• Bill Cardille

    1928 - 2016

    Bill Cardille (1928 - 2016)

    Bill Cardille had a nightly record program on WDAD radio in Indiana County, Pennsylvania, in 1951. He first worked in television at WICU in Erie, Pennsylvania, beginning January 19, 1952. He was for many years a fixture on Channel 11 (formerly call letters WIIC, now WPXI), the NBC affiliate in Pittsburgh, and was the first […]

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  • Bill Carlisle

    1908 - 2003

    Bill Carlisle (1908 - 2003)

    Bill Carlisle Yodeling singer/songwriter/guitarist Bill Carlisle was the younger brother of popular 1930s country singer Cliff Carlisle. During the ’30s, Bill established himself as an expert purveyor of racy, blues-tinged country songs, but during the ’50s and ’60s, he was best-known for his novelty songs as he and his family band, the Carlisles, became regulars […]

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  • Bill Christy

    1925 - 1946

    Bill Christy (1925 - 1946)

    Actor. Born William Meikle Christy in Seattle, Washington, he was a radio performer before joining the US Marines Corps reserves at the out break of World War II. After his service, he appeared in only three films “Song of the Open Road” (1944), “Live Wires” (1946) and “Behind the Mask Copy Boy” (1946), before his […]

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  • Bill Cody

    1891 - 1948

    Bill Cody (1891 - 1948)

    Actor. He was a B western cowboy star of silents and early talkies. Cody’s diminutive stature gave him a likable, underdog quality, and he was pitted against much bigger bad guys in such oaters as “Cold Nerve” (1925), “King of the Saddle” (1926),  “Born to Battle” (1927),  “Slim Fingers” (1929),  “The Montana Kid” (1931),  “Frontier […]

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  • Bill Cody, Jr

    1925 - 1989

    Bill Cody, Jr (1925 - 1989)

    Actor. Cody was the son of B-Western star Bill Cody (not to be confused with Western figure Buffalo Bill Cody). He entered films in 1934, and appeared with his father in several westerns. He made his last film in 1942, just before entering the service in World War II. (bio by: Scott G)

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  • Bill Couch

    1926 - 1999

    Bill Couch (1926 - 1999)

    American motion-picture/television actor and stuntman of the 1950s, 60s, 70s, 80s, and 90s. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Bill Cullen

    1920 - 1990

    Bill Cullen (1920 - 1990)

    Cullen was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the only child of William and Lillian Cullen. He survived a childhood bout with polio that left him with significant physical limitations for the rest of his life (see medical history). He also wore spectacles, which became his trademark. Cullen’s broadcasting career began in Pittsburgh at WWSW radio, where he […]

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  • Bill Daily

    1927 - 2018

    Bill Daily (1927 - 2018)

    Bill Daily William Edward Daily was born on Aug. 30, 1927, in Des Moines, Iowa. He once said that when he was just a baby, his father went out “for a loaf of bread” and never returned. An only child, Daily grew up in Chicago and discovered that people might not notice his dyslexia if […]

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  • Bill Dean

    1921 - 2000

    Bill Dean (1921 - 2000)

    British Actor. He was born in Liverpool, England and died in Wirral, Merseyside, England. Film and television credits include “The Liver Birds,” “Heartbeat,” “Brookside,” “Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime,” “Juliet Bravo,” “Minder,” “Z Cars,” “Pennies from Heaven,” “Softly Softly,” “Dixon of Dock Green,” “The Tomorrow People,” “Gumshoe,” and “Kes.” (bio by: Genet)

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  • Bill Doolin

    1970 - 1896

    Bill Doolin (1970 - 1896)

    Outlaw. The exact date of his birth has been lost over time and the date of his death, while not a true controversy, is listed as August 25th as often as August 24th, but the year is definitely 1896. At the age of 23, he left his sharecropping family in Arkansas and moved to the […]

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  • Bill Durnan

    1916 - 1972

    Bill Durnan (1916 - 1972)

    Bill Durnan, whom John McGourty of NHL.com refers to as “the greatest nearly forgotten player in the history of the NHL,” only played seven seasons in the NHL due to him being 27 upon entering the league, but accomplished much in his short career. Durnan was the recipient of the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender […]

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  • Bill Erwin

    1914 - 2010

    Bill Erwin (1914 - 2010)

    Erwin was born in Honey Grove, Texas. He attended San Angelo College before earning his bachelor’s degree in journalism at University of Texas at Austin, graduating in 1935. He completed a masters of theater arts in California at the Pasadena Playhouse in 1941. After serving as a Captain in the United States Army Air Corps […]

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  • Bill Eyden

    1930 - 2004

    Bill Eyden (1930 - 2004)

    Bill Eyden (born William James Eyden, 4 May 1930, Hounslow, Middlesex – 15 October 2004, Isleworth, Middlesex) was an English jazz drummer. The son of James Eyden and Ivy (née Tiller), of 129 Martindale Road, Hounslow, London, his first professional gig was in 1952 with the Ivor and Basil Kirchin Band. He was soon working with […]

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  • Bill Finegan

    1917 - 2008

    Bill Finegan (1917 - 2008)

    Born in Newark, New Jersey, Bill Finegan grew up in a household full of piano players. While growing up in Rumson, New Jersey, he taught orchestration to schoolmate Nelson Riddle, and he studied piano with Elizabeth Connelly, piano and musicianship with flautist/alto saxophonist Rudolph John Winthrop (1883–1959), himself a student of Engelbert Humperdinck. He spent time […]

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  • Bill Fraser

    1908 - 1987

    Bill Fraser (1908 - 1987)

    Actor. Born William Simpson Fraser in Perth, Scotland, he began his career as a member of the Royal Shakespeare Company and the British National Theatre in the 1930s. For feature films, he was concentrated in comedy cameos in “The Captain’s Paradise” (1951), “Army Game” (1957), “The Americanization of Emily” (1964), “Up Pompeii” (1971) and “The […]

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  • Bill Goodwin

    1910 - 1958

    Bill Goodwin (1910 - 1958)

    Television Announcer, Actor. He was the announcer for the “Burns & Allen Show” radio show for nine years. He also announced for “The Bob Hope Show”, and appeared in 33 films including: “Blondie in Society,” “Spellbound,” “To Each His Own,” “The Jolson Story,” “Tea for Two” and “The Opposite Sex.” (bio by: TLS)

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  • Bill Graham

    1931 - 1991

    Bill Graham (1931 - 1991)

    Businessman. He was a pioneering music talent promotor and impresario who is considered by many to be the “Father of the Modern Music Business”. The many musical singers and acts he promoted and stages shows for at his music venues include Janis Joplin, The Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, Led Zepplin, Cream, Crosby, Stills, Nash & […]

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  • Bill Hart

    1934 - 2015

    Bill Hart (1934 - 2015)

    Actor, Stuntman. Born Billy Gene Welch, he was regarded as one of the best stuntmen in Hollywood, who acted and appeared in over 150 movies and numerous television shows. After serving in the US Marine Corps in Korea, he moved to North Hollywood, California, in the late 1950s and began a career in the movie […]

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  • Bill Hunter

    1940 - 2011

    Bill Hunter (1940 - 2011)

    Hunter was born in Ballarat, a son of William and Francie Hunter. He had a brother, John, and a sister, Marie Ann. During his teens, Hunter was a champion swimmer, and briefly held a world record for the 100 yards freestyle until his record was broken by John Devitt in the very next heat ten minutes […]

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  • Bill Justis

    1926 - 1982

    Bill Justis (1926 - 1982)

    William Everett “Bill” Justis, Jr. (October 14, 1926 – July 15, 1982) was an American pioneer rock and roll musician, composer, and musical arranger, best known for his 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame song, “Raunchy.” As a songwriter, he was also often credited as Bill Everette. Bill Justis was born in Birmingham, Alabama but grew up […]

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  • Bill Kerr

    1922 - 2014

    Bill Kerr (1922 - 2014)

    Bill Kerr was born William Henry Kerr in Cape Town, South Africa, on 10 June 1922 to an Australian performing arts family, growing up in Wagga Wagga, New South Wales, Australia. His career in show business began when he was very young. Wilton, his son, recalled: “His mum used him instead of using a prop, […]

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  • Bill Mazer

    1920 - 2013

    Bill Mazer (1920 - 2013)

    Mazer’s family left Kiev, emigrating before his first birthday. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York. A graduate of Yeshiva University High School for Boys, he received a BA at University of Michigan for premed before being drafted. During World War II, he served the majority of his time in the Armed Forces-Air Force Transport […]

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  • Bill McKinney

    1931 - 2011

    Bill McKinney (1931 - 2011)

    William Denison McKinney was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. He had an unsettled life as a child, moving 12 times. Once, when his family moved from Tennessee to Georgia, he was beaten by a gang and thrown into a creek. At the age of 19, he joined the Navy during the Korean War. He served two […]

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  • Bill Melendez

    1916 - 2008

    Bill Melendez (1916 - 2008)

    A native of the Mexican city of Hermosillo, Sonora, Melendez was educated in U.S. public schools in Douglas, Arizona. He was a very good student, and later attended the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (which would later become California Institute of the Arts). Following the 1941 Disney strike, Bill was hired by Leon Schlesinger to animate in Bob Clampett’s unit. After Clampett’s departure, […]

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  • Bill Monroe

    1911 - 1996

    Bill Monroe (1911 - 1996)

    Bill Monroe Musical pioneer Bill Monroe is known as “the father of bluegrass music.” While Monroe would humbly say, “I’m a farmer with a mandolin and a high tenor voice,” he and His Blue Grass Boys essentially created a new musical genre out of the regional stirrings that also led to the birth of such […]

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  • Bill Nojay

    1956 - 2016

    Bill Nojay (1956 - 2016)

    Bill Nojay was born and raised in Rochester, New York, where his father worked at Eastman Kodak. His surname was originally “Nogaj”, but he changed the spelling to match the pronunciation. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Colgate University and graduated from Columbia University with degrees from their law school and business school. In 1996, […]

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  • Bill Nunn

    1952 - 2016

    Bill Nunn (1952 - 2016)

    Bill Nunn Bill Nunn, a versatile actor best known for playing the role of Radio Raheem, the boombox-toting neighborhood philosopher killed by police officers in Spike Lee’s 1989 film “Do the Right Thing,” died on Saturday in Pittsburgh. He was 63. His death was announced on social media by Mr. Lee. His wife, Donna, told […]

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  • Bill Paxton

    1955 - 2017

    Bill Paxton (1955 - 2017)

    Bill Paxton was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, the son of Mary Lou (née Gray) and John Lane Paxton. His father was a businessman, lumber wholesaler, museum executive, and occasional actor. His mother was Roman Catholic, and he and his siblings were raised in her faith. Paxton was in the crowd when President […]

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  • Bill Plager

    1945 - 2016

    Bill Plager (1945 - 2016)

    William Ronald “Bill” Plager (July 6, 1945 – January 3, 2016) was a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. Before playing in the NHL, Bill Plager played for the Peterborough Petes in Peterborough, Ontario, where he met his wife Donna Hickey. Plager started his National Hockey League career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1967. He also played […]

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  • Bill Quinn

    1912 - 1994

    Bill Quinn (1912 - 1994)

    Bill Quinn (May 6, 1912 – April 29, 1994) was an American actor.  Quinn appeared in more than 150 acting roles over seven decades, starting in the 1920s in silent films and ending in 1989 in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier. He is best remembered as Archie’s blind friend, Mr. Van Ranseleer, in All […]

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