Friday, August 6, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Louella Parsons (1881, legendary Hollywood gossip columnist)

Leo Carrillo (1881, venerable character actor seen in movies like The Guilty Generation, If You Could Only Cook, History is Made at Night and Too Hot to Handle…but remembered by legions of baby boomers as Pancho, sidekick to The Cisco Kid)

Frank Tuttle (1892, journeyman motion picture director who helmed such vehicles as Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em, Kid Boots, Roman Scandals, The Glass Key, Charlie McCarthy, Detective and This Gun for Hire)

Hoot Gibson (1892, legendary silent/sound movie cowboy)

Jack Kirkwood (1894, riotous second banana comedian who enjoyed a long association with Bob Hope on his radio show and in films like Fancy Pants)

Ballard Berkeley (1904, distinguished British character actor best remembered as the befogged Major Gowen in the John Cleese Britcom Fawlty Towers)

Keith Fowler (1906, radio and television scribe who enjoyed a long association as one of the writers of George Burns and Gracie Allen’s radio and TV show)

Dick Purcell (1908, character actor seen in movies like Ceiling Zero, Bullets or Ballots, The Bank Dick and Reveille with Beverly…but remembered by legions of serial fans as the first Captain America in the 1944 chapter play)

Will Lee (1908, blacklisted character actor fondly remembered by baby boomers as storekeeper Mr. Hooper on PBS’ Sesame Street)

Charles Crichton (1910, British motion picture director remembered for his deft comic touch in helming vehicles like The Lavender Hill Mob, The Titfield Thunderbolt, The Battle of the Sexes and A Fish Called Wanda)

Lucille Ball (1911, pictured with Jimmy Durante, the First Lady of Television [I Love Lucy, The Lucy Show, Here’s Lucy])

Pamela Blake (1915, B-picture actress remembered for her work in Westerns and serials like The Mysterious Mr. M, The Sea Hound and Ghost of Zorro)

Jim Ameche (1915, brother of Don and one-time “Jack Armstrong” on radio [not to mention Mountie Jim West on The Silver Eagle)

Robert Mitchum (1917, TDOY actor god who starred in such films as Pursued, Crossfire, Out of the Past, Blood on the Moon, His Kind of Woman, The Night of the Hunter, Thunder Road, Cape Fear, El Dorado, The Friends of Eddie Coyle, etc.)

Ella Raines (1920, actress ingénue who appeared in several important 40s films including Phantom Lady, Hail the Conquering Hero, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry and Brute Force)

Jackie Kelk (1923, juvenile actor in films and on television, but immortalized on radio as Henry Aldrich’s bosom chum Homer Brown on The Aldrich Family)

Barbara Bates (1925, ingénue actress who appeared in films like All About Eve, The Secret of Convict Lake, Belles on Their Toes and The Caddy; committed suicide in 1969)

Frank Finlay (1926, 84, peerless stage, film and television actor who appeared in vehicles such as A Study in Terror, Othello, The Three Musketeers and The Four Musketeers…but fondly remembered here at TDOY as the sinister Astley Yardley in the Britcom How Do You Want Me?)

Lois Nettleton (1927, venerable film, television and stage character actress who had recurring roles in the TV series Accidental Family and In the Heat of the Night…but I’ll never forget her performance in that classic Twilight Zone episode “The Midnight Sun”)

Andy Warhol (1928, painter, film director and pop culture icon)

Vince Powell (1928, veteran Britcom scribe who wrote and/or created with partner Harry Driver Britcom classics like Nearest and Dearest, Never Mind the Quality, Feel the Width, For the Love of Ada, Love Thy Neighbour and Never the Twain)

Barbara Windsor (1937, 73, engaging British comedy actress easily recognized for her performances in The Rag Trade, EastEnders and the Carry On movie series)

Peter Bonerz (1938, 72, writer-comic actor whose early performances in films like Funnyman and Medium Cool led to his most famous role as dentist Jerry Robinson on The Bob Newhart Show…and then a lengthy career as a TV sitcom director after that)

Paul Bartel (1938, cult actor-director who can be seen in films like Hollywood Boulevard, Piranha, Rock ‘n’ Roll High School and Get Crazy…and who directed movies such as Death Race 2000, Cannonball, Private Parts and Eating Raoul)

Louise Sorel (1940, 70, TDOY actress fave who achieved television immortality as the delectably wicked Vivian Alamain on Days of Our Lives)

Ray Buktenica (1943, 67, nebbish actor who was everywhere on TV in the 1970s, playing Brenda Morgenstern’s boyfriend Benny on Rhoda and Dr. Norman Solomon on House Calls)

Michael Anderson, Jr. (1943, 67, teenage heartthrob actor remembered for his roles in The Sons of Katie Elder and on TV’s The Monroes)

Dorian Harewood (1950, 60, film/TV actor and voice artist glimpsed in films like Sparkle, Looker, The Falcon and the Snowman and Full Metal Jacket and TV series like Strike Force, Trauma Center, Glitter, 7th Heaven and Boomtown)

Catherine Hicks (1951, 59, television icon [Ryan’s Hope, The Bad News Bears, Tucker’s Witch, 7th Heaven] and first-rate Marilyn Monroe impersonator)

Stephanie Kramer (1956, 54, film and television actress [We’ve Got it Made, Hunter])

Faith Prince (1957, 53, stage, film and TV actress/voice artist seen in TV shows like High Society, Spin City and Huff)

Ira Angustain (1958, 52, film/television actor best known as Ricky Gomez on TV’s The White Shadow)

Moosie Drier (1964, 46, annoying moppet actor seen on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In and The Bob Newhart Show who’s dabbled a bit in directing for TV)

Soleil Moon Frye (1976, 34, equally annoying moppet actor best-known for her starring role in the lame TV sitcom Punky Brewster and as Roxie on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch; also directing)

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Amanda said...

Lucy and Mitchum today? Can't have two bigger stars

Scott C. said...

MST3K fans will remember Frank Finlay as the (Spoiler Alert!) homicidal apiarist in the Sci-Fi Channel episode The Deadly Bees.