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PostSubject: November 29 Birthday Wishes   Thu Nov 29, 2012 10:35 am

Yakima Canutt [1895 - 1986]
Fran Ryan [1916 - 2000]
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PostSubject: Re: November 29 Birthday Wishes   Thu Nov 29, 2012 1:38 pm

Howdy Manco!!

Yakima Canutt!! Pards, we're talking about the most renowned stuntman of all time here!! Raised on a ranch in Washington State and taking his nickname from the city of Yakima, Washington, Canutt entered his first rodeo at the age of 16. He won the title, All Around Rodeo Champion in 1917/1919/1920 and 1923. Introduced to Tom Mix at a rodeo, back in the 20's, he started doing roles and stunts in silent films. When the talkies appeared, Yakima was forced into doing just stuntwork and non-speaking roles, because of having his vocal cords damaged by the flu.
Yakima appeared in over 180 films and performed stunts in over 250 films, besides being the stunt coordinator for films like, Gone With The Wind, Spartacus, Breakheart Pass, Cat Ballou and Ben Hur. The chariot race scene in Ben Hur took over 2 years to film. He appeared in several films with John Wayne, including, Sagebrush Trail, Star Packer, Blue Steel and Stagecoach. He worked with the Duke to perfect a technique to make fights look more realistic. I once saw Yakima jump off his horse onto a fast moving stagecoach, then jump onto the horses backs and make his way on the traces to the front of the team, get shot in the back, fall under a running 6 horse team and be dragged under the stagecoach. They haven't printed enough money to get me to attempt a stunt like that!! Yakima has done stunt work for everybody in the western film business and has made stars like the Duke, Randolph Scott, Joel McCrea, Lash LaRue, Clayton Moore, Bill Williams, Douglas Fairbanks .jr, Rory Calhoun, Kirk Douglas, Charlton Heston and too many more to list here, look good on the silver screen. Believe it or not, Yakima lived to the ripe ole age of 90 and his wife outlived him to the ripe ole age of 98. Wunder whut Yakima would think of all the fake computer generated images they use in film today????? Yakima Canutt was nothing less that the best of the best, when it comes to stuntmen and it was he that made our eyes bulge as children, with the outrageous and unbelievable stunts he did, in all those great ole westerns!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fran Ryan was one of the most beloved character actresses to ever appear on film. She had been around performing on stage since the 50's, but made her screen debut in 1965. Often confused with another beloved actress, Marjorie Main, Fran at first appeared on the t.v. series, Batman, The Beverly Hillbillies and a few others before snagging the part of Aggie Thompson on The Doris Day Show. She replaced the actress, who played Doris Ziffle on Green Acres and in the 20th and last year of Gunsmoke she was chosen to replace the character of "Kitty" (Amanda Blake), with the new character of Hannah" She appeared on just about every t.v. series from the 60's through the 80's and into the 90's. She also appeared in the films The Apple Dumpling Gang, The Long Riders, Pale Rider and Rocky II. In the mode of Marjorie Main and Madeliene Taylor Holmes, she was excellent at playing lovable, gruff and earthy characters.

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PostSubject: Re: November 29 Birthday Wishes   Thu Nov 29, 2012 5:29 pm

Fran Ryan was good as Zerelda Samuel, the mother of Frank and Jesse James, in The Long Riders.

Also today:

Kay Johnson (1904-1975) may not sound like a household name, though she appeared in Billy The Kid (1930), The Spoilers (1930, with Gary Cooper), Of Human Bondage (1934), and The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944). She is also the mother of actor James Cromwell, from Babe and Star Trek: First Contact.

Jeff Fahey (1952 -) Got his start on the soap opera One Life To Live. His first major film role was Tyree in Silverado, and then as a desperate musicial blackmailing Norman Bates in Psycho III. He's also appeared in The Lawmower Man, as Ike Clanton in Wyatt Earp (1994 with Kevin Costner), Deputy Marshal Winston MacBride in the TV series The Marshal, Frank Lapidus in the final seasons of Lost, and Devil Anse Hatfield in Fred Olin Ray's Hatfields and McCoys: Bad Blood.
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PostSubject: Re: November 29 Birthday Wishes   Fri Nov 30, 2012 1:38 am

And:

Joel Coen, co-writer & co-director of the 2010 True Grit.

And Eddie Spears, Joesph on Hell on Wheels.
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