Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Tom Howard (1885, comedian/host of radio’s It Pays to Be Ignorant)

Bobby Clark (1888, vaudeville comedian, one-half of Clark & McCullough)

Stan Laurel (pictured, 1890, TDOY god/comedian, one-half of a famous comedy team—the name of which escapes me at the moment)

Lupino Lane, (1892, underrated silent film comedian and first cousin to Ida Lupino)

Ona Munson (1903, character actress who appeared on radio’s Big Town)

Jack Albertson (1907, actor-comedian, star of TV sitcom Chico and the Man)

Whip Wilson (1911, B-Western cowboy star)

Frances Rafferty (1922, actress and co-star on TV sitcom December Bride)

Faith Domergue (1924, actress and one-time Howard Hughes squeeze)

Ramon Bieri (1929, character actor who appeared on TV’s Room 222, Sarge, Joe’s World, Bret Maverick and St. Elsewhere)

Pauline Yates (1929, 81, actress and co-star on TV Britcom The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin)

Vilmos Zsigmond (1930, 80, Oscar-winning cinematographer of Close Encounters of the Third Kind)

David “Little Caesar” Johnson (1934, 76, lead singer of Little Caesar and the Romans)

Bill Cobbs (1934, 76, character actor who appeared in TV series like The Slap Maxwell Story, I’ll Fly Away and The Drew Carey Show)

James Bolam (1938, 72, actor and star of TV Britcoms The Likely Lads, Only When I Laugh and Second Thoughts)

Lamont Dozier (1941, 69, incredible Motown singer-songwriter-producer)

Joan Van Ark (1943, 67, actress and star of TV’s Temperatures Rising and Knots Landing)

Valerie Mahaffey (1953, 57, character actress who appeared in TV series The Powers That Be, Northern Exposure, Wings and Desperate Housewives)

(Note: I went and changed the format of this feature because it was getting harder and harder to choose whose birthdays to highlight when I had a myriad of great choices. Also, if there’s a number after the individual’s year of birth—that’s how old they are today…but if there isn’t, they still haven’t been forgotten in those Thrilling Days of Yesteryear.)

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