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Richard I

King of England from 1189 to 1199, Richard was called "Lionheart" (in French, Coeur de Lion) for his fighting skill and bravery. The son of battling spouses Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry II, Richard…

Richard III

Richard III was King of England for just over two years in the 15th century, but the debate about him continues: Shall he be remembered as a visionary reformer and brilliant administrator, or as an am…

Keith Richards

Keith Richards and a schoolmate, Mick Jagger, fell in together in the early 1960s and formed the rock band The Rolling Stones with Brian Jones. Losing and adding a few other band members along the way…

Maurice Richard

Maurice RichardBorn: Aug. 4, 1921Hockey RW the “Rocket”; 8-time NHL 1st team All-Star; MVP in 1947; 1st to score 50 goals in one season (1944-45); 544 career goals; played on 8 Sta…

Little Richard

Name at birth: Richard Wayne PennimanAlong with Elvis Presley, Little Richard helped define the wild side of early rock and roll with sexualized songs and outrageous behavior on stage. Little Richard…

Richard Chamberlain

Name at birth: George Richard ChamberlainRichard Chamberlain was a blue-eyed young heartthrob in the mid-1960s when he starred as Dr. Kildare, a sensitive internist learning the medical ropes. After g…

Denise Richards

Denise Richards was a model-turned-actress when she got her breakthrough role as fresh-faced sci-fi soldier Carmen Ibanez in the sci-fi film Starship Troopers (1997, based on the Robert A. Heinlein bo…

Richard Wagner

Name at birth: Wilhelm Richard WagnerRichard Wagner is the 19th century German composer and poet famous for taking opera to new dramatic heights in such works as Der Fliegende Holländer (1841) and Der…

Michael Richards

Michael Richards spent nine seasons playing wacky neighbor Cosmo Kramer on the sitcom Seinfeld from 1989 to 1998. Richards worked the clubs of L.A. as a stand-up comedian before landing a job on ABC'…

Richard Pryor

Richard Pryor is the maverick and influential stand-up comedian whose career took a disastrous turn in 1980, when he set himself on fire while preparing to freebase cocaine. Richard Pryor began writi…