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Entertainment Industry Politicians in Minnesota

  Alexander Gilbert Bainbridge (1885-1936) — also known as Alexander Gale Bainbridge; "Buzz" — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pa., September 4, 1885. Republican. Served in the U.S. Army during World War I; advertising agent with Barnum & Bailey and other circuses; manager of Shubert Theater in Minneapolis, and of traveling road shows; mayor of Minneapolis, Minn., 1933-35. Presbyterian. Member, Freemasons; Shriners. Died, from heart disease, in Veterans Hospital, Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., March 14, 1936 (age 50 years, 192 days). Interment at Lakewood Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Son of Alexander Gilbert Bainbridge (1852-1925) and Ida Prescott (Stewart) Bainbridge; married, August 27, 1917, to Marie Gale.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
  Harry Andrew Blackmun (1908-1999) — also known as Harry A. Blackmun; "Hip Pocket Harry"; "Minnesota Twin" — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; Rochester, Olmsted County, Minn. Born in Nashville, Washington County, Ill., November 12, 1908. Lawyer; law clerk for U.S. Appeals Court Judge John B. Sanborn, 1932-33; Judge of U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit, 1959-70; Associate Justice of U.S. Supreme Court, 1970-94; took senior status 1994; actor in the 1997 movie Amistad, as Justice Joseph Story. Methodist. Member, American Bar Association; Rotary; Phi Beta Kappa. Died in Arlington, Arlington County, Va., March 4, 1999 (age 90 years, 112 days). Interment at Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.
  Relatives: Son of Corwin Manning Blackmun and Theo H. (Reuter) Blackmun; married, June 21, 1941, to Dorothy E. Clark.
  Cross-reference: Richard Blumenthal
  See also federal judicial profile — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — Find-A-Grave memorial — Arlington National Cemetery unofficial website
  Books about Harry Blackmun: Linda Greenhouse, Becoming Justice Blackmun : Harry Blackmun's Supreme Court Journey
  Alan Stuart Franken (b. 1951) — also known as Al Franken; "Stuart Smalley" — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Manhattan, New York County, N.Y., May 21, 1951. Democrat. Comedian; author; U.S. Senator from Minnesota, 2009-18; resigned 2018; in November 2017, Leeann Tweeden alleged that Franken had forcibly kissed her on a 2006 USO tour; Franken was also photographed appearing to place his hands on or near her breasts; other women made similar allegations; resigned from the Senate in January. Jewish. Still living as of 2018.
  Relatives: Son of Joseph P. Franken and Phoebe (Kunst) Franken; married, October 2, 1975, to Franni Bryson.
  See also congressional biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Garrison Keillor (b. 1942) — also known as Gary Edward Keillor — of St. Paul, Ramsey County, Minn. Born in Anoka, Anoka County, Minn., August 7, 1942. Democrat. Writer; radio show host; comedian; speaker, Democratic National Convention, 1988 ; inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1994. Scottish ancestry. Still living as of 2022.
  Relatives: Son of John Philip Keillor and Grace Ruth (Denham) Keillor; married 1965 to Mary Guntzel; married, December 28, 1985, to Ulla Skaerved; married 1995 to Jenny Lind Nilsson.
  See also Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile
  Victor Aloysius Meyers (c.1898-1991) — also known as Victor A. Meyers; Vic Meyers; "The Clown Prince of Politics"; "The Pagliacci of Politics" — of Seattle, King County, Wash. Born in Little Falls, Morrison County, Minn., about 1898. Musician and bandleader; comedian; candidate for mayor of Seattle, Wash., 1932, 1938, 1946; Lieutenant Governor of Washington, 1933-52; secretary of state of Washington, 1957-64. Died May 27, 1991 (age about 93 years). Interment at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Renton, Wash.
  Kay Nee (1919-2010) — also known as Kay Evangeline Bonner — of Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn.; Fridley, Anoka County, Minn. Born in Plummer, Red Lake County, Minn., October 26, 1919. Democrat. Radio and television writer and producer; actress; delegate to Democratic National Convention from Minnesota, 1964. Female. Catholic. Member, League of Women Voters. Died August 2, 2010 (age 90 years, 280 days). Interment at Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis, Minn.
  Relatives: Daughter of David Thomas Bonner and Helena (Franken) Bonner; married, April 19, 1947, to William Joseph Nee.
  See also Find-A-Grave memorial
Brock Pierce Brock Jeffrey Pierce (b. 1980) — also known as Brock Pierce — Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., November 14, 1980. Actor; Independent candidate for President of the United States, 2020. Still living as of 2022.
  See also Ballotpedia article — Internet Movie Database profile
  Image source: Campaign website (2020)
  Joe Tanner — of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, Minn. Mail carrier; comedian; candidate for mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., 2011. Still living as of 2011.
  Jesse Ventura (b. 1951) — also known as James George Janos; James G. Janos; "The Body"; "Governor Body" — of Brooklyn Park, Hennepin County, Minn. Born in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minn., July 15, 1951. Served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War; mayor of Brooklyn Park, Minn., 1991-94; Governor of Minnesota, 1999-2003; Green candidate for President of the United States, 2020. Atheist. Professional wrestler; actor, notably in film Predator. Still living as of 2020.
  See also National Governors Association biography — Wikipedia article — NNDB dossier — Internet Movie Database profile — OurCampaigns candidate detail — Encyclopedia of American Loons
  Books by Jesse Ventura: Do I Stand Alone? : Going to the Mat Against Political Pawns and Media Jackals — Don't Start the Revolution Without Me!, with Dick Russell (2008) — Jesse Ventura Tells It Like It Is: America's Most Outspoken Governor Speaks Out About Government, with Heron Marquez (2002, for young readers)
  Books about Jesse Ventura: Tom Hauser, Inside the Ropes with Jesse Ventura
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