Celebrities who died on August 25

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  1. Aaliyah



    Aaliyah Dana Haughton (ˈlə) (January 16, 1979 – August 25, 2001) was an American singer, dancer, actress, and model. She was born in Brooklyn, New York, and raised in Detroit, Michigan. At the age of 10, she appeared on the television show Star Search and performed in concert alongside Gladys Knight. At age 12, Aaliyah signed with Jive Records and her uncle Barry Hankerson's Blackground Records. Hankerson introduced her to R. Kelly, who became her mentor, as well as lead songwriter and producer of her debut album, Age Ain't Nothing but a Number. The album sold three million copies in the United States and was certified double platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA). After facing allegations of an illegal marriage with R. Kelly, Aaliyah ended her contract with Jive and signed with Atlantic Records.

  2. Neil Armstrong

    Neil Armstrong


    Neil Alden Armstrong (August 5, 1930 – August 25, 2012) was an American astronaut and the first person to walk on the Moon. He was also an aerospace engineer, naval aviator, test pilot, and university professor. Before becoming an astronaut, Armstrong was an officer in the U.S. Navy and served in the Korean War. After the war, he earned his bachelor's degree at Purdue University and served as a test pilot at the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics High-Speed Flight Station, now known as the Dryden Flight Research Center, where he logged over 900 flights. He later completed graduate studies at the University of Southern California.

  3. Karen Dior

    Karen Dior


    Karen Dior (February 14, 1967 – August 25, 2004) was the stage name for Geoffrey Gann, also known as Geoffrey Karen Dior. Gann was a bisexual, male-identified American female impersonator, pornographic and mainstream performer, film director, singer and writer. She was known as a pioneer in popularizing adult films involving Transgender people.

  4. Ted Kennedy

    Ted Kennedy


    Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and was the fourth-longest-serving senator in United States history, having served there for almost 47 years. The most prominent living member of the Kennedy family for many years, he was the last surviving son of Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. and Rose Kennedy; the youngest brother of President John F. Kennedy and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, both victims of assassination; and the father of Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy.

  5. Truman Capote

    Truman Capote


    Truman Streckfus Persons (September 30, 1924 – August 25, 1984), known as Truman Capote (/ˈtrmən kəˈpt/), was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, actor, many of whose short stories, novels, plays, and nonfiction are recognized literary classics, including the novella Breakfast at Tiffany's (1958) and the true crime novel In Cold Blood (1966), which he labeled a "nonfiction novel". At least 20 films and television dramas have been produced of Capote novels, stories, and plays.

  6. Georgi Iliev

    Georgi Iliev


    Georgi Andreev Iliev (Bulgarian: Георги Андреев Илиев) (July 22, 1966 – August 25, 2005) was a Bulgarian businessman, best known for his ownership of a top Bulgarian football team, Lokomotiv Plovdiv. In his early years he won several wrestling competitions and a few gold medals, but had to stop his sports career because of a criminal conviction due to his involvement in a group rape. Upon his release from prison he became something of a small-time criminal. After the death of his brother Vasil Iliev he became the boss of a criminal organization called VIS, which fronted as a legitimate security and insurance provider. The former head secretary of the Bulgarian Ministry of Internal Affairs Boyko Borisov claims to information showing Georgi Iliev's involvement in drug dealing and smuggling operations. According to Grigor Lilov, author of "The Richest Bulgarians", Georgi Iliiev had amassed a fortune of over $250 million.

  7. Irving Mansfield

    Irving Mansfield


  8. Paul Muni

    Paul Muni


    Paul Muni (born Frederich Meshilem Meier Weisenfreund; September 22, 1895 – August 25, 1967) was an American stage and film actor who was born in Lemberg (Austro-Hungarian Empire) and grew up in Chicago. He started his acting career in the Yiddish theatre. During the 1930s, he was considered one of the most prestigious actors at Warner Brothers studios, and was given the rare privilege of choosing which parts he wanted.

  9. Marpessa Dawn

    Marpessa Dawn


    Marpessa Dawn (January 3, 1934 – August 25, 2008), also known as Gypsy Marpessa Dawn Menor, was an American-born French actress, singer, and dancer, best remembered for her role in the film Black Orpheus (1959).

  10. Gower Champion

    Gower Champion


    Gower Carlyle Champion (June 22, 1919 – August 25, 1980) was an American actor, theatre director, choreographer, and dancer.

  11. Art Rooney

    Art Rooney


    Arthur Joseph "Art" Rooney, Sr. (January 27, 1901 – August 25, 1988), often referred to as "The Chief", was the founding owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers American football franchise in the National Football League from 1933 until his death, a member of the NFL Hall of Fame since 1964, an Olympic qualifying boxer and part or whole owner in several track sport venues and Pittsburgh area pro-teams. Rooney was the first president of the Pittsburgh Steelers (1933-74) and first chairman of the team (1933-88)

  12. Elizabeth Inglis

    Elizabeth Inglis


    Elizabeth Inglis (10 July 1913 – 25 August 2007) was an English actress, known for her role in The Letter, opposite Bette Davis.

  13. Friedrich Nietzsche

    Friedrich Nietzsche


    Friedrich Wilhelm Nietzsche (ˈnə or ˈni; 15 October 1844 – 25 August 1900) was a German philosopher, cultural critic, poet, composer, and Latin and Greek scholar. He wrote several critical texts on religion, morality, contemporary culture, philosophy, and science, displaying a fondness for metaphor and irony.

  14. Ann Rutledge

    Ann Rutledge


    Ann Rutledge (January 7, 1813 – August 25, 1835) was allegedly Abraham Lincoln's first love.

  15. Duke of Kent

    Duke of Kent


  16. Helen Lee Worthing

    Helen Lee Worthing


  17. Ann Hovey

    Ann Hovey


    Ann Hovey (August 29, 1911 – August 25, 2007) was an American chorus girl and minor film actress of the 1930s, primarily in B-movies.

  18. Ruth Hampton

    Ruth Hampton


  19. William Warfield

    William Warfield


    William Caesar Warfield (22 January 1920 – 26 August 2002), was an American concert bass-baritone singer and actor. One of his earliest professional engagements was in Marc Blitzstein's Broadway opera, Regina. His breakthrough came when he gave his recital debut in New York's Town Hall in 1950. He went on to produce a highly acclaimed album of selections from Porgy and Bess with Leontyne Price in 1963.

  20. Samantha Smith

    Samantha Smith


    Samantha Reed Smith (June 29, 1972 – August 25, 1985) was an American schoolgirl, peace activist and child actress from Manchester, Maine, who became famous in the Cold War era United States and Soviet Union. In 1982, Smith wrote a letter to the newly appointed CPSU General Secretary Yuri Andropov, and received a personal reply which included a personal invitation to visit the Soviet Union, which she accepted.

  21. Camilla Spira

    Camilla Spira


    Camilla Spira (1 March 1906 – 25 August 1997) was a German film actress. She appeared in 68 films between 1924 and 1986.

  22. Rita Quigley

    Rita Quigley


    Rita Quigley was born Rita Allene Quigley on March 31, 1923, in Bell, California, and died on August 25, 2008, in Arroyo Grande, California. Quigley was an actress who later became the Corporate Secretary, and the first woman on the board of directors, of the Petroleum Club of Los Angeles. She was the elder sister of Juanita Quigley, who was also an actress, beginning in films at the age of three in 1934.

  23. Edward Kennedy

    Edward Kennedy


  24. Mark Bernes

    Mark Bernes


    Mark Naumovich Bernes (Russian: Ма́рк Нау́мович Берне́с, Mark Naumovič Bernes) (October 8 [O.S. September 25] 1911, Nezhin, Chernigov Governorate, Russian Empire - August 16, 1969, Moscow, Soviet Union) was a Soviet actor and singer of Jewish ancestry (his father's last name was Neumann), who performed some of the most poignant songs to come out of the World War II, including Tyomnaya noch (Russian: Тёмная ночь, Dark Night; 1943) and Zhuravli (Russian: Журавли, Cranes; 1969). His voice had some similarities to Bing Crosby, but his style was closer to French chansonniers such as Yves Montand.

  25. Jack Nitzsche

    Jack Nitzsche


    Bernard Alfred "Jack" Nitzsche (22 April 1937 – 25 August 2000) was a musician, arranger, producer, songwriter, and film score composer. He first came to prominence in the late 1950s as the right-hand-man of producer Phil Spector, and went on to work with the Rolling Stones, Neil Young and others. He also worked extensively in film scores, winning a song of the year Oscar in 1983 for co-writing "Up Where We Belong" (from An Officer and a Gentleman.)

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