Sunday, August 22, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

George Herriman (1880, creator of Krazy Kat)

Francis McDonald (1891, veteran stage, silent/sound film and television character actor seen in such movies as Battling Butler, The Temptress, The Prisoner of Shark Island and The Plainsman and serials like Wild West Days, The Mystery of the Riverboat and Zorro’s Fighting Legion)

Dorothy Parker (1893, scathingly funny Algonquin Round Table wit who dabbled in movie screenplays and whose bon mot “I’m too f**king busy…and vice versa” is a favorite of my old high school chum The Duchess)

Cecil Kellaway (1893, peerless stage, film and television character thesp seen in such vehicles as Brother Orchid, The Mummy’s Hand, I Married a Witch, It Ain’t Hay, Kitty, The Postman Always Rings Twice, Portrait of Jennie, Harvey, etc.)

Jean Yarbrough (1900, journeyman motion picture/television director who directed R-K-O comedy shorts, Bowery Boys vehicles and Abbott & Costello films…which landed him the gig as the director-producer of their 1952-54 syndicated TV sitcom)

Leni Riefenstahl (1902, German actress-director [The Blue Light, Triumph of the Will, Olympiad] and Nazi pin-up gal)

W. Lee Wilder (1904, motion picture director brother of Billy whose oeuvre contained no Some Like It Hots or The Apartments but drek like Phantom from Space, Killers from Space, The Snow Creature and Manfish)

Jay Novello (1904, OTR and television character stalwart seen and heard on a gazillion programs, notably I Love a Mystery, The Lone Wolf, Rocky Jordan, The Count of Monte Cristo, Zorro and McHale’s Navy)

Philip G. and Julius J. Epstein (1909, Academy Award-winning twin screenwriters who contributed to such films as Four Wives, Saturday’s Children, The Strawberry Blonde, The Man Who Came to Dinner, The Male Animal…and of course, Casablanca)

Hugh Paddick (1915, British comic actor best known for his work on radio’s Round the Horne but who appeared on such TV programs as Gert and Daisy, Beryl Reid Says Good Evening, Wink to Me Only, The Marty Feldman Comedy Machine and Pardon My Genie)

John Lee Hooker (1917, blues great [Boom Boom])

Joe Connelly (1917, radio/TV scribe-producer who with partner Bob Mosher worked on the likes of Amos ‘n’ Andy, Meet Mr. McNulty, Calvin and the Colonel, The Munsters, Bringing Up Buddy, Ichabod and Me, Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats, Karen…and their magnum opus, Leave It to Beaver)

Ray Bradbury (1920, 90, legendary science-fiction author whose stories have provided fodder for radio, television and motion pictures including The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms, Fahrenheit 451, The Illustrated Man and Something Wicked This Way Comes)

Diana Sands (1934, pictured with Roscoe Orman and Roger Robinson, Hal of The Horn Section’s actress fave who can be seen in such films as A Face in the Crowd, Odds Against Tomorrow, A Raisin in the Sun, The Landlord, Willie Dynamite and the classic East Side/West Side episode “Who Do You Kill”)

Dale Hawkins (1936, rock ‘n’ roller [Suzie Q])

Valerie Harper (1939, 71, television icon [Mary Tyler Moore, Rhoda, Valerie’s Family, City, The Office])

Ron Dante (1945, 65, pop music vocalist who sang on the Detergents’ Leader of the Laundromat, the Cuff Links’ Tracy and the Archies’ Sugar, Sugar)

Cindy Williams (1947, 63, television icon [Laverne & Shirley, Normal Life, Getting By, For Your Love])

Sam Neely (1949, country music singer-songwriter [Loving You Just Crossed My Mind, Long Road to Texas, You Can Have Her])

Holly Dunn (1957, 53, country music vocalist [Daddy’s Hands, You Really Had Me Going, There Goes My Heart Again])

Collin Raye (1959, 51, country music vocalist [Little Rock, Love, Me, That’s My Story])

Regina Taylor (1960, 50, film and television actress seen in such TV shows as I’ll Fly Away and The Unit and movies like Lean on Me, Losing Isaiah, Clockers and Courage Under Fire)

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Stacia said...

Great pic from "Willie Dynamite"! Likin' the new header picture, too.

Winifred said...

Ah Valerie Harper! She was brilliant in Mary Tyler Moore & Rhoda. Haven't seen her in the UK since those days.

Brent McKee said...

Ivan, I noted that you normally put an age for one of your celebrants who is still on the sunny side of the grass. Unless you know something that I don't and he doesn't, Ray Bradbury should get a "90" on his listing.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Unless you know something that I don't and he doesn't, Ray Bradbury should get a "90" on his listing.

Yeah, the rumors of his demise have been greatly exaggerated...I plead guilty to an egregious oversight, and thanks for keeping me honest, Brother Brent.

Hal said...

Always glad to see the late great Ms. Sands get a pic and a mention. :)