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PostSubject: November 17 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:30 am

Rock Hudson [1925 - 1985]
Rance Howard [1928 - ]
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PostSubject: Re: November 17 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 3:42 pm

Rock Hudson's first film was Fighter Squadron in 1948. It took 38 takes to film his one line! He appeared in movies like Winchester '73, Bend of the River, Tomahawk, Seminole, and Gun Fury, before gaining some recognition in Magnificent Obsession in 1954. After that he started being cast in A list movies, starting with Giant, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. In the early '60s he was cast in romantic comedies, 3 co-starring Doris Day, and was on the Top 10 Stars list each year from 1957-1964. He then starred in a sci-fi thriller called Seconds, which flopped, and climbed his way back to star power with movies like Tobruk, Ice Station Zebra, and The Undefeated. In the 1970s he was cast as police commissioner Stewart McMillan in McMillan and Wife from 1971-77. In the early 1980s, it was revealed that Hudson, the handsome ladies man, was a homosexual, a secret that was covered up by Hollywood, but known to many who worked with him, including Doris Day, Susan St. James, Elizabeth Taylor, and Carol Burnett. He was diagnosed with HIV in 1984, which developed into AIDS, from which he died in 1985.

Rance Howard is the father of actor/director Ron Howard and Clint Howard, and has appeared in dozens of TV shows, best known for playing Henry Boomhauer in 13 episodes of Gentle Ben. He's also been in a slew of movies, 15 of which were directed by his son Ron.

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Sara Haden (1899-1981) is best known as Andy Hardy's spinsterish Aunt Milly Forrest in that series of movies. She's also been in Rodeo, Wagons West, Outlaw's Daughter, and in episodes of The Adventures of Wild Bill Hickok, Mr.& Mrs. North, Perry Mason, Bonanza, and Mt Favorite Martian.

William Tannen (1911-1976) was a character actor who played lots of cops, bartenders, and hotel clerks in dozens of movies. On TV, he appeared in episodes of The Adventures of Kit Carson, The Cisco Kid, The Lone Ranger, The Roy Rogers Show, Annie Oakley, Rawhide, Wagon Train and Gunsmoke. He also played Deputy Hal Norton on The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp.
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PostSubject: Re: November 17 Birthday Wishes   Sat Nov 17, 2012 5:55 pm

Rock Hudson's big line that he flubbed over and over in Fighter Squadron was "You got to build a bigger blackboard." Our friend Walter Reed who had a co-star role in that movie told us that when Hudson was doing a stage play years later that he went backstage to see his old friend and quoted that line to him...at which Hudson picked up a towel and threw it at him. When you watch the movie you will notice that line was given to Arthur Space ... guess poor Rock just couldn't get that line out. Years later Walter worked with Hudson in Horizon West (& also Seminole) and Walter told us he got the part of Hudson's deputy because the scriptwriter didn't want to make sheriff Hudson shoot his outlaw brother Robert Ryan, so wrote the part Walter played so he could shoot Ryan.
Also notice William Tannen's birthday today.....he did many small parts at MGM before gaining his numeous bad guy roles in westerns. I specically remember a Lawman episode where he and his real life brother, Charles Tannen, played a couple of outlaw brothers.
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