Monday, July 6, 2015

Remembering A Few Celebrity Birthdays ~ July 6th

Celebrity Birthdays July 6th
Remembering Bill Haley on his Birthday.

William John Clifton Haley (July 6, 1925 – February 9, 1981), known as Bill Haley, was an American rock and roll musician. He is credited by many with first popularizing this form of music in the early 1950s with his group Bill Haley & His Comets and million-selling hits such as "Rock Around the Clock", "See You Later, Alligator", "Shake, Rattle and Roll", "Rocket 88", "Skinny Minnie", and "Razzle Dazzle". He has sold over 25 million records worldwide.

Happy Birthday to Burt Ward!

Burt Ward (born July 6, 1945) is an American television actor best known for his portrayal of Robin in the television series Batman (1966–68) and its theatrical feature film.

Happy Birthdays to Dalai Lama (born July 6, 1935) and George Walker Bush (born July 6, 1946)!

Happy Birthday to Della Reese!

Della Reese (born Delloreese Patricia Early; July 6, 1931), is an American singer, actress, game show panelist of the 1970s, one-time talk-show hostess and ordained minister. She started her career in the 1950s as a gospel, pop and jazz singer, scoring a hit with her 1959 single "Don't You Know?". In the late 1960s, she had hosted her own talk show, Della, which ran for 197 episodes. Through four decades of acting, she is best known for playing Tess, the lead role on the 1994–2003 television show Touched by an Angel.

Happy Birthday to Gene Chandler!

Gene Chandler (born Eugene Dixon, July 6, 1937)nicknamed "The Duke of Earl" or simply "The Duke", is a singer, songwriter, music producer and executive.

Chandler is known best for his most successful songs "Duke Of Earl" and "Groovy Situation" and his association with the Dukays, the Impressions and Curtis Mayfield....

Gene is a Grammy Hall Of Fame inductee and a winner of both the National Association of Television and Radio Announcers' "Producer of the Year" Award and the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award. Chandler is also one of a just a few singers to vend successful record singles and albums during the doo-wop, rhythm and blues, soul, and disco musical eras, with some 40 Pop and R&B chart successes between 1961 and 1986. On August 24, 2014, Chandler was inducted into the Official Rhythm & Blues Music Hall of Fame.

Remembering Janet Leigh on her Birthday.

Jeanette Helen Morrison (July 6, 1927 – October 3, 2004), known professionally as Janet Leigh, was an American actress and author. She is best remembered for her performance in Psycho (1960), for which she was awarded the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination.

Happy Birthday to Fred Dryer!

John Frederick "Fred" Dryer (born July 6, 1946) is an American actor and former American football defensive end in the National Football League (NFL). He played 13 years in the NFL, having played in 176 games, starting in 166, and recording 104 career sacks with the New York Giants and Los Angeles Rams. He is the only NFL player to score two safeties in one game.

Following his retirement from football, Dryer had a successful career as a film and television actor, notably starring in the series Hunter. His height, 6'6," and physique were useful for his action roles.

Remembering Luana Patten on her Birthday.
(July 6, 1938 – May 1, 1996)

At the age of 3 she was a young model and later was hired by Walt Disney. Patten made her first film appearance in Joel Chandler Harris's 1946 musical Song of the South with Bobby Driscoll. They also appeared together in Song of the South's sister film So Dear to My Heart.
In 1947, she appeared with Edgar Bergen, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd during the live action scenes in Fun and Fancy Free. She played the role of Priscilla Lapham in Disney's 1957 production of Johnny Tremain. In 1958, Patten played the part of Elizabeth Buckley in the episode "Twelve Guns" of NBC's Cimarron City western television series. It was on Cimarron City that she met her future second husband, John Smith, whom she married two years later. The couple divorced in 1964.

In 1959, she played "Abbie Fenton" in the episode "Call Your Shot" of Wanted: Dead of Alive, starring Steve McQueen. In 1960, she played "Libby Halstead" in Vincente Minnelli's Home from the Hill. In 1966, she played a saloon girl named "Lorna Medford" in the episode "Credit for a Kill" of Bonanza. In 1966, she had a small part as Nora White, the new bride of the reformed "Whitey" played by Kurt Russell, in Follow Me, Boys!. She also appeared in Fun and Fancy Free, A Thunder of Drums, and the Rawhide episode "Incident of the Druid Curse" on CBS. That year she also appeared on Perry Mason as defendant Cynthia Perkins in "The Case of the Scarlet Scandal". She retired from the film industry in 1968.

Remembering Merv Griffin on his Birthday.

Mervyn Edward "Merv" Griffin, Jr. (July 6, 1925 – August 12, 2007) was a U.S. television host, musician, actor, and media mogul. He began his career as a radio and big band singer who went on to appear in film and on Broadway. From 1965 to 1986 Griffin hosted his own talk show, The Merv Griffin Show, produced by Westinghouse Broadcasting (also known as Group W). He also created the game shows Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Click, Ruckus, and Merv Griffin's Crosswords with his own television production companies, Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment. During his lifetime, Griffin was considered an entertainment business magnate.

Happy Birthday to Nancy Davis Reagan!
(born Anne Frances Robbins, July 6, 1921)

Remembering Pat Paulsen on his Birthday.

Patrick Layton "Pat" Paulsen (July 6, 1927 – April 24, 1997) was an American comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers TV shows, and for his campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which had primarily comedic rather than political objectives, although his campaigns generated some protest votes for him.

Happy Birthday to Geoffrey Rush!

Geoffrey Roy Rush AC (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor and film producer. He is the youngest of the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and fo...ur Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. He is also notable for being the first actor to win the Oscar, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, the SAG Award, and the Critics' Choice Award for a single performance (Shine).

Remembering Sebastian Cabot on his Birthday.

Charles Sebastian Thomas Cabot (July 6, 1918 – August 22, 1977) was an English film and television actor, best remembered as the gentleman's gentleman, Giles French, opposite Brian Keith's character, in the sitcom Family Affair (1966–1971). He was also known for playing the Wazir in Kismet and Dr. Carl Hyatt in the series Checkmate (1960–1962), as well as for voicing Bagheera in The Jungle Book (1967). Other roles were in The Spy Killer (1969) and narrating The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh (1977).

Happy Birthday to Sylvester Gardenzio Stallone!

Happy Birthday to Ned Beatty!

Ned Thomas Beatty (born July 6, 1937) is an American actor who has appeared in more than 100 films and has been nominated for an Academy Award, two Emmy Awards, an MTV Movie Award for Best Villain and a Golden Globe Award; he won a Drama Desk Award.

Happy Birthday to William Schallert!

William Joseph Schallert (born July 6, 1922) is an American character actor who has appeared in many films and in such television series as Perry Mason, The Smurfs, Jefferson Drum, Philip Marlowe, The Rat Patrol, Gunsmoke, Star Trek, The Patty Duke Show, 87th Precinct, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, The Waltons, The Partridge Family, Bonanza, Wanted: Dead or Alive, Leave It to Beaver, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Love, American Style, Get Smart, Lawman, Combat!, The Wild Wild West and in later years, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Medium and True Blood.

As with many character actors with long careers, Schallert's face is more recognizable than his name.

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