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Famous People Who Died in 1983

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For one reason or another, we as human beings seem to be fascinated by celebrity deaths. Every year we mourn the loss of famous people who pass away, and 1983 was no exception. Sports fans right remember the death of heavyweight boxer Jack Dempsey, who died of heart failure at the ripe age of 87. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 1983, ordered by how well-known they were.

All walks of famous people are on this list, including actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and more.Although the rich and famous are just like the rest of us, it's alarming how many of them have their lives cut short because of drug overdoses or other accidents. Still others live out many long years only to succumb to diseases like cancer late in life.

Examples of celebrity deaths on this list include Tennessee Williams and Dennis Wilson. Which celebrities died in 1983? Scroll down and see for yourself.
Tennessee Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Choking
Thomas Lanier "Tennessee" Williams III was an American playwright and author of many stage classics. Along with Eugene O'Neill and Arthur Miller he is considered among the three ...more
Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more
Norma Shearer is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Bronchopneumonia
Edith Norma Shearer was a Canadian-American actress. Shearer was one of the most popular actresses in North America from the mid-1920s through the 1930s. Her early films cast her as the ...more
Jack Dempsey is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey, also known as "Kid Blackie" and "The Manassa Mauler", was an American professional boxer, who became a cultural icon of the 1920s. ...more
Dennis Wilson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Drowning
Dennis Carl Wilson was an American drummer, singer and songwriter. He is best known as a founding member of the rock band The Beach Boys, alongside his brothers, Brian and Carl, cousin, Mike ...more
David Niven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Motor neuron disease
James David Graham Niven was an English actor and novelist who was popular in Europe and in the United States. He may be best known for his roles as Phileas Fogg in Around the World in 80 Days ...more
Karen Carpenter is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Anorexia nervosa
Karen Anne Carpenter was an American singer and drummer. She and her brother, Richard, formed the 1970s duo Carpenters. Although her skills as a drummer earned admiration from drumming ...more
Dolores del Río is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Liver failure
Dolores del Río, was a Mexican film, theater and television actress. She was a Hollywood star in the 1920s and 1930s, and was one of the most important female figures of the Golden Age of ...more
Peter Ivers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Murder
Peter Scott Ivers was an American musician, best known as the host of New Wave Theatre. Ivers was born in Illinois, but raised in Brookline, a suburb of Boston, Massachusetts. He attended the ...more
Michael Conrad is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Urethral cancer
Michael Conrad was an American actor, primarily on television.
George Cukor is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Myocardial infarction
George Dewey Cukor was an American film director. He mainly concentrated on comedies and literary adaptations. His career flourished at RKO when David O. Selznick, the studio's Head of ...more
Joan Miró is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Cardiovascular disease
Joan Miró i Ferrà was a Catalan, Spanish painter, sculptor, and ceramicist born in Barcelona. A museum dedicated to his work, the Fundació Joan Miró, was established ...more
Anthony Blunt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Anthony Frederick Blunt, known as Sir Anthony Blunt, KCVO from 1956 to 1979, when he was stripped of his honours, was a British art historian who was exposed late in his life as a Soviet spy. ...more
Arthur Godfrey is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Emphysema
Arthur Morton Godfrey was an American radio and television broadcaster and entertainer who was sometimes introduced by his nickname, The Old Redhead. No TV personality in 1950s America enjoyed ...more
Gloria Swanson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Heart Ailment
Gloria May Josephine Swanson was an American actress, singer, and producer perhaps best known for her role as Norma Desmond, a reclusive silent film star, in the critically acclaimed 1950 film, ...more
Maurice Bishop is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Capital punishment
Maurice Rupert Bishop was a Grenadian politician and revolutionary who seized power in a coup in 1979 from Eric Gairy and served as Prime Minister of the People's Revolutionary Government of ...more
John Bodkin Adams is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
John Bodkin Adams was an Irish general practitioner, convicted fraudster and suspected serial killer. Between 1946 and 1956, more than 160 of his patients died in suspicious circumstances. Of ...more
Christopher George is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Myocardial infarction
Christopher John George was an American television and film actor who was perhaps best known for his starring role in the 1966–1968 TV series The Rat Patrol. He was nominated for a Golden Globe ...more
Carolyn Jones is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Colorectal cancer
Carolyn Sue Jones was an American actress. Jones began her film career in the early 1950s, and by the end of the decade had achieved recognition with a nomination for an Academy Award for Best ...more
Rocco Chinnici is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Assassination, Murder, Car bomb
Rocco Chinnici was a noted Italian Antimafia magistrate killed by the Mafia.
Luis Buñuel is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Liver cancer, Pancreatic cancer
Luis Buñuel Portolés was a filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France. When Luis Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in the New York Times called him "an ...more
Jessica Savitch is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Traffic collision, Drowning
Jessica Beth Savitch was an American television broadcaster and news reporter, host of PBS's Frontline and New York weekend anchor of NBC Nightly News during the short-lived Roger Mudd/Tom
Beverley Nichols is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
John Beverley Nichols was an author, playwright, journalist, composer, and public speaker.
Emil Grunzweig is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Assassination
Emil Grunzweig was an Israeli teacher and peace activist affiliated with the Peace Now movement. He became an icon of the Israeli left after he was killed by a grenade thrown at a peace rally in ...more
Buster Crabbe is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1983
Myocardial infarction
Clarence Linden "Buster" Crabbe II was an American competitive swimmer and actor. He won the 1932 Olympic gold medal for 400-meter freestyle swimming before breaking into acting. He ...more