Monday, August 30, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Eduardo Ciannelli (1889, peerless film and television character actor who can be seen in vehicles like Marked Woman, Gunga Din, Foreign Correspondent, The Mummy’s Hand, The Mysterious Dr. Satan, etc.; also played jazz club owner Waldo on TV’s Johnny Staccato)

Raymond Massey (1896, stage, film and television presence seen in such movies as The Old Dark House, The Prisoner of Zenda, The Hurricane, Abe Lincoln in Illinois, Arsenic and Old Lace, etc.; also played TV version of Dr. Leonard Gillespie on Dr. Kildare)

Fredric March (1897, Academy Award-winning actor whose films include The Royal Family of Broadway, Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde, Design for Living, Death Takes a Holiday, Les Miserables, Anna Karenina, A Star is Born, Nothing Sacred, One Foot in Heaven, etc.)

Shirley Booth (1898, Academy Award-winning actress who appeared in a handful of films including Come Back, Little Sheba, About Mrs. Leslie and The Matchmaker; later won Emmys as meddlesome maid Hazel Burke in the TV sitcom Hazel)

John Eldredge (1904, character stalwart seen in the likes of Oil for the Lamps of China, Dr. Socrates, Charlie Chan at the Olympics, High Sierra, The Master Key, Lost City of the Jungle, etc.; also appeared on the 1954 TV version of radio’s Meet Corliss Archer)

Sarah Selby (1905, radio, film and television actress head on such radio programs as Escape and Junior Miss and seen on TV’s Gunsmoke as boarding house owner Ma Smalley; also can be glimpsed on Father Knows Best and on the Mickey Mouse Club’s Hardy Boys serial The Mystery of the Applegate Treasure)

Joan Blondell (1906, multi-talented thesp and mascot of If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger…; appears in a myriad of 1930s Warner Bros. films including The Public Enemy, Night Nurse, Three on a Match, Gold Diggers of 1933, Footlight Parade, etc…and familiar to legions of couch potatoes as barkeep Lottie Hatfield on Here Come the Brides)

Fred MacMurray (1908, pictured with TV family, affable leading man remembered by TV fans as amiable pop Steve Douglas on My Three Sons; also appeared in a megaton of Disney films and such movie classics as Double Indemnity, The Egg and I, The Caine Mutiny and The Apartment)

Julie Bishop (aka Jacqueline Wells) (1914, ingénue actress seen in such vehicles as Tillie and Gus, The Black Cat, The Bohemian Girl, Action in the North Atlantic, Northern Pursuit, Rhapsody in Blue, Sands of Iwo Jima, Westward the Women, etc.)

Kitty Wells (1919, 91, the Queen of Country Music [It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels, Making Believe, Amigo’s Guitar])

Bill Daily (1927, 83, television icon [I Dream of Jeannie, The Bob Newhart Show, Almost Paradise, Starting from Scratch])

Elizabeth Ashley (1939, 71, film and television actress best remembered as Freida Evans on the sitcom Evening Shade; also appears in such movies as Ship of Fools, Rancho Deluxe, 92 in the Shade, The Great Scout and Cathouse Thursday, etc.)

Jim and Jon Hager (1941, country music vocalist twins who were a popular fixture on TV’s Hee Haw…despite the fact that they never had a major country hit)

Robert Crumb (1943, 77, underground comics pioneer, 78 RPM-jazz aficionado and subject of Terry Zwigoff’s can’t-turn-away 1994 documentary Crumb)

Molly Ivins (1944, legendary hell-raising Texas journalist-humorist-author who is still sorely missed to this day)

Peggy Lipton (1946, 64, film and television actress who’s best known for two iconic TV series—The Mod Squad [playing Julie Barnes] and Twin Peaks [Norma Jennings])

Lewis Black (1948, 62, perpetually incensed and irritated stand-up comic who can make me laugh until tears stream down my face…though my father cringes at his frequent use of the F-word)

Timothy Bottoms (1951, 59, film and television actor [and George W. Bush impersonator] seen in such movies as Johnny Got His Gun, The Last Picture Show, Love and Pain and the Whole Damn Thing, The Paper Chase, Texasville, etc.)

David Paymer (1954, 56, ubiquitous character actor seen in such vehicles as City Slickers, Mr. Saturday Night, Quiz Show, Get Shorty, The American President, Nixon, State and Main, In Good Company, etc.)

Michael Chiklis (1963, 47, film and television actor best known as The Commish’s Tony Scali and dirty detective Vic Mackey on The Shield)

Cameron Diaz (1972, 38, smokin’ hot film and television actress seen in such vehicles as The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, There’s Something About Mary, Very Bad Things, Being John Malkovich, Any Given Sunday, Gangs of New York, etc.)

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2 comments:

Linda said...

Goodness! I will be seeing Bill Daily in a few days; he's a guest at DragonCon.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

My high school chum The Duchess and I have this never-ending argument about which is the better sitcom: Bewitched or I Dream of Jeannie. I maintain Jeannie's superior because of Daily--he is, hands down, the greatest sidekick in the history of television, drumming-fingers-on-chest and all.