Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Gustav von Seyffertitz (1863, silent/sound film character actor seen in movies like Sparrows, The Student Prince in Old Heidelberg, The Docks of New York and Shanghai Express)

William Keighley (1889, motion picture director who helmed the likes of ‘G’ Men, Bullets or Ballots, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Each Dawn I Die, The Man Who Came to Dinner and The Street With No Name; also hosted The Lux Radio Theater from 1945-52)

John Picorri (1895, stage and film character actor whom I heavily associate with serials including S.O.S. Coast Guard, The Fighting Devil Dogs…and his signature role as the too-creepy-for-words Moloch in the 1937 Dick Tracy chapter play)

Abe Lyman (1897, composer/musician whose orchestra played on many top radio shows and was featured in films like Madam Satan, Broadway Through a Keyhole and Sweet Surrender)

Joseph Calleia (1897, stage, film and television character actor glimpsed in vehicles like After the Thin Man, Five Came Back, My Little Chickadee, The Glass Key, Gilda, The Noose Hangs High and Touch of Evil)

Louis “Satchmo” Armstrong (1901, pictured, American music legend/jazz singer-trumpeter who can be seen in films like Cabin in the Sky, Here Comes the Groom, High Society and The Five Pennies, among many, many others)

Clara Peller (1902, cloying and annoying pitchwoman in the Wendy’s “Where’s the beef?” commercials that stopped being funny about the millionth time you saw them)

Helen Kane (1903, legendary stage and film actress/vocalist who was the inspiration for the Fleischer Studios’ animated creation, Betty Boop)

Wally Maher (1908, motion picture actor best remembered for his many radio roles and for being the voice of Tex Avery’s wacky animated creation, Screwy Squirrel)

Barbara Townsend (1913, television actress best remembered as Mildred Potter, wife of Colonel Sherman Potter in the weak spin-off to TV’s M*A*S*H, AfterMASH)

Carol Arthur (1935, 75, character actress seen in many films featuring Dom DeLuise—Blazing Saddles, Silent Movie, Hot Stuff—probably because she was Mrs. DeLuise)

Frankie Ford (1939, 71, one-hit wonder [Sea Cruise])

Timi Yuro (1940, one-hit wonder [Hurt])

Tina Cole (1943, 67, film and television actress best known for her long-running stint as Katie Miller Douglas on the classic sitcom My Three Sons)

Richard Belzer (1944, 66, TDOY hero/author/stand-up comedian/actor whose creation of Detective John Munch has appeared in about a gazillion TV series, notably Homicide: Life on the Street and Law & Order: Special Victims Unit)

Kristoffer Tabori (1952, 58, film and television actor-director who appeared in scads of TV shows in the 70s and 80s—but the one that stands out is an episode of What Really Happened to the Class of ’65? in which he plays a ‘Nam war veteran who lost a leg)

Bobby Buntrock (1952, moppet actor best remembered for playing Harold, the mentally challenged son of George and Dorothy Baxter on the sitcom Hazel)

Billy Bob Thornton (1955, 55, eccentric actor-writer-director seen in television and films such as One False Move, Sling Blade, A Simple Plan and Monster’s Ball)

Meg Whitman (1956, 54, former eBay CEO, current California GOP gubernatorial nominee…and une dickhead formidable)

Kym Karath (1958, 52, moppet actress in films and on TV [Family Affair, My Three Sons, The Brady Bunch] who grew up to be smokin’ hot)

Lauren Tom (1961, 49, actress and voice artist with a gazillion IMDb credits but who would rate a mention here even if the only thing she ever did was provide the voice of Futurama’s Amy Wong)

Barack Obama (1961, 49, 44th President of the United States)

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