Monday, August 2, 2010

Happy birthday today to…

Claude Gillingwater (1870, silent/sound film character actor best remembered for his cranky old fart roles in vehicles like A Tale of Two Cities, Mississippi, The Prisoner of Shark Island, Poor Little Rich Girl and Little Miss Broadway)

Bob Burns (1890, folksy comedian-musician known as “The Arkansas Traveler” who appeared on radio [Kraft Music Hall, The Lifebuoy Program] in films in the 1930s and 1940s; “bazooka” inventor)

Jack L. Warner (1892, co-founder along with brothers Harry, Albert and Sam of the Warner Bros. motion picture studio in 1923 and was the executive in charge of production until 1967)

Westbrook Pegler (1894, red-baiting journalist/columnist who won a Pulitzer Prize in 1941…and un dickhead formidable)

James Parrott (1897, actor-director-writer who enjoyed a long association at the Hal Roach studio overseeing classic comedies from Laurel & Hardy and his older brother, Charley Chase)

Lynton Brent (1897, distinguished character veteran who appeared in scads of B-westerns, serials and Columbia two-reel comedies)

Helen Morgan (1900, legendary torch singer who made a handful of appearances in motion pictures, notably reprising her famous stage role of Julie LaVerne in the 1929 and 1936 movie adaptations of Show Boat)

Myrna Loy (1905, TDOY actress goddess who shone in such films as A Connecticut Yankee, The Mask of Fu Manchu, Thirteen Women, Penthouse, The Bachelor and the Bobby Soxer, Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House…and of course, every film she made with William Powell)

Ann Dvorak (1912, TDOY actress goddess who shone in such films as Scarface, Three on a Match, ‘G’ Men, Dr. Socrates, Thanks a Million, The Long Night and The Secret of Convict Lake)

Beatrice Straight (1914, Academy Award-winning actress whose blink-and-you’ll-miss-it contribution to the 1976 film Network robbed fellow nominees Jane Alexander, Piper Laurie and Lee Grant of the chance to take home an Oscar)

Gary Merrill (1915, stage, film and television actor glimpsed in vehicles like Twelve O’Clock High, Where the Sidewalk Ends, All About Eve, Decision Before Dawn and Witness to Murder; married to Bette Davis from 1950 to 1960)

Elizabeth Russell (1916, TDOY character actress fave seen in vehicles like Weird Woman and Our Vines Have Tender Grapes…plus the Val Lewton productions Cat People, The Seventh Victim, Curse of the Cat People and Bedlam)

Nehemiah Persoff (1919, 91, grand stage, film and television character actor seen in films like The Harder They Fall, The Wrong Man, Men in War, The Badlanders, Some Like It Hot, Day of the Outlaw and The Comancheros…plus more TV shows than I’ve had hot dinners)

Theodore Marcuse (1920, grand stage, film and television character actor seen in reruns of classic TV shows like Have Gun – Will Travel, Perry Mason, The Twilight Zone, The Untouchables, The Man from U.N.C.L.E., The Wild Wild West, Hogan’s Heroes, etc.)

Carroll O’Connor (1924, peerless stage, film and television actor whose appearances in films like What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? and Point Blank later gave way to TV immortality as the star of the classic sitcom All in the Family, its spin-off Archie Bunker’s Place and the crime drama In the Heat of the Night)

Claudio Guzmán (1927, television director [I’m Dickens, He’s Fenster, The Patty Duke Show] and producer of TV sitcom I Dream of Jeannie)

Bobbie “Cotton” Beard (1930, Little Rascal and younger brother of Matthew “Stymie” Beard)

Peter O’Toole (1932, 78, peerless stage, film and television actor who’s yet to win an Oscar despite being nominated eight times)

Hank Cochran (1935, legendary country music singer-songwriter who passed away just recently; wrote or co-wrote classics like I Fall to Pieces, Make the World Go Away and She’s Got You)

Wes Craven (1939, 71, cult horror movie director who helmed classics like The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Deadly Blessing, Swamp Thing, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Scream)

Max Wright (1943, 67, film and television actor best remembered for his roles in sitcoms such as Buffalo Bill, ALF and Norm)

Joanna Cassidy (1945. 65, TDOY actress fave seen in vehicles like The Late Show, Under Fire, Club Paradise, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Barbarians at the Gate…and she was on Buffalo Bill, too)

Dennis Prager (1948. 62, conservative talk show host, author, founder of Prager University…and un dickhead formidable)

Kathryn Harrold (1950, 60, film and television actress seen in motion picture vehicles such as Modern Romance, Yes, Giorgio and Into the Night and TV shows like The Bronx Zoo, I’ll Fly Away, The Larry Sanders Show and Chicago Hope)

Andrew Gold (1951, 59, pop music vocalist [Lonely Boy] and writer-singer of Thank You For Being a Friend, which was adopted as The Golden Girls theme)

Butch Patrick (1953. 57, moppet actor [The Munsters, My Three Sons, Lidsville] and later rock ‘n’ roll musician [his group was known as Eddie and the Monsters])

Victoria Jackson (1959, 51, actress-comedienne and one-time Not Ready for Prime Time Player who has since become an unfunny right-wing religious kook)

Cynthia Stevenson (1962, 48, pictured, TDOY television actress fave [My Talk Show, Bob, Hope & Gloria, Oh Baby, Dead Like Me, Men in Trees])

Mary-Louise Parker (1964, 46, film and television actress [Longtime Companion, Fried Green Tomatoes, The Client, Bullets Over Broadway, The West Wing, Weeds])

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mister muleboy said...

Love this. But did you remember to mentioned who is pictured?

If you did, then I missed it.

Which wouldn't surprise me. . . .

Ivan G. Shreve, Jr. said...

But did you remember to mentioned who is pictured?

No, I did not -- I thought I did...but it appears I was mistaken. That, of course, is the lovely Cynthia Stevenson.