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03-26-2019, 03:50 PM   #931
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Unmarked here, Gus Bivona was a musician playing a range of clarinets, saxophones and flute at the height of the big band era. After WWII, he was a staff musician for the MGM Studio Orchestra, playing on countless soundtracks and sessions. He later became a well-known sidekick of pianist, composer, comedian, and television host Steve Allen.


Louise Byrdie Dantzler, as Mary Brian, was an actress who made the transition from silent films to sound films. After a beauty contest, she was given an audition by Paramount and cast as Wendy Darling in Peter Pan (1924). She appeared in Varsity (1928), and co-starred with Gary Cooper, Walter Huston and Richard Arlen in an early Western talkie, The Virginian (1929). Other films included The Front Page (1931), and top-billing in Shadows of Sing Sing (1933) and Navy Blues (1937). Her last film was Dragnet (1947), and she appeared as the mother on TV's Meet Corliss Archer (1954). She has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. She was the wife of film editor George Tomasini.


Solomon Burke was an American preacher and singer who shaped the sound of rhythm and blues as one of the founding fathers of soul music in the 1960s. He had a string of hits including "Cry to Me", "If You Need Me", "Got to Get You Off My Mind", "Down in the Valley" and "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love". Burke released 38 studio albums, and had 35 singles that charted in the US, including 26 that made the Billboard R&B charts. In 2001, Burke was inducted into the Rock and Roll HOF. His album Don't Give Up on Me won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album in 2003.



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Borden Chase, born Frank Fowler, went through an assortment of jobs, including driving for gangster Frankie Yale and working on the construction of New York's Holland Tunnel, before turning to writing, first short stories and novels, and later, screenplays. When 20th Century Fox produced Under Pressure (1935), his screen adaptation of his novel, Sandhog (based on his Holland Tunnel experience), he moved to Hollywood and changed his name to Borden Chase, allegedly getting his nominal inspiration from Borden Milk and Chase Manhattan Bank.




Al Checco appeared in films as Hotel (1967), The Party, Bullitt (1968), Angel in My Pocket (1969), Skin Game (1971), The Terminal Man (1974), Pete's Dragon (1977) and Zero to Sixty (1978). On TV, he played Leno LaBianca in Helter Skelter, and he was on The Phil Silvers Show, Mister Ed, Gomer Pyle: USMC, The Flying Nun, The FBI, Here’s Lucy, The Rockford Files, Highway to Heaven, Batman, the Munsters, and Scrubs, his final onscreen credit, in 2004.


Mikhail Aleksandrovich Chekhov was a Russian-American actor, director, and author. His acting technique has been used by actors such as Jack Nicholson, Clint Eastwood, Marilyn Monroe, and Yul Brynner. He was a nephew of the playwright Anton Chekhov. Though he was mostly a stage actor, he made notable appearances on film, memorably as the Freudian analyst in Alfred Hitchcock's Spellbound (1945), which earned an oscar nomination.
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Morton David Alpern, known as Marty Allen, was a frizzy-haired comedian and actor. His catchprase was "Hello dere". After splitting with his first comedy partner, Mitch DeWood, he became part of the comedy team of Allen and Rossi with Steve Rossi, with hit comedy albums and 44 appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show. Allen appeared on Broadway in Let It Ride! and I Had a Ball. He eventually began performing in TV roles, starting with The Big Valley, The Hollywood Squares, Circus of the Stars, The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!, and game shows. He had an annual tour at military hospitals, and contributed to the American Cancer Society, the Heart Fund, the March of Dimes, Fight for Sight, and served on the board of the Epilepsy Foundation.


Larry Mann started as a DJ in Canada, then appeared in more than 20 movies, including In the Heat of the Night, Oklahoma Crude, and The Sting. TV included Get Smart, Gunsmoke, The Man From UNCLE, Bewitched, Hogan's Heroes, Honey West, The Green Hornet, Green Acres, Columbo, Quincy ME, and Hill Street Blues. He also starred in Bell Canada commercials called "The Boss" for ten years beginning in 1981.


Bunny Summers had 85 acting credits including TVs Norm, Ellen, Seinfeld, Newhart, Knots Landing, Family Ties, Saved By the Bell, and The Doris Day Show. Films include The Last Starfighter, Funny Girl, and Re-Animator.
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Mary Lansing was an actress starting with 1929's Happy Days, and appeared on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), and Mayberry R.F.D. (1968). She voiced Aunt Ena and Mrs. Possum in 1942's Bambi. Her last role was on Apple's Way in 1978.


Philip Lathrop was a cinematographer with 87 credits including Rawhide, Peter Gunn, Days of Wine and Roses, the Pink Panther, 36 Hours, The Illustrated Man, The Gypsy Moths, They Shoot Horses Don't They?, Portnoy's Complaint, Airport 1975, The Killer Elite, Airport '77, Deadly Friend, and his last, Little Girl Lost.


Lance LeGault acted on TV's AirWolf, Dynasty, The A-Team, Magnum PI, and Werewolf, and was Col. Glass in the Bill Murray movie Stripes.


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Sandy Baron was an comedian on stage, in films, and on TV. He started his career working in the Catskill Mountains resorts when they were synonymous with the "Borscht Belt" brand of Jewish humor on which Baron made his mark. He was the host of the pilot for Hollywood Squares and often appeared as a celebrity contestant on this and other games shows. Baron played himself in the opening scene of Woody Allen's Broadway Danny Rose (1984) and narrated the film.


Henry Bergman was an actor of stage and film. He made his first film appearance with the L-KO Kompany in 1914 at the age of forty-six. In 1916, Bergman started working with Charlie Chaplin, beginning with The Pawnshop. For the rest of his career, Bergman remained a character actor for Chaplin and worked as a studio assistant, including Assistant Director. Bergman's last appearance was in Modern Times as a restaurant manager, and his final offscreen contribution was for The Great Dictator in 1940. Chaplin helped Bergman finance a restaurant in Hollywood, named "Henry's", which became a popular spot for celebrities as a precursor to the later Brown Derby restaurant.


Pandro Berman was a film producer. His father Henry Berman was general manager of Universal Pictures during Hollywood's formative years. In 1930, Berman was hired as a film editor at RKO, then became an assistant producer. When RKO supervising producer William LeBaron walked out of the ill-fated The Gay Diplomat (1931), Berman took over LeBaron's responsibilities, remaining there until 1939. Berman left for MGM in 1940, where he oversaw such productions as Ziegfeld Girl (1941), National Velvet (1944), The Bribe (1949), Father of the Bride (1950), Blackboard Jungle (1955) and BUtterfield 8 (1960). He eventually became an independent, finishing his career with the unsuccessful Move (1970).
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Stretching the theme rules a bit, but I'm sure Dan was a celebrity in his own right. At least he had a sense of humor.

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Stretching the theme rules a bit, but I'm sure Dan was a celebrity in his own right. At least he had a sense of humor.
Dan Klump, of Willcox AZ was born in Bowie AZ, was a longtime rancher in Northeastern Cochise County and was an avid Willcox Livestock auction observer and participant.
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Octavius Gass came west from Ohio in 1850 during the California gold rush, and eventually became a prospector. In 1854 he relocated to the tiny pueblo of Los Angeles in Southern California, where his ability to speak Spanish and handle different cultures lead to him being appointed the "zanjero" of the main water supply. Still prospecting, now in tin, investors dried up as the Civil War approached. Gass relocated to southern Nevada, eventually buying an abandoned fort (now the Las Vegas Mormon Fort State Park). In 1865, Gass started 4 terms in the Arizona Teritorial Legislature. The Arizona-Nevada border relocation caused local problems with taxes, and Gass' political and economic influence diminished. He also had big debt as some of his crops failed. In 1881, he relocated again to Southern California, and eventually helped with his son's orange orchard.


Gloria Holden was an English-born American actress. Early stage work included small parts in plays such as The Royal Family, in which she spoke four lines playing a nurse. She is best known for her 1936 film role as Dracula's Daughter, as Mme. Zola in 1937's The Life of Emile Zola, and in Tod Browning's 1939 film Miracles for Sale. She played Marian Morgan in the Technicolor short The Man Without a Country which was oscar nominated in 1937. She also appeared in The Corsican Brothers, The Girl of the Limberlost, and Perilous Waters during the 40s. Her last appearance was as an uncredited garden party guest in 1958's Auntie Mame. Her second ex-husband, Harold Winston, an assistant director and scout, renamed actor William Beadle as William Holden in her honor.


Robert Pierpoint was a broadcast journalist for CBS News. He served in the Navy during WWII, and in 1948 graduated from the University of Redlands. Pierpoint covered the Korean War and appeared on the first edition of See It Now in 1951. Recreating the role, his voice appears in "Goodbye, Farewell and Amen", the final episode of TV's M*A*S*H. On November 22, 1963 he was riding in a press bus in the motorcade for President Kennedy. He also covered the State Dept for CBS, and appeared frequently on Charles Kuralt's Sunday Morning broadcasts. He was a close associate of Edward R. Murrow on radio and TV. Pierpoint served as White House correspondent for six presidential administrations, from Eisenhower to Carter.


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Sam Jaffe played the High Lama in Lost Horizon, the lead in Gunga Din, the mathematician in The Day the Earth Stood Still, and Dr Zorba on Ben Casey. He earned an oscar nomination for his role in The Asphalt Jungle.
Though the information about Sam Jaffe is technically accurate, it is for the actor, not this Sam Jaffe who was an agent, producer and studio executive. Oops! He worked on Theater of Blood, Born Free, Damian and Pythias, The Fighting Sullivans, Diplomaniacs, and The Vanishing Frontier. His most famous client was friend Peter Lorre but he also represented Humphrey Bogart at one time. "I represented Lester Cole and many other wonderful writers and actors. And it's true, a lot of them were Communists--such as Zero Mostel. Why did I have so many radicals? I don't know. But I guess, being a liberal, I attracted those people." He was the business manager for Preferred Pictures, Inc., in 1922.
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Percy Kilbride was a long-faced character actor, mostly playing country hicks. He is most memorable as Pa Kettle in the Ma and Pa Kettle series of films. His film debut was as Jakey in White Woman (1933), a Pre-Code film starring Carole Lombard. He was also in Jack Benny's film, George Washington Slept Here in 1942. In 1947, he and Marjorie Main appeared in The Egg and I, as the folksy Kettle neighbors of stars Fred MacMurray and Claudette Colbert, which led to the spinoff series of Ma and Pa Kettle films.


Chester Nimitz was a fleet admiral of the US Navy and played a major role in the naval history of WW II as Commander in Chief of the US Pacific Fleet and CiC of Pacific Ocean Areas. In 1907 as an ensign, he was commanding a destroyer which ran aground in mud banks, for which he was court-martialed. Nimitz was the leading US Navy authority on submarines and oversaw the conversion of submarines from gasoline to diesel, and later acquired approval to build the world's first nuclear-powered submarine, the USS Nautilus. He was the last surviving US fleet admiral. The USS Nimitz aircraft carrier was named after him.


Raymond Spruance was a US Navy admiral in World War II and commanded US forces in two significant naval battles in the Pacific Theater - the Battle of Midway and the Battle of the Philippine Sea. Midway was the first major victory for the US over Japan and is considered a turning point in the Pacific war. Spruance succeeded Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz as Commander in Chief, US Pacific Fleet and Pacific Ocean Areas in November 1945. After the war, Spruance was appointed President of the Naval War College, and later served as American ambassador to the Philippines.
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Billy West was an actor, producer, and writer of the 1910s, 20s, and 30s. He was one of the more well-known and successful imitators of Charlie Chaplin's "Tramp" character, until developing his own. Oliver Hardy frequently appeared with him.


Roy Williams started working with Walt Disney on 1925 in the animation and writing department, and he eventually began storyboarding the upcoming Mickey Mouse Club episodes. Disney selected him to be the co-host of the show. He was known as Moose Williams on his highschool football team.


Frances Wayne was an American jazz singer. In her teens in New York City she sang in a group fronted by her brother, saxophonist Nick Jerret. Early in the 1940s she recorded with Charlie Barnet's big band, and in 1943 sang with Woody Herman's band. In 1944 she married Neal Hefti, who played trumpet and arranged material for Herman. Hefti formed his own big band in 1947, and Wayne soloed in this ensemble as well. She sang with Hefti into the 1950s, and later with smaller ensembles, which featured Hank Jones, Milt Hinton, Jerome Richardson, Richie Kamuca, John LaPorta, Billy Bauer, and Al Cohn.
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Theodore Bikel was an Austrian-American actor, folk singer, and political activist. His stage debut was in Tel Aviv, his London stage debut was in 1948 and New York in 1955. He was recognized and recorded folk singer and guitarist. In 1959 he co-founded the Newport Folk Festival, and created the role of Captain von Trapp opposite Mary Martin as Maria in the original Broadway production of The Sound of Music. In 1969 Bikel began acting and singing on stage as Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, a role he performed more often than any other actor to date. Film/TV credits include the Twilight Zone, The Sound of Music, and Columbo in which he played a Mensa genius.


John Bleifer was an actor from the tail-end of the silent-film era, and lasted through the mid-1980s. Featured roles in the 1930's included Night Alarm, Les Misérables, Charlie Chan at Monte Carlo, and Mr. Moto Takes a Vacation. The 1940's saw him in The Mark of Zorro, Waterfront, and Smugglers' Cove. He later appeared on TV's I Love Lucy, The Count of Monte Cristo, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Shirley Temple's Storybook, Perry Mason, Peter Gunn, and Rawhide. Later films included WC Fields and Me, FIST, The Frisco Kid, and finally 1986's Inside Out.


Benjamin Bernstein, at age nine, won a contest for the best impersonation of Charlie Chaplin. In the 1920s Blue joined Jack White and His Montrealers orchestra. The band emigrated to the US and appeared in two early sound musicals - Jack White and His Montrealers, and King of Jazz (1930). Blue left the band to be a comedian, portraying a bald-headed dumb-bell with a goofy expression. His films included It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World; The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming; The Busy Body; A Guide for the Married Man; and Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?
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David Phillip Vetter suffered from severe combined immunodeficiency (SCID), a hereditary disease. Individuals born with SCID are abnormally susceptible to infections, and exposure to typically innocuous pathogens can be fatal. He spent his entire life in a hospital or home isolation chamber and was referred to as "the bubble boy" by the media. His parents had a previous child, also named David (Joseph), who had died at age 7 months from the same hereditary disease. Thus it was controversial, and received criticism, for them to have another child with a 50% probability of having the disease. Vetter later received a bone marrow transplant from his sister, but he became ill with infectious mononucleosis after a few months and died after 15 days. His autopsy revealed that the bone marrow had traces of a dormant virus, Epstein-Barr, which had been undetectable in the pre-transplant screening.




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Brad Mora began in show business at age two in the 1944 Broadway play "A Member of the Wedding". MGM brought him to Hollywood in 1946 and he appeared in several MGM films over the next few years. He was scheduled to be a "Mousketeer" but after six months began the Disney mini-series Spin and Marty. Later as Brad Morrow, he toured with the stage versions of "West Side Story" and "The Diary of Anne Frank". His last of 56 credits was for TV's Rawhide in 1964. When his acting days ended, he went into business management. In 1990, he became the president of CII Premium Finance in Burbank, but resigned in 1996 due to illness.


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Carrie Marcus married Abraham Neiman in 1905, and worked briefly for Coca-Cola. Then with brother Herbert Marcus and sister-in-law Minnie, they founded Neiman Marcus in 1907 in Dallas.


Neiman Marcus specialized in high-quality luxurious ready-to-wear garments and was designated a "symbol of elegance" by Holiday magazine. After divorcing in 1928, Carrie was instrumental in the store's fashion shows and in the annual Neiman Marcus Fashion Award beginning in 1938 for outstanding fashion designers. In 1950 her brother Herbert died and she became the chair of Neiman Marcus.
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Charles Lane was a long-faced character actor for 77 years. His first film was as a hotel clerk in Smart Money (1931) starring Edward G. Robinson and James Cagney. His last performance at the age of 101 was narrator in 2006's The Night Before Christmas. Lane appeared in many Frank Capra films, including You Can't Take It With You (1938), Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939), Arsenic and Old Lace (1944), It's a Wonderful Life (1946) and Riding High (1950). Lucille Ball often used him as a no-nonsense authority figure and comedic foe on TV's I Love Lucy, The Lucy–Desi Comedy Hour and The Lucy Show.


In 1898, Hertz met the British composer Frederick Delius, and on 30 May 1899, Hertz conducted the first concert of Delius's music. Hertz first came to prominence conducting Wagner at the Metropolitan Opera in New York. Some performances were experimentally recorded on what are now known as the Mapleson Cylinders and later issued on LP. In 1913 he conducted the Berlin Philharmonic's first recording session, in excerpts from Parsifal. He later became music director of the San Francisco Symphony from 1915-1930. Hertz also conducted the orchestra in its first radio broadcasts, beginning in 1926. After 1930, Hertz guest conducted the orchestra, including radio broadcasts on NBC. Hertz also was a guest conductor for the Houston Symphony during 1935–1936.


Walter Wanger was an American film producer from the 1910s to Cleopatra, his last film, in 1963. He was at Paramount in the 1920s but eventually worked every major studio. He also served as president of the AMPAS from 1939 to 1945. Wanger developed a reputation as an intellectual and a socially conscious movie executive, producing provocative message movies and glittering romantic melodramas. He achieved notoriety in 1951 by shooting and wounding the agent of his then-wife, Joan Bennett, because he suspected they were having an affair. He was convicted and served a four-month sentence, then returned to making movies.
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