• David Hubel

    1926 - 2013

    David Hubel (1926 - 2013)

    Hubel was born in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, to American parents in 1926. His paternal grandfather emigrated as a child to the United States from the Bavarian town of Nördlingen. In 1929, his family moved to Montreal, where he spent his formative years. His father was a chemical engineer and Hubel developed a keen interest in […]

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  • David J. Bloom

    1963 - 2003

    David J. Bloom (1963 - 2003)

    David Bloom was born in Edina, Minnesota, and was an avid ice hockey player and state champion in high school debating in the National Forensic League. Bloom attended Pitzer College in Claremont, California, from 1981 to 1985 where he was a national debate champion. He majored in political science.  Bloom was survived by his wife, […]

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  • David Janssen

    1931 - 1980

    David Janssen (1931 - 1980)

    David Janssen He is best remembered for his role as ‘Dr. Richard Kimble’ in the ABC television drama series “The Fugitive,” about a Midwest doctor falsely convicted of murdering his wife and his escape from custody, followed by his intense search for the actual killer, which aired from 1963 until 1967. At the time, the […]

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  • David Josiah Brewer

    1837 - 1910

    David Josiah Brewer (1837 - 1910)

    Brewer was born to Emilia Field Brewer and Rev. Josiah Brewer, who at the time of his birth were running a school for Greeks in Izmir, Turkey; Mrs. Brewer’s brother Stephen Johnson Field, a future Supreme Court colleague of Brewer’s, was living with the couple at the time. His parents returned to the United States […]

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  • David Langton

    1912 - 1994

    David Langton (1912 - 1994)

    David Langton was born Basil Muir Langton-Dodds to a middle class family in Motherwell, Lanarkshire in 1912. His father was a wine merchant and Langton’s family moved to England when he was four years old. He attended a prep school in Bath, Somerset and left education at the age of 16. Langton’s father had always […]

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  • David Lean

    1908 - 1991

    David Lean (1908 - 1991)

    Lean was born in Croydon, Surrey (now part of Greater London), to Francis William le Blount Lean and the former Helena Tangye (niece of Sir Richard Trevithick Tangye). His parents were Quakers and he was a pupil at the Quaker-founded Leighton Park School in Reading. His younger brother, Edward Tangye Lean (1911–1974), founded the original […]

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  • David Manners

    1900 - 1998

    David Manners (1900 - 1998)

    Manners was born Rauff de Ryther Duan Acklom in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the son of British parents, Lilian (Manners) and writer George Moreby Acklom, and the nephew of military figure Cecil Ryther Acklom. Manners originally studied forestry at the University of Toronto, but he found it boring. Over his father’s objections, he pursued a stage […]

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  • David Mathieson Walker

    1944 - 2001

    David Mathieson Walker (1944 - 2001)

    Astronaut. He graduated from Annapolis in 1966, received flight training as a Naval aviator and served as a fighter pilot in Vietnam. In the 1970s, he was engineering test pilot in the flight test division at the Naval Air Test Center and became an NASA Astronaut in August 1979. He was a veteran of four […]

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  • David McAlister

    1951 - 2015

    David McAlister (1951 - 2015)

    David McAlister was born on 2 April 1951 in Worthing, Sussex and died on 26 June 2015 of cancer. He was married with two children (a girl and a boy) living with his family in Surrey. David McAlister was best known for his portrayal of Daddy Warbucks in the stage production of the American musical Annie. […]

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  • David Nelson

    1936 - 2011

    David Nelson (1936 - 2011)

    David Nelson David Nelson, the elder son of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson and the last surviving member of the family that became an American institution in the 1950s and ’60s as the stars of the classic TV sitcom “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” died Tuesday. He was 74. Nelson died at his Century City […]

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  • David Rappaport

    1951 - 1990

    David Rappaport (1951 - 1990)

    David Rappaport was born to Jewish taxi driver Mark and his wife Diana, née Schneiderman in London, England. As a child, he developed talents in playing the accordion and drums, the latter of which he played professionally during his life. Rappaport studied psychology at the University of Bristol from 1970, graduating with a degree while […]

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  • David Thomas Dawson

    1957 - 2006

    David Thomas Dawson (1957 - 2006)

    David Thomas Dawson Dawson broke into a family’s Billings, Montana motel room on 18 April 1986. He forced the Rodstein family to go to his room at the motel, which was located right next door to their own room. He bound the family of four with tape, gagged them, and took their money. Over the […]

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  • David Tomlinson

    1917 - 2000

    David Tomlinson (1917 - 2000)

    Tomlinson was born in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire on 7 May 1917, to a well-respected London solicitor father. He attended Tonbridge School and left to join the Grenadier Guards for 16 months. His father then secured him a job as a clerk at Shell Mex House. His stage career grew from amateur stage productions to his 1940 film […]

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  • David White

    1916 - 1990

    David White (1916 - 1990)

    Born in Denver, Colorado, his family later moved to Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, David White later graduated from Los Angeles City College and began acting at the Pasadena Playhouse and the Cleveland Play House. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II and, after his discharge, made his Broadway debut in 1949 in […]

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  • Davy Jones

    1945 - 2012

    Davy Jones (1945 - 2012)

    Davy Jones Davy Jones, whose charming grin and British accent won the hearts of millions of fans on the 1960s television series “The Monkees,” died Wednesday, according to the Martin County, Florida, sheriff’s office. He was 66. A witness told authorities he was with Jones in Indiantown, Florida, when Jones “began to complain of not […]

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  • Daws Butler

    1916 - 1988

    Daws Butler (1916 - 1988)

    Daws Butler was born on November 16, 1916 in Toledo, Ohio, the only child of Ruth Butler and Charles Allen Butler. The family later moved from Ohio to Oak Park, Illinois, where Butler got interested in impersonating people. In 1935, the future voice master started as an impressionist, entering multiple amateur contests and winning most of them. […]

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  • Deacon Jones

    1939 - 2013

    Deacon Jones (1939 - 2013)

    Jones was born in Eatonville, Florida, and lived in a four-bedroom house with his family of ten. Jones attended Hungerford High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. During high school, Jones developed a lump in his thigh and learned that it was a tumor; he had surgery to remove it.  When he was […]

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  • Dean Jagger

    1903 - 1991

    Dean Jagger (1903 - 1991)

    Born in Columbus Grove or Lima, Ohio, he dropped out of school several times before finally attending Wabash College. While at Wabash, he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and played football. He dropped out in his sophomore year, realizing he was not suited for an academic life. For a few semesters, he […]

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  • Dean Jones

    1931 - 2015

    Dean Jones (1931 - 2015)

    Dean Jones  Dean Jones, whose boyish good looks and all-American manner made him Disney’s favorite young actor for such lighthearted films as “That Darn Cat!” and “The Love Bug,” has died of Parkinson’s disease. He was 84. He died Monday in Los Angeles, Jones’ publicist Richard Hoffman said Wednesday. Jones’ long association with The Walt […]

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  • Dean Manuel

    1934 - 1964

    Dean Manuel (1934 - 1964)

    Dean Manuel In 1964, country star Jim Reeves died when the plane he was piloting crashed near Nashville. His pianist, Dean Manuel, also was killed. Reeves died when the small aircraft he was piloting crashed during a thunderstorm near Nashville, Tennessee. His business partner and manager Dean Manuel (who was also the pianist in Reeves’ […]

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  • Dean Meminger

    1948 - 2013

    Dean Meminger (1948 - 2013)

    Meminger was born in Walterboro, South Carolina, and starred at Rice High School in New York City.  He attended Marquette University, where he played for coach Al McGuire. He helped Marquette win the 1970 National Invitational Tournament. Marquette’s 1970 team was ranked 8th in the country and was invited to the NCAA tournament. Following a […]

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  • Deanna Durbin

    1921 - 2013

    Deanna Durbin (1921 - 2013)

    Edna Mae Durbin was born on December 4, 1921 at Grace Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, the daughter of James Allen Durbin and his wife Ada (née Read), who were originally from Manchester, England. In 1923, her family moved from Winnipeg to southern California, and her parents soon become United States citizens. At the age […]

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  • Deborah Kerr

    1921 - 2007

    Deborah Kerr (1921 - 2007)

    Deborah Jane Kerr-Trimmer was born in a private nursing home (hospital) in Glasgow, the only daughter of Kathleen Rose (née Smale) and Capt. Arthur Charles Kerr-Trimmer, a World War I veteran who lost a leg at the Battle of the Somme and later became a naval architect and civil engineer. She spent the first three […]

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  • Deborah Turbeville

    1932 - 2013

    Deborah Turbeville (1932 - 2013)

    Deborah Lou Turbeville (July 6, 1932 – October 24, 2013) was an American fashion photographer. She is widely credited with adding a darker, more brooding element to fashion photography, beginning in the early 1970s. Turbeville is one of just three photographers, together with Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton, who essentially changed fashion photo shoots from […]

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  • Deborah Walley

    1941 - 2001

    Deborah Walley (1941 - 2001)

    She was born in Bridgeport, Connecticut to Ice Capades skating stars and choreographers, Nathan and Edith Walley. She attended Central High School in Bridgeport. At fourteen, she was playing summer-stock theatre. During her sophomore year, she attended Rosarian Academy in West Palm Beach, Florida, where she was cast as Cinderella in the Academy’s annual musical […]

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  • Debra Hill

    1950 - 2005

    Debra Hill (1950 - 2005)

    Hill was born in Haddonfield, New Jersey and grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She entered the movie business in 1975 and was unhappy with the level of condescension she experienced because of her gender. She started as a production assistant on adventure documentaries, and progressed through jobs as a script supervisor, assistant director and second […]

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  • DeFord Bailey

    1899 - 1982

    DeFord Bailey (1899 - 1982)

    DeFord Bailey Musician and Country Music Hall of Fame Member. A grandson of slaves, he was not just the first African American to appear on the Grand Ole Opry, he was the first star to appear. The show was originally named the WSM Barn Dance, but when it became a part of the NBC network […]

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  • Del Reisman

    1924 - 2011

    Del Reisman (1924 - 2011)

    Del Reisman Was an American television producer, story editor and screenwriter whose lengthy credits included The Twilight Zone and The Untouchables. Riesman served as the President of the Writers Guild of America, West from 1991 to 1993. He also served on the board of directors of the Writings Guild of American from 1979 until 1987 […]

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  • Del Wood

    1920 - 1989

    Del Wood (1920 - 1989)

    Del Wood A lifelong resident of Nashville, Del Wood is recognized as being the most successful female country solo instrumentalist. From 1953 until her death in 1989 she was a fixture at the Grand Ole Opry, playing rollicking piano instrumentals from the days of ragtime jazz. Her stage name was created by combining part of […]

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  • Delbert Mann

    1920 - 2007

    Delbert Mann (1920 - 2007)

    Delbert Martin Mann, Jr. (January 30, 1920 – November 11, 2007) was an American television and film director. Delbert Mann won the Palme d’Or (Golden Palm) at the Cannes Film Festival and the Academy Award for Best Director for the film Marty. It was the first Best Picture winner to be based on a television […]

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