Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Hal Foster (1892, creator of Prince Valiant)

Alan Mowbray (1896, British character actor who appeared in a gazillion films including Guilty Hands, Jewel Robbery, Little Man, What Now?, Charlie Chan in London, My Man Godfrey, Topper, I Wake Up Screaming, Terror by Night, My Darling Clementine, etc.)

Walter O’Keefe (1900, jack-of-all-trades including actor, singer-composer, radio/TV game host—emceed radio and TV’s Double or Nothing for many years and also introduced the song standard The Man on the Flying Trapeze)

Max Factor (1904, make-up mogul)

Criswell (1907, psychic visionary from Plan 9 From Outer Space who informed us that “we are all interested in the future, for that is where you and I are going to spend the rest of our lives…and remember my friend, future events such as these will affect you in the future…”)

Marcel Carné (1909, French motion picture director-writer whose most famous production is the cult fave Children of Paradise)

Emile Meyer (1910, ubiquitous character actor glimpsed in such films as The People Against O’Hara, Shane, Riot in Cell Block 11, Silver Lode, Shield for Murder, Blackboard Jungle, The Man With the Golden Arm, Sweet Smell of Success, Paths of Glory, etc.)

Don Keefer (1916, 94, ubiquitous character actor glimpsed in such films as Death of a Salesman, Riot in Cell Block 11, Hellcats of the Navy, R.P.M., The Grissom Gang, Walking Tall…and several lifetimes of episodes from classic TV shows)

Shelley Winters (1920, pictured with Dan Duryea, Academy Award-winning actress whose cinematic resume includes A Double Life, Winchester ’73, He Ran All the Way, A Place in the Sun, The Big Knife, The Diary of Anne Frank, Odds Against Tomorrow, Lolita, etc.)

Don Lamond (1921, actor-announcer who had a long association with the Three Stooges owing to the fact that he was Larry Fine’s son-in-law)

Sonny Til (1925, Oriole)

Grant Williams (1931, bland beefcake actor seen in such films as Written on the Wind, The Monolith Monsters, The Leech Woman, PT 109…and of course, his signature role as The Incredible Shrinking Man)

Roman Polanski (1933, 77, statutory rapist and Academy Award-winning motion picture director of classics like Knife in the Water, Repulsion, Cul-de-sac, The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, Macbeth, Chinatown, The Tenant, etc.)

Gail Fisher (1935, film and television actress who achieved boob tube immortality as Joe Mannix’s gal Friday Peggy Fair on the classic crime drama Mannix)

Robert Redford (1936, 74, Academy Award-winning motion picture actor-director whose work includes Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Candidate, The Way We Were, The Sting, Three Days of the Condor, All the President’s Men, Ordinary People, The Milagro Beanfield War, Quiz Show, etc.)

William Rushton (1937, British comic actor-writer who was part of the That Was the Week That Was team on BBC-TV in the 1960s)

Molly Bee (1939, country music legend [I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus, The Tennessee Tango] and featured vocalist on TV’s The Pinky Lee Show)

Johnny Preston (1939, 71, pop music vocalist [Running Bear, Cradle of Love, Feel So Fine])

Christopher Jones (1941, 1960s countercultural icon best remembered for his stint on TV’s The Legend of Jesse James and roles in Chubasco, Wild in the Streets, Three in the Attic and Ryan’s Daughter)

Martin Mull (1943, 67, television icon [Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman, Fernwood 2-Night, America 2-Night, Domestic Life, The Jackie Thomas Show, Roseanne, Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, The Ellen Show, ‘Til Death)])

Edwin Hawkins (1943, 67, Grammy Award-winning gospel/R&B songwriter and choir leader whose group, the Edwin Hawkins Singers, charted with the Top Ten hit Oh, Happy Day and backed Melanie on her hit Lay Down [Candles in the Rain])

Patrick Swayze (1952, inexplicably popular actor who my mother was positively gaga for; appears in films such as The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Dirty Dancing, Road House, Next of Kin, Ghost, Point Break, City of Joy, Tall Tale, Three Wishes, Donnie Darko, etc.)

Elayne Boosler (1952, 58, stand-up comedienne)

Denis Leary (1957, 53, stand-up comedian who, despite stealing most of his act from Bill Hicks, achieved success as an actor on TV’s The Job and Rescue Me and in films such as Judgment Night, The Ref, The MatchMaker, Wag the Dog and True Crime)

Madeleine Stowe (1958, 52, film and television actress spotted in vehicles such as Stakeout, Worth Winning, The Last of the Mohicans, Blink, Twelve Monkeys, The General’s Daughter and We Were Soldiers)

Edward Norton (1969, 41, film and television actor seen in such movies as Primal Fear, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Everyone Says I Love You, American History X, Fight Club, The Score, Red Dragon, 25th Hour, The Italian Job, The Illusionist and The Incredible Hulk)

Malcolm-Jamal Warner (1970, 40, “Cosby” kid who later went on to score TV gigs like Malcolm & Eddie, The Magic School Bus, Jeremiah and Listen Up)

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panavia999 said...

Shelly Winters AND Dan Duryea! Now that's a great combination!

Scott said...

MST3K fans will remember Emile Meyer from the classic episode, The Girl in Lovers Lane, in which he played a rare good guy role (the father of the doomed leading lady), although he still freaked out and beat Brett Halsey to a pulp near the end.

I also like to think of him as the rat bastard who hires Jack Palance's even rattier bastard to gun down the sodbusters in Shane.

Fans of the show will also recognize Grant Williams from the aforementioned The Leech Woman, but he's also been featured in two movies riffed by Joel Hodgson's Cinematic Titanic: The Oozing Skull (AKA Brain of Blood) and The Doomsday Machine. From which we can deduce that Grant's career, like that of so many actors, did not come in for a soft landing.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Shelly Winters AND Dan Duryea! Now that's a great combination!

I don't know if there's a prize available for watching Winchester '73 the most amount of times but I must surely be in the running somewhere. :-)

Fans of the show will also recognize Grant Williams from the aforementioned The Leech Woman

One of my favorite MST3K takedowns. ("Jeddddd!!!") The other two being Revenge of the Creature ("I'm actually doing science...") and The Thing That Couldn't Die ("There's a dark oily film on my headband...")

Scott said...

"She's in the zone! She's hitting pineal glands at will! Inside the paint, outside the paint...!"