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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1980

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1979 * * 1981

January

Joy Adamson (writer/wildlife fundraiser) -- Dead. Murdered by an irate former employee. Died January 3, 1980. Born January 20, 1910. Raised a wild lion cub and wrote a series of Born Free books

Jimmy Durante (comic, "singer") -- Dead. Died January 29, 1980. Born February 10, 1893. The Schnozzola!  IMDb

February

David Janssen (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 13, 1980. Born March 27, 1931. The Fugitive and many TV movies.  IMDb

Bon Scott (rocker) -- Dead. Aspirating on vomit while drunk. Died February 19, 1980. Born July 9, 1946. Leader of AC/DC - "Highway to Hell".  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

March

Jay Silverheels (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died March 5, 1980. Born May 26, 1919. Tonto on TV's The Lone Ranger  IMDb  FindAGrave

April

Jean-Paul Sartre (philosopher) -- Dead. Lung tumor. Died April 15, 1980. Born June 21, 1905. No Exit.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Katherine K. Davis (teacher/composer) -- Dead. Died April 20, 1980. Born June 25, 1892. Composer of "The Little Drummer Boy", she wrote hundreds of pieces for women's choruses.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Alfred Hitchcock (mysterious director) -- Dead. Died April 29, 1980. Born August 13, 1899. Directed Psycho, North by Northwest, Rear Window and many other stylish flicks.  IMDb

May

George Pal (director/special effects artist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 2, 1980. Born February 1, 1908. Created the Puppetoons, directed Destination Moon, and the original versions of War of the Worlds and The Time Machine.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

June

Henry Miller (author) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died June 7, 1980. Born December 26, 1891. Tropic of Cancer

Milburn Stone (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died June 12, 1980. Born July 5, 1904. Played the part of Doc on Gunsmoke.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

July

Peter Sellers (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 24, 1980. Born September 8, 1925. Great range, from Dr. Strangelove, to Pink Panther and Being There, The Goon Show; Geoffrey Rush played him in a terrific HBO biopic.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Bobby Van (actor, dancer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 31, 1980. Born December 6, 1930. Kiss Me Kate.  IMDb  FindAGrave

August

Strother Martin (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 1, 1980. Born March 26, 1919.  IMDb

Tex Avery (cartoon director) -- Dead. Died August 26, 1980. Born February 26, 1908. Gave Bugs his most famous line: "What's up, doc?".  IMDb

September

Duncan Renaldo (actor) -- Dead. Died September 3, 1980. Born April 23, 1904. Cisco Kid.  IMDb

October

William "Buckwheat" Thomas (little rascal) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died October 10, 1980. Born March 12, 1931. The Little Rascals.  IMDb

November

Steve McQueen (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack after lung cancer surgery. Died November 7, 1980. Born March 24, 1930.  IMDb

Victor Sen Yung (actor) -- Dead. Died November 9, 1980. Born October 18, 1915. #2 son in Charlie Chan movies.  IMDb

Mae West (actress/writer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 22, 1980. Born August 17, 1892. She Done Him Wrong.  IMDb  FindAGrave

George Raft (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 24, 1980. Born September 27, 1895.  Home Page  IMDb

December

John Lennon (musician) -- Dead. Assassination by gun. Died December 8, 1980. Born October 9, 1940. Part of the great Lennon-McCartney songwriting team, John was always the most interesting Beatle.  Home Page  IMDb

Col. Harlan Sanders (chicken fryer) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died December 16, 1980. Born September 9, 1890. Founded Kentucky Fried Chicken (AKA KFC - Randy Quaid is doing his cartoon voice in commercials, which is...well...eerie...).  FindAGrave

Marshall McLuhan (academic/writer) -- Dead. Died December 31, 1980. Born July 21, 1911.

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