Saturday, July 31, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Clarence Kolb (1874, stage, film and television character actor seen in vehicles like His Girl Friday, Caught in the Draft, Nothing But the Truth and as cranky boss George Honeywell on TV’s My Little Margie)

Fred Quimby (1886, M-G-M animation department head who took the bows, accolades and Oscars that should have gone to more deserving individuals like Bill Hanna, Joe Barbera, Tex Avery, etc.)

Roy Bargy (1894, orchestra leader strongly identified with Jimmy Durante’s radio and television shows)

Brett Halliday (1904, prolific mystery author and creator of Michael Shayne; also narrated radio’s Murder by Experts)

Winton C. Hoch (1905, Academy Award-winning cinematographer whose films include Joan of Arc, She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and The Quiet Man)

George Liberace (1911, older brother of famous TV pianist [“I wish my brother George were here”])

Irv Kupcinet (1912, Chicago Sun-Times columnist, TV commentator and host of Kup’s Show)

Mario Bava (1914, Italian horror movie director who specialized in “in-your-face” films like Black Sunday, Black Sabbath, Blood and Black Lace and Kill, Baby Kill)

Curt Gowdy (1919, legendary radio/television sports commentator and voice of the New York Yankees [1949-51] and Boston Red Sox [1951-66])

Ahmet Ertegun (1923, founder of Atlantic Records and “Father of Rock and Roll”)

Don Murray (1929, 81, talented lead actor in films like Bus Stop, The Bachelor Party, A Hatful of Rain, The Hoodlum Priest and Advise & Consent—but here at TDOY, we remember him as Sid Fairgate on Knots Landing)

Pat Cooper (1929, 81, actor/stand-up comedian)

Ted Cassidy (1932, pictured, actor and voice artist who bassy tones could be heard on The Adventures of Huck Finn, Frankenstein, Jr. and the Impossibles and The Herculoids…but let’s face it, everybody remembers him as Lurch on The Addams Family)

Barry De Vorzon (1934, 76, composer/musician who wrote the themes to V, Simon & Simon and S.W.A.T…and whose Nadia’s Theme was borrowed for The Young and the Restless; also leader of the Tamerlanes [I Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight])

Geoffrey Lewis (1935, 75, peerless stage, film and television character actor heavily associated with Clint Eastwood films [High Plains Drifter, Thunderbolt and Lightfoot, Every Which Way But Loose, Bronco Billy]; father of actress Juliette)

France Nuyen (1939, 71, TDOY character actress fave who I just glimpsed the other day in a Gunsmoke rerun but whom I enjoyed as Dr. Paulette Kiem on St. Elsewhere; once married to actor Robert Culp)

Daniel Boone (1942, 68—not the character played by Fess Parker, the guy who sang Beautiful Sunday)

Sab Shimono (1943, 67, ubiquitous character actor seen in vehicles like Gung Ho, Blind Date, Presumed Innocent, Suture, The Shadow and Waterworld)

Lobo (aka Kent Lavoie) (1943, 67, wimp-rock 70s singer [I’d Love You to Want Me, Me and You and a Dog Named Boo])

Sherry Lansing (1944, 66, one-time actress who later became head of 20th Century-Fox in 1980 and chairwoman of Paramount in 1992)

Geraldine Chaplin (1944, 66, actress daughter of movie legend Charlie whom I liked in Nashville, Remember My Name and The Mirror Crack’d)

Gary Lewis (1945, 65, musician son of comedian Jerry who, with his group the Playboys, charted pop hits like This Diamond Ring, Everybody Loves a Clown and She’s Just My Style)

Bob Welch (1946, 64, pop music vocalist [Sentimental Lady] and one-time member of Fleetwood Mac}

Barry Van Dyke (1951, 59, son of comic actor Dick who co-starred with his pop on Diagnosis Murder and was also seen on Galactica 1980 and Airwolf II)

Alan Autry (1952, 58, television actor best known for his roles on In the Heat of the Night and Grace Under Fire; former mayor of Fresno, CA)

James Read (1953, 57, television actor [Wildfire, Charmed] who was great on Remington Steele until they fired him after the first season)

Dirk Blocker (1957, 53, television character actor [Black Sheep Squadron] and son of actor Dan of Bonanza fame)

Wesley Snipes (1962, 48, film and television actor [Wildcats, Major League, White Men Can’t Jump, Passenger 57, Jungle Fever] whose IRS troubles have become the stuff of legend)

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Tom McMahon said...

Ted Cassidy worked as a staff announcer for WFAA radio in Dallas prior to his acting career and was part of WFAA's coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Scott C. said...

MST3K fans will fondly remember France Nuyen as Tso-Tsing, the partner and love interest of Roy Thinnes' eponymous espionage agent in the Season 6 episode Codename: Diamondhead.

She's probably best known for her appearance on Star Trek as the alien queen who enslaves Kirk with her tears. Interestingly, she first came to prominence in the U.S. playing opposite Shatner in the original Broadway production of The World of Suzie Wong. (now that's a show I'd gladly buy overpriced tickets on a time machine to see).

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Ted Cassidy worked as a staff announcer for WFAA radio in Dallas prior to his acting career and was part of WFAA's coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

Who says you don't learn something new every day? Thanks for passing this info along, Tom...