Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Ralph Morgan (1883, character actor and brother of Frank who’s best remembered here at TDOY as the villainous Professor Mortis in the 1942 serial classic Gang Busters)

Dorothy Kirsten (1910, famed Metropolitan Opera singer)

Laverne Andrews (1911, pop music vocalist/actress and sister to Patty and Maxene)

Sebastian Cabot (1918, television icon [Checkmate, Family Affair, Circle of Fear] and Winnie the Pooh narrator)

Nancy Davis (1921, 89, actress [Shadow on the Wall, Donovan’s Brain, Hellcats of the Navy] and former First Lady who just said “No”)

William Schallert (1922, 88, pictured, TDOY character actor god and television icon [The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Patty Duke Show, Get Smart])

Cathy O’Donnell (1923, TDOY actress fave seen in They Live by Night, Side Street and Detective Story)

Marie McDonald (1923, actress [Pardon My Sarong, Guest in the House] and “The Body”)

John Rich (1925, 85, television directing icon [Our Miss Brooks, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, All in the Family])

Bill Haley (1925. Comet leader [Rock Around the Clock, Shake, Rattle and Roll])

Merv Griffin (1925, legendary talk-show host, game show creator and…we’ll be right back…)

Janet Leigh (1927, smokin’ hot TDOY actress fave [Touch of Evil, Psycho] and mom of yogurt shill Jamie Leigh Curtis)

Della Reese (1931, 79, R&B vocalist and television icon [Chico and the Man, Touched by an Angel])

Donal Donnelly (1931, Irish character great whom I remember for his roles in The Quiet Man, The Dead and The Knack…and How to Get It)

Dave Allen (1936, Irish standup comedian who was a fave in the Shreve household in the 1970s and 1980s via reruns of his BBC comedy series)

Gene Chandler (1937, 73, Duke of Earl)

Ned Beatty (1937, 73, incomparable character actor in a gazillion movies [Deliverance, Nashville, Network} and television shows [Homicide: Life on the Street, Roseanne])

Jeannie Seely (1940, 70, country music vocalist [Don’t Touch Me] and wife/duet partner of country legend Jack Greene)

Rosemary Forsyth (1943, 67, character actress who appeared prominently on TV soaps Days of Our Lives and Santa Barbara)

Burt Ward (1945, 65, aging superhero sidekick)

Sylvester Stallone (1946, 64, mumbly acting superstar whom I normally wouldn’t consider for this list but I’m curious to see if Craig Zablo is reading this)

Shelley Hack (1947, 63, forgotten Angel and one-time perfume shill)

Richard Beckinsale (1947, Britcom icon [The Lovers, Porridge, Going Straight] who left us far too soon)

Jennifer Savidge (1952, 58, character actress whom I always remember as feisty Nurse Lucy Papandrao on TV’s St. Elsewhere)

Grant Goodeve (1952, character actress whom I always remember as eldest son David Bradford on TV’s Eight is Enough)

Allyce Beasley (1954, beloved Moonlighting actress whom a friend of my sister Debbie’s once said she resembled, much to her annoyance)

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Scott C. said...

MST3K fans will remember the great William Schallert from all too brief roles in INVASION USA, as a newscaster, and in GUNSLINGER, where he essays Beverly Garland's husband, a frontier lawman who, in his short screen time, manages to display an amazing skill for catching bullets.

VP81955 said...

I interviewed William Schallert about eight years ago when he appeared in a play in New Jersey, where I was working at the time. We talked for nearly two hours, and he was an incredibly engaging gentleman. A class act all the way.

BTW, his father, Edwin Schallert, was a longtime entertainment writer for the Los Angeles Times, covering drama and film. Bill is a third-generation Angeleno, as his family arrived back in the 1880s. (Wonder if they took one of those famed $1 train rides from Kansas City during the southern California land boom?)

Matthew Coniam said...

How wonderful that you have included Dave Allen and Richard Beckinsale!