Sunday, August 29, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Richard LeGrand (1882, OTR veteran whose best known roles are that of Peavey the druggist on The Great Gildersleeve and Ole, the Elks Club janitor on Fibber McGee & Molly)

Frank Lackteen (1897, villainous character actor who was properly menacing in Columbia’s two-reel comedies and serials like Radio Patrol, The Mysterious Pilot, Red Barry, Jungle Girl, The Desert Hawk and Lost City of the Jungle)

Preston Sturges (1898, pictured, Academy Award-winning TDOY director god whose string of 1940s comedies—The Great McGinty, Christmas in July, The Lady Eve, Sullivan’s Travels, The Palm Beach Story, The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek and Hail the Conquering Hero—remains staggeringly impressive today)

George Macready (1899, TDOY character fave seen in the kooky 1945 serial The Monster and the Ape as well as The Missing Juror, My Name is Julia Ross, Gilda, The Big Clock, Alias Nick Beal, Paths of Glory and Seven Days in May, to name a few)

Joe Sawyer (1906, ubiquitous film and television character actor seen in such vehicles as The Petrified Forest, The Walking Dead, Black Legion, You Can’t Get Away With Murder, Frontier Marshal, The Grapes of Wrath, The Long Voyage Home, etc.)

Ron Ormond (1910, director-writer-producer of B-westerns and exploitation films such as several Lash La Rue oaters and the bad movie classic Mesa of Lost Women; surviving a car crash in 1968, his output switched to Christian movie fare as a result of a come-to-Jesus conversion)

Barry Sullivan (1912, character great whose specialty was playing really unlikable wankers in such movies as The Gangster, Cause for Alarm!, No Questions Asked, The Sellout, The Bad and the Beautiful, Jeopardy, Cry of the Hunted, etc.)

Willard Waterman (1914, TDOY character fave who replaced Hal Peary as radio’s The Great Gildersleeve, is featured in films like It Happens Every Thursday, Auntie Mame and The Apartment, and played grocer Mr. Quigley on TV’s Dennis the Menace)

Jay R. Smith (1915, Little Rascal)

Ingrid Bergman (1915, Academy Award-winning TDOY actress goddess who appears in such classics as For Whom the Bell Tolls, Gaslight, Spellbound, The Bells of St. Mary’s, Notorious, Murder on the Orient Express…oh yeah, and Casablanca)

George Montgomery (1916, bland beefcake actor whose forte was B-westerns and who starred as Matt Rockford on TV’s Cimarron City; once married to Dinah Shore)

Isabel Sanford (1917, film and television actress who achieved boob tube immortality as Louise “Weezie” Jefferson on the sitcom All in the Family and its phenomenally popular spin-off, The Jeffersons)

Charlie “Bird” Parker (1920, jazz great)

Lane Bradford (1922, ubiquitous character actor in B-westerns and serials whose presence on every television oater means that it would statistically impossible to watch Encore Westerns for one week and not see him in something)

Arthur Anderson (1922, 88, OTR, film and television veteran who’s best known as the voice of Eustace Bagge on Courage the Cowardly Dog and the Lucky Charms leprechaun…and appeared on radio’s Let’s Pretend from 1936 until it left the air in 1954)

Richard Attenborough (1923, 87, Academy Award-winning actor-director whose films include Brighton Rock, The Great Escape, Séance on a Wet Afternoon, The Flight of the Phoenix, 10 Rillington Place, Gandhi, Cry Freedom, Jurassic Park, etc.)

Dinah Washington (1924, pop music vocalist [What a Difference a Day Makes, Baby (You’ve Got What It Takes)])

Betty Lynn (1926, 84, film and television stalwart whose character of Thelma Lou on The Andy Griffith Show never did have a last name until she married Barney Fife for the reunion movie Return to Mayberry)

Dick O’Neill (1928, ubiquitous film and television character great best known for his roles on TV programs such as Brenner, Rosetti and Ryan, Kaz, Better Days, Cagney & Lacey, Falcon Crest, Dark Justice and Family Matters)

Charles Gray (1928, British character thesp best remembered for playing Ernst Stavros Blofeld in Diamonds are Forever and the guy who teaches the audience The Time Warp in The Rocky Horror Picture Show)

William Friedkin (1935, 75, motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Good Times, The Birthday Party, The Night They Raided Minsky’s, The Boys in the Band, The French Connection, The Exorcist, Sorcerer, The Brink’s Job, To Live and Die in L.A., etc.)

John McCain (1936, 74, U.S. Republican Senator from Arizona, 2008 GOP Presidential candidate, Saturday Night Live host…and un dickhead tres, tres formidable)

Jackie “Butch” Jenkins (1937, nails-on-a-blackboard-annoying moppet actor who turned up in several MGM films of the 1940s including The Human Comedy, National Velvet and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes; no kidding around, this kid’s the male Margaret O’Brien)

Elliott Gould (1938, 72, film and television actor whose movies include The Night They Raided Minsky’s, Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, MASH, The Long Goodbye, California Split, Capricorn One and Ocean’s Eleven; also appeared in such TV shows as E/R, Together We Stand, Getting Personal, Baby Bob and Friends)

Joel Schumacher (1939, 71, motion picture director whose oeuvre includes The Incredible Shrinking Woman, D.C. Cab, St. Elmo’s Fire, The Lost Boys, Cousins, Flatliners, Falling Down, The Client, Batman Forever and A Time to Kill)

Robin Leach (1941, 69, obnoxiously loud host of TV’s Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous)

Ellen Geer (1941, 69, actress daughter of TDOY fave Will who appeared on such TV series as The Jimmy Stewart Show, Falcon Crest and Beauty and the Beast; can also be glimpsed in The Reivers, Kotch, Harold and Maude and Patriot Games)

Deborah Van Valkenburgh (1952, 58, film and television actress whom I always remember from the cult film classic The Warriors and as Ted Knight’s smarter daughter on Too Close for Comfort)

Michael Jackson (1958, King of Pop)

Lenny Henry (1958, 52, British stand-up comedian/actor who’s starred on TV shows like The Fosters, The Lenny Henry Show, Three of a Kind, Chef! and Hope & Glory; husband of comedienne Dawn French)

Rebecca De Mornay (1959, 51, smokin’ hot film and television actress seen in the likes of Risky Business, Testament, Runaway Train, The Trip to Bountiful, Backdraft, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle, Guilty as Sin and Wedding Crashers)

Me'Shell NdegéOcello (1968, 42, R&B/soul vocalist)

Carla Gugino (1971, 39, TDOY actress fave seen in vehicles like Troop Beverly Hills, This Boy’s Life, Son in Law, Snake Eyes and Judas Kiss and on TV’s Falcon Crest, Spin City, Chicago Hope, Karen Sisco, Threshold and Entourage)

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Scott said...

MST3K fans remember George Macready as the scientist with the unintentionally hilarious name of "Professor von Dornheimer" in Human Duplicators, which also starred George Nader (who appeared in two other MST films, the first season classic Robot Monster and the KTMA episode The Million Eyes of Su-Maru) and Richard Kiel (who, when it came to Mystery Science Theater, described himself as "a three time loser," having also appeared in Phantom Planet and the fan favorite episode Eegah. Interesting -- or not -- in two of the films his love object was Dolores Faith, playing a blind girl in Human Duplicators and a mute in Phantom Planet).