Sunday, August 8, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Victor Young (1899, Academy Award-winning musician/composer who scored scads of motion pictures like Ministry of Fear, Gun Crazy, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Quiet Man, Johnny Guitar, Written on the Wind, Around the World in 80 Days, etc.)

Robert Siodmak (1900, TDOY director fave who helmed all sorts of motion pictures but is renowned for his film noir efforts: Phantom Lady, Christmas Holiday, The Strange Affair of Uncle Harry, The Killers, The Dark Mirror, Cry of the City, Criss Cross, etc.)

Don Terry (1902, B-picture leading man best remembered here at TDOY as the silver screen’s incarnation of comic strip hero Don Winslow in the 1942 serial Don Winslow of the Navy and its 1943 sequel, Don Winslow of the Coast Guard)

Benny Carter (1907, songwriter/musician/saxophonist [Because of You, Cow Cow Boogie] who also scored the memorable music for TV’s M Squad)

Ford Rainey (1908, venerable film and television character actor whom I remember for his presence in scads of TV oaters…and for reasons that are unclear to me, The Bionic Woman)

Sylvia Sidney (1910, incomparable leading lady who brightened up films like City Streets, Fury, Sabotage, You Only Live Once, Dead End and Violent Saturday; experience a late career “comeback” with hilarious turns in Beetlejuice and Mars Attacks!)

Axel Stordahl (1913, composer/bandleader heavily identified with many of Frank Sinatra’s early musical recordings; also wrote the jaunty theme music for McHale’s Navy)

Esther Williams (1921, 89, M-G-M leading lady who swam up a storm in musicals like Bathing Beauty, Neptune’s Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid, Dangerous When Wet, etc.)

Webb Pierce (1921, country music legend [In the Jailhouse Now, More and More, There Stands the Glass, No Love Have I, Slowly, Honky Tonk Song])

William Asher (1921, writer-producer-director of TV sitcoms like The Patty Duke Show, Bewitched, Temperatures Rising and Alice; also directed many of the Frankie and Annette “Beach Party” films)

Rory Calhoun (1922, ruggedly handsome leading man in motion pictures—mostly B-westerns—and later a TV presence on the boob tube oater The Texan and the 1980’s soap Capitol)

Richard Anderson (1926, 84, venerable character actor who’s probably in every feature film released by M-G-M in the 1950s—but lives on here at TDOY for his roles as Lt. Steve Drumm on TV’s Perry Mason and Oscar Goldman on The Six Million Dollar Man and The Bionic Woman)

Nita Talbot (1930, 80, venerable film and television actress who despite her many roles always stands out as the Natasha Fatale-like Marya on Hogan’s Heroes; sister to B-picture fave Gloria)

Mel Tillis (1932, 78, living singing-songwriting legend of country music who wrote so many hits for Webb Pierce I was stunned to see they shared a birthday…you’ve heard Webb’s hit Tupelo County Jail—here’s Mel’s version [which he wrote]…)

Joe Tex (1933, R&B singing-songwriting legend [I Gotcha, Hold On to What You’ve Got, Skinny Legs and All])

Janet MacLachlan (1933, 77, film and television character actress seen on shows like Love Thy Neighbor, Archie Bunker’s Place, Cagney & Lacey and Santa Barbara)

Michael Lombard (1934, 76, venerable film and television character actor who you may remember from the short-lived sitcom Filthy Rich and as the kidnapped banker in Prizzi’s Honor)

Dustin Hoffman (1937, 73, Academy Award-winning actor seen in classics like The Graduate, Midnight Cowboy, Little Big Man, Straw Dogs, Papillion, Lenny, All the President’s Men, Straight Time, Kramer vs. Kramer, Tootsie, Rain Man and so many more)

Connie Stevens (1938, 72, pictured with Robert Conrad and Troy Donahue, actress-vocalist who’s remembered here at TDOY as Cricket Blake on the TV detective drama Hawaiian Eye and as a pseudo-Gracie Allen on George Burns’ Wendy and Me)

Brooke Bundy (1944, 66, ubiquitous television actress who was everywhere on the tube in the 60s/70s…and yet if you ask me what she’s done, the first thing I’ll think of is that busted “Kelly’s Kids” pilot on The Brady Bunch with Ken Berry)

Larry Wilcox (1947, 63, television actor immortalized for his co-starring role as Officer Jon Baker in the classic cop show CHiPs)

Keith Carradine (1949, 61, acting/singing scion of TDOY fave John who’s appeared in films like McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Emperor of the North Pole, Thieves Like Us, Nashville, Pretty Baby, The Long Riders, Southern Comfort, Choose Me, etc.)

Martin Brest (1951, 59, motion picture director who helmed the likes of Going in Style, Beverly Hills Cop, Midnight Run…and then sort of lost his mojo after that)

Annette D’Agostino Lloyd (1962, 48, Facebook chum, author and Harold Lloyd expert [The Harold Lloyd Encyclopedia])

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