Famous Men: R.I.P List...

This is my tribute list of the talented and famous gentlemen individuals that have passed away....Their legacies will forever live in our hearts for us to continue to enjoy......May the Rest in Peace.......
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1.
Prince
Soundtrack, Batman
Prince Rogers Nelson was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to Mattie Shaw, a jazz singer and social worker, and John L. Nelson, a lyricist and pianist. His father's stage name was "Prince Rogers". His parents were both from African-American families from Louisiana. They separated during his youth...
“ Date of Birth
7 June 1958, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Date of Death
21 April 2016, Paisley Park, Chanhassen, Minnesota, USA

Birth Name
Prince Rogers Nelson

Nicknames
The Purple One
His Royal Badness
Skipper
The High Priest of Pop
The Prince of Funk
The Artist Formerly Known as Prince

Height
5' 2" (1.57 m)

Spouses:
Manuela Testolini
(31 December 2001 - 2006) (divorced)

Mayte Garcia
(14 February 1996 - 14 February 1999) (annulled) (1 child)

One of the very few musicians who wrote, produced, and composed all of their music themselves. On most of his albums, he played all the instruments himself, except for brass instruments, which he didn't play, though he did have a backing band for concerts.

Died approximately 67 days after the death of his longtime protege and former girlfriend Vanity.

Prince was working on his memoirs with his brother when he passed away.

Prince reportedly has enough unreleased music in his Vault at Paisley Park to fill albums for the next century, but since he has no will it is unknown if any of it will ever be made public.
 ” - gattonero975
 
2.
David Bowie
Actor, Labyrinth
David Bowie is widely regarded as one of the most influential writers of pop music. Born David Jones, he changed his name to Bowie in the 1960s, to avoid confusion with the then well-known Davy Jones (lead singer of The Monkees). The 1960s were not a happy period for Bowie, who remained a struggling artist...
“ Date of Birth
8 January 1947, Brixton, London, England, UK

Date of Death
11 January 2016, London, England, UK (cancer)

Birth Name
David Robert Haywood Jones

Nicknames
The Thin White Duke
Ziggy Stardust

Height
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse (2)
Iman
(6 June 1992 - his death) (1 child)

Angie Bowie
(19 March 1970 - 8 February 1980) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Marks:
His constantly changing appearance
His wide ranging vocals and rich baritone
His one permanently dilated pupil that gives him the appearance of different colored eyes
Known for having a different theme on almost every album
Lyrics with science fiction or fantasy themes
Highly theatrical style and performances
 ” - gattonero975
 
3.
“ Date of Birth
24 June 1922, New York, New York, USA

Date of Death
28 June 2015, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
(respiratory failure)

Birth Name
Jack Chakrin

Spouse (3)
Roxanne Wander
(8 October 1971 - 28 June 2015) (his death)

Paula Stewart
(30 March 1961 - 30 January 1970)
(divorced) (1 child)

Joan Mann (27 March 1949 - 1958)
(divorced)

He was a topnotch Las Vegas comedian known for his fast, irreverent and funny patter, he was once praised by the late great Fred Allen as "one of the outstanding comedians of the century." ” - gattonero975
 
4.
“ Date of Birth:
1961

Date of Death
27 August 2015, Paris, Ile-de-France, France (cancer) ” - gattonero975
 
5.
Wes Craven
Director, Scream
Wes Craven has become synonymous with genre bending and innovative horror, challenging audiences with his bold vision. Wesley Earl Craven was born in Cleveland, Ohio, to Caroline (Miller) and Paul Eugene Craven. He had a midwestern suburban upbringing. His first feature film was The Last House on the Left, which he wrote...
“ Date of Birth
2 August 1939, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Date of Death:
30 August 2015 (Brain Cancer)

Birth Name
Wesley Earl Craven

Spouses:
Iya Labunka
(27 November 2004 - 30 August 2015) (his death)

Mimi Craven
(25 July 1982 - 1987) (divorced)

Bonnie Broecker
(1964 - 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m) ” - gattonero975
 
6.
Richard Dysart
Actor, The Thing
Richard Dysart served for four years in the Air Force during the Korean War. He's a founding member of the American Conservatory Theatre, San Francisco. He received the Drama Desk Award in 1972 and a Emmy Award in 1992. He is good friends with Diana Muldaur, who played Rosalind Shays on L.A. Law.
“ Date of Birth
30 March 1929, Brighton, Massachusetts, USA

Date of Death
5 April 2015, Santa Monica, California, USA (cancer)

Birth Name
Richard Allen Dysart

Nickname
Dick

Height
5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Spouse:
Kathryn Marie Jacobi
(5 September 1987 - 5 April 2015) (his death) ” - gattonero975
 
7.
Gunnar Hansen
He was born in Reykjavik, Iceland and moved to the United States at the age of 5. Gunnar lived in Maine till he was 11, then his family moved to Texas, where he went to high school and then the University of Texas. He majored in English and mathematics and then went to graduate school in Scandinavian Studies and English...
“ Date of Birth
4 March 1947, Reykjavik, Iceland

Date of Death
7 November 2015, Northeast Harbor, Maine, USA
(pancreatic cancer)

Nicknames
Gunner
Leatherface

Height
6' 4" (1.93 m)

Hansen will forever be remembered as "Leatherface" the original slasher from The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974). ” - gattonero975
 
8.
“ Date of Birth
16 August 1930, Santa Monica, California, USA

Date of Death
9 August 2015, Riverside, Connecticut, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Francis Newton Gifford

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouces:
Kathie Lee Gifford
(18 October 1986 - 9 August 2015) (his death) (2 children)

Astrid Gifford
(11 March 1978 - 1986) (divorced)

Maxine Ewart
(13 January 1952 - 1978) (divorced) (3 children) ” - gattonero975
 
9.
“ Date of Birth
11 November 1925, London, England, UK

Date of Death
September2015, Los Angeles, California, USA

Spouse (3)
Maureen Connell
(20 July 1956 - 28 September 2015) (his death) (2 children)

Maureen Connell (
20 January 1956 - ?) (divorced) (2 children)

Mary Guillermin
(? - 28 September 2015) (his death)

Began his career in France in 1947 as a documentary filmmaker.

Personal Quote:
You know, there's really nothing like an exciting film on a big screen. Hopefully, I've made a few in my career. ” - gattonero975
 
10.
“ Date of Birth
13 August 1929, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
6 January 2016, USA (Alzheimer's Disease)

Birth Name
Daniel Patrick Harrington Jr.

Spouse (1)
Marjorie Ann Gortner
(19 November 1955 - 1985) (divorced)
(4 children)

Pro wrestler The Honky Tonk Man based his gimmick on the character (Dwayne Schneider) that Harrington played on One Day at a Time (1975). ” - gattonero975
 
11.
Robert Loggia
Actor, Scarface
Born and raised in New York City, Robert Loggia studied journalism at the University of Missouri before moving back to New York to pursue acting. He trained at the Actors Studio while doing stage work. From the late 1950s he was a familiar face on TV, usually as authoritative figures. Loggia also found work in movies such as The Greatest Story Ever Told...
“ Date of Birth
3 January 1930, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
4 December 2015, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name
Salvatore Loggia

Height
5' 9" (1.75 m

Spouses:
Audrey Loggia
(27 December 1982 - 4 December 2015) (his death)

Della Marjorie Sloan
(28 March 1954 - 1981) (divorced)
(3 children)

Trade Mark:
Distinctive raspy voice

His hair and eyebrows are more than often dyed a brown-like color in his movies, so often that his naturally white hair comes as a surprise when seen in real life and in films without it. ” - gattonero975
 
12.
George McGovern
George McGovern, one of the leading liberals in U.S. politics, was born in a Republican household in a small South Dakota town. His family had some struggles during the Great Depression, but they were able to make ends meet. The young, idealistic man joined the Air Force during World War II and became a bomber pilot...
“ Date of Birth
19 July 1922, Avon, South Dakota, USA

Date of Death
21 October 2012, Sioux City, S.D.,USA

Birth Name
George Stanley McGovern

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse
Eleanor Fay Stegeberg (31 October 1943 - 25 January 2007) (her death) 5 children:Ann, Susan, Mary, Teresa, Steven.

"I'm fed up to the ears with old men dreaming up wars for young men to die in." ” - gattonero975
 
13.
Paul Newman
Actor, The Sting
Screen legend, superstar, and the man with the most famous blue eyes in movie history, Paul Leonard Newman was born in January 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio, the second son of Theresa (Fetsko) and Arthur Sigmund Newman. Paul's father was Jewish, the son of immigrants from Poland and Hungary; he owned a successful sporting goods store...
“ Date of Birth
26 January 1925, Shaker Heights, Ohio, USA

Date of Death
26 September 2008, Westport, Connecticut, USA (lung cancer)

Birth Name
Paul Leonard Newman

Nicknames
King Cool

Height
5' 9½" (1.77 m)

Spouses:
Joanne Woodward
(29 January 1958 - 26 September 2008) (his death) (3 children)

Jacqueline E. Witte
(27 December 1949 - 28 January 1958) (divorced) (3 children)

Trade Marks:
His movies often reflect his political views.

Often played detached yet charismatic anti-heroes and rebels
He was known for his wry, puckish sense of humor, mainly off-screen.

While he played similar system-bucking, troubled young men as such near contemporaries as Marlon Brando and James Dean, Newman's characters were often more humorous, introspective and self-assured.

Newman's character's conflicts were often ironic and (intentionally) borderline-absurd.

Bright blue eyes.

Had a son and two girls with his first wife Jacqueline "Jackie" Witte. His only son, Scott Newman, died of a drug overdose in 1978.

Said he didn't want his epitaph to say two things: "Here lies Paul Newman, who died a failure because his eyes turned brown" and "Here lies the old man who wasn't a part of his time." -1960's.

The TV episode The Simpsons: Lost Verizon (2008), was dedicated to his memory.

Cars (2006), his last movie, was the highest-grossing film of his career.

Like his dear friend Robert Redford, both men had firstborn sons named Scott who predeceased their fathers.

I'd like to be remembered as a guy who tried - who tried to be part of his times, tried to help people communicate with one another, tried to find some decency in his own life, tried to extend himself as a human being. Someone who isn't complacent, who doesn't cop out.
 ” - gattonero975
 
14.
Mike Nichols
Director, The Graduate
He, along with the other members of the "Compass Players" including Elaine May, Paul Sills, Byrne Piven, Joyce Hiller Piven and Edward Asner helped start the famed "Second City Improv" company. They used the games taught to them by fellow cast mate, Paul Sills 's mother, Viola Spolin...
“ Date of Birth
6 November 1931, Berlin, Germany

Date of Death
19 November 2014 (heart attack)

Birth Name
Michael Igor Peschkowsky

Height
5' 11" (1.8 m)

Spouses:
Diane Sawyer
(29 April 1988 - 19 November 2014) (his death)

Annabel Davis-Goff
(1975 - 1986) (divorced) (2 children)

Margot Callas
(July 1963 - 1974) (divorced) (1 child)

Patricia Scot
(4 June 1957 - 1960) (divorced)

Trade Mark:
Often included extremely long starting and/or ending shots taken from high in the air, for example Working Girl (1988) and Angels in America (2003).

From the early 1960s until his death, he was a well-known figure among Arabian Horse fans - as a breeder of over 400 registered Arabians, including owning and breeding many US National Champion horses.

[Part of 2005 Tony Award acceptance speech] "God, my head is totally empty. I had a thing I was going to say, and I have forgot it, because I had given up so long ago. But the first thing to say is thank you. To the other members of my category, my friends Jack and James and Bartlett, I guess you are thinking age before beauty, me too! My congratulations to the winners. My love to those who have not won tonight. I just want to remind you of my motto: Cheer up, life isn't everything. It always stands me in good stead."

[on working with Orson Welles on Catch-22 (1970)] We were talking about Jean Renoir one day on the set and Orson said, very touchingly, that Renoir was a great man but that unfortunately Renoir didn't like his pictures. And then he said, "Of course, if I were Renoir I wouldn't like my pictures either".

[on Jack Nicholson] Jack is the sort of guy who takes parts others have turned down, might turn down, and explodes them into something nobody could have conceived of. All his brilliance of character and gesture is consumed and made invisible by the expanse of his nature.

[on Elizabeth Taylor] There are three things I never saw Elizabeth Taylor do: Tell a lie; be unkind to anyone; and be on time.

[on Stanley Kubrick] In the end, I think he began to have trouble, because if you can't leave home, you lose track of reality, and I think that happened to him. Still, he made great movies and he was a completely gifted director. If you look at 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), you suddenly realize: My God, there's nobody in this movie!

[on his experience judging a limerick contest] It was easy. We just threw out the dirty limericks and gave the prize to the one that was left.

[on developing an act with Elaine May] We were winging it, making up as it went along, It never crossed our minds that it had any value beyond the moment. We were stunned when we got to New York. Never for a moment did we consider that we would do this for living. It was just a handy way to make some money until we grew up.

[on coming to New York as a child] American society to me and my brother was thrilling because, first of all, the food made noise. We were so excited about Rice Krispies and Coca-Cola. We had only silent food in our country, and we loved listening to our lunch and breakfast.

[on firing Mandy Patinkin during making of Heartburn (1986)] I loved Mandy then, and I love him now. It was awful to have to replace him, but on film I couldn't see the chemistry I wanted. I don't know how many days it was, but to save the damn thing, I had to move fast to get Jack [Nicholson]. Mandy was, of course, devastated, and I've felt awful about it all my life.

Do you know my theory about '[Who's Afraid of] Virginia Woolf' which I think I only developed lately? It may be the only play - certainly the only play I can think of, including Shakespeare - in which every single thing that happens is in the present. Even the beautiful reminiscences of the past are traps being set in the present, sprung in the present, having violent effect in the present. It's why you can't hurt it. It's now. It's the one thing plays have the hardest time with.
 ” - gattonero975
 
15.
Roddy Piper
Actor, They Live
Roddy Piper was born Roderick George Toombs on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He was a pro wrestler from 1973-1987 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. He was a longtime mainstay in the WWF, and was one of the biggest "bad guys" in the WWF during the early '80s, before becoming a fan favorite in the late '80s...
“ Date of Birth
17 April 1954, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Date of Death
31 July 2015, Hollywood, California, USA
(heart attack)

Birth Name
Roderick George Toombs

Nicknames
The Rowdy Scot
Hot Rod
The Hot Scot

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Spouse:
Kitty Dittrich
(12 October 1982 - 31 July 2015)
(his death) (4 children)

Trade Marks:
Wears a kilt
Finishing move: Sleeper Hold
Trademark move: Eye Poke

[on being cast in They Live!] You know, when we did it, it was about Reaganomics, but it was also a political statement [about] where our society is headed. Right now, what they're trying to do in society is get rid of all cash money so you just have a chip and everything is on your chip. Well, that's full control. If you go on an airplane right now, they won't take cash anymore. They actually say, "We're a cashless airplane." Wait a second? You won't take cash? That's "OBEY. This is your God." I think this movie is a statement of "keep our freedom," and I believe everybody gets that from it no matter what generation.

[on co-star Keith David] Keith David, it took us 20 years to see each other after we did They Live. When we were shooting that movie, Keith came over to me and he's a schooled, Julliard actor - a professional - and he would help me with my script, while everyone else was saying, "This is just some dumb jock coming to act now." But he stood up for me, and we had such a bond. ” - gattonero975
 
16.
Wayne Rogers
Actor, M*A*S*H
Wayne Rogers is a well-known professional actor, who was one of the stars of the television series M*A*S*H*, a Broadway Producer and is now a news contributor to the Fox Network and has been involved in investment activities for over forty years. These include real estate development, business management of a number of motion picture personalities...
“ Date of Birth
7 April 1933, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Date of Death
31 December 2015, USA (pneumonia)

Birth Name
William Wayne McMillan Rogers III

Height
6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse (2)
Amy H. Rogers
(8 December 1988 - 31 December 2015) (his death)

Mitzi McWhorter
(1960 - 21 October 1983) (divorced) (2 children)

When he left M*A*S*H (1972) in 1975, he was sued for breach of contract, but the case was thrown out because he had no contract. Producers wanted him to sign a morality clause, in which he could be suspended or fired at any time, and he refused because he wanted the same privilege regarding the producers. In addition to the disputes about contracts, he says he also left M*A*S*H (1972) because he felt the writers were not giving Trapper John any character development.

[on leaving the sitcom M*A*S*H (1972) in retrospect] If I had known that the show was gonna run that long, I probably would have kept my mouth shut and stayed put. ” - gattonero975
 
17.
“ Date of Birth
9 July 1933, London, England, UK

Date of Death
30 August 2015, New York City, New York, USA (cancer)

Birth Name
Oliver Wolf Sacks ” - gattonero975
 
18.
“ Date of Birth
19 July 1965, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
4 January 2015, Avon, Connecticut, USA (cancer)

Nickname
Stu

Height
6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Spouse:
Kimberly
(March 1993 - 2 January 2007) (divorced) (2 children) ” - gattonero975
 
19.
“ Date of Birth
19 August 1942, Sheffield, Alabama, USA

Date of Death
1 November 2015, Nashville, Tennessee, USA (cancer)

Birth Name Freddie Dalton Thompson
Height 6' 6" (1.98 m) ” - gattonero975
 
20.
Paul Walker
Paul William Walker IV was born in Glendale, California. He grew up together with his brothers, Caleb and Cody, and sisters, Ashlie and Amie. Their parents, Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, and Cheryl (Crabtree) Walker, a model, separated around September 2004. His grandfather, William Walker...
“ Date of Birth
12 September 1973 , Glendale, California, USA

Date of Death
30 November 2013 , Valencia, Santa Clarita, California, USA (car accident)

Birth Name
Paul William Walker IV

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

The driver in the fatal crash that killed Paul Walker was 38-year-old Roger Rodas. Rodas was the CEO of automotive company Always Evolving, and they were in Walker's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when Roger lost control of the car and struck a tree. Walker was one of Always Evolving's owners, and Rodas was a former race car driver.

Personal Quotes...
You know, all that really matters is that the people you love are happy and healthy. Everything else is just sprinkles on the sundae. - in Flaunt Magazine, July 2001.
Some people say that you should go to all the parties, to the nightclubs, the Viper Room, and make contacts, and I look at them and say, 'You don't want to have contacts with those people.' Look at what happened to River Phoenix (who died in 1993 of a drug overdose outside the Viper Room). If you get caught up in that, it ruins you. Hollywood is garbage.
Surfing soothes me, it's always been a kind of zen experience for me. The ocean is so magnificent, peaceful, and awesome. The rest of the world disappears for me when I'm on a wave.
I'm into being a dad, that's where my focus is most of the time. I'm an actor that's my job, but it's not my life. I have a lot of other interests too.
I'm a dreamer. I've got this whole thing where I think I'm supposed to be a musician. I live by the seat of my pants, but I'd like to think that I'm also pretty sensible.
I want to get married. I think about it a lot. But I also think about my cars, so maybe my priorities aren't exactly in line just yet.
Life's too short. And the biggest curse is falling in love with somebody.
I'm much more likely to give myself a kick in the butt than a pat on the back.
I like low maintenance, natural, outdoor, shy girls.
I'm a Christian now. The things that drove me crazy growing up was how everyone works at fault-finding with different religions. The people I don't understand are atheists. I go surfing and snow boarding and I'm always around nature. I look at everything and think, 'Who couldn't believe there's a God? Is all this a mistake?' It just blows me away.

(2010) I'm passionate about animals and I hunt too. It's like I save and I kill. I'm a walking, talking contradiction. I'm all about preserving the environment but I'm racing cars on the weekend. I tell everyone I'm a gun-loving hippy.

[on often being asked how "Dom" - not Vin [Diesel] - is doing]: I get that a lot. I'm Brian a lot more than I'm Paul Walker, which is awesome. When I hear, "Hey, Paul Walker!" my hair stands up on the back of my neck. It's uncomfortable. But when I hear "It's Brian!" it's cool. I like Brian.

[on "The Fast & the Furious" series]: When I did the first one, it was a cool movie where I got to run around in race cars, shoot a gun and kiss a hot chick. That's where I was at in my life then. Now that I'm older, there's a reason we're still here. The themes we hit on early on, whether the audience even realized what it was that was drawing them in, is irrelevant. The second you lose the family, how significant are we? It's funny to see the people connect with it the way they do. I had no clue, I didn't get it. And now, more I get it and I see it.

[on Brian O'Conner, his character in "The Fast & the Furious" films]: The guy's a sucker for family. Brian's a heart guy, he just is. He's dealing with daddy issues and the things that most of us are that are unresolved. What he's looking for, and he wouldn't be able to articulate it, is anything that's going to allow for healing, things that he's missed out on.

What's Dom really representative of to him? He's the father and the older brother he never had. It's not a buddy. Brian doesn't even realize it. He gave up on having that kind of family or life before he even knew it was possible, and I don't think he ever thought it could be as great as what he has.

[on "The Fast & the Furious" franchise and being real and authentic]: That's what's capturing people, unless of course you're doing The Avengers (2012) where you've gotta be larger than life and you've gotta be out there and turn green and drag your arm down the side of a building, and jump all over the place. But for us, I like having (special effects) to fall back on. You allow the creative minds to get in there and figure out how to do it real, and it gives you more to be proud of.

[on working on Hours (2013)]: What I've found recently is the heart, the soul, whatever you want to call it, it doesn't differentiate: If you really live the experience making a movie, it's the same as living it in real life, as crazy as it sounds. My victory in that movie was my victory in real life. You walk away with that, walking a little taller and a pop in your collar. You learn a lot about yourself. It's heroic in a different way. We're pretty awesome when we're tested. Call it the human spirit or whatever you want, I like celebrating our victories.

[on what he hopes to achieve before he dies]: I missed out on a lot when I was younger because of this game [acting]. I think people tell you you are a certain thing and so you miss out on a lot you would have otherwise experienced. Inside I still feel certain things calling me. That's why I was doing the shark tagging recently and will be doing it again in two weeks on an island off Hawaii. I'm also going to go do the Grouper spawning. (2013)

[on the amount of films he has coming out over the next two years]: ... It's so funny, my daughter now lives with me full time and my original plan was to work up until I was 40 then reassess my life, even go in a completely different direction with things. She keeps encouraging me to do all this stuff. I thought at this point in my life I would need to be home with her, but she wants me to keep acting so she can travel around the world with me. Would that be so bad? Thing is, I went to a born-again Christian high school, was brought up in a traditional Mormon family where these ideas about parenting are of structure and sacrifice. To think outside of that idea of family and parenting that I've grown up with is tough, but also very freeing. (2013) ” - gattonero975
 
21.
Eli Wallach
One of Hollywood's finest character / "Method" actors, Eli Wallach was in demand for over 60 years (first film/TV role was 1949) on stage and screen, and has worked alongside the world's biggest stars, including Clark Gable, Clint Eastwood, Steve McQueen, Marilyn Monroe, Yul Brynner, Peter O'Toole, and Al Pacino, to name but a few...
“ Date of Birth
7 December 1915 , Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
24 June 2014 , New York City, New York, USA

Birth Name
Eli Herschel Wallach

Height
5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouse:
Anne Jackson
(5 March 1948 - 24 June 2014) (his death) (3 children)

Personal Quotes:
I'd come out of the army after five years as a medic. I was a medical administrator and we ran hospitals, and I was a Captain in the army at the end, in 1945.

John Huston was a superb master. He knew how to make good films. I did three things with him. One is called Independence. It plays in Philadelphia, for free. It's been playing there for 25 years.

My wife says that stage acting is like being on a tightrope with no net, and being in the movies, there is a net - because you stop and go over it again. It's very technical and mechanical. On stage you're on your own.

So I wanted to show what I did with the money. So I got red silk shirts, beautiful hats, wonderful saddles, a great horse, and two gold teeth. So that was the way I did it.

Well, I was getting a lot of money then, and I wasn't getting any Hollywood films, so I just did those. I'd always do a play in between. Whenever I ran low on funds, I'd always rush off to do a movie somewhere.

I met my wife and, for the next ten years, we did no films at all. She did the first movie and then I did several after. My first movie was written by Tennessee Williams and directed by Kazan and was called Baby Doll.

I've learned that life is very tricky business: Each person needs to find what they want to do in life and not be dissuaded when people question them.

Well, I go to the theater today, and its curtain - there is no curtain in this play; the lights go down and go up - and we start. And I live this character for two hours. There are only two of us in the play. And It's a complete experience.

I was at the premiere of The Holiday (2006), a movie I did with Kate Winslet. Surrounded by all these beautiful young women. And after they left, [wife Anne Jackson] comes up and says to me, "Honestly, I don't know what they see in you.

The subtitle [of his memoir "The Good, the Bad and Me"] is "In My Anecdotage". Bill Clinton asked me if he could use it, and I said, "You sold two million copies of your book. How dare you try to steal my subtitle!". ” - gattonero975
 
22.
“ Date of Birth
28 September 1943, San Francisco, California, USA

Date of Death
27 February 1998, La Mesa, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
James Thomas Patrick Walsh

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Trade Marks:
Often played cowardly, sinister villains
Deep authoritative voice

He died of a heart attack while vacationing near San Diego, CA. Walsh fell ill while staying at a resort hotel & was taken to Grossmont Hospital in La Mesa, CA, where he was pronounced dead. He lived in Encino (Los Angeles) with his son, John West, at the time of his death.

Before his death, he was hoping to follow the example of Gene Hackman and get away from playing the psychopaths and cowards he had been typecast as, playing more complicated and substantial character parts.

In his last year, Walsh starred in the 1998 films Hidden Agenda, Pleasantville, and The Negotiator. All three movies, plus Outside Ozona (Walsh died shortly before production commenced) were dedicated to his memory.

His father died of brain cancer and his mother died of Alzheimer's disease.

Jack Nicholson dedicated his Best Actor Academy Award (for As Good as It Gets (1997)) to Walsh.

Personal Quotes:
I never resented being called a character actor in New York, but with the caste system they have in Hollywood, you feel the little sting of it. There is a distinction made between the person who is getting $20 million and everyone else. You're the one directors know they don't have to worry about, so they can turn their attention to more pressing problems, like finding the star a bigger trailer.

(1997) I like to read fiction because it transports me away from Hollywood, and I like travel novels. I also drive up the coast to Santa Barbara to escape and get out of town. I stay the most at the San Ysidro Ranch. It's a quiet and simple, protected village and no one bothers you. It's also very pretty. ” - gattonero975
 
23.
“ Date of Birth
12 February 1963, Ohio, USA

Date of Death
1 March 2014, Arlington, Texas, USA (colon cancer)

Height
6' 1½" (1.87 m)

Spouse:
Laura Weiss
(2 February 2001 - his death) (2 children) ” - gattonero975
 
24.
Maurice White
Soundtrack, The Intouchables
Maurice was born in Memphis on December 19, 1941, but moved to Chicago as a teenager. His father, Verdine, was a doctor. For many years, they lived in the South Shore section on the South Side. He attended Crane Junior College and the Chicago Conservatory of Music. It was while he was at the conservatory that he got the call to fill in for a drummer a Betty Everett session...
“ Date of Birth
19 December 1941, Memphis, Tennessee, USA

Date of Death
3 February 2016, Los Angeles, California, USA (Parkinson's disease)

Nickname
Reese ” - gattonero975
 
25.
Robin Williams
Robin McLaurin Williams was born on Saturday, July 21st, 1951, in Chicago, Illinois, a great-great-grandson of Mississippi Governor and Senator, Anselm J. McLaurin. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (née Janin), was a former model from Mississippi, and his father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams, was a Ford Motor Company executive from Indiana...
“ Date of Birth
21 July 1951 , Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
11 August 2014 , Tiburon, California, USA (apparent suicide)

Birth Name
Robin McLaurin Williams

Height
5' 7" (1.7 m)

Spouses:
Susan Schneider
(22 October 2011 - 11 August 2014) (his death)

Marsha Garces Williams
(30 April 1989 - 2010) (divorced) (2 children)

Valerie Velardi
(4 June 1978 - 6 December 1988) (divorced) (1 child)

Trade Marks:
Wild improvised stream-of-consciousness comedy dialogue where he will do cultural references, impersonations and one-liners with rapid switching.
Unique skill at imitating voices
Frequently plays offbeat and eccentric characters
Frequently plays fathers or family men
Often plays characters lacking in self-awareness
Often plays men who have suffered a trauma or loss
Often plays characters with mental instability and/or a deep capacity for violence (One Hour Photo, Insomnia)

Was declared dead at 12:02 PM on August 11, 2014, seven minutes after the call was received by 911 operators, and two minutes after paramedics arrived at his home in the unincorporated town of Tiburon, which is in Marin County, California, USA, just north of San Francisco. The cause was apparent suicide after a long bout with severe depression.

Upon his death, his wife, Susan Schneider said, "This morning, I lost my husband and my best friend, while the world lost one of its most beloved artists and beautiful human beings. I am utterly heartbroken. On behalf of Robin's family, we are asking for privacy during our tie of profound grief. As he is remembered, it is our hope the focus will not be on Robin's death, but on the countless moments of joy and laughter he gave to millions".

As of his death in 2014, he had appeared in three films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Dead Poets Society (1989), Awakenings (1990) and Good Will Hunting (1997).

Personal Quotes:
Stand-up is the place where you can do things that you could never do in public. Once you step on stage you're licensed to do that. It's an understood relationship. You walk on stage - it's your job.

I'd play the Riddler in the next Batman, although it'd be hard to top Heath Ledger as the villain, and I'm a little hairy for tights. Plus, the Batman films have screwed me twice before: years ago they offered me the Joker and then gave it to Jack Nicholson, then they offered me the Riddler and gave it to Jim Carrey.

[While accepting the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for Good Will Hunting (1997)] Most of all, I want to thank my father, up there, the man who when I said I wanted to be an actor, he said, "Wonderful. Just have a back-up profession like welding.".

[on his acting career]: All the new people you meet, it's pretty amazing. The vampire needs new blood. And there is still a lot to learn and there is always great stuff out there. Even mistakes can be wonderful.

...And now that you have a child you have to clean up your act, 'cause you can't drink anymore. You can't come home drunk and go, "Hey, here's a little switch: Daddy's gonna throw up on you!".

Everyone has these two visions when they hold their child for the first time. The first is your child as an adult saying "I want to thank the Nobel Committee for this award." The other is "You want fries with that?". ” - gattonero975
 
26.
Jason Wingreen
Character actor Jason Wingreen was born on October 9, 1920 in Brooklyn, New York City. The son of a Jewish tailor father, Wingreen grew up in the Howard Beach neighborhood of Queens. Jason attended John Adams High School and majored in English and Speech at Brooklyn College (he initially planned on...
“ Date of Birth
9 October 1920, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Date of Death
25 December 2015, Los Angeles, California, USA

Height
5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Trade Mark:
Raspy menacing voice

One of the few actors to have been part of two, successful sci-fi franchises. "Star Trek" (1966)-as Federation Dr. Linke, and "Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)-as voice of bounty hunter Boba Fett. ” - gattonero975
 
27.
Colin Welland
Actor, Kes
In a career of over 30 years this Lancashire-born former art teacher has achieved great success in acting, both in television and film and writing, for television, film and stage. His first film appearance is perhaps still his best-loved, the sympathetic Mr Farthing in Kes, for which he won a BAFTA...
“ Date of Birth
4 July 1934, Leigh, Lancashire, England, UK

Date of Death
2 November 2015 (Alzheimer’s)

Birth Name
Colin Williams

Height
5' 10½" (1.79 m)

Spouse:
Patricia Sweeney
(1962 - his death) (4 children) ” - gattonero975
 
28.
Haskell Wexler
Two-time Academy Award-winning cinematographer Haskell Wexler was adjudged one of the ten most influential cinematographers in movie history, according to an International Cinematographers Guild survey of its membership. He won his Oscars in both black & white and color, for Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) and Bound for Glory (1976)...
“ Date of Birth
6 February 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
27 December 2015 (Natural causes)

Nickname
Pete

Rita Taggart
(1989 - his death)

Marian Jane Witt
(1954 - 1985) (divorced) (1 child)

Nancy Jane Ashenhurst
(14 January 1943 - 1953) (divorced) (2 children) ” - gattonero975
 
29.
Michael Winner
Director, Death Wish
Michael Winner was interested in film at an early age, especially writing, which brought him briefly to television. He then moved into directing at age 25, and after a few comedies and vehicles for pop stars, quickly switched to more dramatic films, attaining something of a trade mark for violence - frequently working with Charles Bronson...
“ Date of Birth
30 October 1935, London, England, UK

Date of Death
21 January 2013, London


Spouse
Géraldine Lynton (19 September 2011 - his death)

Personal Quotes

I don't want to live in a tolerant society. I want to live in a very intolerant society.

Women like to be treasured for themselves. They don't get taken in by men with money. In fact, I did far better when I was an assistant director.

My sympathy is totally with the little old lady who gets bashed over the head with an iron bar, not with the youngster who did it and gets sent to the South of France for six weeks to turn into a lovely human being.

On late actor-comedian Terry-Thomas: "For years, in the English film business, if you wanted a Terry-Thomas-type comedian, you were lucky if you got Terry-Thomas himself.".

A team effort is a lot of people doing what I say.

Success has gone to my stomach.

In this business disaster is always just around the corner.

The hardest part of directing is staying awake for nine weeks at a stretch.

There's no moralistic side to Death Wish; it's a pleasant romp.

Hitchcock said actors are cattle, but show me a cow who can earn one million dollars per film.

If you want art, don't mess about with movies. Buy a Picasso.

An OBE is what you get if you clean the toilets well at King's Cross station. I really don't care if I get anything or not. I'm very glad that they recognize my considerable skills as a toilet cleaner. But when you look at the rubbish who are getting these awards and the absolute non-service they have given to the nation other than financing or working for political parties, you say, 'What company am I in?' At least if you go straight to the House of Lords you can wear fancy dress and have a giggle.

Nearly dying hasn't taught me a thing. It's just taught me that being ill is a bloody pain! ” - gattonero975
 
30.
“ Date of Death
23 February 2015, Los Angeles, California (head injury)

Birth Name
Benjamin Eric Woolf

Height
4' 3½" (1.31 m)

Struck in the head by the side mirror of a passing car while jaywalking on a Hollywood, California street. ” - gattonero975
 
31.
Lee Thompson Young
Lee Thompson Young's star quality has graced the stage, the small screen and the big screen from a very early age. Portraying Dr. Martin Luther King in the production of "A Night Of Stars And Dreams" in his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina, at the mere age of 10, inspired him to pursue a career as an actor...
“ Date of Birth
1 February 1984, Columbia, South Carolina, USA

Date of Death
19 August 2013, Los Angeles, California, USA

Height
5' 7¾" (1.72 m) ” - gattonero975
 
32.
Efrem Zimbalist Jr.
Actor, The F.B.I.
It's hardly surprising that the son of renowned Russian-born concert violinist Efrem Zimbalist Sr. (1889-1985) and Romanian-born opera singer Alma Gluck (1884-1938) would desire a performing career of some kind. Born in New York City on November 30, 1918, surrounded by people of wealth and privilege throughout his childhood...
“ Date of Birth
30 November 1918 , New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
2 May 2014 , Solvang, California, USA (natural causes)

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Spouses:
Loranda Stephanie Spaulding
(12 February 1956 - 5 February 2007) (her death) (1 child)

Emily Munroe McNair
(23 December 1941 - 18 January 1950) (her death) (2 children)

Trade Mark:
Deep smooth voice

Zimbalist died on May 2, 2014 from natural causes at the age of 95, outliving his father's age of 94 by one year. His daughter Stephanie announced the news saying he was 95 years old, a devout Christian. He actively enjoyed his life to the last day, showering love on his extended family, playing golf and visiting with close friends.

His father was Russian-born and his mother was Romanian-born; both were from Jewish families. Zimbalist was an early practitioner and proponent of Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, prior to his conversion to Christianity.

Personal Quotes:
Having been kept pretty strict in prep schools, I guess I couldn't cope with all the freedom at Yale. I had a wild, wonderful time, got abysmal grades and was bounced out in my freshman year. I then came back the following fall as a repeating freshman, lasted until April and got bounced out again -- for the same reason. This time I quit.

As for the year 2000 being the time for Armageddon, Jesus himself said: "Even the son doesn't know. Only the father knows." So if Jesus didn't know, you can be sure I've got no idea.

I happen to believe that the liberating movements of our time are devised and thought up, not for the people they are supposed to champion, but to splinter society. In the case of women's liberation, if the state gets the women out of the house working, they can get to the children and bring them up. I thing that has been the game plan all along.

I don't even know the people who are making movies today. I stopped going to the movies over 20 years ago. The movies I used to be fanatic about they stopped making. They started making another kind of movie, and it's not my kind of world. ” - gattonero975
 
33.
Uggie
Actor, The Artist
Uggie is a Jack Russell terrier, born in 2002. He was rescued from being sent to a dog pound by Omar Von Muller, animal trainer. His career included touring with a dog talent show in the United States and South America and starring in commercials. His most famous movie roles are in Water for Elephants and The Artist...
“ A Jack Russell Terrier Born in 2002

Put Down in Aug 2015 (Prostate Tumor)

He was rescued from being sent to a dog pound by Omar Von Muller, animal trainer. His career included touring with a dog talent show in the United States and South America and starring in commercials.
 ” - gattonero975
 
34.
“ Chris Kelly

Died:
May 1, 2013 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA
 ” - gattonero975
 
35.
R.G. Armstrong
Actor, Predator
A golden career was reflected in his name. Robert Golden Armstrong ("Bob" to his friends) was born in Birmingham, Alabama on April 7, 1917. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. While there, he was frequently performing on stage with the Carolina Playmakers. After graduating, R.G...
“ Date of Birth
7 April 1917, Birmingham, Alabama, USA

Date of Death
27 July 2012, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Robert Golden Armstrong Jr.

Nickname
Bob

Height
6' 3" (1.91 m)

"I had to learn it the hard way. I studied with Lee Strasberg. Acting is not acting. It's being. If you have the kind of personality makeup where you can transform into being the character in that situation, it brings about authenticity. You get a feel of the situation, the line in a scene and where your hearts goes to in a scene and you always keep that in mind."
 ” - gattonero975
 
36.
Jeremy Brett
The refined and debonair English actor Jeremy Brett will forever be best remembered for his long-running and critically acclaimed portrayal of Sherlock Holmes for Britain's Granada Television. From a privileged background, Brett was educated at England's most prestigious independent school, Eton College...
“ To me, the Sherlock Holmes stories are about a great friendship. Without Watson, Holmes might well have burnt out on cocaine long ago. I hope the series shows how important friendship is.

(On being typecast as Holmes) "I don't really mind actually. I must be very grateful to Arthur Conan Doyle because we are in the deepest recession in England, and only five percent of my profession are at work. I'm one of them at work, so I'm not knocking it."

"Holmes could be rude, impatient, abrupt, and his intolerance of fools was legendary. I tried to show all this, all of the man's incredible brilliance. But there are some cracks in Holmes' marble, as in an almost-perfect Rodin statue. And I tried to show that, too."

(On playing the "definitive" Sherlock Holmes) "I've done 33 Sherlock Holmes stories and bits of them are all right. But the definitive Sherlock Holmes is really in everyone's head. No actor can fit into that category because every reader has his own ideal." (February 1991)

(about his early speech impediment caused by an extra attachment of skin under his tongue) "I was tongue-tied. I had a very weak 'r' sound and had to work hard on it. I didn't have the condition corrected until I was 17. And then I went to the Central School of Speech and Drama to relearn how to speak."

I no longer feel threatened by Holmes, in fact I really enjoy playing him. Holmes is an upholder of the law, and he has a magnetism and mental genius that have been compulsive for people throughout the last hundred years. I was astounded when I realized how attractive he is to them (women). You'd never suspect it for one moment from the books. Girls long to seduce him. I do know that the team at Granada Studios are the finest. To everyone who has worked on these films of 'Sir Arthur Conan Doyle''s stories in the past decade, only one word can express how I feel: Bravo! Holmes has finally given me recognition as a real actor, not just an aging pretty face.

"There may have been this beautiful girl, that he fell flat for, but she didn't look at him. So that broke his heart and he thought, 'Well, I'm not going to be rejected again,' so that's why he's the way he is." (On developing a past for Holmes)

(about the many female fans who came to see "The Secret of Sherlock Holmes" - he felt they were coming to see Holmes rather than him) "Women throughout the world identify with what's going on and see me as Holmes. It's all very flattering and frightening at times. I just have to realize I'm in the fantasy business, but I do feel responsible and I get very concerned about the power this character wields."

(on what he will remember best about the Holmes stories) "They are a great essay in male friendship, which has gone now. Men's friendship has been debased. One of the lovely things about Holmes and Watson is that they do have this great platonic relationship." (May 1990)

(on the loss of his wife, Joan) "I have got used to people saying I will get over it. You never do get over it. You just get used to it. But I am not very good at losing people I love. I lost my mother, she was killed in a car accident, and it threw me for a loop." (May 1990)

Date of Birth
3 November 1933, Berkswell Grange, Warwickshire, England, UK

Date of Death
12 September 1995, London, England, UK (iatrogenic congestive cardiac failure)

Birth Name
Peter Jeremy William Huggins

Height
6' 0¾" (1.85 m)

His death at the age of 61 was the result of cardiomyopathy (heart failure). Brett's heart valves were permanently scarred by rheumatic fever, which he suffered as a teenager. Medication later prescribed for his bipolar disorder, and his longtime smoking habit, also weakened his heart. His co-star Edward Hardwicke recalled that Brett would often buy three packets of cigarettes in the morning, and smoke them all during the course of the day.

After training as an actor at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London, Jeremy Brett made his professional stage debut in Manchester, England, in the repertory company of the Library Theatre in 1954. There he became lifelong friends with actor Robert Stephens. They would go on to share rooms and roles, serve as each other's best man, and died within two months of one another. ” - gattonero975
 
37.
Gerald Mohr
Actor, Funny Girl
Bearing a strong resemblance to Humphrey Bogart certainly helped in typecasting the handsome Gerald Mohr into "B" film noir. Born in New York City in 1914, he was the son of Sigmond Mohr and Henrietta Noustadt, a Viennese singer. In 1920 his father was killed in a tragic accident while at work when Mohr was five years old...
“ Date of Birth
11 June 1914, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
9 November 1968, Södermalm, Stockholm, Stockholms Län, Sweden (heart attack)

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m) ” - gattonero975
 
38.
Humphrey Bogart
Actor, Casablanca
Humphrey DeForest Bogart was born in New York City, New York, to Maud Humphrey, a famed magazine illustrator and suffragette, and Belmont DeForest Bogart, a moderately wealthy surgeon (who was secretly addicted to opium). Bogart was educated at Trinity School, NYC, and was sent to Phillips Academy in Andover...
“ Date of Birth
25 December 1899, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
14 January 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA (cancer of the esophagus)

Birth Name
Humphrey DeForest Bogart

Nickname
Bogie

Height
5' 8" (1.73 m)

Spouse
Lauren Bacall (21 May 1945 - 14 January 1957) (his death) 2 children
Mayo Methot (21 August 1938 - 10 May 1945) (divorced)
Mary Philips (3 April 1928 - 21 June 1937) (divorced)
Helen Menken (20 May 1926 - 18 November 1927) (divorced)

Trade Mark

Typically played smart, playful, courageous, tough, occasionally reckless characters who lived in a corrupt world, anchored by a hidden moral code.

Almost always played a hard-boiled cynic who ultimately shows his noble side.

Low-key, distinctive nasal voice

Often wore bow ties

Roles in film noirs


Lauren Bacall once recalled that while John Wayne and Fred Astaire hardly knew her husband Humphrey Bogart at all, they were the first to send flowers and good wishes after Bogart was diagnosed with esophageal cancer in January 1956.

After undergoing a nine-and-a-half hour operation for esophageal cancer on 1 March 1956, Bogart began smoking filtered cigarettes for the first time in his life.



He had just turned 57 and weighed only 80 pounds when he died on January 14, 1957.


Decades after his death, Bogie made a guest appearance on the TV horror series "Tales from the Crypt" (1989). Footage from several movies was computer enhanced and combined with a voice and body double to allow Bogart to receive top billing for the episode "You, Murderer." Guest starring with "Bogie" were John Lithgow and Isabella Rossellini, performing an eerie (and hilarious) parody of her mother, Ingrid Bergman.

"The trouble with the world is that it's always one drink behind."

[attributed last words] "I should never have switched from scotch to martinis."

[on the House Un-American Activities Committee] "They'll nail anyone who ever scratched his ass during the National Anthem."

I came out here with one suit and everybody said I looked like a bum. Twenty years later Marlon Brando came out with only a sweatshirt and the town drooled over him. That shows how much Hollywood has progressed.

"I can't say I ever loved my mother, I admired her."

"I hate funerals. They aren't for the guy who's dead. They're for the guys who are left alive and enjoy mourning."

"Acting is like sex: you either do it and don't talk about it, or you talk about it and don't do it. That's why I'm always suspicious of people who talk too much about either."

"I'm not good-looking. I used to be but not any more. Not like Robert Taylor. What I have got is I have character in my face. it's taken an awful lot of late nights and drinking to put it there. When I go to work in a picture, I say, 'Don't take the lines out of my face. Leave them there.'" ” - gattonero975
 
39.
Ward Bond
Gruff, burly American character actor. Born in 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska (confirmed by Social Security records; sources stating 1905 or Denver, Colorado are in error.) Bond grew up in Denver, the son of a lumberyard worker. He attended the University of Southern California, where he got work as an...
“ Born:
Wardell E. Bond
April 9, 1903 in Benkelman, Nebraska, USA
Died:
November 5, 1960 (age 57) in Dallas, Texas, USA

On a hunting trip, he was accidentally shot by John Wayne. Bond left Wayne the shotgun in his will.

Was an epileptic, a closely guarded secret not made public until many years after his death.

Although his career was cut short by his premature death in 1960 at the age of 57, he was one of the most prolific of Hollywood's actors over a period of 30 years. He regularly appeared in 10 to 20 films per year, with the record year for him being 1935, when he acted in 30 movies.

Died at the Town House Motor Hotel, 2914 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, Texas.

John Wayne gave the eulogy at his funeral. ” - gattonero975
 
40.
Ernest Borgnine
Ernest Borgnine was born Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut. His parents were Anna (Boselli), who had emigrated from Carpi (MO), Italy, and Camillo Borgnino, who had emigrated from Ottiglio (AL), Italy. As an only child, Ernest enjoyed most sports, especially boxing, but took no real interest in acting...
“ Date of Birth
24 January 1917, Hamden, Connecticut, USA

Date of Death
8 July 2012, Los Angeles, California, USA (renal failure)

Birth Name
Ermes Effron Borgnine

Height
5' 9" (1.75 m)

Spouse
Tova Borgnine (24 February 1973 - present)
Donna Rancourt (30 June 1965 - 1 January 1972) (divorced) 3 children
Ethel Merman (27 June 1964 - 28 July 1964) (divorced)
Katy Jurado (31 December 1959 - 3 June 1963) (divorced)
Rhoda Kemins (2 September 1949 - 29 August 1958) (divorced) 1 child

"Please, for heaven's sake, if anybody lives next to a hospital, a veteran's hospital or something, take a half hour, take an hour, take two hours, and go down there and visit our veterans. They would love to see you. Bring 'em flowers or something. Just to say hello. Believe me, they're hungry for people to come and see them... we owe freedom and opportunity to them. It's the least we can do."

"I don't care whether a part is 10 minutes long, or two hours, and I don't care whether my name is up there on top, either. Matter of fact, I'd rather have somebody else get top billing; then if the picture bombs, he gets the blame, not me."

[on drugs]: No, I've never done anything. At least, not to my knowledge. I once took a bunch of goofballs by accident. They looked like candy. They were in a little bowl at a party. I grabbed a hand full and went to town. That was some New Years Eve. I didn't have a coherent thought till February.

[on the Womens Rights movement] They tried it the wrong way. You can't expect anyone to take you seriously if you burn your undies and tell me I'm a pig. That's why it failed. Too many ugly broads telling me that they don't want to sleep with me. Who wanted you anyway?

"I like my women a little big. Natural. Now, they shave this and wax that. It's not right. I love natural women. Big women. This trend in women has to go. Bulemia, anorexia. That's just wrong. You know what will cure that? My special sticky buns. One lick of my sticky buns and your appetite will come right back."

"[on Brokeback Mountain (2005)] I didn't see it and I don't care to see it . . . If John Wayne were alive, he'd be rolling over in his grave."

"I think you have to keep going. Otherwise, you know these fellas that say, "Boy I can't wait to retire. Boy, I'm going to be 65 years old, and I'm retiring and I'm quitting and that's it." Well, two weeks later they're saying to themselves, "What the hell am I gonna do?" And first thing you know they find themselves in a wheelchair or in a rocking chair going back and forth, back and forth, and that's the end of it. And suddenly you're dead." ” - gattonero975
 
41.
Ray Bradbury
Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver's license and had never driven a car. He was born Ray Douglas Bradbury on August 22...
“ Date of Birth
22 August 1920, Waukegan, Illinois, USA
Died:
June 5, 2012 Southern California, USA

Birth Name
Ray Douglas Bradbury

Spouse
Maggie Bradbury (27 September 1947 - 24 November 2003) (her death)

Father of 4 daughters: Susan, Ramona, Bettina and Alexandra.

Though considered by many to be the greatest science-fiction writer of the of the 20th century, he suffered from a fear of flying and driving. He never learned to drive, and did not fly in an airplane until October, 1982.

He was the great-great-great grandson of Mary Bradbury, a woman who was tried in the Salem Witch Trials in 1692, but saved herself from being hanged for witchcraft.

Paid tribute to in the music video *beep* Me, Ray Bradbury" by Rachel Bloom.

"Once you hear a metaphor of mine, you won't forget it. A dinosaur falling in love with a lighthouse, boom, there's your metaphor. Once you hear that, you say, "Gee, I gotta read that, I wonder what happened?" All the great stories of the world are metaphorical, so they can be remembered. That's why so much stage writing and film writing today can't be remembered, because there are no metaphors. You can't tell the story when you come out of the theater. That's what's wrong with most modern fiction. Realism is what we already know. My job is to interpret realism, to turn it into metaphors, so you can swallow it."

"I don't need to be vindicated, and I don't want attention. I never question. I never ask anyone else s opinion. They don't count."

[on Ray Harryhausen] Long after we are all gone, his shadow shows will live through a thousand years in this world.

I have fun with ideas. I play with them. I'm not a serious person and I don't like serious people. I don't see myself as a philosopher. That's awfully boring.

I don't believe in being serious about anything. I think life is too serious to be taken seriously.

I don't try to describe the future. I try to prevent it. ” - gattonero975
 
42.
“ “ Date of Birth
7 March 1927, Charlestown, New Hampshire, USA

Date of Death
1 November 1982, New Haven, Connecticut, USA (cancer)

Spouse
Patricia Broderick (? - 1 November 1982) (his death) 2 children ” - gattonero975
 
43.
Charles Bronson
The archetypal screen tough guy with weatherbeaten features--one film critic described his rugged looks as "a Clark Gable who had been left out in the sun too long"--Charles Bronson was born Charles Buchinsky, one of 15 children of struggling parents in Pennsylvania. His mother, Mary (Valinsky)...
“ Born:
Charles Dennis Buchinsky
November 3, 1921 in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, USA
Died:
August 30, 2003 (age 81) in Los Angeles, California, USA

"I don't have friends, I have thousands of acquaintances. No friends. I figured I had a wife and children. They took up all the personal time I had. My children are my friends. My wife was my friend. We were opposite but I figured it made for a better relationship that way. One of the difficult parts of being a public person married to someone who was seriously ill is that people asked, 'So, how's your wife.' I found it difficult. They were strangers."

[on wife Jill Ireland's terminal illness] When you love someone you feel their pain. It's why some husbands go through morning sickness when their wives are pregnant. But to ever talk about it is difficult. I wouldn't tell Jill how I felt. I behaved in such a way that was opposite to how I felt. I must have seemed strong to her. I didn't want to bring her down. It was like keeping the stiff upper lip, of being British about it. Of course, she understood that. The fear really hits you. That's what you feel first. And then it's the anger and frustration. Part of the problem is how little we understand about the ultimate betrayal of the body when it rebels against itself. You always worry about charlatans. We found that specialists did not know as much as we thought. So, you think maybe there are other answers. There are not but if you believe something will help you it probably will: it will help, not cure. What kind of man would I have been if I had not been there to help her? I felt along with her--not the physical pain, of course, but all her mental anguish. You can't be detached. She needed to have someone who understood what was happening in her mind. That was what I was for. ” - gattonero975
 
44.
Frankie Burke
Francis Vaselle Aiello was born June 6, 1915, in the Bedford-Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn, New York. He worked many odd jobs after graduating High School, including working with his father, Carmine, who owned a tailoring shop. He earned the nickname "The earl of Warwick" because of his persistence trying to obtain a job at the most luxurious hotel in town...
“ Born:
Francis Aiello
June 6, 1915 in Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died:
April 7, 1983 (age 67) in Chapman, Kansas, USA

Often described as a James Cagney look-alike - and in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), in which he plays the Cagney character at a younger age, the resemblance is quite remarkable. ” - gattonero975
 
45.
James Cagney
Actor, White Heat
One of Hollywood's preeminent male stars of all time (eclipsed, perhaps, only by "King" Clark Gable and arguably by Gary Cooper or Spencer Tracy), and the cinema's quintessential "tough guy", James Cagney was also an accomplished--if rather stiff--hoofer and easily played light comedy. James Francis Cagney was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan in New York City...
“ Born:
James Francis Cagney
July 17, 1899 in New York City, New York, USA
Died:
March 30, 1986 (age 86) in Stanfordville, New York, USA

Films co-starring James Cagney and Pat O'Brien were these nine: Here Comes the Navy (1934), Devil Dogs of the Air (1935), The Irish in Us (1935), Boy Meets Girl (1938), Angels with Dirty Faces (1938), Torrid Zone (1940), The Fighting 69th (1940), Ceiling Zero (1936), as well as their finale together, four decades later, Ragtime (1981).

Extraordinarily (for Hollywood), he never cheated on his wife Frances, resulting in a marriage that lasted 64 years (ending with his death). The closest he came was nearly giving into a seduction attempt by Merle Oberon while the two stars were on tour to entertain WWII GIs.

Though most Cagney imitators use the line "You dirty rat!", Cagney never actually said it in any of his films.

[about his most famous misquoted line] I never actually said, "Nnng-you dirty ra-at!" What I actually said was [imitating Cary Grant] "Judy! Judy! Judy!"

"I hate the word "superstar". I have never been able to think in those terms. They are overstatements. You don't hear them speak of [William Shakespeare] as a superpoet. You don't hear them call Michelangelo a superpainter. They only apply the word to this mundane market." ” - gattonero975
 
46.
Harry Carey Jr.
Harry Carey, Jr., had been reliable character actor for decades, mostly in Westerns, before he retired. He is the son of the actor Harry Carey and the actress Olive Carey. He was born on his parents' 1000-acre ranch near Saugus, in the northwestern part of Los Angeles County, which is now next door to Santa Clarita...
“ Date of Birth
16 May 1921, Saugus, California, USA

Date of Death
27 December 2012, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Birth Name
Henry G. Carey

Nickname
'Dobe'

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse
Marilyn Carey (12 August 1944 - his death) 4 children

Trade Mark

Red hair

Given nickname "Dobe," short for adobe (the color of Carey's hair as a boy

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 2003. ” - gattonero975
 
47.
“ Date of Birth
28 July 1954, Sabaneta, Venezuela

Date of Death
5 March 2013, Caracas, Venezuela (cancer)

Birth Name
Hugo Rafael Chávez Frías

Nickname
El Commandante
Esteban de Jesús
El Mico Mandante

Spouse
Marisabel Rodríguez (1997 - 2004) (divorced) 1 child
Nancy Colmenares (1977 - 1995) (divorced) 3 children

Trade Mark

Slogan "Por ahora!"

Solid Green Military Fatigues

Red Beret

Personal Quotes

He [Jesus] accompanied me in difficult times, in crucial moments. So Jesus Christ is no doubt an historical figure - he was someone who rebelled, an anti-imperialist guy. He confronted the Roman Empire. Because who might think that Jesus was a capitalist? No. Judas was the capitalist, for taking the coins! Christ was a revolutionary. He confronted the religious hierarchies. He confronted the economic power of the time. He preferred death in the defense of his humanistic ideals, who fostered change. He is our Jesus Christ. ” - gattonero975
 
48.
Tony Curtis
Tony Curtis was born Bernard Schwartz, the eldest of three children of Helen (Klein) and Emanuel Schwartz, Jewish immigrants from Hungary. Curtis himself admits that while he had almost no formal education, he was a student of the "school of hard knocks" and learned from a young age that the only person who ever had his back was himself...
“ Born:
Bernard Herschel Schwartz
June 3, 1925 in The Bronx, New York, USA
Died:
September 29, 2010 (age 85) in Henderson, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

"I enjoy being Tony. I was the only one who ever knocked Burt Lancaster on his *ss in Trapeze (1956), and I took Kirk Douglas' eye out in The Vikings (1958), and I took two girls away from Jack Lemmon. I also took away Cary Grant's submarine, so I've got these nice moments in my movies."

"I was resented and hated because I was so good-looking and Jewish. It's true. This is not paranoia. I think that because of the Iraq war, anti-Semitism is on the increase again."

[on his love for the ladies] Listen, we all do. I tell ya, there isn't a guy a met that wouldn't love to jump on a beautiful woman without knowing her name. And if that's what you call womanizing, then call me the King.

They are all dead now; Cary Grant, Jack Lemmon, Frank Sinatra, all my Hollywood friends. Sometimes I feel so lonely. Actors today achieve nothing nor do they have any glamour. They seem more interested in adopting babies than films. All the films are terrible, too, because the scripts are so bad and there are no decent film-makers.

One of the big reasons I started using cocaine was that I was told it was great for sex. It didn't make me superhuman in the longevity department, but it certainly did make my sexual experiences more intense.

[on today's actors, starting with Brad Pitt] That Pitt fellow - what's his name? He hasn't got it. Now, Robert Downey Jr. - I think he might have something.

on his relationship with his mother] I got nothing from her. I got slapped around is what I got.

[on his 1951 marriage to first wife Janet Leigh] I even married Janet for my career. I could see the two of us could get more attention together. We had the paparazzi wherever we went, we were on the cover of all the movie magazines. It wasn't enough for a man to be cute, he had to be connected to the right woman...What better way to get famous?

[on the long-running feud with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis] What am I going to do? God bless her, I wish her the best. If she can't forgive me, then get another father.

I realized if I could [have sex with] a girl . . . a woman has accepted me. The main force in me was to be accepted by others. Not education, not money in my pocket, nothing except to be accepted by a girl.

[in 2008] I'm just wondering how many more years I have. I don't have 20. I don't have 15. How many years do I have? I don't know, but I plan to reinvent myself as an 84-year-old, as an 85-year-old man who can do anything and everything.

[on Brokeback Mountain (2005)] This picture is not as important as we make it. It's nothing unique. The only thing unique about it is they put it on the screen. And they make 'em gay cowboys. 'Howard Hughes (I)' and John Wayne wouldn't like it.

[on his troubled relationship with daughter Jamie Lee Curtis] I have a feeling she wanted to teach me a lesson for abandoning her mother and her. But I couldn't be with Janet Leigh anymore. She was disappearing into her own madnesses.

[about his many sexual dalliances] It was love. I was falling in love every day. I am completely in love with women. Every woman. I loved their company and there was always a chance you could kiss them. I found kissing a very appealing experience. I was just always hoping for that conquest, hoping for that physical affection . . . that ejaculation.

I was 22 when I arrived in Hollywood in 1948. I had more action than Mount Vesuvius - men, women, animals! I loved it too. I participated where I wanted to and didn't where I didn't. I've always been open about it.

I ran around with a lump in my pants, chased all the girls. This is what I reflected on the screen. There wasn't anything deeper or less deep than that.

[on dying] I may have them take my ashes and spread them all over Las Vegas! ” - gattonero975
 
49.
Jim Davis
Actor, Dallas
Tall, rangy Jim Davis spent much of his early career in westerns, mainly at Republic Pictures. The Missouri-born and -raised Davis' relaxed, easygoing manner and Southern drawl easily fit most moviegoers' image of the cowboy, and Republic put him in a ton of them over the years (the fact that, unlike a lot of movie cowboys...
“ Date of Birth
26 August 1909, Edgerton, Missouri, USA

Date of Death
26 April 1981, Northridge, California, USA (multiple myeloma)

Birth Name
Marlin Davis

Height
6' 2½" (1.89 m)

Spouse
Blanche Hammerer (1945 - 26 April 1981) (his death) 1 child

Trivia

Only child Tara Diane (15 January 1953 - 9 February 1970) died in a car crash at age 17.

He was the son of Lucian Davis (1878-1954) and Ethyl Offutt Davis (1890-1984). They are buried in Camden Point Cemetery, Camden Point, Platte County, Missouri.

He was very close to "Dallas" (1978) co-star Victoria Principal, who bore a strong resemblance to his late daughter, and he had Principal's picture along with his daughter's in his pocket when he was buried.

In April 1981 the writers of "Dallas" (1978) decided not to write his death into the storyline right away. They initially thought about replacing him with another actor, but out of respect decided that only Davis should play Jock Ewing. Jock was kept alive on the show (he was down in South America drilling for oil) until early 1982 when it was learned that he died in a plane crash. ” - gattonero975
 
50.
“ Date of Birth
18 December 1917, Cogdell, Georgia, USA

Date of Death
4 February 2005, Miami Beach, Florida, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Raiford Chatman Davis

Height
6' 3" (1.91 m)

Spouse
Ruby Dee (9 December 1948 - 4 February 2005) (his death) 3 children

The county clerk misunderstood his mother's dialectal pronunciation of his initials "R.C." when he was born. He thought he heard "Ossie" and registered him as such. The name stuck.

Was a featured speaker at the funeral of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.

He and Ruby Dee had 3 children, actor Guy Davis, Nora, and LaVerne.

Played the father of Jennifer Beals' character on "The L Word" (2004). In a powerful performance, fitting of his legacy, his character died in the episode, "L'Chaim." This was his final performance before his own death, and the episode was dedicated to his memory. ” - gattonero975
 
51.
John Doucette
Actor, Lock Up
Stocky, balding American character actor with a rich, deep voice, equally adept at Western bad guys and Shakespeare. He began his career in films in minor roles, primarily as gangland henchmen, and progressed to become widely familiar as a figure in a variety of dramas and occasional comedies. Although a stalwart and reliable supporting player...
“ Born:
January 21, 1921 in Brockton, Massachusetts, USA
Died:
August 16, 1994 (age 73) in Banning, California, USA

Was said to be the fastest draw in Hollywood with a six-gun!

Was survived by five daughters, three sons, a brother, a sister, sixteen grandchildren and three great-grandchildren! ” - gattonero975
 
52.
Jack Elam
Colorful American character actor equally adept at vicious killers or grizzled sidekicks. As a child he worked in the cotton fields. He attended Santa Monica Junior College in California and subsequently became an accountant and, at one time, manager of the Bel Air Hotel. Elam got his first movie job by trading his accounting services for a role...
“ Date of Birth
13 November 1920, Miami, Gila, Arizona, USA

Date of Death
20 October 2003, Ashland, Oregon, USA (congestive heart failure)

Birth Name
William Scott Elam

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Spouse
Margaret Jennison (23 August 1961 - 20 October 2003) (his death) 1 child
Jean Elam (1937 - 24 January 1961) (her death) 2 children

Trade Mark

His bulging eyes and unmoving left eye

Predominantly played mean, scheming bad guy henchmen in Westerns.

Inducted into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1994.

Died two months after Charles Bronson.

Was known to be great at all forms of gambling. Also great at winning games played with people on sets.

Personal Quotes

The heavy today is usually not my kind of guy. In the old days, Rory Calhoun was the hero because he was the hero and I was the heavy because I was the heavy - and nobody cared what my problem was. And I didn't either. I robbed the bank because I wanted the money ... I've played all kinds of weirdos but I've never done the quiet, sick type. I never had a problem - other than the fact I was just bad.

[on Night Passage (1957)] It was a payday, but I could have done without it. ” - gattonero975
 
53.
Peter Falk
Actor, Columbo
Peter Michael Falk was born on September 16, 1927, in New York City, New York. At the age of 3, his right eye was surgically removed due to cancer. He graduated from Ossining High School, where he was president of his class. His early career choices involved becoming a certified public accountant, and...
“ Date of Birth
16 September 1927, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
23 June 2011, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (Alzheimer's disease)

Birth Name
Peter Michael Falk

Height
5' 6" (1.68 m)

His remains were interred at Westwood Memorial Park in Westwood, Los Angeles, California upon his death.

(December 2008) Adopted daughter, Catherine Falk, files for conservatorship, explaining that Falk has been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and, at 81, he no longer recognizes anyone. Later sworn statements from the Falk family, family friends and associates report Catherine has been long-estranged from her father and would not handle his affairs in his best interest.

(January 2009) Shera Danese, Falk's wife of 32 years, files paperwork with the court, including sworn statements from longtime CPA, attorney, friends & family members, stating she is already attending to Falk's affairs, Falk named her as his guardian when first diagnosed with the disease, and long-estranged adopted daughter's attempt to gain conservatorship and control of his affairs is NOT in Falk's best interests.

(May 2009) Shera Danese, his wife, is awarded conservatorship of his affairs.

[upon losing to Peter Ustinov for the 1961 Oscars] When I hit the seat, I turned to the press agent and said 'You're fired!' I didn't want him charging me for another day.

[on Columbo's appeal] What are you hanging around for? Just one thing. You want to know how he gets caught.

Being chased by Columbo is like being nibbled to death by a duck. ” - gattonero975
 
54.
Jay C. Flippen
Jay C. Flippen could probably be characterized these days as one of those distinctive faces you know but whose name escapes you while viewing old 50s and 60s movies and TV. His distinctive bulldog mug, beetle brows, bulky features, and silver-white hair were ideally suited for roles as criminals and rugged adventurers...
“ Born:
March 6, 1899 in Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Died:
February 3, 1971 (age 71) in Los Angeles, California, USA

The actor lost a leg to diabetes in the late 60's.

Can be seen in his wheelchair, minus his right leg, in the party scene at Jim Backus' house in the movie Mooch Goes to Hollywood (1971) (TV) , which was filmed shortly before his death. The great character actor is having a good time in his brief cameo, and obviously is beloved by the other guests. ” - gattonero975
 
55.
Victor French
Victor French was the son of a stuntman. His debut was a small role in Lassie, uncredited. He had his first real acting experiences in western-films, where he usually played the "bad guy" due to his rather gruff look. This changed with Little House on the Prairie, (as Isaiah Edwards). In 1977, he left Little House on the Prairie to play in his own sitcom Carter Country...
“ Date of Birth
4 December 1934, Santa Barbara, California, USA

Date of Death
15 June 1989, Los Angeles, California, USA (lung cancer)

Birth Name
Victor Edwin French

Nickname
Uncle Eddie

At his funeral in 1989, his humorous farewell for friends and family was "Eat *beep* Love Victor," a message displayed overhead by an airplane.

Was not diagnosed with lung cancer until May 1989, by which time it was too advanced.

Inducted (as a cast member of "Little House on the Prairie" (1974)) into the Hall of Great Western Performers of the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in 1998. ” - gattonero975
 
56.
John Garfield
John Garfield was born Jacob Julius Garfinkle on the Lower East Side of New York City, to Hannah Basia (Margolis) and David Garfinkle, who were Jewish immigrants from Zhytomyr (now in Ukraine). Jules was raised by his father, a clothes presser and part-time cantor, after his mother's death in 1920, when he was 7...
“ Born:
Jacob Julius Garfinkle
March 4, 1913 in New York City, New York, USA
Died:
May 21, 1952 (age 39) in New York City, New York, USA



Blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" era in the early 1950s for his left-wing political beliefs, he adamantly refused to "name names" in testimony before the House Un-American Activities Committee (HUAC) in April 1951. He was found dead of a heart attack in the apartment of a former showgirl, Iris Whitney on May 21, 1952, the day after Clifford Odets, testifying before HUAC, reaffirmed that Garfield had never been a member of the Communist Party. His funeral in New York was mobbed by thousands of fans.

The role of Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954) was originally written for Garfield, however he passed away before the film was made.

In his only TV appearance, Garfield played Joe Bonaparte and Kim Stanley played Lorna Moon in a scene from Clifford Odets' play Golden Boy on the June 3, 1950 episode of Cavalcade of Stars. The role had been written for him by Odets. But when the play was first produced by the Group Theatre in 1938, the powers that be decided Garfield wasn't "ready" to play the role of the young violinist turned boxer. Luther Adler subsequently created the role. Garfield finally played the role on Broadway in 1951 - a few months before his premature death from a heart attack.

Screen acting is my business but I get my kicks from Broadway.

[In September 1947 "Screenland"] England has been praised for turning out intelligent, adult pictures whereas Hollywood has been severely censured for turning out junk. I don't think criticism is a valid one because, in defense of Hollywood, we have censorship problems England doesn't have. I'm not speaking of the license to do sexy stuff. I'm speaking of the license to present adult ideas and viewpoints, which we lack and which means in turn that many of our pictures lack intelligent content. ” - gattonero975
 
57.
Billy Gilbert
The son of singers in the Metropolitan Opera, Billy Gilbert began performing in vaudeville at age 12. He developed a drawn-out, explosive sneezing routine that became his trademark (he was the model for, and voice of, Sneezy in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs). Gilbert's exquisite comic timing made him the perfect foil for such comedians as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy...
“ Born:
William Gilbert Barron
September 12, 1894 in Louisville, Kentucky, USA

Died:
September 23, 1971 (age 77) in Hollywood, California, US

Worked often as a character actor in comedy shorts with comics like The Three Stooges, Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, as did his contemporary, James C. Morton. ” - gattonero975
 
58.
Charley Grapewin
This old codger film favorite, born in 1869 (some reports say 1875), got into the entertainment field at an early age, first as a circus performer (aerialist and trapeze artist). Acting having then sparked his interest, he worked in a series of stock companies while writing stage plays on the side that he himself could star in...
“ Date of Birth
20 December 1869, Xenia, Ohio, USA

Date of Death
2 February 1956, Corona, California, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Charles Ellsworth Grapewin

Height
5' 7½" (1.71 m)

Spouse
Anna Chance (1895 - 11 September 1943) (her death)

Trivia

Interred at Forest Lawn (Glendale), Glendale, California, USA, in the Great Mausoleum.

Best known for his portrayal of Dorothy's Uncle Henry in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Grapewin Street in Corona, California, where he died, is named after him.

Died the same year that his most famous film, "The Wizard of Oz", first came to television, but did not live long enough to see the telecast, which took place in November of 1956. ” - gattonero975
 
59.
Andy Griffith
Andy Griffith is best known for his starring roles in two very popular television series, The Andy Griffith Show and Matlock. Griffith earned a degree in music from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In the 1950s, he became a regular on The Ed Sullivan Show and The Steve Allen Plymouth Show. He was featured in the Broadway play "No Time for Sergeants" (1955) for which he received a Tony nomination...
“ Date of Birth
1 June 1926, Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA

Date of Death
3 July 2012, Manteo, North Carolina, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
Andy Samuel Griffith

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Spouse
Cindi Knight (2 April 1983 - 3 July 2012) (his death)
Solica Casuto (11 June 1975 - 1981) (divorced)
Barbara Griffith (26 August 1949 - 16 October 1972) (divorced) 2 children

Andy Griffith and George Lindsey, his co-star from "The Andy Griffith Show" (1960), both died less than 2 months apart from each other.

He and Don Knotts were best friends from 1955 to Friday, February 24th, 2006, when Don Knotts lost his life.

[on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something about me she did not like.

[How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him.

I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life, ... And now that I'm getting older, I realized that I'm walking even closer with my God.

I still play that guitar. It's a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I've played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.

[on being released from Universal Studios - while being typecast as Andy Taylor]: I wanted to prove that I could play something else, but there were 249 episodes out there of 'Mayberry,' and it was aired every day. It was hard to escape. ” - gattonero975
 
60.
Robin Harris
Best remembered for his raunchy humor, Robin Harris became famous in supporting roles in movies such as Do The Right Thing as Sweet Dick Willie and House Party. He has left a legacy that fans and actors will truly miss due to his career which was cut by a massive heart attack at the age of 36. Spike Lee dedicated Mo'Better Blues to Harris after his untimely death.
“ Date of Birth
30 August 1953, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
18 March 1990, Chicago, Illinois, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
Robin Hughes Harris

Spouse
Exetta (? - 18 March 1990) (his death) 1 child

Stand-up comic turned actor.

Best known for his recurring comic sketch about Bebe's Kids.

The Hudlin Brothers had intended to make a feature film based upon the "Bebe's Kids" sketches, but Harris passed away while the film was in preproduction. ” - gattonero975
 
61.
Arthur Kennedy
Arthur Kennedy, one of the premier character actors in American film from the late 1940s through the early 1960s, achieved fame in the role of Biff in Elia Kazan's historic production of Arthur Miller's Pultizer-Prize winning play "Death of a Salesman." Although he was not selected to recreate the role on screen...
“ Date of Birth
17 February 1914, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Date of Death
5 January 1990, Branford, Connecticut, USA (brain tumor)

Birth Name
John Arthur Kennedy

Nickname
Johnny

Height
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Spouse
Mary Cheffrey (1938 - 1975) (her death) 2 children ” - gattonero975
 
62.
“ Date of Birth
21 March 1956, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death
8 November 1988, Los Angeles, California, USA (road accident) ” - gattonero975
 
63.
“ Date of Birth
17 May 1938, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
16 October 1996, Burbank, California, USA (heart attack)

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse:
Debra
(? - 16 October 1996) (his death) (3 children)

Suffered a fatal heart attack while driving his car in Hollywood and was involved in a rear-end accident. He died about an hour later at Providence St. Joseph's Medical Center in Burbank.

Died shortly after he was nominated for a Cable Ace award for his work in the tele-movie Sophie & the Moonhanger (1996), which aired on the Lifetime network.

Had just finished a support role opposite comedian Jim Carrey in Liar Liar (1997) at the time of his death. The movie was dedicated to his memory. ” - gattonero975
 
64.
Willie Best
One of the hard-working, unappreciated African-American actors of Hollywood's "Golden Era" who produced good work with what he was given. He starred alongside some of film's great comedians including the Marx Brothers, Bob Hope, Laurel and Hardy and three films with Shirley Temple. In addition to being a talented comedian and character actor...
“ Date of Birth
27 May 1913, Sunflower, Mississippi, USA

Date of Death
27 February 1962, Hollywood, California, USA (cancer)

Nickname
Sleep 'n' Eat

Height
6' (1.83 m) ” - gattonero975
 
65.
“ Birth Name
William Stanley Blystone

Date of Birth
1 August 1894, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA

Date of Death
16 July 1956, Hollywood, California, USA (heart attack)

Best known for being a 3 Stooges foil in many of their comedy shorts. ” - gattonero975
 
66.
Graeme Campbell
Actor, Watchers
Campbell was born in Australia, and spent most of his career in Canada. He performed for several seasons at the Stratford Festival, and spent his last few years playing Thernardier in Les Miserables at Toronto's Royal Alexandra Theatre and in theatres across Canada. He also provided the voiceover for 1980s and 1990s Phantom of the Opera television advertisements.
“ Date of Birth
30 November 1940 , Australia

Date of Death
18 January 1992 , Toronto, Ontario, Canada (cancer) ” - gattonero975
 
67.
John Clive
Tall, versatile, brown-haired (now balding) supporting actor, John Clive has been in a number of famous movies throughout his career. His first film was Smashing Time, which was followed by a role in The Beatles' movie, Yellow Submarine, when he was called upon to dub John Lennon's voice. Appearing in the The Italian Job was also something of an achievement for this versatile actor...
“ Date of Birth
6 January 1938, London, England, UK

Date of Death
15 October 2012 ” - gattonero975
 
68.
Jerome Cowan
Jerome Cowan was one of Hollywood's most prolific and instantly recognisable character actors. His trademark pencil-thin moustache and slicked back hair, immaculate suits and sophisticated manner were his stock-in-trade for impersonating an assortment of rejected husbands, shifty politicians, lawyers and shady detectives...
“ Date of Birth
6 October 1897, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
24 January 1972, Encino, California, USA (natural causes)

Birth Name
Jerome Palmer Cowan

Height
6' (1.83 m)

Spouse
Helen Dodge (1930 - 24 January 1972) (his death) 2 children

Trade Mark

Pencil-thin moustache and slicked back ha ” - gattonero975
 
69.
James Flavin
Actor, King Kong
Although he graduated from West Point, James Flavin decided on an acting career instead of the military. After touring with several stock and repertory companies, he arrived in Hollywood and broke into films in the early 1930s. A fast-talking, granite-jawed Irishman, Flavin appeared in hundreds of films during his career and was often cast as a big-city homicide detective...
“ Date of Birth
14 May 1906, Portland, Maine, USA

Date of Death
23 April 1976, Los Angeles, California, USA (ruptured aorta)

Birth Name
James William Flavin Jr.

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse
Lucile Browne (1932 - 23 April 1976) (his death) 1 child ” - gattonero975
 
70.
Leo Gordon
Big, burly, character actor, one of the toughest of screen heavies, Leo Gordon's powerful physique, combined with his deep, menacing voice, was guaranteed to strike fear into the heart of even the bravest screen hero. Director Don Siegel, who used Gordon in his prison film Riot in Cell Block 11, once said that "Leo Gordon was the scariest man I have ever met"...
“ Date of Birth
2 December 1922, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
26 December 2000, Los Angeles, California, USA (cardiac failure)

Birth Name
Leo Vincent Gordon

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse
Lynn Cartwright (14 February 1950 - 26 December 2000) (his death) 1 child ” - gattonero975
 
71.
“ Born:
November 9, 1936 in Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico
Died:
August 9, 2002 (age 65) in Mexico City, Mexico

aka Roberto 'Flaco' Guzman ” - gattonero975
 
72.
“ Date of Birth
10 September 1882, Sandwich, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
5 December 1955, Los Angeles, California, USA (coronary thrombosis)

Birth Name
Roy Paul Harvey

Height
6' 2" (1.88 m)

Spouse
Merle Stanton (? - ?)
Ottye ? (? - ?)

Trivia

Stocky supporting actor who appeared in comedy on stage in 'The Awful Truth' and 'Dinner at Eight'. Came to films in his forties and tended to play supportive dads, nervous corporate types or priests (notably, Reverend Galsworthy in 'Father of the Bride' and 'Father's Little Dividend'). ” - gattonero975
 
73.
Louis Jean Heydt
An American character actor who specialized in "average joes", often timid or down-on-their-luck, Louis Jean Heydt was born in Montclair, New Jersey, and educated at Worcester Academy and Dartmouth College. He intended a career in journalism and worked as a reporter for the old New York World, but developed...
“ Born:
April 17, 1903 in Montclair, New Jersey, USA
Died:
January 29, 1960 (age 56) in Boston, Massachusetts, USA

Collapsed and died of a heart attack after appearing in the first scene of "There Was a Little Girl," in which he had played opposite actress Jane Fonda. ” - gattonero975
 
74.
“ Date of Birth
1949, Mexico City, Mexico

Date of Death
11 May 1987, Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico (car crash)

Birth Name
Cruz Infante Torrentera ” - gattonero975
 
75.
“ Born:
Pedro Infante Torrentera
March 31, 1950 in Mexico City, Distrito Federal, Mexico
Died:
April 1, 2009 (age 59) in Los Angeles, California, USA (pneumonia)

Trivia
Son of legendary Mexican actor Pedro Infante and dancer Lupita Torrentera.

Passed away a day after celebrating his 59th birthday. ” - gattonero975
 
76.
“ Date of Birth
20 January 1956, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death
22 August 2007, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (brain cancer)

Spouse :
Jennifer McCullough
(? - 22 August 2007) (his death)

He appeared in more than 160 TV commercials.
He appeared at the Shaw Festival (Ontario), and was working in summer stock when he was signed for his first movie role in "Meatballs". During the filming of a hot-dog-eating contest in that movie, he ate more than 100 hot dogs. ” - gattonero975
 
77.
“ Date of Birth
4 February 1859, Marseille, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

Date of Death
27 March 1939, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name
Amédée Théodore Gaston Lerond

Trivia

French-born actor, who began on the stage in San Francisco while still a child in the 1860s. In later years, specialised in a drunken waiter act in vaudeville and, finding comedy his forte, entered films in 1915. Was often cast in multiple parts in the same film and thus rarely seen without heavy make-up or disguise. ” - gattonero975
 
78.
“ Date of Birth
27 July 1974, Los Angeles, California, USA

Date of Death
4 October 2010, Los Angeles, California, USA,

Birth Name
Daniel Douglas Gordon Levitt

Nickname
Dan

Height
5' 10" (1.78 m)

Trade Mark

White Guy From Our Internet ” - gattonero975
 
79.
Patrick Magee
Born in Armagh, Northern Ireland, Patrick Magee is a classic example of how certain actors rate the stage far more highly than the screen. Magee was well aware that the vast majority of the films that he appeared in were dreadful (he mostly played sinister villains in horror films), but the money came...
“ Date of Birth
31 March 1922, Armagh, Northern Ireland, UK

Date of Death
14 August 1982, Fulham, London, England, UK (heart attack)

Birth Name
Patrick Joseph Gerard Magee

Magee had a reputation as a heavy drinker, which may have caused his premature death from a heart attack at 60. ” - gattonero975
 
80.
Donald MacBride
Best known for his work in slapstick comedy and detective whodunits, character actor Donald MacBride lent his serious, craggy mug and determined professionalism to scores of 30s and 40s crimers. Born in Brooklyn, he first appeared on the vaudeville and Broadway stages as a teenage singer in such shows as "George White's Scandals" and "Room Service." Taking a chance on Hollywood...
“ Date of Birth
23 June 1889, Brooklyn, New York, USA

Date of Death
21 June 1957, Los Angeles, California, USA

Birth Name
Donald Hugh MacBride

Spouse
Esther ? (? - ?)

Trivia

His last film was The Seven Year Itch (1955).

According to a January 1909 Victor Records catalog, boy soprano Donald Hugh MacBride is pictured with an announcement of his first 78 release. ” - gattonero975
 
81.
Stephen McNally
"B" actor Stephen McNally forsook a thriving career as a practicing attorney in the late 1930s when he made the decision to switch gears and pursue acting, which he did avidly. He began his career on stage using his real name of Horace McNally and earned minor status in World War II-era films as both a minor hero and heavy...
“ Date of Birth
29 July 1913, New York City, New York, USA

Date of Death
4 June 1994, Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart failure)

Birth Name
Horace Vincent McNally

Nickname
Steve

Height
5' 11½" (1.82 m) ” - gattonero975
 
82.
“ Date of Birth
1 August 1920, California, USA

Date of Death
3 April 2009, Santa Monica, California, USA (complications of age) ” - gattonero975
 
83.
“ Born:
1959 in USA

Died:
December 23, 2013 (age 54) in Hermosa Beach, California, USA ” - gattonero975
 
84.
Ralph Reed
Ralph Reed "Freeto", worked as an actor from 1938 to 1958. Attended UCLA in 1953. Korean War Veteran, discharged in 1955. Moved to Orange County, California in 1962 and had been in Real Estate for the past 35 years. Burial at El Toro Memorial Park, El Toro, California.
“ Date of Birth
12 August 1931, Wichita, Kansas, USA

Date of Death
21 January 1997, Orange County, California, USA

Birth Name
Ralph Reed Freeto ” - gattonero975
 
85.
“ Date of Birth
25 June 1954

Date of Death
16 October 2004, (lung cancer) ” - gattonero975
 
86.
Joe Sawyer
Joe Sawyer's familiar mug appeared everywhere during the 1930s and 1940s, particularly as a stock player for Warner Bros. in its more standard college musicals, comedies and crime yarns. He could play both sides of the fence, street cops and mob gunmen, with equal ease. He was born Joseph Sauers in Guelph...
“ Date of Birth
29 August 1906, Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Date of Death
21 April 1982, Ashland, Oregon, USA (liver cancer)

Birth Name
Joseph Sauers

Jeane Wood (? - ?) (divorced)
June (? - 1960) (her death)

Although he looked Irish, often played Irish characters and had an "Irish" stage name, his real name was Joseph Sauers and his ancestry was German. ” - gattonero975
 
87.
“ Born:
November 26, 1881 in New York City, New York, USA
Died:
February 22, 1952 (age 70) in Hollywood, California, USA

Played almost the same character in two different but similar films: They Made Me A Criminal(1939) and High Sierra(1941). ” - gattonero975
 
88.
Audrey Totter
Actress, The Set-Up
One is certainly hard-pressed to think of another true "bad girl" representative so closely identifiable with film noir than hard-looking blonde actress Audrey Totter. While she remained a "B"-tier actress for most her career, she was an "A" quality actress and one of filmdom's most intriguing ladies. She always managed to set herself apart even in the most standard of programming...
“ Date of Birth
20 December 1918 , Joliet, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
12 December 2013 , Woodland Hills, California, USA (congestive heart failure)

Spouse:
Fred, Leo (1953 - 1995) (his death) (1 child)

Trade Mark:
Often portrayed jilted lovers, bad girls, unfaithful wives, and women with a past ” - gattonero975
 
89.
Bruno VeSota
Tubby 5' 10 1/2" character actor Bruno VeSota had a remarkably long, varied and impressive career acting and directing in the mediums of stage, radio, movies and television. He was born Bruno William VeSota on March 25th, 1922 in Chicago, Illinois. He was the second of three sons born to Lithuanian immigrants Kasmir and Eleanora VeSota...
“ Date of Birth
25 March 1922, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Date of Death
24 September 1976, Culver City, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
Bruno William VeSota

Height
5' 10½" (1.79 m) ” - gattonero975
 
90.
“ Year of Birth:
1981

Date of Death:
20 December 2013 (suicide)

A native New Yorker, he first rose to fame with stories based on his experiences at Stuyvesant High School. His first book, “Teen Angst? Naaah…: A Quasi-Autobiography,” was published when he was 19. His novel “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” was adapted into a 2010 film starring Zach Galifianakis. ” - gattonero975
 
91.
“ Date of Birth
20 November 1946, Success Village, Laventille, Trinidad and Tobago

Date of Death
20 February 2012, California, USA (heart attack) ” - gattonero975
 
92.
Dick Wessel
Actor, Riverboat
Rough-and-tumble American actor Dick Wessel had a fierce-looking scowl on a bulldog of a mug. That, coupled with a thick build and imposing stance, earned him appearances in countless Warner Bros. comedies and hard-boiled crime dramas throughout the late 1930s and 1940s. Although he made hundreds of films...
“ Born:
April 20, 1913 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
Died:
April 20, 1965 (age 52) in Studio City, California, USA ” - gattonero975
 
93.
“ Date of Birth
22 March 1913 , Nashville, Tennessee, USA

Date of Death
20 September 1971 , Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA (heart attack)

Birth Name
James A. Westerfield

Height
6' 1" (1.85 m)

Spouse:
Alice G. Fay
(27 December 1962 - 20 September 1971) (his death) ” - gattonero975
 
94.
Álvaro Zermeño
Alvaro Zermeno (1935-1987). Born in Guadalajara Jalisco and died at the age of 52 years in the capital of Mexico. Actor and singer began his career in Mexican cinema in 1961 in the movie "Juramento De Sangre"(Blood Oath)" next to Jaime Fernandez. He shot a total of 49 films. In the 60's his films were very entertaining and commercial ventures...
“ Born:
January 21, 1935 in Mexico
Died:
December 10, 1987 (age 52) in Mexico ” - gattonero975