Saturday, August 21, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Roland Culver (1900, stage, film and television character actor whose vehicles include Night Train to Munich, One of Our Aircraft is Missing, The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp, Dead of Night, To Each His Own, Down to Earth, The Great Lover, etc.)

Ken Carpenter (1900, veteran OTR announcer who enjoyed a long association with Bing Crosby but also worked on The Great Gildersleeve, The Life of Riley, The Halls of Ivy, etc.; also narrated Universal’s Unusual Occupations shorts from 1938-48)

Albert S. Rogell (1901, journeyman silent/sound film director whose movies include The Lone Wolf’s Daughter, The Tip-Off, Air Hostess, No More Women, Atlantic Adventure, The Lone Wolf in Paris, Argentine Nights, The Black Cat, etc.)

Carlton KaDell (1904, veteran OTR announcer who works on such shows as Tarzan and the Diamond of Asher, The Chase & Sanborn Hour, Big Town, The Silver Theatre, The Lux Radio Theatre, Amos ‘n’ Andy, Sealtest Variety Theatre, etc.)

Count Basie (1904, legendary composer/bandleader/jazz-big band great whose cameo appearance in Blazing Saddles is still one of the highlights of that film)

Friz Freleng (1905, Oscar-winning animation director with Warner Bros. who later teamed with partner David DePatie to create a mega successful television animation company)

Tom Tully (1908, veteran film and television character actor best remembered for his role as Insp. Matt Grebb on the TV crime drama The Lineup and in films like Destination Tokyo, Till the End of Time, Blood on the Moon, Where the Sidewalk Ends, etc.)

Bob Jellison (1908, veteran film and television character actor best remembered as the bellboy in the I Love Lucy “Hollywood” episodes; also can be glimpsed in An Act of Murder, Not Wanted, Li’l Abner, etc.)

John Henry Faulk (1913, popular radio personality in the 1950s who was blacklisted because of his political beliefs and whose successful legal fight was dramatized in the 1975 TV-movie Fear on Trial; later a regular on Hee Haw)

Jackson Gillis (1916, 94, scriptwriter who enjoyed a long association on TV’s Perry Mason as both script consultant and associate producer; also contributed scripts to Columbo, Lost in Space, Tarzan, Lassie, The Adventures of Superman, etc.)

Bill Idelson (1919, veteran radio and television actor best recognized as Vic and Sade’s son Rush and Sally Rogers’ mother-dominated boyfriend Herman on The Dick Van Dyke Show; later became a successful scriptwriter, penning episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle, USMC, The Odd Couple, The Bob Newhart Show, etc.)

Jack Weston (1924, peerless character actor who was featured on TV’s Rod Brown of the Rocket Rangers, My Sister Eileen and The Hathaways; his films include It’$ Only Money, Mirage, Wait Until Dark, The Four Seasons, Dirty Dancing, etc.)

Barry Foster (1927, British actor who made a memorable villain in Hitchcock’s Frenzy; he’s also in such films as King & Country, The Family Way, Ryan’s Daughter, The Whistle Blower, etc.)

Frank Perry (1930, motion picture writer-director whose films include David and Lisa, Ladybug, Ladybug, The Swimmer, Last Summer, Diary of a Mad Housewife, Play It As It Lays, Rancho Deluxe, Mommie Dearest, etc.)

Melvin Van Peebles (1930, cult actor-writer-director whose films include The Story of a Three-Day Pass, Watermelon Man and Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song)

Kenny Rogers (1938, 72, singer-songwriter who tasted chart success as leader of the rock group the First Edition in the late 1960s…then became a country music superstar in the 1970s and my musical bête noire)

Ernie Marseca (1938, 72, rock ‘n’ roll songwriter who penned many of Dion’s big hits [Runaround Sue, The Wanderer] and enjoyed hits of his own like Shout! Shout! Knock Yourself Out)

Clarence Williams III (1939, 71, superb film and television actor best remembered as Linc Hayes on TV’s The Mod Squad but also seen in films like Purple Rain, I’m Gonna Git You Sucka, Deep Cover, Sugar Hill and Tales from the Hood)

Harold Reid (1939, 71, older brother of Don Reid and Statler brother)

Hugh Wilson (1943, 67, television writer-director who created such sitcoms as WKRP in Cincinnati, Frank’s Place and The Famous Teddy Z)

Peter Weir (1944, 66, Australian motion picture director whose films include Cars That Eat People, Picnic at Hanging Rock, The Last Wave, Gallipoli, The Year of Living Dangerously, Witness, The Mosquito Coast, Dead Poets Society, etc.)

Jackie DeShannon (1944, 66, TDOY singer-songwriting goddess whose songs [written and sung] include Needles and Pins, When You Walk in the Room, What the World Needs Now is Love, Put a Little Love in Your Heart, Bette Davis Eyes, etc.)

Patty McCormack (1945, 65, pictured, former moppet actress who was downright creepy in The Bad Seed…then matured into adulthood and was downright creepy in the cult film Mommy; also appeared on TV’s Peck’s Bad Girl and The Ropers)

Joe Strummer (1952, front man for the rock ‘n’ roll band The Clash)

Kim Cattrall (1956, 54, film and television actress best known as nymphomaniac Samantha Jones on TV’s Chicks in the City Sex in the City; also appears in such movies as Ticket to Heaven, Porky’s, Police Academy, Mannequin and Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country)

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Winifred said...

Sadly Barry Foster died in 2002. He was amazing as Van der Valk and oh that theme music!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Sadly Barry Foster died in 2002. He was amazing as Van der Valk and oh that theme music!

No doubt about it--I gotta get another hat, er, proofreader. Thanks for keeping me honest, Win...

VP81955 said...

LOVE the new header!