Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Polly Moran (1883, comedienne/actress partnered with Marie Dressler in films like Reducing, Politics and Prosperity)

Richard Rogers (1902, Oscar-winning songwriter/composer [It Might As Well Be Spring] and partner to Oscar Hammerstein II)

Alan Bunce (1902, character actor and “Albert” to Peg Lynch’s “Ethel” on radio and television)

Eric Ambler (1909, suspense thriller author whose works were adapted into films like Journey Into Fear and The Mask of Dimitrios; creator of TV’s Checkmate)

Maxine Stuart (1918, 92, accomplished television character actress [Norby, Room for One More] who’s best-known here at TDOY as the bandaged patient in the Twilight Zone episode “Eye of the Beholder”)

Mel Brooks (1926, 84, pictured, comedy actor-writer-director [Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein] who co-created one of TDOY’s favorite sitcoms of all time, Get Smart)

Don Dubbins (1928, character actor in films [Tribute to a Bad Man, The D.I., From the Earth to the Moon] and television [Perry Mason, Dragnet, Peyton Place])

Noriyuki “Pat” Morita (1932, character actor in films [The Karate Kid, Honeymoon in Vegas] and television [Happy Days, Ohara, The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo])

John Inman (1935, comic actor and Britcom icon [Are You Being Served?, Take a Letter, Mr. Jones, Grace and Favour])

Jerry Juhl (1938, Muppet master)

John Byner (1938, 72, comedian/impressionist seen on television’s Soap and Bizarre; voice of the Ant and the Aardvark)

Donald Spoto (1941, 69, film/movie star biographer whose book The Art of Alfred Hitchcock was a major TDOY influence (I even got to meet him and have him autograph this book in 1983)

Gilda Radner (1946, consummate comedic actress [Gilda Live, The Woman in Red] and Not Ready For Prime Time player])

Bruce Davison (1946, 64, film [Willard, Short Eyes, X-Men] and television actor [Harry and the Hendersons, Kingdom Hospital, Close to Home])

Kathy Bates (1948, 62, accomplished character actress [Dolores Claiborne, Primary Colors] who won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Misery}

Alice Krige (1954, 56, film actress [Chariots of Fire, Ghost Story] and Borg Queen)

Ava Barber (1954, 56, country music vocalist [Bucket to the South])

Jessica Hecht (1965, 45, television sitcom actress [Friends, The Single Guy])

Mary Stuart Masterson (1966, 44, TDOY actress fave [Some Kind of Wonderful, Fried Green Tomatoes, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit], daughter of actors Peter Masterson and Carlin Glynn)

John Cusack (1966, 44, film actor [Better Off Dead…, Eight Men Out, The Grifters])

Danielle Brisebois (1969, 41, former moppet actress famous for Broadway’s Annie and TV’s Archie Bunker’s Place)

Tichina Arnold (1969, 41, television sitcom actress [Martin, Everybody Hates Chris])

Kellie Pickler (1986, 24, American Idol contender and country music vocalist [Red High Heels, Best Days of Your Life])

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