Sunday, July 25, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Alison Skipworth (1863, incomparable stage and film character actress seen to marvelous advantage in films like Tillie and Gus, Six of a Kind, Becky Sharp, Doubting Thomas and The Princess Comes Across)

J. Warren Kerrigan (1879, popular silent film actor [The Covered Wagon, Captain Blood] who quit show business at the zenith of his career)

Walter Brennan (1894, Academy Award-winning character actor [Come and Get It, Kentucky, The Westerner] who later became a television icon in series like The Real McCoys, The Tycoon and The Guns of Will Sonnett])

Al Pearce (1898, popular radio comedian who appeared on numerous shows with his “gang” through the 1930s and early 1940s)

Arthur Lubin (1898, film and television director whose early successes with Abbott & Costello vehicles [Buck Privates, Hold That Ghost] led to later work as director of the Francis the Talking Mule film series and the TV sitcom Mister Ed)

Harold Peary (1908, pictured with Mary Field, The Great Gildersleeve…he he he he he he he he…)

Jack Gilford (1908, comic character actor in films [A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, Who’s Minding the Mint] and television [Soap, The Duck Factory] who also appeared in classic commercials for Lays’ Potato Chips and Cracker Jack)

DeWitt Bodeen (1908, motion picture screenwriter who contributed to many of the hit films produced by Val Lewton [Cat People, The Seventh Victim, Curse of the Cat People])

Woody Strode (1914, former athlete turned character actor who was a stalwart presence in Westerns [Sergeant Rutledge, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, The Professionals])

Fred Lasswell, Jr. (1916, former assistant to Barney Google creator Billy DeBeck who took over the strip in 1942, after which it was re-christened Snuffy Smith)

Estelle Getty (1923, character actress best remembered as the tart-tongued Sophia Petrillo on the TV sitcoms The Golden Girls, Golden Palace and Empty Nest)

Jerry Paris (1925, television actor who played the best next-door neighbor in sitcom history, dentist Dr. Jerry Helper on The Dick Van Dyke Show, before becoming a successful director of sitcoms himself [Van Dyke, The Odd Couple, Happy Days])

Al Adamson (1929, cult film director of such odious fromage as Psycho a Go Go, Blood of Dracula’s Castle, Satan’s Sadists, Angels’ Wild Women and Blazing Stewardesses [I’m sure there’s a MST3K send-up on Adamson’s resume])

Alan G. Barbour (1933, film historian whose books [A Thousand and One Delights, Cliffhanger, The Thrill of It All, Days of Thrills and Adventure] are a major influence here at Thrilling Days of Yesteryear)

Barbara Harris (1935, 75, TDOY actress fave seen in vehicles such as Nashville, Family Plot, Freaky Friday, Movie Movie, Peggy Sue Got Married and Grosse Pointe Blank)

Pilar Seurat (1938, exotic character actress seen in scads of television shows during the 50s, 60s and 70s including Checkmate, Naked City, Rawhide, The Fugitive, etc.)

Janet Margolin (1943, fresh-faced actress who appeared in films like David and Lisa, Nevada Smith, Take the Money and Run and Last Embrace…and who left us far too soon)

Wes Stern (1947, 63, actor who co-starred with teen idol Bobby Sherman in the short-lived 1971-72 sitcom Getting Together and also appeared in films like The First Time and Up in the Cellar, reported MIA by TDOY commenter Scott C.)

Steve Goodman (1948, songwriter who wrote City of New Orleans and “the perfect country and western song,” You Never Even Called Me By My Name)

Jane Hamsher (1959, 51, former motion picture producer and founder of FireDogLake)

Illeana Douglas (1965, 45, TDOY actress fave seen to great advantage in films like Goodfellas, Cape Fear, Household Saints, Quiz Show, To Die For and Grace of My Heart)

Poindexter Yothers (1966, 44, annoying moppet actor in TV series like Tony the Pony and The Cliffwood Avenue Kids who must have been prime bully bait with a first name like that; brother of the equally annoying Tina)

Matt LeBlanc (1967, 43, television actor whose mega-success as dimwitted Joey Tribbiani in the sitcom Friends did not transfer onto its spin-off, Joey…and it didn’t do his film career any good, either)

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Jeff Overturf said...

Uncanny...I still have the 45 rpm of "Old Rivers"...were it not for that I would have thought I had made it up as I've never anyone ever mention it.

And not one to self-horn-toot...I am a little proud of my birthday tribute to Steve Goodman from last year (in the humble beginnings of my blog life) if you're interested, find it here:
One borrowed video link is broken, but still a nicemusical diversion.

Scott C. said...

Al Adamson never had a movie on MST3K, but he was responsible for the first film riffed by Cinematic Titanic, Brain of Blood (which they were contractually obliged to retitle The Oozing Skull), as well as the pioneering blaxplotation/kung fu fusion flick Dynamite Brothers, which provided fodder for one of the best CT release (they riffed it under the title East Meets Watts). Highly recommended.

Stacia said...


Also on the Al Adamson front, Greydon Clark worked with Adamson a few times, and Clark DID have a movie riffed on MST3K: "Final Justice."

P.S. Go ahead on.