• R. G. Armstrong

    1917 - 2012

    R. G. Armstrong (1917 - 2012)

    Actor. Robert Golden Armstrong was born in the deep South to parents who were practitioners of Fundamentalism, they had aspirations of their son one day becoming a pastor. He had other plans and pursued his desire of becoming an entertainer. He enrolled at the University of North Carolina where he attained a Masters degree in […]

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  • R. J. Adams

    1942 - 2015

    R. J. Adams (1942 - 2015)

    R. J. Adams was born in St. Catharines, Ontario where he spent his early childhood until his family headed across the border to Niagara Falls, New York. Known to his friends as Bob Adams, the aspiring actor/radio D.J. spent just a couple of years attending Bishop Duffy High school before dropping out and moving to […]

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  • Raaj Kumar

    1926 - 1996

    Raaj Kumar (1926 - 1996)

    Raaj Kumar was born in Loralai, Balochistan, Pakistan in a Kashmiri Pandit family. In the late 1940s he moved to Mumbai, India where he became Sub-inspector of the Mumbai Police. He married Jennifer, an Anglo-Indian, whom he met on a flight where she was the airhostess. She later changed her name to Gayatri per Hindu […]

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  • Rabindranath Tagore

    1861 - 1941

    Rabindranath Tagore (1861 - 1941)

    Rabindranath Tagore (Listeni/rəˈbindrəˈnɑːt ˈtɑːɡɔr/; Bengali pronunciation: [robind̪ro nat̪ʰ ʈʰakur]), also written Rabīndranātha Thākura, (7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941),γ[›] sobriquet Gurudev,δ[›] was a Bengali polymath who reshaped Bengali literature and music, as well as Indian art with Contextual Modernism in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Author of Gitanjali and its “profoundly sensitive, […]

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  • Rachel Jackson

    1767 - 1828

    Rachel Jackson (1767 - 1828)

    Rachel Donelson Robards Jackson, born Rachel Donelson, (June 15, 1767 – December 22, 1828) was the wife of Andrew Jackson, the 7th President of the United States. She lived with him at their home at The Hermitage, but died before his inauguration in 1829, and therefore was never First Lady. Rachel Donelson was born near […]

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  • Rachel Roberts

    1927 - 1980

    Rachel Roberts (1927 - 1980)

    Rachel Roberts was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. After a Baptist upbringing (against which she rebelled), followed by study at the University of Wales and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, she began working with a repertory company in Swansea in 1950. She made her film debut in the Welsh-set comedy Valley of Song (1953), […]

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  • Raf Vallone

    1916 - 2002

    Raf Vallone (1916 - 2002)

    Raffaele “Raf” Vallone (17 February 1916 – 31 October 2002) was an Italian footballer, actor and an international film star. Born in Tropea, Calabria, the son of a lawyer, Vallone attended Liceo classico Cavour in Turin, and studied Law and Philosophy at the University of Turin and entered his father’s law firm. He played professional Football […]

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  • Raleigh Bond

    1935 - 1989

    Raleigh Bond (1935 - 1989)

    Actor. He appeared in “The Onion Field” (1979), “Pennies from Heaven” (1981), “The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” (1982), and as ‘Raleigh’ on the television series “Alice”(1979 to 1981).

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  • Ralph Bellamy

    1904 - 1991

    Ralph Bellamy (1904 - 1991)

    Ralph Rexford Bellamy was born in Chicago, Illinois. He was the son of Lilla Louise (née Smith), a native of Canada, and Charles Rexford Bellamy. He ran away from home when he was 15 and managed to get into a road show. He toured with road shows before finally landing in New York. He began […]

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  • Ralph Michael

    1907 - 1994

    Ralph Michael (1907 - 1994)

    Ralph Michael (26 September 1907 – 9 November 1994) was an English actor. He was born as Ralph Champion Shotter in London. His film appearances included Dead of Night, A Night to Remember, Children of the Damned, Grand Prix, The Assassination Bureau, and Empire of the Sun. Television credits include: The Adventures of Robin Hood, A […]

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  • Ralph Nelson

    1916 - 1987

    Ralph Nelson (1916 - 1987)

    Ralph Nelson was born into a Swedish-American family in Long Island City, New York in 1916. He became interested in the theater while attending high school, and won an oratory contest sponsored by the “New York Times” in 1932. His interest in the theater lead him to Broadway, where he worked as an errand boy […]

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  • Ralph Waite

    1928 - 2014

    Ralph Waite (1928 - 2014)

    Ralph Waite Ralph Waite (June 22, 1928 – February 13, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and political activist, best known for his role as John Walton, Sr. on The Waltons, which he occasionally directed. In addition, Waite appeared in many guest roles on numerous television series, most recently in a recurring role in […]

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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson

    1803 - 1882

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803 - 1882)

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient critic of the countervailing pressures of society, and he disseminated his thoughts through dozens of published essays and […]

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  • Ramsay Ames

    1919 - 1998

    Ramsay Ames (1919 - 1998)

    Actress. Born Phillips Ames, she was a dancer and a model at the Eastman Kodak-sponsored fashion show at the 1939 New York World’s Fair. Invited to a screen test at Columbia Studios California, she made her film debut in “Two Senoritas from Chicago” (1943). She became a very popular B-movie leading lady appearing in films […]

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  • Ramsey Hughes

    1928 - 1928

    Ramsey Hughes (1928 - 1928)

    Ramsey Hughes Patsy Cline had participated in a benefit concert in Kansas City for the family of a disc jockey (“Cactus” Jack Call) who had died in a car accident. Ramsey (Randy) Hughes, Patsy Cline, Hawkshaw Hawkins, and Cowboy Copas, were all in Hughes Piper Comanche, when it crashed just west of Camden, Tennessee in […]

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  • Rand Brooks

    1918 - 2003

    Rand Brooks (1918 - 2003)

    After leaving school, he managed to get a screen test at MGM and was given a bit part in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938). His big fame came with his part as Charles Hamilton in Gone with the Wind (1939). After Gone With the Wind, he had relatively small parts in other movies including Babes […]

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  • Randolph Scott

    1898 - 1987

    Randolph Scott (1898 - 1987)

    Randolph Scott Actor. His film career spanned from 1928 until 1962 and was a leading man for all but his first three years. He is remembered for his roles as a Western hero, as out of his more than 100 film appearances, over 60 were of the Western film genre. Born George Randolph Scott, the […]

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  • Randy Rhoads

    1956 - 1982

    Randy Rhoads (1956 - 1982)

    Randy Rhoads Randall William “Randy” Rhoads (December 6, 1956 – March 19, 1982) was an American heavy metal guitarist who played with Ozzy Osbourne and Quiet Riot. He died in a plane accident while on tour with Osbourne in Florida in 1982. A devoted student of classical guitar, Rhoads combined his classical music influences with […]

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  • Randy Savage

    1952 - 2011

    Randy Savage (1952 - 2011)

    Randy Savage was an American professional wrestler and occasional color commentator best known for his time in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) and World Championship Wrestling (WCW). He is considered to be one of the greatest pro wrestlers in history. Savage won 20 championships during his 32-year career. He held six world championships between the […]

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  • Raoul Walsh

    1887 - 1980

    Raoul Walsh (1887 - 1980)

    Walsh was born in New York as Albert Edward Walsh to Elizabeth T. Bruff, the daughter of Irish Catholic immigrants and Thomas W. Walsh, an Englishman. Like his younger brother, he was part of Omega Gamma Delta during his high school days. Growing up in New York, Walsh was also a friend of the Barrymore […]

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  • Raúl Juliá

    1940 - 1994

    Raúl Juliá (1940 - 1994)

    Juliá was born in Floral Park, a subsector of San Juan, to Olga Arcelay and Raúl Juliá. He was the oldest of four brothers and sisters. His mother was a mezzo-soprano who sang at a church choir before marrying Juliá’s father, who was an electrical engineer graduated from Tri-State University. Some relatives were also musicians, […]

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  • Ray Abruzzese

    1937 - 2011

    Ray Abruzzese (1937 - 2011)

    Raymond Lewis Abruzzese, Jr. (October 27, 1937 – August 22, 2011) was an American college and professional football player.  Abruzzese was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A defensive back, he played college football at the University of Alabama, and played professionally in the American Football League for the Buffalo Bills from 1962 through 1964, when the […]

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  • Ray Bolger

    1904 - 1987

    Ray Bolger (1904 - 1987)

    Ray Bolger Ray Bolger, the loose-limbed song-and-dance man who became known to millions as the Scarecrow in ”The Wizard of Oz,” died yesterday of cancer in Los Angeles. He had his 83d birthday last Saturday and lived in Beverly Hills. Among his many roles on stage, screen and television in a career than spanned six […]

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  • Ray Bradbury

    1920 - 2012

    Ray Bradbury (1920 - 2012)

    Ray Bradbury was an American science fiction writer whose works were translated in more than 40 languages and sold millions of copies around the world. Although he created a world of new technical and intellectual ideas, he never obtained a driver’s license and had never driven a car. He was born Ray Douglas Bradbury on […]

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  • Ray Combs

    1956 - 1996

    Ray Combs (1956 - 1996)

    Ray Combs Ray Combs, the 40-year-old former host of TV’s “The New Family Feud” game show, committed suicide, dying Sunday at Glendale Adventist Hospital a day after he had been admitted for an unrelated head injury, authorities said. Neither hospital officials nor Glendale police, who are investigating along with the county coroner’s office, would say […]

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  • Ray Corrigan

    1902 - 1976

    Ray Corrigan (1902 - 1976)

    Ray Corrigan’s career in Hollywood began as a physical fitness instructor and physical culture trainer to the stars. In the early 1930s he did stunts and bit parts in several films. Many of his early roles were in ape costumes, for example, as a gorilla in Tarzan and His Mate (1934) and an “orangopoid” in […]

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  • Ray Danton

    1931 - 1992

    Ray Danton (1931 - 1992)

    Danton was born Raymond Caplan in New York City, the son of Myrtle (née Menkin) and Jack Caplan. His family was Jewish, and he was a descendant of the Vilna Gaon.  Danton entered show business as a child radio actor on NBC radio’s Let’s Pretend show in 1943. Danton did many stage roles whilst attending […]

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  • Ray Dolby

    1933 - 2013

    Ray Dolby (1933 - 2013)

    Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Esther Eufemia (née Strand) and Earl Milton Dolby, an inventor. He was raised in San Francisco and attended Sequoia High School (class of 1951) in Redwood City, California. As a teenager in the decade following World War II, he held part-time and summer jobs at Ampex […]

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  • Ray Harryhausen

    1920 - 2013

    Ray Harryhausen (1920 - 2013)

    Harryhausen was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Martha L. (née Reske) and Frederick W. Harryhausen. Of German descent, the family surname was originally spelled “Herrenhausen”.  After having seen King Kong (1933) for the first of many times on its initial release, Harryhausen spent his early years experimenting in the production of animated […]

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  • Ray Kroc

    1902 - 1984

    Ray Kroc (1902 - 1984)

    Kroc was born on October 5, 1902 in Oak Park, near Chicago, to parents of Czech origin, Rose Mary (Hrach) and Louis Kroc. His father was from the village Břasy near Plzeň, Bohemia (now the Czech Republic). He grew up and spent most of his life in Oak Park, Illinois. During the First World War […]

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