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Jimmy Ruffin (1936–2014)

Jimmy Ruffin was born on May 7, 1936 in Collinsville, Mississippi, USA as Jimmy Lee Ruffin. He died on November 17, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. See full bio »

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 2019 Big Little Lies (TV Series) (performer - 2 episodes)
- Tell-Tale Hearts (2019) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted")
- What Have They Done? (2019) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted")
 2013 My Mad Fat Diary (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- It's a Wonderful Rae: Part 2 (2013) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
 2011 Michael Jackson: The Life of an Icon (Documentary) (performer: "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted")
 2009 Later... With Jools Holland (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #35.5 (2009) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
 2005 Breakfast on Pluto (performer: "Tell Me What You Want" (1974)) / (writer: "Tell Me What You Want" (1974))
 2001 Phoenix Nights (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Episode #1.4 (2001) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted" - uncredited)
 1999 Forever Mine (performer: "What Becomes of the Broken-Hearted")
 1998 Drop the Dead Donkey (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The Final Chapter (1998) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted")
 1998 JAG (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- Chains of Command (1998) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Brokenhearted")
 1990 The Wonder Years (TV Series) (performer - 1 episode)
- The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1990) ... (performer: "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" - uncredited)
 1982 Neonstadt (performer: "What becomes of the broken heart")
 1970-1980 Top of the Pops (TV Series) (performer - 3 episodes)
- Episode dated 15 May 1980 (1980) ... (performer: "Hold On to My Love")
- Episode dated 1 May 1980 (1980) ... (performer: "Hold on to My Love")
- Episode #7.13 (1970) ... (performer: "Farewell is a Lonely Sound")
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6' 3" (1.91 m)

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I never wanted to be a professional singer. I wasn't ambitious. It was just that I loved singing. See more »


Was offered the chance to sing with The Temptations, but he politely declined and suggested his younger brother, David Ruffin. David then sang some of The Temptations' classic songs, including "Beauty's Only Skin Deep", "Ain't Too Proud To Beg" and, most notably, "My Girl". See more »

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