• George Hackathorne

    1896 - 1940

    George Hackathorne (1896 - 1940)

    Actor. Entered movies in 1916 and played Sid Sawyer in “Tom Sawyer” and “Huck and Tom,” 1917 and 1918 respectively, at the request of Mary Pickford. He went on to play minor roles in a number of films but did not fare too well with the coming of sound. His last film role was that […]

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  • George A. Miller

    1920 - 2012

    George A. Miller (1920 - 2012)

    Miller was born on February 3, 1920, in Charleston, West Virginia, the son of an executive at a steel company, George E. Miller, and Florence (Armitage) Miller. Soon after, his parents divorced. He grew up with only his mother during the Great Depression, attended public school, and graduated from Charleston High School in 1937. He […]

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  • George Abbott

    1887 - 1995

    George Abbott (1887 - 1995)

    George Abbott was born in Forestville, New York to George Burwell Abbott (May 1858 Erie County, New York – February 4, 1942 Hamburg, New York) and Hannah May McLaury (1869 – June 20, 1940 Hamburg, New York). He later moved to the town of Salamanca, which twice elected his father mayor. In 1898, his family […]

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  • George Allen

    1918 - 1990

    George Allen (1918 - 1990)

    Allen was born in Nelson County, Virginia, the son of Loretta M. and Earl Raymond Allen, who was recorded in the 1920 and 1930 U.S. census records for Wayne County, Michigan as working as a chauffeur to a private family. He earned varsity letters in football, track and basketball at Lake Shore High School in […]

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  • George Archainbaud

    1890 - 1959

    George Archainbaud (1890 - 1959)

    In the beginning of his career he worked on stage as an actor and manager. He came to the United States in 1915, and started his film career as an assistant director to Emile Chautard at the World Film Company in Fort Lee, New Jersey. In 1917 he made his own directorial debut As Man […]

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  • George Baker

    1931 - 1970

    George Baker (1931 - 1970)

    Baker was born in Varna, Bulgaria. His father was an English businessman and honorary vice consul and his mother a Red Cross nurse who moved to Bulgaria to help fight cholera. He attended Lancing College, Sussex; he then appeared as an actor in repertory theatre and at the Old Vic. Baker’s third wife, Louie Ramsay, […]

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  • George Biddell Airy

    1801 - 1892

    George Biddell Airy (1801 - 1892)

    Airy was born at Alnwick, one of a long line of Airys who traced their descent back to a family of the same name residing at Kentmere, in Westmorland, in the 14th century. The branch to which he belonged, having suffered in the English Civil War, moved to Lincolnshire and became farmers. Airy was educated […]

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  • George Brent

    1904 - 1979

    George Brent (1904 - 1979)

    George Brent was born George Brendan Nolan in Ballinasloe, County Galway in 1904 to John J. and Mary (née McGuinness) Nolan. His mother was a native of Clonfad, County Westmeath. During the Irish War of Independence (1919–1922), Brent was part of the IRA. He fled Ireland with a bounty set on his head by the […]

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  • George Burns

    1896 - 1996

    George Burns (1896 - 1996)

    George Burns Was an American comedian, award-winning actor and best-selling writer. George Burns was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar-smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three-quarters of a century. When Burns was 79, his career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved […]

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  • George Carlin

    1937 - 2008

    George Carlin (1937 - 2008)

    George Carlin Comedian. A provocative and influential standup performer, he is best known for his “Seven Dirty Words” routine which led to the 1978 United States Supreme Court case “F.C.C. v. Pacifica Foundation” that established the American government’s right to regulate profanity on the public airwaves. The decision also propelled his career forward. In general, […]

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  • George Charles Scott “Boomer”

    1944 - 2013

    George Charles Scott “Boomer” (1944 - 2013)

    Scott was born March 23, 1944, in Greenville, Mississippi, as the youngest of three children. His father, a cotton farm laborer, died when George Jr. was two years old, and young George was picking cotton by age nine. “That’s all we knew,” he said. “The reason you did that, all of that money was turned […]

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  • George Coe

    1929 - 2015

    George Coe (1929 - 2015)

    George Coe (May 10, 1929 – July 18, 2015) was an American film, stage and television actor. George Coe was born George Julian Cohen in Jamaica, Queens, New York. His Broadway theater career began in 1957 and included turns as “M. Lindsey Woolsey” opposite Angela Lansbury in the original production of Mame; as “Owen O’Malley” in […]

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  • George Cole

    1925 - 2015

    George Cole (1925 - 2015)

    George Cole was born in Tooting, London. He was given up for adoption at ten days old and adopted by George and Florence Cole, Tooting council employee and cleaner respectively. He attended secondary school in nearby Morden. He left school at 14 to be a butcher’s boy, and had an ambition to join the Merchant […]

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  • George Dewey Hay

    1895 - 1968

    George Dewey Hay (1895 - 1968)

    George Dewey Hay Rightfully given credit as the founder of WSM’s Grand Ole Opry, George Dewey Hay was a remarkable visionary and colorful romantic who played a vital role in the commercializing and promotion of country music. Following service in the army, the Indiana native made his way to Memphis, where he worked as a […]

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  • George Eastman

    1854 - 1932

    George Eastman (1854 - 1932)

    Eastman was born in Waterville, New York to George Washington Eastman and Maria Eastman (née Kilbourn), the youngest child, at the 10-acre farm which his parents bought in 1849. He had two older sisters, Ellen Maria and Katie. He was largely self-educated, although he attended a private school in Rochester after the age of eight. […]

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  • George Furth

    1932 - 2008

    George Furth (1932 - 2008)

    Furth was born George Schweinfurth in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Evelyn (née Tuerk) and George Schweinfurth. He received a Bachelor of Science in Speech at Northwestern University in 1954 and received his master’s degree from Columbia University.  A life member of the Actors Studio, Furth made his Broadway debut as an actor in the […]

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  • George Gershwin

    1898 - 1937

    George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)

    George Gershwin George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin’s compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as […]

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  • George Gobel

    1919 - 1991

    George Gobel (1919 - 1991)

    He was born George Leslie Goebel in Chicago, Illinois, His father, Hermann Goebel, was a butcher and grocer who had emigrated to the United States with his parents in the 1890s from the Austrian Empire. His mother, Lillian (MacDonald) Goebel, was born in Illinois to immigrant parents from Scotland. He was an only child.  Gobel […]

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  • George Harrison

    1943 - 2001

    George Harrison (1943 - 2001)

    George Harrison A master musician, a film producer and actor, best known as the lead guitarist and occasionally lead vocalist of The Beatles, George Harrison was born February 25, 1943, in Liverpool, Merseyside, England. He was also the youngest of four children, born to Harold and Louise Harrison. Like his future band mates, Harrison was […]

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  • George I of Great Britain

    1660 - 1727

    George I of Great Britain (1660 - 1727)

    George was born on 28 May 1660 in Hanover in the Holy Roman Empire. He was the eldest son of Ernest Augustus, Duke of Brunswick-Lüneburg, and his wife, Sophia of the Palatinate. Sophia was the granddaughter of King James I of England through her mother, Elizabeth of Bohemia.  For the first year of his life, […]

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  • George II of Great Britain

    1683 - 1760

    George II of Great Britain (1683 - 1760)

    George was born in the city of Hanover in Germany, and was the son of George Louis, Hereditary Prince of Brunswick-Lüneburg (later King George I of Great Britain), and his wife, Sophia Dorothea of Celle. Both of George’s parents committed adultery, and in 1694 their marriage was dissolved on the pretext that Sophia had abandoned […]

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  • George Jessel

    1898 - 1981

    George Jessel (1898 - 1981)

    George Jessel Known as “The Toastmaster General of the United States.” He was born to a poor Jewish family in Harlem, New York . His father was an unsuccessful playwright who declared that George would “…never be an actor as long as I live.” His father died by the time he was 9, when George […]

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  • George Jones

    1931 - 2013

    George Jones (1931 - 2013)

    George Jones Born on September 12, 1931 in Saratoga, Texas, and was raised in Vidor, Texas, with his brother and five sisters. His father, George Washington Jones, worked in a shipyard and played harmonica and guitar while his mother, Clara, played piano in the Pentecostal Church on Sundays. During his delivery, one of the doctors dropped Jones and broke […]

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  • George Kaufman

    1889 - 1961

    George Kaufman (1889 - 1961)

    Born to a Jewish family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he graduated from high school in 1907 and “tried law school for three months” but grew disenchanted and took on a series of odd jobs, including “selling hatbands”. George Kaufman then began his career as a journalist and drama critic; he was the drama editor for The […]

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  • George Lindsey

    1928 - 2012

    George Lindsey (1928 - 2012)

    George Lindsey George Lindsey, the actor who portrayed the country-bumpkin mechanic Goober Pyle on “The Andy Griffith Show,” died Sunday after a brief illness, his family said. He was 83. Lindsey’s character Goober Pyle joined the hit sitcom in 1964 as the cousin of Gomer Pyle, played by Jim Nabors. When the show ended four […]

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  • George McGovern

    1922 - 2012

    George McGovern (1922 - 2012)

    George McGovern George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator, and the Democratic Party presidential nominee in the 1972 presidential election.  McGovern grew up in Mitchell, South Dakota, where he was a renowned debater. He volunteered for the U.S. Army Air Forces upon the […]

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  • George Montgomery

    1916 - 2000

    George Montgomery (1916 - 2000)

    Montgomery was born George Montgomery Letz, the youngest of fifteen children of Ukrainian immigrant parents, in Brady, in Pondera County, northern Montana. He was reared on a large ranch where as a part of daily life he learned to ride horses and work cattle. Letz studied at the University of Montana in Missoula for a […]

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  • George Moran

    1893 - 1957

    George Moran (1893 - 1957)

    Gangster. The way he got his nickname is disputed. It is believed it comes for his imaginative but impractical plans for robbing banks and kidnapping millionaires in Chicago during the 1920s or from those who thought he was nuts or “buggy”. He is most known for trying to murder Al Capone. Capone was after Moran […]

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  • George Morgan

    1924 - 1975

    George Morgan (1924 - 1975)

    George Morgan Musician. Born in Waverly, Tennessee, he was a singer-guitarist referred to as the country crooner in the 1950s. In 1948, he became a member of the Grand Ole Opry and recorded the song “Candy Kisses” which was a number one hit on the country music Billboard charts in 1949. His other hits included […]

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  • George Murphy

    1902 - 1992

    George Murphy (1902 - 1992)

    He was born in New Haven, Connecticut, of Irish Catholic extraction, the son of Michael Charles “Mike” Murphy, athletic trainer and coach, and the former Nora Long. He was educated at Peddie School, Trinity-Pawling School, and Yale University in his native New Haven. He worked as a tool maker for the Ford Motor Company, as […]

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