Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Albert Bassermann (1867, German character actor who can be glimpsed in such films as Dr. Ehrlich’s Magic Bullet, Foreign Correspondent, Knute Rockne All American, A Woman’s Face, The Shanghai Gesture and The Moon and Sixpence)

Roscoe Karns (1891, peerless comic character actor whose television gigs included the title role of Rocky King, Detective and Captain Walter Shafer on Hennesey; his film work includes Twentieth Century, They Drive by Night and His Girl Friday)

George Waggner (1894, journeyman motion picture director whose oeuvre includes The Wolf Man, The Climax and Operation Pacific; later helmed episodes of such TV series as Tales of Wells Fargo, Maverick, Cheyenne, 77 Sunset Strip and Batman)

Emerson Treacy (1900, film and television character thesp who frequently appeared with Gracie Allen-like wife Gay Seabrook in radio and on stage; both of them are in the Our Gang shorts Bedtime Worries and Wild Poses)

Roy Barcroft (1902, pictured, TDOY character actor god whose villainy blossomed full forth in scads of B-westerns and in serials like Manhunt of Mystery Island, The Purple Monster Strikes, G-Men Never Forget and Radar Men from the Moon)

Elia Kazan (1909, Academy Award-winning motion picture director whose oeuvre includes A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Boomerang!, Gentleman’s Agreement, Pinky, Panic in the Streets, A Streetcar Named Desire, On the Waterfront and A Face in the Crowd)

Fred Moore (1911, legendary Disney animator whose redesigns of Mickey Mouse earned him the nickname of “the Mickey expert” from his colleagues during his stay at the studio)

Anthony Quayle (1913, British character great whose movies include The Wrong Man, The Guns of Navarone, Lawrence of Arabia, A Study in Terror, Anne of a Thousand Days, The Eagle Has Landed and Murder by Decree; TV gigs include Strange Report and the host of The Evil Touch)

David Croft (1922, 88, legendary comedy writer-director-producer of such Britcoms as Dad’s Army, It Ain’t Half Hot Mum, Are You Being Served?, Hi-de-Hi!, ‘Allo ‘Allo!, Grace and Favour, You Rang, M’Lord? and Oh, Doctor Beeching!)

Peter Lawford (1923, Rat Pack member, Kennedy in-law and actor who appeared in such films as The Canterville Ghost, The Picture of Dorian Gray, Good News, Easter Parade, Royal Wedding, Ocean’s Eleven and Advise and Consent; also starred in the TV series Dear Phoebe and played Nick Charles in the boob tube version of The Thin Man)

Don Messick (1926, legendary voice artist who supplied the speaking tones of Ruff, Pixie, Boo Boo, Mr. Twiddle, Ricochet Rabbit, So-So, Dr. Benton C. Quest, Scooby-Doo and scads of other cartoon characters; also played Wally Wooster on the sitcom The Duck Factory)

John Harkins (1932, hard-working character actor who was seen in such TV series as Dark Shadows, Doc, Cagney & Lacey and Dallas; can also be glimpsed in movies such as Popi, Being There, Absence of Malice and Birdy)

Ronnie Dove (1935, 75, pop music vocalist [Right or Wrong, One Kiss for Old Times’ Sake])

Buddy Holly (1936, legendary rock ‘n’ roll icon who took the last train for the coast that fateful February 3rd in 1959—“the day the music died”)

John Philip Law (1937, British actor seen in such films as The Russians are Coming The Russians are Coming, Hurry Sundown, Barbarella, Skidoo, The Hawaiians, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and The Cassandra Crossing)

Susan Stamberg (1938, 72, radio journalist/legendary co-host of NPR’s All Things Considered)

Dario Argento (1940, 70, legendary “giallo” horror film director whose movies include The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, Deep Red, Suspiria, Inferno, Phenomena and Trauma)

Gloria Gaynor (1949, 61, R&B vocalist/disco diva [I Will Survive, Never Can Say Goodbye])

Julie Kavner (1950, 60, film and television actress who’s best known as Brenda Morgenstern on Rhoda and the voice of Marge Simpson; also appears in such films as Hannah and Her Sisters, Radio Days, Awakenings and Forget Paris)

Chrissie Hynde (1951, 59, Pretender)

Corbin Bernsen (1954, 56, film and television actor currently seen on the TV series Psych…though everybody really remembers him as skeevy divorce attorney Arnie Becker on L.A. Law)

Diane Warren (1956, 54, pop music songwriter [If I Could Turn Back Time, I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing, How Do I Live])

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1 comment:

Scott said...

MST3K fans will remember John Philip Law's turn as the Pat Riley-haired villain who chewed and regurgitated scenery like cud in the supremely awful Reb Brown vehicle, Space Mutiny.

They will likewise recall Peter Lawford's Method turn as a drunken, slurring guy in Angel's Revenge.