American actors died in Cardiovascular disease

Here are 50 famous actors from United States of America died in Cardiovascular disease:

Dean Jagger

Dean Jagger (November 7, 1903 Columbus Grove-February 5, 1991 Santa Monica) otherwise known as Ira Dean Jagger or Jeffrey Dean was an American actor, character actor and teacher.

After graduating from Wabash College and working briefly as a salesman, Jagger began his acting career on Broadway, before transitioning to film in the early 1930s. He appeared in over 100 films, including "Brigham Young" (1940) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. Jagger also made numerous television appearances, notably playing Brigadier General Ira C. Eaker in the 1970 film "Tora! Tora! Tora!".

In addition to his acting career, Dean Jagger was an experienced teacher of drama and speech. In the 1950s, he taught at the American Theatre Wing, and later founded a school for actors in Santa Monica, California.

Jagger passed away in 1991 at the age of 87, leaving behind a legacy as a versatile and highly respected actor in both film and television.

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G. Wood

G. Wood (December 31, 1919 Forrest City-July 24, 2000 Macon) otherwise known as George Wood was an American actor.

He appeared in over 150 films and television shows during his career, which spanned from the 1940s to the 1990s. Wood was originally trained as a stage actor and appeared in several Broadway productions in the 1940s. He then transitioned to film and television work, often playing tough-guy roles or authority figures such as police officers or military officers. Some of his most notable film appearances include "The Thing from Another World" (1951), "The Wild One" (1953), and "Anatomy of a Murder" (1959). Wood also had recurring roles on television shows such as "Perry Mason" and "Gunsmoke". Off-screen, he was known for his love of horse racing and owned several racehorses throughout his life. Wood passed away in Macon, Georgia in 2000 at the age of 80.

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Harold Nicholas

Harold Nicholas (March 27, 1921 Winston-Salem-July 3, 2000 New York City) also known as Harold Lloyd Nicholas, Nicholas Brothers or The Nicholas Brothers was an American theatre director, dancer, choreographer and actor. His children are called Harolyn Suzanne Nicholas and Melih Nicholas.

Harold Nicholas, along with his brother Fayard, was considered one of the greatest tap dancers of all time. The Nicholas Brothers were best known for their acrobatic style of dancing, which included high-flying leaps and splits. Their performances in films such as "Stormy Weather" and "The Pirate" are considered classics of the genre. In addition to his work as a dancer, Harold Nicholas also directed and produced several Broadway shows, including "Black and Blue" and "Sophisticated Ladies". He was widely recognized for his contributions to the performing arts, and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1994. Harold Nicholas passed away in 2000 due to congestive heart failure, leaving behind a legacy that continues to inspire and influence dancers and performers around the world.

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Harpo Marx

Harpo Marx (November 23, 1888 New York City-September 28, 1964 Los Angeles) also known as Adolph Marx, Harpo, Arthur Harpo Marx, Marx Brothers or The Marx Bros was an American comedian and actor. He had four children, Bill Marx, Jimmy Marx, Alexander Marx and Minnie Marx Eagle.

Harpo Marx was part of the Marx Brothers comedy group, which also included his brothers Groucho, Chico, Zeppo, and Gummo. Harpo was known for his silent pantomime routines, playing the harp, and his signature curly blonde wig. He appeared in numerous Marx Brothers films including "Duck Soup," "A Night at the Opera," and "Animal Crackers." He was also a frequent guest on various television talk shows and game shows in the 1950s and 1960s. In addition to his work in entertainment, Harpo was an accomplished painter and enjoyed collecting antique cars. Notable events in his personal life include his marriage to actress Susan Fleming in 1936 and his conversion to Judaism in 1954.

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Cliff Arquette

Cliff Arquette (December 27, 1905 Toledo-September 23, 1974 Burbank) also known as Clifford Arquette, Clifford Charles "Cliff" Arquette, Clifford Charles Arquette, Charlie Weaver or Charley Weaver was an American comedian, actor, composer, pianist and songwriter. He had one child, Lewis Arquette.

Arquette began his career as a pianist and composer, writing songs for films in the 1930s. He later transitioned to comedy, performing in vaudeville shows and on radio programs such as "The Jack Benny Program." He became known for his character of Charley Weaver, a lovable old storyteller with a unique sense of humor, appearing on various TV shows including "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson." Arquette also acted in several films, including Disney's "The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin." In addition to his entertainment career, Arquette was also a sculptor and painter. He passed away in 1974 at the age of 68.

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Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle (October 18, 1935 Norristown-December 12, 2006 New York City) also known as Peter Lawrence Boyle or Peter Lawrence Boyle Jr. was an American actor. His children are called Lucy Boyle and Amy Boyle.

Boyle first gained notoriety for his role as the Monster in Mel Brooks' 1974 comedy horror film "Young Frankenstein." He went on to have a successful television career, earning an Emmy nomination for his role on the hit show "Everybody Loves Raymond." Boyle also appeared in several notable films, including "Taxi Driver," "The Candidate," and "Monster's Ball." In addition to his acting work, he was an advocate for multiple myeloma research after being diagnosed with the disease in 1999. Boyle passed away in 2006 at the age of 71.

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Red Buttons

Red Buttons (February 5, 1919 New York City-July 13, 2006 Century City) also known as Aaron Chwatt or Cpl. Red Buttons was an American comedian and actor. He had two children, Adam Chwatt and Amy Chwatt.

Buttons got his start as a Borscht Belt comedian in the Catskill Mountains in upstate New York. He gained national attention with his appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" in the 1950s and went on to have a successful career in both film and television. He won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1957 film "Sayonara" and also had memorable roles in movies such as "The Longest Day" and "The Poseidon Adventure." Buttons continued to work in show business well into his later years and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1996.

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Chris Penn

Chris Penn (October 10, 1965 Los Angeles-January 24, 2006 Santa Monica) also known as Christopher Shannon Penn, Matthew Chris Penn, Christopher Penn or Christopher Shannon "Chris" Penn was an American actor, voice actor and film producer.

He was born into a family of actors, with his father Leo Penn and mother Eileen Ryan both pursuing careers in the entertainment industry. Chris Penn began his acting career in the early 1980s, appearing in films such as "All the Right Moves" and "Footloose". He had a breakout role in Quentin Tarantino's "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992, and went on to work on other popular films like "True Romance" and "Short Cuts".

In addition to his acting work, Chris Penn was also interested in producing, and he co-produced the film "The Funeral" with his brother Sean Penn. He also provided voiceover work for video games and animated series.

Sadly, Chris Penn's life was cut short when he passed away on January 24, 2006 at the age of 40. The cause of his death was attributed to heart disease exacerbated by a drug overdose.

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Byron Foulger

Byron Foulger (August 27, 1899 Ogden-April 4, 1970 Hollywood) also known as Byron K. Foulger, Byron K. Folger, Byron Folger, Byron Kay Foulger or By Foulger was an American actor. He had one child, Rachel Ames.

Foulger began his acting career in the early 1930s and appeared in over 200 films and television shows throughout his career. He was often cast in small roles as a character actor and had a particular talent for comedic roles. Some of his notable film credits include "The Ghost and Mr. Chicken," "The Incredible Shrinking Man," and "The Disorderly Orderly." He also appeared in several popular television shows such as "The Twilight Zone," "Perry Mason," and "Gunsmoke." Foulger passed away in Hollywood at the age of 70.

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Randy Stone

Randy Stone (August 26, 1958 United States of America-February 12, 2007 Beverly Hills) also known as Randy Richard Stone was an American actor, film producer and casting director.

Throughout his career, Randy Stone worked on a number of well-known films and television shows, such as "The Cosby Show," "NewsRadio," "Girl, Interrupted," and "Memento." He was known for his work in casting, and helped to launch the careers of many actors. In addition to his work in film and television, Stone was also a passionate activist, and worked to promote awareness of HIV and AIDS. Sadly, Stone passed away in 2007 at the age of 48, but his contributions to the entertainment industry and his advocacy work continue to be remembered and celebrated.

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Reggie White

Reggie White (December 19, 1961 Chattanooga-December 26, 2004 Cornelius) also known as Reginald Howard White, The Minister of Defense, Rev. Reggie White or Minister of Defense was an American american football player and actor. He had two children, Jecolia White and Jeremy White.

Reggie White was widely regarded as one of the greatest defensive players in NFL history. He played college football at the University of Tennessee before being selected in the first round of the 1984 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He played for the Eagles for eight seasons, winning the NFL Defensive Player of the Year award twice before moving on to play for the Green Bay Packers.

While with the Packers, White won a Super Bowl and was selected to the Pro Bowl in each of his six seasons with the team. He retired from the NFL in 2000 with 198 career sacks, the most ever at the time.

Off the field, White was known for his Christian faith and outspokenness on social issues. He was ordained as a minister and frequently gave sermons and speeches on topics such as race and equality. White also appeared in several movies and television shows, including "The Longest Yard" and "Married... with Children."

Sadly, White passed away in 2004 at the age of 43 due to a cardiac arrhythmia. He left behind a legacy as a dominant football player and an inspirational figure to many.

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Lane Chandler

Lane Chandler (June 4, 1899 Culbertson-September 14, 1972 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Robert Chandler Oakes, Lane Arnold, Lane R. Chandler or Robert C. Oakes was an American actor, auto mechanic and bus driver.

Chandler began his acting career in the silent film era, appearing in several Western films. He later transitioned to talking films and continued to appear in supporting roles in Westerns throughout the 1930s and 1940s, often working alongside well-known actors such as John Wayne and Roy Rogers. In addition to his acting career, Chandler was also trained as an auto mechanic and worked as a bus driver during World War II. He retired from acting in the 1950s and returned to his hometown in Montana, where he lived until his death in 1972.

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Richard Deacon

Richard Deacon (May 14, 1921 Philadelphia-August 8, 1984 Los Angeles) also known as Fly was an American actor, chef, writer and presenter.

Deacon began his career in entertainment as a radio announcer before transitioning to television in the 1950s. He became a familiar face to American audiences as the character Mel Cooley on the hit sitcom "The Dick Van Dyke Show" in the 1960s. Deacon also appeared in various other TV shows and films throughout his career.

In addition to acting, Deacon was known for his skills in the kitchen and authored several cookbooks. He even hosted his own cooking show, "The Happy Gourmet," which aired in the 1960s.

Later in his career, Deacon focused more on writing and authored several books on cooking and entertaining, including "The Richard Deacon Handbook of Entertaining." He also became a sought-after presenter at events and conventions.

Deacon passed away in 1984 at the age of 63 from cardiovascular disease.

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Richard Waring

Richard Waring (May 27, 1910 Chalfont St Peter-January 18, 1993 City Island) a.k.a. Brian Barton-Chapple or Richard Stephens was an American actor and screenwriter.

Waring was born in England and began his career on stage before transitioning to television and film. He is best known for his work writing and directing sitcoms in the 1950s and 1960s, including the popular show "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis". Waring also had a successful acting career, appearing in films such as "The Affairs of Martha" and "The White Tower". In addition to his work in the entertainment industry, Waring was also a talented tennis player and competed professionally in his youth. He passed away in 1993 at the age of 82.

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John Derek

John Derek (August 12, 1926 Hollywood-May 22, 1998 Santa Maria) also known as Derek Delevan Harris, Dare Harris or Derek Harris was an American photographer, actor, screenwriter, cinematographer, film director, film producer and film editor. He had two children, Sean Catherine Derek and Russell Derek.

Derek began his career as an actor in the 1940s and appeared in over 40 films throughout his career, including "All the King's Men" and "The Ten Commandments". He then transitioned to directing in the 1950s and worked on notable films such as "Knock on Any Door" and "Tarzan, the Ape Man".

In addition to his work in film, Derek was also a talented photographer, and his iconic images of his wife, actress Bo Derek, helped launch her career in the 1970s. He also directed several of her films, including "Fantasies" and "Bolero".

Despite his success in the entertainment industry, Derek's personal life was often the subject of controversy. He was married four times, including to actresses Ursula Andress and Linda Evans, before his marriage to Bo Derek in 1976, which lasted until his death in 1998.

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Huntz Hall

Huntz Hall (August 15, 1920 New York City-January 30, 1999 North Hollywood) a.k.a. Henry Richard Hall, Henry Hall, Henry Richard "Huntz" Hall or Huntz was an American comedian and actor. He had one child, Gary Hall.

Hall was best known for his role as one of the members of the East Side Kids, a group of young actors who starred in a series of films in the 1940s. He also appeared in several films with the Bowery Boys, a spinoff of the East Side Kids. Hall began his career as a child actor and was discovered by a talent scout while performing in a local vaudeville show. In addition to his work in films, Hall also had a successful career on television, appearing on shows such as The Red Skelton Show and The Jackie Gleason Show. Later in life, he became a prominent activist for actors' rights and served as the president of the Screen Actors Guild from 1959 to 1960.

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Paul Frees

Paul Frees (June 22, 1920 Chicago-November 2, 1986 Tiburon) also known as Solomon Hersh Frees, Man of a Thousand Voices, Buddy Green, Paul H. Frees, Solomon Hirsch Freeze or The man with the voice of 1,000 was an American voice actor, actor, author, songwriter, screenwriter, composer and vaudeville performer.

He was born and raised in Chicago but moved to California in the 1940s to pursue a career in entertainment. Frees' distinct voice can be heard in a variety of animated films and television shows, including "The Rocky and Bullwinkle Show," "The Adventures of Rocky and Bullwinkle and Friends," and "The Pink Panther Show." He also provided the voice for characters in several classic Disney films, such as the Ghost Host in "The Haunted Mansion" and the narrator of "Disneyland's Pirates of the Caribbean" ride. Additionally, he appeared in live-action films such as "The War of the Worlds" and "The Thing from Another World." In addition to his work in entertainment, Frees also served in the military during World War II and was awarded the Bronze Star for his service.

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Robert Lewis

Robert Lewis (March 16, 1909 Brooklyn-November 23, 1997 New York City) a.k.a. Bobby Lewis or Bob Lewis was an American actor, theatre director, teacher and author.

He was one of the original members of the influential Group Theatre, which shaped American theater in the 1930s and 1940s. Lewis worked closely with the famed method acting teacher Lee Strasberg, and later went on to found his own theater company, the Actor's Studio. As a director, Lewis helmed productions both on and off Broadway, and was known for his innovative staging and use of multimedia elements. He served as a mentor to countless actors over the years, including Marlon Brando, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe. In addition to his stage work, Lewis authored several books on acting, including "Method or Madness" and "The Actor's Way."

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Max Fleischer

Max Fleischer (July 19, 1883 Kraków-September 11, 1972 Los Angeles) also known as Max Fleicher, Fleischer or Max was an American inventor, animator, film director, film producer, screenwriter, presenter, actor and cartoonist. His children are called Ruth Fleischer and Richard Fleischer.

Max Fleischer was best known for founding Fleischer Studios, which produced popular cartoons such as Popeye, Betty Boop, and Koko the Clown. He was responsible for creating the unique animation style known as "rotoscoping," which involved tracing over live-action footage to create smoother and more realistic movement in animated characters.

Fleischer's career began in 1915 when he teamed up with his brother Dave Fleischer to create animated cartoons in their native New York City. They quickly gained a reputation for their innovative techniques and high-quality animation, which allowed them to compete against larger animation studios like Walt Disney Productions.

In addition to his work in animation, Fleischer was also an inventor who held several patents related to sound recording and synchronization, including the "Koko Song Car-Tune" which synchronized animated characters with music.

Despite his many contributions to the world of animation and film, Max Fleischer's career was ultimately overshadowed by the rise of Walt Disney and the Disney Studios. However, his legacy lives on as an important figure in the history of American animation.

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Pat Corley

Pat Corley (June 1, 1930 Dallas-September 11, 2006 Los Angeles) also known as Cleo Pat Corley was an American actor, ballet dancer and soldier. His children are called Jerry Corley, Michelle Corley, Kevin Corley, Troy Corley and Christina Pratt.

Corley started his acting career in the mid-1960s, appearing in TV shows such as The Wild Wild West, Gunsmoke, and The Twilight Zone. He later landed a recurring role on the hit sitcom Murphy Brown, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 1992. In addition to his acting career, Corley was also a ballet dancer and served in the US Army during the Korean War. He passed away in 2006 due to congestive heart failure. Corley was known for his warm personality and work ethic, as well as his passion for acting and the performing arts.

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Lloyd Richards

Lloyd Richards (June 29, 1919 Toronto-June 29, 2006 New York City) also known as Lloyd George Richards was an American actor, theatre director, theatrical producer, film director and television director.

Born in Toronto, Canada, Lloyd Richards grew up in Detroit, Michigan. After graduating from Wayne State University, he began his career in theater as an actor and later became a director. Richards is best known for his work as a director in the American theater, particularly for his collaborations with playwright August Wilson. He directed the original productions of several of Wilson's plays including "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom," "Fences," and "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," among others. Richards also served as the artistic director of Yale Repertory Theatre and the dean of the Yale School of Drama, and was the first African American to hold both of those posts. He received many accolades for his contributions to the theater including Tony Awards, Obie Awards, and a National Medal of Arts.

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Jack Warden

Jack Warden (September 18, 1920 Newark-July 19, 2006 New York City) also known as John H. Lebzelter, John Lebzelter, John H Lebzelter, John Warden Lebzelter, Johnny Costello, Jack Warden Lebzelter, Jack Lebzelter or John Warden Lebzelter, Jr. was an American actor, professional boxer and soldier. His child is called Christopher Lebzelter.

Warden had a long and successful career in both film and television, spanning more than six decades. He made his film debut in 1947, and went on to appear in more than 100 films, including "12 Angry Men," "The Great White Hope," "All The President's Men," and "While You Were Sleeping." He was also a frequent collaborator with director Billy Wilder, appearing in several of his films including "The Apartment" and "Irma la Douce."

On television, Warden had recurring roles in several popular shows, including "Crazy Like a Fox" and "The Bad News Bears." He also won an Emmy award for his performance in the TV movie "Brian's Song."

In addition to his acting career, Warden also served in the United States Army during World War II, and was a professional boxer before transitioning to acting. He was known for his tough-guy persona on screen, but was widely regarded as a warm and generous person off-screen.

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Douglas Heyes

Douglas Heyes (May 22, 1919 Los Angeles-February 8, 1993 Beverly Hills) otherwise known as Douglas Howard Heyes or Matthew Howard was an American screenwriter, television director, film director, television producer, film score composer and actor.

Heyes was born in Los Angeles to a family that was involved in the entertainment industry. He attended the University of Southern California before starting his career as a writer for radio programs. Heyes later moved to television and worked on popular shows such as Gunsmoke, Wagon Train, and Maverick.

Heyes is best known for his work as a director, with credits including episodes of The Twilight Zone, Hawaii Five-O, and Star Trek. He also directed several films, including Kitten with a Whip and A Man Called Gannon. In addition, Heyes composed music for several films and television shows.

Heyes was married three times and had four children. He passed away in 1993 in Beverly Hills at the age of 73.

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Lionel Hampton

Lionel Hampton (April 20, 1908 Louisville-August 31, 2002 New York City) also known as Lionel Leo Hampton, Hampton, Lionel, Hamp or Mad Lionel was an American composer, actor, organist, musician, multi-instrumentalist, singer and bandleader.

He was a prominent jazz vibraphonist and percussionist who made significant contributions to the music industry. Hampton began his career as a drummer in Chicago, and later went on to become one of the biggest jazz stars in the world. He worked with some of the most legendary jazz musicians of his time, including Benny Goodman, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Quincy Jones. Hampton recorded over 200 albums throughout his career, and his music has been featured in countless films and television shows. In addition to his musical career, he also appeared in several movies, including "A Song is Born" and "The Benny Goodman Story". He was known for his incredible energy and showmanship on stage, and was a beloved figure in the world of jazz. Hampton received numerous accolades over the course of his career, including several Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and induction into the International Jazz Hall of Fame.

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Dana Andrews

Dana Andrews (January 1, 1909 Covington County-December 17, 1992 Los Alamitos) also known as Carver Dana Andrews was an American actor. He had four children, Stephen Andrews, David Andrews, Susan Andrews and Katharine Andrews.

Andrews started his career on stage before transitioning to film in the 1940s. He starred in several classic films, including "Laura" (1944), "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946), and "A Walk in the Sun" (1945). Andrews was known for his handsome leading man looks and his ability to perform in a wide range of roles. He often played tough, brooding characters, but could also display a sensitive side.

Later in his career, Andrews made the transition to television, appearing in popular shows like "Perry Mason" and "Ironside." In addition to his acting career, Andrews was also an advocate for mental health awareness and treatment. He spoke candidly about his own struggles with depression and alcoholism, and lent his voice to several educational films on the subject.

Despite his success as an actor, Andrews was known for his humble nature and strong work ethic. He passed away in 1992 at the age of 83.

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Tommy Bond

Tommy Bond (September 16, 1926 Dallas-September 24, 2005 Northridge) also known as Thomas Ross Bond, Butch, Thomas Ross "Tommy" Bond, Tommy 'Butch' Bond or Tommy was an American actor and child actor. His child is called Thomas R. Bond II.

Tommy Bond is best known for his role as Butch in the original "Our Gang" comedy shorts from 1932-1934. He appeared in 27 "Our Gang" shorts in total. Bond also had small roles in several popular films of the era including "Gone with the Wind" (1939) and "It's a Wonderful Life" (1946). After serving in World War II, Bond worked as a grip and assistant director in the film industry. Later in life, he became involved in real estate and also appeared at nostalgia conventions for fans of the "Our Gang" series. Bond passed away at the age of 79 from heart disease in Northridge, California.

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Donald O'Connor

Donald O'Connor (August 28, 1925 Chicago-September 27, 2003 Woodland Hills) a.k.a. Donald O'Conner, David Dixon Ronald O’Connor, Donald David Dixon Ronald O'Connor or O'Connor, Donald was an American singer, actor, television director, television producer and dancer. He had four children, Donald Frederick O'Connor, Donna O'Connor, Kevin O'Connor and Alicia O'Conner.

Donald O'Connor began his career as a child star in vaudeville acts with his parents. He then made his way to Hollywood, where he appeared in several films throughout the 1940s and 1950s, including the popular musical "Singin' in the Rain" (1952).

In addition to his film career, O'Connor also worked in television, both as a performer and behind the scenes. He directed and produced several TV shows, including "The Donald O'Connor Show" and "The Colgate Comedy Hour."

Throughout his career, O'Connor was known for his singing, dancing, and comedic talents. He received several honors for his work, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

O'Connor continued to perform and make occasional film and television appearances up until his death in 2003 at the age of 78.

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Robert Swenson

Robert Swenson (January 5, 1957 Fort Worth-August 18, 1997 Los Angeles) otherwise known as Jeep Swenson, Robert Alexander Swenson Jr., Robert Alexander "Jeep" Swenson, Jr., Jeep The Mercenary, The Ultimate Solution or The Final Solution was an American wrestler, actor and stunt performer. He had one child, Kayleigh Swenson.

Robert Swenson was born in Fort Worth, Texas and was raised in San Antonio. He had a successful career as a professional wrestler with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) and World Wrestling Federation (WWF). He was known for his enormous size and strength, weighing over 400 pounds and standing at 6 feet 4 inches tall.

Swenson transitioned into acting and stunt performing, appearing in several films including "Batman & Robin," "Bulletproof," and "The Bad Pack." He also appeared in TV shows such as "Walker, Texas Ranger" and "Baywatch."

Sadly, Swenson passed away at the young age of 40 due to heart failure caused by chronic obesity. His daughter Kayleigh Swenson continues to honor his legacy as a professional wrestler and actor.

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Don Briscoe

Don Briscoe (March 20, 1940 Yalobusha County-October 31, 2004 Memphis) also known as Cecil Donald Briscoe was an American actor.

Briscoe was best known for his role in the popular soap opera, "Dark Shadows," where he played the character of Tom Jennings for over 50 episodes in the late 1960s. He also appeared in many other TV shows and movies throughout his career, including "Hawaii Five-O," "The Waltons," and "Days of Our Lives." Despite his successful acting career, Briscoe struggled with substance abuse and eventually passed away from liver failure at the age of 64.

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Lawrence Dobkin

Lawrence Dobkin (September 16, 1919 New York City-October 28, 2002 Los Angeles) a.k.a. Larry Dobkin, Larry or Larry Dobkins was an American actor, screenwriter, television director and voice actor. He had four children, Debra Dobkin, Kristy Dobkin, Kaela Dobkin and Laird Dobkin.

Dobkin had a prolific career in entertainment, appearing in over 180 films and television shows. He was known for his versatility as an actor, playing a wide range of characters from villains to doctors. Some of his most notable roles include Judge Robert Thompson in the hit television series, "Kojak", and General Winfield Schaeffer in the classic war film, "Patton".

Aside from acting, Dobkin had a talent for writing and directing. He wrote for several television shows, including "Have Gun – Will Travel" and "The Twilight Zone". He also directed episodes of "Maverick" and "The Andy Griffith Show".

Dobkin's deep, resonant voice was also a significant part of his career. He lent his voice to numerous commercials and television shows, most notably as the narrator for the popular western series, "Bonanza".

Throughout his career, Dobkin was recognized for his talent and dedication to the entertainment industry. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998 and was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Zero Mostel

Zero Mostel (February 28, 1915 Brooklyn-September 8, 1977 Philadelphia) also known as Samuel Joel Mostel, Samuel Joel “Zero” Mostel, Sammy, Sam Mostel or Zero was an American comedian, actor and performer. He had two children, Josh Mostel and Tobias Mostel.

Mostel had a successful career in both Broadway and film. He was best known for originating the role of Tevye in the Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof," and for his portrayal of Max Bialystock in Mel Brooks' film "The Producers." Mostel was also considered a master of improv and often incorporated his own humor into his performances. In the 1950s, he was blacklisted during the McCarthy era due to his past involvement with left-wing political groups. Despite this setback, Mostel continued to work and eventually regained his popularity in the 1960s and 1970s. He passed away in 1977 at the age of 62 due to an aortic aneurysm.

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Freeman Gosden

Freeman Gosden (May 5, 1899 Richmond-December 10, 1982 Los Angeles) also known as Amos and Andy or Gozzie was an American comedian, screenwriter and actor. He had four children, Virginia Marie Gosden, Freeman Gosden Jr., Linda Gosden and Craig Leigh Gosden.

Gosden was best known for his work on the popular radio show "Amos 'n' Andy", which he co-created with his longtime friend Charles Correll. The show, which debuted in 1928, was one of the first to feature an all-black cast and became immensely popular. Gosden and Correll voiced the titular characters, Amos Jones and Andrew Hogg Brown, respectively, and continued to play them on radio and later on television until the mid-1950s.

In addition to his work on "Amos 'n' Andy", Gosden also made a name for himself as a screenwriter and actor. He appeared in several films in the 1930s and 1940s, including "Check and Double Check", "The Big Broadcast", and "Love Thy Neighbor". He also wrote for radio and television, and was a prolific voice actor, lending his voice to numerous cartoons and commercials over the course of his career.

Gosden retired in the early 1960s and spent his later years in California, where he passed away in 1982 at the age of 83. Despite controversy over the racial stereotypes portrayed on "Amos 'n' Andy", Gosden's contributions to American entertainment have been widely recognized, and he is remembered as one of the pioneers of radio and television comedy.

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Arthur Lithgow

Arthur Lithgow (September 9, 1915 Puerto Plata Province-March 24, 2004 Amherst) also known as Arthur Washington Lithgow III was an American actor, theatre director, playwright, teacher and theatrical producer. He had one child, John Lithgow.

Arthur Lithgow had a successful career in the theatre world, participating in productions both on and off Broadway. He was a passionate advocate for regional theatre and helped found the Great Lakes Theater Festival and the Antioch Shakespeare Festival, among others. In addition to his work in theatre, Lithgow was also a professor at Antioch College, where he taught drama and directed productions. He continued to be involved in theatre until his death in 2004, at the age of 88.

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Merle Kilgore

Merle Kilgore (August 9, 1934 Chickasha-February 6, 2005 Mexico) a.k.a. Kilgore, Merle was an American songwriter, singer, singer-songwriter and actor.

He is widely known for co-writing the hit song "Ring of Fire" with June Carter Cash, which became a major hit for Johnny Cash. Kilgore went on to have a successful career penning songs for other country music legends such as Hank Williams Jr., Ray Price, and George Jones. As a performer, he had several minor hits including "More and More Amor" and "Everybody Needs a Little Lovin'". Kilgore also had a brief acting career, appearing in a handful of films including "Road House" and "W.W. and the Dixie Dancekings". Later in life, he also managed the career of Hank Williams Jr. and served as his opening act on tour.

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Jack Lord

Jack Lord (December 30, 1920 Brooklyn-January 21, 1998 Honolulu) a.k.a. John Joseph Patrick Ryan or Jack Ryan was an American sailor, artist, actor, film producer, film director, television director and visual artist.

He was best known for his role as Steve McGarrett in the television series Hawaii Five-O, which aired from 1968 to 1980. Lord also appeared in several films, including Dr. No (1962) and The High and the Mighty (1954).

Aside from his acting career, Lord was an accomplished artist and often painted in his free time. His artwork was well-received and has been exhibited throughout the United States. He was also a successful film and television producer, and directed several episodes of Hawaii Five-O.

Lord was married twice and had no children. He was a dedicated philanthropist, supporting several charities throughout his lifetime. In 1998, he passed away due to congestive heart failure at his home in Honolulu, Hawaii.

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Johnny Mack Brown

Johnny Mack Brown (September 1, 1904 Dothan-November 14, 1974 Woodland Hills) also known as John Mack Brown or The Dothan Antelope was an American actor. He had four children, Jane Harriet Brown, Sally Brown, John Lachlan Brown and Cynthia Brown.

Johnny Mack Brown was born in Dothan, Alabama, and attended the University of Alabama where he was a star football player. He played for the university for three years and later played professionally for the New York Yankees and the Chicago Cubs. After suffering a knee injury, Brown turned to acting and soon became a popular leading man in Western films.

He appeared in more than 160 films over the course of his career and was known for his good looks and athletic ability. In addition to his work in Westerns, he also appeared in several action and adventure films. In 1957, he starred in the TV series "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin."

Brown was married twice and had four children. He was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Pro Rodeo Hall of Fame in 1972. He passed away in 1974 at the age of 70 in Woodland Hills, California.

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Hans Conried

Hans Conried (March 23, 1917 Baltimore-January 5, 1982 Burbank) otherwise known as Hans Georg Conried Jr., Hans Conreid, Hans Georg Conried, Jr or Hans Georg Conried, Jr. was an American actor, voice actor, comedian and character actor. His child is called Trilby Conried.

Hans Conried began his career in radio in the 1930s and went on to appear in numerous films and television shows throughout the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. He was known for his distinctive voice and often played characters that were pompous or stuffy.

Some of his most well-known roles include the voice of Captain Hook in Disney's "Peter Pan" and Uncle Tonoose in the TV series "Make Room for Daddy." He also provided the voice for the Grinch in the animated TV special "Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas!"

In addition to his acting career, Conried was also a talented artist and writer. He illustrated children's books and wrote several plays that were produced on Broadway.

Despite his success in Hollywood, Conried was never one to take himself too seriously. He was known for his quick wit and sense of humor, and he often entertained his friends with impromptu performances of songs and jokes.

Hans Conried passed away in 1982 at the age of 64 from a heart attack. He is remembered as a versatile performer and beloved character actor.

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Jonathan Harris

Jonathan Harris (November 6, 1914 The Bronx-November 3, 2002 Encino) a.k.a. Jonathan Charasuchin, Jonathan Daniel Charasuchin or Jonathan Smith was an American actor and voice actor. He had one child, Richard Harris.

Harris was best known for his role as Dr. Zachary Smith in the TV series Lost in Space. He initially started his career as a stage actor and later ventured into films in the 1940s. He appeared in several popular films such as The Third Man, A Far Country, and The War of the Worlds. He continued working in films and television well into his seventies and won a Daytime Emmy Award for his voiceover work in the animated series, A Bug's Life. Apart from acting, Harris was also trained as a classic singer and had acted in a number of Broadway musicals. He was known for his larger than life personality and his love for performing.

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Cecil B. DeMille

Cecil B. DeMille (August 12, 1881 Ashfield-January 21, 1959 Hollywood) otherwise known as Cecil Blount DeMille, C.B., Cecil DeMille, DeMille or Cecil B. De Mille was an American film director, film producer, film editor, screenwriter and actor. His children are called Cecilia de Mille, John Blount Demille, Katherine DeMille and Richard de Mille.

DeMille is considered one of the founding fathers of the Hollywood film industry and is best known for directing and producing epic films such as The Ten Commandments, Cleopatra and Samson and Delilah. He began his career in the theater before transitioning to film in the early 1910s. DeMille was a pioneer in the use of elaborate sets, costumes and special effects in his films.

Throughout his career, DeMille won numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the film industry, including being awarded the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1952. He also served as the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1927 to 1929.

Despite being a prominent figure in Hollywood, DeMille was known for his conservative views and his outspokenness on political matters. He actively campaigned against communism in the film industry during the Red Scare of the 1950s.

DeMille passed away in 1959 at the age of 77, leaving behind a legacy as one of the most influential filmmakers of all time.

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John Garfield

John Garfield (March 4, 1913 New York City-May 21, 1952 New York City) a.k.a. Jacob Julius Garfinkle, Jules Garfield, Julie, Jacob Garfinkle or Jules was an American actor. He had three children, Julie Garfield, David Garfield and Katherine Garfield.

John Garfield rose to prominence in the 1930s and 1940s, known for his intense and brooding performances in films such as "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Body and Soul", and "Gentleman's Agreement". He was known for his dedication to social justice causes and was a supporter of labor unions, civil rights, and anti-fascist movements.

Garfield's career was cut short due to his perceived political affiliations during the era of McCarthyism and the Red Scare. He was blacklisted by Hollywood and was unable to find work in the film industry, leading him to return to the stage. He suffered a heart attack and died at the age of 39.

Despite his relatively short career, John Garfield's impact on Hollywood and on the acting profession as a whole has been widely recognized, and he remains a beloved figure in film history.

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Arthur Miller

Arthur Miller (October 17, 1915 Harlem-February 10, 2005 Roxbury) a.k.a. Arthur Asher Miller or Arthur Aster Miller was an American essayist, playwright, actor, screenwriter and voice actor. He had four children, Rebecca Miller, Daniel Miller, Robert A. Miller and Jane Ellen Miller.

Miller is best known for his plays, which often explore themes of social responsibility, family dynamics, and the American Dream. His most famous plays include "Death of a Salesman," "The Crucible," and "A View from the Bridge."

Miller was a major figure in American theatre and won numerous awards throughout his career, including a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, several Tony Awards, and an Emmy for his television work. He was also a political activist and was called before the House Un-American Activities Committee during the Red Scare in the 1950s.

In addition to his work in theatre, Miller was also a prolific writer of essays and nonfiction. He wrote about a wide range of topics, including politics, literature, and his own experiences as a writer.

Miller's legacy continues to influence American theatre and culture today, and his plays are still regularly performed around the world.

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Roy Glenn

Roy Glenn (June 3, 1914 Pittsburg-March 12, 1971 Los Angeles) also known as Roy E. Glenn, Sr, Roy Glen, Roy Glenn Sr., Roy E. Glenn or Roy Glenn sr was an American actor and character actor.

Born in Pittsburg, Kansas in 1914, Roy Glenn began his career in the entertainment industry as a musician, playing bass and tuba with various jazz bands. His first credited film role was in the 1949 film "The Judge," and from there he went on to appear in over 150 films and television shows.

Glenn was known for his deep voice and often played authority figures such as judges or police officers. He also played a number of historical figures, including Frederick Douglass in the 1951 film "Washington Story."

In addition to his acting roles, Glenn was also a civil rights activist and worked with the NAACP. He was a member of the Los Angeles chapter of the organization and was involved in efforts to combat housing discrimination in the city.

Glenn continued to act until his death in 1971 from a heart attack. He was survived by his wife and five children.

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Joe Seneca

Joe Seneca (January 14, 1919 Cleveland-August 15, 1996 Roosevelt Island) a.k.a. Joel McGhee was an American actor, songwriter and singer.

Seneca began his career as a songwriter, writing hits for artists such as Brook Benton and Dinah Washington. He later transitioned into acting, appearing in films such as "The Cotton Club" and "Malcolm X." Seneca also appeared on television shows like "The Cosby Show" and "Law & Order." In addition to his career in entertainment, Seneca was also a civil rights activist and a member of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1960s.

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John Ritter

John Ritter (September 17, 1948 Burbank-September 11, 2003 Burbank) also known as Johnathan Southworth Ritter, Johnny Ritter, John, John S. Ritter or Jonathan Southworth "John" Ritter was an American comedian, actor and voice actor. His children are called Jason Ritter, Carly Ritter, Stella Ritter and Tyler Ritter.

Ritter rose to fame in the 1970s for his role as Jack Tripper in the hit sitcom "Three's Company". He won an Emmy Award for the role in 1984. Throughout his career, he acted in numerous movies and TV shows, including "Problem Child", "Bad Santa", and "The Waltons". Ritter was also a voice actor, lending his voice to animated shows like "Clifford the Big Red Dog" and "The Wild Thornberrys". Tragically, Ritter passed away in 2003 due to aortic dissection. He was 54 years old at the time of his death.

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Arthur Franz

Arthur Franz (February 29, 1920 Perth Amboy-June 17, 2006 Oxnard) also known as Turo was an American actor. He had three children, Melissa Franz, Gina Franz and Michael Franz.

Arthur Franz began his acting career on Broadway before transitioning to film in the 1940s. He appeared in over 50 films throughout his career, including the sci-fi classic "The Monster from Green Hell" and the noir thriller "Invaders from Mars". Franz was renowned for his portrayal of ordinary men thrust into extraordinary circumstances, and his talent for underplaying his roles. In addition to his career as an actor, Franz was also an acting coach and teacher. He passed away in 2006 at the age of 86.

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John Matuszak

John Matuszak (October 25, 1950 Oak Creek-June 17, 1989 Burbank) also known as John Daniel Matuszak, Tooz, Tooz Matuszak, John Daniel "Tooz" Matuszak or John Daniel Tooz Matuszak was an American american football player and actor.

Matuszak played at defensive end for the Houston Oilers, Kansas City Chiefs, Washington Redskins, and the Oakland Raiders where he won two Super Bowls. He was known for his imposing size and strength, as well as his colorful personality both on and off the field.

After retiring from football, Matuszak pursued an acting career and appeared in several films including "The Goonies" and "One Crazy Summer." He also had a recurring role on the popular television show "The A-Team."

Tragically, Matuszak passed away in 1989 at the age of 38 due to an accidental overdose of prescription medication. He is remembered as a beloved and larger-than-life figure in the worlds of both football and entertainment.

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Henry Fonda

Henry Fonda (May 16, 1905 Grand Island-August 12, 1982 Los Angeles) otherwise known as Henry Jaynes Fonda, One-Take Fonda or Hank was an American actor, television producer and soldier. He had three children, Peter Fonda, Jane Fonda and Amy Fishman.

Fonda was known for his versatility and critically acclaimed performances in films such as "The Grapes of Wrath" (1940), "12 Angry Men" (1957) and "On Golden Pond" (1981) for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor. Fonda began his acting career on Broadway and later transitioned to Hollywood, playing a wide range of characters in over 100 films, including Westerns, dramas and comedies. Fonda was also a political activist and supporter of various causes, including civil rights and the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War. He served in the United States Navy during World War II and later produced and hosted a television series on the history of America's naval power.

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Mitchell Leisen

Mitchell Leisen (October 6, 1898 Menominee-October 28, 1972 Woodland Hills) also known as J. Mitchell Leisen, Leisen, James Mitchell Leisen, James Leisen, Mitch Leisen or J.M. Leisen was an American film director, costume designer, film producer, film art director, actor and television director.

He was born in Menominee, Michigan in 1898 and grew up in a theatrical family. Leisen started his career in Hollywood as a costume designer and art director, and worked with renowned directors such as Cecil B. DeMille and Ernst Lubitsch. He then went on to direct over 50 films from the 1930s through the 1950s, including such notable works as "Midnight," "Easy Living," and "Remember the Night." He was known for his sophisticated style and knack for comedy. In addition to his work in film, Leisen also appeared in several movies as an actor and later directed numerous television shows in the 1960s. His impressive career in the film industry spanned three decades and earned him a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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George "Gabby" Hayes

George "Gabby" Hayes (May 7, 1885 Stannards-February 9, 1969 Burbank) also known as Gabby Hayes, Gabby, 'Gabby' Hayes, George Francis "Gabby" Hayes, George Francis Hayes, Geo. F. Hayes, Geo. S. Hayes, George F. Hayes, George Hayes or George Hays was an American actor.

He was best known for playing the role of the grizzled old sidekick in numerous Western films, often appearing alongside actors such as Roy Rogers and John Wayne. Hayes began his career in silent films and transitioned to talking pictures, earning the nickname "Gabby" for his distinctive high-pitched voice. In addition to his film roles, Hayes also appeared in television shows and hosted his own children's program, "The Gabby Hayes Show." He was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame in 2003, recognizing his contribution to the Western genre.

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Christopher Reeve

Christopher Reeve (September 25, 1952 New York City-October 10, 2004 Mount Kisco) also known as Christopher D'Olier Reeve, Chris or Toph was an American actor, author, television producer, voice actor, film director, screenwriter and film producer. He had three children, Matthew Reeve, Alexandra Reeve and William Reeve.

Reeve is best known for his portrayal of the titular character in the 1978 film "Superman" and its sequels, "Superman II," "Superman III," and "Superman IV: The Quest for Peace." He also starred in other notable films such as "Somewhere in Time" and "The Remains of the Day."

Aside from his acting career, Reeve was a passionate advocate for spinal cord injury research. In 1995, he became paralyzed from the neck down after being thrown from a horse during an equestrian competition. Reeve became a leading advocate for those with disabilities, co-founding the Christopher Reeve Foundation, which has raised millions of dollars for spinal cord injury research. He also served as the chairman of the board for the foundation until his death.

Reeve was also an accomplished author, publishing his autobiography "Still Me" in 1998, which detailed his life after his injury. He also directed two films, "In the Gloaming" and "The Brooke Ellison Story."

He received numerous awards throughout his career for his acting, advocacy, and philanthropy, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Reeve remains an inspiration to many for his perseverance and dedication to helping others.

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