Friday, August 20, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Fred Kelsey (1884, ubiquitous character actor in tons of Hal Roach, R-K-O, Warner Bros. and Columbia comedy shorts; also can be seen in many of the Lone Wolf films as Sgt. Wesley Dickens)

Jack Teagarden (1905, jazz singer/trombonist virtuoso who performed with the likes of orchestras led by Louis Armstrong, Benny Goodman, Red Nichols, Eddie Condon, etc.)

Lurene Tuttle (1907, pictured with Rosalind Russell, OTR actress extraordinaire whose best-remembered roles include playing Marjorie on The Great Gildersleeve, Red Skelton’s “Mummy” and gal Friday Effie Perrine on The Adventures of Sam Spade; also appears in the films Macbeth, Goodbye, My Fancy, Niagara, Untamed Youth and Psycho and on TV’s Life with Father and Julia)

Alan Reed (1907, OTR actor extraordinaire whose best-remembered roles include playing Officer Clancy on Duffy’s Tavern, Mr. Clyde on My Friend Irma and Pasquale on Life with Luigi; also appears in the films The Postman Always Rings Twice, Here Comes the Groom, Viva Zapata! and The Tarnished Angels and was the voice of Fred Flintstone)

Andre Baruch (1908. OTR announcer extraordinaire heard on The American Album of Familiar Music, The Fred Waring Show, The Kate Smith Show, The Shadow, Your Hit Parade and The United States Steel Hour)

Walter Bernstein (1919, 91, blacklisted screenwriter who used his experiences as fodder for the 1976 film The Front; also contributed to movies such as That Kind of Woman, Paris Blues, Fail-Safe, The Money Trap, Semi-Tough, The House on Carroll Street, etc.)

Jim Reeves (1923, country music legend [Four Walls, He’ll Have to Go, Distant Drums, I Guess I’m Crazy, Welcome to My World] who tragically perished in a plane crash in 1964…and yet continued to score Top Ten country hits for nearly fifteen years after that)

Yootha Joyce (1927, British comic actress who was a fixture in such Britcoms as Me Mammy, Man About the House and George & Mildred)

Frank Bresee (1929, 81, OTR actor/historian and host of AFRS’ Golden Days of Radio)

Justin Tubb (1935, country music vocalist [Looking Back to See, I Gotta Go Get My Baby, Take a Letter Miss Gray] and son of country music legend Ernest)

Sam Melville (1936, television acting stalwart best remembered as Officer Mike Danko on The Rookies and Joe King on Scarecrow and Mrs. King)

Paul Hampton (1937, 73, singer and character actor seen in such films as WUSA, Lady Sings the Blues, Hit!, They Came From Within and The Thing Called Love; also wrote the theme to the TV sitcom My Mother the Car and one of my all-time favorite songs, Sea of Heartbreak)

Isaac Hayes (1942, actor/singer/songwriter famous for composing the theme to the movie Shaft, voicing “Chef” on TV’s South Park and playing Gandolph “Gandy” Fitch on The “Rockfish” Files)

Connie Chung (1946, 64, journalist/newscaster who at one time worked for all three of the major networks—ABC, CBS and NBC—demonstrating her difficulty at holding a job)

Ray Wise (1947, 63, film and television actor best known for his roles on TV’s Twin Peaks, Savannah and The Reaper; can also be glimpsed in such movies as Swamp Thing, The Journey of Natty Gann, RoboCop, Bob Roberts and Good Night, and Good Luck)

Robert Plant (1948, 62, rock ‘n roller and one-time member of Led Zeppelin and The Honeydrippers)

John Hiatt (1952, 58, pop music singer-songwriter [Cry Love, It Hasn’t Happened Yet, Drive South, The Way We Make a Broken Heart])

Rudy Gatlin (1952, 58, brother of Larry and Steve)

Peter Horton (1953, 57, film and television actor best known for his roles on TV’s Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Geena Davis Show and his signature turn on yuppiesomething thirtysomething)

Theresa Saldana (1954, 56, film and television actress whose career suffered a temporary setback after being attacked by a deranged admirer in 1980; appears in such vehicles as I Wanna Hold Your Hand, Defiance, Raging Bull, The Evil That Men Do and TV’s The Commish)

Joan Allen (1956, 54, TDOY actress fave whose films include Manhunter, Peggy Sue Got Married, Tucker: The Man and His Dream, Searching for Bobby Fischer, Nixon, The Crucible, The Ice Storm, Face/Off and The Contender)

David O. Russell (1958, 52, motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Spanking the Monkey, Flirting With Disaster, Three Kings, I Heart Huckabees and Soldiers Pay)

Bill Watterson (1973, 37, creator of Calvin and Hobbes and now famous recluse)

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1 comment:

Amanda said...

Gotta love Lurene Tuttle and Alan Reed.