Sunday, July 11, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Robert F. McGowan (1882, beloved director-producer of Hal Roach’s silent and sound Our Gang shorts)

Thomas Mitchell (1892, peerless stage, film and television character actor who won an Best Supporting Actor Oscar for his performance in the classic 1939 western Stagecoach)

Walter Wanger (1894, famed independent Hollywood film producer [You Only Live Once, Trade Winds, Scarlet Street] and husband of actress Joan Bennett)

Harry Von Zell (1906, pictured with Eddie Cantor, actor, announcer and second banana to radio stars like Fred Allen, Dinah Shore, Joan Davis and George Burns & Gracie Allen)

Irene Hervey (1909, popular leading lady of the 30s and 40s in films like The Count of Monte Cristo, Charlie Chan in Shanghai and Three Godfathers)

Reg Varney (1916, Britcom icon [The Rag Trade, Beggar My Neighbour, On the Buses])

Yul Brynner (1920, bald actor who appeared in films like The Ten Commandments, The King and I [for which he won an Oscar as Best Actor] and The Magnificent Seven)

Gene Evans (1922, peerless character actor oft-associated with films directed by TDOY god Samuel Fuller [The Steel Helmet, Park Row, Shock Corridor])

Bernard Punsly (1923, Dead End Kid and future physician)

Brett Somers (1924, actress/game show panelist [Match Game PM] and one-time Mrs. Jack Klugman)

Thurston Harris (1930, R&B singer [Little Bitty Pretty One])

Tab Hunter (1931, 79, actor [Gunman’s Walk, Damn Yankees!, Polyester] and unlikely pop music vocalist [Young Love])

Susan Seaforth Hayes (1943, 67, actress [Dragnet], soap opera icon [Days of Our Lives, The Young and the Restless] and Cheat Lake, WV resident [married to soap opera icon Bill “The Ballad of Davy Crockett” Hayes])

Jay Johnson (1949, 61, comic ventriloquist who used to convulse my Mom as Chuck [and Bob] Campbell on the classic sitcom Soap)

Bonnie Pointer (1950, 60, R&B singer/songwriter and sister to Anita, June and Ruth)

Bruce McGill (1950, peerless film and television character actor best remembered here at TDOY as Daniel Simpson Day [“D-Day”] in Animal House and as the Elvis impersonator in Into the Night)

Peter Brown (1953, 57, R&B singer/songwriter [Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me, Dance With Me])

Sela Ward (1956, 54, smokin’ hot TDOY actress fave in films like Nothing in Common, The Fugitive and Sisters)

Suzanne Vega (1959, 51, pop music singer/songwriter [Luka, Tom’s Diner])

Lisa Rinna (1963, 47, smokin’ hot [if somewhat pouty] soap opera actress [Days of Our Lives, Melrose Place])

Elina Löwensohn (1966, 44, offbeat Rumanian actress whom I remember from the Seinfeld episode “The Gymnast” and as a bald vampire in Nadja)

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