Happy Birthday: John Denver (1943–1997)

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johndenver.jpgJohn Denver (1943–1997)

Born: December 31, 1943 in Roswell, New Mexico, USA
Died: October 12, 1997 (age 53) in Monterey Bay, California, USA

John’s father was of German descent (including ancestry from ethnic Germans who had lived in South Russia for many generations). John’s maternal grandfather was of German and Swiss-German ancestry, and John’s maternal grandmother was of English and Irish descent.

Was offered the lead role of Zack Mayo in An Officer and a Gentleman (1982), which he turned down saying he felt the script “read like a 1950s movie”. The role was instead given to Richard Gere.

He was posthumously awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 7065 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California on October 24, 2014.

 

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