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Jason Sudeikis

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Jason Sudeikis

Daniel Jason Sudeikis ( suu-DAY-kiss; born September 18, 1975)[1] is an American comedian, actor, screenwriter and producer. In the 1990s, he began his career in improv comedy. He performed at ComedySportz in Kansas City and with The Second City. In 2003, Sudeikis was hired as a sketch writer for Saturday Night Live and was a cast member from 2005 to 2013. Sudeikis is known for his roles in the films Horrible Bosses (2011), Hall Pass (2011), We're the Millers (2013), Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Colossal (2016), Mother's Day (2016) and The Angry Birds Movie (2016).[2] Early life Daniel Jason Sudeikis was born on September 18, 1975 in Fairfax, Virginia to Daniel Joseph Sudeikis, who was Vice President of business development, and, Kathryn (née Wendt), a travel agent at Brennco and President of the American Society of Travel Agents.[3] His father is of Irish and Lithuanian ancestry, while his mother has German and Irish descent.[4][5][6] His maternal uncle is actor George Wendt, known for his role as Norm Peter ...more...

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Christian Swartz

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Christian Swartz

Christian Swartz (June 15, 1846 – 1932) was a two-term mayor of South Norwalk, Connecticut, United States in 1880, and 1882. He was treasurer and general manager of The Old Well Cigar Company, of South Norwalk, and a Sheriff of Fairfield County. Early life and family He was born in Württemberg,[3] Germany.[2] He came to the United States with his parents in 1849[2] at the age of three. His father's family were owners and editors of a newspaper in Germany and his father did newspaper work there and later on in the United States, as he was a skillful translator.[3] Swartz attended grammar school in Newark, New Jersey until the age of fourteen and spent several winter terms at district schools in Ohio and Minnesota.[3] He went to high school in Hastings, Minnesota, and studied at Eastman's Business College in Poughkeepsie, New York where he graduated in 1866.[3] On February 4, 1875, Swartz married Adora M. Flynn. They had two children,[3] Charles C. Swartz, the 22nd mayor of Norwalk, and Helen M Swartz.[4] ...more...

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Channing Tatum

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Channing Tatum

Channing Matthew Tatum (born April 26, 1980)[1][2] is an American actor. Tatum made his film debut in the drama film Coach Carter (2005). His breakthrough role was in the 2006 dance film Step Up, which introduced him to a wider audience. He is known for his portrayal of the character Duke in the 2009 action film G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra and its 2013 sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation. Although both G.I. Joe films received negative reviews from critics, they were commercially successful, grossing more than $300 million each at the box office. Tatum is also known for his leading role in Magic Mike (2012), and its sequel, Magic Mike XXL (2015) which he produced; he also starred in the action-comedy film 21 Jump Street and its 2014 sequel, 22 Jump Street. He appeared in romantic films such as Dear John (2010) and The Vow (2012). His other films include She's the Man (2006), The Dilemma (2011), White House Down (2013), the drama Foxcatcher (2014), The Hateful Eight (2015), Hail, Caesar! (2016), and Logan Lucky (2017 ...more...

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Carl Switzer

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Carl Switzer

Carl Dean Switzer (August 7, 1927[1] – January 21, 1959) was an American singer, child actor, dog breeder and guide. Switzer began his career as a child actor in the mid-1930s appearing in the Our Gang short subjects series as Alfalfa, one of the series' most popular and best-remembered characters. After leaving the series in 1940, Switzer struggled to find substantial roles owing to typecasting. As an adult, he appeared mainly in bit parts and B-movies. He later became a dog breeder and hunting guide. Switzer married in 1954 and had one son before divorcing in 1957. In January 1959, he was fatally shot by an acquaintance in a dispute over money. Early life and family Switzer was born in Paris, Illinois, the third son and last of the four children of Gladys C. Shanks and George Frederick Switzer. The oldest brother died in 1922. A sister Janice was born in 1923 and a brother Harold was born in 1925. Of Scottish and German ancestry[2] he was named Carl after a member of the Switzer family and Dean after ma ...more...

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Justin Theroux

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Justin Theroux

Justin Paul Theroux (; born August 10, 1971)[1] is an American actor, comedian, film producer and screenwriter. He is known for his work with film director David Lynch in Mulholland Drive (2001) and Inland Empire (2006), his starring role as Kevin Garvey in the HBO series The Leftovers (2014–2017) and as Tom in The Girl on the Train (2016). He is also known as a screenwriter for films such as Tropic Thunder (2008) and Iron Man 2 (2010). Early life Theroux was born in Washington, D.C. His mother, Phyllis Grissim Theroux, is an essayist and author and his father, Eugene Albert Theroux, is a lawyer at Baker & McKenzie in Washington.[2][3] Theroux is the nephew of the travel writer and novelist Paul Theroux,[4][5] novelist and poet Alexander Theroux, author Peter Theroux, and novelist and educator Joseph Theroux; he is the cousin of British journalists and documentary filmmakers Louis and Marcel Theroux. His father is of half French-Canadian and half Italian descent. Through his mother, Theroux is a great ...more...

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Ronald Tavel

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Ronald Tavel

Ronald Tavel (May 17, 1936 – March 23, 2009) was an American screenwriter, director, novelist, poet and actor, best known for his work with Andy Warhol and The Factory. Early life and career Born in Brooklyn, New York, Tavel graduated from Brooklyn College and later attended the University of Wyoming, where he earned a Master's degree in creative writing in 1959.[1] Tavel worked as a screenwriter during the 1960s for many of Andy Warhol's underground films including Chelsea Girls. Tavel worked with other members of Warhol's Factory crowd, including Freddie Herko, Ondine, Mary Woronov, Billy Name, and Brigid Berlin. He also received the Obie Award for Outstanding Contribution to Theater in 1969, for the musical drama Boy On the Straight-Back Chair. Tavel later founded, named, and was heavily involved with the Playhouse of the Ridiculous, a New York City theatre presenting works produced and directed by John Vaccaro, Harvey Tavel, and Charles Ludlam. Tavel provided the one-sentence manifesto for The Theatre ...more...

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Peter Thiel

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Peter Thiel

Peter Andreas Thiel (; born October 11, 1967) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, philanthropist, political activist, and author. He is a co-founder of PayPal, Palantir Technologies and Founders Fund. He was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of $2.2 billion, and No. 315 on the Forbes 400 in 2017, with a net worth of $2.6 billion.[3][4] Thiel was born in Frankfurt, and holds German citizenship. He moved with his family to the United States as an infant, and spent a portion of his upbringing in Africa before returning to the United States. He studied philosophy at Stanford University, graduating with a B.A. in 1989. He then went on to the Stanford Law School, and received his J.D. in 1992. After graduation, he worked as a judicial clerk for Judge James Larry Edmondson, a securities lawyer for Sullivan & Cromwell, a speechwriter for former-U.S. Secretary of Education William Bennett and as a derivatives trader at Credit Suisse prior to founding Thiel Capital in 19 ...more...

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Anna Thomas

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Anna Thomas

Anna Thomas (born July 12, 1948) is a film screenwriter, film producer and writer.[1] She was born in Stuttgart, Germany, to a Polish family and came to the United States as an infant. She grew up in Michigan and California. Thomas met her future husband Gregory Nava while working on her master's degree at University of California, Los Angeles. They married in 1975 and have collaborated on many projects. They have two sons: Christopher (born 1984) and Teddy (born 1985). Biography Education While at the film school at UCLA Thomas wrote, produced and directed her master's thesis film, a dramatic feature titled The Haunting of M, a turn of the century ghost story, shot in Scotland. It was well received by film critics and shown at festivals and art houses.[2] Career While at college, she also wrote her first cookbook, The Vegetarian Epicure (Knopf, 1972). The book became a success and is acknowledged as the book that brought pleasure to vegetarian cooking.[3] A few years later she wrote her second book, The ...more...

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Philip Michael Thomas

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Philip Michael Thomas

Philip Michael Thomas (born May 26, 1949) is an American retired actor and musician. Thomas' most famous role is that of detective Ricardo Tubbs on the hit 1980s TV series Miami Vice. His first notable roles were in Coonskin (1975) and opposite Irene Cara in the 1976 film Sparkle. After his success in Miami Vice, Thomas appeared in numerous made-for-TV movies and advertisements for telephone psychic services. He served as a spokesperson for cell phone entertainment company Nextones, and supplied the voice for the character Lance Vance in the video games Grand Theft Auto: Vice City and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories. Early life Thomas was born in Columbus, Ohio, but grew up in San Bernardino, California.[1] His father, Louis Diggs, was a plant foreman at Westinghouse. Thomas's mother was Lulu McMorris. He and his seven half brothers and sisters went by the surname Thomas, which was the last name of his mother's first husband.[2] As a child, he acted in his church's theater group, and at age 15, while p ...more...

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Theodore Thomas (conductor)

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Theodore Thomas (conductor)

Theodore Thomas Theodore Thomas (October 11, 1835 – January 4, 1905) was a German-American violinist, conductor, and orchestrator[1] of German birth. He is considered the first renowned American orchestral conductor and was the founder and first music director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra (1891–1905). Biography Early life Theodore Christian Friedrich Thomas was born in Esens, Germany, on October 11, 1835, the son of Johann August Thomas. His mother, Sophia, was the daughter of a physician from Göttingen. He received his musical education principally from his father,[2] who was a violinist of ability, and at the age of six years he played the violin in public concerts. His father was the town Stadtpfeifer (bandleader) who also arranged music for state occasions. Career Thomas showed interest in the violin at an early age, and by age ten, he was practically the breadwinner of the family, performing at weddings, balls, and even in taverns. By 1845, Johann Thomas and his family, convinced there was a be ...more...

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Henry Christian Timm

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Henry Christian Timm

Henry Christian Timm (July 11, 1811 – September 5, 1892) was a German-born American pianist, conductor, and composer. Biography Timm was born in Hamburg. He worked in New York City as a concert pianist, teacher, organist,[1] and chamber musician. He also helped conduct the New York Philharmonic[2] and served as the President of the city's Philharmonic Society from 1847 to 1864. He composed a Great Mass and many part songs, besides transcribing the works of other composers into versions for two pianos. He died in New York. References Lahee, Henry Charles (1902). The Organ and Its Masters: A Short Account of the Most Celebrated Organists. Boston, MA: Colonial Press. p. 248. Preston, Katherine K (2011). Symphony no. 2 in D minor, op. 24: "Jullien". Middleton, WI: A-R Editions Inc. p. xxii. ...more...

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Rip Torn

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Rip Torn

Elmore Rual Torn Jr. (born February 6, 1931), known within his family and professionally as Rip Torn, is an American actor, voice artist, and comedian. Torn was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his part as Marsh Turner in Cross Creek (1984). His work includes the role of Artie the producer on The Larry Sanders Show, for which he was nominated for six Emmy Awards, winning in 1996. Torn also won an American Comedy Award for Funniest Supporting Male in a Series, and two CableACE Awards for his work on the show, and was nominated for a Satellite Award in 1997 as well. Early life Torn[1] was born in Temple, Texas on February 6, 1931, the son of Elmore Rual "Tiger" Torn Sr. and Thelma Mary Torn (née Spacek).[1][2] The senior Elmore (1906–1971) was an agriculturalist and economist who worked to promote the consumption of black-eyed peas, particularly as a custom on New Year's Day.[2][3] Thelma was aunt of actress Sissy Spacek. The family is of German, Austrian, and Czech/Moravian ance ...more...

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Daniel Tosh

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Daniel Tosh

Daniel Dwight Tosh (born May 29, 1975)[3] is an American comedian, television host, actor, writer, and executive producer. He is known for his deliberately offensive and controversial style of black comedy, as the host of the Comedy Central television show Tosh.0, and as the star of stand-up comedy tours and specials.[4] Early life Born in Boppard, Rhineland-Palatinate, West Germany,[5] Tosh grew up in Titusville, Florida, the son of a Presbyterian minister. After graduating from Astronaut High School in 1993, Tosh attended the University of Central Florida, graduating in December 1996 with a degree in marketing.[6] Among his first jobs was a telemarketer at Central Florida Research Park. He said later, "Hey, $15 an hour to annoy people! I really was not preparing myself for the future at all. I had interviews lined up. I sat through one real interview and I was like, 'I wouldn't hire me.' I left halfway through the orientation. That's the closest thing I ever got to a real job."[7] Tosh moved to Los Ange ...more...

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Claire Trevor

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Claire Trevor

Claire Trevor (born Claire Wemlinger; March 8, 1910[1][2][3][4][5] – April 8, 2000) was an American actress. She appeared in over 60 films, winning the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in Key Largo, and earning nominations for her roles in The High and the Mighty and Dead End. She also received top billing in Stagecoach. Early life Trevor was born in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, the only child of Noel Wemlinger, a Fifth Avenue merchant tailor, and his wife, Benjamina ("Betty") Wemlinger, of French and Irish birth, respectively. She grew up in Larchmont, New York.[6] For many years, her year of birth was misreported as 1909, a rare instance of an actress actually being younger than her given age, which is why her age at death was initially given as 91 and not 90.[7] She was of German, Irish and French descent.[6] Career With Fred MacMurray (r.) in Borderline (1950) According to her biography on the website of Claire Trevor School of the Arts, "Trevor's acting career spanned more than se ...more...

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Carlos Troyer

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Carlos Troyer

Carlos Troyer, (January 12, 1837 – July 26, 1920) born Charles Troyer, was an American composer known for his musical arrangements of traditional Native American melodies. Born in Frankfurt, Germany, Troyer settled in San Francisco sometime before 1871, where he became known alternatively as a musician, pianist and teacher of music; he began using the name Carlos around 1885. In 1893 he published Two Zuñi Songs, an arrangement of Zuni music. Eventually, his works became further romanticized and ad lib in their style, culminating in his final published piece, Midnight Visit to the Sacred Shrines, a Zuñian Ritual: a Monody for Two Flute-trumpets of High and Low Pitch (Clarinet and Oboe); a Traditional Chant of Melodic Beauty, and Parting Song on Leaving the Shrines, with English and Indian Texts … the Accompaniment may be played on the Piano. He died in Berkeley, California at the age of 83. See also Indianist movement References Robert Stevenson: 'Carlos Troyer', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed ...more...

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Alan Tudyk

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Alan Tudyk

Alan Wray Tudyk ( TEW-dik;[1] born March 16, 1971) is an American actor and voice actor[2] known for his role as Hoban "Wash" Washburne in the space western television series Firefly and the accompanying film Serenity. He co-starred as Tucker McGee in Tucker & Dale vs. Evil, and has appeared in many other films, including DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story, A Knight's Tale, 42, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials and Rogue One. He has also voiced characters in every Walt Disney Animation Studios film since Wreck-It Ralph in 2012. He appeared on the 2011-2014 ABC sitcom Suburgatory, and has had guest roles on many other series. Earlier in his career, he appeared frequently in Broadway plays as well. He wrote, directed and starred in the 2015-2017 comedy web series Con Man about a struggling actor whose career is still defined by a successful science fiction TV show he was once on, loosely based on Tudyk's own experience having been on Firefly. The series aired on the Syfy TV channel in 2017. Early life Tudyk ...more...

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August Uihlein

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August Uihlein

August Uihlein (1842–1911) was a German-American brewer, business executive and horse breeder. Early life August Uihlein was born in 1842 in Wertheim am Main, Baden, Germany. He had a brother, Henry Uihlein.[1] His family had for years kept the Gasthaus zur Krone, an inn. In 1850, the Tauber River flooded, filling the inn's basement. Uihlein's grandfather, George Krug, offered to take his oldest grandson with him to Milwaukee, Wisconsin in the United States, where Krug's son, August Krug, had a tavern and brewery. During the trip from Wertheim, their ship caught fire in the mid-Atlantic. Krug and Uihlein held on to a wooden box until rescued by sailors of the American bark, Devonshire. In Milwaukee, Uihlein attended the German-English Academy. He also attended St. Louis University in St. Louis, Missouri from 1855 to 1857. Career Uihlein worked in the Uhrig Brewery in St. Louis from 1857 to 1867. Returning to Milwaukee in 1867, he joined what was now the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company, the same brewery t ...more...

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Tom Umberg

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Tom Umberg

Thomas John Umberg (born September 25, 1955) is a U.S. politician who serves in the California State Senate. A Democrat, he represents the 34th district, which encompasses parts of Long Beach and northern Orange County. Previously, he served in the California State Assembly, representing the 69th District. He is a partner at Umberg Zipser LLP in Orange County. Military service and family Born in Cincinnati, Ohio of German ancestry, Umberg graduated with honors from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1977. He was commissioned Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army, then promoted to Captain. Umberg served with the 2nd Infantry Division in South Korea and with NATO forces in Italy during his time in the army. Umberg also served as a paratrooper with the US Army Special Operations Command, US Army Special Warfare Center and the XVIIIth Airborne Corp. Umberg completed the Harvard University, Kennedy School of Public Policy, Program for Senior Executives in National Security. He was also awarded a master's ...more...

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Henry F. Urban

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Henry F. Urban

Henry F. Urban (February 13, 1862 – May 13, 1924) was a German American journalist, author, and playwright. Biography Reportedly a descendant of Johann Heinrich Voss,[1] Urban was raised in Berlin and emigrated to the United States in 1887. He was naturalized as a U.S. citizen in 1899 in New York. In the following years, he reported on life in America, often in a critical vein, as a freelance correspondent for the newspapers Berliner Tageblatt and Berliner Lokal-Anzeiger as well as for the weekly magazines Jugend and Simplicissimus. His comedy Der Froschkönig, loosely derived from the Brothers Grimm fairy tale "The Frog Prince", was staged at the Irving Place Theatre in 1918.[2] An outspoken critic of the women's suffrage movement,[3] he was primarily known in Germany for a satirical novel about naive German immigrants eager to strike it rich in "Dollarland" America and for collections of his humorous narratives,[4] a number of which have been reissued since the 1980s. Bibliography Just Zwölf. Yankee-Sc ...more...

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Mario Van Peebles

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Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles (born January 15, 1957) is an African-American film director and actor best known for directing New Jack City in 1991. He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he portrayed in the 2003 biopic Baadasssss!, which he also co-wrote and directed. Early life and education Mario "Chip"[1][2] Cain Van Peebles was born Mario Cain Van Peebles in Mexico City, Mexico, the son of writer, director and actor Melvin Van Peebles and German actress and photographer Maria Marx.[3] He graduated from Saint Thomas More School in Connecticut in 1974 and from Columbia University in 1978 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Career 1968 to 1971: First roles In 1968, Van Peebles first screen appearance was in the soap opera One Life to Live.[4] In 1971, he appeared in the film Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song, that Melvin Van Peebles directed and played the lead role in. Mario played his father's character as a child. The film became a hit and an historical American film, because it was wi ...more...

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Robert Vaughn

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Robert Vaughn

Robert Francis Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016) was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work.[1] His best-known television roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; Morgan Wendell in the 1978–79 mini series Centennial; formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the fifth season of the 1980s series The A-Team; and grifter and card sharp Albert Stroller in the British television drama series Hustle (2004–2012), for all but one of its 48 episodes. He also appeared in the British soap opera Coronation Street as Milton Fanshaw, a love interest for Sylvia Goodwin between January and February 2012.[2] In film, he portrayed quiet, skittish gunman Lee in The Magnificent Seven, Major Paul Krueger in The Bridge at Remagen, the voice of Proteus IV, the computer villain of Demon Seed, Walter Chalmers in Bullitt, Ross Webster in Superman III, General Woodbridge in The Delta Force, and wa ...more...

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Vince Vaughn

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Vince Vaughn

Vincent Anthony Vaughn (born March 28, 1970)[1] is an American actor, producer, screenwriter, and comedian. Vaughn began acting in the late 1980s, appearing in minor television roles before attaining wider recognition with the 1996 comedy-drama film Swingers. He has appeared in a number of films in the 1990s, including the sports film Rudy (1993), the sci-fi adventure dinosaur film The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997), and the drama-thriller Return to Paradise (1998). Other than his dramatic role in The Cell (2000), in the 2000s he acted in several comedies, including Old School (2003), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), Wedding Crashers (2005), The Break-Up (2006), Fred Claus (2007), and Four Christmases (2008). He continued his comedic roles in the 2010s with The Dilemma (2011), The Watch (2012), and The Internship (2013). In 2015, he starred as Frank Semyon in the second season of the HBO anthology crime drama television series True Detective alongside Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdam ...more...

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Henry Vianden

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Henry Vianden

Heinrich Vianden, better known as Henry Vianden (July 9, 1814 – February 5, 1899), was a German American lithographer and engraver. He was nicked "The Bear" by his friends and is often considered as "father of Wisconsin art".[1] Biography Vianden was born in Poppelsdorf, today a quarter of Bonn. He was the only child of the ceramic painter Wilhelm Joseph Vianden (1788–1818) and his wife Anna Maria, née Weyh (1788–1866). When he was five years old, his father died. At the age of 14, Vianden started a goldsmith training and did his studies of arts at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Munich from 1838 to 1841. At first he exhibited in Cologne in 1844. Also in 1844, he finished his studies in Antwerpen for one and a half year, where he also worked with Frans-Andries Durlet. In 1845 he returned to Germany, where he lived at Große Brinkgasse 11 in Cologne. In November 1848 he married Magdalena Krüppel (b. 1811), daughter of a physician from Zülpich. They had four children, which all died in their childhood. Toget ...more...

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Jesse Ventura

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Jesse Ventura

Jesse Ventura (born James George Janos; July 15, 1951) is an American media personality, actor, author, former politician and retired professional wrestler, who served as the 38th Governor of Minnesota from 1999 to 2003. He was the first and only candidate of the Reform Party to win a major government position, but later joined the Green Party of the United States. Ventura was a member of the U.S. Navy Underwater Demolition Team during the Vietnam War.[4] After leaving the military, he embarked on a professional wrestling career from 1975 to 1986, taking the ring name Jesse "The Body" Ventura. He had a long tenure in the World Wrestling Federation (WWF) as a performer and color commentator, and was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame class of 2004.[1] In addition to wrestling, Ventura pursued an acting career, appearing in films such as Predator and The Running Man (both 1987). Ventura first entered politics as Mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, from 1991 to 1995. Ventura was the Reform Party candidate in th ...more...

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George Sylvester Viereck

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George Sylvester Viereck

George Sylvester Viereck (December 31, 1884 – March 18, 1962) was a German-American poet, writer, and pro-Nazi propagandist.[1] Biography Early life George Viereck was born in the Kingdom of Bavaria, to a German father and American-born mother. His father Louis, born out of wedlock to German actress Edwina Viereck, was reputed to be a son of Kaiser Wilhelm I. Another relative of the Hohenzollern family assumed legal paternity of the boy. In the 1870s, Louis Viereck joined the Marxist socialist movement. George Viereck began writing poetry when he was eleven. His heroes were Jesus Christ, Napoleon Bonaparte, and Oscar Wilde. In 1896, Louis Viereck emigrated to the United States; his U.S.-born wife Laura and their twelve-year-old son George followed in 1897. While still in college, in 1904, George Sylvester Viereck, with the help of literary critic Ludwig Lewisohn, published his first collection of poems.[2] He graduated from the College of the City of New York in 1906. The next year his collection Nineveh a ...more...

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Peter Viertel

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Peter Viertel

Peter Viertel (16 November 1920 – 4 November 2007)[1] was an author and screenwriter. Biography Viertel was born to Jewish parents in Dresden, the writer and actress Salka Viertel and the writer Berthold Viertel.[1] In 1928, his parents moved to Santa Monica, California, where Viertel grew up with his brothers, Hans and Thomas. The home in Santa Monica Canyon was the site of salons and meetings of the Hollywood intelligentsia and the émigré community of European intellectuals, particularly at the Sunday night tea parties given by Viertel's mother.[2] However, Viertel identified more with Southern California youth culture than with the European millieu he was exposed to by his family. "The physical aspect of European intellectuals was so totally different from what an American kid wants to be," he told the International Herald Tribune in 1992. "I knew Bert Brecht was close to being a genius, but he was a funny-looking man to me." Viertel graduated from Dartmouth College in 1941.[3] He enlisted in the United ...more...

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Oswald Garrison Villard

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Oswald Garrison Villard

Villard in 1930 Oswald Garrison Villard (March 13, 1872 – October 1, 1949) was an American journalist and editor of the New York Evening Post. He was a civil rights activist, a founding member of the NAACP. In 1913 he wrote to President Woodrow Wilson to protest his administration's racial segregation of federal offices in Washington, DC, a change from previous integrated conditions.[1] Villard also was a founder of the American Anti-Imperialist League, favoring independence for territories taken in the Spanish–American War. He provided a rare direct link between the anti-imperialism of the late 19th century and the conservative Old Right of the 1930s and 1940s. Early life and career Villard was born in Wiesbaden, Germany, on March 13, 1872, while his parents were living there. He was the son of Henry Villard, an American newspaper correspondent who had been an immigrant from Germany, and Fanny (Garrison) Villard, daughter of abolitionist William Lloyd Garrison. Fanny Villard was a suffragist and one of t ...more...

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Mike Vogel

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Mike Vogel

Michael James Vogel (born July 17, 1979)[1] is an American actor and former model. Vogel began acting in 2001, and has since appeared in several films and series, including The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Grind, Poseidon, Blue Valentine, The Help, Bates Motel, Cloverfield, Under the Dome and The Case for Christ. As of autumn 2017, he now plays the male lead in the new NBC military drama series The Brave for the 2017–18 season. Early life Vogel was born in Abington Township, Pennsylvania, a suburb of Philadelphia, to Kathy and Jim Vogel,[2] and was raised in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania. Both of his grandfathers fought in World War II; one was a tank commander who fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and the other was a Seabee in the Navy.[3] Vogel has two younger siblings: a brother, Daniel Aaron, and a sister, Kristin. He attended William Tennent High School, the same high school as Sprint spokesman Brian Baker and boxer Kermit Cintron, where Vogel was on the Freshman ...more...

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Jon Voight

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Jon Voight

Jonathan Vincent Voight (; born December 29, 1938) is an American actor. He is the winner of one Academy Award, having been nominated for four. He has also won four Golden Globe Awards and has so far been nominated for eleven. He is the father of actress Angelina Jolie and actor James Haven. Voight came to prominence in the late 1960s with his Oscar-nominated performance as Joe Buck, a would-be gigolo in Midnight Cowboy (1969). During the 1970s, he became a Hollywood star with his portrayals of a businessman mixed up with murder in Deliverance (1972); a paraplegic Vietnam veteran in Coming Home (1978), for which he won an Academy Award for Best Actor; and a penniless ex-boxing champion in the remake of The Champ (1979). His output became sparse during the 1980s and early 1990s, although he won the Golden Globe and was nominated for an Academy Award for his iconic performance as the ruthless bank robber Oscar "Manny" Manheim in Runaway Train (1985). Voight made a comeback in Hollywood during the mid-1990s, s ...more...

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Carl-Alexander von Volborth

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Carl-Alexander von Volborth

Carl-Alexander von Volborth (February 21, 1919, Berlin - February 25, 2009, Antwerp) was a German-born American heraldic artist and heraldist. Born in Berlin-Charlottenburg, von Volborth received the Gustaf von Numers Prize 1984 in the XVIth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences in Helsinki. He was a member of HEROLD, Verein für Heraldik, Genealogie und verwandte Wissenschaften zu Berlin e. V. from 1990 and a member of Académie Internationale d'Héraldique.[1] Von Volborth lived and worked in the United States (Cincinnati, Ohio) during the 1950s and 1960s. He was a teacher at the Cincinnati art school. Von Volborth married twice: Rose (divorced 1960s, 1970s?) and a Belgian diplomat, Diana Danys. His first marriage produced two sons. Von Volborth was admitted to the Johanniterorden ("Order of Saint John") in 1977. Four years later, he received the accolade as a Knight of Justice (Rechtsritter) in the Order.[1] In 1962, Von Volborth illustrated and published a roll of arms of the knight ...more...

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Adalbert J. Volck

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Adalbert J. Volck

Adalbert J. Volck (1828–1912) was a dentist, political cartoonist, and caricaturist born in Bavaria.[1] He was best known for his support of the Confederacy during the American Civil War, through his political cartoons (below),[2] smuggling items for the Confederate army, and personally assisting President Jefferson Davis by acting as a courier.[1] Volck lived in Baltimore and was a member of the Charcoal Club of Baltimore for whom he created a "ceremonial growler, or beer pitcher."[3] Volck was also known for his work on porcelain restoration techniques in dentistry. Caricature of Lincoln writing the Emancipation Proclamation, a political cartoon by Volck. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Adalbert John Volck. References "Adalbert J. Volck (1828-1912): Confederate dentist, artist and anti-Lincoln satirist". Retrieved 2007-02-18. "A Southern View (Memory): American Treasures of the Library of Congress". Library of Congress. 1864. Archived from the original on 5 February 2007. Retrieved 20 ...more...

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Erik von Detten

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Erik von Detten

Erik Thomas von Detten (born October 3, 1982) is a former American actor.[1] He is known for his roles in Escape to Witch Mountain, Toy Story, Brink!, The Princess Diaries, Complete Savages, and So Weird. Personal life Erik Thomas von Detten was born in San Diego, California.[2] He is the son of Susan von Detten (née Farber), a photographer,[3] and Volker von Detten. His father is an immigrant from Munich, Germany.[4] He has three sisters, Dolly, Britta, and Andrea, and a brother, Timothy.[5] Career One of von Detten's earliest roles was Nicholas Alamain on the daytime soap opera Days of Our Lives from 1992 until 1993, appearing in 55 episodes.[6] Nicholas was revealed to be the secret son of Lawrence Alamain (Michael Sabatino) and Carly Manning (Crystal Chappell), two of the show's major characters. As a result, von Detten was heavily involved in some of the show's main storylines, despite only being 10 years old at the time. Perhaps the most notable storyline during von Detten's time on the soap was Nic ...more...

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Edward Wagner

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Edward Wagner

Edward Q Wagner (1855, Germany – 1922, Detroit, United States) was a German-American sculptor. Early years Wagner had immigrated from Germany to the United States by 1871 settling in Detroit, Michigan. After arriving in Detroit he studied with Detroit sculptor Julius Melchers (father of painter Gari Melchers). He also studied in New York City. Pediment, Wayne County Building As a sculptor in Detroit he was involved in several partnerships, Wagner and Reuther (1885–1887) and Wagner and Volbracht (1890–1895). He and his various firms created wood carvings for churches as well as stone architectural commissions. His best known work is the architectural sculpture, notably the Anthony Wayne pediment, on the Wayne County Building, constructed from 1897 to 1902. In 1906 Wagner entered a competition to create a statue of General Alexander Macomb for the city of Detrtoit. The judges for the contest were Charles F. McKim, Daniel H. Burnham, and Augustus Saint-Gaudens. It was won by New York City sculptor Adolph ...more...

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Robert Wagner

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Robert Wagner

Robert John Wagner Jr. (; born February 10, 1930) is an American actor of stage, screen, and television, best known for starring in the television shows It Takes a Thief (1968–70), Switch (1975–78), and Hart to Hart (1979–84). He also had a recurring role as Teddy Leopold on the TV sitcom Two and a Half Men and has a recurring role as Anthony DiNozzo Sr. on the police procedural NCIS. In movies, Wagner is known for his role as Number Two in the Austin Powers trilogy of films (1997, 1999, 2002), as well as for A Kiss Before Dying, The Pink Panther, Harper, The Towering Inferno and many more. Wagner is occasionally drawn into public attention regarding the 1981 death of Natalie Wood with whom he was twice married.[1] An autobiography, Pieces of My Heart: A Life, written with author Scott Eyman, was published on September 23, 2008. Early life Jean Peters with Wagner in Broken Lance (1954) Wagner was born February 10, 1930, in Detroit, Michigan. He is the son of Hazel Alvera (née Boe), a telephone operato ...more...

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Ken Wahl

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Ken Wahl

Kenneth M. "Ken" Wahl (born February 14, 1957)[1][2] is a retired American film and television actor, popular in the 1980s and 1990s, best known for the CBS television crime drama Wiseguy. A severe injury in 1992 effectively ended his acting career. He is divorced from Corinne Alphen, and after a brief second marriage, he married Shane Barbi, in 1997.[3] The two later became advocates against animal abuse and for veterans' rights. Early life and career Wahl is elusive about his personal life, and has given more than one birthdate. A Newspaper Enterprise Association syndicated article in 1988, citing records checked by the CBS publicist for Wahl's television series Wiseguy, gives February 14, 1957, a date that corresponds with the year of his high school graduation: "A call to Bremen High School in the Chicago suburb of Midlothian reveals Wahl graduated from there in June 1975, presumably at age 18."[1] Entertainment Weekly wrote in 2004: The mystery surrounding Wahl goes all the way back to the beginning ...more...

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John Walker (musician)

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John Walker (musician)

John Joseph Maus (November 12, 1943 – May 7, 2011), known professionally as John Walker, was an American singer, songwriter and guitarist, best known as the founder of the Walker Brothers, who had their greatest success in the 1960s, particularly in the United Kingdom. Early life and career John Maus was born in New York City, the son of John Joseph Maus Sr., who was of German extraction, and his wife Regina. With his parents and his older sister, Judith, he moved to California in 1947, at first settling in Redondo Beach and later in Hermosa Beach. He began learning saxophone, clarinet and guitar as a child, and by the age of 11 also began acting and appearing in TV talent shows. He had a role in a regular sitcom, Hello Mom, and small uncredited parts in the movies The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) and The Missouri Traveler (1958). He became a friend of Ritchie Valens, and was an honorary pallbearer at Valens' funeral. In 1959 the family moved again, to Inglewood, where he made the acquaintance of future Beach B ...more...

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Paul Walker

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Paul Walker

Paul William Walker IV[3] (September 12, 1973[4] – November 30, 2013) was an American actor best known for his role as Brian O'Conner in The Fast and the Furious franchise. Walker first gained prominence in 1999 with roles in the teen films She's All That and Varsity Blues. In 2001, he gained international fame for his role in the street racing action film The Fast and the Furious (2001), a role he reprised in five of the next six installments, but died in 2013 in the middle of filming Furious 7 (2015). Walker began his career guest-starring on TV shows such as The Young and the Restless and Touched by an Angel. He later starred in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Timeline (2003), Into the Blue (2005), Eight Below (2006), and Running Scared (2006). He also appeared in the National Geographic series Expedition Great White (2010)[5] and in ads for Davidoff Cool Water cologne.[6] He founded the disaster-relief charity Reach Out Worldwide (ROWW) in response to the 2010 Haiti earthquake.[7] Walker died on November ...more...

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Joe Walsh

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Joe Walsh

Joseph Fidler Walsh (born November 20, 1947)[1] is an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter. In a career spanning more than 40 years, he has been a member of five successful rock bands: James Gang, Barnstorm, Eagles, the Party Boys, and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Walsh was also part of the New Zealand band Herbs. In the 1990s, he was a member of the short-lived supergroup the Best. Walsh has also experienced success both as a solo artist and prolific session musician, being featured on a wide array of other artists' recordings. In 2011, Rolling Stone placed him at the No. 54 spot on its list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time".[2] In the mid-1960s, after attending Kent State University, Walsh played with several local Ohio-based bands before reaching a national audience as a member of the James Gang, whose hit song "Funk #49" highlighted his skill as both a guitarist and singer. Roger Abramson, legendary concert producer and artist manager signed the James Gang to a management agreemen ...more...

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Tim Walz

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Tim Walz

Timothy James Walz (; born April 6, 1964) is an American politician who is the governor-elect of Minnesota. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served as the U.S. Representative for Minnesota's 1st congressional district since 2007.[4] The district comprises the state's southern end, running along the entire border with Iowa; it includes Rochester, Austin, Winona and Mankato. A retired sergeant major in the Army National Guard, Walz is the highest-ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in Congress. He was first elected in 2006, defeating six-term Republican incumbent Gil Gutknecht. He was reelected five times and serves on the Agriculture Committee, Armed Services Committee and Veterans' Affairs Committee. Walz also serves on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China. In March 2017, Walz announced that he would not run for reelection to Congress and instead run for governor of Minnesota. On November 6, 2018, Walz was elected to the governorship, defeating the Republican nominee, Hennepin County C ...more...

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Henry Weinhard

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Henry Weinhard

Henry Weinhard (February 18, 1830 – September 20, 1904) was a German-American brewer in the state of Oregon. After immigrating to the United States in 1851, he lived in Philadelphia, Cincinnati, and California before settling in the Portland, Oregon, area. He worked for others in the beer business before buying his own brewery and founded Henry Weinhard's and built the Weinhard Brewery Complex in downtown Portland. Early life Henry Weinhard was born in the Kingdom of Württemberg (now part of Baden-Württemberg in Germany) on February 18, 1830.[1] Raised in Lindenbronn, he later moved to nearby Stuttgart where he was an apprentice in the brewing trade.[1] In 1851, he immigrated to the United States, landing in New York City.[1][2] Weinhard moved to Philadelphia where he worked for a year in the brewing business before moving west to Cincinnati, Ohio.[1] After two years there he moved west again to St. Louis, Missouri, where he stayed until 1856.[1] During this time in America he worked as a brewer for others ...more...

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Heinz Warneke

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Heinz Warneke

Heinz Warneke Heinz Warneke (June 30, 1895 – 1983) American sculptor, best remembered as an animalier. His "role in the direct carving movement assured him a place in the annals of Twentieth Century American sculpture." [1] In 1935 Heinz received the Widener Gold Medal for his sculpture Wild Boars. Biography The artist was born Heinrich Johann Dietrich Warneke in Hagen bei Leeste, a small village near Bremen, Germany and pursued his art studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Berlin.[2] There his teachers included Karl Blossfeldt.[3] During World War I, Warneke was a member of the German Monuments Commission but later moved to New York in 1923.[4] He spent the years 1927–1932 in Paris creating a social realism, art-deco and primitivism sculptural style. When he returned to the United States, Warneke undertook multiple commissions for the Works Progress Administration.[4] He shared his skills with young art students by teaching sculpture at various institutions. From 1943 to 1968, Warneke taught in Washing ...more...

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Adolph Alexander Weinman

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Adolph Alexander Weinman

Adolph Alexander Weinman (December 11, 1870 – August 8, 1952) was a German-born American sculptor and architectural sculptor. Life Bas-relief portrait of Weinman (1915) by Anthony de Francisci Born in Durmersheim, near Karlsruhe, Germany, Weinman arrived in the United States at the age of 14. At the age of 15, he attended evening classes at Cooper Union and later studied at the Art Students League of New York with sculptors Augustus Saint-Gaudens and Philip Martiny. He later served as an assistant to Charles Niehaus, Olin Warner, and Daniel Chester French. Weinman opened his own studio in 1904.[1] Although Weinman is now best remembered as a medalist, when he once was introduced as such he vehemently denied being one and said that he was an architectural sculptor.[2] His steadiest income was derived from the sale of small bronze reproductions of his larger works, such as Descending Night, originally commissioned for the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, San Francisco, 1915.[3] Weinman was a memb ...more...

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Clemens Weiss

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Clemens Weiss

Clemens Weiss Installation UN-Palais des Nations, Geneva (Switzerland) Installation (Ronald Feldman Gallery, NYC) Clemens Weiss (born 1955) is a German artist living in the United States. Youth and Education Clemens Weiss grew up in the Region of the Lower Rhine Valley where he received technical training in mechanical engineering from 1970 to 1973. From 1977 to 1982, he studied art, philosophy, medicine and geology in Krefeld and Düsseldorf (Germany], and Vienna (Austria). Beginning in 1974, he also worked as an independent artist. In 1983 he moved to the small town of Süchteln in Germany in order to concentrate on his own philosophical and visual work. Since 1986 he has maintained a studio in Mönchengladbach in Germany (where he finished and documented his body of work) and, in 1987, moved to New York where he established his main studio and residence. Work and Projects Weiss, who is represented by the renowned Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York, had his first exhibition there in 1988. Since then ...more...

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Morgan Weisser

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Morgan Weisser

Morgan Weisser (born May 12, 1971) is an American actor and the son of German born actor Norbert Weisser. Career He is probably best known for his role as Lt. Nathan West, a member of the 58th squadron of the Marine Corps, in the 1995 TV series Space: Above and Beyond. He has also guest-starred in several TV series including NCIS, Charmed, Law & Order, and Quantum Leap. He played a private detective in the movie Murder Without Conviction, and also played Lee Harvey Oswald in The X Files season 4 episode, "Musings of a Cigarette Smoking Man". External links Morgan Weisser on IMDb Morgan Weisser at TVGuide.com ...more...

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Johnny Weissmuller

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Johnny Weissmuller

Johnny Weissmuller (2 June 1904 – 20 January 1984) was an Austro-Hungarian-born American competition swimmer and actor, best known for playing Edgar Rice Burroughs's ape man Tarzan in films of the 1930s and 1940s and for having one of the best competitive swimming records of the 20th century. Weissmuller was one of the world's fastest swimmers in the 1920s, winning five Olympic gold medals for swimming and one bronze medal for water polo. He was the first to break the one minute barrier for 100-meter freestyle, and the first to swim 440-yard freestyle under five minutes. He won fifty-two U.S. national championships, set more than 50 world records (spread over both freestyle and backstroke),[1] and was purportedly undefeated in official competition for the entirety of his competitive career. After retiring from competitions, he became the sixth actor to portray Tarzan, a role he played in twelve feature films. Dozens of other actors have also played Tarzan, but Weissmuller is by far the best known. Weissmulle ...more...

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George Wendt

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George Wendt

George Robert Wendt III (born October 17, 1948)[1] is an American actor and comedian. He played Norm Peterson on the television sitcom Cheers (1982–1993), which earned him six consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series nominations. Early life Wendt was born in the Beverly neighborhood on the southwest side of Chicago, Illinois, the son of Loretta Mary (née Howard) and George Robert Wendt, a navy officer and realtor.[2][3] His maternal grandfather was photographer Tom Howard.[3] Wendt is of German and three quarters Irish descent.[4] He attended Campion High School in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin. He was expelled from the University of Notre Dame after he received a 0.00 GPA the first semester of his junior year. He later attended the Jesuit Rockhurst College in Kansas City, Missouri, where he graduated with a B.A. in economics. Actor and former SNL writer and cast member Jason Sudeikis is his nephew (sister's son).[5] Early career Wendt is a 1975 alumnus of The S ...more...

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Volkmar Wentzel

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Volkmar Wentzel

Volkmar Kurt Wentzel (February 8, 1915 – May 10, 2006) was a German American photographer and cinematographer. He worked for nearly 50 years for the National Geographic Society as a darkroom technician and photographer, and his professional and personal work was highly acclaimed.[2] He was one of the first people to take photographs of then-little known country of Nepal, and was noted for documenting the final years of many of the traditional tribal kingdoms of Africa.[3] Early life Wentzel was born February 8, 1915, in the city of Dresden in what was then the Kingdom of Saxony (now Freestate of Saxony) in Germany.[1][3] He was one of four boys born to Dr. Fritz Gustav Wentzel (a chemist) and his wife, Verna Jatho Wentzel.[4][5] His father was an amateur photographer who sold photographic chemicals.[4] Dr. Wentzel was also a friend of the photochemical pioneer Hinricus Lüppo-Cramer, and preserved much of Lüppo-Cramer's work after his death.[6] Volkmar Wentzel later said his father would sometimes punish hi ...more...

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Max Weyl

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Max Weyl

Max Weyl amid some of his paintings. Max Weyl was a prominent Washington, D.C. artist of the late 19th century known especially for his landscapes of Rock Creek Park and the Potomac River. Biography He was born on December 1, 1837, in Muhlen-am-Neckar, a small town in the Baden-Wurtemberg region of southern Germany. His parents' names were Veit Hirsch Weyl and Emma Miriam Goetz. In 1853 his family emigrated to Williamsport, Pennsylvania, where Weyl worked in watch and clock repair, a trade he had learned through an early apprenticeship. In 1857, he moved to Washington, D.C. and became a jeweler with a retail store on 7th Street NW in a building that still stands and currently is used as a Ruby Tuesday restaurant across from the Verizon Center. Weyl married Miriam Raff and had several children including Mathilda, Henry and Adolph. Weyl began to paint as a hobby and displayed some of his works in his shop window. Weyl also was active in the then-small Washington Jewish community. In the 1870s, local busines ...more...

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Kurt Wiese

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Kurt Wiese

Kurt Wiese (April 22, 1887 – May 27, 1974)[1] was a German-born book illustrator. Wiese wrote and illustrated 20 children's books and illustrated another 300 for other authors. Biography Wiese was born in Minden, Germany.[1] He aspired to be an artist but was discouraged by his community.[1] World War One Wiese lived and traveled in China for six years,[2] selling merchandise as a young man. At the outbreak of World War I, he was captured by the Japanese, and turned over to the British. He spent five years as a prisoner, most of them in Australia, where his fascination with the animal life inspired him to start sketching again.[3] After his release at the end of the war, Wiese returned to Germany but the economy was so bad that he moved to Brazil.[1] United States Wiese began his illustration career in Brazil, and in 1927 moved to the United States. His first critical success was with the illustrations for Felix Salten's Bambi in 1929.[1] In 1930 he married Gertrude Hansen, with whom he lived on a farm ...more...

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Barry Williams

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Barry Williams

Barry Williams may refer to: Barry Williams (politician) (1928–2005), British boilermaker, trade unionist, and Communist Barry Williams (spree killer) (1944–2014), British spree killer Barry Williams (athlete) (born 1947), British hammer thrower Barry Williams (actor) (born 1954), American actor Barry Williams (rugby league) (active 1990-96), professional rugby league footballer Barry Williams (rugby union) (born 1974), Welsh international rugby union player Barry Williams (skeptic) (1938-2018), Australian skeptic ...more...

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