Died On May 29th

Discover the most famous people who died on May 29. The list includes people like Manuel Noriega, Mary Pickford, Bartolomeu Dias, Joséphine de Beauharnais, Humphry Davy. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, actors, directors and composers and from other domains of life. This list includes people from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & France and many more countries.
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 1 
Dennis Hopper
(Actor, Filmmaker and Photographer Best Known for His Films: ‘Easy Rider’, ‘Blue Velvet’ and ‘The Last Movie’)
Dennis Hopper
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Birthdate: May 17, 1936
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Dodge City, Kansas, United States
Died: 2010

Dennis Hopper was an American actor, photographer, and filmmaker. His directorial film debut Easy Rider glorified the counterculture of the 1960s and became the cinematic symbol of counterculture, inspiring several youngsters. Also a photographer, Hopper’s photographs of the 1963 March on Washington were published. Hopper is also credited with influencing actress Amber Tamblyn whose father was one of his friends.

 2 
Jeff Buckley
(Singer, Songwriter and Guitarist)
Jeff Buckley
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: November 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, United States
Died: 1997

Jeff Buckley was an American guitarist and singer-songwriter. His only studio album, Grace, was included in Rolling Stone magazine's 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. Since his untimely death at the age of 30, Jeff Buckley has been the subject of several documentaries. His death also inspired several artists to record songs in tribute to his life and career.

 3 
Harvey Korman
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Sketch Comedy Series 'The Carol Burnett Show')
Harvey Korman
7
Birthdate: February 15, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 2008

Harvey Korman gained recognition with his acts on The Danny Kaye Show. He then soared to fame with the sketch comedy series The Carol Burnett Show, partnering with Tim Conway and winning four Emmys. He has also been part of The Flintstones franchise and several Mel Brooks comedies.

 4 
Barry Morris Goldwater
(Former United States Senator)
Barry Morris Goldwater
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 2, 1909
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phoenix
Died: 1998

Entrepreneur Barry Morris Goldwater was a five-term Arizona senator. He represented the Republican Party in the 1964 presidential election, which he lost by a landslide margin to Lyndon B Johnson. He impacted the conservative and libertarian movements. He was a skilled photographer and loved collecting kachina dolls.

 5 
John Barrymore
(Best Known for His Silent Films: ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’, ‘Sherlock Holmes’ and ‘The Sea Beast’)
John Barrymore
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Birthdate: February 15, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: 1942
John Barrymore, father of actor Drew Barrymore, began his career as a stage actor, appearing in plays such as Hamlet. He was nicknamed “the Great Profile” and starred in films such as Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and Sherlock Holmes. He struggled with alcoholism throughout his life.
 6 
B. J. Thomas
(Singer)
B. J. Thomas
11
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 7, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hugo, Oklahoma, United States
Died: 2021
 7 
Mary Pickford
(One of the Most Popular Actresses of the 1910s and 1920s)
Mary Pickford
13
Birthdate: April 8, 1892
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
Died: 1979

Academy Award-winning Canadian-American actor Gladys Marie Smith, better known by her pseudonym, Mary Pickford, was also one of the co-founders of Pickford–Fairbanks Studios and United Artists. She and 35 others co-founded the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. She was also known as "America's Sweetheart" of silent films.

 8 
Bartolomeu Dias
(Portuguese explorer)
Bartolomeu Dias
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1450 AD
Birthplace: Algarve
Died: 1500

Bartolomeu Dias was a nobleman of the Portuguese royal household in the 15th century. Famous as an explorer, he sailed around the southernmost tip of Africa and set up a route from Europe to Asia. He became the first European to anchor in Cape Good Hope, South Africa, during the Age of Discovery. He perished in 1500. 

 9 
Paul Klee
(Swiss-born German Artist Whose Work Exhibited Shades of 'Expressionism', 'Cubism', and 'Surrealism')
Paul Klee
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 18, 1879
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Münchenbuchsee, Switzerland
Died: 1940
The father of abstract art, Paul Klee’s works contained elements of surrealism, cubism, and expressionism, but they were not part of any specific school. He was also a skilled violinist and an avid reader. He also taught at the Bauhaus and experimented with various media, such as oil, watercolor, and ink.
 10 
Fanny Brice
(Model, Singer, Actress)
Fanny Brice
4
Birthdate: October 29, 1891
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: 1951

Fanny Brice was an American singer, comedienne, and actress. She is credited with creating one of the most popular radio comedy series of her generation, The Baby Snooks Show. Fanny Brice was posthumously honored with two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contributions to the radio and film industries. Her life inspired the 1964 musical, Funny Girl. 

 11 
Betsy Palmer
(Actress)
Betsy Palmer
2
Birthdate: November 1, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: East Chicago, Indiana, USA
Died: 2015
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Winfield Scott
(Military Officer)
Winfield Scott
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: June 13, 1786
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Dinwiddie County, Virginia, United States
Died: 1866
 13 
Constantine XI Palaiologos
(The Last Byzantine Ruler Who Died Defending Constantinople against the Turks)
Constantine XI Palaiologos
8
Birthdate: February 8, 1405
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Istanbul, Turkey
Died: 1453

The fourth son of Emperor Manuel II, Constantine XI Palaiologos was the last Byzantine emperor. He died in combat, while defending the city of Constantinople against the Ottoman Turks. In Greek folklore, he is known as the Marble Emperor, referring to a legend that he had turned into marble after his death.

 14 
Prithviraj Kapoor
(Actor Who Is Also Considered to Be One of the Founding Figures of Hindi Cinema)
Prithviraj Kapoor
4
Birthdate: November 3, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Samundri, Pakistan
Died: 1972

Padma Bhushan- and Dadasaheb Phalke Award-winning legendary actor and filmmaker Prithviraj Kapoor is known to be one of the pioneers of Hindi cinema. The patriarch of the Kapoor family of Bollywood, he also established Prithvi Theatres and later played the iconic role of Akbar in Mughal-e-Azam. He was also a Rajya Sabha MP.

 15 
Joséphine de Beauharnais
(Empress Consort of the French from 1804 to 1810)
Joséphine de Beauharnais
6
Birthdate: June 23, 1763
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Les Trois-Îlets, Martinique
Died: 1814
Empress Joséphine de Beauharnais spent her initial years in poverty and was shunned by her first husband for her lack of manners. She eventually learned the ways and means of the Parisian high society and married a young Napoleon Bonaparte. She survived a rocky marriage but enjoyed a lavish lifestyle.
 16 
Doc Watson
(Former Guitarist who won seven Grammy awards as well as a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award)
Doc Watson
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 3, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Deep Gap, North Carolina, United States
Died: 2012
 17 
Moe Berg
(Baseball coach)
Moe Berg
3
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 2, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
Died: 1972
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 18 
Archibald Cox
(Former Solicitor General of the United States)
Archibald Cox
1
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: May 17, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Plainfield, New Jersey, USA
Died: 2004
 19 
Eva Hesse
(American Sculptor)
Eva Hesse
1
Birthdate: January 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Hamburg, GermanyEva Hesse
Died: 1970

Born in Germany, Eva Hesse moved with her family to England, and then to the U.S., in a bid to escape the Nazi regime. Her death due to brain tumor at age 34 cut short her dynamic career. A sculptor and painter, she experimented with media such latex, metal, and mesh.

 20 
Hussein Onn
(Former Prime Minister of Malaysia)
Hussein Onn
4
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Johor Bahru
Died: 1990

Former Malaysian prime minister Hussein Onn is remembered as the Father of Unity. Son of Malaysian freedom fighter Onn Jaafar, Hussein had been educated in Singapore and then been part of the Indian Army during World War II. He later stepped into politics with the UMNO.

 21 
James J. Hill
(Canadian-American railroad executive, Businessman)
James J. Hill
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: September 16, 1838
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Eramosa Township, Ontario, Upper Canada
Died: 1916
 22 
W. S. Gilbert
(Dramatist)
W. S. Gilbert
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: November 18, 1836
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Southampton Street, London, England
Died: 1911
 23 
P. Ramlee
(Actor)
P. Ramlee
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Birthdate: March 22, 1929
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Penang, Malaysia
Died: 1973
 24 
Margaret Chase Smith
(Politician)
Margaret Chase Smith
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 14, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Skowhegan, Maine, United States
Died: 1995
 25 
Lady May Abel Smith
Lady May Abel Smith
0
Birthdate: January 23, 1906
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Claremont, Esher, Surrey
Died: 1994
 26 
James Whale
(Director, Actor)
James Whale
2
Birthdate: July 22, 1889
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Worcestershire, England
Died: 1957
 27 
George Fenneman
(Actor, Radio personality)
George Fenneman
1
Birthdate: November 10, 1919
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Beijing
Died: 1997
 28 
Israel Putnam
(Army General)
Israel Putnam
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 7, 1718
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Danvers, Massachusetts, United States
Died: 1790
 29 
Karlheinz Böhm
(Actor Known for His Role as 'Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria' in the 'Sissi' Film Trilogy)
Karlheinz Böhm
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Birthdate: March 16, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Darmstadt, Germany
Died: 2014

Karlheinz Böhm was an Austrian-German philanthropist and actor. He is best remembered for playing a psychopathic named Mark in the 1960 British psychological horror-thriller film Peeping Tom. In 2003, the Ethiopian government honored Karlheinz Böhm with honorary citizenship for his work as the founder of an organization named Humans for Humans, which aims at helping Ethiopian people in need.

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G.W. Pabst
(One of the Most Influential German-Language Filmmakers During the Weimar Republic)
G.W. Pabst
1
Birthdate: August 25, 1885
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Roudnice nad Labem, Czechia
Died: 1967

G.W. Pabst was an Austrian actor, director, and screenwriter. He studied drama at the Academy of Decorative Arts and became a stage actor. He soon started directing plays as well. He later became a film director with the movie The Treasure. He eventually came to be counted amongst the most influential German-language filmmakers during the Weimar Republic. 

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Tamara Toumanova
(Dancer)
Tamara Toumanova
2
Birthdate: March 2, 1919
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Tyumen, Russia
Died: 1996

Tamara Toumanova was a Georgian-American ballet dancer and actress. She achieved international recognition at a young age when she came to be known as one of the Original Ballet Russe's Baby Ballerinas along with Irina Baronova and Tatiana Riabouchinska. She then performed across Europe and went on to establish herself as an actress, appearing as a dancer in several films. 

 32 
Mily Balakirev
(Composer, pianist, and conductor known today primarily for his work promoting musical nationalism)
Mily Balakirev
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: December 31, 1836
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nizhny Novgorod, Russia
Died: 1910
 33 
Kaneto Shindo
(Film Director, Screenwriter and Producer Who Was one of the Pioneers of independent Film Production in Japan)
Kaneto Shindo
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Birthdate: April 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Saeki District, Hiroshima, Japan
Died: 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.

 34 
Josef Suk
(Czech Composer, Violinist and Pupil of 'Antonín Dvořák' Noted for His Composition 'Asrael Symphony')
Josef Suk
1
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 4, 1874
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Křečovice, Czechia
Died: 1935

Czech composer and violinist Josef Suk was considered one of the most promising students of the reputed Czech composer Antonín Dvořák. Suk along with two other students of Dvořák, Karel Hoffmann and Oskar Nedba, and a student of Hanuš Wihan founded the internationally reputed Czech string quartet called Bohemian Quartet. Major works of Suk are Asrael Symphony and Serenade for Strings.

 35 
Coral Browne
(Actress)
Coral Browne
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Birthdate: July 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Melbourne, Australia
Died: 1991
 36 
John Gunther
(Journalist)
John Gunther
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Birthdate: August 30, 1901
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: 1970
 37 
Ba Maw
(Head of State of Burma from 1943 to 1945)
Ba Maw
3
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: February 8, 1893
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maubin, Burma
Died: 1977

Ba Maw was a Burmese political leader and lawyer. He achieved prominence as a lawyer in 1931, when he defended Saya San. He then focused on his political career and went on to serve as the Head of State of Burma from 1 August 1943 to 27 March 1945.

 38 
Mihail Sebastian
(Playwright)
Mihail Sebastian
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 18, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Brăila, Romania
Died: 1945
 39 
Andrew Greeley
(Priest)
Andrew Greeley
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 5, 1928
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: 2013
 40 
Hamilton Naki
(South African Surgeon and Laboratory Assistant to Cardiac Surgeon Christiaan Barnard)
Hamilton Naki
1
Listed In: Physicians
Birthdate: June 26, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Idutywa, South Africa
Died: 2005

Hamilton Naki was a laboratory assistant who worked alongside cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa.  Despite not having a formal medical education, he was known for his dexterity with surgical equipment and his ability to teach medical students. Some sources claim he participated in the world's first human-to-human heart transplantation in 1967. 

 41 
Yosano Akiko
(One of the Most Infuential and the Most Controversial Post-Classical Woman Poets of Japan)
Yosano Akiko
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sakai, Osaka, Japan
Died: 1942

Yosano Akiko was a Japanese author, social reformer, poet, pacifist, and feminist. One of the most controversial and popular woman poets of Japan, Yosano was an important exponent of a genre of classical Japanese poetry called Tanka. She also contributed immensely to several publications like Bluestocking.

 42 
Agustina de Aragon
(Military officer)
Agustina de Aragon
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 4, 1786
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Reus, Spain
Died: 1857

Agustina de Aragon was a Spanish warrior best remembered for her valiant effort while defending Spain during the Peninsular War. Nicknamed the Spanish Joan of Arc, Agustina served in the Spanish Army. Regarded as a heroine in Spain, Agustina de Aragón has been the subject of several stories, folklore, and artwork. Her life inspired the 1929 film Agustina of Aragon.

 43 
Paula Gunn Allen
(Poet)
Paula Gunn Allen
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: October 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Died: 2008
 44 
Lester Piggott
(British Professional Jockey and Trainer)
Lester Piggott
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1935
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Wantage, Berkshire, England
Died: 2022

Lester Piggott is an English former jockey. Piggott has 4,493 career wins under his belt and is considered one of the greatest jockeys of all time. In 1999, Piggott was ranked second in the top 50 jockeys of the 20th century list published by the Racing Post. In 2021, Piggott was inducted into the British Champions Series Hall of Fame.

 45 
Carlo de' Medici
(Italian Senior Clergyman and Papal Tax Collector in Tuscany)
Carlo de' Medici
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: 1428 AD
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: 1492

Carlo de' Medici was an Italian priest who served as a senior clergyman and Papal tax collector in Tuscany. Carlo de' Medici was portrayed by British actor Ray Fearon in the fantasy drama series Da Vinci's Demons. He was also played by Callum Blake in the second season of Medici.

 46 
Siaka Stevens
(1st President of Sierra Leone)
Siaka Stevens
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Moyamba
Died: 1988

Siaka Stevens, known for his self-indulgent and corrupt rule, was overthrown by a coup in 1967, shortly after becoming the prime minister of Sierra Leone, but he was called back from exile in Guinea after a second coup a few months later. He was also the country’s first president.

 47 
Mulgrew Miller
(American musician)
Mulgrew Miller
2
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 13, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenwood, Mississippi, United States
Died: 2013
 48 
Karine Ruby
(One of the Most Decorated Female Snowboarder in the World)
Karine Ruby
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bonneville, France
Died: 2009
 49 
Cornelis Tromp
(Admiral)
Cornelis Tromp
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Listed In: Military Leaders
Birthdate: September 3, 1629
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: 1691
 50 
Doris Jane Hart
(Tennis player)
Doris Jane Hart
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Saint Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: 2015