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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 1986

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1985 * * 1987

The Dead Kennedys (band) -- Dead. Died 1986.

January

Phil Lynott (rocker) -- Dead. Pneumonia and heart failure due to years of drug abuse. Died January 4, 1986. Born August 20, 1951. Leader of Thin Lizzy Home Page

Donna Reed (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 14, 1986. Born January 27, 1921. Starred in It's a Wonderful Life. The second Miss Ellie on Dallas, briefly married to William Tuttle.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

L. Ron Hubbard (author of many fantasies) -- Dead. Died January 24, 1986. Born March 13, 1911. Marginally more dead than Elvis. Infamous for once saying: "Someday, I'm going to do something that will make P. T. Barnum look like a piker" and getting away with it

Gordon MacRae (singer/actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 24, 1986. Born March 12, 1921. Musical star with Shirley Jones of several big movie musicals, father of Meredith MacRae IMDb

Gregory Jarvis (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born August 24, 1944. Civilian payload specialist for the Challenger Home Page

Christa McAuliffe (Teacher/Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born September 2, 1948. Chosen to be the first "Teacher in Space," McAuliffe trained to be a civilian payload specialist for the Challenger Home Page

Ronald McNair (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born October 21, 1950. Mission specialist for the Challenger Home Page

Ellison Onizuka (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born June 24, 1946. Mission specialist for the Challenger Home Page

Judith Resnik (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born April 5, 1949. Mission specialist for the Challenger Home Page

Dick Scobee (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born May 19, 1939. Commander of the Challenger mission Home Page

Michael Smith (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born April 30, 1945. Pilot of the Challenger Home Page

February

Frank Herbert (author) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died February 11, 1986. Born 1920. Created the Dune series Home Page IMDb AwardWeb

Howard Da Silva (actor) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died February 14, 1986. Born May 4, 1909. Played Ben Franklin in 1776, blacklisted during McCarthyism, played the original Jud Fry in Oklahoma.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

March

Georgia O'Keeffe (artist) -- Dead. Died March 6, 1986. Born November 15, 1887. Landscape and floral painter who split her life between New York and New Mexico.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Adolph Caesar (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 6, 1986. Born December 5, 1933. The Color Purple, A Soldier's Story, had his fatal heart attack while on the set of Tough Guys.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ray Milland (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 10, 1986. Born January 3, 1907. IMDb

Bernard Malamud (writer) -- Dead. Died March 18, 1986. Born April 26, 1914. The Natural

James Cagney (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack/diabetes. Died March 30, 1986. Born July 17, 1899. Home Page IMDb

Jerry Paris (actor/director) -- Dead. Died March 31, 1986. Born July 25, 1925. Jerry on The Dick Van Dyke Show IMDb

April

Stephen Stucker (actor) -- Dead. AIDS. Died April 13, 1986. Born July 2, 1947. Johnny on Airplane! IMDb

Jean Genet (playwright) -- Dead. Died April 15, 1986. Born December 19, 1910.

Alvin Childress (actor) -- Dead. diabetes, Parkinson's disease. Died April 19, 1986. Born September 10, 1907. Amos in the Amos 'n' Andy TV show IMDb

Otto Preminger (director) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died April 23, 1986. Born December 5, 1906. Saint Joan, Exodus, played Mr. Freeze on Batman, involved with Gypsy Rose Lee and Dorothy Dandridge in addition to being married many times IMDb

Broderick Crawford (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 26, 1986. Born December 9, 1911. Many, many movies and Highway Patrol IMDb

May

Robert Alda (actor) -- Dead. Died May 3, 1986. Born February 26, 1914. IMDb

Tenzing Norgay (mountaineer) -- Dead. Died May 9, 1986. Born May 15, 1914. Led Sir Edmund Hillary up Mt. Everest in 1953, becoming the first men to make it to the top.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Lurene Tuttle (actress) -- Dead. Died May 28, 1986. Born August 29, 1906. Hannah on Julia, mother of Barbara Ruick, mother-in-law of John Williams.  Wikipedia  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

June

Marlin Perkins (TV host) -- Dead. Old age. Died June 14, 1986. Born March 28, 1905. Host of The Wild Kingdom IMDb

Kate Smith (singer) -- Dead. Respiratory arrest/diabetes. Died June 17, 1986. Born May 1, 1909. Famous for "God Bless America" IMDb

July

Rudy Vallee (singer/actor) -- Dead. Died July 3, 1986. Born July 28, 1901. IMDb

Frances Halop (actress) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died July 15, 1986. Born February 23, 1923. The second bailiff on Night Court, Mrs. Hufnagle on St. Elsewhere.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Vincente Minnelli (Director) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died July 25, 1986. Born February 28, 1903. Directed movies like Gigi and Meet Me In St. Louis, married to Judy Garland, father of Liza Minnelli IMDb

August

Ted Knight (actor) -- Dead. Kidney cancer. Died August 26, 1986. Born December 7, 1923. Ted Baxter on The Mary Tyler Moore Show Home Page IMDb

September

Murray Hamilton (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 1, 1986. Born March 24, 1923. The mayor in Jaws IMDb

October

Keenan Wynn (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 14, 1986. Born July 27, 1916. Dr. Strangelove IMDb

Forrest Tucker (actor) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died October 25, 1986. Born February 12, 1919. F Troop, Auntie Mame IMDb

November

Paul Frees (cartoon voice) -- Dead. Died November 2, 1986. Born June 22, 1920. Best-known as Boris Badenov and Ludwig von Drake IMDb

Jerry Colonna (comic) -- Dead. Died November 21, 1986. Born September 17, 1904. Bit parts in many movies, particularly the "Road" movies IMDb

Scatman Crothers (actor) -- Dead. Died November 22, 1986. Born May 23, 1910. The Shining, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  Wikipedia  twitter IMDb

Cary Grant (actor) -- Dead. Died November 29, 1986. Born January 18, 1904. Once married to Dyan Cannon. What did he have in common with Tony Randall and James Doohan? IMDb

December

Desi Arnaz (actor/producer) -- Dead. Died December 2, 1986. Born March 2, 1917. Played with Xavier Cugat's band, Lucy's first husband, wrote A Book Home Page IMDb

Virginia C. Andrews (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 19, 1986. Born June 23, 1924. Flowers in the Attic and other works of horror IMDb

Elsa Lanchester (actress) -- Dead. Bronchial pneumonia. Died December 26, 1986. Born December 28, 1902. The Bride of Frankenstein, married to Charles Laughton for many years.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Lloyd Haynes (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 31, 1986. Born September 19, 1934. Room 222, on General Hospital during the last two years before he died IMDb

1985 * * 1987