• Ralphie May

    1972 - 2017

    Ralphie May (1972 - 2017)

    Ralphie May was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee on February 17, 1972, and raised in Clarksville, Arkansas. When he was 16, May broke 42 of his bones in an automobile accident. At 17, he won a contest to open for Sam Kinison, whom he considered his idol. Kinison suggested that May move to Houston to further develop […]

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  • Ramón Acín

    1888 - 1936

    Ramón Acín (1888 - 1936)

    Journalist, Anti-Fascist Fighter. Born in Huesca, Aragón, Spain, he began his career as a journalist for the newspaper “El Diario de Huesca” and the magazines “Don Pepito” and “L’Esquella de la Torratxa”. Later, he founded the magazine “La Ira” and began his collaboration in leftist newspapers with articles against the coup d’état of General Francisco […]

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  • Ramon Arens Bieri

    1929 - 2001

    Ramon Arens Bieri (1929 - 2001)

    Character Actor. Son of William Parker Bieri and Gladys Arens Shea. Ramon was an actor and familiar face of stage, screen, and television. His first stage appearance was in 1954, launching a theatrical career that included many on and off Broadway featured roles. He was known to audiences of New York’s Shakespeare in the Park, […]

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  • Ramon Centenero

    1927 - 2015

    Ramon Centenero (1927 - 2015)

    Actor. He was a very prominent actor in the Spanish theater and film in a career that lasted several decades. After studying at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in Madrid, he got his start in the theater in 1957.  Centenero acted in many plays while also starring in many films through the years working […]

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  • Ramón Gaya

    1910 - 2005

    Ramón Gaya (1910 - 2005)

    Artist. He was born in Murcia (Spain) and died in Valencia. He was the last painter of Generation of 1927. At young age, he obtained a scholarship to study in Paris, where he exposed at the age of 17. He rejected the surrealism and he returned to Spain, where he worked for Government of the […]

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  • Ramón Lorenzo Falcón

    1855 - 1909

    Ramón Lorenzo Falcón (1855 - 1909)

    Argentinian Military Officer. He was the chief of police between 1906 and 1909. This year he was murdered by an anarchist while he traveled in his carriage with his secretary Alberto Lartigau. (bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni)

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  • Ramón Vinay

    1911 - 1996

    Ramón Vinay (1911 - 1996)

    Ramón Vinay started his operatic career as a baritone in Mexico in 1938. He later switched to tenor, making a second debut in 1943 and forging a successful international career after World War II . Vinay eventually returned to the baritone fold in 1962 and retired from the stage in 1969. Even as a tenor, however, […]

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  • Ramsay Ames

    1919 - 1998

    Ramsay Ames (1919 - 1998)

    Actress. Born Phillips Ames, she was a dancer and a model at the Eastman Kodak-sponsored fashion show at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Invited to a screen test at Columbia Studios California, she made her film debut in “Two Senoritas from Chicago” (1943). She became a very popular B-movie leading lady appearing in films […]

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  • Ramsey Hughes

    1928 - 1928

    Ramsey Hughes (1928 - 1928)

    Ramsey Hughes Patsy Cline had participated in a benefit concert in Kansas City for the family of a disc jockey (“Cactus” Jack Call) who had died in a car accident. Ramsey (Randy) Hughes, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas, were all in Hughes Piper Comanche, when it crashed just west of Camden, Tennessee in […]

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  • Ranald MacDougall

    1915 - 1973

    Ranald MacDougall (1915 - 1973)

    Ranald MacDougall (March 10, 1915 – December 12, 1973) was an American screenwriter who scripted such films as Mildred Pierce (1945), The Unsuspected (1947), June Bride (1948), and The Naked Jungle (1954), and shared screenwriting credit for 1963’s Cleopatra. He also directed a number of films, including 1957’s Man on Fire with Bing Crosby and […]

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  • Rance Howard

    1928 - 2017

    Rance Howard (1928 - 2017)

    Rance Howard began his professional acting career began in 1948 when he went to New York City, auditioned and landed a job in a children’s touring company. The role that got him noticed nationally for television and film was playing the part of Lindstrom in the touring company of the play Mister Roberts with Henry […]

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  • Rand Brooks

    1918 - 2003

    Rand Brooks (1918 - 2003)

    After leaving school, he managed to get a screen test at MGM and was given a bit part in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). His big fame came with his part as Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939). After Gone With the Wind, he had relatively small parts in other movies including Babes […]

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  • Randai Inoue

    1970 - 1970

    Randai Inoue (1970 - 1970)

    Scholar of Confucianism. (bio by: Warrick L. Barrett)

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  • Randall Jarrell

    1914 - 1965

    Randall Jarrell (1914 - 1965)

    Randall Jarrell went on to teach at the University of Texas at Austin from 1939 to 1942, where he began to publish criticism and where he met his first wife, Mackie Langham. In 1942 he left the university to join the United States Army Air Forces. According to his obituary, he “[started] as a flying […]

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  • Randolph Apperson Hearst

    1915 - 2000

    Randolph Apperson Hearst (1915 - 2000)

    He was chairman of the Hearst Corporation from 1973 to 1996. He was the last surviving son of newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst and the father of Patty Hearst. (bio by: Cynthia Price)  Family links:  Parents:  William Randolph Hearst (1863 – 1951)  Millicent Veronica Willson Hearst (1882 – 1974)  Spouse:  Catherine Wood Campbell Hearst (1917 […]

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  • Randolph Caldecott

    1846 - 1886

    Randolph Caldecott (1846 - 1886)

    Artist. Prominent 19th Century Illustrator for whom the Caldecott Award, given each year by the American Libaray Association to an outstanding illustrator of children’s books, is named. (bio by: Allan Reichert)  Family links:  Parents:  John Caldecott (1812 – 1875)  Spouse:  Marian Harriet Brind Caldecott (1850 – 1932)*  Siblings:  John George Caldecott (1843 – 1879)*  Randolph […]

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  • Randolph Scott

    1898 - 1987

    Randolph Scott (1898 - 1987)

    Randolph Scott Actor. His film career spanned from 1928 until 1962 and was a leading man for all but his first three years. He is remembered for his roles as a Western hero, as out of his more than 100 film appearances, over 60 were of the Western film genre. Born George Randolph Scott, the […]

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  • Randy Rhoads

    1956 - 1982

    Randy Rhoads (1956 - 1982)

    Randy Rhoads Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with […]

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  • Randy Savage

    1952 - 2011

    Randy Savage (1952 - 2011)

    Randy Savage was an American professional wrestler and occasional color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He is considered to be one of the greatest pro wrestlers in history. Savage won 20 championships during his 32-year career. He held six world championships between the […]

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  • Randy Scruggs

    1953 - 2018

    Randy Scruggs (1953 - 2018)

    Randy Scruggs Randy Scruggs, son of banjo icon Earl Scruggs and former Flatt & Scruggs manager, Louise Scruggs, died yesterday. He was 64 years of age, and had been ill for a brief period of time. Though all three of the Scruggs boys were musicians, Randy was the most active and prolific in the industry. […]

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  • Randy Shilts

    1951 - 1994

    Randy Shilts (1951 - 1994)

    Born August 8, 1951, in Davenport, Iowa, Randy Shilts grew up in Aurora, Illinois, with five brothers in a conservative, working-class family. He majored in journalism at the University of Oregon, where he worked on the student newspaper, the Oregon Daily Emerald, becoming an award-winning managing editor. During his college days, he came out publicly […]

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  • Ransom Eli Olds

    1864 - 1950

    Ransom Eli Olds (1864 - 1950)

    American inventor and automotive pioneer, best known as the founder of the car company that became Oldsmobile Motor Division of General Motors Corporation (GM). He was born Ransom Eli Olds on June 3, 1864, in Geneva, Ohio, the younger of two sons of Pliny Fisk Olds and Sarah Whipple Olds. His father was a blacksmith […]

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  • Ransom Leslie “Les” Kelley

    1897 - 1990

    Ransom Leslie “Les” Kelley (1897 - 1990)

    Born Ransom Leslie Kelley, he originated the “Kelley Blue Book,” the guide for setting resale values on used automobiles. First published in 1926, the Kelley Blue Book is still in use today. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Children:  Gloria Beatrice Kelley (1922 – 1990)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Ransom Reed Cable

    1834 - 1909

    Ransom Reed Cable (1834 - 1909)

    Businessman. Served as president of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company. His uncle, Philander Cable, was president of the Rock Island-Peoria Railroad. Ransom donated to Rock Island its waterworks pumping station. Philander’s son, Ben Cable, was a congressman from the Rock Island district for many years, after which time he spent some time […]

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  • Raoul Aslan

    1886 - 1958

    Raoul Aslan (1886 - 1958)

    Actor. Performer of Armenian origin who came from Greece to Austria. The director of “Burgtheater” from 1945 to 1948, he was the member of its ensemble since 1920. The first “Kammerschauspieler” title holder in Austria. Cause of death: heart attack

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  • Raoul Barré

    1874 - 1932

    Raoul Barré (1874 - 1932)

    Pioneer Cartoonist.  Born Vital Achille Raoul Barré in Montreal,  Quebec,  he went to Paris in 1891 to study at the School of Fine Arts and remained there for several years as a political cartoonist.  His attacks of the French military over the Dreyfus affair (1898) proved too controversial and he returned home soon afterwards.  In […]

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  • Raoul Dufy

    1877 - 1953

    Raoul Dufy (1877 - 1953)

    Painter,  Designer.  One of the most popular French artists of the 20th Century.  Dufy used sketchy lines and brilliant color to portray a sunny,  carefree world of chic promenades, yachting parties,  festivals,  and seaside resorts.  Many of his works are set in the French Riviera.  Although his light,  decorative style and subject matter suggest the […]

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  • Raoul Walsh

    1887 - 1980

    Raoul Walsh (1887 - 1980)

    Walsh was born in New York as Albert Edward Walsh to Elizabeth T. Bruff, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants and Thomas W. Walsh, an Englishman. Like his younger brother, he was part of Omega Gamma Delta during his high school days. Growing up in New York, Walsh was also a friend of the Barrymore […]

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  • Raphael Guastavino

    1970 - 1908

    Raphael Guastavino (1970 - 1908)

    Architect. He was educated as an architect in Barcelona, graduating in 1872 from the Escuela de Arquitectura. After establishing himself as an architect he designed homes and factories for wealthy industrialist in the region of Catalin, Spain. In 1881 he came with his son to the United States settling in New York City, and by […]

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  • Raphael von Koeber

    1848 - 1923

    Raphael von Koeber (1848 - 1923)

    Russian philosopher. Born  from a family of German origin, he studied piano in Moscow with teachers such as Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky and Nikolai Rubinstein. Graduated in 1872, he decided to undertake the study of Philosophy at the University of Jena, where in 1878 he obtained his doctorate. He was Professor of Aesthetics, Musicology and Music […]

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