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PostSubject: August 31 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:52 am

Richard Basehart [1914 - 1984]

G. D. Spradlin [1920 - 2011]

James Coburn [1928 - 2002]

Noble Willingham [1931 - 2004]
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PostSubject: Re: August 31 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:26 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Richard Basehart began his film career in 1947 and during the late 40's and 50's, he was cast in over 20 films, before beginning a career in t.v. Some of his films include, He Walked By Night, Fixed Bayonets and the classic Moby Dick. I remember him best for his role as the Admiral on the 1964-1968 t.v. series, Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea with David Hedison.

G.D.Spradlin began his career as a lawyer, then became an independant oil producer, before turning to acting in the 60's. He made the rounds of the t.v. westerns, like The Big Valley and Cimarron Strip and then began to get plum parts in films. He was cast in Tora, Tora, Tora, The Hunting Party, Will Penny and The Godfather II. After watching him portray a crooked Sheriff in the James Garner film, Tank, I could never stand the guy. Spradlin had a penchant for portraying sleazy, crooked, low down scumbags and his role in The Godfather II as the crooked Senator from Nevada didn't help any.

James Coburn was simply one of the best actors ever to come out of Hollywood. With his lanky frame and his laconic, laid back style and his cat like reflexes, those big white teeth and his deep voice, he was made for westerns. He first showed up in 1957 and immediately began appearing on every western series on t.v., like The Rifleman, The Life And Times Of Wyatt Earp, Sugarfoot, Bronco, and Cheyenne. When he got the part of the knife throwing gunslinger in The Magnificent Seven, he was on his way. With Roles in The Great Escape, The Greatest Show On Earth, Pat Garrett And Billy The Kid, Cross Of Iron and too many more to list here. One of the finest, who could play both character actor and leading man with equal talent. Like most of the great ones, he learned his craft and honed his skills in WESTERNS.

Noble Willingham worked as a roustabout in the oil fields of Texas, before earning his Masters Degree in Educational Psychology. He began his film career in 1970 and although he is probably better known as a t.v. actor, for his many roles in innumerable series, like Murder She Wrote and, Cutter To Houston, he also appeared in several films like, Chinatown, Good Morning Vietnam, Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, City Slickers and City Slickers II, The Legend Of Curly's Gold. He always seemed like such a jovial fella in his roles.

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PostSubject: Re: August 31 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 31, 2012 6:39 pm

Also today:

Fredric March (1897-1975)

Fredric March was in only one Western film: Hombre, with Paul Newman and Richard Boone. But he had a long career dating back to the 1920s and ending in 1973. Along the way he was nominated for the Best Actor Oscar 5 times: The Royal Family of Broadway (1930), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931: he was a co-winner, along with Wallace Beery for The Champ), A Star Is Born (1937), The Best Years Of Our Live (1946; his 2nd Best Actor Oscar), and Death of a Salesman (1951).
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PostSubject: Re: August 31 Birthday Wishes   Fri Aug 31, 2012 7:57 pm

Howdy Tinhorn!!

Ole Fredric March was a terriffic actor, including his role as the pompous, thieving, cowardly Indian Agent in Hombre, who let his wife be staked out in the sun and refused to try and help her. I always thought that ole Paul Newman "John Russell" made a mistake by going down the steps and shooting Richard Boone and Frank Silvera. He should have stayed in the cabin and shot Fredric March instead!!

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