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PostSubject: July 11 Birthday Wishes   Wed Jul 11, 2012 10:31 am

Thomas Mitchell [1892 - 1962]

Yul Brynner [1920 - 1985]

Gene Evans [1922 - 1998]

Tab Hunter [ 1931 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: July 11 Birthday Wishes   Wed Jul 11, 2012 3:28 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Thomas Mitchell was one of the great supporting actors of the 40's and 50's. First appearing in 1923 in Six Cylinder Love, he would go on to become one of the most famous character actors in history. He won his Academy Award for his performance as the drunken doctor in Stagecoach with John Wayne. He appeared as Scarlett O'Hara's father in the classic Gone With The Wind, along with the father role in The Fighting Sullivans. He had roles in .Mr Smith Goes To Washington, The Black Swan, Outlaw, It's A Wonderful World with Jimmy Stewart and in High Noon. He was one of the most in demand character actors in Hollywood, during his career.

Yul Brenner is one of the most iconic actors ever to appear on the big screen. He first shaved his head in 1951 for the broadway stage production of, The King And I, for which, in 1956, he won the Academy Award for his role in the subsequent film. He took on the role of Ramases II in the Cecil.B.DeMille classic, The Ten Commandments, along with Solomon And Sheba and Taurus Bulba. Then he decided he could do westerns and became the gunslinger, Chris in the western classic, The Magnificent Seven and it's sequel, Return Of The Seven, along with, invitation To A Gunfighter and a robotic repeat of this role in the sci-fi western, Westworld and Futureworld.
A little trivia about Yul Brenner. After he passed on in October 1985, his remains were shipped to Luze, France and he was interred at Saint-Michael-De-Bois-Aubry. A Russian Orthodox monastery.

Gene Evans got his start in 1947 and for a while, was a regular in war films, like Steel Helmets, Fix Bayonets and Hell And High Water, but he appeared in the western Cattle Queen Of Montana and was on his way to becoming one of the best western character actors ever. He followed that up with Gold Of The Seven Saints, The Bravados, The War Wagon, Support Your Local Sheriff, There Was A Crooked Man, Support Your Local Gunfighter, The Shadow riders along with playing tough detectives in many of the t.v. series popular during his career. His last performance was in the Willie Nelson western, Once Upon A Texas Train, which reunited him with Chuck Connors, Jack Elam, Richard Widmark, Angie Dickinson, Ken Curtis, Dub Taylor and a host of former western actors. Evans then retired to Jackson, Tennessee to become a gentleman farmer.

Tab Hunter first showed up around 1950, with a role in Lawless and Gunbelt, but it was the WW II film, Battle Cry that gained him national attention. he went on to make Gunman's Walk with Van Heflin, Track Of The Cat with Robert Mitchum and They Came To Cordura with Gary Cooper and Rita Hayworth. With his career winding down, he appeared in Lust In The Dust, which kick started his career again. I must admit, I was never a big fan of Hunters. There was just something about him that didn't ring true and towards the end of his career, he published his autobiography, detailing the fact that his affairs with Natalie Wood and Debbie Reynolds were just studio publicity and that in fact he had always been gay!!

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