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Net Worth$300 million
Date Of Birth1941
FactPortrayed a number of famous historical figures in several Warner Bros. shorts during his long career, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee. The film Give Me Liberty (1936) with Litel as Henry won an Academy Award for best short. In it he managed to recite a long and complicated speech in one take. His short film on Jefferson entitled The Declaration of Independence (1938) also won an Oscar.

Pleasant Rowland is an American educator, author, and businesswoman. She is the founder of the American Girl doll franchise.

Rowland was born on October 13, 1943, in Buffalo, New York. She is the only child of John and Ruth Rowland. Her father was an engineer and her mother was a homemaker. Rowland’s parents divorced when she was four years old, and she was raised by her mother.

Rowland attended public schools in Buffalo and graduated from high school in 1961. She then enrolled at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. Rowland graduated from Allegheny College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in English.

After college, Rowland taught English at a high school in Chicago for two years. She then returned to her hometown of Buffalo and took a job as a reporter for the Buffalo Evening News. In 1968, Rowland married Robert N. American Girl was founded in 1986 with the release of the first doll, Samantha Parkington. The company has since released dolls representing different periods and cultures, as well as books, movies, and other products.

Rowland has been married three times. She has two daughters from her first marriage, which ended in divorce. Rowland has been married to American businessman Michael J. Shore since 1992.

Rowland has an estimated net worth of $400 million.

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Full NamePleasant Rowland
Net Worth$300 million
Date Of Birth1941
ProfessionEntrepreneur, Writer, Businessperson
EducationWells College

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1His body was donated to University of Southern California.
2Retired in 1967 due to ill health.
3Portrayed a number of famous historical figures in several Warner Bros. shorts during his long career, including Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Robert E. Lee. The film Give Me Liberty (1936) with Litel as Henry won an Academy Award for best short. In it he managed to recite a long and complicated speech in one take. His short film on Jefferson entitled The Declaration of Independence (1938) also won an Oscar.




Gambling on the High Seas1940U.S. District Attorney
Murder in the Air1940Saxby
Men Without Souls1940Reverend Thomas Storm
Flight Angels1940Dr. Barclay
An Angel from Texas1940Quigley
It All Came True1940Mr. Roberts
Virginia City1940Marshall
Castle on the Hudson1940Chaplain
The Fighting 69th1940Captain Mangan
A Child Is Born1939Dr. Brett
The Return of Doctor X1939Dr. Francis Flegg
One Hour to Live1939Rudolph Spain
On Dress Parade1939Col. Michael Riker
Dust Be My Destiny1939Prosecutor
Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase1939Carson Drew
Nancy Drew... Trouble Shooter1939Carson Drew
Dodge City1939Matt Cole
On Trial1939Robert Strickland
You Can't Get Away with Murder1939Attorney Carey
Secret Service of the Air1939Saxby
Nancy Drew... Reporter1939Carson Drew
Wings of the Navy1939Commander Clark
Comet Over Broadway1938Bill Appleton
The Declaration of Independence1938ShortThomas Jefferson
Nancy Drew: Detective1938Carson Drew
Broadway Musketeers1938Stanley 'Stan' Dowling
Valley of the Giants1938Hendricks
The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse1938Prosecuting Attorney
My Bill1938John Rudlin
Little Miss Thoroughbred1938Nelson 'Nails' Morgan
Over the Wall1938Father Neil Connor
Love, Honor and Behave1938Jim Blake
Jezebel1938Jean La Cour
A Slight Case of Murder1938Post
Gold Is Where You Find It1938Ralph Ferris
Missing Witnesses1937Inspector Lane
The Man Without a Country1937ShortLt. Philip Nolan
Alcatraz Island1937Garrett Sloane aka 'Gat' Brady
Back in Circulation1937Dr. Eugene Forde
The Life of Emile Zola1937Charpentier
Slim1937Wyatt Ranstead
Marked Woman1937Gordon
Midnight Court1937Victor Shanley
Black Legion1937Tommy Smith
Give Me Liberty1936ShortPatrick Henry
Fugitive in the Sky1936Mike Phelan - aka Roger Johnson
Wayward1932Robert 'Bob' Daniels
On the Border1930Dave (as John B. Litel)
Oh Darling!1930Short
Don't Believe It1930Short
Always Faithful1929ShortWayne (as John B. Litel)
Finders Keepers1929Short as John B. Litel
The Flattering Word1929ShortDr. Loring Wrigley
The Sleeping Porch1929Short
The Road West1967TV SeriesJudge
Nevada Smith1966Doctor
The Sons of Katie Elder1965Minister
The Virginian1963-1965TV SeriesWade Hammill / Lawyer / Finley
Branded1965TV SeriesGen. James Reed
Vacation Playhouse1964TV SeriesAlbert P. Leviathan
Wagon Train1964TV SeriesDr. Phineas Burke
The Gun Hawk1963Drunk - Madden's father
Route 661963TV SeriesMr. School
The Dick Powell Theatre1962-1963TV SeriesFloyd Maxwell
Rawhide1961-1962TV SeriesJames Whitcomb / Jim Rye
Wide Country1962TV SeriesFred Winkler
Cheyenne1959-1962TV SeriesMike Ainley / Vincent Claiborn
77 Sunset Strip1958-1962TV SeriesDistinguished Visitor / Cyrus Blanton / Colonel Richard Gaunt
Hazel1962TV SeriesMr. Wheeler
Perry Mason1962TV SeriesJudge
Lover Come Back1961Williams, Ad Council Board Member (uncredited)
Pocketful of Miracles1961Police Inspector McCrary
Bonanza1959-1961TV SeriesMayor George Goshen / Judge Jeremy Clarence Billington
Have Gun - Will Travel1961TV SeriesSheriff John Armstedder
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea1961Vice-Adm. B.J. Crawford
Stagecoach West1960-1961TV SeriesDan Murchison
General Electric Theater1954-1960TV SeriesFrank Hobbs / Phillip Saunders
Shotgun Slade1960TV Seriesthe Sheriff
Lock Up1960TV SeriesHarvey Calder
Bronco1960TV SeriesMarshal Matt Sample
Wanted: Dead or Alive1958-1960TV SeriesClint Davis / Asa Morgan / Judge George Healy
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp1960TV SeriesCapt. David Rowland
Maverick1957-1960TV SeriesEllsworth Greeley / Judge Somervell / Judge Joshua Thayer
Hawaiian Eye1960TV SeriesEdward DeLong
Zorro1958-1959TV SeriesThe Governor
The Restless Gun1958-1959TV SeriesTom Cauter / Father Luke / McClelland Burke
Sugarfoot1957-1959TV SeriesArchie Crenshaw / Hank Tatum
Zane Grey Theater1959TV SeriesSheriff Martin Calder
Cimarron City1958TV SeriesJudge Platt
Houseboat1958Mr. William Farnsworth
Climax!1958TV SeriesJudge
Trackdown1958TV SeriesJudge Henry
Colt .451958TV SeriesHosea Tillery
Hey, Jeannie!1958TV SeriesMr. Mears
Decision at Sundown1957Charles Summerton
The Hired Gun1957Mace Beldon
Date with the Angels1957TV SeriesMr. Taylor
Tales of Wells Fargo1957TV SeriesFloyd Schaeffer
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour1957TV SeriesSheriff
Runaway Daughters1956George Barton
Chevron Hall of Stars1956TV SeriesDunthorpe
Star Stage1956TV Series
Comanche1956Gen. Nelson A. Miles
The Wild Dakotas1956Morgan Wheeler
Texas Lady1955Meade Moore
Cavalcade of America1952-1955TV SeriesDr. Silkworth
The Kentuckian1955Pleasant Tuesday Babson
The Man Behind the Badge1955TV SeriesPostal Investigator Pauling
Double Jeopardy1955Emmett Devery
The Star and the Story1955TV SeriesEmery Summers
Crown Theatre with Gloria Swanson1954-1955TV Series
I Love Lucy1954TV SeriesHarvey Cromwell
Sitting Bull1954Gen. Wilford Howell
Lux Video Theatre1954TV SeriesDr. Robbins
City Detective1954TV SeriesJeff
Four Star Playhouse1953TV SeriesMayor / Van Alten
Jack Slade1953Judge Davidson
My Hero1952-1953TV SeriesMr. Willis Thackery / Willis Thackery / Mr. Thackery
Montana Belle1952Matt Towner
Scaramouche1952Dr. Dubuque
Jet Job1952Sam Bentley
Gruen Guild Theater1952TV Series
Flight to Mars1951Dr. Lane
Two Dollar Bettor1951John Hewitt
Little Egypt1951Shuster
Take Care of My Little Girl1951John Erickson (uncredited)
The Texas Rangers1951Major John B. Jones
The Groom Wore Spurs1951Uncle George
Cuban Fireball1951Pomeroy Sr.
The Fuller Brush Girl1950Mr. Watkins
Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye1950Police Chief Sam Tolgate
Woman in Hiding1950John Chandler
The Sundowners1950John Gall
Mary Ryan, Detective1949Police Captain Billings
Rusty's Birthday1949Hugh Mitchell
The Gal Who Took the West1949Colonel Logan
Outpost in Morocco1949Col. Pascal
Rusty Saves a Life1949Hugh Mitchell
Shamrock Hill1949Ralph Judson
The Valiant Hombre1948Lon Lansdell
Rusty Leads the Way1948Hugh Mitchell
Triple Threat1948Coach Snyder
Pitfall1948District Attorney
Key Largo1948Dispatcher (uncredited)
I, Jane Doe1948Horton
Smart Woman1948Clark
My Dog Rusty1948Hugh Mitchell
Curiosity Shop: The Story of the Aluminum Research Laboratory1948Short
Cass Timberlane1947Webb Wargate
Christmas Eve1947Joe Bland, FBI Agent
Heaven Only Knows1947Reverend Wainwright
The Guilty1947Alex Tremholt
The Beginning or the End1947K.T. Keller
Easy Come, Easy Go1947Tom Clancy
Lighthouse1947Hank Armitage
Swell Guy1946Arthur Tyler
Sister Kenny1946Medical Director
The Return of Rusty1946Hugh Mitchell
She Wrote the Book1946Dean Fowler
Night in Paradise1946Archon
The Madonna's Secret1946Police Lt. Roberts
Smooth as Silk1946Stephen Elliott
San Antonio1945Charlie Bell
The Enchanted Forest1945Ed Henderson
Northwest Trail1945Sergeant Means
The Daltons Ride Again1945Mitchael J. 'Mike' Bohannon
The Crimson Canary1945Roger Quinn
The Crime Doctor's Warning1945Inspector Dawes
Salome Where She Danced1945General Lee
Brewster's Millions1945Swearengen Jones
Lake Placid Serenade1944Walter Benda
Faces in the Fog1944Dr. Mason
Murder in the Blue Room1944Frank Baldrich
My Buddy1944Father Jim Donnelly
Henry Aldrich's Little Secret1944Mr. Sam Aldrich
Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid1944Mr. Sam Aldrich
Henry Aldrich, Boy Scout1944Mr. Sam Aldrich
Where Are Your Children?1943Judge Edmonds
Henry Aldrich Haunts a House1943Mr. Sam Aldrich
So Proudly We Hail!1943Dr. Harrison
Submarine Base1943James Xavier 'Jim' Taggart
Henry Aldrich Swings It1943Mr. Sam Aldrich
Crime Doctor1943Emilio Caspari
Henry Aldrich Gets Glamour1943Mr. Sam Aldrich
Murder in Times Square1943Dr. Blaine
Paramount Victory Short No. T2-4: The Aldrich Family Gets in the Scrap1943ShortMr. Aldrich
Madame Spy1942Peter Rolf
The Boss of Big Town1942Michael Lynn
Henry Aldrich, Editor1942Mr. Sam Aldrich
Invisible Agent1942John Gardiner
Men of Texas1942Colonel Colbert Scott
For the Common Defense!1942ShortSubprefect Santiago Castillo
Henry and Dizzy1942Mr. Aldrich
A Desperate Chance for Ellery Queen1942Norman Hadley
Mystery of Marie Roget1942M. Henri Beauvais
Kid Glove Killer1942Matty
Mississippi Gambler1942Jim Hadley aka Francis Carvel
Soldiers in White1942ShortMaj. Charles Anthony
Don Winslow of the Navy1942Spencer Merlin
Sealed Lips1942Fred M. Morton / Mike Rofano
They Died with Their Boots On1941General Phil Sheridan
Henry Aldrich for President1941Mr. Aldrich
Thieves Fall Out1941Tim Gordon
The Big Boss1941Bob Dugan
The Great Mr. Nobody1941John Wade
The Trial of Mary Dugan1941Mr. West
Father's Son1941William Emory
March On, Marines1940ShortColonel Myers
Santa Fe Trail1940Martin
Lady with Red Hair1940Charles Bryant
Father Is a Prince1940Dr. Mark Stone
Knute Rockne All American1940Committee Chairman
Money and the Woman1940Jerremy 'Jerry ' Helm, Bank Manager
They Drive by Night1940Harry McNamara
The Man Who Talked Too Much1940District Attorney Dickson


Nancy Drew... Reporter1939performer: "Pretty Baby" 1916, "Good Night, Ladies" - uncredited


Rendezvous in Space1964Documentary shortPriest on street (uncredited)
Divide and Conquer1943DocumentaryNarrator (uncredited)
Breakdowns of 19381938Documentary shortInspector Lane (Missing Witnesses outtakes) (uncredited)

Archive Footage

Hollywood Out-takes and Rare Footage1983DocumentaryHimself (uncredited)
Branded1965TV SeriesGen. James Reed
My Country 'Tis of Thee1950Documentary shortPatrick Henry (uncredited)
March On, America!1942ShortPatrick Henry (uncredited)
The Tanks Are Coming1941ShortThomas Jefferson
The Bill of Rights1939ShortPatrick Henry (edited from "Give Me Liberty") (uncredited)
Old Glory1939ShortPatrick Henry (uncredited)
Land of Liberty1939

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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