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Hans Wilhelm

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Hans Wilhelm

Hans Wilhelm (born September 21, 1945) is a German-American writer, children's book author and illustrator, and artist. Hans Wilhelm has written and/or illustrated over 200 books – mostly for children. They have been translated in more than thirty languages and have won numerous international awards and prizes. Many of them have been made into animated television series. Presently there are over forty two million books by Hans Wilhelm in print. Some of his best-known books include "I'll Always Love You", "Bunny Trouble" series, "Tyrone The Horrible" series, "Waldo" series, and the "Noodles" books. Wilhelm was born in Bremen, Germany where he grew up. Following his studies of art and business, he moved for 12 years to South Africa where he worked, painted, and was an acting member of a satirical theater group. His writing career began when he embarked on a two-year trip around the world where he lived in Bali, Spain, England and many other places. He's also host to the "Life Explained" video series, which ai ...more...

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Bill Williams (actor)

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Bill Williams (actor)

William Herman Katt (born Herman August Wilhelm Katt;[1] May 15, 1915 – September 21, 1992), known as Bill Williams, was an American television and film actor. He is best known for his starring role in the early television series The Adventures of Kit Carson, which aired in syndication from 1951 to 1955. Life and career Williams was born in Brooklyn, New York[1] to German immigrant parents. He attended the Pratt Institute, and became a professional swimmer, performing in underwater shows. He landed a walk-on role as a theater usher in King Kong (1933). He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II, but was discharged before the end and became an actor. His credited debut was in The Blue Room in 1944, using the professional name Bill Williams. His first starring role was opposite Susan Hayward in Deadline at Dawn (1946), and it made him a star. Williams appeared in ten films before he landed the lead role in television's The Adventures of Kit Carson, which ran for 105 episodes. When the series e ...more...

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Robin Williams

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Robin Williams

Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American actor and comedian. Born in Chicago, Williams began performing stand-up comedy in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy renaissance.[1] After rising to fame playing the alien Mork in the sitcom Mork & Mindy, Williams established a career in both stand-up comedy and feature film acting. He was known for his improvisation skills[2][3] and the wide variety of memorable character voices he created.[4][5] Williams has been called the funniest person of all time.[6][7] After his first starring film role in Popeye (1980), Williams starred in numerous films that achieved critical and financial success, including Good Morning, Vietnam (1987), Dead Poets Society (1989), Aladdin (1992), The Birdcage (1996), and Good Will Hunting (1997). He also starred in widely acclaimed films, such as The World According to Garp (1982), Moscow on the Hudson (1984), Awakenings (1990), The Fisher ...more...

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Bruce Willis

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Bruce Willis

Walter Bruce Willis (born March 19, 1955) is an American actor, producer, and singer. Born to a German mother and American father in Idar-Oberstein, Germany, he moved to the United States with his family in 1957. His career began on the Off-Broadway stage in the 1970s.[1] He later achieved fame with his leading role on the hit television series Moonlighting (1985–89). He has since appeared in over 70 films and is widely regarded as an "action hero"[2][3][4] due to his portrayal of John McClane in the Die Hard franchise (1988–2013), and other such roles. His credits also include Death Becomes Her (1992), Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Fifth Element (1997), Armageddon (1998), The Sixth Sense (1999), Unbreakable (2000), Sin City (2005), Red (2010), Moonrise Kingdom, The Expendables 2, and Looper (all 2012). He made his Broadway debut in the stage adaptation of Misery in 2015. As a musician, Willis released his debut album, The Return of Bruno, in 1987. He has since released two more solo albums, i ...more...

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Ty Williams (actor)

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Ty Williams (actor)

Ty Williams (born December 24, 1966) is an American film and television actor. Williams was born in Saginaw, Michigan, but grew up in the city of Shields in Michigan. Ty attended the Swan Valley High School, and then attended the Central Michigan University. He had moved to Los Angeles in 1998. His father has German ancestry, and his mother has French Canadian ancestry. Williams is an actor, stuntman, producer, and also a miscellaneous crew member. His film debut was in the film Dawn of Our Nation which was made in 2001, and then appeared on TV, then in 2004, Ty had an uncredited role as a "Trooper" in the action film sequel Starship Troopers 2: Hero of the Federation. In 2006, Ty had got signed for a role in another action sequel in Mission: Impossible III as the "Thug", the film starred Tom Cruise again as agent spy Ethan Hunt. Filmography Mission: Impossible III (2006) (uncredited) - Thug The Shield (2005) (TV series) - Bad Cop (1 episode) Clubhouse (2004) (TV series) - Marino (1 episode) Stars ...more...

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Ernst Victor Wolff

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Ernst Victor Wolff

Ernst Victor Wolff (Aug 6, 1889–August 21, 1960) was a German-born concert pianist and harpsichordist who maintained a career not only as a soloist but also as a respected accompanist. Singers with whom he performed included Dorothy Maynor and Alexander Kipnis; he accompanied the latter in the Hugo Wolf Society recording project of the 1930s. As a harpsichordist, on February 20, 1938 he participated in the Carnegie Hall premiere of J.S. Bach's Coffee Cantata under the direction of Walter Damrosch; the other performers on that occasion included singers Charles Kullman, Helen Jepson, and Lawrence Tibbett; flutist Frances Blaisdell; violinists Jascha Heifetz and Sascha Jacobsen; violist Leon Barzin; cellist Gaspar Cassadó; and double bassist Anselme Fortier. From 1955 until his death, Wolff taught at Michigan State University. His widow and family donated a collection of his papers to the MSU library; it includes photographs and other memorabilia and his diary, student notes, and performing scores. MSU has esta ...more...

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Patrick Wilson (American actor)

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Patrick Wilson (American actor)

Patrick Joseph Wilson (born July 3, 1973) is an American actor and singer. He spent his early career starring in Broadway musicals, beginning in 1995. He is a two-time Tony Award nominee for his roles in The Full Monty (2000–2001) and Oklahoma! (2002). In 2003, he appeared in the HBO miniseries Angels in America for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award and Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie. Wilson has also appeared in feature films such as The Phantom of the Opera (2004), Hard Candy (2005), Little Children (2006), Watchmen (2009), Insidious (2010), Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013), and as demonologist Ed Warren in James Wan's supernatural horror films The Conjuring (2013) and The Conjuring 2 (2016), the latter four earning him a reputation as a "scream king". On television, he starred in the CBS drama series A Gifted Man (2011–2012), and as Lou Solverson in the second season of FX's anthology series Fargo (2015), for which he received a second Golden Gl ...more...

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Steve Wozniak

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Steve Wozniak

Stephen Gary Wozniak (; born August 11, 1950),[1]:18[9] often referred to by the nickname Woz,[10][11] is an American inventor, electronics engineer, programmer, philanthropist, and technology entrepreneur who co-founded Apple, Inc. in 1976, which later became the world's largest information technology company by revenue. He and Apple co-founder Steve Jobs are widely recognized as pioneers of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s. Wozniak started designing and developing the Apple I in 1975;[12] it became the computer that launched Apple when he and Jobs first began marketing it the following year. He primarily designed the Apple II in 1977, known as one of the first highly successful mass-produced microcomputers,[13] while Jobs oversaw the development of its foam-molded plastic case and early Apple employee Rod Holt developed the switching power supply.[14] He also had major influence until 1981, along with computer scientist Jef Raskin, over the initial development of the original Apple M ...more...

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Tatjana Wood

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Tatjana Wood

Tatjana Wood (née Tatjana Weintraub,[1] in Darmstadt, Germany) is an American artist and comic book colorist. Biography Tatjana's father was Jewish, and her mother was Christian. During World War II, she and her brother, Karl Joachim Weintraub, were sent to an international Quaker boarding school in the Netherlands. Gaining Dutch citizenship was not easy, so after World War II, the Quakers arranged for the two to travel to New York City in 1947.[1] Karl went on to the University of Chicago, while Tatjana stayed in New York, attending the Traphagen School of Fashion. In 1949, she met Wally Wood, and they married August 28, 1950.[2] During the 1950s and 1960s, she sometimes made uncredited contributions to Wood's artwork. One of the stories she worked on was "Carl Akeley" in EC Comics' Two-Fisted Tales #41 (February–March 1955). She did a number of animal drawings for that story.[3] Later, beginning in 1969,[1] she did extensive work for DC Comics as a comic book colorist. She was the main colorist for DC's ...more...

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David Yuengling

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David Yuengling

David Gottlieb Yuengling (March 2, 1808 – September 27, 1877) was an American businessman and brewer, the founder and first president of America's oldest brewery, D. G. Yuengling & Son. Early life He was born David Gottlob Jüngling on March 2, 1808, Aldingen, Kingdom of Württemberg, where his father operated the local brewery.[1] His older brother Jakob inherited the family brewery, leaving Yuengling with limited career prospects. He emigrated to the United States via Rotterdam. Career Yuengling came to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, the location of a thriving anthracite mine, and started a brewery in 1829, calling it the Eagle Brewery.[2] Yuengling brewed British-style ales initially, and later introduced German-style lager.[1] His son David G. Yuengling Jr. founded the James River Steam Brewery. References Reichardt, Eike. "David Gottlieb Yuengling." In Immigrant Entrepreneurship: German-American Business Biographies, 1720 to the Present, vol. 1, edited by Marianne S. Wokeck. German Historical Ins ...more...

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Vera Zorina

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Vera Zorina

Vera Zorina (January 2, 1917 – April 9, 2003) was a Norwegian ballerina, theatre and film actress, and choreographer. Today, she is chiefly remembered for her films choreographed by her then-husband George Balanchine. They include The Goldwyn Follies, I Was an Adventuress with Erich Von Stroheim and Peter Lorre, Louisiana Purchase with Bob Hope, and dancing to "That Old Black Magic" in Paramount Pictures' Star Spangled Rhythm. Background Vera Zorina was born Eva Brigitta Hartwig in Berlin, Germany. Her father Fritz Hartwig was a German lapsed Roman Catholic, and her mother Abigail Johanne Wimpelmann (known as Billie Hartwig) was Norwegian and Lutheran. Both were professional singers. Young Eva was brought up in a small coastal town between Trondheim and Bergen, called Kristiansund North, where she debuted as a dancer at the Festiviteten, the oldest opera house in Norway. She received her education at the Lyceum for Girls in Berlin and was trained in dance by Olga Preobrajenska and Nicholas Legat.[2] Career ...more...

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Wolfgang Zuckermann

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Wolfgang Zuckermann

Wolfgang Zuckermann in about 1963 Wolfgang Joachim Zuckermann (11 October 1922 – 31 October 2018) was a German-born American harpsichord maker and writer. He was known for inventing a highly popular kit for constructing new instruments and wrote an influential book, The Modern Harpsichord. As a social activist, he authored books including The Mews of London and The End of the Road. Early life He was born in Berlin to Jewish parents in an academic family,[1] and was named Wolfgang after Goethe and Mozart.[2] He had an elder brother, Alexander, who later became a city planner and bicycle advocate in Oakland, California,[3] and a younger brother named Michael.[4] At age eight he began studying the cello,[5] an instrument he continued to play in adulthood. The male family members formed a string quartet, with Alexander playing first violin, the father second, Michael viola, and Wolfgang cello.[2][6] With the advent of the Nazis in Germany, Zuckermann's family had to flee the country; they settled in New York ...more...

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John Zundel

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John Zundel

John Zundel (December 10, 1815 – May 21, 1882)[1] was an organist, composer, arranger, and pedagogue. Zundel was perhaps best known for his hymn BEECHER, widely used in American hymnals with "Love Divine" by Charles Wesley. Early life Zundel was born in the village of Hochdorf an der Enz in what was then the Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany. He attended the Royal Academy at Esslingen, Württemberg, from 1829 to 1831, then he began teaching at the local school in Birkach, Germany. In 1833 he was appointed teacher of music in Esslingen. During this time, Zundel studied the violin with a pupil of Bernhard Molique. Also he studied the organ first with J.G. French and then with Heinrich Rinck.[2] St. Petersburg, Russia In 1839 Zundel studied organ building at the factory of Eberhard Friedrich Walcker, and in 1840 he traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, to give a concert on a Walcker organ at the Lutheran Church of Saint Peter and Saint Paul. It was the first organ concert ever given on Russian soil.[2] Zundel bec ...more...

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Kevin Costner

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Kevin Costner

Kevin Michael Costner (born January 18, 1955) is an American actor, director, producer, and musician. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and one Emmy Award. Costner has played Eliot Ness in The Untouchables, Crash Davis in Bull Durham, Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams, Lt. John J. Dunbar in Dances with Wolves, for which he won Academy Awards for Best Director and Best Picture, Jim Garrison in JFK, Robin Hood in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard, Roy McAvoy in Tin Cup, Jonathan Kent in the DC Extended Universe, the Mariner in Waterworld and Elliot Anderson in Black or White. In television, Costner won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie, the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie for his role as Devil Anse Hatfield in Hatfields & M ...more...

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Frank Borman

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Frank Borman

Frank Frederick Borman II (born March 14, 1928), (Col, USAF, Ret.), is a retired United States Air Force pilot, aeronautical engineer, test pilot, and NASA astronaut, best remembered as the Commander of Apollo 8, the first mission to fly around the Moon, making him, along with crew mates Jim Lovell and Bill Anders, the first of only 24 humans to do so. Before flying on Apollo, he set a fourteen-day spaceflight endurance record on Gemini 7, and also served on the NASA review board which investigated the Apollo 1 fire. After leaving NASA, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Eastern Air Lines from 1975 to 1986. Borman is a recipient of the Congressional Space Medal of Honor. He is currently the oldest living former American astronaut, just eleven days older than fellow astronaut Jim Lovell. Biography Education and early career Borman was born on March 14, 1928, in Gary, Indiana, where the Frank Borman Expressway is named after him.[1] He is of German descent, born as the only child to parents Edwin and ...more...

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Harry Connick, Jr.

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Harry Connick, Jr.

Joseph Harry Fowler Connick Jr.[1] (born September 11, 1967)[1] is an American singer, composer, actor, and television host. He has sold over 28 million albums worldwide.[2] Connick is ranked among the top 60 best-selling male artists in the United States by the Recording Industry Association of America, with 16 million in certified sales.[3] He has had seven top 20 US albums, and ten number-one US jazz albums, earning more number-one albums than any other artist in US jazz chart history.[4] Connick's best-selling album in the United States is his Christmas album When My Heart Finds Christmas (1993). His highest-charting album is his release Only You (2004), which reached No. 5 in the US and No. 6 in Britain. He has won three Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. He played Grace Adler’s husband, Leo Markus, on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace from 2002 to 2006. Connick began his acting career as a tail gunner in the World War II film Memphis Belle (1990). He played a serial killer in Copycat (1995), before bei ...more...

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John Hillerman

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John Hillerman

John Benedict Hillerman (December 20, 1932 – November 9, 2017) was an American actor best known for his starring role as Jonathan Quayle Higgins III on the television show Magnum, P.I. that aired from 1980 to 1988. For his role as Higgins, Hillerman earned five Golden Globe nominations, winning in 1981, and four Emmy nominations, winning in 1987. He retired from acting in 1999. Early life and career Hillerman was born in Denison, Texas, the son of Christopher Benedict Hillerman, a gas station owner, and Lenora Joan (née Medlinger).[1] He was the middle child with two sisters.[2] His father was the grandson of immigrants from Germany and France,[3] and his mother the daughter of immigrants from Austria and Germany.[3] Hillerman developed an interest in opera at the age of ten, and traveled to Dallas to watch Metropolitan Opera productions.[4] He attended St. Xavier's Academy,[4] and after graduation, he attended the University of Texas at Austin for three years, majoring in journalism.[5] Hillerman served f ...more...

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Joseph Boyce

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Joseph Boyce

Joseph Russell (Bud) Boyce (March 20, 1924[1] in Saint John, New Brunswick[2] – March 16, 1984) was a politician in Manitoba, Canada. He was a member of the Legislative Assembly of Manitoba from 1969 to 1981, and served in the cabinet of Edward Schreyer. Initially a New Democrat, Boyce became a Progressive in 1981.[1] Boyce grew up in Elm Creek, Manitoba, was educated at the University of Manitoba, and served as a signalman in the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve from 1941 to 1945. He later served as a school councillor at St. John's Technical High School.[2] He supported Sidney Green for the leadership of the provincial NDP in 1968 and 1969. He was first elected to the Manitoba legislature in the provincial election of 1969, defeating incumbent Progressive Conservative Jim Cowan[1] by almost 1,000 votes in the riding of Winnipeg Centre under the slogan Bud Boyce, your choice. He was not appointed to cabinet in the legislative term which followed, although he served as Deputy Speaker for a few months i ...more...

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Richard Kiel

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Richard Kiel

Richard Dawson Kiel (September 13, 1939 – September 10, 2014) was a 7 ft 1 1⁄ in (217 cm) tall American actor and voice artist, best known for his role as Jaws in the James Bond franchise, portraying the character in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and Moonraker (1979); he lampooned the role with a tongue-in-cheek cameo in Inspector Gadget (1999). His next-most recognized role is the tough, but eloquent Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore (1996). Other notable films include The Longest Yard (1974), Silver Streak (1976), Force 10 from Navarone (1978), Pale Rider (1985) and Tangled (2010). Early life Kiel at the 2004 Collectormania Kiel was born in Detroit, Michigan. His towering height was a result of acromegaly, a hormonal condition.[3] Before becoming an actor, Kiel worked in numerous jobs, including a nightclub bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman.[4] From 1963 to 1965, Kiel worked as a night-school math instructor in Burbank, California.[5] Career Television Kiel made his acting debut in the Laramie episode "St ...more...

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Gabriel Mann

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Gabriel Mann

Gabriel Mann (born Gabriel Wilhoit Amis Mick;[1] May 14, 1972) is an American actor and model, known for his role as Nolan Ross on the ABC drama series Revenge.[2] He has co-starred in several films, including The Life of David Gale, The Bourne Identity and The Bourne Supremacy. Gabriel Mann also studied acting at The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York City. Life and career Mann was born in Middlebury, Vermont to Alice Jo (née Amis), an attorney, and Stephen Smith Mick, a sociology professor.[3][4] Mann began his career as a professional runway model.[5] He started acting in 1995 in the films Parallel Sons and Stonewall, in which he was credited as Gabriel Mick. He appeared as Father Francis in Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist, directed by Paul Schrader; when the studio hired Renny Harlin to re-shoot it, Mann's character was recast due to a scheduling conflict.[6] Mann played one of the lead roles in the psychological thriller Psych 9[7] with Sara Foster, Cary Elwes and Michael Biehn ...more...

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Frank Wolff (actor)

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Frank Wolff (actor)

Walter Frank Hermann Wolff (May 11, 1928 – December 12, 1971) was an American actor[1] whose film career began with roles in five 1958–61 Roger Corman productions and ended a decade later in Rome, after many appearances in European-made films, most of which were lensed in Italy.[2] Early life A native of San Francisco, Frank Wolff was the son of a Bay Area physician. Both parents were of German descent. The elder Wolff, a political and social maverick, encouraged young Frank to follow an unconventional path. Frank attended University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied acting and stagecraft, wrote and directed plays and befriended another actor/director, Monte Hellman. Between 1957 and 1961, he appeared in nearly twenty episodes of TV series and feature films, a few of which fit into the horror/science fiction genre. Career with Roger Corman Frank Wolff had bit roles in his first two films, Roger Corman's I Mobster and The Wasp Woman. The former, a 1958 black-and-white gangster melodrama in which ...more...

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Betty Clooney

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Betty Clooney

Betty Clooney (April 12, 1931 – August 5, 1976) was an American singer, TV presenter and pioneer who briefly rose to fame in the 1950s with sister Rosemary Clooney. She led a very brief solo career, with songs like "Kiki" and "You're All I See". She married actor and musician Pupi Campo in 1955, and they had four children. Early years Elizabeth Ann Clooney was born on April 12, 1929 in Maysville, Kentucky. She was the second of three children, her older sister was Rosemary Clooney (1928–2002), her younger brother was Nicholas Joseph Clooney (born 1934) and her nephew was actor George Clooney. Her father was a house painter who drank a lot,[1] and had a troubled marriage with his wife. Frances divorced Andrew Clooney in the late 1930s, and Frances remarried William Stone in 1939 and they had one daughter Gail in 1945. Frances & Bill lived in Oakland, California. The family resided in the John Brett Richeson House in the late 1940s. Clooney's paternal grandfather sang in his mayoral election campaigns, ...more...

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Grace Kelly

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Grace Kelly

Grace Patricia Kelly (November 12, 1929 – September 14, 1982) was an American film actress who became Princess of Monaco after marrying Prince Rainier III in April 1956. After embarking on an acting career in 1950, when she was 20, Kelly appeared in New York City theatrical productions and more than 40 episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, she gained stardom from her performance in director John Ford's film Mogambo starring Clark Gable and Ava Gardner, which won her a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award nomination in 1954. Subsequently, she had leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl (1954) with Bing Crosby, for which her deglamorized performance earned her an Academy Award for Best Actress.[1] Other films include High Noon (1952), with Gary Cooper; High Society (1956), with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra; and three Alfred Hitchcock films: Dial M for Murder (1954), with Ray Milland; Rear Window (1954), with James Stew ...more...

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Paul Rust

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Paul Rust

Paul Robert Rust (born April 12, 1981) is an American actor, comedian, and writer. Early life Rust was born in Le Mars, Iowa, the son of Jeanne and Bob Rust.[1] He was raised Catholic and attended Gehlen Catholic High School. His mother was a teacher at Le Mars Community High School, and his father owned a Western goods and boot-repair shop.[2] He graduated from the University of Iowa in May 2004.[1][3] In an interview, Rust told Marc Maron that he struggled with obsessive-compulsive disorder in his youth.[2] Career Rust is best known as a stand-up and sketch comedian at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB) in Los Angeles. At UCB, he is currently a member of the sketch comedy groups A Kiss From Daddy and Last Day of School. He has appeared in films such as Inglourious Basterds, Ass Backwards, Freak Dance, Paper Heart and Semi-Pro. He made his most high-profile acting role in the summer of 2009, playing the male lead in the film I Love You, Beth Cooper. Rust has written for television programs such ...more...

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Maddy O'Reilly

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Maddy O'Reilly

Maddy O'Reilly (born Emily Nicholson on May 3, 1990)[1][2] is an American pornographic actress. Early life O'Reilly has stated that her family has "a strong German background" and "just a little bit" of Irish ancestry.[2] She said she was a sex addict as a teen and that's one of the reasons she started doing porn.[5] Career O'Reilly came across a "Models Wanted" link while viewing pornography.[6] She filled out the application and was contacted three days later to shoot her first three scenes.[5] Her adult film career began in August 2011[7] for Mofos in Miami, Florida.[3] She stars in the role of Dorothy Gale in the 2013 pornographic film Wizard of Oz XXX.[8] She was placed on CNBC's list of "The Dirty Dozen: Porn's Most Popular Stars" in 2014.[9] In 2014, O'Reilly made her directorial debut with Maddy O'Reilly is Slutwoman, which she co-directed alongside MimeFreak.[10] The first film she directed on her own was Maddy O'Reilly's Submission, which won the 2015 XBIZ Award for BDSM Release of the Year.[11 ...more...

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Dana DeArmond

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Dana DeArmond

Dana DeArmond (born June 16, 1979) is an American pornographic actress and director who entered the industry in 2004. Career DeArmond grew up in Orlando, Florida.[5] DeArmond had gained popularity before her porn career, as an internet personality with over 300,000 friends on Myspace.[6][7] After meeting porn director Eon McKai on MySpace, she did her first scene for the film Neu Wave Hookers.[8][9] She asserts on her MySpace profile that TheInternetsGirlfriend.com is her official website and that she is not affiliated with any other website.[10] DeArmond is currently the host of a show titled Dirty/Nerdy on Vivid Radio for Sirius XM.[11] DeArmond has directed two documentary porn movies in which she helps young people whom she meets on the web break into the business, called Dana DeArmond Does the Internet[3] and Dana DeArmond's Role Modeling.[12] She has also guest lectured on the adult industry for classes at University of California, Irvine and University of California, Santa Barbara.[13] Appearances ...more...

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Lindsay Price

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Lindsay Price

Lindsay Jaylyn Price Stone (born December 6, 1976)[1] is an American television actress and singer. She is best known for her roles as Janet Sosna on Beverly Hills, 90210 and as Victory Ford on Lipstick Jungle. She is also known for her work on soap operas such as All My Children and The Bold and the Beautiful. Early life Price was born in Arcadia, California to William Price, an American of German and Irish descent, and Haeja Diane Price, who was born in Korea.[2] Price's parents were raised together as siblings, as the Price family had adopted the orphaned Haeja from Korea after the Korean War.[3][4] Kim Hae Ja and her biological brother were abandoned by their mother, who remarried after Haeja's father was killed in the war.[5][6] Price attended the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Career Price's early appearances include a 1982 Toys "R" Us television commercial[7] with fellow child star Jaleel White,[8] a 1989 episode of The Wonder Years titled "Walk Out," and an episode of the g ...more...

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Max Schneider

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Max Schneider

Maxwell George "Max" Schneider (born June 21, 1992),[1] known professionally in music as MAX,[2] stylized as MΛX, is an American singer, songwriter, actor, dancer and model. Since 2015, he is signed to DCD2. Personal life Schneider was raised in Woodstock, New York. He began performing at age three and got his first agent at the age of 14.[3] He was raised in his father's Jewish religion.[4][5][6] On November 4, 2016, he announced on Instagram that he had married Emily Cannon in April.[7] Career Schneider was a swing understudy in the Broadway musical 13 covering 4 roles in 2008 and 2009, and modeled with Madonna for an international Dolce And Gabbana campaign.[8] He was the 2010 YoungArts Theater Winner.[9] In 2012, Schneider co-wrote the song "Show You How to Do" with Ben Charles for the Disney hit show Shake It Up. He portrayed Zander in the Nickelodeon TV series How to Rock. He also sold a song to the show called "Last 1 Standing", co-written by Matt Wong and Claire Demorest, which is featured in 2 e ...more...

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R. J. Williams

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R. J. Williams

RJ Williams (born July 19, 1978) is an American media and Internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the media company Young Hollywood. Early life and Education RJ Williams was born in Los Angeles, California, United States in 1978. He was educated at the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences in Santa Monica, and attended film school at the University of Southern California. Acting career Williams was a child actor on movies and television shows, one of his credits being the child character Rowdy for two seasons of General Hospital, for which he became a winner of the Young Artist Award for best Actor in a Daytime Series for his role in General Hospital at the 12th annual Youth In Film Awards.[1] Additionally, he was the voice of the title cartoon bear Kissyfur, which started in 1986. He also guest starred in a few episodes of Full House and an episode of Star Trek: the Next Generation (The Child in 1988). In the early 1990s, Williams provided the voice of Kit Cloudkicker in the animated show TaleSpin ...more...

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Bruce Venture

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Bruce Venture

Garrett Don Couto (artistic name: Bruce Venture) (born November 13, 1985), is an American pornographic actor. As mentioned several times, the name "Bruce" was derived from Venture's former dog and from him primarily for being a fan of Bruce Lee, and "Venture" was derived from the school name that he attended in the Bay Area.[1] In 2013, Venture was the protagonist of his first monographic film entitled Bruce Venture Has a Big Dick by Digital Sin.[3] Venture also appeared in many adult films in his early life and is currently appearing in more. Award nominations 2012 AVN Award – Best Male Newcumer[4] 2012 XRCO Award – New Stud[5] 2013 AVN Award – Unsung Male Performer of the Year[6] 2013 XBIZ Award – Best Scene – Vignette Release (My Sister’s Hot Friend 25) with Jessie Volt[7] 2014 AVN Award – Best Boy/Girl Scene (The Innocence of Youth 5, Digital Sin) with Adriana Chechik[8] 2015 XBIZ Award – Best Scene – Non-Feature Release (Pure Vol. 1, Airerose Entertainment) with Kacy Lane[9] 2015 AVN Awar ...more...

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Franklin B. Gowen

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Franklin B. Gowen

Franklin Benjamin Gowen (February 9, 1836 – December 13, 1889) served as president of the Philadelphia and Reading Railroad (commonly referred to as the Reading Railroad) in the 1870s/80s. He is identified with the undercover infiltration and subsequent court prosecutions of Molly Maguires, mine workers, saloonkeepers and low-level local political figures arraigned and tried for multiple acts of violence, including murders and attempted murders of coal mine operators, foremen and workers, and peace officers.[1] Other aspects of Gowen's presidency that merit consideration include: Despite the Reading Railroad being legally prohibited by its corporate charter from owning or operating coal mines, under Gowen's leadership the railroad obtained 142 square miles (368 km²) of coal lands and illegally ran numerous mining operations upon them,[2] but the state of Pennsylvania deemed the prohibition to be unenforceable. He was a central figure in negotiating both the first written labor agreement between mine worke ...more...

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Dutch Rennert

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Dutch Rennert

Laurence Henry "Dutch" Rennert, Jr. (June 12, 1930 – June 17, 2018) was an American umpire in Major League Baseball who worked in the National League from 1973 to 1992. Early years Rennert was born in Oshkosh, Wisconsin and graduated from Oshkosh High School. He played semi-pro football with the Oshkosh Comets and semi-pro baseball in Oshkosh. Rennert moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, worked for the post office, and officiated at basketball games. In 1958, Rennert graduated from the Al Somers Umpire School in Daytona, Florida.[1] Umpiring career Considered one of the game's most colorful characters, best known for his animated and loud strike calls;[2] similar to the NFL's colorful referee Red Cashion. A 1983 poll by The New York Times resulted in his selection as the NL's best umpire.[3] He wore uniform number 16 throughout his career. Reaching the major leagues after umpiring in the Pacific Coast League from 1965 to 1973, Rennert umpired in six National League Championship Series (1977, 1981, 1982, 1986, 198 ...more...

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Edward M. Schneider

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Edward M. Schneider

Edward M. Schneider (September 17, 1881 – March 25, 1946) was a Republican member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Biography Schneider was born on September 17, 1881 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. He worked as a stenographer on the railroad, and as a bank director. He was an officer in a milling company. He served on the Winnebago County, Wisconsin Board of Supervisors from 1911 to 1914.[1] Schneider was elected to the Assembly in 1944 and served until his death. He died on March 25, 1946. References Members of the Assembly. Wisconsin Blue Book. Retrieved 2013-12-21. ...more...

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Keith Brueckner

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Keith Brueckner

Keith Allen Brueckner (March 19, 1924 – September 19, 2014) was an American theoretical physicist who made important contributions in several areas of physics, including many-body theory in condensed matter physics, and laser fusion. Biography Brueckner was born in Minneapolis on March 19, 1924. He earned a B.A. and M.A. in mathematics from the University of Minnesota in 1945 and 1947 and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1950. He died on September 19, 2014 at the age of 90.[1] After completing his Ph.D. he joined the physics faculty at Indiana University (1951–1955) and then at the University of Pennsylvania (1956–1959). In 1959, Brueckner was recruited by Roger Revelle to come to University of California, San Diego, where he became one of the founders of the Department of Physics. Brueckner was instrumental in recruiting many faculty members to the new campus, as well as setting up the curriculum for the School of Science and Engineering. Over the course of his career at ...more...

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Hugo Münsterberg

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Hugo Münsterberg

Hugo Münsterberg (; June 1, 1863 – December 16, 1916) was a German-American psychologist. He was one of the pioneers in applied psychology, extending his research and theories to industrial/organizational (I/O), legal, medical, clinical, educational and business settings. Münsterberg encountered immense turmoil with the outbreak of the First World War. Torn between his loyalty to the United States and his homeland, he often defended Germany's actions, attracting highly contrasting reactions. Biography Early life Hugo Münsterberg was born into a merchant family in Danzig (now Gdansk, Poland), then a port city in West Prussia.[1] Even if he was later known for his German nationalism, Hugo's family was actually Jewish,[2] a heritage he didn't feel connection with and would barely ever manifest publicly.[3] His father Moritz (1825–1880), was a successful lumber merchant and his mother, Minna Anna Bernhardi (1838–1875), a recognized artist and musician, was Moritz's second wife.[4] Moritz had two sons with his f ...more...

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Maddie Ziegler

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Maddie Ziegler

Ziegler at the opening of Abby Lee Miller's dance studio in Santa Monica, California, May 2015 Madison Nicole Ziegler ( ZIG-lər; born September 30, 2002),[1] is an American dancer, actress and model. She first became known for appearing in Lifetime's reality show Dance Moms from 2011 (at age 8) until 2016. From 2014 to 2017, she gained wider fame for starring in a series of music videos by Sia, including "Chandelier" and "Elastic Heart", which cumulatively have attracted more than 4 billion views on YouTube. Ziegler has appeared in films, television and concerts, and has modeled on magazine covers and in advertisements for Capezio, Ralph Lauren and Target, among other brands. She was included by Time magazine on its list of the "30 most influential teens" in each of 2015, 2016 and 2017. Ziegler was a judge on the 2016 season of So You Think You Can Dance: The Next Generation, toured with Sia in North America and Australia in 2016 and 2017 and toured in Australia and New Zealand with her sister, Mackenzie, i ...more...

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John Lloyd Young

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John Lloyd Young

John Lloyd Mills Young is an American actor and singer.[1][2] In 2006, he won the Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Musical for his role as Frankie Valli in Broadway's Jersey Boys. He is the only American actor to date to have received a Lead Actor in a Musical Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World Award for a Broadway debut.[3] Young sang lead vocals on the Grammy-award winning Jersey Boys cast album, certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America. Young reprised his role as Frankie Valli in Warner Brothers' film adaptation of Jersey Boys, directed by Clint Eastwood and released June 20, 2014. Young was appointed by President Barack Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. He resigned from the President's Committee in August, 2017, co-signing a letter of resignation that said in reference to President Trump, "Ignoring your hateful rhetoric would have made us complicit in your words and actions."[4] He was sworn-in by Supreme Court Justice El ...more...

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Benedict Groeschel

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Benedict Groeschel

Benedict Joseph Groeschel, C.F.R. (July 23, 1933 – October 3, 2014) was an American Franciscan friar, Catholic priest, retreat master, author, psychologist, activist and television host. He hosted the television talk program Sunday Night Prime broadcast on the Eternal Word Television Network as well as several serial religious specials. He founded the Office for Spiritual Development for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York. He was Associate Director of the Trinity Retreat House for clergy and executive director of St. Francis House. He was professor of pastoral psychology at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York and an adjunct professor at the Institute for Psychological Sciences in Arlington, Virginia. He was one of the founders of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal and among his close friends were Mother Teresa, Mother Angelica and Alice von Hildebrand.[1] Early life and education Born Robert Peter Groeschel on July 23, 1933, in Jersey City, New Jersey, was the eldest of the six children of Edward Jo ...more...

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William Kretschmar

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William Kretschmar

William Edward Kretschmar (August 21, 1933 – August 18, 2017) was an American politician who was a member of the North Dakota House of Representatives. He represented the 28th district as a Republican, having been re-elected in 2000 and serving until 2016. He also served another term in the House, from 1973 to 1998. During his first term, he was Speaker of the House briefly from 1988 to 1990.[1] Kretschmar lived in Venturia, North Dakota.[2] He was alumnus of the College of Saint Thomas, of Saint Paul, Minnesota, and the University of Minnesota, and was an attorney by profession. He was of German descent.[3] He was a self-described "Rockefeller Republican" and died on August 18, 2017.[4] References Nancy Weatherly Sharp; James Roger Sharp (1997). Charles F. Ritter; Jon L. Wakelyn, eds. American Legislative Leaders in the Midwest, 1911-1994. Greenwood Press. p. 51. ISBN 0-313-30214-6. "William Kretschmar". Ballotpedia. Retrieved September 29, 2014. "William Kretschmar Biography Information". NDSU. R ...more...

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Johnny Messner (actor)

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Johnny Messner (actor)

Johnny Messner (born April 11, 1970) is an American actor. Biography Messner was born on April 11, 1970 in Syracuse, New York. He lived in Europe for 13 years while his father served in the United States Air Force, mainly in Germany and England. During this time, he developed a love for sports while playing on teams at military bases. He has one brother and one sister.[1] As an actor Messner is probably best known for his work in the films Tears of the Sun, The Whole Ten Yards and Hostage, and in the TV series Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Cold Case. Messner's life partner is Kathryn Morris, whom he met while shooting Cold Case.[2] They have twins: Jameson West Messner and Rocco McQueen Messner.[3] Filmography Film Year Title Role 2000 Dancing in September Officer Jenkins 2001 Operation Delta Force 4: Deep Fault Vickers 2002 The Sweetest Thing Todd 2003 Tears of the Sun Lake 2003 Finding Home Nick 2004 Spartan Grace 2004 The Whole Ten Yards Zevo 2004 Anacondas: The H ...more...

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Herbert Ryman

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Herbert Ryman

Herbert Dickens Ryman (June 28, 1910 – February 10, 1989) was an artist and Disney Imagineer. Ryman worked in watercolor, oils, and pen & ink sketches. In 1953 Ryman drew the first illustrations of Walt Disney's vision of a theme park that eventually became Disneyland. Early years and education Ryman was born in Vernon, Illinois, son of Dr. Herbert D. Ryman (1878-1918) and Cora Belle Ryman (née Norris, 1876-1963). His family moved to Decatur, IL when he was age 9.[2] While attending Millikin University,[3] he became deathly ill with scarlet fever. His mother was opposed to his artistic ambitions and wanted him to pursue a medical degree. But as his sickness worsened, she told him that he could attend the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He graduated cum laude in 1932 from the Art Institute of Chicago. Career In 1932 Ryman moved to California, where he found a job as a storyboard illustrator in the art department of Cedric Gibbons at Metro-Golden-Mayer Studios.[4] For a period, during Hollywood ...more...

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George von Lengerke Meyer

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George von Lengerke Meyer

George von Lengerke Meyer (June 24, 1858 – March 9, 1918) was a Massachusetts businessman and politician who served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives, as United States ambassador to Italy and Russia, as United States Postmaster General from 1907 to 1909 during the administration of President Theodore Roosevelt and United States Secretary of the Navy from 1909 to 1913 during the administration of President William Howard Taft. Biography Meyer was a native of Boston, reared in a patrician society.[1] His paternal grandfather, George Augustus Meyer (also the name of von Lengerke Meyer's father), had emigrated from Germany to New York City.[2] Meyer graduated from Harvard in 1879, and for twenty years was in business as a merchant and trustee.[3] In 1885, he married Marian Alice Appleton.[2] He was a director of various trust companies, banks, manufacturing companies, and public utilities concerns.[4] While managing his business affairs, he also held positions in state and local government, his publ ...more...

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Mark Wahlberg

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Mark Wahlberg

Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971)[1] is an American actor, producer, businessman, former model, rapper and songwriter. He is occasionally referred to by his former stage name Marky Mark, from his early career as frontman for the group Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch, with whom he released the albums Music for the People and You Gotta Believe. From his early music career Wahlberg transitioned to acting, with his screen debut in Renaissance Man (1993) and his first starring role in Fear (1996). He received critical praise for his performance as porn actor Dirk Diggler in Boogie Nights. In the early 2000s, he ventured into big budget action oriented movies, such as Planet of the Apes (2001) and The Italian Job (2003). In 2006 he appeared in the neo-crime drama The Departed, for which he earned a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. For the biographical sports drama The Fighter (in which he in addition took the lead) Wahlberg achieved an Academy Award nomination as Producer f ...more...

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Robert Wahlberg

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Robert Wahlberg

Robert George Wahlberg (born December 18, 1967) is an American actor who has appeared in films such as Southie, Mystic River and The Departed. Life and career Born in the Dorchester neighborhood of Boston, Robert is the brother of Arthur, Jim, Paul, Tracey, Michelle, Debbie (died 2003), and actors/musicians Mark and Donnie Wahlberg.[1] He also has three half-siblings from his father's first marriage: Donna, Scott, and Buddy. His mother, Alma Elaine (née Donnelly), was a bank clerk and nurse's aid, and his father, Donald Edmond Wahlberg, Sr., was a teamster who worked as a delivery driver; the two divorced in 1982.[2][3] His father, a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War, died on February 14, 2008.[4] His father was of Swedish and German descent, while his maternal ancestry is Irish, French-Canadian, and English.[5] Wahlberg has appeared in films such as Southie, Orphan, Scenes of the Crime, Moonlight Mile, Mystic River, The Departed, Gone Baby Gone, Don McKay and The Equalizer. Filmography Year Title ...more...

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Joseph Strauss (engineer)

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Joseph Strauss (engineer)

San Francisco's Joseph Strauss Memorial, in March 2010. Joseph Baermann Strauss (January 9, 1870 – May 16, 1938) was an American structural engineer who revolutionized the design of bascule bridges. He was the chief engineer of the Golden Gate Bridge, a suspension bridge. Life, beginnings and death He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, to an artistic family of Jewish German ancestry, having a mother who was a pianist and a father, Raphael Strauss, who was a writer and painter.[1] His pianist mother had an unfortunate accident which ultimately ended her concert career. He graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1892. He served as both class poet and president, and is a brother of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. Strauss graduated with a degree in civil engineering. Joseph Strauss had many hobbies. One of these included poetry. After completion of the Golden Gate Bridge he returned to his passion of poetry and wrote his most recognizable poem "The Mighty Task is Done". He also wrote "The Redwoods," and ...more...

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Barry Williams (actor)

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Barry Williams (actor)

Barry William Blenkhorn (born September 30, 1954),[4] known professionally as Barry Williams, is an American actor and singer best known for his role as the eldest of the Brady sons, Greg Brady, on the ABC television series The Brady Bunch. Early life and career Williams, youngest of three boys, was born in 1954 in Santa Monica, California,[4] to Doris May Moore and Canadian-born Frank Millar Blenkhorn of English, Scottish, and German ancestry[5] Barry and siblings Craig and Scott Blenkhorn[4] grew up in Pacific Palisades, California, where actor Peter Graves was a neighbor.[6] Williams decided as a child that he wanted to be an actor, and in 1967 he made his television debut in an episode of Dragnet 1967. Williams' most famous role was as oldest son Greg Brady on the 1970s sitcom The Brady Bunch. Williams continued to be cast in guest roles on other TV series including Adam-12, The Invaders, That Girl, Mission: Impossible, The Mod Squad, Here Come the Brides and Bartleby, the Scrivener[7] before being ...more...

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Benjamin Shoemaker

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Benjamin Shoemaker

Benjamin Shoemaker (3 August 1704 in Germantown, Philadelphia – c.1767 in Philadelphia) was a colonial Pennsylvania Quaker, merchant, and politician. He served as Mayor of Philadelphia in 1743, 1752, and 1760, and as City Treasurer from 1751 to 1767. He also served on the Pennsylvania Provincial Council from 1745 to 1767.[1] His son Samuel Shoemaker served two terms as mayor. His father, Isaac Schumacher (1669–1732),[2] was born in Heidelberg, Germany and settled in the Province of Pennsylvania. References Colonial and Revolutionary Families of Pennsylvania, ed. John W. Jordan, Volume 1, 1911, p. 446 familysearch.org Archived December 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. External links Genealogical information Political offices Preceded byWilliam Till Mayor of Philadelphia1743–1744 Succeeded byEdward Shippen Preceded byRobert Strettell Mayor of Philadelphia1752–1753 Succeeded byThomas Lawrence Preceded byJohn Stamper Mayor of Philadelphia1760–1761 Succeeded byJacob Duché, Sr. ...more...

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Al Neuharth

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Al Neuharth

Al Neuharth, 1987 Allen Harold "Al" Neuharth (March 22, 1924 – April 19, 2013) was an American businessman, author, and columnist born in Eureka, South Dakota. He was the founder of USA Today, The Freedom Forum, and its Newseum.[1] Early life Al Neuharth was born in Eureka, South Dakota,[2] to a German-speaking family.[3] Neuharth's parents were Daniel J. and Christina, who married on January 11, 1922. Daniel died when Al was two. Al needed to help his family survive the Great Depression. He worked on his grandfather's farm. As a youngster, he also delivered the Minneapolis Tribune but he gave that up for a better paying job in the meat industry, sweeping up in the meat plants and slaughtering animals. Neuharth graduated high school from Alpena High School in Alpena, South Dakota, where he worked for Allen Brigham, owner of the local newspaper, the Alpena Journal. At the age of 19, Neuharth served in the Army during World War II. As a member of the 86th Infantry Division, Neuharth was deployed to France, G ...more...

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Charles A. Zollinger

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Charles A. Zollinger

Charles Augustus Zollinger (December 9, 1838 in Wiesbaden, German Confederation - December 27, 1893)[1] was an American Civil War hero on the Union side, and later served six terms as Mayor of Fort Wayne, Indiana. As a Colonel in the US Army, he led troops into battle at Murfreesboro, Shiloh, Franklin and Nashville. Born in Wiesbaden in the German Confederation to German parents of Swiss heritage, he emigrated along with his family in 1848, arriving in New York before settling in Sandusky, Ohio and soon after moving to Marion, near Fort Wayne, Indiana. Zollinger, a Democrat, was first elected Mayor of Fort Wayne in 1873, with his fifth term being completed by Charles F. Muhler from 1885, with Muhler eventually being elected as Mayor in his own right. Zollinger returned for a sixth and final term in 1893, but died later that year. References http://www.zollinger-genealogy.com/FamousZollingers/charleszollinger.php Charles A. Zollinger at Find a Grave ...more...

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Katharine Weymouth

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Katharine Weymouth

Katharine Bouchage Weymouth[1] (born May 28, 1966)[2] is an American lawyer and businesswoman who from 2008 to 2014 was publisher of The Washington Post and chief executive officer of Washington Post Media.[3] Early life and education Weymouth grew up on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, New York City, where she attended the Brearley School.[4] She later attended Harvard College, earning a BA magna cum laude in literature in 1988, before studying literature for a year at Oxford University. She earned her JD from Stanford Law School in 1992.[2] Career While an associate at Williams & Connolly, a prominent law firm in Washington, D.C.,[5] Weymouth went to work as an assistant counsel of the Post in 1996.[4] She later became the head of advertising.[5] Weymouth was named publisher of the Post and chief executive officer of Washington Post Media on 7 February 2008, succeeding Boisfeuillet Jones Jr.[3] Among her first actions as publisher was hiring Marcus Brauchli as executive editor and placing him in ...more...

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