Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Ray Bloch (1902, composer/conductor/songwriter whose orchestra was heard on radio’s The Milton Berle Show and who was musical director on the classic sitcom The Honeymooners)

Clifford D. Simak (1904, science fiction scriptwriter who contributed a great deal to radio’s X-Minus One, including “Courtesy,” “How To,” “Junkyard” and “Project Mastodon”)

Dolores del Rio (1905, silent/sound film leading lady seen in vehicles like The Loves of Carmen, The Trail of ’98, Flying Down to Rio and Journey Into Fear)

Gaylord Carter (1905, legendary silent film organist)

John H. Auer (1906, journeyman motion picture director who helmed the likes of Johnny Doughboy, Seven Days Ashore, City That Never Sleeps and Hell’s Half Acre)

Irene Tedrow (1907, venerable OTR character actress who’s best known for her role as Mrs. Lucy Elkins on TV’s Dennis the Menace)

Larry Haines (1918, OTR veteran who was heard on Suspense, Inner Sanctum Mysteries, The Shadow, X-Minus One…and later landed a regular role on TV’s Search for Tomorrow)

Marilyn Maxwell (1921, actress/vocalist heard on radio’s The Abbott & Costello Show and glimpsed in films like Lost in a Harem, The Lemon Drop Kid and Rock-a-Bye Baby)

Jean Hagen (1923, talented film and television actress who was robbed of a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for Singin’ in the Rain and who later played Danny Thomas’ first [and funnier] wife on Make Room for Daddy)

James Komack (1924, actor-writer who started out in supporting roles on sitcoms like Hennesey and The Courtship of Eddie’s Father and then later graduated to directing and producing sitcoms like Chico and the Man and Welcome Back, Kotter)

Tony Bennett (1926, 84, pop music vocalist [I Left My Heart in San Francisco, Because of You, Rags to Riches, Cold, Cold Heart])

Elliot Silverstein (1927, 83, journeyman motion picture director who helmed the likes of Cat Ballou, A Man Called Horse, The Car and scads of TV episodes)

James B. Harris (1928, 82, producer and early Stanley Kubrick crony who also directed films like The Bedford Incident, Cop, Fast Walking and Boiling Point)

Martin Sheen (1940, 70, popular film, television and stage actor who starred on TV’s The West Wing and appeared in movies like The Subject Was Roses, Badlands, The Dead Zone, Wall Street and Gettysburg)

Martha Stewart (1941, 69, television domestic goddess and one-time felon)

John Landis (1950, 60, dickhead film director who helmed the likes of Animal House, The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf in London, Into the Night and Coming to America)

Jay North (1951, 59, pictured with Billy Booth, moppet actor who achieved television immortality as Hank Ketcham’s comic strip creation Dennis the Menace; also voiced the teenaged son of Barney Rubble on Hanna-Barbera’s Pebbles and Bamm-Bamm)

Billy Booth (1952, moppet actor who played Tommy Anderson to North’s Dennis Mitchell on TV’s Dennis the Menace)

John C. McGinley (1959, 51, TDOY character actor fave best known as Dr. Perry Cox on the classic TV sitcom Scrubs but has also appeared in movies like Platoon, Wall Street, Talk Radio, Fat Man and Little Boy and A Midnight Clear)

Sid Bream (1960, 50, former Pittsburgh Pirates player who, as an Atlanta Braves first baseman, miraculously slid into home plate during Game 7 of the 1992 National League Championship Series that pitted the Braves against the Pirates…and gave your humble narrator cardiac arrest when he realized his team was going to the World Series)

Molly Hagan (1961, 49, film and television actress best known for her roles on Herman’s Head, Life’s Work and Unfabulous)

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1 comment:

Andrew Leal said...

I'm tired. I misread McGinley as "John McGiver" and thought "That birth year *has* to be a typo."