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    Navy Veteran and ‘King of B-Movies’ Roger Corman Dies at 98

    Navy Veteran and ‘King of B-Movies' Roger Corman Dies at 98

    You might have heard the name Roger Corman or you might have a passing familiarity with his films. What you may not know is that, following his service during the end of World War II, he was responsible not just for cult classics such as “Little Shop of Horrors,” “A Bucket of Blood” and “The Wild Angels,” but for bringing some of America's most beloved movie stars to fame.

    The passing of Corman, who died at his Santa Monica, California, home on May 9, 2024, is the passing of a Hollywood legend.

    Born April 5, 1926, in Detroit, Corman grew up training to become an engineer. He was 15 years old when the United States entered World War II in 1941 and spent a year at Stanford University before transferring to the University of to study engineering as a Navy cadet under the V-12 College Training Program, which was designed to train young college students as officers with technical experience for future service. Corman, as an engineering student, was a prime candidate for the program.

    World War II would end before Corman would see any action against the Japanese, but he stayed on in the program until 1946, when he returned to Stanford to finish his degree. There was just one problem: He didn't want to be an engineer. When he graduated in 1947, he worked just four days at Electric Motors before quitting and going to work as a messenger at 20th Century Fox.

    It wasn't his job as a messenger that earned Corman his…

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