Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Stanley Blystone (1894, venerable character actor seen in scads of B-westerns, serials and Columbia comedy two-reelers)

Erle C. Kenton (1896, journeyman motion picture director who helmed many comedy classics such as You’re Telling Me!, Pardon My Sarong, Who Done It? and She Gets Her Man)

Morris Stoloff (1898, composer and Academy Award-winning head of Columbia Pictures’ music department who scored a huge Top Ten hit in 1956 with Moonglow/Theme from ‘Picnic’)

Daphne Heard (1904, veteran British actress who played Mrs. Polouvicka in one of my Mom’s favorite Britcoms, To the Manor Born)

Alice Frost (1905, pictured with Joseph Curtin, veteran OTR/film/television actress heard frequently on radio shows like Big Sister, The Shadow and Mr. and Mrs. North)

Bonnie Bonnell (1905, talentless and unfunny girlfriend of comedian Ted Healy who turns up in too many of the M-G-M comedy shorts he made with the Three Stooges)

Walter Scharf (1910, bandleader/conductor/composer who provided the music for many feature films, television shows and radio programs like The Phil Harris-Alice Faye Show)

Henry Jones (1912, peerless stage, film and television character great best remembered for roles in films like The Bad Seed, The Girl Can’t Help It, 3:10 to Yuma, Vertigo and Support Your Local Sheriff!)

J. Lee Thompson (1914, British motion picture director whose films include Northwest Frontier, The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear, What a Way to Go! and Mackenna’s Gold)

Arthur Hill (1922, film and television actor best remembered for movies like Harper, Petulia and The Andromeda Strain…and as TV’s Owen Marshall: Counselor at Law)

Marcia Mae Jones (1924, moppet actress who earned the respect of yours truly for torturing the insufferable Shirley Temple in 1939’s The Little Princess)

Meg Randall (1926, 84, ingénue actress best remembered for 1949’s The Life of Riley and as the girlfriend/wife of oldest Kettle kid Richard Long in the Ma & Pa Kettle films)

Geoffrey Holder (1930, 80, bald dancer/choreographer/actor seen in films like Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex…But Were Afraid to Ask, Live and Let Die and Annie…but most people know him as “The Uncola Man” in those 70s 7-Up ads)

Dom DeLuise (1933, falling-down funny comedic actor who had a long association with Burt Reynolds in films like The End, Smokey and the Bandit II, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas and both Cannonball Run movies)

Terry Kiser (1939, 71, veteran film and television actor whose legacy is unfortunately going to be that of “comical” corpse Bernie Lomax in the Weekend at Bernie’s movies)

Jerry Garcia (1942, leader of the Grateful Dead)

Susan Lanier (1947, 63, former actress turned photographer who’s remembered for her role in the cult classic The Hills Have Eyes…and for being dumped from the second pilot of the sitcom Three’s Company)

Taylor Negron (1957, 53, veteran film and television actor seen in films like Easy Money, Better Off Dead…, River’s Edge, One Crazy Summer, Punchline and How I Got into College)

John Carroll Lynch (1963, 47, modern-day character great recognized in films like Beautiful Girls, Fargo and Zodiac…and as Drew Carey’s cross-dressing brother on The Drew Carey Show)

Sam Mendes (1965, 45, Academy Award-winning motion picture director whose films include American Beauty, Road to Perdition, Jarhead and Revolutionary Road)

Tempestt Bledsoe (1973, 37, moppet actress/voice artist who achieved TV immortality as Vanessa Huxtable on the classic sitcom The Cosby Show)

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1 comment:

Amanda said...

I adore Alice Frost! Happy Birthday to her and all the other wonderful Birthdays.