• William C. McCool

    1961 - 2003

    William C. McCool (1961 - 2003)

    United States Astronaut. Served as pilot of the Space Shuttle Columbia. On February 1, 2003, NASA lost all communication and radar contact with the shuttle just minutes before a 9:16AM scheduled landing time. A short time later it was confirmed that the Columbia had broken apart over eastern Texas, and that there were no survivors. […]

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  • William C. Mellor

    1903 - 1963

    William C. Mellor (1903 - 1963)

    William C. Mellor, A.S.C. (29 June 1903 – 30 April 1963) was a cinematographer who worked at Paramount, MGM and 20th Century Fox during a career that spanned three decades. After earning his stripes on a string of B-movies in the 1930s, he first started making serious inroads as a leading cinematographer in 1940 when […]

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  • William C.P. Austin

    1884 - 1975

    William C.P. Austin (1884 - 1975)

    Actor. Born in Georgetown, British Guiana, he began his career on the stage and made his big screen debut during the silent film era, appearing “Common Sense” (1920), followed by “Handle with Care” (1922). A veteran of 89 films, his credits included “Head Winds” (1925), “Alice in Wonderland” (1933), “The Gay Divorcee” (1934), “Dr. Rhythm” […]

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  • William Cameron McCool

    1961 - 2003

    William Cameron McCool (1961 - 2003)

    United States Astronaut. Served as pilot of the Space Shuttle Columbia. On February 1, 2003, NASA lost all communication and radar contact with the shuttle just minutes before a 9:16AM scheduled landing time. A short time later it was confirmed that the Columbia had broken apart over eastern Texas, and that there were no survivors. […]

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  • William Cameron Menzies

    1896 - 1957

    William Cameron Menzies (1896 - 1957)

    William Cameron Menzies was born in New Haven, Connecticut to Scots immigrant parents, Charles A. and Helen originally from Aberfeldy, Scotland. He studied at Yale and the University of Edinburgh, and after serving in the US Army during World War I he attended the Art Students League of New York. Menzies joined Famous Players-Lasky, later to […]

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  • William Campbell

    1923 - 2011

    William Campbell (1923 - 2011)

    Campbell’s film career began in 1950, with a small part in the John Garfield film, The Breaking Point. After several years of similar supporting performances in a number of films, including as a co-pilot in William Wellman’s The High and the Mighty (1954), he won his first starring role in Cell 2455 Death Row (1955), […]

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  • William Castle

    1914 - 1977

    William Castle (1914 - 1977)

    William Castle was born William Schloss, Jr. in New York City, the son of Saidie (Snellenberg) and William Schloss. His family was Jewish. (“Schloss” is German for “castle”, and Castle later translated his surname into English as his pseudonym.) His mother died when he was nine. When his father followed a year later, he was […]

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  • William Challee

    1904 - 1989

    William Challee (1904 - 1989)

    Actor. He appeared in 50 television series/shows and 50 films including: “None But the Lonely Heart,” “God Is My Co-Pilot,” “Nocturne,” “The Glenn Miller Story,” “Raintree Country,” “The Cincinnati Kid,” “Five Easy Pieces,” and “Moonchild.” (bio by: TLS)

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  • William Chapman Ralston

    1826 - 1875

    William Chapman Ralston (1826 - 1875)

    Banker, Businessman. A native of Ohio, Ralston moved to Panama after the discovery of gold in California and joined a banking and shipping firm that carried miners to San Francisco. In 1854, he settled in San Francisco himself and spent the next ten years with various banking firms. In 1864, he co-founded the Bank of […]

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  • William Christy Cabanne

    1888 - 1950

    William Christy Cabanne (1888 - 1950)

    Cabanne (pronounced “CAB-a-nay”) graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and spent several years in the Navy, leaving the service in 1908. He decided on a career in the theater, and became a director as well as an actor. Although acting was his main profession, when he finally broke into the film industry it […]

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  • William Clark “Bill” Armour

    1866 - 1922

    William Clark “Bill” Armour (1866 - 1922)

    Major League Baseball Manager. Managed in the Major Leagues from 1902 to 1906 with the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. In 736 Games Managed he had a record of 382 Wins and 347 Losses. He was the Tiger’s manager when future Baseball great Ty Cobb was brought up in 1905.

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  • William Clark Brinkley

    1917 - 1993

    William Clark Brinkley (1917 - 1993)

    Writer and Journalist. He was an American writer and journalist, best known for his novels Don’t Go Near the Water (1956), which Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer adapted to an eponymous 1957 film, and The Last Ship (1988), which TNT adapted as an 2014–2015 television series. After graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1940, Brinkley went on to […]

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  • William Clarke Quantrill

    1837 - 1865

    William Clarke Quantrill (1837 - 1865)

    Civil War Confederate Partisan Leader. The leader first of the Missouri Partisan Rangers, then the “Quantrill’s Raiders” guerillas during the Civil War, he won renown for possessing excellent leadership skills, horsemanship and exercised unique warfare tactics. Born in Canal Dover, Ohio (now simply Dover) the oldest of 8 children to a father who labored as […]

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  • William Clarke Quantrill

    1837 - 1865

    William Clarke Quantrill (1837 - 1865)

    Civil War Confederate Partisan Leader. The leader first of the Missouri Partisan Rangers, then the “Quantrill’s Raiders” guerillas during the Civil War, he won renown for possessing excellent leadership skills, horsemanship and exercised unique warfare tactics. Born in Canal Dover, Ohio (now simply Dover) the oldest of 8 children to a father who labored as […]

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  • William Clay Ford Sr.

    1925 - 2014

    William Clay Ford Sr. (1925 - 2014)

    Born on March 14, 1925, in Detroit, Michigan to Edsel Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay, Ford served in the U.S. Navy Air Corps during World War II. Following the war, Ford married Martha Parke Firestone, the granddaughter of Harvey Firestone and Idabelle Smith Firestone, on June 21, 1947. They had four children together: Martha Parke […]

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  • William Collier

    1864 - 1944

    William Collier (1864 - 1944)

    Actor. Born William Morenus in New York City, he began his career at age 11 working with Eddie Foy in vaudeville shows, which lead to performances on Broadway. Recruited by the Triangle Film organization in Hollywood, he made his big screen debut in “Never Again” (1915), followed by “Better Late Than Never” (1916). A veteran […]

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  • William Congreve

    1670 - 1729

    William Congreve (1670 - 1729)

    Playwright. He was educated in Ireland, a friend and fellow student of  Jonathan Swift,  and turned to literature upon his arrival in London. An unsuccessful attempt at a novel, ‘Incognita’, was followed by the success of a comedy ‘The Old Bachelor’, which appeared in 1693. More comedies of manners followed.  Anne Bracegirdle, an enchanting actress […]

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  • William Conrad

    1920 - 1994

    William Conrad (1920 - 1994)

    William Conrad estimated that he played more than 7,500 roles during his radio career. At KMPC, the 22-year-old Conrad produced and acted in The Hermit’s Cave (circa 1940–44), the Los Angeles incarnation of a popular syndicated horror anthology series created at WJR Detroit. He was among the supporting cast for the espionage drama The Man Called […]

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  • William Cooper Procter

    1862 - 1934

    William Cooper Procter (1862 - 1934)

    Businessman. Born in Glendale, Ohio, he was the grandson of William Procter, the co-founder of the Procter and Gamble Soap Company. As manager of manufacture production, he was noted for creating a profit-sharing program for his employees, which was the first in America. He served as head of the company, (1907-30). He died at age […]

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  • William Cowper Brann

    1855 - 1898

    William Cowper Brann (1855 - 1898)

    Writer, Publisher. He wrote and published ‘The Iconoclast’ magazine out of Waco, Texas in the 1890s. Circulation was in every state and 20 foreign countries. He was shot in the back by an irate Baptist on a downtown Waco street. He turned, pulled his pistol and killed his assassin. Baptists disliked Brann because he ridiculed […]

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  • William Crookes

    1832 - 1919

    William Crookes (1832 - 1919)

    Crookes made a career of being a meteorologist and lecturer at multiple places. Crookes worked in chemistry and physics. His experiments were notable for the originality of their design. He executed them skillfully. His interests, ranging over pure and applied science, economic and practical problems, and psychiatric research, made him a well-known personality. He received […]

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  • William Cullen Bryant

    1794 - 1878

    William Cullen Bryant (1794 - 1878)

    “Thanatopsis” is William Cullen Bryant’s most famous poem, which Bryant may have been working on as early as 1811. In 1817 his father took some pages of verse from his son’s desk, and at the invitation of Willard Phillips, an editor of the North American Review who had previously been tutored in the classics by […]

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  • William Curtis Green

    1875 - 1960

    William Curtis Green (1875 - 1960)

    Architect whose most famous building is the luxurious Dorchester Hotel in London. (bio by: David Conway)

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  • William Cushing

    1732 - 1810

    William Cushing (1732 - 1810)

    William Cushing was born in Scituate, Province of Massachusetts Bay, on March 1, 1732. The Cushing family had a long history in the area, settling Hingham in 1638. Cushing’s father John Cushing was a provincial magistrate who in 1747 became an associate justice of the Superior Court of Judicature, the province’s high court. Cushing graduated […]

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  • William Dargan

    1799 - 1867

    William Dargan (1799 - 1867)

    Irealnd’s first railway pinoeer. Worked under Telford in England and built the first Irish line, from Dublin to Dun Laoghaire, in 1831. Sponsored the Dublin Exhibition of 1853, following which the Irish National Gallery was built in his honour. Declined a knighthood from Queen Victoria. Business difficulties made him virtually bankrupt at the time he […]

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  • William David Elliott, Jr

    1934 - 1983

    William David Elliott, Jr (1934 - 1983)

    Actor. Best remembered for his roles as ‘Otis Foster’ on “Bridget Loves Bernie” from 1972 to 1973, and as ‘Officer Grant’ on “Adam-12” from 1973 to 1975. He appeared in the films, “Hangup” (1974), “Coffy” (1972), “Night Of The Lepus” (1972), “Where Does It Hurt?” (1972), “They Call It Murder” (1971), “The Old Man Who […]

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  • William Dellano Byrd

    1966 - 1993

    William Dellano Byrd (1966 - 1993)

    Actor. Although he was deaf he could read lips and speak clearly when he was signed to Paramount Pictures. He was best known for the role of Danny the disk jockey in the film “Children of a Lesser God” (1986). He also had parts on the television series “Houston Knights”, “A Man Called Hawk” and […]

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  • William Demarest

    1892 - 1983

    William Demarest (1892 - 1983)

    William Demarest started in show business working in vaudeville, appearing with his wife as “Demarest and Colette”, then moved on to Broadway. Demarest worked regularly with director Preston Sturges, becoming part of a “stock” troupe of actors that Sturges repeatedly cast in his films. He appeared in ten films written by Sturges, eight of which […]

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  • William Desmond

    1878 - 1949

    William Desmond (1878 - 1949)

    Actor. He was nicknamed “The King of the Silent Serials”. Born William Mannion in Dublin, Ireland, he was raised in New York City from infancy. He appeared in vaudeville and the legitimate stage and had his own theatrical troupe before making his film debut in 1915.  Square-jawed and muscular,  he became very popular in Universal […]

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  • William Dickerson

    1928 - 1999

    William Dickerson (1928 - 1999)

    American stage and screen actor. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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