• E. C. Segar

    1894 - 1938

    E. C. Segar (1894 - 1938)

    Segar was born on 8 December 1894, and raised in Chester, Illinois, a small town near the Mississippi River. The son of a handyman, his earliest work experiences included assisting his father in house painting and paper hanging. Skilled at playing drums, he also provided musical accompaniment to films and vaudeville acts in the local theater, where he was eventually given the job of film projectionist at the Chester […]

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  • E. L. Konigsburg

    1930 - 2013

    E. L. Konigsburg (1930 - 2013)

    Elaine Lobl was born in New York City on February 10, 1930, but grew up in small Pennsylvania towns, the second of three daughters. She was an avid reader, although reading was only “tolerated” in her family, “not sanctioned like dusting furniture or baking cookies”. She was high school valedictorian in Farrell, Pennsylvania, where there […]

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  • E.L. Doctorow

    1931 - 2015

    E.L. Doctorow (1931 - 2015)

    Doctorow was born in The Bronx, the son of Rose (Levine) and David Richard Doctorow, second-generation Americans of Russian Jewish extraction who named him after Edgar Allan Poe. His father ran a small music shop. He attended city public grade schools and The Bronx High School of Science where, surrounded by mathematically gifted children, he […]

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  • Earl Hindman

    1942 - 2003

    Earl Hindman (1942 - 2003)

    Earl John Hindman (October 20, 1942 – December 29, 2003) was an American film and television actor, best known for his role as the kindly neighbor (whose lower face was always hidden from television viewers) Wilson W. Wilson, Jr. on the television sitcom Home Improvement (1991–1999). Long before this role, however, he played villains in two […]

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  • Earl John “Sparky” Adams

    1894 - 1989

    Earl John “Sparky” Adams (1894 - 1989)

    Adams made his Major League debut with the Cubs on September 18, 1922. He played 11 games during the 1922 Chicago Cubs season. He spent the following two seasons as the team’s shortstop, splitting time at the position with Charlie Hollocher. In the 1923 Chicago Cubs season, he hit four home runs in 311 at-bats […]

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  • Earl Morrall

    1934 - 2014

    Earl Morrall (1934 - 2014)

    Morrall led Muskegon High School in Muskegon, Michigan, to a state football championship in 1951, setting off a determined recruiting effort by the University of Michigan, the University of Notre Dame and Michigan State University. At that time, the Notre Dame did not participate in post-season bowl games. The efforts of the colleges were enough for the principal of Muskegon High, George A. Manning, to […]

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  • Earl Scruggs

    1924 - 2012

    Earl Scruggs (1924 - 2012)

    Earl Scruggs Scruggs was born and grew up in the Flint Hill community in Cleveland County, North Carolina, to Georgia Lula Ruppe and George Elam Scruggs, a farmer and bookkeeper, who played banjo and died when Scruggs was four years old. His older brothers, Junie and Horace, plus his two older sisters, Eula Mae and […]

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  • Earl Strom

    1927 - 1994

    Earl Strom (1927 - 1994)

    Hall of Fame Professional Basketball Referee. He was a professional basketball referee for 29 years, with service in both the National Basketball Association and the American Basketball Association, retiring in 1990 with over 2,400 games officiated. In addition, he participated in 29 NBA and ABA finals, 295 playoff, and 7 all-star games. He had a […]

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  • Earl Weaver

    1930 - 2013

    Earl Weaver (1930 - 2013)

    He was the son of Earl Milton Weaver, a dry cleaner who cleaned the uniforms of the St. Louis Cardinals and Browns, and Ethel Genieve Wakefield. After playing for Beaumont High School in his hometown, St. Louis, Missouri, the 17-year-old Weaver was signed by the St. Louis Cardinals in 1948 as a second baseman. A […]

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  • Eartha Kitt

    1927 - 2008

    Eartha Kitt (1927 - 2008)

    Eartha Kitt Kitt was active in numerous social causes in the 1950s and 1960s. In 1966, she established the Kittsville Youth Foundation, a chartered and non-profit organization for underprivileged youth in the Watts area of Los Angeles. She was also involved with a group of youth in the area of Anacostia in Washington, D.C., who […]

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  • Eben Byers

    1880 - 1932

    Eben Byers (1880 - 1932)

    The son of industrialist Alexander Byers, Eben Byers was educated at St. Paul’s School and Yale College, where he earned a reputation as an athlete and ladies’ man. He was the U.S. Amateur golf champion of 1906, after finishing runner-up in 1902 and 1903. Byers eventually became the chairman of the Girard Iron Company, which […]

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  • Ed Bishop

    1932 - 2005

    Ed Bishop (1932 - 2005)

    George Victor Bishop was born on 11 June 1932, the son of a Manhattan banker, in Brooklyn, New York. He attended Peekskill High School before a brief spell at teacher training college. Bishop served in the United States Army as a disc jockey with the Armed Forces Radio at St. John’s in Newfoundland where he […]

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  • Ed Bradley

    1941 - 2006

    Ed Bradley (1941 - 2006)

    Bradley was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents divorced when he was 2, after which he was raised by his mother, Gladys, who worked two jobs to make ends meet. Bradley, who was referred to with the childhood name of “Butch Bradley,” was able to see his father, who was in the vending machine business […]

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  • Ed Gein

    1906 - 1984

    Ed Gein (1906 - 1984)

    Edward Theodore Gein was born in La Crosse County, Wisconsin on August 27, 1906, the second of two boys of George Philip (August 4, 1873 – April 1, 1940) and Augusta Wilhelmine (née Lehrke) Gein (July 21, 1878 – December 29, 1945), the daughter of Prussian immigrants.[citation needed] Gein had an older brother, Henry George […]

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  • Ed Lauter

    1938 - 2013

    Ed Lauter (1938 - 2013)

    Of both German and Irish descent, Lauter was born and raised in Long Beach, New York, the son of Sally Lee, a 1920s Broadway actress and dancer, and Edward Matthew Lauter. After graduating from high school, he majored in English Literature in college and received a B.A. degree in 1961 from the C.W. Post campus […]

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  • Ed McMahon

    1923 - 2009

    Ed McMahon (1923 - 2009)

    Ed McMahon Television Personality. Born Edward Leo Peter McMahon, Jr. He was raised in Lowell, Massachusetts, and as a teenager worked as a bingo caller in Maine. He joined the Marines for World War II, serving as a fighter pilot, flight instructor and test pilot. After the war he attended Catholic University to study speech […]

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  • Eddie Acuff

    1903 - 1956

    Eddie Acuff (1903 - 1956)

    Eddie Acuff is one of those wonderful supporting actors who peopled the fascinating world of Hollywood’s A, B or Z movies. In a career spanning eighteen years he appeared in the amazing number of 251 movies and 1 TV episode! His appearances could be invisible (when deleted), hardly visible (he portrayed an endless series of […]

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  • Eddie Aikau

    1946 - 1978

    Eddie Aikau (1946 - 1978)

    Born in Kahului, Maui, Aikau was the third child of Solomon and Henrietta Aikau. Aikau first learned how to surf at Kahului Harbor on its shorebreak. He moved to Oʻahu with his family in 1959, and at the age of 16 left school and started working at the Dole pineapple cannery; The paycheck allowed Aikau […]

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  • Eddie Bracken

    1915 - 2002

    Eddie Bracken (1915 - 2002)

    Bracken was born in Astoria, Queens, New York, the son of Catherine and Joseph L. Bracken. Bracken performed in vaudeville at the age of nine and gained fame with the Broadway musical Too Many Girls in a role he reprised for the 1940 film adaptation. He had performed in a short film series called The […]

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  • Eddie Cochran

    1938 - 1960

    Eddie Cochran (1938 - 1960)

    Eddie Cochran Edward Raymond ‘Eddie’ Cochran (October 3, 1938 – April 17, 1960) was an American musician. Cochran’s rockabilly songs, such as “C’mon Everybody”, “Somethin’ Else”, and “Summertime Blues”, captured teenage frustration and desire in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He experimented with multitrack recording and overdubbing even on his earliest singles, and was […]

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  • Eddie Constantine

    1917 - 1993

    Eddie Constantine (1917 - 1993)

    Edward Constantinowsky was born in Los Angeles to immigrant parents, a Russian father and Polish mother. In pursuit of a singing career, he went to Vienna for voice training, but when he returned to America his career didn’t take off and he started taking work as a film extra. Having failed to make a career […]

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  • Eddie Fletcher

    1898 - 1933

    Eddie Fletcher (1898 - 1933)

    Gangster. One of the most prominent members of Detroit’s Purple Gang. Fletcher was born and raised in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, along with future Purples such as Abe Axler, Irving Milberg, and Abe Kaminski. Fletcher was originally a featherweight boxer and even ran for alderman in Brooklyn, but he soon turned to crime. Fletcher first arrived in […]

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  • Eddie Fontaine

    1927 - 1992

    Eddie Fontaine (1927 - 1992)

    Eddie Fontaine (March 6, 1927 – April 13, 1992) was an American actor and singer, best known for television roles in the 1960s and 1970s. Born Edward Reardon in Springfield, Massachusetts, Fontaine signed as a vocalist with RCA in 1954 after serving in the US Navy. In 1955 he appeared at the Brooklyn Paramount Theater in […]

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  • Eddie Grant

    1883 - 1918

    Eddie Grant (1883 - 1918)

    Eddie Grant Eddie Grant was a typical Deadball Era third baseman: mediocre offensively (as attested by his lifetime .249 batting average and .295 slugging percentage) but defensively reliable, particularly against the bunt. “As a batter [Grant] was noted for his ability to sacrifice,” remembered Mike Donlin, “and he could lay back near third base and […]

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  • Eddie Lincoln Anderson

    1905 - 1977

    Eddie Lincoln Anderson (1905 - 1977)

    Actor. He is best remembered for his role of ‘Rochester Van Jones’, on the “Jack Benny Show”. The son of a minstrel, Big Ed Anderson, and a circus tightrope walker, Ella May Anderson, Eddie was born into a show business family, where he joined his brother, Cornelius, in a vaudeville troop. For a while, he […]

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  • Eddie Rabbitt

    1941 - 1998

    Eddie Rabbitt (1941 - 1998)

    Eddie Rabbitt When Rabbitt arrived in Nashville during the late 1960s, a friend gave him a pet chicken. Rabbitt noted that he had “an affinity for animals” and kept the bird for a while before ultimately giving it to a farmer. During his Nashville days in the early 1970s, Rabbitt owned a pet monkey named […]

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  • Eddy Arnold

    1918 - 2008

    Eddy Arnold (1918 - 2008)

    Eddy Arnold Arnold was born on May 15, 1918 on a farm near Henderson, Tennessee. His father, a sharecropper, played the fiddle, while his mother played guitar. As a boy Arnold helped on the farm, which later gained him his nickname—the Tennessee Plowboy. Arnold attended Pinson High School in Pinson, Tennessee, where he played guitar […]

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  • Edgar Allan Poe

    1809 - 1849

    Edgar Allan Poe (1809 - 1849)

    He was born Edgar Poe in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 19, 1809, the second child of English-born actress Elizabeth Arnold Hopkins Poe and actor David Poe, Jr. He had an elder brother, William Henry Leonard Poe, and a younger sister, Rosalie Poe. Their grandfather, David Poe, Sr., had emigrated from Cavan, Ireland, to America around […]

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  • Edgar Bergen

    1903 - 1978

    Edgar Bergen (1903 - 1978)

    Edgar Bergen American ventriloquist and radio comedian whose career in vaudeville, radio, and motion pictures spanned almost 60 years. Bergen was best known as the foil of his ventriloquist’s dummy Charlie McCarthy. The Edgar Bergen-Charlie McCarthy Show was a permanent fixture on American network radio from 1937 until 1957. Other characters created by Bergen, such […]

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  • Edgar Bronfman

    1929 - 2013

    Edgar Bronfman (1929 - 2013)

    Bronfman was born in Montreal into the Jewish Canadian Bronfman family, the son of Samuel Bronfman and Saidye Rosner Bronfman. Sam and Saidye were Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe who settled and raised their four children in Montreal. Sam and his brother Allan built the family’s first liquor distillery in 1925 near Montreal. They later […]

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