• Richard Attenborough

    1923 - 2014

    Richard Attenborough (1923 - 2014)

    Attenborough was born on 29 August 1923 in Cambridge, the eldest of three sons of Mary Attenborough (née Clegg), a founding member of the Marriage Guidance Council, and Frederick Levi Attenborough, a scholar and academic administrator who was a fellow at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and wrote a standard text on Anglo-Saxon law. Attenborough was educated […]

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  • Richard Basehart

    1914 - 1984

    Richard Basehart (1914 - 1984)

    Richard Basehart Mr. Basehart, who starred as Admiral Nelson in the television series ”Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea,” narrated the closing ceremonies of the Olympics on Aug. 12 and suffered the first of several strokes hours afterward, his lawyer, Bruce Stiglitz, said yesterday. He died in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where […]

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  • Richard Ben Cramer

    1950 - 2013

    Richard Ben Cramer (1950 - 2013)

    Cramer was born and raised in Rochester, New York. He graduated from Brighton High School in 1967. He wrote for Trapezoid, the school’s student newspaper, after he was cut from the baseball team. He earned a bachelor’s degree in the Liberal Arts in 1971 from Johns Hopkins University where he was also a writer and […]

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  • Richard Blackwell

    1922 - 2008

    Richard Blackwell (1922 - 2008)

    Blackwell was born Richard Sylvan Selzer in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn to Henry Selzer, a working-class printer, and Eva Selzer, were the American-born children of Jewish immigrants from the Russian Empire. He had one older brother. He claimed he was severely beaten by a stepfather, often sleeping in the alley beneath a fire escape […]

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  • Richard Boone

    1917 - 1981

    Richard Boone (1917 - 1981)

    Richard Boone  Richard Boone, the actor best known for his role as the hired gun Paladin in the ”Have Gun Will Travel” television series, is dead at the age of 63. A spokesman at Craig Funeral Home in St. Augustine said today that Mr. Boone’s body was to be cremated and a private service held. […]

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  • Richard Bright

    1937 - 2006

    Richard Bright (1937 - 2006)

    Bright was born in Bay Ridge, Brooklyn, New York, the son of Matilda (née Scott) and Ernest Bright, who was a shipbuilder. Bright began his career doing live television in Manhattan, at the age of 18, and made his film debut in Robert Wise’s Odds Against Tomorrow (1959). He also worked on several movies early in […]

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  • Richard Brooker

    1954 - 2013

    Richard Brooker (1954 - 2013)

    Richard Brooker, a former trapeze artist, started his career in acting in a casting magazine, “Dramalogue”. He began his career in the third Friday the 13th film, and later appeared in small film roles in Deathstalker, Deep Sea Conspiracy, and the television series Trapper John, M.D.. Brooker later became a director, for such notable series […]

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  • Richard Carlson

    1912 - 1977

    Richard Carlson (1912 - 1977)

    The son of a lawyer, Richard Carlson was born in Albert Lea in southern Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota with an Master of Arts degree, summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. He appeared on the Broadway stage in the 1930s after studying and teaching drama in Minnesota. His first film role was […]

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  • Richard Chase

    1950 - 1980

    Richard Chase (1950 - 1980)

    Chase was born in Santa Clara County, California. He was abused by his mother, and Chase exhibited by the age of 10 evidence of the Macdonald triad: enuresis, pyromania, and zoosadism. In his adolescence, he was known as an alcoholic and a chronic drug abuser.  Chase developed hypochondria as he matured. He often complained that […]

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  • Richard Conte

    1910 - 1975

    Richard Conte (1910 - 1975)

    Richard Conte was born Nicholas Peter Conte on March 24, 1910, in Jersey City, New Jersey, the son of Italian-Americans Julia (Fina), a seamstress, and Pasquale Conte, a barber. He graduated from William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City. Conte worked as a truck driver, messenger, shoe salesman and a singing waiter before starting his […]

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  • Richard Crenna

    1926 - 2003

    Richard Crenna (1926 - 2003)

    Crenna was born in Los Angeles, the only child of Edith J. (née Pollette), who was a hotel manager in LA, and Domenick Anthony Crenna, a pharmacist. His parents were both of Italian descent. Crenna attended Virgil Junior High School, followed by Belmont High School in Los Angeles. Following high school, Crenna served in the […]

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  • Richard Dawson

    1932 - 2012

    Richard Dawson (1932 - 2012)

    Dawson was born in Gosport, Hampshire, England, on November 20, 1932 to Arthur and Josephine Emm. At the age of 14 he ran away from home to join the British Merchant Navy, where he pursued a boxing career. After his discharge, he pursued a comedy career using the stage name Dickie Dawson; when he reached […]

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  • Richard Denning

    1914 - 1998

    Richard Denning (1914 - 1998)

    Richard Denning Originally studied business management in Los Angeles but decided to break into acting instead. He won a radio contest called “Do You Want to Be an Actor”, and was awarded a Warner Bros. screen test. Warner rejected him, but Paramount took him on the condition that he change his name to Denning. (Studio […]

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  • Richard Devon

    1926 - 2010

    Richard Devon (1926 - 2010)

    Richard Devon (December 11, 1926 – February 26, 2010) was an American character actor best known for his roles in television and film. Devon was born in Glendale, California. Beginning in the 1950s, he was employed as a character actor in many Four Star Television television series but not exclusively. For instance, he appeared also […]

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  • Richard Dix

    1893 - 1949

    Richard Dix (1893 - 1949)

    Richard Dix was born Ernst Carlton Brimmer on July 18, 1893, in St. Paul, Minnesota. There he was educated, and at the desire of his father, studied to be a surgeon. His obvious acting talent in his school dramatic club led him to leading roles in most of the school plays. At 6′ and 180 […]

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  • Richard Dysart

    1929 - 2015

    Richard Dysart (1929 - 2015)

    Richard Dysart Richard Dysart, the Emmy-winning actor who portrayed the cranky senior partner Leland McKenzie in the slick, long-running NBC drama L.A. Law, has died. He was 86. Dysart, who also played Coach in the original 1972 Broadway production of Jason Miller’s Pulitzer Prize-winning That Championship Season, died Sunday at home in Santa Monica after […]

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  • Richard Harris

    1930 - 2002

    Richard Harris (1930 - 2002)

    Harris, the sixth of nine children, was born in Limerick, Ireland into a middle-class, staunchly Roman Catholic family. His parents were Ivan John Harris (b. 1896, son of Richard Harris (b. 1854), son of James Harris of St. Michael’s, Limerick) and Mildred Josephine (Harty) Harris (b. 1898, daughter of James Harty, St. John’s, Limerick, who […]

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  • Richard Hearne

    1908 - 1979

    Richard Hearne (1908 - 1979)

    Richard Hearne was born in Norwich, Norfolk, in 1908, the son of Richard and Lily May Hearne. Richard senior came from a theatrical family – his mother had been on the stage and he himself was a performing acrobat. Hearne worked on and off for the BBC for thirty years; he became the first performer […]

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  • Richard Henyard

    1974 - 2008

    Richard Henyard (1974 - 2008)

    On the evening of January 30, 1993, Dorothy Lewis and her daughters arrived at a Winn-Dixie supermarket in Eustis. As Lewis, the eventual survivor, and her daughters, the victims, entered the Winn-Dixie, she noticed a few people sitting on a bench near the doors. After Lewis exited the store with Jamilya, age 7, and Jasmine, […]

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  • Richard Jeni

    1957 - 2007

    Richard Jeni (1957 - 2007)

    Richard Jeni was raised in an Italian-American Roman Catholic family in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn. He graduated with honors from Hunter College, earning a bachelor’s degree in comparative politics. After graduating, Jeni went on to do public relations work, but was let go from five different firms in two years before doing an open-mic night in Brooklyn […]

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  • Richard Johnson

    1927 - 2015

    Richard Johnson (1927 - 2015)

    Richard Johnson was born in Upminster, Essex, the son of Frances Louisa Olive (née Tweed) and Keith Holcombe Johnson. Johnson went to Felsted School, then trained at RADA and made his first professional appearances on stage in Manchester with John Gielgud’s company in a production of Hamlet in 1944. He served in the Royal Navy from […]

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  • Richard Kiel

    1939 - 2014

    Richard Kiel (1939 - 2014)

    Richard Kiel Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was an American actor, voice artist, and comedian, best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond franchise; he also had cameos in many other James Bond video games. He was also known for roles in The Longest Yard (1974), Silver […]

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  • Richard Marner

    1921 - 2004

    Richard Marner (1921 - 2004)

    Born in Petrograd, Soviet Union, Molchanoff (nicknamed “Sacha” by his family) was the eldest son of Colonel Paul Molchanoff, of the Semyonovsky Regiment, one of two that were set up for children of children who had played with Peter the Great of Russia. In 1924, his entire family left Russia and went to Finland and […]

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  • Richard Murdoch

    1907 - 1990

    Richard Murdoch (1907 - 1990)

    Richard Murdoch was educated at Charterhouse School in Surrey, and Pembroke College, Cambridge University. Whilst at university he participated in the Footlights Dramatic Club’s performances. Richard Murdoch’s first appearance in cinema was as an un-credited dancing extra in 1932 film Looking on the Bright Side. In 1937 he was listed among the cast of the “Television […]

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  • Richard Ney

    1916 - 2004

    Richard Ney (1916 - 2004)

    Ney was born in New York City, the son of Erwin Maximillian Ney and Charlotte Marie Donaldson. His father also married Rebie Margaret (Flood), daughter of the Rev. Theodore L. Flood, editor of The Chautauquan and Ruth Crosley Pardington, daughter of Arthur Rayner Pardington, of Lincoln Highway fame. Richard Ney was the father of Rick […]

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  • Richard Nixon

    1913 - 1994

    Richard Nixon (1913 - 1994)

    Richard Nixon 37th US President. A member of the Republican party, he served in that capacity from 1969 until August 1974, and is remembered as the only US President to resign in office to date, which occurred during the middle of his second term, amid the infamous Watergate scandal. Born into a Methodist family, his […]

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  • Richard Pryor

    1940 - 2005

    Richard Pryor (1940 - 2005)

    Richard Pryor Comedian. He is best remembered for his comedy routines that mixed profanity with social insight on racism in the United States, which were considered startling and radical when he first introduced it. Born in Peoria, Illinois, he would claim that he grew up in his grandmother’s brothel. Dropping out of high school, he […]

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  • Richard Ramirez

    1960 - 2013

    Richard Ramirez (1960 - 2013)

    Ramirez was born in El Paso, Texas, on either February 28, 1960 or February 29, 1960, the youngest of Julian and Mercedes Ramirez’s five children. His father, a Mexican national and former Juarez policeman who later became a laborer on the Santa Fe railroad, was a hard-working man prone to fits of anger that often […]

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  • Richard Rust

    1938 - 1994

    Richard Rust (1938 - 1994)

    Rust’s mother died when he was five, and his father was an officer in the United States Navy. Therefore, Rust lived with an aunt in New York City, where he studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse at 340 East 54th Street in Manhattan. In 1957, Rust was chosen as a replacement in Eugene O’Neill’s Long Day’s Journey […]

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  • Richard Todd

    1919 - 2009

    Richard Todd (1919 - 2009)

    Richard Todd was born as Richard Andrew Palethorpe-Todd in Dublin, Ireland. His father, Andrew William Palethorpe Todd, was an Irish physician and an international Irish rugby player who gained three caps for his country. Richard spent a few of his childhood years in India, where his father, a British officer, served as an army physician. Later […]

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