Saturday, June 26, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Ernest Torrance (1878, silent film villain in films like The Hunchback of Notre Dame, Peter Pan and Steamboat Bill, Jr.)

Jeanne Eagels (1890, Broadway/film actress who appeared in early sound films like The Letter and Jealousy)

Zion Myers (1898, director/producer/writer whose longtime collaboration with Jules White resulted in the abysmal M-G-M “Dogville” two-reelers and many of the Columbia comedy shorts)

Peter Lorre (1904, pictured, TDOY idol who appeared in scads of films such as M, The Maltese Falcon and Casablanca; the silver screen’s Mr. Moto)

Joan Harrison (1908, film writer-producer [Nocturne, Ride the Pink Horse] who also served as associate producer on Alfred Hitchcock Presents and executive producer on The Alfred Hitchcock Hour)

“Colonel” Tom Parker (1909, manager of country singers Eddy Arnold and Hank Snow; major Elvis exploiter)

Jack Moyles (1913, radio actor best known for his roles on Rocky Jordan and Fort Laramie)

Richard L. Breen (1918, writer whose long collaboration with TDOY god Jack Webb resulted in Pat Novak for Hire, Dragnet and Pete Kelly’s Blues)

Eleanor Parker (1922, 88, TDOY actress fave who appeared in films like Caged, Detective Story and The Man with the Golden Arm)

Richard Bull (1924, 86, television character great best known for his roles on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea [the Seaview’s physician] and Little House on the Prairie [Nels Oleson])

Richard X. Slattery (1925, vital television utility player with a gazillion credits, including regular roles on The Gallant Men, Mister Roberts and C.P.O. Sharkey)

Dave Grusin (1934, 76, music composer best known for the TV themes to The Ghost and Mrs. Muir, It Takes a Thief, The Bold Ones, Baretta and St. Elsewhere)

Billy Davis, Jr. (1938, 72, leader of the Fifth Dimension and husband/duet partner to Marilyn McCoo)

Georgie Fame (1943, 67, Blue Flame [Yeh Yeh, The Ballad of Bonnie and Clyde])

Pamela Bellwood (1951, 59, television actress best known as Claudia Blaisdel on Dynasty)

Gedde Watanabe (1955, 55, character actor in films like Sixteen Candles, Volunteers and Gung Ho)

Patty Smyth (1957, 53, Scandal leader [Goodbye to You, The Warrior])

Mark McKinney (1959, 51, kid in the hall)

Nick Offerman (1970, 40, television actor currently making me laugh on Parks and Recreation)

Sean Hayes (1970, 40, television actor best known as Jack on Will & Grace)

Paul Thomas Anderson (1970, 40, film director [Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood])

Gretchen Wilson (1973, 37, redneck woman)

Aubrey Plaza (1984, 26, television actress currently making me laugh on Parks and Recreation)

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