• Bob Weston

    1947 - 2012

    Bob Weston (1947 - 2012)

    Bob Weston The long-lasting pop band Fleetwood Mac is also one of the most controversial, its several changes of style and personnel often arising from romantic entanglements rather than musical differences. Bob Weston, who has died aged 64 of a gastrointestinal haemorrhage and cirrhosis of the liver, was the band’s lead guitarist in the early […]

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  • Bob Wills

    1905 - 1975

    Bob Wills (1905 - 1975)

    Bob Wills American Western swing musician, songwriter, and bandleader. Considered by music authorities as the co-founder of Western swing,he was universally known as the King of Western Swing (after the death of Spade Cooley who used the moniker “King Of Western Swing” from 1942 to 1969.) Wills formed several bands and played radio stations around […]

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  • Bobbi Kristina Brown

    1993 - 2015

    Bobbi Kristina Brown (1993 - 2015)

    Bobbi Kristina Brown Bobbi Kristina Brown, 22, the only daughter of singers Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown, died Sunday, nearly six months after she was found unresponsive in a bathtub of her home, her family said. Brown has been unresponsive in hospitals and hospice care since she was found in a bathtub of her Roswell, […]

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  • Bobby Buntrock

    1952 - 1974

    Bobby Buntrock (1952 - 1974)

    Bobby Buntrock was born in Denver, Colorado, to Robert and Maxine Buntrock. He had a younger sister, Stella. When he was three, the family moved to Whittier, California, where neighbors urged Buntrock’s parents to get their son into acting. After submitting Buntrock’s picture to various agents, he was signed by Marcella Bell. Shortly after signing […]

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  • Bobby Hatfield

    1940 - 2003

    Bobby Hatfield (1940 - 2003)

    Bobby Hatfield The duo, whose 42-year career featured pop standbys like “Unchained Melody,” “(You’re My) Soul and Inspiration” and “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling,” were in Kalamazoo to kick off a four-day series of performances in Michigan and Ohio.”It’s a shock, a real shock,” Cohen said during a telephone interview. Medley, he said, was “broken […]

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  • Bobby Helms

    1933 - 1997

    Bobby Helms (1933 - 1997)

    Bobby Helms Born in Bloomington, Indiana into a musical family, Helms began performing as a duo with his brother, Freddie, before going on to a successful solo career in country music. In 1956, Helms made his way to Nashville, Tennessee, where he signed a recording contract with Decca Records. The following year was filled with […]

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  • Bobby Parker

    1937 - 2013

    Bobby Parker (1937 - 2013)

    Born in Lafayette, Louisiana, but raised in Los Angeles, California, Parker first aspired to a career in entertainment at a young age. By the 1950s, Parker had started working on electric guitar with several blues and R&B bands of the time, with his first stint being with Otis Williams and the Charms. Over the next […]

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  • Bobby Sands

    1954 - 1981

    Bobby Sands (1954 - 1981)

    Sands was the firstborn son of a Roman Catholic family. His parents were both raised in the Catholic slums of Belfast. After marrying, they relocated to the new development of Abbots Cross in Newtownabbey, County Antrim outside north Belfast in an effort to avoid the poverty and sectarian violence of their youth. His parents were […]

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  • Bobby Womack

    1944 - 2014

    Bobby Womack (1944 - 2014)

    Bobby Womack Singer, Songwriter, Musician. He was born Robert Dwayne Womack. He began his career as lead singer with his family musical group The Valentinos (Friendly Womack, Jr., Curtis Womack, Harry Womack and Cecil Womack). In the 1960’s the group was discovered by Sam Cooke, who later signed the group to his SAR label, they […]

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  • Bobby Woods

    1965 - 2009

    Bobby Woods (1965 - 2009)

    A seventh-grade dropout, Woods was so illiterate that he had to refer to a spelling list just to write simple notes to his family. He had IQ scores of 80 and 78 during elementary school. His IQ score right before his murder trial was 70, and another in 2002 returned 68. Woods also worked as […]

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  • Bonaventura Pinzolo

    1887 - 1930

    Bonaventura Pinzolo (1887 - 1930)

    During the Castellammarese war Joe the Boss Masseria chose Joseph Pinzolo to head the Reina Family in the Bronx after the February 26, 1930, murder of Gaetano Reina. On September 9, 1930, members of the Reina Family loyal to Salvatore Maranzano shot Pinzolo to death in his Manhattan business office. After Pinzolo’s death Tommaso (Tommy) […]

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  • Bonnie Franklin

    1944 - 2013

    Bonnie Franklin (1944 - 2013)

    Bonnie Franklin Franklin was born in Santa Monica, California, the daughter of Claire (née Hersch) and Samuel Benjamin Franklin, an investment banker. Her parents were both Jewish immigrants, her father from Russia and her mother from Romania.  Her family moved to Beverly Hills when she was thirteen years old, and she graduated from Beverly Hills […]

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  • Bonnie Lee Bakley

    1956 - 2001

    Bonnie Lee Bakley (1956 - 2001)

    Bonnie Lee Bakley Born in Morristown, New Jersey to Edward and Marjorie Bakley. She was raised by and lived with her grandmother. Bonny dropped out of high school and decided to go to New York City to pursue a career in modeling and acting at the Barbizon School of Modeling. She was unsuccessful, however, in […]

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  • Booth Colman

    1923 - 2014

    Booth Colman (1923 - 2014)

    Booth Colman (March 8, 1923 – December 15, 2014) was an American film, television and stage actor. In his later years he played older authority figures such as doctors and lawyers. Colman appeared in films since 1952, when he appeared uncredited in The Big Sky directed by Howard Hawks. Booth Colman was born in Portland, Oregon. […]

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  • Boris Vian

    1920 - 1959

    Boris Vian (1920 - 1959)

    Boris Vian was born in 1920 into an upper middle-class family in the wealthy Parisian suburb of Ville d’Avray (Hauts-de-Seine). His parents were Paul Vian, a young rentier, and Yvonne Ramenez, amateur pianist and harpist. From his father Vian inherited a distrust of the church and the military, as well as a love of the […]

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  • Boudleaux Bryant

    1920 - 1970

    Boudleaux Bryant (1920 - 1970)

    Boudleaux Bryant Boudleaux was born in Shellman, Georgia and trained as a classical violinist. He performed with the Atlanta Philharmonic Orchestra during its 1937-38 season, but had more interest in country fiddling and joined Hank Penny and his Radio Cowboys, an Atlanta-based western music band. In 1945 he met Scaduto, whom he called Felice, while […]

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  • Boxcar Willie

    1931 - 1999

    Boxcar Willie (1931 - 1999)

    Boxcar Willie Boxcar Willie was perhaps the most successful invented character in the history of country music. With his kitschy persona and stage act — highlighted by his amazingly accurate impersonation of a train whistle — Willie played into the stereotype of the lovable, good-natured hobo who spent his life riding the rails and singing […]

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  • Boyd Packer

    1924 - 2015

    Boyd Packer (1924 - 2015)

    Boyd Packer was born on September 10, 1924, in Brigham City, Utah, the tenth of eleven children born to Ira Wight Packer and Emma Jensen. As a young boy, he contracted polio. After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the United States Army Air Forces in the spring of 1943. He graduated as a […]

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  • Brad Davis

    1949 - 1991

    Brad Davis (1949 - 1991)

    He was born Robert Creel Davis in Tallahassee, Florida to Eugene Davis (a dentist whose career declined due to alcoholism) and his wife, Anne (née Creel) Davis. His brother Gene is also an actor. According to an article in The New York Times published in 1987, Davis suffered physical abuse and sexual abuse at the […]

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  • Brad Dexter

    1917 - 2002

    Brad Dexter (1917 - 2002)

    Dexter was born Veljko Šošo (Serbian Cyrillic: Вељко Шошо), in Goldfield, Nevada, of Serbian descent. He spoke Serbian as his first language. Burly, dark and handsome, Brad Dexter was usually given supporting roles of a rugged character. Early in his acting career, he went by the name of Barry Mitchell. After a stint as an amateur […]

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  • Brad Renfro

    1982 - 2008

    Brad Renfro (1982 - 2008)

    Renfro was born in Knoxville, Tennessee. He was the son of Angela Denise Olsen (née McCrory) and Mark Renfro, who was a factory worker. He was raised from the age of five by his paternal grandmother, Joanne (Barron) Renfro, a church secretary.  When he was ten, Renfro was discovered by Mali Finn, a casting director […]

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  • Brad Sullivan

    1931 - 2008

    Brad Sullivan (1931 - 2008)

    Born in Chicago, Illinois, Bradford E. Sullivan served in the Korean War and then attended the University of Maine. After touring with a stage company, he moved to New York City and studied at the American Theatre Wing. He made his Off-Broadway debut in Red Roses for Me in 1961, and went on to appear […]

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  • Bram Stoker

    1847 - 1912

    Bram Stoker (1847 - 1912)

    Bram Stoker was born on 8 November 1847 at 15 Marino Crescent, Clontarf, on the northside of Dublin, Ireland. His parents were Abraham Stoker (1799–1876), from Dublin, and Charlotte Mathilda Blake Thornley (1818–1901), who was raised in County Sligo. Stoker was the third of seven children, the eldest of whom was Sir Thornley Stoker, 1st […]

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  • Brenda Bruce

    1918 - 1996

    Brenda Bruce (1918 - 1996)

    She was with the Birmingham Repertory Company (1936–39) and a long-time actress with the Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC). She was the RSC’s resident Mistress Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, playing the role in 1964, 1968, 1975 and 1995. She also appeared as Irma in the RSC’s production of Jean Genet’s The Balcony in […]

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  • Brenda Frazier

    1921 - 1982

    Brenda Frazier (1921 - 1982)

    Frazier’s father, Frank Duff Frazier, came from a prosperous Boston family. Her mother, the former Brenda Germaine Henshaw Williams-Taylor, was the only daughter of Sir Frederick Williams-Taylor (a general manager of the Bank of Montreal who was knighted in 1910 and combined his middle name and birth surname into a new hyphenated surname) and his […]

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  • Brenda Marshall

    1915 - 1992

    Brenda Marshall (1915 - 1992)

    Born in Negros, Philippines, Marshall made her first film appearance in the 1939 Espionage Agent. The following year, she played the leading lady to Errol Flynn in The Sea Hawk. After divorcing actor Richard Gaines in 1940, she married the actor William Holden in 1941 and her own career quickly slowed. She starred opposite James […]

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  • Brendan Behan

    1923 - 1964

    Brendan Behan (1923 - 1964)

    Brendan Francis Aidan Behan (christened Francis Behan) (/ˈbiːən/ bee-ən; Irish: Breandán Ó Beacháin; 9 February 1923 – 20 March 1964) was an Irish poet, short story writer, novelist, and playwright who wrote in both English and Irish. He was also an Irish republican and a volunteer in the Irish Republican Army. Born in Dublin into […]

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  • Brian Adams

    1964 - 2007

    Brian Adams (1964 - 2007)

    Brian Adams Brian Adams was born in Kona, Hawaii and was raised in Kealakekua, Hawaii and attended Konawaena High School. After graduating from high school, Adams joined the military, where he began boxing. It was during his time in the military, while stationed in Japan, that he was also exposed to wrestling. Adams was trained […]

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  • Brian Bedford

    1935 - 2016

    Brian Bedford (1935 - 2016)

    Brian Bedford was born in Morley, West Yorkshire, the son of Ellen (née O’Donnell) and Arthur Bedford, a postman. He attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in London from 1952-55. Primarily a stage actor, he was known for his English-speaking interpretations of the French playwright Molière, including Tony Award nominated performances in Tartuffe, The Molière […]

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  • Brian Donlevy

    1901 - 1972

    Brian Donlevy (1901 - 1972)

    Brian Donlevy was born in 1901 in Portadown, County Armagh, Ireland, to Rebecca (née Parks) and Thomas Donlevy. Sometime between 1910 and 1912 the family moved to Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin, where Donlevy’s father worked as a supervisor at the Brickner Woolen Mills. When the local Army National Guard company was called into service for the Pancho […]

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