'Forever Young'...

that died before their time,
'will always be remembered'
as 'Forever Young'...

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Elvis Presley
Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in East Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Presley (née Gladys Love Smith) and Vernon Presley (Vernon Elvis Presley). He had a twin brother who was stillborn. In 1948, Elvis and his parents moved to Memphis, Tennessee where he attended Humes High School...
“ January 8, 1935 - August 16, 1977 (42yrs)
*cardiac arrhythmia
the King of Rock & Roll... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Michael Jackson
Thanks, This Is It
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together...
“ August 29, 1958 - June 25, 2009 (50yrs)
the King of Pop... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Marilyn Monroe
Probably the most celebrated of all actresses, Marilyn Monroe was born Norma Jeane Mortenson on June 1, 1926, in the charity ward of the Los Angeles General Hospital. Prior to her birth, Marilyn's father bought a motorcycle and headed north to San Francisco, abandoning the family in Los Angeles. Marilyn grew up not knowing for sure who her father really was...
“ June 1, 1926 - August 5, 1962 (36yrs)
*drug overdose
Voted 'Sexiest Woman of the Century' by People Magazine 1999... ” - gahollywoodkiss
John F. Kennedy
John Fitzgerald Kennedy was born on May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, to Rose Kennedy (née Rose Elizabeth Fitzgerald) and Joseph P. Kennedy. John was named after his maternal grandfather, John "HoneyFitz" Fitzgerald, the mayor of Boston. John was very ill as a child and was given the last rites five times...
“ May 29, 1917 - November 22, 1963 (46yrs)
35th President of the United States... ” - gahollywoodkiss
John Kennedy Jr.
John Fitzgerald Kennedy Jr. was born on November 25, 1960, in Washington, DC, to John Fitzgerald Kennedy (President-to-be John F. Kennedy) and Jacqueline Lee Bouvier Kennedy (Jacqueline Kennedy). Three weeks before his birth, his father was elected President of the United States, and the nation loved little John...
“ November 25, 1960 - July 16, 1999 (38yrs)
*plane crash
Voted "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 1988... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Robert F. Kennedy
Robert Francis Kennedy (1925-68), US politician, was born in Brookline, Massachusetts, the third son of Ambassador Joseph P. Kennedy and wife Rose Kennedy. He studied at Harvard and at Virginia University Law School, served at sea (1944-46) in World War II, was admitted to the bar (1951), and served on the Senate Select Committee on Improper Activities (1957-59)...
“ November 20, 1925 - June 6, 1968 (42yrs)
New York Senator/'68 Presidential Candidate... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Corey Haim
Corey Haim was born in Toronto, Ontario, to Judy Haim, an Israeli-born data processor, and Bernie Haim, a clothing sales representative. He has a sister, Carol, and a half-brother, Daniel. His family is Jewish. He was raised mostly in Willowdale. Corey appeared in 26 episodes of the early 1980s Canadian series The Edison Twins...
“ December 23, 1971 - March 10, 2010 (38yrs)
*pulmonary edema
Ranked #26 on VH1's 100 Greatest Kid Stars... ” - gahollywoodkiss
John Belushi
John Belushi was born in Chicago, Illinois, USA, on January 24, 1949, to Agnes Demetri (Samaras) and Adam Anastos Belushi, a restaurant owner. His father was an Albanian immigrant, from Qytezë, and his mother was also of Albanian descent. He grew up in Wheaton, where the family moved when he was six...
“ January 24, 1949 - March 5, 1982 (33yrs)
*acute cocaine and heroin intoxication
His performance as John "Bluto" Blutarsky in Animal House/1978
is ranked #48 on Premiere Magazine's 100 Greatest Movie
Characters of All Time... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy was born Brittany Anne Bertolotti on November 10, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti. Her father's ancestry is Italian, and her mother is of Irish and Slovak descent. Her father moved the family back to Edison, New Jersey as a native New Yorker and to be closer to other siblings from previous marriages...
“ November 10, 1977 - December 20, 2009 (32yrs)
*pneumonia, anemia and drug intoxication
She kept a notebook by her bed and would write poems
in the middle of the night... ” - gahollywoodkiss
John Candy
Actor, SCTV
Candy was one of Canada's greatest and funniest character actors. His well-known role as the big hearted buffoon earned him classics in Uncle Buck and Planes, Trains & Automobiles. His career has handed him some dry spells but Candy always rebounded. Born in Newmarket, Ontario, in the year 1950, Candy was the son of Evangeline (Aker) and Sidney James Candy...
“ October 31, 1950 - March 4, 1994 (43yrs)
*heart attack
Pictured on one of four 51¢ Canadian commemorative postage stamps honoring "Canadians in Hollywood",
issued 22 May 2006... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Whitney Houston
Actress, The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin. She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist Church in Newark...
“ August 9, 1963 - February 11, 2012 (48yrs)
*accidental drowning caused by heart disease and cocaine use
The Prom Queen of Soul... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Sharon Tate
Sharon's early life was one of constant moving as her father served in the military. When she lived in Italy, she was voted "Homecoming Queen" of her high school. After being an extra in a few Italian films, Sharon headed to Hollywood where she would again start as an extra. Her first big break came when she was cast as the shapely bank secretary...
“ January 24, 1943 - August 9, 1969 (26yrs)
Her first beauty pageant win was "Miss Tiny Tot" when she
was 6-months-old... ” - gahollywoodkiss
River Phoenix
River Phoenix was born River Jude Bottom in Madras, Oregon. His mother, Arlyn (Dunetz), a Bronx-born secretary, and his father, John Bottom, a carpenter, met in California in 1968. They worked as itinerant fruit pickers, and later joined the Children of God religious group (John was originally Catholic...
“ August 23, 1970 - October 31, 1993 (23yrs)
*drug induced heart falure
Ranked #86 in Empire (UK) magazine's 'The Top 100 Movie Stars of All Time' list. [October 1997]... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Heath Ledger
When hunky, twenty-year-old heart-throb Heath Ledger first came to the attention of the public in 1999, it was all too easy to tag him as a "pretty boy" and an actor of little depth. He spent several years trying desperately to sway this image, but this was a double-edged sword. His work comprised nineteen films...
“ April 4, 1979 - January 22, 2008 (28yrs)
*accidental overdose of prescription drugs
Named one of People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People
in 2001... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Michael Clarke Duncan
Michael Clarke Duncan was born on December 10, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois. Raised by his single mother, Jean, a house cleaner, on Chicago's South Side, Duncan grew up resisting drugs and alcohol, instead concentrating on school. He wanted to play football in high school, but his mother wouldn't let him, afraid that he would get hurt. He then turned to acting, dreaming of becoming a famous actor...
“ November 10, 1957 - September 3, 2012 (54yrs)
*respiratory falure
Was a blue belt in Brazilian JuJutsu... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Carole Lombard
Carole Lombard, the 5' 2" beauty was a comedy hit during the 30s and 40s. Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on October 6, 1908 under the name of Jane Alice Peters. Young Jane Alice loved the Friday night movie night with her family and would perform the night before's show in the morning. Her mother and her father divorced in October of 1914...
“ October 6, 1908 - January 16, 1942 (33yrs)
*plane crash
She was posthumously awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Franklin D. Roosevelt... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Clark Gable
William Clark Gable was born on February 1, 1901 in Cadiz, Ohio, to Adeline (Hershelman) and William Henry Gable, an oil-well driller. He was of German, Irish, and Swiss-German descent. When he was seven months old, his mother died, and his father sent him to live with his maternal aunt and uncle in Pennsylvania...
“ February 1, 1901 - November 16, 1960 (59yrs)
*coronary thrombosis
Chosen by Empire magazine in 1995 as one of the 100 Sexiest Stars in film history (#36)... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Natalie Wood
Natalie Wood was born on July 20, 1938, in San Francisco, California, as Natalia Nikolaevna Zakharenko. Her parents, Maria Stepanovna (Zudilova) and Nikolai Stepanovich Zakharenko, were Russian-born émigrés, of Ukrainian and Russian descent, who spoke barely comprehensible English; they changed the family name to Gurdin after becoming US citizens...
“ July 20, 1938 - November 29, 1981 (43yrs)
*drowning with undetermined factors involved
Entertainment Weekly's '100 greatest stars of all time' (#70)... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Patrick Swayze
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982...
“ August 18, 1952 - September 14, 2009 (57yrs)
*pancreatic cancer
Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1991] ” - gahollywoodkiss
Bernie Mac
Bernard Jeffrey McCollough was born in Chicago in 1957. He grew up in Chicago, in a rougher neighborhood than most others, with a large family living under one roof. This situation provided him with a great insight into his comedy, as his family, and the situations surrounding them would be what dominated his comedy...
“ October 5, 1957 - August 9, 2009 (51yrs)
*complications from pneumonia
Very intelligent and engaging in TV, movie, and his stand-up... ” - gahollywoodkiss
John Ritter
Jonathan Southworth Ritter was born in Burbank, California, on September 17, 1948. He was the son of legendary country singer/actor Tex Ritter and his wife, actress Dorothy Fay. The couple married in 1941 and had their first child, Tom Ritter, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. John was destined to follow in his parents footsteps...
“ September 17, 1948 - September 11, 2003 (54yrs)
*aortic dissection
An actor's actor, and a man of many talents... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Bob Crane
Bob Crane was born Robert Edward Crane, in Waterbury, Connecticut, July 13th 1928. In 1942, at the age of 14, Bob began drumming for the Connecticut Symphony Orchestra. He was dismissed a year later because he was not considered "serious enough". Shortly thereafter Bob began a radio career which eventually took him west to Los Angeles and landed him in the morning drive slot at CBS powerhouse KNX...
“ July 13, 1928 - June 29, 1978 (49yrs)
In the late 1950's he began his successful career in radio, working at KNX radio becoming 'King of the Airwaves' in Los Angeles... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Soundtrack, Boyhood
On January 16th 1979 the world was blessed with the birth of Aaliyah Dana Haughton in Brooklyn, New York. Aaliyah was raised by her father, mother and brother Rashad Haughton in Detroit. At age 9 she appeared on Star Search, the TV program and sang "My Funny Valentine", a song which her mother had sung years earlier...
“ January 16, 1979 - August 25, 2001 (22yrs)
*plane crash
Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine's
'21 Hottest Stars Under 21.' [1999 ” - gahollywoodkiss
Heather O'Rourke
Actress, Poltergeist
Heather Michele O'Rourke was born on December 27, 1975 in Santee, San Diego, California, to Kathleen, a seamstress, and Michael O'Rourke, a construction worker. She had German, Danish, English, and Irish ancestry. Heather entered American cinematic pop-culture before first grade. She was sitting alone in the MGM Commissary waiting for her mother when a stranger approached her asking her name...
“ December 27, 1975 - February 1, 1988 (12yrs)
*cardiopulmonary arrest and intestinal stenosis
Ranked #65 on VH1's '100 Greatest Kid Actors' special... ” - gahollywoodkiss
“ February 18, 1950 - August 6, 2009 (59yrs)
*heart attack
Started out in the 1970s as a writer for National Lampoon magazine,
and inspired the 'Brat Pack' movement of the 1980s... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Cass Elliot
Actress, Monterey Pop
Cass Elliot was born Ellen Naomi Cohen on September 19, 1941, in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in the Washington D.C. environs and in her senior year of high school, performed in a summer stock production of "The Boyfriend" at the Owings Mills Playhouse, where she played the French nurse who sings "It's Nicer...
“ September 19, 1941 - July 29, 1974 (32yrs)
*heart attack
Ranked #23 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Princess Diana
Princess Diana was born July 1, 1961 at 7:45pm weighing 7lb 12oz at Park House, Sandringham, Norfolk, England. She had her christening at Sandringham Church in Norfolk. Her full name is Lady Diana Frances Spencer. On July 29, 1981 she married her Prince Charming - Prince Charles of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Elizabeth II...
“ July 1, 1961 - August 31, 1997 (36yrs)
*car accident
Is known 'world-wide' as the 'Peoples-Princess'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Judy Garland
One of the brightest, most tragic movie stars of Hollywood's Golden Era, Judy Garland was a much-loved character whose warmth and spirit, along with her rich and exuberant voice, kept theatre-goers entertained with an array of delightful musicals. She was born Frances Ethel Gumm on 10 June 1922 in Minnesota...
“ June 10, 1922 - June 22, 1969 (47yrs)
*accidental barbiturate overdose
Entertainment Weekly voted her the 23rd Greatest Movie Star
of all time... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Kurt Cobain
Soundtrack, Moulin Rouge!
Kurt Cobain was born on February 20 1967, in Aberdeen, Washington. Kurt and his family lived in Hoquiam for the first few months of his life then later moved back to Aberdeen, where he had a happy childhood until his parents divorced. The divorce left Kurt's outlook on the world forever scarred. He became withdrawn and anti-social...
“ February 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994 (27yrs)
*suicide by gunshot
Ranked #49 on VH1's 100 Sexiest Artists... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Jon-Erik Hexum
Actor, Voyagers!
In the early 1980s, this ruggedly handsome young man of Norwegian parentage was seen as the "next big thing", and then suddenly he was dead from an accident via a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Hexum was born and raised in Tenafly, New Jersey, where he was a musically gifted student at school playing both the horn & the violin in the school orchestra...
“ November 5, 1957 - October 18, 1984 (26yrs)
*accidental self-inflicted gunshot
Was considered the 'Next Huge Actor' in the early 80s... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Freddie Prinze
Comedian Freddie Prinze seemed to have everything going for him by 1977. He was the star of a hit network series. Beautiful women were drawn to his good looks and natural charm. He was the father of a baby boy named after him. But there were a lot of things Freddie Prinze had against him: a failed marriage...
“ June 22, 1954 - January 29, 1977 (22yrs)
*suicide by gunshot
Changed his name to Freddie Prinze;
to indicate that he was 'The Prinze of Comedy'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Chris Farley
Actor, Tommy Boy
Christopher Crosby Farley was born on February 15, 1964, in Madison, Wisconsin, to Mary Anne (Crosby) and Thomas Farley, who owned an oil company. Among his siblings are actors Kevin P. Farley and John Farley. He was of Irish heritage. Farley studied theatre and communications on Marquette University...
“ February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997 (33yrs)
*accidental opiate/cocaine intoxication and coronary atherosclerosis
Heavy-Weight Funnyman... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Gary Coleman
Without a doubt Gary Coleman was THE child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s. A refreshingly confident little tyke with sparkling dark, saucer-like eyes and an ingratiating, take-on-anyone burst of personality, the boy charmed the pants right off of TV viewers the minute he was glimpsed in national commercials...
“ February 8, 1968 - May 28, 2010 (42yrs)
*brain hemorrhage
Was 'the' child TV star of the late 1970s and early 1980s... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Jean Harlow
The dentist's daughter eloped at age 16 with a young businessman and wound up in Los Angeles where she found work as an extra and bit player (examples: Moran of the Marines and Liberty) and somewhat more prominently in Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy shorts (Double Whoopee, Bacon Grabbers)...
“ March 3, 1911 - June 7, 1937 (26yrs)
*uremic poisoning brought on by acute nephritis
She was the very first film actress to grace the cover of
'Life Magazine' in May 1937... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Dominique Dunne
Actress, Poltergeist
Dominique Dunne was born to a life of privilege in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Ellen Beatriz (Griffin) Dunne and Dominick Dunne, a producer, actor, and writer. Actor Griffin Dunne is her brother. After her parents' divorce, she moved first to New York, and then to a posh home in Beverly Hills...
“ November 23, 1959 - November 4, 1982 (22yrs)
Was very superstitious and believed in supernatural phenomena... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Amy Winehouse
Soundtrack, About Time
Amy Winehouse was a five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter known for such hits as 'Rehab' and 'You Know I'm No Good' among her other works. She was born Amy Jade Winehouse, on September 14, 1983, in Enfield, London, England to a Jewish family with Russian ancestry on her mother's side...
“ September 14, 1983 - July 23, 2011 (27yrs)
*alcohol poisoning
A five-time Grammy Award-winning English singer-songwriter... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Christopher Reeve
Actor, Superman
Christopher D'Olier Reeve was born September 25, 1952, in New York City, to journalist Barbara Johnson (née Barbara Pitney Lamb) and writer/professor F.D. Reeve (Franklin D'Olier Reeve). He came from an upper-class family; his paternal grandfather was CEO of Prudential Financial, and one of his maternal great-grandfathers was Supreme Court justice Mahlon Pitney...
“ September 25, 1952 - October 10, 2004 (52yrs)
*heart falure
Truly was a Superman... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Phil Hartman
Phil Hartman was born Philip Edward Hartmann on September 24, 1948, in Brantford, Ontario, Canada. His surname was originally "Hartmann", but he later dropped the second "n". He was one of eight children of Doris Marguerite (Wardell) and Rupert Loebig Hartmann, a salesman. He was of German, Irish, and English descent...
“ September 24, 1948 - May 28, 1998 (49yrs)
Was a 'Saturday Night Live cast-member for 8 seasons... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Thanks, Selena
Selena was born in Lake Jackson, Texas, a city 50 miles southeast of Houston, to Abraham Quintanilla Jr. and Marcella Quintanilla. Abraham opened a Mexican restaurant, Papagayo, in Lake Jackson. Selena was 9-years-old when her father discovered her talent for singing. He formed a band consisting of Selena on vocals...
“ April 16, 1971 - March 31, 1995 (23yrs)
Was named "Female Artist of The Year" for 9 years in a row,
at the Tejano Music Awards... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Ryan Dunn
Ryan Dunn (June 11, 1977 - June 20, 2011) was an American reality television personality, actor and stunt man. He was a member of the Jackass and Viva La Bam crew. Ryan Matthew Dunn was born in Medina, Ohio, to Linda Sue (Reese) and Ronald James Dunn. He came to prominence as a member of the CKY Crew...
“ June 11, 1977 - June 20, 2011 (34yrs)
*car accident
Was a founding member of the MTV reality series 'JackAss'... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Raul Julia
Raul Julia was born and raised in San Juan, Puerto Rico, to Olga Arcelay, a mezzo-soprano singer, and Raúl Juliá, an electrical engineer. He graduated from Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola High School in San Juan. Here he studied the rigorous classical curriculum of the Jesuits and was always active in student dramatics...
“ March 9, 1940 - October 24, 1994 (54yrs)
*complications from a stroke
He was a passionate supporter of The Hunger Project, a foundation devoted to the elimination of world hunger.
For 17 years, he served as the Project's spokesperson... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Tupac Shakur
Soundtrack, Django Unchained
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital Underground...
“ June 16, 1971 - September 13, 1996 (25yrs)
Tupac is listed as the most successful gangsta MC in the "Guinness Book of World Records..." ” - gahollywoodkiss
The Notorious B.I.G.
Soundtrack, Superbad
Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was the son of Jamaican parents, Voletta Wallace, a pre-school teacher, and George Latore, a welder and small-time politician. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant as the son of a preschool teacher...
“ May 21, 1972 - March 9, 1997 (24yrs)
Awarded the 1995 Billboard Magazine Award for hip-hop
artist of the year... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Jimi Hendrix
Soundtrack, Almost Famous
Jimi Hendrix was born on November 27, 1942 in Seattle, Washington, to African-American parents Lucille (Jeter) and James Allen Hendrix. His mother named him John Allen Hendrix and raised him alone while his father, Al Hendrix, was off fighting in World War II. When his mother became sick from alcoholism...
“ November 27,1942 - September 18, 1970 (27yrs)
*drug overdose
Played his guitar left-handed; a Fender Stratocaster, and would often smash it and/or light it on fire after a show... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Karen Carpenter
Born in New Haven, Connecticut, Karen Carpenter moved with her family to Downey, California, in 1963. Karen's older brother, Richard Carpenter, decided to put together an instrumental trio with him on the piano, Karen on the drums and their friend Wes Jacobs on the bass and tuba. In a battle of the bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1966...
“ March 2, 1950 - February 4, 1983 (32yrs)
*heart failure caused by chronic anorexia
Ranked #29 on VH1's 100 Greatest Women of Rock N Roll... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Sid Vicious
Soundtrack, Goodfellas
Along with fellow Sex Pistol member, Johnny Rotten, lanky, sneering, pock faced Sid epitomised the punk movement born in the mid 1970s in working class England. Sid Vicious (real name John Beverly) wasn't an original member of the Pistols, but rather joined the band after original bassist, Glen Matlock dropped out after personality clashes with lead singer Rotten...
“ May 10, 1957 - February 2, 1979 (21yrs)
*drug overdose
Former bassist for the pioneering punk band The Sex Pistols... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Freddie Mercury
Soundtrack, Metropolis
Freddie Mercury was born on the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar. His parents, Bomi and Jer Bulsara, sent him off to a private school in India, from 1955 til 1963. In 1964, he and his family flew to England. In 1966 he started his education at the Ealing College of Art, where he graduated in 1969. He loved art...
“ September 5, 1946 - November 24, 1991 (45yrs)
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001
(as a member of Queen)... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Andy Kaufman
Actor, Taxi
Referred to by some as a dadaistic comedian, Andy Kaufman took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination. Born in New York City on January 17, 1949, the first son of Stanley and Janice Kaufman, Andy grew up on New York in the town of Great Neck...
“ January 17, 1949 - May 16, 1984 (35yrs)
*lung cancer
He took comedy and performance art to the edges of irrationality and blurred the dividing line between reality and imagination... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Steve Irwin
Steve Irwin was the director of the Australia Zoo in Queensland, Australia, and host of Animal Planet's series The Crocodile Hunter. The son of naturalists Bob and Lyn Irwin, he spent his entire life studying, living and working with animals. He grew up at the Queensland Reptile and Fauna Park, where he took part in the daily feeding...
“ February 2, 1962 - September 4, 2006 (44yrs)
*stingray attack
Over 360 million people tuned in to watch the
Steve Irwin Memorial Service on Animal Planet
on September 19, 2006... ” - gahollywoodkiss
“ January 26, 1946 - February 20, 1999 (53yrs)
*complications from brain surgery
Stated he had only ever walked out of three movies in his career
as a film critic; The Million Dollar Duck/1971, Maniac/1980,
and Black Sheep/1996... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Natasha Richardson
Natasha Jane Richardson was born in Marylebone, London, England, to director and producer Tony Richardson and actress Vanessa Redgrave. She was the sister of actress Joely Richardson, the niece of actors Corin Redgrave and Lynn Redgrave, and the granddaughter of actors Michael Redgrave and Rachel Kempson...
Sal Mineo
Salvatore (Sal) Mineo Jr. was born to Josephine and Sal Sr. (a casket maker), who emigrated to the U.S. from Sicily. His siblings were Michael, Victor and Sarina. Sal was thrown out of parochial school and, by age eight, was a member of a street gang in a tough Bronx neighborhood. His mother enrolled him in dancing school and...
Patrice O'Neal
Actor, 25th Hour
O'Neal was born in New York in 1969, but moved to Boston when he was just 1 year old. He was educated at West Roxbury High School and went on to attend Northeastern University, both in Boston. After this, various jobs followed including a sausage cart vendor at a train station, flower seller and popcorn seller at the Boston Garden Arena...
Buddy Holly
Soundtrack, Big Fish
Ritchie Valens
Soundtrack, Grease
James Dean
James Byron Dean was born February 8, 1931 in Marion, Indiana, to Mildred Marie (Wilson) and Winton A. Dean, a farmer turned dental technician. His mother died when Dean was nine, and he was subsequently raised on a farm by his aunt and uncle in Fairmount, Indiana. After grade school, he moved to New York to pursue his dream of acting...
Martin Luther King
Martin Luther King Jr. was born on January 15, 1929, in Atlanta, Georgia. He was the son of Alberta Christine (Williams), a schoolteacher, and Martin Luther King Sr., a pastor of the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. For Martin the civil rights movement began one summer in 1935 when he was six years old...
“ January 15, 1929 - April 4, 1968 (39yrs)
Won Nobel Peace Prize on December 10, 1964... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Rebecca Schaeffer
Rebecca began modeling at the age of 16, going off to New York on her own to begin her career. Four months later, she found herself in Japan, modeling there. Eventually, she landed her role on My Sister Sam, for which she is best known. In 1989, she became a spokesperson for Thursday's Child, a charity for at-risk teens...
Chris Penn
Christopher Shannon Penn was born on October 10, 1965 in Los Angeles, California, the third son of actress Eileen Ryan (née Annucci) and director, actor, and writer Leo Penn. His siblings are musician Michael Penn and actor Sean Penn. His father was from a Lithuanian Jewish/Russian Jewish family, and his mother is of half Italian and half Irish descent...
Bruce Lee
Bruce Lee remains the greatest icon of martial arts cinema and a key figure of modern popular media. Had it not been for Bruce Lee and his movies in the early 1970s, it's arguable whether or not the martial arts film genre would have ever penetrated and influenced mainstream North American and European cinema and audiences the way it has over the past four decades...
Brandon Lee
Actor, The Crow
Born in Oakland, California, USA, Brandon Lee spent the first eight years of his life in Hong Kong. By the time he was able to walk, he was already involved in learning about martial arts from his father, martial arts expert and famed actor Bruce Lee. After Bruce Lee's untimely death, Brandon...
John Lennon
John Winston (later Ono) Lennon was born on October 9, 1940, in Liverpool, England, to Julia Lennon (née Stanley) and Alfred Lennon, a merchant seaman. He was raised by his mother's older sister Mimi Smith. In the mid-1950s, he formed his first band, The Quarrymen (after Quarry Bank High School...
Christopher Pettiet
Born in Dallas, Texas, Christopher Pettiet began career as a child actor making appearances in television series, made-for-television movies and films. He starred in two hit flicks, Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead and Point Break, and then joined the cast of the Western TV series The Young Riders as a young Jesse James...
David Strickland
David Strickland was born in Glen Cove, Long Island, New York, on October 14, 1969. Raised in Princeton, New Jersey, he never thought about an acting career until moving to the LA suburb of Pacific Palisades while in high school. Instead of going to college, he joined a theater company and began performing comedy sketches that he wrote along with a friend...
Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes
Music Department, All That
Controversial, flamboyant, and spontaneous are probably the best words to describe Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes. Born in Philadelphia, and raised throughout the world as the daughter of a U.S. Army serviceman, Lisa Lopes became one of the most important trendsetters in the 1990s music scene. After relocating to Atlanta during her young adult years...
Actor, Iron Man 2
John Denver
Soundtrack, Final Destination
His birth occurred on Friday, December 31st, 1943, as the son of an Air Force officer, Denver was constantly moved from state to state and country to country. It was in Tucson, Arizona, that his grandmother gave him his first acoustic guitar, a gift that would prove an icebreaker when meeting other students at the many new schools in which he was placed...
Dana Hill
Dana Hill was born Dana Lynne Goetz on May 6, 1964, in a suburb of Los Angeles, to parents Sandy Hill and Ted Goetz, a commercial director. Despite diabetes ending a promising future in athletics when she was just ten years old, Dana gamely threw herself into acting when still in her early teen years...
Montgomery Clift
Edward Montgomery Clift (nicknamed 'Monty' his entire life) was born on October 17, 1920 in Omaha, Nebraska, just after his twin sister Roberta and eighteen months after his brother Brooks Clift. He was the son of Ethel "Sunny" Anderson (Fogg) and William Brooks Clift. His father made a lot of money in banking but was quite poor during the depression...
Glenn Quinn
Actor, Roseanne
Quinn was born in Dublin, Ireland, and moved to the United States with his mother and two sisters in 1988. His first role was as a pool shark in the Richard Marx video Satisfied. He later landed a major role in the John Travolta film Shout, where he shared a screen kiss with Gwyneth Paltrow...
Janis Joplin
Soundtrack, Watchmen
Janis Lyn Joplin was born at St. Mary's Hospital in the oil-refining town of Port Arthur, Texas, near the border with Louisiana. Her father was a cannery worker and her mother was a registrar for a business college. As an overweight teenager, she was a folk-music devotee (especially Odetta...
Jim Morrison
Soundtrack, Forrest Gump
Jim Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, to Clara Virginia (Clarke) and George Stephen Morrison, a U.S. Naval Officer who fought in World War II. Jim eventually became so estranged from his parents that he would later claim that they were dead. Not much is known about his early years...
Richard Burton
Probably more frequently remembered for his turbulent personal life and multiple marriages, Richard Burton was nonetheless regarded as one of the great British actors of the post-WWII period. Burton was born Richard Walter Jenkins in Pontrhydyfen, Wales, to Edith Maude (Thomas) and Richard Walter Jenkins...
Steve McQueen
He was the ultra-cool male film star of the 1960s, and rose from a troubled youth spent in reform schools to being the world's most popular actor. Over 25 years after his untimely death from mesothelioma in 1980, Steve McQueen is still considered hip and cool, and he endures as an icon of popular culture...
“ September 30, 1924 - August 25, 1984 (59yrs)
*liver complications
American author who penned many literary classics... ” - gahollywoodkiss
Marvin Gaye
Soundtrack, Se7en
Rudolph Valentino
Actor, The Eagle
Born in 1895 to a French mother and Italian father, Rudolph Valentino grew up in Italy. His father died while he was young, and his mother spoiled him. He did poorly in school, and eventually ended up studying agriculture. After a stint in Paris he returned to Italy broke. Many times Valentino referenced something he did being the cause of being sent away...
John Cazale
John Cazale was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to an Irish-American mother, Cecilia (Holland), and an Italian-American father, John Cazale. Cazale only made five feature films in his career, all which many fans and critics alike call classics. But before his film debut, the short The American Way, he won numerous Obie Awards for his stage performances in "The Indian Wants the Bronx" and "The Line"...
Dominic Lucero
Actor, Newsies
Dominic Lucero was born August 28th, 1967 in the state of California. From the time he was small, Dominic wanted to be an actor and his mother knew that it was destined to happen. He sang and danced to the radio as a kid, and showed a natural talent for it. Dominic participated in Drama Club and plays throughout Elementary...
Vivien Leigh
If a film were made of the life of Vivien Leigh, it would open in India just before World War I, where a successful British businessman could live like a prince. In the mountains above Calcutta, a little princess is born. Because of the outbreak of World War I, she is six years old the first time her parents take her to England...
Peg Entwistle
Peg Entwistle's name as her birth occurred, was Lillian Millicent Entwistle, on Wednesday, July 1st, 1908 in Port Talbot, Wales, United Kingdom. Growing up, she was interested in the stage and when she became older she worked primarily as a stage actress. Peg wanted to have a shot at Hollywood. She was enthralled with the lifestyle and wanted...
Hank Williams
Hank Williams was born in September 1923 in a small Alabama farming community about 70 miles south of Montgomery. His father was a railroad engineer who was also a victim of shell shock after a year of fighting in France in 1918 during World War I and spent many years in veterans hospitals. Hank's mother...
Jonathan Brandis
Born in Danbury, Connecticut, USA, to Greg and Mary, Jonathan Brandis began his career at age 5, acting in television commercials. He appeared in small parts in several films and TV shows before his first starring role in the 1990 film The NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter. He starred in popular films such as Ladybugs and starred as Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielberg's television series SeaQuest 2032...
Patsy Cline
Soundtrack, The Departed
Patsy Cline was born Virginia Patterson Hensley on September 8, 1932 in Winchester, Virginia. Her brush with show business came at age four when she won a prize in an amateur tap dancing contest. By the time she entered grade school, her family was fully aware of her musical talent. On her eighth birthday...
Brynn Hartman
Actress, North
“ April 11, 1958 - May 28, 1998 (40yrs)
*suicide ” - gahollywoodkiss
Lana Clarkson
Actress, Scarface
This beautiful, long-legged blonde actress was known to be a kind, intelligent and dependable actor with a comedic talent as well. She appeared in many American TV hits of the 1970s and 1980s, such as Three's Company, The Jeffersons, The New Mike Hammer, Riptide, Knight Rider, Who's the Boss?...
Kellie Waymire
Received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Theatre from Southern Methodist University in Dallas and graduated in 1993 from University of California at San Diego with a Masters of Fine Arts.