List of Famous people who died at 81

Glen Campbell

Glen Travis Campbell
First Name Glen
Last Name Campbell
Born on April 22, 1936
Died on August 8, 2017 (aged 81)
Height 183 cm | 6'0

Glen Travis Campbell was an American singer, guitarist, songwriter, television host, and actor. He was best known for a series of hit songs in the 1960s and 1970s, and for hosting The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour on CBS television from 1969 until 1972. He released 64 albums in a career that spanned five decades, selling over 45 million records worldwide, including twelve gold albums, four platinum albums, and one double-platinum album.

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Don Knotts

First Name Don
Last Name Knotts
Born on July 21, 1924
Died on February 24, 2006 (aged 81)

Jesse Donald Knotts was an American actor and comedian. He was widely known for his role as Deputy Sheriff Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, a 1960s sitcom for which he earned five Emmy Awards. He also played Ralph Furley on the highly rated sitcom Three's Company from 1979 to 1984. He starred in multiple comedic films, including the leading role in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) and The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). In 1979, TV Guide ranked him #27 on its 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list.

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Brian Dennehy

Brian Manion Dennehy
First Name Brian
Last Name Dennehy
Born on July 9, 1938
Died on April 15, 2020 (aged 81)
Height 191 cm | 6'3

Brian Manion Dennehy was an American actor of stage, television, and film. He won two Tony Awards, an Olivier Award, and a Golden Globe, and received six Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Dennehy had roles in over 180 films and in many television and stage productions. His film roles included First Blood (1982), Gorky Park (1983), Silverado (1985), Cocoon (1985), F/X (1986), Presumed Innocent (1990), Romeo + Juliet (1996), and Knight of Cups (2015). Dennehy won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Television Film for his role as Willy Loman in the television film Death of a Salesman (2000).

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Rudy Ray Moore

First Name Rudy
Last Name Moore
Born on March 17, 1927
Died on October 19, 2008 (aged 81)

Rudolph Frank Moore, known as Rudy Ray Moore, was an American comedian, singer, actor, and film producer. He created the character Dolemite, the pimp from the 1975 film Dolemite and its sequels, The Human Tornado and The Return of Dolemite. The persona was developed during his early comedy records. The recordings often featured Moore delivering profanity-filled rhyming poetry, which later earned Moore the nickname "the Godfather of Rap". Actor and comedian Eddie Murphy portrayed Moore in the 2019 film Dolemite Is My Name.

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Garry Marshall

First Name Garry
Last Name Marshall
Born on November 13, 1934
Died on July 19, 2016 (aged 81)

Garry Kent Marshall was an American film director, film producer, screenwriter and actor, who is best known for creating Happy Days and its various spin-offs, developing Neil Simon's 1965 play The Odd Couple for television, and directing Pretty Woman, Beaches, Runaway Bride, Valentine's Day, New Year's Eve, Mother's Day, The Princess Diaries, and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

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Bill Withers

William Harrison Withers, Jr.
First Name Bill
Last Name Withers
Born on July 4, 1938
Died on March 30, 2020 (aged 81)

William Harrison "Bill" Withers Jr. was an American singer-songwriter and musician. He had several hits over a relatively short career of 15 years, including "Ain't No Sunshine" (1971), "Grandma's Hands" (1971), "Use Me" (1972), "Lean on Me" (1972), "Lovely Day" (1977), and "Just the Two of Us" (1981). Withers won three Grammy Awards and was nominated for six more. His life was the subject of the 2009 documentary film Still Bill. Withers was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2005 and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015. Two of his songs were inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame.

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Shankar Dayal Sharma

First Name Shankar
Last Name Sharma
Born on August 19, 1918
Died on December 26, 1999 (aged 81)
Born in India

Shankar Dayal Sharma pronunciation  was the ninth President of India, serving from 1992 to 1997. Prior to his presidency, Sharma had been the eighth Vice President of India, serving under R. Venkataraman. He was also the Chief Minister (1952–1956) of Bhopal State, and Cabinet Minister (1956–1967), holding the portfolios of Education, Law, Public Works, Industry and Commerce, National Resources and Separate Revenue. He was the President of the Indian National Congress in 1972–1974 and returned to the Government as Union Minister for Communications from 1974 to 1977.

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Olga Ladyzhenskaya

First Name Olga
Born on March 7, 1922
Died on January 12, 2004 (aged 81)

Olga Aleksandrovna Ladyzhenskaya was a Russian mathematician who worked on partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, and the finite difference method for the Navier–Stokes equations. She received the Lomonosov Gold Medal in 2002. She is the author of more than two hundred scientific works, among which are six monographs.

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John Huston

First Name John
Last Name Huston
Born on August 5, 1906
Died on August 28, 1987 (aged 81)
Height 185 cm | 6'1

John Marcellus Huston was an American film director, screenwriter, actor, and visual artist. He travelled widely, settling at various times in France, Mexico, and Ireland. Huston was a citizen of the United States by birth but renounced U.S. citizenship to become an Irish citizen and resident in 1964. He later returned to the United States, where he lived the rest of his life. He wrote the screenplays for most of the 37 feature films he directed, many of which are today considered classics: The Maltese Falcon (1941), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), The Asphalt Jungle (1950), The African Queen (1951), The Misfits (1961), Fat City (1972), The Man Who Would Be King (1975) and Prizzi's Honor (1985).

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Seymour Durst

First Name Seymour
Last Name Durst
Born on September 7, 1913
Died on May 15, 1995 (aged 81)

Seymour Bernard Durst was an American real estate investor and developer. He was also a philanthropist and the inventor of the National Debt Clock.

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