Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Raymond Hatton (1887, silent and sound film actor whose movie resume is gi-normous but whom I always remember as “Rusty Joslin” in the Three Mesquiteers B-Western series)

Arlene Harris (1897, radio actress [“The Human Chatterbox”] long associated with comedian Al Pearce “and his gang”)

George Cukor (1899, renowned “women’s” director who helmed such classics as What Price Hollywood?, Dinner at Eight, Little Women, The Women, The Philadelphia Story, etc.)

Sam Katzman (1901, legendary low-budget film producer whose oeuvre included Columbia cliffhanger serials [Jack Armstrong, Superman], rock ‘n’ roll exploitation flicks [Rock Around the Clock, Don’t Knock the Rock] and horror movies [Zombies of Mora Tau, The Giant Claw])

Robert A. Heinlein (1907, renowned science-fiction author whose works were adapted into films like Destination Moon, The Brain Eaters and Starship Troopers)

Eddie Mayehoff (1909, pictured, second banana/comic character actor who was wet-your-pants funny in films like That’s My Boy, Artists and Models and How to Murder Your Wife)

Elton Britt (1912, country music singer-songwriter [Chime Bells, I’ll Be Crying Over You])

Fred F. Sears (1913, B-movie director [Cell 2455 Death Row, Earth vs. the Flying Saucers…and many of Sam Katzman’s films])

Verne Smith (1913, OTR announcer [The Bob Burns Show, The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, The Judy Canova Show, A Day in the Life of Dennis Day])

Red Sovine (1917, country music vocalist/Charleston, WV native associated with trucking songs [Giddyup Go, Phantom 309, Teddy Bear])

Jon Pertwee (1919, British actor known for his portrayals of Doctor Who [the third one] and Worzel Gummidge)

William Kunstler (1919, famed civil rights attorney/gadfly who defended the Chicago Eight/Seven in 1969)

Alan A. Armer (1922, 88, legendary television producer [Broken Arrow, The Fugitive, The Invaders, Lancer, Cannon])

Doc Severinsen (1927, 83, musician and Tonight Show with Johnny Carson bandleader)

Charlie Louvin (1927, 83, country music vocalist [I Don’t Love You Anymore, See the Big Man Cry] and brother to Ira)

Patricia Hitchcock (1928, 82, actress and famous daughter of Sir Alfred [Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, Psycho] and prima facie evidence that Hollywood is rampant with nepotism)

Doyle Wilburn (1930, country music vocalist and brother to Teddy [Hurt Her Once for Me, Trouble’s Back in Town])

Dick Kallman (1933, film and television actor best remembered as the titular character in the sitcom Hank)

Ringo Starr (1940, 70, Beatle)

Richard Armey (1940, 70, former Congressman but still un dickhead formidable, as s.z. of World O’Crap might say)

Bill Oddie (1941, 69, British comedian, Goodie, bird watcher and wildlife conservationist)

Christopher Beeny (1941. 69, British comic actor best known for his roles in Upstairs, Downstairs, The Rag Trade and In Loving Memory)

Shelley Duvall (1949, 61, TDOY actress/director fave [McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Thieves Like Us] and Olive Oyl look-alike)

Roz Ryan (1951, 59, actress/voice talent best known as Amelia Hetebrink on the TV sitcom Amen)

Cindy Eilbacher (1958, 52, actress seen frequently in television shows like My Mother the Car, The Waltons and The Young and the Restless)

Tracy Reiner (1964, 46, actress [A League of Their Own, When Harry Met Sally…], daughter of actress-director Penny Marshall and prima facie evidence that Hollywood is rampant with nepotism)

Cree Summer (1969, 41, foxy actress on TV sitcom A Different World who has since forged a career as a voice artist for an innumerable number of animated cartoon shows)

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