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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 1985 was no exception. Perhaps the most talked about death was of American actor Rock Hudson, after losing his battle with AIDS. Here's our list of the most notable people to die in 1985, 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 on this list include Orson Welles and Dian Fossey. Which celebrities died in 1985? Scroll down and see for yourself.

Rock Hudson is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Rock Hudson AIDS - Rock Hudson was an American actor. Hudson is generally known for his turns as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s. He achieved stardom with dramatic roles in films such as Magnificent Obsession ...more

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Orson Welles is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Orson Welles Myocardial infarction - George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most ...more

Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Dian Fossey Murder - Dian Fossey was an American zoologist, primatologist, and anthropologist who undertook an extensive study of gorilla groups over a period of 18 years. She studied them daily in the mountain ...more

Margaret Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Margaret Hamilton Myocardial infarction - Margaret Brainard Hamilton was an American film character actress best known for her portrayal of the Wicked Witch of the West in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer's classic film The Wizard of Oz. A former ...more

Michael Redgrave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Michael Redgrave Parkinson's disease - Sir Michael Scudamore Redgrave CBE was an English stage and film actor, director, manager and author.

Phil Silvers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Phil Silvers Myocardial infarction - Phil Silvers was an American entertainer and comedy actor, known as "The King of Chutzpah." He is best known for starring in The Phil Silvers Show, a 1950s sitcom set on a U.S. Army ...more

Yul Brynner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Yul Brynner Lung cancer - Yul Brynner was a Russian-born United States-based film and stage actor. He was best known for his portrayal of the King of Siam in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical The King and I, for which ...more

Leonard Lake is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Leonard Lake Suicide - Leonard Thomas Lake was an American serial killer. He often used the alias Leonard Hill. The crimes he committed with Charles Ng became known after Lake committed suicide by taking a cyanide ...more

Simone Signoret is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Simone Signoret Pancreatic cancer - Simone Signoret was a French cinema actress often hailed as one of France's greatest film stars. She became the first French person to win an Academy Award, for her role in Room at the Top. In ...more

Ruth Gordon is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Ruth Gordon Stroke - Ruth Gordon Jones, better known as Ruth Gordon, was an American film, stage, and television actress, as well as screenwriter and playwright. Gordon began her career performing on Broadway at age ...more

Alex Odeh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Alex Odeh Assassination - Alex Odeh was an Arab-American anti-discrimination activist who was killed in a bombing as he opened the door of his office at 1905 East 17th Street, Santa Ana, California. Odeh was west-coast ...more

Dan James White is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Dan James White Suicide, Carbon monoxide poisoning - Daniel James "Dan" White was a San Francisco supervisor who assassinated San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Supervisor Harvey Milk, on Monday, November 27, 1978, at City Hall. In a ...more

Enrique Camarena is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Enrique Camarena Assassination, Murder - Enrique S. "Kiki" Camarena was a Mexican-born American undercover agent for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration who was abducted on February 7, 1985, and then tortured ...more

Louise Brooks is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Louise Brooks Myocardial infarction - Louise Brooks, born Mary Louise Brooks, was an American dancer and actress, noted for popularizing the bobbed haircut. Brooks is best known as the lead in three feature films made in Europe: ...more

Anne Baxter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Anne Baxter Intracranial aneurysm - Anne Baxter was an American actress of stage and screen. She won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Sophie in the 1946 film The Razor's Edge, and received an Academy ...more

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Fran Gerard is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985

John Scarne is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
John Scarne John Scarne was an American magician and book author who was particularly adept at playing card manipulation. He became known as an expert on cards and other games, and authored a number of ...more

Wilfrid Brambell is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Wilfrid Brambell Cancer - Henry Wilfrid Brambell was an Irish-born English film and television actor best known for his role in the British television series Steptoe and Son. He also performed alongside the Beatles in ...more

Eddie Graham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Eddie Graham Suicide - Edward F. Gossett, better known as Eddie Graham, was an American professional wrestler. He was also the promoter and booker for Championship Wrestling from Florida and President of the NWA in ...more

Jules White is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Jules White Alzheimer's disease - Jules White was a Hungarian-born American film director and producer best known for his short-subject comedies starring the Three Stooges.

Sanjeev Kumar is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Sanjeev Kumar Myocardial infarction - Sanjeev Kumar 9 July 1938 - 6 November 1985 was a noted Indian film actor. He won several major awards including two National Film Awards for Best Actor for his performances in the movies Dastak ...more

Ricky Nelson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Ricky Nelson Aviation accident or incident - Eric Hilliard Nelson – known as Ricky Nelson, later also as Rick Nelson – was an American actor, musician and singer-songwriter. He starred alongside his family in the television series, The ...more

Patricia Roberts Harris is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Patricia Roberts Harris Breast cancer - Patricia Roberts Harris served in the American administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, ...more

Israel Regardie is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Israel Regardie Francis Israel Regardie, known simply as Israel Regardie, was an occultist, a writer, and Aleister Crowley's personal secretary and transcriptionist, widely known for his books and commentaries ...more

Kazuo Nagano is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Kazuo Nagano Assassination - Kazuo Nagano was chairman of the board at Toyota Shoji which was responsible for swindling 3,855 people, mostly elderly, out of 12 billion yen. In 1985, two men – Masakazu Yano and Atsuo Iida – ...more

Robert Graves is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Robert Graves Robert von Ranke Graves was an English poet, novelist, critic, and classicist. During his long life he produced more than 140 works. Graves's poems—together with his translations and innovative ...more

James Beard is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
James Beard Heart failure - James Andrew Beard was an American cookbook author, teacher, syndicated columnist and television personality. Beard was a champion of American cuisine who taught and mentored generations of ...more

Enver Hoxha is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Enver Hoxha Enver Halil Hoxha was the socialist leader of Albania from 1944 until his death in 1985, as the First Secretary of the Party of Labour of Albania. He was chairman of the Democratic Front of ...more

Paul Rosenfels is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Paul Rosenfels Paul Rosenfels was an American psychiatrist and psychoanalyst known as one of the first American social scientists to publish about homosexuality as part of the human condition, rather than ...more

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Andrew Fluegelman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Andrew Fluegelman Suicide - Andrew Cardozo Fluegelman was a publisher, photographer, programmer and attorney best known as a pioneer of what is now known as the shareware business model for software marketing. He was also ...more

Marc Chagall is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Marc Chagall Marc Zakharovich Chagall was a Russian-French artist. Art critic Robert Hughes referred to Chagall as "the quintessential Jewish artist of the twentieth century". An early modernist, ...more

Walter Jenkins is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Walter Jenkins Walter Wilson Jenkins was an American political figure and longtime top aide to U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson. Jenkins' career ended after a sex scandal was reported weeks before the 1964 ...more

Potter Stewart is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Potter Stewart Potter Stewart was an Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court. During his tenure, he made, among other areas, major contributions to criminal justice reform, civil rights, access to ...more

Julian Beck is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Julian Beck Stomach cancer - Julian Beck was an American actor, director, poet, and painter. He is best known for co-founding and directing The Living Theatre, as well as his role as Kane the evil preacher in the 1986 movie ...more

Jackie Curtis is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Jackie Curtis Drug overdose - Jackie Curtis was an American actor, writer, singer and Warhol Superstar.

Tarzan Tyler is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Tarzan Tyler Camille Tourville was a Canadian professional wrestler and manager, better known by his ring name, Tarzan Tyler. He was one-half of the first WWWF World Tag Team Champions, along with Luke

Ignace Gelb is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Ignace Gelb Ignace Jay Gelb was a Polish-American ancient historian and Assyriologist who pioneered the scientific study of writing systems.

Italo Calvino is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Italo Calvino Cerebral hemorrhage - Italo Calvino was an Italian journalist and writer of short stories and novels. His best known works include the Our Ancestors trilogy, the Cosmicomics collection of short stories, and the ...more

John Canaday is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
John Canaday Pancreatic cancer - John Edwin Canaday was a leading American art critic, author and art historian.

Edmond O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Edmond O'Brien Alzheimer's disease - Edmond O'Brien was an American actor who appeared in more than 100 films from the 1940s to the 1970s, often playing character parts. He received an Academy Award for his supporting role in The ...more

Carol Wayne is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Carol Wayne Drowning - Carol Wayne was an American television and film actress. She was best known for her many appearances on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson as the Matinée Lady.

Christopher Dale Flannery is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Christopher Dale Flannery Christopher Dale Flannery, aka Mr. Rent-A-Kill is alleged to have been an Australian hitman. Flannery was born in Brunswick, Victoria.

Robert Odeman is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Robert Odeman Robert T. Odeman was a gay German classical pianist, actor, writer, and composer. He was a Holocaust survivor.

Efrem Zimbalist is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Efrem Zimbalist Efrem Zimbalist, Sr. was an internationally known concert violinist, composer, teacher, conductor and director of the Curtis Institute of Music.

Ina Claire is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Ina Claire Myocardial infarction - Ina Claire was an American stage and film actress.

James Cameron is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
James Cameron Mark James Walter Cameron was a prominent British journalist, in whose memory the annual James Cameron Memorial Lecture is given.

Nelson Riddle is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Nelson Riddle Heart failure, Renal failure - Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such ...more

John Davis Lodge is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
John Davis Lodge John Davis Lodge, was an American actor turned politician. He was the 79th Governor of Connecticut from 1951 to 1955, and U.S. Ambassador to Spain, Argentina, and Switzerland. As an actor, he ...more

Sol Leshinsky is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Sol Leshinsky Solomon Aaron Leschinsky was an American inventor. He was born in Montreal, Canada to Jewish parents originally from a region near Odessa, Russian Empire. Growing up in Bienfait, Hirsch and ...more

Kenneth Zeller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous People Who Died in 1985
Kenneth Zeller Murder - Kenneth Zeller was a teacher and librarian in Toronto, who was employed by Davisville Public School, Williamson Road Junior Public School and Western Technical-Commercial School. He was the ...more