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Jack Wrangler
Birth: Jul. 11, 1946
Beverly Hills
Los Angeles County
California, USA
Death: Apr. 7, 2009
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA

Actor, Producer. Born John Robert Stillman, he was the son of TV producer Robert Stillman and Ruth Clark Stillman, a former dancer in the lavish Busby Berkeley movie musicals of the 1930's. He found some success as a child actor, most notably as a regular in the 1950's television series "The Faith of Our Children." He attended Northwestern University, where he earned a degree in theatre. Moving to Los Angeles, he struggled to establish himself as an actor and wound up working as a model and dancer. In the late 1960's he segued into performing in gay pornographic films, stating later in interviews that he was drawn to the genre because it was "culturally subversive and politically liberating." Due to his rugged good looks and masculine persona, he quickly became the dominate gay porn star of the era. His influence transcended the world of porn; he also became an important icon of the early gay rights movement, as his courageous and unabashed embracing of his sexuality inspired many others to come out of the closet and live openly as gay men. Altogether, he starred in over 80 films, including two classics from the Golden Age of Porn, "Kansas City Trucking Company" and "A Night at the Adonis." He also worked in straight porn, claiming his first sexual encounter with a woman was in front of the cameras. His life took an unconventional turn in 1977 when he met popular Big Band-era singer Margaret Whiting ("That Old Black Magic"), who was 22 years his senior. Although he continued to identify as gay, the pair formed the most unlikely of couples and they endured much public criticism from skeptics who perceived him to be a gold digger. Producer Jeffrey Schwarz disagreed, saying, "Their relationship had nothing to do with sexual orientation; it was based on mutual affection and respect." They lived together for many years before they finally married in 1994. He started writing and producing shows for Whiting including the 1997 Broadway revue "Dream," and was largely responsible for her resurgence in popularity on the cabaret circuit. "Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon," a feature-length documetary on his life and work, was released in 2008. Miss Whiting survived him when he finally succumbed to his battle with emphysema. (bio by: Miracle Mile Tim) 
 
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  Margaret Whiting (1924 - 2011)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
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Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Miracle Mile Tim
Record added: Apr 11, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 35743582
Jack Wrangler
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- R I P
 Added: Nov. 12, 2014
Because We Never Met Each Other, I Came To Visit You On Here Today Jack, May You Rest In Eternal Peace.
- Robert David Miller
 Added: Nov. 4, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Apr. 7, 2014
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