Death Place Matching "Detroit, Michigan, USA" (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Grammy-winning Queen of Soul and the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Aretha Louise Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee, to Barbara Vernice (Siggers) and C. L. Franklin, a Baptist minister, who preached at the New Bethel Baptist Church in Detroit for over thirty ...
Actor | Beverly Hills Cop
Gilbert R. Hill was born on November 6, 1931 in Birmingham, Alabama, USA as Gilbert Roland Hill. He was an actor, known for Beverly Hills Cop (1984), Beverly Hills Cop III (1994) and Beverly Hills Cop II (1987). He was married to Delores Hooks. He died on February 29, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
Soundtrack | Casino Royale
Chris Cornell was a rock icon who thrived on contradictions. An innovator who resisted genre labels, he was nonetheless a chief architect of the 90s grunge movement. Frequently ranked as one of the best voices in music history, he successfully maintained his own unique identity over decades as a ...
4. Levi Stubbs
Actor | Little Shop of Horrors
Levi Stubbs was born on June 6, 1936 in Detroit, Michigan, USA as Levi Stubbles. He was an actor, known for Little Shop of Horrors (1986), Captain N: The Game Master (1989) and Queer as Folk (2000). He was married to Clineice Townsend. He died on October 17, 2008 in Detroit.
Music Department | Anari
A singer in a class of his own, Mukesh was ranked, along with Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar, as one of the greatest male playback singers in Bollywood history. However, his position was unique - while Rafi was perfection incarnate and Kumar was the astonishing yodeller, Mukesh was that man in a ...
Actor | The Man from Beyond
The great American escape artist and magician Houdini (immortalized by a memorable performance by Tony Curtis in the eponymous 1953 film) was born Erich Weiss on March 24, 1874 in Budapest, Hungary, though he often gave his birthplace as Appleton, Wisconsin, where he was raised. One of five ...
Self | ABC Stage 67
Florence Glenda Wilson Ballard was born and grew up in Detroit. By the time she turned 15, her family moved to the Brewster-Douglas housing project, and Florence attended Northeastern High School, where she met and became friends with Mary Wilson. Ballard had always wanted to be a singer and ...
10. David Agresta
Actor | Best of the Best
He is an actor, known for Best of the Best (1989) as well as an author. He and Caroline Latham wrote 1989 novel "Dodge Dynasty: The Car and the Family That Rocked Detroit". The last known source he left behind was a three paragraph review of James Armand Clayton's novel "New World Order". He ...
11. Robert Clampett
Director | Time for Beany
Born in San Diego, California, the young Robert Clampett was monumentally moved as a child by the film The Lost World (1925), inspiring him to create a sea-serpent sock-puppet that he used in puppet shows to entertain the neighborhood kids. This led him to create a stuffed Mickey Mouse toy, which ...
14. Dinah Washington
Soundtrack | The Cable Guy
Born in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the former Ruth Lee Jones moved with her family to Chicago as a young girl. She considered the Windy City her true home. And it was there in early 1940s that a local nightclub owner provided her first gig - and a new name that she would make famous. By 1959 she had ...
15. Carolyn Franklin
Actress | The Blues Brothers
Carolyn Franklin was born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1944. Her father was the famous Rev. C. L. Franklin. She had two brothers, Cecil and Vaughan, and two sisters, Emma and Aretha. Carolyn recorded for RCA Victor Records and wrote songs for both Erma Franklin ("Don't Catch The Dog's Bone") and Aretha...
18. Donald Goines
Writer | Never Die Alone
Robert Goines, the African American writer who turned out 16 novels under his own name and his pseudonym "Al C. Clark" in his brief literary career, was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1937. He was sent to Catholic school by his family, who expected young Donald to get his education and eventually ...
21. Son House
Soundtrack | Supernatural
Legendary bluesman and one of the originators of the Mississippi Delta blues style, Son House was born Eddie Jones Jr. in 1902 in Riverton, MS, a small impoverished town in the Mississippi Delta. He sang in his local Baptist church as a youth and actually became a preacher at 20 years of age. His ...
26. James Lorimer
Actor | A Foreign Affair
James Lorimer was born on November 8, 1910 in Anderson, Indiana, USA. He was an actor, known for A Foreign Affair (1948), The Mating Season (1951) and The Girl in the Red Velvet Swing (1955). He was married to Alexandra Corliss Brackett. He died on December 23, 1965 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
27. Ruby Elzy
Actress | The Emperor Jones
Ruby Elzy was a pioneer black opera singer who appeared on stage, radio and film. A native of Mississippi, Elzy created the role of Serena in George Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess" on Broadway in 1935. She made her film debut opposite Paul Robeson in 1933's "The Emperor Jones" while still a student at ...
28. Esther Ridgeway
Actress | Blues Brothers 2000
Sister of Gracie Ridgeway and Gloria Ridgeway. The youngest of four children. Sang with her elementary school's music band. Her oldest brother, Tommie Ridgeway, Jr., was killed in drug dealing. She and sisters Gloria Ridgeway and Gracie Ridgeway formed a singing group called The Ridgeway Sisters at...
30. Roger B. Smith
Self | Roger & Me
Rodger B. Smith was born in Columbus, Ohio on July 12, 1925. He earned a bachelor degree in business administration at the University of Michigan in 1947, and his MBA at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in 1953. He served in the United States Navy from 1944 to 1946.
Smith began ...
32. Joe Schenck
Actor | They Learned About Women
Joe Schenck was born on June 2, 1891 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Joseph Thuma Schenck. He was an actor, known for They Learned About Women (1930), The Naughty Twenties (1951) and Van and Schenck 'the Pennant Winning Battery of Songland' (1927). He was married to Lillian Broderick. He died on June...
35. Henry Ford II
Self | Producers' Showcase
Henry Ford II was born on September 4, 1917 in Detroit, Michigan, USA. He was an actor, known for Producers' Showcase (1954), Longines Chronoscope (1951) and The Ford 50th Anniversary Show (1953). He was married to Anne McDonnell. He died on September 29, 1987 in Detroit.
37. Allan Forrest
Actor | Melissa of the Hills
Allan Forrest was born on September 1, 1885 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Allan Forrest Fisher. He was an actor and director, known for Melissa of the Hills (1917), Two Can Play (1926) and Pampered Youth (1925). He was married to Edna, Lottie Pickford and Ann Little. He died on July 25, 1941 in ...
39. Mel Farr
Actor | Paper Lion
Mel Farr was born on November 3, 1944 in Beaumont, Texas, USA as Melvin Farr. He was an actor, known for Paper Lion (1968), The NFL on CBS (1956) and NFL Monday Night Football (1970). He was married to Jasmine Rozier, Jasmine and Linda Johnson Rice. He died on August 3, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan, ...
40. Harvey Fuqua
Soundtrack | Adventures in Babysitting
Singer / songwriter / record producer Harvey Fuqua was born in Louisville, KY, on July 27, 1929. His uncle was Charles Fuqua, a member of The Ink Spots, and Harvey spent much of his childhood singing on street corners with relatives and friends, including Bobby Lester. After a stint in the army, ...
42. Emanuel Steward
Actor | The Fighter
Emanuel Steward was born on July 7, 1944 in Bottom Creek, West Virginia, USA. He was an actor, known for The Fighter (2010), Thomas Hearns vs. Pipino Cuevas (1980) and HBO Boxing (1973). He was married to Marie Steele. He died on October 25, 2012 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
43. William Guest
Actor | Murphy Brown
William Guest was born on June 2, 1941 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as William Franklin Guest. He was an actor, known for Murphy Brown (1988), Operation: Entertainment (1968) and The Andy Williams Show (1969). He died on December 24, 2015 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.
46. Joe Hunter
Music Department | Standing in the Shadows of Motown
Joe Hunter was born on November 19, 1927 in Jackson, Tennessee, USA as Joseph Edward Hunter. He is known for his work on Standing in the Shadows of Motown (2002) and 2003 Motor City Boogie Woogie & Blues Festival (2004). He was married to Mabel Miller. He died on February 2, 2007 in Detroit, ...
49. Charles Dressen
Self | What's My Line?
Charles Dressen was born on September 20, 1898 in Decatur, Illinois, USA as Charles Walter Dressen. He is known for his work on What's My Line? (1950), 1953 World Series (1953) and The Jack Benny Program (1950). He died on August 10, 1966 in Detroit, Michigan, USA.