Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Hugh Harman (1903, animation pioneer who, along with partner Rudolf Ising, played a substantial role in the founding of the Warner Bros. and M-G-M cartoon studios)

Arthur Godfrey (1903, legendary radio/television host who headlined such shows as Arthur Godfrey and his Friends and Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts; also appears in such films as 4 for Texas, The Glass Bottom Boat and Where Angels Go Trouble Follows!)

Dore Schary (1905, motion picture writer/producer/director whose on-again, off-again employment at M-G-M eventually led to his usurping the autocratic Louis B. Mayer as studio head in 1951)

Sanford Meisner (1905, Neighborhood Playhouse founder and legendary acting teacher who also appeared in a few films, notably The Story on Page One, Tender is the Night and Mikey and Nicky)

Richard Basehart (1914. pictured with David Hedison, acclaimed stage, film and television actor whose work can be seen in such films as Repeat Performance, He Walked by Night, Reign of Terror, Fourteen Hours and La Strada…and on TV’s Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea)

Daniel Schorr (1916, principled journalist/newsman employed at CBS, CNN and NPR until his passing this year; proud to have made President Richard Nixon’s “enemies list”)

Alan Jay Lerner (1918, Academy Award-winning lyricist/composer of such hit musicals as Brigadoon, An American in Paris, Gigi, On a Clear Day You Can See Forever and Camelot; partner to Frederick Loewe)

G.D. Spradlin (1920, 90, film and television character great seen in such vehicles as Will Penny, Monte Walsh, Apocalypse Now, North Dallas Forty, The Lords of Discipline, Ed Wood, Nick of Time and Dick)

David Lowell Rich (1923, 87, Emmy Award-winning director-producer of such TV classics as M Squad, Black Saddle, Zane Grey Theater, Wagon Train, Naked City and Route 66 and films as varied as Have Rocket, Will Travel and Eye of the Cat)

Buddy Hackett (1924, marble-mouthed comedian/actor glimpsed in such vehicles as God’s Little Acre, All Hands on Deck, Everything’s Ducky, The Music Man, It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World, Muscle Beach Party and The Love Bug)

James Coburn (1928, Academy Award-winning actor whose films include Ride Lonesome, The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, Charade, The Americanization of Emily, The President’s Analyst, The Carey Treatment, etc.)

Noble Willingham (1931, film and television character veteran who played C.D. Parker on TV’s Walker, Texas Ranger and can also be seen in The Last Picture Show, Paper Moon, Norma Rae, The Howling, Good Morning, Vietnam, City Slickers, etc.)

Warren Berlinger (1937, 73, film and television actor who had roles in series The Joey Bishop Show, A Touch of Grace, Operation Petticoat and Too Close for Comfort…but for some reason I always remember him as the chubby guy riding on back of a motorcycle in drag in The Cannonball Run)

Larry Hankin (1940, 70, ubiquitous film and television character presence recognizable as the bizarre Mr. Heckles on the sitcom Friends and the faux Kramer on Seinfeld…but he’s been in practically everything under the sun)

Carole Wells (1942, 68, film and television actress who pops up in quite a few guest shots in TV shows from the 1960s; had regular roles on National Velvet and Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats)

Van Morrison (1945, 65, Irish pop singer-songwriter whose anthem Brown Eyed Girl will cost you twenty-five clams to hear my Savannah buddy Chief perform at the Bayou Cafe)

Lowell Ganz (1948, 62, film and television scribe who penned scripts for many of Garry Marshall’s TV comedies [The Odd Couple, Happy Days] before becoming a producer; also contributed [with partner Babaloo Mandel] to the screenplays of Night Shift, Splash, Spies Like Us, Gung Ho, Parenthood, City Slickers and A League of Their Own)

Julie Brown (1954, 56, comedienne-singer known for her wicked parodies of Madonna and other pop culture icons; also recorded the classic novelty hits The Homecoming Queen’s Got a Gun and ‘Cause I’m a Blonde)

Gina Schock (1957, 53, Go-Go)

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Edward Copeland said...

You still out there Ivan? You haven't responded to my e-mails or Facebook messages.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

You still out there Ivan? You haven't responded to my e-mails or Facebook messages.

I'm still here, Edward--and I apologize for being incommunicado of late. There's an e-mail on the way.