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Gilda Radner -- b.6/28/1946 N.S. d.5/20/1989 N.S. (42)
Jewish, Actress, Comedienne, Cartoon Voice Actress, Novelty Singer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; G.E. Smith's, then Gene Wilder's wife
Misc: National Lampoon troupe member
Arts Titles: PL: Gilda Live!
Song Titles: Let's Talk Dirty To The Animals
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live (1975-1980 as Emily Letilla, Roseanne Rosanna-Dana, & Baba Wa Wa)
Movie Titles: Witch's Night Out, All You Need is Cash, Hanky Panky, First Family, Haunted Honeymoon, Animalympics, The Woman in Red

Deborah Raffin -- b.3/13/1953 d.11/21/2012 (59)
Jewish, TV/Movie Actress, Model
TV Shows: Last Convertible

Reverend Robert Raikes -- b.9/14/1736 d.4/5/1811 (74)
Reverend, Philanthropist, English
Misc: Invented Sunday School

Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh -- b.12/11/1931 d.1/19/1990 (58)
Religious Leader
Misc: Indian guru

Lord Arthur Ramsey -- b.11/14/1904 d.4/23/1988 (83)
Religious Leader, British
Misc: The Archbishop of Canterbury

Tony Randall -- b.2/26/1920 d.5/17/2004 (84)
Jewish, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tulsa, Okla.; RN:Leonard Rosenberg; Florence's hubby
TV Shows: One Man's Family (as Mac, Mr. Peepers' Harvey Weskit), The Odd Couple (as Felix Unger), Tony Randall Show (as Judge Walter Franklin), Love-Sydney (as Sidney Shorr)

Grigori Yefimovich Rasputin -- b.1/10/1869 O.S. or 1/22/1869 N.S. d.12/17/1916 O.S. (47) or 12/30/1916 N.S. (47)
Religious Leader, Russian
Misc: Monk; Mystic; some sources say b. January 21 (New Style calendar), which would make the date January 9 on the Old Style calendar.

Dan Rather -- b.10/31/1931
Baptist, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist
Names/Places: b. in Wharton, TX
Misc: What's the frequency Kenneth?, Courage!
TV Shows: CBS Evening News (1981-2005), 60 Minutes (1975-81), 48 Hours, 60 Minutes II

Lou Rawls -- b.12/1/1933 N.S. d.1/6/2006 N.S. (72)
Baptist, Actor, Music Producer, Blues Singer, Jazz Singer, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Chicago, IL
Misc: some say b. 1934, 1935, 1937, or 1938

Robert Redford -- b.8/18/1936
Protestant, Movie Actor, Movie Producer/Director, Narrator, Tennis Player
Names/Places: b. in Santa Monica; FN:Charles Jr.; AP says b. 1936
Misc: some sources say b. 1937
Movie Titles: The Sting, The Way We Were, All the Presidents Men, Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid, The Candidate, Electric Horseman, The Natural, Out of Africa, Barefoot in the Park, Indecent Proposal, Quiz Show, Up Close and Personal, The Last Castle, Spy Game, The Clearing; turned down the lead in The Graduate, Lions For Lambs

Anthony Redmon -- b.4/9/1971
Pastor, NFL Player

Christopher Reeve -- b.9/25/1952 d.10/10/2004 (52)
Protestant, Actor
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Movie Titles: Superman (I-IV series)

Lee Remick -- b.12/14/1935 d.7/2/1991 (55)
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actress
Names/Places: b. in Boston, MA; MN:Ann
TV Shows: The Long Hot Summer, Days of Wine & Roses, Wheels, Ike

Hiram Rhodes Revels -- b.9/27/1827 d.1/16/1901 (73)
Clergyman, Senator, Educator
Misc: first black Senator on 2-25-1870

Reverend Ike -- b.6/1/1935 d.7/28/2009 (74)
Reverend, Evangelist

Burt Reynolds -- b.2/11/1936 N.S. d.9/6/2018 N.S. (82)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer/Director, College Football Player
Names/Places: b. in Waycross, Ga.; Judy Carne's, then Loni Anderson's ex-hubby
Misc: College football star in the 1950s
TV Shows: Riverboat (as Ben), Gunsmoke (as Quint Asper), Hawk (as Lt. John Hawk), Dan August (as Det. Lt. Dan August), B.L. Stryker (as Buddy Lee Stryker), Win Lose or Draw, Evening Shade (as Wood Newton)
Movie Titles: Deliverance, The Longest Yard, Smokey & the Bandit, Semi-Tough, Hooper, The End, Cannonball Run, Boogie Nights, Bean, The Crew, Driven, Dukes of Hazzard (2005)

Debbie Reynolds -- b.4/1/1932 d.12/28/2016 N.S. (84)
Roman Catholic, TV/Movie Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress, Singer, Exerciser
Names/Places: b. in El Paso, Tx.; RFMN:Mary Frances; Eddie Fisher's ex-
TV Shows: The Debbie Reynolds Show (as Debbie Thompson), Aloha Paradise
Movie Titles: Mother, In & Out, Singin' in the Rain, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Charlotte's Web

William Richards -- b.8/22/1793 d.11/7/1847 (54)
Misc: helped to promote a liberal constitutional monarchy in the Hawaiian Islands.

Cardinal Richelieu -- b.9/9/1585 d.12/4/1642 (57)
Clergyman, Religious Leader, Statesman, French
Names/Places: aka the Cardinal-duc de Richelieu, Armand-Jean Du Plessis; NN:Red Eminence
Misc: Louis XIII's adviser; Premier of France 1624-42

Lionel Richie -- b.6/20/1949
Protestant, Music Producer, Songwriter, Tenor, Keyboardist, Pianist, Saxophonist, Soul Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tuskagee, AL; MN:Brockman Jr.
Misc: 5x Grammy wins; many say b. in 1950
Group Names: Commodores (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Machine Gun, Sweet Love, Just to Be Close to You, Easy, Brick House, Too Hot ta Trot, Three Times a Lady, Sail On, Still, Lady (You Bring Me Up), Oh No (previous titles as lead of The Commodores), Endless Love (with Diana Ross), Truly, You Are, My Love, All Night Long, Running with the Night, Hello, Stuck on You, Penny Lover, Say You Say Me, Dancing on the Ceiling
Album Titles: Hot on the Tracks, Commodores (aka Zoom in the U.K.), Natural High, Midnight Magic, Heroes, In the Pocket (previous titles as lead of The Commodores), Lionel Richie, Can't Slow Down, Dancing on the Ceiling

Curt Riess -- b.6/21/1902 d.5/19/1993 (90)
Novelist, Jewish, Biographer

Vittorio Rieti -- b.1/28/1898 d.2/19/1994 (96)
Jewish, Composer, Egyptian, Italian

Stephen Riggs -- b.3/23/1812 d.8/24/1883 (71)
Author, Linguist, Missionary

John Ritter -- b.9/17/1948 d.9/11/2003 (54)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Burbank, CA; RFN:Jonathan; Tex's son, Amy Yasbeck's hubby
TV Shows: The Waltons (as Rev Matthew Fordwick), Three's Company (as Jack Tripper), Three's a Crowd (as Jack Tripper), Hooperman (as Det. Harry Hooperman), Anything But Love (as Patrick Serreau), Fish Police (as Inspector Gil), Hearts Afire (as John Hartman), Stay Tuned, Felicity (as Mr. Covington), Clifford the Big Red Dog (voice), 8 Simple Rules (as Paul Hennessy)
Movie Titles: The Barefoot Executive, Americathon

Geraldo Rivera -- b.7/4/1943 N.S.
Novelist, Jewish, Newscaster, Correspondent, Journalist, Attorney/Lawyer, TV Talk Show Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Jerry Miguel Rivers
Misc: many say b. July 3
TV Shows: 20/20, Geraldo, Now It Can Be Told

Harold Robbins -- b.5/21/1916 d.10/14/1997 (81)
Novelist, Jewish, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RN:Francis Rubin Kane
Book Titles: Moneychangers, Carpetbaggers

Oral Roberts -- b.1/24/1918 d.12/15/2009 (91)
Evangelist, Publisher
Names/Places: b. nr. Ada, Okla.; RFN:Granville

Pat Robertson -- b.3/22/1930
Reverend, Evangelist
Names/Places: b. in Lexington, VA
Misc: founded CBN with $70 in 1960

Homer Rodeheaver -- b.10/4/1880 d.12/18/1955 (75)
Evangelist, Music Director, Composer, Music Publisher, Singer

Kenny Rogers -- b.8/21/1938
Protestant, Actor, Variety Show Host, Music Producer, Songwriter, Bassist, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Houston, TX; RN:Kenneth Ray Donald Rogers
Group Names: The New Christy Minstrels, First Edition (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Lucille, She Believes in Me, You Decorated My Life, Lady, The Gambler, Coward of the Country, Islands in the Stream (duet with Dolly Parton), Don't Fall in Love with a Dreamer (with Kim Carnes), Love the World Away, I Don't Need You, We've Got Tonight (with Sheena Easton)
Album Titles: Kenny Rogers, Daytime Friends, Love or Something Like It, The Gambler, Kenny, Gideon, Share Your Love, Love Will Turn You Around, We've Got Tonight, Eyes That See in the Dark
TV Shows: Rollin' on the River (host)
Movie Titles: Kenny Rogers as The Gambler (TV movie series), The Coward of the County (TV movie), Six Pack, MacShayne (TV movie series)

Roy Rogers -- b.11/5/1911 d.7/6/1998 (86)
Protestant, TV/Movie Actor, Variety Show Host, Country Singer
Names/Places: b. in Duck Run, OH; RN:Leonard Slye; NN:King of the Legendary Cowboys; Dale Evan's hubby
Misc: some say b. in 1912
Group Names: Sons of the Pioneers, soloist
TV Shows: The Roy Rogers Show (as himself with horse Trigger)

Oscar Romero -- b.8/15/1917 d.3/24/1980 (62)
Misc: a bishop of the Catholic Church in El Salvador

George Wilcken Romney -- b.7/8/1907 d.7/26/1995 (88)
Mormon, Senator, Governor, Executive, Industrialist
Misc: American Motors head; Michigan Governor, Secretary of HUD 1969-73.

Linda Ronstadt -- b.7/15/1946
Roman Catholic, Stage Actress, Songwriter, Foreign Singer, Pop Singer
Names/Places: b. in Tucson, AZ; MN:Marie; The Queen of Remakes
Misc: stage: The Pirates of Penzance

Diana Ross -- b.3/26/1944 N.S.
Baptist, Actress, Movie Actress, Music Producer, Songwriter, Singer, Rhythm and Blues-Pop Performer
Names/Places: b. in Detroit; RLN:Earle
Misc: stage: An Evening with Diana Ross
Book Titles: Going Back, When You Dream
Arts Titles: Secrets of a Sparrow
Group Names: The Supremes (lead), soloist
Song Titles: Where Did Our Love Go, Baby Love, Come See About Me, Stop! In the Name of Love, Back in My Arms Again, I Hear a Symphony, You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin' On, Love is Here and Now You're Gone, The Happening, Someday We'll Be Together (as lead of The Supremes), Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand), Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Touch Me in the Morning, Theme From Mahogany, Love Hangover, Upside Down, I'm Coming Out, Endless Love (duet with Lionel Richie), Why Do Fools Fall in Love, Muscles, Missing You
Album Titles: Where Did Our Love Go, More Hits by The Supremes, I Hear a Symphony, The Supremes A' Go-Go, Diana Rose and the Supremes Join The Temptations (previous titles as lead of The Supremes), Diana Ross, Touch Me in the Morning, Diana
Video Titles: T.A.M.I. Show, Greatest Hits: Live in Amsterdam, Reflections: The Definitive Performances (1964-1969), Motown 25: Yesterday Today Forever (previous titles as lead of The Supremes)
TV Shows: Out of Darkness (TV movie), Double Platinum (TV movie)
Movie Titles: Lady Sings the Blues, Mahogany, The Wiz

Roy G. Ross -- b.6/25/1898 d.??/??/????
Religious Leader

Baron Lionel Rothschild -- b.11/22/1808 d.6/3/1879 (70)
Jewish, Banker, English

Robert Runcie -- b.10/2/1921 N.S. d.7/11/2000 N.S. (78)
Religious Leader, English
Names/Places: RN:Alexander Kennedy
Misc: Archbishop of Canterbury 1980-1991, presided over the wedding of Prince Charles and Lady Diana.

Andy Russell -- b.9/16/1919 d.4/16/1992 (72)
Author, Clergyman, Reverend, Pop Crooner, Mexican
Names/Places: Della's ex-
Misc: d. April 17?

Charles T. Russell -- b.2/16/1852 d.10/31/1916 (64)

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