Thursday, June 17, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Grant Mitchell (1874, character great in films like Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and The Man Who Came to Dinner)

Russell Simpson (1880, character great in films like Drums Along the Mohawk and The Grapes of Wrath)

C. Henry Gordon (1884, villainous character actor in films like Gabriel Over the White House and The Charge of the Light Brigade)

Louise Fazenda (1895, pictured, underrated silent/sound film comedienne in films like Faro Nell and Rain or Shine)

Ralph Bellamy (1904, actor in films like His Girl Friday and Rosemary’s Baby; star of television’s Man Against Crime)

Red Foley (1910, country music legend with hits including Chattanooga Shoe Shine Boy and Satisfied Mind; part-time actor on TV’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)

David “Stringbean” Ackerman (1915, country music banjoist/comedian and featured Hee Haw regular)

Kathleen Hite (1917, outstanding radio [Gunsmoke, Fort Laramie] and television [The Guns of Will Sonnett, The Waltons] writer)

Patrick Crenshaw (1919, character great in films [Old School—“You’re my boy, Blue!”] and television [Alice, AfterMASH])

Peter Lupus (1932, 78, character actor in films [Muscle Beach Party] and television [Mission: Impossible, Police Squad!])

James Shigeta (1933, 77, actor in films [The Crimson Kimono, Flower Drum Song] and television [Medical Center, Beverly Hills 90210])

Ken Loach (1936, 74, left-wing film director of films such as Hidden Agenda, Ladybird Ladybird and Land and Freedom)

Gerry “Dickey Doo” Granahan (1939, 71, lead singer of Dickey Doo and the Don’ts [Nee Nee Na Na Na Na Nu Nu])

Jon Gries (1957, 53, character actor in films [Real Genius, Running Scared] and television [Martin, The Pretender])

Thomas Haden Church (1960, 50, character actor on television [Wings, Ned and Stacey] and in films [Tombstone, Sideways])

Erin and Diane Murphy (1964, 46, twin child actresses who appeared as Tabitha Stevens on television’s Bewitched)

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