Famous People Who Died At 99

The list of famous people who died at 99 includes Homer, Morarji Desai, Gulzarilal Nanda, Michael DeBakey, Charles H. Townes. Famous personalities featured on this list, include artists, philosophers, surgeons and actors and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 99 includes people from United States, India, France & Poland 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
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Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021

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

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Prince Philip
(Husband of Queen Elizabeth II)
Prince Philip
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mon Repos, Corfu, Greece
Died: April 9, 2021

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 
Zsa Zsa Gabor
(Actress & Socialite)
Zsa Zsa Gabor
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Birthdate: February 6, 1917
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
Died: December 18, 2016
Zsa Zsa Gabor was a stage actor and also became Miss Hungary before she moved to the U.S. Fans loved her in Moulin Rouge and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. She was known for her flamboyant lifestyle and her nine marriages, including one to hotelier Conrad Hilton. 
 4 
Eddie Albert
(American actor)
Eddie Albert
2
Birthdate: April 22, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rock Island, Illinois, United States
Died: May 26, 2005
 5 
Lillian Gish
(Actress)
Lillian Gish
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Birthdate: October 14, 1893
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Springfield, Ohio, United States
Died: February 27, 1993
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 6 
John Wooden
(Basketball coach)
John Wooden
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 14, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hall, Indiana, United States
Died: June 4, 2010
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 7 
Charlie Munger
(Investor, Businessman and Vice Chairman of ‘Berkshire Hathaway’)
Charlie Munger
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Died: November 28, 2023

Charlie Munger is an American businessman, investor, architectural designer, and former real estate attorney. Over the years, he has played an important role as the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. A well-known philanthropist, Charlie Munger has donated millions of dollars to universities and schools.

 8 
Max Schmeling
(German Boxer Who Was Heavyweight Champion of the World between 1930 and 1932)
Max Schmeling
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Klein Luckow, Jatznick, Germany
Died: February 2, 2005
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 9 
June Foray
(Former Voice actress who Provided the voice of Rocket J. Squirrel in the animated series Rocky and Bullwinkle from 1959 to 1964)
June Foray
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Birthdate: September 18, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 25, 2017
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
 10 
Hugh Downs
(Broadcaster)
Hugh Downs
5
Birthdate: February 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States
Died: July 1, 2020
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
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Morarji Desai
(Politician, Prime Minister of India)
Morarji Desai
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 29, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bhadeli, Bombay Presidency, British India
Died: April 10, 1995
Bharat Ratna-recipient Morarji Desai was a freedom fighter and served as the prime minister of India from 1977 to 1979. He had also been the minister of home affairs and the minister of finance. He was initially part of the Indian National Congress and later joined the Janata Party
 12 
Fe del Mundo
(Pediatrician)
Fe del Mundo
12
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: November 27, 1911
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Intramuros
Died: August 6, 2011

Fe del Mundo was a Filipina paediatrician who achieved international recognition in 1977 when she was honored with the prestigious Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service. In 1980, she was named National Scientist of the Philippines, becoming the first woman to be named so. Del Mundo is credited with founding Philippines' first pediatric hospital.

 13 
Billy Graham
(American Evangelist and an Ordained Southern Baptist Minister)
Billy Graham
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 7, 1918
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
Died: February 21, 2018
Billy Graham was an evangelist and an ordained SBC minister. He had been on Gallup's list of the 10 most admired men 61 times. He broadcast his sermons through radio and TV, and organized annual "Crusades,” or evangelistic campaigns. He owned several media outlets and advised many U.S. presidents. 
 14 
Michael DeBakey
(Cardiac Surgeon)
Michael DeBakey
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Birthdate: September 7, 1908
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lake Charles, Louisiana, United States
Died: July 11, 2008

Cardiac surgeon Michael DeBakey pioneered many treatments of cardiovascular ailments and also invented instruments such as the roller pump, later used for open-heart surgery procedures. He was also instrumental in developing MASH units and was awarded several prestigious awards, such as the Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal.

 15 
Juanita Moore
(Actress)
Juanita Moore
5
Birthdate: October 19, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, U.S.
Died: January 1, 2014
 16 
Mitch Miller
(Musician)
Mitch Miller
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: July 4, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York, United States
Died: July 31, 2010
 17 
Al Hirschfeld
(Caricaturist, Artist, Postage stamp designer)
Al Hirschfeld
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 21, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis
Died: January 20, 2003
 18 
Mathilde Kschessinska
(Russian Ballerina and the First Russian Dancer to Master 32 Consecutive 'Fouettés en Tournant')
Mathilde Kschessinska
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 31, 1872
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ligovo, Russia
Died: December 6, 1971

Mathilde Kschessinska was a Russian ballerina hailing from the Polish noble family Krzesiński. She was the daughter of Feliks Krzesiński, who danced in Saint Petersburg.  As a young woman, she married Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovich of Russia. She later opened her own ballet school and trained students, such as Margot Fonteyn, Alicia Markova, and André Eglevsky. 

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Gulzarilal Nanda
(Former Prime Minister of India)
Gulzarilal Nanda
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 4, 1898
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sialkot, Punjab, British India (now in Punjab, Pakistan)
Died: January 15, 1998

Gulzarilal Nanda was the acting prime minister of India after the deaths of sitting prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru in 1964 and Lal Bahadur Shastri in 1966. The Bharat Ratna winner had previously been jailed twice for his participation in Mahatma Gandhi’s Non-Cooperation Movement. He had also been an economics professor.

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Maria Franziska von Trapp
(Austrian American Singer)
Maria Franziska von Trapp
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: September 28, 1914
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zell am See, Austria
Died: February 18, 2014
 21 
Carl Barks
(Screenwriter, Writer, Painter, Farmer, Journalist)
Carl Barks
2
Birthdate: March 27, 1901
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Merrill
Died: August 25, 2000
 22 
Charles H. Townes
0
Birthdate: July 28, 1915
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
Died: January 27, 2015
 23 
S.S. Kresge
(Businessman)
S.S. Kresge
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: July 31, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: October 18, 1966
 24 
John Paul Stevens
(American Lawyer, Judge and Navy officer)
John Paul Stevens
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: July 16, 2019
 25 
Risë Stevens
(American Actress and Singer)
Risë Stevens
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 11, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2013

Risë Stevens was an American actress and singer. She is best remembered for playing the titular role in Carmen. She is also remembered for her association with the Metropolitan Opera National Company, where she worked as director from 1963 to 1968. Stevens' life and career inspired two biographies, namely Subway to the Met and Risë Stevens: A Life in Music.

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Owen Barfield
(Philosopher, Writer)
Owen Barfield
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Birthdate: November 9, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London
Died: December 14, 1997
 27 
Ernesto Sabato
(Argentine Novelist, Essayist, Painter, and Physicist)
Ernesto Sabato
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 24, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rojas, Buenos Aires Province, Argentina
Died: April 30, 2011

Initially a physicist and mathematician, Ernesto Sabato did his postdoctoral research at prestigious institutes such as MIT. His articles opposing the Juan Peron government of Argentina in La Nación got him removed from his teaching posts. The Cervantes Prize-winning author is best remembered for his works such as El Túnel.

 28 
Bob Sheppard
(Officer, Baseball player)
Bob Sheppard
1
Birthdate: October 20, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Richmond Hill
Died: July 11, 2010
 29 
Jack Steinberger
(Physicist)
Jack Steinberger
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Kissingen, Germany
Died: December 12, 2020

Jack Steinberger was a German-born American experimental particle physicist who was known for his path-breaking work on neutrinos. Working with Leon M. Lederman and Melvin Schwartz, Jack Steinberger obtained the first laboratory-made stream of neutrino and in the process discovered the muon neutrino. The beam so produced later became a basic research tool for studying subatomic particles, earning the trio the 1988 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Hy Zaret
(Lyricist)
Hy Zaret
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: July 2, 2007
 31 
George Devol
(Inventor)
George Devol
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: February 20, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: August 11, 2011
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Mike Nussbaum
Mike Nussbaum
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Birthdate: December 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: December 23, 2023
 33 
Hildegarde
(Singer)
Hildegarde
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 1, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Adell, Wisconsin, United States
Died: July 29, 2005
 34 
Julia Dent Cantacuzene Spiransky-Grant
(Historian)
Julia Dent Cantacuzene Spiransky-Grant
1
Birthdate: June 6, 1876
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: The White House, Washington, D.C., United States
Died: October 4, 1975
 35 
Eve Arnold
(Journalist, Photographer, Photojournalist)
Eve Arnold
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 21, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Philadelphia
Died: January 4, 2012
 36 
Keiko Fukuda
(Japanese-American Martial Artist)
Keiko Fukuda
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 12, 1913
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: February 9, 2013

The highest-ranked female judoka in the history of the sport, Keiko Fukuda was also the last-surviving student of the founder of the art, Kanō Jigorō. Apart from breaking the male bastion of the judo circuit, she also penned books, launched a kata championship, and taught judo around the world.

 37 
Luis A. Ferre
(Engineer)
Luis A. Ferre
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: February 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ponce, Puerto Rico
Died: October 20, 2003
 38 
Paul D. Boyer
(Biochemist)
Paul D. Boyer
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 31, 1918
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Provo, Utah, United States
Died: June 2, 2018

American biochemist, analytical chemist, and professor Paul Delos Boyer was the first Utah-born Nobel laureate. His elucidation of enzymatic mechanism underlying synthesis of adenosine triphosphate with John E. Walker led the two to jointly win the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry which they co-received with Jens C. Skou for a separate research of the latter.

 39 
Yvette Chauviré
(French Prima Ballerina)
Yvette Chauviré
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Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: April 22, 1917
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 19, 2016

Yvette Chauviré was a French actress and ballet dancer. Regarded as the greatest ballerina from France, Chauviré also served as the coach of prima ballerinas like Marie-Claude Pietragalla and Sylvie Guillem. Her life and career inspired a documentary film titled Yvette Chauviré: une étoile pour l'example which was released in 1983. In 1964, she was awarded the Legion of Honour.

 40 
Elisabeth Welch
(Singer)
Elisabeth Welch
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 27, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Died: July 15, 2003

Elisabeth Welch was an American actress, singer, and entertainer who came up with popular songs like Far Away in Shanty Town, Love for Sale, and Stormy Weather during an illustrious career spanning more than 70 years. In February 2012, she was posthumously honored by Bonnie Greer who unveiled a blue plaque at Ovington Court where Welch lived during the mid-30s.

 41 
Tadeusz Reichstein
(Polish-Swiss Chemist Who Won the 1950 Nobel Prize in Medicine for His Work on Isolation of Cortisone)
Tadeusz Reichstein
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 20, 1897
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wloclawek, Poland
Died: August 1, 1996

Swiss chemist Tadeusz Reichstein is remembered for his Nobel Prize-winning research on the hormones of the adrenal cortex. He also taught pharmaceutical chemistry and organic chemistry at the University of Basel and independently discovered the synthesis of vitamin C. At 99, he was the oldest-living Nobel laureate until his death.

 42 
Ismail Samani
(Sāmānid ruler)
Ismail Samani
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Listed In: Emperors & Kings
Birthdate: 0850
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Balkh, Afghanistan
Died: November 24, 0949

Ismail Samani was the Samanid amir of Khorasan and Transoxiana. His reign as the Amir of the Samanid Empire witnessed the development of the Samanids as a dominant force. Ismail Samani is remembered as a strong ruler and a competent general.

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J. R. Simplot
(Entrepreneur)
J. R. Simplot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 4, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dubuque, Iowa, United States
Died: May 25, 2008
 44 
Jens C Skou
(Danish Biochemist and Winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Chemistry)
Jens C Skou
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 8, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lemvig, Denmark
Died: May 28, 2018

Jens C. Skou was a Danish biochemist best known for his work in the field of animal cells. Along with Paul D. Boyer and John E. Walker, he was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1997. He had a brilliant academic career and remained active well into his 90s. He died at the age of 99. 

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Ronald Neame
(English Film Director, Producer, Screenwriter, and Cinematographer)
Ronald Neame
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Birthdate: April 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 16, 2010

Ronald Neame was an English film director, producer, screenwriter, and cinematographer. Over the course of his career, Neame received several Academy Award nominations under various categories. Ronald Neame's contributions to the film industry earned him the BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award in 1996.

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T. Berry Brazelton
(American Pediatrician, Author, and the Developer of the Neonatal Behavioral Assessment Scale (NBAS))
T. Berry Brazelton
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: May 10, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Waco, Texas, United States
Died: March 13, 2018

American pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton conducted ground-breaking studies on newborn behavioral research. He is also remembered for his Emmy-winning show What Every Baby Knows and for his books such as Toddlers and Parents. He had advocated for parental and medical leaves and been part of the National Commission on Children.

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Maurice Allais
(Economist)
Maurice Allais
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Birthdate: May 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: October 9, 2010

Maurice Allais was a French economist and physicist. Much revered and respected within the realm of economic analysis, Maurice Allais was honored with the prestigious Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1988. Allais' works served as a major influence on popular French economists like Jacques Lesourne, Gérard Debreu, Marcel Boiteux, and Edmond Malinvaud.

 48 
William Henry Jackson
(Painter, Photographer, Explorer, Artist, Mountaineer)
William Henry Jackson
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Listed In: Photographers
Birthdate: April 4, 1843
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Keeseville
Died: June 30, 1942
 49 
Johan Ferrier
(1st President of Suriname)
Johan Ferrier
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 12, 1910
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Paramaribo, Suriname
Died: January 4, 2010
 50 
Vo Chi Cong
(Politician)
Vo Chi Cong
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quang Nam Province, Vietnam
Died: September 8, 2011