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Famous and Infamous People, Leaders & Luminaries in Colorado Arts, Culture & Folklore
- Douglas Fairbanks
aka: Elton Banks; Elton Thomas
born: 1883 May 23, Denver, CO
died: 1939 December 12, Santa Monica, CA
This very famous film star, producer and screenwriter, circa 1920s and 30s, previously lived in Denver right on Capitol Hill at 1629 Franklin Street. He attended Dora Moore elementary school directly across from what is now "Queen Soopers" at 9th Avenue and Corona St. He also attended Denver's East High School and the Colorado School of Mines.
ref: Baseline's Encyclopedia of Films; Microsoft Cinemania; ref: Phil Goodstein, book title: "The Ghosts of Capitol Hill" (96)
- Barry Fey
-Fey Concert Co./concert promoter; owner; founder
Fey was Colorado's area's leading popular music promoter for decades. He is known for producing national headliners far and wide in the Denver region. The former Fey web site reported that Fey Concerts "has produced more concert dates with The Who and The Rolling Stones than any other promoter" and that "Billboard Magazine (has named) Barry...."Concert Promoter of the Year" for an unprecedented three years in a row." Shows were produced in Denver, Phoenix, Las Vegas, and the West. Barry reportedly got started in promoting after successfully booking a band gig for a fraternity event. In the earliest years he got his real start by booking major acts like Big Brother and the Holding Company (of Janis Joplin fame) at his Family Dog venue which was then at 1601 West Evans Avenue in Denver. Barry retired from Fey Concerts effective in early 1998. The company has been sold to Universal Concerts.
- Chris "Crazy Legs" Fonseca
Chris Fonseca is a well known hilarious standup who does it sitting down. He's familiar on the national circuit as the Mexican comedian with cerebral palsy, a fact which is part of his own material. Chris hails from Denver if I recall correctly. His first performance was reportedly at George McKelvey's Comedy Club (city untold) opening for Ellen DeGeneres in 1985. Chris is also known for his record album called "Not Tonight, I Have Cerebral Palsy."
- Fonseca Page at Comedy Productions <ComedyProductions.com/fonseca>
site excerpts: "Fonseca is one of Americas fastest rising stars. He has been seen on Late Night with David Letterman, Baywatch, The American Comedy Awards, The Arsenio Hall show, Evening at the Improv, Comedy on the Road, The Vida Awards, Entertainment tonight, Today Show, Donahue, Showtimes Latino Comedy Special, and many more."
- Gene Fowler Jr.
born: 1917 June, Denver
died: 1998 May 25 Monday, Hollywood Hills, CA of "natural causes"
Gene Fowler Jr. was the editor and director of more than one hundred films. He received a Golden Globe Award and four Emmy awards. Notably he directed the famous horror film, I Was a Teenage Werewolf which served as a template for so called "teen scream" films. The film launched the career of Michael Langdon who played the werewolf. Fowler recieved his Golden Globe for editing Wall of Fire. He won Emmy awards for The Glass House, The Blue Knight, Rawhide and The Waltons. He was nominated for an Oscar for his editing of It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World. Gene is survived by his wife Marjorie who was taught to edit by Gene. She was nominated for an Oscar for Elmer Gantry. Gene's father, Gene Fowler, Sr. was a screenwriter, author on Hollywood, newspaperman in Denver and reporter for Hearst Newspapers.
- adapted from Reuters obituary published in Rocky Mountain News, 98My27We, pg 18B
- Richie Furay - Boulder pastor Richie Furay was a member of Buffalo Springfield, one of America's highly popular bands of the 1960s and 70s.
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