Famous People Who Died At 75

The list of famous people who died at 75 includes Pythagoras, Alexander Graham Bell, Archimedes, Roy Scheider, J. P. Morgan. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, actors and poets and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 75 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Germany and many more countries.
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Alexander Graham Bell
(Inventor of Telephone & Co-Founder of 'American Telephone and Telegraph Company (AT&T)')
Alexander Graham Bell
55
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 2 
Pythagoras
(Greek Philosopher, Mathematician and Founder of Pythagoreanism)
Pythagoras
78
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 0570 BC
Birthplace: Samos, Greece
Died: 0495 BC

Pythagoras was an Ionian Greek philosopher. He is credited with many scientific and mathematical discoveries, including the Sphericity of the Earth, the Theory of Proportions, the five regular solids, Pythagorean tuning, and the Pythagorean Theorem. Pythagoras influenced other philosophers like Plato and Aristotle. His philosophy also had a major impact on personalities like Isaac Newton, Johannes Kepler, and Nicolaus Copernicus.

 3 
Rocky Johnson
(Professional Wrestler and Father of Actor and Former WWE Wrestler Dwayne Johnson)
Rocky Johnson
34
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amherst, Canada
Died: January 15, 2020

The father of former WWE wrestler and actor Dwayne Johnson, Rocky Johnson was a popular Canadian professional wrestler. He was the first black wrestler to win the Georgia Heavyweight Championship. He inspired several popular wrestlers, such as The Rock. He is also credited with helping wrestlers like Hulk Hogan establish themselves in the wrestling world.

 4 
John McAfee
(Computer Programmer and Businessman Who Wrote the First Commercial Anti-Virus Software)
John McAfee
42
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 18, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cinderford, Gloucestershire, England
Died: June 23, 2021

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.

 5 
Michael Faraday
(English Scientist Who Contributed to the Study of Electromagnetism and Electrochemistry)
Michael Faraday
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: September 22, 1791
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newington Butts, London, United Kingdom
Died: August 5, 1867

Michael Faraday was an English scientist known for his contribution to the study of electrochemistry and electromagnetism. Considered one of the most influential scientists ever, Faraday's inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices established the basis for electric motor technology. His research also helped understand the concept of the electromagnetic field. Ernest Rutherford called him one of the greatest scientific discoverers ever.

 6 
Duke Ellington
(One of the Greatest Jazz Composers & Bandleader)
Duke Ellington
22
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 29, 1899
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: May 24, 1974
Jazz legend Duke Ellington managed his orchestra till his death, and over a 6-decade-long career. He is known for his collaborations with legends such as pianist and composer Billy Strayhorn. He termed his music “American music” and refused to attach any category to it. He received a posthumous Pulitzer Prize.
 7 
J. P. Morgan
(Financier)
J. P. Morgan
38
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States
Died: March 31, 1913
J.P. Morgan was an iconic figure of the economic boom of the Gilded Age and established the investment banking firm J.P. Morgan & Co. He also controlled companies such as U.S. Steel, General Electric, and AT&T. He prevented the American economy from collapsing during the Panic of 1907.
 8 
Roy Scheider
(One of the Most Unique and Distinguished of all Hollywood Actors)
Roy Scheider
10
Birthdate: November 10, 1932
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: City of Orange, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 10, 2008
Roy Scheider is best remembered as Martin Brody from Jaws and its sequel. Fans also loved him in his Oscar-nominated roles in The French Connection and All That Jazz, and as Nathan Bridger in the sci-fi series seaQuest DSV. He had been an amateur boxer and an air force captain. 
 9 
Penny Marshall
(Actress)
Penny Marshall
18
Birthdate: October 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 17, 2018
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 10 
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, 2021
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.
 11 
Brian Keith
(American Actor)
Brian Keith
15
Birthdate: November 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bayonne, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24, 1997
Brian Keith is best remembered for playing Bill Davis in the sitcom Family Affair and Judge Milton C. Hardcastle in Hardcastle and McCormick. He also starred in the 1961 movie The Parent Trap and played President Theodore Roosevelt in The Wind and the Lion. He died of suicide by gunshot.
 12 
Dom DeLuise
(Actor)
Dom DeLuise
13
Birthdate: August 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA
Died: May 4, 2009
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 13 
Cindy Williams
(Actress and Producer Known for Her Role as ‘Shirley Feeney’ on the TV Sitcom ‘Happy Days’)
Cindy Williams
10
Birthdate: August 22, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: January 25, 2023
Cindy Williams is best known for her Golden Globe-nominated role of Shirley Feeney in the series Laverne and Shirley. Fans also loved her as Laurie Henderson in the film American Graffiti, a role that earned her a BAFTA nomination. She has authored a memoir and promoted Visiting Angels.
 14 
David Ogden Stiers
(Actor)
David Ogden Stiers
5
Birthdate: October 31, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Peoria, Illinois, USA
Died: March 3, 2018
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 15 
Christopher Robin Milne
(Author)
Christopher Robin Milne
8
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chelsea, London, United Kingdom
Died: April 20, 1996
 16 
Rutger Hauer
(Dutch Actor Known for His Films: 'Turkish Delight', 'Nighthawks' and 'Blade Runner')
Rutger Hauer
11
Birthdate: January 23, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Breukelen, Netherlands
Died: July 19, 2019

Dutch actor Rutger Hauer, tagged as the Best Dutch Actor of the Century by the Dutch public, gained spotlight with his debut film, Turkish Delight, the most successful film in the history of Dutch cinema. Moving on, he gained international recognition with other Dutch films like Spetters, and etched his name in Hollywood with films like Nighthawks and Blade Runner.   

 17 
Donald Pleasence
(Actor)
Donald Pleasence
8
Birthdate: October 5, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worksop
Died: February 2, 1995

Donald Pleasence was an English actor best remembered for his portrayal of Ernst Stavro Blofeld in the popular 1967 James Bond movie You Only Live Twice. His performance in the film was later parodied by Canadian actor Mike Myers in the Austin Powers film series. Donald Pleasence was also an important theatre actor; he received four Tony Award nominations.

 18 
James Mason
13
Birthdate: May 15, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Huddersfield, England
Died: July 27, 1984

James Mason was an English actor known for his work in both British cinema and Hollywood. One of the most bankable actors during the mid-1940s, Mason became the first person to be honored with the BAFTA Award for Outstanding British Film. He is credited with saving Buster Keaton's reels of nitrate film, which he discovered in Keaton’s previously owned house.

 19 
Gwen Verdon
(Actress and Dancer Known for Her Work in the Musicals: ‘Damn Yankees’, ‘Sweet Charity’, and ‘Chicago’)
Gwen Verdon
3
Birthdate: January 13, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Culver City, California, United States
Died: October 18, 2000

Four-time Tony-winning actor Gwen Verdon is remembered for her SAG-nominated performance in Marvin’s Room. She was known for her signature red hair and her love for cats. She was nominated for Emmys for the series Magnum, P.I., Dream On, and Homicide: Life on the Street. She inspired the series Fosse/Verdon.

 20 
Cynthia Lennon
(John Lennon's Ex-Wife)
Cynthia Lennon
14
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 10, 1939
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Blackpool, England
Died: April 1, 2015
Cynthia Lennon, the first wife of the Beatles singer John Lennon, met John at a calligraphy class. They divorced on the grounds of adultery, after John started dating Japanese artist Yoko Ono. Cynthia married thrice later, and even released a memoir and a biography, detailing her relationship with John Lennon.
 21 
Henry Clay
(Political Leader)
Henry Clay
9
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 12, 1777
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hanover County, Virginia, United States
Died: June 29, 1852

Henry Clay was an American statesman who represented Kentucky in the US House of Representatives as well as US Senate. Considered one of the most important political figures of his era, Clay helped found the Whig Party and the National Republican Party. He is also considered one of the greatest speakers in the history of the US House of Representatives.

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Dizzy Gillespie
(One of the Greatest Jazz Trumpeters of All Time)
Dizzy Gillespie
7
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: October 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cheraw, South Carolina, United States
Died: January 6, 1993

Jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and singer Dizzy Gillespie developed the virtuoso style of Roy Eldridge, modifying it with innovative harmony and rhythm. He popularized the bebop style of music and was famous for his signature horn-rimmed spectacles. His contribution to modern jazz earned him the title of the Ambassador of Jazz.

 23 
Ivan Reitman
(Director Known for His Comedy Film ‘Ghostbusters’ & Owner of the ‘Montecito Picture Company')
Ivan Reitman
12
Birthdate: October 27, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Komárno, Czechoslovakia
Died: February 12, 2022

Ivan Reitman is a screenwriter and film and TV producer and director. He is a co-owner of The Montecito Picture Company. He attended McMaster University, where he studied music. After being fired from his first job at a TV channel, he went on to produce stage productions. Later on, he began producing films as well. 

 24 
Satchel Paige
(American Professional Baseball Pitcher)
Satchel Paige
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 7, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mobile, Alabama, United States
Died: June 8, 1982

Legendary baseball pitcher Satchel Paige was part of the MLB and the Negro League Baseball. The National Baseball Hall of Fame inductee began his career playing for the Chattanooga Black Lookouts and later played for teams such as the Cleveland Indians. He was the American League’s first black pitcher.

 25 
Harpo Marx
(Comedian and Actor Well-Known for His Clown and Pantomime Traditions With a Curly Reddish Blond Hairstyle)
Harpo Marx
4
Birthdate: November 23, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: September 28, 1964
Harpo Marx was the second-oldest of the Marx Brothers, namely Groucho and Chico Marx. Opposed to the verbal comedy of his brothers, Harpo focused on physical comedy and gained fame for his signature curly-haired wig. He used props such as canes and harps, and was always silent in his appearances.
 26 
Ferdinand Porsche
(Automotive Engineer and Founder of the ‘Porsche AG’)
Ferdinand Porsche
12
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

 27 
Gerd Müller
(One of the Greatest Football Goal Scorers of All Time)
Gerd Müller
29
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 3, 1945
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nördlingen, Germany
Died: August 15, 2021
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.
 28 
Tom Landry
(American Professional Football Player and Coach)
Tom Landry
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mission, Texas, United States
Died: February 12, 2000
American football player and two-time Superbowl-winning coach Tom Landry had successful stints with the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. He was also the longest-tenured NFL coach, working with the Dallas Cowboys for 29 seasons. He pioneered the 4–3 defense and the flex defense. 
 29 
Herbert Sobel
(U.S. Army Officer)
Herbert Sobel
13
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 26, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: September 30, 1987

Herbert Sobel was an American military man who commanded Easy Company during World War II. Although he played a key role during the war, Sobel was despised by his soldiers due to his arrogance. In the 2001 war drama miniseries Band of Brothers, Herbert Sobel was portrayed by David Schwimmer.

 30 
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
(First American poet to translate Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy)
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
13
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 27, 1807
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Portland, Maine, United States
Died: March 24, 1882
 31 
Samuel Johnson
3
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 18, 1709
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lichfield, England
Died: December 13, 1784

Essayist, biographer, lexicographer, and literary critic Samuel Johnson, or Dr. Johnson, is remembered for his A Dictionary of the English Language and Lives of the Most Eminent English Poets. He was also a poet, a playwright, and a staunch Tory. His mannerisms indicated he had Tourette syndrome.

 32 
Cosimo de' Medici
(He Established the Medici Family as Effective Rulers of Florence During Much of the Italian Renaissance)
Cosimo de' Medici
6
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 10, 1389
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: August 1, 1464

One of the main patriarchs of the famed Medici family that ruled Florence, Italian banker Cosimo de' Medici was one of the richest men of his time. Medici was also a great patron of art and architecture. He also arranged a search for ancient manuscripts and opened a public library.

 33 
Basil Rathbone
(British Actor Who Portrayed Sherlock Holmes in 14 Hollywood Films)
Basil Rathbone
4
Birthdate: June 13, 1892
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa
Died: July 21, 1967

Basil Rathbone was an English actor best remembered for playing private detective Sherlock Holmes in 14 movies made between 1939 and 1946. Renowned for playing morally ambiguous characters, Rathbone won the prestigious Tony Award for his portrayal of Dr. Austin Sloper in The Heiress. Basil Rathbone has been honored with three stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 34 
Mary Seacole
(Heroine of the Crimean War)
Mary Seacole
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: May 14, 1881

Mary Seacole was a British-Jamaican nurse, businesswoman, and healer. She played a major role during the Crimean War, providing aid for wounded servicemen and nursing them back to health. In 1991, Seacole was posthumously honored with the Jamaican Order of Merit. In 2004, she was named the greatest black Briton for her contribution during the war.

 35 
Ibn-al-Haytham
(Arab Mathematician, Astronomer, and Physicist of the Islamic Golden Age)
Ibn-al-Haytham
22
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 0965 AD
Birthplace: Basrah, Iraq
Died: 1040 AD

Ibn al-Haytham was an Arab mathematician, physicist, and astronomer of the Islamic Golden Age. He is best remembered for his contributions to the principles of optics for which he is called the father of modern optics. He was the first person to explain visual perception. A polymath, Ibn al-Haytham also wrote influential books on philosophy, medicine, and theology. 

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Timothy Francis Leary
(American Psychologist and Writer Known for His Strong Advocacy of Psychedelic Drugs)
Timothy Francis Leary
11
Birthdate: October 22, 1920
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: May 31, 1996

Psychologist and former Harvard professor Timothy Leary was an advocate of psychedelic drugs. His research experiments included the controversial Concord Prison Experiment and Marsh Chapel Experiment. After being fired from Harvard for his actions, he continued promoting his theories through catchphrases such as “turn on, tune in, drop out.”

 37 
Milburn Stone
17
Birthdate: July 5, 1904
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Burrton, Kansas, United States
Died: June 12, 1980
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 38 
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
(First Deputy Prime Minister of India and First Home Minister of India)
Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel
29
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 31, 1875
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nadiad, Gujarat, India
Died: December 15, 1950

Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel was an Indian politician who played an influential role in the Indian independence movement. Dubbed the Iron Man of India and Unifier of India, Sardar Patel played an important role in integrating various princely states into a united, independent nation. In 2018, the world's tallest statue called the Statue of Unity was dedicated to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

 39 
Don Cornelius
(Television show host)
Don Cornelius
11
Birthdate: September 27, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, USA
Died: February 1, 2012
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 40 
Wayne Dyer
(Self-Help Author and Motivational Speaker)
Wayne Dyer
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 10, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit
Died: August 29, 2015
 41 
Chad Everett
8
Birthdate: June 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States
Died: July 24, 2012
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 42 
Geraldine Ferraro
(Politician)
Geraldine Ferraro
11
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newburgh, New York, United States
Died: March 26, 2011
 43 
Tom Seaver
(Baseball Pitcher)
Tom Seaver
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Fresno, California, United States
Died: August 31, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 44 
Charles Perrault
(Iconic French Author Who Laid the Foundations for a New Literary Genre, the 'Fairy Tale')
Charles Perrault
6
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: January 12, 1628
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: May 16, 1703

Most people have grown up reading fairy tales such as Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. However, they aren’t probably aware that these folk tales were first collated and presented under the genre fairy tales, as Tales of Mother Goose, by 17th-century French author Charles Perrault.

 45 
Zdzisław Beksiński
(Polish Painter During 20th-century)
Zdzisław Beksiński
3
Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: February 24, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sanok, Poland
Died: February 21, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 46 
Pappy Boyington
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 4, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, United States
Died: January 11, 1988
 47 
Cokie Roberts
(Journalist)
Cokie Roberts
15
Birthdate: December 27, 1943
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Died: September 17, 2019
 48 
Karl Landsteiner
(Physician)
Karl Landsteiner
12
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: June 14, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vienna
Died: June 26, 1943

Karl Landsteiner was a physician, biologist, and immunologist. He is credited with distinguishing the main blood groups as well as identifying the Rhesus factor. He is also credited with discovering the polio virus along with Erwin Popper and Constantin Levaditi. He won the Aronson Prize in 1926. In 1930, Landsteiner was honored with the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

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Joan Kroc
(Businessperson)
Joan Kroc
9
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 12, 2003
 50 
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, 2007