Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Donald Meek (1878, peerless stage and film character actor remembered for his roles in Barbary Coast, You Can’t Take It With You, Stagecoach and as “Beeswax” Bartholomew in M-G-M’s Nick Carter film series)

Spencer Williams (1893, pioneering actor-writer-producer-director [Go Down, Death!, Dirty Gertie from Harlem U.S.A.] who’s probably better remembered by classic TV fans for his role as Andrew “Hogg” Brown in the controversial sitcom Amos ‘n’ Andy)

Dave Fleischer (1894, animation director-producer and brother of Max)

George Tobias (1901, peerless stage, film and television character actor who’s in practically every Warner Bros. of the 1940s and revered here at TDOY for his role as henpecked husband Abner Kravitz in the classic TV sitcom Bewitched)

Ken Murray (1903, actor-host of TV’s The Ken Murray Show [aka Ken Murray’s Blackouts] and Hollywood celebrity chronicler through home movies)

George Sherman (1908, B-western journeyman whose best-known films include The Sleeping City, Count Three and Pray, The Wizard of Bagdad and Big Jake)

William “Bill” Hanna (1910, pictured with Joe and cartoon bear, television animation pioneer and partner of Joe Barbera)

Terry-Thomas (1911, gap-toothed British comic icon seen in films like I’m All Right, Jack, The Mouse on the Moon, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World and The Abominable Dr. Phibes)

Woody Guthrie (1912, folk singer-songwriter and musical legend whose life was dramatized in the 1976 film bio Bound for Glory)

Toby Wing (1915, platinum blonde chorus girl fave who delighted in films like Murder at the Vanities, Kiss and Make-Up, Rhythmitis and Mister Cinderella)

Jerome Lawrence (1915, renowned playwright [Auntie Mame, Inherit the Wind] who got his start writing for radio, partner of Robert E. Lee)

Douglas Edwards (1917, Peabody Award-winning news reporter/journalist who anchored the CBS Evening News before turning it over to some guy named Walter Cronkite)

Ingmar Bergman (1918, legendary motion picture director whose films include Smiles of a Summer Night, The Seventh Seal, Wild Strawberries and Persona)

Dale Robertson (1923, 87, TV western icon [Tales of Wells Fargo, The Iron Horse] often ridiculed by my father, much to my mother’s annoyance)

Val Avery (1924, peerless stage, film and character actor best-remembered here at TDOY for his roles in The Wanderers, The Pope of Greenwich Village and East Side/West Side)

Harry Dean Stanton (1926, 84, cult acting icon seen in such movies as Cool Hand Luke, Two-Lane Blacktop, Alien, Repo Man, Paris, Texas, Scott C. fave One Magic Christmas, Pretty in Pink…there’s really too many to list, gang…)

Nancy Olson (1928, 82, film/television actress best-known for playing William Holden’s love interest in Sunset Blvd. and later achieved popularity in Walt Disney films like Pollyanna, The AbsentMinded Professor, Son of Flubber and Snowball Express)

Polly Bergen (1930, 80, film/television actress best-known for her roles in Martin & Lewis vehicles At War with the Army, That’s My Boy and The Stooge…later became a TV icon [The Winds of War, War and Remembrance, Commander-in-Chief, Desperate Housewives])

Del Reeves (1932, country music legend [Girl on the Billboard, Be Glad, Lookin’ at the World Through a Windshield])

Sid Haig (1939, 71, bald and bearded cult acting icon who appeared in such memorable films as The Big Bird Cage, Coffy, Foxy Brown, Galaxy of Terror and The Devil’s Rejects)

Rory Bourke (1942, 68, country music songwriter [The Most Beautiful Girl, Blessed are the Believers, Baby I Lied, You Look So Good in Love])

Lynn Loring (1944, 66, television actress [Search for Tomorrow, Fair Exchange, The F.B.I.])

Leigh French (1945, 65, comic actress remembered as “Goldie” on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour and later a highly sought-after voice-over casting agent)

Carl “Cubby” O’Brien (1946, 64, Mouseketeer/professional studio drummer)

Stan Shaw (1952, 58, TDOY actor fave seen in films like Darktown Strutters, The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings and The Boys in Company C)

Eric Laneuville (1952, 58, prolific television director who started out as an actor in TV series like Room 222 and St. Elsewhere)

Jerry Houser (1952, 58, film/television character actor seen in films like Summer of ’42, Bad Company, Slap Shot…and as Marcia Brady’s irresponsible husband Wally in the TV remake The Brady Brides)

Brent Bozell (1955, 55, founder of right-wing media watchdog group Media Research Center…and un dickhead formidable)

Jane Lynch (1960, 50, character actress recognizable for current role in TV’s Glee and in the Christopher Guest-directed films Best in Show, A Mighty Wind and For Your Consideration)

Jackie Earle Haley (1961, 49, former moppet actor [The Bad News Bears, Breaking Away] who jump-started his career with critically-acclaimed turns in Little Children and All the King’s Men)

Nina Siemaszko (1970, 40, TDOY actress fave [Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Floundering, The West Wing])

Missy Gold (1970, 40, cloying moppet actress best-remembered as the Governor’s daughter on TV sitcom Benson; younger sister of Growing Pains star Tracey)

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Andrew Leal said...

So wait, it's not actually Yogi Bear's birthday today? Curse your misleading photo selection, Ivan!

Also, I love Donald Meek and feel like he should have been in some comedy version or sketch based on "Seven Keys to Bald Pate," just so he could play the title role.

Scott C. said...

Harry Dean Stanton

And let's not forget one his finest turns, as the father of Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen in Red Dawn ("Avenge me, boys! AVENGE MEEEEEEEEE!")