Celebrities who died on July 1

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  1. Luther Vandross

    Luther Vandross


    Luther Ronzoni Vandross, Jr. (April 20, 1951 – July 1, 2005) was an American singer, songwriter and record producer. Throughout his career, Vandross was an in demand background vocalist for several different artists including Judy Collins, Chaka Khan, Bette Midler, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Barbra Streisand, Ben E. King, and Donna Summer. He later became the lead singer of the group Change, which released its certified gold debut album, The Glow of Love, in 1980 on Warner Bros. Records. After Vandross left the group, he was signed to Epic Records as a solo artist and released his debut solo album, Never Too Much, in 1981.

  2. Marlon Brando

    Marlon Brando


    Marlon Brando, Jr. (April 3, 1924 – July 1, 2004) was an American actor, film director, and activist. He is credited with helping to popularize the Stanislavski system of acting. A cultural icon, Brando is most famous for his Academy Award-winning performances as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) and Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972), as well as influential performances in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Viva Zapata! (1952), Julius Caesar (1953), The Wild One (1953), Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Last Tango in Paris (1972) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Brando was also an activist, supporting many causes, notably the African-American Civil Rights Movement and various American Indian Movements.

  3. Virginia Bell

    Virginia Bell


    Virginia "Ding Dong" Bell (August 14, 1933 - July 18, 2010) was a topless model and actress. She started her career in the 1950s as a burlesque dancer.

  4. Robert Mitchum

    Robert Mitchum


    Robert Charles Durman Mitchum (August 6, 1917 – July 1, 1997) was an American film actor, author, composer and singer. Mitchum rose to prominence for his starring roles in several classic films noir, and is generally considered a forerunner of the anti-heroes prevalent in film during the 1950s and 1960s. His best-known films include The Story of G.I. Joe (1945), Crossfire (1947), Out of the Past (1947), The Night of the Hunter (1955), Cape Fear (1962), and El Dorado (1966).

  5. Michael Landon

    Michael Landon


    Michael Landon (born Eugene Maurice Orowitz; October 31, 1936 – July 1, 1991) was an American actor, writer, director, and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–73), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974–83), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–89). Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball.

  6. Margaux Hemingway

    Margaux Hemingway


    Margaux Louise Hemingway (February 16, 1954 – July 1, 1996) was an American fashion model and actress. The statuesque Hemingway experienced visible success as a 'supermodel' in the mid-1970s appearing on the covers of Cosmopolitan, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Vogue, and TIME. She signed a million-dollar contract for Fabergé as the spokesmodel for Babe perfume. At the age of 42, Hemingway was found dead in her Santa Monica studio apartment due to a drug overdose.

  7. Sylvia Sidney

    Sylvia Sidney


    Sylvia Sidney (born Sophia Kosow; August 8, 1910 – July 1, 1999) was an American actress of stage, screen and film, who rose to prominence in the 1930s appearing in numerous crime dramas.

  8. Anna Karen

    Anna Karen


    Anna Karen (born 19 September 1936) is a South African-born English film, television and theatre actress. Prominent in soap opera and comedy her best-known roles are in the sitcoms On the Buses and The Rag Trade. She has also made recurring appearances in soap opera EastEnders from 1996 on a recurring basis.

  9. Claire Kelly

    Claire Kelly


    Claire Kelly, born Claire Ann Green, (March 15, 1934 in San Francisco - July 1, 1998 in Palm Springs, California) was an American actress. She was known for roles in films such as The Badlanders (1958), Ask Any Girl (1959) and A Guide for the Married Man (1967). In the 1958 western The Badlanders she played "the Angela role immortalized by Marilyn Monroe". In 1964-65 she appeared in several episodes of Burke's Law.

  10. Leslie Brooks

    Leslie Brooks


    Leslie Brooks (July 13, 1922 – July 1, 2011) was an American film actress.

  11. Virginia Weidler

    Virginia Weidler


    Virginia Anna Adeleide Weidler (March 21, 1927 – July 1, 1968) was an American child actress, popular in Hollywood films during the 1930s and 1940s.

  12. Walter Matthau

    Walter Matthau


    Walter Matthau (/ˈmæθ/; October 1, 1920 – July 1, 2000) was an American actor best known for his role as Oscar Madison in The Odd Couple and his frequent collaborations with Odd Couple star Jack Lemmon, as well as his role as Coach Buttermaker in the 1976 comedy The Bad News Bears. He won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in the 1966 Billy Wilder film The Fortune Cookie. Besides the Oscar, he was the winner of BAFTA, Golden Globe and Tony awards.

  13. Dennis Brown

    Dennis Brown


    Dennis Emmanuel Brown CD (1 February 1957 – 1 July 1999) was a Jamaican reggae singer. During his prolific career, which began in the late 1960s when he was aged eleven, he recorded more than 75 albums and was one of the major stars of lovers rock, a subgenre of reggae. Bob Marley cited Brown as his favourite singer, dubbing him "The Crown Prince of Reggae", and Brown would prove influential on future generations of reggae singers.

  14. Guy Mitchell

    Guy Mitchell


    Guy Mitchell (born Albert George Cernik; February 22, 1927 – July 1, 1999) was an American pop singer, successful in his homeland, the UK and Australia. He sold 44 million records, including six million-selling singles.

  15. Wolfman Jack

    Wolfman Jack


    Robert Weston Smith, known as Wolfman Jack (January 21, 1938 – July 1, 1995) was a gravelly voiced American disc jockey, famous in the 1960s and 1970s.

  16. Sari Maritza

    Sari Maritza


    Sari Maritza (17 March 1910 – July 1987) was an actress in British films of the early 1930s.

  17. Karl Malden

    Karl Malden


    Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. Malden was primarily a character actor who "for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film and television", especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor, On the Waterfront, and One-Eyed Jacks. Malden later played in high-profile Hollywood movies such as Baby Doll, How the West Was Won, and Patton as well as appearing on U.S. television as Lt. Mike Stone on the 1970s crime drama, The Streets of San Francisco and as the spokesman for American Express. Film and culture critic Charles Champlin described Malden as "an Everyman, but one whose range moved easily up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along", and at his death Malden was described as "one of the great character actors of his time" who created a number of "powerhouse performances on screen". Malden was also President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1988 to 1993.

  18. Mollie Sugden

    Mollie Sugden


    Isobel Mary "Mollie" Sugden (21 July 1922 – 1 July 2009) was an English comedy actress, best known for portraying the saleswoman Mrs. Slocombe in the British sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972-85). She later reprised this role in Grace & Favour (1992-93). Sugden appeared in many other television series, including The Liver Birds, That's My Boy and Coronation Street.

  19. Erik Satie

    Erik Satie


    Éric Alfred Leslie Satie (17 May 1866 – 1 July 1925) – he signed his name Erik Satie after 1884 – was a French composer and pianist. Satie was a colourful figure in the early 20th century Parisian avant-garde. His work was a precursor to later artistic movements such as minimalism, repetitive music, and the Theatre of the Absurd.

  20. Ron Kershaw

    Ron Kershaw


    Ron Kershaw (1945 – July 1989) was an American television news executive responsible for several television news innovations. Considered somewhat a genius, Kershaw was the news director in several large cities across the United States including New York, Chicago and Baltimore.

  21. Ben Turpin

    Ben Turpin


    Bernard "Ben" Turpin (September 19, 1869 – July 1, 1940) was an American comedian and actor, best remembered for his work in silent films.

  22. Anna Palk

    Anna Palk


    Anna Palk (23 October 1941 – 1 July 1990) was an English actress.

  23. Juan Domingo Perón

    Juan Domingo Perón


  24. Phyllis Barry

    Phyllis Barry


    Phyllis Barry (7 December 1908 – 1 July 1954) was an English film actress. Born in Leeds, West Riding of Yorkshire, England, to Seth Henry and Bertha (née Giles) Hillyard, Barry appeared in over 40 films between 1925 and 1947.

  25. Clay Felker

    Clay Felker


    Clay Schuette Felker (October 2, 1925 – July 1, 2008) was an American magazine editor and journalist who founded New York Magazine in 1968. He was known for bringing large numbers of journalists into the profession. The New York Times wrote in 1995, "Few journalists have left a more enduring imprint on late 20th-century journalism—an imprint that was unabashedly mimicked even as it was being mocked—than Clay Felker."

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