Friday, June 25, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

George Abbott (1887, Broadway-film writer/director/producer [Too Many Girls, The Pajama Game, Damn Yankees])

Charlotte Greenwood (1893, rubber-limbed character great in films like Parlor, Bedroom and Bath, Springtime in the Rockies and Oklahoma!)

Basil Radford (1897, English comic actor and “Charters” to Naunton Wayne’s “Caldicott” [The Lady Vanishes, Night Train to Munich])

Arthur Tracy (1899, Street Singer)

Anne Revere (1903, pictured, TDOY blacklisted actress fave in films like Body and Soul, Gentleman’s Agreement and A Place in the Sun)

Reed Hadley (1911, film actor [Zorro’s Fighting Legion] and narrator [The House on 92nd Street, Boomerang!] famous for his starring roles on TV’s Racket Squad and Public Defender)

Peter Lind Hayes (1915, singer-comedian best remembered as Mr. Zabladowski in The 5,000 Fingers of Dr. T)

Sidney Lumet (1924, 86, TDOY film director fave [12 Angry Men, The Pawnbroker, The Verdict])

June Lockhart (1925, 85, television icon [Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction] and TDOY Facebook pal)

Alex Toth (1928, veteran artist/animator instrumental in assisting in the creation of Hanna-Barbera characters like Jonny Quest, Space Ghost and The Herculoids)

George Murdock (1930, 80, character great in films like The Mack, Willie Dynamite and Chuck Norris Ate My Baby Blogathon entry Breaker! Breaker!)

Eddie Floyd (1935, 75, R&B singer-songwriter [Knock on Wood, 634-5789])

Harold Melvin (1936, lead Blue Note)

Floyd Mutrux (1941, 69, film director [Dusty and Sweets McGee, American Hot Wax, There Goes My Baby])

Gary David Goldberg (1944, 66, television writer-producer and creator of classic sitcoms Family Ties, Brooklyn Bridge and Spin City)

Carly Simon (1945, 65, non-vain pop vocalist)

Kristin Harmon (1945, 65, famous daughter-in-law of Ozzie and Harriet Nelson, sister of Mark and mother to Tracy)

Jimmie Walker (1947, 63, Dyn-o-Mite comedian and television icon [Good Times, Bustin’ Loose])

Michael Lembeck (1948, 62, iconic television actor-director [One Day at a Time, Foley Square], Kaptain Kool and son of Harvey)

Brenda Sykes (1949, 61, underrated actress [Pretty Maids All in a Row, Skin Game] who was not Ozzie and Harriet’s daughter-in-law but who moved into Ricky’s old room on Ozzie’s Girls]

Kene Holliday (1949, 61, television actor [Carter Country, Matlock] whom my father mistakenly confuses with actor Dennis Haysbert)

Chloe Webb (1956, 54, TDOY actress fave [Sid and Nancy, China Beach, Tales of the City])

Erica Gimpel (1964, 46, television actress [Fame—“the poor man’s Irene Cara”, Profiler, ER])

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