Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

C. Aubrey Smith (1863, stiff upper-lipped British character actor seen in films such as Tarzan the Ape Man, The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, China Seas, The Four Feathers, etc.; inspiration for cartoon character Commander McBragg)

Jacques Feyder (1885, renowned French director who helmed the likes of Faces of Children, Carmen, The Kiss, Carnival in Flanders and Knight Without Armour)

Maria Falconetti (1892, amateur thesp immortalized in the title role of the 1928 film classic The Passion of Joan of Arc)

Ken Maynard (1895, silent and sound B-western cowboy star intensely disliked by everyone in the motion picture industry…un dickhead formidable, as the French would say)

Ernest Hemingway (1899, immortal short story author and novelist whom everyone tried to emulate when they first took up writing; many of his novels were adapted to the silver screen including A Farewell to Arms, To Have and Have Not and For Whom the Bell Tolls)

Allyn Joslyn (1901, accomplished film, stage and television actor glimpsed in vehicles like Only Angels Have Wings, Heaven Can Wait, The Fastest Gun Alive and TV’s McKeever and the Colonel)

Arnold Horwitt (1918, television comedy scribe who contributed to sitcoms like The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Patty Duke Show, That Girl, etc.)

Isaac Stern (1920, violin virtuoso whose playing was substituted for the music by non-violinist John Garfield in 1946’s Humoresque)

Arthur Marx (1921, 89, talented comedy scribe [McHale’s Navy, The Mothers-in-Law, Alice] renowned for warts-and-all biographies on comedians like Bob Hope and Red Skelton; son of Groucho)

Mollie Sugden (1922, pictured with Wendy Richard, Britcom icon [The Liver Birds, Are You Being Served?, Come Back, Mrs. Noah, That’s My Boy, My Husband and I, Grace and Favour])

Kay Starr (1922, 88, pop music vocalist [Rock ‘n’ Roll Waltz, Wheel of Fortune])

Don Knotts (1924, television icon [The Andy Griffith Show, Three’s Company, Matlock], Disney film star [Gus, Hot Lead and Cold Feet] and Morgantown, West Virginia’s favorite son)

Karel Reisz (1926, Czech émigré film director who helmed TDOY fave Who’ll Stop the Rain in addition to Morgan!, Isadora, The French Lieutenant’s Woman and Sweet Dreams)

Bill Pertwee (1926, 84, beloved Britcom actor seen in Two in Clover, Chance in a Million and You Rang, M’Lord?—but immortalized as the bullying Chief Warden Hodges in the classic Dad’s Army)

Norman Jewison (1926, 84, film director-producer-writer who helmed such classics as The Thrill of It All, Send Me No Flowers, In the Heat of the Night, The Thomas Crown Affair, Fiddler on the Roof, A Soldier’s Story and Moonstruck)

Paul Burke (1926, television icon [Noah’s Ark, Naked City, 12 O’Clock High, Dynasty] who just so happens to have a pivotal role in Jewison’s The Thomas Crown Affair)

Paul Blaisdell (1927, monster maker and special effects artist who created memorable aliens for films like It Conquered the World, Not of This Earth and It! The Terror from Beyond Space)

Kaye Stevens (1933, 77, singer-actress-comedienne seen in films like The Interns, The Man from the Diners’ Club and The New Interns; also recorded the 1962 classic comedy LP (Not So) Great Songs (Which Were Left Out of) Great Movies (For Obvious Reasons))

Jonathan Miller (1934, 76, actor-writer-comedian who was originally one-fourth of the comedy troupe known as Beyond the Fringe until he went legit and became a doctor)

Kim Fowley (1939, 71, producer-songwriter and performer who teamed up with writer-performer Gary Paxton to form the Hollywood Argyles, who achieved pop music immortality singing an ode to famed comic strip caveman Alley Oop)

Edward Herrmann (1943, 67, magnificent character actor famous for his impersonation of FDR, also seen in vehicles like St. Elsewhere, The Practice and Gilmore Girls [he’s one of Pam’s favorites])

Rosie Hamlin (1947, 63, lead Original)

Ross McElwee (1947, 63, documentary director who concentrates on his quirky Southern personality in films like Sherman’s March and Time Indefinite)

Wendell Burton (1947, 63, peerless film, stage and character actor seen in The Sterile Cuckoo and Go Ask Alice…but he’s best-remembered here at TDOY as the titular character in the musical You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown)

Garry Trudeau (1948, 62, creator of Doonesbury)

Cat Stevens (1948, 62, popular 70s vocalist [Morning Has Broken, Peace Train, Oh Very Young] who converted to Islam in 1977 and now answers to Yusuf Islam)

Robin Williams (1951, 59, actor-comedian [Mork and Mindy, The Survivors] whose films Patch Adams and Bicentennial Man demonstrate he’s best taken in small doses)

Jon Lovitz (1957, 53, actor-comedian [The Critic, NewsRadio] and former Not Ready for Prime Time Player who’s now married to…Morgan Fairchild…yeah, that’s the ticket…)

Matt Mulhern (1960, 50, actor whose attempts to take on serious roles [Rescue Me, Law & Order] can’t help me get over the fact that I always remember him as Holowachuk on Major Dad)

Paul Brandt (1972, 38, Canadian country music singer [I Do, My Heart Has a History])

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John said...

I almost did the old "Danny Thomas Spit Take" this morning while drinking juice and reading your entry on Jon Lovitz.

Thanks for doing these birthday round-ups.

Amanda said...

Another great round of birthdays. I love C. Aubrey Smith

Matthew Coniam said...

Mollie Sugden!
Mr Shreve, you are my hero.

Pam said...

Your memory never ceases to amaze me. Edward Herrmann IS one of my favorites!

Scott C. said...

Kim Fowley also created, Monkees-like, the pioneering all girl rock group The Runaways, and was played (amazingly) by Michael Shannon in the (not-so-amazing) biopic of the same name.

And yes, three cheers for C. Aubrey!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Kim Fowley also created, Monkees-like, the pioneering all girl rock group The Runaways

I considered including this...but to my admittedly warped sensibilities, the fact that he was responsible for Alley Oop is the only thing of major importance in the long run.

Mike Doran said...

Little late on this one, but did anyone remember that Kim Fowley was the son of the great cahracter actor Douglas V. Fowley?
I seem to recall Kim Fowley having written a somewhat prickly piece about their relationship in a magazine or book somewhere (he made a point about how he wasn't sure whether his dad was still alive).