List of Famous people who died in 1980

John Lennon

John Winston Lennon
First Name John
Last Name Lennon
Born on October 9, 1940
Died on December 8, 1980 (aged 40)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

John Winston Ono Lennon was an English singer, songwriter, musician and peace activist who achieved worldwide fame as the founder, co-lead vocalist, and rhythm guitarist of the Beatles. His songwriting partnership with Paul McCartney remains the most successful in history. In 1969, he started the Plastic Ono Band with his second wife, Yoko Ono. After the Beatles disbanded in 1970, Lennon continued a career as a solo artist and as Ono's collaborator.

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Steve McQueen

Terrence Steven McQueen
First Name Steve
Last Name McQueen
Born on March 24, 1930
Died on November 7, 1980 (aged 50)
Height 177 cm | 5'10

Terrence Stephen McQueen, nicknamed the "King of Cool", was an American actor. His antihero persona, emphasized during the height of the counterculture of the 1960s, made him a top box-office draw during the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Cincinnati Kid, Love With the Proper Stranger, The Thomas Crown Affair, Le Mans, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno.

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Vladimir Vysotsky

First Name Vladimir
Last Name Vysotsky
Born on January 25, 1938
Died on July 25, 1980 (aged 42)
Born in Russia

Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky was a Soviet singer-songwriter, poet, and actor whose career had an immense and enduring effect on Soviet culture. He became widely known for his unique singing style and for his lyrics, which featured social and political commentary in often humorous street jargon. He was also a prominent stage and screen actor. Though his work was largely ignored by the official Soviet cultural establishment, he achieved remarkable fame during his lifetime, and to this day exerts significant influence on many of Russia's popular musicians and actors years after his death.

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Romain Gary

Roman Kacew
First Name Romain
Last Name Gary
Died on December 2, 1980 (aged 10)

Romain Gary, born Roman Kacew, was a French novelist, diplomat, film director, and World War II aviator of Jewish origin. He is the only author to have won the Prix Goncourt under two names.

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Jesse Owens

First Name Jesse
Last Name Owens
Born on September 12, 1913
Died on March 31, 1980 (aged 66)
Height 178 cm | 5'10

James Cleveland "Jesse" Owens was an American track and field athlete and four-time gold medalist in the 1936 Olympic Games.

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Alice Lee Roosevelt

First Name Alice
Last Name Roosevelt
Born on February 12, 1884
Died on February 20, 1980 (aged 96)

Alice Lee Roosevelt Longworth was an American writer and prominent socialite. She was the eldest child of U.S. President Theodore Roosevelt and the only child of Roosevelt and his first wife, Alice Hathaway Lee.

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Bette Nesmith Graham

First Name Bette
Last Name Graham
Born on March 23, 1924
Died on May 12, 1980 (aged 56)

Bette Nesmith Graham was an American typist, commercial artist, and the inventor of the correction fluid Liquid Paper. She was the mother of musician and producer Michael Nesmith of The Monkees.

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Oswald Mosley

First Name Oswald
Last Name Mosley
Died on December 3, 1980 (aged 10)

Sir Oswald Ernald Mosley, 6th Baronet was a British politician who rose to fame in the 1920s as a Member of Parliament and later in the 1930s, having become disillusioned with mainstream politics, became the leader of the British Union of Fascists (BUF). Mosley had not been knighted, but he was the sixth baronet, with a title that had been in his family for more than a century at his father's death on 21 September 1928.

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Colonel Sanders

First Name Colonel
Born on September 9, 1890
Died on December 16, 1980 (aged 90)

Colonel Harland David Sanders was an American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken and later acting as the company's brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company. The title "colonel" was honorary – a Kentucky Colonel – not the military rank.

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Peter Sellers

First Name Peter
Last Name Sellers
Born on September 8, 1925
Died on July 24, 1980 (aged 54)
Height 174 cm | 5'9

Peter Sellers CBE was an English film actor, comedian and singer. He performed in the BBC Radio comedy series The Goon Show, featured on a number of hit comic songs and became known to a worldwide audience through his many film roles, among them Chief Inspector Clouseau in The Pink Panther series of films.

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