• Brian Epstein

    1934 - 1967

    Brian Epstein (1934 - 1967)

    Brian Samuel Epstein (/ɛpstaɪn/; 19 September 1934 – 27 August 1967) was an English music entrepreneur, best known for managing the Beatles. Brian Epstein first discovered the Beatles in November 1961 during a lunchtime Cavern Club performance. He was instantly impressed and saw great potential in the group. Epstein was rejected by nearly all major recording […]

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  • Brian Glover

    1934 - 1997

    Brian Glover (1934 - 1997)

    Glover was born in Sheffield, West Riding of Yorkshire, but grew up in Barnsley. His father was a wrestler, performing as the “Red Devil”. He attended Barnsley Grammar School and the University of Sheffield, where he supplemented his student grant with appearances as a professional wrestler, going under the ring name “Leon Arras the Man […]

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  • Brian Hutton

    1935 - 2014

    Brian Hutton (1935 - 2014)

    Brian Hutton was born in New York City and studied at the Actors Studio. Brian Hutton had a brief acting career between 1954–62, including an appearance as an army deserter in the episode “Custer” in Gunsmoke (series 2, 1956), as well as two guest appearances on Perry Mason in 1957: he played Rod Gleason in […]

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  • Brian Jones

    1942 - 1969

    Brian Jones (1942 - 1969)

    Brian Jones Lewis Brian Hopkins Jones (28 February 1942 – 3 July 1969) was the founder and original bandleader of the Rolling Stones. Jones was a multi-instrumentalist, with his main instruments being the guitar, harmonica and keyboards. His innovative use of traditional or folk instruments, such as the sitar and marimba, was integral to the […]

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  • Brian Keith

    1921 - 1997

    Brian Keith (1921 - 1997)

    Brian Keith was born Robert Alba Keith in Bayonne, New Jersey, on November 14, 1921, to actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman, a native of Aberdeen, Washington. Some sources also list his full name as Brian Robert Keith. He was raised Roman Catholic. His parents divorced, and he moved to Hollywood and started […]

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  • Brian Steckel

    1968 - 2005

    Brian Steckel (1968 - 2005)

    On September 2, 1994, Steckel knocked on Long’s door and asked if he could use her telephone. He then unplugged the telephone and demanded sex from her. After she refused, he threw her onto a couch and attempted to strangle her with some pantyhose. The pantyhose broke, so he continued his attack with a sock. […]

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  • Brian Wilde

    1927 - 2008

    Brian Wilde (1927 - 2008)

    Though born in Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, he was brought up in Devon and Hertfordshire and attended Hertford Grammar School. He trained as an actor at RADA. He had a small part in the horror film Night of the Demon (1957). He had an earlier role as a small time crook in the 1954 film “Forbidden Cargo” (uncredited) […]

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  • Bridgette Andersen

    1975 - 1997

    Bridgette Andersen (1975 - 1997)

    Actress. Bridgette Andersen was best known as the title character in the 1982 comedy,”Savannah Smiles”. Born Bridgette Marriah Andersen in Inglewood, California, she showed expectational intelligence from a young age. By age 2, she was able to read and noted Ernest Hemingway as her favorite author. That same year, she decided she wanted to be […]

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  • Briony McRoberts

    1957 - 2013

    Briony McRoberts (1957 - 2013)

    On television, Briony McRoberts played “Tessa Kilpin” in Episode 057 (05.11) ‘No Stone’ of The Professionals, and appeared in television programmes including The Bill, EastEnders, Taggart, The Crezz and Diamonds. She had a regular role as Lady Laird Sam Hagan in the Scottish soap Take the High Road for STV from 1990 to 1999. In […]

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  • Brittany Murphy

    1977 - 2009

    Brittany Murphy (1977 - 2009)

    Brittany Anne Bertolotti was born in Atlanta, Georgia to Sharon Kathleen Murphy and Angelo Joseph Bertolotti, who divorced when she was two years old, and Murphy was raised by her mother in Edison, New Jersey. Bertolotti was so estranged from the family that he was not named as the father on the first death certificate. Prior to her enrolling at Edison High […]

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  • Brock Peters

    1927 - 2005

    Brock Peters (1927 - 2005)

    Peters was born George Fisher in New York City, the son of Alma A. (née Norford) and Sonnie Fisher, a sailor. He was African American. Peters set his sights on a show business career early on, at the age of 10. A product of New York’s famed High School of Music and Art, Peters initially fielded […]

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  • Brock Speer

    1920 - 1999

    Brock Speer (1920 - 1999)

    Brock Speer Gospel Singer. Born Houston, Alabama, he was a member of the Speer Family Singers, known as the “First Family of Southern Gospel music”. While still a small boy in the late 1920s, he began to perform with his family on stage. As he matured, his smooth bass voice became a trademark of group’s […]

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  • Brooke Astor

    1902 - 2007

    Brooke Astor (1902 - 2007)

    Brooke was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, the only child of John Henry Russell, Jr. (1872–1947), the 16th Commandant of the Marine Corps, and his wife, Mabel Cecile Hornby Howard (1879–1967). Her paternal grandfather John Henry Russell, Sr. was a rear admiral in the U.S. Navy. She was named for her maternal grandmother (Roberta) and […]

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  • Brother Oswald

    1911 - 2002

    Brother Oswald (1911 - 2002)

    Brother Oswald Musician. Born Beecher Ray Kirby, he was a Dobro guitar and banjo player best known as Bashful Brother Beecher. In 1934, taking the stage name Pete Kirby, he joined Roy Acuff’s Crazy Tennesseans in 1934, which became the Smoky Mountain Boys. In 1939, the Smoky Mountain Boys joined the cast of the Grand […]

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  • Bruce Bennett

    1906 - 2007

    Bruce Bennett (1906 - 2007)

    Harold Herman Brix was the fourth child in a family of five of an immigrant couple from Germany. His eldest brother, and their father’s favored son, Herman, died before Harold’s birth; and he was given his middle name in this child’s memory. To please his father, by high school, he had discontinued using his own […]

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  • Bruce Cabot

    1904 - 1972

    Bruce Cabot (1904 - 1972)

    Cabot was born Étienne Pelissier Jacques de Bujac in Carlsbad, New Mexico, to a prominent local lawyer, Colonel Etienne de Bujac, and Julia Armandine Graves, who died shortly after giving birth to him. Leaving the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee without graduating, Cabot worked at many jobs, including as a sailor, an insurance […]

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  • Bruce Edwards Ivins

    1946 - 2008

    Bruce Edwards Ivins (1946 - 2008)

    Bruce Edwards Ivins (April 22, 1946 – July 29, 2008) was an American microbiologist, vaccinologist, senior biodefense researcher at the United States Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland, and the key suspect in the 2001 anthrax attacks.  On Tuesday, July 29, 2008, he died of an overdose of Tylenol with […]

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  • Bruce Lee

    1940 - 1973

    Bruce Lee (1940 - 1973)

    Bruce Lee Bruce Lee (Chinese: 李小龍; born Lee Jun-fan, Chinese: 李振藩; November 27, 1940 – July 20, 1973) was a Hong Kong American martial artist, Hong Kong action film actor, martial arts instructor, philosopher, filmmaker, and the founder of Jeet Kune Do. Lee was the son of Cantonese opera star Lee Hoi-Chuen. He is widely […]

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  • Bruce Reynolds

    1931 - 2013

    Bruce Reynolds (1931 - 2013)

    Bruce Richard Reynolds was born at Charing Cross Hospital, Strand, London, the only child of Thomas Richard and Dorothy Margaret (née Keen). He was initially brought up in Putney, and his mother, a nurse, died in 1935 when he was aged four. His father, a trade-union activist at the Ford Dagenham assembly plant, remarried and […]

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  • Bruno Hauptmann

    1899 - 1936

    Bruno Hauptmann (1899 - 1936)

    Hauptmann was born Richard Hauptmann in Kamenz, near Dresden in what was then the German Empire, the youngest of five children. (The name “Bruno,” used sometimes by prosecutors in the Lindbergh kidnapping trial was not used by family or friends.) He had three brothers and a sister. At age 11, he joined the Boy Scouts […]

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  • Buck Owens

    1929 - 2006

    Buck Owens (1929 - 2006)

    Owens was born on a farm in Sherman, Texas, to Alvis Edgar Owens, Sr. and his wife, Maicie Azel Ellington. Midway Mall, at 4800 Texoma Parkway, now sits where his father’s farm once was. (U.S. Highway 82 through Sherman was named Buck Owens Freeway in his honor).  “‘Buck’ was a donkey on the Owens farm,” […]

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  • Bud Abbott

    1895 - 1974

    Bud Abbott (1895 - 1974)

    Bud Abbott Abbott was born in Asbury Park, New Jersey, into a show business family. His parents, Rae (Fisher) and Harry Abbott, worked for the Barnum and Bailey Circus. Abbott dropped out of school as a child and began working for his father in Coney Island. His father, now an employee of the Columbia Burlesque […]

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  • Bud Adams

    1923 - 2013

    Bud Adams (1923 - 2013)

    Born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on January 3, 1923, Adams was the son of K. S. “Boots” Adams and Blanch Keeler Adams. He became an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation by virtue of his maternal line. Two of his great-grandmothers were Cherokee women who married European-American men: Nelson Carr and George B. Keeler, who played […]

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  • Bud Tingwell

    1923 - 2009

    Bud Tingwell (1923 - 2009)

    Tingwell was born in the Sydney suburb of Coogee, the son of William Harvey Tingwell and Enid (née Green). As an adolescent, his father encouraged him to be an accountant, but Tingwell failed the entrance exam. While still at school, he became a cadet at Sydney radio station 2CH, soon becoming the youngest radio announcer […]

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  • Buddy Alda

    1908 - 1960

    Buddy Alda (1908 - 1960)

    Buddy Alda Motion Picture Producer. Born E. Maurice Adler, he began his career writing short motion pictures for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer movie studios. He became a producer for Columbia Studios in 1947 and after Darryl Zanuck left 20th Century Fox studios Buddy Adler took over as head of production. He then served as Production chief at Fox […]

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  • Buddy Emmons

    1937 - 2015

    Buddy Emmons (1937 - 2015)

    Buddy Emmons Influential pedal steel guitarist Buddy Emmons, who recorded with country music greats and toured as a bass player for Roger Miller, has died at age 78, the Nashville Musicians Association said on Thursday. Emmons arrived in Nashville in 1955 to play with Little Jimmy Dickens’ Country Boys, then considered the liveliest band in […]

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  • Buddy Holly

    1936 - 1959

    Buddy Holly (1936 - 1959)

    Charles Hardin Holley (September 7, 1936 – February 3, 1959), known professionally as Buddy Holly, was an American musician and singer-songwriter and a pioneer of rock and roll. Although his success lasted only a year and a half before his death in an airplane crash, Holly is described by critic Bruce Eder as “the single most influential creative force in […]

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  • Bugsy Siegel

    1906 - 1947

    Bugsy Siegel (1906 - 1947)

    Bugsy Siegel Has Bugsy Siegel’s killer finally been identified? According to an article in October’s Los Angeles Magazine, the killer behind the grisly 1947 murder of the feared gangster, who was instrumental in the creation of the Las Vegas Strip, wasn’t a mobster hit man. Rather, the man who reportedly pulled the trigger on Benjamin […]

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  • Burl Ives

    1909 - 1995

    Burl Ives (1909 - 1995)

    Burl Ives Burl Ives was one of six children born to a Scottish-Irish farming family. He first sang in public for a soldiers’ reunion when he was age 4. In high school, he learned the banjo and played fullback, intending to become a football coach when he enrolled at Eastern Illinois State Teacher’s College in […]

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  • Burt Lancaster

    1913 - 1994

    Burt Lancaster (1913 - 1994)

    Burt Lancaster Actor. One of Hollywood’s best film actors, he initially established his career on “tough guy” roles but abandoned his “all-American” image in the late 1950s in favor of more complex and challenging roles. nominated four times for an Academy Award, he won once for his work in “Elmer Gantry.” Born Burton Stephen Lancaster, […]

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