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Born this day September 27th:

 

Co-star/support A. Martinez is 59.

Reliable Latino actor, in "The Cowboys" w/Wayne, "Joe Panther", "She-Devil", "One Night Stand", "Wind River", "What's Cooking", "Once Upon a Wedding", etc.

Married twice including to Mare Winningham. Father of 2 daughters. First name is Adolph. On the soap "Santa Barbara" (Emmy nominee). Also on TVs "L.A. Law", and "General Hospital".

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Co-star/support Liz Torres is 60.

Spunky Latino actress/singer, in "Scavenger Hunt", "Ordinary Heroes", "America", "Sunset", "Hot to Trot", "Lena's Holiday", "Rescue me", "Just Cause" w/Sean Connery, "Joe Dirt", etc.

Married producer Peter Locke. On "All in the Family", "The John Larroquette Show" (Emmy nominee), "Gilmore Girls" as Miss Patty, etc. Also appeared on Broadway.

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Co-star/support Claude Jarman Jr. is 73.

Former child star, won special juvenile Oscar as Jody in "The Yearling". Also in "High Barbaree", "The Sun Comes Up", "Roughshod", "Intruder in the Dust" good role, "Rio Grande" as the son of Wayne and O'Hara, "Fair Wind to Java", etc.

Married 3 times (7 children, including twin daughters). He became an excutive with Amway.

Made a rare public appearence as one of some 60-plus past Oscar-winners at the 2003 75th Anniversary Academy Awards (March 23, 2003).

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Co-star/support Wilford Brimley is 83.

Essential character actor (down-home type), in "The China Syndrome", "Brubaker", "Absence of Malice", "Country", "The Natural", "Cocoon", "Remo Williams", "End of the Line" good role, "The Firm", "In & Out", etc.

Married since 1955 (3 children). Once a bodyguard for Howard Hughes. Guested on the TV series "The Waltons". He does TV commercials for Diabetes. Was a staunch supporter of Robert Blake during his murder trial. Last on screen in 2003.

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Co-star/support Jayne Meadows is 87 today.

Glamourous actress, in "Undercurrent", "Lady in the Lake" good role, "The Luck of the Irish", "Enchantment", "David and Bathsheba", "City Slickers", "The Story of Us", etc.

Widow of Steve Allen (1 son). Sister of Audrey Meadows. Has appeared as a panelist on various TV game shows. A 3 time Emmy Award nominee.

Quoted: "I have this tremendous energy. I just loved and love life. I love it today. I never want to die." Good for you!

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Posthumous

 

Co-star/support Will Sampson (53) 1933-1989.

Tall, Native-American character actor, remembered as Chief in "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest". Also in "Buffalo Bill and the Indians", "The Outlaw Josey Wales", "The White Buffalo", "Orca", "Fish Hawk", "Poltergeist II: The Other Side", "Firewalker", etc.

Father of actor Tim Sampson. Was a member of the Creek Tribe, and is buried on the reservation.

Is said to be the third victim of the "Poltergeist Curse". Sampson strangely died during heart surgery one year after he starred in "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986). The first victim was Dominique Dunne who was murdered after the release of the first film, "Poltergeist" (1982). Julian Beck died during filming of "Poltergeist II: The Other Side" (1986), then Sampson died and Heather O'Rourke died during "Poltergeist III" (1988). Creepy.

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Lead/co-star William Conrad (73) 1920-1994.

Essential, heavy-set actor, remembered as TVs "Cannon" (Emmy nominee), and "Jake and the Fatman". In "The Killers", "Body and Soul", "Sorry, Wrong Number", "Any Number Can Play", "Tension" good noir, "One Way Street", "Cry Danger", "The Racket", "The Naked Jungle", "Johnny Concho", etc.

Was the original Matt Dillon on radio's "Gunsmoke". Also narrated "The Bullwinkle Show".

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

Composer Engelbert Humperdinck in 1921 at age 67, the 'It' girl Clara Bow in 1965 at age 60, comic/singer Gracie Fields in 1979 at age 81, essential movie star Robert Montgomery in 1981 at age 77, impressive actor Lloyd Nolan in 1985 at age 83, character actress Fay Helm in 2003 at age 94, song & dance dynamo Donald O'Connor in 2003 at age 78.

Also infamous gangster Baby Face Nelson in 1934 at age 25.

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Born this day September 28th:

 

Lead/co-star Gwyneth Paltrow is 35.

Talented blonde actress, won Oscar best actress for "Shakespeare in Love" (also won Golden Globe Award). In "Hook", "Se7en", "Moonlight and valentino", "Emma", "Hush", "A Perfect Murder", "The Talented Mr. Ripley", "Bounce", "Shallow Hal", "Sylvia", "Proof" (Golden Globe nominee), 'Infamous", etc.

Married since 2003 (2 children, Apple and Moses). Daughter of Blythe Danner. Once engaged to Brad Pitt, and dated Ben Affleck.

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Lead/co-star Naomi Watts is 39.

Impressive blonde actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "21 Grams". In "Tank Girl", "A House Divided", "Mulholland Dr.", "The Ring", "Ned Kelly", "I Heart Huckabees", "Stay", "King Kong" exceptional performance as Ann Darrow, etc.

Best friends with Nicole Kidman, since a casting call for commercials when they were girls.

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Lead/co-star Brigitte Bardot is 73.

French blonde siren, raised eyebrows for her role in "...And God Created Woman". Also in "Contempt", "Viva Maria!", "Dear Brigitte", "Helen of Troy", "La Parisienne", "A Very Private Affair", "The Vixen", etc.

Married 4 times including to Roger Vadim and Jacques Charrier (1 son born in 1960). Last on screen in 1973.

After her life in the spotlight, Brigitte went on to become a leading spokesperson for animal rights and started the "Foundation Brigitte Bardot" dedicated solely to that cause. Her work in that realm is, perhaps, far greater than any film she could have made.

 

As an extra treat check out...."The Brigitte Bardot Gallery" in the Foreign Film Forum, maintained by Board Member "Lucky Dan" who I will be eternally grateful forever for his labor of love shown for "The Sex Kitten"

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Co-star/support William Windom is 84.

Dependable actor, in "To Kill a Mockingbird", "One Man's Way", "The Detective", "Fool's Parade" w/James Stewart, "Planes, Trains and Automobiles", "True Crime", etc.

Married 3 times. Co-starred on the hit TV series "The Farmer's Daughter" w/Inger Stevens. A Emmy Award nominee. He is still active.

Five-year-old William Windom was a pupil of kindergarten teacher Margaret Hamilton (the Wicked Witch of Oz) until she threw him out for rambunctious behavior.

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Co-star/support Arnold Stang is 82.

Reliable, 'nerdy' actor (with thick-horned glasses), popular on TVs "The Milton Berle Show". In "Seven Days Leave", "My Sister Eileen" w/Roz Russell, "They Got Me Covered", "The Man with the Golden Arm" good role, "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Skidoo", "Hercules in New York", "Ghost Dad", etc.

Married since 1948 (2 children). Was the voice of Herman the mouse in movie cartoons, and the voice of TVs "Top Cat".

 

Also did "Chunky" commercials back in the 50's and would end the commercial with his famous saying...."What A Chunk of Chocolate"

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Posthumous

 

Co-star/support J.T. Walsh (54) 1943-1998.

Tall, impressive actor, usually a 'sleazeball', in "Hannah and Her Sisters", "Good Morning, Vietnam", "The Grifters" good stuff, "Backdraft", "A Few Good Men", "Needful Things", "Sling Blade", "Breakdown", "Pleasantville", etc.

Was on holiday when he suffered a fatal heart attack. Jack Nicholson dedicated his Oscar for "As Good As It Gets" to him.

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Co-star/support Heather Sears (58) 1935-1994.

Reliable actress, appeared in a few films including "The Story of Esther Costello" title role, "Room at the Top", "Sons and Lovers", "The Phantom of the Opera", "The Black Torment", etc.

Married twice (7 children).

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Co-star/support Janet Munro (38) 1934-1972.

Cute, spunky starlet, in Disney's "Darby O'Gill and the Little People", "Third Man on the Mountain", and "Swiss Family Robinson". Also in "The Day the Earth Caught Fire", "Life for Ruth", "Bitter Harvest", "Cry Wolf", "Sebastian", etc.

Married twice. She won a Golden Globe Award. The immediate cause of her death was acute myocarditis; the underlying cause was chronic ischemic heart disease.

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Lead/co-star Marcello Mastroianni (72) 1924-1996.

Cool, sophisticated Italian actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Divorce-Italian Style" (he won Golden Globe Award), "A Special Day", and "Dark Eyes". Also in "La Dolce Vita", "81/2", "Marriage Italian Style", "Casanova '70", "Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow", "Ginger and Fred", "Splendor", "A Fine Romance", "Used People", "Ready to Wear", etc.

Although married close to 50 years (2 children), he had numerous affairs. Has a daughter with Catherine Deneuve. Was held in a German prison camp during WWII.

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

Zany comic Harpo Marx in 1964 at age 75, supporting actor Eric Fleming in 1966 at age 41, comic actor Mantan Moreland in 1973 at age 71, funny side-kick Sid Fields in 1975 at age 77, dependable character actress Mabel Albertson in 1982 at age 81, jazz great Miles Davis in 1991 at age 65, choreographer Peter Gennaro in 2000 at age 80, and superior filmmaker Elia Kazan in 2003 at age 94.

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Additional Birthday Today :

 

 

Director,writer, producer John Sayles is 57 today. ( 2007 )

Impressive, Independent filmmaker, gave us the brilliant movie "Lone Star" (Oscar nominee best screenplay). Also helmed, "Baby It's You", "Matewan", "Eight Men Out", "City of Hope", "Passion Fish" (Oscar nominee best screenplay), "The Secret of Roan Inish" good film, "Men with Guns", "Sunshine State", "Silver City", etc.

Sayles and actress/producer Maggie Renzi whom he met at college, have lived together since 1970s, splitting their time between a Hoboken, N.J. house, and a farm in upstate New York. They have no plans to marry.

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Hi,

 

Happy Birthday to Brigitte Bardot. Can't believe she's 73 - Wow....

 

I've always been very interested in La Bardot and once had a girlfriend, who looked like her - same hair piled up on her head. My hormones duth or didst runneth over. Those were happy, happy days for me, believe me.

 

Love Ya Brigitte..

 

Larry

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Born this day September 29th:

 

Co-star/support Donna Corcoran is 65.

Former child actress, in "Angels in the Outfield" w/Paul Douglas, "Don't Bother to Knock", "Million Dollar Mermaid", "Dangerous When Wet", "Moonfleet", etc.

Sister of Noreen Corcoran, and Disney actor Kevin Corcoran.

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Director, writer Robert Benton is 75.

Essential filmmaker, won Oscar best director for "Kramer vs. Kramer", and Oscar nominated for "Places in the Heart". Also helmed "Bad Company", "The Late Show" w/Art Carney, "Nadine", "Billy Bathgate", "Nobody's Fool", "The Human Stain", etc.

Also an Oscar winning screenwriter. Got the idea for his "Bonnie and Clyde" script from his father who had actually attended the separate funerals of Parker and Barrow.

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Lead/co-star Anita Ekberg is 76.

Statuesque, Swedish beauty, remembered romping in a fountain in Rome in "La Dolce Vita". Also in "Take Me to Town", "Blood Alley", "Abbott & Costello Go to Mars", "War and Peace", "Back from Eternity", "Valerie", "Paris Holiday", "Boccaccio '70", "4 for Texas", "Woman Times Seven", etc.

Married twice including to Anthony Steel. Won a Golden Globe Award. Last on screen in 1998.

Quoted: "I'm very much bigger than I was, so what? It's not really fatness, it's development."

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Lead/co-star Steve Forrest is 83.

Handsome, rugged actor, in "The Bad and the Beautiful", "Battle Circus", "Dream Wife", "So Big", "Rogue Cop", "5 Branded Women", "The Longest Yard", "North Dallas Forty", "Mommie Dearest", "Spies Like Us", etc.

Married in 1949 (3 sons). Brother of Dana Andrews. Also on numerous TV shows.

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Lead/co-star Lizabeth Scott is 85 today.

Gorgeous blonde actress, with a husky voice. In "The Strange Love of Martha Ivers", "Dead Reckoning", "Desert Fury" a knockout in color, "I Walk Alone", "Too Late for Tears", "Paid in Full" good soap, "The Company She Keeps", "The Racket", "Stolen Face", "Bad for Each Other", "Loving You" w/Elvis, etc.

Has never married. Scott was shunned late in the studio era for her sexual orientation. It was seen as an obscenity for Scott to be associated with lesbians as well as lesbian night clubs and dives in Los Angeles.

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Posthumous

 

Co-star/support Madeline Kahn (57) 1942-1999.

Delicious comic actress, Oscar nominated best support as Trixie Delight in "Paper Moon", and as Lili Von Shtupp in "Blazing Saddles". Also in "What's Up Doc?", "Young Frankenstein" (Golden Globe nominee), "At Long Last Love", "High Anxiety", "The Cheap Detective", "Wholly Moses!", "First Family", "Yellowbeard", "Clue", etc.

Was married 2 months before her death. Hosted "Saturday Night Live". On the TV series "Oh Madeline", and "Cosby". A delight indeed.

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Director/producer Stanley Kramer (87) 1913-2001.

Prolific 'message' filmmaker, Oscar nominated best director for "The Defiant Ones", "Judgment at Nuremberg" (won Golden Globe Award), and "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner". Also helmed "Not as a Stranger", "On the Beach", "Inherit the Wind", "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", "Ship of Fools", "Bless the Beast and Children", "Oklahoma Crude", etc.

Married 3 times including to actress Karen Sharpe. Father of 4 children. On Humphrey Bogart "He was playing Bogart all the time, but he was really just a big sloppy bowl of mush."

TCM is saluting the director this evening.

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Co-star/support Brenda Marshall (76) 1915-1992.

Lovely actress, in "The Sea Hawk", "East of the River" w/Garfield, "Footsteps in the Dark", "Singapore Woman", "Captains of the Clouds", "The Constant Nymph", "Whispering Smith" w/Ladd, etc.

Was married to William Holden (2 sons). Has a daughter by her first marriage, whom Holden adopted. Her first name is Ardis.

Her marriage to Holden, a curious union that evidently soured early on (Holden's friends blamed Marshall, and vice versa), and was distinguished by extended separations and numerous extracurricular romances.

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Co-star/support Anne Nagel (50) 1915-1966.

Blonde beauty, mostly in 'B' films, including "The Green Hornet', "My Little Chickadee", "Black Friday", "The Invisible Woman", "Man Made Monster", "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break", "The Mad Monster", "The Stratton Story", etc.

Married twice including to actor Ross Alexander, who committed suicide 4 months into the marriage.

Her career had evaporated by 1957 and the rest of her years were marred by unhappiness and alcoholism. She died of liver cancer in 1966 at age 54, with no children or surviving relatives.

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Lead/co-star Trevor Howard (74) 1913-1988.

Prolific British actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Sons and Lovers". In "The Third Man", "Brief Encounter", "The Key", "The Lion", "Mutiny on the Bounty" as Bligh, "Ryan's Daughter", "11 Harrowhouse", "Stevie", "Gandhi", etc.

Married to actress Helen Cherry for 44 years until his death, their marriage was often tested by his excessive philandering and heavy drinking.

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Co-star/support Virginia Bruce (71) 1910-1982.

Attractive blonde actress, in "The Love Parade", "Escapade", "The Great Ziegfeld", "Born to Dance", "Between Two Women", "Yellow Jack", "Hied Wife", "The Invisible Woman", "Pardon My Sarong" w/Abbott & Costello, "Strangers When We Meet", etc.

Married 4 times including to silent screen star John Gilbert. Mother of 2 children.

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Lead/co-star Gene Autry (91) 1907-1998.

Popular cowboy star, in numerous westerns with his horse Champion. Also a fine singer/composer with hit recordings including "Back in the Saddle Again", and "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer".

Married twice. A savvy businessman, he retired from acting in the early 1960s and became a multi-millionaire from his investments in hotels, real estate, radio stations and the California Angels professional baseball team. First name is Orvon.

He has five stars on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame; for Recording, Movies, TV, Radio, and live theater.

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Lead/co-star Greer Garson (91) 1904-1996.

Elegant, dignified red-haired movie star, won Oscar best actress as "Mrs. Miniver" (Her acceptance speech was actually 5-1/2 minutes in length. This still makes it the longest ever acceptance speech.

Oscar nominated for "Goodbye, Mr. Chips", "Blossoms in the Dust", "Madame Curie", "Mrs. Parkington", "The Valley of Decision", and "Sunrise at Campobello" (she won Golden Globe Award). Also in "Pride and Prejudice", "Adventure", "Desire Me", "That Forsyte Woman", "Julius Caesar", "Her Twelve men", "The Singing Nun", etc.

Married 3 times including to her younger co-star of "Mrs. Miniver", Richard Ney. She retired to New Mexico, with her millionaire 3rd. husband.

TCM is remembering the star this morning

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Co-star/support Ted de Corsia (69) 1903-1973.

Essential character actor, usually a menacing villain, in "The Naked City" fell from the bridge, "Neptune's Daughter", "Three Secrets", "The Enforcer" good role w/Bogart, "Vengeance Valley", "The Turning Point", "The Big Combo", "The Killing", "The Joker Is Wild", "Baby Face Nelson", "Inside the Mafia", "Nevada Smith", etc.

Also on radio and the stage.

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In memory of those who died this day September 29th:

Dependable character actor Ludwig Donath in 1967 at age 67, delightful character actor Edward Everett Horton in 1970 at age 84, director Gordon Douglas in 1993 at age 85, and talented character actress Gloria Foster in 2001 at age 67.

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Born this day September 30th:

 

Co-star/support Mike Damus is 28.

Former child actor, who was a delight as Arty in "Lost in Yonkers". Also appeared on numerous TV series. Last on "Numb3rs" in 2005.

Studied at UCLA for a history Degree.

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Lead/co-star Eric Stoltz is 46.

Reliable, red-haired actor, gave a fine performance as the disfigured Rocky in "Mask" (Golden Globe nominee). Also in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High", "The Wild Life", "Some Kind of Wonderful", "Memphis Belle", "Naked in New York", "Pulp Fiction", "Little Women", "Rob Roy", "Jerry Maguire", "The Butterfly Effect", etc.

For a time he lived with Ally Sheedy, and also with Bridget Fonda, among others. Is a Tony Award nominee. On the Tv series "Mad About You", and "Chicago Hope".

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Lead/co-star Fran Drescher is 50.

Attractive comedic actress, with a nasal voice, popular on TV as "The Nanny" for 6 seasons (Emmy Award nominee). In "Saturday Night Fever", "American Hot Wax", "Ragtime", "This Is Spinal Tap", "Cadillac Man", "Jack", "Santa's Slay", etc.

Divorced. A survivor of uterine cancer. Appears in off-Broadway shows.

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Co-star/support Len Cariou is 68.

Dependable actor, in "One Man" good role, "A Little Night Music", "The Four Seasons" good movie, "Lady in White", "Executive Decision", "About Schmidt", etc.

Married 3 times (1 daughter). A Broadway star, he won a Tony Award. Lived with Glenn Close in the 1970s.

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Co-star/support Anna Kashfi is 73.

Lovely, capable actress, in "The Mountain" as a Hindu girl, "Battle Hymm" w/Rock Hudson, "Cowboy", "Night of the Quarter Moon", etc.

Divorced from Marlon Brando (their son Christian would face homicide charges). She took custody of friend Gia Scala, who suffered mental depression (would later committ suicide).

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Lead/co-star Angie Dickinson is 76.

Glamourous blonde actress, in "Tension at Table Rock", "China Gate", "Rio Bravo", "The Bramble Bush", "Ocean's Eleven", "Captain Newman, M.D.", "The Chase", "The Sins of Rachel Cade", "Big Bad Mama", "Dressed to Kill" good role, "Sabrina", "Pay It Forward", etc.

Married twice including to Burt Bacharach (1 daughter). Star of the TV series "Police Woman" (won Golden Globe Award). Had a ten-year, on-again/off-again relationship with Frank Sinatra.

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Co-star/support Ben Cooper is 77.

Reliable actor, remembered as the love-struck sailor in "The Rose Tattoo". Also in "Thunderbirds", "Johnny Guitar", "The Outcast", "The Eternal Sea", "The Raiders", "Waco", "Red Tomahawk", "Support Your Local Gunfighter", etc.

Along with his wife, he attends Nostalgia Conventions. Has appeared on many TV shows.

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Lead/co-star Deborah Kerr is 86 today.

Beautiful, talented red-haired movie star, Oscar nominated best actress for "Edward, My Son", "From Here to Eternity", "The King and I" (won Golden Globe Award), "Heaven Knows Mr. Allison", "Separate Tables", and "The Sundowners" for which she should have won. Also in "Black Narcissus", "King Solomon's Mines", "Quo Vadis", "Young Bess", "Julius Caesar", "Tea and Sympathy", "An Affair to Remember", "The Journey", "The Chalk Garden", etc.

Married twice, mother of 2 daughters. She received an honorary Oscar in 1994, and gave a lovely speech. Suffers from Parkinsons disease.

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Posthumous

 

Co-star/support Jack Wild (53) 1952-2006.

Talented, former child star, Oscar nominated best support for his outstanding role as the Artful Dodger in the musical "Oliver!". In "Flight of the Doves", "Pufnstuf", "Melody", "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves", "Basil", etc.

Married twice. Was the star of the kids TV series "H.R. Pufnstuf" (my daughters use to watch it).

Was working on his autobiography at the time of his death of mouth cancer, which was prompted by years of heavy smoking and excessive drinking.

Quoted: "I'm thought of as a celebrity. Everything I've ever done...has been for children. As long as I was working constantly, that was fine, because, although I don't have any children, I do relate better to them than adults."

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Co-star/support George Bancroft (74) 1882-1956.

Rugged, versatile character actor, began in silent films. In "Mr. Deeds Goes to Town", "Angels with Dirty Faces", "Each Dawn I Die", "Stagecoach", "Green Hell", "Young Tom Edison", "North West Mounted Police", "The Bugle Sounds", "Texas", etc.

Married twice (1 daughter). Left the screen in 1942 and became a rancher.

In 1930 he was nominated Best Actor in a Leading Role for "Thunderbolt" (1929).

No official nominees had been announced this year.

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In memory of those who died this day September 30th:

Screen icon James Dean in 1955 at age 24, dependable character actor Taylor Holmes in 1959 at age 87, make-up artist Perc Westmore in 1970 at age 65, actor/vetriloquist Edgar Bergen in 1978 at age 75, band leader Freddy Martin in 1983 at age 76, marvelous French actress Simone Signoret in 1985 at age 64, and reliable character actor Chick Chandler in 1988 at age 83.

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Born this day October 1st:

 

Lead/co-star Randy Quaid is 57.

Versatile, offbeat actor, Oscar nominated best support for "The Last Detail". In "The Last Picture Show", "Paper Moon", "Bound for Glory", "Midnight Express" good role, "Foxes", "Vacation" hilarious as cousin Eddie, "Parents", "Days of Thunder", "Grind", "Brokeback Mountain", etc.

Married twice (1 child). Brother of Dennis Quaid. Is a 3 time Emmy Award nominee. Won Golden Globe for his portrayal of "LBJ". Has appeared on TVs "Saturday Night Live".

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Lead/co-star Stephen Collins is 60.

Handsome, blond-haired actor, in "All the President's Men", "The Promise", "Loving Couples", "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Stella" w/Bette Midler, "The First Wives Club", etc.

Married since 1985 (1 daughter). Has appeared for 10 seasons on TVs "7th. Heaven". Author of two novels, he is a practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.

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Co-star/support Stella Stevens is 71.

Voluptuous blonde actress, remembered as the flashy Linda in "The Poseidon Adventure". Also in "Li'l Abner", "Too Late Blues", "The Courtship of Eddie's Father", "The Nutty Professor", "The Silencers", "Rage", "Where Angels Go, Trouble Follows", "Nickelodeon", "The Manitou", "Glass Trap", etc.

Divorced, mother of actor Andrew Stevens. She won a Golden Globe Award. Was Playboy Playmate of the Month January 1960.

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Lead/co-star Julie Andrews is 72

Talented, appealing actress/singer, won Oscar best actress as "Mary Poppins". Oscar nominated for "The Sound of Music" (won Golden Globe Award), and "Victor/Victoria" (won Golden Globe). Also in "The Americanization of Emily", "Torn Curtain", "Hawaii", "Throughly Modern Millie" (Golden Globe nominee), "Star!" (Golden Globe nominee), "Darling Lili" (Golden Globe nominee), "10" (Golden Globe nominee), "S.O.B", "That's Life" (Golden Globe nominee), "Duet for One", "The Princess Diaries", etc.

Married twice, currently to director Blake Edwards. Mother of 3 children. A big success on Broadway in "My Fair Lady", etc. Tony Award nominee. Also a writer of children's books.

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Co-star/support Larry Simms is 73.

Former child actor, remembered as Baby Dumpling and then Alexander in the "Blondie" series of movies.

He was also Peter Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life", etc.

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Co-star/support Lonny Chapman is 86.

Dependable character actor, in "Young at Heart", "East of Eden", "Baby Doll", "The Birds", "The Reivers", "I Walk the Line", "The Cowboys", "Norma Rae", "The Border", "52 Pick-Up", "Reindeer Games", etc.

Married in 1943 (1 son). On numerous TV programs.

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Lead/co-star James Whitmore is 86 today.

Essential, short and stocky actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Give 'em Hell, Harry!", and for best support in "Battleground" (won Golden Globe Award). Also in "The Asphalt Jungle", "The Next Voice You Hear", "Kiss Me Kate" did a musical number, "Them!" about the giant ants, "Battle Cry", "Oklahoma!", "Crime in the Streets", "The Young Don't Cry", "Black Like Me" interesting film, "Madigan", "Nuts", "The Shawshank Redemption", "The Majestic", etc.

Married 3 times including to Audra Lindley. Father of 3 children. Served in the Marines during WWII. He is a Tony Award and Emmy Award winner.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star Richard Harris (72) 1930-2002.

Feisty, tall, talented actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "This Sporting Life", and "The Field" exceptional role. Also in "The Guns of Navarone", "Hawaii", "Caprice" w/Doris Day, "Major Dundee", "Camelot" (won Golden Globe Award), "A Man Called Horse", "Orca", "Unforgiven", "Patriot Games", "Gladiator", etc. Also in two "Harry Potter" films as Albus Dumbledore.

Married twice (3 children). Had a hit recording with "MacArthur Park". His drinking buddies were Richard Burton, and Peter O'Toole.

Quoted: "No one gave me anything. I fought TB, I fought the devil. But I made people laugh. I don't want immortality. I've lived it all. I've done it all."

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Lead/co-star Laurence Harvey (44) 1928-1973.

Impressive British actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Room at the Top". In "Expresso Bongo", "The Long and the Short and the Tall", "good war drama, "The Alamo", "BUtterfield 8', "Summer and Smoke", "Walk on the Wild Side", "The Manchurian Candidate" outstanding role, "Of Human Bondage" w/Kim Novak, "Darling", "Life at the Top", etc.

Married 3 times including to Margaret Leighton. Father of 1 daughter. He was born Laruschka Mischa Skikne. Died of stomach cancer.

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Lead/co-star George Peppard (65) 1928-1994.

Handsome actor, in "Pork Chop Hill", "Home from the Hill" exceptional performance, "Breakfast at Tiffany's", "How the West Was Won", "The Victors" exceptional war drama, "The Carpetbaggers", "Operation Crossbow", "House of Cards", "The Blue Max", etc.

Married 5 times including to Elizabeth Ashley. Father of 3 children. On the TV series "Banacek", and "The A-Team". Also on Broadway. Her served in the U.S. Marines. Had a fondess for the bottle.

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Lead/co-star Walter Matthau (79) 1920-2000.

Beloved, versatile actor, won Oscar best support for "The Fortune Cookie". Oscar nominated best actor for "Kotch", and "The Sunshine Boys" (he won Golden Globe Award). In "A Face in the Crowd", "King Creole" w/Elvis, "Strangers When We Meet", "Charade", "The Odd Couple" (Golden Globe nominee), "Hello, Dolly!", "Plaza Suite", "Pete 'n' Tillie" (Golden Globe nominee), "Charley Varrick", "The Bad News Bears", "Hopscotch" (Golden Globe nominee), "Casey's Shadow", "JFK", "Grumpy Old Men", "Out to Sea", etc.

Married twice (3 children). He grew up poor on the lower East Side. Served in the Army Air Corps. Was a hardcore gambler.

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Co-star/support Everett Sloane (55) 1909-1965.

Talented character actor, in "Citizen Kane", "The Lady from Shanghai", "The Men" w/Brando, "Sirocco" w/Bogart, "The Big Knife", "Patterns", "Lust for Life", "Marjorie Morningstar", "Home from the Hill", "The Patsy", etc.

Married 32 years (2 children). Appeared on TV (Emmy Award nominee). Going blind, he apparently committed suicide from barbiturate poisoning.

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Co-star/support Richard Loo (80) 1903-1983.

Essential Asian character actor, remembered playing Japanese bad guys during WWII. In "The Bitter Tea of General Yen", "Lost Horizon", "Wake Island", "Across the Pacific", "Flying Tigers", "The Purple Heart", "The Keys of the Kingdom", "God Is My Co-Pilot", "Back to Bataan", "Malaya", "The Steel Helmet", "I was an American Spy", "Hell and High Water", "The Sand Pebbles", etc.

Maried (2 daughters). Although he died in Los Angeles, Social Security records indicate that Loo's home at the time of his death was in Houston, Texas.

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Co-star/support Stanley Holloway (91) 1890-1982.

Delightful British character actor, Oscar nominated best support as Alfred Doolittle in "My Fair Lady" (also did the stage play). in "Major Barbara", "Brief Encounter", "Nicholas Nickleby", "An Alligator Named Daisy", "Hamlet", "The Lavender Hill Mob", "In Harm's Way", "Flight of the Doves", etc.

Married twice (1 son). A Tony Award nominee.

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In memory of those who died this day October 1st:

Reliable actor Donald Cook in 1961 at age 60, dependable character actor Joe Devlin in 1979 at age 73, 'Golden Age' director Dorothy Arzner in 1979 at age 82, cinematographer Lucien Ballard in 1988 at age 80, and brunette beauty Marjorie Weaver in 1994 at age 81.

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Born this day October 2nd:

 

Lead/co-star Lorraine Bracco is 53.

Attractive, talented actress, Oscar nominated best support as Karen in "GoodFellas" a dynamite role. Also in "The Pick-Up Artist", "The Dream Team", "Medicine Man" w/Sean Connery, "Radio Flyer", "The Basketball Diaries", "Hackers", "Riding in Cars with Boys", etc.

Married 3 times including to Edward James Olmos, and Harvy Keitel (a bitter divorce). Mother of 2 daughters. Sister of Elizabeth Bracco. Siser-in-law of Aidan Quinn. Nominated for 3 Emmy Awards for her role as Dr. Melfi on HBOs "The Sopranos". Once a fashion superstar in France.

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Lead/co-star Sting is 56.

Essential musician/singer, Oscar nominated best song in the films "Cold Mountain", "Kate and Leopold" (won Golden Globe), and "The Emperor's New Groove". Also acted in a few films, notably "Dune" and "The Bride" as Baron Charles Frankenstein, etc.

Married twice (6 children). Was lead singer of 'The Police'. His songs are heard on numerous movie soundtracks. Won 2 Grammy Awards and a Emmy Award. He was born Gordon Matthew Sumner.

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Co-star/support Rex Reed is 69 today.

Prolific movie critic/columnist, appeared in a few movies, notably "Myra Breckinridge" as Myron, "Superman", "People I Know" w/Al Pacino, etc.

A bachelor, he lives at the Dakota in New York (where John Lennon was killed). Arrested for shoplifting three Jazz CDs from a record store in February, 2000. Is safely back to his desk.

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Co-star/support Moses Gunn (64) 1929-1993.

Essential African-American actor, in "Nothing But a Man" good role, "The Great White Hope", "Wild Rovers", "Shaft" coming to TCM, "The Hot Rock", "Amazing Grace", "Rollerball", "Ragtime" good role, "Heartbreak Ridge", etc.

A prominent stage actor (Tony nominee). Emmy nominee for his role on TVs mega-hit "Roots". On the TV series "Good Times".

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Co-star/support George 'Spanky' McFarland (64) 1928-1993.

Adorable, chubby child star, appeared in 95 "Our Gang" comedy shorts as Spanky. His trademark was "Okey-dokey!" Also in some feature films.

Married (1 son). As an adult he hosted TVs "The Spanky Show" featuring "Our Gang" comedy shorts. For a period of time he was embittered that he wasn't entitled to residuals from the shorts. He protected the name/image of 'Spanky' and would sue anyone using it for a profit.

In real life was a rival of Our Gang/Little Rascals co-star (and on-screen pal) Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer, as the two were constantly pitted against each other in rivalry bouts for star status, billing, and salaries instigated by their fathers.

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Co-star/support Charles Drake (76) 1895-1974.

Dependable, easy-going actor, in "Navy Blues", "The Man Who Came to Dinner" as Sandy, "Now, Voyager" as Davis' lover on board ship, "Air Force", "Conflict", "Whistle Stop", "Winchester '73", "Harvey", "The Glenn Miller Story", "Female on the Beach" w/Crawford, "To Hell and Back", "Jeanne Eagels", "Back Street" w/Hayward, "Dear Heart", "The Swimmer", etc.

Offscreen pal of Audie Murphy. Made oodles of TV appearances.

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Lead/co-star Bud Abbott (78) 1895-1974.

Comedic actor and essential straight man for one of the most successful comedy teams of the 1940s 'Abbott & Costello". In "Buck Privates", "Hold That Ghost" my favorite, "Ride 'Em Cowboy", "Hit the Ice" another good one, "Naughty Nineties" (performed the famous routine "Who's on First"), "The Time of Their Lives" unusual teaming, "Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein" a popular one, etc.

Married for 55 years (2 children). A lifelong epileptic, and gambler, he was eventually reduced to poverty after the IRS nailed him for back taxes.

Quoted: "I never understood Lou (Costello)"

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Lead/co-star Groucho Marx (86) 1890-1977.

Outrageous bushy-browed, cigar smoking wisecracker, with a painted on mustache, wrecked havoc as a member of the 'The Marx Brothers'. In "Animal Crackers", "Monkey Business", "Horse Feathers", "Duck Soup", "A Night at the Opera", "A Day at the Races", "Room Service", "At the Circus", "The Big Store", etc.

Married 3 times (3 children). Brothers Harpo, Chico, Gummo, and Zeppo. Had a hit TV quiz show "You Bet Your Life". Birth name is Julius.

Quoted: "I never forget a face, but in your case I'll make an exception" Is coming to TCM in a Dick Cavett interview.

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In memory of those who died this day October 2nd:

Character actor George Bancroft in 1956 at age 74, dependable actor Frank Lovejoy in 1962 at age 50, character actor Paul Hartman (Emmett on "The Andy Griffith Show") in 1973 at age 69, impressive singer/actress Hazel Scott in 1981 at age 61, handsome movie star Rock Hudson in 1985 at age 59, stocky character actor George Savalas in 1985 at age 60, lovely actress Madeleine Carroll in 1987 at age 81, appealing actress Harriet Hilliard ('Ozzie & Harriet') in 1994 at age 85, singing cowboy star Gene Autry in 1998 at age 91, and comic actor Nipsey Russell in 2005 at age 87.

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Born this day October 3rd:

 

Lead/co-star Neve Campbell is 34.

Attractive Canadian actress, made a splash as Sidney in the chilling movie "Scream" and the sequels. Also in "Love Child", "Wild Things", "Three to Tango", "Panic", "Last Call", "When Will I Be Loved", "Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical", "Relative Strangers", "Party of Five" etc.

Divorced from actor Jeff Colt. Engaged to actor John Light. Once hot to trot with John Cusack. Wanted to be a ballerina (aches, pain and injuries prevented it).

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Lead/co-star Clive Owen is 43.

Cool, suave British actor, Oscar nominated best support for "Closer" (won Golden Globe Award). In "Bent", "Gosfod Park", "The Bourne Identify", "Beyond Borders", "Sin City", "Inside Man", etc.

Married since 1995 (2 daughters). Was voted "Best dressed male" by GQ magazine in 2006.

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Lead/co-star Hart Bochner is 51 today.

Tall, good-looking actor, in "Islands in the Stream", "Breaking Away", "Terror Train", "Rich and Famous", "Supergirl", "Die Hard", "Mr. Destiny", "Bulworth", "Say Nothing", etc.

Son of the late Lloyd Bochner. Has made a few TV appearances.

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Co-star/support Madlyn Rhue (68) 1935-2003.

Dependable, charming actress, in "Operation Petticoat", "The Ladie's Man", "A Majority of One" w/Roz Russell, "Escape to Zahrain", "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" as secretary Schwartz, etc.

Divorced from actor Tony Young (1 child). Diagnosed with MS in the 1970s, pal Suzanne Pleshette helped her to cope. In danger of losing her SAG medical coverage, it was Angela Lansbury to the rescue. She gave her work in a recurring role on her TV series "Murder, She Wrote" as a librarian, so she could meet the annual earning requirements for health coverage. On the TV series "Fame".

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Director/producer Leo McCarey (70) 1898-1969.

Essential filmmaker, won Oscar best director for the delightful "Going My Way", and "The Awful Truth". Oscar nominated for "The Bells of St. Mary's". Also helmed "Belle of the Nineties" w/Mae West, "Ruggles of Red Gap", "Make Way for Tomorrow" a fine film, "Love Affair", "Once Upon a Honeymoon", "My Son John", "An Affair to Remember", etc.

Married (1 daughter). The inspired comedy director also helmed films with Laurel & Hardy, The Marx Brothers, W.C. Fields, etc.

Quoted: "You can really call Irene Dunne the first lady of Hollywood, because she's the first real lady Hollywood has ever seen."

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Co-star/support Henry Hull (86) 1890-1977.

Splendid, tall, slender character actor with a rich voice. Remembered as the obnoxious millionaire in Hitchcock's "Lifeboat". Also in "Were-Wolf of London" title role, "Three Comrades", "Boys Town" as the generous store keeper, "Jesse James", "Babes in Arms", "High Sierra" as Doc, "Deep Valley" as Lupino's Pa, "Portrait of Jenny", "The Fountainhead", "The Great Gatsby", "Inferno", etc.

Married 63 years (3 children). Born in Kentucky, he died in England.

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Lead/co-star Warner Oland (58) 1879-1938.

Dependable actor, remembered as the Chinese detective 'Charlie Chan", appearing in 16 films of the series. Began in silent films, appeared in talkies "Dishonored" w/Dietrich, "Shanghai Express", "The Painted Veil" w/Garbo, "Were-Wolf of London", etc.

Born in Sweden, he was a heavy drinker and had a history of health problems.

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Co-star/support Charles Middleton (74) 1874-1949.

Essential character actor with a 'cruel' face in over 200 films. Remembered as Ming the Merciless in the "Flash Gordon" serials. Also in "The Miracle Woman", "An American Tragedy", "Pack Up Your Troubles" w/Laurel & Hardy, "Show Boat" (1936), "Jesse James", "Captain Fury", "The Flying Deuces", "The Grapes of Wrath", "Abe Lincoln in Illinois", "Belle Starr" w/Gene Tierney, "Our Vines Have Tender Grapes", etc.

Married (1 daughter Leora).

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In memory of those who died this day October 3rd:

Silent screen star Jeanne Eagels in 1929 at age 39, Broadway star Fay Templeton in 1939 at age 73, reliable actor William Bishop in 1959 at age 41, dependable actor Zachary Scott (usually a cad) in 1965 at age 51, director Tay Garnett in 1977 at age 83, character actress Dorothy Peterson in 1979 at age 81, talented British actress Vivien Merchant in 1982 at age 53, beautiful supporting actress Virginia Dale in 1994 at age 77, essential character actor Dub Taylor in 1994 at age 87, baby-face 'B' film actor John Ashley in 1997 at age 62, beloved actor Roddy McDowall in 1998 at age 70, comic actress Florence Stanley in 2003 at age 79, and lovely movie star Janet Leigh in 2004 at age 77.

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Lead/co-star Alicia Silverstone is 31.

Exuberant blonde actress, made a splash in "Clueless" and "The Crush". Also in "The Babysitter", "True Crime", "Batman and Robin", "Excess Baggage", "Blast from the Past", "Beauty Shop", , etc.

Married in 2005. Was Bat Mitzvahed at Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California.

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Co-star/support Liev Schreiber is 40 today.

Tall, impressive actor, outstanding as Raymond Shaw in the remake of "The Manchurian Candidate". Also in "Mad Love", "Party Girl", "Big Night", "Ransom", "Scream" and the sequels, "Sphere", "Kate & Leopold", "The Sum of All Fears", "The Omen", etc.

Is dating Naomi Watts. Emmy Award nominee as Orson Welles in TVs "RKO 281". Won a Tony Award. Frequently does voice-over and narration work for advertisements and documentaries.

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Lead/co-star Armand Assante is 58.

Talented, dark and handsome actor, in "Paradise Alley", "Little Darlings", "Private Benjamin", "Q & A" (Golden Globe nominee), "The Mambo Kings", "Hoffa", "Fatal Instinct", "Two for the Money" w/Pacino, etc.

Married in 1982 (2 daughters). Separated. Won an Emmy Award as "Gotti". Lives on a farm in up-state New York.

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Lead/co-star Susan Sarandon is 61.

Striking movie star, won Oscar best actress for "Dead Man Walking". Oscar nominated for "Atlantic City", "Thelma and Louise", "Lorenzo's Oil", and "The Client". Also in "The Rocky Horror Picture Show", The Other Side of Midnight", "Pretty Baby", "King of the Gypsies", "The Tempest", "The Witches of Eastwick", "Bull Durham" (Golden Globe nominee), "White Palace" (Golden Globe nominee), "Little Women", "Stepmom" (Golden Globe nominee), "Igby Goes Down" (Golden Globe nominee best support), etc.

Has lived with Tim Robbins since 1988 (2 children). Divorce from Chris Sarandon. Has a daughter from a relationship.

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Co-star/support Felicia Farr is 75.

Dependable, lovely actress, in "Jubal", "The Last Wagon", "3:10 to Yuma", "Onionhead", "Hell Bent for Leather", "Kiss Me Stupid", "Kotch", "Charley Varrick" good movie, "That's Life", etc.

Widow of Jack Lemon, who she married in Paris (1 daughter). Also has a daughter from first marriage. Last on screen in 1986.

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Lead/co-star Charlton Heston is 83 today.

Tall, imposing movie star, won Oscar best actor for "Ben-Hur". In "Dark City", "The Greatest Show on Earth", "The Savage", "Ruby Gentry" w/Jennifer Jones, "The President's Lady", "The Naked Jungle", "The Ten Commandments" (Golden Globe nominee), "Three Violent People", "Touch of Evil", "The Big Country", "El Cid", "The Agony and the Ecstasy", "Planet of the Apes", "Will Penny", "Soylent Green", "Midway", etc.

Married since 1944 (2 children). Was president of SAG and the NRA. Has been diagnosed with Alzheimers disease, which has progressed.

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Co-star/support Scotty Beckett (38) 1929-1968.

Former child star, one of the cutest, appeared in 15 "Our Gang" comedy shorts (the kid wearing his baseball cap sideways). In "Dante's Inferno", "Anthony Adverse", "Conquest" w/Garbo, "Marie Antoinette" as Shearer's son, "Love Affair" kid aboard ship, "Kings Row" as young Paris, "My Reputation" as Stanwyck's son, "The Jolson Story" good role, "Cynthia", "A Date with Judy", "Battleground", "The Happy Years", etc.

Married 3 times (1 son). His adult life involved violence, drugs, booze, and arrests. After suffering a serious beating, he overdosed (a note was found).

Leonard Maltin summed it up best when he wrote, "It was a particularly sad end for someone who as a child had shown so much easy charm and talent." Scotty Beckett was not the first child-star casualty, and he was not the last. But his story was certainly one of the saddest.

A far cry from the former child stars seen recently on "Private Screenings", who luckily made it to old age.

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Co-star/support Philip Van Zandt (53) 1904-1958.

Dependable character actor, usually a villain, in over 200 films. In "Citizen Kane", Wake Island", "Tarzan Triumphs", "A Guy Named Joe", "Dragon Seed", "Gilda", "April Showers", "The Lady Gambles" w/Stanwyck, "Viva Zapata!", "His Kind of Woman", "Man of a Thousand Faces", etc.

Also on Broadway. Depressed over his sagging career and his compulsive gambling, he committed suicide.

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Co-star/support Carroll Nye (72) 1901-1974.

Reliable character actor, remembered as Frank Kennedy who married Scarlett in "Gone With the Wind". Also in "Madame X", "Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm", "Blossoms in the Dust", "Wilson" bio of the president, etc.

Married twice. Began in silent films opposite Anita Page, Corinne Griffith, etc. Later served as a Hollywood newscaster and publicity man.

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Lead/co-star Buster Keaton (70) 1895-1966.

Outstanding silent screen star, dubbed 'The Great Stone Face'. Excelled in "Sherlock, Jr.", "The Navigator", "The General" perhaps his best, "Steamboat Bill Jr.", "College", "The Cameraman", "Split Marriage", etc. In comedy shorts as 'Elmer' in the 1930s.

Also in talkies, notably "In the Good Old Summertime", etc.

Married 3 times (2 children). Known for his pork pie hat, slap shoes, and a poker face (he smiled only once in a film). Was played by Donald O'Connor in "The Buster Keaton Story", which he didn't like.

Eventually began drinking, and in the early 1930s was fired from a studio for alcohol related embarrasing escapades. Not only did Keaton do all his own stunts, but, when needed, he acted as a stunt double for other actors in the films.

Died quietly at home, in his sleep, shortly after playing cards with his wife.

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Co-star/support Kathryn Card (71) 1892-1964.

Dependable character actress, fondly remembered as Lucy's mother, Mrs. McGillicuddy on TVs mega-hit "I Love Lucy". In "The Hucksters", "Harriet Craig" w/Crawford, "Scandal Street", "A Star Is Born", "Daddy Long Legs", "The Unsinkable Molly Brown", "Please Don't Eat the Daisies", "Home Before Dark", etc.

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In memory of those who died this day October 4th:

Folk singer Woody Guthrie in 1967 at age 55 (portrayed by David Carradine in "Bound for Glory"), dynamic rock star Janis Joplin in 1970 at age 27 (portrayed by Bette Midler in "The Rose").

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Born this day October 5th:

 

Lead/co-star Kate Winslet is 32.

Beautiful, talented British actress, Oscar nominated best actress as Rose in "Titanic", and for "Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind". Oscar nominated best support for "Sense and Sensibility" and "Iris". In "Heavenly Creatures", "Jude", "Quills", "Enigma", "The Life of David Gale", "Finding Neverland", "All the Kings Men", etc.

Married twice, currently to Sam Mendes. Mother of 2 children.

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Lead/co-star Guy Pearce is 40.

Sharp, dependable actor, in "Priscilla, Queen of the Desert", "Flynn" as Errol Flynn, "L.A. Confidential" good role in a good movie, "Woundings", "Ravenous" graphic movie, "Rules of Engagement", "Memento" good role, "The Time Machine", "The Proposition", etc.

Married since 1997. Lives in Australia. Has written numerous songs.

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Co-star/support Karen Allen is 56.

Attractive, underrated actress, in "Animal House", "The Wanderers", "Cruising", "Raiders of the Lost Ark", "Shoot the Moon", "Split Image" good drama, "Starman", "The Glass Menagerie" good role, "Scrooged", "Malcolm X", "The Perfect Storm", "In the Bedroom", etc.

Divorced (1 son). Lived with singer/songwriter Stephen Bishop. A prominent stage and TV actress.

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Co-star/support Peter Brown is 72.

Reliable, good-looking actor, remembered as Deputy Johnny McKay on TVs "Lawman". In "Darby's Rangers", "Marjorie Morningstar", "Merrill's Marauders", "Ride the Wild Surf" w/blond hair, "Kitten with a Whip", "Foxy Brown", "Asylum", "The Wedding Planner", etc.

Married 4 times including to actress Diane Jergens (1 son). Also has a son from a relationship. Appeared on numerous soaps, notably "Days of Our Lives". On TVs western series "Laredo".

Currently attends Nostaliga events.

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Co-star/support Diane Cilento is 74.

Lovely blonde actress, Oscar nominated best support for "Tom Jones". In "Moulin Rouge" (1952), "The Admirable Crichton", "The Naked Edge" w/Gary Cooper, "I Thank a Fool", "Hombre" w/Paul Newman, "The Wicker Man", etc.

Married 3 times including to Sean Connery (1 son). A Tony Award nominee, she was last on screen in 1984.

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Co-star/support Skip Homeier is 77.

Former child actor, remembered as the evil Nazi youth in "Tomorrow the World", an outstanding performance. Also in "The Big Cat", "The Gunfighter" as the fella who challenges Peck, "Halls of Montezuma", "Beachhead", "The Lone Gun", "Black Widow", "Cry Vengeance", "The Burning Hills", "Stranger at My Door", "Day of the Badman", etc.

Began on radio and TV. Although he made a smooth transition to adult roles, he does not care to discuss his film career.

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Lead/co-star Glynis Johns is 84 today.

Sparkling, talented actress with a wistful, husky voice, Oscar nominated best support for "The Sundowners". In "No Highway in the Sky", "The Magic Box", "Disney's "Rob Roy", "The Court Jester", "The Beachcomber", "All Mine to Give", "The Chapman Report", "Papa's Felicate Condition" w/Jackie Gleason, "Mary Poppins", "The Ref", "While You Were Sleeping", etc.

Married 4 times (1 son). Won a Tony Award, and also had her own TV series. Last on screen in 1999.

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Lead/co-star Gail Davis (71) 1925-1997.

Pretty blonde actress, remembered as "Annie Oakley" on the popular TV series. In many westerns, she also appeared in "If You Knew Susie" w/Eddie Cantor, "Merton of the Movies", "The Romance of Rosy Ridge", "They Live by Night', "Coffy", etc.

Divorced (1 daughter). Was the voice of Sally on the "Charlie Brown" TV specials.

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Lead/co-star Donald Pleasence (75) 1919-1995.

Essential British character actor, remembered as Dr. Sam Loomis, who hounds the wacko in "Halloween", and the sequels. Also in "A Tale of Two Cities" (1958), "Sons and Lovers", "Circus of Horrors" good stuff, "The Great Escape" good role, "Fantastic Voyage", "You Only Live Twice" as Blofeld, "Will Penny", "Ground Zero", "The House of Usher" coming to TCM, "Dracula", etc.

Married 4 times (5 daughters). Performed on the London stage. Tony and Emmy Award nominee. In the RAF during WWII he was a POW.

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Co-star/support John Hoyt (85) 1905-1991.

Dependable character actor (small framed and graying), in "The Unfaithful", "Brute Force", "Winter Meeting" w/Bette Davis, "The Lady Gambles" w/Stanwyck, "Trapped", "Loan Shark", "Julius Caesar", "Blackboard Jungle", "Trial", "The Come On", "Baby Face Nelson", "Never So Few", "Spartacus", etc.

Was Grandpa on the TV series "Gimme a Break!".

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Co-star/support Larry Fine (72) 1902-1975.

The one and only, original 'middle' member of the zany "Three Stooges". The guy with the bushy unkept hair-balls, caused havoc with Moe and Curly (along with Shemp) in over 200 comedy shorts for Columbia Pictures. Also in "Three Stooges" feature films.

Was married 40 years (2 children). A kind and gentle man, his nickname was appropriately 'Porcupine'. The popular trio has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

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Co-star/support Jimmy Ritz (81) 1904-1985.

Comic actor, one third of the zany Ritz Brothers (including Al & Harry), appeared in 10 films of the 1930s and 1940s performing bombastic schtick.

The trio has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Daughter Alison died on April 21, 1999 following an unsuccessful heart-lung transplant.

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Co-star/support Elsa Janssen (85) 1883-1969.

Dependable character actress, fondly remembered as the feisty Mom Gehrig in "The Pride of the Yankees". Also in "The Gorgeous Hussy", "Heidi", "Hitler's Children", "So Proudly We Hail!", "Claudia", "Dillinger", "Claudia and David", etc.

Born in Germany, she passed away in California.

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In memory of those who died this day October 5th:

Brassy 'dame' Barbara Nichols in 1976 at age 46 (loved her), sultry 'dame' Gloria Grahame in 1981 at age 57 (loved her), British character actor Leonard Rossiter in 1984 at age 57, legendary producer Hal B. Wallis in 1986 at age 87, blonde starlet Jane Nigh in 1993 at age 68, and outrageous comic Rodney Dangerfield in 2004 at age 82 (loved him).

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Born this day October 6th:

 

Co-star/support Jeremy Sisto is 33.

Tall, talented actor, in "Grand Canyon", "Clueless", "Moonlight and Valentino", "White Squall" good movie, "Angel Eyes", "Thirteen", "The Movie Hero", etc.

Divorced from actress Marisa Ryan. Dated Reese Witherspoon. Played 'sicko' Billy on HBOs "Six Feet Under".

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Lead/co-star Elisabeth Shue is 44.

Impressive beauty, Oscar nominated best actress for "Leaving Las Vegas" (won many critics awards). Also in "The Karate Kid", "Adventures in Babysitting" fun movie, "Cocktail", "The Marrying Man", "Soapdish", "Twenty Bucks", "The Saint", "Palmetto", "Cousin Bette", "Hollow Man", "Hide and Seek", etc.

Married since 1994 (3 children). Sister of Andrew Shue. Quoted: "I may look like the girl next door, but you wouldn't want to live next door to me."

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Co-star/support Britt Ekland is 65 today.

Blonde Swedish actress, in "The Bobo", "The Night They Raided Minsky's", "Stiletto", "Get Carter", "Asylum", "The Man with the Golden Gun", "High Velocity", "The Monster Club", "Scandal", etc.

Was married to Peter Sellers (1 daughter). Has a son from 2nd marriage. Had a relationship with Rod Stewart. Last on screen in 1990.

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Co-star/support Fay Spain (50) 1932-1983.

Attractive, petite blonde actress, in "The Abductors", "God's Little Acre" as Darlin' Jill, "Al Capone" w/Steiger, "Black Gold", "The Beat Generation", "Welcome to Hard Times", "The Godfather: Part II" as Mrs. Hyman Roth, etc.

Married twice (1 child). Died of cancer.

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Lead/co-star Carole Lombard (33) 1908-1942.

Beautiful, saucy blonde movie star, Oscar nominated best actress for "My Man Godfrey". Also in "No Man of Her Own" w/Gable, "The Eagle and the Hawk" w/Grant, "Bolero" w/Raft, "Twentieth Century", "Rumba", "Nothing Sacred", "Made for Each Other", "In Name Only", "Vigil in the Night", "Mr. and Mrs. Smith", "To Be or Not to Be", etc.

Married to William Powell and to Clark Gable. Linked romantically to crooner Russ Columbo until his accidental death late in 1934. Was tagged 'The Queen of Screwball Comedy'.

She perished in a plane crash, along with her mother, returning from a bond selling tour. Despite her mothers premonition of the disaster, she refused to take a train to Los Angeles. She was reputedly in a rush after getting wind of an alleged affair between her husband Clark Gable and Lana Turner who were filming "Somewhere I'll Find You" at the time .

TCM is saluting the lady this afternoon.

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Lead/co-star Janet Gaynor (77) 1906-1984.

Sweet, petite, winsome movie star, won the very first best actress Oscar for "Seventh Heaven". Oscar nominated for "A Star Is Born". In "Tess of the Storm Country", "State Fair", "Change of Heart", "The Farmer Takes a Wife", "Small Town Girl", "The Young in Heart", etc.

After a 20 year screen absence, she returned in the movie "Bernadine" with Pat Boone.

Married 3 times including to costume designer Adrian (1 son). Also in silent films and on Broadway.

In September, 1982, Ms. Gaynor, who was 75, was seriously injured in a San Francisco taxi cab accident which also injured her husband, executive producer Paul Gregory, and actress Mary Martin, and killed Martin's agent, Ben Washer. Gaynor suffered 11 broken ribs, a ruptured bladder, a broken collar bone, a bleeding kidney, and multiple pelvic fractures. She was to endure a number of operations in the next year and progressively grew weaker until her death in 1984.

TCM is saluting the lady this morning.

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In memory of those who died this day October 6th:

Dependable character actor Porter Hall in 1953 at age 65, horror director Tod Browning in 1962 at age 80, brawny character actor Tom Kennedy in 1965 at age 80, essential character Sidney Blackmer in 1973 at age 78, British character actor Dennis Price in 1973 at age 58, Oscar winning composer Nelson Riddle in 1985 at age 64, serial actor Don Terry ('Don Winslow') in 1988 at age 86, brilliant movie star Bette Davis in 1989 at age 81, British character actor Denholm Elliott in 1992 at ge 70, choreographer Agnes de Mille in 1993 at ge 88, supporting actor Ted Bessell in 1996 at age 61, capable actress Maris Wrixon in 1999 at age 82, grand character actor Richard Farnsworth committed suicide in 2000 at age 80, and dependable dowager Sparkle in 2005 at age 90.

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Born this day October 7th:

 

Co-star/support Dylan Baker is 48.

Slim, versatile actor, in "Trains, Planes and Automobiles", "The Long Walk Home", "Disclosure", "Happiness" good performance, "The Cell", "A Gentleman's Game", "Along Came a Spider", "Road to Perdition", "Spider-Man 2", "Kinsey", "The Matador", "Pitch", etc.

Married to actress Becky Ann Baker. Appeared on the TV series "Murder One". Also a Tony Award nominee.

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Co-star/support Al Martino is 80.

Top-notch crooner and capable actor, scored as Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather" and "The Godfather: Part II", etc.

Sang the title song in the movie "Hush...Hush...Sweet Charlotte" recently on TCM.

Was married in 1969. Had numerous hit recordings. A boyhood pal of Mario Lanza.

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Co-star/support Joyce Reynolds is 82 today.

Attractive starlet of the 1940s, featured in the Warner Bros. film "Janie" and the sequels . Also in "George Washington Slept Here", "The Constant Nymph", "The Adventures of Mark Twain", "Wallflower", etc.

Married 5 times, including to the son of silent screen star Barbara La Marr. Retired very wealthy to Hawaii (thanks to her father).

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star June Allyson (88) 1917-2006.

Appealing, girl-next-door actress, with a smoky voice. In "Best Foot Forward", "Her Highness and the Bellboy", "Good News", "Little Women", "The Three Musketeers", "The Stratton Story", "Right Cross", "Too Young to Kiss" (won Golden Globe Award), "Battle Circus", "The Glenn Miller Story", "Strategic Air Command", "A Woman's World", "The Shrike" good dramatic role, "The McConnell Story" w/Ladd, "Executive Suite", "The Opposite Sex", "Interlude", etc.

Married 4 times including to Dick Powell (2 children). Performed on Broadway, and had her own TV series. Had a fling with Dean Martin, and a serious affair with co-star Alan Ladd.

Quoted: "MGM is my mother and father".

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Co-star/support Diana Lynn (45) 1926-1971.

Pretty blonde, pert actress, in "The Major and the Minor", "The Miracle of Morgan's Creek", "Out of This World", "Ruthless" w/Zachary Scott, "My Friend Irma", "Paid in Full" good soap, "Bedtime for Bonzo", "Plunder of the Sun", "Track of the Cat", "The Kentuckian", etc.

Married twice (4 children). Made numerous TV appearances. Also a Broadway performer. In the 1960s she worked at a travel agency. Died from the results of a stroke.

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Co-star/support Tommy Farrell (82) 1921-2004.

Reliable actor, in "Duchess of Idaho", "Abilene Town", "A Yank in Korea", "Strangers on a Train", "The Marrying Kind", "Flesh and Fury", "Singin' in the Rain", "Girls in the Night" a guilty pleasure, "North by Northwest", "A Guide for the Married Man", etc.

Married (4 children). Son of Glenda Farrell.

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Co-star/support Olive Brasno (80) 1917-1998.

Brassy, delightful dwarf actress, along with brother George appeared in "The Mighty Barnum", "Carnival", "Charlie Chan at the Circus", "Little Miss Broadway", etc.

Also in the 'Our Gang' comedy shorts "Arbor Day" and "Shrimps for a Day".

Married to dwarf actor Gus Wayne for 37 years (they died two days apart). Performed in vaudeville, with brother George Brasno.

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Lead/so-star Helmut Dantine (64) 1917-1982.

Darkly handsome actor, usually portrayed Nazi swine in films during WWII. In "Escape" w/Shearer, "To Be or Not to Be", "Mrs. Miniver" he confronts Greer Garson at her home, "Desperate Journey", "Casablanca", "Edge of Darkness", "Watch on the Rhine", "Shadow of a Woman", "Call Me Madam", "War and Peace", etc.

Was married with 2 children. Also a producer and director.

He was a leader of an anti-Nazi youth movement, and was put in a concentration camp, where his parents would later perish.

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Co-star/support Johnny Puleo (75) 1907-1983.

Comedic dwarf performer, played a mean harmonica, in "One in a Million", "Rascals", "Always in My Heart" w/Kay Francis, "Trapeze", etc.

Appeared with his harmonica gang on TV variety shows, and recorded best selling albums.

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Co-star/support Andy Devine (71) 1905-1977.

Essential, rotund character actor, with a high-pitched raspy voice. In over 200 films including "The Farmer Takes a Wife", "Small Town Girl", "Romeo and Juliet", "A Star Is Born", "In Old Chicago", Stagecoach", "Geronimo", "Torrid Zone", "Flame of New Orleans" w/Dietrich, "Island in the Sky", "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance", "Myra Breckinridge", etc.

Married 44 years (2 sons). Co-starred as Jingles with Guy Madison on the TV series "The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok". Born Jeremiah Schwartz.

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In memory of those who died this day October 7th:

Golden voiced actor/singer Mario Lanza in 1959 at age 38, singer/actor Billy Daniels in 1988 at age 73, impressive character actor Cyril Cusack in 1993 at age 82, and blonde actress Helen Vinson (usually the-go-between) in 1999 at age 92.

Also author Edgar Allan Poe in 1849 at age 40 (his novels were filmed numerous times).

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Born this day October 8th:

 

Lead/co-star Matt Damon is 37.

Talented, blond-haired actor, Oscar nominated best actor for "Good Will Hunting" (won best screenplay Oscar with Ben Affleck). In "Mystic Pizza", "School Ties", "Courage Under Fire", "The Rainmaker", "Saving Private Ryan" (title role), "The Talented Mr. Ripley" (Golden Globe nominee), "Ocean's Eleven", "The Bourne Identity", "Stuck on You", "Euro Trip", "The Bourne Supremacy", "Ocean's Twelve", etc.

Married in 2005 (1 daughter). Once lived with Wynona Ryder.

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Lead/co-star Sigourney Weaver is 58.

Striking actress, Oscar nominated best actress for "Aliens", "Gorillas in the Mist" (won Golden Globe Award), and for best support in "Working Girl" (won Golden Globe). In "Alien", "The Year of Living Dangerously", "Ghost Busters", "Dave", "Copycat", "The Ice Storm" (Golden Globe nominee), "Snow White: A Tale of Terror", "Tadpole", "A Map of the World" (Golden Globe nominee", "Holes", "The Village", etc.

Married since 1984 (1 daughter). A Tony Award nominee. Quoted: "I'd rather have a small part in a movie I love than a bigger part in one I don't care about."

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Lead/co-star Chevy Chase is 64.

Tall, breezy comic actor, hilarious as Clark Griswold in the "Vacation" series of films. Also in "Foul Play" (Golden Globe nominee), "Caddyshack", "Fletch", "Three Amigos!", "Funny Farm", "Cops and Robbersons", "Snow day", "Orange County", "Funny Money", etc.

Married 4 times (3 children). Known for his pratfalls, he made his mark on TVs "Saturday Night Live". Convicted of drunk driving in 1995. An avid jazz fan, he has a fear of snakes.

Quoted "Once I got married and had kids, I moved away from romantic roles, because it seemed wrong to have my three-year-old wondering why Daddy was kissing someone else."

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Lead/co-star Paul Hogan is 68.

Engaging blond-haired Aussie, scored big as "Crocodile Dundee" (Golden Globe nominee). In "Almost an Angel", "Lightning Jack", "Flipper", "Floating Away", "Strange Bedfellows", etc.

Divorced after 28 years (5 children). Married 'Dundee' co-star Linda Kozlowski (1 son). Speech at the Academy Awards "There are three Gs to accepting an award: Be Gracious ... Be Grateful ... and Get Off!"

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Co-star/support Richard Lyon is 73.

Former child actor, in "The Howards of Virginia" w/Cary Grant, "The Unseen", "Anna and the King of Siam", "The Green Years", "The Boy with Green Hair", "Smart Woman" as the son of Constance Bennett, "The Great Lover" w/Bob Hope, etc.

He is the adopted son of Ben Lyon and Bebe Daniels. In the 1950s they all starred together on the successful TV series "Lfe with the Lyons" (written by Daniels).

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Co-star/support Joe Conti (72) 1924-1997.

Former child actor in "East of the River" playing Garfield as a boy, "Men of Boys Town" a dancer, "The Big Boss" w/Gloria Dickson, "Paper Bullets", "Here Comes Mr.Jordan", etc.

He performed in Chicago nightclubs for 40 years.

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Co-star/support Gabriel Dell (68) 1919-1988.

Reliable actor, one of the original Dead End Kids, in "Dead End", "Crime School", "Angels with Dity Faces", "They Made Me a Criminal", "Hell's Kitchen", etc.

Also dabbled in the films of 'The East Side Kids' and 'The Bowery Boys'.

Married twice (1 son). Was a regular on TVs "The Steve Allen Show". Once studied mime, he also appeared on Broadway (Tony Award nominee).

He formed a nightclub partnership with former 'Dead End Kid' Huntz Hall in 1950 that resulted in the breakup of both men's marriages. Gabe's wife, Barbara, and Mrs. Hall jointly divorced them on 14 May 1953, citing the act as an alienating factor.

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Lead/co-star Kirk Alyn (88) 1910-1999.

Capable actor, remembered as the first screen 'Superman' (1948) in two serials, with Noel Neill as Lois Lane (alive and well). Also in "Action in the North Atlantic", "A Guy Named Joe", "The Time of Their Lives", "The Trap", "The Beginning or the End", "Little Miss Broadway", "When World's Collide", etc.

Was married to MGM musical actress Virginia O'Brien (3 children). Also in vaudeville and on Broadway.

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In memory of those who died this day October 8th:

Lyricist Gus Kahn in 1941 at age 54, character actor Nigel Bruce (Mr. Watson) in 1953 at age 58, essential character actor Eduardo Ciannelli in 1969 at age 80, character actor Karl Swenson in 1978 at age 70, virile Latino actor Fernando Lamas in 1982 at age 67, talented starlet Joan Hackett in 1983 at age 49, supporting actor Edward Woods (Cagney's cohort in "Public Enemy") in 1989 at age 86, and British actress Phyllis Calvert in 2002 at age 87.

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Lead/co-star Scott Bakula is 53.

Dependable, rugged actor, in "Sibling Rivalry", "Necessary Roughness" good role, "Color of Night", "A Passion to Kill", "Lord of Illusions", "American Beauty", "Above Suspicion", "Life as a House", etc.

Married twice (4 children). Star of the TV series "Quantum Leap" (he received 4 Emmy nominations) and won Golden Globe Award. Also appeared on "Star Trek: Enterprise", "Murphy Brown", etc.

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Lead/co-star Tony Shaloub is 54.

Talented, comedic actor, in "Longtime Companion", "Quick Change", "Barton Fink", "Honeymoon in Vegas", "Big Night", "Men in Black", "Primary Colors", "Paulie", "Spy Kids", "The Man Who Wasn't There", "Party Animals", etc.

Married to Brooke Adams since 1992 (2 children). On the TV series "Wings", and the star of "Monk" for which he won 3 Emmy Awards, and a Golden Globe. Also a Tony Award nominee.

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Co-star/support Fyvush Finkel is 84 today.

Tall, delightful character actor from Brooklyn, in "Seize the Day", "Brighton Beach Memoirs", "Q & A", "Mobsters", "Nixon", "The Crew", etc.

Married since 1947 (2 sons). Emmy winner for his role on TVs "Picket Fences", in which he was a hoot. Also on "Boston Public", etc.

Fyvush appeared in the touring company of "Fiddler On The Roof" for 12 years. Initially he performed the role of the innkeeper, but ultimately assumed the lead role of Tevye.

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Posthumous

 

Lead/co-star John Lennon (40) 1940-1980.

Extraordinary talent, member of the fab four singing group 'The Beatles', which include Paul, George and Ringo. In "A Hard Days Night", Help!", etc. Also a brilliant composer.

He went solo in "How I Won the War", and in the short "Two Virgins", with wife Yoko Ono.

Married twice (2 sons Julian and Sean who turns 32 today).

He wrote one of the greatest songs ever one of my favorite Beatle Songs......"In My Life"

Assassinated as he returned from the recording studio Monday, December 8, 1980, outside the Dakota, his apartment building, by Mark David Chapman, a crazed fan. I miss John Lennon and his talent and personality. Why do those who profess peace always die a violent death?

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Co-star/support Judy Tyler (23) 1933-1957.

Pretty, promising starlet, in "Jailhouse Rock" w/Elvis who was infatuated with her while filming.

She was 'Princess Summerfall Winterspring' on the "Howdy Doody" childrens TV series.

Sadly, she and her husband were killed in an auto accident on July 4th. Because of her death.......Elvis never saw Jailhouse Rock as he was so distraught!

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Lead/co-star Lila Kedrova (81) 1918-2000.

Talented Russian actress, won Oscar best support for "Zorba the Greek" as Madame Hortense. In "A High Wind in Jamaica", Hitchcock's "Torn Curtain" good role, "Penelope", "The Kremlin Letter", "Cool Million", "Escape to the Sun", "Testament", etc.

Married twice. Also won a Tony Award for "Zorba" on Broadway.

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Lead/co-star Alastair Sim (75) 1900-1976.

Lanky, rubber-faced actor, perhaps the difinitive Ebenezer Scrooge in "A Christmas Carol" (1951). Also in Hitchcock's "Stage Fright", "The Belles of St. Trinian's", "Wee Geordie", "The Ruling Class", etc.

Married 44 years (1 daughter). Mr. Sim didn't care to sigh autographs (Bah humbug).

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In memory of those who died this day October 9th:

Singer/actress Helen Morgan ('Show Boat' 1936) in 1941 at age 41, essential character actor James Finlayson in 1953 at age 66, silent screen star Alice Joyce in 1955 at age 65, brassy blonde movie star Miriam Hopkins in 1972 at age 69, character actor Arch Johnson in 1997 at age 75, dependable actor David Dukes in 2000 at age 55, Oscar nominated director Herbert Ross in 2001 at age 74, voluptuous blonde performer Dagmar in 2001 at age 79, and outrageous comic Louis Nye in 2005 at age 92.

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Mongo ( & Bartlett )

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Happy Birthday John Lennon!...... I am still in a state of shock because of that tragic December 8th, 1980, night when that Bastard Madman Mark David Chapman took your life.

 

 

May he Fry in Hell real soon for it!

 

You wrote the greatest song I ever heard.."In My Life"...and I am thankful that you shared part of "Your Life" with me one of your biggest Fans!

 

God Bless You John, and I hope you have found the "Peace" you were looking for during your short stay on this violent planet! The hurt of your departure is still strong and deep for me!

 

Bartlett :(

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Born this day October 10th:

 

Co-star/support Bradley Whitford is 48.

Dependable actor, in "Vital Signs", Awakenings", "Scent of a Woman", "My Life" good role, "Philadelphia", "The Client", "The Muse", "Bicentennial Man", "Kate & Leopold", "Father and Sons", etc.

Married to Jane Kaczmarek (3 children). On TVs "The West Wing" as Josh Lyman (won Emmy Award), and as Danny Tripp on "Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip".

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Lead/co-star Ben Vereen is 61 today.

Essential, impressive actor/dancer, in "Sweet Charity", "Funny Lady" (Golden Globe nominee), 'All That Jazz", "Sabine", "Buy and Cell", "Why Do Fools Fall in Love", "I'll Take You There", "The Painting", etc.

Married twice (5 children, of which a daughter 16, was killed in a auto accident in 1987). A Broadway star, won Tony Award for "Pippin". Emmy nominee for his fine performance as 'Chicken' George in the mega-hit "Roots".

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Lead/co-star Chris Penn (40) 1965-2006.

Talented, stocky actor, in "Rumble Fish", "All the Right Moves", "Footloose" good role, "Pale Rider", "At Close Range", "Mobsters", "Reservoir Dogs", "Short Cuts", "Mulholland Falls", "Rush Hour", "Cement", "Starsky & Hutch", etc.

Brother of Sean Penn. Died of a heart attack (enlarged heart). Drank only Bookers bourbon. Liked to drink in the afternoon at burlesque great Betty Rowland's 217 bar in Santa Monica, California.

Among those in attendance at his funeral were Robin Wright Penn, Sean Penn, Mark Ruffalo, Jack Nicholson, James Gandolfini, Charlie Sheen, Tim Robbins, Tom Sizemore, Robert Downey Jr., Michael Madsen, etc.

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Co-star/support Dana Elcar (77) 1927-2005.

Reliable character actor, in "Fail-Safe", "The Boston Strangler", "Pendulum", "The Learning Tree", "A Gunfight", "The Sting" good role, "W.C. Fields and Me", "St. Ives", "All of Me", "Inside Out", etc.

Married twice (6 children). On the TV series "MacGyver", "Baretta", "Dark Shadows", etc. He went blind due to glaucoma.

Quoted: "The fact that you are losing your eyesight does not mean you have forgotten how to act." - in a speech to the National Federation of the Blind in 1991.

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Co-star/support Daniel Massey (64) 1933-1998.

Reliable actor, Oscar nominated best support as Noel Coward in "Star!" w/Julie Andrews (he won Golden Globe Award). In "In Which We Serve" (age 9), "The Entertainer", "Mary Queen of Scots", "The Vault of Horror", "The Incredible Sarah", "Victory", "Scandal", "In the Name of the Father", etc.

Married 3 times (1 son). Son of Raymond Massey (estranged most of their lives). Sister of Anna Massey.

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Co-star/support Richard Jaeckel (70) 1926-1997.

Talented, 'tough' blond-haired actor with boyish-face, Oscar nominated best support for "Sometimes a Great Notion". Also in "Wing and a Prayer", "City Across the River", "Sands of Iwo Jima", "Battleground", "The Gunfighter", "Come Back, Little Sheba", "3:10 to Yuma", "Cowboy", "The Naked and the Dead", "The Violent Men", "A Town Without Pity", "The Dirty Dozen", "Chisum", "Starman", etc.

Married (2 sons). On the TV series "Baywatch". Eventually lost his home to bankruptcy. Died at the Motion Picture Country Home from cancer.

Quoted: "I've put fifty years in movies and my wife and I have traveled all over the world. I've been very lucky."

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Co-star/support Benson Fong (70) 1916-1987.

Capable Asian actor, played Tommie Chan in the popular "Charlie Chan" films. In "The Purple Heart", "Thity Seconds Over Tokyo", "Nob Hill", "Deception", "Calcutta", "His Majesty O'Keefe", "The Left Hand of God", "Five Gates to Hell", "Flower Drum Song", "S.O.B.", etc.

Married 40 years (5 children). On the TV series "Kung Fu". Owned his own restaurants in California.

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Co-star/support Johnny Downs (80) 1913-1994.

Former child actor, in the "Our Gang" silent comedy shorts. Also in "The Crowd", "Babes in Toyland" as Little Boy Blue, "So Red the Rose", "Algiers", "Adam Had Four Sons", "The Mad Monster", "Rhapsody in Blue", "The Kid from Brooklyn", "Column South", etc.

Was host of a kiddie TV show in the 1950s.

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Co-star/support Janis Carter (80) 1913-1994.

Reliable, saucy blonde actress, in "I Married an Angel", "Girl Trouble", "The Other Woman", "Lady of Burlesque" w/Stanwyck, "One Mysterious Night", "The Missing Juror", "One Way to Love", "Framed", "Miss Grant Takes Richmond", "My Forbidden Past", "Flying Leathernecks", "The Half-Breed", etc.

Married twice. Was hostess of a TV quiz show with Bud collyer. Left the screen in 1952.

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Lead/co-star Helen Hayes (92) 1900-1993.

Remarkable actress, won Oscar best actress for "The Sin of Madelon Claudet", and for best support in "Airport". In "Arrowsmith", "A Farewell to Arms", "The White Sister", "Night Flight", "My Son John", "Anastasia" (Golden Globe nominee), "Herbie Rides Again" (Golden Globe nominee), "Candleshoe", etc.

Married 27 years to writer Charles MacArthur (adoptive parents of actor James MacArthur).

First lady of the American theater, she won 3 Tony Awards. Appeared on TVs "The Snoop Sisters". Won a total of 9 Emmy nominations.

 

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In memory of those who died this day October 10th:

Stage actress Pauline Lord in 1950 at age 60, French singing icon Edith Piaf in 1963 at age 47, show business great Eddie Cantor in 1964 at age 72, supporting actor Christopher Dark in 1971 at age 51, serial star Helen Gibson in 1977 at age 85, "Our Gang" member Billie 'Buckwheat' Thomas in 1980 at age 49, essential British actor Ralph Richardson in 1983 at age 80, essential actor/director Orson Welles in 1985 at age 70, Oscar winning actor Yul Brynner in 1985 at age 70, Character actor Rusty Lane in 1986 at age 87, Latino actor Carlos Thompson committed suicide in 1990 at age 67, singer/actress Teresa Graves in 2002 at age 54, dependable supporting actress Victoria Horne in 2003 at age 91, and the one and only 'Superman' Christopher Reeve in 2004 at age 52.

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Also Happy Birthday to Board Members "Gerb" and some Guy named MONGO!

 

Mongo (THE BIRTHDAY BOY ) ( & Bartlett )

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONGO!!!!

 

 

I wish to congratulate You on your Special day with the news, that the TCWebAdmin has informed me you are the most popular Board Member that other Board Members utilize the "Ignore Member" Function option ;) and with just cause!.......... LOL!

 

 

Seriously .................(That is what the WebAdmin told me!) ;) .............LOL!

 

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONGO! ( JOE ) on your very Special Day...... Have FUN & Plenty of LAUGHS!

 

 

 

 

 

Also although I haven't seen many posting's ( Last post July 10th, 2007 ) from this Board Member........if your out there.......Happy Birthday "Gerb" You also have fun on your Special Day !

 

 

( Also BOO! The NEW YORK YANKEES.....THEY SHOULD ALL BE WORKING FOR JIVE SOFTWARE...WHO ALSO SUCK :P )

 

Bartlett

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