List of Famous people who died in 1985

Enrique Camarena

First Name Enrique
Last Name Camarena
Born on July 26, 1947
Died on February 7, 1985 (aged 37)

Enrique "Kiki" Camarena Salazar was an American intelligence officer for the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). In February 1985 Camarena was kidnapped by drug traffickers in Guadalajara, Mexico. He was interrogated under torture and murdered. Three leaders of the Guadalajara drug cartel were eventually convicted in Mexico for Camarena's murder. The U.S. investigation into Camarena's murder led to three more trials in Los Angeles for other Mexican nationals involved in the crime. The case continues to trouble U.S.-Mexican relations, most recently when one of the three convicted traffickers, Rafael Caro Quintero, was released from Mexican prison in 2013.

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Rock Hudson

Roy Harold Scherer Jr.
First Name Rock
Last Name Hudson
Born on November 17, 1925
Died on October 2, 1985 (aged 59)
Height 196 cm | 6'5

Rock Hudson was an American actor. One of the most popular movie stars of his time, Hudson's screen career spanned four decades. A prominent heartthrob of the Golden Age of Hollywood, he achieved stardom with his role in Magnificent Obsession (1954), followed by All That Heaven Allows (1955), and Giant (1956), for which he received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Hudson also found continued success with a string of romantic comedies co-starring Doris Day: Pillow Talk (1959), Lover Come Back (1961), and Send Me No Flowers (1964). During the late 1960s, his films included Seconds (1966), Tobruk (1967), and Ice Station Zebra (1968). Unhappy with the film scripts he was offered, Hudson turned to television and was a hit, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife (1971–1977). His last role was as a guest star on the fifth season (1984–1985) of the primetime ABC soap opera Dynasty, until AIDS-related illness made it impossible for him to continue.

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Omaira Sánchez Garzón

First Name Omaira
Born on August 28, 1972
Died on November 16, 1985 (aged 13)

Omayra Sánchez Garzón was a 13-year-old Colombian girl killed in Armero, Tolima, by the 1985 eruption of the Nevado del Ruiz volcano. Volcanic debris mixed with ice to form massive lahars, which rushed into the river valleys below the mountain, killing more than 25,000 people and destroying Armero and 13 other villages.

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Yul Brynner

First Name Yul
Last Name Brynner
Born on July 11, 1920
Died on October 10, 1985 (aged 65)
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Yuliy Borisovich Briner, better known as Yul Brynner, was a Russian-American actor, singer, and director, considered one of the first Russian-American film stars. He became widely known for his portrayal of King Mongkut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards, and later won an Academy Award for the film adaptation. He played the role 4,625 times on stage and became known for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for The King and I.

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Simone Signoret

Henriette Charlotte Simone Kaminker
First Name Simone
Last Name Signoret
Born on March 25, 1921
Died on September 30, 1985 (aged 64)
Born in Germany, Hesse
Height 165 cm | 5'5

Simone Signoret was a German-born French actress. She has received various accolades, including an Academy Award, three BAFTA Awards, a César Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and the Cannes Film Festival Award for Best Actress, in addition to nominations for two Golden Globe Awards.

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Orson Welles

George Orson Welles
First Name Orson
Born on May 6, 1915
Died on October 10, 1985 (aged 70)
Height 183 cm | 6'0

George Orson Welles was an American actor, director, screenwriter and producer who is remembered for his innovative work in radio, theatre and film. He is considered one of the greatest filmmakers of all time.

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Dian Fossey

First Name Dian
Last Name Fossey
Born on January 16, 1932
Died on December 26, 1985 (aged 53)

Dian Fossey was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her 1985 murder. She studied them daily in the mountain forests of Rwanda, initially encouraged to work there by paleoanthropologist Louis Leakey. Gorillas in the Mist, a book published two years before her death, is Fossey's account of her scientific study of the gorillas at Karisoke Research Center and prior career. It was adapted into a 1988 film of the same name.

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Paulette Nardal

Félix Jeanne Paule Nardal
First Name Paulette
Born on October 12, 1896
Died on February 16, 1985 (aged 88)
Born in France, Martinique

Paulette Nardal was a french writer from Martinique, journalist, and one of the drivers of the development of a black literary consciousness. She was one of the authors involved in the creation of the Négritude genre and introduced French intellectuals to the works of members of the Harlem Renaissance through her translations.

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Axel Springer

Axel Cäsar Springer
First Name Axel
Last Name Springer
Born on May 2, 1912
Died on September 22, 1985 (aged 73)
Born in Germany, Hamburg

Axel Cäsar Springer was a German journalist and the founder and owner of the Axel Springer SE publishing company.

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László Bíró

First Name László
Last Name Bíró
Born on September 29, 1899
Died on October 24, 1985 (aged 86)
Born in Hungary

László József Bíró or Ladislao José Biro was a Hungarian-Argentine inventor who patented the first commercially successful modern ballpoint pen. The first ballpoint pen had been invented roughly 50 years earlier by John J. Loud, but it did not attain commercial success.

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