Friday, September 3, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Cecil Parker (1897, British character actor seen in such films as The Lady Vanishes, The Stars Look Down, Quartet, Under Capricorn, The Man in the White Suit, The Ladykillers, The Court Jester, A Tale of Two Cities and Indiscreet)

Mantan Moreland (1902, pictured, peerless character actor glimpsed as Birmingham Brown in the Monogram Charlie Chan films; also appears in King of the Zombies, Cabin in the Sky, Revenge of the Zombies, Spider Baby and the serial The Mystery of the Riverboat)

Grace Matthews (1910, OTR veteran best known for her roles on The Shadow and Big Sister; also appeared on The CBS Radio Mystery Theatre and TV’s The Guiding Light)

Kitty Carlisle (1910, stage and film actress-singer, longtime To Tell the Truth panelist and notorious writing implement thief*)

Alan Ladd (1913, diminutive tough guy leading man seen in such vehicles as This Gun for Hire, The Glass Key, Lucky Jordan, O.S.S., The Blue Dahlia, The Great Gatsby, Chicago Deadline, Captain Carey U.S.A., Appointment with Danger, Shane, etc.)

Helen Wagner (1918, television actress who appeared in soap operas like The Guiding Light and Valiant Lady—but for most of her career was the indefatigable Nancy Hughes McClosky on As the World Turns)

Burt Kennedy (1922, motion picture writer and director who penned scripts for many of the classic Randolph Scott-Harry Brown westerns of the 1950s before helming oaters like Support Your Local Sheriff! and Support Your Local Gunfighter)

Terry Wilson (1923, film and television stuntman-turned-actor best remembered for his role as Bill Hawks on the long-running TV oater Wagon Train)

Mort Walker (1923, creator of Beetle Bailey and co-creator of Hi and Lois; also creator of Boner’s Ark, Sam’s Strip/Sam and Silo, Gamin & Patches, Mrs. Fitz’s Flats and The Evermores)

Hank Thompson (1925, country music legend [The Wild Side of Life, Humpty Dumpty Heart, Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Squaws Along the Yukon])

Wally Albright (1925, Little Rascal)

Irene Papas (1926, 84, film and television actress seen in such vehicles as Tribute to a Bad Man, The Guns of Navarone, The Moon-Spinners, Zorba the Greek, Z, The Brotherhood, Anne of the Thousand Days and Into the Night)

Anne Jackson (1926, 84, film and television actress glimpsed in such movies as So Young So Bad, The Journey, Tall Story, The Tiger Makes Out, The Angel Levine, Lovers and Other Strangers, Dirty Dingus Magee and Nasty Habits)

Mary Grace Canfield (1926, 84, film and television character actress who briefly replaced the dear, departed Alice Pearce on Bewitched as Abner’s sister Harriet Kravitz—but remembered by legions of coach potatoes as Ralph Monroe, carpenter “brother” of Alf on Green Acres)

Jackie Lyn Dufton (1928, Little Rascal)

Eileen Brennan (1932, 78, film and television character great who appeared in such vehicles as Divorce American Style, The Last Picture Show, Scarecrow, The Sting, Murder by Death, Private Benjamin, Clue, Stella and Texasville)

Tompall Glaser (1933, 77, brother of Chuck and Jim and singer-songwriter who released Put Another Log on the Fire, the official male chauvinist’s anthem, in 1975)

Pauline Collins (1940, 70, British actress best known for her Tony Award-winning role as Shirley Valentine and as Sarah Moffatt on Upstairs, Downstairs and Thomas and Sarah; also appeared on TV’s The Liver Birds, No, Honestly and Wodehouse Playhouse)

Al Jardine (1942, 68, Beach Boy)

Valerie Perrine (1943, 67, film and television actress seen in such movies as Slaughterhouse-Five, Lenny, W.C. Fields and Me, Superman, The Electric Horseman, Superman II, The Border, Maid to Order, 54 and What Women Want)

Costas Mandylor (1962, 48, film and television beefcake actor best known for his role as deputy Kenny Lacos on TV’s Picket Fences; can also be glimpsed in movies like Soapdish, Mobsters, The Pledge and Saw III through VI)

Charlie Sheen (1965, 45, film and television stalwart who, though great in vehicles like Eight Men Out, Major League, Hot Shots!, Terminal Velocity, Being John Malkovich and TV’s Spin City, has a personal life that makes him un dickhead formidable)

*I’m not making this up. She stole a pen from Pam one time.

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