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former US Navy submarine captain  Edward Latimer "Ned" Beach Jr.   as commander of the USS Triton set record for submarine circumnaviation of planet (84 days; 1960); wrote Run Silent, Run Deep (1955)
born on 4-20-1918 in New York, New York
expired 12-1-2002 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 84   cause: cancer
mechanical & electrical engineer  Ralph Hamilton Beach   an associate of Edison; a co-founder of the General Electric Company
expired 4-24-1957 in Baltimore, Maryland   age 72
country singer  Molly Gene Beachboard   appeared on Hometown Jamboree & the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
¤aka: "Molly Bee
born on 8-18-1939 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
expired 2-7-2009 in Oceanside, California   age 69   cause: complications from stroke
AKS: Mollie
geneticist  George Wells Beadle   shared the 1958 Nobel prize in medicine
born on 10-22-1903 in Wahoo, Nebraska
expired 6-9-1989 in Pomona, California   age 85   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease
 Kermit K. Beahan   bombardier on B-29 (Bockscar) that nuked Nagasaki
born on 8-9-1918
expired 3-9-1989   age 70
cover art of `Grey Gardens' video one-time model & aspiring actress  Edith Bouvier Beale   cousin of Jackie O; one of the subjects of documentary Grey Gardens (1975)
¤nickname: "Little Edie" 
born on 11-7-1917 in New York, New York
expired 1-9-2002 in Bal Harbour, Florida   age 84   cause: heart attack or stroke
Jackie O's reclusive aunt  Edith Ewing Bouvier Beale   lived in dilapidated mansion full of cats, raccoons & excrement; subject of film Grey Gardens (1975)
born on 10-5-1894
expired 2-5-1977 in Southampton, New York   age 82
former NYC mayor (1974-77)  Abraham David "Abe" Beame
¤born: Abraham David Birnbaum 
born on 3-20-1906 in London, England
expired 2-9-2001 in New York, New York   age 94   cause: complications following open heart surgery
   Contest Selectors
2000 KLS, RR29%
2001 KLS, RR25%
   Scored 4.3500 points

Texas judge  Roy Bean   known as "The Law West of the Pecos"
born on --1825 in Mason County, Kentucky
expired 3-16-1903   age 77
investment brokerage co-founder  Alpheus Crosby Beane   left firm before the 1941 brokerage consolidation that formed Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Beane; later his name was replaced in the corporate name by Smith's (1958)
born on 10-5-1888 in Augusta, Georgia
expired 9-18-1937 in Greenwich, Connecticut   age 48   cause: heart attack
gastronome  James Andrews Beard
born on 5-5-1903 in Portland, Oregon
expired 1-23-1985 in New York, New York   age 81   cause: cardiac arrest
Our Gang child actor  Matthew Beard Jr.
¤aka: "Stymie
born on 1-1-1925 in Los Angeles, California
expired 1-9-1981   age 56   cause: pneumonia
California death row inmate  Donald Beardslee   convicted of three murders
born on 5-13-1943
expired 1-19-2005 in San Quentin, California   age 60   cause: executed; lethal injection
   Contest Selectors
2005PCD, RIE8.7%
   Scored 7.6500 points

photographer Sir  Cecil Walter Hardy Beaton   also won costume design oscars for Gigi (1959) & My Fair Lady (1964)
born on 1-14-1904 in London, England
expired 1-18-1980 in Broad Chalke, Wiltshire, England   age 76
former UPI president (1972-82)  Roderick Whitney Beaton
born on 4-25-1923 in Escalon, California
expired 7-2-2002 in Sonoma, California   age 79   cause: heart failure
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director  Mollie H. Beattie
born on 4-27-1947
expired 6-27-1996   age 49
Shellie as American Gladiatrix 'Siren' former pro bodybuilder  Shelley Anne Beattie   was an original American Gladiatrix (1992-97) & a "grinder" on the America3 America's Cup team
¤aka: "Siren"
ex-Mrs. John Romano 
born on 8-24-1967 in Santa Ana, California
expired 2-16-2008 in Salem, Oregon   age 40   cause: suicide; hanged; pipolar disorder
AKS: Shelly Beatie
wild animal trainer  Clyde Raymond Beatty
born on 6-10-1902
expired 7-19-1965 in Ventura, California   age 63
AP & NBC news correspondent  Morgan Beatty
born on 9-6-1902 in Little Rock, Arkansas
expired 7-4-1975 in Saint Johns, Antigua   age 72
actor  Robert Beatty
born on 10-9-1909 in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
expired 3-3-1992   age 82
pro wrassler  Arthur Lawrence Beauchene
¤aka: "Leaping Larry Chene
expired 10-1-1964   age ??   cause: auto accident
movie/tv director  William Beaumont Sr.   directed Mom and Dad (1945), The Adventures Spin & Marty for Disney's Mickey Mouse Club show (1955) and The Further Adventures of Spin & Marty (1957) & The Nine Lives of Elfego Baca (1958)
born on 1-15-1892 in New York, New York
expired 3-18-1970 in Canoga Park, California   age 78
long-ago Olympic cyclist  René "Roger" Beaufrand   won a gold medal in the 1000m sprint at the 1928 games — he is currently the oldest living Olympic gold medalist
born on 9-25-1908 in Garenne-Colombes, France
expired 3-14-2007 in France   age 99
   Contest Selectors
2006CSI3.3%

AKS: Rene Baufrand
screenwriter  Charles Beamont   wrote screenplay for The Queen of Outer Space (1958)
¤born: Charles Leroy Nutt 
born on 1-2-1929 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 2-21-1967   age 38
major league outfielder  Clarence Howeth "Ginger" Beaumont   first man to bat in a World Series game (1903)
born on 7-23-1876 in Rochester, Wisconsin
expired 4-10-1956 in Burlington, Wisconsin   age 79
actor  Hugh Beaumont   played Beaver's dad Ward Cleaver
born on 2-16-1909 in Lawrence, Kansas
expired 5-13-1982   age 72
US Army surgeon Dr.  William Beaumont   first to conduct scientific studies of human digestive process; while stationed at Fort Mackinac he treated fur trapper Alexis St. Martin who was shot in the abdomen (June 6, 1822) with a musket producing a wound that would not completely heal closed around the stomach. Over the next several years Dr. Beaumont was able to observe the digestive process and conduct experiments on St. Martin
born on 11-21-1785 in Lebanon, Connecticut
expired 4-25-1853 in Saint Louis, Missouri   age 67   cause: complications from icy slip-and-fall accident
actress  Louise Beavers
born on 3-8-1902 in Cincinnati, Ohio
expired 10-26-1962 in Hollywood, California   age 60
French crooner/songwriter  Gilbert Bécaud   wrote Et Maintenant (What Now My Love)
¤born: François Gilbert Silly 
born on 10-24-1927 in Toulon, France
expired 12-18-2001 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 74   cause: cancer
comic book artist  Charles Beck   created Captain Marvel (1939) using Fred MacMurray as the model
born on 6-8-1910 in Zumbrota, Minnesota
expired 11-22-1989   age 79
former Teamsters Union president  Dave Beck
born on 6-16-1894 in Stockton, California
expired 12-26-1993   age 99
 Emily Marshall Morison Beck   edited the 13th, 14th & 15th editions of Bartlett's Quotations (1955, '68 & '80)
born on 10-15-1915 in Boston, Massachusetts
expired 3-28-2004 in Canton, Massachusetts   age 88   cause: kidney failure
AKS: Morrison
 Hans Beck   creator of the Playmobil toys
born on 5-6-1929 in Thuringia, Germany
expired 1-30-2009 in Markdorf am Bodensee, Germany   age 79   cause: "a severe illiness"
familiar voice  Jackson Beck   was the voice of Bluto in over 300 Popeye cartoons; voiced King Leonardo & Biggy Rat; was the opening announcer on the original Superman radio show: "Faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, able to leap tall buildings in a single bound..." (replaced by Bill Kennedy on tv series)
born on 7-23-1912 in New York, New York
expired 7-28-2004 in New York, New York   age 92
movie producer  John Beck
born on 10-24-1909 in Pomona, California
expired 7-18-1993 in Woodland Hills, California   age 83
1930s movie actor  Thomas Beck   played Charlie Chan's Number One Son
born on 12-29-1909 in New York, New York
expired 9-23-1995 in Miami Shores, Florida   age 85
radio announcer, tv show host & cartoon voice  George Sanford "Sandy" Becker
born on 2-19-1922 in New York, New York
expired 4-9-1996 in Remsenburg, Rhode Island   age 74   cause: heart attack
The Joy of Cooking editor  Marion Rombauer Becker   took over authorship of book after her mother's death (1962)
born on 1-2-1903
expired 12-28-1976 in Cincinnati, Ohio   age 73   cause: cancer
one of Becker's Hindenburg crash photos retired AP photographer  Murray Becker   took famous still photos of the Hindenburg disaster at Lakehurst (5/6/1937) & Lou Gehrig's tearful goodbye speach in Yankee Stadium (7/4/1939)
born on 2-6-1909 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 3-13-1986 in North Miami Beach, Florida   age 77   cause: cancer
former contractor  William Walter Becker   with partner Paul Greene founded the Motel 6 chain (1962)
born on 5-18-1921 in Pasadena, California
expired 4-2-2007 in Kingman, Arizona   age 85   cause: heart attack
novelist  Samuel Barclay Beckett   author of Waiting for Godot (1949); winner of the 1969 Nobel Prize in literature
born on 4-13-1906 in Fox Rock, County Dublin, Ireland
expired 12-22-1989 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 83   cause: respiratory failure
   Contest Selectors
1979 MM, MS15.4%
1980 MM6.3%

Our Gang child actor  Scott Hastings Beckett
¤aka: "Scotty
born on 10-4-1929 in Oakland, California
expired 5-10-1968 in Los Angeles, California   age 38   cause: suicide; intentional barbituate overdose
Dr.  Arnold Orville Beckman   invented first successful electronic ph meter (1934); founder of Beckman Instruments (1935)
born on 4-10-1900 in Cullom, Illinois
expired 5-18-2004 in La Jolla, California   age 104
   Contest Selectors
2003CSI5.6%
2004CSI5.6%
   Scored 4.6000 solo points

character actor  Henry How Beckman   played Commander Paul Richards on Flash Gordon (DuMont network series 1954-58), the scientist/creator of My Living Doll (Dr. Carl Miller; 1964), Greg Anderson on Peyton Place (1964-65) & Capt. Roland Clancey on Here Come the Brides (1968-69)
born on 11-26-1921 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
expired 6-17-2008 in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain   age 86
   Contest Selectors
2007NFG3.2%
2008GAS, NFG6.3%
   Did Not Score - insufficient category citations (two to be exact)

physicist  Antoine-Henri Becquerel   shared the 1903 Nobel prize in physics for the discovery of spontaneous radioactivity
born on 12-15-1852 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 8-25-1908 in Le Croisic, Brittany, France   age 55
theologian  "The Venerable" Bede   wrote Ecclesiastical History of England in 731; invented the B.C. (before Christ; Ante Christum) date system to complement Exiguus' A.D. dating
¤Old English spelling: Bæda 
born on --673 in Wearmouth, Northumbria, England
expired 5-25-735 in Jarrow, Durham, England   age 62
McKesson Imports "mixologist"  George John Bednar   played pro football two seasons for the St. Louis Cardinals (1964-66); invented the Harvey Wallbanger (vodka, orange juice & Galliano)
born on 3-16-1942 in Kingston, Connecticut
expired 12-6-2007 in Roxbury, COnnecticut   age 65
character actor  Alfonso Bedoya   his most memorable role as as Gold Hat, the bandit leader in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), who said "We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinking badges." (not the apocryphal "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges.")
born on 4-16-1904 in Vicam, Sonora, Mexico
expired 12-15-1957 in Mexico City, Mexico   age 53   cause: complications from alcoholism
one-time New York Herald columnist  Lucius Morris Beebe   also a poet, author, and newspaper publisher; made early note of "ghoul pools" in a column he wrote for the Herald (and appearing in the Washington Post on 11-6-1938); had three articles published in Playboy magazine (two posthumously) — "Those Gilded Galas" (January 1966), "The Big Spenders" (December 1966) & "The Golden Age of Mobile Gastronomy" (May 1967)
born on 12-9-1902 in Wakefield, Massachusetts
expired 2-4-1966 in Hillsborough, California   age 63   cause: heart attack
founder-president of Beech Aircraft  Walter Herschel Beech
born on 1-30-1891 in Pulaski, Tennessee
expired 11-29-1950 in Wichita, Kansas   age 59
British conductor Sir  Godfrey Thomas Beecham
born on 4-29-1879 in Saint Helens, England
expired 3-8-1961 in London, England   age 81
WXYZ radio actor  Brace Beemer   first to portray Sergeant Preston of the Yukon on the radio; third to portray The Lone Ranger on radio (1941-54; 1st; 2nd)
born on --1902 in Mount Carmel, Illinois
expired 2-28-1965 in Lake Orion, Michigan   age 62
AKS: Sargeant
one-time Belgian prime minister  Auguste Marie François Beernaert   shared the 1909 Nobel peace prize
born on 7-26-1829 in Ostend, Belgium
expired 10-6-1912 in Lucerne, Switzerland   age 83   cause: pneumonia
Jack Beers' photo of Ruby about to shoot Oswald
(left to right) Dallas police detective James Leavelle, Lee Harvey Oswald, Jack Ruby
Photo ©Copyright 1963 Ira J. Beers
Dallas Morning News photographer  Ira Jefferson "Jack" Beers   clicked his shutter 0.6 seconds before Bob Jackson, missing a Pulitzer Prize for the Kennedy assassination
born on 7-14-1923 in Dallas, Texas
expired 2-??-1975   age 51   cause: heart attack
character actor  Noah Beery Sr.   brother of Wallace Beery; played silent screen villians
born on 1-17-1884 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 4-1-1946 in Hollywood, California   age 62
actor  Noah Beery Jr.
born on 8-10-1916 in New York, New York
expired 11-1-1994   age 77
movie actor  Wallace Fitzgerald Beery   brother of Noah Sr.; won 1931 oscar for The Champ
born on 4-1-1885 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 4-15-1949 in Beverly Hills, California   age 64   cause: myocardiac ailment
Great Lakes sailor  Frederick J. Beetcher   Porter aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald
expired 11-10-1975 in Eastern Lake Superior, Canada   age 56   cause: drowned when ship foundered
composer  Ludwig van Beethoven   wrote nine symphonies, five piano concerti, one violin concerto, numerous string quartets + lots of solo piano music
born on 12-16-1770 in Bonn, Germany
expired 3-26-1827 in Vienna, Lower Austria, Austria-Hungary   age 56
check-forging former Columbia Pictures president  David Begelman
born on 8-26-1921 in New York, New York
expired 8-8-1995   age 73   cause: suicide
Menachem's wife  Aliza Begin
expired 11-11-1982   age 62
former Israeli Prime Minister  Menachem Wolfovitch Begin   shared 1978 Nobel Peace prize
born on 7-31-1913 in Brest-Litovsk, Poland
expired 3-9-1992   age 78
   Contest Selectors
1979 DW, HA, HP, JH, RR, VM, YJ53.8%
1980 BD, DH, DW, EB, EK, RR, VA43.8%

actor  Edward James Begley Sr.   won a Supporting Actor Academy Award in 1963 for Sweet Bird of Youth
born on 3-25-1901 in Hartford, Connecticut
expired 4-28-1970 in Los Angeles, California   age 69   cause: heart attack
 Beatrice Behan   Brendan's widow
¤née: Salkeld 
expired 3-10-1993   age 69
Irish playwright  Brendan Francis Behan
born on 2-9-1923 in Dublin, Ireland
expired 3-20-1964 in Dublin, Ireland   age 41
 Sosthenes Behn   co-founder of ITT
expired 6-6-1957 in New York, New York   age 75
Airline Pilots Association founder  David L. Behncke
expired 4-14-1953 in Chicago, Illinois   age 55
actress  Pati Behrs-Derek-Lindley   grandneice of Leo Tolstoy; first wife of John Derek (1951-57); mother of his two kids: Russell & Sean; widow of Dr. Lucius Lindley
born on 2-13-1922
expired 7-4-2004   age 82
jazz cornettist  Leon Bismark "Bix" Beiderbecke
born on 3-10-1903 in Davenport, Iowa
expired 8-6-1931 in Queens, New York, New York   age 28   cause: lobar pneumonia; alcoholism
 George C. Beidler   invnetor of the first photocopier, the Rectigraph (1903)
expired 7-23-1945 in Rochester, New York   age 67
aviatrix  Elly Beinhorn-Rosemeyer   widow of Bernd Rosemeyer (1936-8) & Karl Wittman (1946-76)
¤born: Elly Beinhorn 
born on 5-30-1907 in Hanover, Lower Saxony, Germany
expired 11-28-2007 in Ottobrunn, Bavaria, Germany   age 100
   Contest Selectors
2006WEP3.3%
2007WEP3.2%
   Did Not Score - insufficient category citations (two to be exact)

actress  Barbara Bel Geddes   was the original Broadway "Cat" (Maggie, of Hot Roof fame; 1955) & Miss Ellie Ewing on Dallas
born on 10-31-1922 in New York, New York
expired 8-8-2005 in Northeast Harbor, Maine   age 82   cause: lung cancer
   Contest Selectors
2001NFG12½%
2002RAVN9.1%
2004NFG5.6%
2005NFG4.3%
   Scored 6.8000 solo points

theatrical costume designer/producer  Edith Lutyens Bel Geddes
born on 8-16-1908 in Brussels, Belgium
expired 8-16-2002 in Hudson, New York   age 95
Broadway scenic designer  Norman Bel Geddes   creator of General Motor's Futurama exhibit at the 1939 New York World's Fair; father of actress Barbara
¤born: Norman Melancton Geddes 
born on 4-7-1893 in Adrian, Michigan
expired 5-8-1958 in New York, New York   age 65
former Baltimore Orioles shortstop (1965-81)  Mark Belanger
born on 6-8-1944
expired 10-6-1998 in New York, New York   age 54   cause: pneumonia; cancer
former Peruvian president (1963-68; 1980-85)  Fernando Belaúnde Terry   ousted by coup (1968); restored by ballot (1980)
born on 10-7-1912 in Lima, Peru
expired 6-4-2002 in Lima, Peru   age 89   cause: complications from stroke
advertising executive  Don Belding Sr.   co-founded Foote, Cone & Belding (1942)
born on 1-23-1897 in Grant Pass, Oregon
expired 9-16-1969 in Los Angeles, California   age 72   cause: cancer
lawyer & long time Postal Service operative  Frederick Christopher Belen   headed commitee that came up with the Zone Improvement Plan (ZIP Code) in 1963
born on 12-25-1913 in Lansing, Michigan
expired 10-13-1999 in Arlington, Virginia   age 85   cause: complications from Parkinson's disease
AKS: sister Lucile E. Belen (b.12/28/1912 Lansing, MI d.6/2/2010 Lansing, MI) longtime Lansing City Council person
former L.A. Dodger pitcher & drunkard  Robert "Bo" Belinsky   accomplished pool hustler; threw no-hitter (5/2/1962); once engaged to Mamie Van Doren; married/divorced Jo Collins & Janie Weyerhaeuser
born on 12-7-1936 in New York, New York
expired 11-23-2001 in Las Vegas, Nevada   age 64   cause: heart attack; bladder cancer
comedy writer  Gary Belkin   worked on the Sid Caesar Show, Get Smart, the Carol Burnett Show, Newhart & Sesame Street; earned an Emmy for the PBS sex education program V.D. Blues
born on 4-24-1926 in New York, New York
expired 7-28-2005 in West Hollywood, California   age 78   cause: emphysema
Mr. Watson come here, I need you! Scottish inventor  Alexander Graham Bell   inventor of the telephone (not, as some believe, Don Ameche); co-founder of the National Geographic Society
born on 3-3-1847 in Edinburgh, Scotland
expired 8-2-1922   age 75
former L.A.-area congressman (1961-76)  Alphonzo E. Bell   grandson of James George Bell; his father developed Westwood, Beverly Hills, Pacific Palisades & Bel-Air; widower of Marion McCargo Bell
born on 9-19-1914 in Los Angeles, California
expired 4-25-2004 in Santa Monica, California   age 89   cause: pneumonia
writer, gay activist  Arthur Irving Bell   a columnist for The Village Voice; author of Kings Don't Mean a Thing; conducted an interview for Playboy magazine
born on 11-6-1939 in New York, New York
expired 6-2-1984 in New York, New York   age 44   cause: complications from diabetes
former MacDonald's CEO  Charles H. "Charlie" Bell   started out flipping burgers at age 15; diagnosed with cancer just after taking the post
born on 11-7-1960 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
expired 1-17-2005 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia   age 44   cause: colon cancer
   Contest Selectors
2005RAVN4.3%
   Scored 10.6000 solo points

to third NFL Commissioner: Pete Rozelleto first NFL Commissioner: Elmer Layden former Philadelphia Eagles president (1933-40)  DeBonneville "Bert" Bell   insituted pro football draft in 1936; second NFL Commissioner (1946-59); coined saying "On any given Sunday, any team can beat any other team."
born on 2-25-1895 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 10-11-1959 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 64   cause: heart attack
movie projectionist  Donald J. Bell   co-founder of Bell & Howell Camera Co. (1907)
born on --1869
expired ??-??-1934   age 64
noted Celtic harpist  George Derek Fleetwood Bell   longtime member of The Chieftans
born on 1-1-1935 in Belfast, Northern Ireland
expired 10-15-2002 in Phoenix, Arizona   age 67   cause: hypertensive cardiomyopathy
Taco Bell founder (1962)  Glen William Bell Jr.
born on 9-3-1923 in Lynwood, California, United State of America
expired 1-17-2010 in Rancho Santa Fe, California   age 86
Carter attorney general (1977-79)  Griffin Boyette Bell
born on 10-31-1918 in Americus, Georgia
expired 1-5-2009 in Atlanta, Georgia   age 90   cause: complications from Parkinson's disease
radio manufacturer  Herbert A. Bell   co-founder of Packard-Bell in 1945
born on 7-3-1890 in Rock Valley, Iowa
expired 1-30-1970   age 79
General Mills founder and chairman  James Ford Bell
expired 5-7-1961 in Minneapolis, Minnesota   age 81
Hall-of-Fame  James Thomas "Cool Papa" Bell   Negro Leagues outfielder (1922-50)
born on 5-17-1903 in Starkville, Mississippi
expired 3-7-1991 in Saint Louis, Missouri   age 87
pro wrassler  John Bell
¤aka: "Chief War Eagle
expired 8-27-1979   age ??   cause: heart attack
Bell Aircraft founder  Lawrence Dale Bell
expired 10-20-1956 in Buffalo, New York   age 62
actress  Marian McCargo Bell   mother of actor Billy Moses
born on 3-18-1932 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
expired 4-7-2004 in Santa Monica, California   age 72   cause: pancreatic cancer
actress  Marion Bell   played Fiona Maclaren in original Broadway production of Brigadoon (1947); married to Alan Jay Lerner (1947-49)
born on 11-16-1919 in Saint Louis, Missouri
expired 12-14-1997 in Culver City, California   age 78
former conservation officer  Ray Bell   rescued bear cub & nursed it back to health following 1950 forest fire
born on 10-3-1911 in Frederick, Oklahoma
expired 12-22-2000 in Truth or Consequences, New Mexico   age 89   cause: cancer
former WGN tv Bozo  Robert L. "Bob" Bell
born on 1-18-1922
expired 12-8-1997   age 75
Reagan Education Secretary (1981-85)  Terrel Howard Bell
born on 11-11-1921 in Hot Lava Springs, Idaho
expired 6-22-1996 in Salt Lake City, Utah   age 74   cause: pulmonary fibrosis
soap opera writer/creator  William Joseph Bell   created The Bold and the Beautiful & The Young and the Restless
born on 3-6-1927 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 4-29-2005 in Los Angeles, California   age 78   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease
one-time Baptist minister  Francis Bellamy   wrote the Pledge of Allegiance (1892)
born on 5-18-1855 in Mount Morris, New York
expired 8-28-1931 in Tampa, Florida   age 76
actor  Ralph Bellamy
born on 6-17-1904 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 11-29-1991   age 87
   Contest Selectors
1980 GP6.3%

former football coach  Emory Dillworth Bellard   was head coach at Teas A&M and Mississippi State; as an assistant at the University of Texas invented the "wishbone" offense (1968; but didn't name it)
born on 12-17-1927 in Luling, Texas
expired 2-10-2011 in Georgetown, Texas   age 83   cause: ALS
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in June 1965 flamboyant lawyer  Melvin Mouron Belli   appeared in an original series Star Trek episode as the evil alien Gorgon
¤nickname: "The King of Torts
born on 7-29-1907 in Sonora, California
expired 7-4-1996 in San Francisco, California   age 88   cause: pancreatic cancer; stroke; pneumonia
author  Samira Bellil   her book "In Gang-Rape Hell" recounted her childhood
born on 11-24-1972 in Algiers, Algeria
expired 9-3-2004 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 31   cause: stomach cancer
Buffalo NY Anchor Bar co-owner  Teressa Bellissimo   invented Buffalo Wings (October 30, 1964)
born on 11-18-1900
expired 11-??-1985 in Buffalo, New York   age 84
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in May 1997 writer  Saul C. Bellow   won 1976 Nobel and Pulitzer prizes for literature
¤born: Solomon Bellows 
born on 6-10-1915 in Lachine, Quebec, Canada
expired 4-5-2005 in Brookline, Massachusetts   age 89
   Contest Selectors
2002MORB9.1%
2005WORM4.3%
   Scored 6.1000 solo points

architect  Pietro Belluschi
born on 8-18-1899 in Ancona, Italy
expired 2-14-1994 in Portland, Oregon   age 94
comedy writer & producer  Jerry Belson   had a long-time writing partnership with Garry Marshall
born on 7-8-1938 in El Centro, California
expired 10-10-2006 in Los Angeles, California   age 68   cause: pancreatic cancer
big band/jazz percussionist  Louie Belson
¤born: Luigi Paulino Alfredo Francesco Antonio Balassoni 
born on 7-6-1924 in Rock Falls, Illinois
expired 2-14-2009 in Los Angeles, California   age 84   cause: Parkinson's disease; broken hip; fell
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in May 1977 as part of SNL cast comedian and actor  John Belushi   original SNL comedian; was one of the Blues Brother (with Dan Aykroyd); played John "Bluto" Blutarski in Animal House and Lt. Wild Bill Kelso in 1941
born on 1-24-1949 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 3-5-1982 in Los Angeles, California   age 33   cause: drug overdose
   Contest Selectors
1979 MM7.7%

Voskhod 2 cosmonaut cosmonaut  Pavel Ivanovich Belyayev   supervised the first space walk
born on 6-26-1925 in Chelizshevo, Russia, USSR
expired 1-10-1970 in Moscow, Russia, Ussr   age 44   cause: stomach ulcer
former Milwaukee cop  Lawrencia A. "Bambi" Bembenek   went of the lam to Canada after being accused of murdering husband's (Elfred Schultz) ex-wife (Christine Schultz; 5/28/81); briefly worked as a Playboy Bunny at the Lake Geneva hutch; after recapture copped plea and released with time served; in 2002 broke leg so badly her right foot needed to be amputated (trying to escape from Dr. Phil?!)
¤aka: "Laurie" Bembenek
ex-Mrs. Martin Carson 
born on 8-15-1958 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
expired 11-20-2010 in Portland, Oregon   age    cause: liver failure; kidney failure; liver cancer; hepatitis C
   Contest Selectors
2006XXX3.3%

AKS: Bambie Bambee
former IBM computer scientist  Robert W. Bemer   worked on IBM Stretch project (System 7030); co-inventor of the COBOL computer language; invented the Escape key and "Escape" sequences; known as the "Father of ASCII"
born on 2-8-1920 in Sault Sainte Marie, Michigan
expired 6-22-2004 in Possum Kingdom Lake, Texas   age 84   cause: complications from cancer
   Contest Selectors
2003CSI5.6%

 Baruj Benacerraf   shared the 1980 Nobel prize in medicine
born on 10-29-1920 in Caracas, Venezuela
expired 8-2-2011 in Boston, Massachusetts   age 90   cause: pneumonia
actress  Bea Benaderet   appeared on Burns and Allen tv show; Pearl Bodine (Jethro's mom) on Beverly Hillbillies; Kate Bradley on Petticoat Junction; mother of Jack Bannon
born on 4-4-1903 in New York, New York
expired 10-13-1968 in Los Angeles, California   age 65   cause: cancer
playwright  Jacinto Benavente y Martinez   Nobel literature laureate in 1922
born on 8-12-1866 in Madrid, Spain
expired 7-14-1954 in Madrid, Spain   age 87
author  Peter Bradford Benchley   grandson of humorist Robert Benchley; wrote Jaws (1974), The Deep (1976), The Island (1979) & Beast (1991)
born on 5-8-1940 in New York, New York
expired 2-12-2006 in Princeton, New Jersey   age 65   cause: respiratory failure; idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis
humorist & actor  Robert Charles Benchley
born on 9-15-1889 in Worcester, Massachusetts
expired 11-21-1945 in New York, New York   age 56
dentist Dr.  Israel Boris Bender   creator of the root-canal treatment
born on 11-4-1905
expired 6-7-2003 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania   age 97   cause: heart failure
4-wheel brake inventor  Vincent Bendix
born on 8-12-1882 in Moline, Illinois
expired 3-27-1945 in New York, New York   age 62
actor  William Bendix   second actor to play Chester A. Riley on The Life of Riley tv show
born on 1-14-1906 in New York, New York
expired 12-14-1964   age 58
cartoon character designer  Edward A. Benedict   designed a lot of the Hanna-Barbera stable of stars: Ruff and Reddy, Huckleberry Hound, Yogi Bear, Quickdraw McGraw, Snagglepuss, the Flintstones, ...
born on 8-23-1912
expired 8-28-2006 in Auburn, California   age 94
character actor  Paul B. Benedict   had suffered from acromegaly; played the Mad Number Painter on Sesame Street (1969-76), the Chestnut Man in The Might Be Giants (1971), the Zen Buddhist in Cold Turkey (1971), neighbor Harry Bentley on The Jeffersons (1975-85), Tucker "Smitty" Brown in This Is Spinal Tap (1984), Roy Loomis - "NOT Guffman" in Waiting for Guffman (1996) & Martin Berg in A Mighty Wind (2003)
born on 9-17-1938 in Silver City, New Mexico
expired 12-1-2008 in Chilmark, Martha's Vinyard, Massachusetts   age 70
character actor  William Benedict   played "Whitey" in 1940s and 50s Bowery Boys films
born on 4-16-1917 in Haskell, Oklahoma
expired 11-25-1999 in Los Angeles, California   age 82
tenor sax player, vocalist & band leader  Gordon "Tex" Beneke   sang "Chattanooga Choo Choo" & "I've Got a Gal in Kalamazoo" with Glenn Miller's orchestra
born on 2-12-1914 in Fort Worth, Texas
expired 5-30-2000 in Costa Mesa, California   age 86
barrister  Peter James Henry Solomon Benenson   founded the busy-body organization known as Amnesty International (1961)
born on 7-31-1921 in London, England
expired 2-25-2005 in Oxford, England   age 83   cause: pneumonia; celiac disease
Czech premier (1935-38)  Eduard Benes   resigned/fled after the München Pact dismembered the country; returned as head of government (1946-48) until ousted in Communist coup
born on 5-28-1884 in Kozlany, Bohemia
expired 9-3-1948 in Usti, Czechoslovakia   age 64
poet, author  Stephen Vincent Benét   wrote The Devil and Daniel Webster
born on 7-22-1898 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
expired 3-13-1943 in New York, New York   age 44
Israel's first Prime Minister  David Ben-Gurion
¤born: David Green 
born on 10-16-1886 in Plonsk, Poland
expired 12-1-1973 in Tel Aviv, Israel   age 87   cause: brain hemorrhage
former Puerto Rican resident commissioner in congress  Jaime Benitez Rexach
born on 10-29-1908 in Vieques Municipio, Puerto Rico
expired 5-30-2001 in San Juan, Puerto Rico   age 92   cause: pneumonia
CBS News producer  Burton Benjamin   co-producer of The Twentieth Century; produced the CBS Evening News during Walter Cronkite's tenure
born on 10-9-1917 in Cleveland, Ohio
expired 9-18-1988 in Scarborough, New York   age 70
geezer  Charlotte Benkner
¤née: Enterlein 
born on 11-16-1889 in Leipzig, Germany
expired 5-14-2004 in North Lima, Ohio   age 114
   Contest Selectors
2004ABRA, KLS, PCD, RIE22.2%
   Scored 1.7250 points

Methodist minister Rev.  George Bennard   wrote hymn The Old Rugged Cross (1912)
born on --1873
expired 10-10-1958 in Reed City, Michigan   age 85
actress  Barbara Bennett   mother of Morton Downey Jr.
born on 8-13-1906 in Palisaides, New Jersey
expired 8-9-1958 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada   age 51   cause: heart attack
early Tarzan actor  Bruce Bennett   was an Olympic shot putter — won silver in the 1928 games; played in the 1926 Rose Bowl for the University of Washington; played Waco Hoyt in Sahara (1943), was the unfaithful husband of the title character in Mildred Pierce (1945) & played James Cody in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
¤real name: Harold Herman Brix 
born on 5-19-1906 in Tacoma, Washington
expired 2-24-2007 in Santa Monica, California   age 100   cause: complications from a broken hip
   Contest Selectors
2003CSI5.6%
2004CSI5.6%
2005CSI4.3%
2006CSI3.3%
2007DTH3.2%
   Scored 5.0000 solo points

AKS: Bennet Benett Benet
screenwriter  Charles Bennett   wrote The Man Who Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, King Solomon's Mines (1937 original) & Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
born on 8-2-1899 in Shoreham-By-Sea, England
expired 6-15-1995   age 95
former Florida congressman (1949-92)  Charles Edward Bennett Sr.   sponsored the legislation that put "In God We Trust" on U.S. currency (1955) & the Americans With Disabilities Act
born on 12-2-1910 in Canton, New York
expired 9-6-2003 in Jacksonville, Florida   age 92
actress  Constance Campbell Bennett   sister of Joan Bennett
born on 10-22-1905 in New York, New York
expired 7-24-1965 in Fort Dix, New Jersey   age 59
Ronnettes singer  Estelle Bennett   older sister of band member Ronnie Spector & cousin of band member Nedra Talley
born on 7-22-1941
expired 2-9-2009 in Englewood, New Jersey   age 67   cause: colon cancer
aviator  Floyd Bennett   flew over North Pole with Richard Byrd; former Long Island airfield named for him (Lindbergh left from there for Paris)
born on 10-25-1890 in Warrensburg, New York
expired 4-25-1928 in Quebec, Canada   age 37   cause: plane crash
actress  Joan Bennett
born on 2-27-1910 in Palisaides, New Jersey
expired 12-7-1990   age 80
composer  Robert Russell Bennett
born on 6-15-1894 in Kansas City, Missouri
expired 8-19-1981   age 87
recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor Vietnam War conscientious objector  Thomas William Bennett   as a medical corpsman corporal Bennett braved withering enemy fire to go to the aid of his wounded comrades, ultimately losing his life; his selflessness was recognized with the awarding of the Congressional Medal of Honor, only the second to ever be given to a conscientious objector
born on 4-7-1947 in Mortgantown, Wast Virginia
expired 2-11-1969 in Chu Pa Region, Pleiku Province, Republic of Vietnam   age 21   cause: enemy fire
novelist  William E. Bennett   wrote Lilies of the Field
born on 11-16-1900 in New York, New York
expired 9-14-1987 in Denver, Colorado   age 86
hang gliding proponent  William Edward Norman "Bill" Bennett   introduced the sport to America in the 1960s
born on 9-26-1931 in Korumburra, Australia
expired 10-7-2004 in Lake Havasu City, Arizona   age 73   cause: crashed
Pharoahs drummer  William Martin Bennett   played on 1960s hits Wooly Bully & Li'l Red Riding Hood with Sam the Sham
born on 7-12-1944 in New York, New York
expired 10-25-2000 in Sykesville, Maryland   age 56   cause: heart attack
physicist & inventor  William Ralph Bennett Jr.   pioneered the gas laser, receiving numerous patents (1964)
born on 1-30-1930 in Jersey City, New Jersey
expired 6-29-2008 in Haverford, Pennsylvania   age 78   cause: cancer of the esophagus
comedian  Jack Benny   on radio and tv played a character who was the cheapest man on earth; appeared in 1929 movie Chasing Rainbows (the song Happy Days Are Here Again was introduced in it)
¤born: Benjamin Kubelsky 
born on 2-14-1894 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 12-26-1974 in Beverly Hills, California   age 80   cause: pancreatic cancer
professional wrassler  Christopher Michael Benoit   had been knocking around all of the circuits: WCW, WCW, WCW & WWE/F; did a murder/suicide on wife & child; seriously into steroids ('roid rage?)
born on 5-21-1967 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada
expired 6-25-2007 in Fayette County, Georgia (near Fayetteville)   age 40   cause: suicide; hanged
former literary critic  Pierre de Bénouville   formed early German resistance movement in World War II
born on 8-8-1914 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands
expired 12-5-2001 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 87
AKS: Benouville
Mormon Church elder  Ezra Taft Benson
born on 9-3-1899 in Whitney, Idaho
expired 5-30-1994   age 94
Nancy Drew author  Mildred Augustine Wirt Benson   also a writer for the Toledo Blade
¤aka: "Carolyn Keene" 
born on 7-10-1905 in Ladora, Iowa
expired 5-28-2002 in Toledo, Ohio   age 96
   Contest Selectors
2000 KLS14%
2001 KLS12½%
2002 RR9.1%
   Scored 5.4000 solo points

Four Tops vocalist  Renaldo "Obie" Benson   sang baritone in the group
born on 6-14-1936 in Detroit, Michigan
expired 7-1-2005 in Detroit, Michigan   age 69   cause: lung cancer
author  Sally Benson   wrote Meet Me In Saint Louis
¤pan name: "Esther Everts" 
born on 9-3-1900 in Saint Louis, Missouri
expired 7-19-1972 in Woodland Hills, California   age 71
Hindenburg survivor  Eugen Bentele   mechanic aboard the Hindenburg
born on 10-18-1909 in Friedrichshafen, Germany
expired 12-12-2003 in Friedrichshafen, Germany   age 94
   Contest Selectors
2003CSI5.6%
   Did  Not Score - insufficient category citations (zero of the minimum three needed)
2004 CSI

AKS: Eugene
philosopher  Jeremy Bentham   knew an ipsedixitist when he saw one
born on 2-15-1748 in London, England
expired 6-6-1832 in London, England   age 84
original BBC "Goon"  Michael Bentine   appeared with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan and Harry Secombe on the first season (1952) of the BBC Goon Show
born on 1-26-1922 in Watford, Hertfordshire, England
expired 11-26-1996 in London, England   age 74   cause: prostate cancer
retired Dallas, TX police detective  Paul Lester Bentley   arrested Lee Harvey Oswald in the Texas Theater 80 minutes after JFK was assassinated & 20 minutes after Oswald had killed officer J D Tippit
born on 6-29-1921 in Dallas, Texas
expired 7-21-2008 in Dallas, Texas   age 87
automotive designer-builder  Walter Owen Bentley   merged his firm with Rolls-Royce in 1931
expired 8-13-1971 in Woking, England   age 82
MIT professor  Stephen A. Benton   as a Polaroid Co. employee invented the white-light 3-D rainbow-colored hologram (1968), used on credit cards, driver's licenses, etc.
born on 12-1-1941 in San Francisco, California
expired 11-9-2003 in Boston, Massachusetts   age 61   cause: brain cancer
North Carolina senator (1821-51)  Thomas Hart Benton   lost re-election bid for opposing extension of slavery into new territories
born on 5-14-1782 in Hillsboro, North Carolina
expired 4-10-1854 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 71
muralist  Thomas Hart Benton
born on 4-15-1889 in Neosho, Missouri
expired 1-19-1975 in Kansas City, Missouri   age 85   cause: heart disease
 Lloyd Millard Bentsen Sr.
born on 11-24-1895
expired 1-17-1989   age 93   cause: hit by bus
Bubba's first Treasury Secretary  Lloyd Millard Bentsen Jr.   a great "friend" of the oil and gas industry (hence the nickname)
¤aka: "Loophole Lloyd" 
born on 2-11-1921 in Mission, Texas
expired 5-23-2006 in Houston, Texas   age 85
   Contest Selectors
2000TEX14%
2001TEX12½%
2002TMTX9.1%
2003TMTX5.6%
2004ADWC5.6%
2005ADWC, BYE, FA, SLIM, TBC21.7%
2006ADWC, BYE, TFM10.0%
   Scored 4.6250 points

AKS: Bentson Bensen Benson Bensun
Great Lakes sailor  Thomas D. Bentsen   Oiler aboard the Edmund Fitzgerald
expired 11-10-1975 in Eastern Lake Superior, Canada   age 23   cause: drowned when ship foundered
screenwriter  Leonardo Benvenuti   wrote screenplays for Once Upon A Time In America and Marriage, Italian Style
born on 9-8-1923 in Florence, Italy
expired 11-3-2000 in Rome, Italy   age 77   cause: complications after heart bypass surgery
pioneering biodynamicist  Theodore Hannes Benzinger   flight surgeon with the Luftwaffe during World War II; invented the ear thermometer; developed the Planck-Benzinger equation that "modified" the Second Law of Thermondynamics (entropy)
born on 4-13-1905 in Stuttgart, Germany
expired 10-26-1999 in Bethesda, Maryland   age 94
actor  John Beradino
born on 5-1-1917 in Los Angeles, California
expired 5-19-1996   age 79
ousted French premier (1992-93)  Pierre Eugene Beregovoy
born on 12-23-1925 in Deville-les-Rouen, France
expired 5-1-1993   age 67
 Janice Marian Berenstain   co-creator of the Berenstain Bears
¤née: Grant 
born on 7-26-1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-24-2012 in Solebury Township, Pennsylvania   age 88   cause: stroke
graphic artist & kiddie book author  Stanley Melvin Berenstain   with wife Jan created the Berenstain Bears (1962)
born on 9-29-1923 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 11-26-2005 in Doylestown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania   age 82   cause: lymphoma
small firearms manufacturer  Pietro Beretta   best remembered for his pistols
expired 5-2-1957 in Brescia, Italy   age 87
Mad Magazine artist  David "Dave" Berg   known for his Lighter Side of ... strips
¤aka: "Roger Kaputnik" 
born on 6-12-1920 in New York, New York
expired 5-16-2002 in Marina del Rey, California   age 81
actress  Gertrude Edelstein Berg   played Molly Goldberg on radio and tv
born on 10-3-1899 in New York, New York
expired 9-14-1966 in New York, New York   age 66
major league catcher  Morris "Moe" Berg   spoke 10 languages; later was an agent for the Office of Strategic Services during World War II
born on 5-3-1902
expired 5-29-1972 in Belleville, New Jersey   age 70
LPGA co-founder (1950)  Patricia Jane "Patty" Berg   was the organizations first president (1950-52)
born on 2-13-1918 in Minneapolis, Minnesota
expired 9-10-2006 in Fort Myers, Florida   age 88   cause: complications from Alzheimer's disease
jazz saxophonist  Robert "Bob" Berg
born on 4-7-1951 in New York, New York
expired 12-5-2002 in Amagansett, New York   age 51   cause: car struck by cement truck during snow storm
AIDS victim  Kimberly Bergalis   victim of Dr. Acer's willful malpractice
¤aka: "Patient A" 
born on 1-9-1968 in Tamaqua, Pennsylvania
expired 12-8-1991 in Fort Pierce, Florida   age 23   cause: AIDS
ventriloquist  Edgar John Bergen   father of Candice; first president of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences
¤born: Edgar John Bergren 
born on 2-16-1903 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 9-30-1978 in Las Vegas, Nevada   age 75
   Contest Selectors
1979 HA

Dr.  Frank Milan Berger   created the first mass-marketed psychiatric (anti-anxiety) drug "Miltown" (meprobamate; 1955)
born on 6-25-1913 in Pilsen, West Bohemia, Austri-Hungary
expired 3-18-2008 in Manhattan, New York, New York   age 94   cause: cardiac arrest; fall
movie director  Ludwig Berger   co-directed Thief of Bagdad (1940)
¤born: Ludwig Gottfried Heinrich Bamberger 
born on 1-6-1892 in Mainz, Germany
expired 5-18-1969 in Schlangenbad, Germany   age 77
character actor  Lee Bergere   portrayed Abraham Lincoln on an original series Star Trek episode ("The Savage Curtain"; 1969)
born on 4-10-1914 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 1-31-2007 in Fremont, New Hampshire   age 88
chemistry researcher  Friedrich Bergius   shared the 1931 Nobel prize in chemistry; came up with ways to produce gasoline from coal & sugar from wood
born on 10-11-1884 in Goldschmieden, Silesia, Germany
expired 3-30-1949 in Buenos Aires, Argentina   age 64
interviewed by `Playboy Magazine' in June 1964 film director  Ernst Ingmar Bergman   directed The Seventh Seal (1957)
born on 7-14-1918 in Uppsala, Uppsala län, Sweden
expired 7-30-2007 in Faro Island, Sweden   age 89
   Contest Selectors
2003DTM5.6%
2004DTM, EOD11.1%
2005DTM4.3%
2006DTH, DTM, RIE, 4GUE13.3%
2007DTH, GREB, JCM, RIE, WEP, 4GUE19.4%
   Scored 3.6781 points
2009GREB

actress  Ingrid Bergman   mother of Isabella Rossellini
born on 8-29-1915 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
expired 8-29-1982   age 67   cause: cancer
voice actress  Mary Kay Bergman   did voice of Quasimodo's Mother in The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996) and Mrs. Cartman & Kenny's mom on South Park
¤aka: "Shannen Cassidy" 
born on 6-5-1961
expired 11-11-1999 in Venice, California   age 38   cause: suicide; shotgun blast to head (Mossberg 12 gauge)
"Don't Crush That Dwarf Hand me the Pliers" comedian  Peter Paul Bergman   with David Ossman, Phil Austin, and Phil Proctor founded the Firesign Theater troupe — they waited (in vain) for the electrician or somebody like him
¤onetime Mr. Maryedith Burrell 
born on 11-29-1939 in Cleveland, Ohio
expired 3-9-2012 in Santa Monica, California   age 72   cause: complications from leukemia
1927 Nobel literature prize winner  Henri Bergson   a philosopher & member of the French Academy
born on 10-18-1859 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 1-4-1941 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 81   cause: complications from arthritis
biochemist Dr.  Sune Karl Bergström   shared the 1982 Nobel medicine prize for discoveries in the workings of prostaglandins & related substances
born on 1-10-1916 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden
expired 8-15-2004 in Stockholm, Stockholms län, Sweden   age 88   cause: "a long illness"
AKS: Bergstrom
KGB head goon (1938-53)  Lavrenti Pavlovich Beria   Yezhov's successor; one sadistic M.F.; taken out and shot nine months after Stalin's death
born on 3-29-1899 in Georgia, Russia
expired 12-23-1953 in Moscow, Russia, USSR   age 54   cause: executed
AKS: Levrenti
addled offspring  Gergo Gegechkori   son of Beria; spend his last 45 years trying to exonerate his old man (talk about a futile exercise)
¤psuedonym: Sergo Gegechkori 
born on --1924
expired 10-13-2000 in Kiev, Ukraine   age 75   cause: heart attack
composer  Luciano Berio
born on 10-24-1925 in Oneglia, Liguria, Italy
expired 5-25-2003 in Rome, Italy   age 77
legendary movie choreographer & director  Busby Berkeley
¤born: William Berkeley Enos 
born on 11-29-1895 in Los Angeles, California
expired 3-14-1976 in Palm Desert, California   age 80
screenwriter  Edward O. "Ted" Berkman   co-wrote the story & screenplay for Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)
born on 1-9-1914 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 5-12-2006 in Goleta Valley, California   age 92   cause: cancer
comedian  Milton Berle
¤born: Mendel Berlinger
aka: "Uncle Miltie" and "Mr. Television" 
born on 7-12-1908 in New York, New York
expired 3-27-2002 in Los Angeles, California   age 93   cause: colon cancer
   Contest Selectors
1979 DO, MS, SB23.1%
1980 DR, DW, EB, HA25.0%
2000 ANG, BOD, IVY, KLS57%
2001 ANG, BOD, KLS, ROTS50%
2002 ANG, BOD, CMH, DTM, JAC, JL, MORB, RAVN, RR, TMTX90.9%
   Scored 3.2049 points

Milton's older brother  Phil Berle   had the rest of the siblings change their names for better marquee value; handled the business end of the five sibling's vaudeville act; also worked with Rudy Vallee and The Three Stooges
¤born: Phil Berlinger 
born on 1-21-1901
expired 1-2-1999 in Tampa, Florida   age 97
 Ruth Berle   wife of Milton
¤born: Ruth Cosgrove 
born on 5-14-1921
expired 4-18-1989   age 67
Irving's wife  Ellin Mackay Berlin
born on 3-22-1902
expired 7-29-1988   age 86
songwriter  Irving Berlin   wrote God Bless America
born on 5-11-1888 in Temun, Russia
expired 9-22-1989   age 101
   Contest Selectors
1979 DO, JW, MS23.1%
1980 DO, JW, RR, VA25.0%

inventor  Emile Berliner   invented the Grammophone disc player (superceding the Edison cylinder); also invented the "dynamic" microphone
born on 5-20-1851 in Hannover, Prussia, Germany
expired 8-3-1929   age 78
to 1932 award winnerto 1930 award winner 1932 Olympic decathalon gold medalist  Bernard E. "Barney" Berlinger Sr.   won 1931 Sullivan Award
born on 3-13-1908
expired 12-2-2002 in Carversville, Pennsylvania   age 94   cause: heart failure
linguist  Charles Frambach Berlitz   ran the language schools founded by his grandfather; author of Atlantis (1969), Mysteries from Forgotten Worlds (1973) & The Bermuda Triangle (1974)
born on 11-22-1913 in New York, New York
expired 12-18-2003 in Tamarac, Florida   age 90
concert pianist  Lazar Naumovich Berman
born on 2-26-1930 in Leningrad, Russia, USSR
expired 2-6-2005 in Florence, Italy   age 74   cause: heart attack
photographer  Morris Berman   as a World War II U.A. Army photographer to picutres of the corpses of Mussolini & his mistress
born on 7-15-1909 in Wheeling, West Virginia
expired 6-16-2002 in Sun City, Arizona   age 92
movie producer  Pandro Samuel Berman   produced: Top Hat, Morning Glory, The Blackboard Jungle, The Gay Divorcee (1934), Swing Time, Shall We Dance, Of Human Bondage, The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939), Gunga Din, National Velvet, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958), Butterfield 8 and Father of the Bride (1950)
born on 3-28-1905 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 7-8-1996   age 91
former Nicaraguan contra leader  Enrique Bermúdez
¤aka: "Commandante 380" 
expired 2-16-1991 in Managua, Nicaragua   age 58   cause: assassinated; a hail of gunfire
AKS: Bermudez
actor  Jason Bernard
born on 5-17-1938 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 10-16-1996 in Burbank, California   age 58   cause: heart attack
physician & researcher Dr.  Jean Alfred Bernard   pioneering hematologist; researcher blood diseases, having several syndromes named for him; was a member of the Académie française (seat number 25; 1975-2006, succeeding Marcel Pagnol)
born on 5-26-1907 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 4-17-2006 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 98
AKS: hæmatologist
character actor/acting teacher  Joseph Bernard   appeared in Judgement at Nurembuerg (1961); was the Argilian musician Tark on original Star Trek series episode Wolf in the Fold
born on 12-12-1923 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 4-3-2006 in New York, New York   age 82
Charlie the Tuna actor  Hershel Bernardi   provided voice for spokestoon Charlie the Tuna
born on 10-30-1923 in New York, New York
expired 5-9-1986 in Los Angeles, California   age 62
MacDonald's franchisee  Alcide E. Bernardin   invented the Quarter-Pounder hamburger (1971)
born on 2-17-1928
expired 12-22-2009 in Fremont, California   age 81   cause: stroke
Chicago prelate  Joseph Cardinal Bernardin
¤born: Joseph Louis Bernardin 
born on 4-2-1928 in Columbia, South Carolina
expired 11-14-1996 in Chicago, Illinois   age 68   cause: liver & pancreas cancer
Spanish candymaker  Enric Bernat i Fontlladosa   created Chupa Chups lollipops (1958)
born on 10-20-1923
expired 12-27-2003 in Barcelona, Spain   age 80
AKS: Fontlladusa
public relations expert  Edward L. Bernays
born on 11-22-1891 in Vienna, Austria
expired 3-9-1995   age 103
advertising executive  William Bernbach   a co-founder of the Doyle Dane Bernbach agency (1949)
born on 8-13-1911 in New York, New York
expired 10-2-1982 in New York, New York   age 71   cause: leukemia
Hollywood sound engineer & director  Edward L. Bernds Sr.   directed several Bowery Boys movies, The Queen of Outer Space (1958), Return of the Fly (1959) + The Three Stooges in Orbit (1962) and The Three Stooges Meet Hercules (1962)
born on 7-12-1905 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 5-20-2000 in Van Nuys, California   age 94
1969 Reuben Award winner cartoonist  Walter Berndt   created the Smitty strip (1924-73) & the Herby strip (1938-60); received the 1969 Reuben Award
born on 11-22-1899 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 8-??-1979 in Port Jefferson, New York   age 79
royal consort  Prince Bernhard   widower of Queen Juliana, father of Queen Beatrix
¤born: Bernhard Leopold Friedrich Eberhard Julius Kurt Karl Gottfried Peter Lippe-Biesterfeld zu Lippe-Biesterfeld 
born on 6-29-1911 in Jena, Germany
expired 12-1-2004 in Utrecht, The Netherlands   age 93   cause: lung & colon cancer
   Contest Selectors
2005ANG

actress  Sarah Bernhardt
¤real name: Rosine Bernard 
born on 10-22-1844 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 3-26-1923   age 78
vaudeville orchestra conductor  Ben Bernie   had catchphrase "Yowzah!"; first to record Sweet Georgia Brown (demanded/got co-author credit for the "privilege")
expired 10-20-1943 in Los Angeles, California   age 52
NYC 21 Club co-founder  Charles A. Berns
born on 8-8-1901
expired 2-??-1971   age 69
prolific movie music composer  Elmer Bernstein   wrote musical scores for Robot Monster (1953), The Man With the Golden Arm (1955), The Ten Commandments (1956), The Magnificent Seven (1960), To Kill a Mockingbird (1962), The Great Escape (1963), True Grit (1969), Animal House (1978), Airplane! (1980), Heavy Metal (1980) & Ghostbusters (1984); won oscar for his musical score for Thoroughly Modern Millie (1967)
born on 4-4-1922 in New York, New York
expired 8-18-2004 in Ojai, California   age 82
conductor/composer  Leonard Bernstein   wrote musical score for West Side Story (along with Stephen Sondheim's lyrics)
born on 8-25-1918 in Lawrence, Massachusetts
expired 10-14-1990   age 72
   Contest Selectors
1979 HP7.7%
1980 EK, VA12.5%

businessman and amateur hypnotist  Morey Bernstein   wrote The Quest for Bridey Murphy in 1956
born on 6-21-1919
expired 4-2-1999 in Pueblo, Colorado   age 79   cause: irregular heartbeat
artist  Theresa Ferber Bernstein   an arist of the Ash Can School
¤Mrs. William Meyerowitz 
born on 3-1-1890 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 2-13-2002 in New York, New York   age 111
 Alfred C. Berol   president of Eagle Pencil Company (1946-62); name changed to Berol Corp. (1969)
born on 10-5-1892
expired 6-14-1974 in Danbury, Connecticut   age 81
former baseball catcher  Raymond Frederick Berres
born on 8-31-1907 in Kenosha, Wisconsin
expired 2-1-2007 in Kenosha, Wisconsin   age 99   cause: pneumonia
   Contest Selectors
2003JL5.6%

actor/director  Claude Berri   filmed Jean de Florette (1986) & Manon des Sources (1986)
¤born: Claude Berel Langemann 
born on 7-1-1934 in Paris, Île-de-France, France
expired 1-12-2009 in Paris, Île-de-France, France   age 74   cause: stroke
plush toy manufacturer  Russell M. Berrie   founded Russ Berrie & Company (1963)
born on 3-18-1933 in New York, New York
expired 12-25-2002 in Englewood, New Jersey   age 69   cause: heart failure
pacifist  Philip Francis Berrigan   brother of Daniel
born on 10-5-1923 in Two Harbors, Minnesota
expired 12-6-2002 in Baltimore, Maryland   age 79   cause: liver & kidney cancer
Gil Thorp comic creator  John A. "Jack" Berrill
born on 9-22-1923 in New York, New York
expired 3-14-1996 in Brookfield, Connecticut   age 72
barrister  Roland Berrill   co-founded Mensa (1946)
expired ??-??-1951 in London, England   age ??
tubby actor  Fred Berry   played Fred `Rerun' Stubbs on What's Happening sitcom (1976-9)
born on 3-13-1951 in Saint Louis, Missouri
expired 10-22-2003 in Los Angeles, California   age 52
   Contest Selectors
2003TAP5.6%
   Scored 9.8000 solo points

songwriter  Richard Berry   Louie, Louie writer (1955); song popularized by The Kingsmen (1963)
born on 4-11-1935 in Extension, Louisiana
expired 1-23-1997 in Los Angeles, California   age 61   cause: aneuyrism
jack-of-many-trades  William Berry   was a sound engineer for Warner Brothers studios in the 1930s; was a project engineer on Howard Hughes' Spruce Goose — was on board for it's only flight; father of singer Jan Berry
born on 12-19-1909
expired 12-19-2004   age 95
singer  William Jan Berry   half of Jan and Dean; had hits with Deadman's Curve and Little Old Lady from Pasadena<
born on 4-3-1941 in Los Angeles, California
expired 3-26-2004 in Los Angeles, California   age    cause: seizure; complications from 1966 car crash neural damage
jazz trumpeter & bandleader  William Richard "Bill" Berry
born on 9-14-1930 in Benton Harbor, Michigan
expired 11-13-2002 in Los Angeles, California   age 72   cause: lung cancer
Berryman's November 16, 1902 front page cartoon Washington Post editorial cartoonist  Clifford Kennedy Berryman   drew 1902 Washington Evening Star cartoon (titled "Drawing the Line in Mississippi") portraying Theodore Roosevelt refusing to shoot a bear cub, the inspiration for the creation of the Teddy Bear; won 1944 Pulitzer prize for editorial cartooning; father of James
born on 4-2-1869 in Clifton, Kentucky
expired 12-11-1949 in Washington, District of Columbia   age 80
Washington Evening Star editorial cartoonist (1923-64)  James Thomas Berryman   won 1950 Pulitzer prize for Editorial Cartooning; son of Clifford
born on 6-8-1902 in Washington, District of Columbia
expired 8-11-1971 in Venice, Florida   age 69
Dr.  Solomon Aaron Berson   co-discoverer of insulin radioimmunoassay (his partner in the discover shared the 1977 Nobel prize in medicine for the work)
born on 4-22-1918 in New York, New York
expired 4-11-1972 in Atlantic City, New Jersey   age 53   cause: heart attack
Notre Dame quarterback  Angelo Bortolo Bertelli   winner of the Heisman Trophy (1943)
¤nickname: "accurate Angelo" 
born on 6-18-1921 in West Springfield, Massachusetts
expired 6-26-1999 in Clifton, New Jersey   age 78   cause: brain cancer
Cardinal  Paolo Bertoli
born on 2-1-1908
expired 11-8-2001   age 93
super-geeezer  Julie Winnefred Bertrand   currently the oldest living woman and Canadian; lives in Montreal
born on 6-16-1891 in Coaticook, Eastern Township, Quebec, Canada
expired 1-18-2007 in Montreal, Quebec, Canada   age 115
   Contest Selectors
2006KLS3.3%
2007KLS, RPRM, WEP9.7%
   Scored 1.6250 solo points

obscure actress  Marcheline Bertrand   best known as the mother of Angelina Jolie & James Haven Voight while married to Jon Voight (1971-78)
born on 5-9-1950 in Chicago, Illinois
expired 1-27-2007 in Los Angeles, California   age 56   cause: ovarian cancer
   Contest Selectors
2007LMLD, RAVN6.5%
   Scored 8.1500 points

former University of Chicago running back and quarterback  John Jacob "Jay" Berwanger   only winner of the Downtown Athletic Club (later Heisman) Trophy (1935); first player selected in first NFL draft (by the Philadelphia Eagles - he never played in the league)
born on 3-19-1914 in Dubuque, Iowa
expired 6-26-2002 in Oak Brook, Illinois   age 88   cause: lung cancer
   Contest Selectors
1979 RR7.7%
2000 RR14%
2001 RR12½%
2002 DTM, JAC, RR27.3%
   Scored 4.3250 points

actress  Bibi Besch   played Jim Kirk's ex-flame in Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan
born on 2-1-1940 in Vienna, Austria
expired 9-7-1996 in Los Angeles, California   age 56   cause: cancer
former Army Air Corps Lt.  Jacob Beser   only person to fly on both World War II nuclear missions against Japan: responsible for radar countermeasures on Enola Gay & Bockscar
born on 5-15-1921
expired 6-17-1992 in Baltimore, Maryland   age 71   cause: cancer
playwright  Rick Besoyan   wrote Little Mary Sunshine
born on --1925 in Alameda, California
expired 3-13-1970 in Sayville, New York   age 45
That Girl actor  Ted Bessell
born on 5-20-1935 in Flushing, New York
expired 10-6-1996 in Los Angeles, California   age 61   cause: aortic aneurism
former Stooge (1956-58)  Joe Besser
born on 8-12-1907
expired 2-29-1988   age 80
 Lauren Gail Bessette   sister of Carolyn Bessette Kennedy and twin of Lisa Ann
born on 11-5-1964 in Greenwich, Connecticut
expired 7-16-1999 in Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts   age 34   cause: plane crash at sea
Hollywood Ten screen writer  Alvah Bessie   wrote movie screenplays for Hotel Berlin & Northern Pursuit; wrote book Inquisition of Eden (1965) about the blacklisting saga
born on 6-4-1904 in New York, New York
expired 7-21-1985 in Terra Linda, California   age 81
retired college hockey coach  Amo Bessone   coached at Michigan Tech (1948-50) & MSU (1951-79)
born on 11-22-1916 in Sagamore, Cape Cod, Massachusetts, United State of America
expired 1-9-2010 in Santa Fe, New Mexico   age 93
   Contest Selectors
1980HA6.3%

insulin co-discoverer (1921) Dr.  Charles Herbert Best   also co-developed heparin
born on 2-27-1899 in West Pembroke, Maine
expired 3-31-1978 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada   age 79   cause: ruptured abdominal aneurism
George Best former UK soccer player  George Best   played for Manchester United; after undergoing 2002 liver transplant vowed to never drink again — that didn't last long
born on 5-22-1946 in Belfast, Norther Ireland
expired 11-25-2005 in London, England   age 59   cause: internal bleeding; lung infection
   Contest Selectors
2004RAVN5.6%

former Venezuelan president  Rómulo Betancourt   served two terms, 1945-48 & 1959-64
born on 2-22-1908 in Guatire, Venezuela
expired 9-28-1981 in New York, New York   age 73   cause: complications from stroke
AKS: Romulo
Cornell University quantum physicist  Hans Albrecht Bethe   first to explain how stars fuse hydrogen into helium in "Engery Production in Stars"(1938); worked on the Manhattan Project; winner of the 1967 Nobel Prize in physics
¤"The Father of Nuclear Astrophysics" 
born on 7-2-1906 in Strasburg, Alsace-Lorraine, Germany (now France)
expired 3-6-2005 in Ithaca, New York   age 98
   Contest Selectors
2000ANG14%
2001ANG12½%
2002ANG, RR18.2%
2003ANG, COCO, JL, RR22.2%
2004ANG, GHG, RR16.7%
2005ANG, GHG, RR13.0%
   Scored 3.3250 points
2006OIE

actress  Zina Bethune
¤Mrs. Sean Feeley 
born on 2-17-1945 in New York, New York
expired 2-12-2012 in Los Angeles, California   age 66   cause: hit & run victim
children's psychoanalyst  Bruno Bettelheim
born on 8-28-1903 in Vienna, Austria
expired 3-13-1990   age 86
   Contest Selectors
1980 GP6.3%

controversial politician  André Bettencourt
born on 4-21-1919 in Saint Maurice d'Etelan, Seine Inférieure, France
expired 11-17-2007   age 88
AKS: Andre
auto racer  Tony Lee Bettenhausen
born on 10-30-1951
expired 2-14-2000 in Leesburg, Kentucky   age 48   cause: plane crash
character actor  Lyle Bettger   played lots of villains in the 1950s & 60s
born on 2-13-1915 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
expired 9-24-2003 in Atascadero, California   age 88
archivist  Otto Ludwig Bettmann   founder of the Bettmann Archive (1936)
born on 10-15-1903 in Leipzig, Saxony, Germany
expired 5-1-1998 in Boca Raton, Florida   age 94   cause: kidney failure
actor  Carl Betz   played Dr. Alex Stone on The Donna Reed Show & was Judd for the Defense (1967-69)
born on 3-9-1920 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
expired 1-18-1978 in Los Angeles, California   age 57   cause: lung cancer
Ohio death row inmate  Michael F. Beuke
¤number A176128
aka: "the Homicidal Hitchhiker" 
born on 2-14-1962
expired 5-13-2010 in Lucasville, Ohio   age 48
   Contest Selectors
2010DFFC, OIE, PCD, RAVN14.8%
   Scored 8.0125 points

former ABC News anchor  William Charles "Bill" Beutel   hosted their morning show before it became Good Morning America
born on 12-12-1930 in Cleveland, Ohio
expired 3-18-2006 in Pinehurst, North Carolina   age 75
disgraced Baptist minister  James Luther Bevel   had been an advisor to Martin Luther King Jr.; was Lyndon LaRouche's vice-presidential running mate in 1992 on the Wack-Job ticket; was convicted of molesting his daughter
born on 10-19-1936 in Itta Bena, Mississippi
expired 12-19-2008 in Springfield, Virginia   age 72   cause: pancreatic cancer
namer & co-founder of Hollywood (1887)  Daeida Hartell Wilcox Beveridge   married Philo Judson Beveridge (1894) following the death of her first husband (1891); cared for new husband's father until 1910
born on --1861 in Hicksville, Ohio
expired ??-??-1914 in Hollywood, California   age 53
Illinois governor (1873-77)  John Lourie Beveridge   father-in-law of Hollywood co-founder
born on 7-6-1824 in Greenwich, New York
expired 5-3-1910 in Hollywood, California   age 85
Cahholic cardinal  Anthony Bevilacqua   the former archbishop of Philadelphia
born on 6-17-1923 in Brooklyn, New York, New York
expired 1-31-2012 in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania   age 88
retired Brunswick Corp. shipping supervisor  Joseph Robert Beyrle   in World War II was a 101st Airborne Division parachutist; jumped into Normandy on D-Night (June 5, 1944) & was captured; sent to a prisoner-of-war camp in Poland he escaped in January 1945 & fought with a Soviet Army tank unit until wounded in February; believed to be the only soldier to fight for both powers in the war
born on 8-25-1923 in Muskegon, Michigan
expired 12-12-2004 in Toccoa, Georgia   age 81   cause: congestive heart failure
novelist & film noir screenwriter  Albert Isaac "Buzz" Bezzerides   wrote Kiss Me Deadly, On Dangerous Ground & Thieves Highway; co-created The Big Valley tv western
born on 8-9-1908 in Samsun, Turkey
expired 1-1-2007 in Woodland Hills, California   age 98
spiritual leader  Yogi Bhajan
¤full name: Harbhajan Singh Khalsa Yogiji
born: Harbhajan Singh Puri 
born on 8-26-1929 in Gujrawala, India
expired 10-6-2004 in Española, New Mexico   age 75   cause: complications from heart failure
grieving widow  Begum Nusrat Bhutto   widow of Zulfikar; mother of Benazir
born on 9-21-1929 in Kurdistan, Iran
expired 10-23-2011 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates   age 82
   Contest Selectors
2009GOHI3.3%
2010DGW3.7%

former Pakistani Prime Minister  Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto   daughter of Zulfikar Ali
born on 6-21-1953 in Karachi, Pakistan
expired 12-27-2007 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan   age 54   cause: assassinated; gunshots
   Contest Selectors
2000BOD14%
2001BOD12½%
2002BOD9.1%
2004BOD5.6%
2005BOD, FA8.7%
2006BOD3.3%
2007BOD3.2%
   Scored 9.6000 solo points

AKS: Bhuto Butho Booto
1970s Pakistani Prime Minister  Zulfikar Ali Bhutto   overthrown in 1977; father of Benazir
born on 1-5-1928 in Larkana, Pakistan
expired 4-4-1979 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan   age 51   cause: executed; hanged

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