Thursday, July 22, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

James Whale (1889, motion picture director who helmed several classics in the genre of horror: Frankenstein, The Old Dark House, The Invisible Man, Bride of Frankenstein, etc.)

Phillips Holmes (1907, juvenile lead seen in movies like The Criminal Code, Broken Lullaby, Dinner at Eight and Penthouse)

Luana Walters (1912, actress associated with tons of westerns as leading lady to the likes of Gene Autry, Bill Elliott, Charles Starrett, Tim McCoy, etc.; also played the villainous Fury Shark in the 1942 serial Captain Midnight)

Lee Van Atta (1922, moppet actor remembered for his appearances in the serials Undersea Kingdom and Dick Tracy)

Dan Rowan (1922, writer-comedian and straight man to Dick Martin on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In)

Margaret Whiting (1924, 86, actress-singer who recorded duets with the likes of Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Wakely and Bob Hope [she was at one time the female vocalist on his radio show])

Joseph Sargent (1925, 85, Emmy-award winning television director [Caroline?, Miss Rose White] who also dabbled in silver screen features, notably Vince Keenan fave The Taking of Pelham One-Two-Three)

Bryan Forbes (1926, 84, actor-writer-director whose films include Whistle Down the Wind, The L-Shaped Room, Séance on a Wet Afternoon and The Wrong Box)

Orson Bean (1928, 82, stage, film and television character actor best known for his regular role as Loren Bray on TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)

Jeremy Lloyd (1930, 80, British comedian-writer who collaborated with David Croft on the classic Britcoms Are You Being Served? and ‘Allo ‘Allo, among many others)

Louise Fletcher (1934, 76, Academy Award-winning actress [One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest] also seen in vehicles like Thieves Like Us, The Cheap Detective and Brainstorm)

Chuck Jackson (1937, 73, R&B vocalist [Any Day Now])

Terence Stamp (1939, 71, renowned British character thesp glimpsed in films like Billy Budd, The Collector, Superman/Superman II and The Hit)

Alex Trebek (1940, 70, game show icon [Jeopardy!, The Wizard of Odds, High Rollers])

George Clinton (1941, 69, legendary leader of Parliament/Funkadelic who is apparently now able to collect Medicare)

Bobby Sherman (1943, 67, teen idol, actor [Here Come the Brides, Get Crazy] and vocalist [Little Woman, Julie Do You Love Me, Easy Come, Easy Go])

Paul Schrader (1946, 64, writer-director whose films include Blue Collar, Hardcore, Light Sleeper and Auto Focus)

Danny Glover (1946, 64, film and television actor [Lethal Weapon, Silverado, To Sleep with Anger, The Color Purple] who’s apparently not too old for this sh*t…er, to collect Medicare)

Don Henley (1947, 63, Eagle and boy of summer)

Erica Gavin (1947, 63, cult film actress seen in vehicles like Vixen!, Beyond the Valley of the Dolls and Caged Heat)

Albert Brooks (1947, 63, writer-comedian-director who’s helmed classic comedies like Real Life, Modern Romance, Lost in America, Defending Your Life and Mother)

Tisa Farrow (1951, 59, actress sister of Mia who appeared in a few films, notably Fingers, Manhattan and Winter Kills)

Lonette McKee (1954, 56, pictured with Wesley Snipes, TDOY actress fave seen in vehicles like Cuba, The Cotton Club, ‘Round Midnight, Jungle Fever, Malcolm X and TV’s Third Watch)

Willem Dafoe (1955, 55, crazed-looking actor glimpsed in films like Streets of Fire, Platoon, The Last Temptation of Christ, Light Sleeper and Auto Focus)

John Leguizamo (1964, 46, talented comedian-actor whose range can stretch from comedy [The Brothers Garcia] to drama [Executive Decision, Carlito’s Way])

David Spade (1964, 46, snarky television icon [Just Shoot Me, 8 Simple Rules, Rules of Engagement] and former Not Ready for Prime Time player)

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6 comments:

Mike Doran said...

Amid the many birthdays, I note Orson Bean's. I remember him principally as the definitive To Tell The Truth panelist, always ready to speak out against the income tax surcharge. I salute his current presence on Desperate Housewives, and I despair of his current status as Andrew Breitbart's father-in-law.
(Ivan:Feel free to delete that last part if you wish to spare him such obloquy.)

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I despair of his current status as Andrew Breitbart's father-in-law.

I guess there's a black sheep in every family. Fortunately, all we had in my clan were bootleggers.

Scott C. said...

Fans of MST3K will remember Undersea Kingdom from Season 4, when Joel and the bots riffed on it for two episodes before giving up.

My sister had a huge crush on Bobby Sherman, which I never understood. But then, around this same time she also had a huge crush on Basil Rathbone, and I didn't quite get that one either.

Willem Dafoe is one of the few actors we riffed on twice in Better Living Through Bad Movies -- for the Madonna vehicle Body of Evidence, in which he played the patsy defense attorney, and the Sandra Bullock retread Speed 2: Cruise Control in which he played a lame supervillain with an IBM ThinkPad and some pet leeches.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

My sister had a huge crush on Bobby Sherman, which I never understood.

I remember one Friday night in a galaxy far, far away that Sherman did a special for ABC and that a girl who lived in the neighborhood invited my sister and I to see it...for reasons that are still unexplained, we didn't get to her house until the end credits began to roll, so we had to make do with an episode of The Partridge Family. I never understood David Cassidy's appeal, either.

But then, around this same time she also had a huge crush on Basil Rathbone, and I didn't quite get that one either.

Okay, that one I'm willing to cut her a little slack on. Bas is da bomb!

Scott C. said...

I'm sure if anyone other than I (and my sister) remember this, it'll be you, Ivan: Bobby Sherman's short-lived sitcom called Getting Together, which was a spinoff of The Partridge Family. If I'm not mistaken, Sherman played an aspiring vocalist/composer who wrote songs with lyricist Wes Stern (who seems to have also vanished from the show biz radar, but was very good in the proto-losing your virginity movie The First Time, with Jacqueline Bissett).

It was insipid, certainly, but no worse than any other half hour on the air in 1971.

(And yes, Bas the indeed da bomb, but I seem to remember he turned up on the cover of Tiger Beat less often than Bobby Sherman or David Cassidy. Mores the pity.)

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

I'm sure if anyone other than I (and my sister) remember this, it'll be you, Ivan: Bobby Sherman's short-lived sitcom called Getting Together, which was a spinoff of The Partridge Family.

I've seen that pilot on The Partridge Family, and I am familiar with the show--but any real memory of ever watching Getting Together has thankfully been obliterated due to large amounts of drinking and the occasional experiments with cannabis that highlighted the long period of time I spent in college.

If only I could erase the memories of Here Come the Brides...