Herman Frederick Crane was a radio announcer, TV and movie star of America. He was born in General Pershing St. in New Orleans city of Louisiana State. He had two siblings, John, and Harry. He did his schooling from McDonogh 35 School (previously known as McDonogh 13), and Alcee Fortier School. His father, grandfather, and great-grandfather were all dentists. However, Fred did not follow this trend. At the Tulane and Loyola Universities, he took up acting and football. Fred’s first job was of an ice- delivery boy.

He was in his teens and worked during his spare time. At those times, the electric refrigerators were not that popular. When he was twenty, his mother handed him a suitcase and $50 to try his luck in Hollywood. She took this step after their neighbor’s daughter signed a contract for the movie. She knew Fred had the courage to perform as he had done stage shows in his college. Upon reaching there, he stayed with his relatives. During the day, he would work in the local zoo, and at night, he would recite the stories/ books to his family member who had a vision problem. He soon went on a visit with Fred Crane’s cousin Leatrice Joy Gilbert to Selznick International Pictures.

Gilbert was there to audition for the movie,“Gone With the Wind” for the role of Suellen. Over there, Fred was looking around the studio when his good looks and authentic Southern accent caught the eye of George Cukor, the director of the film, and David O. Selznick, the producer of the movie. Selection was followed by Fred reading the script with Vivien Leigh, the actress who was chosen to play Scarlett O’ Hara in the picture. Though he did not intend to try for a job that day, his talent, and many years of study, and practice in arts landed him a role. His quick wit, good storytelling, impromptu recitation of verses, and his voice helped him face the challenges and grab the opportunity.

The producer was highly impressed with his act and signed a thirteen-week contract with him for $50 per week. Fred played the role of Brent Tarleton, one of the Tarleton twins in Gone With the Wind. He portrayed the character of one of the suitors of Scarlett, the main lead of the movie. Brent is seen speaking the opening dialogue of the film, “What do we care if we were expelled from college, Miss Scarlett? The war's going to start soon, so we would have left college anyhow.” His name in the cast was mistakenly written as Stuart instead of Brent. Stuart was being played by George Reeves. He was not present at the premiere of the movie at Atlanta but made an appearance at the premiere in Los Angeles at Carthay Circle Theater in 1939. In 1940, he got married for the first time to Rose Marcelle Dudley Heaslip. At the same time, his acting career was affected immensely by the World War II. He did not get any films during this phase. So, he joined Crossroads of the World as a talent instructor and taught there for some time.

In the meantime, he was working in munitions factory till the war discontinued. Soon in 1946, he was interviewed by Errett Lobban Cord and was hired to work in the radio station. Errett is the owner of KFAC classical music radio in LA (Los Angeles), and Cord Automobile Company. Over there, he worked for over forty years and also served as the Program Director with Carl Princi. Fred was also the host of the morning show. He was also a staff voice artist on NBC Radio for The Jack Benny Programme. He also worked in KKGO. Later, he worked in one episode of Cisco Kid Television show titled, The Gay Amigo. He was also seen in small roles in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Lost in Space, Peyton Place, 77 Sunset Strip, Lawman, Twilight Zone, Hawaiian Eye, and in General Hospital. Fred in order to survive, he took up many odd jobs such as working as a fine tools machinist and inspector, working at a pharmacy, and later was in housing construction partnership.

In the year 1998, he arrived in Atlanta as a special guest for the premiere screening of Gone With the Wind’s restored version. He got married four more times. His second wife was Ruth Ceder, followed by Barbara Jeanne Garoutte, Anita Joan Cohen and Terry Lynn Halfacre as his third, fourth and fifth wife respectively. During the later years of his career, he made several appearances at special events, cruise ship lectures, and fan gatherings. Fred also continued on charity fundraisers. He along with his fifth wife Terry, opened up a bed- and- breakfast, with a Gone With the Wind museum in their newly bought mansion in Barnesville of Georgia. It was sold in 2007 at an auction because of Fred’s deteriorating health. After his second heart surgery, Fred developed problems with diabetes. He died on 21st August 2008 succumbing to a blood clot in his lung. He is survived by his five children- David, Shelley, Haydee, Jason, and Terri Lynn Smith.

Tim Roth English Actor

Tim Roth

Tim Roth is originally known as Simon Timothy. Roth was born on May 14, 1961, in Dulwich, London, United Kingdom. Tim was fathered by Ann, who had been working as an artisan and an educator, and had been mothered by Ernie, who was pursuing her career in journalism, painting and as a British Communist Party Member. Roth went to the Strand School in Tulse Hill, to complete his school days. Later, he went to the Camberwell College of Art in London, to fulfil his interests of being a modeller. In 1982, Roth made his debut, in a TV Film "Made in Britain", where he played the role of a white supremacist. In 1986, the King of Ghetto, a novel based drama by Farukh Dhondy was also picturised on Roth where he played the character from the East End of London. He was also designated as a shy man in the film "Meantime", directed by Mike Leigh. His role as an executioner in "Stephen Frears’ The Hit", a 1985 film, helped him to bag the Evening Standard Award for Most Promising Newcomer. He went on stepping up the ladder to achieve the greatest as an actor and was offered numerous films in the decade. He also delivered a supporting role as a manservant in "The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover", directed by Peter Greenaway. His work started getting famous internationally and soon he got opportunities to work on an international level in movies such as "Vincent & Theo", where he was represented as Vincent van Gogh, in the Robert Altman film. And he has also acted as Guildenstern in "Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead", a Tom Stoppard movie. Roth became very popular; he was being appointed in several films and in a variety of characters. Quentin Tarantino entrusted him as Mr. Orange in his film "Reservoir Dogs" in 1992 and later in the year 1994, as a loot in the film "Pulp Fiction". He played as Ted in the movie "Four Rooms", in 1995. In "Rob Roy", he played the role of Archibald Cunningham, which helped him to bag the nomination for the Best Supporting Actor, in Academy Awards, and also earned him the BAFTA Awards. In 1999, he directed his first film, titled "The War Zone", picturised on the novel by Alexander Stuart. He also got hired in "Planet of the Apes", directed by Tim Burton, in which he portrayed General Thade. In 2012, in the Cannes Film Festival, he was felicitated as the President of the Jury for The Un certain Regard section. Roth fathered a son from Lori Baker in 1984, named Jack, who is also an actor. Later, Roth tied knots of marriage with Nikki Butler, who mothered two of his sons, named Timothy Hunter, who was born in 1995, and Michael Cormac, who was born in 1996. Roth is a campaigner of GPEW (Green Party of England and Wales).

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Fred MacMurray

Fred MacMurray was a renowned actor in America. He was born as Frederick Martin MacMurray in Kankakee in Illinois to Frederick and Maleta MacMurray. His parents were natives from Wisconsin. The family moved to Madison in Wisconsin when he was two years old. Later, they settled in Fred’s mother’s hometown Beaver Dam in Wisconsin. Beaver Dam was where his mother was born in 1880. His aunt, Fay Holderness, was an actress and vaudeville performer. Fred graduated from Beaver Dam High School. He was good at baseball, football, and basketball. He was then granted a full scholarship to Carroll College (now known as Carroll University), in the Waukesha town of Wisconsin. Over there, Fred developed his talent in playing the saxophone. He performed in various local bands. However, he did not complete his graduation from his school. He had plans to become a musician. He started his career as a vocalist in 1930. His first recording as a featured vocalist on the Victor label’s All I Want Is Just One Girl, was with the Orchestra of Gus Arnheim. He also performedI’m In The Market For You with George Olsen. During 1930-1932, he appeared in Three’s a Crowd on Broadway. Before he signed with Paramount Pictures in 1934, he was also seen in the play Roberta, along with Bob Hope and Sydney Greenstreet. His television works include The Jack Benny Program, Screen Directors Playhouse, General Electric Theatre, Cimmaron City, My Three Sons, Summer Playhouse, Lucy- Desi Comedy Hour, The 20th Century Fox- Hour, and The United States Steel Hour. He also was a cast in the TV movie Beyond the Bermuda Triangle and The Chadwick Family. Fred also featured on the radio in The Martin and Lewis Show, Screen Directors Playhouse, Bright Star, Lux Summer Theatre, and Lux Radio Theatre. Fred MacMurray film credits include over a hundred movies. His most famed movies are Double Indemnity, Girls Gone Wild, The Gilded Lily, Alice Adams, Where Do We Go From Here (musical), and Above Suspicion.The Absent-Minded Professor, The Apartment, an Oscar-winning comedy, and The Caine Mutiny, were his some other movies. Some of his other movies were The Shaggy Dog, Son of Flubber (sequel to The Absent-Minded Professor), Remember the Night, New York Town, Kisses for My President, Practically Yours, No Time for Love, and Borderline. His last picture was The Swarm in 1978. Fred also appeared in Greyhound Lines bus company’s commercials and series of advertisements for Korean math calculation program, Chisenbop. He has usually been cast as a thoughtful character in light comedies, musicals, and melodramas. In the 1940s, he became one of the highest- paid actors in Hollywood. When his salary hit $420, 000 in 1943, he was the fourth highest- paid person of America and the Hollywood’s highest- paid artist/actor. Fred was married formerly to Lillian Lamont on June 20, 1936. He met her on the set of Roberta where she was a dancer. The couple adopted a son Robert, and a daughter Susan. He then married June Haver in 1954 following the death of Lamont due to cancer. June Haver was also an American actress. The couple adopted twin girls, Laurie, and Katherine. Fred established MacMurray Ranch on the land he purchased in the Russian River Valley of Northern California. When he was not acting, he spent his time at the ranch. Over there, he raised the prize- winning Aberdeen Angus cattle. The land was sold to Gallo in 1996 who then, planted vineyards on it. The wines from these vineyards bear the label of MacMurray Ranch. Her daughter Kate (Katherine) is presently residing at the Ranch and carrying over its heritage and the family legacy. Fred was a loyal supporter of the Republican Party. Fred, in the late 1970s, suffered from throat cancer which resurfaced in 1987. The severe stroke on the eve of Christmas of 1988 left him paralyzed on the right side, and his speech was also affected. Fortunately, he was able to make a ninety percent recovery with therapy. He was also diagnosed with leukemia and suffered from the disease for almost a decade. In November 1991, he succumbed to pneumonia. He was the first individual to be honored as a Disney Legend in the year 1987. MacMurray was also chosen for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his performance in The Absent- Minded Professor. He was also the initial model used by the American cartoonist C. C. Beck for the superhero character in Captain Marvel for Fawcett Comics.

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