• Joe DeRita

    1909 - 1993

    Joe DeRita (1909 - 1993)

    Joe DeRita Actor, Comedian. Born into a show-business family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Florenz (DeRita) and Frank Wardell. His given name was Joseph Wardell. Joe began performing at the age of 7. He played the Burlesque circuit until 1942 when he went to headline in California stage shows. He toured with Randolph Scott […]

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  • Joe Di Reda

    1928 - 2007

    Joe Di Reda (1928 - 2007)

    Joe Di Reda Joseph James di Reda, veteran character actor and screenwriter, passed away peacefully in his sleep surrounded by his loving family on Saturday, June 16th, in UMass Memorial Hospital, Worcester, of melanoma. He was born September 16, 1928 in Worcester to Grazia (Ricchiuti) and Salvatore di Reda. Joseph appeared in numerous films and […]

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  • Joe DiMaggio

    1914 - 1999

    Joe DiMaggio (1914 - 1999)

    Joe DiMaggio DiMaggio was born in Martinez, California, the eighth of nine children born to Italian immigrants Giuseppe (1872–1949) and Rosalia (Mercurio) DiMaggio (1878–1951). He was delivered by a midwife identified on his birth certificate as Mrs. J. Pico. He was named after his father; “Paolo” was in honor of Giuseppe’s favorite saint, Saint Paul. The family moved to nearby San Francisco when […]

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  • Joe Dowell

    1940 - 2016

    Joe Dowell (1940 - 2016)

    Joe Dowell (January 23, 1940 – February 4, 2016) was an American pop singer. He was born in Bloomington, Indiana, but moved to Bloomington, Illinois, as a child. He first performed at a ninth-grade talent show, and later attended the University of Illinois. At his first recording session (backed by organist Ray Stevens), he sang the […]

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  • Joe E. Brown

    1892 - 1973

    Joe E. Brown (1892 - 1973)

    Actor, Comedian.  Born in Holgate, Ohio, he exhibited natural athletic ability as a boy, and joined a tumbling act which toured and appeared with circuses and area vaudeville theaters. After spending a number of years as a youth touring and performing, he returned to Toledo, Ohio at age fourteen.  He played on many Toledo amateur […]

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  • Joe Frank Cobb

    1916 - 2002

    Joe Frank Cobb (1916 - 2002)

    Joe Frank Cobb (November 7, 1916 – May 21, 2002) was an American child actor, most notable for appearing as the original “fat boy” in the Our Gang comedies from 1922 to 1929. Some sources such as the first edition (1977) of Our Gang: The Life and Times of the Little Rascals documented him as […]

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  • Joe Frazier

    1944 - 2011

    Joe Frazier (1944 - 2011)

    Joe Frazier Hall of Fame Professional Boxer. Olympic Gold Medalist. World Heavyweight Champion (1970 until 1973). Regarded by may as being one of the greatest fighters of his era, he is famed for his epic bouts against Muhammad Ali, notably the contest referred to as the “Thrilla in Manila”. The son of a sharecropper, he […]

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  • Joe Gans

    1874 - 1910

    Joe Gans (1874 - 1910)

    Joe Gans Gans started boxing professionally about 1891 in Baltimore. He shocked the boxing world with his “scientific” approach to fighting. Finding an opponents strengths and weaknesses, then competing with a game-plan was Gan’s specialty. Known as a true student of the sport. In 1900, Gans quit with an eye cut in the twelfth round […]

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  • Joe Garagiola Sr

    1926 - 2016

    Joe Garagiola Sr (1926 - 2016)

    Joe Garagiola Sr Joe Garagiola, who spent nine forgettable seasons in the major leagues as a weak-hitting catcher and then parlayed his witty tales of life as a baseball underachiever into a far more notable career as a folksy broadcaster and television personality, died on Wednesday in Scottsdale, Ariz. He was 90. Major League Baseball […]

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  • Joe Grant

    1908 - 2005

    Joe Grant (1908 - 2005)

    Born in New York City, New York, Joe Grant worked for The Walt Disney Company as a character designer and story artist beginning in 1933 on the Mickey Mouse short, Mickey’s Gala Premier. He was a Disney legend. He created the Queen in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. He co-wrote Dumbo. He also led […]

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  • Joe H. Astroth, Sr

    1922 - 2013

    Joe H. Astroth, Sr (1922 - 2013)

    Major League Baseball Player. For ten seasons (1945 to 1946 and 1949 to 1956), he played at the catcher position with the Philadelphia/Kansas City Athletics. Born Joseph Henry Astroth, he attended Alton High School in Illinois and during his collegiate years at the University of Illinois, he excelled as a multi-sport athlete whom lettered in […]

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  • Joe Henderson

    1937 - 2001

    Joe Henderson (1937 - 2001)

    Joe Henderson spent two years (1960–62) in the U.S. Army: first in Fort Benning, where he even competed in the army talent show and won first place, then in Fort Belvoir, where he was chosen for a world tour, with a show to entertain soldiers. While in Paris, he met Kenny Drew and Kenny Clarke. […]

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  • Joe Higgs

    1940 - 1999

    Joe Higgs (1940 - 1999)

    Joe Higgs was instrumental in the foundation of modern Jamaican music, first recording in 1958 for producer and businessman (and later Jamaican Prime Minister) Edward Seaga, both as a solo artist and with Roy Wilson. He is often called the “Godfather of Reggae”. His first release (with Wilson) was “Oh Manny Oh” in 1958, which […]

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  • Joe Hyams

    1923 - 2008

    Joe Hyams (1923 - 2008)

    Joe Hyams was born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, on June 6, 1923, and grew up in nearby Brookline, Massachusetts. While attending Harvard University, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1942. He received a Purple Heart and was awarded the Bronze Star Medal while serving in the South Pacific. He later covered the war for […]

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  • Joe Louis

    1914 - 1981

    Joe Louis (1914 - 1981)

    Joe Louis Professional Boxer. Heavyweight Champion of the World from 1937 to 1949. He began his pro career in 1934, and by 1936 he had beaten such great heavyweights as Stanley Poreda, Natie Brown, and Rosco Toles. He was seemingly invincible, until his meeting with Max Schmeling on June 19, 1936. Schmeling was the underdog […]

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  • Joe May

    1880 - 1954

    Joe May (1880 - 1954)

    After studying in Berlin and a variety of odd jobs, Joe May began his career as a stage director of operettas in Hamburg. In 1902 he had married the actress Mia May (born Hermine Pfleger) and took his stage name from hers. As Joe May, he made ten films for Continental-Art Film GmbH in Berlin; the […]

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  • Joe McKnight

    1988 - 2016

    Joe McKnight (1988 - 2016)

    Joe McKnight was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round (112th overall) of the 2010 NFL Draft. To select McKnight, the Jets traded up twelve spots in the fourth round with the Carolina Panthers. In return, the Jets sent their fourth (124th overall) and sixth (198th overall) round selections to Carolina. McKnight […]

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  • Joe Moretti

    1938 - 2012

    Joe Moretti (1938 - 2012)

    Joseph Edward “Joe” Moretti (10 May 1938 – 9 February 2012) was a Scottish guitarist renowned for his work on seminal UK rock and roll records such as Vince Taylor’s “Brand New Cadillac” and Johnny Kidd & the Pirates’ “Shakin’ All Over”. He lived in South Africa until his death from lung cancer. Joe Moretti also […]

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  • Joe Orlando

    1927 - 1998

    Joe Orlando (1927 - 1998)

    In 1966, Joe Orlando and writer E. Nelson Bridwell created the parody superhero team The Inferior Five in Showcase #62 (June 1966). This lighthearted feature would soon receive its own ongoing series. Orlando launched the Swing with Scooter series with writers Barbara Friedlander and Jack Miller in July 1966. After 16 years of freelancing, Orlando […]

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  • Joe Pasternak

    1901 - 1991

    Joe Pasternak (1901 - 1991)

    Born to a Jewish family in Szilágysomlyó, Austria-Hungary (now Șimleu Silvaniei, Sălaj County, Romania), Joe Pasternak was a successful film producer in Germany and Austria by the time he was 28 years old. He worked for Universal Pictures in Europe, where he made German-language musicals for the international market. He hit upon a successful formula, […]

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  • Joe Ranft

    1960 - 2005

    Joe Ranft (1960 - 2005)

    Ranft was born in Pasadena, California, and raised in Whittier. As a child, Ranft developed a love for magic, storytelling, film and comedy. At 15, he became a member of the Magic Castle Junior Group. After graduating from Monte Vista High School, Whittier, in 1978, Mr. Ranft began studying in the character animation program at […]

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  • Joe Santos

    1931 - 2016

    Joe Santos (1931 - 2016)

    Joe Santos  Joe Santos, best known for playing Lt. Dennis Becker, the frustrated L.A. policeman pal of James Garner’s private detective on The Rockford Files, died Friday, his agent, Alicia Beekman, confirmed. He was 84. Santos’ son son Perry told TMZ that his father suffered a heart attack at his Los Angeles home Wednesday and was put […]

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  • Joe Seneca

    1919 - 1996

    Joe Seneca (1919 - 1996)

    Joe Seneca (January 14, 1919 – August 15, 1996) was an American film and television actor who had a lengthy Hollywood career, portraying bit parts in many major films and television sitcoms spanning from the 1970s to the 1990s. He played the father of Danny Glover’s character in the film Silverado. Seneca was born Joel McGhee […]

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  • Joe Shelby “Joe” LeFors

    1865 - 1940

    Joe Shelby “Joe” LeFors (1865 - 1940)

    Western Lawman. Born Joseph S. LeFors in Paris, Texas, he began his career in law enforcement in 1887, as a Wyoming Livestock Inspector recovering rustled cattle. In 1899, he was appointed a Deputy US Marshal and led a posse to capture Butch Cassidy’s gang for train robberies in the territory. He is perhaps most noted […]

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  • Joe Shuster

    1914 - 1992

    Joe Shuster (1914 - 1992)

    Siegel and Joe Shuster created a bald telepathic villain, bent on dominating the world, as the title character in the short story “The Reign of the Superman”, published in Siegel’s 1933 fanzine Science Fiction #3. The character was not successful, and Siegel eventually devised the more familiar version of the character. Shuster modeled the hero […]

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  • Joe Simon

    1913 - 2011

    Joe Simon (1913 - 2011)

    Joe Simon was born in 1913 as Hymie Simon and raised in Rochester, New York, the son of Harry Simon, who had emigrated from Leeds, England, in 1905, and Rose, whom Harry met in the United States. Harry Simon moved to Rochester, then a clothing-manufacturing center where his younger brother, Isaac, lived and the couple had a daughter, Beatrice, in 1912. A […]

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  • Joe Simon

    1913 - 2011

    Joe Simon (1913 - 2011)

    Joe Simon was born in 1913 as Hymie Simon and raised in Rochester, New York, the son of Harry Simon, who had emigrated from Leeds, England, in 1905, and Rose, whom Harry met in the United States. Harry Simon moved to Rochester, then a clothing-manufacturing center where his younger brother Isaac lived, and the couple […]

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  • Joe Slovo

    1926 - 1995

    Joe Slovo (1926 - 1995)

    Joe Slovo was born in Obeliai, Lithuania to a Jewish family which emigrated to the Union of South Africa when he was eight. His father worked as a truck driver in Johannesburg. Although his family were religious, he became an atheist who retained respect for “the positive aspects of Jewish culture”. Slovo left school in […]

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  • Joe South

    1940 - 2012

    Joe South (1940 - 2012)

    Joe South Born Joseph Alfred Souter into a family of diverse talent, his father was a guitarist and his mother penned romantic poetry, he developed a fondness for country music while listening to programs broadcasted from Nashville on the radio. He dropped out of Southern Polytechnic State University to pursue a career in music and […]

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  • Joe Strummer

    1952 - 2002

    Joe Strummer (1952 - 2002)

    John Graham Mellor (21 August 1952 – 22 December 2002), known by his stage name Joe Strummer, was a British musician, singer, actor and songwriter who was the co-founder, lyricist, rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist of The Clash, a punk rock band that was formed in 1976 as part of the original wave of British […]

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