Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Harry Lachman (1886, journeyman director who helmed such Charlie Chan vehicles as Charlie Chan at the Circus and Castle in the Desert)

Freida Inescort (1901, Scottish character actress who appeared in films like Tarzan Finds a Son!, The Letter and A Place in the Sun)

Ed Gardner (1901, radio comedian/producer who starred as “Archie the Manager” on the immortal Duffy’s Tavern)

Nelson Eddy (1901, actor-baritone who co-starred alongside Jeanette MacDonald in several silver screen musicals in the 1930s and 1940s [Rose Marie, I Married an Angel])

Paul Newlan (1903, character actor best-known as Lee Marvin’s boss on the TV series M Squad)

John Gibson (1905, radio/television character actor best remembered as bartender Ethelbert on Casey, Crime Photographer)

Joan Davis (1907, pictured, comedienne popular on radio [Sealtest Village Store, Joanie’s Tea Room], movies [Hold That Ghost, She Gets Her Man] and television [I Married Joan])

Leroy Anderson (1908, songwriter-composer whose The Syncopated Clock was often used as a theme for late-night movie programming)

Frank Loesser (1910, Oscar-winning songwriter-composer [Baby, It’s Cold Outside])

Milt Josefsberg (1911, radio scriptwriter for Bob Hope and Jack Benny who later wrote and produced television sitcoms like The Joey Bishop Show, Here’s Lucy and All in the Family)

Bernard Herrmann (1911, Oscar-winning composer [The Devil and Daniel Webster] associated with scores to films directed by Orson Welles and Alfred Hitchcock)

Katherine DeMille (1911, actress in films like Belle of the Nineties, The Black Room and Charlie Chan at the Olympics; one-time Mrs. Anthony Quinn and adopted daughter of director Cecil)

Hilliard Marks (1913, longtime Jack Benny Program producer and brother of Mrs. Jack Benny [which explains how he got the job])

Ruth Warrick (1915, film [Citizen Kane, Journey Into Fear] and television actress [Peyton Place, All My Children])

Dorothy Short (1916, B-movie character actress [Reefer Madness, Captain Midnight] once married to B-western/Pete Smith Specialty star Dave O’Brien)

Mary Jane Higby (1915, OTR soap opera actress extraordinaire [When a Girl Marries])

Slim Pickens (1919, venerable cowboy character actor best remembered for roles in Dr. Strangelove, The Ballad of Cable Hogue and Blazing Saddles)

Ray Harryhausen (1920, 90, TDOY idol and motion picture special effects wizard [The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, Jason and the Argonauts])

Cara Williams (1925, 85, character actress [Boomerang!, The Defiant Ones] and “Gladys” to Harry Morgan’s “Pete”)

Robert Sorrells (1930, 80, television character actor [Ensign O’Toole])

Robert Evans (1930, 80, legendary tanned film producer [Chinatown, Urban Cowboy] and kid staying in the picture)

Corey Allen (1934, actor and later television director best-known for being a punk to James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause)

Leonard Lee (1936, duet partner of Shirley Goodman [Let the Good Times Roll])

Gary Busey (1944, 66, seriously crazed actor and cult icon [Straight Time, The Buddy Holly Story, Lethal Weapon])

Little Eva [Boyd] (1945, female rock ‘n’ roll singer [The Locomotion])

Richard Lewis (1947, 63, neurotic stand-up comedian and male star of sitcom Anything But Love)

Fred Grandy (1948, 62, former Iowa congressman and television Gopher)

Maria Conchita Alonso (1957, 53, smokin’ hot actress [Moscow on the Hudson, Caught])

Sharon Lawrence (1961, 49, TDOY actress fave [NYPD Blue, Fired Up])

Amanda Donohoe (1962, 48, smokin’ hot actress [Paper Mask, L.A. Law, Emmerdale Farm])

Melora Hardin (1967, 43, TDOY actress fave [The Office, Monk])

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Edward Copeland said...

You should check out this tribute written by Bill Russell, the Tony-nominated book-writer and lyricist of Side Show. here

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Ed -- you should know by now that your blog is one of the first ones I peruse every morning...even when I haven't contributed something! I really enjoyed reading Bill's piece.