List of Famous people who died in 1991

Freddie Mercury

Farrokh Bulsara
First Name Freddie
Born on September 5, 1946
Died on November 24, 1991 (aged 45)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Freddie Mercury was a British singer, songwriter, record producer, and lead vocalist of the rock band Queen. Regarded as one of the greatest singers in the history of rock music, he was known for his flamboyant stage persona and four-octave vocal range. Mercury defied the conventions of a rock frontman, with his highly theatrical style influencing the artistic direction of Queen.

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Robert Maxwell

Jan Ludvik Hyman Binyamin Hoch
First Name Robert
Last Name Maxwell
Born on June 10, 1923
Died on November 5, 1991 (aged 68)

Ian Robert Maxwell was a British media proprietor, Member of Parliament (MP), suspected spy, and fraudster. Originally from Czechoslovakia, Maxwell rose from poverty to build an extensive publishing empire. After his death, huge discrepancies in his companies' finances were revealed, including his fraudulent misappropriation of the Mirror Group pension fund.

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Klaus Kinski

Klaus Günter Karl Nakszynski
First Name Klaus
Last Name Kinski
Born on October 18, 1926
Died on November 23, 1991 (aged 65)
Height 173 cm | 5'8

Klaus Kinski was a German actor. He appeared in more than 130 films, and was a leading role actor in the films of Werner Herzog, including Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979), Woyzeck (1979), Fitzcarraldo (1982), and Cobra Verde (1987). He also appeared in many Spaghetti Westerns, such as For a Few Dollars More (1965), A Bullet for the General (1966), The Great Silence (1968), And God Said to Cain (1970), Shoot the Living and Pray for the Dead (1971) and A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe (1975).

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Yves Montand

Ivo Livi
First Name Yves
Born on October 13, 1921
Died on November 9, 1991 (aged 70)
Born in Italy, Tuscany
Height 187 cm | 6'2

Ivo Livi, better known as Yves Montand, was an Italian-French actor and singer.

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Michael Landon

Eugene Maurice Orowitz
First Name Michael
Last Name Landon
Born on October 31, 1936
Died on July 1, 1991 (aged 54)
Height 175 cm | 5'9

Michael Landon was an American actor, writer, director, singer and producer. He is known for his roles as Little Joe Cartwright in Bonanza (1959–1973), Charles Ingalls in Little House on the Prairie (1974–1983), and Jonathan Smith in Highway to Heaven (1984–1989). Landon appeared on the cover of TV Guide 22 times, second only to Lucille Ball.

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Dr. Seuss

Theodor Seuss Geisel
First Name Dr.
Died on September 24, 1991 (aged 21)

Theodor Seuss "Ted" Geisel was an American children's author, political cartoonist, illustrator, poet, animator, and filmmaker. He is known for his work writing and illustrating more than 60 books under the pen name Dr. Seuss (,). His work includes many of the most popular children's books of all time, selling over 600 million copies and being translated into more than 20 languages by the time of his death.

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Serge Gainsbourg

Lucien Ginsburg
First Name Serge
Last Name Gainsbourg
Died on March 2, 1991 (aged 21)

Serge Gainsbourg was a French musician, singer-songwriter, author, filmmaker and actor. Regarded as the most important figure in French pop whilst alive, he was renowned for often provocative and scandalous releases which caused uproar in France, dividing its public opinion, as well as his diverse artistic output, which ranged from his early work in jazz, chanson, and yé-yé to later efforts in rock, funk, reggae, and electronica. Gainsbourg's varied musical style and individuality make him difficult to categorize, although his legacy has been firmly established and he is often regarded as one of the world's most influential popular musicians.

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Gene Tierney

Gene Eliza Tierney
First Name Gene
Last Name Tierney
Born on November 19, 1920
Died on November 6, 1991 (aged 70)
Height 166 cm | 5'5

Gene Eliza Tierney was an American film and stage actress. Acclaimed for her great beauty, she became established as a leading lady. Tierney was best known for her portrayal of the title character in the film Laura (1944), and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Actress for her performance as Ellen Berent Harland in Leave Her to Heaven (1945).

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Cassandra Harris

First Name Cassandra
Last Name Harris
Born on December 15, 1948
Died on December 28, 1991 (aged 43)

Sandra Colleen Waites, known professionally as Cassandra Harris, was an Australian actress.

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Bernie Winters

First Name Bernie
Died on April 5, 1991 (aged 21)

Bernie Winters, was an English comedian and the comic foil of the double act Mike and Bernie Winters with his older brother, Mike. Winters later performed solo, often with the aid of his St Bernard dog, Schnorbitz.

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Richard Speck

First Name Richard
Last Name Speck
Born on December 6, 1941
Died on December 5, 1991 (aged 49)

Richard Benjamin Speck was an American mass murderer who systematically raped one and tortured and murdered eight student nurses from South Chicago Community Hospital on the night of July 13 into the early morning hours of July 14, 1966. He was convicted at trial and sentenced to death, but the sentence was later overturned due to issues with jury selection at his trial. Speck died of a heart attack in 1991, after 25 years in prison. In 1996, videotapes featuring Speck were shown before the Illinois State Legislature to highlight some of the illegal activity that took place in prisons.

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David Ruffin

First Name David
Last Name Ruffin
Born on January 18, 1941
Died on June 1, 1991 (aged 50)

David Eli Ruffin was an American soul singer and musician most famous for his work as one of the lead singers of the Temptations (1964–68) during the group's "Classic Five" period as it was later known. He was the lead voice on such famous songs as "My Girl" and "Ain't Too Proud to Beg."

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Helga Hahnemann

First Name Helga
Born on September 8, 1937
Died on November 20, 1991 (aged 54)
Born in Germany, Berlin

Helga "Big Helga" Hahnemann was an East German multi-faceted stage performer and entertainer. She came to wider prominence through her television and radio appearances after 1962. By the time reunification arrived in 1990 she had become a leading star of the small screen in East Germany. She fell terminally ill and then died shortly afterwards, possibly because of the extent of her addiction to cigarettes: she was 54. Her death left unanswered the question of how successfully her performances might have captivated pan-German television audiences post unification.

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Roy Black

Gerhard Höllerich
First Name Roy
Last Name Black
Born on January 25, 1943
Died on October 9, 1991 (aged 48)
Born in Germany, Bavaria

Gerhard Höllerich, known professionally as Roy Black, was a German schlager singer and actor, who appeared in several musical comedies and starred in the 1989 TV series, Ein Schloß am Wörthersee.

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Igor Talkov

First Name Igor
Born on November 4, 1956
Died on October 6, 1991 (aged 34)

Igor Vladimirovich Talkov, was a Soviet Russian rock singer-songwriter and film actor. His breakthrough came in 1987 with the David Tukhmanov-composed song "Chistye prudy" which was an instant hit. Talkov's lyrics are mostly about love, but also contain social critic of the Soviet regime. He was shot dead in 1991.

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Donald Henry Gaskins

First Name Donald
Last Name Gaskins
Born on March 13, 1933
Died on September 6, 1991 (aged 58)

Donald Henry "Pee Wee" Gaskins Jr. was an American serial killer, rapist, and cannibal from South Carolina. As a young man, Gaskins was repeatedly arrested for robbery and rape. In 1955, he escaped from prison and found work with a traveling carnival. Gaskins was charged in 1976 with eight charges of murder after an associate told police officers that he had confessed to multiple murders. Police found eight buried bodies on his property in Prospect, South Carolina. While awaiting the death sentence in prison, Gaskins killed a fellow inmate on death row with a small explosive. He was put to death on September 6, 1991.

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Miles Davis

First Name Miles
Last Name Davis
Born on May 26, 1926
Died on September 28, 1991 (aged 65)
Height 168 cm | 5'6

Miles Dewey Davis III was an American jazz trumpeter, bandleader, and composer. He is among the most influential and acclaimed figures in the history of jazz and 20th-century music. Davis adopted a variety of musical directions in a five-decade career that kept him at the forefront of many major stylistic developments in jazz.

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Rajiv Gandhi

First Name Rajiv
Born on August 20, 1944
Died on May 21, 1991 (aged 46)
Born in India

Rajiv Ratna Gandhi was an Indian politician who served as the 6th Prime Minister of India from 1984 to 1989. He took office after the 1984 assassination of his mother, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, to become the youngest Indian Prime Minister at the age of 40.

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Klaus Barbie

First Name Klaus
Last Name Barbie
Born on October 25, 1913
Died on September 25, 1991 (aged 77)

Nikolaus “Klaus” Barbie was a Nazi, known as the "Butcher of Lyon" for having personally tortured prisoners of the Gestapo—primarily Jews and members of the French Resistance—while stationed in Lyon under the collaborationist Vichy regime. After the war, United States intelligence services employed him for his anti-Marxist efforts and also aided his escape to Bolivia.

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Olav V of Norway

Alexander Edward Christian Frederik
First Name Olav
Born on July 2, 1903
Died on January 17, 1991 (aged 87)

Olav V was King of Norway from 1957 until his death.

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