Monday, August 16, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Grim Natwick (1890, veteran animator who was the actual creator of Betty Boop; also worked at Disney on Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and for Walter Lantz and UPA)

Lucien Littlefield (1895, ubiquitous character actor seen in vehicles such as Broken Lullaby, Sons of the Desert, Ruggles of Red Gap, The Murder Man, Man on the Flying Trapeze, The Little Foxes, Whistling in Dixie, Zorro’s Black Whip and Jinx Money)

Eddie Green (1896, underrated second banana who made listening to radio comedies like Duffy’s Tavern and Amos ‘n’ Andy [as Stonewall the lawyer] a positive delight)

Glenn Strange (1899, TDOY character fave from B-Westerns and serials who also played at various times throughout his career the Frankenstein monster, the Lone Ranger’s mortal enemy Butch Cavendish and Gunsmoke bartender Sam Noonan)

Walter Kinsella (1900, OTR veteran remembered for his roles as Sgt. Mullins on Mr. and Mrs. North, Len Harrington on Mr. District Attorney and Hap McMann on Martin Kane, Private Eye)

Mae Clarke (1910, TDOY actress fave seen in such films as The Front Page, Waterloo Bridge, Frankenstein, Night World, Penguin Pool Murder, Turn Back the Clock, Lady Killer, Penthouse…and the classic grapefruit-in-the-kisser scene in The Public Enemy)

Al Hibbler (1915, pop music vocalist [Unchained Melody])

Gloria Blondell (1915, sister of Joan and OTR veteran best remembered as gal Friday Jerry Booker on I Love a Mystery; also voiced Daisy Duck and played Honeybee Gillis on the TV sitcom The Life of Riley)

Fess Parker (1924, television icon [Disney’s Davy Crockett, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Daniel Boone])

Bennie Bartlett (1924, Bowery boy)

Ann Blyth (1928, 82, film and television actress best known as bitch-on-wheels Veda Pierce Forrester in Mildred Pierce; can also be glimpsed in Brute Force, A Woman’s Vengeance, Another Part of the Forest, Our Very Own, Thunder on the Hill, etc.)

Frank Gifford (1930, 80, former professional football player, Monday Night Football analyst and horndog)

Robert Culp (1930, pictured with Bill Cosby, television icon [Trackdown, I Spy, The Greatest American Hero, Everybody Loves Raymond])

Betsy von Furstenberg (1931, 79, stage and television actress whom I associate with a lot of soap opera work [As the World Turns, Another World, The Secret Storm])

Eydie Gormé (1931, 79, pop music vocalist and duet partner of Steve Lawrence)

Julie Newmar (1933, 77, smokin’ hot actress seen in vehicles Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Li’l Abner, Mackenna’s Gold and The Maltese Bippy; played statuesque robot Rhoda Miller on TV’s My Living Doll and the sexy Catwoman on Batman)

Anita Gillette (1936, 74, ubiquitous television actress and game show celeb seen in the likes of Me and the Chimp, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Quincy, M.E., Almost Grown, Normal, Ohio, The War at Home and 30 Rock)

Gary Clarke (1936, 74, television actor best known for his roles on Michael Shayne, The Virginian and Hondo)

Lorraine Gary (1937, 73, film and television actress who appeared in three of the four Jaws movies; also can be glimpsed in Car Wash, Just Me and You, Kid and 1941)

Ketty Lester (1938, 72, pop music vocalist [Love Letters] who’s also done a lot of acting, notably as Hester-Sue Terhune on Little House on the Prairie)

Carole Shelley (1939, 71, stage, film and television actress whose major TDOY distinction is playing Gwendolyn Pigeon in both the stage, film and TV versions of The Odd Couple)

Billy Joe Shaver (1939, 71, country music singer-songwriter [Georgia on a Fast Train, I’m Just an Old Chunk of Coal, Old Five and Dimers Like Me, Honky Tonk Heroes] who’s also acted in movies like The Apostle and Secondhand Lions}

Bruce Beresford (1940, 70, Australian motion picture director whose films include Don’s Party, Breaker Morant, Tender Mercies, Crimes of the Heart, Her Alibi, Driving Miss Daisy, A Good Man in Africa and Double Jeopardy)

Barbara George (1942, pop music vocalist [I Know])

John Challis (1942, 68, British actor best known for his comic turn as Aubrey “Boycie” Boyce on the Britcom Only Fools and Horses and its spin-off, The Green, Green Grass)

Sharon Baird (1943, 67, Mouseketeer who later got work on Sid and Marty Krofft productions like H.R. Pufnstuf, The Bugaloos, Lidsville, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters and Land of the Lost)

Bob Balaban (1945, 65, film and television character actor seen in many of Christopher Guest’s concoctions [Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration] and who achieved TV immortality as NBC exec Russell Dalrymple on Seinfeld)

Lesley Ann Warren (1946, 64, film and television actress seen in such movies as The Happiest Millionaire, Victor/Victoria, Choose Me, Songwriter and The Limey; also played Dana Lambert on Mission: Impossible from 1970-71)

Reginald VelJohnson (1952, 58, character actor seen in such films as Ghostbusters, Die Hard and Die Hard 2 who stoically earned his paycheck acting beside the annoying Jaleel White [as über nerd Steve Urkel] on the TV sitcom Family Matters)

Caitlin O’Heaney (1953, 57, film and television actress that I liked on Tales of the Gold Monkey and The Charmings even though I haven’t seen her in anything else)

Kathie Lee Gifford (1953, 57, infuriatingly annoying talk show host-vocalist and sweatshop operator; married to birthday boy/horndog Frank)

James Cameron (1954, 56, Academy Award-winning motion picture director/king of the world whose films include The Terminator, Aliens, The Abyss, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, True Lies, Gigantic Titanic and Avatar; also un dickhead formidable)

Laura Innes (1957, 53, TDOY actress fave best remembered as Dr. Kerry Weaver on ER although I have a soft spot for her portrayal of Lowell Mather’s nympho ex-wife Bunny on Wings)

Angela Bassett (1958, 52, film and television actress seen in such vehicles as Boyx N the Hood, City of Hope, Passion Fish, Innocent Blood, Malcolm X, What’s Love Got to Do With It, Waiting to Exhale, How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Sunshine State)

Steve Carell (1962, 48, comic film and television actor and former Daily Show correspondent whose vehicles include TV’s The Office and the films Bruce Almighty, Bewitched, Little Miss Sunshine, The 40 Year Old Virgin and Get Smart)

Christine Cavanaugh (1963, 47, voice artist extraordinaire who can be heard on shows such as Darkwing Duck, The Critic, Rugrats, Dexter’s Laboratory and Aaahh!!! Real Monsters)

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Amanda said...

Ann Blyth is a goddess! And of course Mae Clarke is iconic. Who doesn't think about that fabulous scene when they have a grapefrut? Happy Birthday to all the fabulous birthdays today.

Scott said...

MST3K fans will remember Glenn Strange as the improbably named "Pedro" in the 1942 Poverty Row Wolfman ripoff The Mad Monster.