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PostSubject: May 7 Birthday Wishes   Mon May 07, 2012 10:14 am

Gabby Hayes [1885 - 1969]

Gary Cooper [1901 - 1961]

Darren McGavin [1922 - 2006]

Anne Baxter [1923 - 1985]


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PostSubject: Re: May 7 Birthday Wishes   Mon May 07, 2012 4:30 pm

Howdy Manco!!

George"Gabby"Hayes was the most popular western sidekick of'um all. He was partnered with Hopalong Cassidy between the years of 1935-1939 as Windy Halliday and left that film studio because of a salary contract dispute. The original studio still held the trademark to the name, so ole Gabby changed the name of his role to Gabby Whitaker. He was partnered with John Wayne for about 15 films, along with Randolph Scott, then moved on to Gene Autry and Roy Rogers' partner"Gabby Hayes". He also had 2 t.v. series during his lifetime. Most folks don't know that Gabby was actually a well spoken man, but he figured out early, that he needed a gimmick. So. he learned how to project his voice from his throat through his nose and "Voila", the western sidekick who voiced such phrases as "yer dern tootin" and" dadgum persnickitiy female" etc. If you practice it a little, you will figure out how he did it.

Gary Cooper was a Hollywood icon and a 2 time Academy Award winner for the films, Sergeant York and High Noon. His film career spanned over 30 years and he starred in some of the classic westerns of all time, such as The Westerner, The Hanging Tree, Vera Cruz, Along Came Jones, High Noon, They Came To Cordura and too many more to list here. He was the studio's choice to play Rhett Butler in Gone With The Wind, but turned the role down, because he said it would be a flop and he wanted to see Clark Gable( who the part eventually went to) fall on his face. Cooper pased on in May 1961, but is still considered one of the top 5 western actors of all time by many.

Darren McGavin has always been one of my favorite actors, since the 1st time I saw him in his 1st t.v. series, Mike Hammer during the 50's. He had at least 2 more series during his career, Riverboat with Burt Reynolds and Kolchak, The Night Stalker. He was another of those rare actors, who could switch from lead actor to character/supporting actor with no problem. He did appear in a couple of western films, like Bullet For A Badman, The Great Sioux Massacre, Hot Lead And Cold Feet and on many of the 60,s and 70's western t.v. series. He had a great part in Robert Redford's, The Natural, but most folks will probably remember him best from the classic, A Christmas Story, which he did in 1983.

Anne Baxter was in a couple of westerns, like Yellow Sky with Gregory Peck, Ticket To Tomahawk and The Outcasts Of Poker Flats, but it is the films, The Magnificent Ambersons, for which she won a Best Supporting Actress Award and the role of Queen Nefretiri in The Ten Commandments with Charleston Heston and Yul Brenner that she will be best remembered for.

James Mitchum is the oldest son of actor Robert Mitchum and bears a striking resemblance to his father, which probably hurt his career in Hollywood. He is also the older brother of Chris Mitchum, who you will remember from Big Jake. James appeared as a child in Colorado Territory and as the younger brother of his father, in Thunder Road. He also appeared in, In Harm's Way, but it is the cult classic that was filmed in Lake Toxaway and Asheville N.C., Thunder Road, that he will probably be best remembered for.

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