Thursday, August 5, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Reginald Owen (1887, British character actor great seen in films like Platinum Blonde, Queen Christina, A Tale of Two Cities, A Christmas Carol, Random Harvest and so many more)

John Huston (1906, TDOY director god who helmed movie classics like The Maltese Falcon, The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Key Largo, The Asphalt Jungle, The African Queen and so many more)

Joan Hickson (1906, venerable British character actress who is perhaps best known for her portrayal of Agatha Christie’s Miss Jane Marple in TV movies like A Pocket Full of Rye, The Murder at the Vicarage, A Caribbean Mystery and The Mirror Crack’d)

Robert Taylor (1911, silver screen heartthrob and Laura’s Miscellaneous Musings fave who appeared in such film classics as Camille, Three Comrades, Waterloo Bridge, Johnny Eager, Devil’s Doorway and so many more)

David Brian (1914, bland beefcake actor who appeared in films like Flamingo Road, Intruder in the Dust, The Damned Don’t Cry, This Woman is Dangerous and The High and the Mighty; also TV’s Mr. District Attorney)

Parley Baer (1914, pictured with Georgia Ellis and Howard McNear, TDOY character actor god whose most famous roles include Chester Wesley Proudfoot on radio’s Gunsmoke, next-door neighbor Darby on TV’s The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet and Mayor Stoner on TV’s The Andy Griffith Show)

Don Chaffey (1917, film and television director whose best known movies include Jason and the Argonauts, The Three Lives of Thomasina, One Million B.C. and Pete’s Dragon)

Tom Drake (1918, boy-next-door actor who appeared in films like Two Girls and a Sailor, Maisie Goes to Reno, Meet Me in St. Louis, Cass Timberlane, Scene of the Crime, etc.)

Mickey Shaughnessy (1920, burly character actor glimpsed in vehicles like The Marrying Kind, From Here to Eternity, Jailhouse Rock, Gunman’s Walk, Don’t Give Up the Ship and North to Alaska)

Selma Diamond (1920, comic actress-writer who scripted many a Your Show of Shows outing and was the inspiration for The Dick Van Dyke Show’s Sally Rogers; later convulsed audiences as chain-smoking bailiff Selma Hacker on the sitcom Night Court)

Sandy Kenyon (1922, character actor and voice artist seen and heard on scads of television shows throughout the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s)

Eddie Brandt (1924, 86, former actor-writer-songwriter who opened up the Mecca of movie collectible and video stores in North Hollywood, CA…Eddie Brandt’s Saturday Matinee)

Neil Armstrong (1930, 80, first man on the moon)

Beverly Wills (1933, actress daughter of comedienne Joan Davis who had regular roles on Davis’ radio and TV sitcoms; also tells the one-legged jockey joke in Some Like it Hot)

Zakas Mokae (1934, South African film, TV and stage character actor prominently featured in movies such as Cry Freedom, The Serpent and the Rainbow, A Dry White Season and Outbreak)

Vern Gosdin (1934, country music singer affectionately known as “The Voice”)

John Saxon (1935, 75, venerable character actor in cult films and TV whose showcases include The Unguarded Moment, Queen of Blood, Joe Kidd, Enter the Dragon, Moonshine County Express, Battle Beyond the Stars and A Nightmare on Elm Street)

Carla Lane (1937, 73, writer and creator of such classic Britcoms as The Liver Birds, Butterflies, Solo, The Mistress, Bread and I Woke Up One Morning)

Tim Preece (1938, 72, British comic actor whom I always remember as the pedantic son-in-law on The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin and the befuddled Vicar on Waiting for God)

Bob Clark (1939, 71, motion picture director whose works include Black Christmas, Murder by Decree, Porky’s, Tribute and A Christmas Story)

Natalie Trundy (1940, 70, character actress who was in four of the five Planet of the Apes movies)

Bobby Braddock (1940, 70, country music singer-songwriting great [D-I-V-O-R-C-E, He Stopped Loving Her Today, Thinkin’ of a Rendezvous, Golden Ring])

Sammi Smith (1943, country music singer-songwriter who never really reached the heights established by her Grammy-winning smash Help Me Make It Through the Night)

Loni Anderson (1945, 65, smokin’ hot actress beloved here at TDOY for her role as sexy receptionist Jennifer Marlowe on the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati…and now she’s able to collect Medicare)

Erika Slezak (1946, 64, soap opera diva [All My Children])

Rick Derringer (1947, 63, rock ‘n’ roll musician who wrote and sang the 70s anthem Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo)

Holly Palance (1950, 60, actress daughter of Jack who I liked in The Best of Times)

Chip Fields (1951, 59, television character actress who played the psycho mom who wailed on little Janet Jackson’s character on Good Times; mother of Kim)

Samantha Sang (1953, 57, Aussie disco diva whose Bee Gees-produced song Emotion turned out to be her only hit)

Maureen McCormick (1956, 54, Marcia, Marcia, Marcia!)

Lizz Winstead (1961, 49, writer-comedienne and co-creator of The Daily Show)

Tawny Kitaen (1961, 49, smokin’ hot model-actress who for inexplicable reasons married that Whitesnake guy)

Terri Clark (1968, 42, country music vocalist [Better Things to Do, Girls Lie Too, When Boy Meets Girl, I Wanna Do It All])

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Scott C. said...

Samantha Sang -- yikes -- sudden nostalgia whiplash (although I'm not sure "nostalgia" is the right word to describe the sensation of suddenly remembering she existed).

MST3K fans will fondly recall Eddie Brandt as the co-writer (along with director Paul Frees) of the songs for The Beatniks, including the immortal pop power ballad, "Leather Coat." Okay, they probably won't, but he was.

They'll also recall John Saxon as the bad guy who is completely forgotten about and disappears from the story about halfway through Joel's last episode, Mitchell.

Back in the heyday of VHS, I could be found browsing the stacks at Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee three times a week. that's nostalgia.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Back in the heyday of VHS, I could be found browsing the stacks at Eddie Brandt's Saturday Matinee three times a week. that's nostalgia.

Envious green is definitely not my color.