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PostSubject: November 20 Birthday Wishes   Tue Nov 20, 2012 10:28 am

Robert Armstrong [1890 - 1973]
Reginald Denny [1891 - 1967]
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PostSubject: Re: November 20 Birthday Wishes   Tue Nov 20, 2012 1:01 pm

Howdy Manco!!

You have to be an old movie buff to remember Robert Armstrong. He fought in WW I and was attending Law School in Washington State, when he decided to give it up and follow an acting career. First cast in 1927's, A Woman From Hell, he quickly became one of the Warner Bros. stock company of actors along with James Cagney, Pat O'Brian and several others. Armstrong appeared in over 160 films during his career, once making 10 films in one year. His rapid fire delivery in his role of Tough Cops, Detectives ect., often made fans think he was from the Bronx, but he was actually from the mid-west. He appeared in G-Men with James Cagney, The Paleface, Return Of The Bad Men and Mighty Joe Young with Terry Moore and Ben Johnson. During the 50's, he turned to t.v. and had a regular role on the 1958-1959 series, State Trooper as Sheriff Andy Anderson. Armstrong retired from acting in 1964.

Reginald Denny had served with the R.A.F. as a pilot and was also a boxing heavyweight before coming to Hollywood. He brought these skills along with him and often used them in his films as a pilot/stuntman. he began his career in silent films, in the 1920 film, Niobe. Denny made the transition from Silent to "talkies" with no problem, since he had a strong baritone voice and perfect diction because of his British background. He snagged the role of Algy Longworth in the Bulldog Drummond series of Films. He also appeared in such films as The Lost Patrol, Sherlock Holmes And The Voice Of Terror, The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty and Cat Ballou. Somewhere during the late 30's, Denny attempted to help a boy, who was having problems with his remote controlled model airplane. Denny became so fascinated by the machine, he went into the business of model airplanes and because of the hazards involved towing targets for Anti-Aicraft Gunners during WW II, Denny patented a remote controlled drone and was awarded a contract with the U.S. Army Air Force. His acting career continued through the late 60's, mostly on t.v., but Denny became famous for something else. It seems photographers wanted to tour his model aircraft factory and during the tour they came upon one of his employees named Norma Jean Mortenson. Brought to the attention of some Hollywood types, they decided they would give her a screen test. Later we came to know her by her stage name of Marilyn Monroe!

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PostSubject: Re: November 20 Birthday Wishes   Tue Nov 20, 2012 7:17 pm

Ed, you failed to mention the Robert Armstrong's biggest movie was 1933's King Kong!

Yesterday, we missed the birthday of actress Gene Tierney (Nov. 19, 1920-Nov. 6, 1991) who appeared in the movies The Return of Frank James, Leave Her To Heaven (she was so evil in that movie that my dad yelled out in the theater "Someone ought to kill that b----!"), Tobacco Road, Heaven Can Wait (1943), Belle Starr, The Ghost & Mrs. Muir, and her most famous film, Laura. She was a great actress, but she also suffered from mental illness, undergoing many treatments, including shock therapy, in the 1950s. She made a brief comeback in the early '60s, retiring in 1964, although she appeared in a movie in 1969 and her final appearance in the miniseries Scruples in 1980. A heavy smoker in her later years, she died from emphysema at the age of 70.

Also today:

Phyllis Thaxter (1919-2012) made her debut in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo in 1944. She also appeared in Blood on the Moon, Fort Worth, Jim Thorpe-All American, and Springfield Rifle. She contracted polio in 1952, and returned to acting, mostly on TV, appearing in episodes of The Loretta Young Show, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Rawhide, Wagon Train, Lancer, Bonanza, Cannon, Barnaby Jones, and Murder She Wrote. In 1978, she played Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of the Man of Steel in Superman. After suffering from Alzheimer's Disease for about 9 years, she passed away at the age of 92.
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