Bea Arthur

Beatrice Arthur, originally Bernice Frankel was born on May 13, 1922, in Brooklyn, New York.  In 1933, the Frankel family relocated to Cambridge, Maryland, where her parents operated a clothing shop.  She attended Linden Hall School for Girls, the oldest girls’ boarding school in the United States.  She then enrolled at Blackstone College for Girls in Blackstone, Virginia, where she was active in the drama program.

Her employment after attending Blackstone College for Girls, included working as a food analyst at a Maryland packing plant; a hospital lab technician, and an office worker at a New York loan company.  She was due to start another job when she heard that the Marine Corps had opened enlistments to women.   She decided to join, with hopes of going into ground aviation. She went to basic training in March 1943, at the age of 21.

During her service she worked as a typist and a truck driver and had assignments at Marine headquarters in Washington, D.C., a Navy air station in Virginia and Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, North Carolina.  A year into her enlistment, she married a fellow Marine, Private Robert Aurthur, in a ceremony presided over by a city judge in Ithaca, New York.  She then formally had her named changed to Bernice Aurthur.  She completed her two years of service, achieving the rank of staff sergeant before being honorably discharged in September 1945.

After her discharge she changed her name to Bea Arthur, as she started her career in acting.  In 1947 she studied at the Dramatic Workshop of The New School in New York with German director Erwin Piscator.  Bea began her acting career as a member at the Cherry Lane Theatre in New York City.

She continued with acting roles on and off Broadway throughout the 1950s and 1960s.  She was then invited by Norman Lear to guest-star on his sitcom All in the Family, as Maude Findlay, an outspoken liberal feminist.  Her performance eventually led to her own series as the character and earned her several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations, including an Emmy win in 1977, for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.

Her acting career included other less known television shows and movies until she landed a role in 1985 for The Golden Girls, the series remained on the top-ten with ratings, for six out of the seven seasons.  Baa’s performance led to several Emmy nominations over the course of the series and an Emmy win in 1988.

In 1992, she decided to leave The Golden Girls.  She made several guest appearances on shows and toured in her one-woman show, titled An Evening with Bea Arthur, as well as And Then There’s Bea.

Bea died from cancer, at her home in the Sullivan Canyon section of Brentwood, California on April 25, 2009.   She is survived by her two sons and two granddaughters.

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Rob Riggle

 

Robert Allen “Rob” Riggle, Jr. (born April 21, 1970) is an American actor, comedian and retired U.S. Marine officer.  He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but his family moved to Overland Park, Kansas when he was two years old.  He attended Shawnee Mission South High School, where he was involved in the school’s radio and TV stations.  He was voted the most humorous and graduated in 1988. Riggle later graduated from the University of Kansas, in 1992, with a B.A. in Theater and Film, while attending the university he also made time to get his pilot’s license, and became a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity.  He went on to earn a Master of Public Administration degree from Webster University in 1997.

He joined the Marines on April 25, 1990, after getting his pilot’s license, intending to become a Naval Aviator, he was able to get a guaranteed flight contract.  When he was in flight school he was faced with making a difficult decision.  He could continue flying and earn his flight wings, but if he did that he wouldn’t have time to pursue his comedy career.  So he decided to pursue his comedy and acting career.

He then had his flight contract changed to a ground contract and became a Public Affairs Officer.  He served for nine years on active duty before going into the reserves.  As a Public Affairs Officer, he was usually attached to command elements and he served with a number of different units including: 2nd Battalion, 2nd Marines; 3rd Battalion, 8th Marines; 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (Special Operations Capable); 2nd Marine Aircraft Wing; U.S. Central Command and 5th Special Forces Group.  While serving, he visited Liberia, Kosovo, Albania, and Afghanistan.  His military education includes The Basic School, Aviation Indoctrination, Primary Flight Training, Intermediate Flight Training, Defense Information School, The Warfighting Course, Amphibious Warfare School and Command & Staff College.

His military decorations include:  Meritorious Service Medal (2); Navy and Marine Corps Commendation MedalJoint Service Achievement MedalNavy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (2); Combat Action RibbonNational Defense Service Medal (2); Kosovo Campaign MedalAfghanistan Campaign MedalGlobal War on Terrorism Service MedalHumanitarian Service MedalArmed Forces Reserve Medal; and NATO Medal.

Many celebrity vets leave the service behind once they make it in Hollywood, but Rob was still a Marine and he managed to put in the required time for the Corps. while his career in Hollywood was gaining traction.  On January 1, 2013, Rob retired from the Marine Corps Reserves, as a Lieutenant Colonel, after 23 years of service.

 He is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show from 2006 to 2008, as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2004 to 2005, and for his comedic roles in films such as The Hangover, The Other Guys, Let’s Be Cops, 21 Jump Street, 22 Jump Street, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and Step Brothers.
He now has over 100 acting credits, 9 writing credits, 2 producer and director credits.  See more on his IMDB profile.  You can also follow him on Facebook and Twitter.
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Hugh O’Brian

Hugh O’Brian, born on April 19, 1925 in Rochester, New York.  His original name is Hugh Charles Krampe, he changed it to O’Brien (from his mother’s side), because it was prone to less misspelling.  But they misspelled that, too, as “O’Brian,” so he just decided to stay with that.

He attended school at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois, and Kemper Military School in Boonville, Missouri, playing football, basketball, wrestling, and track.  After graduation he spent a semester at the University of Cincinnati, studying law.  He then enlisted in the Marine Corps during World War II, at the age of 17 and became the youngest Marine Corps drill instructor in American history.  O’Brian served as a tank crewman, during his four-year service, he won a coveted Fleet appointment to the Naval Academy.  After passing the entrance exams, he declined the appointment, to enroll at Yale University, to study law.  He was honorably discharged at the rank of  Corporal.

Hugh went to Los Angeles, where he planned to earn money for his Yale tuition.  He met Ruth Roman and Linda Christian, who introduced him to a little theater group and was asked to fill in when a leading actor became ill.

Hugh became one of the forefathers of the modern Western,  best known for portraying Sheriff Wyatt Earp in TV’s “The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp”.  He had a successful acting career that lasted into the early 2000s, with 112 credits including appearances on Charlie’s AngelsL.A. Law, The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, and The Love Boat.  He shared the screen with legends such as Kirk Douglas, Rock Hudson, Spencer Tracy, Patricia Neal, Marilyn Monroe and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

He is now most remembered for creating a non-profit organization, known as Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY), to help high school sophomores develop leadership abilities.  O’Brian founded HOBY in 1958, after being inspired by the work of the Nobel Prize-winning Albert Schweitzer, since then more than 470,000 people have attended the program.

Hugh died at his home in Beverly Hills, on September 5, 2016, at the age of 91 from a variety of unspecified health issues.

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Bradford Dillman

Bradford Dillman was born on April 14, 1930 in San Francisco, California, the son of Josephine (née Moore) and Dean Dillman, a stockbroker.  He attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut, where he became involved in school theatre productions.  He attended Yale University, studying theatre and drama.  While at Yale, he enlisted in the Navy Reserves in 1948.  He graduated from Yale with a BA in English Literature.

After graduating from Yale, he entered the Marine Corps as an officer candidate, training at Parris Island.  He was commissioned as a second lieutenant in September 1951.  As he was preparing to deploy to Korea, his orders were changed, and he spent the rest of his time teaching communications in the Instructors’ Orientation Course.  He was discharged in 1953 as a first lieutenant.

Returning to Connecticut, he studied with the Actors Studio, and spent several seasons apprenticing with the Sharon Connecticut Playhouse before making his professional acting debut in The Scarecrow in 1953.  Dillman took his initial Broadway bow in the Eugene O’Neill play Long Day’s Journey Into Night in 1956, playing the author’s alter ego character Edmund Tyrone and winning a Theatre World Award in the process.  This distinct success put him squarely on the map and 20th Century Fox took notice by placing him under contract.

Dillman has 140 credits towards his acting career with television movies such as Fear No Evil (1969), Moon of the Wolf (1972), and Deliver Us from Evil (1973)  and tv series, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, and Dynasty.

You can check out his entire acting career on IMDB.

Dillman also released a football fan book, Inside the New York Giants, in 1995 and an autobiography, Are You Anybody?: An Actor’s Life, in 1997.

Dillman currently lives in Montecito, California and helps raise money for medical research.

 

 

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Don Adams

Donald James Yarmy, professionally known as Don Adams, was an American actor, comedian, and director.   Born on, April 13, 1923, in Manhattan, New York.  He dropped out of DeWitt Clinton High School and worked as a theater usher.

During World War II, he joined the Marine Corps and participated in the Battle of Guadalcanal, when his service ended from being shot in combat and contracting blackwater fever, a serious complication of malaria.  He was evacuated and hospitalized for more than a year at a Navy hospital in Wellington, New Zealand.  After his recovery, he served as a drill instructor.

After his service, he began a career as a stand-up comic, taking the stage name of Adams after marrying singer Adelaide (Dell) Efantis, who performed as Adelaide Adams. They had four daughters, and Adams also worked as a commercial artist and restaurant cashier to help support his family.  When they divorced, he kept Adams as his stage name because acting auditions were often held in alphabetical order.

His television career began when he won the Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948) talent contest.  His most famous role, being secret agent Maxwell Smart (Agent 86) in the classic sitcom/spy spoof Get Smart (1965), which he also sometimes directed and wrote.  In the late 1950s, he made eleven appearances on The Steve Allen Show where Dana was part of the writing team. During the 1961-63 television seasons, he was a regular on NBC’s The Perry Como Show as part of The Kraft Music Hall Players.  He had a role on the NBC sitcom The Bill Dana Show (1963–65) as a bumbling hotel detective named Byron Glick.  Adams won three consecutive Emmys for his portrayal of Smart (1967–69).  He also provided the voices for the animated series Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (1963–66) and Inspector Gadget (1983–85, as well as several revivals and spinoffs in the 1990s).

Adams died on September 25, 2005, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.  He suffered from lymphoma and a lung infection.

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Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosaki is an American investor, businessman, self-help author, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, financial commentator, radio personality, and U.S. Marine.

Born on April 8, 1947, in Hilo, Hawaii, he is a fourth-generation Japanese-American.  After graduating from Hilo High School, he enrolled at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in New York, graduating in 1969.  After which, he worked on merchant ships, which allowed him to travel the world, exposing him to new cultures and new ways of life.  He witnessed the extremes of poverty that people face around the world and those experiences left an overwhelming impact on him.

In 1972, during the Vietnam War, he served as a helicopter pilot in the Marine Corps.  Two years later, he left the Marine Corps and moved to New York, to work for the Xerox Corporation, as a salesman for copy machines.

In 1977 he saved enough money to start a company that brought the first nylon Velcro surfer wallets to market.  As a means to limit the cost of the wallets, he didn’t pay attention to the quality of the products and that led to a downfall in demand, creating  a financial loss to the company.

Towards the beginning of the 1980s, he started a business that licensed t-shirts for heavy metal rock bands, such as Motley Crue. During this time, while business was booming, he invested in stocks and real estate.  When the preference for heavy metal bands gave way to softer music, business declined and his debts increased.  Eventually the company went broke and he was left penniless and homeless.

Not giving up on his endeavors, Robert believed that he had something to share with others.  From his experiences and knowledge with the previous companies’ successes and failures, he wanted to help people.  He wanted to teach them on how to avoid bankruptcy and achieve financial success.

He began working as a motivational speaker for a personal growth seminar business called Money and You, along with DC Cordova. The three-day seminar focused on teaching the works of Buckminster Fuller.  Predominantly present in Canada and United States, the popularity of the business allowed them to spread to Australia and New Zealand.

As the popularity, growth, and universal appeal of this business venture turned profitable, Robert became a multi-millionaire and left Money and You in 1994 to take up early retirement, at the age of 47.

During his early retirement, he actively invested in stocks and real estate and spent a lot of time writing a book.  Following the footsteps of his educator ‘poor dad’, and guidance and advice of his ‘rich dad’ (who in reality was his friend’s dad) he concentrated on combining the two lines of beliefs to come up with a book which highlighted the teaching of both men that had influenced his life.

He collaborated with Sharon Lechter and together they co-wrote the first Rich Dad, Poor Dad book. However, they could not find a publisher so they decided on publish it themselves.

After three years of he came back from retirement and launched a business and financial education company called, Cashflow Technologies Inc.  The company is co-owned by his wife, Kim Kiyosaki and co-writer Sharon Lechter; together they own and operate the brands, Rich Dad and Cashflow.

Rich Dad Poor Dad, was published in 2000; teaching readers the importance of building wealth through investments in real estate and starting a business.  The book has sold over 26 million copies and received positive reviews from some critics.  American talk show host and media mogul Oprah Winfrey endorsed the book on her show. Another celebrity supporter is actor Will Smith, who said he’s teaching his son about financial responsibility by reading the book.

American billionaire and 45th President of the United States Donald Trump has read and praised the book, comparing it to his own, 1987 literary debut of Trump: The Art of the Deal, which served as an inspirational book to Kiyosaki.  Trump and Kiyosaki later did a collaboration  in 2006 called Why We Want You To Be Rich, Two Men One Message and a second book called Midas Touch: Why Some Entrepreneurs Get Rich-And Why Most Don’t in 2011. American fashion entrepreneur and investor Daymond John has called the book one of his favorites.

The success of the book led to the release of the future works, Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant and Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing.

His first three books, Rich Dad Poor Dad, Rich Dad’s CASHFLOW Quadrant, and Rich Dad’s Guide to Investing, have been number one on the top 10 best-seller lists simultaneously on The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and the New York Times.  It was the success of these books that propelled him to continue with the series which comprises of 15 books.

Some of Robert’s investments include metals and coins, oil, solar, real estate properties, including developments, resorts, condominiums, and golf courses.

He encourages all of his employees to start their own business, not because he wants them to stop working for him, but he wants them to have multiple income streams so that they too can be successful.

You can learn more about Robert’s products by going to RichDad.com.

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