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  • Patrick Cranshaw: Born: 1919-06-17 - Died: 2005-12-28
    Cranshaw was a movie and television actor. He is probably best remembered for his role of Joseph “Blue” Palasky, a frat brother in the comedy Old School. He worked in such films as Bonnie and Clyde, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure, The Hudsucker Proxy, Everyone Says I Love You, Broken Vessels, [...]
    John Spencer: Born: 1946-12-20 - Died: 2005-12-16
    Spencer (born John Speshock) was an American actor, best known for his role as Leo McGarry on the series The West Wing. Spencer grew up in New Jersey, the son of working class parents, and trained alongside Liza Minneli at Manhatten’s Professional Children’s School. As a teenager he had a role on The Patty Duke [...]
    Richard Pryor: Born: 1940-12-01 - Died: 2005-12-10
    Born Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor III, Richard Pryor was a comedian well known for his outspoken and often vulgar routines. He also appeared in a lot of movies, often teaming up with actor Gene Wilder. He once set himself on fire while freebasing cocaine, suffering burns on about half of his entire body. He [...]
    Moustapha Akkad: Born: 1930-07-01 - Died: 2005-11-11
    Moustapha Akkad was a Syrian-American movie producer most known for producing all of the movies in the Halloween franchise (most of which starred Donald Pleasence) until he died. He also directed Mohammad, Messenger of God and Lion of the Desert.
    Joe Ranft: Born: 1960-03-13 - Died: 2005-08-16
    Ranft (born Joseph Henry Ranft) was an American animator, storyboard artist and voice actor whose work for Disney Animation and Pixar was acclaimed. Ranft grew up in California and long had a love for storytelling and magic tricks. He studied character animation at the California Institute of Arts, alongside fellow future Pixar co-workers John Lasseter [...]
    Lane Smith: Born: 1936-04-29 - Died: 2005-06-13
    Smith (born William Lane Smith III) was an American actor, known for his role as newspaper editor Perry White in Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Richard Nixon in The Final Days. Smith was born in Memphis, Tennessee and long had an interest in acting. He studied drama, before joining the army [...]
    Mitch Hedberg: Born: 1968-02-24 - Died: 2005-03-29
    Hedberg was a moderately well known comedian, who was well known for the distinctive delivery of his jokes. His comedy was predominately one-liners, and observational comedy. He developed a cult following, with the audience shouting out punch lines before he could finish the joke. Hedberg was a frequent guest on The Late Show with David [...]
    Johnnie L. Cochran: Born: 1937-10-02 - Died: 2005-03-29
    One of the most famous defense attorneys in America. Best known for defending O.J. Simpson in his murder trial. He also represented several celebrities, like Michael Jackson, Tupac Shakur, Puff Daddy and others.
    Hunter S. Thompson: Born: 1937-07-18 - Died: 2005-02-20
    Hunter Stockton Thompson was a journalist and author well-known for “Gonzo” journalism which Wikipedia defines as “a style of reporting where reporters involve themselves in the action to such a degree that they become central figures of their stories.” His most popular work is the book Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, an adventure into [...]
    Ossie Davis: Born: 1917-12-18 - Died: 2005-02-04
    Ossie Davis was a film actor, director, and writer. He was married to actress Ruby Dee. Mostly known for his acting, he appeared in such notable films as Doctor Doolittle, I’m Not Rappaport, Grumpy Old Men, Jungle Fever, Joe Versus the Volcano, and Bubba Ho-Tep in which he played JFK. Davis was also a political [...]