Friday, July 30, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Holmes Herbert (1882, peerless British character actor on stage and in films like The Invisible Man, Mark of the Vampire, Captain Blood, Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon and The Pearl of Death)

Roy Williams (1907, the big Mooseketeer [Mickey Mouse Club])

John Meston (1914, OTR writer god [Fort Laramie, Escape] who created [along with Norman MacDonnell] the greatest Western series in the history of radio and television: Gunsmoke!)

Dick Wilson (1916, veteran character actor of a gazillion films and television episodes—but who achieved boob tube immortality as spokesman “Mr. Whipple” in the Charmin commercials)

Victor Wong (1927, droopy-faced character actor seen in various films such as Big Trouble in Little China, The Golden Child, The Last Emperor and Tremors)

Edd Byrnes (1933, 77, pictured, actor/teen idol whose lasting television fame was cemented when he was cast as Gerald Lloyd “Kookie” Kookson III on 77 Sunset Strip)

Nick Meglin (1935, 75, longtime editor of MAD magazine)

John P. Ryan (1936, film and television character actor seen in vehicles like Cops and Robbers, Dillinger, It’s Alive, The Right Stuff, Runaway Train, Hoffa and Bound)

Jo-Ann Campbell (1938, 72, pop music vocalist whose highest-charting hit was Kooky Little Paradise in 1960…but is best remembered here at TDOY for recording [I’m the Girl] from Wolverton Mountain, an answer song to country singer Claude King’s #1 smash)

Peter Bogdanovich (1939, 71, motion picture director-actor who helmed classics like Targets, The Last Picture Show, What’s Up, Doc? and Paper Moon—and whose ubiquitous presence on DVD commentaries and in documentaries has earned him the nickname “the Dick Cavett of film directors” here at TDOY)

Paul Anka (1941, 69, singer-songwriter whose pop hits include Diana, Put Your Head on My Shoulder, Lonely Boy and You’re Having My Baby; also wrote Frank Sinatra’s My Way)

Frances de la Tour (1944, 66, British comic actress whom I fondly remember as Miss Jones on the classic Britcom Rising Damp)

Barbara Kopple (1946, 64, Academy Award-winning documentarian whose films include Harlan County, USA, American Dream and Shut Up & Sing)

Arnold Schwarzenegger (1947, 63, former bodybuilder, action film star, present Governor of Calleefornyuh and…un dickhead formidable)

William Atherton (1947, 63, formidable character actor whose roles usually require him to play wankers like in Ghostbusters, Real Genius and Die Hard/Die Hard 2 [though he does play a fairly good guy in The Day of the Locust])

Ken Olin (1954, 56, film and television actor seen in scads of series like Hill Street Blues, Falcon Crest, L.A. Doctors, Brothers & Sisters and yuppiesomething thirtysomething)

Delta Burke (1956, 54, comic actress diva best known as Suzanne Sugarbaker on the hit sitcom Designing Women and its short-lived spin-off, Women of the House)

Lisa Mordente (1958, 52, character actress and daughter of Chita Rivera whom I glimpsed in sitcoms like Viva Valdez and Doc but who later focused her talents on the stage)

Richard Linklater (1960, 50, Texas-born film director whose works include Slacker, Dazed and Confused, Before Sunrise, Waking Life, The School of Rock and Before Sunset)

Laurence Fishburne (1961, 49, TDOY actor fave seen in vehicles like Apocalypse Now, School Daze, Class Action, Boyz N the Hood, What’s Love Got to Do With It and Othello)

Alton Brown (1962, 48, Food Network chef guru [Good Eats] beloved by my sister Kat and frequently mentioned on Elisson’s blog)

Lisa Kudrow (1963, 47, falling-down funny actress seen in films like Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion, The Opposite of Sex and Happy Endings—but best known to couch potatoes as Phoebe Buffay on Friends and twin Ursula Buffay on Mad About You)

Kerry Fox (1966, 44, New Zealand actress whom I liked in An Angel at My Table, Shallow Grave and Welcome to Sarajevo)

Christine Taylor (1971. 39, film/television actress, wife of Ben Stiller and the definitive Marcia Brady in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel)

Hilary Swank (1974, 36, Academy Award-winning actress seen in films like Boys Don’t Cry, Insomnia, The Core, Million Dollar Baby and Amelia)

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Pam said...

And my sister. Happy Birthday, Carla!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Happy birthday, Carla!