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Dean Jagger

In 1940, he played the title character in Brigham Young Frontiersman.  In 1949, he won the Academy Award for best supporting actor for his role in Twelve O'clock High. In 1954, he played the beloved General Waverly in White Christmas.  In 1964, he won an Emmy Award for his role as Principal Albert Vane on the TV series Mr. Novak. (He won again in 1965.)
In 1972, he was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.  At the time, one newspaper headline read Brigham Young' Becomes a Mormon.  He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to motion pictures, at 1725 Vine Street.

(1903-1991)


(Source: Brother Brigham on the Silver Screen by Davis Bitton, Meridian Magazine, 11 July 2002)

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Gordon Jump

Alexander Gordon Jump April 1, 1932 September 22, 2003 Gordon is best known as the clueless radio station manager Arthur "Big Guy" Carlson in the TV series WKRP in Cincinnati and the incompetent "Chief of Police Tinkler" in the sitcom Soap. He also played the "Maytag Repairman" in commercials for Maytag brand appliances.

 Though he began with roles at small theaters in California, it was at the Hales' Glendale Theater when he was in a play about Mormons that he began to have questions about religion. The Hales' son-in-law Alan Dietlein gave him a copy of LeGrand Richards' A Marvelous Work and a Wonder, and Gordon was converted. Sandy Dietlein said, "Once he joined the Church, he was truly converted, and that is not an easy thing in the theater business because you are always surrounded by people who have a totally different view of life than you do." www.ldsmag.com

Gary Kurtz

Gary Kurtz (born July 27, 1940 in Los Angeles, California) is a film producer whose list of credits includes American Graffiti, Star Wars and The Empire Strikes Back. He later produced The Dark Crystal and Return to Oz after departing from the Star Wars series. Kurtz and Lucas first collaborated on the 1973 film American Graffiti, which became a huge box office hit. Kurtz then became producer of Star Wars, released in 1977, and its sequel, The Empire Strikes Back released in 1980. Many of the more mystical and spiritual elements of Star Wars were influenced by Kurtz, who had extensively studied comparative religion. Kurtz is a Latter-day Sainten.wikipedia.or



Glen Larsen

He is most famous for creating great television in the 1980s: The Six Million Dollar Man (1973), Battlestar Galactica (1978), B.J. and the Bear (1978), Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979), Magnum P.I. (1980), The Fall Guy (1981), and Knight Rider (1982)   Glen on Wikipedia


Ryan Little

Ryan Little is the award-winning director of films such as "Out of Step" (2002) and "The Last Good War" (1999).

Little was born in Canada and attended the prestigious film school at Brigham Young University. During the 1996-1997 school Little completed two narrative short films that received awards. "Exposure" received the Final Cut Audience Choice Award for Best Direction of a narrative film. Little's other film, "Minnie's Kitchen", received the Film Faculty Award for "Most Overlooked Film." www.ldsfilm.com

 

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