John Raitt

John Raitt
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John Raitt
Live: South side of the 6100 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Actor | Singer
Born Jan. 19, 1917 in Santa Ana, CA
Died Feb. 20, 2005 of pneumonia in Pacific Palisades, CA

John Raitt, the ruggedly handsome musical theater leading man, launched his Broadway career in Rodgers & Hammerstein's 1945 hit "Carousel" and later costarred in "The Pajama Game" on Broadway and in the film version.

Born in Santa Ana, Raitt developed a love of singing at the YMCA camp run by his father, a founder and longtime director of the North Orange County YMCA. He attended high school in Fullerton, where, as a senior, he sang in the chorus of the musical "Desert Song." But he made his mark in high school as an athlete, not a singer.

In his later years he also became well-known as the father of Grammy-winning singer Bonnie Raitt, with whom he recorded several duets.

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