Died On December 12th

Discover the most famous people who died on December 12. The list includes people like Anne Baxter, Robert Browning, Joseph Heller, Heydar Aliyev, Menelik II. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, emperors & kings, actors and poets and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, Germany, United Kingdom & Denmark and many more countries.
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 1 
Peter Boyle
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Frank Barone’ in the TV Series ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’)
Peter Boyle
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Birthdate: October 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2006

Peter Boyle was an American actor, best known for playing Frank Barone in the popular TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. Boyle's death, which was caused by multiple myeloma and heart disease, had a great impact on many of his colleagues. His widow, Loraine, founded the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund, which is the most successful fundraiser for the International Myeloma Foundation.

 2 
Charley Pride
(Country Singer and One of Three African-American Members of the 'Grand Ole Opr')
Charley Pride
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sledge, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2020
Charley Pride was an American professional baseball player, guitarist, and singer. During the 1970s, Pride became the best-selling singer for RCA Records since Elvis Presley. In his illustrious career, Pride won many awards including three American Music Awards and four Grammy Awards. In 2000, Pride was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.
 3 
Anne Baxter
(American Actress Who Starred in Hollywood Films, Broadway Productions and TV Series)
Anne Baxter
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Birthdate: May 7, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Michigan City, Indiana, United States
Died: 1985

Anne Baxter is best remembered for her Academy Award- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Sophie MacDonald in The Razor's Edge. Her other notable projects were the film All About Eve and the series The Name of the Game. She also actively participated in Republican campaigns.

 4 
Vicente Fernández
(Mexican Ranchera Singer, Actor and Film Producer)
Vicente Fernández
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huentitán El Alto, Jalisco, Mexico
Died: 2021
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.
 5 
Jack Cassidy
(Actor)
Jack Cassidy
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Birthdate: March 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Richmond Hill, New York, USA
Died: 1976
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 6 
Tallulah Bankhead
(American Actress)
Tallulah Bankhead
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Birthdate: January 31, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Died: 1968
Tallulah Bankhead was the daughter of former speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives William Brockman Bankhead. She also gained fame for her role in Alfred Hitchcock's Lifeboat. She had also been part of radio and TV shows. She had a life riddled with bisexual promiscuity and alcoholism.
 7 
Van Johnson
(American Singer, Dancer, Theatre and Radio Actor)
Van Johnson
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Birthdate: August 25, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Died: 2008
Van Johnson was an MGM star of Hollywood’s Golden Age. He was known for his signature red hair, freckles, and boy-next-door image. Some of notable films include Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo and A Guy Named Joe. He also appeared in series such as Rich Man, Poor Man.
 8 
Danny Aiello
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Birthdate: June 20, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 2019

Actor, Danny Aiello, is best remembered for playing Salvatore "Sal" Frangione in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. The role earned him an Academy Award nomination. As a young man, he held many odd jobs before breaking into films. Handsome, talented, and ambitious, he soon made a name for himself in Hollywood.

 9 
Clementine Churchill
(Wife of Winston Churchill, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom)
Clementine Churchill
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 1, 1885
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Died: 1977
Clementine Churchill, wife of British prime minister Winston Churchill, worked with the Red Cross, to aid Russia, and with the YWCA War War Time Appeal, during World War II. She also managed canteens for YMCA during World War I. She received numerous accolades, including the CBE and a life peerage.
 10 
Robert Browning
(Poet & Playwright)
Robert Browning
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 7, 1812
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Camberwell
Died: 1889

Robert Browning was an English playwright and poet best remembered for his dramatic monologues. His monologues are widely studied around the world as most teachers consider them ideal examples of the monologue form. One of the most important Victorian poets, Browning has inspired several poets and playwrights. 

 11 
Menelik II
(Emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913)
Menelik II
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Birthdate: August 17, 1844
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Angolalla Tera
Died: 1913

Menelik II reigned as the emperor of Ethiopia from 1889 to 1913 after ruling as the king of Shewa from 1866 to 1889. He is credited with transforming the Ethiopian Empire by expanding his kingdom into Wolayta, Sidama, and Kaffa kingdoms. Fascinated by modernity, Menelik II played a major role in modernizing Ethiopia.

 12 
Tom Laughlin
(Actor)
Tom Laughlin
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Birthdate: August 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died: 2013
 13 
Douglas Fairbanks
(Actor)
Douglas Fairbanks
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Birthdate: May 23, 1883
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: 1939
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 14 
George Montgomery
(Best Known for His Work in Western Films)
George Montgomery
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Birthdate: August 27, 1916
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brady, Montana, United States
Died: 2000

George Montgomery was an American actor best remembered for his work in television and Western films. A multi-talented personality, Montgomery was also known as a director, producer, stuntman, writer, sculptor, painter, and furniture craftsman. George Montgomery achieved popularity after singing with 20th Century Fox in 1939; he then went on to become a leading man in Hollywood during the 1940s.

 15 
Joseph Heller
(Best Known for His Novel "Catch-22.")
Joseph Heller
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 1, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coney Island, New York, United States
Died: 1999
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Henrietta Swan Leavitt
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: July 4, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lancaster, Massachusetts
Died: 1921

Born to a church minister, Henrietta Swan Leavitt grew up to work as a “human computer” at the Harvard Observatory. The American astronomer gained fame for discovering the period-luminosity relation of Cepheid variables. However, her brilliant scientific career was halted by her death due to stomach cancer at 53.

 17 
Yasujirō Ozu
(Japanese Film Director and Screenwriter)
Yasujirō Ozu
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Birthdate: December 12, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: 1963

Yasujiro Ozu often ran away from school to watch movies at a local theater and later began his career as a camera assistant. He directed both silent films and talkies, including the masterpiece Tokyo Story, and is best remembered for his signature static camera effect and the use of the color red.

 18 
Josef Bican
(Austrian-Czech Professional Footballer Who Played as a Forward)
Josef Bican
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 25, 1913
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: 2001

Josef Bican was an Austrian-Czech footballer who played as a forward. According to Rec.Sport.Soccer Statistics Foundation, Bican scored more than 950 goals in 624 official matches, which makes him the second-most prolific goalscorer of all time in recorded history. In 2000, Josef Bican was honored with the Golden Ball by the IFFHS

 19 
William I of the Netherlands
(King of the Netherlands (1815 - 1840))
William I of the Netherlands
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Birthdate: August 24, 1772
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: The Hague, Netherlands
Died: 1843

William I of the Netherlands reigned as the king of the Netherlands from 1815 to 1840. Before declaring himself King of the Netherlands, William I had an influential career in the military. In 1790, he was made the Dutch States Army's general of infantry where he served under his father William V, who served as Captain-General. 

 20 
Stephen Báthory
(King of Poland and Grand Duke of Lithuania (1576 - 1586))
Stephen Báthory
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Birthdate: September 27, 1533
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Șimleu Silvaniei, Romania
Died: 1586

Stephen Báthory reigned as the King of Poland from 1 May 1576 to 12 December 1586. A member of the Báthory noble family of Hungary, Stephen ruled Transylvania during the 1570s before becoming the third elected king of Poland. Stephen Báthory is counted among the most successful kings in the history of Poland.

 21 
Paul Arizin
(Basketball player)
Paul Arizin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 9, 1928
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: 2006
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 22 
Stuart Roosa
(NASA Astronaut Who Piloted the Apollo 14 Mission)
Stuart Roosa
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 16, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Durango, Colorado, United States
Died: 1994

NASA astronaut and USAF pilot Stuart Roosa served as the Command Module Pilot for the 1971 Apollo 14 mission. He had begun his career as a smokejumper for the US Forest Service, before moving on to the USAF. Following his stint at NASA, he worked as an executive for Greek and US businesses.

 23 
Libertad Lamarque
(Mexican-Argentine Actress Known for Being 'The Queen of Melodramas')
Libertad Lamarque
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Birthdate: November 24, 1908
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Died: 2000

Libertad Lamarque was a Mexican-Argentine singer and actress. She is often counted among the icons of the Golden Age of Mexican and Argentine cinema. Lamarque achieved popularity throughout Latin America where she came to be known as The Sweetheart of the Americas. In 2000, Libertad Lamarque was honored with the Ariel Lifetime Achievement Award for her contributions to cinema.

 24 
Milutin Milanković
(Serbian Climatologist Who Gave the Explanation of Earth's Climate Changes, Which Partly Explained the Ice Ages)
Milutin Milanković
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 28, 1879
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dalj, Croatia
Died: 1958

Milutin Milanković was a Serbian astronomer, mathematician, geophysicist, climatologist, and civil engineer. He is best remembered for his explanation of Earth's climate changes, which partly explained the ice ages. Milutin Milankovitch's biography inspired a 2007 documentary film titled A Traveler Through Distant Worlds and Times.

 25 
Val Avery
(Actor)
Val Avery
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Birthdate: July 14, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 2009
 26 
Avery Dulles
(Jesuit Priest, Theologian and Cardinal of the Catholic Church)
Avery Dulles
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Auburn, New York, United States
Died: 2008

Avery Dulles was a Jesuit priest, cardinal of the Catholic Church, and theologian. Renowned for his skills as an author and lecturer, Dulles was associated with Woodstock College and the Catholic University of America from 1960 to 1974 and from 1974 to 1988, respectively. Over the course of his illustrious career, Avery Dulles received several prestigious honors and awards.

 27 
Ramanand Sagar
(Film director, Screenwriter, Film producer, Writer)
Ramanand Sagar
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Birthdate: December 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lahore
Died: 2005
 28 
Norman Bridwell
(Author, Illustrator)
Norman Bridwell
1
Birthdate: February 15, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kokomo, Indiana, United States
Died: 2014
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Andrew Taylor Still
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: August 6, 1828
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Lee County
Died: 1917
 30 
Jack Steinberger
(Physicist)
Jack Steinberger
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: May 25, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bad Kissingen, Germany
Died: 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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Tom Walkinshaw
(British Racing Car Driver from Scotland and the Founder of the Racing Team Tom Walkinshaw Racing)
Tom Walkinshaw
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mauldslie, Scotland
Died: 2010
 32 
Ndabaningi Sithole
(Zimbabwean Political Leader & Founder of a Militant Organization Called Zimbabwe African National Union)
Ndabaningi Sithole
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 21, 1920
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nyamandhlovu, Zimbabwe
Died: 2000

Ndabaningi Sithole was a Zimbabwean political leader best remembered for founding a militant organization called the Zimbabwe African National Union, which fought against the government of Rhodesia during the 1960s and 1970s. Ndabaningi Sithole was also one of the most prolific authors in Rhodesia; he published 12 books including a novel titled The Polygamist.

 33 
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek
(Former physician, medical researcher known for early discovery of prion disease)
Daniel Carleton Gajdusek
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Birthdate: September 9, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Yonkers, New York, United States
Died: 2008
 34 
Clifton Chenier
(Musician)
Clifton Chenier
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: June 25, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Opelousas, Louisiana, United States
Died: 1987
 35 
Mildred Bailey
(Singer)
Mildred Bailey
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tekoa, Washington, United States
Died: 1951
 36 
Paul Cadmus
(Artist)
Paul Cadmus
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Birthdate: December 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Died: 1999
 37 
Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol
(Psychiatrist)
Jean-Étienne-Dominique Esquirol
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Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: February 3, 1772
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Toulouse, France
Died: 1840
 38 
Ed McGivern
(American Sports Shooter)
Ed McGivern
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 20, 1874
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lewistown, Montana, United States
Died: 1957
 39 
Fadwa Tuqan
(Poet)
Fadwa Tuqan
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1917 AD
Birthplace: Nablus, Mandatory Palestine
Died: 2003
 40 
Albrecht von Haller
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: October 16, 1708
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bern
Died: 1777

Swiss biologist Albrecht von Haller, who is hailed as the father of experimental physiology, grew up as a sickly child and thus often avoided sports and mastered Greek, Hebrew, and the Bible instead. Associated with the University of Göttingen, he later penned Physiological Elements of the Human Body, which revolutionized medical science.

 41 
Theodor Heuss
(First President of West Germany (1949 -1959))
Theodor Heuss
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 31, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Brackenheim, Germany
Died: 1963

Apart from being the first president of West Germany, Theodor Heuss, the Free Democratic Party leader, also framed the new constitution of West Germany after World War II. Previously, he was a political journalist and was targeted by Hitler. Even his books were burned for being against German interests.

 42 
Frank Wolff
(Actor)
Frank Wolff
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Birthdate: May 11, 1928
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: 1971
 43 
Orlando Villas Bôas
(Explorer)
Orlando Villas Bôas
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Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: January 12, 1914
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Botucatu, Brazil
Died: 2002
 44 
Gebran Tueni
(Lebanese Politician and Editor of 'An Nahar' - Assassinated as Part of Syria's Opponents in Lebanon)
Gebran Tueni
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Birthdate: September 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Achrafieh, Beirut, Lebanon
Died: 2005

Gebran Tueni, who served as director-editorialist of An Nahar, gained international attention writing a front-page letter to Bashar Assad for withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. Tueni cofounded Qornet Shehwan Gathering, contributed to Cedar Revolution demonstrations and became Member of Parliament of Lebanon. He was killed in 2005 as part of a series of assassinations that struck Lebanon since 2004. 

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Amza Pellea
(Romanian Actor Best Remembered for His Portrayal of Romanian National Heroes in Films)
Amza Pellea
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Birthdate: April 7, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Băilești, Dolj County Dolj, Romania
Died: 1983

Amza Pellea was a Romanian actor best remembered for his portrayal of Romanian national heroes in films. He started his career as a theatre actor before establishing himself as a film actor, playing historical Romanian leaders. Amza Pellea also worked as a professor at the Caragiale National University of Theatre and Film in Bucharest.

 46 
Shana Dowdeswell
(Actress)
Shana Dowdeswell
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Birthdate: April 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harare, Zimbabwe
Died: 2012
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)
 47 
James Kent
(Jurist)
James Kent
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 31, 1763
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dutchess County, New York, United States
Died: 1847
 48 
Edwin Forrest
(Actor)
Edwin Forrest
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Birthdate: March 9, 1806
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1872
 49 
Phil Karlson
(Director)
Phil Karlson
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Birthdate: July 2, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, United States
Died: 1985
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Marc Isambard Brunel
(French-British Engineer Who Constructed the 'Thames Tunnel')
Marc Isambard Brunel
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Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: April 25, 1769
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hacqueville, Normandy, France
Died: 1849

French-British engineer Marc Isambard Brunel is best known for constructing the Thames Tunnel and had been the chief engineer of New York City. He had also spent time in a debtor’s prison for his association with loss-making projects. He was the father of renowned engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel.