Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Edgar Rice Burroughs (1875, creator of Tarzan and John Carter of Mars)

Bobby Burns (1878, silent film comedian who appeared in many of the Vim Studio’s early shorts as a character known as “Jabs/Jabbs”; later became a character actor in Hal Roach and Columbia sound comedy shorts such as Below Zero, Sneak Easily, Teacher’s Beau, etc.)

Glenn Anders (1899, film and television character actor best known as the slimy Grisby in The Lady from Shanghai; also can be glimpsed in Sally of the Sawdust, Nothing But the Truth, Tarzan’s Peril, M and Behave Yourself)

Harold Lamb (1892, not the character from Harold Lloyd’s The Freshman—but an honest-to-goodness screenwriter who contributed to Cecil B. DeMille films like The Crusades, The Plainsman, The Buccaneer and Samson & Delilah)

Betty Blythe (1893, silent screen actress seen in such vehicles as The Silver Horde, Nomads of the North and The Queen of Sheba; later became a character player in sound films like Pilgrimage, Sis Hopkins and Monogram’s Bringing Up Father movie series)

Don Wilson (1900, rotund announcer-sidekick for Jack Benny’s radio and television shows who also appeared in such films as Radio City Revels, Buck Benny Rides Again, Radio Stars on Parade, The Chase, Sailor Beware and Niagara)

Richard Arlen (1900, silent screen matinee idol seen in such vehicles as Wings, Beggars of Life, Thunderbolt and The Four Feathers; later worked in sound features like Gun Smoke, Guilty as Hell, Tiger Shark and Island of Lost Souls)

John J. Anthony (1902, advice-giving host of radio’s The Goodwill Hour—“No names, please.”)

Johnny Mack Brown (1904, pictured with Boots Morphy and Glenn Strange, B-western cowboy star who also appeared in quite a few prominent silent and sound films including Mockery, The Divine Woman, Our Dancing Daughters, A Lady of Chance, A Woman of Affairs and The Single Standard)

Nathan Juran (1904, journeyman motion picture director who helmed such classics as Hellcats of the Navy, 20 Million Miles to Earth and The 7th Voyage of Sinbad—not to mention turkeys like The Deadly Mantis, The Brain from Planet Arous and the legendary Attack of the 50 Foot Woman)

Michael Lah (1912, M-G-M animator who worked on many of Tex Avery’s classic shorts before graduating to the director’s chair himself for cartoons like Deputy Droopy, One Droopy Knight and Droopy Leprechaun)

Christian Nyby (1913, motion picture editor who received credit for directing The Thing [From Another World] and later became successful in TV directing episodes of Adam-12, Mayberry R.F.D., I Spy, Bonanza, The F.B.I., Rawhide, Perry Mason, etc.)

George Balzer (1915, Emmy Award-winning radio and television scribe who wrote exclusively for Jack Benny but also penned scripts for Red Skelton and Here’s Lucy)

Richard Farnsworth (1920, motion picture stuntman who became a first-rate character actor later in life with roles in such films as Comes a Horseman, Tom Horn, Resurrection, The Grey Fox, The Natural, Into the Night, Misery and The Straight Story)

Vittorio Gassman (1922, Italian film actor seen in such vehicles as Cry of the Hunted, Big Deal on Madonna Street, Scent of a Woman, We All Loved Each Other So Much, A Wedding, Quintet, Tempest, Life is a Bed of Roses and The Family)

Yvonne De Carlo (1922, film and television actress who unfortunately remembered as Lily on the TV sitcom The Munsters—but she was smokin’ hot in films like Salome When She Danced, Brute Force, Casbah, Criss Cross, Calamity Jane and Sam Bass, etc.)

Allene Roberts (1928, 82, ingénue actress seen in such films as The Red House, The Sign of the Ram, Knock on Any Door, Union Station and The Hoodlum before giving up show business for Jesus)

George Maharis (1928, 82, film and television actor best known for his role as Buz Murdock on TV’s Route 66; also glimpsed in such vehicles as Exodus, The Satan Bug, Sylvia and The Happening)

Anne Ramsey (1929, film and television character actress best known for her role in the Hitchcockian spoof Throw Mama from the Train; also appeared in The Black Marble, Any Which Way You Can, Scrooged and The Goonies; wife of character thesp Logan)

Joyce Holden (1930, 80, contract player who never really achieved stardom despite a falling-down funny performance in the comedy You Never Can Tell; also glimpsed in The Milkman, Bronco Buster, Girls in the Night and Private Eyes)

Boxcar Willie (aka Lecil Travis Martin) (1931, country music hobo)

Conway Twitty (1933, pop music vocalist whose decision to turn to country music in 1966 made him one of country’s most enduring legends; duet partner of Loretta Lynn)

Ron O’Neal (1937, Superfly)

Lily Tomlin (1939, 71, Emmy-winning writer-comedienne whose success on Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In led to roles in such films as Nashville, The Late Show, Nine to Five, The Incredible Shrinking Woman, All of Me, Big Business, Short Cuts, etc.)

Roy Head (1941, 69, country/pop music singer-songwriter)

Diane Ray (1941, 69, pop music vocalist [Please Don’t Talk to the Lifeguard])

Don Stroud (1943, 67, film and television actor seen in such vehicles as Madigan, Coogan’s Bluff, Angel Unchained, Bloody Mama, Joe Kidd, Slaughter’s Big Rip-Off, The Killer Inside Me, The Buddy Holly Story, The Amityville Horror, etc.)

Joe Simon (1943, 67, pop music vocalist [The Chokin’ Kind])

Archie Bell (1944, 66, front man for the rock ‘n’ roll group The Drells [Tighten Up])

Barry Gibb (1946, 64, Bee Gee)

James Rebhorn (1948, 62, hard-working character great, who, although he’s been in such films as Silkwood, My Cousin Vinny, Carlito’s Way, Guarding Tess and Up Close & Personal remains revered among my sisters and I for his role as psycho dad Bradley Raines on the TV soap The Guiding Light)

Dr. Phil McGraw (1950, 60, advice-giving television guru, Oprah disciple and un dickhead formidable)

Gloria Estefan (1957, 53, pop music vocalist and former front girl for the Miami Sound Machine)

Michelle Meyerink (1962, 48, TDOY actress fave whom I adored in Revenge of the Nerds, Real Genius, Permanent Record and an episode of Family Ties…sadly, she’s no longer making movies)

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Matthew Coniam said...

Howdy, Ivan. Off-topic, I know, but I thought you might be interested in these stats, hot off the web press.
The last episode of Last Summer aired over here to 5.4 million viewers, over a million up on its recent average. It's high-water audience was 20 million, but that was back in the late seventies/early eighties when we had no video and only three channels. 5.4 million is considered a very healthy figure indeed for the multi-media age.

Winifred said...

Oh no! Gloria Estefan can't be 53. She's just a young 'un.