Famous People







Today's Famous Person (January 16, 1878 September 21, 1947) was an American actor and one of silent film's earliest superstars, usually cast as a Western hero. One of his best known performances is as the president of the United States Senate in the drama film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington in 1939, for which he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

He was born in the Bronx, New York, a son of Henry [deleted], a prominent lawyer and judge of the New York Supreme Court, and his wife Ella. He grew up on City Island, Bronx.

He was a cowboy, railway superintendent, author, lawyer and playwright. He attended Hamilton Military Academy, then studied law at New York University.

When a boating accident led to pneumonia, he wrote a play, Montana, while recuperating and toured the country performing in it for three years. His play was very successful, but he lost it all when his next play was a failure.

His Broadway credits include But Not Goodbye, Ah, Wilderness, and Heavenly Express.

He first appeared in a film in 1908. He was contracted to make four films not only acting but also doing his own stunt work. He is best remembered as one of the first stars of the Western film genre.

In 1909, he began working for the Biograph Company. In 1911, he was signed by D.W. Griffith. His first film for Griffith was The Sorrowful Shore, a sea story.

One of his most popular roles was as the good-hearted outlaw Cheyenne Harry. The Cheyenne Harry franchise spanned two decades, from A Knight of the Range in 1916 to Aces Wild in 1936. He starred in director John Ford's first feature film, Straight Shooting in 1917.

His rugged frame and craggy features were well suited to westerns and outdoor adventures. When sound films arrived, he displayed an assured, gritty baritone voice that suited his rough-hewn screen personality. He was the logical choice for the title role in MGM's outdoor jungle epic Trader Horn. By this time, already in his fifties, he was too mature for most leading roles, and the only starring roles that he was offered were in low-budget westerns and serials.

He soon settled into a comfortable career as a solid, memorable character actor; he received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role as the President of the Senate in the 1939 film Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. He went on to act other notable roles.

He married at least twice and possibly a third time. Census records for 1910 indicate he had a wife named Clare. Some references state that he was also married to an actress named Fern Foster.

His last marriage was in 1920 to actress Olive Fuller Golden, "daughter of John Fuller Golden, one of the greatest of the vaudevillians." The couple were together until his death in 1947. They purchased a 1,000-acre ranch in Saugus, California, north of Los Angeles, which was later turned into Tesoro Adobe Historic Park in 2005.

They had a son and a daughter. His son, nicknamed Dobe, would become a character actor, most famous for his roles in westerns. Father and son both appear in the 1948 film Red River, and mother and son are both featured in 1956's The Searchers.

A long-time cigar smoker, it is reported that today's Famous Person died in 1947 at the age of 69 from coronary thrombosis, which is believed to have been aggravated by a bite from a black widow spider a month earlier. However, more reliable sources refute the arachnid anecdote listed in contemporary Associated Press reports. His son blamed a combination of emphysema and cancer in his 1994 memoir. Author Scott Eyman states that lung cancer was the cause of death.


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November 23

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Dame Sunny
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Jeannie in Washington
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Lady Di
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Gabi in Brazil
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Dave in Virginia
Pat in Kentucky
Brandi in California
Harold in North Carolina
Kate in Colorado
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


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Dame Sunny
Joan in Florida
Jeannie in Washington
Kiko in Japan
Carol in Delaware
Donna in New York
Lady Di
Alex in New York
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Missy in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Gabi in Brazil
Brandi in California
Danni in Connecticut
Helen in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Kate in Colorado
Pat in Kentucky
Dave in Virginia
Harold in North Carolina
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania


November
Mystery Person

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Dame Sunny
Harold in North Carolina


Hamilton

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Alex in New York
Missy in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Helen in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Carol in Delaware
Gabi in Brazil
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Pat in Kentucky
Brandi in California
Harold in North Carolina
Kate in Colorado
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


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Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Carol in Delaware
Donna in New York
Alex in New York
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Missy in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Gabi in Brazil
Brandi in California
Danni in Connecticut
Helen in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Kate in Colorado
Pat in Kentucky
Harold in North Carolina
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania


November Rebus Puzzle #5

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Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Donna in New York
Alex in New York
Missy in Pennsylvania
Danni in Connecticut
Helen in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Carol in Delaware
Gabi in Brazil
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Pat in Kentucky
Brandi in California
Harold in North Carolina
Kate in Colorado
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura


November Rebus Puzzle Scores

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Dame Sunny
Jeannie in Washington
Carol in Delaware
Donna in New York
Alex in New York
Helen R in Pennsylvania
Donna in Iowa
Brett in Iowa
Missy in Pennsylvania
Ruth in Pennsylvania
Gabi in Brazil
Brandi in California
Danni in Connecticut
Helen in Pennsylvania
Michelle in New Jersey
Kate in Colorado
Pat in Kentucky
Harold in North Carolina
Katrina in Delaware
Martha in Virginia
Lady Laura
Neil in Pennsylvania
Maryellen in Pennsylvania