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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1999

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Iron Eyes Cody (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 4, 1999. Born April 3, 1904. Bit parts in many movies, appeared in a famous environmental ad of the early '70s. [[2021 note: However, it turned out he was not at all Native American, he was Italian; birth name: Espera DeCorti Thanks, Snopes for the research and to On the Media for mentioning that he was not a Native American.]]  IMDb

Michel Petrucciani (jazz pianist) -- Dead. Lung infection. Died January 6, 1999. Born 1962. (A great performer who suffered from osteogenesis imperfecta (glass bone disease), but traveled around the world and made many CDs including Both Worlds and The Best of Michel Petrucciani.)

Betty Lou Gerson (voice) -- Dead. Aftereffects of a stroke. Died January 12, 1999. Born April 20, 1914. (Cruella De Vil in the original 101 Dalmations.) IMDb

Brian Moore (writer) -- Dead. Heart trouble. Died January 12, 1999. Born 1921. (The Statement, The Secret Passion of Judith Hearn) IMDb

Susan Strasberg (actress/writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 20, 1999. Born May 22, 1938. (Stage actress, daugheter of Lee Strasberg) IMDb

Jules Lederer (businessman) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died January 21, 1999. Born circa 1917. (Founded Budget Rent-A-Car, married to Ann Landers from 1939-1975.)

Jay Pritzker (billionaire) -- Dead. Heart attack/stroke. Died January 23, 1999. Born 1922. (Started the Hyatt chain in the late '50s.)

Sarah Delany (author/teacher) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 25, 1999. Born September 19, 1889. (Having Our Say.)

Robert Shaw (chorale director) -- Dead. Stroke. Died January 25, 1999. Born April 30, 1916. (One of the great choral conductors ever.)


Paul Mellon (art patron/horse owner) -- Dead. Old age. Died February 1, 1999. Born June 11, 1907. (Helped build and donated hundreds of paintings to the National Gallery of Art, his horses won major races including the Kentucky Derby.)

King Hussein (Jordanian king) -- Dead. Non-Hodgkins lymphoma. Died February 7, 1999. Born November 14, 1935. (A long-serving constitutional monarch and a moderating influence in the Middle East.)

Bobby Troup (actor/songwriter) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 7, 1999. Born October 18, 1918. (Dr. Joe Early on Emergency!, married to Julie London, wrote some minor hits of the '50s and '60s including "(Get Your Kicks on) Route 66.") IMDb

Iris Murdoch (writer) -- Dead. Alzheimer's disease. Died February 8, 1999. Born July 15, 1919. (Many novels including Jackson's Dilemma)

Gene Siskel (critic) -- Dead. Complications of brain surgery. Died February 20, 1999. Born January 26, 1946. IMDb

Harry Rossoll (illustrator) -- Dead. Intestinal aneurysm. Died February 25, 1999. (Created Smokey Bear.)

Glen Seaborg (chemist) -- Dead. Stroke. Died February 25, 1999. Born April 19, 1912. (Won a Nobel prize for discovering plutonium and other elements.)

Jose Quintero (director) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 26, 1999. Born October 15, 1924. (Acclaimed director of Eugene O'Neill's plays, founded the Circle in the Square company.) IMDb

Michael Angelo Avallone (pseudonymous writer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died February 26, 1999. Born 1924. Prolific writer, frequently used Ed Noon as a protagonist, he wrote the first The Man from U.N.C.L.E. novelization


Dusty Springfield (pop singer) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died March 2, 1999. Born April 16, 1939. ("Wishin' and Hopin'" and "Son of a Preacher Man.")

Richard Kiley (actor) -- Dead. Blood disorder. Died March 5, 1999. Born March 31, 1922. (The original Man of La Mancha, many movies including Patch Adams.) IMDb

Stanley Kubrick (director) -- Dead. Old age. Died March 7, 1999. Born July 26, 1928. (Finished Eyes Wide Shut, 2001 and Spartacus, never did really start Napoleon.) IMDb

Peggy Cass (actress) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died March 8, 1999. Born May 21, 1924. (Agnes Gooch in Auntie Mame and common game show contestent, especially To Tell the truth (went to the same high school as fellow panelist Orson Bean).) IMDb

Joe DiMaggio (athlete) -- Dead. [rumors] Lung cancer. Died March 8, 1999. Born November 25, 1914. Baseball great who pitched Mr. Coffees back in the '70s, married to Marilyn Monroe.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Yehudi Menuhin (violin virtuoso) -- Dead. Heart failure while on tour in Berlin. Died March 12, 1999. Born April 22, 1916. (Prodigy who played publically for over 70 years, he was a great musician and promoter of music education.) IMDb

Garson Kanin (writer/director) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died March 13, 1999. Born November 24, 1912. (Wrote Born Yesterday, co-writer of Adam's Rib with first wife Ruth Gordon, survived by his second wife, Marian Seldes) IMDb

Kirk Alyn (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died March 14, 1999. Born October 8, 1910. (Played Superman in the serials.) Photo. IMDb

Dave Longaberger (basket guy) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 17, 1999. Born circa 1934. Ran a basket company with a sense of humor - here's the headquarters he built.  Home Page

David Strickland (actor) -- Dead. Suicide during a drinking binge. Died March 22, 1999. Born October 14, 1969. (Suddenly Susan.) IMDb

Joe Williams (jazz singer) -- Dead. Lung infection. Died March 29, 1999. Born December 12, 1918. (Sang with Count Basie)

Gary Morton (producer/actor) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died March 30, 1999. Born circa 1921. (Lucille Ball's second husband and her producer). IMDb


Helen Aberson (writer) -- Dead. Parkinson's disease. Died April 3, 1999. Born 1907. (Dumbo.) IMDb

Lionel Bart (composer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died April 3, 1999. Born August 1, 1930. (Oliver!.) Home Page IMDb

Faith Domergue (actress) -- Dead. . Cancer Died April 4, 1999. Born June 16, 1924. Appeared in many B movies, like This Island Earth and It Came from Beneath the Sea.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Jean Vander Pyl (cartoon voice) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died April 10, 1999. Born 1920. (Wilma Flintstone and many others.) IMDb

Boxcar Willie (singer) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died April 12, 1999. Born September 1, 1931. (Best of Boxcar Willie) IMDb

Ellen Corby (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 14, 1999. Born June 3, 1911. (Grandma on The Waltons, worked after suffering a major stroke in the '70s.) IMDb

Anthony Newley (singer, actor, composer) -- Dead. Renal cell cancer. Died April 14, 1999. Born September 24, 1931. (Wrote "The Candyman," an ex-husband of Joan Collins.) IMDb

Señor Wences (comedian) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 20, 1999. Born April 17, 1896. (A comic on the old Ed Sullivan Show who used to paint faces on his hands and do funny voices.) IMDb

Buddy Rogers (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 21, 1999. Born August 13, 1904. (Starred in the first movie to win a Best Picture Oscar (Wings, 1927); married to Mary Pickford.) IMDb

Jane Crowley (censor) -- Dead. Died April 26, 1999. Born 1925. (Nicknamed "Priscilla Goodbody," she was Johnny Carson's TV censor.)

Bert Remsen (actor) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died April 26, 1999. Born February 25, 1925. (In many movies, played himself in The Player.) IMDb

Al Hirt (jazz master) -- Dead. liver failure. Died April 27, 1999. Born November 7, 1922. (One of the great trumpeters.) IMDb

Rory Calhoun (actor) -- Dead. Diabetes and emphysema. Died April 28, 1999. Born August 8, 1922. IMDb

Arthur Schawlow (physicist) -- Dead. Died April 28, 1999. Born May 5, 1921. A co-inventer of the laser (with Charles Townes), he won a Nobel Prize in 1981 for work in laser spectroscopy.  Home Page  Obituary


Oliver Reed (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 2, 1999. Born February 13, 1938. (Bill Sykes in Oliver!.) IMDb

Dirk Bogarde (actor/writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 8, 1999. Born March 28, 1921. (A Tale of Two Cities, Darling, and, believe it or not, a number of the British "Doctor" comedies.) IMDb

Dana Plato (child star) -- Dead. Ruled a suicide (coroner found a mix of drugs including at least 7 carisoprodol pills in her system). Died May 8, 1999. Born November 7, 1964. Diff'rent Strokes, many brushes with the law. Her son committed suicide near the anniversary of her death eleven years later.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Shel Silverstein (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack while writing. Died May 10, 1999. Born September 25, 1932. (Wrote a wide variety of material, from country music like "One's on the Way" and "A Boy named Sue" to kid's books like The Giving Tree and Where the Sidewalk Ends.) IMDb

Saul Steinberg (cartoonist/modern artist) -- Dead. Old age. Died May 12, 1999. Born June 15, 1914. (Well-known New Yorker cartoonist whose trademark "A View of the World from Manhattan" became a cottage industry for poster-makers.)

Meg Greenfield (journalist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 13, 1999. Born December 27, 1930. (Editorial editor of the Washington Post for 20 years.)

Bill Ballantine (clown) -- Dead. Old Age. Died May 14, 1999. Born 1911. (Revived Clown College for the Ringling Brothers Circus in 1969.)

Henry Jones (actor) -- Dead. Effects of a fall. Died May 17, 1999. Born August 1, 1912. (Lots of movies and TV - the judge on Phyllis.) IMDb


Mel Torme (singer, songwriter) -- Dead. After-effects of a stroke. Died June 5, 1999. Born September 13, 1925. (Crooner who wrote "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire...") IMDb

DeForest Kelley (actor) -- He's dead, Jim. Multiple causes. Died June 11, 1999. Born January 20, 1920. (Best-known as "Bones" on Star trek.) IMDb

Clifton Fadiman (writer, host) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died June 20, 1999. Born May 15, 1904. (Helped to start the Book-of-the-Month Club.) IMDb

Bobs Watson (minister/child actor) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died June 27, 1999. Born November 16, 1930. Very active in '30s movies, he may be best-known as Pee Wee in Boys Town, one of the acting Watson kids.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Allan Carr (Producer, manager) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 29, 1999. Born May 27, 1937. Producer of films such as Grease IMDb


Guy Mitchell (singer/actor) -- Dead. Died July 1, 1999. Born Born February 22, 1925. ("My Heart Cries for You") IMDb

Forrest Mars, Sr. (candyman) -- Dead. Old age. Died July 1, 1999. Born 1904. (Creator of my second-favorite American candy, M&Ms.)

Sylvia Sidney (actress) -- Dead. Throat cancer. Died July 1, 1999. Born August 8, 1910. (Beetlejuice, Oscar-nominated for Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams) IMDb

Mario Puzo (writer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died July 2, 1999. Born October 15, 1920. (Father of The Godfather) IMDb

Pete Conrad (astronaut, businessman) -- Dead. Motorcycle accident. Died July 8, 1999. Born June 2, 1930. (Third man to walk on the moon, managed the lengthy Skylab flight in 1973.)

John F. Kennedy, Jr. (publisher) -- Dead. Small plane crash, along with his wife Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and his sister-in-law Lauren Bessette. Died July 16, 1999. Born November 25, 1960. (Started a glitzy political magazine, George, assisted dozens of foundations with fundraising.) IMDb

Sandra Gould (actress) -- Dead. Stroke following bypass surgery. Died July 20, 1999. Born July 25, 1925. (The manic Mrs. Kravitz (the second one) on Bewitched, on Veronica's Closet in early 1999.) IMDb


Willie Morris (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 2, 1999. Born 1935. (Famous Southern writer, The Ghosts of Medgar Evers.) IMDb

Victor Mature (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 4, 1999. Born January 29, 1913. (Played both Sampson and Sampson's father, retired young, avid golfer.) IMDb

Andrew Keith (writer) -- Dead. Pulmonary embolism. Died August 6, 1999. Born circa 1958. (Author of the Wing Commander books with William Forstchen and the Fifth Foreign Legion books with his brother William H. Keith.)

Brion James (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 7, 1999. Born February 20, 1945. (The replicant Leon in Blade Runner, a general in The Fifth Element) IMDb

Jennifer Paterson (cook/writer/motorcyclist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 10, 1999. Born April 3, 1928. (One of the Two Fat Ladies.) IMDb

James White (writer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died August 23, 1999. Born 1928. (Wrote the Sector General books.)

Martha Rountree (journalist) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died August 23, 1999. Born 1911. (Co-creator of the TV version of Meet the Press and its first host.) IMDb

Mary Jane Croft (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died August 24, 1999. Born 1916. (Lucy's "second" sidekick during the '60s.) IMDb


Allen Funt (Candid Camera guy) -- Dead. Complications of a stroke suffered in 1993. Died September 5, 1999. Born September 16, 1914. IMDb

Ruth Roman (actress) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died September 9, 1999. Born December 23, 1923. IMDb

Harry Crane (writer) -- Dead. Old age. Died September 14, 1999. Born 1914. (Co-creator of The Honeymooners, comedy writer for Red Skelton, grandfather of Melissa Gilbert.) IMDb

George C. Scott (actor) -- Dead. Ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm. Died September 22, 1999. Born October 18, 1927. (Patton, twice married to Colleen Dewhurst, father of Campbell Scott.) IMDb

Marion Zimmer Bradley (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died September 25, 1999. Born June 3, 1930. (Created the Darkover series, sister of Paul Edwin Zimmer.)


Akio Morita (industrialist) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died October 3, 1999. Born January 26, 1921. (CEO of SONY, popularized transitorized consumer products.)

Wilt "the Stilt" Chamberlain (basketball great/sometime actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 12, 1999. Born August 21, 1936. (Record-smashing basketball player who once scored 100 points in a single pro game.) IMDb

Jean Shepherd (writer/radio artist) -- Dead. Old age. Died October 16, 1999. Born July 21, 1921. (Voice-over specialist, wrote In God We trust, All Others Pay Cash.) IMDb

John Chafee (senator) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died October 24, 1999. Born 1922. (One of the few rational people in the irrational Senate of the late '90s.)

Payne Stewart (colorful golfer) -- Dead. Asphyxiation at the start of a very long, bizarre plane accident. Died October 25, 1999. Born January 30, 1957. (Won US Open twice and helped beat the Europeans for the 1999 Ryder Cup.)

Hoyt Axton (singer/actor/songwriter) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died October 25, 1999. Born March 25, 1938. (Amusing turn as the father in Gremlins, wrote the '70s pop song "Joy to the World.") IMDb

Frank De Vol (composer) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died October 27, 1999. Born September 20, 1911. (Wrote theme music for TV shows, in particular My Three Sons and The Brady Bunch, married to Helen O'Connell.) IMDb


Walter Payton (football great) -- Dead. Rare liver disease (primary sclerosing cholangitis) which caused liver cancer. Died November 1, 1999. Born July 25, 1954.

Lena Zavaroni (singer) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died November 1, 1999. Born November 4, 1963. Popular child singer ("Ma, He's Makin' Eyes at Me") in the mid-70s, suffered from anorexia and depression for over 20 years.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ian Bannen (actor) -- Dead. Car crash. Died November 3, 1999. Born June 29, 1928. (Charming as the mastermind of the plot, Jackie O'Shea, in Waking Ned Devine.) IMDb

Mabel King (actress) -- Dead. Complications of diabetes, kidney failure. Died November 9, 1999. Born December 25, 1932. (Played Mama on What's Happening!) IMDb

Daisy Bates (civil rights leader) -- Dead. Old age. Died November 4, 1999. Born November 10, 1914. (little Rock resident who led desegregation efforts and helped the students who went to integrate the high school in 1957.)

Mary Kay Bergman (aka Shannen Cassidy) (cartoon voice) -- Dead. Suicide. Died November 11, 1999. Born circa 1961. (Most of the female voices on South Park.) IMDb

Mills Brothers (singers) -- All dead. - John Jr died 1936, John Sr died 1958, Harry died 1982, Herbert died 1989 and Donald died November 13, 1999 (84 years old).

Paul Bowles (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died November 18, 1999. Born December 30, 1910. (The Sheltering Sky.) IMDb

Quentin Crisp (writer, life-stylist) -- Dead. Old age. Died November 21, 1999. Born December 25, 1908. (The "raw material" for The Naked Civil Servant.)

Ashely Montagu (anthropologist) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died November 26, 1999. Born 1905. (Dozens of books, including The Natural Superiority of Women.)

Hsing-Hsing (good will ambassador) -- Dead. Euthanasia/kidney disease. Died November 28, 1999. Born 1971. A donation from China to the National Zoo in 1972. Predesceased by Ling-Ling

Hazel Frederick (face in a crowd) -- Dead. Died November 28, 1999. Born 1908. (She was the elderly Minnesotan facing the camera when Mary Tyler Moore tossed her hat in the opening credits of her show.)

Bethel Leslie (actress/writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 28, 1999. Born August 3, 1929. (Brilliant in Long Day's Journey into Night (in the '80s), she played a memorable Maggie in the soap opera The Doctors (in the '60s).) IMDb

Gene Rayburn (game show host) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died November 29, 1999. Born December 22, 1917. (Many shows, especially Match Game.) IMDb


Madeline Kahn (actress) -- Dead. Ovarian cancer. Died December 3, 1999. Born September 29, 1942. (Unforgettable in Young Frankenstein.) IMDb

Shirley Hemphill (actress) -- Dead. Died December 10, 1999. Born July 1, 1947. (Played Shirley on What's Happening!.) IMDb

Joseph Heller (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 12, 1999. Born May 1, 1923. (Catch-22) IMDb

Douglas Leigh (Broadway "lamplighter") -- Dead. Natural causes. Died December 14, 1999. Born 1907. (Owned One Times Square, where he put lots of lighted signs up and where the ball is dropped every New Years Eve.)

Cathy Hainer (journalist) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died December 14, 1999. Born 1961. (Wrote of her battle against cancer during the last two years of her life in USA Today.)

Rex Allen (actor/voice) -- Dead. Accidentally run over by his friend in his driveway. Died December 17, 1999. Born December 31, 1920. (Cowboy star who narrated dozens of Disney flicks.) IMDb

Grover Washington, Jr (jazz musician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 17, 1999. Born December 12, 1943. (Saxophonist) IMDb

Desmond Llewelyn (actor) -- Dead. Car crash. Died December 19, 1999. Born September 12 1914. (Q in the James Bond movies - "retired" just in time... ) IMDb

Curtis Mayfield (composer/singer) -- Dead. Died December 26, 1999. Born June 3, 1942. ("People Get Ready," he was paralyzed in a 1990 accident.) IMDb

Dick Peabody (actor) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died December 27, 1999. Born April 6, 1925. (littlejohn on the Combat TV show.) IMDb

Leonard Goldenson (TV executive) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died December 27, 1999. Born 1905. (Worked for ABC-TV and promoted shows like Happy Days and Roots.)

Clayton Moore (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died December 28, 1999. Born September 14, 1914. (TV's The Lone Ranger.) (Photo) IMDb

Frankie Vaughan (singer/actor) -- Dead. Heart ailment. Died September 17, 1999. Born February 3, 1928. "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine," co-starred in an old Marilyn Monroe flick Let's Make Love Obituary IMDb

Sarah Clark Knauss (oldest well-documented person) -- Dead. Really extreme old age. Died December 30, 1999. Born September 24, 1880. (lived in Pennsylvania her whole life, ate chocolate almost every day, just missed "a third century.")

Elliot Richardson (honest US attorney general) -- Dead. Brain hemorrhage. Died December 31, 1999. Born July 20, 1920. (Refused to fire Archibald Cox, so he was "massacred" by Nixon, October 1973; odd trivia - Roger Tory Peterson was his 7th grade art teacher.)

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