Thursday, August 26, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Lee De Forest (1873, inventor of the audion—which paved the way for communication devices like radio and television; also pioneered an early sound-on-film system that became the basis for “talkies”)

Richard Wallace (1894, motion picture silent/sound director whose oeuvre included The Shopworn Angel, Man of the World, The Little Minister, Wedding Present, The Young in Heart, Bombardier and TDOY faves The Fallen Sparrow and It’s in the Bag!)

Phil Baker (1896, accordion-playing comedian who headlined his own radio show during the 1930s before becoming the host of Take It or Leave It)

Maxwell Shane (1905, film scribe-rector who contributed to such films as The Mummy’s Hand, Fear in the Night, City Across the River and The Glass Web before getting into television and writing/producing for M Squad, Thriller, Checkmate and The Virginian)

Jim Davis (1909, craggy character actor best known for his portrayal of Jock Ewing on TV’s Dallas; in addition to Rescue 8 and Stories of the Century he can also be glimpsed in TDOY faves El Dorado, Monte Walsh and The Parallax View)

Jan Clayton (1917, film and television actress immortalized on the boob tube as “Lassie’s mother”—Ellen Miller, in the show’s first three seasons; also appears in This Man’s Navy, The Snake Pit, etc.)

Dave Barry (1918, second banana/impressionist whose vocal specialty was talking and “gargling” at the same time; made many appearances on radio and in Warner Bros. cartoons imitating the likes of Humphrey Bogart and Edward G. Robinson)

Ronny Graham (1919, actor-comic-songwriter who frequently collaborated with Mel Brooks, acted as story consultant on M*A*S*H and appears in such films as Dirty Little Billy, The World’s Greatest Lover and The Substance of Fire)

Brant Parker (1920, co-creator [with partner Johnny Hart] of The Wizard of Id)

Yvette Vickers (1936, 74, pictured, cult film actress who appeared in such drive-in fodder as Reform School Girl, Short Cut to Hell, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman and Attack of the Giant Leeches)

Don Bowman (1937, 73, country music court jester who was featured in the films Las Vegas Hillbillys and Hillbillys in a Haunted House; also the original host of radio’s American Country Countdown)

Francine York (1938, 72, film and television actress seen in such vehicles as Bedtime Story, Mutiny in Outer Space, Cannon for Cordoba, The Doll Squad, The Centerfold Girls, Cracking Up and Hercules in Hollywood)

Barbet Schroeder (1941, 69, motion picture film director whose oeuvre includes Maitresse, Barfly, Reversal of Fortune, Single White Female, Kiss of Death, Before and After, Desperate Measures and Murder By Numbers)

Vic Dana (1942, 68, pop music vocalist [Red Roses for a Blue Lady])

Allison Steadman (1946, 64, film and television actress seen in movies like A Private Function, Clockwise, Stormy Monday, Life is Sweet and Topsy-Turvy; also a fixture on Britcoms such as Let Them Eat Cake, The Worst Week of My Life and Gavin and Stacey)

Valerie Simpson (1946, 64, R&B singer-songwriter and duet partner/wife of Nicholas Ashford)

Candy Moore (1947, 63, moppet actress who played Lucille Ball’s daughter Chris on The Lucy Show until her character was shipped off to a convent or some such; also appears in such films as Night of the Grizzly, Raging Bull and Lunch Wagon)

Leon Redbone (1949, 61, jazz/blues singer-songwriter and commercial shill [Budweiser, All])

Michael Jeter (1952, film, television and stage character great best remembered for his TV roles as assistant coach Herman Stiles on Evening Shade and the Frog Man on Picket Fences)

Ted Rall (1963, 47, progressive political cartoonist/columnist whose take-no-prisoners style is a favorite here at TDOY)

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Jeff Overturf said...

Am I wrong for owning BOTH "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" AND "Lax Vegas Hillbillys" on DVD?

I think not!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Am I wrong for owning BOTH "Hillbillys in a Haunted House" AND "Lax Vegas Hillbillys" on DVD?

You're my new hero, Jeff.