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Rostom Sipan Ross Bagdasarian, otherwise known by his stage name David Seville, was an American pianist, musician, actor, voice actor, and record producer of Armenian descent. Bagdasarian was the creator of Alvin and the Chipmunks and the founder of Bagdasarian Productions, Bagdasarian was born in Fresno, California, the youngest child of Dick and Virginia Bagdasarian, Armenian immigrants from the Ottoman Empire. He enlisted in the United States Army one month after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Bagdasarian performed in the Broadway cast of The Time of Your Life, written by his famous cousin William Saroyan. Bagdasarians first musical success was the song that he wrote with Saroyan Come on-a My House, the lyrics are based on dialogue from Saroyans novel The Human Comedy. Bagdasarian played minor roles in films, the best known of which is his appearance in Alfred Hitchcocks 1954 murder mystery Rear Window, Bagdasarian portrays a piano-playing songwriter who composes, plays, and sings the song Lisa. His character lives in an apartment opposite the protagonists, in keeping with the screenplays theme of social voyeurism, his dialogue is never clearly heard and he appears only in long shots, sometimes seen through a window. He stands next to Hitchcock in his cameo appearance. Bagdasarian had small parts in The Greatest Show on Earth, Viva Zapata, destination Gobi, Stalag 17, Alaska Seas, The Proud and Profane, Three Violent People, Hot Blood, The Deep Six, and The Devils Hairpin. In 1956, Bagdasarian had a hit as Alfi and Harry with a novelty record The Trouble with Harry. He wrote The Ballad of Colin Black, a song to The Proud. According to Ross Bagdasarian Jr. his father was down to his last $200 when he spent $190 on a V-M tape recorder that would let him vary the tape speed and he followed this with The Bird on My Head, which barely made the Top 40. Then for the 1958 Christmas season came The Chipmunk Song with the Chipmunks, Bagdasarian named the three Chipmunk characters after record executives, Simon Waronker, Ted Keep, and Alvin Bennett. Most consumer tape recorders of the day had changeable speeds, but usually only in simple binary multiples, doubling or halving the speed, changing speeds of voices in these limited multiples creates extremely high or low pitches that sound too extreme for most purposes. The first Chipmunk record, The Chipmunk Song, had Bagdasarian doing all the voices, after the success of The Chipmunk Song, a series of follow-up hit singles were quickly released, also on Liberty Records. Alvins Harmonica was the second, Ragtime Cowboy Joe the third, albums continued this trend, the first album being released on red vinyl, successfully continuing well into the 60s with an album of the Chipmunks singing various early hits of the Beatles in 1964. Other trick-recording producers tried to imitate Sevilles Chipmunks, with embarrassing results. A failed novelty single by Shirley and Squirrelly is a good example, following his hit records, Bagdasarian provided the voice for David Seville and Alvin in the Chipmunks short-lived 1961–62 animated television series The Alvin Show. The Chipmunks recordings had the performers often labeled as David Seville and the Chipmunks, bagdasarians last album was The Chipmunks Go to the Movies, released in 1969, almost three years before his death
Willard Carroll Will Smith Jr. is an American actor, producer, rapper, and songwriter. In April 2007, Newsweek called him the most powerful actor in Hollywood, Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards. In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince, in 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the popular NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film, Smith has been ranked as the most bankable star worldwide by Forbes. As of 2016, his films have grossed $7.5 billion at the box office. For his performances as boxer Muhammad Ali in Ali and stockbroker Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness, Smith received nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actor. Willard Carroll Smith Jr. was born on September 15,1968 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Caroline, a Philadelphia school board administrator and he grew up in West Philadelphias Wynnefield neighborhood, and was raised Baptist. He has three siblings, sister Pamela, who is four years older, and twins Harry and Ellen, Smith attended Our Lady of Lourdes, a private Catholic elementary school in Philadelphia. His parents separated when he was 13, but did not actually divorce until around 2000, though widely reported, it is untrue that Smith turned down a scholarship to attend the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, he never applied to college because he wanted to rap. Smith says he was admitted to a program at MIT for high school students. According to Smith, My mother, who worked for the School Board of Philadelphia, had a friend who was the officer at MIT. I had pretty high SAT scores and they needed black kids, but I had no intention of going to college. The trio was known for performing humorous, radio-friendly songs, most notably Parents Just Dont Understand and they gained critical acclaim and won the first Grammy awarded in the Rap category. Smith spent money freely around 1988 and 1989 and underpaid his income taxes, the Internal Revenue Service eventually assessed a $2.8 million tax debt against Smith, took many of his possessions, and garnished his income. Smith was nearly bankrupt in 1990, when the NBC television network signed him to a contract and built a sitcom, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, the show was successful and began his acting career. Will Smith set for himself the goal of becoming the biggest movie star in the world, Smiths first major roles were in the drama Six Degrees of Separation and the action film Bad Boys in which he starred opposite Martin Lawrence. In 1996, Smith starred as part of an ensemble cast in Roland Emmerichs Independence Day, the film was a massive blockbuster, becoming the second highest-grossing film in history at the time and establishing Smith as a prime box office draw. In the summer of 1997 he starred alongside Tommy Lee Jones in the summer hit Men in Black playing Agent J, in 1998, Smith starred with Gene Hackman in Enemy of the State
Ben Vereen is an American actor, dancer, and singer who has appeared in numerous Broadway theatre shows. Vereen graduated from Manhattans High School of Performing Arts, Vereen was born Benjamin Augustus Middleton on October 10,1946, in Miami, Florida. While still an infant, Vereen and his family relocated to the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn and he was adopted by James Vereen, a paint-factory worker, and his wife, Pauline, who worked as a maid and theatre wardrobe mistress. He discovered he was adopted when he applied for a passport to join Sammy Davis, during his pre-teen years, he exhibited an innate talent for drama and dance and often performed in local variety shows. At the age of 14, Vereen enrolled at the High School of Performing Arts, where he studied under world-renowned choreographers Martha Graham, George Balanchine, upon his graduation, he struggled to find suitable stage work and was often forced to take odd jobs to supplement his income. He was 18 years old when he made his New York stage bow off-off Broadway in The Prodigal Son at the Greenwich Mews Theater. By the following year, he was in Las Vegas, performing in Bob Fosses production of Sweet Charity and he returned to New York City to play Claude in Hair in the Broadway production, before joining the national touring company. The following year, he was cast opposite Davis in the adaptation of Sweet Charity. After developing a rapport with Davis, Vereen was cast as his understudy in the production of Golden Boy. He was nominated for a Tony Award for Jesus Christ Superstar in 1972, Vereen appeared in the Broadway musical Wicked as the Wizard of Oz in 2005. Vereen has also performed in shows and actively lectures on black history. Vereens four-week summer variety series, Ben Vereen, comin At Ya, aired on NBC in August 1975 and featured regulars Lola Falana, Avery Schreiber and Liz Torres. In 1981, Vereen performed at Ronald Reagans first inauguration, the performance generated controversy as Vereen performed the first part of the show in blackface. Before the finale, ABC cut the performance, generating confusion. He was cast opposite Jeff Goldblum in the detective series Tenspeed. During the late 1980s and early 1990s, Vereen worked steadily on television with projects ranging from the sitcom Webster to the drama Silk Stalkings, in 1985, Vereen starred in the Faerie Tale Theatre series as Puss in Boots alongside Gregory Hines. He appeared on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air episode, “Papa’s Got a Brand New Excuse, in which he played Will Smiths biological father and he made several appearances on the 1980s sitcom Webster as the title characters biological uncle. He also appeared as Mayor Ben on the childrens program Zoobilee Zoo, in 1993 he appeared in the Star Trek, The Next Generation episode Interface, as the father of Roots co-star LeVar Burtons Geordi LaForge - fellow Roots star Madge Sinclair portrayed his wife as well
Charles Richard Moll is an American actor and voice artist, best known for playing Bull Shannon, the bailiff on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992. Moll has also done work as a voice actor, typically using his deep voice to portray villainous characters in animation. Moll was born in Pasadena, California, U. S. the son of Violet Anita, a nurse, and Harry Findley Moll and he was remarkably tall early in his life, reaching 6 ft by age 12, he kept growing until about 6 ft 8 in. He attended the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order fraternity, in the 1977 film Brigham, Moll appeared as Joseph Smith Jr. founder of the Latter Day Saint movement. Moll would go on to often portray hulking or imposing characters due to his height, in 1979 Moll played the part of Eugene, a gangster on the TV series Happy Days in the episode titled Fonzies Funeral. In 1981, Moll co-starred with Jan-Michael Vincent and Kim Basinger in the movie Hard Country, in 1982, he played the sorcerer Xusia in The Sword and the Sorcerer. In 1983, he shaved his head for the role of Hurok in the science fiction B movie Metalstorm, the producers of the TV sitcom Night Court liked the look so much in his audition that they asked him to keep it. Moll also used the Bull persona in commercials for Washingtons Lottery, Moll played the role of Big Ben in the 1986 horror film House. He earned a Saturn Award nomination for the role, Moll made a guest appearance in the pilot episode of Highlander, The Series as Slan Quince, the villain who reunites Connor MacLeod with his kinsman and shows protagonist, Duncan MacLeod. Moll made a guest appearance on Babylon 5 in the episode Hunter, Prey as a criminal who was holding a VIP hostage. Moll made another guest appearance in the tv series Hercules and he played the cyclops in episode two Eye of the Beholder. In season 9, episode 1/2 of The Facts of Life, Moll appeared in The Flintstones and Casper Meets Wendy, both TV spin-offs. In 2001 he played Hugh Kane, the ghost haunting a mansion in Scary Movie 2 and he played the drifter on the Nickelodeon show 100 Deeds for Eddie McDowd. Also, in 2007, he played Kolchak Jefferson Stillwall in Anthony C, in 2014, Moll did a cameo as a security guard on an episode of Anger Management with Charlie Sheen. He can be heard in many animated film and cartoon productions, often as a villain with a deep, growling voice. Moll has voiced Two-Face in Batman, The Animated Series, the Scorpion in later episodes of Spider-Man, The Animated Series, Moll also reprised his role as Two-Face for the episode Chill of the Night. of Batman, The Brave and the Bold. His first role in a film was as a beat poet in Ralph Bakshis American Pop. He starred as Norman in the animated series Mighty Max and he also voiced Vorn the Unspeakable, a Cthulhu-like character in Freakazoid
Kenneth Clark Kenny Loggins is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist. His early songwriting compositions were recorded with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band in 1970, as a solo artist, Loggins experienced a string of soundtrack successes, including an Academy award nomination for Footloose in 1984. His early soundtrack contributions date back to the film A Star Is Born in 1976, Finally Home was released in 2013, shortly after Loggins formed the group Blue Sky Riders with Gary Burr and Georgia Middleman. Loggins was born in Everett, Washington and is the youngest of three brothers and his mother was Lina, a homemaker, and his father, Robert George Loggins, was a salesman. They lived in Detroit and Seattle before settling in Alhambra, California, Loggins attended San Gabriel Mission High School, graduating in 1966. He formed a band called the Second Helping that released three singles during 1968 and 1969 on Viva Records, during his early twenties, he was part of the band Gator Creek with Mike Deasy. An early version of Dannys Song was included in a record on Mercury Records, the two recorded a number of Loggins compositions in Messinas home living room. When Columbia signed Loggins to a contract, recording began in earnest for Loggins debut album. In addition to providing rehearsal space, equipment and amps, Messina worked long hours with Loggins and he also assembled The Kenny Loggins Band by summoning old friends consisting of bassist Larry Sims and drummer Merel Bregante, violinist/multireedist Al Garth and multireedist Jon Clarke. Messina originally intended to lend his name to the Loggins project only to introduce the unknown Loggins to Messinas well-established Buffalo Springfield. But by the time the album was completed, Messina had contributed so much to the album - in terms of songwriting, arrangement, instrumentation, thus, the full name of their first album was Kenny Loggins with Jim Messina Sittin In. The albums first single release, the Caribbean-flavored Vahevala, found top 3 success on WCFL on 18 May 1972, although the album went unnoticed by radio upon release, it eventually found success by autumn 1972, particularly on college campuses where the pair toured heavily. The vocal harmonies of Loggins and Messina meshed so well that what was begun as an album became an entity unto itself. Audiences regarded the pair as a duo rather than as a solo act with a well-known producer. Instead of continuing to produce Loggins as a performer, they decided to record as a duo – Loggins & Messina. When our first album, Sittin In, came out, we started receiving a lot of excitement about the music and good sales and it was either I now go on and continue to produce him and we do the solo career or we stay together and let this work. For me, I did not desire to go out on the road. I had had enough of that, and I wanted to produce records, but Clive Davis intervened and said, You know, I think youd be making a mistake if you guys didnt take this opportunity
Shelley Alexis Duvall is an American actress, producer, writer, singer and comedian. Duvall had a role in Annie Hall before starring in lead roles in Popeye. Later, Duvall appeared in Time Bandits, Frankenweenie, and The Portrait of a Lady and she is also an Emmy-nominated producer responsible for Faerie Tale Theatre and other child-friendly programming. Duvalls most recent performance was in Manna from Heaven, Shelley Alexis Duvall was born on July 7,1949, in Houston, Texas, the daughter of Bobbie Ruth Crawford and Robert Richardson Bobby Duvall, a lawyer. Duvall has three brothers, Scott, Shane and Stewart, after leaving school, Duvall sold cosmetics at Foleys and attended South Texas Junior College, where she majored in Nutrition and Diet Therapy. She met Robert Altman when he was shooting Brewster McCloud on location and he offered Duvall a part in the film. She said, I got tired of arguing, and thought maybe I am an actress, I simply got on a plane and did it. Duvall had never left Texas before Altman offered her a film role and she flew to Hollywood and landed the role of a free-spirited love interest to Bud Corts reclusive Brewster in Brewster McCloud. Altman chose Duvall for roles as an unsatisfied mail-order bride in McCabe & Mrs, the same year, Duvall left Altman to star as Bernice, a wealthy girl from Wisconsin in PBS’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s short story Bernice Bobs Her Hair. She also hosted an evening of Saturday Night Live and appeared in 5 sketches, Programming Change, Video Vixens, Night of the Moonies, in 1977, Duvall starred as Mildred Millie Lammoreaux in Altmans 3 Women. Duvalls performance garnered the award for Best Actress at the 1977 Cannes Film Festival and she appeared in a minor role in Woody Allens Annie Hall. Duvalls next role was Wendy Torrance in The Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick, jack Nicholson states in the documentary Stanley Kubrick, A Life in Pictures that Kubrick was great to work with but that he was a different director with Duvall. Because of Kubricks methodical nature, principal took a year to complete. Kubrick and Duvall argued frequently, although Duvall later said she learned more working with Kubrick on The Shining than she did on all her earlier films. In order to give The Shining the psychological horror it needed, the film’s script was changed so often that Nicholson stopped reading each draft. Kubrick intentionally isolated Duvall and argued with her often, Duvall was forced to perform the iconic and exhausting baseball bat scene 127 times. Afterwards, Duvall presented Kubrick with clumps of hair that had fallen out due to the stress of filming. Her role of Pansy in Terry Gilliams Time Bandits followed, in 1982, Duvall narrated, hosted and was executive producer of the childrens television program Faerie Tale Theatre
Born in Palo Alto, California, Post is the daughter of scientist Richard F. Post and Marylee Post, a poet, the middle child, she and her two siblings were raised in Stanford, California and Walnut Creek, California and attended Las Lomas High School where she was a cheerleader. She attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and briefly Pomona College in Claremont, California, prior to acting, Post worked on several game shows. She began her career with the crew of the Tom Kennedy version of Split Second. She also served as producer of Alex Trebeks Double Dare. Post often was a celebrity player on game shows, including Pyramid. After The Fall Guy, she played Christine Sullivan on the 1980s television comedy series Night Court from the season until the shows end. She played Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the comedy series Hearts Afire, Post has also had regularly recurring guest star roles on The District and on Scrubs as the mother of Dr. Elliot Reid. Film credits include Theres Something About Mary, in which she played the mother of Cameron Diazs character. She played a girl and dominatrix in the 1988 TV movie Tricks of the Trade opposite Cindy Williams. She also had a role in NBCs 1995 movie Visitors in the Night. According to her IMDB. com page, Post also appeared in the 1997 TV movie Survival on the Mountain and she worked on the comedy movie Cook Off. as Christine Merriweather. She appeared in the 30 Rock episode The One with the Cast of Night Court playing herself when she, Harry Anderson, Post was the voice of June Darby on the animated series Transformers, Prime. Since 2014, Post has appeared as a character, Bunny. Post is married to actor and writer Michael A. Ross and she was previously married to Stephen Knox, whom she met at Lewis and Clark College. Markie Post at the Internet Movie Database Markie Post at AllMovie