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PostSubject: May 31 Birthday Wishes   Thu May 31, 2012 10:16 am

Jack Holt [1888 - 1951]

Douglas Fowley [1911 - 1998]

Robert Clarke [1920 - 2005]

Clint Eastwood [1930 - ]

Tom Berenger [1949 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: May 31 Birthday Wishes   Thu May 31, 2012 12:40 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Jack Holt was a silent screen star, who made the transition to "talkies" and made many films for Columbia Studios, until Holt had a falling out with Harry Coen( the same nitwit that caused John Wayne to swear to never make another film for Columbia). Holt appeared in a couple of westerns like, The Thundering Herd and My Pal Trigger. He is also the father of Tim Holt, another western star of the 40's and 50's. Jack Holt has a small part as a vagrant, in the classic film Treasure Of The Sierra Madre with his son Tim.

Douglas Fowley appeared in over 240 films and was a regular on 2 t.v. series during his career. Some will remember him best for his role of Doc Holliday on the series The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp or the short lived series, Pistols And Petticoats and others will remember him best in the role of the director in the classic film, Singing In The Rain. One role that always comes to mind, is the role of a hermit , he played in the Robert Mitchum western, The Good Guys And The Bad Guys.

Robert Clarke was an actor, writer, producer and director, who will probably be best remembered for his roles in several sci-fi films like, The Man From Planet X, The Incredible Petrified World, The Hideous Sun Demon and a few others. He let it be known later in life, that he made The Hideous Sun Demon for 50 thousand dollars, including 5 hundred dollars for the rubber lizard suit he wore and he made the film on 12 weekends. Later on in his career, he mostly appeared as a guest star on t.v. series through the 80's.

Clint Eastwood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Believe it or not, I saw this guy in his FIRST appearance on film, in a 15 second bit part role of a lab technician in, Revenge Of The Creature, in 1955, when he was 25 years old. This and a few other bit parts led to his being cast as Rowdy Yates in the 50's t.v. series Rawhide. During the summer, he took on a role that Charles Bronson had turned down, for the part of a nameless bounty hunter in a spaghetti western directed by some guy named Sergio Leone!!!!! The name of the film was, A Fistfull Of Dollars. Eastwood would return to Italy/Spain for 2 more of these Leone directed films in For A Few Dollars More and The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly in which he played the same character, whose name we finally discovered was "Manco"!! Shortly therafter, Eastwood formed his own production company"Malpaso Productions" and continued with Hang'um High, Coogan's Bluff, High Plains Drifter, Pale Rider, The Oulaw Josey Wales, Bronco Billy and finally, Unforgiven, which won several Academy Awards for Best Director, Best Supporting Actor etc. While doing all of this, he found time to create the "Dirty Harry" films, like Magnum Force, The Dead Pool, Sudden Impact etc and his 2 highest grossing films, Every Which Way But Loose and Any Which Way You Can. THEN he decided, he could also direct!!!! He proved it with Mystic River, Million Dollar Baby and Letters From Iwo Jima.. He's made a few forgettable films, like The Bridges Of Madison County, and Bird, but by and large, he is one of the most talented actors. directors,song writers and music scorers to ever hit Hollywood!! The last time I saw him, he was trying to shoot up a bunch of hoodlums in Grand Torino. Happy 82nd Birthday Clint!!!!! When all is said and done, they'll have to include you with the likes of, John Wayne, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, William Holden and Alan Ladd.

Like Clint Eastwood, Tom Berenger is starting to get a little long in the tooth now, but hey, when Eastwood was 63, he was just starting to hit his stride!! Berenger has appeared in several films of note, like The Johnson County War, The Last Of The Dogmen, Gettysburg, and the western spoof, Rustlers Rhapsody, along with the 2 comedies, Major League and it's sequel, Major League II, and The Sniper series of films. He also starred on a short lived, Canadian made, western t.v. series titled, Peacemakers, which I enjoyed. I've just finished watching the Hatfields And The McCoys, in which Berenger was cast in the role of murderous Vance Hatfield and although a very different type of role for Tom, he pulled it off very well. A very talented western actor who also does well in other genre.

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PostSubject: Re: May 31 Birthday Wishes   Thu May 31, 2012 5:50 pm

One of the first movies I'd seen Tom Berenger in was Butch & Sundance: The Early Days as a young Robert Leroy Parker. The next one I'd seen him in was Eddie and the Cruisers as the kid who wrote the songs that Eddie Wilson a rock and roll legend, until Eddie's girlfriend fell in love with him. But the role that stands out for him was Sgt. Barnes in Platoon. He has never been typecast, the sign of a very good actor.
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