• John Murray Anderson

    1886 - 1954

    John Murray Anderson (1886 - 1954)

    John Murray Anderson was born in 1886 in St. John’s, Newfoundland, the son of Hon. John Anderson and his wife. His brother was Hugh Abercrombie Anderson. Anderson received his early education at Bishop Feild College in St. John’s. He was sent to Europe for additional studies at Edinburgh Academy in Scotland. He entered college at […]

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  • John Neville

    1925 - 2011

    John Neville (1925 - 2011)

    Neville was born in Willesden, London, the son of Mabel Lillian (née Fry) and Reginald Daniel Neville, a lorry driver. He was educated at Willesden and Chiswick County Schools for Boys, and after World War II service in the Royal Navy trained as an actor at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, before starting his […]

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  • John Pesky

    1919 - 2012

    John Pesky (1919 - 2012)

    Pesky was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Croat immigrants Jakov and Marija (Bajama) Paveskovich. (Major League Baseball has his date of birth as September 27, 1919, an adjustment made by Pesky in 1939 to meet baseball scouting age limits for tryouts.)  Pesky played for Lincoln High School, and spent several years playing for […]

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  • John Phillip Law

    1937 - 2008

    John Phillip Law (1937 - 2008)

    Law was born in Los Angeles, California, the son of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriff John Law and actress Phyllis Sallee and the brother of actor Thomas Augustus Law (also known as Tom Law). He worked as a film extra as a child, and had a non-speaking role as a courtroom page in John Sturges’s The […]

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  • John Pinette

    1964 - 2014

    John Pinette (1964 - 2014)

    John Pinette John Paul Pinette (/pɨˈnɛt/ pə-net; March 23, 1964 – April 5, 2014) was an American actor and stand-up comedian. He toured the comedy club circuit beginning in the 1980s and appeared in cinema and on television. Besides stand-up, Pinette did impressions of The Chipmunks, Elvis Presley, Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, […]

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  • John Quade

    1938 - 2009

    John Quade (1938 - 2009)

    Born in Kansas City, Kansas, Quade attended Perry Rural High School in Perry, Kansas before transferring to Highland Park High School in Topeka on September 7, 1954. While at Highland Park, he was a football tackle and also participated in basketball and track. He was a member of the Stamp, Radio, and Chess/Checkers clubs. He […]

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  • John Qualen

    1899 - 1987

    John Qualen (1899 - 1987)

    John Qualen (born Johan Mandt Kvalen, December 8, 1899 – September 12, 1987) was a Canadian-American character actor of Norwegian heritage who specialized in Scandinavian roles.  Qualen was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of immigrants from Norway; his father was a Lutheran minister and changed the family’s original surname, “Kvalen”, to “Qualen”. Qualen […]

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  • John Quincy Adams

    1767 - 1848

    John Quincy Adams (1767 - 1848)

    John Quincy Adams 6th United States President, Presidential Cabinet Secretary, US Congressman. The son of 2nd United States President John Adams, he was born less than 75 feet from the birthplace house of his father in Braintree, Massachusetts. As a youth he was extremely fearful for the life of his father who had signed his […]

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  • John R. Silber

    1926 - 2012

    John R. Silber (1926 - 2012)

    Silber was born in San Antonio, Texas, the second son of Paul George Silber, an immigrant architect from Germany, and Jewell (née Joslin) Silber, a Texas-born elementary school teacher. Both of his parents were Presbyterians. As an adult, he learned that his father’s side of the family was Jewish and that his aunt had been […]

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  • John Randolph

    1915 - 2004

    John Randolph (1915 - 2004)

    Randolph was born in New York City, the son of Jewish immigrants from Russia and Romania. His mother, Dorothy (née Shorr), was an insurance agent, and his father, Louis Cohen, was a hat manufacturer. In the 1930s, he spent his summers at the Pine Brook Country Club in Nichols, Connecticut which was the summer home […]

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  • John Rice

    1918 - 2011

    John Rice (1918 - 2011)

    John Rice was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the American League for nineteen seasons. Rice umpired in three All-Star Games and four World Series. Rice was born in Homestead, Pennsylvania. He played semi-professional baseball in Chicago before joining the United States Marine Corps during World War II, serving from 1942 […]

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  • John Ritter

    1948 - 2003

    John Ritter (1948 - 2003)

    John Ritter Actor. A figure in television and motion pictures, he is fondly remembered for his role in the television comedy series “Three’s Company” and “8 Simple Rules for Dating my Daughter.” He received an Emmy and a Golden Globe award for his work on “Three’s Company.” The youngest son of movie and television singing […]

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  • John Russell

    1921 - 1991

    John Russell (1921 - 1991)

    Born in Los Angeles, California, he fit the Hollywood image of tall, dark, and handsome. He attended the University of California as a student athlete. Following the outbreak of World War II, he joined the United States Marines, though he was initially rejected because of his height (6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)). He was […]

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  • John Russo

    1909 - 1978

    John Russo (1909 - 1978)

    His nickname was Big Pussy and he was a powerful and respected member of the Genovese Organized Crime Family. New Jersey was the base of his operations all his life. His younger brother Anthony, who was a Captain in the Genovese Family, was nicknamed Little Pussy. During the 1960s, FBI wiretaps overheard New Jersey mobsters […]

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  • John Schlesinger

    1926 - 2003

    John Schlesinger (1926 - 2003)

    Schlesinger was born in London, into a middle-class Jewish family, the son of Winifred Henrietta (née Regensburg) and Bernard Edward Schlesinger, a physician. After St Edmund’s School, Hindhead, Uppingham School and Balliol College, Oxford, he worked as an actor. Schlesinger’s acting career began in the 1950s and consisted of supporting roles in British films such as […]

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  • John Stephenson

    1923 - 2015

    John Stephenson (1923 - 2015)

    John Winfield Stephenson was born in Kenosha, Wisconsin, the oldest son of Ray and Martha Stephenson. Stephenson went to Ripon College and was active in campus drama. Stephenson wanted to be a lawyer and studied at the University of Wisconsin Law School. After serving in the United States Army Air Forces, as a gunner and […]

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  • John Sullivan

    1919 - 1967

    John Sullivan (1919 - 1967)

    John Sullivan John “Lonzo” Sullivan, of Lonzo & Oscar, is born in Edmonton, Kentucky. Brother of Rollin “Oscar” Sullivan, he becomes the second of three people to play Lonzo in the Grand Ole Opry musical comedy duo from 1950 until his death in 1967  

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  • John Tate

    1955 - 1998

    John Tate (1955 - 1998)

    John Tate Born in Marion, Arkansas. John lost in the finals of the 1975 National Golden Gloves to Emory Chapman. He lost in the quarterfinals the next year in a split decision to Michael Dokes. He would return to win against Dokes in the Olympic Trials by decision, and beat 1976 National AAU Champion Marvin […]

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  • John Tavener

    1944 - 2013

    John Tavener (1944 - 2013)

    Tavener was born on 28 January 1944 in Wembley, London. His parents ran a family building firm and his father was also an organist at St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Frognal, Hampstead. At the age of 12, Tavener was taken to Glyndebourne to hear Mozart’s The Magic Flute, a work he loved for the rest […]

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  • John Thaw

    1942 - 2002

    John Thaw (1942 - 2002)

    Thaw was born in Longsight, Manchester, to working class parents Dorothy (née Ablott) and John, a long-distance lorry driver. Thaw had a difficult childhood as his mother left when he was seven years old and he did not see her again for 12 years. His younger brother, Raymond Stuart “Ray” emigrated to Australia in the […]

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  • John Tyler

    1790 - 1862

    John Tyler (1790 - 1862)

    John Tyler John Tyler became the tenth President of the United States (1841–1845) when William Henry Harrison, his running mate, died in April 1841. He was the first Vice President elevated to President after the death of a predecessor. Dubbed “His Accidency” by his detractors, John Tyler was the first Vice President to be elevated […]

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  • John Updike

    1932 - 2009

    John Updike (1932 - 2009)

    Updike’s most famous work is his “Rabbit” series (the novels Rabbit, Run; Rabbit Redux; Rabbit Is Rich; Rabbit At Rest; and the novella “Rabbit Remembered”), which chronicles the life of the middle-class everyman Harry “Rabbit” Angstrom over the course of several decades, from young adulthood to death. Both Rabbit Is Rich (1982) and Rabbit At […]

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  • John Vernon

    1932 - 2005

    John Vernon (1932 - 2005)

    Vernon was born Adolphus Raymondus Vernon Agopsowicz in Zehner, Saskatchewan, and was baptised at Sacred Heart Catholic parish in the nearby town of Arat. He was one of two sons of Adolf Agopsowicz, a grocer, and his wife Eleonore Krückel (also spelled as Kriekle or Kriekel). Both parents’ families emigrated to the Edenwold district in […]

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  • John Wolfe Barry

    1836 - 1918

    John Wolfe Barry (1836 - 1918)

    Wolfe-Barry was educated at Glenalmond and King’s College London, where he was a pupil of civil engineer Sir John Hawkshaw, as was Henry Marc Brunel, son of the great Isambard Kingdom Brunel. Barry and Hawkshaw worked on railway bridge crossings across the Thames, among other projects (Brunel pursued his own business from 1871, but in […]

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  • John Wood

    1930 - 2011

    John Wood (1930 - 2011)

    John Wood was born 5 July 1930 in Derbyshire, England, and was educated at Bedford School. He did his national service as a lieutenant with the Royal Artillery, where he was invalided out after being accidentally shot in the back and later almost killed in a jeep accident. He read law at Jesus College, Oxford. He […]

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  • John, King of England

    1166 - 1216

    John, King of England (1166 - 1216)

    John was born to Henry II of England and Eleanor of Aquitaine on 24 December 1166. Henry had inherited significant territories along the Atlantic seaboard—Anjou, Normandy and England—and expanded his empire by conquering Brittany. Henry married the powerful Eleanor of Aquitaine, who reigned over the Duchy of Aquitaine and had a tenuous claim to Toulouse […]

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  • Johnnie Cochran

    1937 - 2005

    Johnnie Cochran (1937 - 2005)

    Johnnie Cochran Johnnie L Cochran, Jr. (October 2, 1937 – March 29, 2005) Legal Figure. He was best known for successfully defending Football star O.J. Simpson from 1994 to 1995 on double homicide charges as part of Simpson’s “Dream Team.” Cochran, who originally was from Shreveport, Louisiana, moved to Los Angeles, California, at a young age […]

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  • Johnnie Wright

    1914 - 2011

    Johnnie Wright (1914 - 2011)

    Johnnie Wright Wright first performed with Anglin in 1936. In 1937, he married Kitty Wells. The two, along with Wright’s sister Louise, performed as Johnnie Wright & the Harmony Girls. In 1939, Wright and Anglin formed the duo Johnnie & Jack. They teamed up full-time in the 1940s and, except for the time Anglin spent […]

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  • Johnny Cash

    1932 - 2003

    Johnny Cash (1932 - 2003)

    Johnny Cash Born Feb. 26th, 1932, in Kingsland, Ark., Johnny Cash was born John R. Cash, one of seven children belonging to Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash. When John was 3 years old, his father took advantage of a new Roosevelt farm program and moved his young family to Dyess Colony in northeast Arkansas. There […]

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  • Johnny Horton

    1925 - 1960

    Johnny Horton (1925 - 1960)

    Johnny Horton Although he is better-remembered for his historical songs, Johnny Horton was one of the best and most popular honky tonk singers of the late ’50s. Horton managed to infuse honky tonk with an urgent rockabilly underpinning. His career may have been cut short by a fatal car crash in 1960, but his music […]

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