Robert William Dabbs Greer was an American actor who performed many diverse supporting roles in film and television for over 50 years. His distinctive voice and southern accent was a fit for shows featuring rustic characters. He was portrayed on other shows as a minister, Greer had a recurring role as Coach Ossie Weiss in the NBC sitcom Hank. Greer was born in Fairview, the son of Bernice Irene, a teacher, and Randall Alexander Greer. Greer moved to Anderson as an infant with his family, at the age of eight, he began acting in childrens theater productions. He attended Drury University in Springfield, where he was a member of Theta Kappa Nu, Greer made his film debut as an extra in the 1938 film Jesse James, which was filmed mainly around Pineville, Missouri. He told the Neosho Daily News in 2002, They were paying $5 a day – a day, – to local people for being extras. That was really good money in those days, more money than we had seen in a long time and he was the major guest star, as a man framed for murder in Five Minutes to Doom, and as an eccentric millionaire in The Superman Silver Mine.
In 1956s movie Hot Rod Girl he played the auto shop owner Mr. Fry. At that time, he starred in three episodes as Mr. Blandish in the romantic comedy series How to Marry a Millionaire, with Barbara Eden. He guest starred about this time on the adventure series, starring Kenneth Tobey and Rescue 8, starring Jim Davis. He joined David Janssen in an episode of Richard Diamond, Private Detective, Greer was cast on the syndicated western series, Pony Express, starring Grant Sullivan. He guest starred on Jack Lords drama series about the rodeo circuit, Jonas on the Gunsmoke series and the Keenan Wynn and Bob Mathias NBC adventure series, The Troubleshooters. In addition, he played Mr. Jonas on the Gunsmoke series, in 1967, Greer appeared in the series finale entitled Elizabeths Odyssey of Barry Sullivans NBC western series The Road West. While playing Jonas, he played Chesters uncle in one episode, Greer made many appearances on the very popular series The Rifleman, starring Chuck Connors and Johnny Crawford, playing both good-guy and bad-guy characters.
In this episode, Corbett is given the name Joe Brockway and depicted as an owner in Laramie. Jack Albertson is cast with Greer in the episode as a traveling salesman named Doc Peters. In 1963, Greer was cast as Jack Tabor in the Perry Mason episode, Greer appeared alongside other guest actors in a 1964 episode of Arrest and Trial entitled The Black Flower in which he portrayed a store owner wounded in a robbery
Maxwell Emmett Pat Buttram was an American actor, known for playing the sidekick of Gene Autry and for playing the character of Mr. Haney in the television series Green Acres. He had a voice which, in his own words. Buttram was born in Addison in Winston County, Alabama, to Wilson McDaniel Buttram, a Methodist minister and he had an older brother, Augustus McDaniel Buttram, and five other elder siblings. When Pat Buttram was an old, his father was transferred to Nauvoo. Buttram graduated from Mortimer Jordan High School, which was located in Morris, Alabama. Buttram performed in plays and on a local radio station, before he became a regular on the National Barn Dance in Chicago. He had his own program on CBS, Buttram went to Hollywood in the 1940s and became a sidekick to Roy Rogers. However, since Rogers already had two regulars, Buttram was soon dropped and he was picked by Gene Autry, recently returned from his World War II service in the Army Air Force, to work with him. Buttram would co-star with Gene Autry in more than 40 films, buttrams first Autry film was Strawberry Roan in 1948.
In the late 1940s, Buttram joined Autry on his show, Melody Ranch. During the first television season, Buttram went by Pat or Patrick, from the second season forward, he used his own name. Buttram guest starred on three episodes of Walter Brennans ABC sitcom, The Real McCoys, including the role of Cousin Carl in the episode Back to West Virginny. In the story line, Amos and Kate McCoy return to Smokey Corners, West Virginia, for the 100th birthday gathering of Grandma McCoy, henry Jones guest starred in this segment as Jed McCoy. Buttram is remembered for his role as Mr. Haney in the 1965–1971 CBS television comedy Green Acres and he had a recurring role as the voice of Cactus Jake on Garfield and Friends. One of his last roles was a cameo in Back to the Future Part III and his final voice-over was A Goofy Movie, released a year after his death. In 1936, Buttram married Dorothy McFadden, the couple adopted a daughter but divorced in 1946. In 1952, he married actress Sheila Ryan, the marriage ended with her death in 1975 and they had a daughter named Kathrine born in 1954.
Buttram retired from acting in 1980 and made his home in his native Winston County, however, he soon returned to California, where he made frequent personal appearances
His next-most recognized role is the tough, but eloquent Mr. Larson in Happy Gilmore. Other notable films include The Longest Yard, Silver Streak, Force 10 from Navarone, Pale Rider, Kiel made his acting debut in the Laramie episode Street of Hate. He acted in an unaired TV pilot featuring Lee Falks superhero The Phantom, before film and television, Kiel worked in numerous jobs, including a nightclub bouncer and a cemetery plot salesman. Kiel broke into films in the early 1960s with Eegah, which was featured on Elviras Movie Macabre and Mystery Science Theater 3000, as were The Phantom Planet. He produced, co-wrote, and starred in The Giant of Thunder Mountain, Kiel appeared as the towering — and lethal — assistant Voltaire to Dr. Miguelito Loveless in first-season episodes of The Wild, Wild West. This episode is significant because it allowed Kiel the opportunity to act rather than just look intimidating. Kiel had a role in a 1961 episode of The Rifleman. From 1963 to 1965, Kiel worked as a night school math instructor in Burbank, episode The Vulcan Affair, Kiel appeared as a guard in Vulcans plant, and he portrayed Merry in The Hong Kong Shilling Affair.
In 1967 he played a monster in an episode of The Monkees, arnold Schwarzenegger and Kiel were the original choices to portray the title character in The Incredible Hulk. Schwarzenegger was turned down due to his height, Kiel participated in the filming of the pilot. During the shoot, producers decided their Hulk needed to be rather than just towering. All recognizable footage of Kiel was cut, except one scene where the Hulk saves the girl from drowning. He appeared on other television episodes, such as Laramie, I Dream of Jeannie, Honey West, Gilligans Island, The Monkees, Daniel Boone. Starsky & Hutch, Land of the Lost, The Fall Guy, and Simon & Simon, the James Bond-film producers spotted Kiel in Barbary Coast, and thought he was ideal for the role of Jaws in The Spy Who Loved Me. He was one of the few Bond-villains to appear in two Bond-films, appearing in Moonraker and he reprised his role of Jaws in the video game called James Bond 007, Everything or Nothing, supplying his voice and likeness.
Prior to becoming Jaws, Kiel gave a similarly menacing performance as another metal-toothed villain, while Kiels roles as Jaws and Reace offered him little dialogue, his role in Happy Gilmore was quite the opposite. As Mr. Larson, Happy Gilmores former employer, Kiel exchanges several one-liners with both Adam Sandlers Happy and Christopher McDonalds Shooter, Kiel took a quieter profile after Happy Gilmores release, but left semi-retirement to record a role for Tangled. In the acclaimed animated Disney film, he portrayed Vlad, a surprisingly soft-hearted thug who collects ceramic unicorns, Kiels IMDb page indicates that he filmed a role for Gary T. Smiths indie film The Engagement Ring, although no production update has occurred since Kiels passing
Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. Regarded as one of the most significant cultural icons of the 20th century, he is referred to as the King of Rock and Roll. Presley was born in Tupelo and relocated to Memphis and his music career began there in 1954, when he recorded a song with producer Sam Phillips at Sun Records. Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was a popularizer of rockabilly. RCA Victor acquired his contract in a deal arranged by Colonel Tom Parker, Presleys first RCA single, Heartbreak Hotel, was released in January 1956 and became a number-one hit in the United States. He was regarded as the figure of rock and roll after a series of successful network television appearances. In November 1956, Presley made his debut in Love Me Tender. In 1958, he was drafted into military service, in 1973, Presley featured in the first globally broadcast concert via satellite, Aloha from Hawaii. Several years of drug abuse severely damaged his health.
Presley is one of the most celebrated and influential musicians of the 20th century and he won three Grammys, receiving the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award at age 36, and has been inducted into multiple music halls of fame. Presley was born on January 8,1935, in Tupelo, Mississippi, to Gladys Love and Vernon Elvis Presley, Jesse Garon Presley, his identical twin brother, was delivered stillborn 35 minutes before his own birth. Thus, as a child, Presley became close to both parents and formed an especially close bond with his mother. The family attended an Assembly of God, where he found his musical inspiration. Although he was in conflict with the Pentecostal church in his years, rev. Rex Humbard officiated at his funeral, as Presley had been an admirer of Humbards ministry. Presleys ancestry was primarily a Western European mix, including Scots-Irish, German, gladyss great-great-grandmother, Morning Dove White, was possibly a Cherokee Native American. Gladys was regarded by relatives and friends as the dominant member of the small family, Vernon moved from one odd job to the next, evincing little ambition.
The family often relied on help from neighbors and government food assistance, the Presleys survived the F5 tornado in the 1936 Tupelo–Gainesville tornado outbreak. In 1938, they lost their home after Vernon was found guilty of kiting a check written by the landowner, Orville S. Bean and he was jailed for eight months, and Gladys and Elvis moved in with relatives
Winfield Scott was a United States Army general and unsuccessful presidential candidate of the Whig Party in 1852. He served as Commanding General of the United States Army for twenty years, a national hero after the Mexican–American War, he served as military governor of Mexico City. Such was his stature that, in 1852, the Whig Party passed over its own incumbent President of the United States, Millard Fillmore, at six feet five inches in height, he remains the tallest man ever nominated by a major party. He was educated by tutors and in the schools, and briefly attended the College of William. He studied law in the office of attorney David Robinson, Scott attained admission to the bar, and made a brief attempt to practice law. He gained his military experience as a corporal of cavalry in the Virginia militia near Petersburg in 1807. He was subsequently commissioned as a captain in the Light Artillery in May 1808, Scotts early career in the army was tumultuous. Scotts commission was suspended for one year, and after returning to duty, Scott earned the nickname Old Fuss and Feathers for his insistence on military bearing, courtesy and discipline.
In his own campaigns after reaching high rank, Scott preferred to use a core of Army regulars augmented by volunteers whenever possible, Scott perennially concerned himself with the welfare of his men, as demonstrated by his quarrel with Wilkinson over the New Orleans bivouac site. In another instance, when cholera broke out at a post under his command, the army promoted Scott to lieutenant colonel of the 2nd Artillery Regiment in July 1812. Scott served primarily on the Niagara Campaign front in the War of 1812 and he took command of an American landing party during the Battle of Queenston Heights on October 13,1812. The British held Scott as a prisoner of war, the British considered Irish-American prisoners of war British subjects and traitors and executed 13 such Americans captured at Queenstown Heights. The British paroled and released Scott in a prisoner exchange, upon release, Scott returned to Washington to pressure the Senate to take punitive action against British prisoners of war in retaliation for the British executions of Irish-American soldiers.
The Senate wrote a bill after this urging, but President James Madison believed the execution of prisoners of war unworthy of civilized nations. Scott was promoted to colonel in March 1813, Scott planned and led the capture of Fort George, Upper Canada, on the Niagara River. By crossing the Niagara and landing on the Lake Ontario shore, Colonel Scott was wounded in this battle, which is considered among the best-planned and best-executed U. S. operations of the war. Scott was promoted to general on March 19,1814. He was only 27 years old at the time, one of the youngest generals in the history of the U. S. Army, Scott commanded the 1st Brigade, and was instrumental in the American success at the Battle of Chippawa on July 5,1814
The Spy Who Loved Me (film)
The Spy Who Loved Me is the tenth spy film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Roger Moore as the fictional secret agent James Bond. Curd Jürgens and Barbara Bach co-star and it was directed by Lewis Gilbert and the screenplay was written by Christopher Wood and Richard Maibaum. The film takes its title from Ian Flemings novel The Spy Who Loved Me, the storyline involves a reclusive megalomaniac named Karl Stromberg, who plans to destroy the world and create a new civilisation under the sea. Bond teams up with a Russian agent, Anya Amasova, to stop Stromberg, the Spy Who Loved Me was well-received by critics. The soundtrack composed by Marvin Hamlisch met with success, the film was nominated for three Academy Awards amid many other nominations and novelised in 1977 by Christopher Wood as James Bond, The Spy Who Loved Me. British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines are mysteriously disappearing, James Bond—MI6 agent 007—is summoned to investigate. On the way to his briefing, he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, the plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are being offered in Egypt.
There, he encounters Major Anya Amasova—KGB agent Triple X—his rival to recover the microfilm plans and they travel across Egypt together, encountering Jaws – a tall assassin with steel teeth – along the way. Bond and Amasova reluctantly team up after a truce is agreed by their respective British and they identify the person responsible for the thefts as the shipping tycoon and anarchist Karl Stromberg. While travelling by train to Strombergs base in Sardinia, Bond saves Amasova from Jaws, posing as a marine biologist and his wife, they visit Strombergs base and discover that he had launched a mysterious new supertanker, the Liparus, nine months previously. Jaws escapes while Naomi is killed, Bond finds out that the Liparus has never visited any known port or harbour. Amasova discovers that Bond killed her lover in Austria, and she vows to kill Bond once their mission ends and Amasova examine Strombergs underwater Atlantis base from an American submarine, and confirm that he is operating the stolen tracking system.
Stromberg sets his plan in motion, the launching of nuclear missiles from British and Soviet submarines to destroy Moscow. This would trigger a nuclear war, which Stromberg would survive in Atlantis. He leaves for Atlantis with Amasova, Bond escapes and frees the captured British and American submariners and they battle the Liparuss crew. Bond reprograms the submarines to fire missiles at other, saving Moscow. The victorious submariners escape the sinking Liparus on the American submarine, the submarine is ordered to destroy Atlantis but Bond insists on rescuing Amasova first. He confronts and kills Stromberg but again encounters Jaws, whom he drops into a shark tank, Jaws fatally bites the shark and escapes
Beverly Adams Sassoon is a Canadian-born actress and author. Adams was born in Edmonton, Alberta to a Canadian mother, as a child, Adams moved to Burbank, California where, as a teen, she competed in and won beauty contests before becoming an actress. During her career, Adams appeared in various guest roles in series of the 1960s. After marrying hairstylist Vidal Sassoon in 1966, Adams retired from acting to raise the four children. During her retirement from acting, Adams published several books and served as a spokeswoman for Vidal Sassoon, in 1980, the couple divorced and Adams returned to acting. She launched her own line of pet products, Beverly Sassoon Pet Care System. They had four children, daughter Catya, an actress who died from a heart attack, son Elan BenVidal, son David. Beverly Adams at the Internet Movie Database Beverly Adams at AllMovie
Barbara Stanwyck was an American actress and dancer. She was a film and television star, known during her 60-year career as a consummate and versatile professional with a strong, realistic screen presence, deMille, Fritz Lang, and Frank Capra. After a short but notable career as an actress in the late 1920s, she made 85 films in 38 years in Hollywood. Orphaned at the age of four and partially raised in foster homes and she was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actress four times, for Stella Dallas, Ball of Fire, Double Indemnity and Sorry, Wrong Number. For her television work she won three Emmy Awards, for The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The Big Valley and The Thorn Birds, the Thorn Birds won her a Golden Globe. She received an Honorary Oscar at the 1982 Academy Award ceremony and she was the recipient of honorary lifetime awards from the American Film Institute, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and the Screen Actors Guild. Stanwyck received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960, Barbara Stanwyck was born Ruby Catherine Stevens on July 16,1907, in Brooklyn, New York.
She was the child of Byron E. and Catherine Ann Stevens. Her father was a native of Massachusetts and her mother was an immigrant from Nova Scotia, Ruby was of English and Scottish ancestry, by her father and mother, respectively. When Ruby was four, her mother died of complications from a miscarriage after a drunken stranger accidentally knocked her off a moving streetcar, two weeks after the funeral, Byron Stevens joined a work crew digging the Panama Canal and was never seen again. Ruby and her brother, were raised by their elder sister Mildred, when Mildred got a job as a showgirl and Byron were placed in a series of foster homes, from which young Ruby often ran away. Ruby toured with Mildred during the summers of 1916 and 1917, watching the movies of Pearl White, whom Ruby idolized, influenced her drive to be a performer. At the age of 14 she dropped out of school, to take a job wrapping packages at a department store in Brooklyn, Ruby never attended high school, although early biographical thumbnail sketches had her attending Brooklyns famous Erasmus Hall High School.
Soon afterward, she took a job filing cards at the Brooklyn telephone office for a wage of $14 a week and she disliked both jobs, her real goal was to enter show business, even as her sister Mildred discouraged the idea. She took a job cutting dress patterns for Vogue magazine and her next job was as a typist for the Jerome H. Remick Music Company, a job she reportedly enjoyed. However, her ambition was to work in show business. In 1923, a few months before her 16th birthday, Ruby auditioned for a place in the chorus at the Strand Roof, a night club over the Strand Theatre in Times Square. A few months later, she obtained a job as a dancer in the 1922 and 1923 seasons of the Ziegfeld Follies, I just wanted to survive and eat and have a nice coat, Stanwyck said
Roustabout is a traditional term for a worker with broad-based, non-specific skills. Originally used to show or circus workers who handled materials for construction on fairgrounds, it is applied to rural employment. Oil roustabout refers to a worker who maintains all things in the oil field, Roustabout is an official classification of natural gas and oil rig personnel. Roustabouts working in oil fields typically perform various jobs requiring little training, Roustabouts will set up oil well heads, maintain saltwater disposal pumps, lease roads, lease mowing, create dikes around tank batteries on a lease, etc. An oil roustabout has no limits in the oil industry and can, and will do any and all oil field work, including drilling, oil well completion and well service. An oil field roustabout will do all things that an oil field pumper would have to do, they frequently turn out to be long-term employees and take on more difficult and sometimes dangerous jobs as they gain experience. Most go on to at least become “roughnecks” if they work for the rig company for more than a few months.
An early 2010 survey by Careercast. com of the best and worst jobs — based on five criteria, income, employment outlook, physical demands, the anecdotal and subjective experience of an actual roustabout reveals the excitement of a challenging, adventurous job. In Australia and New Zealand a roustabout can be any worker with broad-based, non-specific skills, they are most commonly found in rural employment, especially sheep farming, as in the film The Sundowners, where they leave town before the sun goes down. The term was used in Disneys 1941 animated film Dumbo, during a scene in which a group of labourers pulled circus materials off the train for construction. Roustabout was a 1964 musical movie starring Elvis Presley, Barbara Stanwyck, the term is used in the song The Mariners Revenge Song, by The Decemberists. Roustabout is the name of a recorded by the bluegrass band, Open Road. The term is used by Beats Antique for two songs off of their album Collide. The Slamball team Rousties is named after a roustabout, in the musical theater production All Shook Up, the lead character Chad is often referred to as a roustabout.
Roughnecks and Roustabouts is the second Album by Pete Williams, formerly bassist and vocalist with Dexys Midnight Runners, and currently performing as The Pete Williams Band
John Rich (director)
John Rich was an American film and television director. He directed such television shows as Colonel Humphrey Flack, I Married Joan, Bonanza, Hogans Heroes, Wheres Raymond. Mister Ed, The Dick Van Dyke Show, All in the Family, The Jeffersons, Good Times, Barney Miller, Benson, The Brady Bunch, and Gilligans Island. His feature film credits include Wives and Lovers, Boeing Boeing and Easy Come and he participated in the live telecast of the opening-day ceremonies of Disneyland in 1955. He won an Emmy for The Dick Van Dyke Show, two Emmys for All in the Family, and two Golden Globes and an N. A. A. C. P, image Award for All in the Family. In the 1980s, Rich and Henry Winkler formed a company called Henry Winkler/John Rich Productions. Rich studied at the University of Michigan earning both a B. A. and an M. A. degree in English. Mr. John Rich at the Internet Movie Database John Rich Interview with Joe Krein at Elvis2001. net John Rich Interview at The Archive of American Television
Steve Brodie (actor)
Steve Brodie was an American stage and television actor from El Dorado in Butler County in south central Kansas. Born John Stevenson, he took his name from Steve Brodie. Brodie appeared in more than two hundred films, mostly from the mid-1940s to the early 1950s and he worked at various studios, including MGM, RKO and Republic Pictures, appearing mostly in westerns and B-movies. He played supporting roles in the majority of his films, including the 1947 film noir classic Out of the Past, an exception was 1947s Desperate, where he had a starring role. Later appearances included roles in two Elvis Presley films, 1961s Blue Hawaii and 1964s Roustabout, beginning in the mid-1950s, he appeared mostly on television, with guest- starring roles in such series as Stories of the Century, Sugarfoot, Colt. Brodie made three guest appearances on Perry Mason, including the role of murderer and title character Ben Wallace in the 1959 episode, The Case of the Garrulous Gambler. Brodie appeared on stage in the 1950s as Maryk in a national production of The Caine Mutiny Court-Martial, co-starring with Paul Douglas as Queeg.
Brodie was married to actress Lois Andrews from 1946 until her death in 1968 and their son Kevin Brodie was a child actor who became a film writer and director. The senior Brodie died of cancer in West Hills, California, at the time of his death, The Los Angeles Times erroneously stated in his obituary that Brodie had been nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for 1949s Home of the Brave. In truth, Brodie was actually not among the five nominees in that category that year, Steve Brodie at the Internet Movie Database Steve Brodie at AllMovie Steve Brodie, Obituary, at Los Angeles Times