Friday, September 10, 2010

Happy birthday today to...

Paul Harvey (1882, not the news commentator but the film and television character actor seen in such vehicles as The Whole Town’s Talking, The Walking Dead, Black Legion, A Slight Case of Murder, Never Say Die and High Sierra)

Al “Fuzzy” St. John (1893, unsung second banana who started out in silent comedies as a supporting player in his uncle Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle’s comedies and then became a comedic sidekick to Larry “Buster” Crabbe and Al “Lash” LaRue in 1940s B-westerns)

Bessie Love (1898, silent and sound film actress seen in such vehicles as Intolerance, The Lost World, The Matinee Idol, The Broadway Melody and Chasing Rainbows)

George Eldredge (1898, B-western and serials stalwart seen in Hawk of the Wilderness, Raiders of Ghost City, Jungle Queen, The Royal Mounted Rides Again, Roar of the Iron Horse and Captain Video)

Alvin Childress (1907, film and television character actor who starred as Amos Jones in the TV version of the sitcom Amos ‘n’ Andy)

Raymond Scott (1908, composer/musician whose tunes like Powerhouse, Dinner Music for a Pack of Hungry Cannibals and In an 18th Century Drawing Room will be familiar to anyone who’s ever watched a Looney Tune or Merrie Melodie)

Robert Wise (1914, Academy Award-winning motion picture director whose oeuvre includes The Curse of the Cat People, The Body Snatcher, Born to Kill, Blood on the Moon, The Set-Up, The Captive City and Odds Against Tomorrow)

Edmond O’Brien (1915, pictured, “the sweatiest man in noir”—Academy Award-winning actor whose films include The Killers, The Web, A Double Life, White Heat, D.O.A., The Bigamist and The Barefoot Contessa; also starred in TV’s Johnny Midnight and Sam Benedict)

Rin Tin Tin (1918, heroic German Shepherd dog of silent/sound features and serials)

Yma Sumac (1922, “The Peruvian Songbird,” popular vocalist on radio, TV and in films known for her four-and-a-half octave range)

Wayde Preston (1929, film and television actor who tasted a bit of boob tube fame in the late 1950s as the star of the TV western Colt .45)

Philip Baker Hall (1931, 79, modern-day character great whose vehicles include Secret Honor, Midnight Run, Hard Eight, Rush Hour, Cradle Will Rock, The Insider, Magnolia, The Contender and the classic Seinfeld episode “The Library”)

Bo Goldman (1932, 78, Academy Award-winning motion picture screenwriter whose oeuvre includes One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Melvin and Howard, Shoot the Moon, Scent of a Woman and City Hall)

Charles Kuralt (1934, legendary CBS journalist/host/correspondent who spent much of his working hours On the Road)

Tommy Overstreet (1937, 73, country music singer-songwriter [Ann {Don’t Go Runnin’), Jeannie Marie (You Were a Lady), Don’t Go City Girl on Me])

Greg Mullavey (1939, 71, film and television actor who cemented boob tube immortality with roles on Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman and Rituals)

Jose Feliciano (1945, 65, pop music singer-songwriter [Light My Fire])

Dennis Burkley (1945, 65 hefty film and television character actor who had roles on such series as Hangin’ In, Sanford, Hill Street Blues and the animated series King of the Hill, for which he voiced Principal Moss)

Judy Geeson (1948, 62, British actress seen in such vehicles as To Sir, With Love, Berserk, 10 Rillington Place and The Eagle Has Landed; appeared on many TV series including The Newcomers, Poldark, Danger UXB and Mad About You)

Bill O’Reilly (1949; 61…oh, do I really need to finish this one?)

Harry Groener (1951, 59, film, television and character great who I always remember as the nebbishy Ralph on Dear John though most people probably know him as the evil Mayor Wilkins on Buffy the Vampire Slayer)

Amy Irving (1953, 57, film and television actress whose vehicles include Carrie, The Fury, Voices, Honeysuckle Rose, The Competition, Yentl, Micki + Maude, Crossing Delancey, Deconstructing Harry and Traffic)

Fred Olen Ray (1954, 56, legendary cult director of schlock films like Alien Dead, Hollywood Chainsaw Hookers, Beverly Hills Vamp, Alienator and Dinosaur Island)

Rosie Flores (1956, 54, country music vocalist and former front woman of Screamin’ Siren)

Kate Burton (1957, 53, Richard Burton acting progeny whose vehicles include Big Trouble in Little China, Life with Mikey, The Ice Storm, Celebrity, Empire Falls and TV series like Home Fires, The Practice, Law & Order and Grey’s Anatomy)

Chris Columbus (1958, 52, motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Adventures in Babysitting, Heartbreak Hotel, Home Alone, Only the Lonely, Mrs. Doubtfire, Nine Months and the first two Harry Potter flicks)

Stacey Nelkin (1959, 51, film and television actress seen in vehicles like Up the Academy, Serial, Halloween III: Season of the Witch, Yellowbeard, Get Crazy and Bullets Over Broadway)

Colin Firth (1960, 50, TDOY’s Pam heartthrob who can be glimpsed in such films as Apartment Zero, Valmont, Circle of Friends, The English Patient, Shakespeare in Love, Bridget Jones’ Diary and The Importance of Being Earnest)

Alison Bechdel (1960, 50, creator of Dykes to Watch Out For)

Guy Ritchie (1968, 42, motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Snatch, Swept Away, Revolver, RocknRolla and Sherlock Holmes; also Mr. Madonna)

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B. Goode said...

Since it is 10/10/10 I am expecting Rin Tin Tin to reappear at 10:10

I'm just not sure if it will be AM or PM

B. Goode said...

That should have read ON 10/10/10

Toby O'B said...

As I read down the list, I wondered if we would get "Un dickhead formidable", and ironically we get one that literally goes without saying!

I always like seeing the connections in these lists. Like today we have Greg Mullavey, Tom from 'Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman' and Dennis Burkley who played Mac the trucker on that show for awhile.....