Bruce Yarnell Poster


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Overview (4)

Born in Los Angeles, California, USA
Died in California, USA  (plane crash)
Birth NameBruce Altomari Yarnell
Height 6' 5" (1.96 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Bruce Yarnell was born on December 28, 1935 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Bruce Altomari Yarnell. He was an actor, known for Irma la Douce (1963), The Legend of Robin Hood (1968) and Bonanza (1959). He was married to Joan Patenaude and Frances L. Chadwick. He died on November 30, 1973 in California.

Spouse (2)

Joan Patenaude (15 July 1972 - 30 November 1973) ( his death)
Frances L. Chadwick (25 May 1957 - 1971) ( divorced)

Trivia (9)

His widow, singer/voice teacher Joan Patenaude Yarnell, began the Bruce Yarnell Scholarship in his name, to award young baritones, and presides as one of the judges.
Sang baritone roles at the San Francisco Opera from 1971 until his death.
Brother of Lorene Yarnell Jansson and Richard Yarnell.
Debuting on Broadway in the musical "The Happiest Girl in the World,", ruggedly handsome Bruce later played a number of the big, brawny, popular baritone singing roles on stage: Curly in "Oklahoma!," Billy Bigelow in "Carousel," Petruchio in "Kiss Me Kate" and Frank Butler in a Broadway revival of "Annie Get Your Gun" starring Ethel Merman.
Once was a regular featured vocalist for the Earl Carroll's Theater nightclub on Sunset and Vine in L.A.
Bruce was at the controls of his small-craft private plane when it crashed into the Santa Monica Mountains shortly after taking off from LAX. He was on his way to perform at the San Francisco Opera Company. Both Bruce and two passengers, David and Teri Wirsching, were killed.
Graduate of Hollywood High School.
Ex-brother-in-law of Robert Shields.
Father: Harold Earl Yarnell; Mother: Marie Frances Altomari.

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