Monday, August 23, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Art Van Harvey (1882, Vic of radio’s Vic and Sade)

Edward H. Griffith (1888, journeyman motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Holiday, The Animal Kingdom, Another Language, No More Ladies, Next Time We Love, Honeymoon in Bali and The Sky’s the Limit)

John Lee Mahin (1902, motion picture scribe who contributed to such films as Red Dust, Bombshell, The Prizefighter and the Lady, Treasure Island, Captains Courageous, The Last Gunfighter, Too Hot to Handle, Boom Town, Johnny Eager, etc.)

Rags Ragland (1905, burlesque comic who appeared in a number of Red Skelton’s vehicles including all three Whistling films, Maisie Gets Her Man, Panama Hattie and Du Barry Was a Lady; also appears in Bud Abbott & Lou Costello in Hollywood)

Ernie Bushmiller (1905, creator of Nancy)

John Nesbitt (1910, writer-producer-narrator of M-G-M’s Passing Parade shorts [and the radio version, too])

Gene Kelly (1912, pictured*, singer-actor-dancer extraordinaire whose oeuvre includes Du Barry Was a Lady, Cover Girl, Christmas Holiday, The Pirate, On the Town, An American in Paris, Singin’ in the Rain, Brigadoon, It’s Always Fair Weather, etc.)

Laurence Marks (1915, television comedy scribe who penned episodes of sitcoms such as The New Phil Silvers Show, Hogan’s Heroes, The Doris Day Show and M*A*S*H)

Tex Williams (1917, B-western star and country music singer who recorded the classic tune Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! [That Cigarette])

Jean Darling (1922, 88, Little Rascal)

Robert Mulligan (1925, motion picture/television director whose oeuvre includes Fear Strikes Out, To Kill a Mockingbird, Love With the Proper Stranger, Baby the Rain Must Fall, Up the Down Staircase, The Pursuit of Happiness, Summer of ’42, etc.)

John Lupton (1928, film and television leading man who only seems to be on every episode of The Virginian—but actually starred as Tom Jeffords in the TV adaptation of Broken Arrow from 1956-58)

Marian Seldes (1928, 82, stage, film and television character actress seen in such vehicles as The True Story of Jesse James, The Light in the Forest, Crime & Punishment, USA, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Fingers, Hollywood Ending and Mona Lisa Smile)

Vera Miles (1929, 81, TDOY actress fave seen in such films as The Charge at Feather River, The Searchers, The Wrong Man, Beau James, Psycho, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Gentle Giant, Into the Night, etc.)

Mark Russell (1932, 78, political humorist and Buffalo, NY** native)

Barbara Eden (1934, 76, television icon [How to Marry a Millionaire, I Dream of Jeannie, Harper Valley, A Brand New Life, Dallas] and source of irritation for my high school pal The Duchess because I liked Jeannie better than Samantha)

Richard Sanders (1940, 70, film and television character actor whose boob tube immortality was cemented as the porcine-loving newsman Les Nessman on the classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati)

Tony Bill (1940, 70, motion picture and television actor who later branched out into directing and producing such films as My Bodyguard, Five Corners, Steelyard Blues, The Sting, Going in Style, etc.)

Tony “Spaghetti” Micale (1942, 68, Reflection)

Bobby Diamond (1943, 67, moppet actor best remembered as orphan Joey Newton on TV’s Fury; also played cousin Duncan on The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis)

Lydia Reed (1943, 67, moppet actress best remembered as “Aunt” Hassie McCoy on the TV sitcom The Real McCoys)

Keith Moon (1946, actor and drummer for the rock group The Who)

Rex Allen, Jr. (1947, 63, country music vocalist [Me and My Broken Heart, Two Less Lonely People, No, No, No {I’d Rather Be Free}] and son of famous B-movie cowboy Rex, Sr.)

Merrie Spaeth (1948, 62, moppet actress who made such a memorable impression in the 1964 film classic The World of Henry Orient)

Rick Springfield (1949, 61, pop music vocalist and actor best known for his 1981 hit Jesse’s Girl and for his long-running stints as Dr. Noah Drake on General Hospital and Mick Barrett on High Tide)

Shelley Long (1949, 61, Second City alum and television icon [Cheers, Good Advice, Kelly Kelly])

Mark Hudson (1951, 59, actor/musician who appeared on the TV shows Bonkers! and Sara; brother of Bill and Brett)

Jennifer Holmes (1955, 55, film and television actress whom I liked and who co-starred in the first season of Newhart until she was dismissed and replaced by “cousin” Julia Duffy…and her follow-up series, Misfits of Science, fared even worse)

River Phoenix (1970, sensitive teen actor who appeared in such films as Stand by Me, The Mosquito Coast, Running on Empty, Dogfight and Sneakers until his tragic death in 1993 of a drug overdose)

*photo courtesy of the Pam collection

**city courtesy of the Pam collection

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Stacia said...

Kudos to the Pam Collection. I've never seen Gene without his obvious toupe before! And despite it being a good toupe, it really was obvious. I don't know why.

Toby O'B said...

I guess I just never thought to look for it or at it, I never realized he had one. I had no clue who that was in the picture until I reached that point in the list.

Not very O'Bservant of me.....