• Frank Lautenberg

    1924 - 2013

    Frank Lautenberg (1924 - 2013)

    Lautenberg was born in Paterson, New Jersey, to Mollie (née Bergen) and Sam Lautenberg, impoverished Jewish immigrants from Poland and Russia, who had arrived in the United States as infants. He was named after his maternal grandfather, Frank Bergen, and close family friend and Paterson community activist, Raleigh Weintrob.  When Lautenberg was 19, his father […]

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  • Frank Lloyd

    1886 - 1960

    Frank Lloyd (1886 - 1960)

    Frank William George Lloyd (2 February 1886 – 10 August 1960) was a Scottish-American film director, scriptwriter and producer. He was among the founders of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and was its president from 1934-35. Frank Lloyd was born in Glasgow, Scotland. His mother Jane was Scottish and his father Edmund was […]

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  • Frank Marth

    1922 - 2014

    Frank Marth (1922 - 2014)

    Frank Marth (July 29, 1922 – January 12, 2014) was an American film and television actor. He may be best known as a cast-member of Cavalcade of Stars (1949; 1950–1957), especially segments of The Honeymooners, which later became a television series (1955–56). Tall and fair-haired, Marth, often in tandem with the short, dark-haired George O. Petrie, […]

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  • Frank McErlane

    1894 - 1932

    Frank McErlane (1894 - 1932)

    Organized Crime Figure. Chicago gangster of the bootlegging 1920s. Credited with being the first to use a submachine gun in gang warfare. He was thought to be one of the machine gunners in the St. Valentines Day massacre of 1929, Chicago, Illinois.

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  • Frank Nitti

    1888 - 1943

    Frank Nitti (1888 - 1943)

    Organized Crime Figure. The number 2 man for famed gangster Al Capone, he was born about 1883 in Italy. He started as a barber, but became involved in the Chicago gang started by Capone when he was asked to fence some stolen jewelry. He quickly became a favorite of Capone by his ability to do […]

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  • Frank Rio

    1895 - 1935

    Frank Rio (1895 - 1935)

    Organized Crime Figure. Al Capone’s personal bodyguard, he was also known as “Frankie Cline” and “Slippery Frank” because he was good at avoiding trials. While dining with Capone in the Hawthorne Hotel in September 1926, Rio threw himself on top of Capone to protect him from machine gun fire during a drive-by shooting courtesy of […]

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  • Frank Scalice

    1893 - 1957

    Frank Scalice (1893 - 1957)

    Scalice was born in Palermo, Sicily in 1893, and later emigrated to the US, settling in The Bronx. He operated his business from the Little Italy area in the Bronx. He also lived and raised his family in the City Island section of the Bronx. He was involved in many crimes, and became Capo in […]

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  • Frank Sinatra

    1915 - 1998

    Frank Sinatra (1915 - 1998)

    Frank Sinatra Baritone Frank Sinatra was indisputably the 20th century’s greatest singer of popular song. Though influenced by Bing Crosby’s crooning, and by learning from trombonist Tommy Dorsey’s breath control and blues singer Billie Holiday’s rhythmic swing, Frank Sinatra mainstreamed the concept of singing colloquially, treating lyrics as personal statements and handling melodies with the […]

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  • Frank Tashlin

    1913 - 1972

    Frank Tashlin (1913 - 1972)

    Frank Tashlin drifted from job to job after dropping out of high school in New Jersey at age 13. In 1930, he started working for Paul Terry as a cartoonist on the Aesop’s Film Fables cartoon series, then worked briefly for Amadee J. Van Beuren, but he was just as much a drifter in his […]

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  • Frank Thornton

    1921 - 2013

    Frank Thornton (1921 - 2013)

    Frank Thornton Ball was born in Dulwich, London, the son of Rosina Mary (née Thornton) and William Ernest Ball. His father was organist at St Stephen’s Church, Dulwich, and his son learned to play for a short while. Music proved too difficult for him, however, and he wanted to act from an early age. His […]

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  • Frank Thring

    1926 - 1994

    Frank Thring (1926 - 1994)

    Thring was born in Melbourne, the son of Frank Thring Snr. (known as F. W. Thring) and Olive (née Kreitmeyer), and was educated at the Melbourne Grammar School. His father was the head of the theatrical firm J. C. Williamson’s in the 1920s, and subsequently Efftee Studios in the 1930s, in Melbourne, Australia. He has […]

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  • Frank Tuttle

    1892 - 1963

    Frank Tuttle (1892 - 1963)

    Frank Wright Tuttle (6 August 1892 – 6 January 1963) was a Hollywood film director and writer who directed films from 1922 (The Cradle Buster) to 1959 (Island of Lost Women). Frank Tuttle wrote “The Kentuckians” (1921) and directed “Roman Scandals” (1933), and “Charlie McCarthy, Detective” (1939). He was educated at Yale University, where he edited […]

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  • Frankie Darro

    1917 - 1976

    Frankie Darro (1917 - 1976)

    Frankie Darro was born on December 22, 1917 in Chicago, Illinois as Frank Johnson, Jr. His parents, Frank Johnson, Sr. and his wife Ada were known as The Flying Johnsons, a flying circus act with the Sells Floto Circus; it was a profession that his father attempted to train him in, and he cured Frankie’s […]

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  • Franklin Cover

    1928 - 2006

    Franklin Cover (1928 - 2006)

    Cover was born on November 20, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio to Britta Schreck and Franklin Held Cover. He graduated from Denison University in 1951. His career started on the stage acting in Henry IV, Part 1 and Hamlet. He also appeared in Forty Carats with Julie Harris. He made his television debut on Naked City […]

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  • Franklin D Roosevelt

    1882 - 1945

    Franklin D Roosevelt (1882 - 1945)

    Franklin D Roosevelt Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), commonly known by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the United States. A Democrat, he was elected four times and served from March 1933 to his death in April 1945. He […]

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  • Franklin Pierce

    1804 - 1869

    Franklin Pierce (1804 - 1869)

    Franklin Pierce Pierce’s drinking worsened his health in his last years, and he grew increasingly spiritual. He had a brief relationship with an unknown woman in mid-1865. During this time, he used his influence to improve the treatment of Davis, now a prisoner at Fortress Monroe in Virginia. He also offered financial help to Hawthorne’s […]

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  • Franklyn Seales

    1952 - 1990

    Franklyn Seales (1952 - 1990)

    Franklyn Vincent Ellison Seales was born on July 15, 1952 in Calliaqua to Francis Seales, a merchant seaman and government employee, and Olive Seales (nee Allen), a homemaker. He was the fifth eldest of eight siblings and second eldest son. Seales was of English, Scottish, African, Portuguese and Native Caribbean descent. He grew up among […]

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  • Franz Schubert

    1797 - 1828

    Franz Schubert (1797 - 1828)

    Franz Schubert Franz Peter Schubert (31 January 1797 – 19 November 1828) was an Austrian composer. Schubert died at 31 but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works (mainly Lieder), seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano […]

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  • Franz West

    1947 - 2012

    Franz West (1947 - 2012)

    West was born on 16 February 1947. His father was a coal dealer, his mother a dentist who took her son with her on art-viewing trips to Italy. West did not begin to study art seriously until he was 26, when, between 1977 and 1983, he studied at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna with […]

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  • Fred Astaire

    1899 - 1987

    Fred Astaire (1899 - 1987)

    Fred Astaire Born Frederick Austerlitz, Jr, in Omaha, Nebraska, and the son of an Austrian immigrant, he entered show business at the age of 5, working in both vaudeville and Broadway in partnership with his sister, Adele. When Adele left show business to marry in 1932, he headed for Hollywood. Signed to RKO, he was […]

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  • Fred Beir

    1927 - 1980

    Fred Beir (1927 - 1980)

    Frederick Edwin Beir, known as Fred Beir (September 21, 1927 – June 3, 1980), was an American actor, who appeared mostly on television.  He made guest appearances on TV series like Bonanza, Perry Mason, Maverick, The Andy Griffith Show, Wagon Train, The Twilight Zone (the 1963 episode “Death Ship)”, Ben Casey, The Outer Limits, The […]

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  • Fred Berry

    1951 - 2003

    Fred Berry (1951 - 2003)

    Fred Berry The African-American actor Fred Berry, who has died aged 52, found fame as the high school student Rerun Stubbs in the popular, 1970s US television show, What’s Happening!! He was well into his 20s when he joined the sitcom, and continued to play the role well into his 30s. The show began in […]

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  • Fred Coe

    1914 - 1979

    Fred Coe (1914 - 1979)

    Fred Coe (December 13, 1914 – April 29, 1979), nicknamed Pappy, was a television producer and director most famous for The Goodyear Television Playhouse/The Philco Television Playhouse in 1948-1955 and Playhouse 90 from 1957 to 1959. Among the live TV dramas he produced were Marty and The Trip to Bountiful for ‘Goodyear/Philco’, Peter Pan for […]

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  • Fred Duesenberg

    1876 - 1932

    Fred Duesenberg (1876 - 1932)

    Fred Duesenberg was born in Lippe, Germany and emigrated to the United States with his family when he was eight years old. They settled in Rockford, Iowa. He was actually born Friedrich Simon Düsenberg, and not with the middle name of Samuel as most sources say. Samuel was the middle name of his brother, August […]

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  • Fred Goetz

    1897 - 1934

    Fred Goetz (1897 - 1934)

    Organized crime figure, also known as Shotgun George Ziegler. He was a killer at the Saint Valentine’s Day Massacre in Chicago, Illinois. He earned an engineering degree and served in World War I as a flyer. He jumped bail in 1925 on a charge of raping a seven year old girl. He left the ranks […]

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  • Fred MacMurray

    1908 - 1991

    Fred MacMurray (1908 - 1991)

    Fred MacMurray was born in Kankakee, Illinois, the son of Maleta (Martin) and Frederick MacMurray, both natives of Wisconsin. His aunt was vaudeville performer and actress Fay Holderness. When MacMurray was two years old the family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later settled in Beaver Dam, Wisconsin, where his mother had been born in 1880. […]

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  • Fred Milano

    1939 - 2012

    Fred Milano (1939 - 2012)

    Fred Milano Fred Milano, one of the original members of Dion and the Belmonts, who wove his backup tenor tones into the musically seamless harmonies of 1950s and ’60s hits like “A Teenager in Love” and “Where or When,” died on Sunday at a hospital on Long Island. He was 72 and lived in Massapequa, […]

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  • Fred Phelps

    1929 - 2014

    Fred Phelps (1929 - 2014)

    Phelps was born in Meridian, Mississippi, the elder of two children to Catherine Idalette Johnston and Fred Wade Phelps. His father was a railroad policeman for the Columbus and Greenville Railway and his mother was a homemaker.  On September 3, 1935, when Phelps was five years old, his mother died of esophageal cancer at the […]

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  • Freda Jackson

    1907 - 1990

    Freda Jackson (1907 - 1990)

    Freda Jackson made her stage debut on 1 January 1934, appearing at the Northampton Repertory Theatre in Sweet Lavender. After two years with the resident company there she first appeared in London on 13 July 1936 in The Sacred Flame at the Q Theatre, afterwards touring with Emlyn Williams in Williams’ play Night Must Fall. […]

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  • Freddie Prinze

    1954 - 1977

    Freddie Prinze (1954 - 1977)

    Freddie Prinze Freddie Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, New York, to a Puerto Rican mother, Aurea Elena Ruiz, and a German immigrant father, Edward Karl Pruetzel. Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite creative […]

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