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Johnny Rabb -- b.2/29/1972 N.S.
Author, Alternative Rock Drummer
Book Titles: Jungle Drum 'N' Bass for the Acoustic Drum Set
Group Names: Collective Soul, SheDaisy

David Rabe -- b.3/10/1940 N.S.
Screenwriter, Playwright
Names/Places: b. in Dubuque, Iowa
Movie Titles: The Firm, Hurlyburly, Casualties of War, Streamers

François Rabelais -- b.??/??/1494 or ??/??/1483 d.4/9/1553
Writer, Satirist, Physicist, French

Solomon J. Rabinowitz -- b.2/18/1859 Ju-1 or 3/2/1859 N.S. d.5/13/1916 (57)
Author, Playwright, Historian, Russian
Names/Places: aka:Sholem Aleichem

Alan Rachins -- b.10/3/1942
Scriptwriter, Actor, Director
Names/Places: Joanna Frank's hubby
TV Shows: L.A. Law (as Douglas Brackman Jr.), Dharma and Greg (as Larry Finkelstein)
Movie Titles: Leave It to Beaver, Showgirls

Jean Baptiste Racine -- b.12/22/1639 N.S. d.4/21/1699 N.S. (59)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, French

Arthur Rackham -- b.9/19/1867 d.9/6/1939 (71)
Illustrator, Children's Author, British
Book Titles: Grimm's Fairy Tales

Ann Ward Radcliffe -- b.7/9/1764 d.2/7/1823 (58)
Novelist, Poet, English
Misc: horror novels

Michael Radford -- b.2/24/1946
Writer, Actor, Director, India
Movie Titles: Il Postino: The Postman, Nineteen Eighty-Four, The Merchant of Venice, Dancing at the Blue Iguana

Josh Radnor -- b.7/29/1974
Screenwriter, Actor, Producer/Director
Names/Places: RN: Joshua Thomas Radnor
TV Shows: How I Met Your Mother (as Ted Mosby)
Movie Titles: Liberal Arts, Not Another Teen Movie, Happythankyoumoreplease

Bob Rafelson -- b.2/21/1933
Screenwriter, Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Five Easy Pieces, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Head, Blood and Wine

Peter Rafelson -- b.10/30/1960
Screenwriter, Producer, Composer

George Ragni -- b.9/11/1935 N.S. d.7/10/1991 (55)
Dramatist/Playwright, TV/Stage Actor, Songwriter, Singer
Misc: stage: Hair: The American Tribal Love-Rock Musical (co-author)

Sam Raimi -- b.10/23/1959
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Producer/Director
TV Shows: Xena: Warrior Princess (producer)
Movie Titles: Spider Man (trilogy 2002-2007), Evil Dead (series)

Ted Raimi -- b.12/14/1965
Writer, TV Actor, Director
TV Shows: seaQuest DSV (as Lt. J.G. Mack O'Neill), Ash vs Evil Dead (as Chet Kaminski)
Movie Titles: Spider-Man (2002), Spider-Man 2 (2004), Spider-Man 3 (2007), Evil Dead II

Norman Reilly Raine -- b.6/23/1894 d.7/19/1971 (77)

Sir Walter Raleigh -- b.1/22/1552 J-LD d.10/29/1618 J-LD (66)
Poet, Soldier, Explorer, Navigator, Outlaw, Courtier, English
Misc: was accused of trason in a plot to oust King James I and was beheaded.

Sir Walter Raleigh -- b.9/5/1861 d.5/13/1922 (60)
Poet, English

Harold Ramis -- b.11/21/1944 d.2/24/2014 (69)
Screenwriter, Actor, Comedian, Movie Director
TV Shows: Second City TV Network (as Moe Green & others)
Movie Titles: National Lampoon's Animal House, Meatballs, Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Stripes, Caddyshack, Heavy Metal, Back to School, Baby Boom, Airheads, Orange County, Knocked Up, National Lampoon's Vacation, Groundhog Day, Analyze This, Stuart Saves His Family

Dave Ramsey -- b.9/3/1960 N.S.
Author, Businessperson, Radio Talk Show Host, Personality
Names/Places: RN: David L. Ramsey III

Lee Ranaldo -- b.2/3/1956
Writer, Music Producer, Alternative Rock Singer/Guitarist
Group Names: Sonic Youth

Ayn Rand -- b.2/2/1905 d.3/6/1982 (77)
Novelist, Philosopher, Russian
Names/Places: RN:Alissa Rosenbaum

Arthur Rankin Jr. -- b.7/19/1924 d.1/30/2014 (89)
Writer, Producer/Director
Misc: worked mostly in animation such as the classic holiday specials Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and Frosty the Snowman plus movies such as The Hobbit and Mad Monster Party, and many Saturday Morning shows for the Rankin-Bass production company.

John Crowe Ransom -- b.4/30/1888 d.7/3/1974 (86)
Author, Poet, Critic

Arthur Ransome -- b.1/18/1884 d.6/3/1967 (83)
Author, Poet

Frederic Raphael -- b.8/14/1931
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Journalist, Biographer, British
Movie Titles: Eyes Wide Shut, Darling, Two for the Road, Far from the Madding Crowd

Samson Raphaelson -- b.3/30/1894 d.7/16/1983 (89)

David Rasche -- b.8/7/1944
Writer, Teacher, Actor, Comedian
Names/Places: pron: Rah-she
Misc: was at one time a member of Chicago's Second City improvisation group.
TV Shows: Sledge Hammer (as Det. Sledge Hammer), Ryan's Hope, Nurses (as Michael Milkentype), High Society (as Peter), All My Children, Impastor, Veep (as Jim Marwood)
Movie Titles: Burn After Reading, Men in Black 3, Just Married, An Unmarried Woman, Manhattan

Jim Rash -- b.7/15/1971
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Reno 911! (as Andrew / Man), Community (as Dean Pelton), Mike Tyson Mysteries (as Marquess of Queensbury), Randy Cunningham: 9th Grade Ninja (as Principal Slimovitz)
Movie Titles: The Way Way Back, The Descendants

Sir Terence Rattigan -- b.6/10/1911 d.11/30/1977 (66)
Dramatist/Playwright, British

Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings -- b.8/8/1896 d.12/14/1953 (57)
Author, Novelist, Short Story Writer
Book Titles: The Yearling

Adam Ray -- b.6/16/1982 N.S.
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian
Movie Titles: The Heat

Billy Ray -- b.9/21/1974 N.S.
Movie Titles: Shattered Glass (writer), State of Play (writer), Captain Phillips (writer), The Hunger Games (writer)

Connie Ray -- b.7/10/1956
Dramatist/Playwright, TV Actress, Cartoon Voice Actress
TV Shows: The Torkelsons (as Millicent Torkelson, also on Almost Home)
Movie Titles: About Schmidt, Stuart Little, Thank You For Smoking, The Time Machine

Satyajat Ray -- b.5/2/1921 d.4/23/1992 (70)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Director, Composer, India

Kavi Raz -- b.8/13/1953
Writer, Actor, Producer, Director, India
Misc: b. 1950s
TV Shows: St. Elsewhere (as Dr. V.J. Kochar)

Sir Herbert Read -- b.12/4/1893 d.6/12/1968 (74)
Poet, Art Critic, English
Misc: the chief advocate and interpreter of modern art movements in Great Britain from the 1930s.

Thomas Buchanan Read -- b.3/12/1822 d.5/11/1872 (50)
Artist, Poet

Charles Reade -- b.6/8/1814 d.4/11/1884 (69)
Author, English

Ron Reagan Jr. -- b.5/20/1958
Writer, Journalist, Actor, TV Talk Show Host, Radio Talk Show Host, Ballet Dancer
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles; FN:Ronald Prescott Reagan; Ronald's son
TV Shows: Good Morning America

Gaston Rébuffat -- b.5/7/1921 d.5/31/1985 (64)
Author, Mountaineer, French
Misc: Mountain climber

Jay Redding -- b.10/13/1906 d.3/2/1988 (81)
Writer, Educator

Quinn Redeker -- b.5/2/1936
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Days of Our Lives, Young & the Restless
Movie Titles: Ordinary People, The Candidate, Supernatural, The Three Stooges Meet Hercules

William Redfield -- b.1/26/1927 d.8/17/1976 (49)
Writer, Actor

Ishmael Reed -- b.2/22/1938
Writer, Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Essayist, Poet, Publisher, Editor, Songwriter

John Reed -- b.10/22/1887 d.10/19/1920 (32)
Author, Journalist

Rex Reed -- b.10/2/1938
Movie Critic, Journalist, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Fort Worth, TX
TV Shows: The Gong Show, At the Movies

Duncan Regehr -- b.10/5/1952
Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Canadian
TV Shows: The Blue & the Gray, Wizards & Warriors, Zorro (as Zorro/Don Diego de la Vega)

Régine -- b.12/26/1929
Writer, Actress, Belgiumese
Names/Places: RN:Regina Zylberberg
Misc: nightclub owner

Robert B. Reich -- b.6/24/1946
Author, Commentator, Economist, Government Official, Professor
Misc: Labor secretary; b, June 23?

Tim Reid -- b.12/19/1944
Poet, TV Actor, TV Producer, Radio Disc Jock
Names/Places: b. in Harvey, IL; Daphne Maxwell's husband
TV Shows: Richard Pryor Show, WKRP in Cincinnatti (as Gordon Sims aka DJ Venus Flytrap), Simon & Simon (as Det. Marcel Downtown Brown), Teachers Only, Frank's Place (as Frank Parrish), Snoops, Sister Sister (as Ray), That 70's Show (occasional)

Wallace Reid -- b.4/15/1891 d.1/18/1923 (31)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Director

Carl Reiner -- b.3/20/1922
Novelist, Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Bronx, N.Y.
Misc: frequent game show panelist
Album Titles: The 2000 Year Old Man
TV Shows: Your Show of Shows, Sid Caesar Invites You, Caesar's Hour (as George Hansen), Dick Van Dyke Show (as boss Alan Brady), Good Heavens (as Mr. Angel), Father of the Pride (as Sarmoti)
Movie Titles: Oh God! (director), The Jerk (director)

Rob Reiner -- b.3/6/1947
Comedy Writer, Actor, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in The Bronx; RFN:Robert; Carl's son; Penny Marshall's ex-hubby
Misc: b. in 1947 is correct acc to Rob's dad, some say b. in 1945
TV Shows: All in the Family (as Mike 'Meathead' Stivic), Free Country
Movie Titles: The Wolf of Wall Street, The Story of Us, This is Spinal Tap, Stand by Me, The Princess Bride, EDtv, Dickie Roberts (Former) Child Star

Gottfried Reinhardt -- b.3/20/1913 d.7/19/1994 (81)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Producer/Director

Antonio Reis -- b.8/27/1927 d.9/10/1991 (64)
Sculptor, Ethnographer, Poet, Screen/Scriptwriter, Producer, Movie Director, Portuguese

Paul Reiser -- b.3/30/1956 N.S.
Writer, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, TV Producer, Composer
Misc: CNN says b. 1957 and E.T. says b. 1956, AP says 3-30-57
TV Shows: My Two Dads (as Michael Taylor), Mad About You (as Paul Buchman)
Movie Titles: Diner, The Thing About My Folks, Whiplash, Aliens

Karel Reisz -- b.7/21/1926 d.11/25/2002 (76)
Essayist, Critic, Producer/Director, Czech

Jason Reitman -- b.10/19/1977
Writer, Producer/Director, Canadian
TV Shows: Casual
Movie Titles: Up in the Air, Juno, Thank You For Smoking, Young Adult

Erich Maria Remarque -- b.6/22/1898 d.9/25/1970 (72)
Novelist, German
Book Titles: All Quiet On The Western Front

Leah Remini -- b.6/15/1970
Author, Actress, Comedienne, TV Talk Show Hostess, Cartoon Voice Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Living Dolls (as Charlie), Phantom 2040 (as Segan Cruz), The Exes (as Nicki), The Talk, Fired Up (as Terry Reynolds), The King of Queens (as Carrie Heffernan)

David Remnick -- b.10/29/1958
Writer, Journalist, Editor
Book Titles: Lenin's Tom: The Last Days of the Soviet Empire

Jules Renard -- b.2/22/1864 d.5/22/1910 (46)
Author, Educator, French
Misc: d. Feb 22?

Madeleine Renaud -- b.2/21/1900 d.9/23/1994 (94)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Movie/Stage Actress, French
Names/Places: Jean-Louis Barrault's wife

Ruth Rendell -- b.2/17/1930 d.5/2/2015 (85)
Mystery Writer
Names/Places: aka Barbara Vine

Deborah Rennard -- b.11/4/1959
Writer, Actress, Producer
TV Shows: Dallas (as Sly Lovegren)
Movie Titles: Lionheart, Land of Doom

Jean Renoir -- b.9/15/1894 d.2/12/1979 (84)
Writer, Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Movie Director, French
Names/Places: Pierre Auguste's son
Misc: some say d. Feb 13
Movie Titles: Madame Bovary, Nana, Grand Illusion

Agnes Repplier -- b.4/1/1855 d.11/15/1950 (95)
Writer, Essayist, American
Misc: Social Critic

Alain Resnais -- b.6/3/1922 d.3/1/2014 (91)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Editor, Movie Director, Cinematographer, French

Faye Resnick -- b.7/3/1957
Book Titles: Nicole Brown Simpson, Private Diary

Michael Diamond Resnick -- b.3/5/1942
Sci-fi Writer
Book Titles: Kirinyaga, The Manamouki, Seven Views of Olduvai Gorge, The 43 Atarean Dynasties, Travels with My Cats

Nicolas Restiff -- b.10/23/1734 N.S. d.2/3/1806 N.S. (71)
Writer, Novelist, Printer, French
Book Titles: de la Bretonne

Dr. David Reuben -- b.11/29/1933
Author, Doctor, Psychiatrist
Misc: some say b. Jul 29
Book Titles: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Sex But Were Afraid To Ask

Kenneth Rexroth -- b.12/22/1905 d.6/6/1982 (76)
Painter, Essayist, Poet, Translator
Misc: an early champion of the Beat movement.

H. A. Rey -- b.9/16/1898 d.8/26/1977 (78)
Illustrator, Children's Author
Names/Places: RFN:Hans
Misc: co-created Curious George with wife Margaret; popular constellation books
Book Titles: Curious George (series)

Margaret Rey -- b.5/16/1906 d.12/21/1996 (90)
Children's Author
Misc: co-Curious George creator with husband H.A. Rey
Book Titles: Curious George (series)

Alfonso Reyes -- b.5/17/1889 d.12/27/1959 (70)
Essayist, Poet, Critic, Historian, Diplomat, Mexican

Wladyslaw Stanislaw Reymont -- b.5/7/1867 d.12/5/1925 (58)
Novelist, Polish

Quentin Reynolds -- b.4/11/1902 d.3/17/1965 (62)
Writer, Newscaster, Attorney/Lawyer, Panelist
TV Shows: It's News to Me

Shonda Rhimes -- b.1/13/1970
Writer, TV Producer
TV Shows: Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal, How to Get Away With Murder

Alice Caldwell Rice -- b.1/11/1870 d.2/10/1942 (72)
Author, Humorist

Anne Rice -- b.10/4/1941
Book Titles: Interview With A Vampire

Elmer Rice -- b.9/28/1892 d.5/8/1967 (74)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Producer
Names/Places: RMLN:Leopold Reizenstein

Grantland Rice -- b.11/1/1880 d.7/13/1954 (73)
Poet, Columnist, Sports Writer
Misc: was named the 1924-25 Notre Dame backfield the "Four Horsemen," wrote "When the last Great Scorer comes/To mark against your name,/He'll write not "won" or "lost"/But how you played the game."

Adrienne Rich -- b.5/16/1929 d.3/27/2012 (82)

Frank Rich -- b.6/2/1949
Writer, Essayist, Commentator, Columnist
Misc: Politics

Ann Richards -- b.12/20/1917 d.8/24/2006 (88)
Author, Actress
Misc: not the Texas governor

Ivor Armstrong Richards -- b.2/26/1893 d.9/7/1979 (86)
Misc: b. Feb 16?

Stanley Richards -- b.4/23/1918 d.7/26/1980 (62)
Dramatist/Playwright, Critic, Screen/Scriptwriter, Educator

Susan Richards -- b.??/??/????

Samuel Richardson -- b.8/19/1689 d.7/4/1761 (71)
Novelist, Printer, English

Susan Richardson -- b.3/11/1952
Children's Author, Actress, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Coatesville, PA
Book Titles: Really Loose Mother Goose
TV Shows: Eight is Enough (as Susan Bradford Stockwell)
Movie Titles: American Graffiti

Mordecal Richler -- b.1/27/1931 d.7/2/2001 (70)
Novelist, Canadian

William E. "Bill" Richmond -- b.12/19/1921 N.S. d.6/4/2016 N.S. (94)
Screenwriter, Comedy Writer, Actor, Producer, Composer, Musician
TV Shows: Rowan and Martin's Laugh-in, Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color, The Carol Burnett Show, I Dream of Jeannie, Welcome Back Kotter, Three's Company, Wizards and Warriors, The John Larroquette Show, All in the Family, Blossom, Kate and Allie
Movie Titles: The Nutty Professor (screenplay), The Errand Boy (screenwriter), The Ladies Man (screenwriter)

Conrad Richter -- b.11/13/1890 d.10/30/1968 (77)

Jean Paul Richter -- b.3/21/1763 d.11/14/1825 (62)
Author, German

Rick Ridgeway -- b.8/12/1949
Writer, Adventurer, Mountaineer, Businessperson

Arnold Ridley -- b.1/7/1896 d.3/12/1984 (88)
Dramatist/Playwright, Actor, Director, English

Johannes Peter "Hans" Riegel -- b.3/10/1923 d.10/15/2013 (90)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Businessperson
Misc: made rainbow-colored fruit-flavored teddy-bear shaped gelatin sweets known as gummi bears; owned and operated the Haribo gummi bear company since 1946

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

Marlon Riggs -- b.2/3/1957 N.S. d.4/5/1994 N.S. (37)
Poet, Educator, Political Activist, Filmmaker
Misc: won Emmy and Peabody awards for documentaries on blacks and gays.

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

Carroll Righter -- b.2/2/1900 N.S. d.4/30/1988 N.S. (88)
Misc: was known as the astrologer to the stars

Amber Riley -- b.2/15/1986
Author, Actress, Rhythm and Blues Singer
TV Shows: Glee (as Mercedes Jones)

James Whitcomb Riley -- b.10/7/1849 d.7/22/1916 (66)
Misc: American "Hoosier" poet
Book Titles: The Raggedy Man

Rainer Maria Rilke -- b.12/4/1875 d.12/29/1926 (51)
Poet, German

Arthur Rimbaud -- b.10/20/1854 d.11/10/1891 (37)
Author, Poet, French, Gay

Shane Rimmer -- b.5/28/1929 N.S. d.3/29/2019 N.S. (89)
Screenwriter, Actor, Voice Actor, Canadian, English
Names/Places: b. in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
TV Shows: Thunderbirds (as Scott Tracy), Space: 1999 (various voices)
Movie Titles: Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope (uncredited), Dr. Strangelove, Rollerball, The Spy Who Loved Me, Gandhi, Out of Africa, Batman Begins, James Bond films (appeared in more of those films than any other actor except for cast members playing recurring characters)

Mary Roberts Rinehart -- b.8/12/1876 d.9/22/1958 (82)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright
Misc: originator of the phrase "The butler did it."

Erwin Ringel -- b.4/27/1921 d.7/28/1994 (73)
Author, Psychiatrist, Australian

Alicia Rio -- b.2/16/1970
Writer, XXX-rated actress, Mexican

Rick Riordan -- b.6/5/1964 N.S.
Book Titles: Percy Jackson & the Olympians (pentalogy), The Kane Chronicles (trilogy), The Heroes of Olympus (pentalogy) The Maze of Bones, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard (trilogy), Tres Navarre (series), The Trials of Apollo (pentalogy)

Alexandra Ripley -- b.1/8/1934 d.1/20/2004 (70)

Robert LeRoy Ripley -- b.12/25/1890 N.S. d.5/27/1949 N.S. (58)
Cartoonist, Illustrator, Author, Writer, Anthropologist, Entrepreneur, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in Santa Rosa, CA
Book Titles: Ripley's Believe It ot Not (creator)

Robert Riskin -- b.3/30/1897 N.S. d.9/20/1955 N.S. (58)
Screenwriter, Playwright

Jean Ritchie -- b.12/8/1922 d.6/1/2015 (92)
Author, Singer, Folk Performer

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

Joan Rivers -- b.6/8/1933 d.9/4/2014 (81)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actress, Comedienne, TV Talk Show Hostess, Director, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Brooklyn; RN:Joan Alexandra Sandra Molinsky; Edgar Rosenberg's wife
Misc: The 'Can We Talk?' rasper, own jeweley line; some say b. 10-12 or 1937
TV Shows: Hollywood Squares (panelist), The Late Show (host), Joan Rivers Show (host)

Hal Roach -- b.1/14/1892 d.11/2/1992 (100)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Film Executive, Movie Producer/Director
Names/Places: b. in Elmira, NY
Misc: Veteran Comic Producer; discovered Laurel & Hardy
Movie Titles: Our Gang (producer), Little Rascals (producer)

Alain Robbe-Grillet -- b.8/18/1922 d.2/18/2008 (85)
Author, Filmmaker, French

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

Tim Robbins -- b.10/16/1958
Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Actor, Director
Names/Places: b. in West Covina, CA; Susan Sarandon's hubby
Movie Titles: Shawshank Redemption, Jacob's Ladder, The Player, Bull Durham, Cadillac Man, Bob Roberts, The Hudsucker Proxy, Arlington Road, Mission to Mars, Mystic River, Code 46, Catch a Fire, The Lucky Ones

Tom Robbins -- b.7/22/1936
Misc: his best-selling novels are seriocomedies, also known as comedy-drama
Book Titles: Even Cowgirls Get The Blues

Henry M. Robert -- b.5/2/1837 d.5/11/1923 (86)
Author, General
Book Titles: Robert's Rules of Order

Paul Robert -- b.10/9/1910 d.8/11/1980 (69)

Yves Robert -- b.6/21/1920 d.5/10/2002 (81)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Producer, Director, Canadian

John Roberts -- b.11/10/1971
Writer, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice Actor
TV Shows: Bob's Burgers (as Linda), Gravity Falls (as Xyler)

Kenneth Roberts -- b.12/8/1885 d.7/21/1957 (71)
Misc: wrote fictional reconstructions of the American Revolution.

Nora Roberts -- b.10/10/1950
Book Titles: The Heart's Victory, Carolina Moon, Montana Sky, In Death (series as pseud. J.D. Robb), Angels Fall, Born in Ice

Billy Robinson -- b.9/18/1938 N.S. d.3/3/2014 N.S. (75)
Author, Wrestler, English

Bruce Robinson -- b.5/2/1946
Novelist, Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor, Director, English
Book Titles: Withnail and I

Edwin Arlington Robinson -- b.12/22/1869 d.4/6/1935 (65)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet

Henry Morton Robinson -- b.9/7/1898 d.1/13/1961 (62)

Kim Stanley Robinson -- b.3/23/1952

Matthew Robinson -- b.1/1/1937 d.8/5/2002 (65)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Actor
Names/Places: Holly's and Matt's father
Misc: wrote for Sanford And Son and The Cosby Show
TV Shows: Sesame Street (1969-71)

Phil Alden Robinson -- b.3/1/1950
Screenwriter, Director
Movie Titles: Field of Dreams, Sneakers, The Sum of All Fears

Robert Henry Robinson -- b.12/17/1927 d.8/12/2011 (83)
Author, Journalist, English

Spider Robinson -- b.11/24/1948
Sci-fi Writer, American, Canadian

Tim Robinson -- b.5/23/1981
Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Saturday Night Live

Mo Rocca -- b.1/28/1969 N.S.
Humorist, Satirist, Journalist, Actor, Comedian

Sebastian Roché -- b.8/4/1964 N.S.
Writer, Actor, French
TV Shows: The Man in the High Castle
Movie Titles: Beowulf, The Young Pope, A Walk Among the Tombstones

Terre Roche -- b.4/10/1953
Author, Teacher, Songwriter, Guitarist
Group Names: The Roches

Bobby Rock -- b.7/13/1963
Author, Rock & Roll Drummer
Group Names: Vixen, Nelson

Eugene Wesley "Gene" Roddenberry -- b.8/19/1921 N.S. d.10/24/1991 N.S. (70)
Screenwriter, TV/Movie Producer
Names/Places: Majel Barrett's husband
Misc: decorated WWII bomber pilot
TV Shows: Star Trek (creator), Star Trek: The Next Generation (creator)

Richard Rodgers -- b.6/28/1902 d.12/30/1979 (77)
Dramatist/Playwright, Screen/Scriptwriter, Composer/Songwriter, Lyricist
Names/Places: b. in New York City
Misc: Broadway; Oscar Hammerstein 2nd's partner; composed It Might As Well Be Spring; with partners Hammerstein and Hart, he scored Sound Of Music, South Pacific, Carousel, and Oklahoma

Selden Rodman -- b.2/19/1909 d.11/2/2002 (93)
Poet, Art Critic, Editor

Robert Rodríguez -- b.6/20/1968 N.S.
Screenwriter, Producer/Director, Musician
Movie Titles: Desperado, Machete, Sin City, From Dusk Till Dawn, The Adventures of Sharkboy, Lavagirl in 3-D, Spy Kids (series)

Michael Roemer -- b.1/1/1928
Screenwriter, Producer/Director, German

Richard Roeper -- b.10/17/1959
Movie Critic

Theodore Roethke -- b.5/25/1908 d.8/1/1963 (55)
Author, Poet

Carl Ransom Rogers -- b.1/8/1902 d.2/4/1987 (85)
Author, Psychologist, Psychotherapist

Mr. Fred Rogers -- b.3/20/1928 d.2/27/2003 (74)
Author, Vegetarian, Educator, TV Host, TV Producer
Names/Places: b. in Latrobe, Pa.
Misc: Presbytarian minister
TV Shows: Mr. Rogers Neighborhood (host)

Will Rogers -- b.11/4/1879 d.8/15/1935 (55)
Writer, Humorist, Philosopher, Columnist, Movie Actor, Producer
Names/Places: b. near Oologah, Indian Territory, OK; RFN:William Penn Adair

Will Rogers Jr. -- b.10/20/1911 d.7/9/1993 (81)
Humorist, Congressperson, Movie Actor, TV Host
Names/Places: b. in New York City; Will's son
Misc: some say b. Oct 12, 1910 or 1912

Peter Mark Roget -- b.1/18/1779 d.9/12/1869 (90)
Lexicographer, Physician, English
Misc: invented the Slide Rule and pocket chessboard; d. Sep 17?
Book Titles: Thesaurus of English Words & Phrases (1852)

Éric Rohmer -- b.4/4/1920 N.S. d.1/11/2010 N.S. (89)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Director, French
Names/Places: RN:Jean-Marie Maurice Scherer

Sam Rohmer -- b.2/15/1883 d.6/1/1959 (76)
Novelist, British
Book Titles: Dr. Fu Manchu mysteries

Anne Roiphe -- b.12/25/1935
Author, Writer, Journalist, Feminist

Rennie Roker -- b.9/6/1942
Writer, Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Nobody's Perfect (as Det. Ramsey), Hill Street Blues (as Attorney Brown)
Movie Titles: Deliver Us From Evil, Tough, Honky Tonk Freeway, The Nine Lives of Fritz the Cat

Sam Rolfe -- b.2/18/1924 d.7/10/1993 (69)
Screenwriter, TV/Movie Producer

Romaine Rolland -- b.1/29/1866 d.12/30/1944 (78)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Biographer, French

Betty Rollin -- b.1/3/1936
Author, Correspondent, Journalist

Jean Rollin -- b.11/3/1938 d.12/15/2010 (72)
Novelist, Actor, Movie Director, French

O. E. Rolvaag -- b.4/22/1876 d.11/5/1931 (55)
Novelist, Norweigan
Names/Places: RFMN:Ole Edvart

Jules Romains -- b.8/26/1885 d.8/14/1972 (86)
Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, French

Irma Von Starkloff Rombauer -- b.10/30/1877 d.10/14/1962 (84)
Book Titles: The Joy of Cooking

George A. Romero -- b.2/4/1940 N.S. d.7/16/2017 N.S. (77)
Screen/Scriptwriter, Editor, Producer/Director, American, Canadian
Movie Titles: Land of the Dead, Dawn of the Dead, Night of the Living Dead, Creepshow

Andy Rooney -- b.1/14/1920 d.11/4/2011 (91)
Writer, Essayist, Humorist, Commentator, Columnist, Producer
Names/Places: b. in Albany, NY
Misc: wrote for Arthur Godfrey, Garry Moore, magazines, etc.
TV Shows: 60 Minutes

Elliott Roosevelt -- b.9/23/1910 d.10/27/1990 (80)
Author, General, Mayor, Announcer
Names/Places: Franklin & Eleanor's son, Theodore's great nephew; wed 5x's
Misc: WWII Air Corps

James Roosevelt -- b.12/23/1907 d.8/13/1991 (83)
Author, Congressperson
Names/Places: FDR's son

Lynn Root -- b.4/11/1905 d.7/21/1997 (92)

Elmo Burns Roper Jr. -- b.7/31/1900 d.4/30/1971 (70)
Misc: Market research pollster

Ned Rorem -- b.10/23/1923
Author, Diarist, Composer

Salvator Rosa -- b.6/20/1615 N.S. or 6/21/1615 N.S. d.3/15/1673 N.S. (57)
Painter, Poet, Actor, Italian

Perry Rosemond -- b.11/15/1936
Comedy Writer, Producer/Director, Canadian
Group Names: The Royal Canadian Air Farce

Michael Rosen -- b.5/7/1946 N.S.
Children's Author, English

Isaac Rosenberg -- b.11/25/1890 d.4/1/1918 (27)
Painter, Poet, English

Alvin Rosenfeld -- b.4/28/1938
Book Titles: Holocaust

Paul Rosenfeld -- b.5/4/1890 d.7/21/1946 (56)
Misc: music & art

Francesco Rosi -- b.11/15/1922 d.1/10/2015 (92)
Writer, Director, Italian

Andy Ross -- b.1/8/1985
Writer, Dramatist/Playwright, Internet Audio Show Host, Lyricist
Misc: Host of H2R radio show on the Internet

Gary Ross -- b.11/3/1956 N.S.
Novelist, Screenwriter, Movie Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Pleasantville, Seabiscuit, Big, The Hunger Games

Jeff Ross -- b.9/13/1965 N.S.
Author, Actor, Comedian

Jonathan Ross -- b.11/17/1960
Movie Critic, Comedy Writer, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, TV Talk Show Host, Radio Disc Jock, English

Stan Ross -- b.7/22/1935 d.3/16/2000 (64)
Writer, Actor
TV Shows: New Bill Cosby Show

Leon Rosselson -- b.6/22/1934
Children's Author, Songwriter, Singer, Folk Performer, English

Robert Rossen -- b.3/16/1908 d.2/18/1966 (57)
Writer, Screen/Scriptwriter, Movie Producer/Director
Movie Titles: Hustler, All the King's Men, Mambo

Christina Rossetti -- b.12/5/1830 d.12/29/1894 (64)
Poet, English
Names/Places: b. in London, England
Misc: One of the most important of English women poets both in range and quality. She excelled in works of fantasy, in poems for children, and in religious poetry.

Dante Gabriel Rossetti -- b.5/12/1828 d.4/9/1882 (53)
Painter, Poet, English

Judith Rossner -- b.3/1/1935 d.8/9/2005 (70)
Book Titles: Looking For Mr. Goodbar

Edmond Rostand -- b.4/1/1868 d.12/2/1918 (50)
Dramatist/Playwright, Poet, French

Leo Rosten -- b.4/11/1908 d.2/19/1997 (88)
Author, Polish
Misc: Political Scientist; whose books introduced mainstream America to the subtleties of shlemiels, shmaltz and chutzpa in "The Joys of Yiddish"
Book Titles: The Joys of Yiddish

David Lee Roth -- b.10/10/1953
Author, Actor, Songwriter, Rock & Roll Singer
Names/Places: b. in Bloomington, IN
Misc: some say b. 1955, but Valerie Bertilelli corrected the year as b. 1953
Group Names: Van Halen (lead 1978-1984, 2012-2015), soloist
Song Titles: You Really Got Me, Runnin' With The Devil, Dance the Night Away, Beautiful Girls, Oh Pretty Woman, Happy Trails, Dancing in the Street, Jump, I'll Wait, Panama, Hot For Teacher (previous titles with Van Halen), California Girls, Just a Gigolo, Yankee Rose, Goin' Crazy, That's Life, Just Like Paradise
Album Titles: Van Halen, Van Halen II, Women and Children First, Fair Warning, Diver Down, 1984, A Different Kind of Truth (previous titles with Van Halen), Eat 'Em and Smile, Skyscraper, A Little Ain't Enough

Henry Roth -- b.2/8/1906 d.10/13/1995 (89)
Writer, Austrian, Hungarian

Philip Roth -- b.3/19/1933 N.S. d.5/22/2018 N.S. (85)
Names/Places: b. in Newark, N.J.
Book Titles: Goodbye Columbus, Portnoy's Complaint

Veronica Roth -- b.8/19/1988 N.S.
Novelist, Short Story Writer

Berton Roueche -- b.4/16/1910 d.4/28/1994 (84)
Misc: for The New Yorker Magazine whose tales of baffling diseases fascinated doctors, mystery writers and hypochondriacs

Martha Rountree -- b.10/23/1911 d.8/23/1999 (87)
Misc: co-creator and first moderator of Meet the Press 1945-53
TV Shows: Meet the Press, Keep Posted, The Big Issue, Press Conference

"Mickey" Rourke -- b.9/16/1952 N.S.
Poet, Actor, Boxer
Names/Places: RFN:Philip Andre
Movie Titles: Iron Man 2, Sin City: A Dance to Kill For, Man on Fire, The Wrestler, 9 1/2 Weeks, The Rainmaker, Sin City

Jean-Jacques Rousseau -- b.6/28/1712 N.S. d.7/2/1778 N.S. (66)
Author, Philosopher, French, Swiss
Misc: social; d. 3-17-1741? according to Brittanica.
Book Titles: Man is Born Free

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