List of Famous people who died at 78

Dean Martin

Dino Paul Crocetti
First Name Dean
Last Name Martin
Born on June 7, 1917
Died on December 25, 1995 (aged 78)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

Dean Martin was an American singer, actor, and comedian. One of the most popular and enduring American entertainers of the mid-20th century, Martin was nicknamed "The King of Cool".

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Juan Domingo Perón

First Name Juan
Last Name Perón
Born on October 8, 1895
Died on July 1, 1974 (aged 78)

Juan Domingo Perón was an Argentine Army general and politician. After serving in several government positions, including Minister of Labour and Vice President, he was elected President of Argentina three times, serving from June 1946 to September 1955, when he was overthrown in a coup d'état, and then from October 1973 until his death in July 1974.

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Willy Brandt

Herbert Ernst Karl Frahm
First Name Willy
Last Name Brandt
Born on December 18, 1913
Died on October 8, 1992 (aged 78)

Willy Brandt was a German politician and statesman who was leader of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) from 1964 to 1987 and served as Chancellor of the Federal Republic of Germany from 1969 to 1974.

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Masayuki Uemura

First Name Masayuki
Last Name Uemura
Born on June 20, 1943
Died on December 6, 2021 (aged 78)
Born in Japan

Masayuki Uemura was a Japanese engineer, video game producer, and professor. He was known for his work as an employee of Nintendo from 1971 to 2004.

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Lina Morgan

First Name Lina
Last Name Morgan
Born on March 20, 1937
Died on August 19, 2015 (aged 78)

María de los Ángeles López Segovia OAXS MML, better known as Lina Morgan, was a Spanish film, theatre and television actress and showgirl.

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Simone de Beauvoir

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir
First Name Simone
Last Name Beauvoir
Born on January 9, 1908
Died on April 14, 1986 (aged 78)

Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir French: [simɔn də bovwaʁ] (listen), 9 January 1908 – 14 April 1986) was a French writer, intellectual, existentialist philosopher, political activist, feminist and social theorist. Though she did not consider herself a philosopher, she had a significant influence on both feminist existentialism and feminist theory.

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Norman Schwarzkopf Jr.

First Name Norman
Last Name Jr.
Born on August 22, 1934
Died on December 27, 2012 (aged 78)

Herbert Norman Schwarzkopf Jr. was a United States Army general. While serving as the commander of United States Central Command, he led all coalition forces in the Gulf War.

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Robert Forster

Robert Wallace Forster Jr.
First Name Robert
Last Name Forster
Died on October 11, 2019 (aged 49)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Robert Wallace Foster Jr., known professionally as Robert Forster, was an American actor, known for his roles as John Cassellis in Medium Cool (1969), Captain Dan Holland in The Black Hole (1979), Abdul Rafai in The Delta Force (1986), and Max Cherry in Jackie Brown (1997), for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Forster's varied filmography includes: Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967), Alligator (1980), Me, Myself & Irene (2000), Mulholland Drive (2001), The Descendants (2011), Olympus Has Fallen (2013), London Has Fallen (2016), What They Had (2018) and The Wolf of Snow Hollow (2020).

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Martin D. Ginsburg

Martin David Ginsburg
First Name Martin
Last Name Ginsburg
Born on June 10, 1932
Died on June 27, 2010 (aged 78)

Martin David Ginsburg was an American lawyer who specialized in tax law and was the husband of American lawyer and U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. He taught law at Georgetown University Law Center in Washington, D.C. and was of counsel in the Washington, D.C. office of the American law firm Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson.

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Peter Lustig

Peter Fritz Willi Lustig
First Name Peter
Last Name Lustig
Born on October 27, 1937
Died on February 23, 2016 (aged 78)

Peter Fritz Willi Lustig was a German television presenter, voice actor and author of children's books who has become especially well known as leading actor in the weekly children's television show Löwenzahn, which he hosted from 1979 up until 2006. During its first year the show was called Pusteblume. He also hosted the show Mittendrin (1987–95), narrated the film Gordos Reise ans Ende der Welt (2007) and provided the German voice for the computer game character Gary Gadget.

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Dirk Bogarde

Derek Jules Gaspard Ulric Niven van den Bogaerde
First Name Dirk
Born on March 28, 1921
Died on May 8, 1999 (aged 78)
Height 174 cm | 5'9

Sir Dirk Bogarde was an English actor and writer. Initially a matinée idol in films such as Doctor in the House (1954) for the Rank Organisation, he later acted in art-house films. In a second career, he wrote seven best-selling volumes of memoirs, six novels and a volume of collected journalism, mainly from articles in The Daily Telegraph.

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Klausjürgen Wussow

First Name Klausjürgen
Born on April 30, 1929
Died on June 19, 2007 (aged 78)

Klausjürgen Wussow was a German stage, film and television actor.

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Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis

প্রশান্তচন্দ্র মহলানবিশ
First Name Prasanta
Born on June 29, 1893
Died on June 28, 1972 (aged 78)
Born in India

Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis OBE, FNA, FASc, FRS was an Indian scientist and statistician. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure, and for being one of the members of the first Planning Commission of free India. He made pioneering studies in anthropometry in India. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute, and contributed to the design of large-scale sample surveys. For his contributions, Mahalanobis has been considered the father of modern statistics in India.

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Alan Kalter

First Name Alan
Last Name Kalter
Born on March 21, 1943
Died on October 4, 2021 (aged 78)

Alan Robert Kalter was an American television announcer from New York City. He is best known as the announcer for the Late Show with David Letterman, a role he held from September 4, 1995 until Letterman's retirement on May 20, 2015. He also hosted Alan Kalter's Celebrity Interview that ran concurrently with The Late Show.

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Necip Fazıl Kısakürek

First Name Necip
Born on May 26, 1904
Died on May 25, 1983 (aged 78)

Ahmet Necip Fazıl Kısakürek was a Turkish poet, novelist, playwright, and Islamist ideologue. He is also known simply by his initials NFK. He was noticed by the French philosopher Henri Bergson, who later became his teacher.

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Franco Columbu

Francesco Columbu
First Name Franco
Last Name Columbu
Born on August 7, 1941
Died on August 30, 2019 (aged 78)
Born in Italy, Sardinia
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Francesco Maria Columbu was an Italian bodybuilder, powerlifter, actor, author, producer, and a licensed chiropractor.

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Coretta Scott King

First Name Coretta
Born on April 27, 1927
Died on January 30, 2006 (aged 78)

Coretta Scott King was an American author, activist, civil rights leader, and the wife of Martin Luther King Jr. An advocate for African-American equality, she was a leader for the civil rights movement in the 1960s. King was also a singer who often incorporated music into her civil rights work. King met her husband while attending graduate school in Boston. They both became increasingly active in the American civil rights movement.

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Islam Karimov

First Name Islam
Last Name Karimov
Born on January 30, 1938
Died on September 2, 2016 (aged 78)

Islam Abduganiyevich Karimov was the leader of Uzbekistan and its predecessor state, the Uzbek Soviet Socialist Republic, from 1989 until his death in 2016. He was the last First Secretary of the Communist Party of Uzbekistan from 1989 to 1991, when the party was reconstituted as the People's Democratic Party of Uzbekistan (PDP); he led the PDP until 1996. He was the President of the Uzbek SSR from 24 March 1990 until he declared the independence of Uzbekistan on 1 September 1991.

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Diane Cilento

First Name Diane
Last Name Cilento
Born on October 5, 1933
Died on October 6, 2011 (aged 78)

Diane Cilento was an Australian actress and author. She is best known for her film roles in Tom Jones (1963), which earned her an Academy Award nomination, Hombre (1967) and The Wicker Man (1973). She also received a Tony Award nomination for her performance as Helen of Troy in the play Tiger at the Gates.

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Âşık Veysel Şatıroğlu

First Name Âşık
Last Name Şatıroğlu
Born on October 25, 1894
Died on March 21, 1973 (aged 78)
Born in Sivas Province

Âşık Veysel was a Turkish ashik and highly regarded poet of the Turkish folk literature. He was born in the Sivrialan village of the Şarkışla district, in the province of Sivas. He was an ashik, poet, songwriter, and a bağlama virtuoso, the prominent representative of the Anatolian ashik tradition in the 20th century. He was blind for most of his lifetime. His songs are usually sad tunes, often dealing with the inevitability of death. However, Veysel used a wide range of themes for his lyrics; based on morals, values, and constant questioning on issues such as love, care, beliefs, and how he saw the world as a blind man.

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