People Who Died in the Year 1986:

(78 found)

Donna Reed
soap, actor, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Donna Belle (or Donnabelle) Mullenger
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64, 13 days before her 65th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies It's a Wonderful Life, From Here to Eternity. TV series The Donna Reed Show, Dallas

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1612 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Jim Crowley
football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
James Harold Crowley
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Team University of Notre Dame as a fullback in the group The Four Horsemen. Coach for team Fordham University

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Thomas Cruise Mapother Jr.
relative

Real/Birth Name:
Thomas Cruise Mapother Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78, 31 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Grandfather of actors.

Baby Ray
football

Real/Birth Name:
Buford Ray
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive tackle for team Green Bay Packers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Flo Hyman
volleyball

Real/Birth Name:
Flora Jean Hyman
Nickname(s):
Flo
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
31
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:
Height:
6 feet 5 inches (195.58 cm)

Brief Facts:

Volleyball athlete and Olympic silver medalist. Died during a volleyball match in Japan as a result of Marfan syndrome.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Gordon MacRae
singer, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Albert Gordon MacRae
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
ex-husband of
Older than Sheila MacRae by less than 1 year.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie musicals Oklahoma!, Carousel

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6325 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

Lilli Palmer
actor, Broadway, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Lilli Marie Peisner
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-wife of
Younger than Rex Harrison by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Body and Soul, The Four Poster. Broadway Play Bell, Book and Candle

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 7013 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Christa McAuliffe
educator, accident, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Sharon Christa Corrigan
Nickname(s):
Teacher in Space
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
37
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded before it reached space.

Space Missions:

STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ellison S. Onizuka
aviator, accident, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Ellison Shoji Onizuka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
39
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded before it reached space.

Space Missions:

STS-51-C
Shuttle Discovery, launched January 24, 1985

Duration: 3d 1h.
STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Francis R. Scobee
aviator, space, accident, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Richard Scobee
Also Known As:
Francis Scobee
Dick Scobee
Nickname(s):
Dick
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
46
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot. Commander of the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded.

Space Missions:

STS-41-C
Shuttle Challenger, launched April 06, 1984

Duration: 6d 23h.
STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Gregory B. Jarvis
accident, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Gregory Bruce Jarvis
Also Known As:
Gregory Jarvis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
41
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded during launch before it reached space.

Space Missions:

STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Judith Resnik
space, accident, engineer, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Judith Arlene Resnik
Also Known As:
Judith A. Resnik
Nickname(s):
Judy
J.R.
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
36
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The second American woman astronaut, logging 145 hours in orbit. On the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded.

Space Missions:

STS-41-D
Shuttle Discovery, launched August 30, 1984

Duration: 6d 0h.
STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Michael Smith
aviator, accident, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Michael John Smith
Also Known As:
Michael J. Smith
Mike Smith
Nickname(s):
Mike
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
40
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Test pilot and astronaut. Pilot on the Challenger shuttle flight when it exploded before reaching space.

Space Missions:

STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ronald E. McNair
space, accident, scientist, Challenger

Real/Birth Name:
Ronald Ervin McNair
Nickname(s):
Ron
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
35
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

A physicist and NASA astronaut, he flew aboard Challenger in February 1984, as a mission specialist. He was on his second flight on the Challenger, when it exploded.

Space Missions:

STS-41-B
Shuttle Challenger, launched February 03, 1984

Duration: 7d 23h.
STS-51-L - Died on launch
Shuttle Challenger, launched January 28, 1986

Duration: 73s. Exploded shortly after takeoff killing all seven astronauts.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Leif Erickson
actor, singer, musician

Real/Birth Name:
William Wycliffe Anderson
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Frances Farmer by 1 year.
ex-husband of

Brief Facts:

Trombonist. Movies The Carpetbaggers, Tea and Sympathy. Divorced Frances Farmer then married Margaret Hayes on the same day, June 12, 1942. Divorced Hayes after 1 month.

Brian Aherne
actor

Real/Birth Name:
William Brian de Lacy Aherne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Joan Fontaine by 15 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Prince Valiant, Lancelot and Guinevere

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1752 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Howard Da Silva
writer, director, actor, singer, blacklist, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
Howard Silverblatt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Role of Judd Fry in 1943 Broadway Oklahoma!

Red Ruffing
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Charles Herbert Ruffing
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
80
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher. Teams Boston Red Sox, New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Richard Manuel
singer, musician, suicide, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Richard George Manuel
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
42, 30 days before his 43rd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pianist, lead vocals in group The Band. Hung himself in a bathroom.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Canada's Walk of Fame 2014 as a member of group The Band.
Canadian Music Hall of Fame 1989 as a member of group The Band.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1994 as a member of group The Band.

Sonny Terry
musician, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Saunders Terrell
Saunders Tedell
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Piedmont blues and folk musician. Broadway musical comedy Finian's Rainbow. Movies The Color Purple, The Jerk

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Harry Ritz
comedy, actor, singer

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Joachim
Also Known As:
Harold Ritz
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name pronounced Joe-AK-him. Group The Ritz Brothers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive, ceremony date: 26 October 1996 as a member of group The Ritz Brothers.
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6756 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 17 November 1987 as a member of group The Ritz Brothers.

James Cagney
actor

Real/Birth Name:
James Francis Cagney Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than William Cagney by 5 years.

Brief Facts:

Movie musical Yankee Doodle Dandy

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6504 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Kelly Isley
singer, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
O'Kelly Isley Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
48
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Ernie Isley by 14 years.
older brother of
Older than Marvin Isley by 15 years.
older brother of
Older than Ron Isley by 3 years.
older brother of
Older than Rudolph Isley by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Founding member and vocalist, gospel and R&B group The Isley Brothers. Songs Twist and Shout, Shout, This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Johnny Dollar
singer, producer, country, suicide

Real/Birth Name:
John Washington Dollar Jr.
Also Known As:
Johnny $ Dollar
Mr. Personality
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
64
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Rockabilly. Songs The Wheels Fell Off the Wagon Again, Green-Eyed Cat, Everybody's Got to Be Somebody. Suicide after throat cancer removed ability to sing.

Simone de Beauvoir
writer, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Simone Lucie Ernestine Marie Bertrand de Beauvoir
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
78
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Book The Feminine Mystique. Partner of Jean-Paul Sartre.

Charles Goldenberg
football

Real/Birth Name:
Charles R. Goldenberg
Nickname(s):
Buckets
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75, 1 day after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Offensive guard, running back. Teams University of Wisconsin, Green Bay Packers. Invented the draw play.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Doris Dawson
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Doris G. Dawson
Also Known As:
Doris Levy
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81, 4 days after her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Group WAMPAS Baby Stars (1929). Silent films The Little Wildcat, Naughty Baby, His Captive Woman, Hot Stuff

Harold Arlen
composer

Real/Birth Name:
Hyman Arluck
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Over the Rainbow, Stormy Weather

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Otto Preminger
director

Real/Birth Name:
Otto Ludwig Preminger
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movie Advise and Consent

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6624 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Wallis Simpson
relative

Real/Birth Name:
Bessie Wallis Warfield
Also Known As:
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor
Mrs. Warfield
Wallis Warfield
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
89
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Duke of Windsor, until his earlier death.
Younger than Duke of Windsor by 1 year.

Brief Facts:

Date of birth in doubt. Twice-divorced American socialite. Marriage to king caused his abdication December 10, 1936. Visited Hitler in Germany in 1937. Rumored to be pro-Nazi. Famous quote: "You can never be too rich or too thin."

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bessie Love
actor, writer

Real/Birth Name:
Juanita Horton
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Brief Facts:

Member of WAMPAS Baby Stars (1922). Silent films - then small roles. Wrote play The Homecoming in 1958.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6777 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Broderick Crawford
actor, Broadway

Real/Birth Name:
William Broderick Crawford
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies All the King's Men, The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover, The Black Cat, Born Yesterday. Broadway play Of Mice and Men. TV series Highway Patrol

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6901 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6736 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Robert Alda
actor, singer, dancer, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Alphonso Giuseppe Giovanni Roberto D'Abruzzo
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
72
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie Rhapsody in Blue. Tony Award for Broadway plays Guys and Dolls, What Makes Sammy Run?

Fritz Pollard
football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Frederick Douglass Pollard
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
92
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

The first African-American NFL head coach. Teams Brown University, Akron Pros, Union Club of Phoenixville, Milwaukee Badgers, Gilberton Cadamounts, Hammond Pros, Akron Indians, Providence Steam Roller, Chicago Black Hawks

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

John Bubbles
dancer

Real/Birth Name:
John William Sublett
Also Known As:
John W. Bubbles
Nickname(s):
Bubbles
Bubber
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Father of rhythm tap dance style. See also Bill Robinson

Georgie Nokes
actor

Real/Birth Name:
George Robert Nokes
Also Known As:
George Nokes
Nickname(s):
Georgie
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
49
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies It's a Wonderful Life, Song of the South

Sterling Hayden
actor, writer, model, adopted, spy

Real/Birth Name:
Sterling Relyea Walter
Also Known As:
John Hamilton
Sterling Walter Hayden
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Name changed at age 9 when he was adopted. OSS during WW II as John Hamilton. Movies The Godfather, The Asphalt Jungle, 9 to 5, Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb

Stephen Thorne
accident, air crash, aviator

Real/Birth Name:
Stephen Douglas Thorne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
33
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

In training as an astronaut. Died in a private plane crash.

Yakima Canutt
stunts, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Enos Edward Canutt
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
90
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Many movie stunts. Rodeo rider.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1500 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry, ceremony date: 14 August 1985

Gian-Carlo Coppola
producer, actor, accident

Real/Birth Name:
Gian-Carlo Coppola
Also Known As:
Gio Coppola
Nickname(s):
Gio
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
22
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

nephew of
nephew of
grandson of
first cousin of
son of
son of
father of
grandson of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin of
first cousin of
first cousin of
older brother of
Older than Roman Coppola by 1 year.
older brother of
Older than Sofia Coppola by 7 years.
nephew of

Ancestors:

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Died in a boating accident - see Griffin O'Neal. Associate Producer movies The Outsiders, Rumble Fish

Anna Neagle
actor, singer, dancer, producer

Real/Birth Name:
Florence Marjorie Robertson
Also Known As:
Dame Anna Neagle
Florence Marjorie Wilcox
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Libra ♎ - the Scales - people born September 24 through October 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

London West End theatre. Movie musical No, No, Nanette (1940). CBE) in the 1952 New Year Honours. Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in the 1969 Birthday Honours.

Bitsy Grant
tennis

Real/Birth Name:
Bryan Morel Grant Jr.
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:
Height:
5 feet 4 inches (162.56 cm)

Brief Facts:

Ranked in the Top Ten.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Benny Goodman
musician, bandleader, jazz

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin David Goodman
Nickname(s):
King of Swing
Patriarch of the Clarinet
The Professor
Swing's Senior Statesman
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
77, 14 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Clarinet. Jazz and swing music. Song Sometimes I'm Happy

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6101 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry

Alan Jay Lerner
lyricist, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
Alan Jay Lerner
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
67
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Musical movies My Fair Lady, Gigi,, Camelot. Especially teamed with Frederick Loewe. Song I Could Have Danced All Night. Married eight times.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Marlin Perkins
tv, naturalist

Real/Birth Name:
Richard Marlin Perkins
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
81
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Wildlife expert, zoologist, on TV show Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

St. Louis Walk of Fame A star at 6505 Delmar Boulevard

Kate Smith
singer, actor, radio, tv, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Kathryn Elizabeth Smith
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Taurus ♉ - the Bull - people born April 21 through May 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Alto. Songs God Bless America, Dream a Little Dream of Me, The Woodpecker Song, Now Is the Hour, When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6157 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the recording industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6145 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to radio

Rudy Vallee
singer, actor, musician, bandleader, composer

Real/Birth Name:
Hubert Prior Vallée
Also Known As:
Rudy Vallée
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84, 25 days before his 85th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Jane Greer by 23 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies The Batchelor and the Bobby-Soxer, How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. Famed for the song Whiffenpoof Song. Popular singer in the 1930s.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1632 Vine Street for contributions to radio
Palm Springs Walk of Stars A star at 123 N. Palm Canyon Drive, ceremony date: 13 January 1995

Hyman Rickover
military, writer, engineer

Real/Birth Name:
Hyman George Rickover
Also Known As:
Admiral Hyman G. Rickover
Hyman G. Rickover
Nickname(s):
Father of the Nuclear Navy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
86
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Championed use of nuclear power in submarines.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Buddy Baer
boxing, actor, western

Real/Birth Name:
Jacob Henry Baer
Nickname(s):
Buddy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
71
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

uncle of
younger brother of
Younger than Max Baer Sr. by 6 years.

Brief Facts:

Heavyweight boxer. Movies The Big Sky, Quo Vadis

Flora Payne Whitney
socialite, activist

Real/Birth Name:
Flora Payne Whitney
Also Known As:
Flora Whitney Miller
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, 9 days before her 89th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

first cousin of
niece of
granddaughter of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
first cousin once removed of
great great granddaughter of
granddaughter of
great niece of
first cousin twice removed of
daughter of
niece of
first cousin of
first cousin once removed of
daughter of
great granddaughter of
second cousin of
niece of
granddaughter of
great granddaughter of
great niece of
first cousin twice removed of
first cousin once removed of
second cousin of

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Patron of the arts, arts collector.

Ted Lyons
baseball, manager, coach

Real/Birth Name:
Theodore Amar Lyons
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
85
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Pitcher, manager. Team Chicago White Sox

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Vincente Minnelli
director

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Anthony Minnelli
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
83
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Judy Garland by 19 years.
father of

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Movie musicals Meet Me in St. Louis, The Band Wagon, An American in Paris

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6676 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry

Lester Lautenschlaeger
football, coach, lawyer, politician

Real/Birth Name:
Lester Joseph Lautenschlaeger
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback. Team Tulane University. Louisiana House of Representatives from 1928 to 1932.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hermione Baddeley
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Hermione Youlanda Ruby Clinton-Baddeley
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
79
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies A Christmas Carol (1951), Mary Poppins. Animated movies Aristocats, The Secret of NIMH. TV series Maude

Ted Knight
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Tadeus Wladyslaw Konopka
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series Too Close for Comfort, The Ted Knight Show, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6673 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry, ceremony date: 30 January 1985

Murray Hamilton
actor, Broadway, Tony Award

Real/Birth Name:
George Murray Hamilton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aries ♈ - the Ram - people born March 21 through April 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies Jaws, Jaws 2, The Amityville Horror. Broadway play Mister Roberts

Hank Greenberg
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Hyman Greenberg
Also Known As:
Henry Benjamin Greenberg
Nickname(s):
Hammerin' Hank
Hankus Pankus
The Hebrew Hammer
Bruggy
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

First baseman. Teams Detroit Tigers, Pittsburgh Pirates

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Ernest Schmidt
basketball

Real/Birth Name:
Ernest J. Schmidt
Nickname(s):
One Grand
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
75
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Earned exactly 1,000 points in his college career. Team Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Bill Monroe
singer, musician, bluegrass, composer

Real/Birth Name:
William Smith Monroe
Nickname(s):
The Father of Bluegrass Music
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 4 days before his 75th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Primary originator of bluegrass music style. Mandolin musician. Group Blue Grass Boys. Song Blue Moon of Kentucky is now the state song.

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Virginia Gregg
radio, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Virginia Gregg Burket
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Radio shows as Dragnet, The Lone Ranger and more. Movies Spencer's Mountain, Psycho as the voice of the mother of Norman Bates

Pat Phoenix
actor, soap

Real/Birth Name:
Patricia Frederica Manfield
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
62
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV series (British "soap") Coronation Street. Movie The L-Shaped Room

Cliff Burton
musician, accident, metal, bassist

Real/Birth Name:
Clifford Lee Burton
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
24
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Aquarius ♒ - the Water-Carrier - people born January 21 through February 19
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Bassist with band Metallica. Albums Kill 'Em All, Ride the Lightning, Master of Puppets. Died when bus slid off the road. Used effects with the bass, in a "lead" style.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2009 as a member of group Metallica.

Vince DiMaggio
baseball

Real/Birth Name:
Vincent Paul DiMaggio
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
74, 27 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Relationships:

older brother of
Older than Dom DiMaggio by 4 years.
older brother of
Older than Joe DiMaggio by 2 years.

Brief Facts:

Outfielder. Teams Boston Bees, Pittsburgh Pirates

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hal B. Wallis
producer, actor

Real/Birth Name:
Harold Brent Wallis
Also Known As:
Hal Wallis
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
87, 21 days after his birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Producer of many movies including Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon, Rooster Cogburn, True Grit, Becket, Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, Scared Stiff, They Died with Their Boots On. Also many uncredited movies as executive producer in the 1930s.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Wallace Wade
football, coach

Real/Birth Name:
William Wallace Wade
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
94
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Guard.Team Brown University. Head coach of the team at University of Alabama in 1923. Over the next 7 years, his team won 3 national championships, appearing in the Rose Bowl in 1925, 1926 and 1930.

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Keenan Wynn
actor, western

Real/Birth Name:
Francis Xavier Aloysius Wynn
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
70
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Leo ♌ - the Lion - people born July 23 through August 21
Birth Place:

Relationships:

son of
ex-husband of
Younger than Eve Abbott by 2 years.

Ancestors:

Brief Facts:

Movies Son of Flubber, Bikini Beach, Herbie Rides Again, Stagecoach

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1515 Vine Street for contributions to the television industry

Sippie Wallace
singer, blues

Real/Birth Name:
Beulah Belle Thomas
Nickname(s):
The Texas Nightingale
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
88, her birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Album Sings the Blues

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Paul Frees
actor, kids

Real/Birth Name:
Solomon Hersh Frees
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
66
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Cancer ♋ - the Crab - people born June 22 through July 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Voices in cartoons. Voice of the Ghost Host in the Disneyland Haunted Mansion.

Jerry Colonna
actor, composer, comedy, musician

Real/Birth Name:
Gerardo Luigi Colonna
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Virgo ♍ - the Virgin - people born August 22 through September 23
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Voice of the March Hare in cartoon Alice in Wonderland. Movie Road to Rio and other Bob Hope movies. Trombonist with Columbia Symphony.

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1645 Vine Street for contributions to radio

Scatman Crothers
actor, singer, jazz, dancer, musician, educator

Real/Birth Name:
Benjamin Sherman Crothers
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

TV show Chico and the Man. Known for "scat" (wordless) singing. Movies The King of Marvin Gardens, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, The Shining

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6712 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry, ceremony date: 8 April 1981

Cary Grant
actor

Real/Birth Name:
Archibald Alexander Leach
Also Known As:
Archie Leach
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
82
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

ex-husband of
Older than Barbara Hutton by 8 years.
ex-husband of
Older than Dyan Cannon by 32 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Charade, Night and Day, The Philadelphia Story (1940), Arsenic and Old Lace, North by Northwest, To Catch a Thief, Operation Petticoat, Father Goose, Notorious

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 1610 Vine Street for contributions to the motion picture industry

Herb Vigran
actor, radio

Real/Birth Name:
Herbert Vigran
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
76
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Movies First Monday in October, Amazon Women on the Moon, The Miracle on 34th Street (1955). Hundreds of uncredited character roles.

Bobby Layne
football

Real/Birth Name:
Robert Lawrence Layne
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
59, 18 days before his 60th birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Sagittarius ♐ - the Archer or Centaur - people born November 23 through December 22
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Quarterback, Teams University of Texas, Chicago Bears, New York Bulldogs, Detroit Lions, Pittsburgh Steelers

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Lee Dorsey
singer, R&B

Real/Birth Name:
Irving Lee Dorsey
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
61, 23 days before his 62nd birthday
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Capricorn ♑ - the Sea-Goat - people born December 23 through January 20
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Songs Ya Ya, Working in the Coal Mine

Desi Arnaz
actor, singer, musician, business, bandleader

Real/Birth Name:
Desiderio Alberto Arnaz y De Acha III
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
69
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20
Birth Place:

Relationships:

father of
father of
ex-husband of
Younger than Lucille Ball by 5 years.

Descendants:

Brief Facts:

Co-founder of Desilu Productions. TV show I Love Lucy. Movie The Long, Long Trailer

Halls of Fame, Awards, etc.

Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6325½ Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the motion picture industry
Hollywood Walk of Fame A star at 6254 Hollywood Boulevard for contributions to the television industry

Hollywood Fats
musician, overdose

Real/Birth Name:
Michael Leonard Mann
Gender:
Male
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
32
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Pisces ♓ - the Fish - people born February 20 through March 20

Brief Facts:

Guitarist. Died of a heroin overdose.

V.C. Andrews
writer

Real/Birth Name:
Cleo Virginia Andrews
Also Known As:
Virginia C. Andrews
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
63
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Gemini ♊ - the Twins - people born May 22 through June 21
Birth Place:

Brief Facts:

Books Flowers in the Attic, Petals on the Wind

Elsa Lanchester
actor, dancer, writer, commentator

Real/Birth Name:
Elizabeth Lanchester Sullivan
Gender:
Female
Birth Date:
Death Date:
Age at Death:
84
Traditional Zodiac Sign:
Scorpio ♏ - the Scorpion - people born October 24 through November 22
Birth Place:

Relationships:

wife of
Charles Laughton, until his earlier death.
Younger than Charles Laughton by 3 years.

Brief Facts:

Movies Witness for the Prosecution, Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Mary Poppins, Pajama Party. Known as a sharp-tongued Hollywood commentator.
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