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PostSubject: April 19 Birthday Wishes   Thu Apr 19, 2012 10:55 am

George O'Brien [1899 - 1985]

Hugh O'Brian [1925 - ]

Rhodes Reason [1930 - ]

Dick Sargent [1930 - 1994]

Jayne Mansfield [1933 - 1967]

Elinor Donahue [1937 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: April 19 Birthday Wishes   Thu Apr 19, 2012 11:14 am

Howdy Manco!!

George O'Brian was a 1920's actor, who made the transition from silent films to talkies. He was an assistant cameraman for Tom Mix and Buck Jones before becoming an actor. John Ford cast him in The Iron Horse and he was on his way to stardom in the 30's. He would appear in 2 more Ford films later, Fort Apache and Cheyenne Autumn. He died in Broken Arrow Oklahoma.

Hugh O'Brian has appeared in a couple of western films during his career, like Lawless Breed and White Feather, but it is the t.v. series, The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp that he will always be remembered for. O'Brian was a friend of the Duke's and was the last man that the Duke killed on screen in Wayne's last film, The Shootist.

Rhodes Reason is the younger brother of Rex Reason of the 50's t.v. series Johnny Ringo fame. He bears a stong resemblance to his older brother and is often mistaken for him. Rhodes has appeared in the 50's series Death Valley Days, Maverick and Tombstone Territory. He is currently retired.

Dick Sargent has appeared in The Great Locomotive Chase and Operation Petticoat, but it is the role of Darren on the '50's t.v. series Bewitched, in which he replaced actor Dick York that he will be best remembered for. A little trivia about Dick Sargent. After he replaced York on the series, I'm sure that like I also felt, there were many folks that resented his taking the place of Dick York on this established series. Little did I and the other folks know, that Dick Sargent had originally been offered the role FIRST, but had been under contract to Universal Studios at the time and was unable to accept it.

Jayne Mansfield was one of the three most famous platinum blonde sex symbols of the 50's and 60's, along with Marilyn Monroe and Mamie Van Doren. She appeared in the film, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter with Rock Hudson and The Girl Can't Help it. She also starred in the comedy western, The Sheriff Of Fractured Jaw. A little macabre trivia about Mansfield. She was killed in an accident in Louisiana in June 1967, when the limo she was traveling in, rear ended a tractor-trailer truck in the fog. Someone spotted her blonde wig on the dash of the limo and so began the rumor that she had been decapitated in the accident.

Elinor Donahue has appeared in many t.v. sitcoms over the years, even being featured as Andy Taylor's girl friend pharmacist, on the Andy Griffith show, but is the role of Betty Anderson on the 50's t.v. series, Father Knows Best with Robert Young, Jane Wyatt, Billy Grey and Lauren Chapin, that she will always be remembered as. I watched her for years as a child on the old b/w t.v. set, never realizing that she was a natural redhead.

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PostSubject: Re: April 19 Birthday Wishes   Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:37 pm

It was Man Without a Gun that Rex Reason starred in. Don Durant was Johnny Ringo. Rhodes Reason (after his film work was over) toured the country playing Daddy Warbucks (think that's the chararacter name) in the stage production of Annie. Hugh O'Brian was in one of the early memories of going to the drive-in theater as a little kid in "Rocketship X-M". Enjoyed his work in all those old westerns he did at Universal before going over to the lawman role in TV. He told me that the bad guys were always more fun to play. When you see him in Man From the Alamo he said he was wearing a wig cause they shaved his head for Seminole. Jim and I had the pleasure of having lunch with Elinor Donahue and her husband a number of years back. A nice couple they are. And on the old forum I posted a funny story concerning George O'Brien and John Ford...they played some mighty humorous jokes on one another.
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PostSubject: Re: April 19 Birthday Wishes   Thu Apr 19, 2012 1:57 pm

Howdy Tom!!

Sorry bout that, chief!! Don Durant did play the role of Johnny Ringo. I guess Durant just looked so much like Rhodes Reason that I assumed it was the older brother Rex, in the old series.

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