Sunday, July 18, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Gene Lockhart (1891, peerless stage, film and television character actor recognizable in films like A Christmas Carol, His Girl Friday, Miracle on 34th Street and Rhubarb; father of actress June)

Richard Dix (1893, he-man leading actor in silent and sound films; vehicles include The Vanishing American, Seven Keys to Baldpate, The Ghost Ship and all but one movie in Columbia’s The Whistler film series)

Lou Breslow (1900, comedy writer/director/producer whose works include Charlie Chan at the Race Track, Mr. Moto Takes a Chance, Murder, He Says, Bedtime for Bonzo and You Never Can Tell [which he also directed])

Chill Wills (1903, Western character actor, television icon [Frontier Circus, The Rounders] and voice of Francis, the talking mule)

Clifford Odets (1906, renowned author/playwright who had a fling at directing movies [None But the Lonely Heart, The Story on Page One])

Lupe Velez (1908, fiery Latino bombshell actress famous for her Mexican Spitfire comedies and the peculiar circumstances of her death)

Harriet Hilliard (1909, actress-vocalist [Follow the Fleet] whose marriage to Ozzie Nelson in 1935 would make her the most famous radio-television mom in show business history)

Hume Cronyn (1911, peerless stage, film and television character actor in classics like Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Brute Force and The Parallax View; husband of actress Jessica Tandy)

Richard “Red” Skelton (1913, pictured with Ann Rutherford, consummate comedian-clown who achieved success on stage, film, radio and television; creator of such grotesques as Clem Kadiddlehopper, Deadeye and Junior, “the mean widdle kid”)

Marvin Miller (1913, actor-radio announcer and voice man who narrated countless TV series [The F.B.I., Electra Woman and Dyna Girl, Police Squad!) and played “bagman” Michael Anthony to The Millionaire’s John Beresford Tipton in that classic series)

Roy Huggins (1914, writer-director-producer who made TV a lot more watchable by creating such series as Maverick, 77 Sunset Strip, The Fugitive, Run for Your Life and The Rockford Files)

Phyllis Brooks (1915, actress-model who appeared in such films as In Old Chicago, You Can’t Have Everything, Charlie Chan in Reno and Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm)

Jane Frazee (1918, actress-singer who appeared in such films as Buck Privates, Hellzapoppin’, Rosie the Riveter and as leading lady in several of Roy Rogers’ B-westerns)

Dolph Sweet (1920, burly film-television character actor immortalized as the grouchy cop dad in the TV sitcom Gimme a Break)

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins (1929, R&B legend who put a spell on you)

Burt Kwouk (1930, 80, Asian actor immortalized on film as houseboy “Kato” in the Pink Panther films; later a regular on Britcom Last of the Summer Wine)

Hunter S. Thompson (1937, gonzo Rolling Stone journalist, author [Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas] and inspiration for the “Duke” character in Garry Trudeau’s Doonesbury comic strip)

Dion DiMucci (1939, 71, rock ‘n’ roller and former Belmont [The Wanderer, Runaround Sue, Donna the Prima Donna])

James Brolin (1940, 70, television icon [Marcus Welby, MD, Hotel, Pensacola: Wings of Gold])

Lonnie Mack (1941, 69, rock ‘n’ roll/blues guitarist [Memphis])

Martha Reeves (1941, 69, Vandella)

Ricky Skaggs (1954, 56, country/bluegrass music vocalist [Heartbroke, I Don’t Care, Don’t Cheat in Our Hometown])

Audrey Landers (1956, 54, blonde actress bimbette seen to good advantage on TV shows Highcliffe Manor, Dallas and Burn Notice; sister of actress bimbette Judy)

Anne-Marie Johnson (1960, 50, foxy actress seen to good advantage on TV shows What’s Happening Now!, In the Heat of the Night, Melrose Place and JAG)

Elizabeth McGovern (1961. 59, TDOY actress fave in films like Ragtime, The Bedroom Window, King of the Hill and Once Upon a Time in America)

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Amanda said...

Another great round of birthdays

Scott C. said...

I remember Marvin Miller most fondly as the voice of Robby the Robot in Forbidden Planet, but also cherish his brawny narration of many movies that received the MST3K treatment. Among them, The Phantom Planet,, the Season 3 classic The Day the Earth Froze, The Sword and the Dragon, and most notably, the stand-out Season 2 ep King Dinosaur, the first ten minutes of which is just Miller's voice over a bouillabaisse of military stock footage.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Somehow, with the myriad of films he provided narration for (Miller was like the poor man's Paul Frees) I had a strong suspicion Marv was going to turn up in the MST3K universe. :-)