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PostSubject: July 10 Birthday Wishes   Tue Jul 10, 2012 10:40 am

John Gilbert [1897 - 1936]

Thomas Gomez [1905 - 1971]

Nick Adams [1931 - 1968]

Mills Watson [1940 - ]

Robert Pine [1941 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: July 10 Birthday Wishes   Tue Jul 10, 2012 1:53 pm

Howdy Manco!!

John Gilbert was a silent screen star, who began his career in 1915. He appeared in many films between 1915-1934 and was considered to be Rudolph Valentino's biggest competition. Known as "the lover", he is probably better known for his off screen affairs with Greta Garbo and Marlene Dietrich. Gilbert was a hard drinker and died at the young age of 38 in 1934.

Thomas Gomez was an American character actor between the years 1942-1970. He appeared in a few westerns like, Frontier Badman, The Daltons Ride Again, Sombrero. He also appeared in the film that John Wayne hated, The Conqueror, with Susan Heyward. His last role was in the 1970 film, Beneath The Planet Of The Apes.

Nick Adams had roles in Rebel Without A Cause, Giant and several films of note during his short career. He was friends with James Dean AND Elvis Presley. His most successful effort came in the 50's western series, The Rebel, in which he played a wandering ex-Confederate soldier after the Civil War. After the series was canceled, Adams appeared in several of the popular t.v. series at the time. With his career winding down, Adams went to Japan to make several Japanese Monster films. After returning to the states, and missing a dinner appointment, he was found dead at his home, from an apparent overdose of prescription medication, at the age of 36. Nick Adams had a flair for the brooding western hero and it's a shame that neither he nor his agent recognized this.

Mills Watson first appeared in an episode of Gunsmoke in 1968. He is probably best remembered for his role of the Deputy on the t.v. series, B..J. And The Bear and the subsequent spinoff, The Misadventures Of Sheriff Lobo with Claude Akins. He had roles in The Last Ride Of The Daltons and There Was A Crooked Man with Henry Fonda and Kirk Douglas. From 1968-1992, Watson showed up on just about every t.v. series on. According to actor Ed Lauter , who you will remember as the Evil Roy Slade lookalike in the John Candy comedy western, Wagons East, Watson is living in Oregon now, on 22 acres and is as happy as a clam. Ironically, Watson's last appearance was also in a made for t.v. movie of, Gunsmoke, To The Last Man. I'm sorry to hear that he has retired. This actor has the unique ability to play not only a villain, but a very stupid and funny villain.

I guess I first saw Robert Pine, in the 1968 Civil War film, Journey To Shiloh, with Harrison Ford. Michael Burns and Michael Sarrazin. Ten years later, he showed up on the 1977-1983 hit t.v. series C.H.I.P.s as Sgt. Joseph Getrear, in the role he will probably be best remembered for. Along the way he appeared in The Apple Dumpling Gang, Helter Skelter, and Independance Day as Bill Pullman's chief of staff. Robert Pine is also the father of Chris Pine, who played a young James.T. Kirk in the recent movie, Star Trek.

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PostSubject: Re: July 10 Birthday Wishes   Tue Jul 10, 2012 6:10 pm

John Gilbert was one of the Silent era's most popular stars, but he didn't transition well into talkies because he had a high, effeminate sounding voice, which hurt him as a effective leading man.

One of my favorite things with Mills Watson was an episode of MASH, where he played a bigoted soldier that didn't want any blood donated by Blacks. So to teach him a lesson, Hawkeye and Trapper mixed up a dye, and dyed his skin brown, to make him think he turned into a Black man because of the blood he got, and got some of the bigotry thrown back at him.
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