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Born this day August 20th:


Lead /co-star Joan Allen is 50.

Essential blonde actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "The Contender", and for best support in "Nixon" and "The Crucible". Also in "Country", "Mad Love", "The Ice Storm", "Face/Off", "Plesantville", "The Notebook", "The Upside of Anger", etc.

Separated (1 daughter). A stage actress, she won a Tony Award.


Co-star/support Theresa Saldana is 52.

Talented, dark-haired actress from Brooklyn, remembered as Joe Pesci's wife in "Raging Bull". Also in "I Wanna Hold Your Hand", "The Evil That Men Do", "The Night Before", "Angel Town", "Of Men and Angels", "Carlo's Wake", etc.

On the TV series "The Commish" (Golden Globe nominee). She survived a devastating knife attack by a deranged admirer.


Lead/co-star Peter Horton is 53.

Tall, reliable actor, in "Fade to Black", "Split Image" good drama, "Children of the Corn", "Side Out", "Singles", "The Baby-Sitters Club", "The End of Violence", "The Dust Factory", etc.

Married 3 times including to Michelle Pfeiffer and Linda Hamilton. Father of 2 children. He also directs TV episodes, and plays classical piano.


Co-star/support Isaac Hayes is 64.

Musician/singer/composer won Oscar best song for "Shaft". In "Truck Turner", "Escape from New York", "I'm Gonna Git You Sucka", "Prime Target", "Posse", "Robin Hood: Men in Tights", "It Could Happen to You", "Reindeer Games", "Shaft" remake, "Hustle and Flow", etc.

Married 3 times (6 children). He is Chef on the animated TV series "South Park". His music is heard on numerous movie soundtracks.


Co-star/support Miriam Colon is 70.

Dependable Latino actress, in "One-Eyed Jacks" w/Brando, "The Outsider", "The Appaloosa", "Back Roads", "Scarface" as Pacino's mom, "City of Hope", "The House of Spirits", "Sabrina", "Lone Star" good role in a good movie, "Gloria" remake, "All the Pretty Horses", etc.

Also appeared on the soap "The Guiding Light".


Co-star/support Ted Donaldson is 73 today.

Former pudgy-faced child star, remembered as Neely Nolan in "A Tree Grows In Brooklyn". Also in "Once Upon a Time" w/Cary Grant, "Mr. Winkle Goes to War" w/Edward G. Robinson, "The Adventures of Rusty" including the sequels, "The Red Stallion", "The Decision of Christopher Blake", "The Green Promise", "Phone Call from a Stranger", etc.

Won the Citics Award for "Once Upon a Time". As a child he was a marvel at dialects.




Co-star/support Alan Reed (69) 1907-1977.

Dependable, burly character actor, was the voice of TVs Fred Flintstone, and created the phrase 'Yabba Dabba Doo'. In "Days of Glory", "Nob Hill" w/Raft, "The Postman Always Rings Twice", "Perfect Strangers", "Here Comes the Groom", "Viva Zapata!", "I, the Jury", "Woman's World", "The Desperate Hours", "Marjorie Morningstar", "Breakfast at Tiffany's" as Sally Tomato, etc.

Was married with 3 sons. A master of over 22 foreign dialects, he worked steadily on radio and Broadway.


Writer Jacqueline Susann (56) 1918-1974.

Extraordinarily successful writer whose best selling novels "Valley of the Dolls", "Once Is Not Enough" and "The Love Machine" were made into hit movies. She made cameo appearances in two films.

Was married to producer Irving Mansfield. Bette Midler portrayed her in "Isn't She Great", which wasn't so great.

Her scandalous private life included passionate involvement with Ethel Merman, the basis for Helen Lawson in "Valley," and numerous actors and writers. Nicknamed Jackie, she died of cancer.


In memory of those who died this day August 20th:

Comical character actor Rags Ragland in 1946 at age 40, freckle-faced 'Our Gang' member Mickey Daniels in 1970 at age 55, dazzling blonde actress Ilona Massey in 1974 at age 62, and dynamic actress Kim Stanley in 2001 at age 76.




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Born this day August 21st:


Lead/co-star Patricia 'Patty' McCormack is 61.

Talented, blonde child star, Oscar nominated best support as the evil Rhoda with the perfect pigtails in "The Bad Seed" (also a Golden Globe nominee). In "Here Comes the Groom", "All Mine to Give", "Kathy O'", "The Explosive Generation", "Maryjane", "The Mini-Skirt Mob", "Mommy", "Shallow Ground", etc.

Divorced (2 children). On the TV series "Mama" as Ingeborg, "Head of the Class", and guest appearances on HBOs "The Sopranos". Has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame".


Director Peter Weir is 62.

Prominent filmmaker from Australia, Oscar nominated best director for "Witness", "Dead Poets Society", "The Truman Show", and "Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World". Also helmed "Gallipoli", "The Year of Living Dangerously", "The Mosquito Coast", "Green Card", "Fearless", etc.

Married since 1966 (2 children).


Co-star/support Clarence Williams III is 67.

Dependable African-American actor, remembered as Linc on the TV series "The Mod Squard". In "Purple Rain", "52 Pick-Up", "Tough Guys Don't Dance", "I'm Gonna Get You Sucka", "Deadfall!", "Hoodlum", "The General's Daughter", "Reindeer Games", "Mindstorm", "The Extreme Team", "Mystery Woman", etc.

Divorced. Is dating actress Gloria Foster.


Co-star/support Christopher Severn is 71 today.

Former child actor, in "Mrs. Miniver" as Toby, "The Man from Down Under" w/Charles Laughton, "A Guy Named Joe", "Cluny Brown", "Titanic" (1953), "The Killing Game", etc.

Brother of Billy Severn, the charming kid in "The Enchanted Forest".




Co-star/support Barry Foster (70) 1931-2002.

Talented British actor, remembered as the necktie killer in Hitchcock's "Frenzy". Also in "Dunkirk", "The Family Way", "The Guru", "Ryan's Daughter", "The Wild Geese", "The Whistle Blower", etc.

Married 46 years (3 children).


Co-star/support Jack Weston (71) 1924-1996.

Versatile, chubby character actor, in "Imitation of Life" (1959), "Please Don't Eat the Daisies", "The Honeymoon Machine", "Mirage", "The Cincinatti Kid", "Wait Until Dark", "The Thomas Crown Affair", "Cactus Flower", "The Ritz" hilarious role (Golden Globe nominee best actor), "Gator", "Cuba", "The Four Seasons" good role, "Dirty Dancing", etc.

Married twice including to actress Marge Redmond. A TV and Broadway star, he was a Tony Award nominee.


Co-star/support Tom Tully (73) 1908-1982.

Dependable character actor, Oscar nominated best support for "The Caine Mutiny". In "Destination Tokyo", "I'll Be Seeing You", "Adventure", "Lady in the Lake", "Till the End of Time", "Rachel and the Stranger", "June Bride", "Ruby Gentry", "Love Me or Leave Me", "Soldier of Fortune", "The Carpetbaggers", "Charley Varrick" performs in a wheelchair, etc.

Married twice. On the TV series "The Line Up". While entertaining troops with Bob Hope in Vietnam, he contacted a worm elephantiasis, complicated with a clot and eventually had his leg amputated to the hip, which later caused serious debilitation.


Co-star/support Herbert Mundin (40) 1898-1939.

Delightful, little blubbery-jowled character actor, in "Love Me Tonight", "One Way Passage", "Cavalcade", "Hoop-La", "David Copperfield" as Barkis, "Mutiny on the Bounty" as Smith, the ships steward, "Tarzan Escapes", "Angel", "The Adventures of Robin Hood" as Much, "Lord Jeff", etc.

Was married with 1 daughter. Sadly, he died in a road accident.


Co-star/support Marie Blake (82) 1895-1978.

Dependable character actress, remembered as Sally the switchboard operator in the "Dr. Kildare" and "Dr. Gillespie" film series. Also in "Mannequin", "The Women", "Remember the Day", "The Major and the Minor", "I Married a Witch", "Christmas in Connecticut", "The Star", "The Best Man", etc.

Widowed after 33 years. Sister of Jeanette MacDonald.

AKA Blossom Rock, she was Grandmama on the TV series "The Addams Family". Also toured in vaudeville. Her husband was night manager at the Beverly Hilton Hotel for fifteen years, dying in 1960. After retiring, she lived at the Motion Picture Country Home.




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Born this day August 22nd:


Co-star/support Colm Feore is 48.

Dependable, balding Irish actor, in "Night Falls on Manhattan", "Face/Off", "City of Angels", "The Insider", "The Perfect Son", "Pearl Harbor", "Chicago", etc.

Married twice (4 children). A prominent stage actor, he lives in Canada. First name is pronounced 'Column'.


Co-star/support Valerie Harper is 66.

Delightful, dark-haired actress, remembered as 'Rhoda' on the popular TV series (won Emmy Award). In "Lil Abner", "Freebie and the Bean", "Chapter Two" (Golden Globe nominee best support), "The Last Married Couple in America", "Blame It on Rio", etc.

Married twice (1 daughter). Began her character 'Rhoda' on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show". Also a stage actress.

In the fall of 1987, she was abruptedly fired by Lorimar from her NBC TV-Series "Valerie" (1986). She didn't show for filming one day. The series decided to continue on without her as "Valerie's Family" with Sandy Duncan playing Sandy Hogan replacing Valerie Harper's "Valerie Hogan" character. She eventually received a handsome settlement.


Co-star/support Geoffrey Horne is 73.

Talented actor, remembered as Lt. Joyce in "The Bridge on the River Kwai". Also in "The Strange One", "Bonjour Tristesse", "Tempest", "Joseph and his Brethren" title role, "The Baby Maker", "The Green Hornet", "Big Daddy", etc.

Also appeared on TV. Last on screen in 1999.


Lead/co-star Micheline Presle is 84 today.

French beauty, credited in the U.S. as Micheline Prelle. In "Under My Skin" w/Garfield, "American Guerrilla in the Philipines" w/Tyrone Power, "Adventures of Captain Fabian" w/Errol Flynn, "If a Man Answers", "The Prize" w/Paul Newman, "Les Miserables", etc.

Divorced from actor William Marshall (1 daughter). Is currently acting in France.




Co-star/support Diana Sands (39) 1934-1973.

Impressive African-American actress, remembered as Poitier's sister Beneatha in "A Raisin in the Sun" (also in the stage play). In "Caribbean", "A Face in the Crowd", "Ensign Pulver", "The Landlord", "Doctor's Wives", "Georgia, Georgia", etc.

Was engaged at the time of her death. She was all set for the lead in the movie "Claudine" when cancer struck. She suggested the role go to Diahann Carroll, who would receive an Oscar nomination.

A Tony Award and Emmy Award nominee.


Co-star/support Jay Novello (78) 1904-1982.

Versatile, Ialian character actor, in "Boys Town", "They Met in Bombay", "Phantom Lady", "Dragon Seed", "The Sniper", "The Big Sky", "The Robe", "The Prodigal", "The Pride and the Passion", "The Lost World", "Pocketful of Miracles", etc.

Married (1 daughter). Had numerous TV roles. Remembered in the "I love Lucy" episode 'The Seance' as the prissy gent who wants to contact Tillie. Also as the Mayor on "McHale's Navy".


Lead/co-star Elisabeth Bergner (88) 1897-1986.

Talented blonde actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "Escape Me Never". Also in "Catherine the Great", "Stolen Life", "Paris Calling" w/Randolph Scott (her only American movie), "Cry of the Banchee" w/Vincent Price, etc.

Was a successful stage actress.


Co-star/support Cecil Kellaway (79) 1893-1973.

Grand, pudgy character actor, Oscar nominated best support for "Luck of the Irish", and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". In "Maid's Night Out", "Gunga Din", "Wuthering Heights", "Intemezzo", "Brother Orchid", "The Mummy's Hand", "Take a Letter Darling", "I Married a Witch", "Forever and a Day", "The Crystal Ball", "Mrs. Parkington", "Love Letters", "The Postman Always Rings twice" as Lana's hubby, "Harvey", "Kim", "The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms", "Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte", etc.

Married (1 son). A cousin to Edmund Gwenn (both fine gents).


In memory of those who died this day August 22nd:

Portly character actor Sabastian Cabot in 1977 at age 59, essential actress Colleen Dewhurst in 1991 at age 67, dependable director Daniel Petrie in 2004 at age 83.




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Born this day August 23rd:


Co-star/support Bobby Diamond is 63.

Former child actor, remembered as Joey on the family TV series "Fury" (about a horse). In "Young Man with Ideas", "The Silver Whip", "The Lady Wants Mink", "Untamed", "To Hell and Back", "It's a Dog Life", "Airborne", "Billie" w/Patty Duke, etc.

Married since 1986 (1 son). Practices law in California.


Co-star/support Tony Bill is 66.

Reliable, good-looking actor, in "Come Blow Your Horn" as Sinatra's brother, "Soldier in the Rain", "None But the Brave", "Marriage on the Rocks", "Ice Station Zebra", "Castle Keep", "Shampoo", "Heart Beat", "Pee-wee's Big Adventure", "Less Than Zero", "Must Love Dogs", etc.

Married twice (2 daughters). Also a successful producer/director (won Oscar best picture "The Sting".


Lead/co-star Barbara Eden is 72.

Attractive blonde actress, in "A Private Affair", "From the Terrace", "Flaming Star" w/Elvis, "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea", "The 7 Faces of Dr. Lao", "The Brass Bottle", "Harper Valley P.T.A.", etc.

Married 3 times including to Michael Ansara (Their son Matthew Ansara died of an accidental drug overdose. He was 35. His body was found in his car in a parking lot off a freeway in Los Angeles. She hit the heights in the TV series "I Dream of Jeannie" (Golden Globe nominee best actress).


Lead/co-star Vera Miles is 77.

Lovely, appealing actress, in "The Charge at Feather River", "Tarzan's Hidden Jungle", "The Searchers", "23 Paces to Baker Street" w/Van Johnson (today's featured star on TCM), "Autumn Leaves" w/Crawford, Hitchcock's "The Wrong Man" good role, "Beau James", "The F.B.I. Story", "Psycho" as Janet Leigh's sister, "Back Street" w/Susan Hayward, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Those Callaways", "The Spirit Is Willing", etc.

Married 4 times including to movie 'Tarzan' Gordon Scott, and to TVs 'Brave Eagle' Keith Larsen. Mother of 4 children. She was a favorite of Hitchcock, John Ford, and Disney.

Pregnancy cost her the lead in "Vertigo", which most likely would have given her star status. Last on screen in 1995.


Co-star/support Jean Darling is 84 today.

Once adorable blonde child actress, in the original "Our Gang" comedy shorts. Also in a few feature films.

Married (1 child). Settled in Ireland where she broadcasts and writes children's stories.




Lead/co-star River Phoenix (22) 1970-1993.

Promising blond-haired actor, Oscar nominated best support for "Running on Empty". In "Stand by Me", "The Mosquito Coast", "Little Nikita", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade" as young Indy, "I Love You to Death", "My Own Private Idaho" good role, "Dogfight", "This Thing Called Love", "Even Cowgirls Get the Blues", etc.

Brother of Joaquin Phoenix. Dated Martha Plimpton.

Sadly, he died of drug-induced heart failure outside Johnny Depp's Los Angeles club, the Viper Room.


Lead/co-star John Lupton (65) 1928-1993.

Dependable, good-looking actor, in "Shadow in the Sky", "Rogue's March", "The Story of Three Loves", "Julius Caesar", "The Band Wagon", "All the Brothers Were Valiant", "Escape from Fort Bravo", "Prisoner of War", "Battle Cry", "Diane" w/Lana Turner, "The Man in the Net", "The Greatest Story Ever Told", "Airport 1975", etc.

Married up until his death. Was the star of TVs western series "Broken Arrow". Appeared on the soap "The Days of Our Lives".


Co-star/support Larry Nunn (49) 1925-1974.

Lanky, juvenile actor (the boy with the crying eyes), in "Strike Up the Band", "Men of Boys Town", "Born to Sing", "The Major and the Minor", "Cairo", "San Quentin", "The Beginning or the End", "A Foreign Affair", etc.

Was married with children, pending divorce, at the time of his death from a self-inflicted gun shot wound. Was a fine painter. Enlisted in the US Navy during WWII.

There is an indepth profile of the troubled actor in "Films of the Golden Age" Spring 2006 issue, with many pictures.


Lead/co-star Gene Kelly (83) 1912-1996.

Enduring, robust dancer/actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Anchors Aweigh". In "For Me and My Gal", "The Cross of Lorraine", "The Pirate", "Take Me Out to the Ball Game", "On the Town" good stuff, "Summer Stock", "An American in Paris", "Singin' in the Rain" exceptional musical, "Brigadoon", "It's Always Fair Weather", "Les Girls", "Inherit the Wind", "40 Carats", etc.

Married 3 times including to actress Betsy Blair (played Clara in "Marty"). Father of 3 children. Alao starred in a few dramatic roles. He directed the musical "Hello, Dolly".

Kelly was in the same league as Fred Astaire, but instead of a top hat and tails, Kelly wore work clothes that went with the masculine, athletic dance style he was creating with his "snappy paper-tearing, roller-skating, puddle-stomping footwork."


Co-star/support Rags Ragland (40) 1905-1946.

Reliable comedic character actor, in "Whistling in the Dark", "Panama Hattie", "Du Barry Was a Lady", "Girl Crazy", "The Canterville Ghost", "Anchors Aweigh", "His Highness and the Bellboy", "Abbott & Costello in Hollywood" (he was Bud's favorite comic), etc.

Divorced (1 son). Was a former boxer. Also a burlesque comic appearing with Gypsy Rose Lee. He died of uremic poisoning.


In memory of those who died this day August 23rd:

Silent screen idol Rudolph Valentino in 1926 at age 31, screenwriter (GWTW) Sidney Howard in 1939 at age 48, song writer Oscar Hammerstein II in 1960 at age 65, cowboy star Hoot Gibson in 1962 at age 70, endearing character actress Mary Gordon in 1963 at age 81, distinguished actor Francis X. Bushman in 1966 at ge 83, delightful character actress Kathleen Freeman in 2001 at age 82, and dependable African-American actor Brock Peters in 2005 at age 78.




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A wonderful narrator deserves mention today.


Producer/writer/narrator John Nesbitt (49) 1910-1960.

We've heard his fine narrative voice numerous times on TCM in the short films John Nesbitt's 'Passing Parade' from the 1930s and 1940s.

Each short ran about 9 to 12 minutes, and covered numerous subjects of interest, featuring many familiar character actors of the time.

One popular short "Annie Was a Wonder" with Kathleen Freeman was nominated for an Oscar.

Other subjects featured shows about mail-order marriages, explains how banks handle money in accounts that have been left there indefinitely, and shows the life of a car from the moment it comes off the assembly line to the day it winds up in a junkyard.

Unfortunately I couldn't locate any personal info about Mr. Nesbitt.

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Born this day August 24th:


Lead/co-star Dave Chappelle is 33.

Talented African Amerian comic, in "Robin Hood: Men in Tights", "The Nutty Professor", "Joe's Apartment" as Cockeroach, "Con Air", "Half Baked", "You've Got Mail", "Blue Streak", "Undercover Brother", etc.

Married with 2 children. Host of 'Chappelle's Show' Emmy Award nominee. Portrays famous black people with deadpan humor.


Lead/co-star Marlee Matlin is 41.

Striking, petite actress, won Oscar best actress for "Children of a Lesser God" (also won Golden Globe Award). In "Walker", "Hear No Evil", "It's My Party", "Snitch", "In Her Defense", "Two Shades of Blue", etc.

Married since 1993 (4 children). Once lived with actor William Hurt. A 3 time Emmy Award nominee, she also appeared on "The West Wing".

She has been deaf since the age of 18 months.


Lead/co-star Steve Guttenberg is 48.

Dependable, youthful-looking actor, in "The Boys from Brazil", "Players", "Diner", "Police Academy" and the sequels, "Cocoon", "The Bedroom Window", "Three Men and a Baby", "Home for the Holidays", "Airborne", "The Stranger", "Domino One", etc.

Divorced. Is involved in charitable events. His roots are in the theatre. Spent a week volunteering at the Houston Astrodome after Hurricane Katrina hit.


Co-star/support Kenny Baker is 72 today.

Reliable dwarf actor, played R2-D2 in all the "Star Wars" films. Also in "Circus of Horrors" good chiller, "The Elephant Man", "Flash Gordon", "Time Bandits", "Amadeus", "Willow", "U.F.O.", etc.

Although he and his wife are little people, their children are of normal size.




Co-star/support Mary Howard (74) 1915-1989.

Attractive, once promising actress, in "The Great Ziegfeld", "The Face Behind the Mask", "Test Pilot", "Marie Antoinette", "The Shopworn Angel", "Love Finds Andy Hardy", "Sweethearts", "Abe Lincoln in Illinois", "Billy the Kid" w/Robert Taylor, "Swamp Water", etc.

AKA Mary Rogers, she gave up career for marriage in 1942, and it worked. Daughter of Will Rogers.


Co-star/support Robert Ellis (40) 1933-1973.

Talented, former child actor, remembered as Buster, the son of Ann Sothern and Jack Carson in "April Showers". Also in "The Babe Ruth Story", "The Green Promise", "El Paso", "A Kiss for Corliss", "Walk Softly Stranger", "Call Me Mister", "Retreat Hell", "Niagara", "Prisoner of War", "Gidget", etc.

He died of kidney failure.


Co-star/support Penny Edwards (70) 1928-1998.

Pretty blonde actress, in numerous 'B' westerns. Also in "That Hagen Girl", "My Wild Irish Rose", "Two Guys from Texas", "Adventures of Don Juan", "Missing Women", "The Wild Blue Yonder", "Pony Soldier" w/Tyrone Power, etc.

Married twice (3 children). Also on TV. She left the screen in 1957. Once romantically involved with Ronald Reagan in the late 1940s between his marriages to Jane Wyman and Nancy Davis. She was 16 years younger than Reagan and her religious upbringing eventually stopped the relationship.


Co-star/support Dorothy Comingore (58) 1913-1971.

Dependable actress, remembered as Susan Alexander Kane in "Citizen Kane" (she did the crossword puzzles). Also in "Trade Winds", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "Scandal Street", "Convicted Woman", "The Hairy Ape", "Any Number Can Play", "The Big Night" w/John Drew Barrymore, etc.

Married 3 times (3 children). AKA Linda Winters, she was blacklisted in 1951.


Lead/co-star Preston Foster (69) 1900-1970.

Rugged, husky actor, in "The Last Mile", "I Am a Fugitive from a Chain Gang", "Hoop-La", "The Informer" good role, "Annie Oakley" w/Stanwyck, "Geronimo", "North West Mounted Police", "My Friend Flicka", "The Harvey Girls", "Ramrod" w/Veronica Lake, etc.

Married twice (1 daughter). Star of the 1950s TV series "Waterfront" (Emmy Award nominee). Held the honorary rank of Commodore in the U.S. Coast Guard.


Co-star/support Frank Craven (70) 1875-1945.

Folksy character actor (often seen smoking a pipe), remembered as the stage manager in "Our Town". Also in "State Fair", "City for Conquest", "Lady from Cheyenne", "In This Our Life" as the dad of Davis and de Havilland, "Keeper of the Flame", "Son of Dracula" good horror, "The Human Comedy", "Jack London", etc.

Was married with 1 son.


In memory of those who died this day August 24th:

Delightful character actress Amanda Randolph in 1967 at age 70, jazz/swing artist Louis Prima in 1978 at age 67, reliable actor Leonard Frey in 1988 at age 49, capable actor/singer Gary Crosby in 1995 at age 62, essential actor E.G. Marshall in 1998 at age 84, blonde comic actress Mary Jane Croft in 1999 at age 83, and lovely actress Jane Greer in 2001 at age 76.




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Born this day August 25th:


Diecor/producer Tim Burton is 48.

Off-beat and quirky filmmaker, Oscar nominated best animated film "The Nightmare Before Christmas". Also helmed "Frankenweenie", "Pee-wee's Big Asventure", "Beetle Juice" a dandy, "Batman", "Edward Scissorhands", "Ed Wood" good movie, "Mars Attacks!", "Sleepy Hollow", "Big Fish", etc.

Divorced. Engaged to Helena Bonham Carter (1 son Billy Ray). He usually dresses in black.


Lead/co-star John Savage is 57.

Talented, intense actor, in "The Deer Hunter" outstanding role, "Bad Company", "Hair", "The Onion Field", "Inside Moves" outstanding role, "Cattle Annie and Little Britches", "The Amateur", "Maria's Lovers", "Salvador", "Do the Right Thing", "The Godfather: Part III", "Firestorm", "White Squall", "Summer of Sam", etc.

Married twice (2 children). On the HBO series "Carnivale" as Scudder.

Spent 6 years in South Africa working for Nelson Mandela.


Co-star/support Anne Archer is 59.

Lovely actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Fatal Attraction" (also a Golden Globe Award nominee). In "Cancel My Reservation", "The All-American Boy", "Lifeguard", "Paradise Alley", "Patriot Games", "Short Cuts", "Clear and Present Danger", "Rules of Engagement", "November", etc.

Married twice (2 children). Daughter of Marjorie Lord and John Archer. Also a TV and stage actress.


Lead/co-star Tom Skerritt is 73.

Appealing, personable actor, in "Those Calloways", "M*A*S*H", "Wild Rovers", "Thieves Like Us", "The Turning Point", "Ice Castles", "Alien", "The Dead Zone", "Top Gun", "Steel Magnolias", "Contact", "The Other Sister", "Tears of the Sun", etc.

Married twice (4 children). Won an Emmy Award for his role on the quirky series "Picket Fences"


Lead/co-star Sean Connery is 76.

Essential, dynamic actor, won Oscar best support for "The Untouchables". Best remembered as Bond...James Bond, in "Dr. No" the first of 5 films as Agent 007. Also in "Disney's "Darby O'Gill and the Little People", "The Longest Day", "Marnie", "The Molly Maguiers", "Zardoz", "The Man Who Would Be King" rousing adventure, "Robin and Marian", "Outland", "Time Bandits", "Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade", "The Hunt for Red October", "Medicine Man", "The Rock", "Finding Forrester" (Golden Globe nominee), etc.

Married twice including to Diane Cilento. Has one son. Once a nude model for Edinburgh Art College.


Lead/co-star Mel Ferrer is 89.

Tall, aristocratic-looking actor, in "Lost Boundries", "The Brave Bulls", "Rancho Notorious", "Lili", "Knights of the Round Table", "War and Peace", "The Sun Also Rises", "The World, the Flesh and the Devil", "The Longest Day", "Sex and the Single Girl", "The Visitor", etc.

Married 4 times including to Audrey Hepburn (1 son Sean). Also has 4 other children.


Lead/co-star Van Johnson is 90 today.

Carrot-topped, freckle-faced favorite, in "A Guy Named Joe", "The Human Comedy", "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", "Week-End at the Waldorf", "High Barbaree", "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", "State of the Union", "In the Good Old Summertime", "Battleground", "Three Guys Named Mike", "The Caine Mutiny", "Miracle in the Rain", "Brigadoon", "Yours, Mine and Ours", "The Purple Rose of Cairo", etc.

Once divorced, he wanted nothing more to do with his only child, a daughter. An Emmy Award nominee, he also played on Broadway.

He had just started a 7-year contract with MGM in 1942 when he was in a major road accident which left him with a metal plate in his head.

Hearing impaired, he is reportedly residing at the Motion Picture Country Home. Is a great story teller of his days in Hollywood.




Co-star/support Graham Jarvis (72) 1930-2003.

Comic character actor, remembered as Charlie Haggers on the TV series "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman". In "Alice's Restaurant", "The Out-of-Towners" as Murray the mugger, "RPM", "Cold Turkey", "What's Up Doc?", "The Hot Rock", "Mr. Mom", "Parents", "Misery", etc.

Was married with two sons. Also on the TV series "7th. Heaven".


Lead/co-star Richard Greene (66) 1918-1985.

Dimpled, charming and exuberant actor, in "Four Men and a Prayer", "My Lucky Star", "Submarine Patrol", "Kentucky" w/Loretta Young, "Stanley and Livingstone", "Little Old New York" w/Alice Faye, "Forever Amber", "The Desert Hawk", "Lorna Doone", etc.

Married twice including to Patricia Medina. Father of one daughter. Appeared in the title role on the successful TV series "The Adventures of Robin Hood".

Was quoted, "This swashbuckler stuff is rough on the anatomy, but I find it more exhilarating than whispering mishmash into some ingenue's pink little ear."


Co-star/support Don DeFore (80) 1913-1993.

Reliable, good-natured actor, remembered as Mr. B on the TV series "Hazel". In "The Male Animal", "A Guy Named Joe", "Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo", "You Came Along" w/Lizabeth Scott (remember her?), "The Stork Club", "Without Reservations", "It Happened on 5th. Avenue", "Ramrod", "One Sunday Afternoon", "Too Late for Tears", "Dark City", "A Girl in Every Port", "No Room for the Groom", etc.

Was married with 5 children. Also performed on Broadway.


Lead/co-star Ruby Keeler (83) 1909-1993.

Endearing actress/hoofer from Canada, wonderful in all too few films. In "42nd. Street", "Gold Diggers of 1933", "Footlight Parade", "Dames", "Flirtation Walk", "Go Into Your Dance", "Shipmates Forever", "Ready, Willing and Able", etc.

Married twice including to Al Jolson. Was a smash on Broadway in the musical "No, No Nanette" in 1971.


Lead/co-star Michael Rennie (61) 1909-1971.

Debonair British actor, in "Caesar and Cleopatra", "The Black Rose", "The 13th. Letter", "The Day the Earth Stood Still" as Klaatu, "The Desert Fox", "Phone Call from a Stranger", "Les Miserables", "The Robe", "Pony Soldier", "Soldier of Fortune", "Island in the Sun", "Hotel", etc.

Married twice (1 son). On the TV series "The Third Man". A close friend of Tyrone Power.

Appeared in "The Thirteenth Letter" (1951) for director Otto Preminger, who later named Rennie as a third party to his countersuit of adultery against his wife during divorce proceedings in 1958.


In memory of those who died this day August 25th:

Splendid actor Paul Muni in 1967 at age 71, debonair singer Ted Lewis in 1971 at age 80, composer Stan Kenton in 1979 at ge 67, dance dynamo Gower Champion in 1980 at age 59, writer Truman Capote in 1984 at age 59, and singer William Warfield (Joe in 'Show Boat') in 2002 at age 82.




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Hi Mongo,


"Frankenweenie" -- now there's a movie to investigate. I've never heard about it but the name alone is intriguing.

And, I loved "Beetlejuice", so I'll have to track it down.



You don't know this but you are 'world famous'... You are known to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and The Canada Council on Aging simply because I have announced at various times that I must get home to view this birthday thread.

Today, I had a breakfast meeting with the CCA and told them I had to get back to the Birthday thread.

And, a couple of months ago I attended a rehearsal of the CPO and while looking down from the first balconey several members asked, "How's Mongo"... I guess that name has galloped through the grapevine here.


So, if you get a phone call from the KGB while I'm in Russia, you'll know who to blame!!!!!!



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Frankenweenie is only about 30 minutes long. It's a darkly funny story of a dog who is killed (I said it was dark!) and brought back to life by his owner, Victor Frankenstein (Barret Oliver). Shelly Duvall, Daniel Stern and Sophia Coppolla are also featured.

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Larry, I've been to a bit of Canada once when I went to Niagara Falls. It's nice to know that the name Mongo is spoken there, thanks to you.


Also appreciate your praise of the Happy Birthday thread and I'm glad that you enjoy reading it daily, along with others..


It makes it all worthwhile.


In the event the KGB calls, I'll keep the phone off the hook.

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Hi again Mongo,


Glad to hear you went to Niagara Falls. It is beautiful and spectacular......


I knew you'd have a good laugh about the KGB -- but if you see any guys in trench coats down in Florida named Basil or Boris or Igor -- run!!!!!!!!............




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...especially Igor. >>


"My grandfather used to work for your grandfather. Rates have gone up"


First thing I think of when I hear the name Igor.


Second thing that comes to mind:



"There wolf. There castle"



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Born this day August 26th:


Lead/co-star Macaulay Culkin is 26.

Former blond-haired child star, made a BIG splash in the mega-hit "Home Alone" (Golden Globe Award nominee best actor). In "Uncle Buck", "Only the Lonely" (both films w/John Candy), "My Girl" was attacked by bees, "The Good Son", "The Nutcracker", "Richie Rich", "Party Monster", "Saved!", etc.

Married for 2 years, divorced in 2000. Siblings also appear in films, notably brother Kieran Culkin.

After making millions, more than any other child star, he was burned out at age 14.


Co-star/support Yvette Vickers is 70.

Gorgeous blonde starlet, in "Sunset Blvd.", "The Sad Sack" w/Jerry Lewis, "Attack of the 50 Foot Woman" original, "I Mobster", "Hud" as one of Newman's lady friends, "Beach Party", "What's the Matter with Helen?" good suspense, etc.

Married and divorced 3 times. She had a long relation with Jim Hutton (Timothy's dad). Was Playboy Playmate of the Month (July 1959). Also on TV.


Co-star/support Ann E. Todd is 75 today.

Former child actress, in "Intermezzo", "Destry Rides Again", "The Blue Bird", "All This, and Heaven Too", "Blood and Sand", "How Green Was My Valley", "Remember the Day", "Kings Row" played Ann Sheridan as a kid, "Roughly Speaking", "Pride of the Marines", "My Reputation", "The Jolson Story", "Margie" delightful movie, "Three Daring Daughters", etc.

Widowed after 38 years (2 children). Was a regular on TVs "The Stu Erwin Show". She added the 'E' to her name, so as not to be confused with British actress Ann Todd.




Co-star/support Michael Jeter (50) 1952-2003.

Essential character actor, in "Hair", "Ragtime", "Zelig", "The Money Pit", "Dead Bang", "Miller's Crossing", "The Fisher King", "Mouse Hunt", "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas", "Patch Adams", "True crime", "The Green Mile" good role, "Welcome to Collinwood", "Open Range", etc.

On the TV series "Evening Shade" (won an Emmy Award), and the mini-series "Tales of the City". Also won a Tony Award for his stage work.

Was quoted, "I'm not dying of AIDS, I'm living with HIV".


Co-star/support Dave Barry (82) 1918-2001.

Comical character actor, remembered as Beinstock (wearing the thick glasses) in "Some Like It Hot". Also in "Ladies of the Chorus", "Playgirl", "High Society", "Voice in the Mirror", "Spinout", "How to Seduce a Woman", etc.

Was married with 5 children. Comedian who, for many years, worked in Las Vegas as the opening act for many of the top performers, including Wayne Newton.


Co-star/support Jan Clayton (66) 1917-1983.

Sweet, reserved actress, remembered as Ellen on the original TV series "Lassie" (she received an Emmy Award nomination). In "In Old Mexico", "Flight Angels", "Father Is a Prince", "The Loves of Edgar Allan Poe", "This Man's Navy", "The Snake Pit" as a patient singing 'Going Home' in the finale, "The Wolf Hunters", etc.

Divorced from cowboy actor Russell Hayden. Also on the musical stage. Drove a Rolls Royce in her later years with the personalized license plates that read "Jan Who".


Co-star/support Jim Davis (71) 1909-1981.

Tall, rangy actor in many westerns. Remembered as patriarch Jock Ewing on the TV mega-hit "Dallas" (Emmy Award nominee). In "White Cargo", "Salute to the Marines", "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", "Winter Meeting" as Bette Davis' love, "Hellfire" unusual western w/Marie Windsor, "Yes Sir That's My Baby", "Little Big Horn", "The Big Sky" good role, "Gallant Bess", "The President's Lady", "Jubilee Trail", "Hell's Outpost", "The Maverick Queen" w/Stanwyck, "Monster from Green Hell", "Alias Jesse James", "Monte Walsh", "Big Jake", etc.

Married 36 years (his only child died in an auto accident at age 16). On numerous TV shows including "Gunsmoke".


In memory of those who died this day August 26th:

Master of horror Lon Chaney in 1930 at age 47, lovely actress Gail Russell in 1961 at age 36, divine movie star Kay Francis in 1968 at age 69, dependable character actor Warner Anderson in 1976 at age 65, suave movie star Charles Boyer committed suicide in 1978 at age 78, comic actor Ted Knight in 1986 at age 62, and western star Penny Edwards in 1998 at age 70.




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I just wanted to say "good morning", mongo, and keep up the good work.


Another very dependable character actor passed away on this day in 1977 at age 70:


Willis Bouchey


I was watching "Don't Bother to Knock" last night and he was the bartender in the hotel bar where Anne Bancroft [in her film debut] was singing. Many people will remember him in countless westerns and war films.


If I could figure out how to post pictures, I would post one here - a very recognizable face.


Since I can't quite master that yet, here is the name of a website that I am going to bookmark for my reference, and that others may find useful when you have a name but can't put a face to it:




It's a good resource but [as with many sites] not an exhaustive one; for example, you can see Willis Bouchey but not Warner Anderson [who I just saw in a good Van Johnson film, "Go for Broke!"].


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This is a propos of nothing, but I just wanted to let the world know that I adored Jim Davis when I was a girl, and he was the only reason I ever looked in on "Dallas" from time to time. He was the epitome of the laconic, quietly manly cowboy, and I loved his interesting, drawling speaking voice. He was on a TV show called "Rescue 8" - anyone remember that one? It was the forerunner of the TV show "Emergency," but Davis and his partner were older and more businesslike.


In the unlikely event I ever got married again, I'd want one like Jim. Bless him.

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Born this day August 27th:


Co-star/support Diana Scarwid is 51.

Skilled and appealing actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Inside Moves" an underrated film. Also in "Mommie Dearest" as the adult Christina, "Pretty Baby", "Honeysuckle Rose", "Strange Invasion", "Rumple Fish", "Silkwood", "Heat", "Bastard Out of Carolina", "Party Monster", etc.

Married since 1977 (2 children). Received an Emmy Award nomination for her portrayal of Bess Truman.


Co-star/support Peter Stormare is 53.

Tall, imposing actor from Sweden, chilling as the quiet killer in "Fargo". Also in "The Lost World: Jurassic Park", "The Big Lebowsi", "Armageddon" as the Russian Cosmonaut, "8MM", "The Million Dollar Hotel", "Chocolat", "Minority Report", Birth", etc.

Divorced (1 daughter).


Lead/co-star Paul Reubens aka Pee-Wee Herman is 54.

Once hilarious man-child performer in "Pee-wee's Big Adventure" and "Big Top Pee-wee" (originating from the popular TV series "Pee-wee's Playhouse"). In "Pandemonium", "Back to the Beach", "Batman Returns", "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", "Matilda", "Buddy", "Mystery Men", "Blow", etc.

In 1991 he was arrested for indecent esposure in a movie theatre, which caused the virtual death of his character Pee-wee. Recently discussed a return to the screen as Pee-wee, one more time.


Lead/co-star Tuesday Weld is 63.

Beautiful girlish blonde actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Looking for Mr. Goodbar". Also in "The Five Pennies", "Sex Kittens Go to College", "Return to Peyton Place", "Bachelor Flat", "The Cincinnati Kid", "Lord Love a Duck", "Pretty Poison" good role, "I Walk the Line" w/Peck, "Play It As It Lays" (Golden Globe nominee), "Serial", "Once Upon a Time in America", "Falling Down", etc.

Married 3 times including to Dudley Moore (has a child from each husband).


Co-star/support Tommy Sands is 68 today.

Former teen favorite, made a splash in the made for TV movie "The Singin' Idol". In "Sing, Boy Sing", "Mardi Gras", "Love in a Goldfish Bowl", "The Longest Day", "Ensign Pulver", "None But the Brave", Disney's "Babes in Toyland", etc.

Divorced from Nancy Sinatra. He had a few hit records including 'Teenage Crush'. Appeared on numerous TV shows.




Lead/co-star Kay Walsh (93) 1911-2005.

Talented British actress, in "In Which We Serve", "Oliver Twist" as Nancy, "Stage Fright", "The Music Box", "Young Bess", "Lease for Life", "The Horses Mouth", "Tunes of Glory", "Circus World", "Scrooge" the musical, etc.

Married twice including to director David Lean (1 child).


Lead/co-star Martha Raye (78) 1916-1994.

Vigorous, energetic comedy star with a 'big mouth'. In "Artists and Models", "Never Say Die", "Navy Blues", "Keep 'Em Flying" as twins w/Abbott & Costello, "Pin Up Girl", "Four Jills in a Jeep", "Monsieur Verdoux" good role w/Chaplin, "Jumbo" (Golden Globe nominee), "Pufnstuf", etc.

Married 7 times including to David Rose, Bud Westmore and Ed Begley. Was estranged from her only child, a daughter. Married last husband Mark Harris - an admitted bisexual - after knowing him for less than a month. He was 42; she was 75. A one time band vocalist, she had her own TV variety show. A 3 time Emmy Award nominee.

Was an honorary Green Beret. Visited U.S. Army Special Forces in Vietnam without fanfare. Registered nurse Lt. Colonel, helped out when things got bad in Special Forces A-Camps. Affectionately known by Green Berets as "Colonel Maggie." Quite a lady, that Martha.


Co-star/support Johnny Eck (79) 1911-1991.

Courageous, impressive performer billed as the half-boy (he walked on his hands). Appeared in the movie "Freaks" and 3 Tarzan films as a bird-like creature.

Was a side show attraction throughout the 1930s.

His twin brother Rob, born of normal size, stood by his side for life.

Was quoted, "I met hundreds and thousands of people, and none finer than the midgets and the Siamese twins and the caterpillar man and the bearded woman and the human seal with the little flippers for hands. I never asked them any embarrassing questions and they never asked me, and God, it was a great adventure." Go, Johnny Go.


Co-star/support Al Ritz (64) 1901-1965.

One third of the zany Ritz Brothers, he appeared with his brothers Harry and Jimmy, in "Hotel Anchovy", "The Gorilla", "Argentine Nights", "Behind the Eight Ball", "Never a Dull Moment", etc.

He died 20 years prior to his brothers.


Lead/co-star Roger Pryor (72) 1901-1974.

Dependable actor, sporting a mustache (a poor man's Clark Gable). In "Romance in the Rain", "Wake Up and Dream", "Dinky", "Belle of the Nineties" w/Mae West, "I Live on Danger", "A Man's World", "High Powered", etc.

Married 3 times including to Ann Sothern. Was quoted, "I never felt I was very good and in seventy-two features I don't think I improved very much."


Co-star/support Byron Foulger (70) 1899-1970.

Familiar character actor in over 300 films, usually as a meek, weasly winer. In "You Can't Take It with You", "Union Pacific", "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington", "Since You Went Away", "Mrs. Parkington", "Adventure" w/Gable & Garson, "They Live by Night", "Pocketful of Miracles", etc.

Married to endearing character actress Dorothy Adams (2 children). Also appeared on Broadway and TV.


Co-star/support James Finlayson (66) 1887-1953.

Comedic bald-pated actor with handlebar-mustache, noted for his 'slowburn' and 'double takes' in over 200 films (many shorts). He was often the delightful foil for Laurel & Hardy, especially in "Way Out West".

Was married in 1919. His mustache was actually fake, which he removed after filming.


In memory of those who died this day August 27th:

Voluptuous actress Pricilla Lawson (Princess Aura in 'Flash Gordon') in 1958 at age 44, grand comedienne Gracie Allen in 1964 at age 69, MGM director Robert Z. Leonard in 1968 at age 78, comedic actor Billy Sands in 1984 at age 73, dependable actor Raymond St. Jacques in 1990 at age 60, brassy blonde actress Mary Beth Hughes in 1995 at age 75, reliable actor ('Mission Impossible') Greg Morris in 1996 at age 62, lovely actress Sally Blane (sister of Loretta Young) in 1997 at age 87, and model/actress Jinx Falkenberg in 2003 at age 84.




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Lead/co-star Marianne Sagebrecht is 61.

Appealing, plump German actress, remembered as the magical Jasmin in the sleeper hit "Bagdad Cafe", and as the sympathectic housekeeper Susan in "War of the Roses". Also in "Sugarbaby", "Crazy Boys", "Moon Over Parador", "All Men Are Mortal", etc.

In numerous German films, she has won numerous awards including the German Film Award in Gold for best actress in "Bagdad Cafe".

The film was shot at what was then the Sidewinder Cafe in Newberry Springs, California. Since then, the cafe has become something of a tourist destination, and has actually changed its name to the Bagdad Cafe. A small notice board on the cafe wall features snapshots of the film's cast and crew. If only she would make more American films.


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Born this day August 28th:


Lead/co-star Jack Black is 37.

Comical actor, whose breakthrough came in "High Fidelity". Also in "Bob Roberts", "Airborne", "Demolition Man", "Dead Man Walking", "The cable Guy", "Johnny Skidmarks", "Shallow Hal", "King Kong", "Nacho Libre", etc.

Married with 1 son. Into rock music.


Co-star/support Daniel Stern is 49.

Tall, lanky actor, a member of the 'cutters' in the wonderful movie "Breaking Away". Also in "One Trick Pony", "Diner", "Blue Thunder", "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Born in East L.A.", "D.O.A.", "My Blue Heaven", "Home Alone", "City Slickers", "The Tourist Trap", etc.

Married with 3 children. Performed on the stage. Is into directing.


Lead/co-star Ben Gazzara is 76.

Tough, intelligent actor with good looks, in "The Strange One", "Anatomy of a Murder", "The Young Doctors", "A Rage to Live", "Husbands", "Capone" title role, "The Killing of a Chinese Bookie", "Voyage of the Damned", "Saint Jack", "Bloodline", "Road House", "Ladykiller", "Happiness", "Dogville", etc.

Married 3 times including to Janice Rule (1 daughter). Lived with stage/screen actess Elaine Stritch for 2 years. Was a close friend to John Cassavetes. On the TV series "Run for Your Life" (Emmy and Golden Globe nominee). Also on Broadway.




Lead/co-star Peggy Ryan (80) 1924-2004.

Talented, delightful starlet, co-starred in 7 musical-themed films with Donald O' Connor (they did a great jitterbug). Also in "The Grapes of Wrath", "What's Cookin?", "Miss Annie Rooney", "Private Buckaroo", "When Johnny Comes Marching Home", "Chip Off the Old Block", "All Ashore", etc.

Married 3 times (3 children, one from each husband). Had a recurring role as Jenny the secretary on TVs "Hawaii Five O".


Lead/co-star Donald O'Connor (78) 1925-2003.

Exceptional dancer/actor, in "Beau Geste" played Gary Cooper as a boy, "On Your Toes", "Private Buckaroo" (made 7 films with Peggy Ryan), "Yes Sir That's My Baby", "Francis" (the talking mule and in 6 sequels), "The Milkman", "Double Crossbones", "Singin' in the Rain" (Golden Globe nominee best actor), "I Love Melvin", "Call Me Madam" his favorite, "Walking My Baby Back Home", "There's No Business Like Show Business", "Anything Goes", "The Buster Keaton Story" title role, "Ragtime", etc.

Married twice (4 children). Had his own TV variety show. Was born into a vaudeville family.

Allegedly didn't enjoy working with Gene Kelly while filming "Singin' in the Rain" (1952), because he found him to be a bit of a tyrant on set.


Co-star/support Nancy Culp (69) 1921-1991.

Comic actress with a dry sense of humor, remembered as Miss Jane on TVs "The Beverly Hillbillies" (Emmy Award nominee). In "The Model and the Marriage Broker" w/Thelma Ritter, "Shane", "The Caddy", "Sabrina", "A Star Is Born", "Not as a Stranger", "Count Three and Pray", "Forever Darling", "The Three Faces of Eve", "Five Gates to Hell", "The Parent Trap", "The Patsy", etc.

Divorced. Was a self-proclaimed lesbian. An avid football fan, she also dabbled in politics. On numerous TV programs.


Co-star/support Simon Oakland (68) 1915-1983.

Essential character actor, in "I Want to Live" as the compassionate journalist, "The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond", "Psycho", "Murder, Inc.", "West Side Story" as Lt. Schrank, "The Satan Bug", "The Sand Pebbles", "Tony Rome", "Bullitt", "Emperor of the North", "Chato's Land", etc.

Appeared on various TV series including "The Night Stalker", and on Broadway. Began his career as a concert violinist.


Lead/co-star Charles Boyer (80) 1897-1978.

Suave, debonair French actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Conquest", "Algiers", "Gaslight", and "Fanny". Also in "Red Headed Woman", "The Garden of Allah", "Love Affair", "All This, and Heaven Too", "Back Street" w/Margaret Sullavan, "Hold Back the Dawn", "The Constant Nymph", "Confidential Agent", "Arch of Triumph", "The 13th. Letter", "The Happy Time" (Golden Globe nominee), "The Cobweb", "How to Steal a Million", "Barefoot in the Park", etc.

In 1934 he married Pat Paterson, his first and (unusual for a star) only wife. He was so faithful to her that he decided to commit suicide two days after her death in 1978. His only child (a son) commited suicide in 1965.

Half bald by his twenties, he only wore a toupee for his movie roles. Out in public, he never wore it. Appeared on TV, notably on an episode of "I Love Lucy". He never actually said "Come with me to the Casbah" A gent to the end.


In memory of those who died this day August 28th:

Appealing actor Robert Walker in 1951 at age 32, adorable child actress Anissa Jones ('Family Affair') in 1976 at age 18, Essential actor Robert Shaw in 1978 at age 51, lovely actress Jan Clayton in 1983 at age 66, and outrageous character actress Ruth Gordon in 1985 at age 88.




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RIP Robert Walker - an excellent actor who is esteemed by many filmgoers. I should look for a film of his today that I haven't seen ["Her Highness and the Bellboy" is on later] or perhaps an old favourite ["The Clock"].


Also, in the "Posthumous" category, we can add Sam Levene [1905 - 1980].


John Huston passed away on this day in 1987 at age 81.

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Thanks for the additions, wordmaster.

Believe it or not I did have John Huston listed to the right of my notes (died in 1987 at age 81), and managed to overlooked the great filmmaker.

However, I didn't have the wonderful character actor Sam Levene in my notes, and I'm sorry I missed him.

And yes, Robert Walker was indeed an excellent actor and deserved better in life.

One thing for sure, he should have received an Oscar nomination for his outstanding role in Hitchcock's "Strangers on a Train". May he rest in peace.

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