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PostSubject: November 14 Birthday Wishes   Wed Nov 14, 2012 10:10 am

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PostSubject: Re: November 14 Birthday Wishes   Wed Nov 14, 2012 12:18 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Always one of my favorite actors, Brian Keith first appeared in film, when he was 3 years old. He made several appearances in film as a child, but, it was only after serving as a machine gunner with the Marines during WW II, that Keith became serious about acting. He was chosen to play the lead in the 1950's t.v. series, Crusader. He then did an episode on the Zane Grey theater, titled Trouble At Tres Cruces, which spun off into one of the best western series ever on t.v. titled The Westerner, starring Keith as Dave Blassingame and directed by none other than Sam Peckinpah, it was way ahead of it's time. Due to it's realism and violent content, it was cancelled after only 13 episodes. One of the best episodes on any western series I've ever seen, was Hand On The Gun, with Ben Cooper and Michael Ansara. Peckinpah must have taken a likeing to Keith, because he immediately cast him The Deadly Companions with Maureen O'Hara and Keith Followed that up with Savage Sam. In the next 2 years, Keith would turn out 3 really good westerns, The Hallelujah Trail, Nevada Smith and The Rare Breed. Aleady having been cast in the t.v. series, Crusader and Family Affair, Keith would take on another in The Brian Keith Show. In 1983, at the age of 62. Keith would take on his best series, with Hardcastle And McCormick, as a retired Judge, while turning out the films, The Mountain Men with Charlton Heston and Sharkey's Machine with Burt Reynolds. Into his 70's, the last good thing I saw Brian Keith in, was in a cameo role in the 1991 Kenny Rogers film, Return Of The Gambler, Luck Of The Draw, in which he reprisd his role of the Westerner. After being diagnosed with emphysema and terminal lung cancer in june 1997, Brian Keith commited suicide, just 10 weeks after the suicide of his daughter.
A sad end to one of the finest western actors to ever step on a movie set!!

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PostSubject: Re: November 14 Birthday Wishes   Wed Nov 14, 2012 7:06 pm

Also today:

Dick Powell (1904-1963) started out as a song and dance man, appearing in musicals like 42nd Street, Gold Diggers of 1933, Flirtation Walk and On the Avenue, and then was cast in A Midsummer Night's Dream as Lysander, a role he though was wrong for him. He then lobbied hard to be cast in Double Indemnity, losing out to Fred MacMurray. In 1944, his career changed when he was cast as the hardboiled private detective Phillip Marlowe in Murder My Sweet, based on Raymond Chandler's novel Farewell My Lovely (the studio changed the title so people wouldn't mistake it for a musical comedy!). After that, he was cast in dramas, playing cops and tough guys. On the radio, from 1949-1953, he played Richard Diamond, Private Detective (a role played on TV by David Jansen). He was also a director and TV producer, founding Four Star Television productions with Charles Boyer, David Niven, and Ida Lupino, appearing on many of Four Stars' shows, hosting Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater, ans starring on The Dick Powell Show. He also directed The Conqueror, which was filmed in St. Georges, Utah, which was a nuclear test sight. Of a cast and crew of 220, 91 had contracted cancer by 1981, and 48 died from cancer, including Powell, John Wayne, and Susan Hayward (Pedro Armendariz was also in the film and suffered from cancer, and later took his own life).

Rosemary DeCamp (1910-2001) appeared in films like The Jungle Book (1942), Yankee Doodle Dandy, Blood on the Sun, and The Story of Sea Biscuit. On TV she played Peg Riley on The Life of Riley, Kate Bradley's sister on Petticoat Junction, Ann Marie's (Marlo Thomas) mother on That Girl, and Margaret McDonald on The Bob Cummings Show, as well as appearing in episodes of Rawhide, Death Valley Days, Mannix, The Partridge Family, Buck Rogers, and St. Elsewhere. She also did commercials for 20 Mule Team Borax.

D.B. Sweeny (1961-) was a star on the rise in the late 1980's when he was cast as Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out, Dishwater Boggett in Lonesome Dove, and Lt. Phil Lowenthal in Memphis Belle, but although he's appeared in various movies and TV series, he never really became a household name. He's currently cast as Confederate General James Longstreet in the upcoming mini-series To Appomattox.

Laura San Giacomo (1962-) first gained notice in the movie Sex, Lies, and Videotape, for which she earned a Golden Globe Award nomination. She then appeared in Pretty Woman, Quigley Down Under, and The Stand, before taking the starring role of Maya Gallo on the series Just Shoot Me from 1997-2003. Later she co-starred with Holly Hunter on the series Saving Grace.
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