• Sorrell Booke

    1930 - 1994

    Sorrell Booke (1930 - 1994)

    Booke was born in Buffalo, New York, a cousin of Max Yasgur of Woodstock fame. Fluent in five languages including Russian and Japanese, Booke earned degrees from both Columbia and Yale universities. He served in the Korean War as a counterintelligence officer. Booke was married to the former Miranda Knickerbocker (the daughter of Hubert Renfro […]

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  • Soupy Sales

    1926 - 2009

    Soupy Sales (1926 - 2009)

    Soupy Sales Born Milton Supman, Soupy Sales was an early children’s television show icon whose trademark was a cream pie to the face. With his two puppets White Fang, the meanest dog in the United States, and Black Tooth, the nicest dog in the United States, he used his skill of rubber faced improvisational style […]

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  • Spade Cooley

    1910 - 1969

    Spade Cooley (1910 - 1969)

    Spade Cooley One of the groups which played at the Venice Pier Ballroom in Venice, California, was led by Jimmy Wakely with Spade Cooley on fiddle. Several thousand dancers would turn out on Saturday night to swing and hop. “The hoards (sic) of people and jitterbuggers loved him.” When Wakely got a movie contract at […]

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  • Spalding Gray

    1941 - 2004

    Spalding Gray (1941 - 2004)

    Gray was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Rockwell Gray, Sr., the treasurer of Brown & Sharpe, and Margaret Elizabeth “Betty” Horton, a homemaker. He was the middle-born of three sons: Rockwell, Jr., Spalding, and Channing. He was raised in the Christian Scientist faith and grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, spending summers at his […]

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  • Speck Rhodes

    1915 - 2000

    Speck Rhodes (1915 - 2000)

    Speck Rhodes was a country music comedian and entertainer. Rhodes was best known for his appearances on the Porter Wagoner television show. He came from a musical family and with his two brothers and sister, were known as Speck, Slim, Bea, and Dusty. 1934 they were touring the RKO vaudeville circuit as the Log Cabin […]

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  • Spencer Fullerton Baird

    1823 - 1887

    Spencer Fullerton Baird (1823 - 1887)

    Spencer Fullerton Baird was born in Reading, Pennsylvania in 1823. He became a self-trained naturalist as a young man, learning about the field from his brother, William, who was a birder, and the likes of John James Audubon, who instructed Baird on how to draw scientific illustrations of birds. His father was also a big […]

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  • Spencer Tracy

    1900 - 1967

    Spencer Tracy (1900 - 1967)

    Spencer Bonaventure Tracy (April 5, 1900 – June 10, 1967) was an American actor, noted for his natural style and versatility. One of the major stars of Hollywood’s Golden Age, Spencer Tracy was nominated for nine Academy Awards for Best Actor and won two, sharing the record for nominations in that category with Laurence Olivier. Tracy […]

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  • Spike Jones

    1911 - 1965

    Spike Jones (1911 - 1965)

    Spike Jones Lindley Armstrong Jones was a musical genius. In the wild and woolly days before multi-track recording, MTV, and certainly digital entertainment content, Spike Jones put together a top-flight musical organization that the world has not seen the likes of since. Known as the City Slickers, the emphasis was on comedy, primarily doing dead-on […]

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  • Spike Milligan

    1918 - 2002

    Spike Milligan (1918 - 2002)

    Milligan was born in Ahmednagar, India, on 16 April 1918, the son of an Irish father, Captain Leo Alphonso Milligan, MSM, RA (1890–1969), who was serving in the British Indian Army. His mother, Florence Mary Winifred Kettleband (1893–1990), was English. He spent his childhood in Poona (India) and later in Rangoon, capital of British Burma. […]

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  • Spiro Agnew

    1918 - 1996

    Spiro Agnew (1918 - 1996)

    Spiro Agnew Spiro Agnew, Governor of Maryland, US Vice President. A member of the Republican Party, he served a Maryland’s 55th governor from January 1967 Until January 1969 and then as US Vice President under President Richard M. Nixon from January 1969 until October 1973. Spiro Agnew  is remembered as having to resign the vice […]

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  • Spring Byington

    1886 - 1971

    Spring Byington (1886 - 1971)

    Spring Byington was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado, the daughter of Helene Maud (née Cleghorn 1862-1907) a doctor, and Edwin Lee Byington (1852–1891), an educator and Superintendent of schools in Colorado. Byington had one sibling, a younger sister, Helene Kimball Byington. After Edwin Lee died, their mother decided to send her younger daughter, Helene, to […]

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  • Stafford Repp

    1918 - 1974

    Stafford Repp (1918 - 1974)

    Born and raised in California, Stafford Repp was educated at Lowell High School, in San Francisco, California. Soon after the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Repp served a stint in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. After military service, he began his acting career in mid-life. He was first […]

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  • Stan Laurel

    1890 - 1965

    Stan Laurel (1890 - 1965)

    Stan Laurel Comedian. He found his greatest success when paired with Oliver Hardy. Born Arthur Stanley Jefferson in Ulverston, England, the second of five children. His father, A. J. Jefferson managed a number of vaudeville theaters, and his mother was an actress. He lived with his grandparents until age six, then moved in with his […]

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  • Stanford Ovshinsky

    1922 - 2012

    Stanford Ovshinsky (1922 - 2012)

    Stanford Robert Ovshinsky (November 24, 1922 – October 17, 2012) was a prolific American inventor and scientist who had been granted well over 400 patents over fifty years, mostly in the areas of energy and information. Many of his inventions have had wide ranging applications. Among the most prominent are: an environmentally friendly nickel-metal hydride […]

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  • Stanley Adams

    1915 - 1977

    Stanley Adams (1915 - 1977)

    Stanley Adams (April 7, 1915 – April 27, 1977) was an American actor and screenwriter. Born in New York City, Adams had his first film role playing the bartender in the movie version of Death of a Salesman (1952). He played another barkeep in The Gene Krupa Story and a safecracker in Roger Corman’s High […]

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  • Stanley Andrews

    1891 - 1969

    Stanley Andrews (1891 - 1969)

    Actor. Born Stanley Andrzejewski in Chicago, Illinois, he was best remembered for his role as the voice of Daddy Warbucks on the radio program “Little Orphan Annie” (1931-36). A popular character performer, he appeared in more than 250 movies to include “Beau Geste” (1939), “North to the Klondike” (1942), “Trail of Vengeance” (1945), “Road to […]

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  • Stanley Baker

    1928 - 1976

    Stanley Baker (1928 - 1976)

    William Stanley Baker was born in Ferndale, Rhondda Valley, Glamorgan, Wales, the youngest of three children. His father was a coal miner who lost a leg in a pit accident but continued working as a lift operator at the mine until his death. Baker grew up a self-proclaimed “wild kid” interested in only “football and […]

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  • Stanley David “David” Griggs

    1939 - 1989

    Stanley David “David” Griggs (1939 - 1989)

    Astronaut. Born in Portland, Oregon, he graduated from the US Naval Academy in 1962 and was a decorated combat Naval Aviator during the Vietnam War. In July 1970, he was assigned to the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center as a Naval Reservist, Rear Admiral in charge of various flight test and research projects in support […]

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  • Stanley Kamel

    1943 - 2008

    Stanley Kamel (1943 - 2008)

    Kamel was born to a Jewish family and raised in South River, New Jersey, and attended Rutgers Preparatory School. He started his acting career off-Broadway and broke into television with a role in Days of Our Lives as Eric Peters. Kamel had a recurring role on Melrose Place in 1994 as Bruce Teller, the Chief Executive […]

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  • Stanley Karnow

    1925 - 2013

    Stanley Karnow (1925 - 2013)

    After serving with the United States Army Air Forces in the China Burma India Theater during World War II, he graduated from Harvard with a bachelor’s degree in 1947; in 1947 and 1948 he attended the Sorbonne, and from 1948 to 1949 the Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris. He then began his career in journalism […]

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  • Stanley Kauffmann

    1916 - 2013

    Stanley Kauffmann (1916 - 2013)

    Kauffmann started with The New Republic in 1958 and contributed film criticism to that magazine for the next fifty-five years, publishing his last review in 2013. He had one brief break in his New Republic tenure, when he served as the drama critic for the New York Times for eight months in 1966.  He worked […]

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  • Stanley Kramer

    1913 - 2001

    Stanley Kramer (1913 - 2001)

    Stanley Earl Kramer (September 29, 1913 – February 19, 2001) was an American film director and producer, responsible for making many of Hollywood’s most famous “message films”. As an independent producer and director, he brought attention to topical social issues that most studios avoided. Among the subjects covered in his films were racism (in The […]

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  • Stanley Kubrick

    1928 - 1999

    Stanley Kubrick (1928 - 1999)

    Stanley Kubrick was born on July 26, 1928, in the Bronx, New York, the first of two children of Jacques (Jacob) Leonard Kubrick (1901–85) and his wife Sadie Gertrude (née Perveler; 1903–85), both of whom were Jewish. His sister, Barbara Mary Kubrick, was born in 1934. Jacques Kubrick, whose parents and paternal grandparents were of […]

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  • Stanley Williams

    1953 - 2005

    Stanley Williams (1953 - 2005)

    Stanley Williams was born December 29, 1953 in Shreveport, Louisiana to a 17-year old mother. His father abandoned the family when Williams was just a year old. In 1959, at the age of six, Williams moved with his mother from Rayville, Louisiana to Los Angeles, California by a Greyhound Lines bus. His mother moved into […]

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  • Stefano Badami

    1888 - 1955

    Stefano Badami (1888 - 1955)

    Stefano Badami Organized Crime Figure. He was the first boss of what is now called the Decavalcante Organized Crime Family based in New Jersey. He ran the family until the 1930s, and was stabbed to death in a restaurant at 372 15th Avenue in Newark, New Jersey in 1955.  

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  • Stefano Ferrigno

    1900 - 1930

    Stefano Ferrigno (1900 - 1930)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was the Underboss of Manfredi “Al” Mineo, the Boss of one of the five Families in New York City during the late 1920s (today the Mineo Family is called the Gambino Family). He and Mineo were allies of Joe “The Boss” Masseria. Due to this alliance, they were both shot and […]

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  • Steffi Duna

    1910 - 1992

    Steffi Duna (1910 - 1992)

    Born Stephanie Berindey in Budapest of Czech extraction, Steffi Duna started dancing at the age of nine and first attracted attention as a thirteen-year-old ballet dancer in Europe. Duna made her first stage appearance performing dramatized fairy tales at the Children’s Theater of Budapest. Initially opposed to the idea, her father sent her to the […]

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  • Stephen Boyd

    1931 - 1977

    Stephen Boyd (1931 - 1977)

    Stephen Boyd Stephen Boyd was born William Millar on July 4, 1931, at Glengormley, Northern Ireland, one of nine children of Martha Boyd and Canadian truck driver James Alexander Millar, who worked for Fleming’s on Tomb Street in Belfast. He attended Glengormley & Ballyrobert primary school and then moved on to Ballyclare High School and […]

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  • Stephen Elliott

    1918 - 2005

    Stephen Elliott (1918 - 2005)

    From 1940 to 1942, Elliott studied acting with Sanford Meisner at New York’s Neighborhood Playhouse. After serving in World War II with the United States Merchant Marine, he started a successful career on Broadway with his debut in Shakespeare’s The Tempest; two years later, Elliott was selected by Robert Lewis to be one of The […]

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  • Stephen Foster

    1826 - 1864

    Stephen Foster (1826 - 1864)

    Foster attended private academies in Allegheny, Athens, and Towanda, Pennsylvania. He received an education in English grammar, diction, the classics, penmanship, Latin, Greek, and mathematics. In 1839, his elder brother William was serving his apprenticeship as an engineer at nearby Towanda and thought Stephen would benefit from being under his supervision. The site of the […]

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