Monday, July 12, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Tod Browning (1880, legendary silent/sound film director whose penchant for the bizarre and offbeat led to a fruitful collaboration with actor Lon Chaney in films like The Blackbird, The Unknown, London After Midnight and West of Zanzibar)

Edgar Stehli (1884, peerless stage, film and television character actor best-remembered here at TDOY for his roles in Executive Suite and the classic Twilight Zone episode “Long Live Walter Jameson”)

Louis B. Mayer (1884, autocratic head of M-G-M from 1924 to 1951 and all-around putz)

Jean Hersholt (1886, actor and radio’s Dr. Christian whose charitable, humanitarian works resulted in a major Motion Picture Academy of Arts and Sciences honor being named after him)

Hunt Stromberg (1894, motion picture director-writer-producer and one-time M-G-M “Big Four”)

Oscar Hammerstein II (1895, writer-composer-songwriter whose collaborations with Richard Rodgers resulted in musical Broadway/film classics like Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific and The King and I)

Edward Bernds (1905, TDOY comedy writer-director-soundman god who guided the cinematic fortunes of the Three Stooges and the Bowery Boys, among many others—and if any of his movies were ever sent up on Mystery Science Theater 3000 I’m sure Scott C. will let me know)

Milton Berle (1908, legendary vaudeville/stage/radio/film/television comedian and the man responsible for more TV sets sold in the early days of the medium [as the old joke goes, “I sold mine…my brother-in-law sold his…”])

Joey Faye (1909, legendary burlesque/film/television second banana…and some say the originator of the classic “Who’s on First?” routine)

“Curly” Joe DeRita (1909, vaudeville/film/television second banana best remembered as the “Third Stooge” in the Three Stooges’ films and performances from the late 1950s onward)

Beah Richards (1920, character actress who appeared in the films Gone are the Days!, In the Heat of the Night and Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner…and who also played Bill Cosby’s mother on his old 1969-71 NBC sitcom)

Vera Ralston (1920, ice-skating queen who later became a motion picture star thanks to her husband, Republic Pictures studio head Herbert J. Yates)

Keith Andes (1920, bland beefcake actor who nevertheless stars in one of my guilty pleasures, 1953’s Split Second)

Joe Higgins (1925, character actor who, if anyone needed someone to play a redneck sheriff {“You in a heap of trouble, boy…”), he was your boy…particularly in a series of amusing automobile commercials in the 1960s and 1970s)

Kathy Staff (1928, Britcom actress used by writer Roy Clarke in his creations Open All Hours and Last of the Summer Wine…on which she played the unforgettable Nora Batty)

Barbara Cowsill (1928, singing matriarch who was part of the pop music group The Cowsills [Hair, Indian Lake])

Monte Hellman (1932, 78, cult film director of The Shooting, Two-Lane Blacktop and Cockfighter)

Donald E. Westlake (1933, prolific pulp mystery-thriller author/screenwriter whose books were frequently adapted into movies like The Busy Body, Point Blank and The Outfit)

Bill Cosby (1937, 73, television icon [I Spy, The Bill Cosby Show, The Electric Company, The Cosby Show, The Cosby Mysteries, Cosby])

Christine McVie (1943, 67, female rock vocalist and one-time member of Fleetwood Mac)

Pat Woodell (1944, 66, the first Bobbie Jo on TV’s Petticoat Junction [Note: some sources report Woodell’s natal anniversary is July 15th])

Denise Nicholas (1944, 66, pictured, smokin’ hot actress best-known as guidance counselor Liz McIntyre on Room 222 and Harriet DeLong Gillespie on In the Heat of the Night)

Sian Barbara Allen (1946, 64, popular 70s actress seen infrequently on The Waltons and in TV-movie venues like You’ll Like My Mother and Scream, Pretty Peggy)

Jay Thomas (1948, 62, former DJ-turned-comedy actor who appeared in TV sitcoms like Mork & Mindy, Cheers, Love & War and Murphy Brown)

Walter Egan (1948, 62, one-hit wonder [Magnet and Steel])

Jamey Sheridan (1951, 59, television icon [Shannon’s Deal, Chicago Hope, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Trauma])

Cheryl Ladd (1951, 59, actress-singer-model and Angel)

Mel Harris (1956, 54, TDOY actress fave in TV shows Something So Right and yuppiesomething thirtysomething)

J.D. Hayworth (1958, 52, former Arizona congressman, current Arizona senate candidate…and un dickhead formidable)

Judi Evans (1964, 46, annoying soap opera actress [Guiding Light, Days of Our Lives])

Topher Grace (1978, 32, boyish actor who—no matter what he does in the future—will always be remembered here at TDOY as the hapless, Dobie Gillis-like Eric Forman on That 70’s Show)

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Scott C. said...

Interesting thing about Edward Bernds' MST3K connection: While none of his films were done on the TV show, the 1956 post-apocalyptic classic WORLD WITHOUT END, which he wrote and directed, was riffed live at the State Theater in Minneapolis in 1992 by Joel and the Bots. It was such an enormous success that it led to a second live show (riffing THIS ISLAND EARTH) which in turn led to MST3K: The Movie.

So, thank you, Eddie.

Preston said...

Poor little Birthers (still in denial about their losses), but the Judge will continue to smack down the crazies . To all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true (TOUGH WHEN YOU KEEP LOSING CASES), if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess they were in on it.

In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme of clans; the Baggers, Birthers and Blowhards (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win in November. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

I wonder if Orly Taitz, is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect reporter material for “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme, unlike a our US courts of law. The way our courts work is that you get a competent lawyer, verifiable facts and present them to a judge, if the facts are real and not half baked lies, then, and only then, you proceed to trial. The Birthers seem to be having a problem with their so called facts that they present. Let’s face it no one will go along with you until you guys win a case, but until then, you will continue to appear dumb, crazy or racist, or maybe all three. A lawyer, dentist, realtor and black belt, WOW I must say a JACK of all trades master of none.

I heard that Orly Taitz, now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC), she wants to re-establish a family values party, good luck with that.

We won the election and now these sore losers will continue to spew their hate with lies.