• Franz West

    1947 - 2012

    Franz West (1947 - 2012)

    West was born on 16 February 1947. His father was a coal dealer, his mother a dentist who took her son with her on art-viewing trips to Italy. West did not begin to study art seriously until he was 26, when, between 1977 and 1983, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with […]

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  • Fraydele Oysher

    1913 - 2004

    Fraydele Oysher (1913 - 2004)

    Actress. Star of the Yiddish theater and a member of a musical dynasty, and mother of the comedian Marilyn Michaels. Mrs. Oysher performed in such musicals as “The Little Queen,” “The Golden Girl” and “Fraydele’s Wedding.” (bio by: Laurie)  Family links:  Spouse:  Harold Sternberg (1909 – 1998)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Fred Allen

    1894 - 1956

    Fred Allen (1894 - 1956)

    Radio Entertainer, Actor. Born John Florence Sullivan on May 31, 1894, Fred Allen began his career in vaudeville before becoming one of radio’s most original and admired comedians. Allen began his radio career on October 23, 1932, starring on The Linit Bath Club Revue. By 1934, Allen was starring on Town Hall Tonight, a one-hour […]

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  • Fred Apostoli

    1913 - 1973

    Fred Apostoli (1913 - 1973)

    Professional Boxer. Known as the “Boxing Bell Hop”,  he became the middleweight world champion when he defeated Marcel Thil on September 23, 1937. He held the middleweight crown until he was defeated by Ceferino Garcia on October 2, 1939. Born in San Francisco’s North Beach district, Apostoli was a classmate and lifelong friend of baseball […]

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  • Fred Astaire

    1899 - 1987

    Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

    Fred Astaire Born Frederick Austerlitz, Jr, in Omaha, Nebraska, and the son of an Austrian immigrant, he entered show business at the age of 5, working in both vaudeville and Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele. When Adele left show business to marry in 1932, he headed for Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was […]

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  • Fred Barker

    1903 - 1935

    Fred Barker (1903 - 1935)

    Criminal. The Barker Gang is rooted in the family of Arizona “Ma” Clark Barker (1873-1935) and her four sons, Herman (1894-1927), Lloyd (1896-1949), Arthur “Dock” (1899-1939), and Fred (1903-1935). In 1927 Herman Barker apparently committed suicide after he was wounded by Kansas police. In 1932 Lloyd began serving a twenty-five-year term for mail robbery at […]

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  • Fred Barry

    1887 - 1964

    Fred Barry (1887 - 1964)

    Actor. He appeared in the films “Tit Coq” (1953), and “Fridolinons” (1945). He also made guest appearances on the television series, “Burke’s Law-February 14, 1964, October 14, 1964, and September 27, 1963. Barry also was a member of the famous Quebec Troupe, ‘Barry-Duquesne.’ (bio by: K)

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  • Fred Beell

    1876 - 1933

    Fred Beell (1876 - 1933)

    Fred Beell was born in West Prussia, Province of Prussia. When he was three years old, his family migrated to the United States, settling in Marshfield, Wisconsin. He attended Immanual Lutheran School as a child, and at the age of fourteen he began working at the Upham mill in Marshfield. Beell joined the United States […]

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  • Fred Beir

    1927 - 1980

    Fred Beir (1927 - 1980)

    Frederick Edwin Beir, known as Fred Beir (September 21, 1927 – June 3, 1980), was an American actor, who appeared mostly on television.  He made guest appearances on TV series like Bonanza, Perry Mason, Maverick, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone (the 1963 episode “Death Ship)”, Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, The […]

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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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  • Fred Biesel

    1893 - 1954

    Fred Biesel (1893 - 1954)

    Noted Artist. He and his wife Frances Strain were both students of the School of the Chicago Art Institute and were among the earliest of the painters who had settled in the Indiana Dunes. They were both members of a group of radical artists of their time known as “The Ten” or “Ten Artists” and […]

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  • Fred Burke

    1893 - 1940

    Fred Burke (1893 - 1940)

    Criminal. One of eight children of Mr. and Mrs. Wall Camp of Mapleton, Kansas. Teachers of Fred Burke stated he attended school in which he was exceedingly intelligent. He also attended Sunday school regularly. His real name was Thomas Camp. At seventeen he was involved in a land-fraud scheme with a traveling salesman. He fled […]

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  • Fred Clark

    1914 - 1968

    Fred Clark (1914 - 1968)

    Born in Lincoln, California, Fred Clark made his film debut in 1947 in The Unsuspected. His 20-year film career included nearly seventy films and numerous television appearances. As a supporting player, with his gruff voice, intimidating build, bald head and small moustache beneath an often scowling visage, he was often cast as a testy film […]

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  • Fred Coe

    1914 - 1979

    Fred Coe (1914 - 1979)

    Fred Coe (December 13, 1914 – April 29, 1979), nicknamed Pappy, was a television producer and director most famous for The Goodyear Television Playhouse/The Philco Television Playhouse in 1948-1955 and Playhouse 90 from 1957 to 1959. Among the live TV dramas he produced were Marty and The Trip to Bountiful for ‘Goodyear/Philco’, Peter Pan for […]

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  • Fred Crane

    1918 - 2008

    Fred Crane (1918 - 2008)

    Fred Crane was born in New Orleans, Louisiana in 1918. Along with his brothers John and Harry, he grew up on General Pershing St. and went to the MacDonough #13 and Alsace Fortier schools. His father was a dentist, whose father and grandfather also were dentists. Fred was to break the trend, getting into acting […]

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  • Fred Delmare

    1922 - 2009

    Fred Delmare (1922 - 2009)

    Werner Vorndran was the son of a carpenter and a seamstress and grew up in Hüttensteinach at Sonneberg, where as an adolescent he appeared on a peasant stage. After his time in the Volksschule he learned the trade of a tool and die maker. As military volunteer he went to the marine in Bremerhaven. At […]

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  • Fred DeSilva

    1885 - 1929

    Fred DeSilva (1885 - 1929)

    Actor. Portuguese-born live stage and silent screen figure. Entered films in 1920, appeared in “The Sea Hawk” (1924) among several other movies. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Fred Duesenberg

    1876 - 1932

    Fred Duesenberg (1876 - 1932)

    Fred Duesenberg was born in Lippe, Germany and emigrated to the United States with his family when he was eight years old. They settled in Rockford, Iowa. He was actually born Friedrich Simon Düsenberg, and not with the middle name of Samuel as most sources say. Samuel was the middle name of his brother, August […]

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  • Fred Ebb

    1928 - 2004

    Fred Ebb (1928 - 2004)

    Music publisher Tommy Valando introduced Fred Ebb to Kander in 1962. After a few songs such as “My Coloring Book,” Kander and Ebb wrote a stage musical, Golden Gate, that was never produced. However, the quality of the score convinced producer Harold Prince to hire them for their first professional production, the George Abbott-directed musical […]

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  • Fred Esmelton

    1872 - 1933

    Fred Esmelton (1872 - 1933)

    Actor in 30 films. His career spanned the silent era to the early 1930s. (bio by: TLS)

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  • Fred G. Meyer

    1886 - 1978

    Fred G. Meyer (1886 - 1978)

    Supermarket magnate. Born Frederick Grubmeyer, he traveled west and settled in Portland, Oregon, in 1909. There he founded the Java Coffee Company, which was renamed Mission Coffee Company in 1915. In 1922 he founded a grocery store bearing his name; 11 years later, pioneering the concept of “one-stop shopping,” he expanded his store to the […]

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  • Fred G. Meyer

    1886 - 1978

    Fred G. Meyer (1886 - 1978)

    Supermarket magnate. Born Frederick Grubmeyer, he traveled west and settled in Portland, Oregon, in 1909. There he founded the Java Coffee Company, which was renamed Mission Coffee Company in 1915. In 1922 he founded a grocery store bearing his name; 11 years later, pioneering the concept of “one-stop shopping,” he expanded his store to the […]

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  • Fred Goetz

    1897 - 1934

    Fred Goetz (1897 - 1934)

    Organized crime figure, also known as Shotgun George Ziegler. He was a killer at the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, Illinois. He earned an engineering degree and served in World War I as a flyer. He jumped bail in 1925 on a charge of raping a seven year old girl. He left the ranks […]

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  • Fred Gwynne

    1926 - 1993

    Fred Gwynne (1926 - 1993)

    Fred Gwynne Fred Gwynne is best remembered for his role of Herman on the television comedy series, “The Munsters” (1964-1966) and for his role of Officer Francis Muldoon in the television comedy series, “Car 54, Where are You?” (1961-1963). He was also a noted author and illustrator of ten children’s books, including “The King Who Rained” […]

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  • Fred Harman

    1902 - 1982

    Fred Harman (1902 - 1982)

    Cartoonist, Artist. He is one of the best known American western artists, famous for his comic series ‘Red Ryder and Little Beaver’ as well as his many paintings of the Wild West. He was born in St. Joseph, Missouri and raised on a ranch in Pagosa Springs in Colorado, near the border of New Mexico. […]

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  • Fred Joline Butler

    1867 - 1929

    Fred Joline Butler (1867 - 1929)

    Actor. Among his acting appearances were “The Deathlock” (1915), “Susan Rocks the Boat” (1916), “The Dictator” (1922), and “Gold Heels” (1924). Married to actress Adele Belgrade, father of prolific director/actor David Butler. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Adele Belgrade (1866 – 1938)Cause of death: Kidney disease

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  • Fred Joseph Scolari

    1922 - 2002

    Fred Joseph Scolari (1922 - 2002)

    Professional Basketball Player. A native of San Francisco, California, he entered the National Basketball Association in 1946. Known as “Freddie” and  “Fat Freddie”, he played the position of Guard for the Washington Capitols from 1946 to 1950, Syracuse Nationals from 1949 to 1952, Baltimore Bullets from 1951 to 1952 (of which he also coached), Fort […]

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  • Fred L. “Freddie” Agabashian

    1913 - 1989

    Fred L. “Freddie” Agabashian (1913 - 1989)

    Auto Race Car Driver. He was an 11-time veteran of the Indianapolis 500 who is best remembered as the winner of the pole position for the 1952 Classic driving the Cummins Diesel Special. After retiring from competition, he assisted Sid Collins as a color commentator for the race for many years. (bio by: Warrick L. […]

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  • Fred MacMurray

    1908 - 1991

    Fred MacMurray (1908 - 1991)

    Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Maleta (Martin) and Frederick MacMurray, both natives of Wisconsin. His aunt was vaudeville performer and actress Fay Holderness. When MacMurray was two years old the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later settled in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where his mother had been born in 1880. […]

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  • Fred Milano

    1939 - 2012

    Fred Milano (1939 - 2012)

    Fred Milano Fred Milano, one of the original members of Dion and the Belmonts, who wove his backup tenor tones into the musically seamless harmonies of 1950s and ’60s hits like “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When,” died on Sunday at a hospital on Long Island. He was 72 and lived in Massapequa, […]

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