• Robert Cummings

    1910 - 1990

    Robert Cummings (1910 - 1990)

    Robert Cummings was born in Joplin, Missouri, a son of Dr. Charles Clarence Cummings and the former Ruth Annabelle Kraft. His father was a surgeon, who was part of the original medical staff of St. John’s Hospital in Joplin. He was the founder of the Jasper County Tuberculosis Hospital in Webb City, Missouri. Cummings’ mother […]

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  • Robert Easton

    1930 - 2011

    Robert Easton (1930 - 2011)

    Beginning in 1945, he was heard on radio’s Quiz Kids. He portrayed Magnus Proudfoot on radio’s Gunsmoke and also appeared in other radio programs, including Fibber McGee and Molly, The Fred Allen Show, The Halls of Ivy, Our Miss Brooks, Suspense, William Shakespeare—A Portrait in Sound and The Zero Hour. On film, one of his earliest […]

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  • Robert Ellenstein

    1923 - 2010

    Robert Ellenstein (1923 - 2010)

    Robert Ellenstein (June 18, 1923 – October 28, 2010) was an American actor. The son of Meyer Ellenstein, a Newark dentist, Robert Ellenstein grew up in that New Jersey city and saw his father go on to become its two-term mayor. He served in the Air Corps during World War II: earning a Purple Heart during […]

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  • Robert Fogel

    1926 - 2013

    Robert Fogel (1926 - 2013)

    Fogel was born in New York City, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants from Odessa (1922). His brother, six years his senior, was his main intellectual influence in his youth as he listened to him and his college friends intensely discuss social and economic issues of the Great Depression. He graduated from the Stuyvesant High […]

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  • Robert Franklyn Overmyer

    1936 - 1996

    Robert Franklyn Overmyer (1936 - 1996)

    Astronaut. He entered active duty with the US Marine Corps in 1958 and after completing Navy flight training, he was assigned to Marine Attack Squadron 214 in 1959. After various assignments at Edwards Air Force Base, California, he was chosen as an astronaut for the USAF Manned Orbiting Laboratory Program in 1966. He was selected […]

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  • Robert Frost

    1874 - 1963

    Robert Frost (1874 - 1963)

    Robert Frost Robert Frost was born in San Francisco, California, to journalist William Prescott Frost, Jr., and Isabelle Moodie. His mother was of Scottish descent, and his father descended from Nicholas Frost of Tiverton, Devon, England, who had sailed to New Hampshire in 1634 on the Wolfrana.  Frost’s father was a teacher and later an […]

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  • Robert G. Edwards

    1925 - 2013

    Robert G. Edwards (1925 - 2013)

    Edwards was born in Batley, Yorkshire, and attended The Henry Box School in Witney. After finishing Manchester Central High School on Whitworth Street in central Manchester, he served in the British Army, and then completed his undergraduate studies in biology at the Bangor University. He studied at the Institute of Animal Genetics and Embryology at […]

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  • Robert Ginty

    1948 - 2009

    Robert Ginty (1948 - 2009)

    Ginty was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Elsie M. (née O’Hara), a government worker, and Michael Joseph Ginty, a construction worker. Ginty was involved with music from an early age, playing with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana and John Lee Hooker. He studied at Yale and trained at the Neighborhood Playhouse […]

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  • Robert Glen Coe

    1956 - 2000

    Robert Glen Coe (1956 - 2000)

    On September 1, 1979, Cary Ann Medlin and her stepbrother were riding their bicycles in the neighborhood near their home in Greenfield, Tennessee. Robert Coe pulled up next to them and began to talk to them, acting as if he knew Cary’s father and needed directions to his house. Cary got into Coe’s car to […]

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  • Robert Hegyes

    1951 - 2012

    Robert Hegyes (1951 - 2012)

    Robert Hegyes who played Juan Epstein, the Sweathog voted Most Likely to Take a Life, on the 1970s sitcom “Welcome Back, Kotter,” died on Thursday in Edison, N.J. He was 60. The cause was cardiac arrest, a spokesman for John F. Kennedy Medical Center in Edison, where Mr. Hegyes was pronounced dead, told Reuters. Broadcast […]

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  • Robert Henry Lawrence

    1935 - 1967

    Robert Henry Lawrence (1935 - 1967)

    At the age of 16, he graduated in the top 10 percent from Englewood High School in Chicago. At the age of 20, he graduated from Bradley University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Chemistry. At Bradley, he distinguished himself as Cadet Commander in the Air Force ROTC and received the commission of Second Lieutenant in […]

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  • Robert Hughes

    1938 - 2012

    Robert Hughes (1938 - 2012)

    Hughes was born in Sydney, Australia, in 1938. His father and paternal grandfather were lawyers. Hughes’ father, Geoffrey Forrest Hughes, was a pilot in the First World War, with later careers as a solicitor and company director. He died from lung cancer when Robert was aged 12. His mother was Margaret Eyre Sealy, née Vidal. […]

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  • Robert Johnson

    1911 - 1938

    Robert Johnson (1911 - 1938)

    Robert Johnson Robert Leroy Johnson (May 8, 1911 – August 16, 1938) was an American singer-songwriter and musician. His landmark recordings in 1936 and 1937 display a combination of singing, guitar skills, and songwriting talent that has influenced later generations of musicians. Johnson’s shadowy, poorly documented life and death at age 27 have given rise […]

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  • Robert L. Carter

    1917 - 2012

    Robert L. Carter (1917 - 2012)

    Carter was born on March 11, 1917, in Caryville, Florida. While an infant, his mother moved north to Newark, New Jersey and later East Orange, where he was raised and attended Barringer High School in Newark and then graduated at age 16 from East Orange High School after having skipped two grades. He earned his […]

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  • Robert Lansing

    1928 - 1994

    Robert Lansing (1928 - 1994)

    Born in San Diego, California, as Robert Howell Brown, he reportedly took his acting surname from the state capital of Michigan. As a young actor in New York City, he was hired to join a stock company in Michigan but was told he would first have to join the Actors’ Equity Association. Equity would not […]

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  • Robert Lowery

    1913 - 1971

    Robert Lowery (1913 - 1971)

    Born Robert Larkin Hanks in Kansas City, Missouri, Robert Lowery grew up on Wayne Avenue near the long-demolished Electric Park. Lowery’s father was a local attorney and oil investor who worked several years for the Pullman Corporation as a railroad agent; his mother, Leah Thompson Hanks, was a concert pianist. He graduated from Paseo High School […]

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  • Robert Ludlum

    1927 - 2001

    Robert Ludlum (1927 - 2001)

    Ludlum was born in New York City, the son of Margaret (née Wadsworth) and George Hartford Ludlum. His maternal grandparents were English. He was educated at The Rectory School then Cheshire Academy and Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut were he earned a B.A. in Drama. While at Wesleyan, Ludlum joined the Alpha Delta Phi fraternity. […]

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  • Robert Middleton

    1911 - 1977

    Robert Middleton (1911 - 1977)

    Robert Middleton, (born Samuel G. Messer, May 13, 1911 – June 14, 1977), was an American film and television actor known for his large size and beetle-like brow. With a deep, booming voice, Middleton trained for a musical career at the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music and Carnegie Tech in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He worked steadily as […]

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  • Robert Montgomery

    1904 - 1981

    Robert Montgomery (1904 - 1981)

    Robert Montgomery was born Henry Montgomery, Jr. in Fishkill Landing, New York (now Beacon, New York), to Henry Montgomery, Sr. and his wife, Mary Weed Montgomery (née Barney). His early childhood was one of privilege as his father was president of the New York Rubber Company. His father committed suicide in 1922 by jumping off […]

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  • Robert Morley

    1908 - 1992

    Robert Morley (1908 - 1992)

    Morley was born in Semley, Wiltshire, England, the son of Gertrude Emily (née Fass) and Robert Wilton Morley, a Major in the British Army. His mother came from a German family that had emigrated to South Africa. Morley attended Wellington College, Berkshire, which he hated, followed by RADA. As he was a famous “Old Wellingtonian”, […]

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  • Robert Orville Anderson

    1917 - 2007

    Robert Orville Anderson (1917 - 2007)

    Robert Orville Anderson was born in Chicago on April 13, 1917, to the Swedish immigrants Hugo A. Anderson and Hilda Nelson. His father was a prominent banker who, Anderson often said, was the first banker in the U.S. “who loaned money on oil in the ground.”  Robert attended the Laboratory Elementary and High Schools of […]

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  • Robert Prosky

    1930 - 2008

    Robert Prosky (1930 - 2008)

    Prosky, a Polish American, was born Robert Joseph Porzuczek in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Joseph and Helen Porzuczek. His father was a grocer and butcher. He was raised in a working-class neighborhood and studied at the American Theatre Wing, later graduating from Temple University. He performed at Old Academy Players, a small […]

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  • Robert Quarry

    1925 - 2009

    Robert Quarry (1925 - 2009)

    Quarry was born in Santa Rosa, California, the son of Mable (née Shoemaker) and Paul Quarry, a doctor. His grandmother was an actress. He left school at the age of 14 to pursue a career in radio.  During World War II in November 1943, Quarry joined the United States Army, where he formed a theatrical […]

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  • Robert Schuller

    1926 - 2015

    Robert Schuller (1926 - 2015)

    Robert Harold Schuller was born on September 16, 1926, near Alton, Iowa, the son of Jennie (née Beltman) and Anthony Schuller. He was the youngest of four children. All of his grandparents were Dutch immigrants, and he was raised on his parents’ farm nearby in a small-knit community of Dutch-Americans, without running water. As a […]

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  • Robert Shaw

    1927 - 1978

    Robert Shaw (1927 - 1978)

    Robert Shaw was born in Westhoughton, Lancashire, England, in 1927. His mother, Doreen (née Avery), was a former nurse born in Piggs Peak, Swaziland, and his father, Thomas Shaw, was a doctor. He had three sisters, Elizabeth, Joanna, and Wendy, and one brother, Alexander (Sandy).When he was seven, the family moved to Stromness, Orkney, Scotland. […]

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  • Robert Shayne

    1900 - 1992

    Robert Shayne (1900 - 1992)

    Robert Shayne Shayne originally worked as a journalist before becoming an actor, and his first stage appearances were with repertory companies in Alabama. By 1931, he had established the first of many Broadway credits in The Rap.  His other Broadway shows include Yellow Jack (1934), The Cat and the Canary (1935), Whiteoaks (1938), with Ethel […]

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  • Robert Stevenson

    1905 - 1986

    Robert Stevenson (1905 - 1986)

    Robert Stevenson (31 March 1905 – 30 April 1986) was an English film writer and director. He was educated at Cambridge University where he became the president of both the Liberal Club and the Cambridge Union Society. After directing a number of British films, including King Solomon’s Mines (1937), he was given a contract by David […]

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  • Robert Strauss

    1913 - 1975

    Robert Strauss (1913 - 1975)

    Robert Strauss began his career as a classical actor, appearing in The Tempest and Macbeth on Broadway in 1930. Comedy became his speciality, and he was known best as Stalag 17’s Stanislas “Animal” Kuzawa, a role he created in the original 1951 Broadway production and reprised in the 1953 film adaptation, for which he was […]

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  • Robert Taylor

    1911 - 1969

    Robert Taylor (1911 - 1969)

    Born Spangler Arlington Brugh Taylor in Filley, Nebraska, he was the only child of Ruth Adaline (née Stanhope) and Spangler Andrew Brugh, who was a farmer turned doctor. During his early life, the family moved several times, living in Muskogee, Oklahoma; Kirksville, Missouri; and Fremont, Nebraska. By September 1917, the Brughs had moved to Beatrice, […]

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  • Robert Wadlow

    1918 - 1914

    Robert Wadlow (1918 - 1914)

    Robert Wadlow Robert Pershing Wadlow (February 22, 1918 – July 15, 1940) also known as the Alton Giant and the Giant of Illinois, is the tallest person in history for whom there is irrefutable evidence. The Alton and Illinois monikers reflect the fact that he was born and grew up in Alton, Illinois. Wadlow reached […]

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