• Jim Fixx

    1932 - 1984

    Jim Fixx (1932 - 1984)

    Born in New York City, Fixx was a graduate of Trinity School in New York and Oberlin College in Ohio. His father, Calvin Fixx, was an editor at Time who worked with Whittaker Chambers.  Fixx was a member of the high-IQ club, Mensa, and published three collections of puzzles: Games for the Super-Intelligent, More Games […]

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  • Jim Foglesong

    1922 - 2013

    Jim Foglesong (1922 - 2013)

    Foglesong was born in Lundale, West Virginia. As a teenager, he sang on a local radio show and in quartets and trios into his young adult years. He began his career in the music industry at Columbia Records’ label in 1951, transferring 78 RPM records into LP formats. Over the next 20 years, he worked for RCA-Victor until moving to Nashville in 1970 to head the A&R division at Dot […]

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  • Jim Fregosi

    1942 - 2014

    Jim Fregosi (1942 - 2014)

    A right-handed batter, Fregosi is one of many notable alumni of Junípero Serra High School of San Mateo, California, and was signed by the Boston Red Sox in 1960. The same year he was selected by the Angels in the 1960 MLB Expansion Draft, and made his debut in September 1961. After hitting .291 as […]

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  • Jim Glaser

    1937 - 2019

    Jim Glaser (1937 - 2019)

    Jim Glaser Jim Glaser, who began his career as a member of the award-winning trio Tompall & the Glaser Brothers, died at his home on Saturday (April 6). He was 81. Born James William Glaser in Spalding, Nebraska, in 1937, Jim began playing guitar at age four and began performing at local shows with his […]

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  • Jim Hager

    1941 - 2008

    Jim Hager (1941 - 2008)

    Jim Hager Musician, Entertainer. He, along with his twin brother Jon Hager, is best remembered as a regular cast performer on the television series “Hee Haw” that ran from 1969 until 1986, in which they were known for their rapid delivery of cornball one-liners. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he and his brother were adopted by […]

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  • Jim Hall

    1930 - 2013

    Jim Hall (1930 - 2013)

    Born in Buffalo, New York, before moving to Cleveland, Ohio, Hall was from a musical family, his mother played the piano, his grandfather violin, and his uncle guitar. He began playing the guitar at age ten when his mother gave him an instrument as a Christmas present. As a teenager in Cleveland, he performed professionally, […]

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  • Jim Henson

    1936 - 1990

    Jim Henson (1936 - 1990)

    Henson was born in Greenville, Mississippi, the younger of two boys. His parents were Betty Marcella (née Brown) and Paul Ransom Henson, an agronomist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He was raised as a Christian Scientist and spent his early childhood in Leland, Mississippi, before moving with his family to Hyattsville, Maryland, near Washington, D.C., in the late 1940s. He later remembered […]

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  • Jim Hutton

    1934 - 1979

    Jim Hutton (1934 - 1979)

    Jim Hutton was born in Binghamton, New York, the son of Helen and Thomas R. Hutton, an editor and managing editor of the Binghamton Press. Hutton’s parents divorced while he was an infant, and he never knew his father. Hutton was expelled from five high schools due to behavior problems but had excellent grades and […]

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  • Jim Jeffords

    1934 - 2014

    Jim Jeffords (1934 - 2014)

    Jim Jeffords won a seat in the Vermont State Senate in 1966. He followed that success in 1968 with a victory in the race for attorney general of Vermont. He was a Presidential Elector for Vermont in 1972, and voted for reelection of the Nixon-Agnew ticket. Jeffords sought the Republican Party nomination for Governor in 1972, […]

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  • Jim Jeffries

    1875 - 1953

    Jim Jeffries (1875 - 1953)

    Jim Jeffries James J. Jeffries was the heavyweight champion of the world from 1899 to 1905 but he is best known to history for coming out of retirement to take on Jack Johnson, the first African American heavyweight champion in history, in what was called “The Fight of the Century”. That fight ensured Jeffries’ place […]

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  • Jim Lange

    1932 - 2014

    Jim Lange (1932 - 2014)

    Lange began his radio broadcasting career in the Twin Cities after winning an audition as a teenager. He graduated from St. Thomas Academy high school, going on to the University of Minnesota on a scholarship from the Evans Scholars Foundation. After graduating from the University of Minnesota and serving in the Marines, Lange moved to […]

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  • Jim Marshall

    1923 - 2012

    Jim Marshall (1923 - 2012)

    Businessman. In early childhood he was diagnosed with tuberculosis, this forced him to spend countless hours and years in the hospital. Due to his diagnoses he was unfit to serve during WWII. At this time he became a drummer and singer, due to the shortage of available musicians. He worked as an electrical engineer during […]

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  • Jim Morrison

    1943 - 1971

    Jim Morrison (1943 - 1971)

    Jim Morrison Born on December 8, 1943, in Melbourne, Florida, Jim Morrison was an American rock singer and songwriter. He studied film at UCLA, where he met the members of what would become the Doors. Known for his drinking and drug use and outrageous stage behavior, in 1971 Morrison left the Doors to write poetry […]

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  • Jim Nabors

    1930 - 2017

    Jim Nabors (1930 - 2017)

    Jim Nabors Jim Nabors, whose name is synonymous with the genial bumpkin Gomer Pyle, whom he played on TV, has died. He was 87.His husband, Stan Cadwallader, told the AP that Nabors died on Thursday at their home in Hawaii.He brought the words “golly” and “shazam” into the vernacular as the naive, well-intentioned Pyle, a regular […]

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  • Jim Northrup

    1943 - 2016

    Jim Northrup (1943 - 2016)

    Jim Northrup (April 28, 1943 – August 1, 2016) was an Anishinaabe (Native American) newspaper columnist, poet, performer, and political commentator from the Fond du Lac Indian Reservation in Minnesota. His Anishinaabe name was “Chibenashi” (from Chi-bineshiinh “Big little-bird”). Jim Northrup’s regular column, the Fond du Lac Follies, was syndicated through several Native American papers, such […]

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  • Jim O Toole

    1937 - 1970

    Jim O Toole (1937 - 1970)

    Jim O Toole  Jim O’Toole was born on January 10, 1937 on the South Side of Chicago.  He was one of five children and his father, a Chicago police officer, taught him boxing.  But Jim O’Toole  preferred baseball, which he learned on neighborhood sandlots growing up.  He had a tryout with his hometown Chicago White Sox […]

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  • Jim Reeves

    1923 - 1964

    Jim Reeves (1923 - 1964)

    Jim Reeves Reeves was born in Galloway, Texas, a small rural community near Carthage. Winning an athletic scholarship to the University of Texas, he enrolled to study speech and drama, but quit after only six weeks to work in the shipyards in Houston. Soon he resumed baseball, playing in the semi-professional leagues before contracting with the St. Louis Cardinals “farm” team […]

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  • Jim Simpson

    1927 - 2016

    Jim Simpson (1927 - 2016)

    Jim Simpson was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in nearby Chevy Chase, Md. He began his broadcasting career with a short-lived radio show, “Hunting and Fishing With Jimmy Simspon,” when he was 15. He attended George Washington University in Washington and served in the Coast Guard and Navy Reserve. After several jobs in […]

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  • Jim Thompson

    1906 - 1977

    Jim Thompson (1906 - 1977)

    James Myers Thompson (September 27, 1906 – April 7, 1977) was an American author and screenwriter, known for his hardboiled crime fiction. Jim Thompson wrote more than thirty novels, the majority of which were original paperback publications by houses, from the late-1940s through mid-1950s. Despite some positive critical notice—notably by Anthony Boucher in The New York […]

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  • Jim Younger

    1848 - 1902

    Jim Younger (1848 - 1902)

    James Hardin Younger (January 15, 1848 – October 19, 1902) was a notable American outlaw and member of the James–Younger Gang. He was the brother of Cole, John and Bob Younger. Born in Missouri on January 15, 1848. He was the ninth of fourteen children born to Henry Washington Younger and Bersheba Leighton Fristoe. Jim Younger […]

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  • Jimi Hendrix

    1942 - 1970

    Jimi Hendrix (1942 - 1970)

    James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Although his mainstream career spanned only four years, he is widely regarded as one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. […]

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  • Jimmie Dodd

    1910 - 1964

    Jimmie Dodd (1910 - 1964)

    Jimmie Dodd had some early film roles in The Three Mesquiteers series of westerns. Coincidentally, he performed in two unrelated series whose names were plays on “musketeers”. He made his first screen appearance in the 1940 William Holden film Those Were the Days! in a minor role. He also appeared in many theatrical films in […]

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  • Jimmie W. Dodd

    1910 - 1964

    Jimmie W. Dodd (1910 - 1964)

    Actor and songwriter. Host of The Mickey Mouse Club. He was the leader of the Mouseketeers, as well as the writer of the show’s theme song, The Mickey Mouse Club March. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Ruth Geneva Wolfenden Dodd Braun (1909 – 1992)* *Calculated relationshipCause of death: Cancer

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  • Jimmy Aubrey

    1887 - 1983

    Jimmy Aubrey (1887 - 1983)

    Actor. Born in England, he is the son of Robert Aubrey, the US born gymnast. He was a member of the Fred Karno traveling variety troupe and other alumni of the Karno group were Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Jimmy moved to the United States around 1908.  An early understudy of Charlie Chaplin, he later […]

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  • Jimmy Bangley

    1956 - 2004

    Jimmy Bangley (1956 - 2004)

    Actor. His most memorable acting role was in the 2001 Faye Dunaway directed film “Yellow Bird” but he was more widely recognized for numerous television appearances and magazine articles on the history of the film industry. He was working on a book about the life of silent film star Barbara LaMarr when he died suddenly […]

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  • Jimmy Blanton

    1918 - 1942

    Jimmy Blanton (1918 - 1942)

    Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Jimmy Blanton originally learned to play the violin, but took up the bass while at Tennessee State University, performing with the Tennessee State Collegians from 1936 to 1937, and during the vacations with Fate Marable. After leaving university to play full-time in St Louis with the Jeter-Pillars Orchestra (with whom he […]

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  • Jimmy Dean

    1928 - 2010

    Jimmy Dean (1928 - 2010)

    Dean was born in Plainview, Texas, in 1928 the son of George Otto Dean, and his second wife Ruth (née Taylor) Dean. He attributed his interest in music to the Seth Ward Baptist Church. He dropped out of high school and became a professional entertainer after a stint in the Air Force in the late […]

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  • Jimmy Durante

    1893 - 1980

    Jimmy Durante (1893 - 1980)

    By the mid-1920s, Jimmy Durante had become a vaudeville star and radio personality in a trio called Clayton, Jackson and Durante. Lou Clayton and Eddie Jackson, Durante’s closest friends, often reunited with Durante in subsequent years. Jackson and Durante appeared in the Cole Porter musical The New Yorkers, which opened on Broadway on December 8, […]

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  • Jimmy Ellis

    1940 - 2014

    Jimmy Ellis (1940 - 2014)

    He was born one of ten children. Father Walter was a Pastor and Jimmy grew up a devout christian. As a teenager Ellis worked in a cement finishing factory. He also had an interest in music and became a good singer in the local Church choir, years later wife Mary would join him. He continued […]

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  • Jimmy Ernst

    1920 - 1984

    Jimmy Ernst (1920 - 1984)

    Rebel Artist. Son of surrealist artist, Max Ernst.  Family links:  Spouse:  Edith Dallas Bauman Ernst (1923 – 2011)* *Calculated relationship

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