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Meinhardt Raabe (actor) -- Dead. Died April 9, 2010. Born September 2, 1915. Played the Munchkin Coronor in The Wizard of Oz, injured in a car accident in 1997 that killed his wife, Marie.  IMDb  Obituary

Yitzhak Rabin (politician) -- Dead. Assassination. Died November 4, 1995. Born March 1, 1922.  Home Page

Eddie Rabbitt (singer) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died May 7, 1998. Born November 27, 1941. "I Love a Rainy Night" and "Just You and I"  Home Page

Gilda Radner (comic) -- Dead. Ovarian cancer. Died May 20, 1989. Born June 28, 1946. "It's always something" - SNL alum - married to Gene Wilder. Make memorial contributions to: Gilda's Club.  Home Page  IMDb

Charlotte Rae (actress) -- Alive. Born Apri 22, 1926. Probably best-known as Mrs. Garrett in The Facts of Life, she performed in hundreds of TV shows since 1954 and over a dozen movies, very active on Broadway in the '50s, friend of Sheldon Harnick since college, survived pancreatic cancer.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb

Gerry Rafferty (singer/songwriter) -- Dead. Liver failure/alcoholism. Died January 4, 2011. Born April 16, 1947. Played in a group with Billy Connolly before writing and performing '70s songs like "Stuck in the Middle with You" and the very evocative "Baker Street" ("He's gonna give up the booze and the one night stands, and then he'll settle down in some quiet little town and forget about everything."), died same day as Dick King-Smith.  twitter  IMDb  youtube  Obituary  FindAGrave

Deborah Raffin (actress/entrepreneur) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died November 21, 2012. Born March 13, 1953. Once Is Not Enough, Noble House, a founder of Dove Books-on-Tape which published many books including A Brief History of Time in audio, died same day as Art Ginsburg.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

George Raft (actor) -- Dead. Stroke. Died November 24, 1980. Born September 27, 1895.  Home Page  IMDb

Mary Raftery (journalist) -- Dead. Died January 10, 2012. Born 1957. Irish journalist who produced documentaries on child sexual abuse by the Catholic Church (States of Fear)  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Douglas Rain (actor) -- Alive. Born circa 1928. Shakespearean actor probably best-known as the voice of HAL in 2001 and 2010.  IMDb

Luise Rainer (actress) -- Dead. Died December 30, 2014. Born January 12, 1910. First person to win consecutive Oscars for The Good Earth and The Great Ziegfeld in the late '30s, appeared in the Oscar reunion segment 1998.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Bonnie Raitt (singer) -- Alive. Born November 8, 1949. Blues singer, "Let's Give 'Em Something to Talk About," married to Michael O'Keefe for over eight years, John Raitt's daughter.  Home Page  IMDb

John Raitt (actor/singer) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died February 20, 2005. Born January 29, 1917. Great singer who originated the role of Billy Bigelow in Carosel on Broadway, played opposite Doris Day in Pajama Game, Bonnie Raitt's father, died on the same day as Sandra Dee and Hunter S. Thompson.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh (spiritual leader) -- Dead. Died January 19, 1990. Born December 11, 1931. AKA Osho - his followers claim, "he left his body..."  Home Page

David Raksin (composer) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died August 9, 2004. Born August 4, 1912. Wrote the music for many movies, including Laura and Forever Amber.  IMDb

Buck Ram (songwriter/manager) -- Dead. Died January 1, 1991. Born November 21, 1907. Wrote songs including "I'll Be Home for Christmas" and "The Great Pretender," managed The Platters.  IMDb

Carlo Rambaldi (Special effects engineer) -- Dead. Died August 10, 2012. Born September 15, 1925. Special effects designer for Steven Spielberg (ET and Close Encounters of the Third Kind) and for the '70s King Kong.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Dack Rambo (actor) -- Dead. AIDS. Died March 21, 1994. Born November 13, 1941. Dallas.  IMDb

Harold Ramis (director/actor) -- Dead. Autoimmune inflammatory vasculitis Died February 24, 2014. Born November 21, 1944. Director who helped define comedy in the '80s and '90s with Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day and Analyze This.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Ilan Ramon (Columbia (STS-107) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle break-up. Died February 1, 2003. Born June 20, 1954. Pilot who participated in the bombing of an Iraqi nuclear plant in the '80s, was the first Israeli in space.  Home Page

Fidel V. Ramos (Phillipines president) -- Alive. Born March 18, 1928. Rumored to be ill.

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

Anne Ramsey (actress) -- Dead. Throat cancer. Died August 11, 1988. Born September 1, 1929. Throw Momma from the Train, Goonies.  IMDb

Norman Ramsey (physicist) -- Dead. Died November 4, 2011. Born August 27, 1915. A member of the Manhattan project, he went on to develop the atomic clock and won a Nobel prize for physics, died same day as Andy Rooney.  Home Page  Obituary  FindAGrave

Ayn Rand (author) -- Dead. Died March 6, 1982. Born February 2, 1905. The Fountainhead, Atlas Shrugged, famous for the quote "Money is the root of all good."  Home Page  IMDb

Paul Rand (designer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 26, 1996. Born August 15, 1914. Designer who crafted ubiquitous logos for UPS, ABC, IBM and NeXT.

Sally Rand (fan dancer, actress) -- Dead. Heart failure. Died August 31, 1979. Born April 3, 1903. Not really a stripper, but...from the same part of the world as Robert A. Heinlein.  IMDb

Tony Randall (actor) -- Dead. Died May 17, 2004. Born February 26, 1920. Best-known for the television version of The Odd Couple's Felix, great as many characters in The Seven Faces of Dr. Lao, became a first-time father at 77(!), making him older than other famous first-time fathers like Cary Grant at age 62.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Boots Randolph (saxophonist) -- Dead. Cerebral hemorrhage. Died July 3, 2007. Born July 3, 1927. Performed "Yakety Sax," and accompanied Roy Orbison's "Pretty Woman."  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

John Randolph (actor) -- Dead. Died February 24, 2004. Born June 1, 1915. Many movies including Prizzi's Honor and the Vacation movies.  IMDb

Joyce Randolph (actress) -- Alive. Born October 21, 1924. The first Trixie Norton on The Honeymooners.  IMDb

Joe Ranft (writer/cartoon voice) -- Dead. Car crash. Died August 16, 2005. Born March 13, 1960. Wrote Toy Story and Lion King, provided the voice of Wheezy the Penguin for Toy Story 2.  IMDb  Obituary

Arthur Rankin (producer) -- Dead. Died January 30, 2014. Born July 17, 1924. With Jules Bass, produced classic cartoons like Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer, The Hobbit and The Last Unicorn.  twitter  IBDB  Obituary

Joe Raposo (composer) -- Dead. Died February 5, 1989. Born February 8, 1937. Composer for Sesame Street.  IBDB  IMDb

David Rappaport (actor) -- Dead. Suicide. Died May 2, 1990. Born November 23, 1951.  IMDb

Dan Rather (retiring TV anchorman) -- Alive. Born October 31, 1931. CBS Evening News anchor, 60 Minutes reporter.  Home Page  IMDb

John Ratzenberger (actor) -- Alive. Born April 6, 1947. Cliff on Cheers, lots of voice work for animation, 30 seconds in The Empire Strikes Back.  IMDb

Thurl Ravenscroft (voice) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died May 22, 2005. Born February 16, 1914. Voice of Tony the Tiger, and memorably sang "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch."  IMDb

Lou Rawls (singer, philanthropist) -- Dead. Lung/brain cancer. Died January 6, 2006. Born December 1, 1933. "You'll Never Find, Another Love Like Mine," performed music for the Garfield specials, led fundraising for the United Negro College Fund, died on the same day as Hugh Thompson.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Aldo Ray (actor) -- Dead. Died March 27, 1991. Born September 25, 1926.  IMDb

Bingham Ray (movie company manager) -- Dead. Stroke Died January 23, 2012. Born circa 1954. Suffered a stroke while attending the Sundance Film Festival, co-founder of October Films, president of United Artists.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Gene Anthony Ray (dancer/actor) -- Dead. Stroke/AIDS. Died November 14, 2003. Born May 24, 1962. Fame.  IMDb

Johnnie Ray (singer) -- Dead. Diabetes/liver failure. Died February 24, 1990. Born January 10, 1927.  IMDb

Gene Rayburn (game show host) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died November 29, 1999. Born December 22, 1917. Many shows, especially Match Game.  Home Page  IMDb

Martha Raye (actress) -- Dead. Died October 19, 1994. Born August 27, 1916. Comic relief, sold Polident on TV.  IMDb

Gene Raymond (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died May 2, 1998. Born August 13, 1908. Bit player in the movies, probably best-known for marrying Jeanette MacDonald in real life (no, she wasn't ever married to Nelson Eddy!).  IMDb

Peggy Rea (actress) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died February 5, 2011. Born March 31, 1921. TV actress who appeared on hundreds of shows, probably best-known as Grace's mother-in-law in Grace Under Fire, died same day as Brian Jacques.  IBDB  IMDb

Maureen Reagan (speaker/activist) -- Dead. Melanoma. Died August 7, 2001. Born January 4, 1941.  IMDb

Nancy Reagan (former first lady/actress) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died March 6, 2016. Born July 6, 1921. First Lady for most of the '80s.  Home Page  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Ronald Reagan (actor/president/governor (CA)) -- Dead. Pneumonia/Alzheimer's disease. Died June 5, 2004. Born February 6, 1911. Helped America "to believe in itself again" while ignoring America's flouting of international law during the Iran Contra scandal, an ex-husband of Jane Wyman, helped to bring Alzheimer's out of the closet, Ronald Reagan Library.  Home Page  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  FindAGrave

Harry Reasoner (journalist) -- Dead. Died August 6, 1991. Born April 17, 1923. 60 Minutes.  IMDb

Chris Rebello (high school football coach/child actor) -- Dead. Heart attack (while hunting). Died November 30, 2000. Born August 8, 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  FindAGrave

James Rebhorn (actor) -- Dead. Melanoma. Died March 21, 2014. Born September 1, 1948. Busy movie and TV actor who played Carrie's dad in Homeland.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  Obituary

Helen Reddy (singer/actress) -- Alive. Born October 25, 1941. Heard her roar lately? Not often enough!  IMDb

Orville Redenbacher (popcorn researcher) -- Dead. Drowned in bathtub after heart attack. Died September 19, 1995. Born July 16, 1907.

William Redfield (actor) -- Dead. Leukemia. Died August 17, 1976. Born January 26, 1927. Theater actor best-known for playing Harding in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest.  IBDB  IMDb

Robert Redford (actor/director) -- Alive. Born August 18, 1937. Ordinary People, founded the Sundance Festival.  IMDb

Corin Redgrave (actor) -- Dead. Died April 6, 2010. Born July 16, 1939. Probably best-known to Americans as Hamish, the Scottish husband in Four Weddings and a Funeral, a political activist like his sister Vanessa.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Lynn Redgrave (actress) -- Dead. Breast cancer Died May 2, 2010. Born March 8, 1943. Georgy Girl and lots of other comedies, strong dramatic turn in Gods and Monsters and an excellent short part in Kinsey.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Michael Redgrave (actor) -- Dead. Died March 21, 1985. Born March 20, 1908. Mostly a stage actor, married to Rachel Kempson for fifty years, father of Corin, Lynn and Vanessa Redgrave.  IMDb

Vanessa Redgrave (actress/rabble rouser) -- Alive. Born January 30, 1937. Won Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Julia, extremely talented actress whose politics sometimes gets in the way. Ex-wife of Tony Richardson, mother of Joely and Natasha Richardson, which also makes her Liam Neeson's mother-in-law.  IMDb

Marge Redmond (actress) -- Alive. Born December 14, 1930. Played nuns in various movies and on The Flying Nun, the Cool Whip lady in the '70s, married to the late Jack Weston.  IMDb

Alan Reed (voice) -- Dead. Died June 14, 1977. Born August 20, 1907. Voice of the original Fred Flintstone.  IMDb

Donna Reed (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 14, 1986. Born January 27, 1921. Starred in It's a Wonderful Life. The second Miss Ellie on Dallas, briefly married to William Tuttle.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Jerry Reed (singer/actor) -- Dead. Died September 1, 2008. Born March 20, 1937. "When You're Hot, You're Hot," acted in the Smokey and the Bandit flicks, died on the same day as Don LaFontaine and Michael Pate. Make memorial contributions to: AMVETS  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Lou Reed (singer) -- Dead. Six months after a liver transplant. Died October 27, 2013. Born March 2, 1942. Member of the Velvet Underground, may be best known for the classic "Take a Walk on the Wild Side," married to Laurie Anderson.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Oliver Reed (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died May 2, 1999. Born February 13, 1938. Bill Sykes in Oliver!; died while filming Gladiator; (easy to confuse with his contemporary Alan Bates).  IMDb

Pamela Reed (actress) -- Alive. Born April 2, 1949. The Right Stuff, Kindergarten Cop.  IBDB  IMDb

Robert Reed (actor) -- Dead. AIDS. Died May 12, 1992. Born October 19, 1932.  IMDb

Roger Rees (actor/director/writer) -- Dead. Died July 10, 2015. Born May 5, 1944. Robin in Cheers, Frida's father in Frida, co-writer of Peter and the Starcatcher, died same day as Omar Sharif.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Della Reese (actress/singer) -- Alive. Born July 6, 1931. First black woman to host a national talk show, nearly died twice in the '70s.  IMDb

Christopher Reeve (director/actor/advocate) -- Dead. Systemic infection/heart failure. Died October 10, 2004. Born September 25, 1952. Superman, Somewhere in Time, became an activist for paralysis research after his 1995 accident. [[ I hated updating this record almost more than anyone else's - he was a man of great courage and was an example to the rest of us. ]] Make memorial contributions to: Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Dana Reeve (singer/activist) -- Dead. Lung cancer. Died March 6, 2006. Born circa February 19, 1961. Activist who helped to raise millions of dollars after her husband became paralyzed in 1995. Make memorial contributions to: Christopher Reeve Paralysis Foundation, died on the same day as Kirby Puckett.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Shirley Alston Reeves (singer) -- Alive. Born circa June 10, 1941. A Shirelle; one of their hits was "Will You Love Me Tomorrow."  Home Page  IMDb

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

William H. Rehnquist (Supreme Court Chief Justice) -- Dead. Thyroid cancer. Died September 3, 2005. Born October 1, 1924. Wrote The Supreme Court.  IMDb

Frances Reid (actress) -- Dead. Died February 3, 2010. Born December 12, 1914. Played Alice Horton on Days of Our Lives constantly from 1965 until 2007, very active on Broadway in the '40s.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Kate Reid (actress) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died March 27, 1993. Born November 4, 1930. Dr. Leavitt in The Andromeda Strain, was married to Austin Willis.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Charles Nelson Reilly (director/comedian) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died May 25, 2007. Born January 13, 1931. Broadway actor, directed many Broadway shows including The Belle of Amherst, regular on The Ghost and Mrs. Muir and The Match Game, memorable as Jose Chung in an X-Files episode.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Hugh Reilly (actor) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died July 17, 1998. Born October 30, 1915. Played Timmy's dad on Lassie in the early '60s.  IMDb

Carl Reiner (director/actor/writer) -- Alive. Born March 20, 1922. Alan Brady on Dick Van Dyke Show.  IMDb

Estelle Reiner (singer/actress) -- Dead. Died October 25, 2008. Born circa 1914. Was performing and recording CDs well into her 80s, best-remembered for saying "I'll have what she's having" in When Harry Met Sally, married to Carl Reiner for 65 years.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Rob Reiner (director/actor) -- Alive. Born March 6, 1945. Wide-ranging, talented director - from one of the best fantasies ever (The Princess Bride) through psychological horror (Misery) to solid mainstrem flicks (A Few Good Men, An American President); acted as Meathead in All in the Family; son of Carl and Estelle.  IMDb

Karel Reisz (director) -- Dead. Died November 25, 2002. Born July 21, 1926. Directed Isadora and The French Lieutenant's Woman, married for nearly 40 years to Betsy Blair.  IMDb  Obituary

Keith Relf (rocker) -- Dead. Electrocution while playing electric guitar. Died May 14, 1976. Born March 22, 1943. A founder of The Yardbirds

Lee Remick (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 2, 1991. Born December 14, 1935.  IMDb

Bert Remsen (actor) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died April 26, 1999. Born February 25, 1925. In many movies, played himself in The Player.  IMDb

Duncan Renaldo (actor) -- Dead. Died September 3, 1980. Born April 23, 1904. Cisco Kid.  IMDb

Brad Renfro (actor) -- Dead. Heroin overdose. Died January 15, 2008. Born July 25, 1982. Talented child actor (The Client) who ruined a potentially brilliant career and died too young.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Michael Rennie (actor) -- Dead. Died June 10, 1971. Born August 25, 1909. The Day the Earth Stood Still and one of the few decent Lost in Space episodes.  IMDb

Janet Reno (Attorney General) -- Dead. Died November 7, 2016. Born July 21, 1938. First female US Attorney General, served longer than any Attorney General for 150 years, had Parkinson's for many years, died same day as Leonard Cohen.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Judith Resnik (Challenger (STS-51L) astronaut) -- Dead. Shuttle explosion. Died January 28, 1986. Born April 5, 1949. Mission specialist for the Challenger.  Home Page

Tommy Rettig (businessman/kid actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 15, 1996. Born December 10, 1941. First master of Lassie on TV.  Home Page  IMDb

Paul Revere (performer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 4, 2014. Born January 7, 1938. Paul Revere and the Raiders founder, went on to tour as a singer for over 50 years, until three months before his death.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Alejandro Rey (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 21, 1987. Born February 8, 1930. Carlos on The Flying Nun.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Hans Augusto Rey (illustrator of children's books) -- Dead. Died August 26, 1977. Born September 16, 1898. Curious George books.  Home Page

Margaret E. Rey (author of children's books) -- Dead. Died December 21, 1996. Born May 16, 1906. Curious George books.  Home Page

Burt Reynolds (actor) -- Alive. Born February 11, 1936. irst male centerfold for Cosmopolitan, ex-husband of Judy Carne and Loni Anderson, former SO of Dinah Shore and Sally Field, made a comeback in Boogie Nights,.  IMDb

Debbie Reynolds (singer/actress) -- Dead. Stroke. Died December 28, 2016. Born April 1, 1932. Worked her way out of bankruptcy, Singing in the Rain, In and Out, Mother, Unsinkable Molly Brown, lots more, Carrie Fisher's mom (died the day after she did), once married to Eddie Fisher, recovered from having strokes and nearly dying in 2015.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Nick Reynolds (singer) -- Dead. Died October 1, 2008. Born July 27, 1933. Kingston Trio - "Tom Dooley"  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Alicia Rhett (actress/artist) -- Dead. Died January 3, 2014. Born February 1, 1915. Played India Wilkes in Gone with the Wind, spent most of her life as a portrait artist. Died same day as Phil Everly and Saul Zaentz.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Larry Rhine (writer) -- Dead. Died October 27, 2000. Born May 26, 1910. Won a Golden Globe for All in the Family.  IMDb

Madlyn Rhue (actress) -- Dead. Pneumonia/multiple sclerosis. Died December 16, 2003. Born October 3, 1934. Many bit parts on TV, may be best-known as Lt. McGivers on the "Space Seed" episode of Star Trek. Make memorial contributions to: Motion Picture and Television Fund, died on the same day as Jenifer Estess.  IMDb

John Rhys-Davies (actor) -- Alive. Born May 5, 1944. Sallah in the Indiana Jones movies, Gimli and Treebeard in The Lord of the Rings movies.  IMDb

Adrienne Rich (poet/essayist) -- Dead. Complications of rheumatoid arthritis Died March 27, 2012. Born May 16, 1929. Won the National Book Award for Diving into the Wreck, died same day as Warren Stevens.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Buddy Rich (drummer) -- Dead. Surgical complications for a brain tumor. Died April 2, 1987. Born September 30, 1917. Kid vaudeville performer who went on to be the greatest drummer of the 20th century.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

John Rich (TV director) -- Dead. Died January 29, 2012. Born July 6, 1925. Directed many episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show and All in the Family (including the famous Sammy Davis, Jr. episode), died same day as Damien Bona.  IMDb  Obituary

Cliff Richard (rock 'n' roller) -- Alive. Born October 14, 1940.  IMDb

Wendy Richard (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died February 25, 2009. Born July 20, 1943. Miss Brahms in Are You Being Served?, Pauline in Eastenders, announced she had terminal bone cancer in October 2008.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Ann Richards (commentator/politician) -- Dead. Cancer. Died September 13, 2006. Born September 1, 1933. The only deliberately amusing Texas governor, she famously said of George H. W. Bush's gaffes, "Poor George. He can't help it. He was born with a silver foot in his mouth."  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

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

Billie Mae Richards (actress/cartoon voice) -- Dead.. Died September 10, 2010. Born circa November 1921. Rudolph in Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (later a neighbor in Toronto of Paul Soles who voiced Hermey (the dental elf)), died same day as E. C. Tubb.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Keith Richards (Rolling Stone) -- Alive. Born December 18, 1943. Yes, he really is still alive. This seems to surprise him at times, too. Wrote a memoir, Life in 2010.  Dead People Server Photo Gallery  IMDb

Kim Richards (actress) -- Alive. Born September 19, 1964. Nanny and the Professor, lots of other TV, grew up to be Paris Hilton's aunt!  IMDb

Elliot Richardson (honest US attorney general) -- Dead. Brain hemorrhage. Died December 31, 1999. Born July 20, 1920. Refused to fire Archibald Cox, so he was "massacred" by Nixon in October 1973; odd trivia - Roger Tory Peterson was his 7th grade art teacher.

Ian Richardson (actor) -- Dead. Died February 9, 2007. Born April 7, 1934. While a famous Shakespearean actor in England, he's probaby best-known in the States for as the rich man loopking for Grey Poupon mustard, House of Cards ("You might think that; I couldn't possibly comment"), played the voice of Death in Hogfather just before he died.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Natasha Richardson (actress) -- Dead. [rumors] Following a head injury suffered during a skiing accident. Died March 18, 2009. Born May 11, 1963. Tony-winning actress (for the 1998 revival of Cabaret), starred in The Handmaid's Tale, appeared with her mother Vanessa Redgrave in Evening, was married to Liam Neeson for nearly 15 years. Make memorial contributions to: amfAR - The Foundation for AIDS Research.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Patricia Richardson (actress) -- Alive. Born February 23, 1951. Home Improvement, Strong Medicine.  Home Page  IMDb

Tony Richardson (director) -- Dead. AIDS. Died November 14, 1991. Born June 5, 1928. Directed Tom Jones and many other movies, ex-husband of Vanessa Redgrave, father of Natasha and Joely Richardson.  IMDb

Mordecai Richler (writer) -- Dead. Kidney cancer. Died July 3, 2001. Born January 27, 1931. The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Svyatoslav Richter (pianist) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died August 1, 1997. Born March 20, 1915.

Don Rickles (comedian) -- Alive. Born May 8, 1926. Mr. Potato Head in Toy Story.  IMDb

Alan Rickman (actor/director) -- Dead. Cancer. Died January 14, 2016. Born February 21, 1946. Great British actor - Sense and Sensibility, Truly, Madly, Deeply, first introduced to Americans as Hans in Die Hard and millenials probably know him best as Snape in the Harry Potter movies.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Paul Ricoeur (philosopher/professor) -- Dead. Died May 20, 2005. Born February 27, 1913. Developed phenomenology, wrote many books including Freedom and Nature, died on the same day as J. D. Cannon.  Home Page

Sally Ride (astronaut/physicist) -- Dead. Pancreatic cancer. Died July 23, 2012. Born May 26, 1951. In 1983, she was the first American woman in space.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Leni Riefenstahl (director) -- Dead. Extreme old age. Died September 8, 2003. Born August 22, 1902. Hitler's documentary director.  IMDb

Dame Diana Rigg (actress) -- Alive. Born July 20, 1938. Memorable as Mrs. Peel on The Avengers; hosted BBC's Mystery!.  IMDb

Bobby Riggs (athlete) -- Dead. Prostate cancer. Died October 25, 1995. Born February 25, 1918.

Marlon Riggs (filmmaker) -- Dead. AIDS complications. Died April 5, 1994. Born February 3, 1957.  IMDb

Jack Riley (actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died August 19, 2016. Born December 30, 1935. Mr. Carlin on The Bob Newhart Show and voiced Stu Pickles on Rugrats; professional actor for over 50 years.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Minnie Riperton (singer) -- Dead. Breast cancer. Died July 12, 1979. Born November 8, 1947. Singer with an amazing five-octave range; "Lovin' You," mother of SNL's Maya Rudolph (childhood friend of Gwyneth Paltrow).  Home Page  IMDb

Dennis Ritchie (uber-geek) -- Dead. Died October 8, 2011. Born September 8, 1941. The father of Unix (with Kenneth Thompson) and C, wrote the seminal The C Programming Manual (with Brian Kernighan) and won the Turing Prize.  Obituary

John Ritter (actor/comic) -- Dead. Torn aorta (see Richard Biggs). Died September 11, 2003. Born September 17, 1948. Collapsed on the set of his last series 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter, mostly known for many TV movies and the '70s classic Three's Company, died on the same day as Anna Lindh.  IMDb

Thelma Ritter (actress) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died February 5, 1969. Born February 14, 1905. Generally a comic supporting actress, she gave serious performances in Birdman of Alcatraz and Rear Window.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Herb Ritts (photographer) -- Dead. Pneumonia/AIDS. Died December 26, 2002. Born August 13, 1952. Popular photographer of the '80s and '90s, longtime friend of Richard Gere, Cindy Crawford and Madonna who were featured prominantly in his photos.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Joan Rivers (comic) -- Dead. Complications of a medical procedure. Died September 4, 2014. Born June 8, 1933. Was once a funny comic, first woman to host a late night show, but, sadly spent her last 20 years berating people about their clothing.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

JoanRiversPhil Rizzuto (sportscaster/baseball player) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died August 13, 2007. Born September 25, 1917. Yankee shortstop and MVP, died on the same day as Brooke Astor.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Hal Roach (writer/producer/director) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died November 2, 1992. Born January 14, 1892. Short subject director, especially The Little Rascals.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Max Roach (jazz drummer/composer) -- Dead. Died August 16, 2007. Born January 10, 1924. Made the drums a more important part of jazz groups, played with Dizzie Gillespie, first jazz musician to win a MacArthur Fellowship, married to Abbey Lincoln in the '60s.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

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

Harold Robbins (salacious novelist) -- Dead. Respiratory failure. Died October 14, 1997. Born May 21, 1916.  IMDb

Jerome Robbins (choreographer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died July 29, 1998. Born October 11, 1918. Broadway choreographer, West Side Story.  IBDB  IMDb

Cokie Roberts (journalist) -- Alive. Born December 27, 1943. Longtime reporter for ABC, survived breast cancer.  IMDb

Doris Roberts (actress) -- Dead. Died April 17, 2016 Born November 4, 1925. Played the mother in Everybody Loves Raymond, did lots of supporting roles on TV for over 50 years.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Ed Roberts (computer developer/doctor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died April 1, 2010. Born August 23, 1941. Founded MITS, an early developer of calculator and computer kits and employer of Paul Allen and Bill Gates in the mid-'70s. Roberts sold his company and later went to med school, died same day as John Forsythe.  Obituary

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

Pernell Roberts (actor) -- Dead. Died January 24, 2010. Born May 18, 1928. Bonanza, Trapper John, MD.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Cliff Robertson (actor) -- Dead. Died September 10, 2011. Born September 9, 1923. Won a Best Actor Oscar for Charly, Spider-man (the Maguire version), quasi-"blacklisted" after blowing the whistle on an unethical producer, pilot, married to Dina Merrill for twenty years.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Dale Robertson (actor) -- Dead. Lung cancer, pneumonia. Died February 27, 2013. Born July 14, 1925. Western actor who hosted Death Valley Days in the late '60s and early '70s, died same day as Van Cliburn.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Patricia Hilliard Robertson (astronaut) -- Dead. Experimental plane crash/severe burns. Died May 24, 2001. Born March 12, 1963. Rennaisance woman (physician, pilot, astronaut) who died while testing an experimental aircraft.  Home Page  Obituary

Ann Robinson (actress) -- Alive. Born May 25, 1935. Appeared in all three versions of The War of the Worlds  Home Page  IMDb

Anne Robinson (Stern "schoolmarm") -- Alive. Born September 26, 1944. One of the few people to host the same show (Weakest Link) in the US and the UK.  IMDb

Charles Robinson (actor) -- Alive. Born November 9, 1945. Probably best-remembered as Mac in Night Court, he's done bit parts on over 60 different TV shows.  IMDb

Edward G. Robinson (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died January 26, 1973. Born December 12, 1893.  IMDb

Frank M. Robinson (writer) -- Dead. Died June 30, 2014. Born August 9, 1926. Co-author of The Glass Inferno (later combined with another novel to create The Towering Inferno); Robinson worked for Harvey Milk and appears (as a 30-year-older version of himself) in Milk, died same day as Bob Hastings and Paul Mazursky.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb

Max Robinson (news anchor) -- Dead. AIDS. Died December 20, 1988. Born May 1, 1939. First full-time black evening news anchor, ABC.

Mary Robinson (human rights activist/Irish president) -- Alive. Born May 21, 1944. Lawyer, first female Irish president (1990-1997), United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, a member of "the Elders."  Home Page  twitter

Vickie Sue Robinson (disco diva) -- Dead. Died April 27, 2000. Born May 31, 1954. "Turn the Beat Around," a Pokemon voice.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Alex Rocco (actor) -- Dead. Died July 18, 2015. Born February 29, 1936. Over 50 years of movie/TV credits, played Moe Green in The Godfather, won an Emmy for The Famous Teddy Z.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Eugene Roche (actor) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 28, 2004. Born September 22, 1928. Edgar Derby in Slaughterhouse Five, many TV parts, peddled Ajax on commercials, died on the same day as Jackson Beck and Francis Crick.  IMDb

Blossom Rock (actress) -- Dead. Died January 14, 1978. Born August 21, 1896. Best-known as Grandmamma in The Addams Family, older sister of Jeanette MacDonald, also acted as Marie Blake.  IMDb

Laurance Rockefeller (venture capitalist/philanthropist) -- Dead. Pulmonary fibrosis. Died July 11, 2004. Born May 26, 1910. Helped arrange financing for companies like American Airlines and Apple Computer, founded the American Conservation Association.

Nelson Rockefeller (politician) -- Dead. Heart attack ("allegedly" while visiting a much younger woman...). Died January 26, 1979. Born July 8, 1908. Vice President under Ford, a governor of New York.

Charles Rocket (actor) -- Dead. Suicide. Died October 7, 2005. Born August 24, 1949. Former SNL comic who may have been the first to say "f*ck" on network TV, co-starred as Geena Davis' fiance Ted in Earth Girls Are Easy.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Norman Rockwell (artist) -- Dead. Died November 9, 1978. Born February 3, 1894. Great American illustrator, many Saturday Evening Post covers.  Home Page  FindAGrave

Gene Roddenberry (Star Trek creator) -- Spaced. Blood clot. Died October 24, 1991. Born August 19, 1921. Producer and writer best-known for "Wagon Train in Space."  IMDb

Majel Barrett Roddenberry (actress/voice) -- Spaced. Leukemia. Died December 18, 2008. Born February 23, 1936. The only actor to be involved in every incarnation of Star Trek, from the original pilot in 1965 to the 2009 "early days" movie, died on the same day as Mark Felt.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Rod Roddy (announcer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 27, 2003. Born September 18, 1937. Called out "Come on Down!" for The Price Is Right and recapped the events of each episode for Soap.  IMDb

Richard Rodgers (composer) -- Dead. Died December 30, 1979. Born June 28, 1902. Collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein on South Pacific, The Sound of Music and many others.  Home Page  IMDb

Buddy Rogers (actor) -- Dead. Old age. Died April 21, 1999. Born August 13, 1904. Starred in the first movie to win a Best Picture Oscar (Wings in 1927); married to Mary Pickford.  IMDb

Edward Samuel Rogers (businessman) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died December 2, 2008. Born May 27, 1933. Radio and cable TV magnate (Rogers Communications), richest man in Canada, died on the same day as Odetta.  Obituary

Fred Rogers (writer/actor/minister/musician) -- Dead. Stomach cancer. Died February 27, 2003. Born March 20, 1928. Mister Rogers has left the neighborhood...  Home Page  IMDb

Garnet Rogers (folk musician) -- Alive. Born circa 1955.  Home Page

Ginger Rogers (dancer) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died April 25, 1995. Born July 16, 1911. In several movies with Fred Astaire, including The Barkleys of Broadway.  IBDB  IMDb

Kasey Rogers (actress/writer) -- Dead. Stroke/throat cancer. Died July 6, 2006. Born December 15, 1925. The second Louise Tate in Bewitched, she also wrote books, promoted motocross, and acted in Hitchcock films as Laura Elliott.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Kenny Rogers (singer/actor/businessman) -- Alive. Born August 21, 1938. "The Gambler."  Home Page  IMDb

Roy Rogers (cowboy actor) -- Dead. Congestive heart failure. Died July 6, 1998. Born November 5, 1911. Frequently co-starred with his wife, Dale Evans.  Home Page  IMDb

Stan Rogers (musician) -- Dead. Aircraft fire. Died June 2, 1983. Born circa 1949.  Home Page

Wayne Rogers (businessman/actor) -- Dead. Pneumonia. Died December 31, 2015. Born April 7, 1933. Trapper John on TV's M*A*S*H, died same day as Natalie Cole.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Roxie Roker (actress) -- Dead. Died December 3, 1995. Born August 28, 1929. Helen in The Jeffersons, mother of Lenny Kravitz.  Home Page  IMDb

Gilbert Roland (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 15, 1994. Born December 11, 1905. May be best-known as The Cisco Kid, but was memorable in The Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, died on the same day as Royal Dano.  Home Page  IMDb

John Roll (federal judge) -- Dead. Murdered by terrorist. Died January 8, 2011. Born 1947. Arizona federal judge who was "collateral damage" in the Representative Gabrielle Giffords assassination attempt (18 shot, 6 killed by a semi-automatic weapon); ironically ruled against background checks for gun buyers in 1994.  Home Page

Esther Rolle (actress) -- Dead. Complications of diabetes. Died November 17, 1998. Born November 8, 1920. Good Times, Driving Miss Daisy, youngest sister of Estelle Evans and Rosanna Carter  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Howard Rollins (actor) -- Dead. Lymphoma. Died December 8, 1996. Born October 17, 1950. Coalhouse Walker in Ragtime; also starred in the TV version of In the Heat of the Night.  IMDb

Ruth Roman (actress) -- Dead. Natural causes. Died September 9, 1999. Born December 23, 1923.  IMDb

Cesar Romero (actor) -- Dead. Blood clot/pneumonia. Died January 1, 1994. Born February 15, 1907. Many movies and the Joker on the '60s Batman TV show.  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  youtube  Obituary  FindAGrave

George Romero ("Dead" director) -- Alive. Born February 4, 1940. Night of the Living Dead and some of its sequels.  IMDb

George Romney (politician) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died July 26, 1995. Born July 8, 1907. Former governor of Michigan.

Linda Ronstadt (singer) -- Alive. Born July 15, 1946.  IMDb

Andy Rooney (Commentator) -- Dead. Complications after surgery. Died November 4, 2011. Born January 14, 1919. Long-time CBS journalist who opined on 60 Minutes for 33 years, died weeks after his retirement, died same day as Norman Ramsey.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Mickey Rooney (actor) -- Dead. Died April 6, 2014. Born September 23, 1920. One of the major stars of the late '30s and early '40s, frequently paired with Judy Garland, he worked well into his 90s, an ex-husband of Ava Gardner, died same day as Mary Anderson.  Home Page  twitter  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary

Eleanor Roosevelt (First Lady/humanitarian) -- Dead. Died November 7, 1962. Born October 11, 1884. Was famously "her husband's legs," traveling for FDR during his long presidency, helped to draft the constitution for the UN, helped arrange for Marian Anderson to sing at the Lincoln Memorial after the Daughters of the American Revolution barred her concert, said "No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" .  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Hayden Rorke (actor) -- Dead. Died August 19, 1987. Born October 23, 1910. Dr. Bellows on I Dream of Jeannie.  IMDb

Charlie Rose (interviewer) -- Alive. Born January 5, 1942. Understated interviewer for The Charlie Rose Show who turned out to be an entitled sexual harasser who lost his job, producer for Bill Moyers in the '70s.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb

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

Roseanne (comic/actress) -- Alive. Born November 3, 1952. Created/starred in the groundbreaking comedy Roseanne.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb

Joel Rosenberg (writer) -- Dead. Heart attack Died June 2, 2011. Born May 1, 1954. Writer who was also very active in the gun rights movement.

William Rosenberg (Entreprenuer) -- Dead. Bladder cancer. Died September 19, 2002. Born circa 1916. Started Dunkin' Donuts, one of the first international franchises.  Home Page  Obituary

Bob Ross (PBS painter show guy) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 4, 1995. Born October 29, 1942. The Joy of Painting.  Home Page

Diana Ross (Diva) -- Alive. Born March 26, 1944. A Supreme, later became a major solo singer and interesting actress, yet another performer who battled substance abuse, has five children.  IMDb

Herbert Ross (director) -- Dead. Heart failure Died October 9, 2001. Born May 13, 1927. The Turning Point, Steel Magnolias, died on the same day as Dagmar.  IMDb

Joe E. Ross (actor) -- Dead. Died August 13, 1982. Born March 15, 1914. Toody on Car 54 Where Are You?.  IMDb  FindAGrave

Katharine Ross (actress) -- Alive. Born January 29, 1942. Married to Sam Elliott.  IMDb

Marion Ross (actress) -- Alive. Born October 25, 1928. Marion on Happy Days, Drew's Mom on the Drew Carey Show.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Steve Rossi (comic/singer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died June 22, 2014. Born May 25, 1928. Former stage partner of Marty Allen, hosted a Vegas-based radio show.  Home Page  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Judith Rossner (writer) -- Dead. Died August 9, 2005. Born March 1, 1935. Wrote a number of novels, including Looking for Mr. Goodbar, died on the same day as Philip J. Klass.  IMDb

Julee Rosso (food writer/cooking teacher) -- Alive. Born circa 1942. Co-writer of the Silver Palate cookbooks (with Sheila Lukins) .  Home Page

Harry Rossoll (illustrator) -- Dead. Intestinal aneurysm. Died February 25, 1999. Born circa 1909. Created Smokey Bear.

Mstislav Rostropovich (cellist/conductor) -- Dead. Intestinal cancer. Died April 27, 2007. Born March 27, 1927. Particularly known for his interpretation of Bach, he was a professional cellist for over 60 years, gave famous concerts in Berlin after the wall came down, had his Russian citizenship stripped and later restored, and directed the National Symphony in Washington for 17 years, died on the same day as Al Hunter Ashton.  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Bill Rotsler (cartoonist/writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 18, 1997. Born circa 1935.   AwardWeb

Richard Roundtree (actor) -- Alive. Born July 9, 1942. The original Shaft, later played Booker T. Washington in Having Our Say.  Home Page  IMDb

Martha Rountree (journalist) -- Dead. Alzheimer's. Died August 23, 1999. Born October 23, 1911. Co-creator of the TV version of Meet the Press and its first host.  IMDb

Mickey Rourke (actor/wrestler) -- Alive. Born September 16, 1956. Diner, 9 1/2 Weeks, almost completely disappeared into drugs and boxing, made a huge comeback in 2008 with The Wrestler.  Home Page  IMDb

Lauren Rousseau (Teacher/hero) -- Dead. Murdered by semiautomatic-carrying gunman. Died December 14, 2012. Born June 8, 1982. Murdered along with her students.  twitter  Obituary

Patricia Routledge (actress) -- Alive. Born February 17, 1929. Keeping up Appearences, Hetty Wainthropp Investigates, won a Tony in 1968.  Home Page  IBDB  IMDb

Johnny Roventini (diminutive pitchman) -- Dead. Facial infection. Died December 30, 1998. Born circa August 15, 1910. In many Phillip Morris radio and TV ads and dozens of '50s and '60s TV shows.  Home Page  IMDb

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

Gena Rowlands (actress) -- Alive. Born June 19, 1930. The original Gloria and Woman Under the Influence, married to John Cassavetes.  IBDB  IMDb

Dan Rowan (comedian) -- Dead. Died September 22, 1987. Born July 2, 1922. Long time professional partner of Dick Martin, co-host of Laugh-In.  IMDb

Barbara Rowell (photographer) -- Dead. Small plane crash. Died August 11, 2002. Born January 29, 1948. Photographer and pilot.  Home Page

Galen Rowell (photographer) -- Dead. Small plane crash. Died August 11, 2002. Born August 23, 1940. Leading photographer for National Geographic.  Home Page

Mike Royko (columnist) -- Dead. Brain aneurysm and strokes. Died April 29, 1997. Born September 19, 1932.

Pete Rozelle (NFL commissioner) -- Dead. Brain cancer. Died December 6, 1996. Born March 1, 1926.

Miklos Rozsa (composer) -- Dead. Stroke. Died July 27, 1995. Born April 18, 1907. Ben-Hur score.  IMDb

Aaron Ruben (producer) -- Dead. Pneumonia Died January 30, 2010. Born March 1, 1914. Producer of TV shows, including The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle and Sanford and Son.  IBDB  IMDb  Obituary  FindAGrave

Jan Rubes (actor) -- Dead. Died June 30, 2009. Born June 6, 1920. The grandfather in Witness, died on the same day as Harve Presnell.  IMDb

Jerome Rubin (futurist/lawyer) -- Dead. Stroke Died January 9, 2012. Born March 9, 1925. A lawyer who helped develop an early commercial database (Lexis/Nexis) and predicted eBooks.  twitter  Obituary

Jerry Rubin (activist/stockbroker) -- Dead. Traffic accident. Died November 28, 1994. Born July 14, 1938. One of the Chicago Seven.

Vera Rubin (Astronomer) -- Dead. Died December 25, 2016. Born July 23, 1928. Confirmed existence of dark matter, but never got a Nobel Prize. While Princeton refused to admit her for grad school in the late 1940s, Rubin earned a Ph.d. at Georgetown, taught there and later went to work for the Carnegie Institute of Science, died same day as George Michael.  Home Page  twitter  Obituary

Zelda Rubinstein (actress) -- Dead. Died January 27, 2010. Born May 28, 1933. The psychic in the Poltergeist movies, AIDS activist, died same day as J. D. Salinger and Howard Zinn.  IMDb  Obituary

Barbara Ruick (singer/actress) -- Dead. Cerebral hemorrhage. Died March 3, 1974. Born December 23, 1930. Carrie in Carousel, Esmerelda in Cinderella, daughter of Lurlene Tuttle, married to John Williams until her death.  twitter  IMDb  FindAGrave

Louis Rukeyser (journalist) -- Dead. Multiple myeloma. Died May 2, 2006. Born January 30, 1933. Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street, died on the same day as Lisa Barnett.  Home Page  IMDb

Sir Steven Runciman (historian) -- Dead. Died November 1, 2000. Born July 7, 1903. Byzantium scholar, A History of the Crusuades  Obituary

Barbara Rush (actress) -- Alive. Born January 4, 1927.  IMDb

Geoffrey Rush (actor) -- Alive. Born July 6, 1951. Extremely versitile actor, striking in a range of roles from Shine to Pirates of the Caribbean, a roommate of Mel Gibson in college.  IMDb

Salman Rushdie (author) -- Alive. Born June 19, 1947. He outlived at least one Ayatollah and his death sentence.

Joanna Russ (writer) -- Dead. Strokes. Died April 29, 2011. Born February 22, 1937. Writer and critic. "When It Changed"

Anna Russell (musical comic) -- Dead. Died October 18, 2006. Born December 27, 1911. Satirized Gilbert and Sullivan and Wagner.  IBDB  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary

Harold Russell (Oscar winner) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died January 29, 2002. Born January 14, 1914. A double-amputee due to injures in WWII, he won an Oscar for The Best Years of Our Lives.  IMDb  Obituary

Jane Russell (actress, bra pitchwoman) -- Dead. Respiratory disease. Died February 28, 2011. Born June 21, 1921. The Outlaw, famous protege of Howard Hughes, later sold Playtex products on TV.  IMDb  Obituary

John Russell (actor) -- Dead. Emphysema. Died January 19, 1991. Born January 3, 1921. Starred in The Lawman in the '50s, appeared in a number of Westerns, including Rio Bravo and Pale Rider.  Home Page  IMDb  FindAGrave

Ken Russell (director) -- Dead. Strokes. Died November 27, 2011. Born July 3, 1927. Directed the controversial movies Women in Love, The Devils and Tommy.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Nipsey Russell (comedian) -- Dead. Cancer. Died October 3, 2005. Born October 13, 1923. A semi-regular on The Match Game, in the movie The Wiz - A comic, a poet, and he surely did know it!  IMDb  Obituary

Rosalind Russell (actress) -- Dead. Cancer. Died November 28, 1976. Born June 4, 1907. "Life is a banquet - and most of those poor suckers are starving to death!."  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Tim Russert (political analyst) -- Dead. Heart attack. Died June 13, 2008. Born May 7, 1950. Hosted Meet the Press for many years, memorable for writing "Florida, Florida, Florida" on a little whiteboard during election night, 2000 - "Can you believe that?." (David Gregory of NBC said, of his death while on the job, "We can't imagine Tim leaving work early")  IMDb  Obituary

Ann Rutherford (actress) -- Dead. Heart disease. Died June 11, 2012. Born November 2, 1917. Carreen in Gone with the Wind, appeared in some Andy Hardy movies.  twitter  IMDb  Obituary

Marla Ruzicka (humanitarian) -- Dead. Murdered by Iraqi terrorists. Died April 16, 2005. Born circa 1977. Founded CIVIC to raise money for civilians in war zones, killed by a car bomber. Make memorial contributions to: Campaign for Innocent Victims in Conflict.  Home Page  Obituary

Eileen Ryan (actress) -- Alive. Born circa 1928. At Close Range (where she played her son Sean Penn's grandmother) and Parenthood (where she played Jason Robards' very tired wife), married to Leo Penn, mother of Micheal, Sean and Chris.  IBDB  IMDb

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

Irene Ryan (actress) -- Dead. Died April 26, 1973. Born October 17, 1902. Granny on The Beverly Hillbillies.  IMDb

Robert Ryan (actor) -- Dead. Cancer. Died July 11, 1973. Born November 11, 1909. The Wild Bunch, The Dirty Dozen and other war flicks and Westerns.  IBDB  IMDb  FindAGrave

Terry Ryan (writer) -- Dead. Cancer. Died May 16, 2007. Born July 14, 1946. Technical writer and best-selling author of a book about her mother, The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio: How My Mother Raised 10 Kids on 25 Words or Less.  Home Page  IMDb  Obituary