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PostSubject: May 23 Birthday Wishes   Wed May 23, 2012 9:54 am

James Gleason [1882 - 1959]

Douglas Fairbanks [1883 - 1939]

Frank McHugh [1898 - 1981]

Scatman Crothers [1910 - 1986]

Ted Jordan [1924 - 2005]
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PostSubject: Re: May 23 Birthday Wishes   Wed May 23, 2012 1:03 pm

Howdy Manco!!

James Gleason was a character actor and screen writer during the early part of the 20th century. He appeared in such films as Arsenic And Old Lace and Night Of The Hunter and was nominated for the Academy Award For Best Supporting Actor for his role in, Here Comes .Mr Jordan.

Douglas Fairbanks .Sr was the father of Douglas Fairbanks .Jr, who became just as big a star as his father. Fairbanks .Sr's career was in silent films, between 1915-1934. He not only starred in but wrote and produced such films as, The Mark Of Zorro. The Thief Of Bagdad and Robin Hood. He was one of the original founders of United Artists Studios and hosted the very first Academy Awards. Like most of the silent screen stars, his career went into decline after the introduction of the "talkies".

Frank McHugh was an American actor who appeared in over 100 films, during a career that lasted from 1925- 1960's. He appeared in such films as Dodge City, The Roaring Twenties and Mighty Joe Young. He made his last film appearance in Easy Come, Easy Go in 1967.

Scatman Crothers was a jazz musician and actor. He made his first film appearance in 1953. He became friends with Jack Nicholson and appeared in 4 of Nicholson's films, such as, The King Of Marvin Gardens, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and The Shining. He appeared in several other films of note like Silver Streak with Gene Wilder. Although most will remember him best for his role as the garbageman on the t.v. series, Chico And The Man, with Jack Albertson, it is his role of the liveryman in The Shootist with the Duke, that I wll best remember him for.

Ted Jordan was a stunt man and character actor, whose career spanned from 1941-1981 in film and t.v. He appeared in films like Walking Tall, The Wrecking Crew, The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again and on many of the t.v. westerns like The High Chaparral and The Virginian. He appeared in over 120 episodes of Gunsmoke as Burke, one of the townspeople. A bit of trivia about .Mr Jordan. When gunsmoke debuted in 1955, it was Arvo Ojala,( famed holster maker and gun coach) who appeared as the man in black that Marshal Dillon shot at the beginning of the show. When Gunsmoke went to color film, the sequence had to be redone and it was Ted Jordan that became the man in black standing at the end of the street.

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PostSubject: Re: May 23 Birthday Wishes   Wed May 23, 2012 10:07 pm

Also born on May 25: Rosemary Clooney (George's aunt) whose only Western appearance apparently was the musical Red Garters. Modest representation in the genre, certainly, but a great American singer.

And Herbert Marshall, who played Jennifer Jones's father in Duel in the Sun.
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PostSubject: Re: May 23 Birthday Wishes   Wed May 23, 2012 11:48 pm

I remember watching James Gleason in The Bishop's Wife


(1947).
He was the taxi driver, Sylvester.
We watch this every Dec./ January. Great movie!

Another good one is "John Doe". James Gleason was in it as well.

I didn't know Rosemary Clooney was in a western. I remember her mostly for " White Christmas". Another great movie.

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PostSubject: Re: May 23 Birthday Wishes   Thu May 24, 2012 5:54 am

Scatman Crothers had a distinctive voice, and did a lot of voice acting, most notably for the cartoon Hong Kong Phooey.
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