• Dennis Gabor

    1900 - 1979

    Dennis Gabor (1900 - 1979)

    Dennis Gabor was born as Günszberg Dénes, into a Jewish family in Budapest, Hungary. In 1918, his family converted to Lutheranism. Dennis was the first-born son of Günszberg Bernát and Jakobovits Adél. Despite having a religious background, religion played a minor role in his later life and he considered himself agnostic. In 1902, the family […]

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  • Dennis Hoey

    1893 - 1960

    Dennis Hoey (1893 - 1960)

    Dennis Hoey was born Samuel David Hyams in London to Russian parents (another source says Irish and Russian parents.) who owned a bed and breakfast in Brighton. He was educated at Brighton College, and he originally planned to be a teacher. He served in the British Army during World War I. After a career as a […]

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  • Dennis Hopper

    1936 - 2010

    Dennis Hopper (1936 - 2010)

    Hopper was born Dennis Lee Hopper in Dodge City, Kansas on May 17, 1936, the son of Marjorie Mae (née Davis, July 12, 1917 – January 12, 2007) and James Millard Hopper (June 23, 1916 – August 7, 1982). He had Scottish ancestors. Hopper had two brothers, Marvin and David. After World War II, the […]

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  • Dennis Morgan

    1908 - 1994

    Dennis Morgan (1908 - 1994)

    Morgan was born Earl Stanley Morner in the village of Prentice in Price County in northern Wisconsin, the son of Grace J. (née Vandusen) and Frank Edward Morner. He was of Swedish descent on his father’s side.  He enrolled at Carroll College, now known as Carroll University, in Waukesha, Wisconsin as a member of the […]

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  • Dennis Patrick

    1918 - 2002

    Dennis Patrick (1918 - 2002)

    Patrick is known for his work in television shows. He made four guest appearances on Perry Mason, three of them as the murder victim: Martin Selkirk in the 1959 episode, “The Case of the Deadly Toy,” Martin Somers in the 1962 episode, “The Case of the Tarnished Trademark,” and golf pro Chick Farley — an […]

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  • Dennis Price

    1915 - 1973

    Dennis Price (1915 - 1973)

    Price was born in Twyford in Berkshire, the son of Brigadier-General Thomas Rose Caradoc Price CMG DSO and his wife Dorothy, née Verey, daughter of Sir Henry Verey, Official Referee of the Supreme Court of Judicature. He attended Copthorne Prep School, Radley College and Worcester College, Oxford. He studied acting at the Embassy Theatre School […]

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  • Dennis Roy Allen

    1940 - 1995

    Dennis Roy Allen (1940 - 1995)

    Actor. Best known for his appearances on the popular 1960s comedy-variety series, “Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In.” He also appeared on “Love American Style.” (bio by: The Maltese Bippy) Cause of death: Lung cancer

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  • Denzil Batchelor

    1906 - 1969

    Denzil Batchelor (1906 - 1969)

    Batchelor was a general sports journalist, leading cricket writer & broadcaster. (bio by: Connie Nisinger) Cause of death: Heart attack

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  • Derek Aylward

    1922 - 2005

    Derek Aylward (1922 - 2005)

    Actor. A native of Maidenhead, England, he is best rememberd for his role as ‘Gerald Brockman’ on the television series, “Compact” from 1962 to 1965. He also appeared in films including, “The Strange Case Of Blondie” (1954), “The Devil’s Jest” (1954) “Handcuffs, London” (1955), “The House In Marsh Road” (1960), “The Trials Of Oscar Wilde” […]

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  • Derek Bentley

    1933 - 1953

    Derek Bentley (1933 - 1953)

    Execution Victim. Considered the victim of one of the greatest miscarriages of British justice. He suffered from epilepsy, had been injured during the War when a bomb fell on his house, was unable to read or write, had an I.Q. of 66 and the mental age of a four year old. He had never been […]

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  • Derek Bond

    1920 - 2006

    Derek Bond (1920 - 2006)

    Derek Bond was born on 26 January 1920 in Glasgow, Scotland. He attended Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys’ School in Hampstead, London. He saw active service with the Grenadier Guards in North Africa during the Second World War, for which he was awarded the Military Cross. He spent the last few months of the war in Stalag […]

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  • Derek Francis

    1923 - 1984

    Derek Francis (1923 - 1984)

    Actor. Appeared in the British series “Carry On.”

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  • Derek Jarman

    1942 - 1994

    Derek Jarman (1942 - 1994)

    Jarman’s first films were experimental super 8 mm shorts, a form he never entirely abandoned, and later developed further in his films Imagining October (1984), The Angelic Conversation (1985), The Last of England (1987) and The Garden (1990) as a parallel to his narrative work. The Garden was entered into the 17th Moscow International Film […]

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  • Derek Royle

    1928 - 1990

    Derek Royle (1928 - 1990)

    Derek Royle (7 September 1928 – 23 January 1990) was a British actor born in London, England. His face was probably better known than his name to British viewers, but he acted in films and TV from the mid-1960s until his death. He had a supporting role in the Beatles’ film Magical Mystery Tour in […]

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  • DeRobigne Mortimer “D.M.” Bennett

    1818 - 1882

    DeRobigne Mortimer “D.M.” Bennett (1818 - 1882)

    Journalist. He was the founder, editor, and publisher of The “Truth Seeker”, a freethought and reform periodical. Considered one of 19th-century America’s most controversial publishers, he founded the “blasphemous” (as it was called) newspaper in 1873, and his publications were censored and prohibited from newsstands. In less than a decade, he became the most successful […]

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  • Derrick Thomas

    1967 - 2000

    Derrick Thomas (1967 - 2000)

    Born in Miami, Florida, Thomas was raised by his mother. His father, Air Force Captain and B-52 pilot Robert James Thomas, died during a mission in the Vietnam War. Thomas started playing football when he was three years old. He played high school football at South Miami Senior High School. Alongside Cornelius Bennett and later Keith McCants, Thomas spearheaded one of the best defensive lines in college […]

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  • Derwin Brown

    1954 - 2000

    Derwin Brown (1954 - 2000)

    Derwin Brown was a 23-year veteran of the DeKalb County Police Department when he was elected to the position of Sheriff on a platform of cleaning up the corruption and graft that had historically troubled the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Office. On December 15, 2000, former Deputy Melvin Walker shot Brown twelve times with a TEC-9 handgun […]

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  • Deryck Guyler

    1919 - 1999

    Deryck Guyler (1919 - 1999)

    British-born actor. Appeared in motion pictures as well as television series. The Beatles’ 1964 classic “A Hard Day’s Night” (playing a Police Inspector) is included in his credits. (bio by: A.J. Marik) Cause of death: Natural causes

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  • Desi Arnaz

    1917 - 1986

    Desi Arnaz (1917 - 1986)

    Cuban-American actor, musician, and innovative television producer, best remembered for the hugely popular television sitcom “I Love Lucy” (1951-1957), which he produced and in which he portrayed ‘Ricky Ricardo.’ He was born Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y de Acha III in Santiago, Cuba on March 2, 1917, the son of a wealthy landowner who was also […]

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  • Desmond Doss

    1919 - 2006

    Desmond Doss (1919 - 2006)

    Desmond Doss was born in Lynchburg, Virginia, son of William Thomas Doss, a carpenter, and Bertha E. (Oliver) Doss. Enlisting voluntarily in April 1942, Doss refused to kill an enemy soldier or carry a weapon (pistol) into combat because of his personal beliefs as a Seventh-day Adventist. He consequently became a medic, and while serving in […]

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  • Desmond Keith Carter

    1967 - 2002

    Desmond Keith Carter (1967 - 2002)

    Desmond Keith Carter (October 15, 1967 – December 10, 2002) was convicted of the 1992 murder of Helen Purdy and executed in 2002 by the State of North Carolina at the Central Prison in Raleigh.  Desmond Carter was born in the state of Rhode Island and lived with his grandmother since his mother moved away […]

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  • Desmond Llewelyn

    1914 - 1999

    Desmond Llewelyn (1914 - 1999)

    Desmond Llewelyn was chosen for the role of Q because of his work with director Terence Young in the 1950 war film They Were Not Divided, in which he played a tank gunner. Beginning with From Russia with Love in 1963, Llewelyn appeared as Q, the quartermaster of the MI6gadget lab (also known as Q […]

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  • Destiny Norton

    2000 - 2006

    Destiny Norton (2000 - 2006)

    Destiny Norton (November 30, 2000 – July 16, 2006) was a victim of kidnapping and murder. Until her death, she lived in Salt Lake City, Utah. On July 16, 2006, she disappeared from her home. Her body was found fewer than 100 feet from her home in the basement of her neighbor, 20-year-old Craig Roger Gregerson. She […]

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  • DeWitt Wallace

    1889 - 1981

    DeWitt Wallace (1889 - 1981)

    Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, where his father was on the faculty (and later president) of Macalester College, he attended Mount Hermon School as a youth (now Northfield Mount Hermon School). Wallace attended college at Macalester from 1907 to 1909 but transferred to the University of California, Berkeley for two years. He returned to St. […]

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  • Diana “Mousie” Powell

    1919 - 1997

    Diana “Mousie” Powell (1919 - 1997)

    Actress. Born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, she was nicked named “Mousie” and began her film career appearing in “All the King’s Horses” (1934). In 1940, she met and married actor William Powell, with whom she remained with for the rest of her life. Before retiring from performing in 1943, her most notable films included […]

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  • Diana Adams

    1926 - 1993

    Diana Adams (1926 - 1993)

    Ballerina. She was a leading dancer in the New York City Ballet from 1950 to 1963, and was a favorite of choreographer George Balanchine. She appeared in several motion pictures, including “Knock on Wood”. In later years she taught at the School of American Ballet, where she was the Dean.

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  • Diana Alice Bellamy

    1943 - 2001

    Diana Alice Bellamy (1943 - 2001)

    Actress. She was a character actress in theaters, television and on stage. She graduated with a master’s degree in Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University in 1970. Her acting career began in a puppet theater in Los Angeles. She was popular in regional theaters and she also appeared on television and in such movies as […]

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  • Diana Blanche Barrymore

    1921 - 1960

    Diana Blanche Barrymore (1921 - 1960)

    Actress. She was the daughter of actor John Barrymore, half-sister of actor John Barrymore, Jr. and the aunt of actress Drew Barrymore.

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  • Diana Dill

    1923 - 2015

    Diana Dill (1923 - 2015)

    Actress. She was formerly married to actor Kirk Douglas and during their union (1943 to 1951), their children Michael Douglas (who went on to become a successful actor and producer) and Joel Douglas were born. Diana Love Dill was the daughter of a high-ranking Bermudian military official and made a name for herself as a […]

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  • Diana Dors

    1931 - 1984

    Diana Dors (1931 - 1984)

    Actress. One of her generation’s “blonde bombshells”, she was a pinup model, sometimes singer, and film actress with over 100 credits whose full ability was probably not realized due to her relegation to sex-kitten status. Born Diana Mary Fluck, she was educated at Colville House, Swindon, and was expressing her theatrical ambitions as early as […]

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