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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
    Thomas Lanier Williams III (March 26, 1911 – February 25, 1983), known by his pen name...  more
  • Buckminster Fuller
    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist,...  more
  • Norma Shearer

    Norma Shearer

    Edith Norma Shearer (August 10, 1902 – June 12, 1983) was a Canadian American actress and...  more
  • Jack Dempsey
    William Harrison "Jack" Dempsey (June 24, 1895 – May 31, 1983), nicknamed "Kid Blackie" and...  more
  • Dennis Wilson
    Dennis Carl Wilson (December 4, 1944 – December 28, 1983) was an American musician, singer,...  more
  • David Niven

    David Niven

    Motor neuron disease
    James David Graham Niven (; 1 March 1910 – 29 July 1983) was a British actor, memoirist and...  more
  • Karen Carpenter

    Karen Carpenter

    Anorexia nervosa
    Karen Anne Carpenter (March 2, 1950 – February 4, 1983) was an American singer and drummer who...  more
  • Dolores del Río

    Dolores del Río

    Liver failure
    Dolores del Río (Spanish pronunciation: [doˈloɾez ðel ˈri.o]; born María de los Dolores...  more
  • Peter Ivers
    Peter Scott Ivers (September 20, 1946 – March 3, 1983) was an American musician, songwriter...  more
  • Michael Conrad

    Michael Conrad

    Urethral cancer
    Michael Conrad (October 16, 1925 – November 22, 1983) was an American actor perhaps best known...  more
  • George Cukor

    George Cukor

    Myocardial infarction
    George Dewey Cukor (; July 7, 1899 – January 24, 1983) was an American film director. He...  more
  • Joan Miró

    Joan Miró

    Cardiovascular disease
    Joan Miró i Ferrà ( mi-ROH, also US: mee-ROH, Catalan: [ʒuˈam miˈɾo j fəˈra]; 20 April 1893 –...  more
  • Anthony Blunt
    Anthony Frederick Blunt (26 September 1907 – 26 March 1983), styled as Sir Anthony Blunt,...  more
  • Arthur Godfrey
    Arthur Morton Godfrey (August 31, 1903 – March 16, 1983) was an American radio and television...  more
  • Gloria Swanson

    Gloria Swanson

    Heart Ailment
    Gloria May Josephine Swanson (March 27, 1899 – April 4, 1983) was an American actress and...  more
  • Maurice Bishop

    Maurice Bishop

    Capital punishment
    Maurice Rupert Bishop (29 May 1944 – 19 October 1983) was a Grenadian revolutionary and the...  more
  • John Bodkin Adams
    John Bodkin Adams (21 January 1899 – 4 July 1983) was a British general practitioner,...  more
  • Christopher George

    Christopher George

    Myocardial infarction
    Christopher John George (February 25, 1931 – November 28, 1983) was an American television and...  more
  • Carolyn Jones

    Carolyn Jones

    Colorectal cancer
    Carolyn Sue Jones (April 28, 1930 – August 3, 1983) was an American actress of television and...  more
  • Rocco Chinnici

    Rocco Chinnici

    Assassination, Murder
    Rocco Chinnici (Italian pronunciation: [ˈrɔkko kinˈniːtʃi], Sicilian: [kɪnˈniːʃɪ]; 19 January...  more
  • Luis Buñuel

    Luis Buñuel

    Liver cancer, Pancreatic cancer
    Luis Buñuel Portolés (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈlwis βuˈɲwel poɾtoˈles]; 22 February 1900 – 29...  more
  • Jessica Savitch

    Jessica Savitch

    Traffic collision, Drowning
    Jessica Beth Savitch (February 1, 1947 – October 23, 1983) was an American television news...  more
  • Beverley Nichols
    John Beverley Nichols (9 September 1898 – 15 September 1983) was an English author,...  more
  • Emil Grunzweig

    Emil Grünzweig (Hebrew: אמיל גרינצווייג‎) (December 1, 1947 – February 10, 1983) was an...  more
  • Buster Crabbe

    Buster Crabbe

    Myocardial infarction
    Clarence Linden Crabbe II (; February 7, 1908 – April 23, 1983), known professionally as...  more