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PostSubject: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Mon Jun 18, 2012 4:15 pm

Keye Luke (1904-1991)

Dick Foran (1910-1979)

E.G. Marshall (1914-1998)

Ross Elliott (1917-1999)



Richard Boone (1917-1981)

Isabella Rossellini (1952-)
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PostSubject: Re: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:12 pm

Howdy Tinhorn!!

Keye Luke was a Chinese/Cantonese actor, who was active in films starting with the role of "number one son" in the 1930's Charlie Chan serials and actually replaced the actor and became Charlie Chan in later films. He also was the original 'Kato" in the 40's green Hornet films. He had a regular role as a laundryman on the ole Annie Oakley t.v. series. He has appeared in many films, like The Chairman with Gregory Peck and has narrated several of the Japanese monster films, like Rodan. His most recent appearances were in the 2 Gremlin films. Personally, I will remember Luke best, for his role of "Master Po" in the long running t.v. series, Kung Fu with David Carradine.

Dick Foran started out as a lead singer for a band and then formed his own orchestra. He became famous for his singing cowboy westerns during the 30's and 40's, such as Moonlight On The Prairie, Song Of The Saddle, Empty Holsters and Ride'um Cowboy. If memory serves, he wore a big white stetson and rode a golden Palomino and had a pretty good baritone voice. He also appeared with the Duke in Donovan's Reef. During the 50's, he was in several episodes of Science Fiction Theater and he also appeared in Maverick and The Swamp Fox. His final appearance in film, was in Brighty Of Grand Canyon in 1967.

E.G.Marshall was in numerous films during his career, like The Caine Mutiny, Broken Lance, The Bridge At Remagan, and Tora, Tora, Tora, but he will be best remembered for his starring roles in the t.v. series, The Defenders and The Bold Ones, The New Doctors. I will always remember him for his role of juror #4 in the original 12 Angry Men with Henry Fonda, Ed Begley, Lee.J.Cobb, Edward Binns, Jack Klugman, Jack Warden etc and the problem he had remembering the 2nd film he had recently watched.

Ross Elliott began his career with Orson Wells in the Mercury Theater radio production of War Of The Worlds. He has appeared in over 100 t.v. series like The Lone Ranger, Meet McGraw, Dragnet, including a recurring role on Blue Angels and the role he will probably be best remembered for, as Sheriff Abbott on The Virginian.

Richard Boone was one the best western actors to ever appear on the silver screen. He appeared in The Tall T with Randolph Scott and in the film, Hombre with Paul Newman. He made 3 films with John Wayne, The Alamo, Big Jake and The Shootist. He had 3-4 t.v. series, the most famous, is a role that was offered to Randolph Scott, who turned it down and gave the script to Boone. It was the script for Have Gun Will Travel and his role of Paladin on the 6 season show. Later, he took on The Richard Boone Show and lastly, a series I would like to see on dvd, Hec Ramsey. Good guy or bad guy, Richard Boone could play them both and make you believe him.

Isabella Rossillini is the Italian born daughter of renowned actress Ingrid Bergman. She was formerly a model, who broke into film with her appearance in White Nights. She has also appeared in such films as Blue Velvet, the remake of Monte Walsh, Wyatt Earp and the film I best remember her for, as the beauty who sold both Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn the youth formula in the comedy Death Becomes Her.

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PostSubject: Re: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Mon Jun 18, 2012 6:40 pm

Keye Luke was No. 1 Son Lee Chan to Werner Oland's Charlie Chan. When Sidney Toler played Charlie Chan, he was joined by his No. 2 Son, Jimmy Chan, played by Victor Sen Yung (Hop Sing from Bonanza).

I was first introduced to Dick Foran in the Universal horror film The Mummy's Hand, with George Zucco and Tom Tyler as the mummy Kharis. Was I surprised later on when I saw him singing in Fort Apache, as I had no idea he was a singer (the same surprise I got when I saw Ken Curtis singing in Rio Grande).
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PostSubject: Re: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Mon Jun 18, 2012 9:46 pm

Howdy Tinhorn!!

Pard, if it surprised you to see Ken Curtis sing in Rio Grande, you'll be even more surprised to learn that Ken Curtis was a member of The Sons Of The Pioneers. It was none other than Ken Curtis that introduced the song, Drifting Along With The Tumbling Tumbleweeds, to the American public. He was also the lead singer for the legendary Tommy Dorsey orchestra. He was actually born in Colorado and his real name was Curtis Gates.. His father was the town Sheriff and he later said that he patterened the character of Festus on a local character named Cedar Jack. Curtis was also the son-in-law of the great John Ford, hence a member of the John Ford stock company of actors. He not only could sing, but he was a very handsome actor, which begs the question, what was he thinking, when he took on the grungy, unkempt role of Festus in Gunsmoke?? When the t.v. movie, Gunsmoke, Return To Dodge, was being cast, the producer later claimed that Ken demanded twice Amanda Blake's salary. Ken's side of the story, was that he was offered an insultingly low salary for the film and he refused. His last role was as rancher, Seaborn Tay, in the 1991, Sam Elliott western, Conagher. Curtis died in April, 1991 at the age of 74.

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PostSubject: Re: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Mon Jun 18, 2012 10:57 pm

Ed, that's the Sons of the Pioneers in the movie Rio Grande. And if I'm not mistaken, Ken Curtis replaced Frank Sinatra in Tommy Dorsey's band.

When I was about 8 yrs. old, back about 1973 or so, my brothers would turn on the radio and listen to a mystery show hosted by E.G. Marshall when we were supposed to be asleep. Listening to that show with the lights out was really spooky!

I first heard of Richard Boone when he was in Hec Ramsey, and it was later on when I saw reruns of Have Gun Will Travel and The Alamo, as well as his other films. He wasn't the most handsome guy, but what a great actor!
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PostSubject: Re: June 18 Birthday Wishes   Tue Jun 19, 2012 2:11 am

Happy birthday to all of the above, especially the immortal Paladin!


Chiming in with one more: Kim Dickens, Deadwood's Joanie Stubbs.
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