Ralston Hill (1927 - 1996)

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Richard Ralston Hill
1927 - 1996
updated February 01, 2020
Ralston Hill was born on April 24, 1927 in Cleveland, Ohio. He was born to John Whitney Hill and Florence Ralston Hill, with sibling Rachel. He died on October 19, 1996 at St. Vincent's Hospital, New York, New York at age 69.

Richard Ralston Hill acted under the name, Ralston Hill.
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Richard Ralston Hill Biography

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Most Commonly Known Name

Ralston Hill

First name

Richard

Middle name

Ralston

Last Name(s)

Nickname(s) or aliases

Ralston

Gender

Male

Birth

Richard Hill was born on in Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio United States

Death

Richard Hill died on at St. Vincent's Hospital, in New York, NY County, New York United States

Cause of death

Heart failure

Burial / Funeral

at Westwood Cemetery, in Oberlin, Ohio U.S.A. 44074

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Nationality & Locations Lived

Unknown.

Religion

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Education

He attended Oberlin High school in Oberlin, Ohio, graduated in 1945. He then attended University of Missouri, Columbia and Oberlin College, graduating in 1950. He also attended the American Theater Wing in New York City.

Professions

He was a prolific stage actor who's only film credit was "1776", where he revived his role of Secretary Thomson from the Broadway cast.

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Ralston Hill Family Tree

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Parents:

John Whitney Hill
May 13, 1900 - Dec 10, 1977
Florence Ralston Hill
Feb 7, 1898 - Nov 17, 1985

Siblings:

Rachel Murmann
1931 - 1987

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No could have played the role Secretary Thomson better than Ralston Hill, both on stage and in the film version of "1776".
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Richard Hill Obituary

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Ralston Hill died on stage while rehearsing for the musical, "Gigi" at the Papermill Playhouse in New Jersey, October 19, 1996. He is buried at Westwood Cemetary, Oberlin, OHIO. Plot # D-038-11

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1927 - 1996 World Events

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In 1927, in the year that Ralston Hill was born, aviator and media darling Charles Lindbergh, age 25, made the first successful solo TransAtlantic flight. "Lucky Lindy" took off from Long Island in New York and flew to Paris, covering  3,600 statute miles and flying for 33 1⁄2-hours. His plane "The Spirit of St. Louis" was a fabric-covered, single-seat, single-engine "Ryan NYP" high-wing monoplane designed by both Lindbergh and the manufacturer's chief engineer.

In 1943, at the age of 16 years old, Richard was alive when on June 20th through June 22nd, the Detroit Race Riot erupted at Belle Isle Park. The rioting spread throughout the city (made worse by false rumors of attacks on blacks and whites) and resulted in the deployment of 6,000 Federal troops. 34 people were killed, (25 of them black) - mostly by white police or National Guardsmen, 433 were wounded (75 percent of them black) and an estimated $2 million of property was destroyed. The same summer, there were riots in Beaumont, Texas and Harlem, New York.

In 1972, at the age of 45 years old, Richard was alive when on June 17th, 5 men were arrested by police in an attempt to bug the Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington D.C.’s Watergate hotel. The burglars were found to be paid by cash from a slush fund used by the Committee for the Re-Election of the President - the official organization of President Nixon's campaign.

In 1988, Richard was 61 years old when on December 16th, 1988 the popular film Rain Man was released. Featuring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise. this film brought attention to autistic savants and was based on the "megasavant" Laurence Kim Peek. The film would later go to win four Oscars including Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Director and Best Actor in a Leading Role.

In 1996, in the year of Ralston Hill's passing, on July 5th, the first cloned mammal - "Dolly the Sheep" - was born in Scotland. She had three mothers. Dolly lived to be 6 years old and produced 6 lambs. Since, other sheep have been cloned as well as horses, pigs, deer, and bulls.

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