• John A. Beattie

    1926 - 1997

    John A. Beattie (1926 - 1997)

    Actor. American stage and motion picture figure. Veteran Air Force pilot. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • John A. Belushi

    1949 - 1982

    John A. Belushi (1949 - 1982)

    Actor. Comedian. Born John Adam Belushi in Chicago to Albanian immigrant parents. As a boy, his family moved to Wheaton, where John played on the high school football team and was homecoming king. He attended the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater where he co-founded an acting troupe. Belushi then auditioned for and won a spot […]

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  • John Abbott

    1905 - 1996

    John Abbott (1905 - 1996)

    John Kefford (5 June 1905 – 24 May 1996) was an English character actor professionally known as John Abbott. His memorable roles include the invalid Frederick Fairlie in the 1948 film The Woman in White and the pacifist Ayelborne in the Star Trek episode “Errand of Mercy”. He also played Sesmar on an episode of […]

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  • John Abel

    1970 - 1970

    John Abel (1970 - 1970)

    Architect. He rose to prominence in 17th Century England, and served as King’s Carpenter to English monarch King Charles I. John Abel was born in Sarnesfield, Herefordshire. He was a Catholic recusant, along with his wife Johanna. John married twice, but there is no record of his second wife except on his table tomb in […]

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  • John Abercrombie

    1944 - 2017

    John Abercrombie (1944 - 2017)

    John Abercrombie graduated from Berklee in 1967 and briefly attended North Texas State University before moving to New York in 1969. He quickly became one of the “most in-demand session players,” recording with Gil Evans in 1974, Gato Barbieri in 1971, and Barry Miles in 1972 among others. In 1969, he joined Dreams, one of […]

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  • John Abineri

    1928 - 2000

    John Abineri (1928 - 2000)

    Actor. Appeared three times in the “Doctor Who” British Science Fiction series.  Appeared as Ranquin in “The Power of Kroll” (1978), as Richard Railton in “Death to the Daleks” (1974), and as General Carrington in “The Ambassadors of Death” (1970).

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  • John Adams

    1735 - 1826

    John Adams (1735 - 1826)

    John Adams Adams, the eldest of three sons, was born on October 30, 1735 (October 19, 1735 Old Style, Julian calendar), in what is now Quincy, Massachusetts (then called the “north precinct” of Braintree, Massachusetts), to John Adams, Sr., and Susanna Boylston Adams. Adams’s birthplace is now part of Adams National Historical Park. His father […]

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  • John Adams Elder

    1833 - 1895

    John Adams Elder (1833 - 1895)

    Civil War Artist.  He won an academy prize at the famous art school in Dusseldorf, Germany.  Instead of using part of his prize which was a trip to Rome, he returned to Fredericksburg to paint in a one-room studio at the old Exchange Hotel.  The hotel later burned to the ground and he operated elsewhere. […]

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  • John Agar

    1921 - 2002

    John Agar (1921 - 2002)

    Agar was born in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Lillian (née Rogers) and John Agar, Sr., a meat packer. He was educated at the Harvard School for Boys in Chicago and Lake Forest Academy in Lake Forest, Illinois. He graduated from Trinity-Pawling Preparatory School in Pawling, New York, but did not attend college. He and […]

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  • John Albert Cockerill

    1845 - 1896

    John Albert Cockerill (1845 - 1896)

    Cockerill was a journalist who served in the Civil War as a drummer boy when he was just 15 years old. He worked for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as the editor. In one editorial he criticized the conduct of James Overton Broadhead of the law firm of Broadhead, Slayback & Haeussler. Nine years after the […]

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  • John Alderman

    1934 - 1987

    John Alderman (1934 - 1987)

    Actor. He appeared in the theater, in motion pictures, and on television in an acting career that spanned from the 1950s to the 1980s. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Parents:  Bernard L. Alderman (1905 – 1955)  Gertrude Fitzer Alderman (1901 – 1990)

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  • John Alexander

    1897 - 1982

    John Alexander (1897 - 1982)

    Actor. Born in Newport, Kentucky, he began his career young, making his New York City theater debut in 1902 in “The Children of Kings” which ran for less than a year. He worked his way up through the chorus and walk on roles and appeared in his first name role, ‘Jump Steady’, in the Broadway […]

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  • John Allyn Berryman

    1914 - 1972

    John Allyn Berryman (1914 - 1972)

    American Confessional Poet, Pulitzer Prize Winner. He is best known for his poetic works “The Dream Songs,” which often revolved around the sordid details of his personal problems. Born John Allyn Smith in McAlester, Oklahoma, his father was a banker and his mother a schoolteacher. When he was 10, his family moved to Tampa, Florida, […]

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  • John Amery

    1912 - 1945

    John Amery (1912 - 1945)

    British Traitor.  John Amery was the son of British politician Leo Amery. He went to Harrow school before going into business and became bankrupt by 1936, aged twenty four. In october 1936 he went to Spain working on the side of General Franco’s fascists. He then moved to France where, in 1941, he was recruited […]

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  • John Amery

    1912 - 1945

    John Amery (1912 - 1945)

    British Traitor.  John Amery was the son of British politician Leo Amery. He went to Harrow school before going into business and became bankrupt by 1936, aged twenty four. In october 1936 he went to Spain working on the side of General Franco’s fascists. He then moved to France where, in 1941, he was recruited […]

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  • John Anderson

    1922 - 1992

    John Anderson (1922 - 1992)

    Actor. Born in Clayton, Illinois, he was a brilliant character performer best remembered for his role as a snooping used-car salesman in Alfred Hitchcock’s film, “Psycho”(1960). He began his acting career on the Mississippi River showboat Goldenrod and made his debut in the Broadway show “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” in the 1940s. His […]

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  • John Andrew Franklin, Jr

    1912 - 1990

    John Andrew Franklin, Jr (1912 - 1990)

    Stage actor, musician, and writer.

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  • John Anthony Bellairs

    1938 - 1991

    John Anthony Bellairs (1938 - 1991)

    John Anthony Bellairs (January 17, 1938 – March 8, 1991) was an American author, best known for his fantasy novel The Face in the Frost and many gothic mystery novels for young adults featuring the characters Lewis Barnavelt, Anthony Monday, and Johnny Dixon. After earning degrees at University of Notre Dame and the University of Chicago, […]

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  • John Archer

    1915 - 1999

    John Archer (1915 - 1999)

    American Actor. He was born Ralph Bowman in Osceola, Nebraska, the son of Eunice Melba (née Crawford) and Joseph Emmett Bowman. Archer moved to California at the age of five. He attended Hollywood High School and the University of Southern California, where he studied cinematography, expecting work behind the camera. When finding work in the […]

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  • John Archibald Campbell

    1811 - 1889

    John Archibald Campbell (1811 - 1889)

    Campbell was born near Washington, Georgia, to Col. Duncan Greene Campbell (for whom the now-defunct Campbell County, Georgia was named). Considered a child prodigy, he graduated from the University of Georgia in 1825 at the age of 14, and immediately enrolled at the United States Military Academy for three years and would have graduated in […]

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  • John Arledge

    1907 - 1947

    John Arledge (1907 - 1947)

    Actor. Born Johnson Lundy Arledge, he performed in vaudeville and on stage, making his big screen debut in “King of Jazz” (1930). A veteran of nearly fifty films, his credits included “Heart Break” (1931),”County Fair” (1937), “Gone With the Wind” (1939), “The Grapes of Wrath” (1940), “Ski Patrol” (1940), “Cheers for Miss Bishop” (1941) and […]

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  • John Ashley

    1934 - 1997

    John Ashley (1934 - 1997)

    Born John Atchley, John Ashley was reared in Oklahoma and attended Will Rogers High School in Tulsa and Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, where he studied a BA in Economics. While a student, Ashley visited a friend in California and accompanied him to the set of The Conqueror (1956). He was seen by John Wayne […]

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  • John Aspinwall Roosevelt

    1916 - 1981

    John Aspinwall Roosevelt (1916 - 1981)

    After the war, John Aspinwall Roosevelt pursued a business career in California as the Regional Merchandising Manager for Grayson & Robertson Stores in Los Angeles. In 1953, he became a partner in a Beverly Hills financial company but left shortly thereafter to take up residence in the family compound in Hyde Park. Unlike his siblings, Roosevelt […]

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  • John Avery McIlhenny

    1867 - 1942

    John Avery McIlhenny (1867 - 1942)

    Businessman, Soldier, Politician. He was the son of Tabasco brand pepper sauce inventor Edmund McIlhenny and after his father’s death in 1890, he oversaw the business operations with his mother. With the outbreak of the Spanish-American War, he joined the First Volunteer Cavalry of the United States Army, the celebrated Rough Riders on May 19, […]

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  • John Avildsen

    1935 - 2017

    John Avildsen (1935 - 2017)

    After starting out as an assistant director on films by Arthur Penn and Otto Preminger, John Avildsen received his first success with the low budget feature Joe (1970) which received critical acclaim for star Peter Boyle and moderate box office business. This was followed by another critical success, Save the Tiger (1973), that was nominated […]

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  • John B. Cowle

    1826 - 1914

    John B. Cowle (1826 - 1914)

    Owner of Globe Iron Works which became part of Cleveland Shipbuilding.  Treasurer of Cleveland Drydock Co.  Later affiliated with Universal Machine and Boiler Co.  Two ore freighters were named after him, one in 1902 (Sank,1909, Lake Superior), one in 1910 (renamed Harry L. Allen, sank, 1960’s). (bio by: Joyce)

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  • John B. Gallaudet

    1903 - 1983

    John B. Gallaudet (1903 - 1983)

    Actor. He had a career that spanned motion pictures and television from 1935 to 1967. His movies appearences included roles in “In Cold Blood”, “The Patsy” and “Angels in the Out Field” in 1951. (bio by: Graving Queen of the OC)  Family links:  Spouse:  Constance Helen Gallaudet (1910 – 1991)* *Calculated relationship

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  • John Backus

    1924 - 2007

    John Backus (1924 - 2007)

    John Warner Backus (December 3, 1924 – March 17, 2007) was an American computer scientist. He directed the team that invented and implemented FORTRAN, the first widely used high-level programming language, and was the inventor of the Backus–Naur form (BNF), a widely used notation to define formal language syntax. He later did research into the […]

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  • John Bacon

    1740 - 1799

    John Bacon (1740 - 1799)

    Sculptor. His original technique did much to improve the transition of statues from artificial stone to marble. In 1769 he was awarded the first gold medal by the Royal Academy for sculpture. His many works and monuments can be found at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. (bio by: s.canning)

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  • John Bacon

    1740 - 1799

    John Bacon (1740 - 1799)

    Sculptor. His original technique did much to improve the transition of statues from artificial stone to marble. In 1769 he was awarded the first gold medal by the Royal Academy for sculpture. His many works and monuments can be found at St Paul’s Cathedral and Westminster Abbey. (bio by: s.canning)

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