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Dead Before Their Time Trivia Quiz


This quiz is on actors, singers, musicians, artists, and sports personalities who have met with an early demise. Good luck and have fun.

A multiple-choice quiz by diamondjim68. Estimated time: 10 mins.
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Author
diamondjim68
Time
10 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
147,549
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
25
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
18 / 25
Plays
15949
Awards
Top 20% Quiz
Last 3 plays: Guest 97 (22/25), jannymur (22/25), Guest 107 (22/25).
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Question 1 of 25
1. This actress starred in several 50s and early 60s movies such as "Some Like It Hot," "How To Marry A Millionaire," and "The Seven Year Itch." She was married to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. She was also rumored to have had affairs with John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert. Speculation has it that she either committed suicide, accidentally overdosed or was murdered in August of 1962 at the age of 36. Who was this famous icon? Hint


Question 2 of 25
2. This father and son both died before they reached 35. The senior was a martial arts expert who appeared in many action movies such as "Enter the Dragon" and "Game of Death". He died mysteriously in July of 1973. The junior died from a gunshot wound in March of 1993, while finishing up filming of "The Crow." What was their surname?

Answer: ( One Word ... surname only)
Question 3 of 25
3. This former child star of "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) was with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken when she reportedly drowned in November of 1981, when she was 43. What was the name of this celebrity? Hint


Question 4 of 25
4. This singer had several 50s and 60s hits, such as "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." He was shot and clubbed to death in a Los Angeles motel in December 1964 at age 33. Who was this person? Hint


Question 5 of 25
5. This singer had several hits, such as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "What's Going On," and "Sexual Healing." He was shot to death by his father in April 1984, the day before his 45th birthday. Who was this famous person? Hint


Question 6 of 25
6. This rock star is generally recognized as the founder of The Beatles. He was married to Yoko Ono and had several solo hits such as "Imagine." He was murdered by an obsessive fan at age 40 in December 1980, while on his way to his house to see his son. Who am I talking about?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 7 of 25
7. This former child star played Alfalfa on "The Little Rascals." His career waned when he grew up, and was shot to death in February 1959 when he was 31. Who was this famous person? Hint


Question 8 of 25
8. This founder of The Grateful Dead was a legendary drug user, who died of a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls clinic in August 1995 aged 53. Who is he? Hint


Question 9 of 25
9. This baseball legend, known as "The Iron Horse", was overshadowed by Babe Ruth all through his career. He died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in August 1941 at 37. Who was this famous icon?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 10 of 25
10. This silent film star was referred to as "the World's Greatest Lover". He was accused of bigamy and died of complications of his appendix in August 1926 when he was 31. Who was this "Latin lover of the silver screen"?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 11 of 25
11. This controversial comedian from the 60s went bankrupt from his legal battles over censorship. He died of a drug overdose in August, 1966 at the age of 40. Do you know who this was? Hint


Question 12 of 25
12. This dashing star from the 50s and 60s starred in many classics such as "From Here To Eternity" (1953) and "The Misfits" (1961). He died at the age of 45 in his New York townhouse in July 1966. Do you remember who he was? Hint


Question 13 of 25
13. This former "Saturday Night Live" star played Latka on the tv sitcom "Taxi" and was notorious for challenging women to wrestling matches. He died of lung cancer in May 1984 at 35. Who was this? Hint


Question 14 of 25
14. She played Dorothy on "The Wizard of Oz". She won a Golden Globe Award for "A Star Is Born". She had her own variety show. She was found dead in the bathroom of her home in June 1969 at age 47. Who was this legend?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 15 of 25
15. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died in the early 70s at what age? Hint


Question 16 of 25
16. He was known as "The King of Rock and Roll". He had many hits in the 50s such as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Jailhouse Rock". By the 70s, however, he was a noted drug addict and died of a heart attack in August 1977 when he was 42. Do you know who this was?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 17 of 25
17. This jazz star, known as "Lady Day" premiered at the Apollo Theater in 1935 and had hits like "Strange Fruit" and "Lover Man". She was facing a jail sentence at the time of her death in July 1959 at 44. Who is this jazz star?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 18 of 25
18. He was the first country music superstar. His hits included "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Your Cheatin' Heart". He died on New Year's Day 1953 at age 29 in the back of his Cadillac. Do you know who this was? Hint


Question 19 of 25
19. He was the lead singer of Nirvana, the 90s band who invented grunge. He suffered from a drug problem and a stomach infection. He shot and killed himself in April 1994 at age 27. Who was this? Hint


Question 20 of 25
20. He was the star of "Chico And The Man". His son is a famous actor. He shot himself to death in his hotel room in January 1977 at the age of 22. Who am I talking about?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 21 of 25
21. This handsome, brooding actor was the star of "Rebel Without A Cause", "East of Eden" and "Giant". He was killed when speeding in his Porsche Spyder in September, 1955 at age 24. Who was this?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 22 of 25
22. This fateful plane crash in February 1959 claimed the lives of all the following, except for ________ ? Hint


Question 23 of 25
23. She was a Playboy centerfold, starred in "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and "The Guide For The Married Man" (1967). She claimed to have an I.Q. of 163 and was rumored to be a Satan worshipper. She was killed in a car crash in June 1967 when she was 34. Who am I talking about?

Answer: ( Two words, or just surname)
Question 24 of 25
24. This catcher for the New York Yankees won the 1970 Rookie Of The Year Award and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1977. He was killed while attempting to land his jet in August 1979, at the age of 32. Who was this?

Answer: (Two words, or just surname)
Question 25 of 25
25. This popular rock band of the 70s had hits such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". They were in a horrible plane crash in October 1977 in Mississippi which claimed the lives of members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and roadie Dean Kirkpatrick. Do you remember what group they were in?

Answer: (Two Words)

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1. This actress starred in several 50s and early 60s movies such as "Some Like It Hot," "How To Marry A Millionaire," and "The Seven Year Itch." She was married to Joe DiMaggio and Arthur Miller. She was also rumored to have had affairs with John F. Kennedy and his brother, Robert. Speculation has it that she either committed suicide, accidentally overdosed or was murdered in August of 1962 at the age of 36. Who was this famous icon?

Answer: Marilyn Monroe

Although Marilyn was beautiful, popular, rich and was the envy of every woman and desire of every man, she was besieged with problems all her life. She had a troubled childhood, going from one foster home to another. She also suffered from depression, had many abortions and attempted suicide at least once.
2. This father and son both died before they reached 35. The senior was a martial arts expert who appeared in many action movies such as "Enter the Dragon" and "Game of Death". He died mysteriously in July of 1973. The junior died from a gunshot wound in March of 1993, while finishing up filming of "The Crow." What was their surname?

Answer: Lee

Bruce Lee was believed to be the victim of an ancient Chinese curse. Brandon Lee posthumously became famous after "The Crow" (1994) was released.
3. This former child star of "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947) was with her husband Robert Wagner and actor Christopher Walken when she reportedly drowned in November of 1981, when she was 43. What was the name of this celebrity?

Answer: Natalie Wood

Ironically, Ms. Wood had a deathly fear of water.
4. This singer had several 50s and 60s hits, such as "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." He was shot and clubbed to death in a Los Angeles motel in December 1964 at age 33. Who was this person?

Answer: Sam Cooke

His biography, "You Send Me", claims many mysteries surrounding Cooke's murder.
5. This singer had several hits, such as "I Heard It Through The Grapevine," "What's Going On," and "Sexual Healing." He was shot to death by his father in April 1984, the day before his 45th birthday. Who was this famous person?

Answer: Marvin Gaye

The senior Gaye was committed to a mental hospital for life. He died in 1998.
6. This rock star is generally recognized as the founder of The Beatles. He was married to Yoko Ono and had several solo hits such as "Imagine." He was murdered by an obsessive fan at age 40 in December 1980, while on his way to his house to see his son. Who am I talking about?

Answer: John Lennon

Mark David Chapman shot him, and was given a life sentence. He was denied parole in 2000.
7. This former child star played Alfalfa on "The Little Rascals." His career waned when he grew up, and was shot to death in February 1959 when he was 31. Who was this famous person?

Answer: Carl Switzer

Switzer's death was ruled justifiable homicide because he pulled a knife on his killer.
8. This founder of The Grateful Dead was a legendary drug user, who died of a heart attack at the Serenity Knolls clinic in August 1995 aged 53. Who is he?

Answer: Jerry Garcia

These other Grateful Dead members also met early deaths.
9. This baseball legend, known as "The Iron Horse", was overshadowed by Babe Ruth all through his career. He died of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis in August 1941 at 37. Who was this famous icon?

Answer: Lou Gehrig

ALS is also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease".
10. This silent film star was referred to as "the World's Greatest Lover". He was accused of bigamy and died of complications of his appendix in August 1926 when he was 31. Who was this "Latin lover of the silver screen"?

Answer: Rudolph Valentino

Valentino was the first of many MGM stars to die young. Other casualties were Heather O'Rourke, Jean Harlow and Leslie Howard.
11. This controversial comedian from the 60s went bankrupt from his legal battles over censorship. He died of a drug overdose in August, 1966 at the age of 40. Do you know who this was?

Answer: Lenny Bruce

Before his death, Bruce claimed that the police were harassing him by threatening to shut down any club that allowed him to perform.
12. This dashing star from the 50s and 60s starred in many classics such as "From Here To Eternity" (1953) and "The Misfits" (1961). He died at the age of 45 in his New York townhouse in July 1966. Do you remember who he was?

Answer: Montgomery Clift

The night before his death, a friend who visited him reminded him that "The Misfits" was on. When he asked him if he was interested in watching, Clift replied "Absolutely not". In an eerie coincidence, Marilyn Monroe and Clark Gable, who also lived short lives, had co-starred.
13. This former "Saturday Night Live" star played Latka on the tv sitcom "Taxi" and was notorious for challenging women to wrestling matches. He died of lung cancer in May 1984 at 35. Who was this?

Answer: Andy Kaufman

His comedy was so convincing that his family thought he was joking when he told them he was dying.
14. She played Dorothy on "The Wizard of Oz". She won a Golden Globe Award for "A Star Is Born". She had her own variety show. She was found dead in the bathroom of her home in June 1969 at age 47. Who was this legend?

Answer: Judy Garland

Even though the coroner ruled her death an overdose, speculation has it that she committed suicide.
15. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison all died in the early 70s at what age?

Answer: 27

Hendrix, Joplin amd Morrison were considered the psychedelic icons of the late 60s.
16. He was known as "The King of Rock and Roll". He had many hits in the 50s such as "Heartbreak Hotel", "Don't Be Cruel" and "Jailhouse Rock". By the 70s, however, he was a noted drug addict and died of a heart attack in August 1977 when he was 42. Do you know who this was?

Answer: Elvis Presley

Elvis was reported to have taken over 5,000 drugs in the last 7 months of his life.
17. This jazz star, known as "Lady Day" premiered at the Apollo Theater in 1935 and had hits like "Strange Fruit" and "Lover Man". She was facing a jail sentence at the time of her death in July 1959 at 44. Who is this jazz star?

Answer: Billie Holiday

Other doomed jazz stars were Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Bix Beiderbecke and Fats Waller.
18. He was the first country music superstar. His hits included "Hey Good Lookin'" and "Your Cheatin' Heart". He died on New Year's Day 1953 at age 29 in the back of his Cadillac. Do you know who this was?

Answer: Hank Williams

There was speculation that Williams died of a broken heart after the divorce of his first wife, Audrey Guy.
19. He was the lead singer of Nirvana, the 90s band who invented grunge. He suffered from a drug problem and a stomach infection. He shot and killed himself in April 1994 at age 27. Who was this?

Answer: Kurt Cobain

Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, shortly after released an album called, ironically, "Live Through This". Then Kristin Pfaff, the bass player in her band Hole, died of a drug overdose.
20. He was the star of "Chico And The Man". His son is a famous actor. He shot himself to death in his hotel room in January 1977 at the age of 22. Who am I talking about?

Answer: Freddie Prinze

Prinze's mother convinced the court that he was high on drugs and did not intentionally kill himself.
21. This handsome, brooding actor was the star of "Rebel Without A Cause", "East of Eden" and "Giant". He was killed when speeding in his Porsche Spyder in September, 1955 at age 24. Who was this?

Answer: James Dean

Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood and several crew members of "Rebel Without A Cause" also died young. This was known as the Rebel Without A Cause curse.
22. This fateful plane crash in February 1959 claimed the lives of all the following, except for ________ ?

Answer: Waylon Jennings

Jennings should have been on the plane, but was talked into giving up his seat to J.P. Richardson, who was feeling ill.
23. She was a Playboy centerfold, starred in "The Girl Can't Help It" (1956) and "The Guide For The Married Man" (1967). She claimed to have an I.Q. of 163 and was rumored to be a Satan worshipper. She was killed in a car crash in June 1967 when she was 34. Who am I talking about?

Answer: Jayne Mansfield

Mansfield was riding in a Buick with her boyfriend, her three children and their chihuahuas from performing at a dinner theater. During a rainstorm, the car crashed into the rear of a truck and, according to belief, Mansfield was either beheaded or scalped.
24. This catcher for the New York Yankees won the 1970 Rookie Of The Year Award and was voted Most Valuable Player in 1977. He was killed while attempting to land his jet in August 1979, at the age of 32. Who was this?

Answer: Thurman Munson

Munson bought a jet plane in order to spend as much time with his family as possible at their Canton, Ohio home.
25. This popular rock band of the 70s had hits such as "Sweet Home Alabama" and "Free Bird". They were in a horrible plane crash in October 1977 in Mississippi which claimed the lives of members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, Cassie Gaines, and roadie Dean Kirkpatrick. Do you remember what group they were in?

Answer: Lynyrd Skynyrd

Guitarist Allen Collins was paralyzed in a car accident in 1986 and died of pnemonia in January, 1990.
Source: Author diamondjim68

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