• Charles Bronson

    1921 - 2003

    Charles Bronson (1921 - 2003)

    Actor.  Best remembered for his roles in the movies, “The Great Escape” (1963), “The Dirty Dozen” (1967), and the “Death Wish” series of movies.  Born Charles Buchinski in Ehrenfeld, Pennsylvania, to a family of Lithuanian immigrant coal miners, he followed his father and brothers into the coal mines after high school, until World War II, […]

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  • Charles Brooks Jr.

    1942 - 1982

    Charles Brooks Jr. (1942 - 1982)

    Brooks was raised in a wealthy family in Fort Worth, Texas. He attended I.M. Terrell High School (named after its first principal Isaiah Milligan Terrell), where he played football.  He had a prior criminal history, having served time at the United States Penitentiary, Leavenworth for illegal possession of firearms.  On December 14, 1976, Brooks went […]

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  • Charles Brown

    1922 - 1999

    Charles Brown (1922 - 1999)

    In the late 1940s, a rising demand for blues was driven by an increasing white teenage audience in the South which quickly spread north and west. Blues singers such as Louis Jordan, Wynonie Harris and Roy Brown were getting much of the attention, but what writer Charles Keil dubs “the postwar Texas clean-up movement in […]

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  • Charles Bukowski

    1920 - 1994

    Charles Bukowski (1920 - 1994)

    Author, Poet. Born in Germany, he was a prolific underground writer who used poetry and prose to depict the depravity of urban life in American society. He came to the United States with his parents at the age of two and detailed his coming of age in the autobiographical novel, “Ham on Rye” (1982). He […]

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  • Charles Bulfinch

    1763 - 1844

    Charles Bulfinch (1763 - 1844)

    Architect. He was the first native-born professional architect in the United States. Important commissions include the Connecticut State House in Hartford (1793 to 1796), the Massachusetts State House in Boston (1795 to 1797), Saint Stephen’s Church in Boston (1802 to 1804), and the Maine State House in Augusta (1829 to 1832). In 1818, he was […]

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  • Charles Bulfinch

    1763 - 1844

    Charles Bulfinch (1763 - 1844)

    Architect. He was the first native-born professional architect in the United States. Important commissions include the Connecticut State House in Hartford (1793 to 1796), the Massachusetts State House in Boston (1795 to 1797), Saint Stephen’s Church in Boston (1802 to 1804), and the Maine State House in Augusta (1829 to 1832). In 1818, he was […]

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  • Charles Butterworth

    1896 - 1946

    Charles Butterworth (1896 - 1946)

    Charles Butterworth (July 26, 1896 – June 13, 1946) was an American actor specializing in comedy roles, often in musicals. Butterworth’s distinct voice was the inspiration for the Cap’n Crunch commercials from the Jay Ward studio. Voice actor Daws Butler based Cap’n Crunch on the voice of Butterworth. Charles Butterworth was born to a physician in […]

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  • Charles C. Spink

    1864 - 1914

    Charles C. Spink (1864 - 1914)

    With brother Al published the “Sporting News.”  Family links:  Spouse:  Charlotte Marie Taylor Spink (1870 – 1944)*  Children:  Freddie P Spink Christy (1892 – 1969)*  Frances Snaith Spink Merrell (1894 – 1953)* *Calculated relationship

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  • Charles Callahan

    1889 - 1946

    Charles Callahan (1889 - 1946)

    Actor, Writer. He appeared in vaudeville with his brother, Bob Callahan, in an act called “Bob & Chuck Callahan”. He wrote nine, story/screenplays in the early,1930’s. Among them were, “Two Plus Fours” (1930),” Hot Wires” (1931) and “Night Class” (1931). He appeared in several, Three Stooges shorts including: “Punch Drunks (1934) as Mr. McGurn, “Grips, […]

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  • Charles Canfield

    1848 - 1913

    Charles Canfield (1848 - 1913)

    Industrialist.  A major developer of the oil industry in Southern California and Mexico,  and closest friend and business partner of  Edward L. Doheny.  Charles Adelbert Canfield was born in Springfield,  New York.  In 1869 he set out for Colorado as a prospector and struggled for 17 years in the Southwest before striking it rich in […]

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  • Charles Chadwick

    1874 - 1953

    Charles Chadwick (1874 - 1953)

    Author. Writer on Football for New York World, also wrote articles in syndication to the Chicago Tribune and other papers. Wrote books which include ‘The Cactus’, ‘The Moving House of Foscaldo.’ also short stories in Century and Ladies’ Home Journal. (bio by: Laurie)

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  • Charles Chilton

    1917 - 2013

    Charles Chilton (1917 - 2013)

    Playwright, Author. He will perhaps be best remembered for penning the story “Oh, What a Lovely War!” (1963) which was made into both a successful stage and film adaptation. Born Charles Frederick William Chilton, his father a clerk for his family business (a painting and decoration company) perished during World War I at the age […]

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  • Charles Churchill

    1970 - 1764

    Charles Churchill (1970 - 1764)

    Poet, Satirist. He was educated at Westminster School, London, before entering Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1749. He was then made curate of South Cadbury, Somerset, before succeeding his father as curate of Rainham, Essex, in 1756. In 1758 he was elected to the curacy and lectureship of St. John’s, Westminster, and also took a teaching […]

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  • Charles Coborn

    1852 - 1945

    Charles Coborn (1852 - 1945)

    Actor, Singer and Comedian.  Born Colin Whitton McCallum in the Mile End of London, he made his first music hall appearances in 1872 and established himself as a coster comedian for over seventy years, appearing in theatres both in the UK and USA and appeared in films.  Charles Coborn was also an active campaigner for […]

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  • Charles Coburn

    1877 - 1961

    Charles Coburn (1877 - 1961)

    Actor. He appeared in films like: “The Devil and Miss Jones” (1941), “The Lady Eve” (1941), “The More the Merrier” (1943), which earned him the Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor, “Heaven Can Wait” (1943), “The Paradine Case” (1947), “Monkey Business” (1952), “Gentlemen Prefer blondes” (1953), and “Pepe” (1960) (cameo, his last appearance). (bio by: […]

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  • Charles Colean

    1907 - 1971

    Charles Colean (1907 - 1971)

    American motion picture actor of the 1940s and 50s. Appeared with Humphrey Bogart in the movie “Knock on Any Door” in 1949. (bio by: A.J. Marik)

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  • Charles Colson

    1931 - 2012

    Charles Colson (1931 - 2012)

    Charles “Chuck” Wendell Colson (October 16, 1931 – April 21, 2012) was an Evangelical Christian leader who founded Prison Fellowship and BreakPoint. Prior to his conversion to Christianity, he served as Special Counsel to President Richard Nixon from 1969 to 1973.  Once known as President Nixon’s “hatchet man,” Colson gained notoriety at the height of […]

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  • Charles Comiskey

    1859 - 1931

    Charles Comiskey (1859 - 1931)

    Charles Comiskey started his playing career as a pitcher, and moved to first base after developing arm trouble. He entered the American Association in 1882 with the St. Louis Brown Stockings. He managed the team during parts of its first seasons and took over full-time in 1885, leading the Browns to four consecutive American Association […]

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  • Charles Cornwallis

    1738 - 1805

    Charles Cornwallis (1738 - 1805)

    Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis KG (31 December 1738 – 5 October 1805), styled Viscount Brome between 1753 and 1762 and known as The Earl Cornwallis between 1762 and 1792, was a British Army officer and colonial administrator. In the United States and the United Kingdom he is best remembered as one of the leading […]

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  • Charles Cotton

    1630 - 1687

    Charles Cotton (1630 - 1687)

    Author and angler.

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  • Charles Crawford

    1879 - 1931

    Charles Crawford (1879 - 1931)

    Criminal. Shady Los Angeles racketeer. His murder by a Deputy District Attorney was ruled justifiable homicide.

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  • Charles D. Brown

    1887 - 1948

    Charles D. Brown (1887 - 1948)

    Actor. He appeared in 113 motion pictures from 1921 to 1949, including “Algiers,” “Ice Follies of 1939,” “The Grapes of Wrath,” “Brother Orchid,” “Roxie Hart,” “Follow the Boys,” “Notorious,” “The Big Sleep,” “Smash-Up, The Story of a Woman,” and “Tulsa.” (bio by: TLS)

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  • Charles D. Farrell

    1900 - 1990

    Charles D. Farrell (1900 - 1990)

    Silent Screen Star, Politician, Entrepreneur.  He was a popular Hollywood leading man, first silent and then early talkie movies.  By the end of the 30’s, Farrell’s star diminished but in 1938, he with several partners founded the fabled Hollywood Racquet Club which became the watering hole of the stars in Palm Springs that took a […]

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  • Charles Dalton

    1869 - 1942

    Charles Dalton (1869 - 1942)

    Actor. A stage and film actor of the 1900s to 1930s, he appeared in films such as “The Fighting Odds”(1917), “ The Eternal Magdalene” (1919), and “The Wakefield Case” (1921). SOme of his Broadway appearances include “The Helmet of Navarre” (1901), “The Fires of St. John” (1904), “The Straight Road” (1907), “The Man Inside” (1913), […]

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  • Charles Dana Gibson

    1867 - 1944

    Charles Dana Gibson (1867 - 1944)

    Artist. Born the son of an amateur artist in Roxbury, Massachusetts, he learned silhouette cutting from his father at an early age. He attended the Art Students League School in Manhattan for two years before he started plying his trade as a freelance artist, selling sketches to Life Magazine. Harper’s Weekly, Scribners and Colliers Magazine. […]

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  • Charles Darwin

    1809 - 1882

    Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882)

    Charles Robert Darwin, (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory. He established that all species of life have descended over time from common ancestors, and in a joint publication with Alfred Russel Wallace introduced his scientific theory that this branching pattern […]

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  • Charles de Gaulle

    1890 - 1970

    Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970)

    Charles André Joseph Marie de Gaulle (22 November 1890 – 9 November 1970) was the dominant military and political leader of France for much of the period from 1940 to 1969. As an army colonel, in 1940 he bravely had some success against the Nazis, when other French units were suffering losses. Refusing to accept […]

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  • Charles Demuth

    1883 - 1935

    Charles Demuth (1883 - 1935)

    Painter. An outstanding watercolorist, he later pioneered abstract art in the United States with a style called Precisionism. His most famous painting, “The Figure 5 in Gold” (1928), was a forerunner of the Pop Art movement and greatly influenced such figures as Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns. Demuth was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, where he […]

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  • Charles Denner

    1926 - 1995

    Charles Denner (1926 - 1995)

    Denner was born in 1926 in the city of Tarnów in south-eastern Poland, before emigrating with his family to France at the age of four. During World War II, his family took refuge in Brive-la-Gaillarde, where they were helped by Rabbi David Feuerwerker. During WWII Charles Denner was a Free French partisan in the Vercors […]

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  • Charles DeWolf Brownell

    1822 - 1909

    Charles DeWolf Brownell (1822 - 1909)

    Artist.  He was raised in Connecticut and became an attorney in 1843.  In the early 1850s an illness led Brownell to give up practicing law for a career as a painter.  In 1854 he received an honorary Master of Arts degree from Hartford’s Trinity College.  After several years of study, in 1860 Brownell established a […]

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