Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Samuel Goldwyn (1879, independent studio mogul whose “Include me out” has become a permanent part of my vocab; produced such classics as Wuthering Heights, The Little Foxes, Ball of Fire, The Pride of the Yankees, The Best Years of Our Lives, Guys and Dolls, etc.)

Monty Woolley (1888, superlative character thesp who made his presence known in films like Midnight, Never Say Die, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Pied Piper, Life Begins at Eight-Thirty, Since You Went Away and The Bishop’s Wife; also radio’s The Magnificent Montague)

Mae West (1893, legendary screen comedienne who starred in such vehicles as She Done Him Wrong, I’m No Angel, Belle of the Nineties, Goin’ to Town, Klondike Annie, Go West Young Man, Every Day’s a Holiday and My Little Chickadee)

John Brahm (1893, German motion picture director who helmed favorites like Girls’ School, Escape to Glory, The Lodger, Guest in the House and Hangover Square; later directed episodes of TV classics like M Squad, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, Naked City, The Twilight Zone, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., etc.)

Dewey Robinson (1898, unsung character actor glimpsed in films such as She Done Him Wrong, Diplomaniacs, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Toast of New York, The Great McGinty, The Palm Beach Story, etc.)

Frederick W. Ziv (1905, radio and television syndication pioneer—among his productions: Boston Blackie, I Led Three Lives, The Cisco Kid, Science Fiction Theater, Tombstone Territory, Highway Patrol, Sea Hunt and Bat Masterson)

Evelyn Ankers (1918, Universal’s “Scream Queen” who appeared in vehicles like Hold That Ghost, The Wolf Man, The Ghost of Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and the Voice of Terror, Son of Dracula, Weird Woman, The Invisible Man’s Revenge, etc.)

Georgia Gibbs (1919, “Her Nibs”—pop music vocalist [Tweedle Dee, Kiss of Fire])

Maureen O’Hara (1920, 90, pictured, TDOY actress goddess who gets my attention in the likes of How Green Was My Valley, The Fallen Sparrow, Miracle on 34th Street, Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Long Grey Line, The Parent Trap, McLintock!, etc.)

Julius Harris (1925, veteran character actor seen in such vehicles as Nothing But a Man, Shaft’s Big Score!, Super Fly, Black Caesar, Trouble Man, Live and Let Die, Hell Up in Harlem, The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, Let’s Do It Again, etc.)

Glenn Corbett (1933, television icon [It’s a Man’s World, Route 66, Dallas] who also appeared in such films as The Crimson Kimono, Homicidal, Shenandoah, Chisum and Big Jake)

Mark Dinning (1933, one-hit wonder [Teen Angel])

Ed Sanders (1939, 71, poet and Fug)

Robert De Niro (1943, 67, Academy Award-winning actor seen in such classics as Greetings, Hi, Mom!, Bang the Drum Slowly, Mean Streets, The Godfather: Part II, Taxi Driver, The Deer Hunter, Raging Bull, The King of Comedy, The Untouchables, Midnight Run, Goodfellas, etc.)

Martha Coolidge (1946, 64. motion picture director who helmed such films as Valley Girl, City Girl, Real Genius, Rambling Rose, Lost in Yonkers, Angie, Three Wishes, etc.)

Wesley Eure (1951, 59, soap opera actor [Days of Our Lives] whose fame here at TDOY remains that of his signature role of Will Marshall in the Saturday morning fave Land of the Lost)

Belinda Carlisle (1958, 52, Go-Go)

Maria McKee (1964, 46, pop music vocalist and former lead singer of Lone Justice)

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Amanda said...

Gotta love goddess Maureen O'Hara and of course the saucy Mae West

Scott said...

In addition to wasting consonants, Glenn Corbett is probably best remembered for his appearance in the second season of Star Trek (the Original Series), where he played Zefram Cochrane, the inventor of warp drive, and hooked up with the numptious Elinor Donahue (playing a dying diplomat whose body is possessed -- hermit crab-style -- by a lovesick alien, leading to an off-screen, but strongly implied bout of interspecies nookie).

Of course, MST3K fans will remember Corbett from the failed 1973 TV pilot Stranded in Space (AKA The Stranger), which was riffed in Season 3.

Not sure why, but I always enjoyed it whenever Glenn would pop up in a TV show or movie; he was kind of bland, but there was just something about the guy that was so darn likable.