, novelists and composers who died in 2007. This list includes people from United States, France, United Kingdom & India and many more countries.
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 1 
Anna Nicole Smith
(1993 Playmate of the Year)
Anna Nicole Smith
70
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Harris County
Died: February 8

Anna Nicole Smith was one of those Playboy Playmates whose personal lives gained more attention than their professional achievements. She made headlines at the age of 27 when she married the 89-year old J. Howard Marshall. Despite denying media speculation that she married him for his money, she was involved in a legal battle over his property after Howard's death. She died of drug overdose at the age of 39.

 2 
Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

 3 
Evel Knievel
(American Stunt Performer Known for His Motorcycle Kumps)
Evel Knievel
25
Birthdate: October 17, 1938
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States
Died: November 30

Evel Knievel was an entertainer and stunt performer. He attempted more than 75 ramp-to-ramp motorcycle jumps in his career, a feat that gained him much popularity. In 1999, he was inducted into the Motorcycle Hall of Fame. He was known to be a man of values and actively preached anti-drug messages to youngsters. He also campaigned for motorcycle helmet safety. 

 4 
Kurt Vonnegut
(Writer Known For His Satirical and Darkly Humorous Novels)
Kurt Vonnegut
28
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 11, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Died: April 11

Science-fiction author Kurt Vonnegut is best remembered for the novel Slaughterhouse-Five, which became a New York Times bestseller. The Hugo Award-winner had also fought against the Germans in World War II and expressed his anti-war and atheist views through his works, which also include short stories, plays, and autobiographical works.  

 5 
Yvonne De Carlo
(A Famous Hollywood Star in the 1940s & 1950s)
Yvonne De Carlo
26
Birthdate: September 1, 1922
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Died: January 8

Canadian-American actress, dancer, and singer, Yvonne De Carlo, was an internationally known Hollywood film star in the 1940s and 1950s. Born to an ambitious mother, she was groomed for a career in the show business from her childhood. She began her career as a dancer and eventually started acting. She had an extensive career spanning over five decades.

 6 
Charles Nelson Reilly
(Best Known for His TV Shows “Match Game” and “The Ghost & Mrs. Muir”)
Charles Nelson Reilly
11
Birthdate: January 13, 1931
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 25

Charles Nelson Reilly was an American actor, director, comedian, and drama teacher. He was best known for his work on the television panel game show Match Game where he was a regular panelist between 1973 and 1991. He was also known for voicing popular animated characters like Humpty Dumpty, Mr. Toad, and Dirty Bubble.

 7 
Sean Taylor
(American football player)
Sean Taylor
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 1, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florida City, Florida, United States
Died: November 27
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
Deborah Kerr
(British Actress Who was Known for Her Impeccable Grace and Beauty)
Deborah Kerr
7
Birthdate: September 30, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Helensburgh
Died: October 16

Deborah Kerr was a Scottish actress who holds the record for having the most Academy Award nominations under the Best Actress category without a win. However, she received an Academy Honorary Award in 1994 for her contribution to the entertainment industry. Deborah Kerr was made a CBE in 1998 and also has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 9 
Marcheline Bertrand
(American Actress and Former Wife of Actor ‘Jon Voight’)
Marcheline Bertrand
14
Birthdate: May 9, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Blue Island, Illinois, United States
Died: January 27

Marcheline Bertrand was an American actress. The former wife of Jon Voight and the mother of Angelina Jolie, Marcheline Bertrand had a brief acting career. She had a greater impact as a humanitarian as she co-founded an organization called All Tribes Foundation in an attempt to provide economic and cultural benefits to Native Americans.

 10 
Jane Wyman
(Actress)
Jane Wyman
12
Birthdate: January 5, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: St. Joseph
Died: September 10

Jane Wyman was an American actress, dancer, and singer. In an illustrious acting career spanning over 70 years, Wyman received three Golden Globe Awards and an Academy Award for Best Actress. One of the leading ladies of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s, Jane Wyman is also credited with popularizing two-piece bathing suit, a predecessor to the bikini.

 11 
Ingmar Bergman
(One of the Most Talented and Influential Filmmakers of All Time)
Ingmar Bergman
27
Birthdate: July 14, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Uppsala, Uppland, Sweden
Died: July 30

Ingmar Bergman was a Swedish filmmaker and screenwriter. Widely regarded as one of the most influential and accomplished filmmakers of all time, Ingmar Bergman continues to serve as an inspiration for filmmakers like Woody Allen. His work has also influenced other prominent directors like Martin Scorsese, Thomas Vinterberg, and Richard Ayoade.

 12 
Lady Bird Johnson
(Former First Lady of the United States as the Wife of President Lyndon B. Johnson)
Lady Bird Johnson
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karnack, Texas, United States
Died: July 11

Lady Bird Johnson was an American socialite who served as the First Lady of the US from 1963 to 1969. As First Lady, Johnson was responsible for the passage of the Highway Beautification Act, which was nicknamed Lady Bird's Bill. She was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal in 1977 and 1988, respectively.

 13 
Merv Griffin
(Host of 'The Merv Griffin Show' and Creator of the Games Shows 'Jeopardy!' and 'Wheel of Fortune')
Merv Griffin
7
Birthdate: July 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States
Died: August 12

Merv Griffin was an American media mogul and television show host best known for hosting, The Merv Griffin Show, from 1965 to 1986. He is also credited with creating famous game shows, such as Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy, through his TV production companies. For his contribution to TV, Merv Griffin was inducted posthumously into the Television Hall of Fame.

 14 
Dan Fogelberg
(Musician)
Dan Fogelberg
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: December 16
 15 
Boris Yeltsin
(Former President of Russia)
Boris Yeltsin
29
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Butka
Died: April 23
Boris Yeltsin served as the first president of Russia, from 1990 to 1999. He contributed to the dissolution of the Soviet Union. His regime was marked by capitalism, monopoly, inflation, and corruption. He introduced a modified constitution that increased the presidential powers. He later abruptly announced his resignation on TV.
 16 
Norman Mailer
(Author of 'The Naked and the Dead', 'Armies of the Night' and 'The Executioner's Song')
Norman Mailer
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 31, 1923
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Branch, New Jersey, United States
Died: November 10

Norman Mailer was an American journalist, novelist, essayist, filmmaker, actor, and playwright. A prolific writer, Mailer had at least one best-selling book in each of the seven decades post Second World War. Overall, he had 11 best-selling books in a career spanning over 60 years. A recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, Mailer is regarded as an innovator of New Journalism.

 17 
Robert Goulet
(Actor and Singer Known for His Song ‘If Ever I Would Leave You’)
Robert Goulet
10
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 26, 1933
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 30

Robert Goulet was an American actor and singer whose career, which spanned almost 60 years, is embellished with a Tony and Grammy Award. He is best remembered for his performance in the popular Broadway musical, Camelot. An actor of French-Canadian origin, Robert Goulet was honored with a star on Canada's Walk of Fame in 2006.

 18 
Joey Bishop
(Entertainer)
Joey Bishop
1
Birthdate: February 3, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, USA
Died: October 17
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 19 
Marcel Marceau
(French Mime Artist and Actor)
Marcel Marceau
7
Birthdate: March 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Strasbourg, France
Died: September 22
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 20 
Tom Poston
(Actor)
Tom Poston
7
Birthdate: October 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: April 30
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 21 
Paul Tibbets
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 23, 1915
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quincy, Illinois, United States
Died: November 1
 22 
Benazir Bhutto
(Former Prime Minister of Pakistan)
Benazir Bhutto
56
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karachi
Died: December 27

Benazir Bhutto was a Pakistani politician who served as Pakistan's prime minister in two separate terms and became the first woman in a Muslim majority nation to lead a democratic government. She was assassinated, at the age of 54, and after her death has been revered by many as an icon for women's rights.

 23 
Dabbs Greer
6
Birthdate: April 2, 1917
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fairview, Missouri, United States
Died: April 28
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 24 
Oscar Peterson
(Jazz Pianist)
Oscar Peterson
6
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Montreal
Died: December 23
Seven-time Grammy-winning jazz pianist Oscar Peterson had initially wished to be a trumpeter but switched to the piano because of a lung ailment. He was the first living person, apart from a king, to get a commemorative Canadian stamp. He used a signature handkerchief between performances.
 25 
Betty Hutton
(American Actress, Comedian and Dancer)
Betty Hutton
6
Birthdate: February 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Battle Creek, Michigan, United States
Died: March 11
 26 
Porter Wagoner
(Country Music Singer)
Porter Wagoner
6
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: West Plains, Missouri, United States
Died: October 28
 27 
Michel Lotito
(French Entertainer Known for Consuming Indigestible Objects)
Michel Lotito
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 15, 1950
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Grenoble, France
Died: June 25
Featured on Ripley’s 100 Best BIONS, Michel Lotito was known for his bizarre diet, consisting of glass and metal parts, TV sets, bicycles, and even a Cessna 150 airplane. The Guinness record holder was nicknamed Monsieur Mangetout, meaning Mr. Eat-All. The French entertainer died of natural causes later.
 28 
Colin McRae
(Scottish Rally Driver: The First British Driver to Win the World Rally Championship Drivers' Title)
Colin McRae
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lanark, Scotland
Died: September 15

Colin McRae was a British rally driver who won the British Rally Championship title in 1991 and 1992. In 1995, he became the youngest person and the first British driver to win the World Rally Championship Drivers' title. Colin McRae's career was cut short by his sudden demise in 2007 when he was killed in a helicopter crash. 

 29 
Ève Curie
(Journalist and Pianist Best Known for Writing a Biography of Her Mother “Madame Curie”)
Ève Curie
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: December 6, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 22

French and American writer, journalist, and pianist Ève Curie was one of the daughters of scientists Marie Curie and Pierre Curie. She was the only one in the Curie family who did not choose a career in science. She authored her mother’s biography and was actively involved with UNICEF, helping women and children in developing countries.

 30 
Brad Delp
(Singer-songwriter)
Brad Delp
5
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Peabody, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 9
 31 
Bill Walsh
(Former American football coach of the San Francisco 49ers in the 1980s who popularized spread-passing in the West Coast Offense)
Bill Walsh
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 30, 1931
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: July 30
 32 
Yolanda King
(Civil Rights Activist and Daughter of Civil Rights Leader 'Martin Luther King Jr.')
Yolanda King
20
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: November 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Montgomery, Alabama, United States
Died: May 15

African American activist, Yolanda King, was the first-born child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King Jr. and Coretta Scott King. Exposed to social justice activism at a young age, she grew up to be an outspoken supporter of civil rights and LGBTQA+ rights. She was also known for her artistic endeavors. She died of heart disease at 51. 

 33 
Lois Maxwell
(Actress known for her portrayal of Miss Moneypenny in James Bond films)
Lois Maxwell
3
Birthdate: February 14, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Died: September 29
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 34 
Alice Ghostley
9
Birthdate: August 14, 1923
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Eve, Missouri
Died: September 21
 35 
John Inman
(Actor)
John Inman
3
Birthdate: June 28, 1935
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Preston, England
Died: March 8
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 36 
Mohammed Zahir Shah
(King of Afghanistan from 1933 to 1973)
Mohammed Zahir Shah
20
Birthdate: October 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kabul, Afghanistan
Died: July 23

Mohammed Zahir Shah was the last king of Afghanistan, in power from 1933 until he was deposed in 1973. During his reign, he focused on modernizing the economy, improving Afghanistan’s relations with other countries, and creating a new constitution. Following his deposition, he remained in exile for many years before returning to Afghanistan.

 37 
Roscoe Lee Browne
(American Actor and Director)
Roscoe Lee Browne
2
Birthdate: May 2, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Woodbury, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 11
 38 
Wally Schirra
(American Astronaut Who Became the Fifth American and Ninth Human to Travel Into Space)
Wally Schirra
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 12, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hackensack, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 3

Wally Schirra was an American NASA astronaut, test pilot, and naval aviator. He achieved popularity in 1959, when he became one of the seven astronauts chosen for Project Mercury. In 1962, he was part of Mercury-Atlas 8 and became only the ninth human to travel into space. Wally Schirra was portrayed by Lance Henriksen in the film, The Right Stuff.

 39 
Sigrid Valdis
(Actress)
Sigrid Valdis
4
Birthdate: September 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bakersfield, California, United States
Died: October 14
 40 
Dennis Johnson
(Basketball player)
Dennis Johnson
11
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 18, 1954
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: February 22
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 41 
Sidney Sheldon
(Writer, Screenwriter, Novelist, Playwright, Film director, Actor, Television producer, Author)
Sidney Sheldon
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 11, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 30
 42 
Don Ho
(Best known for theme song Tiny Bubbles)
Don Ho
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kaka'ako, Hawaii, United States
Died: April 14
 43 
The Fabulous Moolah
(Professional Wrestler)
The Fabulous Moolah
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kershaw County, South Carolina, United States
Died: November 2
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 44 
Momofuku Ando
(Inventor of Instant Noodles and the Creator of the Brands 'Top Ramen' and 'Cup Noodles')
Momofuku Ando
3
Birthdate: March 5, 1910
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Puzi City, Taiwan
Died: January 5

Momofuku Ando was a Taiwanese-Japanese businessman and inventor. He is credited with founding the popular Japanese food company, Nissin Food Products Co., Ltd. Credited with creating brands like Cup Noodles and Top Ramen, Momofuku Ando is widely regarded as the inventor of instant noodles. During his lifetime, Ando was honored with medals, such as the Order of the Rising Sun.

 45 
Michelangelo Antonioni
(Italian Director & Screenwriter Known for His Trilogy 'L'Avventura', 'La Notte' and 'L'Eclisse')
Michelangelo Antonioni
4
Birthdate: September 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ferrara, Italy
Died: July 30

Michelangelo Antonioni was an Italian screenwriter, film director, editor, short story author, and painter. Renowned for making films with striking visual composition and elusive plots, Antonioni's work has influenced art cinema of the subsequent generation. Over the course of his career, Antonioni won many prestigious awards, including an honorary Academy Award, Palme d'Or, the Golden Bear, and the Golden Lion.

 46 
Carlo Ponti
(Former movie producer known for his work on the 1965 classic film Doctor Zhivago)
Carlo Ponti
2
Birthdate: December 11, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Magenta, Italy
Died: January 10
 47 
Richard Jeni
(American Stand-up Comedian and Actor)
Richard Jeni
1
Birthdate: April 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: March 10
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 48 
Kurt Waldheim
(Fourth Secretary-General of the United Nations )
Kurt Waldheim
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 21, 1918
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sankt Andrä-Wördern, Austria
Died: June 14

While he claimed he studied at the University of Vienna during World War II, documents recovered later suggested that Kurt Waldheim was in fact part of the German army in the Balkans. Waldheim later became the president of Austria and the secretary-general of the United Nations.

 49 
Anita Roddick
(British Businesswoman and Human Rights Activist)
Anita Roddick
4
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Littlehampton, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Died: September 10

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. She was also a passionate crusader for environmental issues. She founded the British version of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited. Her company was among the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals in some products. She was also involved with Greenpeace.  

 50 
E. Howard Hunt
(American Intelligence Officer Who Served in the CIA)
E. Howard Hunt
3
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 9, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, New York, United States
Died: January 23

E. Howard Hunt was an American author and intelligence officer. He is best remembered for his service in the Central Intelligence Agency from 1949 to 1970, during which he served as an officer. E. Howard Hunt was part of the White House Special Investigations Unit during the presidency of Richard Nixon.