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Date of Birth 12 October 1942Montgomery, Alabama, USA
Date of Death 23 February 1995Los Angeles, California, USA  (complications from brain seizure, heart failure and other physical problems)
Birth NameDavid Melvin English
Nickname Blue
Height 6' 1" (1.85 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Melvin Franklin was born on October 12, 1942 in Montgomery, Alabama, USA as David Melvin English. He was an actor, known for TCB (1968), Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983) and Motown Returns to the Apollo (1985). He was married to Kimberly. He died on February 23, 1995 in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Spouse (1)

Kimberly (? - 23 February 1995) (his death)

Trade Mark (1)

Bass singing voice

Trivia (5)

Had five children: David Jr., Davette, Felicia, Niquos and LaRissa. Distant cousin of David Ruffin, and Jimmy Ruffin.
Uncle of Rick James.
Portrayed by D.B. Woodside in The Temptations 1998 biographical miniseries The Temptations (1998).
Best friends with The Temptations band mate Otis Williams, who says that when he first approached Melvin as teenagers, Melvin actually ran away from him, thinking he was a gang member who wanted to beat him up for his money.
The Temptations were awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7060 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California.

Personal Quotes (1)

[Speaking at the funeral of David Ruffin]: "As long as his memory lives in our hearts, he will be immortal. Let all of us pass his memory on to our children for generations to come, just as we have done for the late great Paul Williams and Marvin Gaye."

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