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Michael Jackson
Thanks, This Is It
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
“ (1958-2009) According to Guiness Book of World Records, he was the greatest human being existing...EVER!!! ” - brassduke
 
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Elisabeth Sladen
Actress, Doctor Who
Elisabeth Sladen was born in Liverpool, England. She attended drama school for two years before joining the local repertory theatre in her home town of Liverpool. She met actor Brian Miller during her first production there and they were later married after meeting again in Manchester, three years later...
“ (1948-2011) Sarah Jane Smith, God bless you... ” - brassduke
 
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Michael Crichton
Michael Crichton was born in Chicago, Illinois, but grew up in Roslyn, New York. His father was a journalist and encouraged him to write and to type. Michael gave up studying English at Harvard University, having become disillusioned with the teaching standards--the final straw came when he submitted...
“ (1942-2008) Writer of the Greatest Dinosaur Novel in the World 'Jurassic Park' ” - brassduke
 
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Elizabeth Taylor
Actress, Giant
Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor was considered one of the last, if not the last, major star to have come out of the old Hollywood studio system. She was known internationally for her beauty, especially for her violet eyes, with which she captured audiences early on in her youth and kept the world hooked on with since...
“ (1932-2011) Very Famous Actress, Don't really know her from most films though... ” - brassduke
 
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Norman Wisdom
Norman Wisdom has become the great British clown very much in the mould of Charles Chaplin with his "little man" in the ill fitting suit and cloth cap. His character is "everyman", much put upon but struggling through to a (usually) happy ending. He was brought up in an orphanage after his mother died and his father disowned him...
“ (1915-2010) Wow, I Can't stand this man, i'm glad he's dead ” - brassduke
 
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“ (1933-2009) May the real life Mario Rest In Piece v_v ” - brassduke
 
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George Harrison
A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold Harrison and Louise Harrison. Like his future band mates...
“ (1943-2001) Now that he's dead, there are only 2 beatles alive today! ” - brassduke
 
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River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ (1970-1993) Died the day after i was born T-T ” - brassduke
 
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“ (1952-2003) What a cheerful old man, Who knows if he's enjoying his own humour in heaven ” - brassduke
 
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Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin was the director of the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and host of Animal Planet's series The Crocodile Hunter. The son of naturalists Bob and Lyn Irwin, he spent his entire life studying, living and working with animals. He grew up at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where he took part in the daily feeding...
“ (1962-2006) Curse the stingray that destroyed him... ” - brassduke
 
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Joe Ranft
Actor, Cars
“ (1960-2005) Good friend at Pixar, Cars (2006) Is based in memory of him ” - brassduke
 
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Glenn McQueen
Animation Department, Toy Story
“ (1960-2002) Another good friend at Pixar, Finding Nemo (2003) Is based in memory of him and Lightning McQueen is named after him ^^ ” - brassduke
 
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“ (1976-2009) Moral: Majorca is a deadly place!! ” - brassduke
 
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Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New Yorker and to be closer to other siblings from previous marriages...
“ (1977-2009) I Feared Pneumonia after her death ” - brassduke
 
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Jim Henson
Jim Henson never thought that he would make a name of himself in puppetry; it was merely a way of getting himself on television. The vehicle that achieved it was Sam and Friends, a late-night puppet show that was on after the 11:00 news in Washington DC. It proved to be very popular and inspired Jim to continue using puppets for his work...
“ (1936-1990) The nice old man who created the muppets, wish he were alive to see the upcoming film... ” - brassduke
 
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“ (1933-2006) Died on Christmas Day, Just like Charlie Chaplin ” - brassduke
 
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Leslie Nielsen
Leslie William Nielsen was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, and raised in Tulita (formerly Fort Norman), Northwest Territories. His mother, Mabel Elizabeth (Davies), was Welsh. His father, Ingvard Eversen Nielsen, was a Danish-born Mountie and a strict disciplinarian. Leslie studied at the Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto before moving on to New York's Neighborhood Playhouse...
“ (1926-2010) He looks like Dick Von Dyke ” - brassduke
 
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John Lennon
Music Department, A Hard Day's Night
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School...
“ (1940-1980) The legendary Beatles founder, Why did that idiot shoot him!?! ” - brassduke
 
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David Tomlinson
David Tomlinson is best known for his role as George Banks in Walt Disney's Mary Poppins. As a youth he spent a short spell in the guards where he survived the trauma of a plane crash. He began his film career in the pre-war British film Quiet Wedding and followed that with Leslie Howard's 'Pimpernel' Smith...
“ (1917-2000) Grumpy old hag, wouldn't it be nice if he were still alive..? ” - brassduke
 
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Pat Hingle
Actor, Batman
Pat Hingle (real name: Martin Patterson Hingle) was born in Miami, Florida, the son of a building contractor. His parents divorced when Hingle was still in his infancy (he never knew his father) and his mother supported the family by teaching school in Denver. She then began to travel (with her son in tow) in search of more lucrative work; by age 13 Hingle had lived in a dozen cities...
“ (1924-2009) If it weren't for him, Land Before Time (1988) Would've been off the hook ^^; ” - brassduke
 
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“ (1932-2004) A Good Animator, May Nick Park take his place. ” - brassduke
 
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Amy Winehouse
Soundtrack, About Time
Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works. She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's side...
“ (1983-2011) To Some she was a music icon, but to her father, she was his little girl. ” - brassduke