Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Happy birthday, Scott C.!

I’ve been a little recalcitrant in doing birthdays every day but one natal anniversary that I wasn’t about to let slip by is one belonging to my esteemed blogging colleague Scott C. of World O’Crap fame.  Scott—author, screenwriter, man of letters, bon vivant and Mystery Science Theater 3000 devotee—has recognized my birthday at O’Crap for the past couple of years now and I felt it only right to reciprocate…particularly since I learned from Facebook that he was born on this date (mumble mumble) years ago.  It’s tradition at WO’C to honor the birthday people with a photograph of right wing nutjob and rabies sufferer Ann Coulter…but because I’ve just polished off a splendid meal I have neither the time, the training nor the inclination to subject you good people to something that’s liable to keep us “driving the porcelain bus” all night, as we used to say in college.  So instead, let’s honor Scott with a group photo:

Yes, it’s the cast of Laredo—Philip Carey, Peter Brown, Neville Brand and William Smith—in one of Mr. C’s favorite TV shows (and mine as well, come to think of it).  It would be kismet of epic proportions if at least one of these performers shared the same birthday as Scott—but since that sort of coincidence only happens on TV, here are some famous celebrities who do share his natal anniversary:

James Cook (1728-1779) – Scottish captain and explorer who discovered the Sandwich Islands…but did not, I repeat, did not invent the sandwich.

Isaac Merrit Singer (1811-1875) – Inventor of the first practical home sewing machine

Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919) – Twenty-sixth president of the United States and Rough Rider

Emily Post (1872-1960) – Etiquette expert

Sebastian Cristillo (1879-1947) – Father of Lou Costello

Fred de Cordova (1910-2001) – Film and television producer/director best known for his work on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson but also the individual who helmed Bedtime for Bonzo

Herschel Daugherty (1910-1993) – Veteran TV director who worked on such shows as Checkmate, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Thriller, Wagon Train and The Smith Family

Jack Carson (1910-1963) – Stage, screen, radio and television comic actor who appeared alongside singer-actor Dennis Morgan in many films…and was born in Manitoba, Canada (not Milwaukee)

Leif Erickson (1911-1986) – Film and television actor best known for his starring role on TV’s The High Chapparral

Dylan Thomas (1914-1953) - Dead Scottish poet

Oliver Tambo (1917-1993) – Co-founder of the African National Congress

Teresa Wright (1918-2005) – Stage, film and television actress seen in such vehicles as Pride of the Yankees and Shadow of a Doubt

Nanette Fabray (1920-     ) – Stage, film and television actress known for The Band Wagon and TV’s One Day at a Time who turns ninety years old today

Ned Wertimer (1923-     ) – Stage, film and television character great best remembered as Ralph the doorman on TV’s The Jeffersons

Ruby Dee (1924-    ) – Stage, film and television actress seen in such vehicles as A Raisin in the Sun and Gone are the Days

Warren Christopher (1925-    ) – Carter administration official and Bela Lugosi look-alike

H.R. Haldeman (1926-1993) – Nixon administration chief of staff and un dickhead formidable

Sylvia Plath (1932-1963) – Depressed novelist who wrote The Bell Jar

Floyd Cramer (1933-1997) – Composer/pianist whose Last Date is my parents’ “song”

Lara Parker (1937-    ) – Film and television actress who appeared in a great many things but I always associate her with the Gothic television soap Dark Shadows

Dallas Frazier (1939-     ) – Country/pop music songwriter (Alley Oop, Beneath Still Waters) who will serve a stretch in Purgatory for writing the Oak Ridge Boys’ Elvira

John Cleese (1939-     ) – British comedic genius who offers tangible proof that funny people are born on October 27

John Gotti (1940-2002) – Mafia don

Bobby Fuller (1942-1966) – He fought the law but the law won

Lee Greenwood (1943-     ) – Country music singer whose career has been overshadowed by his million-selling jingoistic hit God Bless the U.S.A.

Carrie Snodgress (1945-2004) – Stage, film and television actress who starred in 1970s movie Diary of a Mad Housewife

Kenneth Turan (1946-     ) – Los Angeles Times film critic

Ivan Reitman (1946-     ) – Film director who specializes in “slob” comedies like Meatballs, Stripes and Ghostbusters

Fran Leibowitz (1950-     ) – Curmudgeonly actress and humorist who writes a lot about New York City

Jayne Kennedy-Overton (1951-     ) – Well, her occupation is listed as “actress” but I think that’s stretching things a bit

Ted Wass (1952-     ) – Television actor best known for his roles on Soap and Blossom who graduated to directing

Roberto Benigni (1952-     ) – Italian director-actor whose Oscar win in 1999 lends credence to the belief that the Academy Awards are full of sh*t

Veronica Hart (1956-     ) – Porn star

Simon Le Bon (1958-    ) – Pretentious lead singer of the English music group Duran Duran

Shelly Juttner (1960-     ) – Former moppet actress and close personal friend of Scott’s

Marla Maples (1963-     ) – Former Donald Trump bimbo and the pride of Dalton, GA

Matt Drudge (1966-     ) – Scumbag

Also on this date in history

Ben E. King records his two biggest pop hits, Stand by Me and Spanish Harlem in 1960.

Sonny Bono marries Cherilyn Sarkisian LaPiere in 1964—well, Cher performs the ceremony anyway.  (They don’t legally wed until 1969).

Bruce Springsteen is featured on both the covers of Time and Newsweek in 1975.

John Oates sings the national anthem in Philadelphia in 2008 after Daryl Hall is sidelined with the flu.  (Police barely manage to put down what could have been a full scale riot.)

Mystery Science Theater 3000 sends up Rocket Attack U.S.A. in 1990.  It is the beginning of a lifelong love affair with the iconic cult comedy show for our man Scott.

Have a happy one, buddy!

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Scott said...

Awww...I'm touched and honored -- especially since I've never bothered to look up my own birthday, and had no idea what a distinguished group of folks squeezed through a dilated cervix on this same date. (But...Matt Drudge? Really? Does that even qualify as irony?)

I would've preferred Isaac Bashevis Singer, but I'll definitely take Jack Carson, Leif Erickson and TR. And by a strange coincidence, I used to do my drinking at the White Horse Tavern on Hudson Street, which is the West Village watering hole where Dylan Thomas dropped dead from alcohol toxemia.

Many thanks, Ivan.

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Stacia said...

Happy birthday Scott!

P.S. Still LOLling at the Drudge description. Professional scumbag, indeed.