• Nancy Reagan

    1921 - 2016

    Nancy Reagan (1921 - 2016)

    Nancy Davis Reagan (born Anne Frances Robbins; July 6, 1921 – March 6, 2016) was an American actress and the wife of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan. She was the First Lady of the United States during her husband’s 2 presidential terms from 1981-1985 and 1985-1989. Nancy Reagan was born in New […]

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  • Nick Adams

    1931 - 1968

    Nick Adams (1931 - 1968)

    Nick Adams Nick Adams is best remembered for his role of ‘Johnny Yuma’ in the television western series “The Rebel” (1959 to 1962). The studios molded his acting persona in the same “troubled young man” persona as his close friend, actor James Dean. Born in Nanticoke, Pennsylvania, he was raised in Garfield, New Jersey.  After […]

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  • Herbert Jon “Tex” Antoine, Jr

    1923 - 1983

    Herbert Jon “Tex” Antoine, Jr (1923 - 1983)

    He was born as Herbert Jon Antoine, Jr., in Illinois, and was raised in California and Texas. His father was Herbert Jon Antoine, Sr. (1894–1972), an auto supply salesman. His mother was Bertha Campbell, and by 1930 the family was living in Los Angeles.  Antoine (whose nickname “Tex” came from his growing up in Texas) […]

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  • Gogi Grant

    1924 - 2016

    Gogi Grant (1924 - 2016)

    Gogi Grant Gogi Grant, one of the premier vocalists of the 1950s and 1960s, is known for her crystal clear voice, perfect pitch, and strong vocal range. She was born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg on September 20, 1924, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Alexander and Rose Jacobsen Arinsberg, first generation Americans whose parents had come from England […]

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  • James Arness

    1923 - 2011

    James Arness (1923 - 2011)

    James Arness Actor. He is best remembered for his role of ‘Marshall Matt Dillon’ in the long-running television Western “Gunsmoke” (1955 to 1975). Born James King Aurness, his father was a traveling salesman, his mother was a newspaper columnist. He briefly attended Beloit College in Wisconsin before his service with the USA Army during World […]

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  • Max Baer

    1909 - 1959

    Max Baer (1909 - 1959)

    Max Baer The Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1934 to 1935, he was born in Omaha, Nebraska and dropped out of school in the eighth grade to work with his father on a cattle ranch and developed great strength. He turned pro in 1929 and progressed steadily through the ranks beating the likes of […]

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  • Richard Basehart

    1914 - 1984

    Richard Basehart (1914 - 1984)

    Richard Basehart Mr. Basehart, who starred as Admiral Nelson in the television series ”Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” narrated the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on Aug. 12 and suffered the first of several strokes hours afterward, his lawyer, Bruce Stiglitz, said yesterday. He died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where […]

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  • Carmen Basilio

    1927 - 2012

    Carmen Basilio (1927 - 2012)

    Carmen Basilio A crafty prize fighter with an impressive amount of skill and stamina, he was the former World Welterweight Champion (1955 to 1957) and World Middleweight Champion (1957 to 1958). The son of an Italian immigrant onion farmer, he began his professional boxing career in the Lightweight Division during 1948 following service with the […]

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  • Mark Belanger

    1944 - 1998

    Mark Belanger (1944 - 1998)

    Mark Belanger Belanger was born in Pittsfield, Massachusetts, where he attended Pittsfield High at which he played baseball and basketball. Where he became one of the first 1,000 point scorers He was recruited by the Orioles as an amateur in 1962, and made his debut with the club on August 7, 1965. He took over […]

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  • William J Bell

    1927 - 2005

    William J Bell (1927 - 2005)

    William J Bell American screenwriter and television producer, best known as the creator of the soap operas Another World, The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful. In 1972, CBS executives wanted a new daytime serial that was youth oriented. William along with his wife Lee Phillip Bell created The Young and […]

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  • Bea Benaderet

    1906 - 1968

    Bea Benaderet (1906 - 1968)

    Bea Benaderet Was an actress whose career spanned four decades but was probably best known for her comedic performances in “Petticoat Junction,” “The Beverly Hillbillies” and “The Flintstones.” Benaderet was born April 4, 1906, in New York and made her professional debut in a children’s production of “The Beggar’s Opera” in San Francisco when she […]

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  • William Bendix

    1906 - 1964

    William Bendix (1906 - 1964)

    William Bendix William Bendix made a career out of playing lovable big lugs, although he also occasionally got to play sinister and tragic roles with equal success. He was born in New York City, in a cold-water flat at Third Avenue and 45th Street in 1906, the only son of Oscar Bendix and the former […]

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  • Fred Berry

    1951 - 2003

    Fred Berry (1951 - 2003)

    Fred Berry The African-American actor Fred Berry, who has died aged 52, found fame as the high school student Rerun Stubbs in the popular, 1970s US television show, What’s Happening!! He was well into his 20s when he joined the sitcom, and continued to play the role well into his 30s. The show began in […]

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  • Bill Bixby

    1934 - 1993

    Bill Bixby (1934 - 1993)

    Bill Bixby whose long career in television included starring roles in three popular series, died on Sunday at his home in Century City. He was 59. The cause was prostate cancer, said Pamela Golum, a spokeswoman for the NBC-TV show “Blossom.” Mr. Bixby, the show’s director, was on the job until last week. In the […]

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  • Lionel Barrymore

    1878 - 1954

    Lionel Barrymore (1878 - 1954)

    Lionel Barrymore Born on April 12, 1878 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as Lionel Herbert Blythe. He was the oldest child of stage perfomer Maurice Blythe who had gained fame as Maurice Barrymore and his wife Georgina Drew the daughter of celebrated actor John Drew. Lionel along with his sister Ethel and brother John, all aspired for […]

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  • Ward Bond

    1903 - 1960

    Ward Bond (1903 - 1960)

    Ward Bond Ward Bond was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate John Wayne, he was hired for extra work in the silent film Salute (1928), directed by John Ford. Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but Bond never achieved the fame and notoriety that was afforded Wayne. […]

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  • Sonny Bono

    1935 - 1998

    Sonny Bono (1935 - 1998)

    Sonny Bono Entertainer, US Congressman. Until the early 1960s, he had a job delivering meat along the Sunset Strip in California. He became an A&R Man for Phil Spector. Working with people such as Sam Cooke, and Chubby Checker, and writing songs such as ‘Baby Don’t Go’, and ‘Don’t Laugh At Me’ Bono achieved his […]

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  • Charles Boyer

    1899 - 1978

    Charles Boyer (1899 - 1978)

    Charles Boyer Born in Figeac, France, he was a distinguished performer who appeared in more than 80 films between 1920 and 1976. He began his career in the theater and made his big screen debut in was “L’homme du large” (1920). Relocating to America, he became a US citizen in 1942 and performed on Broadway, […]

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  • Yul Brynner

    1920 - 1985

    Yul Brynner (1920 - 1985)

    Yul Brynner Motion Picture and Stage Actor. Famed as much for his baldness, he was the first bald movie idol, as for his performances. He was the son of Boris Bryner, a Swiss-Mongolian engineer and inventor, and Marousia Blagavidova, the daughter of a Russian doctor. He was born in their hometown of Vladivostok and named […]

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  • Nan Britton

    1896 - 1991

    Nan Britton (1896 - 1991)

    Born in Marion, Ohio, Nan Britton developed an obsession with Harding, who was a friend of her father. As a young girl, her bedroom walls were covered with Harding’s pictures from local papers and magazines. While not even 16 years old, she would loiter near his Marion Daily Star building in Marion, hoping to see […]

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  • Anthony Brooklier

    1913 - 2016

    Anthony Brooklier (1913 - 2016)

    Anthony Brooklier Anthony Brooklier, a prominent Los Angeles attorney who went from defending his father, a powerful mob boss, to representing celebrities, corrupt businessmen, drug kingpins and the Hollywood Madam Heidi Fleiss, died Tuesday. He was 70. Anthony Brooklier died of suicide at his Century City residence, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. His death stunned […]

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown

    1993 - 2015

    Bobbi Kristina Brown (1993 - 2015)

    Bobbi Kristina Brown Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said. Brown has been unresponsive in hospitals and hospice care since she was found in a bathtub of her Roswell, […]

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  • Tony Canzoneri

    1908 - 1959

    Tony Canzoneri (1908 - 1959)

    Tony Canzoneri American professional boxer who held world championships in the featherweight, lightweight, and junior-welterweight divisions. Canzoneri weighed only 95 pounds (43 kg) when he began his amateur boxing career. After turning pro in 1925, he won the National Boxing Association’s version of the bantamweight title. Canzoneri’s first world-title match was as a featherweight on […]

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  • Charlton Heston

    1923 - 2008

    Charlton Heston (1923 - 2008)

    Charlton Heston Heston made his feature film debut as the lead character in a 16mm production of Peer Gynt (1941), based on the Henrik Ibsen play. Shortly thereafter, he played ‘Marc Antony’ in Julius Caesar (1950), however Heston firmly stamped himself as genuine leading man material with his performance as circus manager ‘Brad Braden’ in […]

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  • Sara Dougherty Carter

    1898 - 1979

    Sara Dougherty Carter (1898 - 1979)

    Sara Dougherty Carter The most influential group in country music history, the Carter Family switched the emphasis from hillbilly instrumentals to vocals, made scores of their songs part of the standard country music canon, and made a style of guitar playing, “Carter picking,” the dominant technique for decades. Along with Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family […]

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  • Jonathan Harris

    1914 - 2002

    Jonathan Harris (1914 - 2002)

    Jonathan Harris Jonathan Harris, a versatile character actor perhaps best known for his role as the villainous Dr. Smith in the science-fiction fantasy series ”Lost in Space” on CBS television, died on Sunday in Los Angeles. He was 87 and lived in the Encino section of Los Angeles. He had been hospitalized for a back […]

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  • Dennis Cole

    1940 - 2009

    Dennis Cole (1940 - 2009)

    Dennis Cole A performer of mainly television, he is best known for his role as ‘Detective Jim Briggs’ in the police drama “Felony Squad” (1966 to 1969). With his athletic build, the Detroit native was able to find work as a model and later as a Hollywood stuntman, which led to bit acting parts. His […]

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  • Barbara Billingsley

    1915 - 2010

    Barbara Billingsley (1915 - 2010)

    Barbara Billingsley Actress.  Born Barbara Lillian Combes, she attended Los Angeles Junior College in the mid 1930s and then moved to New York City, where she worked as a model.  In 1945 she received a contract from MGM, and she appeared in several films during the late 1940s and 1950s, sometimes without screen credit.  In […]

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  • Jack Dempsey

    1895 - 1983

    Jack Dempsey (1895 - 1983)

    Jack Dempsey Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1919 to 1926. The legendary Dempsey was born in Manassa, Colorado, one of 11 children. At 16 he left home and traveled on freight trains and fought to earn money. Then Dempsey met manager Jack ‘Doc’ Kearns and started knocking out legitimate contenders like Fireman Jim Flynn, […]

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  • Richard Denning

    1914 - 1998

    Richard Denning (1914 - 1998)

    Richard Denning Originally studied business management in Los Angeles but decided to break into acting instead. He won a radio contest called “Do You Want to Be an Actor”, and was awarded a Warner Bros. screen test. Warner rejected him, but Paramount took him on the condition that he change his name to Denning. (Studio […]

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