Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

T. Roy Barnes (1880, silent/sound film character actor best remembered as the salesman in It’s a Gift who’s looking for a Carl LaFong—capital L, small a, capital F, small o, small n, small g)

Samuel Bischoff (1890, motion picture producer whose films include The Dark Horse, The Last Mile, Escape to Glory, You’ll Never Get Rich, A Night to Remember, None Shall Escape, A Thousand and One Nights, Pitfall and The Phenix City Story)

Helen Broderick (1891, wise-cracking supporting actress who can be seen in films like Top Hat, Murder on a Bridle Path, Swing Time, Radio City Revels and Naughty But Nice; mother of Broderick Crawford)

Lloyd Nolan (1902, pictured, venerable actor seen in scads of films and TV shows, including ‘G’ Men, the Michael Shayne movie series, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, The House on 92nd Street, The Street With No Name, The Lemon Drop Kid, Hannah and Her Sisters and TV’s Martin Kane, Private Eye and Julia)

William C. Thomas (1903, motion picture producer who, along with partner William H. Pine [“The Dollar Bills”], made cheap-to-make but highly profitable B-pictures for Paramount in the 30s, 40s and 50s)

Henry Kulky (1911, former wrestler turned actor who had substantial roles on TV’s The Life of Riley, Hennesey and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea; can also be seen in films like You Never Can Tell, No Holds Barred and New York Confidential)

Jean Parker (1915, stage, film and television actress seen in films like Gabriel Over the White House, Lady For a Day, Little Women, The Flying Deuces, Dead Man’s Eyes and The Gunfighter)

Dik Browne (1917, creator of Hagar the Horrible and co-creator [with Mort Walker] of Hi and Lois)

Mike Douglas (1925, actor, singer [The Men in My Little Girl’s Life] and talk show host)

Stuart Rosenberg (1927, film/television director whose movies include Cool Hand Luke, WUSA, Pocket Money, The Laughing Policeman, The Drowning Pool, Voyage of the Damned, The Amityville Horror, Brubaker and The Pope of Greenwich Village)

Arlene Dahl (1928, 82, actress-singer associated with M-G-M films including A Southern Yankee, Scene of the Crime, Three Little Words, Watch the Birdie and No Questions Asked)

Jerry Falwell (1933, televangelist, founder of Liberty University…and while he was still shuffling around on this mortal coil, un dickhead formidable)

Kenny Gamble (1943, 67, songwriter, producer and founder of, along with partner Leon Huff, Philadelphia International records—home to such artists as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the O’Jays and Billy Paul)

John Conlee (1946, 64, country music vocalist who wrote and recorded my favorite song of all time, Rose Colored Glasses)

Stuart Gordon (1947, 63, cult movie director whose films include Re-Animator, From Beyond, Dolls, Robot Jox, Fortress, Castle Freak and The Wonderful Ice Cream Suit)

Eric Carmen (1949, 61, former Raspberry and pop music vocalist whose hits include All by Myself and Make Me Lose Control)

Joe Rogan (1967, 43, stand-up comedian and actor whose presence on the TV sitcom classic NewsRadio can’t quite excuse the fact that he hosted the execrable Fear Factor for five freakin’ years)

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1 comment:

Scott C. said...

Stuart Gordon has written the book for, and is directing a musical version of Re-Animator. I met him at the backer's audition, and he's a very short, bald, friendly guy. I barely managed to avoid geeking all over him.