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Date of Birth 28 December 1935Los Angeles, California, USA
Date of Death 30 November 1973California, USA  (plane crash)
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

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Bruce Yarnell was born on December 28, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA. He was an actor, known for Irma la Douce (1963), Outlaws (1960) and Annie Get Your Gun (1967). He was married to Joan Patenaude. He died on November 30, 1973 in California.

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Joan Patenaude (? - ?)

Trivia (8)

His widow, singer/voice teacher Joan Patenaude Yarnell, began the Bruce Yarnell Scholarship in his name, to award young baritones, and presides as one of the judges.
Sang baritone roles at the San Francisco Opera from 1971 until his death.
Brother of Lorene Yarnell Jansson and Richard Yarnell.
Debuting on Broadway in the musical "The Happiest Girl in the World,", ruggedly handsome Bruce later played a number of the big, brawny, popular baritone singing roles on stage: Curly in "Oklahoma!," Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate" and Frank Butler in a Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman.
Once was a regular featured vocalist for the Earl Carroll's Theater nightclub on Sunset and Vine in L.A.
Bruce was at the controls of his small-craft private plane when it crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains shortly after taking off from LAX. He was on his way to perform at the San Francisco Opera Company. Both Bruce and two passengers, David and Teri Wirsching, were killed.
Graduate of Hollywood High School.
Ex-brother-in-law of Robert Shields.

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