Lou Gehrig was an American baseball player. Nicknamed The Iron Horse for his durability and prowess as a hitter, Lou Gehrig played for the New York Yankees of the Major League Baseball (MLB). His life and career inspired the 1942 film The Pride of the Yankees in which he was portrayed by actor Gary Cooper.
Actress Amanda Peet achieved wider recognition with crime comedy film The Whole Nine Yards. She later worked in a wide range of films including The Way, Way Back and Sleeping With Other People. The actress, who began her career on Broadway and did several commercials, has also appeared in television series Jack & Jill and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
James Cagney was an American dancer and actor who won the Academy Award for his performance in the 1942 musical, Yankee Doodle Dandy. In 1984, he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his contributions to the entertainment industry. In 1999, he was named in the American Film Institute's Greatest Male Stars of the Classical Hollywood Cinema list.
Actress Sofia, Vassilieva. is best known for playing the children's book character Eloise in the TV film, Eloise at the Plaza. She began modeling as a child and received training at the Barbizon Modeling and Acting School before venturing into acting. She won a Young Artist Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film, My Sister's Keeper.
Nelsan Ellis was an American playwright and actor who achieved critical appreciation for playing Lafayette Reynolds in the popular TV series, True Blood. After years of struggle with alcohol and drug abuse, Ellis made an attempt to quit drinking on his own, which led to complications from alcohol withdrawal syndrome, eventually resulting in his death at the age of 39.
Jake Lloyd is a former child actor best known for playing the young Anakin Skywalker in the film Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. He retired from acting in 2001, later explaining that he quit acting due to harassment by the press and bullying at school. In 2020, it was stated that he is suffering from paranoid schizophrenia.
Nobel Prize-winning Austrian zoologist Konrad Lorenz is remembered as a pioneer of ethology. The son of a surgeon father and a physician mother, Lorenz was a qualified physician himself. A university degree awarded to him was rescinded posthumously due to his association with the Nazi party
American lawyer Benjamin Cardozo had served as the Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court. More of a liberal, he supported the modification of existing legal principles to make them more modern. He is remembered for his mild-mannered nature and for his contribution to the American common law.
Toomas Hendrik Ilves is an Estonian politician who served as the President of Estonia from 9 October 2006 to 10 October 2016. He also served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs on two occasions; from 1996 to 1998 and again from 1999 to 2002. Toomas Hendrik Ilves also led the Social Democratic Party during the 1990s.
John M. Mason was an American theologian and preacher who served as the Provost of Columbia College in the 1810s. In the early-1820s, he also served as the president of Dickinson College. An excellent orator, John M. Mason served as a pastor for 17 years.