Famous People Who Died In 2021

Discover the most famous people died who died in the year 2021. This list includes people like Larry King, Cicely Tyson, Christopher Plummer, Tanya Roberts, Phil Spector and many more. This list of celebrities is loosely sorted by popularity. People featured on this list, include actresses, lyricists & songwriters, political leaders and athletes who died in 2021. This list includes people from United States, France and many more countries.
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Betty White
(Referred the 'First Lady of Television', She Holds the Record for the ‘Longest TV Career by a Female’)
Betty White
142
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31

Betty White, American actress and comedian, is considered as the pioneer of television and has had the longest television career of any entertainer, straddling more than 80 years. She’s known for her award-winning performances in shows like The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Golden Girls and Hot in Cleveland

 2 
Prince Philip
(Husband of Queen Elizabeth II)
Prince Philip
121
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
Died: April 9

Prince Philip was the husband of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Born into the Greek and Danish royal families, he first met Elizabeth in 1934. After courting her for a few years, he married her in 1947. He was formally made a British prince in 1957. He was the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family. 

 3 
John Madden
(Head Coach of the Oakland Raiders)
John Madden
44
Birthdate: April 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 28
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 4 
Christopher Plummer
(One of the Most Accomplished Actors of His Era andthe Oldest Person to Win an Academy Award)
Christopher Plummer
41
Birthdate: December 13, 1929
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: February 5

Arguably the best Canadian actor of all time, Christopher Plummer is the only Canadian and one of the few actors to achieve the Triple Crown of Acting (winning Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award). He won the Academy Award at the age of 82, becoming the oldest person to do so. Not surprisingly, he is the most respected actor in Canada.

 5 
Norm MacDonald
(Canadian Stand-Up Comedian, Writer and Cast Member on the TV Show 'Saturday Night Live')
Norm MacDonald
50
Birthdate: October 17, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
Died: September 14
Norm Macdonald began by writing for Roseanne. He then soared to fame as a cast member of Saturday Night Live and became famous for his deadpan style of comedy. His other ventures include the podcast Norm Macdonald Live and the shows The Norm Show and Norm Macdonald Has a Show.
 6 
John McAfee
(Computer Programmer and Businessman Who Wrote the First Commercial Anti-Virus Software)
John McAfee
41
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23

John McAfee is an English-American businessman and computer programmer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular software companies of all time, McAfee Associates, which specializes in producing enterprise security software. After leaving the company, which is now owned by TPG Capital and Intel, John McAfee went on to found other companies like Tribal Voice and Future Tense Central.

 7 
Hank Aaron
(One of the Greatest Baseball Players in History)
Hank Aaron
33
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 5, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: January 22

Baseball player Hank Aaron, also known as Hammer or Hammerin' Hank, is remembered for his stint with the MLB teams Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves and Milwaukee Brewers. He also competed as part of the Negro League team Indianapolis Clowns. He was named to The Sporting News 100 Greatest Baseball Players.

 8 
Cicely Tyson
(Actress and Model Best Known for Her Films: 'Sounder' and ‘The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman’)
Cicely Tyson
31
Birthdate: December 18, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: January 28
Cicely Tyson is best known for her Academy Award-nominated role of Rebecca Morgan in Sounder and her Emmy-winning performance in The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman. She is also a Tony- and Drama Desk-winning theater actor. Fans also loved her as Ophelia Harkness in How to Get Away with Murder.
 9 
Desmond Tutu
(First Black African Archbishop of Cape Town & Nobel Peace Prize Winner)
Desmond Tutu
68
Birthdate: October 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klerksdorp, South Africa
Died: December 26
Desmond Tutu is known for his anti-Apartheid activism in South Africa. The first black Archbishop of Cape Town, he has also been the Bishop of Johannesburg. His efforts to eradicate AIDS, poverty, anti-LGBT sentiments, and human rights violations earned him the Nobel Peace Prize and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
 10 
Helen McCrory
(Actress)
Helen McCrory
36
Birthdate: August 17, 1968
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Paddington, London, England
Died: April 16

Helen McCrory is a British actress known for playing real-life characters in films. In the 2017 New Year Honours, McCrory was appointed OBE for services to drama. Apart from being an actress, she also works closely with the London-based children's charity Scene & Heard, contributing as one of its honorary patrons.

 11 
Tanya Roberts
(Actress and Producer Known for Role as ‘Julie Rogers’ in the TV Series ‘Charlie's Angels’)
Tanya Roberts
27
Birthdate: October 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States
Died: January 4

Tanya Roberts was an American actress and model who is best remembered for her role in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. While in her teens, she became a fashion and cover model and worked in ads for  Excedrin, Ultra Brite, and Clairol. She began acting as well and soon gained fame as a sex symbol. She retired from acting in 2005.

 12 
Colin Powell
(The First African-American Secretary of State)
Colin Powell
61
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 18

A veteran politician who served as the 65th United States Secretary of State, Colin Powell was the first African-American Secretary of State. A member of the Republican Party, he was an army man prior to entering politics. He was a  four-star general at the time of his retirement. After leaving politics, he pursued a career as a public speaker.

 13 
Cloris Leachman
(Actress and Comedienne Known for Role as ‘Phyllis Lindstrom’ in the TV Sitcom ‘The Mary Tyler Moore Show’)
Cloris Leachman
13
Birthdate: April 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States
Died: January 27

Cloris Leachman is an actress and comedian. One of the most decorated American actresses of all time, Cloris Leachman has won several prestigious awards in an illustrious career spanning more than seven decades; she is the most awarded actress in the history of Emmy Awards, along with Julia Louis-Dreyfus. She has also received an Oscar and a Golden Globe Award.

 14 
Markie Post
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Terri Michaels’ in the TV Series ‘The Fall Guy’)
Markie Post
34
Birthdate: November 4, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Died: August 7

Markie Post is an American actress known for playing important roles in popular TV series, such as The Fall Guy, Night Court, and Hearts Afire. Before starting her acting career, Markie Post worked on game shows. She worked as an associate producer for Double Dare, which ran from 1976 to 1977. Markie Post has also voiced animated characters like June Darby.

 15 
Ed Asner
(Actor, played Lou Grant on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and gained prominence as a political activist.)
Ed Asner
24
Birthdate: November 15, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Died: August 29
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 16 
Michael Collins
(NASA Astronaut, Command Module Pilot for Apollo 11 (the spaceflight that landed the first humans on the Moon))
Michael Collins
15
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Rome, Kingdom of Italy
Died: April 28

Michael Collins is an American astronaut who became the fourth person to perform a spacewalk. He is also the second person to orbit the Moon alone. Collins is best known for flying the Apollo 11 command module Columbia while Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong landed on the Moon. In 1969, Michael Collins was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 17 
Bob Dole
(United States Senator from Kansas from 1969 to 1996)
Bob Dole
27
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 22, 1923
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Russell, Kansas, United States
Died: December 5

Bob Dole is an American retired politician who remains active in public life. Before commencing his political career, Dole served in the United States Army during World War II. For his service in the army and later as a politician, Bob Dole has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and Presidential Citizens Medal.

 18 
Rush Limbaugh
(Conservative Political Commentator and Host of 'The Rush Limbaugh Show')
Rush Limbaugh
86
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, United States
Died: February 17
Mostly known for his controversial comments on the LGBT community, sexual consent, and climate change, Rush Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, one of the highest-rated in the U.S. He has also hosted a TV show, written several books, including two bestsellers, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom
 19 
Johnny Crawford
(Actor and Singer Known for His Role as ‘Mark McCain’ in the TV Series ‘The Rifleman’)
Johnny Crawford
23
Birthdate: March 26, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 29
Johnny Crawford made his acting debut as a “Mouseketeer” and then earned an Emmy nomination at 13 for his performance as Mark McCain in the Western series The Rifleman. He also led the Johnny Crawford Orchestra and delivered Billboard Top-40-charting hits such as Cindy's Birthday and Rumors.
 20 
Larry King
(The Host of The Nightly Interview Television Program 'Larry King Live')
Larry King
32
Birthdate: November 19, 1933
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: January 23

Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King was famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King was an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.

 21 
Michael K. Williams
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Omar Little’ in the TV Series ‘The Wire’)
Michael K. Williams
41
Birthdate: November 22, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 6

Known for his supporting roles in films such as The Road, 12 Years a Slave, and When They See Us, Michael K. Williams is a budding talent of Hollywood. Fans adored him as Albert "Chalky" White in Boardwalk Empire. He became a critics’ favorite with his Emmy-winning role in Bessie.

 22 
Vicente Fernández
(Mexican Ranchera Singer, Actor and Film Producer)
Vicente Fernández
14
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: December 12
One of Mexico’s best-known cultural icons, singer-actor Vicente Fernández gained nicknames such as The King of Ranchera Music. Known for his signature oversized sombrero and eye-catching costumes, he sold more than 50 million albums throughout his career and won 3 Grammys and 9 Latin Grammys. He also produced Mexican films.
 23 
George Segal
(American Actor Who Became Popular in the 1960s and 1970s for Playing Both Dramatic and Comedic Roles)
George Segal
26
Birthdate: February 13, 1934
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York City, United States
Died: March 23
George Segal is best known for his Academy Award-nominated role in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and his Golden Globe-winning performance in A Touch of Class. He pioneered the trend of retaining the Jewish surname in showbiz. He is a skilled banjo player and has also released three albums.
 24 
Jessica Walter
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Lucille Bluth’ in the TV Series ‘Arrested Development’)
Jessica Walter
17
Birthdate: January 31, 1941
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 24
Jessica Walter is best known for her Satellite Award-winning performance as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development and her Emmy-winning titular role in the series Amy Prentiss. Fans also loved her in the movies Play Misty For Me and Grand Prix. She has also voiced characters in Archer and Dinosaurs.
 25 
Dean Stockwell
(Actor)
Dean Stockwell
10
Birthdate: March 5, 1936
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: November 7
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 26 
Hal Holbrook
12
Birthdate: February 17, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, U.S
Died: January 23

Actor, TV director, and writer, Hal Holbrook, has been active in the entertainment industry for seven decades. In his extensive career, he has appeared in hundreds of films, TV shows, and stage productions. He is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including five Primetime Emmy Awards. He was honored with the National Humanities Medal in 2003.

 27 
Charlie Watts
(Drummer)
Charlie Watts
24
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 2, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Kingsbury, London, England
Died: August 24

English drummer, Charlie Watts, was best known as a member of the band Rolling Stones. He was associated with the group for almost 60 years. He began his career as a graphic designer for an advertising company and played with bands in his leisure time. He eventually started drumming full time with Rolling Stones.

 28 
Michael Nesmith
(American Musician, Songwriter and Actor)
Michael Nesmith
11
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States
Died: December 10
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 29 
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
(American Professional Boxer )
Marvelous Marvin Hagler
14
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 23, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: March 13

Marvelous Marvin Hagler was an American boxer and actor who reigned as the middleweight division's undisputed champion from 1980 to 1987, during which he had 12 successful title defenses. Regarded as one of the greatest middleweight boxers of all time, Hagler was inducted into the World Boxing Hall of Fame as well as the International Boxing Hall of Fame.

 30 
Robert Downey Sr.
(Known for Having Written and Directed the 1969 Underground Film ‘Putney Swope’)
Robert Downey Sr.
11
Birthdate: June 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 7

Robert Downey Sr. was an American actor and filmmaker. He is best remembered for making satirical films, such as Putney Swope that influenced and inspired the Counterculture of the 1960s. He is also credited with shaping the film career of his son Robert John Downey Jr.

 31 
Ned Beatty
(Actor)
Ned Beatty
13
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 13

Ned Beatty was an American actor who appeared in over 160 films during an illustrious career that spanned 50 years. Over the course of his career, Ned Beatty was nominated for several prestigious awards such as the Academy Award, Emmy Award, and Golden Globe Award.

 32 
Gerd Müller
(One of the Greatest Football Goal Scorers of All Time)
Gerd Müller
27
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: August 15
German footballer Gerd Müller, also known as "Bomber der Nation," had a successful stint with Bayern Munich. His score of 85 goals in a single year was broken by Lionel Messi after 4 decades. He scored the winning goal for West Germany in the 1974 FIFA World Cup.
 33 
Clarence Williams III
(Known for His Role as ‘Linc Hayes’ in the TV Series ‘The Mod Squad’)
Clarence Williams III
15
Birthdate: August 21, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: June 4
Clarence Williams III is best known as Linc Hayes from the show The Mod Squad. He had previously been part of the U.S. Army. A talented stage actor, he earned a Tony nomination for Slow Dance on the Killing Ground. He played Philby in the Hallmark movie series Mystery Woman.
 34 
Beverly Cleary
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 12, 1916
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: McMinnville, Oregon, United States
Died: March 25
 35 
Olympia Dukakis
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rose Castorini’ in the Film ‘Moonstruck’)
Olympia Dukakis
21
Birthdate: June 20, 1931
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 1
Olympia Dukakis gained recognition for her Obie Award-winning performance in the play Man Equals Man. She was also seen as Rose Castorini in Moonstruck, a role that earned her an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. Fans also loved her in the TV film Lucky Day and the miniseries Sinatra.
 36 
Tommy Lasorda
(Professional Baseball Pitcher and Manager)
Tommy Lasorda
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 22, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: January 7

Tommy Lasorda was a popular baseball player who later also served as a manager of the MLB team LA Dodgers. His coaching career saw him win two World Series for the Dodgers. He also led the American baseball team to a gold medal win at the Sydney Games.

 37 
Charles Grodin
(Actor, Comedian and Author Known for His Films: ‘Midnight Run’, ‘Dave’ and ‘Heart and Souls’)
Charles Grodin
8
Birthdate: April 21, 1935
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: May 18

Charles Grodin is an American actor, author, comedian, and former TV talk show host. He became a household name in the late-1970s and 1980s, as he appeared in prominent roles in several popular comedy films of the era. In 1993, he won the American Comedy Award for his portrayal of Murray Blum in the political comedy film, Dave.

 38 
B. J. Thomas
(Singer)
B. J. Thomas
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hugo, Oklahoma, United States
Died: May 29
 39 
Benigno Aquino III
(15th President of the Philippines)
Benigno Aquino III
35
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sampaloc, Manila, Philippines
Died: June 24
Benigno Aquino III, also known as PNoy, or Noynoy, was the president of the Philippines from 2010 to 2016. He has also chaired the Liberal Party. Son of Filipino politician Benigno S. Aquino, Jr., he was named to Time 100 in 2013. He has also faced legal charges for corruption.
 40 
F. Lee Bailey
6
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: June 10, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Waltham, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 3
 41 
Young Dolph
(Rapper)
Young Dolph
36
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 11, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Died: November 17
 42 
Chick Corea
(Jazz musician, Composer)
Chick Corea
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: June 12, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chelsea, Massachusetts, United States
Died: February 9
 43 
Norman Lloyd
(American Actor, Producer, Director and Centenarian)
Norman Lloyd
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Jersey City, New Jersey, United States
Died: May 11
Norman Lloyd is known for his long association with Alfred Hitchcock, especially as a producer of the anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He appeared as Mr. Nolan in Dead Poets Society and as Dr. Daniel Auschlander in St. Elsewhere. He has also appeared in several Cavalcade of America radio plays.
 44 
Una Stubbs
(Actress)
Una Stubbs
13
Birthdate: May 1, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, England
Died: August 12
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)
 45 
Jean-Paul Belmondo
(French Actor Who Helped Shape European Cinema)
Jean-Paul Belmondo
10
Birthdate: April 9, 1933
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neuilly-sur-Seine, France
Died: September 6

Jean-Paul Belmondo was a French actor and producer who ruled the French film industry as an actor for many years between the 1960s and 1990s. An influential and important actor of French cinema, Belmondo also played a prominent role in shaping European cinema. Widely regarded as an icon and national treasure, Jean-Paul Belmondo won many awards including a César Award.  

 46 
Milkha Singh
(Indian Track and Field Sprinter)
Milkha Singh
43
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 20, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Govindpura, Pakistan
Died: June 18

Indian track and field legend Milkha Singh, also known as "The Flying Sikh,” was orphaned during the Partition of India. The former army man won four Asian Games gold medals. He also competed in the 1956, 1960, and 1964 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth in the 400-meter event in 1960.

 47 
Bell Hooks
Bell Hooks
14
Birthdate: September 25, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hopkinsville, Kentucky, United States
Died: December 15
 48 
Bobby Bowden
(One of the Greatest College Football Coaches of All Time)
Bobby Bowden
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 8, 1929
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Birmingham, Alabama
Died: August 8
 49 
Willard Scott
(American Weather Presenter Known for His Self-Deprecating Humor & Cheerful Personality)
Willard Scott
1
Birthdate: March 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Alexandria, Virginia, United States
Died: September 4
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 50 
Jackie Mason
(American comedian)
Jackie Mason
8
Birthdate: June 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S.
Died: July 24
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)