Eddie Dean (singer)
Eddie Dean was an American western singer and actor whom Roy Rogers and Gene Autry termed the best cowboy singer of all time. Dean was best known for "I Dreamed Of A Hill-Billy Heaven", which became an greater hit for Tex Ritter in 1961. Dean was born in the rural community of Posey in Hopkins County, northwest of Sulphur Springs, his father was a teacher. At the age of sixteen, Dean performed on the Southern gospel circuit with the Vaughan and the V. O. Stamps quartets. Dean and his brother, Jimmie Dean moved to Chicago and performed together on WLS Radio's National Barn Dance, they did work from a radio station in Yankton, South Dakota. In 1934, Dean appeared in his first film in the role of Sam in Manhattan Love Song. In 1937, Dean relocated to California. Producers Releasing Corporation, a low-budget movie studio, had been making more ambitious pictures in 1944 and 1945, introduced a new novelty: hour-long westerns in color; this was the first time a regular series of features was photographed in color, Eddie Dean was chosen as the star of the series.
The films were an immediate success, launching Dean as a popular western star and showcasing his pleasant baritone singing voice. His comic sidekick was Mississippi native Roscoe Ates in the role of Soapy Jones. Dean's films, in 1947 and 1948, were conventional black-and-white westerns. A partial listing of Dean's films and musical numbers includes: Renegade Trail as Singing Cowboy "Red" Rolling Home to Texas as a sheriff The Harmony Trail as Marshal Eddie Dean, his first starring role Wildfire as Sheriff Johnny Deal. Wild Country as Himself. Dean and Jan Sterling appeared in the short-running ABC television western series, The Marshal of Gunsight Pass, broadcast live in 1950 to West Coast stations from a primitive studio lot at the Iverson Movie Ranch in Chatsworth, California. Dean was featured in archival footage on NBC's The Gabby Hayes Show. Long after The Marshal of Gunsight Pass ended, Dean appeared as Trail Boss Tim in a 1962 television short called The Night Rider, with Johnny Cash as Johnny Laredo and Dick Jones from Snyder, Texas, as Billy Joe.
Dean thereafter guest starred twice on CBS's The Beverly Hillbillies sitcom with Buddy Ebsen in the 1963 episodes "Elly's Animals" and in the role of Sergeant Dean in "Jed Plays Solomon". During the 1930s, Dean sang on radio with Judy Canova. Beginning in 1941, he recorded a string of singles for Standard, American Record Company, Just Film and Radio Recorders, he joined Mercury Records in 1948, when he released "One Has My Name," written with his wife, Lorene Donnelly Dean, whom he married in 1931 and called "Dearest". The song became Billboard's No. 1 country hit as recorded by Jimmy Wakely and Jerry Lee Lewis, Nat King Cole, Willie Nelson and over 30 other artists. In 1955, Dean and Hal Southern released "Hill-Billy Heaven". Southern claimed that a dream inspired the song and that the name of the song is derived from the nickname that a West Coast disc jockey, Squeakin' Deacon Moore, had given to Bell Gardens, because of its considerable number of country music fans. Dean was a founder of the Academy of Country Music.
One of Eddie's last records, recorded in the 1990s and released on The Bradlley Brothers record label was a country song entitled'Cold Texas Beer' which harkened back to Eddie's West Texas roots. The song was written by Bill Aken, the adopted son of actors Frank and Lupe Mayorga who had worked in a few films with Eddie in the 1940s. Eddie asked Bill for the 43-year-old song because he remembered it from the early days when Aken performed the song himself on Cliffie Stone's'Hometown Jamboree' in the 1950s. Eddie's recording of it turned out to be one of the best of his last records and received a lot of radio airplay, he was a member of the Cowbo
Ricardo Gonzalo Pedro Montalbán y Merino, KSG was a Mexican actor. His career spanned seven decades, during which he became known for many different performances in a variety of genres, from crime and drama to musicals and comedy. Among his notable roles was Armando in the Planet of the Apes film series from the early 1970s, wherein he starred in Escape from the Planet of the Apes and Conquest of the Planet of the Apes. Ricardo Montalbán played Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island, Khan Noonien Singh in both the original Star Trek series and the film Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, he won an Emmy Award for his role in the miniseries How the West Was Won, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Screen Actors Guild in 1993. Montalbán was professionally active into his 80s, when he provided voices for animated films and commercials, appeared as Grandfather Valentin in the Spy Kids franchise. During the 1970s and 80s he was a spokesman in automobile advertisements for Chrysler, including those in which he extolled the "rich Corinthian leather" used for the Cordoba's interior.
Montalbán was born on November 25, 1920, in Mexico City and grew up in Torreón, the son of Spanish immigrants Ricarda Merino Jiménez and Genaro Balbino Montalbán Busano, a store manager, who raised him as a Roman Catholic. He was born with an arteriovenous malformation in his spine. Montalbán had a sister and two brothers and Carlos; as a teenager, he moved to Los Angeles to live with Carlos. They moved to New York City in 1940, Montalbán earned a minor role in the play Her Cardboard Lover. In 1941, Montalbán appeared in three-minute musicals produced for the Soundies film jukeboxes, he appeared in many of the New York–produced Soundies as an extra or as a member of a singing chorus, although he had the lead role in He's a Latin from Staten Island, in which he played the title role of a guitar-strumming gigolo, accompanied by an offscreen vocal by Gus Van. Late in 1941, Montalbán returned to Mexico after learning. There, he became a star in his homeland. Montalbán recalled that when he arrived in Hollywood in 1943, studios wanted to change his name to Ricky Martin.
He appeared with swimming star Esther Williams in three of Williams' movies: Fiesta, On an Island with You, Neptune's Daughter. His first leading role was in the film noir Border Incident with actor George Murphy, he was the first Hispanic actor to appear on the front cover of Life magazine on November 21, 1949. Many of his early roles were in Westerns in which he played character roles as Native Americans or as Latin Lovers, but he was cast against type in the film noir Mystery Street, playing a Cape Cod police officer. From 1957 to 1959, he starred in the Broadway musical Jamaica, singing several light-hearted calypso numbers opposite Lena Horne. During the 1950s and 1960s, he was one of only a handful of working Hispanic actors in Hollywood, although he portrayed several ethnicities – of Japanese background, as in with the character of Nakamura in the film Sayonara, as Tokura in the Hawaii Five-O episode "Samurai". In the romance comedy Love Is a Ball, he played a naive, penniless French duke being groomed as a potential husband for a rich American woman.
Montalbán starred in radio, such as on the internationally syndicated program "Lobo del Mar", in which he was cast as the captain of a vessel which became part of some adventure at each port it visited. This 30-minute weekly show aired in many Spanish-speaking countries until the early 1970s. In 1972, Montalbán co-founded the Screen Actors Guild Ethnic Minority Committee with actors Carmen Zapata, Henry Darrow and Edith Diaz. In 1975, he was chosen as the television spokesman for the new Chrysler Cordoba; the car became a successful model, over the following several years, was advertised. For example, Eugene Levy impersonated him on SCTV. In 1986, he was featured in a magazine advertisement for the new Chrysler New Yorker. Montalbán's best-known television role was that of Mr. Roarke on the television series Fantasy Island, which he played from 1977 until 1984. For a while the series was one of the most popular on television, his character as well as that of his sidekick, became popular icons.
Before that he appeared on American television in the 1976 Columbo episode "A Matter of Honor". Another of his well-known roles was that of Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, in which he reprised a role that he had originated in the 1967 episode of Star Trek titled "Space Seed". Early rumors suggested Montalbán wore prosthetic muscles on his chest during filming of Star Trek II to appear more muscular. Director Nicholas Meyer replied that in his sixties Montalbán, who had a vigorous training regimen, was "one strong cookie", that his real chest was seen on film. Khan's costume was designed to display Montalbán's physique. Critic Christopher Null called Khan the "greatest role of Montalbán's career". New Yorker critic Pauline Kael said Montalbán's performance as Khan "was the only validation he has had of his power to command the big screen". Montalbán agreed to take the role for a significant pay cut, since
Enos Edward "Yakima" Canutt was an American champion rodeo rider, actor and action director. Born Enos Edward Canutt in the Snake River Hills, near Colfax, Washington, he was one of five children of John Lemuel Canutt, a rancher, Nettie Ellen Stevens, he grew up in eastern Washington on a ranch near Penawawa Creek, founded by his grandfather and operated by his father, who served a term in the state legislature. His formal education was limited to elementary school in Green Lake a suburb of Seattle, he gained the education for his life's work on the family ranch, where he learned to hunt, trap and ride. He adopted the nickname "Yakima" after the Yakima River Valley in Washington, he broke a wild bronco when he was 11. As a 6-foot-tall 16-year-old, he started bronc riding at the Whitman County Fair in Colfax in 1912, at 17 he won the title of World's Best Bronco Buster. Canutt started rodeo riding professionally and gained a reputation as a bronc rider and all-around cowboy, it was at the 1914 Pendleton Round-Up that he got the nickname "Yakima" when a newspaper caption misidentified him.
"Yakima Canutt may be the most famous person NOT from Yakima, Washington" says Elizabeth Gibson, author of Yakima, Washington. Winning second place at the 1915 Pendleton Round-Up brought attention from show promoters, who invited him to compete around the country. "I started in major rodeos in 1914, went through to 1923. There was quite a crop of us traveling together, we would have special railroad cars and cars for the horses. We'd play anywhere from three, eight ten-day shows. Bronc riding and bulldogging were my specialties, but I did some roping," said Canutt. During the 1916 season, he became interested in divorcee Kitty Wilks, who had won the Lady's Bronc-Riding Championship a couple of times, they married on July 1917 while at a show in Kalispell, Montana. They divorced in 1922. While bulldogging in Idaho, Canutt's mouth and upper lip were torn by a bull's horn, it was not until a year that a plastic surgeon could correct the injury. Canutt won his first world championship at the Olympics of the West in 1917 and won more championships in the next few years.
In between rodeos, he broke horses for the French government in World War I. In 1918, he was stationed in Bremerton. In the fall, he was given a 30-day furlough to defend his rodeo title, he was discharged in spring 1919. At the 1919 Calgary Stampede, he met Pete Knight, he traveled to Los Angeles for a rodeo, decided to winter in Hollywood, where he met screen personalities. It was here that Tom Mix, who had started in rodeos, invited him to be in two of his pictures. Mix added to his flashy wardrobe by borrowing two of Canutt's two-tone shirts and having his tailor make 40 copies. Canutt got his first taste of stunt work in a fight scene on a serial called Lightning Bryce; the Fort Worth rodeo was nicknamed "Yak's show" after he won the saddle-bronc competition three years in a row from 1921 to 1923. He had won the saddle-bronc competition at the Pendleton Round-Up in 1917, 1919, 1923 and came second in 1915 and 1929. Canutt won the steer bulldogging in 1920 and 1921, won the All-Around Police Gazette belt in 1917, 1919, 1920 and 1923.
While in Hollywood in 1923 for an awards ceremony, he was offered eight western action pictures for producer Ben Wilson at Burwillow Studios. He won the first leg of the Roosevelt Trophy; the trophy was awarded to the cowboy who accumulated the most points between Cheyenne Frontier Days and the Pendleton Round-Up. After he won three years in a row at the Fort Worth Rodeo in Fort Worth, Texas, it came to be known as "Yak's show." Canutt had been perfecting tricks such as the Crupper Mount, a leapfrog over the horse's rump into the saddle. Douglas Fairbanks used some in his film The Gaucho. Fairbanks and Canutt became friends and competed at Fairbanks' gym. Canutt took small parts in pictures to get experience, it was in Branded a Bandit. The picture was delayed several weeks, when it resumed, Canutt's close shots were from the side. A plastic surgeon reset the nose, which healed, inspiring Canutt to remark that he thought it looked better; when his contract with Wilson expired in 1927, Canutt made appearances at rodeos across the country.
By 1928, the talkies were coming out, though he had been in 48 silent pictures, Canutt knew his career was in trouble. His voice had been damaged from flu in the Navy, he started taking on bit parts and stunts, realized more could be done with action in pictures. In 1930, between pictures and rodeoing, Canutt met Minnie Audrea Yeager Rice at a party at her parents' home, they kept company during the next year while he picked up work on the serials for Mascot Pictures Corporation. They married on November 12, 1931; when rodeo riders invaded Hollywood, they brought a battery of rodeo techniques that Canutt would expand and improve, including horse falls and wagon wrecks, along with the harnesses and cable rigs to make the stunts foolproof and safe. Among the new safety devices was the'L' stirrup, which allowed a man to fall off a horse without getting hung in the stirrup. Canutt developed cabling and equipment to cause spectacular wagon crashes, while releasing the team, all on the same spot every time.
Safety methods such as these saved film-makers time and money and prevented accidents and injury to performers. One of Yakima's inventions was the'Running W' stunt, bringing down a horse at the gallop by attach
Louis Burton Lindley Jr. better known by his stage name Slim Pickens, was an American rodeo performer and film and television actor. During much of his career, Pickens played cowboy roles, is best remembered today for his comic roles in Dr. Strangelove and Blazing Saddles. Louis Burton Lindley Jr. was born in Kingsburg, the son of Sally Mosher and Louis Bert Lindley Sr. a Texas-born dairy farmer. Young Lindley was an excellent horse rider from an early age. Known as "Burt" to his family and friends, he grew bored with dairy farming and began to make a few dollars by riding broncos and roping steers in his early teens, his father found out and forbade this activity but he took no notice, went to compete in a rodeo, was told by the doubtful rodeo manager that there would be "slim pickin's" for him. To prevent his father from discovering that he had competed, he entered his name as Slim Pickens and won $400 that afternoon. Lindley graduated from Hanford High School, Hanford and was a member of the Future Farmers of America.
He joined the rodeo, billed as Slim Pickens, became a well-known rodeo clown. During World War II, he enlisted in the United States Army; when the recruiter asked him his profession, he responded "Rodeo". This was misread as radio and he spent his entire enlistment at a radio station in the American Midwest. After nearly 20 years of rodeo work, his distinctive country drawl, his wide eyes, moon face, strong physical presence gained him a role in the Western film, Rocky Mountain starring Errol Flynn, he appeared in many more Westerns, playing both villains and comic sidekicks to the likes of Rex Allen. Hollywood made good use of Pickens' rodeo background, he did not need a stand-in for horseback scenes, he was able to gallop his own Appaloosa horses across the desert, or drive a stagecoach pulled by a six-horse team. In a large number of films and TV shows, he wore his own hats and boots, rode his own horses and mules. Pickens appeared in dozens of films, including Rocky Mountain, Old Oklahoma Plains, Down Laredo Way, One-Eyed Jacks with Marlon Brando, Dr. Strangelove, Major Dundee with Charlton Heston, the remake of Stagecoach, Never a Dull Moment, The Cowboys with John Wayne, The Getaway with Steve McQueen, Ginger in the Morning with Fred Ward, Blazing Saddles, Poor Pretty Eddie, Rancho Deluxe, Tom Horn with McQueen, Beyond the Poseidon Adventure with Michael Caine and Karl Malden, An Eye for an Eye and Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid.
He had a small but memorable role in Steven Spielberg's 1941 in scenes with Toshiro Mifune and Christopher Lee. In 1978, Pickens lent his voice to theme park Silver Dollar City as a character named Rube Dugan, for a ride called "Rube Dugan's Diving Bell"; the diving bell was a simulation ride that took passengers on a journey to the bottom of Lake Silver and back. The ride was in operation from 1978 to 1984, he played werewolf sheriff Sam Newfield in The Howling. In 1960, he appeared in the NBC Western series, Overland Trail in the episode "Sour Annie" with fellow guest stars Mercedes McCambridge and Andrew Prine. Pickens appeared five times on NBC's Outlaws Western series as the character "Slim"; the program, starring Barton MacLane, was the story of a U. S. marshal in Oklahoma Territory — deputies played by Don Collier, Jock Gaynor, Bruce Yarnell — and the outlaws that they pursued. In 1967, Pickens had a recurring role as the scout California Joe Milner on the ABC military Western Custer, starring Wayne Maunder in the title role.
In 1975, Pickens was in another Western, playing the evil, limping bank robber in Walt Disney's The Apple Dumpling Gang. He provided the voice of B. O. B. in the 1979 Disney science-fiction thriller The Black Hole. His last film was his least notable, Pink Motel with Phyllis Diller. Pickens played B-52 pilot Major T. J. "King" Kong. In Dr. Strangelove. Stanley Kubrick cast Pickens after Peter Sellers, who played three other roles in the film, sprained his ankle and was unable to perform in the role due to having to work in the cramped cockpit set. Pickens was chosen because his accent and comic sense were perfect for the role of Kong, a cartoonishly patriotic and gung-ho B-52 commander, he was not given the script for the entire film, but only those portions. Three memorable scenes featuring Pickens were: A monologue meant to steel the crew for their duty after he receives the definitive inflight order to bomb a strategic target in the USSR Reading aloud to his crew the contents of their survival kits: After listing the contents usable for barter with Russian women, as well as a.45 automatic pistol, Major Kong said, "Shoot, a fella could have a pretty good time in Big D with all this stuff."
This line had to be looped after the November 22, 1963, screening for critics was cancelled due to President John F. Kennedy's assassination. Best known of all, Pickens riding a dropped H-bomb to a certain death and waving his cowboy hat, not knowing its detonation will trigger a Russian doomsday devicePicke
Linda Stirling was an American showgirl and actress. In her years, she had a second career as a college English professor for more than two decades, she is most famous for her roles in movie serials. The daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alex Schultz, Stirling was born in California, she attended Burnett Grammar School, George Washington Junior High School, Long Beach Polytechnic High School. She began studying drama when she was 12, she studied for two years at Ben Bard's Academy of Dramatic Arts, she was active in the Long Beach Players' Guild. Stirling acted in summer stock theater. In the book In the Nick of Time: Motion Picture Sound Serials, William C. Cline wrote, "Of the characteristics necessary in a heroine, Linda Stirling possessed all — presence, wholesomeness and versatility — and any single one would have been sufficient in her case."Stirling's first role was as a model in The Powers Girl in 1943 and her first role in a serial was the title character in The Tiger Woman. She was featured as the heroine in Zorro's Black Whip.
After her marriage, she retired from films to raise a family, although she appeared in occasional episodes of television shows, beginning in 1952. After her career as an actress ended, her children had grown, Stirling enrolled at UCLA earning a BFA, an MA, a PhD in English literature at the age of 50. With her degree in hand, Stirling began a new career as a teacher of college English and Drama in the 1960s at Glendale College in Glendale, California between 1967 and 1990. In her life, Stirling sought to distance herself in the classroom from her Hollywood past, but still remained active on the film convention circuit until the last years of her life, she appeared in a 1990 documentary on Republic Pictures, the studio where she did the bulk of her work. In 1946, she married Republic screenwriter Sloan Nibley, they had two sons. Stirling died of cancer in Studio City, Los Angeles, California in 1997. Stirling was one of the original winners of the Golden Boot Awards in 1983 for her contributions to western cinema.
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Charles Robert Starrett was an American actor best known for his starring role in the Durango Kid western series. When he retired he held the record for starring in the longest-running string of feature films. Starrett was born in Athol, where his grandfather had built a prosperous tool works, he attended Worcester Academy graduated from Dartmouth College. A graduate of Worcester Academy in 1922, Starrett went on to study at Dartmouth College. While on the Dartmouth football team he was hired to play a football extra in the film The Quarterback. Bitten by the acting bug, Starrett played minor roles in leading roles in stage plays. In 1928, he was a member of a repertory theatre troupe headed by Stuart Walker, he played the romantic lead in Fast and Loose, which featured Miriam Hopkins, Carole Lombard, Frank Morgan. He starred in the Canadian production The Viking, filmed on location in Newfoundland, which had begun as a Paramount Pictures project. After that he was active for the next two years but his roles were unremarkable.
He was featured in Our Betters, Murder on the Campus. and in his most charming role as a young doctor named Orion in "Along Came Love", with the vivacious co-star Irene Hervey. Offscreen, he helped organize the Screen Actors Guild. In 1935 Columbia Pictures wanted to replace its incumbent western star Tim McCoy with a younger actor. Starrett interviewed with Columbia producers. Starrett signed four contracts with Columbia, becoming the studio's number-one cowboy star, he cast an appealing figure with his tall stature, strong jawline, confident voice, air of quiet authority. Starrett's first western film was Gallant Defender. Starrett hadn't planned on making an entire career out of westerns, agreed to make them for two years, with the understanding that his bosses would cast him in plainclothes roles; when they didn't, he walked out on his contract after the two years. Meanwhile, theater exhibitors around the world were attracting big crowds with Charles Starrett westerns, so Columbia gave him a new contract with the actor insisting on appearing in a non-western.
He got his chance—once—in 1937, for the collegiate musical comedy Start Cheering. In a curious reflection of his own situation, Starrett played a disenchanted movie hero who wanted to do something different with his life, but Starrett's success in westerns established him in outdoor fare and sealed his fate professionally. For the rest of his career he made Columbia westerns exclusively; the musical westerns of Gene Autry inspired every Hollywood studio to have its cowboy personalities use their musical talents—but not Charles Starrett. He left the songs to professional vocalists. Columbia solved the problem by hiring an entire singing group to support Starrett: the Sons of the Pioneers. Charles Starrett made two dozen westerns under his new contract, they tend to resemble each other because the production unit was close-knit; the same company of technicians and players worked in film after film: always Iris Meredith as the leading lady, Dick Curtis as the villain, Hank Bell as the sidekick, Edward LeSaint as the senior character of father, marshal, etc. and the Sons of the Pioneers as the chorus.
Columbia reassigned Meredith to other productions, so various contract starlets took the ingenue roles, among them Lorna Gray and Ann Doran. When Starrett's new contract lapsed in 1941, he withdrew from westerns and Columbia disbanded the unit; the Sons of the Pioneers moved to Republic Pictures, where they reunited with their former lead singer Roy Rogers. Again, exhibitors petitioned Columbia for more Charles Starrett westerns, so the studio came through with a new contract at an increased salary. Starrett accepted his permanent cowboy status. After playing assorted rancher and sheriff roles, Starrett was cast as "The Durango Kid" in 1940; the character was an upright citizen known and liked by the townsfolk, but he masqueraded as a notorious, black-garbed horseman to terrorize the local criminals and foil their plans. The film was successful but not much different from some of Starrett's earlier good guy-chasing-bad-guy roles; the character was revived five years in The Return of the Durango Kid, which caught on quickly.
Starrett played an amiable cowpoke named Steve, who would become angered by an injustice and go after the villains as the mysterious, elusive Durango Kid. Steve's paint horse was named "Bullet" and Durango's white horse was "Raider." A follow-up film was made, a series. One favorite device became a signature: the masked Durango Kid materializing like Superman, always catching the villains by surprise; the Durango Kid rejuvenated Charles Starrett's career, winning him a new generation of loyal fans and a new five-year contract. The series was a useful training ground for novice actresses and fashion models, who would be signed to six-month contracts and cast as cowgirls in Starrett westerns. Dub Taylor, as comic sidekick "Cannonball", worked with Starrett until 1946. At that time, Smiley Burnette, a popular sidekick to Gene Autry, was brought in to replace Taylor. Burnette, appropriately enough, played a character called "Smiley Burnette." The Durango Kid films combined vigorous action se