The following is a list of FBI files on different celebrities.
Declassified Celebrity FBI Files
|Abbott, Bud – Bud Abbott was a part of the Abbott and Costello comedy team. They made movies and performed on television. This release is references on Abbott only. It contains correspondence between Abbott and Director Hoover, Espionage and Interstate Transportation of Obscene Material matters.|
|Allen, Gracie – [ File #1 ] | FILE #2 ] – Gracie Allen, her husband, George Burns, Mary Livingston (wife of Jack Benny) and Jack Benny were investigated in 1939 for bringing jewelry and clothing into the country from Europe and not paying the duty tax on it. The investigation by the New York City authorities resulted in Jack Benny and George Burns paying fines. It is alleged that the real smugglers were Gracie Allen and Mary Livingston.|
|Allen, Steve – [ File #1 | FILE #2 | FILE #3 | FILE #4 ] – Steve Allen, an entertainer, was the victim of two extortion attempts investigated by the FBI. The first extortion attempt consisted of a letter sent to the CBS network in New York demanding that the writer be given $30,000 or Mr. Allen would be harmed. Prosecution was declined by the United States Attorney. In the second extortion attempt, the writer accused Mr. Allen of being a communist and threatened to shoot him. The name of the person whose signature was on the letter was interviewed, but he could not read or write English; consequently, it was determined that the signature on the letter was forged. Additional letters were received, but no subjects were ever identified in this investigation.|
|Arden, Elizabeth – [ File #1 | File #2 ] – An investigative file was opened on Elizabeth Arden, operator of the cosmetic firm “Elizabeth Arden,” upon receipt of a letter in 1941 alleging that she was opening branches of her firm to be used as clearing houses for Nazi activities. Also enclosed is personal correspondence between Ms. Arden and Director Hoover.|
|Armstrong, Louis – Louis Armstrong, was born in 1900 and was a well known jazz trumpeter. He toured with his own jazz band for years in the United States, Europe, Africa, Australia, and even into the Soviet Union. Jewelry was stolen from a hotel room at the Century Plaza in Los Angeles in November 1970, with the estimated value of $ 30,000. There is a summary of Armstrong’s referenced activities. Louis Armstrong was never the subject of an FBI investigation.|
|Arnaz, Desi – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 ] – Desi Arnaz was born March 2, 1917 in Santiago, Cuba. He and his parents left Cuba in approximately 1933. He came to America with his parents, and he and his Mother remained here when his Father returned to Cuba. He was a Hollywood actor, musician and a television star. He along with his wife, Lucille Ball, starred in “I Love Lucy” television show and he and his wife formed “Desilu Productions,” with Desi Arnaz as its President. This production company produced several television programs.|
|Baker, Josephine – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 ] – The famous nightclub entertainer was thought to be involved in communist activities, however, no evidence was ever found that proved otherwise.|
|Balin, Marty (Cross References) [6 Pages, 4.2MB] – Marty Balin (January 30, 1942 – September 27, 2018) was an American singer, songwriter, and musician best known as the founder and one of the lead singers and songwriters of Jefferson Airplane and Jefferson Starship.|
|Ball, Lucille – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 ] – This file primarily relates to the 1953 House Committee on Un-American Activities hearings which revealed that Miss Ball had registered to vote as a communist in 1936 at the insistence of her grandfather.|
|The Beatles – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9] – The Beatles, a “British Pop Musical group,” received an extortion threat as they were appearing in Denver, CO on August 26, 1964. They were told to cancel their appearance in Denver or they would throw grenades at them. John Lennon, a member of the group, was the subject of an immigration appeal. There are various cross references to them in this release.|
|Berlin, Irving [ 23 Pages, 1.35MB ] – Irving Berlin (1888-1989) was a noted American songwriter. This release (previously made, but now made available on the FBI Vault) consists of 23 pages of miscellaneous documents in which Berlin’s name appears; he was not the subject of any FBI investigation. Several of these documents deal with Director Hoover’s support for Berlin to win the American Hebrew Medal of 1943.|
|Biggie Smalls [ 359 Pages, 9.99MB ] – Christopher George Wallace (1972-1997)—also known as “Notorious B.I.G.”—was a rap musician who was murdered on March 9, 1997. The FBI opened a civil rights/color of law investigation into the murder; the case was closed in 2005. This release consists of FBI files between 1997 and 2005.|
|Bono, Sonny – In 1966, Salvatore “Sonny” Bono, a rock-n-roll singer, received a kidnaping threat. The person sending the several letters was believed to be from either Chicago or Milwaukee, and appeared to suffer from some type of mental illness. The original letters and envelopes were sent to the FBI Laboratory for examination.|
|Bourdain, Anthony – [9 Pages, 3.6MB] – Anthony Michael Bourdain (June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018) was an American celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and television personality who starred in programs focusing on the exploration of international culture, cuisine, and the human condition. He was considered one of the most influential chefs in the world. Note: This release is about the 2012 South Beach Food & Wine Festival, and has references to Chef Bourdain.|
|Brown, James Joseph – [ 34 Pages, 29.88 MB ] – James Joseph Brown, Jr. (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American recording artist and musician. One of the founding fathers of funk music and a major figure of 20th-century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as “The Godfather of Soul”. In a career that spanned six decades, Brown profoundly influenced the development of many different musical genres.|
|Burns, George – [ 73 Pages, 7.02 MB ] – George Burns (January 20, 1896 – March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer. He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, and television. His arched eyebrow and cigar smoke punctuation became familiar trademarks for over three quarters of a century. At the age of 79, Burns’ career was resurrected as an amiable, beloved and unusually active old comedian in the 1975 film The Sunshine Boys, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He continued to work until shortly before his death, in 1996, at the age of 100.|
|Burr, Raymond – FBI Release #1 – [13 Pages, 0.5MB]
Burr, Raymond – FBI Release #2 – [4 Pages, 2.5MB] – Raymond William Stacy Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian-American actor primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside.
Carson, Johnny – [ 563 Pages, 259MB ] – John William “Johnny” Carson (October 23, 1925 – January 23, 2005) was an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, actor, and musician, best known for his thirty years as host of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962–1992). Carson received six Emmy Awards, the Governor’s Award, and a 1985 Peabody Award. He was inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame in 1987. Johnny Carson was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1992 and received a Kennedy Center Honor in 1993. Although his show was already successful by the end of the 1960s, during the 1970s Carson became an American icon and remained so even after his retirement in 1992. He adopted a casual, conversational approach with extensive interaction with guests, an approach pioneered by Arthur Godfrey and previous Tonight Show hosts Steve Allen and Jack Paar. Former late-night host and friend, David Letterman, cited Carson’s influence.
Note: There were possibly files related to Carson which were destroyed. These records were obtained on CD-ROM, and were combined into one .pdf. It is large, but holds book marks inside the .pdf to differentiate the different files which were obtained.
|Cash, Johnny – [ 334 Pages, 12.78 MB ] – John R. “Johnny” Cash (February 26, 1932 – September 12, 2003) was a singer-songwriter, actor, and author, widely considered one of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century. Although primarily remembered as a country icon, his genre-spanning songs and sound embraced rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. This crossover appeal won Cash the rare honor of multiple induction in the Country Music, Rock and Roll, and Gospel Music Halls of Fame.|
|Chaplin, Charlie [ Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8 |Part 9 | Part 10 ] – Charles Spencer “Charlie” Chaplin (1889-1971) was a comic actor, movie director, and one of the founders of United Artists Pictures, a major Hollywood film studio. This release consists of two types of files, one involving a White Slave Traffic Act (or interstate prostitution) investigation and a domestic security file concerning Chaplin’s ties to communist organizations in the U.S. The dates range from 1922 to 1978.|
| Clancy, Tom [ 46 Pages, 22.50MB ]
Clancy, Tom (Release #2) [ 15 Pages, 10.9MB ]Thomas Leo “Tom” Clancy, Jr. (April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013) was an American novelist and historian best known for his technically detailed espionage and military science storylines set during and in the aftermath of the Cold War, and for video games that bear his name for licensing and promotional purposes. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also a brand for similar movie scripts written by ghost writers and non-fiction books on military subjects. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and Vice Chairman of their Community Activities and Public Affairs committees.This file is a result of his background check by the Bureau, as Clancy was considered as a consultant for the White House Space Council.
|Clark, Richard Wagstaff “Dick” – [38 Pages, 4 MB] – Richard “Dick” W. Clark (1929-2012) was an entertainer and businessman best known for his long tenure as host of American Bandstand. These materials consist of investigations made in 1962 and 1985 into threats of violence against Clark and others.|
|Crowley, Arthur J. [22 Pages, 10.4MB] – The Hollywood Reporter published this about Crowley, which I will reprint here to give some insight to his background: “For Arthur Crowley, messy personal lives were good for business. Crowley, whom legendary producer Robert Evans once called “the toughest Irishman attorney west of Chicago,” practically invented one of the stock characters of the current tabloid world: the celebrity divorce lawyer. Today, few things move newsstand sales and boost online traffic more than broken vows (see: Sandra Bullock and Jesse James). But long before the likes of Hollywood superlawyer Laura Wasser regularly made headlines extricating Angelina Jolie, Christina Aguilera and Ryan Reynolds from failed marriages, Crowley — whose death one year ago at the age of 85 drew strangely little notice — was turning big-league divorces into can’t-miss showbiz theater.”|
|Culp, Robert [5 Pages, 1.5MB] – Robert Martin Culp (August 16, 1930 – March 24, 2010) was an American actor, screenwriter, voice actor, and director, widely known for his work in television. Culp earned an international reputation for his role as Kelly Robinson on I Spy (1965–1968), the espionage television series in which co-star Bill Cosby and he played secret agents. Prior to that, he starred in the CBS/Four Star Western series, Trackdown as Texas Ranger Hoby Gilman from 1957 to 1959. The 1980s brought him back to television. He starred as FBI Agent Bill Maxwell on The Greatest American Hero and had a recurring role as Warren Whelan on Everybody Loves Raymond. Culp gave hundreds of performances in a career spanning more than 50 years.|
|Denver, John [ 33 Pages, 1.85MB ] – Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr. (December 31, 1943 – October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American singer, songwriter, actor, activist, and humanitarian. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s. After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. His greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. Throughout his life, Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed.|
|Disney, Walter “Walt” [ 316 Pages, 18.44MB ] – Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American business magnate, animator, cartoonist, producer, director, screenwriter, philanthropist and voice actor. A major figure within the American animation industry and throughout the world, he is regarded as an international icon, well known for his influence and contributions to the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As a Hollywood business mogul, he, along with his brother Roy O. Disney, co-founded Walt Disney Productions, which later became one of the best-known motion picture production companies in the world. The corporation is now known as The Walt Disney Company and had an annual revenue of approximately US$45 billion in the 2013 financial year.|
|Durham, Richard [132 Pages, 24.4MB] – Richard Durham was born in rural Mississippi on September 6, 1917 and moved to Chicago with his family at the age of six. He would go on to write and produce the groundbreaking Destination Freedom, a radio drama that featured characters calling for equality a decade before the Civil Rights Movement. During the Depression, Durham found work in the radio division of the WPA-sponsored Illinois Writers Project. He wrote for several local shows in the early 1940s and also worked as an editor and journalist for the black-owned Chicago Defender newspaper and Ebony magazine. After the war, Durham wrote for a weekly drama on WBBM/Chicago called Democracy USA and created the first soap opera focused on an African American family, Here Comes Tomorrow, for WJJD/Chicago. From 1948 to 1950, Durham used the weekly Destination Freedom to fight the stereotypes of African Americans in the media. His inventive scripts highlighted the accomplishments of black leaders throughout history, including Harriet Tubman, Jackie Robinson, and Ida B. Wells. Durham’s recurring theme of social and economic freedom was a revolutionary idea rarely heard on the radio at the time. Richard Durham died on April 27, 1984.|
|Eazy-E [ 178 Pages, 15.9MB ] – Eric Lynn Wright (September 7, 1963 – March 26, 1995), better known by his stage name Eazy-E, was an American rapper who performed solo and in the hip hop group N.W.A. Wright is affectionately called “The Godfather Of Gangsta Rap”. He was born to Richard and Kathie Wright in Compton, California. After dropping out of high school in the tenth grade, he supported himself primarily by selling drugs before investing in Ruthless Records and becoming a rapper. When Ruthless artist Ice Cube wrote “Boyz-n-the-Hood”, Dre, Cube, and Eazy formed N.W.A. After DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Arabian Prince joined the group, N.W.A released N.W.A. and the Posse. In 1988, they released their most controversial album, Straight Outta Compton. The group released two more albums and then disbanded after Eazy released Dr. Dre from his contract.|
|Field, Syd [5 Pages, 1.3MB] – Sydney Alvin Field (December 19, 1935 – November 17, 2013) was an American screenwriting guru who wrote several books on the subject of screenwriting, the first being the 1979 book Screenplay: The Foundations of Screenwriting. He also conducted workshops and seminars on the subject of producing salable screenplays. Hollywood film producers have increasingly used his ideas on structure as a guideline to a proposed screenplay’s potential. Please note: NARA is unable to determine if the subject of this file is actually that of Syd Field, since the name is mispelled. That may or may not be an indicator that it’s a different person, but they released the file. It is archived here for reference.|
|Fisher, Eddie [10 Pages, 2.4MB] – Edwin John “Eddie” Fisher (August 10, 1928 – September 22, 2010) was an American singer and actor. He was the most successful pop singles artist during the first half of the 1950s, selling millions of records and hosting his own TV show. Fisher divorced his first wife, actress Debbie Reynolds, to marry Reynolds’ best friend, actress Elizabeth Taylor, after Taylor’s husband, film producer Mike Todd, was killed in a plane crash. The scandalous affair was widely reported, bringing unfavorable publicity to Fisher. He later married Connie Stevens. Fisher fathered Carrie Fisher and Todd Fisher with Reynolds, and Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher with Stevens.|
|Fitzgerald, Ella [10 Pages, 1.9MB] – Ella Jane Fitzgerald (April 25, 1917 – June 15, 1996) was an American jazz singer sometimes referred to as the First Lady of Song, Queen of Jazz, and Lady Ella. She was noted for her purity of tone, impeccable diction, phrasing, intonation, and a “horn-like” improvisational ability, particularly in her scat singing. In 1993, she ended her nearly 60-year career with her last public performance. Three years later, she died at the age of 79 after years of declining health. Her accolades included fourteen Grammy Awards, the National Medal of Arts, and the Presidential Medal of Freedom.|
|Flynn, Errol – In the 1940’s Flynn was the subject of a White Slave Traffic Act investigation and victim of two extortion cases.|
| Gabor, Zsa Zsa – FBI Release #1 – [148 Pages, 89MB] –
Gabor, Zsa Zsa – FBI Release #2 – [7 Pages, 4.2MB] – Zsa Zsa Gabor (February 6, 1917 – December 18, 2016) was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her sisters were actresses Eva and Magda Gabor. Gabor began her stage career in Vienna and was crowned Miss Hungary in 1936. She emigrated from Hungary to the United States in 1941. Becoming a sought-after actress with “European flair and style”, she was considered to have a personality that “exuded charm and grace”. Her first film role was a supporting role in Lovely to Look At. She later acted in We’re Not Married! and played one of her few leading roles in the John Huston-directed film, Moulin Rouge (1952). Huston would later describe her as a “creditable” actress.
|Gibb, Robin H. [ 818 Pages, 0.7MB ] – Robin H. Gibb (1949-2012) was a well-known singer/songwriter with the Bee Gees music group. Between 1980 and 1981, the FBI assisted a foreign police service in investigating a potentially threatening telegram sent to the London law firm representing Gibb’s then wife in divorce proceedings; the telegram was signed “Robin Gibb.” The investigation did not go beyond the initial stages as the law firm did not wish to pursue the matter.|
|Greene, Milton H. [9 Pages, 1.3MB] – Milton H. Greene (March 14, 1922 – August 8, 1985) was an American fashion and celebrity photographer and film and television producer, best known for his photo shoots with Marilyn Monroe.|
|Harvey, Paul [1,188 Pages, 71.57MB] – Paul Harvey Aurandt Paul Harvey Aurandt (1918-2009), popularly known as Paul Harvey, was a long-time radio broadcaster for ABC. Harvey corresponded with the Bureau on a range of issues between 1956 and 1986. He was also the subject of two investigations, a 1951 Atomic Energy Act investigation sparked when he entered a restricted area at a U.S. facility in pursuit of a story and a 1983 background investigation.|
|Hefner, Hugh [62 Pages, 5.5MB] – Hugh Marston Hefner (April 9, 1926 – September 27, 2017) was an American magazine publisher. He was the founder and editor-in-chief of Playboy magazine, a publication with revealing photographs and articles which provoked charges of obscenity. The first issue of Playboy was published in 1953 featuring Marilyn Monroe in a nude calendar shoot; it sold over 50,000 copies.|
|Hendrix, Jimi [34 Pages, 4.16MB] – James Marshall “Jimi” Hendrix (born Johnny Allen Hendrix; November 27, 1942 – September 18, 1970) was an American musician, singer, and songwriter. Despite a relatively brief mainstream career spanning four years, he is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential electric guitarists in the history of popular music, and one of the most celebrated musicians of the 20th century. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame describes him as “arguably the greatest instrumentalist in the history of rock music.”|
|Hopper, Dennis [14 Pages, 2.4MB] – Dennis Lee Hopper (May 17, 1936 – May 29, 2010) was an American actor, filmmaker, photographer and artist. He attended the Actors Studio, made his first television appearance in 1954, and soon after appeared alongside James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Giant (1956). In the next ten years he made a name in television, and by the end of the 1960s had appeared in several films. Hopper also began a prolific and acclaimed photography career in the 1960s.|
|Houston, Whitney [ 128 Pages, 4.3MB ] – Whitney Elizabeth Houston (1963-2012) was a well-known American recording artist and actress. This release consists of several FBI investigations into threats made against Houston between 1988 and 1999.|
|Hudson, Rock [ 34 Pages, 0.7MB ] – Rock Hudson (born Roy Harold Scherer, Jr.; November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) was an American actor. Although he was widely known as a leading man in the 1950s and 1960s, often starring in romantic comedies opposite Doris Day, Hudson is also recognized for dramatic roles in films such as Giant and Magnificent Obsession. In later years, he found success in television, starring in the popular mystery series McMillan & Wife and the soap opera Dynasty.|
|I Was a Communist Spy Radio [ 73 Pages, 7.27MB ] – I Was a Communist for the FBI consisted of 78 episodes syndicated by the Frederick W. Ziv Company to more than 600 stations, including KNX in Los Angeles, California, with original episodes running from March 30, 1952 to September 20, 1953. The program was made without the cooperation of the FBI. Real-life undercover agent Matt Cvetic was portrayed by Dana Andrews. The show had a budget of $12,000 a week, a very high cost to produce a radio show at the time.|
|Jackson, Michael – Between 1993 and 1994 and separately between 2004 and 2005, Mr. Jackson was investigated by California law enforcement agencies for possible child molestation. He was acquitted of all such charges. The FBI provided technical and investigative assistance to these agencies during the cases. The Bureau also investigated threats made against Mr. Jackson and others by an individual who was later imprisoned for these crimes.|
|John, Olivia Newton [8 Pages, 2.2MB] – Olivia Newton-John, born on September 26, 1948, in Cambridge, England, is an internationally celebrated singer, actress, and philanthropist. Raised in Australia, she rose to fame in the 1970s with her unique blend of country and pop music, scoring multiple chart-topping hits such as “If Not for You,” “Have You Never Been Mellow,” and “Physical.” Olivia’s career reached new heights when she starred opposite John Travolta in the iconic 1978 film adaptation of the musical “Grease,” which solidified her status as a global star. A passionate advocate for health and wellness, Olivia has been open about her own battles with cancer, using her platform to raise awareness and funds for cancer research through the Olivia Newton-John Cancer Wellness & Research Centre. Her enduring legacy in the entertainment industry, coupled with her unwavering commitment to humanitarian work, has solidified her as a beloved and influential figure in both the arts and the world of philanthropy.|
|Jones, Russell Tyrone [83 Pages, 3.64MB] – Russell Tyrone Jones (1968-2004), aka “Ol’ Dirty Bastard”, was a member of the hip-hop music group known as the Wu-tang Clan. The FBI looked into the group’s activities under criminal enterprise statutes but no charges were filed based on these investigations. The file ranges from 1999 to 2004.|
|Judd, Naomi [5 Pages, 21.7MB] – Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd; January 11, 1946 – April 30, 2022) was an American singer and actress. In 1983, she and her daughter Wynonna formed the duo known as The Judds, which became a very successful country music act, winning five Grammy Awards and nine Country Music Association awards. The Judds ceased performing in 1991 after Naomi was diagnosed with hepatitis; while Wynonna continued to perform as a solo artist, she occasionally reunited with her mother for tours as The Judds. Naomi struggled with mental health issues throughout her life. She died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound on April 30, 2022, the day before she and Wynonna were inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame.|
|Kasem, Casey [ 130 Pages, 21.7MB ] – Casey Kasem, 1932 to 2014, born as Kemal Amen Kasem, was an actor, producer, and well known disk jockey and music celebrity. These files concern FBI investigations of violent threats made against Kasem between 1981 and 1993.|
| Kelly, Gene – FBI “Vault” Release – [102 Pages, 10.5MB]
Kelly, Gene – 2005 NCIS Release – [62 Pages, 34MB] – Eugene Curran “Gene” Kelly (August 23, 1912 – February 2, 1996) was an American dancer, actor, singer, film director, producer, and choreographer. Kelly was known for his energetic and athletic dancing style, his good looks and the likeable characters that he played on screen. This release of the main FBI file on Kelly spans the years 1947 through 1975; the active part of the investigation spanned the years 1947 to 1951. The investigation concerned Kelly’s ties to various left-wing groups.
|Kennedy Jr., John F. – Although John F. Kennedy Jr., was not the subject of an FBI case, investigations were conducted when the FBI learned of alleged plots to kidnap the former President’s son in 1985 and 1995. Files also contain a reference to laboratory examinations in 1994 to determine the true writer of a threatening letter received by a United States Senator. The letter was written by an unknown person and signed, “John F. Kennedy, Jr.”|
|King, Larry [26 Pages, 1.5MB] – Larry King (born Lawrence Harvey Zeiger; November 19, 1933 – January 23, 2021) was an American television and radio host, whose awards included two Peabodys, an Emmy and ten Cable ACE Awards. Over his career, he hosted over 50,000 interviews. King was a WMBM radio interviewer in the Miami area in the 1950s and 1960s, and gained prominence in 1978 as host of The Larry King Show, an all-night nationwide call-in radio program heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System. From 1985 to 2010, he hosted the nightly interview television program Larry King Live on CNN. King hosted Larry King Now from 2012 to 2020, which aired on Hulu, Ora TV, and RT America. He hosted Politicking with Larry King, a weekly political talk show, on the same three channels from 2013 to 2020. King also appeared in television series and films, usually playing himself.|
|Lamarr, Hedy [7 Pages, 1.5MB] – Hedy Lamarr (born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler, 9 November 1914 – 19 January 2000) was an Austrian and American film actress and inventor. At the beginning of World War II, Lamarr and composer George Antheil developed a radio guidance system for Allied torpedoes, which used spread spectrum and frequency hopping technology to defeat the threat of jamming by the Axis powers. Though the US Navy did not adopt the technology until the 1960s, the principles of their work are now incorporated into modern GPS, Wi-Fi, CDMA and Bluetooth technology, and this work led to their being inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame in 2014.|
|Lampell, Millard [402 Pages, 179.9MB] – Millard Lampell (January 23, 1919 – October 3, 1997) was an American movie and television screenwriter who first became publicly known as a member of the Almanac Singers in the 1940s. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey and studied at the West Virginia University, where he gained his first exposure to folk music. In 1940 he formed the Almanac Singers with Pete Seeger and Lee Hays, later adding Woody Guthrie. Lampell wrote songs with both Seeger and Guthrie, and adapted traditional songs into labor anthems and pro-union messages. During the period of the Hitler-Stalin pact from 1939 to 1941, the group also sang songs attacking Franklin D. Roosevelt as a warmonger and opposing Britain’s war against Nazi Germany.|
|Lawford, Peter [41 Pages, 25.6MB] – Peter Sydney Ernest Lawford (born Peter Sydney Ernest Aylen; 7 September 1923 – 24 December 1984) was a British-American actor, producer, and socialite, who lived in the United States throughout his adult life. He was a member of the “Rat Pack” and brother-in-law to President John F. Kennedy. From the 1940s to the 1960s, he was a well-known celebrity and starred in a number of highly acclaimed films. In later years, he was noted more for his off-screen activities as a celebrity than for his acting; it was said that he was “famous for being famous”.|
|Lee, Stan [217 Pages, 34MB] – Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber, December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business called Timely Publications which would later become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics and film industries.|
Lennon, John – FBI “Vault Release” #1: [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 ] – Investigation conducted when the FBI learned that John Lennon contributed $75,000 to a group planning to disrupt the Republican National Convention in 1972. This was one of the first FBI releases, but later, seemingly was taken down. The next set of files (tagged “Vault Release #2”) is what they release now, and does not include (as far as I can tell) the first release.
Lennon, John [530 Pages, 77.9MB] – FBI “Vault Release” #2 – John Winston Lennon (1940-1980) was a British born singer and songwriter known for his years in the Beatles and for his later solo career. The first two parts of this release consist of previously released material from investigations that mention Lennon’s connection to anti-war and related groups in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The third part was released and posted to the Vault in November 2011. It consists of other references to Lennon in FBI files and a 1978 investigation of a violent threat made against him. (Note: the three files were combined into one for easier downloading — they are separated by .pdf “bookmarks” when you open the file)
Lennon, John [222 Pages, 132.5MB] – This release consists of records NOT put on the FBI website. These were given to me in FOIA Case 1380237-000.
Lennon, John [37 Pages, 3MB] – This is the second and final release of records NOT put on the FBI website. These were given to me also in FOIA Case 1380237-000.
| Lewis, Jerry – FBI Release #1 – [270 Pages, 12.4MB]
Lewis, Jerry – FBI Release #2 – [255 Pages, 19.5MB] – Jerry Lewis (born Joseph Levitch, March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017), nicknamed “The King of Comedy”, was an American comedian, actor, singer, filmmaker and humanitarian, who appeared in over sixty films and live performances, from his partnership with singer Dean Martin to his prime as a soloist. Lewis then worked behind the scenes as director, producer and screenwriter, appeared in numerous television programs and released album recordings as a singer. Lewis helped develop and popularize “video assist”, the closed-circuit apparatus enabling film directors to see what had been shot without waiting for developed film footage. Lewis raised awareness for muscular dystrophy during his 55 years with the Muscular Dystrophy Association, most notably through his Labor Day telethon.
|Limbaugh, Rush– [101 Pages, 6MB] – Rush Limbaugh was an influential and controversial American radio talk show host, conservative political commentator, and author. Born on January 12, 1951, in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, he began his career in radio during the 1970s, adopting the name Rush Limbaugh in 1984. Limbaugh gained widespread recognition and popularity with his nationally syndicated talk show, “The Rush Limbaugh Show,” which began in 1988 and became one of the most listened-to radio programs in the United States. Known for his strong conservative views, brash style, and candid opinions, Limbaugh helped shape American political discourse for over three decades. He authored several best-selling books, including “The Way Things Ought to Be” and “See, I Told You So.” Despite facing numerous controversies, he remained a prominent figure in conservative politics until his death on February 17, 2021, after a battle with lung cancer.|
| Linkletter, Art – FBI Release #1 – [128 Pages, 112.5MB]
Linkletter, Art – FBI Release #2 (Cross References) – [47 Pages, 3MB] – Arthur Gordon “Art” Linkletter (born Arthur Gordon Kelly, or Gordon Arthur Kelley (sources differ), July 17, 1912 – May 26, 2010) was a Canadian-born American radio and television personality. He was the host of House Party, which ran on CBS radio and television for 25 years, and People Are Funny, on NBC radio and TV for 19 years. Linkletter was famous for interviewing children on House Party and Kids Say the Darndest Things, which led to a series of books quoting children. He became a naturalized United States citizen in 1942.
|Louie, Louie (The Song) [ 119 Pages, 6.41MB ] – In 1963, a rock group named the Kingsmen recorded the song “Louie, Louie.” The popularity of the song and difficulty in discerning the lyrics led some people to suspect the song was obscene. The FBI was asked to investigate whether or not those involved with the song violated laws against the interstate transportation of obscene material. The limited investigation lasted from February to May 1964 and discovered no evidence of obscenity.|
|Malden, Karl [7 Pages, 0.6MB] – Karl Malden (born Mladen George Sekulovich; March 22, 1912 – July 1, 2009) was an American actor. He was primarily a character actor who “for more than 60 years brought an intelligent intensity and a homespun authenticity to roles in theater, film and television”, especially in such classic films as A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) — for which he won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor — On the Waterfront (1954), Pollyanna (1960), and One-Eyed Jacks (1961). Malden also played in high-profile Hollywood films such as Baby Doll (1956), The Hanging Tree (1959), How the West Was Won (1962), Gypsy (1962) and Patton (1970). From 1972 to 1977, he portrayed Lt. Mike Stone in the prime time television crime drama The Streets of San Francisco. He was later the spokesman for American Express. Film and culture critic Charles Champlin described Malden as “an Everyman, but one whose range moved easily up and down the levels of society and the IQ scale, from heroes to heavies and ordinary, decent guys just trying to get along”, and at the time of his death, Malden was described as “one of the great character actors of his time” who created a number of “powerhouse performances on screen”. Malden was also President of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences from 1989 to 1992.|
Mansfield, Jayne [7 Pages, 2.8MB ] – Jayne Mansfield (born Vera Jayne Palmer; April 19, 1933 – June 29, 1967) was an American actress in film, theatre, and television. Mansfield became a major Broadway star in 1955, a major Hollywood star in 1956, and a leading celebrity in 1957. She was also a nightclub entertainer, a singer, and one of the early Playboy Playmates. She was a major Hollywood sex symbol of the 1950s and early 1960s and 20th Century Fox’s main sex symbol actress, along with Marilyn Monroe. She was also known for her well-publicized personal life and publicity stunts, such as wardrobe malfunctions.
Note: This is the first release, and consisted of the cross reference to Jayne Mansfield. Other documents are being processed, and will be added here when released.
| McQueen, Steve – FBI’s “Vault” Release – [40 Pages, 6.41MB]
McQueen, Steve – FBI’s Release #1 (Non-Vault Material – 2 Pages responsive which are entirely withheld) – [5 Pages, 6.41MB] – – Terence Steven “Steve” McQueen (March 24, 1930 – November 7, 1980) was an American actor. He was called “The King of Cool.” His “anti-hero” persona, developed at the height of the Vietnam counterculture, made him a top box-office draw of the 1960s and 1970s. McQueen received an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Sand Pebbles. His other popular films include The Thomas Crown Affair, Bullitt, The Getaway, and Papillon, as well as the all-star ensemble films The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, and The Towering Inferno. In 1974, he became the highest-paid movie star in the world, although he did not act in films again for four years. McQueen was combative with directors and producers, but his popularity placed him in high demand and enabled him to command large salaries.
|Mekas, Jonas [166 Pages, 12.5MB] – Jonas Mekas (December 24, 1922 – January 23, 2019) was a Lithuanian-American filmmaker, poet, and artist who has been called “the godfather of American avant-garde cinema” on many occasions. His work has been exhibited in museums and at festivals worldwide.|
|Monroe, Marilyn – [ File #1 | File #2 ] – This file contains accounts of publicity about Miss Monroe’s alleged affairs and speculation about the circumstances surrounding her death.|
|Page, Bettie [ 34 Pages, 4.16MB ] – Bettie Mae Page (1923-2008) was famous for her pin-up portraits and nude modeling. Although the FBI did not investigate Page, her name appeared in several FBI interstate transportation of obscene materials investigations, a San Francisco Field Office crime survey, and—in passing—a counterintelligence investigation. These materials are dated between 1947 and 1957.|
|Pardo, Dominick “Don” [ 28 Pages, 14.84MB ] – Dominick George “Don” Pardo (February 22, 1918 – August 18, 2014) was an American radio and television announcer whose career spanned more than seven decades. A member of the Television Hall of Fame, Pardo was noted for his 70-year tenure with NBC, working as the announcer for early incarnations of such notable shows as The Price Is Right, Jackpot, Jeopardy!, Three on a Match, Winning Streak and NBC Nightly News. His longest, and best-known, announcing job was for NBC’s Saturday Night Live, a job he held for 39 seasons, from the show’s debut in 1975 until his death in 2014.|
|Pavarotti, Luciano [51 Pages, 2.5MB] – Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian operatic tenor who also crossed over into popular music, eventually becoming one of the most commercially successful tenors of all time. He made numerous recordings of complete operas and individual arias, gaining worldwide fame for the quality of his tone, and eventually established himself as one of the finest tenors of the 20th century, achieving the honorific title “king of the high C’s”.|
|Presley, Elvis – [ File #1 | File #2 | File #3 | File #4 | File #5 | File #6 | File #7 | File #8 | File #9| File #10 | File #11 | File #12 ] – Although Elvis Presley was not personally the subject of an FBI investigation, the FBI maintains records filed under his name comprising over 600 pages. These records consist of copies of letters from members of the public commenting on his performances, newspaper clippings, and documents reporting that Mr. Presley was the target of extortion attempts.|
|Prince [8 Pages, 0.8MB] – Prince Rogers Nelson (June 7, 1958 – April 21, 2016) was an American singer-songwriter, actor, multi-instrumentalist, philanthropist, dancer and record producer. He was a musical innovator who was known for his eclectic work, flamboyant stage presence, extravagant dress and makeup, and wide vocal range. His music integrates a wide variety of styles, including funk, rock, R&B, new wave, soul, psychedelia, and pop. He has sold over 100 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He won seven Grammy Awards, an American Music Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the film Purple Rain. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004, his first year of eligibility. Rolling Stone ranked Prince at number 27 on its list of 100 Greatest Artists, “the most influential artists of the rock & roll era”.|
|Pyne, Joe [8 Pages, 0.8MB] – Joe Pyne (December 22, 1924 – March 23, 1970) was an American radio and television talk show host, who pioneered the confrontational style in which the host advocates a viewpoint and argues with guests and audience members. He was an influence on other major talk show hosts such as Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Wally George, Alan Burke, Chris Matthews, Morton Downey Jr., Bob Grant, and Michael Savage.|
|Robeson, Paul – [ File #1 84.04MB | File #2 102.10MB | File #3 60.84MB ] – [ 2,840 Total Pages ] – Paul Leroy Robeson (April 9, 1898 – January 23, 1976) was an African-American singer and actor who became involved with the Civil Rights Movement. At university, he was an outstanding American football player, then had an international career in singing, as well as acting in theater and cinema. He became politically involved in response to the Spanish Civil War, Fascism, and social injustices. His advocacy of anti-imperialism, affiliation with Communism, and his criticism of the US government caused him to be blacklisted during McCarthyism. Ill health forced him into retirement from his career. He remained an advocate of the unpopular political stances he took until his death.|
|Rogers, Will – [ File #1 ] – William Penn Adair “Will” Rogers (November 4, 1879 – August 15, 1935) was an American cowboy, vaudeville performer, humorist, newspaper columnist, social commentator, and stage and motion picture actor. He became one of the most famous American media stars during the 1920s and 1930s.|
|Schulz, Charles – [20 Pages, 12MB] – Charles Monroe “Sparky” Schulz (November 26, 1922 – February 12, 2000) was an American cartoonist and creator of the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy, among many others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited by many cartoonists as a major influence, including by cartoonists such as Jim Davis, Bill Watterson, Matt Groening, and Dav Pilkey.|
|Seeger, Pete – [1,732 Pages, 108MB] – Peter “Pete” Seeger (May 3, 1919 – January 27, 2014) was an American folk singer and social activist. A fixture on nationwide radio in the 1940s, he also had a string of hit records during the early 1950s as a member of the Weavers, most notably their recording of Lead Belly’s “Goodnight, Irene”, which topped the charts for 13 weeks in 1950. Members of the Weavers were blacklisted during the McCarthy Era. In the 1960s, he re-emerged on the public scene as a prominent singer of protest music in support of international disarmament, civil rights, counterculture and environmental causes.|
|Serling, Rod – [40 Pages, 17.4MB] – Rodman Edward “Rod” Serling (December 25, 1924 – June 28, 1975) was an American screenwriter, playwright, television producer, and narrator known for his live television dramas of the 1950s and his science-fiction anthology TV series, The Twilight Zone. Serling was active in politics, both on and off the screen, and helped form television industry standards. He was known as the “angry young man” of Hollywood, clashing with television executives and sponsors over a wide range of issues including censorship, racism, and war.|
| Silverstein, Morton – FBI Release #1 – [16 Pages, 2.2MB]
Silverstein, Morton – FBI Release #2 – [96 Pages, 7MB] –
Silverstein, Morton – FBI Release #3 – [9 Pages, 7MB] – Morton Silverstein was born on December 6, 1929 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Rascal Dazzle (1980), Television in America: An Autobiography (2002) and NET Journal (1966). He was married to Rita Katz. He died on October 8, 2016 in Manhattan, New York.
|Smith, Anna Nicole – [17 Pages, 2MB] – Anna Nicole Smith was an American model, actress and television personality. Smith first gained popularity in Playboy magazine when she won the title of 1993 Playmate of the Year. She modeled for fashion companies, including Guess, H&M, and Heatherette. Smith dropped out of high school in 1984, married in 1985 and divorced in 1993. In 1994, her highly publicized second marriage to 89-year-old billionaire J. Howard Marshall resulted in speculation that she married him for his money, which she denied. Following Marshall’s death in 1995, Smith began a lengthy legal battle over a share of his estate. Her cases reached the Supreme Court of the United States: Marshall v. Marshall on a question of federal jurisdiction and Stern v. Marshall on a question of bankruptcy court authority. Smith died in February 2007 in a Hollywood, Florida hotel room as a result of an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. In the months leading up to her death, Smith was the focus of renewed press coverage surrounding the death of her son, Daniel, and the paternity and custody battle over her newborn daughter, Dannielynn Birkhead.|
|Taylor, Elizabeth [ 154 Pages, 8.87MB ] – Elizabeth Rosemond “Liz” Taylor (1932-2011) was a famous Hollywood actress. This release consist of 154 pages of files from the years 1949 to 1987. These files detail multiple extortion attempts against Taylor that the Bureau investigated over the years.|
Temple (Black), Shirley [ 413 Pages, 20.9MB ] – Shirley Temple Black (1928-2014) was a well known actress and political appointee in several administrations. This release consists of a 1969 background investigation made when Ms. Black was under consideration for executive appointment. Also included are two small files regarding threats made against Ms. Black.
|This is Your FBI [ 45 Pages, 13.95MB ] – This Is Your FBI was a radio crime drama which aired in the United States on ABC from April 6, 1945 to January 30, 1953 for a total of 409 shows. FBI chief J. Edgar Hoover gave it his endorsement, calling it “the finest dramatic program on the air”. Producer-director Jerry Devine was given access to FBI files by Hoover, and the resulting dramatizations of FBI cases were narrated by Frank Lovejoy (1945), Dean Carleton (1946–1947) and William Woodson (1948–1953). Stacy Harris played the lead role of fictional Special Agent Jim Taylor. Others in the cast were William Conrad, Bea Benaderet and Jay C. Flippen|
Thompson, Fred [162 Pages, 79.6MB ] – Fred Dalton Thompson (born Freddie Dalton Thompson; August 19, 1942 – November 1, 2015) was an American politician, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, film and television actor, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing Tennessee from 1994 to 2003, as well as a GOP presidential candidate in 2008. Thompson served as chairman of the International Security Advisory Board at the United States Department of State, was a member of the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission, a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and was a Visiting Fellow with the American Enterprise Institute, specializing in national security and intelligence. As an actor, Thompson appeared in a number of movies and television shows as well as in commercials. He frequently portrayed governmental figures. In the final months of his U.S. Senate term in 2002, Thompson joined the cast of the long-running NBC television series Law & Order, playing Manhattan District Attorney Arthur Branch.
Per the letter from the FBI, “Records 161-WF-15433 and 161-ME-711 which may be responsive to your FOIA request, were destroyed on December 12, 2009 and November 4, 2010.” In addition, there were more files, however, they could not be located. “Additionally, for your information, a search of the indices to our Central Records System reflected there was an additional record potentially responsive to your FOIA request. We have attempted to obtain this material so it could be reviewed to determine whether it was responsive to your request. We were advised that the potentially responsive record was not in their expected location and could not be located after a reasonable search. Following a reasonable waiting period, another attempt was made to obtain this material. This search for the missing record also met with unsuccessful results.”
|Tupac Shakur [102 Pages, 5.6MB] – Tupac Amaru Shakur (1971-1996) was an American rap music artist. This release consists of a 1997 investigation into allegations that extortionate death threats had been made against Shakur and another rap artist by a domestic terrorist group.|
| Valenti, Jack – FBI Release #1 – [585 Pages, 5.6MB]
Valenti, Jack – FBI Release #2 – [8 Pages, 3.3MB]
Valenti, Jack – CIA Release – [3 Pages, 0.6MB]
Valenti, Jack – State Department Release – [4 Pages, 0.6MB]
Valenti, Jack – Executive Office for United States Attorneys Release- [ 4 Pages, 1.0MB ] – This office claims all 9 pages are exempt from release and classified.Jack Joseph Valenti (September 5, 1921 – April 26, 2007) was a longtime president of the Motion Picture Association of America. During his 38-year tenure in the MPAA, he created the MPAA film rating system, and he was generally regarded as one of the most influential pro-copyright lobbyists in the world. Valenti served as liaison with the news media during the November 22, 1963 visit of President John F. Kennedy and Vice-President Lyndon B. Johnson to Dallas, Texas, and Valenti was in the presidential motorcade. Following the assassination of President Kennedy, Valenti was present in the famous photograph of Lyndon Johnson’s swearing in aboard Air Force One, and flew with the new president to Washington. Please note: Valenti’s FBI file came in multiple parts. I combined them for easy downloading, but kept the bookmarks accessible, so you can jump from file to file. Just check the bookmark list on the .PDF to see how it was sent to me.
|Vaughn, Robert Francis [87 Pages, 48.9MB] – Robert Francis Vaughn (November 22, 1932 – November 11, 2016) was an American actor noted for his stage, film and television work. His best-known TV roles include suave spy Napoleon Solo in the 1960s series The Man from U.N.C.L.E.; wealthy detective Harry Rule in the 1970s series The Protectors; Morgan Wendell in the 1978–79 mini series “Centennial”; formidable General Hunt Stockwell in the 5th season of the 1980s series The A-Team; and grifter and card sharp Albert Stroller in the British television drama series Hustle (2004–2012), for all but one of its 48 episodes. He also appeared in the British soap opera Coronation Street as Milton Fanshaw, a love interest for Sylvia Goodwin between January and February 2012. Additional documents that may have pertained to Vaughn, were destroyed on August 17, 2015.|
|Wayne, John – Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director, and producer. An Academy Award-winner for True Grit (1969), Wayne was among the top box office draws for three decades. An enduring American icon, for several generations of Americans he epitomized rugged masculinity and is famous for his demeanor, including his distinctive calm voice, walk, and height.|
|Welles, George Orson [ 194 Pages, 8.94MB ] – George Orson Welles (1915-1985) was an American actor, director and producer. Mr. Welles was investigated for his potential ties to communist activities in 1940’s Hollywood. This file ranges from 1941-1949, and includes one document from 1976.|
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