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1. Art Acord – Arthemus Ward Art Acord was an American silent film actor and rodeo champion. After his film career ended in 1929, Acord worked in road shows. Acord was born to Mormon parents, Valentine Louis and Mary Amelia Accord in Glenwood, as a young man, Acord worked as a cowboy and ranch hand. He won the World Champion Steer Wrestling at the Pendleton Roundup in 1912 and repeated as champion in 1916, defeating challenger, Acord was one of the few cowboys to have ridden the acclaimed bucking horse Steamboat for the full eight seconds. His rodeo skills had been sharpened when he worked for a time for the Miller Brothers traveling 101 Ranch Wild West Show and it was with the 101 that he became friends with Tom Mix, Yakima Canutt, Bee Ho Gray, Broncho Billy Anderson and Hoot Gibson. He went on to become an actor in silent Western films. Accord also performed as a stunt man and he made over 100 film shorts, most of which are now considered lost. Acord enlisted in the United States Army in World War I and he was awarded the Croix de Guerre for bravery. At wars end, he returned to the picture business, appearing in a series of popular film shorts and as Buck Parvin. Because of a drinking problem and his inability to adapt to the advent of talkies, Acords film career declined and he ended up performing in road shows. In March 1928 Acord was seriously burned in an explosion at his home and his first marriage was to actress Edythe Sterling in 1913. In 1920, he married former actress Edna May Nores, Nores filed for divorce in April 1924 citing physical abuse and infidelity. The divorce was finalized the following year and his third marriage was to actress Louise Lorraine on April 14,1926. The couple divorced in June 1928, on January 4,1931, Acord died in a Chihuahua, Mexico hospital shortly after consuming poison. According to published reports, Acord was suffering depression and told the doctor who treated him shortly before he died that he had intentionally taken poison because he wanted to die. Acords body was sent back to California by train and he was given a military funeral with full honors and was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, California. For his contribution to the picture industry, Art Acord has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1709 Vine StreetArt Acord – Acord as Kephren in the 1917 Fox production Cleopatra
2. Ross Alexander – Ross Alexander was an American stage and film actor. Alexander was born Alexander Ross Smith in Brooklyn, New York, Alexander began his acting career in Broadway productions during the 1920s. By 1926, he was regarded as a leading man with good looks. He was signed to a contract by Paramount Pictures, but his film debut in The Wiser Sex was not a success. In 1934, he was signed to another contract, this time by Warner Bros. His biggest successes of the period were A Midsummer Nights Dream and he married actress Aleta Freel in 1934. The marriage ended the year when Freel committed suicide on December 7,1935. Alexander soon after married another actress, Anne Nagel, with whom he had appeared in the films China Clipper, in 1936 he starred in Hot Money. It was a role in his persona as a glamorous, wore-clothes-well leading man. Warner Bros. had decided by time that Alexanders potential as an actor was limited. Although they continued casting him in films, the importance of his roles was greatly diminished, with his professional and personal lives in disarray and deeply in debt, Alexander shot himself in the head in the barn behind his home. It has been reported that Alexander used the gun his wife Aleta Freel shot herself with 13 months earlier. Other sources, however, claim that, while both used.22 caliber bullets, Ross used a pistol, while Aleta used a rifle and his final film, Ready, Willing and Able, was released posthumously. Appleton, Wisconsin Post Crescent, Anne Nagels Death Revives Old Mystery, August 29,1966, Ross Alexander at AllMovie Ross Alexander at Find a Grave Ross Alexander at the Internet Broadway Database Ross Alexander at the Internet Movie DatabaseRoss Alexander – Ross Alexander in the trailer for Shipmates Forever (1935)
3. Keith Andes – Keith Andes was an American film, radio, musical theater, stage and television actor. The son of Mr. and Mrs. William G. Andes, John Charles Jack Andes was born in Ocean City, by the age of 12, he was featured on the radio. The family moved to Upper Darby, near Philadelphia, Andes found work on radio singing and acting throughout his years at Upper Darby High School. He attended Oxford University and graduated from Temple University in Philadelphia, while at Temple he did not participate in the universitys theater program but spent his time working as a disc jockey for radio stations KYW, WFIL, and WIP. He began his Broadway career while serving in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II and his first screen role was a minor part in the film Winged Victory. In 1947, he had a small but important role in the movie The Farmers Daughter, Andes, Lex Barker and James Arness played the title characters powerfully built and highly protective brothers. In 1952, he appeared as Marilyn Monroes sweetheart and Barbara Stanwycks brother in the cult film Clash by Night and he co-starred with Angela Lansbury in the 1954 film noir A Life at Stake after appearing in 1952 with Robert Newton in Blackbeard the Pirate. In 1958, Andes starred as crusading former Louisiana State Police Superintendent Francis Grevemberg in the film Damn Citizen and his co-stars were Margaret Hayes as Dorothy Maguire Grevemberg and Gene Evans as police Major Al Arthur. In 1970, he appeared as Chief of Staff of the United States Army, marshall, in the film Tora, Tora, Tora. An episode of Playhouse 90 brought Andes to television August 22,1957 and he played a teacher in Homeword Borne. William Conrad did the series narration, in 1963, Andes was cast with Victor Buono and Arch Johnson in the episode Firebug of the CBS anthology series, GE True, hosted by Jack Webb. In the story line, Buono portrays Charles Colvin, a barber in Los Angeles, California, the United States Forest Service works to find Colvin before he can set more fires. Later in 1963, Andes was cast as the lawyer-husband on the 1963 Desilu CBS sitcom, Glynis, starring Glynis Johns as his wife, the next year, he guest-starred in Mickey Rooneys short-lived Mickey sitcom on ABC. Andes starred as the manager of a station in the serial Paradise Bay. In his nearly five decades as an actor, Andes appeared in episodes of Cannon, Death Valley Days, Daniel Boone, I Spy, The Andy Griffith Show, The Rifleman, Perry Mason and his work included voice acting in the animated Birdman and the Galaxy Trio. Late in his career, he appeared in such as. And Justice for All. He also appeared as Prime Minister Darius in the Buck Rogers in the 25th Century episode Bucks Duel to the Death. On Broadway, Andes was in Kiss Me, Kate and starred opposite Lucille Ball in the musical Wildcat in 1960 and he later toured as Cervantes/Quixote in Man of La ManchaKeith Andes – Andes in Split Second (1953)
4. David Arkin – David Arkin was an American actor, known for his numerous supporting appearances in the films of Robert Altman. These roles were part of Altmans frequent ensemble and included Staff Sergeant Vollmer in MASH, Harry in The Long Goodbye, Norman in Nashville and he was born David George Arkin in Los Angeles, California. Arkin had a credit in I Love You, Alice B. Toklas and brief appearances in Valley of the Dolls, All the Presidents Men, Arkin was married three times, the last time to actress Anne E. Curry at the time of his death in 1991. David Arkin was not related either to the actor Alan Arkin or Alans son Adam Arkin, Arkin was known among his friends and colleagues for having introduced his friend Arnold Schwarzenegger to Altman, at the time The Long Goodbye was being cast. This began Schwarzeneggers career in film, on January 14,1991 he committed suicide in Los Angeles, California at the age of 49David Arkin – Arkin in 1970.
5. Todd Armstrong – Todd Armstrong was an American actor in ten films and several television series. He is probably best known for playing the role of Jason in the film Jason. He had also starred, during 1961, in the segments of the syndicated crime drama Manhunt. Todd Armstrong was born John Harris Armstrong in St. Louis and his parents were Louise Armstrong and Harris Armstrong. Armstrong’s father was born in St. Louis and he was a well-known architect that designed many civil landmarks in St. Louis, such as The Shanley Building at 7800 Maryland Avenue in Clayton. Its design won Armstrong the silver medal at the Paris Exposition of 1937, in 1956, Armstrong graduated from Ladue High School, where one of his classmates was Auggie Busch, a great-grandson of Anheuser-Busch brewing magnate Adolphus Busch. He moved to California and trained drama at the acting school Pasadena Playhouse College of Theatre Arts. He graduated in 1958 with classmates including Dustin Hoffman and Gene Hackman, armstrong´s well-to-do parents supported him financially but after struggling a few years with no success landing acting roles, he took part time work as a landscape gardener. During his time as a landscaper he was discovered by actress Gloria Henry, Henry learned of her gardeners acting aspirations and was dazzled enough by Armstrongs’s good looks to arrange for him to get a screen test at Columbia Pictures, where she was under contract. Todd landed a role in the third season of the popular TV show Manhunt. Carl Spencer in 13 episodes in the 1961 season, in 1962 Armstrong made his big-screen debut with a small role in director Edward Dmytryk’s drama Walk on the Wild Side. For his second film, the Daniel Mann-directed drama Five Finger Exercise, Todd Armstrongs secured his first starring role in Jason and the Argonauts. But to do so, he must first select a crew and with the help of Hera, queen of the gods, the films stellar cast included, Gary Raymond, Honor Blackman, Jack Gwillim and Nigel Green. However, the stars of the movie was the stop-motion animation work of special effect wizard Ray Harryhausen. Bernard Herrmann wrote a terrific score, Todd Armstrong voice was dubbed by British actor Tim Turner, since most of the rest of the cast were British. He had only one additional leading role, in the World War II film King Rat, directed by Bryan Forbes, his work consisted of supporting parts in films. On November 17,1992, Armstrong committed suicide by gunshot at his home in Butte City and he had suffered from terrible depression due to a work-related injury he sustained, building an addiction to painkillers. Armstrong appeared in the film and television roles, Todd Armstrong at AllMovie Todd Armstrong at the Internet Movie DatabaseTodd Armstrong – In Jason and the Argonauts, 1963
6. Scotty Beckett – Scott Hastings Scotty Beckett was an American actor. Beckett began his career as an actor in the Our Gang shorts and later co-starred on Rocky Jones. Born in Oakland, California, Beckett got his start in business at age three when the family moved to Los Angeles and a casting director heard him singing by chance. Beckett was at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital visiting his father, who was recovering from an illness, nurses heard him singing and carried him from room to room on every visit to sing for other patients. A studio casting director noticed the child and told his parents he had movie potential, Beckett auditioned, and landed a part in Gallant Lady, alongside Dickie Moore. The same year, his father died, in 1934, Beckett joined Our Gang, in which Moore had appeared from 1932 to 1933. Beckett appeared as a regular in the Our Gang short subjects series from 1934 to 1935, in the gang, Beckett played George Spanky McFarlands best friend and partner in mischief. His trademark look was a baseball cap and an oversized sweater exposing one shoulder. His role was taken over by Carl Alfalfa Switzer in 1935, in 1939, he returned to Our Gang briefly as Alfalfas cousin Wilbur in Cousin Wilbur and Dog Daze. After his Our Gang days were over, Beckett won increasingly prominent roles in major Hollywood films, in 1940, he played Tim in My Favorite Wife, starring Cary Grant and Irene Dunne. He appeared as one of the children in Shirley Temples The Blue Bird. He also had a role in the wartime propaganda film The Boy from Stalingrad. Beckett attended Los Angeles High School and took time off from filming to try his luck on the stage and his performance as Jolson was described as touching, enchanting, and to all indications, accurate. In 1947, he appeared alongside Dickie Moore and Marilyn Monroe in Dangerous Years, Scotty Beckett was signed by MGM in 1947, with his first role under contract as Will Parker in Cynthia. He gained the role of Oogie Pringle in A Date with Judy, in 1949, Beckett was featured in the war drama Battleground and the following year he starred as the fast-talking Tennessee Shad in the comedy The Happy Years. By 1950, the success of three films resulted in expectations that Becketts career would rise, but it did not. While other actors his age moved into leading roles, his career declined, as evidenced by his role in Nancy Goes to Rio. He attended the University of Southern California, but dropped out when the workload of schoolScotty Beckett – Scotty Beckett
7. Brian Bianchini – Brian Leo Bianchini was an American male model, and occasional film actor, active from the late 1990s through the mid-2000s. Bianchini was born in San Francisco to Italian parents, and attended Mills High School in Millbrae and he also attended Skyline College in San Bruno, California. He started wrestling at the age of seven and won high school and intercollegiate wrestling competitions. He was also featured in articles for TV Guide and Instinct. Bianchini also appeared on the cover of Gloria Estefans Alma Caribena album, suffering from heavy depression, Bianchini committed suicide aged 25 in March 2004. He was buried at Italian Cemetery in Colma, CaliforniaBrian Bianchini – Brian Bianchini
8. John Bowers (actor) – John Bowers was an American stage and silent film actor who starred in ninety-four films including several short subjects. Born John E. Bowersox in Garrett, Indiana, to George and Ida Bowersox, he attended Huntington Business College in Huntington, Indiana and he joined a stock stage group and traveled until he landed in New York in 1912, where he appeared in Broadway productions. Bowers began his career in 1914. Within five years, he one of the most popular leading men. During his career he co-starred frequently with Marguerite De La Motte, like many silent film stars, Bowers saw his career collapse when talkies became the standard. On November 17,1936, Bowers heard that his old friend Henry Hathaway was directing Gary Cooper in Souls at Sea on and off the shore of Santa Catalina. The 50-year-old actor rented a sixteen-foot sloop and sailed to the island and he never returned to shore and his body was found on the beach at Santa Monica, California. Chuck Palahniuk claims folk legend dictates John simply walked into the ocean upon hearing this news and his life and particularly his death is identified as inspiration for the character Norman Maine in A Star is Born. That character was based on Norman Kerry. For his contribution to the picture industry, John Bowers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 1701 Vine Street on February 8,1960. John Bowers at the Internet Broadway Database John Bowers at the Internet Movie Database John Bowers at AllMovie John Bowers at Virtual HistoryJohn Bowers (actor) – Publicity photo of Bowers (1921)
9. James Bradbury Jr. – James Bradbury Jr. was an American character actor in supporting roles in films of the 1920s and 1930s. The son of character actor James Bradbury, New York-born Bradbury Jr. began his career on stage as a child in Madame Butterfly. Both Bradburys arrived in Hollywood around 1920, and Junior played Richard Barthelmess rival in Classmates, other roles followed, including numerous budget westerns such as The Glorious Trail, Cheyenne, Smilin Guns and The Cisco Kid. By this time, however, even small parts were eluding him and he took his own life in 1936, Classmates Shes a Sheik Smilin Guns The Great Meadow The Cisco Kid Monkey Business Mark of the Vampire James Bradbury Jr at the Internet Movie DatabaseJames Bradbury Jr. – James Bradbury, Jr. (left) in Deadline at Eleven (1920)
10. Jonathan Brandis – Jonathan Gregory Brandis was an American actor, director, and screenwriter. Beginning his career as a model, Brandis moved on to acting in commercials and subsequently won television. Brandis made his debut in 1982 with a guest role on the ABC soap opera One Life to Live. Later in 1990, at the age of 14, he became known for his leading role on the Stephen Kings supernatural horror miniseries IT. Then, at the age of 17, he landed the role of Lucas Wolenczak, the character was popular among teenage female viewers, and Brandis regularly appeared in teen magazines. On November 12,2003, Brandis died after hanging himself at the age of 27, at the time of his death, Jonathan had been in a six-year relationship with actress Tatyana Ali, best known for her role as Ashley in the series Fresh Prince of Bel- Air. Brandis was born in Danbury, Connecticut and he was the only child of Mary, a teacher and personal manager, and Gregory Brandis, a food distributor and firefighter. He began his career as a model at the age of 4. At the age of six, Brandis won the role of Kevin Buchanan on the soap opera One Life to Live and he moved to Los Angeles with his family at age nine, and made guest appearances on shows such as L. A. Law, Whos the Boss. Murder, She Wrote, The Wonder Years, Full House, at the age of fourteen, he received his first starring role, as Bastian Bux in The NeverEnding Story II, The Next Chapter. That same year, Brandis played the young Stuttering Bill Denbrough, Brandis performance in the film was lauded by critics and audiences. Brandis then appeared in Sidekicks, costarring Chuck Norris, and in Ladybugs, around the age of 17, Brandis landed one of his best-known roles, as scientific prodigy Lucas Wolenczak in Steven Spielbergs futuristic science fiction series seaQuest DSV. The role propelled him into teen idol status, during his stint on seaQuest DSV, he co-wrote and produced an episode of the series titled The Siamese Dream. He also voiced Mozenrath, a young sorcerer and necromancer. After seaQuest DSV was canceled in 1996, Brandis appeared in the television film Her Last Chance and his next role was in the television film Born Free, A New Adventure. Shot in South Africa, the film also starred Chris Noth as Brandiss characters father and he continued his career in supporting roles in Outside Providence, and Ride with the Devil. In 2000, he costarred in Bad Girls from Valley High, in 2002, Brandis had a small role in Harts War. The following year, he was cast in 111 Gramercy Park and he made his final onscreen appearance in Puerto Vallarta Squeeze, starring Harvey Keitel and Scott GlennJonathan Brandis – Brandis in 1993
11. Tyler Brooke – Tyler Brooke, real name Victor Hugo de Bierre, was an American film actor. He appeared in 92 films between 1915 and 1943 and he was born in New York, New York and died in Los Angeles, California by committing suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. He began on the stage at the Globe Theatre, New York City in 1912 and he went to Los Angeles in 1925 with No, No, Nanette as a comedian and was captured for screen. He worked for Hal Roach for a year and a half before going into other filmsTyler Brooke – Tyler Brooke
12. Barry Brown (actor) – Bogdanovich praised Browns contribution to the film, describing him as the only American actor you can believe ever read a book. Born Donald Barry Brown in San Jose, California, he was the eldest child of Donald Bernard Brown and his sister was the actress Marilyn Brown, who committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 44. His brother is the novelist James Brown, who etched a portrait of their dysfunctional family in his acclaimed memoir, The Los Angeles Diaries. Brown began his career as a child of five and took part in many television. He appeared with Van Johnson in a production of The Music Man at the age of ten. His final features were the crime drama The Ultimate Thrill and Joe Dantes Piranha, an authority on actors and film history, Brown was a contributor to Scream Queens, Heroines of the Horrors by Calvin Beck and Bhob Stewart. Published by Macmillan in 1978, the book features illustrated biographical profiles of 29 fantasy film actresses, the book Who Was Who on Screen Third Edition, by Evelyn Mack Truett was dedicated to Brown, whom she credited with giving data support for the previous edition. Browns marriage to Jennie Vlahos on March 4,1972 ended in divorce May 1972, in June 1978, Brown committed suicide at his home in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, California. Barry Brown at the Internet Movie Database Barry Brown at AllMovie Barry Brown at Find a GraveBarry Brown (actor) – Brown (right) with Jeff Bridges photographed by Chris von Wangenheim shortly after they appeared together in Robert Benton 's Bad Company (1972)
13. Arthur Edmund Carewe – Arthur Edmund Carewe was an Armenian-American stage and film actor of the silent and early sound film era. Born Hovsep Hovsepian in Trabzon, Ottoman Empire, Carewe was from a family in his native country. His father, Garo, was engaged in the business and carried some influence from his positions in the national legislature. His father died in 1892, and the Hamidian massacres eventually forced the Hovsepian family to emigrate, Carewe emigrated to the United States on August 7,1896, arriving in New York Harbor on the Augusta Victoria, having departed from Cherbourg. He was accompanied by his brother, Ardasches. Another elder brother, Garo Armen, had preceded them, and he attended Cushing Academy in Ashburnham, Massachusetts, after which he studied painting and sculpture. At the turn of the century, he and his elder brother Garo ran a rug and he decided upon a stage career and attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York City, graduating in March 1904 with the David Belasco Gold Medal for Dramatic Ability. By 1910, he had assumed the name of Arthur Carew. He relocated to Chicago sometime before 1915 and operated another furnishing goods business until he moved to Hollywood in 1919 and his debut role was in the Constance Talmadge comedy Romance and Arabella. He became a naturalized citizen June 28,1918 and he also continued to perform sporadically in regional theaters, essaying in 1921 the role of Prinzivalle in Monna Vanna by Maurice Maeterlinck. In 1926, he wrote two screenplays for First National that were never produced, in 1928, he traveled to Europe, but a proposal to perform a self-penned screenplay for Universum Film AG was never realized. He was for a time considered for, and later turned down, the role of Count Dracula in 1931, Carewe appeared in fifty films over the course of his career, mostly during the silent film era. Carewe married the soprano Irene Pavlowska on February 17,1915 in Chicago, shortly after the release of his final film, Charlie Chans Secret, in 1936, Carewe suffered a stroke. On April 22,1937, he was dead in his car in the parking lot of a Santa Monica beach motel of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Arthur Edmund Carewe at the Internet Movie Database Arthur Edmund Carewe at Find a GraveArthur Edmund Carewe – Carewe publicity photo in Stars of the Photoplay (1922)
14. Edwin Pearce Christy – Edwin Pearce Christy was an American composer, singer, actor and stage producer. He is more known as E. P. Christy. He was born on November 28,1815 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Robert F. Christy, Christy began his career as a minstrel in Buffalo, New York. By 1836 he was a member of the Company managed by Edwin Dean at the Eagle Street Theater in Buffalo and he toured upstate New York from 1843 to 1845. The group took the name of its founder and became known as the Christys Minstrels, in April 1846 Christy and his band of six performers began performing in New York City at Polmers Opera House. The group performed at Mechanics Hall from February 15,1847 to July 15,1854, after performing at a benefit performance for Stephen Foster in Cincinnati, Ohio, on August 25,1847, the group specialized in performances of Fosters works. Foster sold his song, Old Folks at Home, to Christy for his exclusive use, Christy retired as a performer in 1855. He operated a chain of theaters called Christys Opera Houses in several cities, the name of the original group, Christys Minstrels, was licensed for use by a new organization and became synonymous with the performance tradition of blackface minstrelsy. He died on May 21,1862 of his injuries and he was buried in Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, New York. His oral last will and testament that was made while hospitalized was declared void by the court when it ruled that there were no witnesses. In 1881 his widow died and her will was contested, Christy is played by Al Jolson in the Foster bio-pic Swannee River in 1939. Love and Theft, Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class, Edwin Pearce Christy at the Internet Archive Edwin Pearce Christy at Find a GraveEdwin Pearce Christy – E.P. Christy
15. Ray Combs – Raymond Neil Ray Combs, Jr. was an American comedian, actor, and game show host. Combs began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s. His popularity on the circuit led to him being signed as the host of the revival of the game show Family Feud. The show aired on CBS and was in syndication until 1994, from 1995 to 1996, Combs hosted another game show, Family Challenge. Combs committed suicide by hanging at Glendale Adventist Medical Center where he was being held for observation in June 1996, Combs was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He graduated in 1974 from Garfield High School, where he was an actor, senior class president and he declined a nomination to the United States Military Academy to serve as a Mormon missionary for two years in Arizona. Combs began performing comedy at Cincinnatis Red Dog Saloon, where he developed his best-known shtick of audience sing-alongs of sitcom theme songs, in 1979, Combs sent a letter to David Letterman asking for advice, Letterman encouraged him to continue in comedy. In 1982, convinced that he was better than others he saw appear on The Tonight Show, Combs quit his job as an Indianapolis furniture salesman and moved with his family to Los Angeles. He did well in a competition more than 200 other young comedians. He became so popular that other sitcoms changed their production schedules just so they could have him warm up their audiences, johnny Carson heard the audiences laughter and then invited Combs to perform on The Tonight Show in October 1986, the audience gave him a standing ovation. In 1987, he appeared as a celebrity panelist on the John Davidson version of Hollywood Squares and had a role in the comedy film Overboard starring Kurt Russell. In 1985, he appeared on an episode of The Facts of Life as a background character, around this time he also guest starred on an episode of The Golden Girls. In 1988, game show producers Mark Goodson and Howard Felsher gave Combs a seven-year contract to host a new version of Family Feud, the program premiered on July 4,1988 on CBSs daytime lineup, and a syndicated version was launched two months later, on September 19. On June 29,1992, CBS expanded the show from thirty minutes to one hour. A new Bullseye round was added and the show was re-titled Family Feud Challenge, on September 14,1992, the Bullseye round was integrated into the syndicated run, which remained thirty minutes in length but was renamed as The New Family Feud. Combs was one of the most seen emcees on television during the 1992–93 season, with an hour, midway through the 1992–93 season, ratings for the show began to plummet. CBS canceled the daytime version in early 1993 and ended it on March 26 as many CBS affiliates had dropped the show entirely by that time, the syndicated version was also in danger of cancellation. By all accounts, Combs was hurt by his dismissal from the show and his final episode of Family Feud was taped sometime in February 1994 and aired in first-run syndication on May 27 of that yearRay Combs – Combs in a 1988 publicity photo for Family Feud
16. Dennis Crosby – Dennis Michael Crosby was an American singer and occasional actor, the son of singer and actor Bing Crosby, and twin brother of Phillip Crosby. He was the father of actress Denise Crosby, Dennis was a son of Bing Crosby and his first wife Dixie Lee. He attended Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose with his brothers where he graduated in 1952. While a young man, Crosby performed military service in Germany, on May 4,1958, Crosby married Pat Sheehan, a Las Vegas showgirl and model who had once dated his father. She was also Miss San Francisco of 1950, Playmate of the month of October 1958, within days, Crosby was sued by another woman, Marilyn Miller Scott, over the paternity of her daughter, Denise Crosby. The sensational lawsuit lasted three years and ended with Dennis being ordered to pay Scott child support and legal fees and this and the marriage to Sheehan and other details caused deep embarrassment for both him and his famous father. Although Bing died when his granddaughter was 19, the two never met. Crosby and Sheehan had three sons, Gregory, Dennis Michael, Jr. and Patrick Anthony, in 1963, while working in Los Angeles for Bing Crosby Productions, he met Arleen Newman. On July 3,1964, Crosby and Sheehan were divorced, later that year, Crosby married Newman, with whom he had three daughters, including Kelly Lee Crosby and Erin Colleen Crosby. Additionally, Crosby adopted Newmans daughter, Catherine Denise Crosby, from her first marriage to Mike Buell, Dennis and Arleen divorced in 1991. On December 11,1989, Crosbys younger brother Lindsay committed suicide by gunshot, deeply distraught by his brothers death and his recent divorce, as well as grappling with alcoholism, Dennis Crosby committed suicide on May 4,1991 in Novato, California, aged 56. On January 14,2006, Denniss former wife, Pat Sheehan, died at the age of 74. Their son Dennis Michael Crosby, Jr. died on January 15,2010, brother of Phillip, Gary and Lindsay Crosby. Half-sibling of Harry Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby and Mary Crosby, nephew of the bandleader Bob Crosby. Cousin of Cathy Crosby and Chris Crosby, uncle of L. Chip Crosby Jr. Father of Denise Crosby, Gregory Crosby, father-in-law of Spice Williams-Crosby Dennis Crosby at the Internet Movie Database Dennis Crosby at Find a GraveDennis Crosby – Dennis Crosby (right) with Garry Moore, Betsy Palmer, and his brothers Lindsay and Phillip on I've Got a Secret in 1961.
17. Lindsay Crosby – Lindsay Harry Chip Crosby, Sr. was an American actor and singer. Lindsay Crosby, son of Bing Crosby and Dixie Lee, was born in California and named for his fathers closest friend and horse racing partner and he was educated at Loyola High School, Los Angeles. He was remembered by his friends for having a special laid back and he performed with his brothers Gary, Dennis and Phillip Crosby as the Crosby Boys during the late 1950s in nightclubs and on The Ed Sullivan Show. The Crosby Boys own inability to cope blighted their lives and they were greatly affected by their fathers alleged emotional and physical abuse and mothers decline into alcoholism and a premature death from cancer. Heavy drinking and their emotional problems took their toll, Lindsay died from a self-inflicted rifle shot to the head. A family spokeswoman said Crosby shot himself to death in a Las Virgenes apartment after learning that the inheritance he relied on to support his family was gone and his distraught brother, Dennis, never recovered from Lindsays death and also committed suicide with a shotgun in May 1991. Brother of Phillip and Dennis and Gary Crosby, half-sibling of Harry Crosby, Nathaniel Crosby and Mary Crosby. Nephew of the bandleader Bob Crosby, cousin of Cathy Crosby and Chris Crosby. com, accessed January 27,2016Lindsay Crosby – The four Crosby brothers-(L-R) Dennis, Gary, Lindsay and Phillip in 1959.
18. Lester Cuneo – Lester H. Cuneo was an American stage and silent film actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, he began acting in theatre while still in his teens. Lester then embarked on a career in 1912 with the Chicago-based Selig Polyscope Company then joined Essanay Studios in 1914. Working in early Hollywood, his popularity increased after he switched from comedic roles to the popular western film genre. However, his career was interrupted when he served with the United States Army during World War I. At wars end, Lester Cuneo returned to film and in the early 1920s set up his own company making primarily western films. He married actress Francelia Billington in 1920 and the two made fourteen films together until their divorce in October 1925, despondent over the breakdown of his marriage and the downhill slide of his film career, Lester Cuneo took his own life with a gunshot to the head in 1925. He was interred in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery in Glendale, Lester Cuneo at the Internet Movie DatabaseLester Cuneo – Lester H. Cuneo
19. Karl Dane – Karl Dane was a Danish-American comedian and actor known for his work in American films, mainly of the silent film era. He became a star after co-starring in one of the most successful silent films of all time, The Big Parade, directed by King Vidor and starring John Gilbert. After signing with MGM in 1926, he appeared in supporting roles in several silent films before teaming up with George K. Arthur to form the successful comedy duo Dane & Arthur. They appeared in a number of silent, short comedy films, at the peak of his career, Dane earned $1500 a week. As the film industry transitioned from silent to sound films in the late 1920s, by 1930, Dane was relegated to less prominent roles, often with little to no dialogue. Later that year, MGM terminated his contract, Dane attempted to pursue work in other fields but found no success. Broke and despondent, he died of a gunshot wound in April 1934. Dane was born Rasmus Karl Therkelsen Gottlieb in Turesensgade 23 in central Copenhagen, Denmark to Rasmus Carl Marius Gottlieb and he had two brothers, Reinald Marius and Viggo Eiler. His parents’ marriage was stormy, with his father having trouble with alcohol. In 1903, Danes parents divorced, leaving him in the custody of his mother and his father was a glove maker by trade but enjoyed the theatre. Around the start of the 20th century, he built a toy theatre which people began to pay to see, during time, Dane. His father worked as a curtain puller at the local theatre, Dane later said this would inspire him to act. In 1900, Dane and his brother apprenticed as machinists, a job he would perform on, in 1907, he began compulsory military service in the First Artillery Battalion. He was promoted to corporal in June 1908. After being discharged from the military, he married dressmaker Carla Dagmar Hagen on 10 September 1910, the marriage produced two children, Ejlert Carl and Ingeborg Helene. With the outbreak of World War I, Dane was recalled up to duty and he was promoted to corporal in November 1915. On 25 January 1916, Dane headed for the United States alone and he intended to send for his family later. He boarded the SS Oscar II with $25 in his pocket, the ship arrived on 11 February 1916 at Ellis IslandKarl Dane – Dane in a publicity still taken at the gates of the MGM studio (1927)
20. Pete Duel – Peter Ellstrom Pete Deuel was an American stage, television, and film actor, best known for his role as outlaw Hannibal Heyes in the television series Alias Smith and Jones. Peter Ellstrom Deuel was born in Rochester, New York, the eldest of three born to Dr. Ellsworth and Lillian Deuel. He had a brother, Geoffrey, who also became an actor. He attended Penfield High School, where he worked on the staff, campaigned for student government. He graduated in 1957 and attended St. Lawrence University in Canton, New York, still, he preferred performing in the drama department’s productions to studying for his classes during his two years there. When his father came to see him in The Rose Tattoo, he realized that his son was wasting time and money at the university. Moving to New York, Duel landed a role in a production of the comedy Take Her. To find work in the movies, Duel and his mother drove across the country to Hollywood, California in 1963, in 1965, he was cast in the comedy series Gidget. Duel played Gidgets brother-in-law, John Cooper, on the series, Gidget was cancelled after only one season in 1966, but Deuel was immediately offered the starring role of Dave Willis, a newlywed apprentice architect, in a romantic comedy called Love on a Rooftop. Although the show earned good ratings, ABC decided not to bring it back after its first season, Duel wished to move from sitcoms to more serious roles. Around 1970, he changed his name, dropping the r from Peter. In the credits on the series Gidget, episode 25, his last name appears as Devel and he appeared in The Psychiatrist, The Bold Ones, Ironside, and Marcus Welby, M. D. He also made films during this time, beginning with the important role of Rod Taylor’s best friend and copilot, Mike Brewer, in The Hell with Heroes in 1968. Following that film, he went to Spain to film Cannon for Cordoba, during the hiatus between the first and second seasons, he starred in the television production of Percy MacKaye’s 1908 play, The Scarecrow. Geoffrey Deuel, Peters brother, played William Bonnie on a movie called Chisum opposite John Wayne, Duel became involved in politics during the primaries for the 1968 presidential election, campaigning for Eugene McCarthy, in opposition to the Vietnam War. He attended the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, and witnessed the violence that erupted, in the early hours of December 31,1971, Duel died at his Hollywood Hills home of a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Duels girlfriend, Dianne Ray, was at his home at the time of his death, Ray later told police the two had watched Duels series Alias Smith and Jones the previous evening. She later went to sleep in another room while Duel stayed up, sometime after midnight, Duel entered the bedroom, retrieved his revolver and told Ray Ill see you laterPete Duel – Alias Smith and Jones 1971
21. Richard Farnsworth – Richard W. Farnsworth was an American actor and stuntman. His sudden death followed a struggle with prostate cancer. Farnsworth was born on September 1,1920 in Los Angeles, California, to a housewife mother and he was raised during the Great Depression. When he was seven, Farnsworths father died and he then lived with his aunt, mother, and two sisters in Downtown Los Angeles. Farnsworth enjoyed a long marriage and had two children, Diamond and Missy, after becoming a widower, he lived on a ranch in Lincoln, New Mexico. On October 6,2000, after a battle with metastatic prostate cancer. He is interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles in the Columbarium of Purity beside his wife, Margaret née Hill. In 1937, age 16, Farnsworth was working as a hand at a polo field in Los Angeles for six dollars a week when he was offered employment with better pay as a stuntman. He rode horses in such as The Adventures of Marco Polo featuring Gary Cooper and performed horse-riding stunts in films including A Day at the Races. Farnsworth was employed on the set of Spartacus for eleven months where he drove a chariot, from stunt work, Farnsworth gradually moved into acting in Western movies. He made uncredited appearances in films, including Gone with the Wind, Red River, The Wild One. Farnsworth received his first acting credit in 1963 and went on to act in western films, in 1992, he co-starred with Wilford Brimley in The Boys of Twilight. His breakthrough came when he played stagecoach robber Bill Miner in the 1982 Canadian film The Grey Fox and he appeared as a baseball coach in The Natural. Another prominent role was the sheriff in the film version of Stephen Kings Misery. Farnsworth became well known in the Pacific Northwest as the groundskeeper who saw the mythical Artesians in the 1980s Olympia Beer advertising campaign, in addition, Farnsworth received a Hollywood Walk of Fame star for his contributions in the motion pictures on 1560 Vine Street on August 17,1992. Richard Farnsworth, Stunt Man And 2-Time Oscar Nominee,80, retrieved 2009-10-19. com The Cowboy Kind Farnsworth wrote the foreword to this book by Darrell ArnoldRichard Farnsworth – Farnsworth in The Straight Story, his final role.
22. Ed Flanders – Edward Paul Ed Flanders was an American actor best known for his role as Dr. Donald Westphall in the television series St. Elsewhere. Flanders was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the son of Bernice and his mother was killed in an automobile accident when he was 14. After graduating from Patrick Henry High School in 1952, he enlisted in the United States Army, after his service with the United States Army ended, Flanders began his acting career on Broadway before moving on to guest parts in television series. From 1967 through 1975, Flanders appeared in more than a dozen American TV shows, during this time, he was also prolific in TV movies. He married actress Ellen Geer, with whom he had a son, in the late 1970s, Flanders moved away from small TV roles to take major credits in both TV and feature films, while continuing his stage career. In 1974 Flanders won a Tony Award for Best Supporting or Featured Actor in a Dramatic Presentation for A Moon for the Misbegotten by Eugene ONeill on Broadway and he also won an Emmy award in 1976 for the TV movie adaptation of A Moon for the Misbegotten. In 1982 he began his role in St. Elsewhere that was to him four Emmy Award nominations as Outstanding Lead Actor in a TV Series. After a stormy departure from the series in 1987, he returned for two episodes in 1988, including the series finale. During a scene in which Westphall addressed the staff, Flanders began speaking extemporaneously about the quality of art and had to be edited for broadcast. His exit on St. Elsewhere as a regular cast member was titled Moon for the Misbegotten after the play won him a Tony Award. The episode gained much publicity as Westphall left the hospital after mooning his new boss, Flanders continued his working relationship with executive producer Bruce Paltrow in the short-lived 1994 CBS series The Road Home. In addition to his role as Dr. Donald Westphall, Flanders is noted as the actor who has played President Harry Truman more times. In the last, Flanders had second billing to Gregory Pecks lead as General Douglas MacArthur, Flanders is one of a very short list of actors, including Jason Robards and Anthony Hopkins, who have portrayed two different presidents. See also this list of actors who played presidents, in feature films, Flanders performed major roles in two dark movies based on novels by William Peter Blatty. In the first, The Ninth Configuration, he plays Col. Richard Fell, the film was based on Blattys darkly satirical novel Twinkle, Twinkle, Killer Kane. In 1990, Flanders played Father Dyer alongside star George C. Scott in Blattys The Exorcist III based on the novel Legion, when Hawkeye and Trapper react to Brickers filmmaking by destroying the negatives, Bricker abandons the project and leaves. Hawkeye takes over the making of the film, which, instead of a documentary, becomes a farce in the style of the Marx Brothers but maintaining a somber ending. Flanders also played nationally known journalist William Allen White in the 1977 made-for-TV movie Mary White and this movie was based on the famous eulogy White wrote about his daughter after her death in 1922 from being hit in the head while riding her horseEd Flanders – from The Ninth Configuration (1980)
23. Tom Forman (actor) – For other people of the same name see Thomas Forman Tom Forman was a motion picture actor, writer, and producer of the early 1920s. Texas-born Forman made his first film for Jesse L. Laskys production company in 1914, with the exception of service at the front during World War I, he had a successful career as both an actor and director. Forman directed Lon Chaneys Shadows, but his biggest achievement was realised directing the second version of Owen Wisters The Virginian. After his career faltered, he was reduced to working on cheap poverty row melodramas, Forman is also known for his work with Edith Taliaferro in Young Romance. Adela Rogers St. Johns based the character of Maximillan Carey in her story for What Price Hollywood. He was a cousin of silent screen star Madge Bellamy, the Girl Who Came Back Are You a Failure. The Broken Wing The Virginian April Showers The Fighting American Roaring Rails The Flaming Forties Flattery The Crimson Runner Off the Highway The People vsTom Forman (actor) – Tom Forman
24. Dave Garroway – David Cunningham Dave Garroway was an American television personality. He was the founding host and anchor of NBCs Today from 1952 to 1961 and his easygoing and relaxing style belied a lifelong battle with depression. Before going into broadcasting, Garroway worked as a Harvard University lab assistant, as a book salesman, after not being able to successfully sell either, Garroway decided to try his hand in radio. Garroway began his broadcasting career modestly, starting at NBC as a page in 1938, he graduated 23rd in a class of 24 from NBCs school for announcers. Following graduation, he landed a job at Pittsburgh radio station KDKA in 1939, as a station reporter, he went about the region filing reports from a hot-air balloon, a U. S. Navy submarine in the Ohio River, and from deep inside a coal mine. His early reporting efforts earned Garroway a reputation for finding a good story, the Roving Announcer, as he was known, worked his way up to become the stations special events director, while still attending to his on-air work. After two years with KDKA, Garroway left for Chicago, when the United States entered World War II in 1941, Garroway enlisted in the U. S. Navy. While stationed in Honolulu, he hosted a show when he was off duty, playing jazz records. After the war, Garroway went to work as a jockey at WMAQ in Chicago. Over time, Garroway hosted a series of programs such as The 11,60 Club, The Dave Garroway Show. One oddity Garroway introduced on his shows was having the studio audience respond to a song number not by applauding. Garroway also worked to organize concerts, creating a Jazz Circuit of local clubs in 1947. His fellow disc jockeys voted him the nations best in the 1948 and 1949 Billboard polls and he won the award again in 1951. Garroway was the first communicator on NBC Radios Monitor when the program first aired on June 12,1955 and he continued as the Sunday evening host of the news/music program from 1955 to 1961. Garroway worked on the air at WCBS radio in 1964 and briefly hosted the drive shift at KFI in Los Angeles in late 1970. Garroway was introduced to the television audience when he hosted the experimental musical variety show Garroway at Large. It was carried by NBC from June 18,1949, to June 24,1951, Garroways relaxed, informal style when on the air became part of his trademark. In 1960, New York Times reviewer Richard F. Shepard wrote, He does not crash into the home with the false jollity and he is pleasant, serious, scholarly looking and not obtrusively convivialDave Garroway – Garroway in a publicity photo, circa 1970
25. Michael Gilden – Michael Jeffrey Gilden was an American actor with dwarfism. He lived and worked in Los Angeles and he appeared twice in Season 4 of the hit series NCIS. Gilden was also a Financial Advisor, in August 1997, he met Meredith Eaton through mutual friends in Atlanta, Georgia. Gilden encouraged Eaton to pursue a career in acting, and she became an actress in 1999, the couple married on May 20,2001. Gilden committed suicide on December 5,2006, hanging himself in his Los Angeles home and he was buried in a private service at Mission Hills, California, on December 10. Michael Gilden at the Internet Movie DatabaseMichael Gilden – Michael Gilden
26. Claude Gillingwater – Claude Benton Gillingwater was an American stage and screen actor. He first appeared on the then in 92 films between 1918 and 1939, including the Academy Award-nominated A Tale of Two Cities and Conquest. He appeared in films starring Shirley Temple, beginning with Poor Little Rich Girl. Gillingwater was born in Louisiana, Missouri, though he studied law, he preferred not to follow in his fathers footsteps and become a lawyer. He became a salesman for a wholesale firm, selling vinegar. While thus engaged he seized the opportunity of filling a vacancy in a theatrical company with David Belasco. Eight years later, Mary Pickford saw him acting and secured him for her picture, Little Lord Fauntleroy, in later years, Gillingwater played a few more curmudgeonly character roles. His best-known role is probably Jarvis Lorry in A Tale of Two Cities and he also appeared in Mississippi and The Prisoner of Shark Island. He proved to be an excellent crabapple foil for 20th Century-Fox moppet star Shirley Temple in Poor Little Rich Girl and subsequently appeared in Just Around the Corner and Little Miss Broadway. A serious accident while filming Florida Special in which he fell from a platform and injured his back damaged his health, the Florida Special accident on the set at Paramount Studios in February 1936, left him never fully recovered. This, along with the April 22,1937 death by heart attack of his long-time wife Carlyn, on November 1,1939, a housekeeper found Gillingwater dead on a chair inside a closet of his Beverly Hills, California home from a self-inflicted bullet wound to the chest. A suicide note stated he was worried about his failing health and he did not want to become a burden to anyone, so he chose to take his own life. The death of the 69-year-old actor was ruled a suicide and his son, Claude Gillingwater, Jr. was also an actor. His cremated remains were interred at the Columbarium of Prayer, Niche 10628, in The Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale, works by or about Claude Gillingwater at Internet Archive Claude Gillingwater at the Internet Movie DatabaseClaude Gillingwater – Photo of Gillingwater from Film Star Who's Who on the Screen (1938)
27. Spalding Gray – Spalding Rockwell Gray was an American actor and writer. He is best known for the monologues that he wrote and performed for the theater in the 1980s and 1990s, as well as for his film adaptations of these works. He wrote and starred in several, working with different directors, Theater critics John Willis and Ben Hodges described his monologue work as trenchant, personal narratives delivered on sparse, unadorned sets with a dry, WASP, quiet mania. Gray achieved renown for his monologue Swimming to Cambodia, which he adapted as a 1987 film in which he starred, other of his monologues which Gray adapted for film were Monster in a Box, directed by Nick Broomfield, and Grays Anatomy, directed by Steven Soderbergh. Gray is believed to have committed suicide in New York City in January 2004, after struggling with depression, Steven Soderbergh made a documentary film about Grays life entitled And Everything Is Going Fine. An unfinished monologue and a selection from his journals were published in 2005 and 2011, Spalding Rockwell Gray was born in Providence, Rhode Island, to Margaret Elizabeth Betty, a homemaker, and Rockwell Gray, Sr. the treasurer of Brown & Sharpe. He was the middle-born of three sons, his brothers were Rockwell, Jr. and Channing and they were raised in the Christian Science faith of their mother. Gray and his brothers grew up in Barrington, Rhode Island, spending summers at their grandmothers house in Newport, Rockwell became a literature professor at Washington University of Saint Louis, and Channing a journalist in Rhode Island. After graduating from Fryeburg Academy in Fryeburg, Maine, Gray enrolled at Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts and he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1963. In 1965, Gray moved to San Francisco, California, where he became a speaker and teacher of poetry at the Esalen Institute, in 1967, while Gray was vacationing in Mexico City, his mother committed suicide at age 52. After his mothers death, Gray returned to the East Coast, Grays books Impossible Vacation and Sex and Death to the Age 14 are largely based on his childhood and early adulthood. Gray began his career in New York in the late 1960s. In 1970, he joined Richard Schechners experimental troupe, The Performance Group, with actors from The Performance Group, including Willem Dafoe and Elizabeth LeCompte, Gray helped to co-found the theater company The Wooster Group. He worked with them from 1975 to 1980, before leaving the company to focus on his own monologue work and he had performed this monologue in New York City, and published it as a book in 1985. He adapted it as a film in 1987, directed by Jonathan Demme and this work was based on his experience in Thailand during filming a small role in The Killing Fields, about the war in Cambodia. Gray received a Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Book Award in 1985 for this work and he continued to write and perform monologues until his death. Up through 1993, these works often incorporated his relationship to his girlfriend Renée Shafransky and they married and she became his collaborator. Grays success with his monologues brought him various supporting movie roles and he also played the lead role of the Stage Manager in a high-profile 1988 revival of Thornton Wilders play Our Town by the Lincoln Center TheaterSpalding Gray – At the Performing Garage (1979–81). Photograph by Gary Schoichet
28. Jon Hall (actor) – Jon Hall was an American film actor best known for his playing a variety of adventurous roles when contracted to Universal Pictures, including Invisible Agent and The Invisible Mans Revenge. He was also best known to 1950s fans as the creator and he also directed and starred in two 1960s sci-fi films in his later years, The Beach Girls and the Monster and The Navy vs. the Night Monsters. Hall began acting in films in 1935 in minor roles, one of which was Charlie Chan in Shanghai and his double in The Hurricane was the stuntman and actor Paul Stader. After two and a half years inactive he made three films in quick succession, Hall was under contract to Sam Goldwyn and earning a good salary although it took him a while to find his next project – Goldwyn refused to lend him out for Thief of Bagdad. Eventually contracted to Universal, Hall maintained his popularity until the end of the 1940s, in 1940, he portrayed Kit Carson in a biographical film of the frontiersmans life, Kit Carson. He is notable for having made six popular Technicolor adventure films with Maria Montez, Arabian Nights, White Savage, Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, Cobra Woman, Gypsy Wildcat, and Sudan. He is also known in the Universal Monsters fan base for playing two different Invisible Men in Invisible Agent and The Invisible Mans Revenge and he is the only actor to have portrayed an Invisible Man more than once in the original Universal series. Jon Hall is perhaps best remembered by audiences as the star of the television series Ramar of the Jungle. Hall directed and starred in the 1965 cult horror film The Beach Girls and the Monster. He made his two television appearances on Perry Mason, in 1963 he played Max Randall in The Case of the Festive Felon. Hall was married to singer Frances Langford from 1934 until 1955, Jon was an inventor and highly skilled aviator. He held patents on a camera, optivision lenses and the design of the hulls of PT boats for the US Navy. By February 1979, Hall was living at his sisters house on Atoll Ave. in North Hollywood, California and he was discovered by his brother-in-law, Edward Bayman. He is buried next to his father in Forest Lawn Memorial Park and his bronze marker reads Charles F. Locher / Jon Hall / Beloved Son and Brother / 1915–1979. Hall has two stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, for Motion Pictures at 1724 Vine Street and for television at 6933 Hollywood BoulevardJon Hall (actor) – Hall in 1956
29. Rusty Hamer – Russell Craig Rusty Hamer was an American stage, film and television actor. He is best known for portraying Rusty Williams, the wise cracking son of entertainer Danny Williams, on the popular ABC/CBS situation comedy Make Room for Daddy, from 1953 to 1964. He reprised the role in three reunion specials and the series, Make Room for Granddaddy, that aired on ABC from 1970 to 1971. Born in Tenafly, New Jersey, Hamer was the youngest of three sons of Arthur Walter John, Sr. a mens shirt salesman and Dorothy Hamer and he had two elder brothers, John and Walter. As a child, Hamer was nicknamed Rusty because of his red hair, due to his parents involvement in community theatre productions, Hamer and his brothers also began performing in stage productions. As a toddler, Hamer memorized and recited stories and performed skits for service club luncheons, womens clubs, in 1951, the Hamers moved to Los Angeles where Arthur Hamer worked as representative for a manufacturer of mens sport shirts. Shortly after arriving, Hamers elder brother John was discovered by an agent while performing in a stage production in which Hamer was also performing. The agent signed both boys to a film contract, the following year, Hamer won his first acting role in the 3-D Western Fort Ti, starring George Montgomery and Joan Vohs. In 1953, entertainer Danny Thomas secretary saw Hamer in a production and was impressed by the childs talent. She suggested that Thomas audition Hamer for a role in his upcoming sitcom Make Room for Daddy, Thomas was also impressed by the 6-year old and cast Hamer as his precocious and quick-witted son, Rusty Williams. Thomas later said of Hamer, He was the best boy actor I ever saw in my life and he had a great memory. great timing and you could change a line on him at the last minute and he came right back with it. Make Room for Daddy debuted on ABC on September 29,1953 and, after three seasons, the series moved to CBS where it was re-tooled and retitled The Danny Thomas Show. The retooled version quickly became a hit with audiences and was a Top 20 hit for its seven seasons. During the run of The Danny Thomas Show, Hamer attempted to launch a singing career and he first performed a song in a 1956 episode of Danny Thomas entitled The Talented Kid. In 1959, Hamer released his single, a rockaballad called Two-of-a-Kind written by Wally Gold and Aaron Schroeder. The single was a failure and Hamer never released another single. By late 1963, The Danny Thomas Show had garnered five Primetime Emmy Awards and was ranked in the Top 10. However, Danny Thomas announced that he had decided to end the show in order to produce, after the series ended, 17-year old Hamer enrolled at Palisades Charter High School, but had difficulty adjusting to public school as he was accustomed to being privately tutored on the setRusty Hamer – Hamer and Sherry Jackson in Make Room for Daddy in 1955
30. Judd Holdren – He was born near Villisca, Iowa, the fifth of 10 children in a farming family, and showed early interest in an acting career. He dropped out of school to travel to Omaha, Nebraska. During World War II he served in the United States Coast Guard on the USS General H. B and his first regular employment there was as a male model. Most of his early film parts were uncredited bits, including All the Kings Men, Holdren portrayed Aramis in the Three Musketeers adventure film Lady in the Iron Mask starring Louis Hayward as DArtagnan and Patricia Medina in the titular role. After The Lost Planet, Holdren tried to maintain a foothold in feature films and TV and he appeared in a number of ongoing TV series, such as Dragnet and The Lone Ranger, but usually in bit parts, often uncredited. His last significant film appearances were in minor roles in features such as Jeanne Eagels, Ice Palace. After 1960, Holdren became an insurance salesman. During his Hollywood years, he was seen in public as the escort of many different Hollywood beauties, Holdren committed suicide on March 11,1974, by shooting himself in the head. He is buried at Valhalla Memorial Park in North Hollywood, Judd Holdren at the Internet Movie Database Des Moines Register article on Judd HoldrenJudd Holdren – Judd Holdren
31. Paul Hurst (actor) – Paul Causey Hurst was an American film actor and director. Born in Traver, California, and raised on a ranch, however, he got his start painting scenery as part of the backstage crew during the silent movie era. By 1911, he was active in films as an actor, writer and he freelanced and worked for many of the movie studios, building a solid reputation for his work both on and off screen. It was after this role that Republic Pictures signed him as the comic sidekick in Monte Hales Western series. His last film was John Fords The Sun Shines Bright, Hurst was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 1952, and committed suicide in February 1953. He is buried in Reedley Cemetery in Reedley, California, the Hazards of Helen A Woman in the Web Play Straight or Fight Rothel, David. ISBN 0-8108-1707-1 Paul Hurst at the Internet Movie Database Paul Hurst at Find a Grave, with wardrobe still from Gone With the WindPaul Hurst (actor) – Paul Hurst Who's Who in the Film World, 1914
32. Rick Jason – Rick Jason, born Richard Jacobson, was an American actor, born in New York City, and most remembered for starring in the ABC television drama Combat. An only child of Jewish parents, Jason was expelled from prep schools before graduating from Rhodes Preparatory School in Manhattan. Rick Jason served from 1943 to 1945 in the U. S. Army Air Corps, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, he visited American troops serving in Vietnam on several USO tours. After the War, Jason attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts on the G. I, bill, as well as holding a seat on the New York Stock Exchange. While in attendance at a New York City play, he was spotted by Hume Cronyn, the role earned Jason a Theater World Award and a Hollywood contract with Columbia Pictures. Later, MGM was searching for an actor to replace Fernando Lamas in the 1953 movie Sombrero and gave the role to Jason and this led to Jason being cast in The Saracen Blade and This Is My Love. Fox signed him for the lead role in The Lieutenant Wore Skirts. His first project was an adaptation of John Steinbecks The Wayward Bus with Jayne Mansfield and Joan Collins, a string of good performances, both in films and on television, then followed. In 1956, Jason played the lead in The Fountain of Youth, soon after, Jason received offers for television series. He guest-starred on ABCs anthology series, The Pepsi-Cola Playhouse, in 1960, he starred as insurance investigator Robin Scott in The Case of the Dangerous Robin. He appeared on the NBC interview program Heres Hollywood, in the Rawhide episodes Incident of the Coyote Weed and Incident of the Valley in Shadow, and co-starred in 1969 in The Monk. In 1962, he began starring in the television series Combat. as Platoon Leader 2nd Lt. Gil Hanley, the show memorably also starred Vic Morrow as Sgt. Chip Saunders and Conlan Carter as Doc, Combat. was a hit and lasted for five seasons and 152 episodes. He made films in Japan and Israel, as well as such as Color Me Dead, The Day of the Wolves, The Witch Who Came from the Sea, Love. In 1970, he took the lead in the pilot for Prudence, in 1973, he was a frequent character on The Young and the Restless. After retiring from screen appearances, Jason kept busy by doing voice-overs for commercials and wrote his autobiography, in 2000, he attended a Combat. Reunion in Las Vegas with fellow cast members, Jason died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound one week after the Combat. Reunion, on October 16,2000, in Moorpark, California, authorities said the actor was despondent over unspecified personal mattersRick Jason – Rick Jason and Luise Rainer in Combat! (1965)
33. Richard Jeni – Richard John Colangelo, better known by the stage name of Richard Jeni, was an American stand-up comedian and actor. Richard Jeni was raised in an Italian-American Roman Catholic family in Bensonhurst and he graduated with honors from Hunter College, earning a bachelors degree in comparative politics. Jeni first received recognition through a series of Showtime stand-up specials, in 1989, he won Comedy USAs Best Nightclub Comedian, as voted by comedy club owners and comedians, and his first Showtime special Richard Jeni, The Boy From New York City won a CableACE Award. Top executives at HBO picked up his first appearance on The HBO Comedy Hour in 1992, titled Richard Jeni, the show was well received, and Jeni returned for two more shows, going on to receive another CableACE Award for one of his HBO specials. Jeni also starred on the short-lived 1995 UPN sitcom Platypus Man, Jeni composed the theme song for his TV series. He appeared in The Aristocrats, Dads Week Off, An Alan Smithee Film, Burn Hollywood Burn and he starred in commercial campaigns for Certs and Arbys, and won a Clio Award for his work as a writer/performer in an advertising campaign for the American Dairy Association. In 2004, Jeni was ranked #57 on Comedy Centrals list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time, Jeni and Murphy had been conversing in bed, discussing breakfast and their plans for the day, when Murphy left to cook breakfast downstairs. After a few minutes, she heard the sound of a gunshot, ran upstairs, discovered Jenis condition, police and paramedics arrived and transported Jeni to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he died. His family later stated with certainty that the death was a suicide, according to the coroners report released in June 2007, Jeni had a history of schizophrenia and had been taking antidepressants and a sleeping aid. The report further indicated that his girlfriend heard him talking to himself about a week earlier, Jenis death was marked by many tributes, including thousands of messages on his website and YouTube as well as on the radio. On March 12,2007, Jenis death was mentioned on The Tonight Show by Jay Leno, with accompanying footage of Jenis last appearance on the showRichard Jeni – Richard Jeni
34. Brian Keith – He also starred in the The Brian Keith Show, which aired on NBC from 1972 to 1974, where he portrayed a pediatrician who operated a free clinic on Oahu, as well as in the CBS comedy series Heartland. Keith was born Robert Alba Keith in Bayonne, New Jersey, on November 14,1921, to actor Robert Keith and stage actress Helena Shipman, some sources also list his full name as Brian Robert Keith. Keiths parents divorced, and he moved to Hollywood and started his career at the age of two. He made his debut in the silent film Pied Piper Malone. His mother continued to perform on stage and radio, while his grandmother Apker helped to raise him on Long Island, New York and she taught young Keith to read books over his age level. Prior to learning to read, he spent a lot of time backstage while his parents performed, Helena fondly recalled keeping her little son in the dressing room in one of her dressing room drawers. He remained calm and quiet, and would sleep through the entire show, from 1927 through 1929, Keiths stepmother was Peg Entwistle, a well-known Broadway actress who committed suicide by jumping from the H of the famous Hollywood Sign in 1932. After graduating from East Rockaway High School in 1939, in East Rockaway, New York and he served during World War II as an air gunner and received an Air Medal. After the war, Keith became an actor, branching out into films. In 1955, Keith starred in his own series, Crusader, as the fictional journalist Matt Anders, during the 1950s and 1960s, Keith also had guest roles on The Ford Television Theatre, Wire Service, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Climax. Zane Grey Theater, Rawhide, Laramie, The Untouchables, The Americans, Outlaws, The Virginian, The Fugitive, in 1960, he won acclaim for his starring role in Sam Peckinpahs extremely hard-bitten, adult, and short-lived series The Westerner. The following year, Keith appeared as the father of twins in the film The Parent Trap, costarring Hayley Mills, in 1966, Keith costarred with Steve McQueen as traveling gunsmith Jonas Cord in the western film Nevada Smith. In 1968, as widower Jake Iverson, he costarred with Doris Day in the comedy, in 1966, Keith landed the role of Uncle Bill Davis on CBSs popular television situation comedy Family Affair. This role earned him three Emmy Award nominations for Best Actor in a Comedy Series, the show made him a household name. During its first season in 1966, Family Affair was an immediate hit, by the end of its fifth season, in 1971, Family Affair still had high ratings but was canceled after 138 episodes. Kathy Garver, who co-starred as Keiths teenaged niece, Cissy, on Family Affair, indicated that Keith said, Im a cultural Irishman, dont you know, Garver explained, But he went through many manifestations and changes of character, during the five years that we shot. Let me see the scene, uh-huh, uh-huh, lets go, so he was very improvisational, motion of the moment. And those two different styles really worked out each other, very well, Keith went on to star as the pediatrician Dr. Sean Jamison in the NBC sitcom The Brian Keith Show, filmed on an estate at the foot of Diamond Head, HawaiiBrian Keith – Keith in Dino, 1957
35. Wyatt Knight – Wyatt Knight was an American actor, best known for his role as Tommy Turner in the Porkys trilogy. In addition to his work in the Porkys films, Knight made guest appearances on numerous TV shows including The Waltons, M*A*S*H, Family Ties, Profiler, Chicago Hope and Star Trek and his final TV appearance came in 2010 on the show Crafty. According to Knights wife Silvina in a given to entertainment news website TheWrap. However intense cancer treatment including radiation, left him, in the words of his wife in physical and emotional pain, on October 26,2011 Wyatt Knights body was discovered in a remote area on the island of Maui, Hawaii. Knight was a resident of Los Angeles, California but had recently been staying at a house on Maui, according to the Associated Press, autopsy results indicated Knight died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. In addition to his wife, Knight was survived by two children from a previous marriage, Wyatt Knight was a friend of Porkys co-stars Dan Monahan, Tony Ganios, Roger Wilson and Cyril OReilly. Wyatt Knight at the Internet Movie Database Wyatt Knight at Memory Alpha Wyatt Knight at Find a GraveWyatt Knight – Knight portraying Tommy Turner in the movie Porky's II: The Next Day (1983)
36. Trent Lehman – Trenton Lawson Trent Lehman was a former American child actor best known for his role as Butch Everett on Nanny and the Professor. He also played a young Christine Jorgensen in The Christine Jorgensen Story, on January 18,1982, Lehman died after he hanged himself on a chain link fence outside of Vena Avenue Elementary School in Pacoima, California. He had attended the school before being withdrawn to become an actor, lehmans death, along with those of two other former child actors, Rusty Hamer and Tim Hovey, inspired Paul Petersen to found A Minor Consideration, an advocacy group for child stars. Trent Lehman at the Internet Movie Database Trent Lehman at Find a Grave Former Child Star CentralTrent Lehman – Trent Lehman, circa 1970
37. Philip Loeb – Philip Loeb, was an American stage, film, and television actor. He was blacklisted under McCarthyism and committed suicide in response, born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Loeb first performed in a high school production of Lady Gregorys The Workhouse Ward. He served in the Army, then worked as manager of The Green Goddess. His stage career gained strength in the early 1920s when he associated with the newly formed Theatre Guild in New York City. He worked in a number of plays throughout the decade and his stage work lessened in the 1930s, while he worked with Actors Equity Association. In 1948, Loeb portrayed the role of Jake Goldberg on Broadway in Gertrude Bergs play Me, after the play, he reprised the role on the television adaptation of The Goldbergs on CBS. Loeb became a favorite as the exasperated, loving husband Jake to Bergs meddlesome. In June 1950, Red Channels, The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television, Loeb denied being a Communist, but the sponsors of The Goldbergs, General Foods, insisted that he be dropped from the shows cast due to his controversiality. Berg refused to fire Loeb, but Loeb soon resigned, accepting a settlement which was estimated at $40,000, loebs last acting job was in the 1952 Broadway production of Time Out For Ginger and its subsequent Chicago production in 1954. In his memoirs, Inside Out, blacklisted screenwriter Walter Bernstein describes Loeb as being disconsolate, Loeb was the sole support of a mentally disturbed son, and was burdened with money worries. Bernstein was part of a circle of friends including Zero Mostel, the following year Loeb committed suicide by taking an overdose of sleeping pills in the Taft Hotel in midtown Manhattan on September 1,1955. Loeb was buried in Mount Sinai Cemetery in his native Philadelphia, loebs suicide was reflected in the character Hecky Brown, played by his real-life friend Zero Mostel, in Martin Ritts 1976 film examining the Hollywood blacklist, The Front. The screenplay of the movie was written by another friend from that era, loebs case is also noted in the Philip Roth novel, I Married a Communist. The American Academy of Dramatic Arts—where Loeb was an instructor—awards an annual scholarship in his memory, Equity briefly issued the Philip Loeb Humanitarian Award. Philip Loeb at the Internet Broadway Database Philip Loeb at the Internet Movie Database Philip Loeb at Find a GravePhilip Loeb – Philip Loeb
38. Michael Mantenuto – Miracle is a 2004 American sports docudrama about the United States mens hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, portrayed by Kurt Russell, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. The American teams victory over the heavily favored Soviet team in the round was dubbed the Miracle on Ice. Miracle was directed by Gavin OConnor and written by Eric Guggenheim, there is the added context that these Olympic games are occurring during the Cold War, making the Soviet team even more important than they already were. Brooks meets his assistant coach Craig Patrick at the tryouts in Colorado Springs, Brooks selects a preliminary roster of 26—later to be cut to a final roster of 20—indifferent of the tryouts and the preferences of senior USOC hockey officials. He convinces Walter Bush, the director of the committee. Bush reluctantly agrees to take the heat from the committee, during the initial practice, tempers flare as forward Rob McClanahan and defenseman Jack OCallahan get into a fight based on an old college rivalry. Brooks bluntly tells the players that they are to let go of old rivalries and he then calls for introductions, in which each player states his name, his hometown, and for whom he plays. Brooks then introduces the players to a new conditioning drill, which known as Herbies. During an exhibition game against Norway in Oslo that ends in a 3–3 tie, Brooks notices the players are distracted by girls in the stands, after the game, he orders them back on the ice to skate Herbies until they get the point. Exhausted, forward Mike Eruzione interrupts Brooks and cries out whom he plays for, Brooks tells them theyre done and all of the players sigh in relief. The team plays the Soviets in a game at Madison Square Garden. The Soviets manhandle the young American team, winning by a score of 10–3, during the game, OCallahan receives an injury that could keep him out of the entire Olympics, and starting goaltender Jim Craig is told he may be benched in favor of back-up goalie Steve Janaszak. Craig ends up retaining his job when the coach brings him to realize that he hasnt been giving his very best. As the Olympic tournament begins, the Americans trail Sweden 2–1 in the first game, Brooks fires up the team during the break by overturning a table in his way and accusing injured McClanahan of quitting. McClanahan ends up playing despite his pain, and the inspired American team came through as Bill Baker scores a goal in the minute for a dramatic 2–2 tie. They follow that up with a 7–3 win over heavily favored Czechoslovakia, then victories over Norway, Romania, the Americans are considered overwhelming underdogs to the Soviets in the first medal round game. The game begins and, following a slashing penalty, the Soviets score the first goal. Then OCallahan, having healed enough from his injury, enters the game for the first time and he makes an immediate impact by heavily checking Vladimir Krutov on a play that leads to a goal by Buzz SchneiderMichael Mantenuto – Theatrical release poster
39. Paul McCullough – Paul Johnston McCullough was an American actor and comedian who was one half of the comedy duo Clark and McCullough, along with fellow comedian Bobby Clark. Born in Springfield, Ohio, McCullough met his future partner Bobby Clark in elementary school, the two became friends and attended tumbling classes at a local YMCA together. Their childhood friendship grew into a partnership when they decided to pursue a career as a comedic duo. Billing themselves as Clark and McCullough, they began their career performing in shows in the early 1900s. From 1906 to 1912, the pair performed in circuses before entering vaudeville in 1912, due to the White Rats strike of 1916, Clark and McCullough were forced to enter into the burlesque circuit to continue working. During their time in burlesque, the duo would create some of their most well known sketches, in their act, Clark was the dominant, motor-mouthed comedian and McCullough was the quieter straight man. In 1922, the team achieved mainstream stardom in Irving Berlin Broadway show Music Box Revue and they went on to appear in the Broadway hit The Ramblers, which was filmed as the 1930 musical comedy The Cuckoos, a vehicle for Wheeler & Woolsey. In mid-1928, Clark and McCullough went to Hollywood where they signed with Fox Films Corporation for a reported $8,000 a week. The studio hoped the duos stage popularity would transition to films, according to the July 1931 issue of Picture Play magazine, the films were poorly received by critics and audiences alike. Around the Fox studio lot, the film series were mockingly referred to as The Clark. After filming fourteen shorts, Fox dropped Clark and McCullough in early 1929, in 1930, the duo signed with RKO Radio Pictures. They would go on to make comedy shorts for RKO over the next five years. In many of their films, McCullough’s input was limited to a supporting role as Clark generated the bulk of the humor. In the teams films with RKO, Paul McCullough was nearly always named Blodgett, as with their Fox films, the duos comedy did not transition well into the medium of film and were poorly received. RKO attempted to remedy this by hiring big name directors and granting bigger budgets, director Sam White, who directed three of Clark and McCulloughs RKO shorts, later said that the duos film career stalled because, on film. Bobby came across as annoying. Clark was one of those comedians who had to be seen live, Clark and McCulloughs final film for RKO was 1935s Alibi Bye Bye. After shooting their last film in 1935, Clark and McCullough toured the country in a revue of Thumbs Up, after that tour was completed, they signed on as the lead act of an East Coast touring production of the George White Scandals. In early 1936, before production was set to begin, Bobby Clark returned to his wife in New York for a short rest while McCullough traveled to Massachusetts and he checked himself into a sanitarium for what was later described as nervous exhaustionPaul McCullough – Clark & McCullough, in Kickin' the Crown Around (1933)
40. George Periolat – George Periolat was an American actor. Born in Chicago, Illinois, George Periolat began his career as a Broadway actor, making his film debut with the Essanay Studios in Chicago, he moved to Hollywood in 1911 and starred in over 170 films throughout his career. He was a versatile actor, often playing multiple roles in a single production. The story of Norma Desmond, though fictitious, is not far removed from the plight of many silent film stars, and he made his last appearance in 1932s What Price Hollywood. On February 20,1940, he committed suicide by ingesting arsenic in his Hollywood mansion, outside his acting career, George Periolat was an amateur photographer, and a grandson of Napoleon Periolat. Royal Advisor Media related to George Periolat at Wikimedia Commons George Periolat at the Internet Movie DatabaseGeorge Periolat – Periolat (right) in The Kiss (1921)
41. Edward Platt – Edward Cuthbert Platt was an American actor best known for his portrayal of The Chief in the 1965-70 NBC/CBS television series Get Smart. With his deep voice and mature countenance, he played a mix of characters over the span of his career. Platt was born in Staten Island, New York, and studied at the Juilliard School and he attended Princeton University, but left after his freshman year. Platt served in the United States Army during World War II, a powerful, operatically trained bass-baritone, he debuted on Broadway in the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Allegro. José Ferrer, who performed with Platt in the Broadway play The Shrike, also in 1955, he appeared in Rebel Without a Cause starring James Dean, Natalie Wood, and Sal Mineo. Platt returned to Broadway in 1958 with the musical Oh, Captain, in 1959, he played Cary Grants attorney in North by Northwest. In 1959, Platt starred in the movie The Rebel Set and his most famous role was the regular role of Chief in the espionage parody television series Get Smart. After the series ended, he played a role in situation comedy series The Governor & J. J. in 1970. He had guest roles in other television series of the era. These included Temperatures Rising, Bewitched, Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law, Love, American Style, Platt appeared as Sotto Voce in the 1969 KCET television reading of Norman Corwins 1938 radio play The Plot to Overthrow Christmas. In 1973, Platt raised the money to one of the first independent color motion pictures shot entirely on videotape, Santee. Platt saw the advantages of using videotape over film, and his shot the production with electronic TV cameras and portable VTRs. The movie was not commercially successful, on March 19,1974, Platts body was found in his apartment. It was widely reported that he died of an apparent heart attack and he left four children from two marriages and a brother living in Santa Barbara, California. His ashes were scattered into the Pacific Ocean, Edward Platt at the Internet Movie Database Edward Platt at the Internet Broadway Database Edward Platt at Find a Grave Chief places 6th on Great Secondary TV Characters listEdward Platt – Edward Platt
42. Freddie Prinze – Freddie James Prinze was an American actor and stand-up comedian. Prinze was the star of 1970s NBC-TV sitcom Chico and the Man and he was the father of the actor Freddie Prinze Jr. Prinze was born Frederick Karl Pruetzel in New York City, the son of Edward Karl Pruetzel and his wife Maria Graniela Pruetzel. His mother was Puerto Rican and his father was a Hungarian immigrant who had arrived in the U. S. as a youth in 1934, Prinze was raised in a mixed neighborhood in Washington Heights, New York City. When Prinze was a child, his mother enrolled him in ballet classes to deal with a weight problem. He dropped out of school in his year to become a stand-up comedian. Prinze worked at several clubs in New York City, including The Improv and Catch a Rising Star. For the sake of his comedic career, he changed his surname to Prinze. But Alan King already had that last name and sobriquet, so he would be the Prince of comedy instead, during 1973 he made his first television appearance on one of the last episodes of Jack Paar Tonite. In December 1973 his biggest break came with an appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Prinze was the first young comedian to be asked to have a sit-down chat with Carson on his first appearance, May 21,1974. Prinze appeared on and guest hosted The Tonight Show on several other occasions) and he also appeared on The Midnight Special to perform his comic routine. From September 1974 until his death in January 1977, Prinze starred as Francisco Chico Rodriguez in the NBC TV series Chico, the show was an instant hit. Prinze made several appearances on The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts, most notably at the roasts for Sammy Davis Jr. in 1975, he released a comedy album that was taped live at Mr. Kellys in Chicago titled Looking Good—his catch phrase from Chico and the Man. In 1976, he starred in a movie, The Million Dollar Rip-Off. About four months before his death, Prinze had signed a deal with NBC worth $6 million over five years. Becoming wealthy, Prinze took martial arts lessons from Robert Wall, a student of Bruce Lee, soon after, Wall became godfather to Prinzes newborn son Freddie Prinze Jr. On December 14,2004, the Hollywood Walk of Fame honored Prinzes contribution to the industry with a star. Prinze married Katherine Elaine Cochran on October 13,1975, with whom he had one son, Prinze was arrested for driving under the influence of Quaaludes on November 16,1976. A few weeks later his wife filed for divorce, Prinze had been romantically linked to actress Pam Grier according to her as she recalls their relationship in chapter 19 of her autobiographical memoir, My Life in Three ActsFreddie Prinze – Prinze in 1975
43. Dean Reed – Dean Cyril Reed was an American actor, singer and songwriter, director, and social activist who lived a great part of his adult life in South America and then in East Germany. Dean Reed was born in Denver, Colorado, and moved with his many times, living in various cities in California and Utah. He graduated from Wheat Ridge High School in 1956, where he was an athlete on the track team. No contract was offered by Imperial, but Reed subsequently signed a recording contract with Capitol Records in 1958. Capitol groomed him to be a teen idol and he produced some modestly popular singles, including Annabelle, The Search, No Wonder, A Pair of Scissors, I Kissed a Queen and he also made guest appearances on family television programs such as Bachelor Father. His fame, and record there were noteworthy. Dean Reed resided in Argentina for approximately four years, during that period, he offered several live concerts. During these performances, Dean Reed was accompanied by the group Los Dominantes, Los Dominantes was a rock-band from Lanus, formed by Juan Luis Bhe Ricky, Carlos Reale Charly, Dardo Rivero, Juan Chiarello, Jacinto Atencio. In Chile, he developed a political philosophy, and began to speak out against oppression. He protested against nuclear weapons and US foreign policy, and performed shows free in poor neighborhoods, back in Buenos Aires, his politics eventually ran afoul of Argentine government policies after the 1966 Argentine Revolution and he was deported. In 1971 Reed wrote an letter to Alexander Solzhenitsyn, criticizing him for having slandered the USSR. In 1973, Reed chose to settle permanently in East Germany, where he continued to write, direct, over the years he played in 20 films, produced 13 records, and gave concerts in 32 countries. The majority of his songs during this period were uncertified covers of hits of Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, The Beatles. While committed to the politics of his adopted communist home, he did not join the ruling Socialist Unity Party. Despite his opposition to many US government and economic policies, he professed his love of America until the end of his life and he never renounced his US citizenship and continued to file tax returns for the Internal Revenue Service. S. Following the interview, Reed received hate mail from the U. S. accusing him of being a traitor, six weeks after his appearance on 60 Minutes, Reed was found dead in Zeuthener Lake near his home in East Berlin. Though it was ruled an accidental drowning, his friends in Germany suspected his death was a suicide. Reeds suicide note was found on the back of a screenplay in his carDean Reed – Dean Reed in East Berlin, GDR, November 19, 1978
44. George Reeves – George Reeves was an American actor. He is best known for his role as Superman in the 1950s television program Adventures of Superman and his death at age 45 from a gunshot remains a polarizing topic, the official finding was suicide, but some believe that he was murdered or the victim of an accidental shooting. Reeves was born George Keefer Brewer on January 5,1914, in Woolstock, Iowa, Reeves was born five months into their marriage and the couple separated soon after Reeves birth. At this time, Reeves and his mother moved from Iowa to her home of Galesburg, later, Reeves mother, who was of German descent, moved to California to stay with her sister. There she met and married Frank Joseph Bessolo while Reeves father married Helen Schultz in 1925, Reeves reportedly never saw his father again. In 1927, Frank Bessolo adopted George as his own son, the Bessolo marriage lasted 15 years, ending in divorce, with the couple separating while Reeves was away visiting relatives. When he returned, his mother told him his stepfather had committed suicide, according to biographer Jim Beaver, Reeves did not know for several years that Bessolo was still alive. Reeves began acting and singing in school and continued performing on stage as a student at Pasadena Junior College. While studying acting at the Pasadena Playhouse, Reeves met his future wife and they married on September 22,1940, in San Gabriel, California, at the Church of Our Savior. They had no children and divorced 10 years later, Reeves film career began in 1939 when he was cast as Stuart Tarleton, one of Scarlett OHaras suitors in Gone with the Wind. It was a role, but he and Fred Crane were in the films opening scene. Reeves was contracted to Warner Brothers soon after being cast, Warner changed his professional name to George Reeves. His Gone with the Wind screen credit reflects the change and he starred in a number of two-reel short subjects and appeared in several B-pictures, including two with Ronald Reagan and three with James Cagney. Warner loaned him to producer Alexander Korda to co-star with Merle Oberon in Lydia, released from his Warner contract, he signed a contract at Twentieth Century-Fox, but was released after only a handful of films, one of which was the Charlie Chan movie Dead Men Tell. He freelanced, appearing in five Hopalong Cassidy westerns before director Mark Sandrich cast Reeves as Lieutenant John Summers opposite Claudette Colbert in So Proudly We Hail, a war drama for Paramount Pictures. Reeves was drafted into the U. S. Army in early 1943 and he was assigned to the U. S. Army Air Forces and performed in the USAAFs Broadway show Winged Victory. The long Broadway run was followed by a tour and a movie version. Reeves was then transferred to the Army Air Forces First Motion Picture Unit, discharged at the wars end, Reeves returned to HollywoodGeorge Reeves – In The Sainted Sisters (1948)
45. Charles Rocket – Charles Adams Claverie —known by such stage names as Charlie Hamburger, Charlie Kennedy, and, most famously, Charles Rocket—was an American film and television actor. Rocket was born in Bangor, Maine, the son of Mary Aurelia, Rocket appeared from time to time with his friend Dan Gosch as superheroes Captain Packard and his faithful sidekick Lobo. In an RISD yearbook, the duo appeared in a photo at the Rhode Island State House with then-Governor Frank Licht. Rocket made several films and fronted his band, the Fabulous Motels. He later anchored the news at Channel 12 WPRI and at KOAA-TV in Pueblo, Colorado under his own name. He made his debut on Saturday Night Live in 1980. Rocket was cast for the 1980–81 season, which followed the departure of the members of the shows original cast. Singled out by new executive producer Jean Doumanian, he was promoted as a cross between Bill Murray and Chevy Chase, Rocket was tapped to anchor Weekend Update, and was featured in more sketches than any other male cast member that season with the exception of Joe Piscopo. Rocket portrayed recurring character Phil Lively, a show host who took his larger-than-life persona home. His celebrity impersonations on SNL included Ronald Reagan, David Rockefeller, Prince Charles, and Marlin Perkins. The Saturday Night Live episode of February 21,1981, hosted by Dallas star Charlene Tilton, featured a parody of the famed Who Shot J. R. story arc from the then-popular nighttime soap. During the show a line had Rocket and Tilton flirting while other cast members expressed jealousy. In the shows closing moments, as cast members gathered with the host to say good night, in character, Rocket improvised, Oh, man, its the first time Ive ever been shot in my life. Id like to know who the fuck did it, Joe Piscopo and Eddie Murphy were the only cast members to survive the axe, as new producer Dick Ebersol replaced Denny Dillon and Gail Matthius after one episode. A guest role in 2004 as a con man/murderer on Law & Order and he also lent his voice to the popular video games Star Wars, Starfighter, Star Wars, Jedi Starfighter, Descent 3, and Age of Mythology. His final film came in the 2003 movie Shade. Rocket married his girlfriend, Beth Crellin, on board the battleship USS Massachusetts anchored in Fall River, Massachusetts. The couple had a son, Zane, and remained married until his death, Rocket was found dead in a field near his Connecticut home on October 7,2005, his throat had been slitCharles Rocket – Charles Rocket
46. Albert Salmi – Albert Salmi was an American actor of stage, film, and television. He was noted as an actor and appeared in over 150 film. Salmi was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, to Finnish immigrant parents and he attended Haaren High School in Manhattan. Following a stint in the United States Army during World War II, Salmi took up acting as a career, in 1955, Salmi starred as Bo Decker in the play Bus Stop on Broadway, and also performed in the touring production of the play. His performance was praised by critics and Salmi was offered the chance to reprise the role in the 1956 film Bus Stop starring Marilyn Monroe, Salmi turned down the offer because he did not enjoy film work. Salmis next film was The Bravados in which he played one of the villains who is hunted down by hero Gregory Peck, the National Board of Review presented Salmi with the NBR Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in both of these films. Salmi was a character actor who appeared in over 150 film. Despite his numerous appearances in the medium, he held the opinion of many Actors Studio alumni that roles in film and he also had several memorable roles on CBSs The Twilight Zone including Of Late I Think of Cliffordville, A Quality of Mercy and Execution. In 1963, he portrayed John Day and Rivers in the episode Incident of the Pale Rider on CBSs Rawhide, in 1964–65 he appeared with Fess Parker as Yadkin in the first season of the Daniel Boone TV series. He later appeared twice as the pirate, Alonzo P. Tucker on Lost in Space. He appeared in a 1967 episode of Gunsmoke as a killer who comes to an ironic end, for that performance, Salmi was awarded a Western Heritage Award. Salmi also had guest starring roles in television series including The Virginian, Have Gun — Will Travel, Naked City, The Investigators. From 1974 to 1976, Salmi co-starred in the NBC legal drama, a high point of Salmis career came in 1968, when he was cast in the Arthur Miller play The Price. He played the lead on Broadway and in London and his film career included roles in The Unforgiven, The Outrage, Lawman, Escape from the Planet of the Apes, Viva Knievel. Empire of the Ants, Love and Bullets, Caddyshack, and he played Greil in Dragonslayer, Geraldine Pages husband in Im Dancing as Fast as I Can, and the hard drinking but loving father of character Diana Lawson in Hard to Hold. His final role in a film was in Breaking In starring Burt Reynolds in 1989. Salmi met actress Peggy Ann Garner while the two were performing in the National Company touring production of Bus Stop in 1955 and they were married on May 18,1956, in New York City. Their only child, Catherine Ann Cas Salmi, was born on March 30,1957, Salmi and Garner separated in 1961 and divorced on March 13,1963Albert Salmi – in the trailer for The Brothers Karamazov (1958)