Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Donald Crisp (1882, Academy Award-winning British actor-director [How Green Was My Valley] whose film career spanned from silents [The Musketeers of Pig Alley] to sound [The Last Hurrah])

Kathleen Howard (1884, character actress in films like It’s a Gift, Man on the Flying Trapeze, Blossoms in the Dust and Ball of Fire)

Judith Lowry (1890, elderly character actress [Ladybug, Ladybug, Cold Turkey] who is best remembered as feisty Sally “Mother” Dexter on the 1975-77 sitcom Phyllis)

Charles Vidor (1900, motion picture director [Ladies in Retirement, The Desperadoes, Gilda, Love Me or Leave Me])

Leo Durocher (1905, colorful manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers from 1939 to 1948, followed by stints with the New York Giants [1948-55], the Chicago Cubs [1966-72] and the Houston Astros [1972-73]; also worked as a NBC baseball commentator and played himself on various radio and television programs)

Keenan Wynn (1916, actor son of clown Ed, seen to good advantage in films like The Clock, Angels in the Outfield, Kiss Me Kate, Shack Out on 101 and many, many more)

Veola Vonn (1918, stacked blonde character actress seen in films and television [Paris Playboys, Spy Chasers] and wife of Jack Benny nemesis Frank Nelson)

David Swift (1919, film/television scribe who contributed to Disney films Pollyanna, The Parent Trap and Candleshoe; also created TV’s Mister Peepers)

Beatrice Pearson (1920, 90, ingénue actress who was glimpsed in Force of Evil and Lost Boundaries)

Barbara Eiler (1922, OTR veteran [The Life of Riley, A Day in the Life of Dennis Day] who also did a bit of film and television work, notably on The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet)

Vincent Canby (1924, New York Times film critic beginning in 1969 until his death in 2000)

Will Jordan (1927, 83, actor/stand-up comedian famous for his Ed Sullivan impression [I Wanna Hold Your Hand, The Doors, Mr. Saturday Night])

Harvey Fiqua (1929, lead Moonglow)

Jerry Van Dyke (1931, 79, younger brother of Dick who soon became a television icon by appearing in series like My Mother the Car, Accidental Family and Coach)

Don Galloway (1937, film and television actor remembered for his long-running role as Det. Sgt. Ed Brown on Ironside and as Jo Beth Williams’ husband in The Big Chill)

Dean Hargrove (1938, 72, creator-producer of such classic TV mysteries as Matlock, Father Dowling Mysteries and Jake and the Fatman}

John Pleshette (1942, 68, film and television actor best remembered as the luckless Richard Avery on the nighttime TV soap Knots Landing)

Stu Gilliam (1943, 67, character actor/voice artist in television and film [Roll Out, The Harlem Globetrotters, The Houndcats])

Bobbie Gentry (1944, 66, country-pop vocalist [Ode to Billie Joe, Fancy] and one-time duet partner of Glen Campbell)

Betty Thomas (1948, 62, television/film actress who played Sgt. Lucy Bates on Hill Street Blues and then later branched out into directing films [The Brady Bunch Movie, Private Parts, 28 Days])

Maureen McGovern (1949, 61, actress-singer who became associated with singing the theme songs to disaster flicks like The Poseidon Adventure and The Towering Inferno)

Simon Jones (1950, 60, British character actor remembered for his role as Arthur Dent in the TV adaptation of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy)

Roxanne Hart (1952, 58, film/television actress best remembered as Nurse Camille Shutt on TV’s Chicago Hope)

Carol Leifer (1956, 54, pictured, stand-up comedienne/writer who’s written for Saturday Night Live, Seinfeld and The Ellen Show—but whose own funny sitcom, Alright Already, never got the chance to be a hit)

John Putch (1961, 49, actor son of Jean Stapleton whom I’ll always remember as the schnook who had the hots for Valerie Bertinelli’s Barbara Cooper on One Day at a Time)

Maya Rudolph (1972, 38, film/TV actress and Not Ready for Prime Time player; daughter of singer Minnie Riperton)

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Amanda said...

Love Barbara Eiler, perfect teen on OTR.

Of of course, King Vidor made that fabulous film Gilda

Scott C. said...

MST3K fans will remember Keenan Wynn's supporting turn as Cheryl "Rainbeaux" Smith's grandfather, a demented ex-Army colonel who wandered around in his Class A jacket and pajama bottoms, in LASERBLAST (1978), the final episode of the show's run on Comedy Central.