Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Charles “Chic” Sale (1885, second banana comic/actor who specialized in playing old geezers seen in vehicles such as The Star Witness, When a Fellow Needs a Friend, Men of America, Treasure Island and You Only Live Once)

Georg Wilhelm Pabst (1885, legendary silent/sound expressionist film genius who directed such works as The Joyless Street, Secrets of a Soul, The Love of Jeanne Ney, Pandora's Box, Diary of a Lost Girl, Westfront 1918, The Threepenny Opera and Kameradschaft)

Dick Ryan (1896, unsung character actor seen in such films as Bowery Blitzkrieg, Smart Alecks, Mr. Wise Guy, Bringing Up Father, Jiggs and Maggie in Society, Jiggs and Maggie in Court, Top o’ the Morning and Born to Be Bad)

Valentine Davies (1905, Academy Award-winning screenwriter who worked on such films as Three Little Girls in Blue, Miracle on 34th Street, It Happens Every Spring, On the Riviera, The Bridges at Toko-Ri and the Benny Goodman and Glenn Miller bios)

Philip Coolidge (1908, veteran character thesp who I always remember as Mr. Cooper from the first season of TV’s The Farmer’s Daughter; can also be seen in Boomerang!, I Want to Live!, The Mating Game, The Tingler and Inherit the Wind)

Walter Burke (1908, pictured, veteran character actor whom I caught in a Lawman repeat the other day; his films include All the King’s Men, M, The Three Stooges Go Around the World in a Daze, The President’s Analyst and Support Your Local Sheriff!)

Michael Rennie (1909, distinguished British actor seen on TV’s The Third Man and in films such as The Day the Earth Stood Still, 5 Fingers, The Robe, Demetrius and the Gladiators, Soldier of Fortune, The Lost World, etc.)

Ruby Keeler (1909, ingénue dancing star of such 30s Warner Bros. musicals as 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, Dames, Flirtation Walk, Go Into Your Dance, Shipmates Forever and Colleen; also one-time Mrs. Al Jolson)

Ted Key (1912, creator of Hazel…and Mr. Peabody and Sherman)

Walt Kelly (1913, one-time Disney animator and creator of the classic comic strip Pogo)

Don DeFore (1913, film and television actor best remembered as the harried George Baxter, employer of TV’s Hazel; also appeared in such films as The Male Animal, A Guy Named Joe, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Romance on the High Seas, My Friend Irma, etc.)

Bob Crosby (1913, Dixieland bandleader, one-time orchestra leader/stooge for The Jack Benny Program and younger brother of Der Bingle; can be seen in such films as Sis Hopkins, Kansas City Kitty, Pardon My Rhythm and See Here, Private Hargrove)

Van Johnson (1916, bafflingly popular bobbysoxer idol of the 1940s seen in such films as A Guy Named Joe, Two Girls and a Sailor, The White Cliffs of Dover, Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo, Thrill of a Romance, State of the Union, etc.)

Mel Ferrer (1917, film and television actor-director seen in such vehicles as Lost Boundaries, Born to Be Bad, Rancho Notorious, Scaramouche, Lili, Knights of the Round Table and as Phillip Erikson on TV’s Falcon Crest)

Richard Greene (1918, British actor immortalized as the titular character on TV’s The Adventure of Robin Hood; can also be glimpsed in such films as Four Men and a Prayer, The Little Princess, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Stanley and Livingstone, etc.)

Leonard Bernstein (1918, renowned composer [West Side Story, On the Waterfront] whose “Young People’s Concerts” specials were de rigueur watching in music class when I was a tad)

Monty Hall (1921, 89, legendary TV game show host [Let’s Make a Deal, Video Village, Password Plus, Beat the Clock, It’s Anybody’s Guess])

Maurice Binder (1925, motion picture visual designer who created the legendary title sequences for the 007/James Bond films as well as The Mouse That Roared, Charade, Repulsion, The Taming of the Shrew, etc.)

Graham Jarvis (1930, ubiquitous film and television actor best remembered for his role as Charlie Haggers on TV’s Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman; also seen in such films as Cold Turkey, The Hot Rock, Mr. Mom, Silkwood, Misery, etc.)

Sean Connery (1930, 80, Academy Award-winning film actor and the only true James Bond; also appears in such movies as Darby O’Gill and the Little People, Marnie, The Hill, The Man Who Would Be King, The Untouchables, etc.)

Regis Philbin (1931, 79, ubiquitous television presence who started out as a sidekick for Joey Bishop before becoming a talk show icon with Kathie Lee Gifford and Kelly Ripa; also hosted TV’s Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?)

Tom Skerritt (1933, film and television actor beloved here at TDOY for his role as Sheriff Jimmy Brock on TV’s Picket Fences; also appears in such films as Those Calloways, MASH, Wild Rovers, Thieves Like Us, Big Bad Mama, etc.)

David Canary (1938, 72, film and television actor best remembered here at TDOY as Candy Canaday on Bonanza—but legendary among soap opera fans as All My Children’s Adam Chandler)

John Badham (1939, 71, motion picture/television director whose oeuvre includes The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings, Saturday Night Fever, Whose Life is it Anyway?, WarGames, Short Circuit, Stakeout, etc.)

Marshall Brickman (1941, 69, film writer who frequently collaborated with Woody Allen projects like Sleeper, Annie Hall and Manhattan; also directed such films as Simon, Lovesick and The Manhattan Project)

Anthony Heald (1944, 66, film and television actor best known as Boston Public’s Scott Guber; also seen in such films as Outrageous Fortune, The Silence of the Lambs, The Pelican Brief, The Client, A Time to Kill, Deep Rising, etc.)

Gene Simmons (1949, 61, rock ‘n’ roller, member of KISS, actor and un dickhead formidable)

John Savage (1949, 61, film and television actor seen in such projects as Bad Company, The Deer Hunter, Hair, The Onion Field, Inside Moves, Salvador, Do the Right Thing, The Godfather, Part III, The Thin Red Line, etc.)

Elvis Costello (1954, 56, singer-songwriter [Watching the Detectives, Allison, (What's So Funny 'bout) Peace, Love and Understanding])

Marc Scott Zicree (1955, 55, television writer-producer whose book The Twilight Zone Companion is a major TDOY influence)

Tim Burton (1958, 52, critically beloved motion picture director of cult films who, quite frankly, peaked with Beetlejuice and Ed Wood and has done little of interest after that, IMHO)

Billy Ray Cyrus (1961, 49, country music vocalist who’ll smoke a turd in Hell for recording the chartbusting earwig Achy Breaky Heart and unleashing daughter Miley and Hannah Montana upon an innocent world)

Joanne Whalley (1964, 46, British actress glimpsed in such films as Dance with a Stranger, The Good Father, Willow, Scandal, Kill Me Again, A Good Man in Africa and Trial by Jury; formerly Mrs. Val Kilmer)

Blair Underwood (1964, 46, film and television actor best known for his role as Jonathan Rollins on L.A. Law but also seen in such shows as Downtown, High Incident, City of Angels, Fatherhood, LAX, In Treatment and Dirty Sexy Money)

Marti Noxon (1964, 46, writer-producer best known for her contributions to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel; also worked on such shows as Prison Break, Grey’s Anatomy, Mad Men, etc.)

Rachael Ray (1968, 42, terminally perky Food Network presence and cookbook maven beloved by my Mom and sister Kat)

Jo Dee Messina (1969, 41, country music vocalist [You’re Not in Kansas Anymore, Heads Carolina, Tails California, Burn, Bye Bye])

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1 comment:

Scott said...

MST3K fans will remember a slightly past his prime Richard Greene as Sir Denis Nayland Smith in the unbelievably bad Jess Franco film The Castle of Fu Manchu, which was so unbelievably bad it had Joel and the bots openly weeping by the end of it.