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GET THAT MAN (1935) Wallace Ford – Leon Ames

Life becomes very complicated when a cab driver discovers he is the spitting image of a dead heir to a fortune.

 

On this Day in Movie History, June 26, 2001: Wishbone Dies

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On this day, June 26, 2001 Soccer a Jack Russell Terrier dog actor best known for portraying the talking dog Wishbone in the PBS television series of the same name. He was thirteen years old. A veteran of many television commercials for companies like Nike Athletics and Mighty Dog Dog Food, he was chosen from out of more than 100 dogs who auditioned for the role. Soccer appeared in almost every episode of the show during its 1995-1998 run. He lived with his trainer, Jackie Martin Kaptan, on the Plano, Texas ranch where the Wishbone series was filmed.

Soccer’s role as Wishbone was considered by many to be one of the most beloved TV dogs of the 1990s.

Birthdays
1904 – Peter Lorre (László Löwenstein) (actor: The Maltese Falcon, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, Casablanca, The Raven; died Mar 23, 1964)

1922 – Eleanor Parker (actress: The Sound of Music, Of Human Bondage, Caged, The Man with the Golden Arm, Dead on the Money)

1934 – Dave Grusin (composer: film scores: On Golden Pond, Heaven Can Wait, Tootsie)

1951 – Pamela Bellwood (actress: Airport ’77, Dynasty, Double Standard, Cellar Dweller, Deadman’s Curve, Choices of the Heart)

1956 – Chris Isaak (actor: Little Buddha, Silence of the Lambs, Married to the Mob, Twin Peaks; singer, songwriter: Wicked Game, Blue Hotel, LP: Silvertone)

1970 – Chris O’Donnell (actor: The Three Musketeers, Dead Poets Society, Scent of a Woman, Fried Green Tomatoes, Circle of Friends, Batman Forever, Batman & Robin, The Bachelor, Vertical Limit)

1970 – Matthew Letscher (actor: The Mask of Zorro)

1980 – Jason Schwartzman (actor: Rushmore, Slackers; musician: group: Phantom Planet)

 

Unknown World (1951) Bruce Kellogg – Jim Bannon

A group of researchers explore deep below the Earths surface in search of a inhabitable subterranean environment for the survivors of nuclear war to live in.

 

On this Day in Movie History, June 25, 2009: Farrah Fawcett Dies

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On this day, June 25, 2009 American actress and artist Ferrah Leni “Farrah” Fawcett died. Born February 2, 1947 she was a multiple Golden Globe and Emmy Award nominee.

Fawcett rose to international fame when she first appeared as private investigator Jill Munroe in the first season of the television series Charlie’s Angels in 1976. Fawcett later appeared off-Broadway to critical approval and in highly rated and critically acclaimed television movies, in roles often challenging (The Burning Bed; Nazi Hunter: The Beate Klarsfeld Story; Poor Little Rich Girl: The Barbara Hutton Story; Double Exposure: The Story of Margaret Bourke-White) and sometimes unsympathetic (Small Sacrifices).

Fawcett was a sex symbol whose iconic poster, released the same year Charlie’s Angels premiered, broke sales records, making her an international pop culture icon. Her hairstyle was emulated by young women in the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1996, Fawcett was ranked #26 on TV Guide’s “50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time” list.

Fawcett died at approximately 9:28 am, PDT on June 25, 2009, in the intensive care unit of Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, with O’Neal and Stewart by her side. Her death was overshadowed by the death of Michael Jackson.

Birthdays
1887 – George Abbott (director: Damn Yankees, The Pajama Game, Too Many Girls; died Jan 31, 1995)

1906 – Roger Livesey (actor: Of Human Bondage, The Entertainer; died Feb 4, 1976)

1915 – Peter Lind Hayes (Joseph Conrad Lind) (actor: The 5000 Fingers of Dr. T, Zis Boom Bah!, Peter Loves Mary [w/wife, Mary Healy]; died Apr 21, 1998)

1924 – Sidney Lumet (director: Twelve Angry Men, Serpico, Deathtrap, Dog Day Afternoon, Network, The Pawnbroker, Family Business, Playhouse 90, Gloria; died Apr 9, 2011)

1925 – June Lockhart (actress: Lassie, Lost in Space, Petticoat Junction, Deadly Games, The Big Picture, The Yearling, Meet Me in St. Louis)

1947 – Jimmie Walker (actor, comedian: Good Times, B.A.D. Cats, Airplane!, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York)

1975 – Linda Cardellini (actress: Good Burger, Scooby-Doo, La La Wood, Legally Blonde, Dying to Live, Dead Man on Campus)

 

THE BAT (Silent 1926) George Beranger – Charles Herzinger

The Bat (1926) is a silent film based on the 1920 hit Broadway The Bat by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood, directed by Roland West and starring Jack Pickford and Louise Fazenda. The story takes place in an old mansion, where people look for hidden loot while a caped killer (nicknamed “The Bat”) murders them one by one.

Director Roland West remade his film four years later as The Bat Whispers (1930), with Chester Morris and Una Merkel. A 1959 remake, The Bat, starred Vincent Price and Agnes Moorehead.

Comic-book creator Bob Kane said in his 1989 autobiography Batman and Me that the villain of the 1930 film The Bat Whispers was an inspiration for his character Batman.[1]

 

On this Day in Movie History, June 21, 1921: Jane (Ernestine) Russell Born

Jane Russell

American film actress and one of Hollywood’s leading sex symbols in the 1940s and 1950s, Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell was born on this day June 21, 1921.

Russell’s first film role was in 1943 with The Outlaw. In 1947 she delved into music before returning to films. After starring in multiple films in the 1950s, Russell again returned to music while completing several other films in the 1960s. She starred in more than 20 films throughout her career.

She received several accolades for her achievements in films, including having her hand- and foot-prints immortalized in the forecourt of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, and having a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Birthdays
1859 – Henry Tanner (artist: one of the first black artists to be exhibited in galleries throughout the U.S.: The Banjo Lesson; died May 25, 1937)

1921 – Judy Holliday (Tuvim) (actress: Adam’s Rib, Bells are Ringing, Born Yesterday, It Should Happen to You; died June 7, 1965)

1921 – Jane (Ernestine) Russell (actress: Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Outlaw, Paleface, The Road to Bali; activist for homeless children; died Feb 28, 2011)

1925 – Maureen Stapleton (Academy Award-winning actress: Reds [1981]; A View from the Bridge, Bye, Bye Birdie, Cocoon: The Return; theatre at Hudson Valley Community College name for her; died Mar 13, 2006)

1933 – Bernie Kopell (actor: The Love Boat, Get Smart, Love American Style, When Things were Rotten, Combat High, Sunset Beach, Bug Buster)

1935 – Monte Markham (actor: The Second Hundred Years, Baywatch, Rituals, Dallas, Perry Mason, Mr. Deeds Goes to Town, At First Sight, Judgment Day, Hotline, Guns of the Magnificent Seven)

1938 – Ron Ely (Ronald Pierce) (actor: Tarzan, Slavers, Doc Savage; host: Miss America Pageant)

1940 – Mariette Hartley (actress: Encino Man, Silence of the Heart, Improper Channels; TV hostess; commercials: Polaroid)

1941 – Joe Flaherty (Emmy Award-winning writer: SCTV Network 90 [1983]; actor: Second City TV, Maniac Mansion. Happy Gilmore, A Pig’s Tale, Who’s Harry Crumb, Back to the Future, Part 2, Speed Zone, Stripes, Used Cars, Tunnelvision)

1947 – Meredith Baxter (actress: Family Ties, Bridget Loves Bernie, Til Murder Do Us Part)

1947 – Michael Gross (actor: Family Ties, Firestorm: 72 Hours in Oakland, In the Heat of Passion 2: Unfaithful)

1954 – Robert Pastorelli (actor: I Married a Centerfold, Beverly Hills Cop II, Murphy Brown, Dances with Wolves, Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, Striking Distance, Eraser, South Pacific [2001]; died Mar 8, 2004)

1958 – Eric Douglas (actor: The Flamingo Kid, Delta Force 3: The Killing Game; died July 6, 2004)

1964 – Sammi Davis-Voss (actress: The Lair of the White Worm, Hope and Glory, Homefront)

1964 – Doug Savant (actor: Melrose Place, Maniac Cop 3: Badge of Silence, Shaking the Tree, Red Surf, Masquerade, Godzilla [1998])

1973 – Juliette Lewis (actress: Cape Fear, Husbands and Wives, Natural Born Killers, Romeo is Bleeding, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape?, My Stepmother is an Alien, Too Young to Die, I Married Dora)

 

On this Day in Movie History, June 20, 1967: Nicole (Mary) Kidman Born

Nicole-Kidman

Nicole Mary Kidman, AC (born 20 June 1967) is an Australian actress, singer and film producer. Kidman’s film career began in 1983. She starred in various Australian film and television productions until her breakthrough in the 1989 thriller Dead Calm. Kidman’s other notable films include To Die For (1995), Eyes Wide Shut (1999), The Others (2001), Cold Mountain (2003), The Interpreter (2005) and Australia (2008). Her performance in 2010’s Rabbit Hole (which she also produced) earned Kidman further accolades, including a third Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 2012, she earned her first Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie for her role in Hemingway & Gellhorn.

Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994 and for UNIFEM since 2006. In 2006, Kidman was made a Companion of the Order of Australia, and was also the highest-paid actress in the motion picture industry. As a result of being born to Australian parents in Hawaii, Kidman has dual citizenship in Australia and the United States.

Kidman founded and owns the production company Blossom Films.

Birthdays
1909 – Errol (Leslie Thomson) Flynn (actor: Captain Blood, In the Wake of the Bounty, The Charge of the Light Brigade, The Adventures of Robin Hood, Too Much Too Soon; autobiography: My Wicked, Wicked Ways; died Oct 14, 1959)

1928 – Martin Landau (Academy Award-winning supporting actor: Ed Wood [1994]; Mission Impossible, Crimes and Misdemeanors, Tucker: The Man and His Dreams, By Dawn�s Early Light, Mistress, North by Northwest, Pork Chop Hill)

1931 – Olympia Dukakis (Academy Award-winning actress: Moonstruck [1987]; Steel Magnolias, Working Girl, The Cemetery Club, Death Wish, Look Who’s Talking; cousin of U.S. presidential nominee, Michael Dukakis)

1931 – James Tolkan (actor: Dick Tracy, Back to the Future, Serpico, Mary, The Hat Squad, Cobra)

1933 – Danny Aiello (Daniel Louis Aiello, Jr.) (actor: Lady Blue, Moonstruck, Do the Right Thing, Ruby, Mistress, Me and the Kid, The Cemetery Club, The Pickle, The Godfather Part 2, Fort Apache, The Bronx, Harlem Nights, Dellaventura)

1933 – Brett Halsey (actor: Black Cat, Dangerous Obsession, Twice-Told Tales, Return to Peyton Place, The Crash of Flight 401)

1934 – Rossana Podesta (actress: The Sensual Man, Sodom and Gomorrah)

1940 – John Mahoney (actor: Frasier, Cheers, The Human Factor, Primal Fear, In the Line of Fire, The Hudsucker Proxy, The Ten Million Dollar Getaway, Love Hurts, The Russia House, Tin Men, Moonstruck, The Manhattan Project)

1947 – Candy Clark (actress: American Graffiti, Handle with Care, The Big Sleep, National Lampoon Goes to the Movies, Johnny Belinda, Blue Thunder, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Radioland Murders, Niagara, Niagara)

1952 – John Goodman (actor: Roseanne, The Flintstones, The Babe, King Ralph, Born Yesterday, Matinee, Raising Arizona, The Big Lebowski, Blues Brothers 2000, What Planet Are You From?, O Brother, Where Art Thou?)

1964 – Michael Landon Jr. (actor: Bonanza: The Return, Bonanza: The Ghosts)

1967 – Nicole (Mary) Kidman (Academy Award-winning actress [The Hours (2003)]; Days of Thunder, Far and Away, Malice, Batman Forever, Billy Bathgate, The Portrait of a Lady, Eyes Wide Shut, Practical Magic, Moulin Rouge)

 
 
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