Famous People Who Died At 100

The list of famous people who died at 100 includes Bob Hope, Strom Thurmond, George Burns, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Alf Landon. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, spiritual & religious leaders, actors and poets and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 100 includes people from United States, Italy, United Kingdom & Greece and many more countries.
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 1 
Bob Hope
(Stand-Up Comedian Known for His One-Liners and Rapid-Fire Delivery of Jokes)
Bob Hope
18
Birthdate: May 29, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Eltham, London, England
Died: July 27, 2003
Bob Hope began his career with vaudeville and Broadway, before plunging into radio and films. He is remembered for his comedy timing and trademark self-deprecating humor. He hosted the Academy Awards 19 times and authored 14 books, apart from performing for the U.S. military in 57 USO tours.
 2 
Lao Tzu (Laozi)
(Ancient Chinese Philosopher and Writer)
Lao Tzu (Laozi)
16
Birthdate: 0571 BC
Birthplace: Chu, China
Died: 0471 BC
Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu, or Laozi, who is said to have lived in 6th-century BC by some and in the 4th-century BC by others, wrote the Tao Te Ching. He founded Taoism and is a legendary figure or deity. The Tang Dynasty emperors claimed he had founded their lineage.
 3 
George Burns
(Actor and ComediAn Known for His Trademark Arched Eyebrow and Cigar-Smoke Punctuation)
George Burns
24
Birthdate: January 20, 1896
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 9, 1996

George Burns was an American actor, comedian, singer, and writer. Characterized by his cigar-smoke punctuation and arched eyebrow, which remained relevant for more than 75 years, Burns was one of the few entertainers to have achieved an equal amount of success in film, television, vaudeville, and radio. He has three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 4 
Gloria Stuart
(Actress)
Gloria Stuart
4
Birthdate: July 4, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: September 26, 2010
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 5 
Claude Lévi-Strauss
(Anthropologist)
Claude Lévi-Strauss
6
Birthdate: November 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: October 30, 2009

French social anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss is remembered for his contribution to structural anthropology. His book Tristes Tropiques was based on his research deep in the Brazilian Amazon. While he left France for the U.S. during World War II, he later returned to Paris and received his doctorate.

 6 
Henry Kissinger
(56th United States Secretary of State (1973-77))
Henry Kissinger
47
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: May 27, 1923
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fürth, Germany
Died: November 29, 2023

Henry Kissinger's heart-warming story of a Jewish who fled Nazi Germany in 1938 to become an influential politician in the USA is truly inspirational. As a National Security Advisor and US Secretary of State, Kissinger played a key role in the US foreign policy from 1969 to 1977. 

 7 
Annie Glenn
(Disability rights activist)
Annie Glenn
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 17, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: May 19, 2020
 8 
Hal Roach
(Film producer, Actor, Film director, Screenwriter)
Hal Roach
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1892
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 2, 1992
 9 
Glynis Johns
(Retired Actress, Dancer, Musician and Singer, Known for Her Film ‘The Sundowners’)
Glynis Johns
21
Birthdate: October 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa
Died: January 4, 2024

The veteran British actress who belongs to the Golden Age of Hollywood is known for her stellar roles in films like Miranda, Third Time Lucky and State Secret. Glynis Johns is also a singer, distinguished by her husky voice. She acted on the stage and the television. The daughter of actor, Mervyn Johns, has a son from her first marriage.

 10 
Alf Landon
(Governor of Kansas)
Alf Landon
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 9, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pennsylvania
Died: October 12, 1987
 11 
Mary Harris Jones
(Irish-born American Schoolteacher and Activist)
Mary Harris Jones
6
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: May 1, 1830
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cork, Ireland
Died: November 30, 1930

After losing her husband and children in a yellow fever epidemic and her dress shop in the great Chicago fire, schoolteacher and dressmaker Mary Harris Jones became an activist, earning the nickname Mother Jones. A prominent unionist for coal miners and other workers, she also co-founded the Social Democratic Party.

 12 
João Havelange
(7th President of FIFA)
João Havelange
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 8, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro
Died: August 16, 2016
 13 
Danielle Darrieux
(Actress)
Danielle Darrieux
2
Birthdate: May 1, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Died: October 17, 2017
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 14 
Jolie Gabor
(Jeweler and Socialite & Mother of Actresses 'Magda', 'Zsa Zsa' and 'Eva Gabor')
Jolie Gabor
3
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 30, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: April 1, 1997

Jolie Gabor, also known as Mama Jolie, was a renowned socialite and the mother of the actor sisters Zsa Zsa, Magda, and Eva Gabor. Born into a family of famous Hungarian jewelers, she herself owned multiple jewelry shops in Hungary and later established her business in the US.

 15 
John B. Goodenough
(Physicist Known for Pioneering Work in the Development of Lithium-Ion Battery)
John B. Goodenough
3
Birthdate: July 25, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jena, Germany
Died: June 25, 2023

John B. Goodenough is an American solid-state physicist and materials scientist. He is credited with developing the lithium-ion battery. In 2019, he became the oldest person to receive a Nobel Prize when he was honored with the prestigious award for his work on lithium-ion batteries. He is also a recipient of the Copley Medal and the National Medal of Science.

 16 
Grace Lee Boggs
(Author & Social Activist - Key Figure in the 'Asian American Movement')
Grace Lee Boggs
0
Birthdate: June 27, 1915
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 5, 2015
 17 
Dave Bartholomew
(Composer, Record Producer)
Dave Bartholomew
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Edgard, Louisiana, United States
Died: June 23, 2019
 18 
Eleanor Lambert
(Fashion Publicist)
Eleanor Lambert
2
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: August 10, 1903
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Crawfordsville, Indiana, United States
Died: October 7, 2003
 19 
Margaret Murray
(Anthropologist, Archaeologist, Egyptologist)
Margaret Murray
2
Birthdate: July 13, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kolkata
Died: November 13, 1963

British Egyptologist and anthropologist Margaret Murray was also a scholar of witchcraft. Her best-known work is her 1921 book The Witch Cult in Western Europe, which inspired later witchcraft scholars such as Gerald B. Gardner. The University College London professor had worked in places such as Egypt, Malta, and Petra.

 20 
Isaiah
(Judean Prophet)
Isaiah
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 0800 BC
Birthplace: Kingdom of Judah
Died: 0700 BC

Israelite prophet Isaiah is mentioned in the Book of Isaiah of the Bible. Some believe the 8th-century prophet had written all the 66 chapters of the Book of Isaiah, while others believe two separate portions were written by two people. He also finds mention in Judaism and Islam.

 21 
Eiji Toyoda
(Business magnate, Entrepreneur)
Eiji Toyoda
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Nagoya
Died: September 17, 2013
 22 
Nagarjuna
(Philosopher)
Nagarjuna
2
Birthdate: 0150 AD
Birthplace: Andhra Pradesh, India
Died: 0250 AD
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 23 
Miep Gies
(Writer)
Miep Gies
8
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 11, 2010

Miep Gies was one of the Dutch nationals who hid many Dutch Jews, including Anne Frank and her family, from the Nazis during the Second World War. In 1994, she was honored with the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany for her bravery. In 1995, she received the Righteous Among the Nations medal.

 24 
Herman Brix
(Actor)
Herman Brix
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 19, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tacoma, Washington, United States
Died: February 24, 2007
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 25 
Erich Priebke
Erich Priebke
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 29, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hennigsdorf
Died: September 11, 2013

SS captain Erich Priebke made headlines when he was sentenced to life imprisonment for killing 335 boys and men in groups of 5, at the Ardeatine Caves in Italy. He eventually died of old age in house arrest at age 100, and was the oldest surviving Nazi war criminal back then.

 26 
Scott Nearing
(Economist, Political activist)
Scott Nearing
0
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 6, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tioga County, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 24, 1983
 27 
Kaneto Shindo
(Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer Who Was one of the Pioneers of independent Film Production in Japan)
Kaneto Shindo
0
Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saeki District, Hiroshima, Japan
Died: May 29, 2012

Best known for his iconic movies such as The Naked Island and Children of Hiroshima, Japanese filmmaker Kaneto Shindo initially wanted to be a screenwriter. Part of the Japanese navy during World War II, he later often used themes of war and social realism in his films.

 28 
Aaron T. Beck
(American Psychiatrist Who Was Regarded as the Father of Cognitive Therapy)
Aaron T. Beck
2
Birthdate: July 18, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, United States
Died: October 1, 2021
 29 
Freya Stark
(British-Italian Explorer and Travel Writer)
Freya Stark
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 31, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 9, 1993

Freya Stark was an Anglo-Italian travel writer and explorer. One of the first non-Arabs to explore the southern Arabian Desert, Stark penned down over 24 books on her travels in Afghanistan and the Middle East. She also wrote many essays and autobiographical works. In 1968, Freya Stark embarked on her last expedition to Afghanistan at the age of 75.

 30 
Luang Pu Thuat
(Monk)
Luang Pu Thuat
1
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 3, 1582
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Songkhla, Thailand
Died: March 6, 1682
 31 
Tom Denning, Baron Denning
(Lawyer)
Tom Denning, Baron Denning
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: January 23, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Whitchurch, Hampshire, England
Died: March 5, 1999

Tom Denning, Baron Denning was a British lawyer and judge. In 1938, Denning was appointed a King's Counsel before becoming a judge in the High Court of Justice in 1944. In 1962, he was appointed Master of the Rolls, a position which he held for two decades. Denning was called the greatest British judge of modern times by Margaret Thatcher.

 32 
Alexandra David-Néel
(Belgian–French Explorer, Anarchist, Spiritualist, and Writer)
Alexandra David-Néel
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1868
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Saint-Mandé, France
Died: September 8, 1969

Alexandra David-Néel was a Belgian–French explorer, anarchist, spiritualist, Buddhist, writer, and opera singer. She is best remembered for traveling to important spiritual centers, including Lhasa, Tibet in 1924, when foreigners were forbidden from entering Lhasa. Alexandra David-Néel wrote more than 30 books and her teachings influenced people like Allen Ginsberg, Benjamin Crème, Jack Kerouac, Ram Dass, and Alan Watts.   

 33 
W. Clement Stone
(Businessman & Self Help Book Author)
W. Clement Stone
2
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 3, 2002
 34 
Margaret Burbidge
(British-American Observational Astronomer and Astrophysicist Known for Her Contributions to the Theory of ‘Quasars')
Margaret Burbidge
0
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: August 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Davenport, Stockport, England
Died: April 5, 2020

Margaret Burbidge was a British-American observational astronomer and astrophysicist. She was the first author of the influential B2FH paper and one of the founders of stellar nucleosynthesis. She held several leadership and administrative posts and was well known for her work opposing discrimination against women in astronomy. In 1988, she was awarded the Albert Einstein World Award of Science. 

 35 
James Van Fleet
(Military Officer)
James Van Fleet
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1892
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Fort Lee, New Jersey, United States
Died: September 23, 1992
 36 
Mario Bunge
(Argentine-Canadian Philosopher and Physicist)
Mario Bunge
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 21, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Florida Oeste, Argentina
Died: February 24, 2020

Argentine-Canadian philosopher, physicist, and educator Mario Bunge is best remembered for his work on social sciences, metaphysics, and the philosophy of the mind. Part of the school of scientific realism, he had published more than 400 papers and was named to Science magazine’s Science Hall of Fame.

 37 
Moses Montefiore
(Financier)
Moses Montefiore
1
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: October 24, 1784
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Livorno, Italy
Died: July 28, 1885
 38 
Raymond of Penyafort
(Saint)
Raymond of Penyafort
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1175 AD
Birthplace: Santa Margarida i els Monjos, Spain
Died: January 6, 1275
 39 
Francisco Morales Bermúdez
(President of Peru from 1975 to 1980)
Francisco Morales Bermúdez
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: October 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lima, Peru
Died: July 14, 2022

Francisco Morales Bermúdez was a Peruvian general and politician. He served as the President of Peru from 29 August 1975 to 28 July 1980. A prominent political leader, Morales Bermúdez also served as the Prime Minister of Peru in 1975. From 1969 to 1974, Francisco Morales Bermúdez served as the Minister of Economy and Finance.

 40 
Frits Philips
(Dutch Entrepreneur)
Frits Philips
0
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 16, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Eindhoven, Netherlands
Died: December 5, 2005

Frits Philips, the only son of Anton Philips - a co-founder of Royal Philips Electronics N.V., served as the fourth Chairman of the BOD of Philips. Frits is also remembered for saving 382 Jews during the Nazi Occupation of the Netherlands in the Second World War for which he was later recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations by Yad Vashem.

 41 
Jacqueline Piatigorsky
(French-American Chess Player and Author)
Jacqueline Piatigorsky
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 15, 2012

Jacqueline Piatigorsky was a French-American sculptor, chess player, philanthropist, author, and arts patron. As a chess player, Piatigorsky represented the USA in the first Women's Chess Olympiad, in 1957, where she won a bronze medal. An important patron of the arts, Jacqueline Piatigorsky helped raise money for the New England Conservatory of Music to create an award for deserving artists. 

 42 
Elizabeth Holloway Marston
(Psychologist)
Elizabeth Holloway Marston
1
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: February 20, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Isle of Man
Died: March 27, 1993
 43 
Stanley Kunitz
(American Poet)
Stanley Kunitz
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: July 29, 1905
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 14, 2006
 44 
Chuck Williams
(American author)
Chuck Williams
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 2, 1915
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Florida, United States
Died: December 5, 2015
 45 
Leon Štukelj
(Slovene Professional Gymnast and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Leon Štukelj
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 12, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Novo mesto, Slovenia
Died: November 8, 1999

Leon Štukelj was a Slovene gymnast best remembered for winning two gold medals at the 1924 Olympic Games and one gold and two bronze medals at the 1928 Games in Amsterdam. He then went on to win a silver medal at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Štukelj was inducted into the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame in 1997.

 46 
Jacinto Convit
(Physician)
Jacinto Convit
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: September 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Caracas, Venezuela
Died: May 12, 2014
 47 
V. R. Krishna Iyer
(Indian Judge Who Became a Pioneer of Judicial Activism)
V. R. Krishna Iyer
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 15, 1914
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Palakkad, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: December 4, 2014

Known widely as The People’s Judge, V. R. Krishna Iyer had been a Supreme Court judge for almost 8 years. A champion for human rights, he pioneered the practice of offering legal aid to underprivileged people. The Padma Vibhushan winner was also a sports lover.

 48 
Ba Jin
(Writer, Translator, Esperantist, Autobiographer, Children's writer)
Ba Jin
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 25, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chengdu
Died: October 17, 2005
 49 
Elly Beinhorn
(Pilot)
Elly Beinhorn
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover, Germany
Died: November 28, 2007
 50 
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
(Photographer)
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
0
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
Died: October 19, 2002