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Celebrities and Notable People Who Died in the Year 2000

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Marc Davis (Disney cartoonist) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 1, 2000. Born 1914. (Animated Cruella de Vil, designed the "Pirates of the Carribean" ride.)

Victor Serebriakoff (genius) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 1, 2000. Born 1913. (Helped build MENSA and designed IQ tests.)

Patrick O'Brian (author of sea-faring novels) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 2, 2000. Born December 12, 1914. (Wrote the very popular Aubrey-Maturin series.)

Don Martin (Mad cartoonist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 6, 2000. Born 1931.

Marguerite Churchill (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 10, 2000. Born December 25, 1909. (Appeared in many westerns, starred on Broadway in Dinner at Eight.) IMDb

Fran Ryan (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 15, 2000. Born November 26, 1916. (Maybe best-known as Mrs. Ziffel in Green Acros but did lots of TV besides.) IMDb

Robert Rathburn Wilson (nuclear physicist) -- Dead. Stroke complications. Died January 16, 2000. Born March 4, 1917. (A leader of the Manhattan Project.)

Jester Hairston (actor/composer) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 18, 2000. Born July 9, 1901. (Amos 'n' Andy, dubbed Sidney Poitier's singing voice in Lillies of the Field, bit part in Being John Malkovich.) IMDb

Hedy Lamarr (actress/inventor) -- Dead. Died January 19, 2000. Born September 9, 1913. Samson and Delilah, Tortilla Flat, with composer George Antheil, she co-invented and patented a communications system during WWII that helped lead to spread-spectrum technology and wireless communications 40 years later, their friendship inspired the play "Frequency Hopping."  Home Page  Home Page  IMDb  youtube  Obituary  FindAGrave

Craig Claiborne (food author) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 22, 2000. Born September 4, 1920. (Writer for the New York Times and author of over 20 books about food.)

A. E. van Vogt (writer) -- Dead. Pneumonia/Alzheimer's. Died January 26, 2000. Born April 26, 1912. (Slan and The World of Null-A) AwardWeb


Carl Albert (politician) -- Dead. Old age. Died February 4, 2000. Born March 10, 1908. (Speaker of the House from 1971-1977.)

Doris Kenner-Jackson (singer) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died February 4, 2000. Born 1941. (A Shirelle, lead singer of "Dedicated to the One I Love.")

Todd Karns (actor/theater director and founder) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 5, 2000. Born 1920. (Remembered as George's kid brother in It's a Wonderful life.) IMDb

Deborah Laake (writer) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died February 6, 2000. Born 1952. (Wrote Secret Ceremonies: A Mormon Woman's Intimate Diary of Marriage and Beyond and was ex-communicated as a result.)

Doug Henning (magician) -- Dead. liver cancer. Died February 7, 2000. Born May 3, 1947. (The funny magician of the '70s and '80s.) IMDb

Jim Varney (actor) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died February 10, 2000. Born June 15, 1949. (Ernest, Jed in the Hillbillies remake and the voice of Slinky Dog in the Toy Story movies.) IMDb

Roger Vadim (director) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 11, 2000. Born January 26, 1928. (Famous for And God Created Woman, ex-husband of Bridgitte Bardot and Jane Fonda.) IMDb

"Screamin'" Jay Hawkins (R and B singer) -- Dead. Hemmorhage. Died February 12, 2000. Born July 18, 1929. ("I Put a Spell on You") IMDb

Charles M. Schulz (cartoonist) -- Dead. Heart attack/effects of colon cancer. Died February 12, 2000. Born November 26, 1922. (No longer drawing for Peanuts.) IMDb

William "Oliver" Swofford (singer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 12, 2000. Born 1945. "Good Morning, Starshine"

Ofra Haza (singer) -- Dead. AIDS/Complications of pneumonia. Died February 23, 2000. Born November 19, 1957. (One of Israeli's most famous singers, she recorded songs for Prince of Egypt and The Governess in many languages, her death caused a storm of controversy in Israel.) IMDb


John Colicos (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 6, 2000. Born December 10, 1928. (A Shakespearean actor probably best-known as Baltar on Battlestar Gallactica.) IMDb

Charles Gray (actor) -- Dead. Died March 7, 2000. Born August 29, 1928. (Best-known as the narrator of The Rocky Horror Picture Show and as Blofeld in a James Bond movie.) IMDb

John Sladek (writer) -- Dead. Lung disease. Died March 10, 2000. Born December 15, 1937. (Science fiction satirist.)

Durward Kirby (sidekick) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died March 15, 2000. Born August 24, 1912. (Candid Camera and The Garry Moore Show.) IMDb

Alex Comfort (writer) -- Dead. Complications of strokes. Died March 26, 2000. Born February 10, 1920. (The New Joy of Sex)

Helen Martin (actress) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died March 25, 2000. Born July 23, 1909. The Grandmother in Bulworth, Pearl on 227 IMDb

Ian Dury (rocker) -- Dead. Cancer. Died March 27, 2000. Born May 12, 1942. (The Blockheads and a surprising number of movies.) IMDb


Terence McKenna (novel writer and mystic) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died April 3, 2000. Born 1946.

Claire Trevor (actress) -- Dead. Died April 8, 2000. Born March 8, 1909. (Appeared in the Oscar reunion segment in '98, Stagecoach, won an Oscar for Key Largo.) IMDb

Catherine Crook de Camp (writer) -- Dead. Surgical complications/Alzheimer's. Died April 9, 2000. Born November 6, 1907. The Day of the Dinosaur Make memorial contributions to: Alzheimer's Association Home Page

Christopher Pettiet (actor) -- Dead. Extreme stupidity (drug overdose). Died April 12, 2000. Born February 12, 1976. Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead Make memorial contributions to: Christopher Pettiet Memorial Scholarship Fund IMDb

Larry Linville (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia/lung cancer. Died April 10, 2000. Born September 29, 1939. (Frank on the M*A*S*H TV show.) IMDb

Edward Gorey (cartoonist/author) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died April 15, 2000. Born February 22, 1925. (Amphigorey)

Renato Di Paolo (obscure method actor) -- Dead. Hanged himself accidentally. Died April 22, 2000. Born circa 1977. Actor who died the day before Easter while performing the part of Judas a bit too convincingly in an Italian production of Via Crucis.  Obituary

Vickie Sue Robinson (disco diva) -- Dead. Died April 27, 2000. Born circa 1955. ("Turn the Beat Around") IMDb


Steve Reeves (actor) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died May 1, 2000. Born January 21, 1926. (Former Mr. Universe, mostly made Italian toga epics.) IMDb

Douglas Fairbanks Jr. (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died May 7, 2000. Born December 9, 1909. IMDb

Craig Stevens (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 10, 2000. Born July 8, 1918. (Peter Gunn; married to Alexis Smith for many years.) IMDb

David B. Guralnik (Webster's lexicographer) -- Dead. Colon cancer. Died May 12, 2000. Born 1920. Chief wordmeister for Websters for almost 40 years, introduced "ain't" to the dictionary

Paul Bartel (director/actor) -- Dead. Heart attack (days after learning he had liver cancer). Died May 13, 2000. Born August 6, 1938. Eating Raoul IMDb

Edward L. Bernds (Stooge director) -- Dead. Old age. Died May 20, 2000. Born July 12, 1905. Directed a bunch of the shorts and some of the full-length movies IMDb

Jean-Pierre Rampal (flutist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 20, 2000. Born January 7, 1922.

Barbara Cartland (romance writer) -- Dead. Old age. Died May 21, 2000. Born July 9, 1901. Wrote at least 723 books, step-grandmother of Diana, Princess of Wales, but suffered from the same disease as Tammy Faye Bakker (morbidly obese eyelashes). IMDb

Sir John Gielgud (British actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died May 21, 2000. Born April 14, 1904. Gave a last performance just a month before he died. IMDb

Mark Reynolds Hughes (entreprenuer) -- Dead. Unexpected. Died May 21, 2000. Born 1956. Helped launch the herbal/dietary supplement craze in 1980 with Herbalife, but ya gotta wonder if it's so good for you, why did he die so early-middle-age... Make memorial contributions to: Herbalife Family Foundation

Randolph Walker (theater actor) -- Dead. Hit by a tour bus in Manhattan. Died May 22, 2000. Born 1927. Appeared in many plays in New York and the occassional soap opera

Gordon "Tex" Beneke (band leader/saxophonist) -- Dead. Died May 30, 2000. Born February 12, 1914. Led the Glenn Miller Orchestra for years after Miller's death, lead singer for "Chattanooga Choo Choo" IMDb

Tito "The Mambo King" Puente (bandleader/percussionist) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died May 31, 2000. Born April 20, 1923. Led the Tito Puente Orchestra since 1948, recorded over 100 albums IMDb

Mary Jenkins Langston (cook) -- Dead. Stroke. Died May 30, 2000. Born 1922. Elvis Presley's famed peanut butter and banana sandwich cook

Johnnie Taylor (singer) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 31, 2000. Born May 5, 1938. "Who's Makin' Love?" and "Disco Lady"


Major, the Bear (hairy entertainer) -- Dead. Old age. Died June 3, 2000. Born January 1967. A polar bear who lived at Zoo New England/Old Stone Zoo

Jack Kroll (theater critic) -- Dead. Colon cancer. Died June 8, 2000. Born 1926. Longtime Newsweek writer

Jeff MacNelly (cartoonist) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died June 8, 2000. Born September 17, 1947. Shoe and many great political cartoons. Make memorial contributions to: Jeff MacNelly Award, University of North Carolina School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Joe Mayhew (cartoonist/reviewer) -- Dead. Suspected Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease. Died June 10, 2000. Born August 1942. Make memorial contributions to: The Washington Home AwardWeb

Frank Patterson (Irish tenor) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died June 10, 2000. Born 1938. Make memorial contributions to: St. Patrick's Home for the Aged and Infirm IMDb

Michaela Odone (creative mother) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died June 10, 2000. Born 1939. Her attempts to treat her fatally ill son inspired the movie Lorenzo's Oil (and her son has outlived her)

Judd Rose (journalist) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died June 10, 2000. Born 1955. Worked for CNN and ABC

Robert Trent Jones (golf course architect) -- Dead. Old age/after-effects of stroke. Died June 14, 2000. Born June 20, 1906. Designed over 300 golf courses, including the Augusta National and Spyglass Hill (Pebble Beach)

Peter McWilliams (writer) -- Dead. governmental stupidity/AIDS/lymphoma. Died June 16, 2000. Born 1950. Ain't Nobody's Business If You Do, a great book on dumb laws.

Nancy Marchand (actress) -- Dead. Lung cancer/emphysema. Died June 18, 2000. Born June 19, 1928. Mrs. Pynchon on Lou Grant, Livia on The Sopranos IMDb

David Tomlinson (actor) -- Dead. Strokes. Died June 24, 2000. Born May 7, 1917. Best-known as the father in Mary Poppins IMDb

Leslie Arthur Sirkin (geologist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died June 25, 2000. Born 1934.

Vittorio Gassman (actor) -- Dead. heart attack. Died June 29, 2000. Born September 1, 1922. Made many Italian movies, briefly married to Shelley Winters IMDb


Walter Matthau (actor) -- Dead. Cardiac arrest. Died July 1, 2000. Born October 1, 1920. Oscar in the movie version of The Odd Couple, co-starred with Jack Lemmon in many films IMDb

Harold Nicholas (dancer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died July 3, 2000. Born March 27, 1921. Great dancer, one of the Nicholas Brothers, married to Dorothy Dandridge.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Wladyslaw Szpilman (pianist/writer) -- Dead. Died July 6, 2000. Born December 5, 1911. Polish pianist who survived living in the Warsaw Ghetto, wrote Death of a City after World War II, and whose story was adapted by Polanski as The Pianist.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

FM-2030 (futurist) -- Dead and frozen. Pancreatic cancer (first time...). Died July 8, 2000. Born 1930. Born "F.M. Esfandiary," he felt he was a "21st century man born in the 20th century"

Justin Pierce (actor) -- Dead. Suicide (hanging). Died July 10, 2000. Born March 21, 1975. Kids IMDb

Meredith MacRae (actress) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died July 14, 2000. Born May 30, 1944. The blonde sister on Petticoat Junction Make memorial contributions to: United Cerebral Palsy Foundation; she was the telethon host for many years IMDb

Raymond E. Portwood, Jr. (game creator) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 17, 2000. Born 1934. Helped to develop "Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?"

Thea Porter ('60s Soho designer) -- Dead. Died July 24, 2000. Born 1928. Popularized flashy caftcans in the '60s

John W. Tukey (professor/computer theorist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 25, 2000. Born June 16, 1915. Invented terms like "software" and "bit," helped develop election polls The Practice of Data Analysis

Jaime Cardriche (actor/wrestler) -- Dead. Complications of gall bladder surgery. Died July 28, 2000. Born 1968. Many bit parts, probably best known as Tim in Malcolm and Eddie IMDb

Dr. Rene Favaloro (doctor) -- Dead. Possible suicide. Died July 29, 2000. Born 1923. Invented by-pass surgery


Sir Alec Guinness (actor) -- Dead. Liver cancer. Died August 5, 2000. Born April 02, 1914. Won an Oscar for Bridge on the River Kwai, played Obi-Wan in the first three Star Wars movies IMDb

Joan Marsh (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died August 10, 2000. Born July 10, 1914. Dimples in Road to Zanzibar IMDb

Loretta Young (actress) -- Dead. Ovarian cancer. Died August 12, 2000. Born January 6, 1913. The Bishop's Wife IMDb

John Milford (actor) -- Dead. Melanoma. Died August 14, 2000. Born September 7, 1929. Appeared in dozens of TV shows; played at least ten different characters on different episodes of The Rifleman, helped to create the Hollywood Walk of Fame IMDb

Edward Craven Walker (gadfly) -- Dead. Cancer. Died August 15, 2000. Born 1918. Invented the lava lamp, opened a nudist resort in southern England

Robert Northshield (TV news producer) -- Dead. Died August 24, 2000. Born 1922. He created Sunday Morning and On the Road, won a du Pont - Columbia Award for an NBC documentary

Carl Barks (cartoonist) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died August 25, 2000. Born March 27, 1901. Drew Donald Duck and Scrooge McDuck IMDb


Ginetta Sagan (freedom fighter) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 1, 2000. Born 1925. A survivor of the Holocaust and a founder of Amnesty International

Elvera Davis (tap dancer) -- Dead. Old age. Died September 2, 2000. Born 1905. Sammy Davis, Jr.'s mother, well-known dancer IMDb

Jean Speegle Howard (actress) -- Dead. Heart and lung disease. Died September 2, 2000. Born 1928. Bit parts in dozens of movies and TV shows after her son, Ron Howard, cast her in Cocoon IMDb

Curt Siodmak (screenplay writer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died September 2, 2000. Born August 10, 1902. Wrote The Wolf Man and many other films IMDb

Shelagh Fraser (actress) -- Dead. Died September 13, 2000. Born September 25, 1922. Aunt beru in Star Wars, Hope and Glory.  IMDb

Beah Richards (actress) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died September 14, 2000. Born July 12, 1926. Died days after winning an Emmy for The Practice; Baby Suggs in Beloved, Sidney Poitier's mother in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner IMDb

Bea Marcus (pitchwoman) -- Dead. Died September 18, 2000. Born 1912. "I've fallen and I can't get up!"

Carl T. Rowan (syndicated journalist) -- Dead. . Died September 23, 2000. Born August 11, 1925. Thirty-three years a provocative columnist, served in two administrations

Dorr Bothwell (painter) -- Dead. Old age. Died September 24, 2000. Born May 3, 1902.  Home Page

Bonnie Wiley (journalist) -- Dead. . Died September 24, 2000. Born 1910. Female war correspondent, WWII

Richard Mulligan (actor) -- Dead. Colon cancer. Died September 26, 2000. Born November 13, 1932. Soap and Empty Nest, younger brother of Robert Mulligan.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Keith Roberts (writer) -- Dead. Died September 27, 2000. Born 1935. Pavane

Frank Wills (often unemployed security guard) -- Dead. Died September 27, 2000. Born 1948. Security guard who discovered the Democratic National Committee office in the Watergate Building had been burgled in June 1972

Pierre Elliott Trudeau (former Canadian Prime Minister) -- Dead. Prostate cancer/Parkinson's Disease. Died September 28, 2000. Born October 18, 1919. Canadian Prime Minister in the '60s, '70s and '80s Home Page


Benjamin Orr (singer/guitarist) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died October 3, 2000. Born August 9, 1947. Played with the Cars, lead singer for their hit "Drive"

Richard Farnsworth (actor/stunt man) -- Dead. Suicide/terminal cancer. Died October 6, 2000. Born September 1, 1920. The Straight Story IMDb

David Dukes (actor) -- Dead. Died October 9, 2000. Born June 6, 1945. Edith's would-be rapist on All in the Family, David Lewis in Gods and Monsters IMDb

Jean Peters (actress) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died October 13, 2000. Born October 15, 1926. IMDb

Vincent Canby (critic) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 15, 2000. Born July 27, 1924.

Rick Jason (actor) -- Dead. Suicide (depression). Died October 16, 2000. Born May 21, 1926. Combat TV show IMDb

Frederick Clarke (writer/publisher) -- Dead. Suicide/depression. Died October 17, 2000. Born 1949. Created and wrote Cinefantastique. Make memorial contributions to: Building Fund of Ascension Church, 815 S. East Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304

Julie London (singer/actress) -- Dead. After-effects of a stroke. Died October 18, 2000. Born September 26, 1926. Emergency!, married to Bobby Troup at the time of his death, married to Jack Webb in the '40s and '50s IMDb

Gwen Verdon (actress/dancer) -- Dead. Died October 18, 2000. Born January 13, 1925. Damn Yankees, Cocoon, married to Bob Fosse Home Page IMDb

Larry Rhine (writer) -- Dead. Died October 27, 2000. Born 1910. Won a Golden Globe for All in the Family IMDb

Anthony Dwain Lee (extremely unlucky actor) -- Dead. "Manslaughter". Died October 28, 2000. Born July 17, 1961. Made a bad decision to point a toy gun at a person dressed like an LAPD cop during a Halloween party. Unfortunately, it was an LAPD cop. (Yes, I know the cop was black too, but there's something the mindset of an LAPD cop that just...) IMDb

David Graves (legendary dead pool player) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 29, 2000. Home Page

Steve Allen (writer/TV host/songwriter) -- Dead. Minor, untreated car accident which led to a heart attack. Died October 30, 2000. Born December 26, 1921. Can we have a meeting of the minds? Married to Jayne Meadows for 48 years Home Page IMDb

Ring Lardner, Jr. (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 31, 2000. Born August 19, 1915. Went to prison during the McCarthy hearings, later helped to adapt the movie M*A*S*H IMDb


Sir Steven Runciman (historian) -- Dead. Died November 1, 2000. Born 1903. Byzantium scholar, A History of the Crusuades

Robert Cormier (writer) -- Dead. Died November 2, 2000. Born January 17, 1925. The Chocolate War

Eva Morris (really old woman) -- Dead. Died November 2, 2000. Born November 8, 1885. Another oldest well-documented person, said whiskey and boiled onions helped her live so long

David Brower (ecological activist) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 5, 2000. Born July 1, 1912. Executive director of the Sierra Club for nearly 20 years Home Page

L. Sprague de Camp (writer) -- Dead. Died November 6, 2000. Born November 27, 1907. Lest Darkness Fall Home Page

Robert Trout (radio Methuselah) -- Dead. Old age. Died November 14, 2000. Born October 15, 1909. Spent most of his long career at CBS, but was a wonderful historical commentator on NPR until three weeks before his death, coined the term "fireside chat" to describe FDR's informal speeches

Sir Malcolm Bradbury (writer/teacher) -- Dead. Heart trouble. Died November 27, 2000. Born September 7, 1932. IMDb

Chris Rebello (high school football coach/child actor) -- Dead. Heart attack (while hunting). Died November 30, 2000. Born 1963. Memorable as Michael, the elder Brody son in Jaws, his only movie. Make memorial contributions to: Christopher R. Rebello Children's Education Fund, c/o Compass Bank, P.O. Box 3232, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557 Home Page IMDb


Gail Fisher (actress) -- Dead. Kidney failure/emphysema. Died December 2, 2000. Born August 18, 1935. Won an Emmy for playing Peggy Fair in Mannix, death was reported by The National Enquirer over a month before any other major service picked it up, died on the same day as her older brother. Home Page IMDb

Gwendolyn Brooks (poet) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 4, 2000. Born June 7, 1917. First black American to win a Pulitzer Prize Home Page

Werner Klemperer (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 6, 2000. Born March 22, 1920. Col. Klink in Hogan's Heroes IMDb

Marie Windsor (actress) -- Dead. Old age. Died December 10, 2000. Born December 11, 1919. Yet another "Queen of the B Movies" Home Page IMDb

George Montgomery (sculptor/actor) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died December 12, 2000. Born August 29, 1916. Western actor, married to Dinah Shore IMDb

Kirsty MacColl (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Boat hit her while she was swimming. Died December 18, 2000. Born October 10, 1959. Tropical Brainstorm Home Page IMDb

Barney McNulty ("behind-the-scenes inventor") -- Dead. Died December 18, 2000. Born June 15, 1923. Invented cue cards in 1949, later worked for Bob Hope and Milton Berle, Penny Singleton's brother IMDb

Robert Buck (rock guitarist/songwriter) -- Dead. Liver failure. Died December 19, 2000. Born August 1, 1958. Founding member of 10,000 Maniacs, he co-wrote "These Are the Days." Make memorial contributions to: Rob Buck Memorial Scholarship Fund Home Page

Thomas Yohe (TV producer/innovator) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 21, 2000. Born 1937. The man behind Schoolhouse Rock IMDb

Florynce Rae Kennedy (lawyer/lecturer) -- Dead. Died December 22, 2000. Born February 11, 1916.

Billy Barty (actor) -- Dead. Died December 23, 2000. Born October 25, 1924. Make memorial contributions to: Little People of America - Billy Barty Memorial Adoption Fund. Home Page IMDb FindAGrave

Victor Borge (pianist/comedian) -- Dead. Old age. Died December 23, 2000. Born January 3, 1909. Victor Borge in London. IMDb FindAGrave

Leo Gordon (actor/writer) -- Dead. Died December 26, 2000. Born December 2, 1922. Played Omar Bradley in War and Remembrance IMDb

Jason Robards (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died December 26, 2000. Born July 26, 1922. Wonderful actor, particularly of Eugene O'Neill characters, married to Lauren Bacall in the early '60s, won his first Oscar for All the President's Men Home Page IMDb

Jose Greco (flamenco dancer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died December 31, 2000. Born December 23, 1918. Ship of Fools IMDb

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