Died in 1981

1
Bob Marley (1945-1981)
Reggae Singer
2
Terry Fox (1958-1981)
Runner
3
Natalie Wood (1938-1981)
Movie Actress
4
Joe Louis (1914-1981)
Boxer
5
Harry Chapin (1942-1981)
Folk Singer
6
Adam Walsh (1974-1981)
Family Member
7
Jack Albertson (1907-1981)
Stage Actor
8
Bill Haley (1925-1981)
Rock Singer
9
William Holden (1918-1981)
Movie Actor
10
Eric Williams (1911-1981)
World Leader
11
Vera Ellen (1921-1981)
Movie Actress
12
Mariama Ba (1929-1981)
Novelist
13
Allen Ludden (1917-1981)
Game Show Host
14
Mike Bloomfield (1943-1981)
Guitarist
15
Bill Shankly (1913-1981)
Soccer Coach
16
Hoagy Carmichael (1899-1981)
Pianist
17
Edith Head (1899-1981)
Fashion Designer
18
Anwar Sadat (1918-1981)
World Leader
19
Soong Ching-ling (1893-1981)
Politician
20
Hazel Scott (1920-1981)
Pianist
21
Gerry Bertier (1953-1981)
Football Player
22
Beulah Bondi (1889-1981)
Movie Actress
23
Walter Knott (1889-1981)
Entrepreneur
24
Nargis Dutt (1929-1981)
Movie Actress
25
Gloria Grahame (1923-1981)
Movie Actress
26
Nigar Rafibeyli (1913-1981)
Poet
27
Zarah Leander (1907-1981)
World Music Singer
28
Effa Manley (1897-1981)
Sports Executive
29
Albert Speer (1905-1981)
Architect
30
Chief Dan George (1899-1981)
Novelist
31
Mary Lou Williams (1910-1981)
Pianist
32
Adele Astaire (1896-1981)
Dancer
33
Cat Anderson (1916-1981)
Trumpet Player
34
Samuel Barber (1910-1981)
Composer
35
Keefe Brasselle (1923-1981)
Movie Actor
36
Richard Boone (1917-1981)
Movie Actor
37
Omar Bradley (1893-1981)
War Hero
38
Patsy Kelly (1910-1981)
Movie Actress
39
Gopal Chandra Bhattacharya (1895-1981)
Biologist
40
Ross Martin (1920-1981)
TV Actor
41
Roy Wilkins (1901-1981)
Civil Rights Leader
42
Audrey Smith (1915-1981)
Biologist
43
Robert Montgomery (1904-1981)
Director
44
Mike Hailwood (1940-1981)
Race Car Driver
45
Bernard Lee (1908-1981)
Movie Actor
46
William Saroyan (1908-1981)
Novelist
47
AJ Cronin (1896-1981)
Novelist
48
Hephzibah Menuhin (1920-1981)
Pianist