• Leo Gorcey

    1917 - 1969

    Leo Gorcey (1917 - 1969)

    American motion picture actor of the 1930s through the 1960s. Widely known as the leader of the “Eastside Kids,” the “Dead End Kids,” and “The Bowery Boys.” (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Parents:  Bernard Gorcey (1884 – 1955)  Josephine Condon Gorcey (1897 – 1975)  Siblings:  Fred Marson Gorcey (1915 – 2003)*  Leo Gorcey (1917 […]

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  • Leo Gordon

    1922 - 2000

    Leo Gordon (1922 - 2000)

    Leo Gordon was born in Brooklyn in New York City on December 2, 1922. Reared by his father in dire poverty, Gordon grew up during the Great Depression. He left school in the eighth grade, went to work in construction and demolition, and then joined the New Deal agency, the Civilian Conservation Corps, in which […]

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  • Leo McCarey

    1898 - 1969

    Leo McCarey (1898 - 1969)

    Born in Los Angeles, California, Leo McCarey attended St. Joseph’s Catholic school and Los Angeles High School. His father was Thomas J. McCarey, whom the Los Angeles Times called “the greatest fight promoter in the world”. Leo McCarey would later make a boxing comedy with Harold Lloyd called The Milky Way (1936). Leo McCarey graduated from […]

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  • Leo McKern

    1920 - 2002

    Leo McKern (1920 - 2002)

    McKern was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the son of Vera (née Martin) and Norman Walton McKern. He attended Sydney Technical High School. After an accident at the age of 15, he lost his left eye. He first worked as an engineering apprentice, then as an artist, followed by service in the Australian Army […]

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  • Leo Robin

    1900 - 1984

    Leo Robin (1900 - 1984)

    Leo Robin (April 6, 1900 – December 29, 1984) was an American composer, lyricist and songwriter. He is probably best known for collaborating with Ralph Rainger on the 1938 Oscar-winning song “Thanks for the Memory”, sung by Bob Hope and Shirley Ross in the film The Big Broadcast of 1938. Robin was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, […]

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  • Leo Spitz

    1888 - 1956

    Leo Spitz (1888 - 1956)

    President of RKO International Pictures.

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  • Leo Tolstoy

    1828 - 1910

    Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910)

    Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy (9 September 1828 – 20 November 1910), also known as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist, short story writer, philosopher and playwright who primarily wrote novels and short stories. Tolstoy was a master of realistic fiction and is widely considered one of the greatest novelists of all time. He is best […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff in Portland, Indiana, to Cora Alice (DeMoss) and Charles Elmer Wycoff. He had always wanted to be an actor and he did it the hard way, serving a long apprenticeship in touring amateur theatre companies, even selling shoes for a while on 42nd Street in the 1920’s. It took […]

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  • Leon Ames

    1902 - 1993

    Leon Ames (1902 - 1993)

    Leon Ames was born Harry Wycoff on January 20, 1902 in Portland, Indiana, son of Charles Elmer Wycoff and his wife Cora A. De Moss.. Some sources list his original last name as “Wykoff” or “Waycoff,” and in his early films he acted under the name Leon Waycoff.  Ames made his film debut in Quick […]

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  • Leon Askin

    1907 - 2005

    Leon Askin (1907 - 2005)

    Actor. He is best remembered for playing the recurring role of ‘General Albert Hans Burkhalter’ on the CBS television World War II sitcom “Hogan’s Heroes” that ran from September 1965 until July 1971. Born Leon Aschkenasy into a Jewish family, his father was a salesman. At age 9 he recited a 17-stanza eulogy for Austrian […]

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  • Leon Belasco

    1902 - 1988

    Leon Belasco (1902 - 1988)

    Actor. He was born Leonid Simeonovich Berladsky in Odessa, Ukraine. A prolific character actor, he appeared in more than 100 films. They include “Topper Takes a Trip” (1938), “on Your Toes” (1939), “My Favorite Wife” (1940), “The Mummy’s Hand” (1940), “Comrade X” (1940), “Hold Back the Dawn” (1941), “It Started With Eve” (1941), “Yankee Doodle […]

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  • Leon Dabo

    1865 - 1960

    Leon Dabo (1865 - 1960)

    Artist, muralist, writer, and lecturer. He was born Leon Schott and was the eldest son of Ignace Schott and Madeleine Oberle. Born in France, he was 5yrs old when the family immigrated to the U.S. on January 5, 1870. The Schott’s settled in Detroit, MI where Ignace, an artist, was Leon’s first art instructor. When […]

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  • Leon Eagles

    1932 - 1997

    Leon Eagles (1932 - 1997)

    Welsh Actor. He was born in Cardiff, Wales. Film and television credits include “Poirot,” “Bergerac,” “Secret Army,” “The Tomorrow People,” “Love for Lydia,””Doctor Who,” “Z Cars,” “Steptoe and Son,” “The Onedin Line,” “Public Eye,” “Softly Softly,” “The Black Tulip,” “Crossroads,” “The Avengers,” and “Carry On Sergeant.” (bio by: Genet) Cause of death: Natural causes

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  • Leon Errol

    1881 - 1951

    Leon Errol (1881 - 1951)

    Australian-born stage and motion picture actor of the 1920s thru 1950s. A comic star, best remembered for his appearances in the “Mexican Spitfire” features of the early 1940s. (bio by: A.J. Marik)  Family links:  Spouse:  Stella Bertha Chatelaine Errol (____ – 1946)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Leon Golub

    1922 - 2004

    Leon Golub (1922 - 2004)

    Artist who depicted war, torture and oppression in large-scale figurative paintings symbolizing the destructive nature of human ambition. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he earned a graduate degree from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1950; lived in Paris and then moved to New York in the 1960s. Taught at the School of Visual Arts in […]

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  • Leon Hess

    1914 - 1999

    Leon Hess (1914 - 1999)

    Hess was born on March 14, 1914 to a Jewish family in Asbury Park, New Jersey. His parents were Ethel and Mores Hess, who was a kosher butcher who emigrated from Lithuania and – after arriving in the United States – worked as an oil delivery man in Asbury Park, New Jersey. Hess worked as […]

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  • Leon Jaworski

    1905 - 1982

    Leon Jaworski (1905 - 1982)

    Lawyer. He is best remembered as the 2nd Special Prosecutor during the Watergate Scandal, replacing Archibald Cox who was dismissed. Born Leonidas Jaworski in Waco, Texas his father, a Polish immigrant, was an evangelical minister and his mother was an Austrian immigrant. After graduating from Waco High School, where he was a champion debater, he […]

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  • Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat

    1833 - 1922

    Léon Joseph Florentin Bonnat (1833 - 1922)

    Artist. He was considered to be one of the most celebrated portrait artists of his day, receiving commissions from many of the wealthiest and most influential families of the period. His subjects included Victor Hugo, Louis Pasteur, and French President Adolphe Thiers. He was heavily influenced by the Spanish Old Masters Velasquez, Murillo, and Zurbarán, […]

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  • Leon Russell

    1942 - 2016

    Leon Russell (1942 - 2016)

    Leon Russell Leon Russell, renowned multi-instrumentalist and songwriter who collaborated with Bob Dylan, George Harrison, the Rolling Stones and Elton John over the course of 50 years in the music industry, died Sunday. He was 74. “Leon Russell died on Nov. 13, 2016 in Nashville at the age of 74. His wife said that he […]

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  • Léon Samoilovitch Bakst

    1866 - 1924

    Léon Samoilovitch Bakst (1866 - 1924)

    Artist. A co-founder of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, his boldly-colored creations for that troupe had an international influence on fashion and interior design. (bio by: Mademoiselle)  Family links:  Spouse:  Lyubov Pavlovna Tretyakov Gritsenko (1870 – 1928)*  Children:  Andre Lvovich Bakst (1907 – 1972)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Leon Schlesinger

    1884 - 1949

    Leon Schlesinger (1884 - 1949)

    Motion Picture Producer. The man behind Warner Bros. cartoons of the 1930s and 1940s, Leon Schlesinger oversaw the creation of such iconic characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Elmer Fudd. Schlesinger was born in Philadelphia. He started out in show business as a theatre usher and worked his way up to head […]

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  • Leon Shaffer Golnick

    1913 - 1999

    Leon Shaffer Golnick (1913 - 1999)

    Businessman. Pioneer of syndicated automotive and financial advertising, and was the founder of Golnick Advertising in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. As a youth was a vaudeville song-and-dance man.

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  • Léon-Paul Fargue

    1876 - 1947

    Léon-Paul Fargue (1876 - 1947)

    Poet.  Born in Paris, France on rue Coquilliére. Before reaching 20 years of age, Leon had already published his important poem Tancrède in the magazine Pan (1895; published in book form in 1911) and had become a member of the Symbolist circle connected with Le Mercure de France. His first collection of verse, Poèmes, was […]

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  • Leona Mindy Rosenthal Helmsley

    1920 - 2007

    Leona Mindy Rosenthal Helmsley (1920 - 2007)

    Entrepreneur. New York City hotel operator and real estate investor. She was convicted of federal income tax evasion and other crimes in 1989 and served 18 months in prison, after receiving an initial sentence of 16 years. She was born as Leona Mindy Rosenthal in Marbletown, Ulster County, New York, and raised in Brooklyn. Before […]

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  • Leonard Alvarado

    1947 - 1969

    Leonard Alvarado (1947 - 1969)

    Alvarado was born in Bakersfield, California on Feb. 13, 1947, and enlisted in the U. S. Army on July 25, 1968, serving in the Vietnam War. He was killed in action, leaving behind his wife and a young daughter.  Alvarado distinguished himself on Aug. 12, 1969, while serving as a rifleman during a mission to […]

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  • Leonard Carey

    1887 - 1977

    Leonard Carey (1887 - 1977)

    Actor. He made a career playing English butlers in scores of Hollywood movies. A rare exception was his most memorable role, as the haunted, half-crazed squatter Ben in Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rebecca” (1940). Otherwise he can be seen opening doors in such films as “Call Her Savage” (1932),  “Bombshell” (1933),  “The Age of Innocence” (1934),  “Curly […]

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  • Leonard Cecil “Len” Grosvenor

    1905 - 1981

    Leonard Cecil “Len” Grosvenor (1905 - 1981)

    Professional Hockey Player. A native of Ottawa, Ontario, he played at the position of Center and Right Wing for a total of seven seasons (1927 to 1933) in the National Hockey League with the Ottawa Senators, New York Americans, and the Montreal Canadiens. His total NHL career consisted of 144 games played, 9 goals scored, […]

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  • Leonard Cohen

    1934 - 2016

    Leonard Cohen (1934 - 2016)

    Leonard Cohen Legendary singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen died after falling in his home, his manager has now revealed, but can falls signal poor health in older adults? Cohen’s death was first reported last week, but on Wednesday (Nov. 16), Cohen’s manager Robert Kory released a statement with more details, saying the songwriter fell in the middle […]

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  • Leonard Foujita

    1886 - 1968

    Leonard Foujita (1886 - 1968)

    Painter.  He was an art world superstar of the 1920s.  In his prime Foujita was celebrated for his ivory-skinned nudes and portraits,  created in a flat,  decorative style that blended Western influences with visual traditions of his native Japan.  Today his paintings of cats in their many moods are especially prized by collectors.  He was […]

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  • Leonard Freed

    1929 - 2006

    Leonard Freed (1929 - 2006)

    Photojournalist. Born in Brooklyn, he was a member of the Magnum Photography Collective, well known for his in-depth coverage of African-Americans in the era of the civil rights movement. Freed made classic photo essays on assignments for Life, Look, Paris-Match, Der Spiegel, Stern and Libération, among many others, from Asian immigrants in England to Spain […]

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