Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Joe E. Brown (1892, stage, film, radio and television clown who appeared in films like Elmer the Great, Alibi Ike and Some Like It Hot; inspiration for cartoon character Peter Potamus)

Barbara La Marr (1896, silent film actress who appeared in vehicles such as The Nut, The Three Musketeers, The Prisoner of Zenda and Souls for Sale)

Rudy Vallee (1901, singer/character actor who was one of radio’s earliest big successes and later became the presence in many of Preston Sturges’ films [The Palm Beach Story, The Sin of Harold Diddlebock, Unfaithfully Yours, The Beautiful Blonde from Bashful Bend])

Felix Mills (1901, composer and bandleader whose orchestra could be heard on various OTR programs such as Silver Theater, The Man Called X and Meet Corliss Archer)

Blanche Mehaffey (1907, silent/sound film actress who livened up many a Charley Chase comedy short [At First Sight, Just a Minute, April Fool, One of the Family])

Brenda De Banzie (1909, British character actress seen in films like Hobson’s Choice, A Kid For Two Farthings, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Entertainer and The Mark)

Ann Doran (1911, pictured with Charley Chase, TDOY actress fave seen in scads of Columbia comedy two-reelers as well as films like You Can’t Take It With You, The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and Rebel Without a Cause)

George Cisar (1912, film and television acting stalwart who’s beloved here at TDOY as Sgt. Mooney on Dennis the Menace and banker Cyrus Tankersley on The Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry R.F.D.)

Laird Cregar (1913, delightfully sinister character actor seen to wonderful advantage in films like I Wake Up Screaming, This Gun for Hire, The Black Swan and Heaven Can Wait)

Carmen Dragon (1914, composer/bandleader heard often on radio and television; provided the music in films like Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye and Invasion of the Body Snatchers)

Andrew V. MacLaglen (1920, director son of actor Victor whose early career at the helm of TV oaters like Gunsmoke and Have Gun – Will Travel gave way to larger theatrical efforts like McLintock!, Shenandoah, Bandolero! and Chisum)

Darryl Hickman (1931, 79, older brother of Dwayne whose moppet career included film appearances in The Grapes of Wrath, Keeper of the Flame, Leave Her to Heaven, Alias Nick Beal and The Set-Up)

Charles Cyphers (1939, 71, cult movie actor seen in films like Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Onion Field, Escape from New York and TV series like The Betty White Show and Nick Freno: Licensed Teacher)

Phil Proctor (1940, 70, writer-actor-voice artist and founding member of the Firesign Theatre)

Peter Cullen (1941, 69, actor-voice artist who’s worked on a myriad of animated cartoon series but was a regular on The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour, The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour [as announcer] in his salad days)

Frances Lee McCain (1944, 66, TDOY actress fave seen in films like Real Life, Back to the Future and Stand by Me and on TV in Apple’s Way)

Jim Davis (1945, 65, Garfield creator and bane of Jeff Overturf’s existence)

Linda Kelsey (1946, 64, TDOY actress fave immortalized on TV as reporter Billie Newman on Lou Grant and Kate Harper on the sitcom Day by Day)

Jonathan Edwards (1946, 64, one-hit wonder [Sunshine (Go Away Today)]

Sally Struthers (1948, 62, film/television actress best known as Gloria Bunker Stivic on All in the Family and Gloria and as spokeswoman for hungry children everywhere)

Georgia Engel (1948, 62, delightfully ditzy television character actress beloved as Georgette Franklin Baxter on Mary Tyler Moore but also a sitcom fixture on The Betty White Show, Goodtime Girls, Jennifer Slept Here, Coach and Everybody Loves Raymond)

Eagle Pennell (1952, independent film director whose films like The Whole Shootin’ Match and Last Night at the Alamo chronicled Texas blue-collar eccentricity)

Rachel Sweet (1962, 48, actress-singer whose early gigs on shows like The Sweet Life and Hope & Gloria led to writing and producing sitcoms like Sports Night, Dharma & Greg and The George Lopez Show)

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1 comment:

Jeff Overturf said...

Curse you Jim Davis and your annoying habit of continuing to have birthdays!! You'll rue the day you never crossed paths with Jeff Overturf!!!!