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Jack LaLanne

Name at birth: Francois Henri LaLanneJack LaLanne hosted a nationally-syndicated TV exercise show from 1951 until 1985. The show made him a popular pioneer of vigor in the 1950s, preaching good nutrit…

Jack Hanna

Jack Hanna is a media savvy zoologist who makes frequent appearances on television talk shows and hosts his own syndicated series, Jack Hanna's Animal Adventures. Hanna got his start in the zoo busin…

Jack the Ripper

Jack the Ripper is the popular name of the unknown killer who terrorized London between August and November of 1888. (He was also called the Whitechapel Murderer, after the city district where he oper…

Jack Lord

Name at birth: John Joseph Patrick RyanDespite his training at the prestigious Actors Studio and a long film career, Jack Lord is mostly remembered for playing tough, hair-heavy cop Steve McGarrett on…

Jack Klugman

Jack Klugman is a versatile character actor who appeared on Broadway and in television from the 1950s through the 1990s. He is best known for playing sportswriter Oscar Madison -- the slobby one -- in…

Jack Kamen

A popular comic book artist of the 1950s, Jack Kamen is most famous for his work for EC Comics. EC specialized in tales of horror and mad science; the label was run by William Gaines, later founder o…

Jack Lew

Name at birth: Jacob J. LewJack Lew became the U.S. Secretary of the Treasury in 2013, capping 40 years of work in and around the corridors of power in Washington and New York. He has been called "exc…

Jack Paar

Jack Paar is best known for hosting the Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. He gained a reputation as a thinking man's talk show host, and also for a certain emotional sensitivity: in one famous 1960 inci…

Jack Wild

Jack Wild was still a teenager when he was nominated for an Academy Award for Oliver!, the 1968 film of the old Charles Dickens tale. Wild played the Artful Dodger, the puckish and top-hatted urchin …

Jack Kevorkian

Jack Kevorkian was the former medical pathologist known for his high-profile antics in support of voluntary euthanasia. A 1952 graduate of the University of Michigan medical school, Jack Kevorkian be…