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Born in Newton, Kansas, USA
Died in Marina del Rey, California, USA  (prostate cancer)
Birth NameJesse Marvin Unruh
Nickname Big Daddy
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Jesse M. Unruh was born on September 30, 1922 in Newton, Kansas, USA as Jesse Marvin Unruh. He was an actor, known for The Candidate (1972), Della (1969) and The Joey Bishop Show (1967). He was married to Chris Edwards and Virginia June Lemon. He died on August 4, 1987 in Marina del Rey, California, USA.

Spouse (2)

Chris Edwards (1968 - 4 August 1987) (his death)
Virginia June Lemon (2 November 1943 - ?) (divorced) (5 children)

Trivia (6)

Children with first wife: Bruce, Bradley, Robert, Randall, Linda Lu.
California state legislator.
Longtime Speaker of the California Assembly (1961-1969), he represented Los Angeles in the state legislature from 1955-1971. He later served as the state's Treasurer from 1975 until his death.
He lost the 1970 election for Governor of California to incumbent Ronald Reagan.
Nicknamed "Big Daddy" both for his large girth - with his weight sometimes exceeding 400 pounds - and his considerable political power and influence.
Biography in: "The Scribner Encyclopedia of American Lives". Volume Two, 1986-1990, pages 842-844. New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1999.

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