• Robert Wiene

    1873 - 1938

    Robert Wiene (1873 - 1938)

    Robert Wiene was born in Breslau, as the elder son of the successful theatre actor Carl Wiene. His younger brother Conrad also became an actor, but Robert Wiene at first studied law at the University of Berlin. In 1908 he also started to act, at first in small parts on stage. His first involvement with […]

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  • Robert Young

    1907 - 1998

    Robert Young (1907 - 1998)

    Actor. In a career that lasted over fifty years, Robert Young performed on stage, screen and radio, appearing in some 100 movies before making a successful transition to television. He was born in Chicago coming west when his family relocated to Los Angeles at age seven. Introduced to acting while attending Lincoln High School, he […]

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  • Roberto Sanchez

    1945 - 2010

    Roberto Sanchez (1945 - 2010)

    Singer, Actor. Born Roberto Sánchez, he is considered by many to be one of the greatest Argentine music stars. Widely known as “El Gitano” or “Sandro de América”, he began his career when he was a child, imitating singer Elvis Presley. In 1960, Sandro formed his first band, but gained some notoriety after joining “Los […]

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  • Robertson Hare

    1891 - 1979

    Robertson Hare (1891 - 1979)

    Hare was born in Islington, London, the younger child and only son of Frank Homer Hare, an accountant, and his wife, Louisa Mary, née Robertson. He was educated at Margate College in Kent and then studied drama with the actor and librettist Lewis Cairns James. In 1911 Hare made his professional stage debut, playing the Duke […]

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  • Robin Gibb

    1949 - 2012

    Robin Gibb (1949 - 2012)

    Robin Gibb Robin Gibb, one-third of the Bee Gees, died Sunday after a long battle with cancer, his spokesperson has confirmed via a statement. Gibb was 62 years old. “The family of Robin Gibb, of the Bee Gees, announce with great sadness that Robin passed away today following his long battle with cancer and intestinal surgery,” […]

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  • Robin Stille

    1961 - 1996

    Robin Stille (1961 - 1996)

    Robin Rochelle Stille (November 24, 1961 – February 9, 1996) was an American actress known for her role in the 1982 slasher film The Slumber Party Massacre as Valerie “Val” Bates. She is sometimes credited as Robin Rochelle. Stille was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and eventually found her way to Hollywood after moving with her family […]

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  • Robin Williams

    1951 - 2014

    Robin Williams (1951 - 2014)

    Robin Williams Robin McLaurin Williams was born in Chicago, Illinois, on July 21, 1951. His mother, Laurie McLaurin (c. 1923 – September 4, 2001), was a former model from Jackson, Mississippi, whose own great-grandfather was Mississippi senator and governor Anselm J. McLaurin. His father, Robert Fitzgerald Williams (September 10, 1906 – October 18, 1987), was […]

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  • Rocco Fischetti

    2023 - 1964

    Rocco Fischetti (2023 - 1964)

    Organized Crime Figure. He was a top mobster in the Chicago Organized Crime Family during the days when Al Capone (who was his cousin) was the boss of the Family. He died while visiting relatives on Long Island. New York.

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  • Rochelle Hudson

    1916 - 1972

    Rochelle Hudson (1916 - 1972)

    The Oklahoma City-born actress, Rochelle Hudson, may be best remembered today for costarring in Wild Boys of the Road (1933), playing Cosette in Les Misérables (1935), playing Mary Blair, the older sister of Shirley Temple’s character in Curly Top, and for playing Natalie Wood’s mother in Rebel Without a Cause (1955). During her peak years in […]

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  • Rock Hudson

    1925 - 1985

    Rock Hudson (1925 - 1985)

    Rock Hudson He was the son of an auto mechanic and a telephone operator who divorced when he was eight years old. He failed to obtain parts in school plays because he couldn’t remember lines. After high school he was a postal employee and during WW II served as a Navy airplane mechanic. After the […]

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  • Rocky Marciano

    1923 - 1969

    Rocky Marciano (1923 - 1969)

    Rocky Marciano Rocky Marciano was born Rocco Francis Marchegiano, on September 1, 1923, in Brockton, Massachusetts. During his career, Marciano held the heavyweight boxing title for four years in the 1950s, and he is the only boxing champion to ever retire undefeated. His father, Pierino, worked at a shoe factory. His mother’s name was Pasqualena, […]

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  • Rod Cameron

    1910 - 1983

    Rod Cameron (1910 - 1983)

    Cameron was born Nathan Roderick Cox in Calgary, Alberta. He moved to Hollywood as a young man and started out as a stuntman and bit player for Paramount Pictures. His early films include Heritage of the Desert with Donald Woods and Russell Hayden, Rangers of Fortune with Fred MacMurray, and Henry Aldrich for President with […]

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  • Rod Steiger

    1925 - 2002

    Rod Steiger (1925 - 2002)

    Rodney Stephen “Rod” Steiger (April 14, 1925 – July 9, 2002) was an American actor, noted for his portrayal of offbeat, often volatile and crazed characters. Cited as “one of Hollywood’s most charismatic and dynamic stars”, he is closely associated with the art of method acting, embodying the characters he played, which at times led […]

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  • Rod Taylor

    1930 - 2015

    Rod Taylor (1930 - 2015)

    Taylor was born on 11 January 1930 in Lidcombe, a suburb of Sydney, the only child of William Sturt Taylor, a steel construction contractor and commercial artist, and Mona Taylor (née Thompson), a writer of more than a hundred short stories and children’s books. His middle name comes from his great-great grand uncle, Captain Charles […]

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  • Roddy McDowall

    1928 - 1998

    Roddy McDowall (1928 - 1998)

    Roddy McDowall Roderick McDowall was born in London, the son of a Merchant Mariner father and a mother who had always wanted to be in movies. He was enrolled in elocution courses at age five and by ten had appeared in his first film, Murder in the Family (1938), playing Peter Osborne, the younger brother […]

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  • Roddy Piper

    1954 - 2015

    Roddy Piper (1954 - 2015)

    Roddy Piper “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, a pillar of professional wrestling in its 1980s heyday, who always wore a kilt into the ring because of his Scottish heritage, has died, TMZ reported Friday. He was 61. Piper, a Canadian whose real name is Roderick George Toombs, was diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma in 2006 but was declared […]

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  • Rodney “Yokozuna” Anoai

    1966 - 2000

    Rodney “Yokozuna” Anoai (1966 - 2000)

    Anoaʻi’s career in professional wrestling began as he grew up in a family full of wrestlers, the Anoaʻi family. His uncles were the Wild Samoans, Afa and Sika, who trained him from an early age in the family business. Anoa’i took on the name of the Great Kokina while wrestling overseas in Japan. He also […]

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  • Roger Chaffee

    1935 - 1967

    Roger Chaffee (1935 - 1967)

    Roger Bruce Chaffee was born on February 15, 1935, in Grand Rapids, Michigan, where he became an Eagle Scout and graduated from Central High School in 1953. Turning down a possible appointment to the United States Naval Academy at Annapolis, Maryland, Chaffee accepted a Naval ROTC scholarship and in September 1953 enrolled at the Illinois […]

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  • Roger Grimsby

    1928 - 1995

    Roger Grimsby (1928 - 1995)

    Roger Grimsby was an orphan who was born in Butte, Montana and raised in Duluth, Minnesota, by a Lutheran minister. After graduating from Denfeld High School in 1946, he attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota, before studying history at Columbia University in New York. Grimsby was a U.S. Army veteran who was stationed in […]

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  • Roger Livesey

    1906 - 1976

    Roger Livesey (1906 - 1976)

    Livesey was born in Barry, Wales. Although most articles about him indicated that his parents were Samuel Livesey and Mary Catherine (née Edwards), later research has shown that his father was actually Joseph Livesey. The confusion may have arisen because his mother Mary married Samuel (Joseph’s brother) after Joseph’s death and the death of Samuel’s […]

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  • Roger Lloyd-Pack

    1944 - 2014

    Roger Lloyd-Pack (1944 - 2014)

    Roger Lloyd-Pack Roger Lloyd-Pack (8 February 1944 – 15 January 2014) was an English actor. He was best known for his roles in the television shows Only Fools and Horses, The Vicar of Dibley, and The Old Guys, as well as for his appearance in the film Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire and […]

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  • Roger Rees

    1944 - 2015

    Roger Rees (1944 - 2015)

    Rees was born in Aberystwyth, Wales, the son of Doris Louise (née Smith), a shop clerk, and William John Rees, a police officer. He studied art at the Camberwell College of Arts and the Slade School of Fine Art, turning to acting when he was painting backdrops at the Wimbledon Theatre and was asked to […]

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  • Roland Young

    1887 - 1953

    Roland Young (1887 - 1953)

    Actor. Young made his stage debut in 1911 with Arthur Bouries in “Find the Woman”.  After playing for some time in the English provinces he appeared in “Improper Peter” in London. So successful was he in this play that his next chance came from New York where he played in “Hindle Wakes” and in shorter […]

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  • Romain Gary

    1914 - 1980

    Romain Gary (1914 - 1980)

    Gary was born in Vilna, Russian Empire (now Vilnius, Lithuania) under the name Roman Kacew (Yiddish: קצב‎, Russian: Рома́н Ка́цев). In his books and interviews, he presented many different versions of his parents’ origins, ancestry, occupation and his own childhood. His mother, Mina Owczyńska, was a Litvak actress from Švenčionys and his father was a […]

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  • Romulus Linney

    1930 - 2011

    Romulus Linney (1930 - 2011)

    Linney was born in Philadelphia, the son of Maitland (née Thompson) and Romulus Zachariah Linney III. His great-grandfather was Republican congressman Romulus Zachariah Linney.  Linney was raised in Boone, North Carolina and Madison, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oberlin College and an Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale School […]

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  • Romy Schneider

    1938 - 1982

    Romy Schneider (1938 - 1982)

    Romy Schneider’s first film, made when she was 15, was Wenn der weiße Flieder wieder blüht (When the White Lilacs Bloom Again) in 1953, credited as Romy Schneider-Albach. In 1954, Schneider for the first time portrayed a royal, playing a young Queen Victoria in the Austrian film Mädchenjahre einer Königin (known in the U.S. as […]

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  • Ron Goldman

    1968 - 1994

    Ron Goldman (1968 - 1994)

    Ron Goldman Murder Victim. He and a casual friend, Nicole Brown Simpson, were found murdered at her Brentwood condominium, just outside her front door. Ronald Goldman, a waiter at a nearby restaurant, was returning eyeglasses that she had accidentally left there at dinner that night. He is considered an accidental victim of the murder, either […]

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  • Ron Silver

    1946 - 2009

    Ron Silver (1946 - 2009)

    Silver was born in New York City, the son of May (née Zimelman), a substitute teacher, and Irving Roy Silver, a clothing sales executive. Silver was raised Jewish on the Lower East Side of Manhattan and attended Stuyvesant High School.  Silver went on to graduate from SUNY at Buffalo, with a Bachelor of Arts in […]

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  • Ron Vawter

    1948 - 1994

    Ron Vawter (1948 - 1994)

    Vawter was born in Latham, New York, to Matilda (Buttoni) and Elton Lee Vawter. His maternal grandparents were Italian. He originated roles in Rumstick Road, Nayatt School, Point Judith (an epilog), Route 1 & 9, Hula, L.S.D. (…Just the High Points…), Frank Dell’s The Temptation of Saint Antony, North Atlantic, and Brace Up!. He appeared […]

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  • Ron Woodroof

    1950 - 1992

    Ron Woodroof (1950 - 1992)

    Woodroof was born in Dallas, Texas, on February 3, 1950, to Garland Odell Woodroof (March 17, 1917, in Texas – December 3, 1983, in Dallas) and Willie Mae Hughes (November 25, 1917, in Oklahoma – November 19, 1996, in Dallas).  His first marriage was to Mary Etta Pybus on June 28, 1969, in Dallas; and […]

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