Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer People

Famous People Who Died of Prostate Cancer

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List of famous people who died of prostate cancer, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This list of celebrities who died from prostate cancer includes information like the victim's hometown and other biographical information when available. Unfortunately many famous people's lives have been cut short because of prostate cancer, including actors, musicians and athletes.

With people ranging from Frank Zappa to Charlton Heston, this is a great starting point for a list of your favorites.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities have died from prostate cancer?" and "Which famous people died due to prostate cancer?"

These notable prostate cancer deaths include modern and past famous men and women, from politicians to religious leaders to writers. Everyone on this list has has prostate cancer as a cause of death somewhere in their public records, even if it was just one contributing factor for their death. (328 items)

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    Dennis Hopper
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    Dennis Lee Hopper was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer, and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, making his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared in two films with James Dean. In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared ...more

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    • Age: Died at 74 (1936-2010)
    • Birthplace: Dodge City, USA, Kansas
    • Profession: Screenwriter, Actor, Voice acting, Artist, Film Director, + more
    • Credits: Apocalypse Now, Hoosiers, Blue Velvet, True Romance, Speed, + more
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    Charlton Heston was an American actor and political activist. As a Hollywood star he appeared in 100 films over the course of 60 years. He played the leading role in The Ten Commandments; Touch of Evil with Orson Welles; Ben-Hur, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor; El Cid; and Planet of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1923-2008)
    • Birthplace: USA, Evanston, Illinois
    • Profession: Actor, Voice acting, Political Activist, Film Director
    • Credits: Hercules, Planet of the Apes, Ben-Hur, Planet of the Apes, The Ten Commandments, + more
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    Frank Vincent Zappa was an American musician, bandleader, songwriter, composer, recording engineer, record producer, and film director. In a career spanning more than 30 years, Zappa composed rock, jazz, orchestral and musique concrète works. He also directed feature-length films and music videos, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 53 (1940-1993)
    • Profession: Conductor, Record producer, Songwriter, Musician, Composer
    • Credits: Y Tu Mamá También, Head, 200 Motels, The Boy Who Left Home to Find Out About the Shivers, The Amazing Mr. Bickford, + more
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    Merv Griffin
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    Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. was an American television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse ...more

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    • Age: Died at 82 (1925-2007)
    • Birthplace: San Mateo, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Film Score Composer, Business magnate, Television producer, Musician, Screenwriter, + more
    • Credits: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, The Man with Two Brains, The Lonely Guy, Dance Fever, + more
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    William Alexander "Bud" Abbott was an American actor, producer and comedian. He is best remembered as the straight man of the comedy team of Abbott and Costello, with Lou Costello.more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1895-1974)
    • Birthplace: Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States of America
    • Profession: Comedian, Film Producer, Actor, Vaudeville Performer
    • Credits: Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Buck Privates, Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man, Jack and the Beanstalk, The Naughty Nineties, + more
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    Gary Cooper was an American film actor known for his natural, authentic, and understated acting style and screen performances. His career spanned thirty-six years, from 1925 to 1961, and included leading roles in eighty-four feature films. He was a major movie star from the end of the silent film era ...more

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    • Age: Died at 60 (1901-1961)
    • Birthplace: USA, Helena, Montana
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: High Noon, Cinema Paradiso, The Pride of the Yankees, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, Wings, + more
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    Mobutu Sese Seko
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    Mobutu Sese Seko Kuku Ngbendu Wa Za Banga was the President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo from 1965 to 1997. Installed and supported in office primarily by Belgium and the United States, he formed an authoritarian regime, amassed vast personal wealth, and attempted to purge the country of all ...more

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    • Age: Died at 67 (1930-1997)
    • Birthplace: Lisala, Democratic Republic of the Congo
    • Profession: Politician
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    William Shockley
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    William Bradford Shockley Jr. was an American physicist and inventor. Shockley was the manager of a research group that included John Bardeen and Walter Houser Brattain, the duo who invented the transistor. The three were jointly awarded the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics. Shockley's attempts to ...more

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    • Age: Died at 79 (1910-1989)
    • Birthplace: Europe, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England, + more
    • Profession: Physicist, Inventor, Scientist, Mountaineer
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    Langston Hughes
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    James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist. He was one of the earliest innovators of the then-new literary art form called jazz poetry. Hughes is best known as a leader of the Harlem Renaissance. He famously wrote about the period that "the ...more

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    • Age: Died at 65 (1902-1967)
    • Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States of America
    • Profession: Poet, Novelist, Lyricist, Author, Essayist, + more
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    Aristotelis "Telly" Savalas was an American film and television actor and singer, whose career spanned four decades. Perhaps best known for playing the title role in the 1970s crime drama Kojak, Savalas was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Birdman of ...more

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    • Age: Died at 72 (1922-1994)
    • Birthplace: Garden City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Television director, Actor, Singer
    • Credits: The Muppet Movie, The Dirty Dozen, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Kelly's Heroes, The Greatest Story Ever Told, + more
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    Johnny Ramone
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    John William Cummings, better known by his stage name Johnny Ramone, was an American guitarist and songwriter, best known for being the guitarist for the punk rock band the Ramones. He was a founding member of the band, and remained a member throughout the band's entire career. He died from prostate ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1948-2004)
    • Birthplace: Long Island, New York, USA
    • Profession: Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician
    • Credits: End of the Century: The Story of the Ramones, Stranded, Ramones: The True Story
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    Jerry Orbach
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    Jerome Bernard "Jerry" Orbach was an American actor and singer, described at his death as "one of the last bona fide leading men of the Broadway musical and global celebrity on television" and a "versatile stage and film actor". Orbach's professional career began on the New York stage, both on and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 69 (1935-2004)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Actor, Singer
    • Credits: Beauty and the Beast, Dirty Dancing, Law & Order, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, + more
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    Timothy Francis Leary was an American psychologist and writer who was known for advocating psychedelic drugs. During American legality of LSD and psilocybin, Leary conducted experiments under the Harvard Psilocybin Project, resulting in the Concord Prison Experiment and the Marsh Chapel Experiment.more

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    • Age: Died at 76 (1920-1996)
    • Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts, United States of America
    • Profession: Psychologist, Screenwriter, Actor, Writer, Consultant, + more
    • Credits: Nice Dreams, Shocker, Conceiving Ada, Roadside Prophets, Hofmann's Potion, + more
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    Eldridge Cleaver
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    Leroy Eldridge Cleaver, better known as Eldridge Cleaver, was an American writer, and political activist, who became an early leader of the Black Panther Party. His 1968 book Soul On Ice is a collection of essays, praised by The New York Times Book Review at the time of its publication as "brilliant and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 63 (1935-1998)
    • Birthplace: Wabbaseka, Arkansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Political Activist, Writer
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    Ludwig Wittgenstein
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    Ludwig Josef Johann Wittgenstein was an Austrian-British philosopher who worked primarily in logic, the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of mind, and the philosophy of language. From 1929–1947, Wittgenstein taught at the University of Cambridge. During his lifetime he published just one slim ...more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1889-1951)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    • Profession: Architect, Philosopher, Teacher
    • Credits: Wittgenstein Tractatus, As from Afar
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    Linus Pauling
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    Linus Carl Pauling was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, and educator. He was one of the most influential chemists in history and ranks among the most important scientists of the 20th century. Pauling was one of the founders of the fields of quantum chemistry and molecular ...more

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    • Age: Died at 93 (1901-1994)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America
    • Profession: Biochemist, Physicist, Chemist, Scientist, Quantum chemist
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    Peter Cushing
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    Peter Wilton Cushing, OBE was an English actor and a BAFTA TV Award Best Actor winner in 1956. He is mainly known for his many appearances in Hammer Films, in which he played the sinister scientist Baron Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the vampire hunter Dr. Van Helsing, among many other roles. He ...more

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    • Age: Died at 81 (1913-1994)
    • Birthplace: United Kingdom
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Star Wars, Lolita, Dracula, Top Secret!, The Brides of Dracula, + more
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    Richard Stanford Cox, known professionally as Dick Sargent, was an American actor, notable as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched. The actor took the name Dick Sargent from a Saturday Evening Post illustrator/artist of the same name.more

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    • Age: Died at 64 (1930-1994)
    • Birthplace: Carmel-by-the-Sea, California, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor
    • Credits: Bewitched, Teen Witch, Operation Petticoat, That Touch of Mink, The Ghost and Mr. Chicken, + more
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    Ty Cobb
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    Tyrus Raymond "Ty" Cobb, nicknamed "The Georgia Peach," was an American Major League Baseball outfielder. He was born in rural Narrows, Georgia. Cobb spent 22 seasons with the Detroit Tigers, the last six as the team's player-manager, and finished his career with the Philadelphia Athletics. In 1936 Cobb ...more

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    • Age: Died at 75 (1886-1961)
    • Birthplace: Narrows, Georgia, United States of America
    • Profession: Baseball player
    • Credits: Somewhere in Georgia
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    Stanford Robert Ovshinsky was a prolific American inventor and scientist who had been granted well over 400 patents over fifty years, mostly in the areas of energy and information. Many of his inventions have had wide ranging applications. Among the most prominent are: an environmentally friendly ...more

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    • Age: Died at 90 (1922-2012)
    • Birthplace: Akron, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, Inventor, Scientist, Engineer
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