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PostSubject: August 29 Birthday Wishes   Wed Aug 29, 2012 10:21 am

George Macready [1899 - 1973]

Joe Sawyer [1906 - 1982]

Barry Sullivan [1912 - 1994]

George Montgomery [1916 - 2000]

Lane Bradford [1922 - 1973]
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PostSubject: Re: August 29 Birthday Wishes   Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:22 pm

Been watching Lane Bradford in a few of the old Monogram westerns of late. He started out in the business at around 19 years of age as a stunt man in westerns and moved up to becoming one of the top B-western heavies and also worked in A-films like Shenandoah, as well as many TV shows having some great parts in shows like Cheyenne. Son of western heavy John Merton, Lane died way too young in Hawaii where he had moved to. While there he guest-starred as a lead heavy in an episode of Hawaii 5-o.
George Macready was another of the great movie heavies, be it westerns (like The Nevadan and Coroner Creek with Randolph Scott) or one Jim saw last night, a non-western called Soul of the Monster. He switched to the right side of the law as the marshal who pursued the Doolin gang in "Doolins of Oklahoma." Actor William Bryant told Jim and I when he played General Grant on an episode of The Rebel (or was it Branded) that in the scene where Lee is surrendering to Grant the director told Bryant that Grant didn't have tears in his eyes when Lee surrendeered to him. Bryant replied, "Grant didn't have George Macready surrendering to him." Goes to show how emotional moving of an actor that George Macready was. His son, Michael Macready, worked as an actor for a time.
George Montgomery had a slew of really entertaining westerns during he 50's that I enjoyed as a kid at the movies...films like Texas Rangers, Gun Belt, The Lone Gun, Battle at Rogue River.....and I just received in the mail yesterday the complete series of Cimarron City in which he starred as the mayor and John Smith (of Laramie) co=starred as the sheriff.
Barry Sullivan made a great bad guy in The Outriders, one of the early movies I remember seeing at the show. A lot of good movies and a fine actor.
Joe Sawyer had a long career in movies dating back to the Warner Brothers gangster movies of the 1930's through playing Sgt. Biff O'Hara on Rin Tin Tin...he could be really nasty or a nice guy in his toles; a versatile actor with a long deserved career in Hollywood.
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PostSubject: Re: August 29 Birthday Wishes   Wed Aug 29, 2012 1:42 pm

Tom,I remember Joe Sawyer from many movies but until you mentioned it I had forgotten that Rin Tin Tin was the first time I had seen him and you brought back that memory for me. It's nice to know that my grey matter isn't totally fried from my adventurous youth. :-)
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