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John Lee "Rags" Ragland
Birth: Aug. 23, 1905
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
Death: Aug. 20, 1946
Los Angeles
Los Angeles County
California, USA

Actor and Entertainer. He entered burlesque in his twenties, working his way up to "top banana" at Minsky's. Among his fellow burlesque performers, Ragland was famous (or notorious) for his wild ad-libs, his unpredictable intrusions into other comics' acts, and his healthy off-stage libido. In 1940, he graduated to the big time in Ethel Merman's Broadway musical "Panama Hattie." Shortly afterward, he became a contract player at MGM, where he gained popularity as Red Skelton's cohort in the Whistling movies, such as "Whistling in the Dark," "Whistling in Dixie," and "Whistling in Brooklyn." He died suddenly of uremia at the age of 40. (bio by: Ron Howard) 
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Louisville
Jefferson County
Kentucky, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Ron Howard
Record added: Feb 03, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7143195
John Lee Rags Ragland
Added by: Ron Moody
 
John Lee Rags Ragland
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Rags, I remember you from the movies I used to watch as a kid, back in the forties. You always made me laugh. Just seemed like a good Joe. Miss those years, those actors, and the world that is now long gone. Say hello to Red Skelton, and George Burns....(Read more)
- Em
 Added: Dec. 5, 2014

- DENA ANN
 Added: Sep. 14, 2014
Happy Birthday to you! Thank you for all of the wonderful talent you gave the world, you are truly missed! Bright Blessings! William
- william bondar
 Added: Aug. 23, 2014
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