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Jimmy Bangley

7/11/1956 - 12/7/2004
Hollywood, CA

Jimmy Bangley, 48, who worked in the Writer's Guild Library for over five years, collapsed and died on Tuesday, December 7, 2004, at his home in Hollywood after suffering a short illness. His enthusiasm for films and film history touched the lives of hundreds of friends and colleagues.


Bangley was an actor, writer and film historian and a direct descendant of Tallulah Bankhead. He was born in Suffolk, Virginia, on July 11, 1956, and first came to Hollywood in 1975 where he soon was cast in a recurring role as one of the "Sweathogs" on Welcome Back Kotter. Bangley appeared in dozens of plays including the cult favorite, "Bob's Office Party," and this past summer in "Enemy of the People" in Los Angeles. He made over 100 television appearances as both an actor and film historian. His most recent film was a featured role in the Faye Dunaway-directed Yellow Bird, and had been cast in her upcoming version of Master Class.  Bangley's articles on film history appeared in a variety of magazines and he was working on a book on the silent film star Barbara LaMarr when he died.


He is survived by his parents, a brother, and a sister, all of Virginia.


-Cari Beauchamp

Memorial Service: Saturday, January 8, 2005, at 12:00noon, at the Hollywood Funeral Home Chapel, located on the grounds of Hollywood Forever Cemetery, 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California 90038.

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