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PostSubject: August 5 Birthday Wishes   Sun Aug 05, 2012 10:38 am

John Huston [1906 - 1987]

Robert Taylor [1911 - 1969]

Joan Weldon [1933 - ]

John Saxon [1935 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: August 5 Birthday Wishes   Sun Aug 05, 2012 11:14 am

Also today

Tom Drake (1918-1982)

Maureen McCormick (1956-)
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PostSubject: Re: August 5 Birthday Wishes   Sun Aug 05, 2012 5:10 pm

Howdy Manco!!

John Huston was a legendary director, screenwriter and an occassional actor in his own films. Warner Bros. gave him his big break in 1948, when they allowed him to direct Humphrey Bogart in, The Treasure Of The Sierra Madre. Huston won 2 Academy Awards for best Director and Best Screenplay for this film. He also directed many other classics, like The African Queen, The Red Badge Of Courage, and The Maltese Falcon. He directed his own father, Walter Huston in Treasure Of The Sierra Madre, for which Walter won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor and he also directed his daughter, Angelica Huston (who you will best remember as "Clara", in the original Lonesome Dove) to an Oscar in Prizzi's Honor. I will best remember him as Noah, in another of his films, The Bible, In The Beginning.

Robert Taylor was one of the most popular actors in Hollywood during the 40's and 50's. Although his career actually began in 1934, he became a box office star, with his role in Billy The Kid, in 1941, in which he played the title role. He would next star in Quo Vadis, then Ivanhoe and would again visit westerns with Westward The Women, Saddle The Wind, The Law And Jake Wade and Cattle King. When his career began to wane, he took on the lead in the t.v. series, The Detectives and after Ronald Reagan left, Taylor began to narrate the hit t.v. series, Death Valley Days. During his prime, Taylor was considered by many to be the most handsome man in Hollywood. He died at the young age of 57 from lung cancer.

Joan Weldon began her career as a singer for the San Francisco Grand Opera Company. She was signed to a contract by Warner Bros. and appeared in several westerns like Day Of The Badman, The Stranger Wore A Gun and Gunsight Ridge and also appeared in several t.v. westerns, like Maverick, Colt .45 and Have Gun Will Travel. She will probably best remembered best for her role in the James Arness sci-fi film, Them.

John Saxon has been around since the mid 50's, when he appeared in the Burt Lancaster film, The Unforgiven as a half breed. He co-starred with Marlon Brando in The Appaloosa and also appeared with Clint Eastwood in Joe Kidd. He has appeared as one of 3 lead actors in the t.v. series, The Bold Ones, The New Doctors. More recently, he has appeared in From Dusk Till Dawn and a couple of the Nightare On Elm Street films.

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PostSubject: Re: August 5 Birthday Wishes   Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:06 pm

Ed, John Huston's directorial debut was The Maltese Falcon (1941). As an actor, he appeared in over 50 films, dating back to 1929. Ed remembers as Noah in The Bible. I remember him as a different Noah, that being Noah Cross in Chinatown.

Robert Taylor starred in a good many films, a lot of Westerns and a lot of costume films, like Ivanhoe, Knights of the Round Table, and Valley of the Kings. He also starred in some war pictures like Bataan, Above and Beyond, and D-Day, the Sixth of June.

Joan Weldon only acted for about 5 years, appearing in a handful of movies and TV shows in the mid 1950s. She was in 2 movies with Randolph Scott, and appeared with some giant ants in Them.

Tom Drake appeared in such movies as The Howards of Virginia, Meet Me In St. Louis, and Raintree County, and was in just about every TV Western in the '50s and '60s.

Maureen McCormick played Marcia Brady in 3 different series, and appeared in many TV shows. She also played Country singer Barbara Mandrell in a TV bio movie. She get's a spot on this list for a little known 1976 movie called Pony Express Rider.
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PostSubject: Re: August 5 Birthday Wishes   Sun Aug 05, 2012 6:43 pm

Joan Weldon appered in one of my favorite westerns, The Command, with Guy Madison and her Them co-star James Whitmore.


John Saxon was also Bruce Lee's co-star in Enter the Dragon and the corporate boss in another personal favorite The Electric Horseman.
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