Thursday, October 28, 2010

Happy birthday, Jaime!

Jaime Weinman, Macleans columnist and blogger extraordinaire at Something Old, Nothing New, is celebrating his (mumble mumble) natal anniversary today, and since Jaime was one of the very first people to fearlessly link to TDOY (back in the Salon Blog days) despite being threatened with a tire iron by a couple of goons I thought it only right to give him a shout-out.  He’s one of the few fortunate individuals to be able to make a living writing about what he loves, and in addition is an expert on stage musicals, 70s sitcoms, Archie comics and WKRP in Cincinnati.  Which gives me a valid reason to post this picture in honor of his birthday:

But what famous people share the same birthday as Mr. Weinman, I hear you pretend asking in my head?  The list may surprise you!

Herbert Butterfield (1895-1957) – OTR veteran best remembered as Clarence Wellman on The Halls of Ivy and Brian Donlevy’s nameless boss (“the Commissioner”) on Dangerous Assignment (he appeared on the TV version, too)

John Boles (1895-1969) – Actor-singer who appeared in such Shirley Temple films as Curly Top and The Littlest Rebel

Edith Head (1897-1981) – Academy Award-winning motion picture costume designer

Rollin Hamilton (1898-1951) – Veteran animator who worked on many of Walt Disney’s early Alice shorts in the 1920s

Elsa Lanchester (1902-1986) – Beloved British character actress and bride of the Frankenstein monster

Evelyn A. Waugh (1903-1966) – Author of Brideshead Revisited

Albert Maltz (1908-1985) – Screenwriter and member of the Hollywood Ten

Francis Bacon (1909-1992) – Irish painter

Jonas Salk (1914-1995) – Developer of the polio vaccine

Dody Goodman (1914-2008) – Actress-comedienne best known as the mother to Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

Jack Soo (1917-1979) – Film and television actor immortalized as Sgt. Nick Yemana on the TV sitcom Barney Miller

Leonard Starr (1925-     ) – Cartoonist who created the strip Mary Perkins, On Stage (1957-79) and then revived Harold Grey’s Little Orphan Annie in 1979

Bowie Kuhn (1926-2007) – Major League Baseball Commissioner from 1969 to 1984

Joan Plowright (1929-     ) – Esteemed stage, film and television actress who also goes by “Baroness Olivier,” having married Sir Laurence in 1961

Suzy Parker (1932-2003) – Cover girl-model who flirted with an acting career

Johnny Western (1934-     ) – Singer-actor best known for writing and warbling the theme to TV’s Have Gun – Will Travel (The Ballad of Paladin)

Carl Davis (1936-     ) – Musical conductor/composer best known for scoring many of the silent film classics that air on television in the UK

Charlie Daniels (1936-     ) – Redneck country music singer

Jane Alexander (1939-     ) – Stage, film and television actress best known for vehicles like Kramer vs. Kramer and Testament (and also impersonating Eleanor Roosevelt)

Jim Post (1939-     ) – Singer who, along with wife Cathy, had a Top Ten hit in 1968 as Friend & Lover with Reach Out of the Darkness

Susan Harris (1940-     ) – Television comedy writer and producer who created such sitcoms as Soap, The Golden Girls and Empty Nest

Curtis Lee (1941-     ) – R&B/rock ‘n’ roll singer (Pretty Little Angel Eyes)

Dennis Franz (1944-     ) – Stage, film and television character best known for his roles on Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue…and whose display of his naked butt cheeks on the latter offers the strongest argument yet that sometimes TV goes a little too far

Wayne Fontana (1945-     ) – Mindbender

Roy Rogers, Jr. (1946-     ) – Son of…well, that shouldn’t be too hard to figure out

Telma Hopkins (1949-     ) – One-time member of Dawn (as in “Tony Orlando and…”) who later became an actress and had substantial roles on such sitcoms as Bosom Buddies, Gimme a Break, Family Matters and Half & Half

Tracy Reed (1949-     ) – Film and television actress best remembered for playing the female lead on the attempt to turn Neil Simon’s Barefoot in the Park into a sitcom

Bruce Jenner (1949-     ) – 1976 Olympic decathlon who later dabbled in acting, appearing in such vehicles as CHiPs and 1980’s Can’t Stop the Music

Audrie Neenan (1950-     ) – Stage, film and television actress who appeared at one time on HBO’s Not Necessarily the News but now turns up as a judge every now and then on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Annie Potts (1952-     ) – Stage, film and television actress who’s been featured prominently in such shows as Designing Women, Love & War and Any Day Now

William Henry “Bill” Gates (1955-     ) – Evil Microsoft gazillionaire

Daphne Zuniga (1962-     ) – Film and television actress whose métier is soapy primetime dramas like Melrose Place and One Tree Hill

Lauren Holly (1963-     ) – Smokin’ hot TDOY fave who appeared on such shows as Picket Fences, Chicago Hope and NCIS…and whose brief marriage to unfunnyman Jim Carrey is something I’m still trying to figure out

Jami Gertz (1965-     ) – Film and television actress best known as the wife on the sitcom Still Standing though I prefer her early turns on The Facts of Life and Square Pegs

Andy Richter (1966-     ) – Conan O’Brien sidekick

Julia Roberts (1967-     ) – The Pride of Smyrna, GA and bane of my existence

Brad Paisley (1972-     ) – Country music singer and WV native (Glen Dale)

Joaquin Phoenix (1974-     ) – I don’t really know why I put him on this list—he’s annoying as all get out

Justin Guarini (1978-     ) – Another clown who should have realized his ten minutes were up quite some while ago

Okay, sorry about my cynicism rising to the fore on those last two—let’s all wish Jamie the happiest of birthdays!

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Stacia said...

Happy birthday, Jaime! Your site is my go-to resource for all things "WKRP." Jaime is quite honestly the only person I've ever known who knows MORE about "WKRP" than I do.

Stacia said...

Also, I wanted to mention that Julia Roberts USED to be 7 years older than me. Over the years, she's slowly graduated to only 4 years older. Ahem.