Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Hal B. Wallis (1899, motion picture producer at Warner Bros. who oversaw production of such classics as Little Caesar, I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang, Captain Blood, The Adventures of Robin Hood and Casablanca; struck out on his own after 1944)

Robert Florey (1900, French émigré motion picture director whose oeuvre includes The Cocoanuts, Murders in the Rue Morgue, The House on 56th Street, The Preview Murder Mystery, Hollywood Boulevard, Daughter of Shanghai and The Face Behind the Mask)

Bernie Green (1908, composer/bandleader who worked extensively in radio providing the music for stars like Henry Morgan, Garry Moore and Arthur Godfrey; later moved into television [Mister Peepers] and scored films like All the Way Home and 30 Years of Fun)

Jack Hawkins (1910, British stage, screen and television actor whose vehicles include The Fallen Idol, No Highway in the Sky, The Cruel Sea, The Prisoner, Land of the Pharaohs, The Bridge on the River Kwai and Ben-Hur)

Clayton Moore (1914, pictured with Jay Silverheels and the great horse Silver, beloved film and television actor who was prominently featured in B-westerns and serials before landing the role that made him immortal—“the daring and resourceful Masked Rider of the Plains…the Lone Ranger!*”)

Kay Medford (1914, peerless character actress seen on TV’s To Rome With Love and in such films as Swing Shift Maisie, The Undercover Man, A Face in the Crowd, The Rat Race, BUtterfield 8, A Fine Madness, The Busy Body and Funny Girl)

Douglas Kennedy (1915, unsung character actor seen in tons of B-westerns, films and TV shows; played the sheriff on The Big Valley and starred as Steve Donovan, Western Marshal from 1955-56)

James H. Nicholson (1916, motion picture producer and co-founder [with partner Samuel Z. Arkoff] of TDOY movie Mecca American International Pictures)

Jack Somack (1918, unsung film and television character presence seen in such TV shows as Ball Four, The Stockard Channing Show and Barney Miller)

Ruth Brooks Flippen (1921, film and television scriptwriter who contributed heavily to the likes of Gidget, Bewitched, That Girl and The Brady Bunch)

Frances Bergen (1922, actress wife of ventriloquist Edgar Bergen—and mother of Candace—whose film appearances include Titanic, American Gigolo, The Sting II and The Star Chamber; also played Madame Francine on the TV oater Yancy Derringer)

Harve Presnell (1933, singer-actor who made a name for himself in such film musicals as The Unsinkable Molly Brown and Paint Your Wagon; later became a highly-respected character actor in the likes of Fargo, Saving Private Ryan and TV’s The Pretender)

Nicol Williamson (1936, 74, accomplished British stage, screen and television thesp glimpsed in such films as The Bofors Gun, The Wilby Conspiracy, Robin and Marian, The Seven Per Cent Solution, The Cheap Detective and Excalibur)

Walter Koenig (1936, 74, film and television actor who might have been doomed to a life of “nuclear wessel” jokes [from his signature role as Ensign Pavel Chekhov on TV’s Star Trek] had he not landed of villainous Alfred Bester on Babylon 5)

Joey Heatherton (1944, 66, smokin’ hot blonde actress-singer seen frequently in Las Vegas and in such vehicles as Twilight of Honor, Where Love Has Gone, My Blood Runs Cold and The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington)

Sam Neill (1947, 63, Irish stage, screen and television actor seen in such vehicles as My Brilliant Career, Omen III: The Final Conflict, A Cry in the Dark, Dead Calm, The Hunt for Red October, The Piano, Jurassic Park and Jurassic Park III)

Jon “Bowzer” Bauman (1947, 63, bass singer/comedian with the rock ‘n’ oldies group Sha Na Na)

Howard Deutch (1950, 60. motion picture director whose oeuvre includes Pretty in Pink, Some Kind of Wonderful, The Great Outdoors, Grumpier Old Men, The Odd Couple II, The Replacements, The Whole Ten Yards and My Best Friend’s Girl)

Haviland Morris (1959, 51, film and television actress I positively adored in Sixteen Candles and Gremlins 2: The New Batch; I’ve seen her since on One Life to Live and Law & Order: SVU)

Mary Crosby (1959, 51, film and television actress best known as scheming Kristin Shepard on TV’s Dallas…she shot J.R., by the way**)

Radames Pera (1960, 50, former moppet actor best known for playing the younger Kwai Chang Caine on TV’s Kung Fu [in flashbacks])

Melissa Leo (1960, 50, film and television actress who’ll always be remembered here at TDOY as Det. Sgt. Kay Howard from Homicide: Life on the Street)

Faith Ford (1964, 46***, film and television actress best known as perky Corky Sherwood on the sitcom Murphy Brown; later appeared on TV’s Maggie Winters, Norm, Hope & Faith and Carpoolers)

Amy Winehouse (1983, 27, controversial pop singer whom I’m convinced is really Sarah Silverman just putting us on)

*My mother’s personal hero.

**Oh, like you couldn’t find that information elsewhere on the Internets.

***There’s no way Faith Ford is a year younger than me…I demand to see a birth certificate.

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Stacia said...

Hey Ivan, did you see this?


Check out all those British TV shows that have been found!

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

Yowsah! Thanks for passing this along, Stacia!