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PostSubject: August 13 Birthday Wishes   Mon Aug 13, 2012 10:41 am

Regis Toomey [1898 - 1991]

Chubby Johnson [1903 - 1974]

Tristram Coffin [1909 - 1990]

Neville Brand [1920 - 1992]
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PostSubject: Re: August 13 Birthday Wishes   Mon Aug 13, 2012 4:12 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Regis Toomey is another of those solid supporting actors from the 40's, 50's and 60's, whose name you may not recognize, but his face is unmistakeable. Regis started his career in 1930 and hit it big with the film, The Big Sleep with Humphey Bogart. He went on to appear in over 180 films, like Northwest Passage, Drums Across The River, Mighty Joe Young and The Last Sunset. He was also one of the stars on the 60's t.v. series, Burke's Law with Gene Barry, as well as appearing in several t.v. westerns, like Rawhide and Maverick.

Boy, we're rollin out the great ole supporting actors from the golden years today!!
Chubby Johnson first appeared in Abilene Town with Randolph Scott, when Johnson was past 40 years of age. He appeared in Bend Of The River and The Far Country with Jimmie Stewart. Support your Local Sheriff with James Garner and in one of his last roles, played a blacksmith in Sam Whiskey. He also did a lot of work in t.v. westerns. He apeared 8 times on Maverick, 8 times on Bonanza, 4 times on Gunsmoke and 3 times on The Guns Of Will Sonnett and was also the ranch foreman on the ole Sky King series. In order to make great westerns, you have to have a plethora of supporting actors like Toomey and Johnson and there is a severe shortage of these actors today.

Tristram"Tris" Coffin was a longtime western actor. Believe it or not, Coffin played Captain Reid, the older brother of Clayton Moore in the very first episode of the Lone Ranger. He also appeared in The Cisco Kid, and The Adventures Of Kit Carson. Coffin eventually got his own t.v. series, which he will be remembered best for, that of Captain of the Arizona Rangers in the 50's series, 26 Men.
A bit of trivia about Tris Coffin. Back in the 50's, when many broadcasts were LIVE, Coffin had a bit part on the mystery t.v. series, Climax. He was to play a dead man lying down on a table. At some point in the dialogue, Coffin thought they were off camera and got up and walked off stage, while millions of Americans watched with their jaws dropped!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Neville Brand is another of the great ole western supporting actors. A highly decorated soldier during WW II, Brand began his acting career in 1950. He appeared in Stalag 17, Birdman Of Alatraz, Tora, Tora, Tora, Cahill .U.S. Marshal, and many others films of note. He will probably be best remembered either as Al Capone on the ole t.v. series, The Untouchables or as Texas Ranger, Reese Bennet on the 60's t.v. western series, Laredo.

Ed
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