Famous People Who Died At 71

The list of famous people who died at 71 includes Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon, Johnny Cash, Socrates, Charlemagne, Georges Lemaître. Famous personalities featured on this list, include political leaders, artists, composers and actors and from other domains of life. This list of celebrities who died at 71 includes people from United States, United Kingdom, France & Italy and many more countries.
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Johnny Cash
(One of the Best-Selling Music Artists of All Time)
Johnny Cash
105
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kingsland, Arkansas, United States
Died: September 12, 2003

Johnny Cash, the American singer, songwriter and actor, was known for sorrow, moral suffering and redemption themes in his music. His genre was country, rock and roll, blues, folk and gospel sounds and he is one of the best-selling artists of all time. Cash had issues with drinking and drug abuse. Later he was diagnosed with a neurodegenerative disease.

 2 
Socrates
(Greek Philosopher Who is Credited as the Founder of Western Philosophy)
Socrates
25
Birthdate: 0470 BC
Birthplace: Alopece, Greek
Died: 0399 BC

A famous Greek philosopher, Socrates is credited with founding Western philosophy along with other popular philosophers of his time. An enigmatic figure, most of his work is documented by his famous student Plato. Socrates is widely regarded as one of the most influential philosophers of all time as he had a strong influence on the philosophers of the modern era.

 3 
George Carlin
(One of the Most Important and Influential Stand-Up Comedians of All Time)
George Carlin
23
Birthdate: May 12, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: June 22, 2008

Counted amongst the most influential stand-up comedians, George Carlin was known for his dark comedy. His comedy routine, Seven Dirty Words, was hugely controversial and played a critical role in Supreme Court’s ruling to censor offensive material on broadcast media. In his career, he released many comedy albums, starred in 14 HBO special, authored books and acted in numerous films.

 4 
Kirstie Alley
(Best Known for Her Role as ‘Rebecca Howe’ in the TV Series ‘Cheers’)
Kirstie Alley
42
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wichita, Kansas, United States
Died: December 5, 2022

Kirstie Alley graduated from being an interior designer to participating in game shows, and then stepped into showbiz. She is known for her rib-tickling comedy and her Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning performance as Rebecca Howe in Cheers. She was also part of Dancing with the Stars and Celebrity Big Brother.

 5 
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
(British Writer Who Created the Character of Sherlock Holmes)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
33
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: May 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Scotland
Died: July 7, 1930
Physician-turned-author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is remembered for creating the iconic character Sherlock Holmes. He wrote four novels and 56 short stories on Holmes’s detective adventures and also created the characters Professor Challenger and Brigadier Gerard. A sports lover, he had dabbled in cricket, football, and bodybuilding, too.
 6 
Luciano Pavarotti
(Italian Operatic Tenor Regarded as the 'King of the High Cs')
Luciano Pavarotti
17
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 12, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Modena, Italy
Died: September 6, 2007

Luciano Pavarotti was an operatic tenor who went on to become one of the most loved and acclaimed tenors of all time. Nicknamed the King of the High Cs, Pavarotti is regarded as one of the best tenors of the 20th century. Also a well-known humanitarian, Luciano Pavarotti hosted annual charity concerts to raise money for various UN causes.

 7 
Philip II of Spain
(King of Spain (1556 - 1598), King of Portugal (1580 - 1598))
Philip II of Spain
38
Birthdate: May 21, 1527
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Valladolid, Spain
Died: September 13, 1598
Philip II, son of Charles V, was a 16-th century king of Spain and Portugal. Also known as Philip the Prudent, he became the king of Ireland and England through his marriage to Mary I. Following Mary’s death, he attempted to overthrow Elizabeth I with his armada invasions, but failed.
 8 
Suleiman The Magnificent
(10th Sultan of the Ottoman Empire)
Suleiman The Magnificent
85
Birthdate: November 6, 1494
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Trabzon, Turkey
Died: September 6, 1566
Suleiman The Magnificent ruled the Ottoman Empire from 1520 to 1566 and was instrumental in the empire’s expansion, leading the conquests of Belgrade, Rhodes, and Hungary. He was a patron of art and culture, and a talented poet and goldsmith himself. He married Roxelana, a Christian-turned-Muslim from his harem.
 9 
Grover Cleveland
(The 22nd and 24th President of the United States)
Grover Cleveland
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Caldwell, New Jersey, United States
Died: June 24, 1908

Grover Cleveland, a Democratic Party member, was the President of the United States from 1885 to 1889 and then again from 1893 to 1897. He is known for his campaign for political reform and fiscal conservatism. However, he was unable to deal with the economic depression in his second term as President, which led to massive decline in his popularity.

 10 
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
(Sibling of Queen Elizabeth II)
Princess Margaret, Countess of Snowdon
64
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Glamis, Scotland
Died: February 9, 2002

A rebellion at heart with a colourful personality, Princess Margaret Rose Windsor, Countess of Snowdon could not be more different from her reserved elder sister, Queen Elizabeth II. Known for her lavish lifestyle filled with parties and drinks and glamour, this fiercely independent Royal’s life was rocked with scandals and unfulfilled romances.

 11 
Chuck Connors
(Famous for His Portrayal of ‘Lucas McCain’ in the ABC series ‘The Rifleman’)
Chuck Connors
20
Birthdate: April 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 10, 1992

Chuck Connors was an American actor, professional baseball and basketball player. Connors is one of 13 athletes to have played in both National Basketball Association and the Major League Baseball. As an actor, he contributed to the success of the popular Western television program The Rifleman. Also known for his charity work, Connors helped found the Chuck Connors Charitable Foundation.

 12 
Tanya Roberts
(Actress and Producer Known for Role as ‘Julie Rogers’ in the TV Series ‘Charlie's Angels’)
Tanya Roberts
27
Birthdate: October 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York City, United States
Died: January 4, 2021

Tanya Roberts was an American actress and model who is best remembered for her role in the James Bond film A View to a Kill. While in her teens, she became a fashion and cover model and worked in ads for  Excedrin, Ultra Brite, and Clairol. She began acting as well and soon gained fame as a sex symbol. She retired from acting in 2005.

 13 
Guccio Gucci
(Italian Businessman)
Guccio Gucci
30
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: March 26, 1881
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Florence
Died: January 2, 1953
Son of an Italian leather-goods maker, Guccio Gucci was initially reluctant to join his family business and worked in hotels instead. Changing his mind later, he opened the first Gucci shop in Florence in 1921. The year of his death, 1953, saw the opening of the first Gucci store abroad.
 14 
William Hurt
14
Birthdate: March 20, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: March 13, 2022
William Hurt was best known for his Academy Award-winning portrayal in the film Kiss of the Spider Woman. He also delivered stellar performances in Children of a Lesser God and A History of Violence. He was a skilled Shakespearean theater actor and played Thunderbolt Ross in various Marvel films.
 15 
Jackie Gleason
(Actor and Comedian Known for His Series 'The Jackie Gleason Show' and 'The Honeymooners')
Jackie Gleason
10
Birthdate: February 26, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bushwick, New York, United States
Died: June 24, 1987

Jackie Gleason was an American actor, writer, comedian, composer, and conductor. Nicknamed The Great One, Jackie Gleason is credited with developing the popular TV series The Jackie Gleason Show, which enjoyed high ratings for nearly two decades. His life and work inspired the 2002 television biopic Gleason in which he was played by comedian and actor Brad Garrett.

 16 
Tennessee Williams
(One of the Finest American Playwrights of the 20th-Century Best Known for His Work ‘The Glass Menagerie’ )
Tennessee Williams
15
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 26, 1911
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Columbus, Mississippi, United States
Died: February 25, 1983
Pulitzer Prize-winning Tennessee Williams is regarded as one of the most significant playwrights of the 20th century, and had also written short stories, essays, and poetry. He is best remembered for his plays A Streetcar Named Desire, The Glass Menagerie, and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof
 
 17 
Peter Boyle
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Frank Barone’ in the TV Series ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’)
Peter Boyle
7
Birthdate: October 18, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Norristown, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: December 12, 2006

Peter Boyle was an American actor, best known for playing Frank Barone in the popular TV series Everybody Loves Raymond. Boyle's death, which was caused by multiple myeloma and heart disease, had a great impact on many of his colleagues. His widow, Loraine, founded the Peter Boyle Memorial Fund, which is the most successful fundraiser for the International Myeloma Foundation.

 18 
George C. Scott
(Actor, Director, and Producer Known for His Film ‘Anatomy of a Murder’)
George C. Scott
15
Birthdate: October 18, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wise, Virginia, United States
Died: September 22, 1999
George C. Scott won the Academy Award for the film Patton but also became the first actor to reject the award, as he believed no two actors or performances could be compared. Fans also loved him for his roles in A Christmas Carol, Dr. Strangelove, and Anatomy of a Murder.
 19 
Yves Saint Laurent
(French Fashion Designer and Founder of His Eponymous Fashion Label)
Yves Saint Laurent
12
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Oran, Algeria
Died: June 1, 2008

Yves Saint Laurent was a French fashion designer who founded his eponymous fashion label in 1961. Widely regarded as one of the 20th century's most popular and influential fashion designers, Saint Laurent is credited with helping women all over the world find confidence by looking both elegant and comfortable at the same time. His life and career inspired many films.

 20 
John Tyler
(10th President of the United States (1841-1845))
John Tyler
17
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 29, 1790
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Charles City, Virginia, United States
Died: January 18, 1862

The tenth president of the United States, John Tyler was dubbed His Accidency as he became the president after the sudden death of President William Henry Harrison when the former was serving as the vice president. Tyler's acceptance of full presidential powers set a prominent precedent and served as a model for succession to the future presidents.

 21 
Enid Blyton
(Best Selling Children's Writer of the 20th Century Known for Her Works 'Malory Towers' & 'The Famous Five')
Enid Blyton
11
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: August 11, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: East Dulwich, London, England
Died: November 28, 1968
Author Enid Blyton is best remembered for her iconic children’s book series such as Famous Five, Malory Towers, and Secret Seven, majorly focusing on mystery-based plots. Her works have made her the fourth-most-translated writer. She had supported animal and paediatric charities. Her story inspired the BBC film Enid.
 22 
William Tecumseh Sherman
(Former Commanding General of the United States Army (1869 - 1883))
William Tecumseh Sherman
21
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 8, 1820
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lancaster, Ohio, United States
Died: February 14, 1891
William Tecumseh Sherman served as the Union Army general during the American Civil War. He is best remembered for his “scorched earth” military policy and was known as "the first modern general.” His 1875 book Memoir, related his war experiences. He was associated with wildlife conservation in his later years.
 23 
Edward Herrmann
(American Actor, Director and Writer Known for His Miniseries ‘Eleanor and Franklin')
Edward Herrmann
7
Birthdate: July 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: December 31, 2014
Edward Herrmann is best remembered for his portrayal of Richard Gilmore in Gilmore Girls and Max in The Lost Boys. Fans also loved him as Franklin D. Roosevelt in Annie and Eleanor and Franklin. He had also narrated scores of shows on The History Channel and PBS, such as Nova.
 24 
Lou Reed
(Lead Guitarist, Vocalist & Principal Songwriter of the Rock Band “The Velvet Underground”)
Lou Reed
18
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: March 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: October 27, 2013
Lou Reed redefined the glam rock genre with his album Transformer. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee initially wrote sings for Pickwick Records and performed with the Velvet Underground. He then released 20 solo albums. His parents had made him go through electro-shock therapy to “cure” his bisexuality.
 25 
Jerry Reed
(Singer-songwriter, Musician)
Jerry Reed
12
Birthdate: March 20, 1937
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Died: September 1, 2008

Jerry Reed was an American guitarist, country music singer, songwriter, composer, and actor. He won three Grammy Awards and two Country Music Association awards during his illustrious career. In 2017, he was posthumously inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. Jerry Reed was also inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame and Museum.

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Piet Mondrian
(One of the Greatest Artists of the 20th Century)
Piet Mondrian
8
Birthdate: 1872
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Amersfoort, Netherlands
Died: January 31, 1944

Dutch painter Piet Mondrian is remembered for pioneering what is known as 20th-century abstract art. He co-founded the De Stijl art movement with Theo van Doesburg and gave rise to Neoplasticism. His art was influenced by Cubism. Many of his paintings consist of geometric shapes in particular sets of colors.

 27 
Bob Hoskins
(Actor)
Bob Hoskins
11
Birthdate: October 26, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bury St Edmunds, West Suffolk, England
Died: April 29, 2014
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 28 
Levon Helm
(American Musician and Actor Who Achieved Fame as the Drummer)
Levon Helm
9
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elaine, Arkansas, United States
Died: April 19, 2012
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 29 
William IV of the United Kingdom
(King of the United Kingdom (1830 - 1837))
William IV of the United Kingdom
6
Birthdate: August 21, 1765
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: June 20, 1837
William IV, the third son of George III, was the king of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and that of Hanover, from 1830 to 1837. His stint in the Royal Navy earned him the nickname “Sailor King.” He introduced electoral reforms, abolished slavery, and restricted child labor.
 30 
Eusébio
(Portuguese Footballer Known for His Speed and Exceptional Goal-Scoring Abilities)
Eusébio
13
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 25, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Died: January 5, 2014

Considered one of the most successful African-origin footballers of all time, Eusébio, or the Black Panther, was born in the Portuguese Mozambique and grew up to represent the Portuguese national team as a striker. He also had a great stint with the club Benfica, having won the Primeira Liga with them 11 times.

 31 
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
(The Founder of Pakistan)
Muhammad Ali Jinnah
59
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1876
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan
Died: September 11, 1948
Muhammad Ali Jinnah, Pakistan’s Father of the Nation, was an All-India Muslim League leader who led to the formation of Pakistan in 1947. Educated in England, Jinnah was a barrister and had worked at the Bombay High Court. He had helped pass the 1916 Lucknow Pact, too.
 32 
John Heard
(Known for His Films: ‘Heart Beat’, ‘Cutter's Way’, ‘Cat People’, ‘Beaches’ and ‘Deceived’)
John Heard
10
Birthdate: March 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Died: July 21, 2017
John Heard is best known for his Emmy-nominated guest role of Detective Vin Makazian in The Sopranos. Audiences also loved him as Peter McCallister, the father of Macaulay Culkin’s character, in Home Alone and its sequel. A talented stage actor, he delivered an award-winning performance in G.R. Point
 33 
Vivian Liberto
(American Homemaker, Author and First Wife of Singer Johnny Cash)
Vivian Liberto
11
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: April 23, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Died: May 24, 2005

Vivian Liberto was an American author and homemaker. She started hogging the limelight after marrying singer and actor, Johnny Cas,h with whom she had four daughters, including Rosanne Cash, who went on to become a singer-songwriter. Vivian Liberto’s 2007 book I Walked the Line formed the basis of the documentary movie My Darling Vivian, which was directed by Matt Riddlehoover.

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Nora Ephron
(Screenwriter, Producer, Director)
Nora Ephron
7
Birthdate: May 19, 1941
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: June 26, 2012

Nora Ephron was an American writer, filmmaker, and journalist. She is known for writing films like Sleepless in Seattle and When Harry Met Sally... The Nora Ephron Prize was created by the Tribeca Film Festival in her memory. Her life and work inspired the 2016 documentary film Everything Is Copy, which was directed by her son Jacob Bernstein.

 35 
Kurt Gödel
(Mathematician, Philosopher and One of the Most Significant Logicians in History)
Kurt Gödel
11
Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: April 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Brno, Czech Republic
Died: January 14, 1978

Hailed as one of the greatest logicians since Aristotle, Kurt Gödel was Austrian-born American mathematician, logician, and philosopher, who earned international stardom for his incompleteness theorem. Also credited with developing a technique called Gödel numbering, he later started working on Mathematical Platonism, a philosophical theory that failed to attract wide acceptance.

 36 
John Derek
(Actor & Director)
John Derek
18
Birthdate: August 12, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: May 22, 1998
John Derek, known for his stunning good looks, launched his last wife, Bo Derek, in Hollywood. He appeared in films such as All the King's Men and had also served in World War II. He directed Bo in Tarzan, the Ape Man and even photographed her for Playboy.
 37 
Ron Glass
(Actor)
Ron Glass
7
Birthdate: July 10, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evansville, Indiana, USA
Died: November 25, 2016
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 38 
John Browning
(Firearms Designer)
John Browning
20
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: January 23, 1855
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ogden, Utah, United States
Died: November 26, 1926
 39 
Ken Howard
(Actor)
Ken Howard
5
Birthdate: March 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: El Centro, California, United States
Died: March 23, 2016
Height: 6'7" (201 cm)
 40 
Floyd Patterson
(American Professional Boxer Who Competed From 1952 to 1972)
Floyd Patterson
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 4, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Waco, North Carolina, United States
Died: May 11, 2006
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 41 
Daniel Defoe
(Author of Robinson Crusoe and Moll Flanders)
Daniel Defoe
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: 1660 AD
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 24, 1731
Daniel Defoe was an English trader, pamphleteer, and spy, who is best remembered for his 1719 novel Robinson Crusoe. He also helped in popularizing the novel format of writing in Britain. He was a forerunner of business journalism, too, and also traded in hosiery, woollen goods, and wine.
 42 
Georges Lemaître
(Scientist & Priest)
Georges Lemaître
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Charleroi, Belgium
Died: June 20, 1966

Georges Lemaître was a mathematician, astronomer, and professor of physics. Lemaître was the first person to theorize that the expansion of the universe can be used to explain the recession of nearby galaxies. In 1927, Lemaître published the first estimation of the Hubble constant. He also came up with the Big Bang theory to explain the origin of the universe.

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Wangari Maathai
(The First African Woman to Receive 'Nobel Peace Prize')
Wangari Maathai
11
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: April 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ihithe, Kenya
Died: September 25, 2011

Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmental, social, and political activist. She achieved popularity after becoming the first African woman to be honored with the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. She is credited with founding a non-governmental organization called The Green Belt Movement (GBM), which focuses on women's rights and environmental conservation.

 44 
Andy Devine
(Actor)
Andy Devine
5
Birthdate: October 7, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Flagstaff, Arizona, USA
Died: February 18, 1977
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
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Neville Chamberlain
(Prime Minister of the U.K.)
Neville Chamberlain
28
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 18, 1869
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Birmingham
Died: November 9, 1940

Neville Chamberlain was a British politician. A member of the Conservative Party, Chamberlain served as UK's prime minister from 1937 to 1940. Known for his signing of the Munich Agreement, which is also called the Munich Betrayal, Neville Chamberlain is regarded by many as one of the most controversial prime ministers of the UK.

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Jack Bruce
(Scottish Singer-Songwriter and Former Member of the Band Cream)
Jack Bruce
3
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: May 14, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bishopbriggs
Died: October 25, 2014

Legendary Scottish singer-songwriter, bassist, and composer Jack Bruce gained international fame with the British rock band Cream and released iconic tracks such as I Feel Free. He also performed as part of the jazz fusion group the Tony Williams Lifetime. In 2006, he received the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Frank Hamer
(Police Officer)
Frank Hamer
12
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: March 17, 1884
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wilson County, Texas
Died: July 10, 1955

Frank Hamer was an American Texas Ranger and law enforcement officer. He is credited with leading the 1934 group that tracked down and executed criminals, Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker. Well-known for his investigative skill, marksmanship, and toughness, Frank Hamer was recognized as the archetypal Texas Ranger in the Southwest. His life and work inspired the 2019 film, The Highwaymen.

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Jim Davis
(Actor)
Jim Davis
10
Birthdate: August 26, 1909
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Edgerton, Missouri, United States
Died: April 26, 1981
 49 
Richard Hatch
3
Birthdate: May 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: February 7, 2017
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
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Royal Dano
(Actor)
Royal Dano
8
Birthdate: November 16, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: May 15, 1994
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)