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Famous People Who Died of Brain Tumors

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List of famous people who died of brain tumor, including photos, birthdates, professions, and other information. These celebrities who died of brain cancer are listed alphabetically and include the famous brain cancer victims’ hometown and biographical info about them when available. List people include James William Benson, Pat Kavanagh and more. These notable brain tumor deaths include modern and long-gone famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has rain tumor as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (231 People)


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    Ethel Merman
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    Ethel Merman was an American actress and singer. Known primarily for her belting voice and roles in musical theatre, she has been called "the undisputed First Lady of the musical comedy stage." Among the many standards introduced by Merman in Broadway musicals are "I Got Rhythm", "Everything's Coming Up ...more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1908-1984)
    • Birthplace: Astoria, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Airplane!, It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World, + more
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    Susan Hayward
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    Susan Hayward was an American actress. After working as a fashion model in New York, Hayward traveled to Hollywood in 1937. She secured a film contract, and played several small supporting roles over the next few years. By the late 1940s, the quality of her film roles had improved, and she achieved ...more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1917-1975)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Model, Actor
    • Credits: Demetrius and the Gladiators, I Want to Live!, Valley of the Dolls, Garden of Evil, The Lusty Men, + more
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    George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris as well as the opera Porgy and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 39 (1898-1937)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Pianist, Composer
    • Credits: An American in Paris, Manhattan, New York, New York, Porgy and Bess, + more
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    Fritz Von Erich
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    Jack Barton Adkisson was an American professional wrestler under the ring name Fritz Von Erich, better known today as a wrestling promoter and the patriarch of the Von Erich family. He was also the owner of the World Class Championship Wrestling territory.more

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    • Age: Died at 68 (1929-1997)
    • Birthplace: Jewett, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, American football player
    • Credits: AWA All-Star Wrestling
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    Gene Siskel
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    Eugene Kal "Gene" Siskel was an American film critic and journalist for the Chicago Tribune. Along with colleague Roger Ebert, he hosted a series of popular review shows on television from 1975 to 1999.more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1946-1999)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Film critic, Journalist, Actor, Writer, Critic
    • Credits: At the Movies, At the Movies, Sneak Previews
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    Lou Rawls
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    Louis Allen "Lou" Rawls was an American recording artist, voice actor, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known for his singing ability: Frank Sinatra once said that Rawls had "the classiest singing and silkiest chops in the singing game". Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 ...more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1933-2006)
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Musician, Actor, Voice acting, Singer
    • Credits: Blues Brothers 2000, The Rugrats Movie, Baywatch Nights, Still Breathing, After the Game, + more
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    Buddy Rich
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    Bernard "Buddy" Rich was an American jazz drummer and bandleader. Rich was billed as "the world's greatest drummer" and was known for his virtuoso technique, power, groove, and speed.more

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    • Age: Died at 70 (1917-1987)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Songwriter, Musician, Bandleader, Actor, Drummer
    • Credits: Artie Shaw: Time Is All You've Got, Improvisation, Norman Granz: Improvisation, Away We Go, Buddy Rich and His Band: Channel One Suite, + more
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    James "Jim" Davis was an American actor, best known for his role as Jock Ewing in the CBS prime-time soap opera, Dallas, a role which continued until he was too ill from a terminal illness to perform.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1909-1981)
    • Birthplace: USA, Missouri, Edgerton
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting
    • Credits: The Magnificent Seven, Dallas, The Parallax View, El Dorado, Big Jake, + more
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    The Crusher
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    Reginald Lisowski was an American professional wrestler, better known by his ring name, The Crusher.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1926-2005)
    • Birthplace: South Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler
    • Credits: The Wrestler, AWA All-Star Wrestling
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    Chaim Potok was an American Jewish author and rabbi. Potok is most famous for his first book The Chosen, a 1967 novel which was listed on The New York Times’ best seller list for 39 weeks and sold more than 3,400,000 copies.more

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    • Age: Died at 73 (1929-2002)
    • Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Rabbi, Novelist, Author, Writer
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    Ronald A. Parise
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    Ronald Anthony Parise Ph.D. was an Italian American scientist who flew aboard two NASA Space Shuttle missions as a payload specialist. Parise was born in Warren, Ohio to Henry and Catherine Parise. By age 11, he became a licensed amateur radio operator. In his teens, he developed an interest in ...more

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    • Age: Died at 57 (1951-2008)
    • Birthplace: Warren, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronaut, Scientist
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    Arthur Kennedy
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    Arthur Kennedy was an American stage and film actor known for his versatility in supporting film roles and his ability to create "an exceptional honesty and naturalness on stage", especially in the original casts of Arthur Miller plays on Broadway.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1914-1990)
    • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Lawrence of Arabia, The Sentinel, Fantastic Voyage, High Sierra, The Desperate Hours, + more
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    Alexis Smith
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    Alexis Smith was a Canadian-born stage, film, and television actress. She appeared in several major Hollywood movies in the 1940s and had a notable career on Broadway in the 1970s, winning a Tony Award in 1972.more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1921-1993)
    • Birthplace: Penticton, Canada
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: The Age of Innocence, The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane, The Turning Point, The Young Philadelphians, Once Is Not Enough, + more
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    Eero Saarinen
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    Eero Saarinen was a Finnish American architect and industrial designer of the 20th century famous for shaping his neofuturistic style according to the demands of the project: simple, sweeping, arching structural curves or machine-like rationalism.more

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    • Age: Died at 51 (1910-1961)
    • Birthplace: Kirkkonummi, Finland
    • Profession: Designer, Architect
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    Walter Johnson
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    Walter Perry Johnson, nicknamed "Barney" and "The Big Train", was a Major League Baseball right-handed pitcher. He played his entire 21-year baseball career for the Washington Senators. He later served as manager of the Senators from 1929 through 1932 and for the Cleveland Indians from 1933 through ...more

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    • Age: Died at 59 (1887-1946)
    • Birthplace: Humboldt, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Manager, Baseball player
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    Bernard Whalen "Bert" Convy was an American actor, singer, game show host and panelist known for his tenure as the host for Tattletales, Super Password, and Win, Lose or Draw.more

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    • Age: Died at 58 (1933-1991)
    • Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Television producer, Game Show Host, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Cannonball Run, Semi-Tough, Susan Slade, Win, Lose or Draw, + more
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    Irish McCalla
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    Nellie Elizabeth "Irish" McCalla was an American actress and artist best known as the title star of the 1950s television series Sheena, Queen of the Jungle. Sheena co-starred actor Chris Drake. McCalla was also a "Varga Girl" model for pinup girl artist Alberto Vargas.more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1928-2002)
    • Birthplace: Pawnee City, Nebraska, United States of America
    • Profession: Pin-up girl, Painter, Model, Actor, Artist
    • Credits: Sheena, Queen of the Jungle, Hands of a Stranger, Five Gates to Hell, She Demons
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    John Burnside
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    John Lyon Burnside III was the inventor of the teleidoscope, the darkfield kaleidoscope and the Symmetricon. Because he rediscovered the math behind kaleidoscope optics, for decades, every maker of optically correct kaleidoscopes sold in the United States paid him royalties. Harry Hay was his life ...more

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    • Age: Died at 92 (1916-2008)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America
    • Profession: Inventor
    • Credits: Word Is Out: Stories of Some of Our Lives
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    Lynn Kohlman
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    Lynn Eleanor Kohlman was a fashion model, photographer, author, and creative director at DKNY.more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1946-2008)
    • Birthplace: Teaneck, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Photographer
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    Herman August Wilhelm Katt was an American television and film actor. He is best known for his starring role in the early television series, The Adventures of Kit Carson, which aired in syndication from 1951 to 1955.more

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    • Age: Died at 77 (1915-1992)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Credits: Rio Lobo, The Body Snatcher, The Stratton Story, Back to Bataan, Tickle Me, + more
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