• Albert King Calder

    1898 - 1964

    Albert King Calder (1898 - 1964)

    Albert King Calder Actor. He is best remembered for his role as ‘Lieutenant Grey’ in the television series “Martin Kane, Private Eye” from 1952 to 1954. He appeared in the films, “Ready For The People” (1964), “Everything’s Ducky” (1961), “Hong Kong Confidential” (1958), “Mardi Gras” (1958), “On The Threshold Of Space” (1956), “Timetable” (1956), “The […]

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  • Albert Murray

    1916 - 2013

    Albert Murray (1916 - 2013)

    Murray was born in Nokomis, Escambia County, Alabama. He attended the Tuskegee Institute and received a Bachelor’s degree in 1939. He later earned a M.A. from New York University in 1948. In 1943 he entered the U.S. Air Force, from which he retired as a major in 1962.  Murray began his writing career in earnest […]

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  • Albert Salmi

    1928 - 1990

    Albert Salmi (1928 - 1990)

    Albert Salmi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to Finnish immigrant parents. He attended Haaren High School in Manhattan. Following a stint in the United States Army during World War II, Salmi took up acting as a career, studying Method acting at the Actors Studio with Lee Strasberg. In 1955, Salmi starred as Bo […]

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  • Alberta Watson

    1955 - 2015

    Alberta Watson (1955 - 2015)

    Alberta Watson was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1955. She grew up in Toronto with her mother Grace, a factory worker, and her brother. She began performing with a local Toronto theater group, T.H.O.G. (Theater House of God), of the Bathurst Street United Church at age 15. Watson took a workshop for the Hair musical. While […]

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  • Alberto Cavalcanti

    1897 - 1982

    Alberto Cavalcanti (1897 - 1982)

    Alberto Cavalcanti was born in Rio de Janeiro, the son of a prominent mathematician. He was a precociously intelligent child, and by the age of 15 was studying law at university. Following an argument with a professor he was expelled. His father sent him to Geneva, Switzerland on condition that he did not study law […]

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  • Alberto Moravia

    1907 - 1990

    Alberto Moravia (1907 - 1990)

    Alberto Pincherle (the pen-name “Moravia” was the surname of his paternal grandmother) was born in Via Sgambati in Rome, Italy, to a wealthy middle-class family. His Jewish Venetian father, Carlo, was an architect and a painter. His Catholic Anconitan mother, Teresa Iginia de Marsanich, was of Dalmatian origin.  The family he was born in had […]

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  • Alberto Sordi

    1920 - 2003

    Alberto Sordi (1920 - 2003)

    Born in Rome to a schoolteacher and a musician, Sordi enrolled in Milan’s dramatic arts academy but was kicked out because of his thick Roman accent. In the meantime he studied to be an opera singer, a bass. It was his accent and voice that would later prove to be his trademark. In a career that […]

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  • Aldo Fabrizi

    1905 - 1990

    Aldo Fabrizi (1905 - 1990)

    Beloved, hugely popular Italian comic character actor/writer/director, in music halls and variety shows for much of his early career. Fabrizi entered films in 1942 and often wrote and directed his vehicles, winning international acclaim in the Roberto Rossellini’s neorealist drama Rome, Open City (1945), in which he played a priest who bravely defies the fascist […]

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  • Aldo Ray

    1926 - 1991

    Aldo Ray (1926 - 1991)

    Ray was born in Pen Argyl in Northampton County in eastern Pennsylvania, to an Italian family of five brothers and one sister. His brother, Mario DaRe (1933-2010), lettered in football at USC in the years 1952 to 1954, and on May 12, 1955 appeared as a contestant on the NBC quiz show You Bet Your […]

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  • Alec Clunes

    1912 - 1970

    Alec Clunes (1912 - 1970)

    Alexander “Alec” Sheriff de Moro Clunes (17 May 1912 – 13 March 1970) was an English actor and theatrical manager Among the plays he presented were Christopher Fry’s The Lady’s Not For Burning. Alec Clunes gave the actor and dramatist Peter Ustinov his first break with his production The House of Regrets. His film career was […]

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  • Alec Guinness

    1914 - 2000

    Alec Guinness (1914 - 2000)

    Guinness was born at 155 Lauderdale Mansions South, Lauderdale Road, Maida Vale, London as Alec Guinness de Cuffe. His mother’s maiden name was Agnes Cuff. She was born 8 December 1890 to Edward Cuff and Mary Ann Benfield. On Guinness’s birth certificate, the space for the mother’s name shows Agnes de Cuffe. The space for […]

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  • Alex Agase

    1922 - 2007

    Alex Agase (1922 - 2007)

    Agase was born in Chicago, Illinois to an Assyrian father and an Armenian mother. He attended Evanston Township High School, but only played on the school’s varsity football team in his senior year. After graduating, he attended the University of Illinois and played college football there as a right guard in 1941 and 1942. In […]

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  • Alex Haley

    1921 - 1992

    Alex Haley (1921 - 1992)

    Alex Haley was born in Ithaca, New York, on August 11, 1921, and was the oldest of three brothers and a sister. Haley lived with his family in Henning, Tennessee, before returning to Ithaca with his family when he was five years old. Haley’s father was Simon Haley, a professor of agriculture at Alabama A&M […]

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  • Alex Karras

    1935 - 2012

    Alex Karras (1935 - 2012)

    Karras was born in Gary, Indiana, the son of Dr. George Karras, a Greek immigrant (from Chios) who graduated from the University of Chicago and got his medical degree in Canada. There, George Karras met and married a Canadian woman, Alex’s mother, Emmeline (née Wilson), a registered nurse. George Karras opened a medical practice in […]

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  • Alex Rocco

    1936 - 2015

    Alex Rocco (1936 - 2015)

    Rocco was born as Alexander Federico Petricone in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1936, but raised in nearby Somerville, the son of Mary (née DiBiase; October 1909–August 1978) and Alessandro Sam Petricone. He was of Italian descent.  According to organized crime turncoat Vincent Teresa, Alex was a hanger-on with the Winter Hill Gang of the Boston area. […]

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  • Alex Webster

    1931 - 2012

    Alex Webster (1931 - 2012)

    As the son of recent Scottish immigrants James and Alexandrina Webster, Alex Webster grew up in Kearny, New Jersey, where he attended and played high school football at Kearny High School. Webster played a key role on Kearny High School’s football team which won the 1948 New Jersey High School State Championship. In spite of […]

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  • Alexander Knox

    1907 - 1995

    Alexander Knox (1907 - 1995)

    Knox was born in Strathroy, Ontario and graduated from the University of Western Ontario. He later moved to Boston, Massachusetts to perform on the stage with the Boston Repertory Theatre. After the company folded following the stock market crash of 1929, Knox returned to London, Ontario where for the next two years he worked as […]

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  • Alexis Argüello

    1952 - 2009

    Alexis Argüello (1952 - 2009)

    Alexis Argüello found dead July 1, 2009, Managua), Nicaraguan professional boxer who was world featherweight, junior lightweight, and lightweight champion between 1974 and 1982. Arguello, who became a professional fighter in 1968, fought only in his homeland until 1974, when he went to Panama to seek the World Boxing Association’s featherweight title. Arguello lost this match in […]

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  • Alexis Smith

    1921 - 1993

    Alexis Smith (1921 - 1993)

    Born in Penticton, British Columbia, to Gladys and Alexander Smith, her family relocated to Los Angeles when she was about a year old. Smith grew up in Southern California, attending Hollywood High School. When she was 13 she made her professional debut, performing ballet at the Hollywood Bowl. She was discovered in 1940 at Los […]

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  • Alfred Blalock

    1899 - 1964

    Alfred Blalock (1899 - 1964)

    Born in Culloden, Georgia, Blalock entered Georgia Military Academy, a preparatory school for the University of Georgia, at the age of 14. Blalock attended Georgia as an undergraduate and was a member of the Delta Chapter of the Sigma Chi fraternity. After graduating with an A.B. in 1918 at the age of 19, Blalock entered […]

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  • Alfred Hitchcock

    1899 - 1980

    Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

    Born on 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone, (then part of Essex, now part of London), England, Hitchcock was the second son and the youngest of three children of William Hitchcock (1862–1914), a greengrocer and poulterer, and Emma Jane Hitchcock (née Whelan; 1863–1942). Named Alfred after his father’s brother, Hitchcock was brought up as a Roman […]

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  • Alfred Hitchcock

    1899 - 1980

    Alfred Hitchcock (1899 - 1980)

    Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, Essex, England. He was the son of Emma Jane (Whelan; 1863 – 1942) and East End greengrocer William Hitchcock (1862 – 1914). His parents were both of half English and half Irish ancestry. He had two older siblings, William Hitchcock (born 1890) and Eileen Hitchcock (born […]

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  • Alfred Marks

    1921 - 1996

    Alfred Marks (1921 - 1996)

    Marks was born as Ruchel Kutchinsky in Holborn, London. He left Bell Lane School at 14 and started in entertainment at the Windmill Theatre. He then served in the RAF as a Flight Sergeant in the Middle East where he arranged concerts for servicemen. He also worked as an auctioneer and engineer. He started in variety […]

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  • Alfred Ryder

    1916 - 1995

    Alfred Ryder (1916 - 1995)

    Alfred Ryder (born Alfred Jacob Corn; January 5, 1916 – April 16, 1995) was an American film, radio and television actor. Ryder is known for appearing in over one hundred television shows, including the starring role as a British criminal who could not be killed in Alcoa Presents: One Step Beyond episode “The Devil’s Laughter’” […]

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  • Alice Calhoun

    1900 - 1966

    Alice Calhoun (1900 - 1966)

    Born Alice Beatrice Calhoun in Cleveland, Ohio, she made her film debut in a role not credited in 1918 and went on to appear in another forty-seven films between then and 1929. As a star with Vitagraph in New York City, she moved with the company when it relocated to Hollywood. In the comedy, The […]

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  • Alice Faye

    1915 - 1998

    Alice Faye (1915 - 1998)

    Alice Faye Ms. Faye’s warm, husky contralto and demure sexuality in ”Tin Pan Alley,” ”Hello, Frisco, Hello” and ”Alexander’s Ragtime Band” made her one of Hollywood’s top 10 moneymaking stars in 1938 and 1939. Under contract to 20th Century Fox for a little over a decade, during which she made 32 movies, Ms. Faye walked […]

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  • Alice Ghostley

    1923 - 2007

    Alice Ghostley (1923 - 2007)

    Ghostley was born in Eve, Vernon County, Missouri in 1923, to Edna Muriel (née Rooney) and Harry Francis Ghostley, who worked as a telegraph operator. She grew up in Henryetta, Oklahoma. After graduating from high school, she attended the University of Oklahoma but dropped out to pursue a career in theatre. Ghostley first came to Broadway […]

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  • Alice Lake

    1895 - 1967

    Alice Lake (1895 - 1967)

    Born in Brooklyn, New York, Lake began her career as a dancer. She made her screen debut in 1912, and she appeared in a number of comedy shorts by Mack Sennett. Lake was often the leading lady of Roscoe Arbuckle in comedies like Oh Doctor! (1917) and The Cook (1918). Arbuckle directed both films and […]

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  • Alice Marble

    1913 - 1990

    Alice Marble (1913 - 1990)

    Born in the small town of Beckwourth, Plumas County, California, Marble moved with her family at the age of five to San Francisco. A tomboy, she excelled in many sports, including baseball; but her brother persuaded her to try the more ladylike tennis. She quickly mastered the game, playing in Golden Gate Park. She suffered […]

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  • Alice Terry Ingram

    1900 - 1987

    Alice Terry Ingram (1900 - 1987)

    Born Alice Frances Taaffe in Vincennes, Indiana, she made her film debut in 1916 in Not My Sister, opposite Bessie Barriscale and William Desmond Taylor.  That same year, she played several different characters in the 1916 anti-war film Civilization, co-directed by Thomas H. Ince and Reginald Barker. One of her most acclaimed performances came as […]

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