Thursday, July 15, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Francis Pierlot (1875, forgotten character actor best remembered for roles in Henry Aldrich, Editor, Our Vines Have Tender Grapes and Crime Doctor’s Man Hunt)

Joseph Crehan (1883, character actor whose specialty was officious authority types and who was in practically every Warner Bros. film made during the 1930s, including Black Fury, Bullets or Ballots, Kid Galahad and You Can’t Get Away With Murder)

Tom Kennedy (1885, comic character actor in scads of films and television shows; co-starred with fellow second banana Monte Collins in a series of Columbia two-reelers like Gum Shoes and Midnight Blunders)

Marjorie Rambeau (1889, silent/sound character actress seen in films like Min and Bill, Man’s Castle, Primrose Path, Tobacco Road and Torch Song)

William Dieterle (1893, German émigré director who helmed the likes of Jewel Robbery, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Story of Louis Pasteur, The Hunchback of Notre Dame and many others)

Enid Bennett (1893, silent/sound character actress seen in films like Robin Hood, The Sea Hawk, The Red Lily and Skippy)

Dorothy Fields (1905, playwright/lyricist/songwriter whose compositions include The Way You Look Tonight, I Can’t Give You Anything But Love, Baby and On the Sunny Side of the Street)

Gunther von Fritsch (1906, director of motion picture shorts and co-director of The Curse of the Cat People with Robert Wise)

Ken Lynch (1910, peerless character actor on radio and TV and in films who was usually typecast as a cop, seen on a semi-regular basis on shows like Checkmate, Arrest and Trial, Honey West and McCloud)

Murvyn Vye (1913, villainous character actor seen in films like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, Road to Bali, Pickup on South Street and Destination Gobi)

Cowboy Copas (1913, country music legend [Alabam, Signed, Sealed and Delivered] who died in the 1963 plane crash that also took the lives of Hawkshaw Hawkins and Patsy Cline)

D.A. Pennebaker (1925, 85, renowned documentary filmmaker whose works include Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop and The War Room)

Philip Carey (1925, television icon [Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers, Philip Marlowe, Laredo, One Life to Live])

Carmen Zapata (1927, 83, character actress in films [Portnoy’s Complaint, W, How to Beat the High Cost of Living] and television [Villa Alegre, Viva Valdez, Santa Barbera])

Joanna Merlin (1931, 79, television actress easily recognizable as Judge Lena Petrovsky on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

Ken Kercheval (1935, 75, television icon best-known for his portrayal as the ineffectual Cliff Barnes on TV’s Dallas)

Patrick Wayne (1939, 71, actor and son of John “Duke” Wayne; has notable roles in his father’s films The Searchers, The Alamo, The Comancheros, McLintock! and Big Jake, proving nepotism runs rampant in Hollywood)

Larry Cohen (1941, 69, cult film writer-producer-director [Black Caesar, It’s Alive, God Told Me To, Q] who’s revered by television obsessives for creating Branded, Coronet Blue and The Invaders)

Linda Ronstadt (1946, 64, pictured, country-rocker famous for covering other artists’ hits and dating one-time California governor Jerry Brown)

Arianna Huffington (1950, 60, political activist, founder of HuffPo, lost Gabor sister…and une dickhead formidable)

Celia Imrie (1952, 58, Britcom actress [After You’re Gone] famous for her collaborations with British comedy icon Victoria Wood [dinnerladies, Victoria Wood: As Seen on TV])

Alicia Bridges (1953, 57, disco diva [I Love the Night Life])

Willie Aames (1960, 50, former moppet actor [Eight is Enough, Charles in Charge] who never did seem to grasp that his fifteen minutes of fame was up a long time ago)

Forest Whitaker (1961, 49, Oscar-winning actor seen in TDOY faves like Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Good Morning, Vietnam, A Rage in Harlem and The Crying Game)

Lolita Davidovich (1961, 49, TDOY actress fave in films like Blaze, JFK and Gods and Monsters)

Kristoff St John (1966, 44, TV moppet actor [The Bad News Bears, Charlie & Co.] who landed a successful gig on The Young and the Restless)

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1 comment:

Scott C. said...

Happy birthday, Cap'n. (Incidentally, speaking of The Virginian, Philip Carey played Captain Parmalee on two episodes of the show.)