Thursday, July 1, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Johnny Kascier (1889, stunt double/utility player seen in more Columbia two-reel comedies than you can shake a stick at)

Don Beddoe (1891, accomplished character actor also seen frequently in Columbia two-reelers and films like The Narrow Margin, The Night of the Hunter and The Enforcer)

James M. Cain (1892, pulp fiction author whose novels [Double Indemnity, Mildred Pierce, The Postman Always Rings Twice] became popular film adaptations; also dabbled in screenwriting himself [Stand Up and Fight, Gypsy Wildcat])

Charles Laughton (1899, peerless Oscar-winning British actor who starred in such TDOY faves as The Big Clock, Hobson’s Choice and Witness for the Prosecution)

Irna Philips (1901, radio soap opera creator [Guiding Light, Road to Life, Young Dr. Malone] who also fashioned boob tube daytime dramas like Another World, Days of Our Lives and Love is a Many Splendored Thing)

William Wyler (1902, accomplished film director responsible for The Desperate Hours, Detective Story, The Heiress and The Letter…to name just a few)

Frank Parker (1906, tenor singer heard on radio’s The Jack Benny Program from 1933-34)

Bill Stern (1907, sportscaster and host of radio’s The Colgate Sports Newsreel)

Sara Seegar (1914, character actress best-remembered as the second Mrs. Wilson [Eloise] on television’s Dennis the Menace)

Willie Dixon (1915, blues god [Hoochie Coochie Man, Who Do You Love, Little Red Rooster])

Olivia de Havilland (1916, 94, pictured, peerless film actress who starred in TDOY faves as The Heiress, The Snake Pit and The Dark Mirror)

Harold Sakata (1920, hulking character great immortalized as “Oddjob” in the 007 flick Goldfinger)

Florence Stanley (1924, television icon [Barney Miller, Fish, My Two Dads, Dinosaurs])

Farley Granger (1925, 85, film actor best-remembered for lead roles in Hitchcock’s Rope and Strangers On a Train and Nicholas Ray’s They Live by Night)

Bobby Day [Robert Byrd] (1928, rock ‘n’ roller [Rockin’ Robin, Little Bitty Pretty One])

Leslie Caron (1931, 79, fabulous French actress-dancer in musicals like An American in Paris, Lili and Gigi…but my favorite Caron film is The L-Shaped Room)

Sydney Pollack (1934, Oscar-winning director who helmed TDOY faves like They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?, The Yakuza and Three Days of the Condor)

Jean Marsh (1934, 76, fabulous British actress [Upstairs, Downstairs] and one-time Doctor Who companion)

Jamie Farr (1934, 76, television icon [The Dick Van Dyke Show, M*A*S*H, After MASH)

Ron Masak (1936, 74, television utility player prominently seen on Love Thy Neighbor, The Law and Harry McGraw and Murder, She Wrote)

Wally “Famous” Amos (1936, 74, chocolate chip cookie kingpin)

Delaney Bramlett (1939, rock ‘n’ roller and husband to Bonnie Lynn)

Karen Black (1939, 71, cross-eyed actress seen in TDOY faves like Five Easy Pieces, The Day of the Locust and Family Plot…and that scary-ass TV-movie [Trilogy of Terror] where that voodoo doll comes to life and starts chasing her keister around her apartment)

Genevieve Bujold (1942, 68, TDOY actress fave seen in Coma and Tightrope)

Deborah Harry (1945, 65, actress/lead singer of Blondie)

Shirley Hemphill (1947, zaftig comic actress remembered for roles in sitcoms What’s Happening! and What’s Happening Now!)

Fred Schneider (1951, 59, B-52)

Daryl Anderson (1951, 59, character actor revered at TDOY for his role as Dennis “Animal” Price on Lou Grant)

Dan Aykroyd (1952, 58, Canadian comic actor-writer, ghostbuster, blues brother and Not Ready for Prime Time player)

Barbara Whinnery (1953, 57, TDOY actress fave remembered as kinky pathologist Cathy Martin on St. Elsewhere)

Keith Whitley (1955, country music vocalist who left us far too soon in 1989)

Robby the Robot (1955, 55, science-fiction superstar who was featured in the films Forbidden Planet and The Invisible Boy [I swear I’m not making this up—his birth date is courtesy of the IMDb])

Alan Ruck (1956, 54, film [Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Speed] and television [Spin City] character actor)

Lorna Patterson (1956, 54, TDOY actress fave seen in Airplane! and TV’s Private Benjamin)

Lisa Blount (1957, 53, 1980’s horror movie scream queen [Dead and Buried, Prince of Darkness])

Evelyn “Champagne” King (1960, 50, disco diva [Shame, Love Come Down])

Michelle Wright (1961, 49, Canadian country music vocalist [Take It Like a Man])

Andre Braugher (1962, 48, intense actor best-remembered for his roles on Homicide: Life On the Street, Hack and Men of a Certain Age)

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Brent McKee said...

You forgot to mention Pamela Anderson - a great Canadian (a Centennial Baby, born July 1st, 1967 - her first claim to fame).

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

You forgot to mention Pamela Anderson

While I mean no slight to your fellow country(wo)man...Pamela Anderson matters very little in the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear universe. So it wasn't so much forgettfulness as it was complete and utter indifference.