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PostSubject: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 1:09 pm

Russell Simpson [1880 - 1959]

Ralph Bellamy [1904 - 1991]

Steve Raines [1916 - 1996]

Jerry Fielding [1922 - 1980]

William Lucking [1941 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 2:00 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Russell Simpson's career spanned from 1914-1959, in over 40 films, beginning with The Virginian in 1914. He was a member of the John Ford stock company of actors and appeared in 10 films by Ford, such as My Darling Clementine, The Grapes Of Wrath as Pa Joad and his last was The Horse Soldiers, in 1959.

Actor Ralph Bellamy's career reminds me of Ray Milland. Like Milland, Ralph Bellamy seemed to continue in films F-O-R-E-V-E-R.
First appearing in 1933, he continued acting in films, like Sunrise At Campobello, Rosemary's Baby, the original Wolfman with Lon Chaney .jr, The Ghost Of Frankenstein, Trading Places with Don Ameche, The Professionals with Lee Marvin and Burt Lancaster. He hosted a western t.v. series titled Frontier Justice and finally , after 59 years, appearing in Pretty Woman with Richard Gere and Julia Roberts in 1990. He was one of the most prolific actors ever and that can be attributed to his immense talent at any role he chose.

Steve Raines appeared in about 10 films during his career, several of which were westerns, including Drums Across The Mohawk and Shane. He also appeared in several t.v. westerns like Maverick, The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp and his final appearance on Gunsmoke. He will be best remembered for the role of Jim Quince on the long running t.v. series, Rawhide.

Jerry Fielding was a Hollywood record producer. band leader. orchestra conducter and film music composer from the 40's thru the 60's. He composed the music for The Outlaw Josey Wales, The Wild Bunch and the Oscar winning Straw Dogs. He also composed the themes for several t.v. series, like McHale's Navy, Hogan's Heroes, The Bionic Woman and even did a couple of episodes of the original Star Trek, like The Trouble With Tribbles

William Lucking is a character actor, who has appeared in many films of note, such as The Magnificent Seven Ride, Return Of A Man Called Horse, Wild Rovers, Mountain Men, Erin Brokovich and has also appeared in many t.v. series like, Mission Impossible, Bonanza, Kung Fu, Gunsmoke. He will be best remembered for his role of Piney Winston on The Sons Of Anarchy.

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PostSubject: Re: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 4:11 pm

Pards, just want to let you know the Manco asked me to fill in for him from Monday to Friday. I may not get the birthdays posted as early in the day as he does, but I'll do my best. So don't string me up!

Two more pards with celebrating their birthday today:


Thomas Haden Church (1960-)


Jason Patric (1966-)
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PostSubject: Re: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 5:00 pm

Bill Lucking appeared as Esau Wakefield, one of Abraham Wakefield (Morgan Woodward) sons in the opening episode of the last season of Gunsmoke titled "Matt Dillon Must Die". This was written by my brother Ray with the title of "A Cold Day's Run", but the network wanted the title of "Matt Dillon Must Die." Lucking was and is a talented actor.
Steve Raines, in addition to his acting career, was also a stunt man and worked a lot in that capacity.
Russell Simpson was one of those great character actors that they don't have any more. He played in soooo many westerns (and other films) that he probably hold one of the longest career in movies records. I will always remember him as Pa Joad....he and Jane Darwell worked so well together in Grapes of Wrath. He would tell the two children in that movie (Darryl Hickman & Shirley Mills) funny tales while they wrre waiting on the set. He would put each kid on one knee or the other and tell them these really tall tales. I can't remember the details, but one was how tapioca was made. Wish I remembered it because it would make you laugh.
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PostSubject: Re: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:21 pm

Howdy Pards!!

I first saw Thomas Haden Church on the U.S.A. 90's t.v. series, Wings , as the nitwit aircraft mechanic. The next time I saw him was in 3000 Miles To Graceland with Kurt Russell, as a smart mouthed Federal agent after Kevin Costner. When he popped up in Broken Trail with the great Robert Duval. I couldn't believe they would pair Duval with such a rookie in western films. I was pleasantly surprised. Thomas not only pulled it off, but I felt he actually added to the film with his down to earth character.

Jason Patric is another inexperienced western actor, but in the film , Geronimo, again with Robert Duval, he made me believe his character of a Army officer, who understood the persecution of the Apache Indians by his superiors. Geronimo spent most of the rest of his life in the swamps of Florida. Keep in mind, in the 1870's, Florida was mostly wetlands and the beautiful beaches it is now famous for, were covered in stumps, fallen trees and flotsam from hurricanes.

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PostSubject: Re: June 17 Birthday Wishes   Sun Jun 17, 2012 11:31 pm

Ed, Thomas Haden Church wasn't so much a rookie in Westerns when he co-starred in Broken Trail. Before that he played Billy Clanton in Tombstone.
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