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PostSubject: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:40 am

Burgess Meredith [1907 - 1997]
Royal Dano [1922 - 1994]
Clu Gulager [1928 - ]
Guy Stockwell [1934 - 2002]
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PostSubject: Re: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:55 am

Howdy Manco!!

Boy, we've got a plethura of great character actors today!!

Starting with Burgess Meredith. Meredith first appeared in film in 1935 and after tangling with Joseph McCarthy during the House On Unamerican Activities of the 50's, Meredith's career seemed to be over. It was Otto Preminger that was instrumental in getting Meridith's career back on track. I guess I first noticed Meredith in the 1959 episode of the Twilight Zone titled, Time Enough At Last, in which he played bank clerk, Henry Bemis, who could never get enough spare time to do the reading he loved. During the 60's, Meredith snagged the role of The Penguin on the hit series, Batman and although he had already been around for 25 years, this role seemed to really get his career rolling. He appeared on many of the ole westerns as a guest star, like Rawhide, Bonanza, Gunsmoke, The Loner and others, but it was the 70's and his role of Sylvester Stallone's manager in the "Rocky" films that catapulted him to stardom. Meredith continued to act through the 90's, with his role of the father of Jack Lemon in the films, Grumpy Old Men and it's sequel, Grumpier Old Men, which, even in his 80's, he stole every scene he was in!!!! His outtake scenes in these 2 films will have you rolling in the floor. One of the most versatile character actors ever and a pleasure to watch. Burgess Meridith lived to the ripe ole age of 89 and passed away in 1997.

Beginning his acting career in 1949, Royal Dano would go on to become one of the best and most prolific charatcer actors of all time. Tall, Gaunt, with a deep croaky voice, Dano specialized in westerns. He first drew national attention as the old soldier in, The Red Badge Of Courage and next up was Johnny Guitar, The Far Country with Jimmy Stewart, his role of "Elijah"in ,Moby Dick, and as Trout in Man Of The West with Gary Cooper, The Seven Faces Of .Dr Lao, Welcome To Hard Times,as the rustler in, The Culpepper Cattle Company, Cahill, U.S. Marshal, The Outlaw Josey Wales, Red Headed Stranger and Once Upon A Texas Train. His resume reads like a who's who in Hollywood westerns. While appearing in all of the above films, he found the time to appear on every t.v. western from The Rifleman to Alias Smith And Jones, from the 50' through the 70's. His role of Wilbur English in the episode " The Cheyenne Express" on The Restless Gun will forever remain a perfect example of his versatility. Let it sufice to say " that without Royal Dano, our memories of the great western films and t.v. series wouldn't be so rich". He was simply one of the best of the best!! Even though, in his later years, he was cast in some forgettable horror films, nothing will ever take away from his performances during the prime of his career!!

Clu Gulager began his film career in 1956 and after appearing on Have Gun Will Travel, Laramie and The Rebel, won the co-starring role in the 1960-1962 western t.v. series, The Tall Man, with Barry Sullivan as Pat Garrett and Gulager as Billy The Kid. Alhough not very historically correct, the series did run for 2 years and began the up and down career of Gulagher. After the series cancelled, Gulagher began making the rounds as a guest star on all of the popular t.v. shows during the 60's. Shortly therafter, he got the part of Emmett Ryker, former gunfighter turned Deputy on the popular western t.v. series, The Virginian. After this series, Gulager went back to guest appearances for over 20 years and began to appear in some really bad zombie horror flicks, like Return Of The Living Dead, and B-westerns like Molly And Lawless John. Then, as luck would have it, he took on the part of a down and out actor in his 70's, in the 2006, small budget film, Vic. This seems to have once again, jumpstarted Gulager's career. Since then, he has returned to the horror flicks, with roles in Feast, Feast II and Feast III and in 2012, at the age of 83 years, Gulager appeared in Piranha 3DD. Looks like Gulagher is just gittin his 2nd wind.

Guy Stockwell's younger brother Dean Stockwell is probably the better known actor, but Guy was by far the most handsome and appeared to have the brighter future in films. Both Guy and Dean started off as uncredited child actors in the late 40's. While Dean became a contract actor, Guy went back to school; and college and it wasn't until the 60's that Guy began to make a name for himself. With his wavy blonde hair and good looks, after a few appearances on some t.v. westerns, he was cast in a co-starring role on the t.v. series, Adventures In Paradise. Next up, was as a supporting actor in Richard Boone's t.v. series, The Richard Boone Show. In the next 2 years, 1966-1967, Guy would turn out 4 films, beginning with a remake of The Plainsman, Beau Geste, Tobruk and The King's Pirate. The studios seemed to think they had another swashbuckling actor in the mode of Errol Flynn. He would then appear in, In Enemy Country, The Gatling Gun and Airport 75. These films failed to make a box office star out of Guy and he went back to guest starring on many of the popular t.v. series from the 70's through 1990. He made his last appearance on Columbo in 1990 at the age of 56. Guy then began a drama school and taught actors for several years. Guy Stockwell passed away in 2002 at the age of 68 with complications from diabetes. He never achieved the stardom the sutdios had hoped for, but for a little while there, it looked like we had another Robert Redford.

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PostSubject: Re: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:40 pm

Also today:

Barbara Peyton (1927-1967) appeared in movies like Dallas (with Gary Cooper), and Only the Valiant (with Gregory Peck), But never really moved out of B-movie status, appearing in Bride of the Gorilla, Run to the Hills, and The Great Jesse James Raid, and uncredited in 4 For Texas. She was an alcoholic, which led her to writing bad checks, and being arrested for prostitution. She died of liver failure at the age of 39.
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PostSubject: Re: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 2:34 am

Howdy Tinhorn!!

This lady is one of the most sordid stories to ever come out of Hollywood. She had great looks, and talent, but because of her seemingly unquenchable thirst for men (including affairs with those already married), alcohol and drugs, her looks were gone in her mid 30's and she had effectivly destroyed her career!! She once instigated a fight between 6 men for her favors and while bouncing back and forth between her betrothed and future husband Franchot Tone and a fella named Neal, she provoked a fight that required Tone to have plastic surgery to repair his face!! Talk about a lollapalooza!! Check out IMDb.com, wikipedia and Hollywood glamour girls!!

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PostSubject: Re: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:40 am

The fellow named Neal that had a fight with Franchot Tone was actor Tom Neal who worked with Peyton in THe Great Jesse James Raid. This fight pretty well ended Neal's career as he was pretty much blacklisted after this (he may have done a few more things afterward, but his once promising career was dashed). He later killed his wife after she attacked him and served time in prison. After his release he became a gardener and said that was his best part of his life.
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PostSubject: Re: November 16 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 8:26 am

Ah, yes. Glamorous Hollywood! lol
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