Thursday, September 2, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

George H. Plympton (1889, serials scenarist extraordinaire whose chapter plays include Flash Gordon, The Spider’s Web, The Green Hornet, Riders of Death Valley, Gang Busters, Captain Midnight, The Masked Marvel, The Master Key and Batman and Robin)

Jack Norton (1889, pictured with C. Aubrey Smith, pencil-thin mustachioed character great, usually inebriated in such films as One Too Many, The Bank Dick, The Fleet’s In, The Palm Beach Story, Doctor, Feel My Pulse, The Scarlet Clue and The Sin of Harold Diddlebock)

Amanda Randolph (1896, peerless character great who performed on radio, TV and on film—best known as one of several Beulahs, the Kingfish’s mother-in-law on Amos ‘n’ Andy and Danny Thomas’ housekeeper Louise on Make Room for Daddy)

Barbara Jo Allen (1906, actress-comedienne known to fans as Vera Vague on radio, TV and in comedy shorts; also appears in such movies as Melody Ranch, Larceny, Inc., Rosie the Riveter, Henry Aldrich Plays Cupid, The Opposite Sex and the voice of Fauna in Disney’s Sleeping Beauty)

Alex Lovy (1913, veteran animator who worked for Walter Lantz and Warner Bros. in its waning days [he created Cool Cat and Merlin the Magic Mouse]; later became a producer at Hanna-Barbera)

Tom Glazer (1914, folksinger-songwriter whose compositions include Melody of Love, Skokiaan, More and A Worried Man—but who’s probably remembered by legions of kids as the singer-songwriter of On Top of Spaghetti; also wrote Andy Griffith’s songs in A Face in the Crowd)

Buddy Gorman (1921, Bowery Boy)*

Hugh Montenegro (1925, composer of film and television themes, notably I Dream of Jeannie and Here Come the Brides; also scored a major pop hit with the theme to The Good, the Bad and the Ugly)

Paul Savage (1925, 85, television scribe whose specialty was penning episodes for TV oaters like Laramie, Lawman, Tombstone Territory, Daniel Boone, The Big Valley and Gunsmoke—on which he served as story consultant from 1966-69)

Leonard Katzman (1927, legendary television director-producer-writer on such shows as The Wild Wild West, Hawaii Five-O, Gunsmoke and Dallas)

Mel Stuart (1928, 82, film and television director who churned out scores of made-for-TV movies but also helmed the 1971 cult classic Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, not to mention Four Days in November and Wattstax)

Hal Ashby (1929, Academy Award-winning motion picture editor whose work on films like In the Heat of the Night and The Thomas Crown Affair landed him in the director’s chair to make The Landlord, Harold and Maude, The Last Detail, Bound for Glory, etc.)

Alan Simpson (1931, 79, former U.S. Senator from Wyoming and current chairman of President Obama’s deficit commission who likened Social Security to “a milk cow with 310 million tits”—not realizing he himself has been on the dole pretty much throughout his entire employment career…in other words, un dickhead formidable)

Victor Spinetti (1933, 77, British comic actor who’s in three Beatles films—A Hard Day’s Night, Help! and Magical Mystery Tour—and who also co-starred in such Britcoms as Two in Clover, Take My Wife… and An Actor’s Life for Me)

Grady Nutt (1934, Baptist minister who was one of the regulars on Hee Haw until his death in 1982)

Chuck McCann (1934, 76, film/television character actor-kiddie show host-voice artist who was the “Hi guy!” dude in the television commercials, Bob Denver’s straight man on The Far Out Space Nuts and the voice of Duckworth on DuckTales…and I’ve barely scratched the surface)

Derek Fowlds (1937, 73, British comic actor who achieved TDOY immortality as the pedantic civil servant Bernard Woolley in the Britcoms Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister)

Mary Jo Catlett (1938, 72, film and television character actress/voice artist best remembered as housekeeper Pearl Gallagher on TV’s Diff’rent Strokes)

Beverly Sanders (1940, 70, film and television character actress best remembered here at TDOY as Dom DeLuise’s sister Olive Swann in the 1970’s sitcom Lotsa Luck!)

Jimmy Clanton (1940, 70, pop music vocalist [Go Jimmy Go, Just a Dream])

Luis Avalos (1946, 64, film and television actor who was a favorite on PBS’ The Electric Company growing up; also can be glimpsed in such films as Badge 373, Hot Stuff, Stir Crazy, Ghost Fever, The Butcher’s Wife and Jungle 2 Jungle)

Mark Harmon (1951, 59, television icon [Sam, 240-Robert, Flamingo Road, St. Elsewhere, Reasonable Doubts, Charlie Grace, Chicago Hope, NCIS)

Linda Purl (1955, 55, film and television actress best known for her roles as Fonzie’s girlfriend Ashley Pfister on Happy Days and daughter-attorney Charlene Matlock on Matlock)

Keanu Reeves (1964, 46, film and television actor—though as Scott C. once observed, that might be a typo)

Salma Hayek (1968, 42, smokin’ hot film and television actress seen in such vehicles as Desperado, From Dusk Till Dawn, Fools Rush In, Dogma and Frida and on TV’s Ugly Betty and 30 Rock)

And one more before we go…

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. (1963, 47, Thrilling Days of Yesteryear blogger, freelance writer and aficionado of classic movies, vintage television and old-time radio)

*Back in July, I received an e-mail from blogger Missy Rosenberry thanking me for linking to her articles on Buddy at the time of his passing in April—I didn’t realize it at the time that we shared a birthday!

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B. Goode said...


Hope it's a good one.

Peggy said...

"Getting old ain't for sissies."
- Bette Davis

Hope your day is a happy one!

Amanda said...

Have a wonderful birthday Ivan!

Best Wishes,

Cliff Aliperti said...

Happy birthday, Ivan!

PS: Great Zasu + Thelma post after this one!

Scott said...

Happy birthday, Ivan! Slightly belated wishes up at World O' Crap.

VP81955 said...

May I be the first to wish you a belated happy birthday! (Wonderful Todd-Pitts entry, BTW; I eagerly await reading your thoughts on Todd-Kelly.)

mndean said...

Belated happy birthday also! I just saw Jack Norton annoying Charles Butterworth in The Moon's Our Home.

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Thanks, everyone for your kind birthday wishes--it was a great one!