Orson Bean is an American film and stage actor. He appeared frequently on televised shows in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. Bean was born Dallas Frederick Burrows in Burlington, the son of Marian Ainsworth and his father was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union, a fund-raiser for the Scottsboro Boys defense, and a 20-year member of the campus police of Harvard College. Orson graduated from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School and he is a first cousin twice removed of Calvin Coolidge, who was President of the United States at the time of Beans birth. Orson Bean is a member of The Sons of the Desert. Bean served for two years in the United States Army stationed in Japan, in 1952, Bean made a guest appearance on NBC Radios weekly hot-jazz series The Chamber Music Society of Lower Basin Street. His vocal mannerisms were ideal for the tone of the show. Bean was a frequent guest on The Tonight Show, and appeared on game shows originating from New York and he was a regular panelist on To Tell the Truth in versions from the late 1950s through 1991.
During this time, his father appeared as a subject of the panel, apparently no one knew his real name was Burrows. He appeared on Super Password and Match Game, among other game shows and he hosted a pilot for a revamped version of Concentration in 1985 which was picked up on in 1987 as Classic Concentration with Alex Trebek. He played the character in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode Mr. Bevis. In 1961, for the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson, he starred as John Monroe in The Secret Life of James Thurber, on Broadway, he was the star of the original cast of Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter. And was featured in Subways Are For Sleeping, for which he received a Tony Award nomination as Best Featured Actor in a Musical and he starred in Illya Darling, the 1967 musical adaptation of the film Never on Sunday. In 1964 he produced the Obie Award winning Home Movies and appeared on Broadway in I Was Dancing and he played John Goodmans homophobic father on the sitcom Normal, Ohio.
He played the main characters Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in the 1977 and 1980 Rankin/Bass animated adaptations of J. R. R, tolkiens The Hobbit, and The Return of the King. He played Dr. Lester in Spike Jonzes 1999 film, Bean appeared in the last two episodes of Season 7 of 2003 in 7th Heaven as a patient. In 2005, Bean appeared in the sitcom Two and a Half Men, playing a former playboy whose conquests included actresses Tuesday Weld and Anne Francis. He appeared in the 2007 How I Met Your Mother episode Slapsgiving as Robin Scherbatskys 41-year-old boyfriend, in 2009, he was cast in the recurring role of Roy Bender, a steak salesman, who is Karen McCluskeys love interest on the ABC series Desperate Housewives
Polly Bergen was an American actress, television host and entrepreneur. She won an Emmy Award in 1958 for her performance as Helen Morgan in The Helen Morgan Story, for her stage work she was nominated for the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical for her performance as Carlotta Campion in Follies in 2001. Her film work included 1962s Cape Fear and 1963s The Caretakers and she hosted her own variety show for one season, and as an author wrote three books on beauty and charm. Bergen was born in Knoxville, Tennessee, to Lucy and William Hugh Burgin, Bergen appeared in many film roles, most notably in the original Cape Fear opposite Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum. She had roles as the romantic interest in three Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis comedy films in the early 1950s, At War with the Army, Thats My Boy, and The Stooge. She was featured in a number of westerns during the 1950s, including Warpath, bergens roles included Mrs. Vernon-Williams in Cry-Baby, a John Waters film. Bergen received an Emmy award for her portrayal of singer Helen Morgan in the episode The Helen Morgan Story of the 1950s television series Playhouse 90, signed to Columbia Records, she enjoyed a successful recording career during this era, as well.
In the 1950s she was known as The Pepsi Cola Girl and she was a regular panelist on the CBS game show To Tell the Truth, during its original run. She appeared on the NBC interview program Heres Hollywood and she earned an Emmy nomination for her role as Rhoda Henry, wife of Capt. Pug Henry, in two ABC miniseries, The Winds of War and its sequel and Remembrance. She starred in a 2001 Broadway revival of Stephen Sondheims Follies at the Belasco Theater, in 2003, she starred at the same theatre in Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks opposite Mark Hamill in a role she took over from Rue McClanahan. Bergen played Fran Felstein on HBOs The Sopranos, the mistress of Johnny Soprano. From 2007 to 2011 Bergen had a guest role in Desperate Housewives as Lynette Scavos mother, Stella Wingfield and she was a semi-regular cast member of Commander-in-Chief as the mother of Mackenzie Allen, the President of the United States, played by Geena Davis. Bergen herself had once played the first female President of the United States, as President Leslie McCloud in the 1964 film, Kisses for My President.
Another late appearance came in the Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation, Candles on Bay Street, in 1965, Bergen created the Polly Bergen Company cosmetics line. She created lines of jewelry and shoe brands, and authored three books on beauty, Bergen was married to actor Jerome Courtland in the early 1950s. In 1957 she married Hollywood agent-producer Freddie Fields with whom she had two adopted children, Pamela Kerry Fields and Peter William Fields, and stepdaughter, Kathy Fields, Bergen converted from Southern Baptist to Judaism upon marrying Fields. She was married to entrepreneur Jeffrey Endervelt in the 1980s, Bergen was a liberal-minded, politically active Democrat and feminist. She was an advocate of the Equal Rights Amendment, womens education
Sidney Arthur Lumet was an American director and screenwriter with over 50 films to his credit. He was nominated for the Academy Award as Best Director for 12 Angry Men, Dog Day Afternoon and The Verdict. The Encyclopedia of Hollywood states that Lumet was one of the most prolific filmmakers of the modern era and he was noted by Turner Classic Movies for his strong direction of actors, vigorous storytelling and the social realism in his best work. Film critic Roger Ebert described him as having one of the finest craftsmen. Lumet was known as an director, having worked with the best of them during his career. Sean Connery, who acted in five of his films, considered him one of his directors. A member of the cohort of New Yorks Actors Studio, Lumet began his directorial career in Off-Broadway productions. His first movie was typical of his best work, a well-acted, tightly written, as a result of directing 12 Angry Men, he was responsible for leading the first wave of directors who made a successful transition from TV to movies.
In 2005, Lumet received an Academy Award for Lifetime Achievement for his brilliant services to screenwriters, two years later, he concluded his career with the acclaimed drama Before the Devil Knows Youre Dead. A few months after Lumets death in April 2011, a celebration of his work was held at New Yorks Lincoln Center with the appearance of numerous speakers. In 2015, Nancy Buirski directed By Sidney Lumet, a documentary about his career, Lumet was born in Philadelphia to parents of Jewish descent. He studied theater acting at the Professional Childrens School of New York, Lumets parents and Eugenia Lumet, were both veterans of the Yiddish theatre. His father, who was an actor, director and writer, was a Polish Jewish emigrant to the United States who was born in Warsaw, Lumets mother, who was a dancer, died when he was a child. He made his debut on radio at age four and stage debut at the Yiddish Art Theatre at age five. As a child he appeared in many Broadway plays, including 1935s Dead End.
In 1935, aged 11, he appeared in a Henry Lynn short film, the film was shown in a theatrical play with the same title, based on a hit song, Papirosn. The play and short film appeared in the Bronx McKinley Square Theatre, in 1939, he made his only feature-length film appearance, at age 15, in. One Third of a Nation. In 1939, World War II interrupted his acting career
Muriel Teresa Wright was an American actress. Her first Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress nomination came in 1941 for her work in The Little Foxes. She received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in 1942 for her performance in Mrs. Miniver and that same year, she received an Academy Award nomination for Best Actress for her performance in Pride of the Yankees opposite Gary Cooper. She is known for her performances in Alfred Hitchcocks Shadow of a Doubt, muriel Teresa Wright was born on October 27,1918 in Harlem, New York City, the daughter of Martha and Arthur Hendricksen Wright, an insurance agent. Her parents separated when she was young and she grew up in Maplewood, New Jersey, where she attended Columbia High School. After seeing Helen Hayes star in Victoria Regina at the Broadhurst Theatre in New York City in 1936, Wright took an interest in acting and she earned a scholarship to the Wharf Theater in Provincetown, where she was an apprentice for two summers. She took over the role when Scott left for Hollywood to film the on-screen version of the play, in autumn 1939, Wright began a two-year appearance in the stage play Life with Father, playing the role of Mary Skinner.
It was there that she was discovered by Samuel Goldwyn, who came to see her in the show she had been appearing in for almost a year, I had discovered in her from the first sight, you might say, an unaffected genuineness and appeal. Neither may she be photographed running on the beach with her hair flying in the wind, in 1941, Wright was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress for her film début in The Little Foxes. The following year, she was nominated again, this time for Best Actress for The Pride of the Yankees and that same year, she won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress as the daughter-in-law of Greer Garsons character in Mrs. Miniver. Wright is one of nine players who have been nominated in both categories in the same year. Her three Academy Award nominations and one Academy Award in her first three films remains a rare accomplishment and she remains the only performer to have received Academy Award nominations for her first three films. In 1943, Wright appeared in the acclaimed Universal film Shadow of a Doubt, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, playing an innocent young woman who discovers her beloved uncle is a serial murderer.
In 1946, Wright delivered another notable performance in William Wylers The Best Years of Our Lives, if the picture had none of the hundreds of other things it has to recommend it, I could watch it a dozen times over for that personality and its mastery alone. Four years later, she would appear in another story of war veterans, Fred Zinnemanns The Men, in 1947, Wright appeared in the western Pursued opposite Robert Mitchum. The moody Freudian western was written by her first husband Niven Busch, the following year, she starred with David Niven, Farley Granger, and Evelyn Keyes in Enchantment, a story of two generations of lovers in parallel romances. Wright received glowing reviews for her performance, newsweek commented, Miss Wright, one of the screens finest, glows as the Cinderella who captivated three men. And The New York Times concluded, Teresa Wright plays with that breathless, in a statement published in The New York Times, Goldwyn cited as reasons her refusal to publicize the film Enchantment, and her being uncooperative and refusing to follow reasonable instructions
Joe Mantell was an American actor of film and television. He was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Angie in the 1955 film Marty, in the 1974 film Chinatown, Mantell played Lawrence Walsh, associate of private eye Jake Gittes. He delivered the famous last line, Forget it, Jake. The character of Walsh reappeared in The Two Jakes and he had a small role in Alfred Hitchcocks The Birds. Mantell appeared frequently in television, including two episodes of The Twilight Zone, Nervous Man in a Four Dollar Room and Steel. Mantell played a husband in the Guilty Witness episode of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. He had a role from 1961 to 1962 as Ernie Briggs in six episodes of the CBS sitcom and Gladys, starring Harry Morgan. Mantell starred in one, episode five of the TV series Combat. From 1967-69 Mantell appeared five times on Mannix, four of which were in his role of private detective Albie Loos. Mantell was born in the Brooklyn borough of New York City to immigrant parents from Austria and his name was originally spelled Mantel and accented on the first syllable, but at the beginning of his acting career, Mantell added the extra L and changed the pronunciation to Man-TELL.
On September 29,2010, Mantell died in Tarzana, California, at the age of 94
Joanne Gignilliat Trimmier Woodward is an American actress, producer and philanthropist. She is perhaps best known for her Academy Award-winning role in The Three Faces of Eve. Woodward was born on February 27,1930, in Thomasville, daughter of Elinor and Wade Woodward and her middle names, Gignilliat Trimmier, are of Huguenot origin. She was influenced to become an actress by her mothers love of movies and her mother named her after Joan Crawford, using the Southern pronunciation of the name – Joanne. She eventually worked with Olivier in 1977, in a production of Come Back. During rehearsals, she mentioned this incident to him, and he told her that he remembered her doing it, Woodward lived in Thomasville until she was in the second grade, when her family relocated to Marietta, where she attended Marietta High School. She remains a booster of Marietta High and of that citys Strand Theater and they moved once again when she was a junior in high school, after her parents divorced. She graduated from Greenville High School in Greenville, South Carolina in 1947, Woodward won many beauty contests as a teenager.
She appeared in productions at Greenville High and in Greenvilles Little Theatre, playing Laura Wingfield in their staging of The Glass Menagerie. She returned to Greenville in 1976, to play Amanda Wingfield in another Little Theatre production of The Glass Menagerie and she had returned in 1955 for the premiére of her debut movie, Count Three And Pray, at the Paris Theatre on North Main Street. Woodward majored in drama at Louisiana State University, where she was an initiate of Chi Omega sorority, woodwards first film was a post-Civil War Western, Count Three and Pray, in 1955. She continued to move between Hollywood and Broadway, eventually understudying in the New York production of Picnic, which featured her future husband Paul Newman, the two were married in 1958, after their work together in the film The Long, Hot Summer. By that time, Woodward had starred in The Three Faces of Eve and she appeared with husband Paul Newman in ten feature films, The Long, Hot Summer Rally Round the Flag, Boys.
From the Terrace Paris Blues A New Kind of Love Winning WUSA The Drowning Pool Harry & Son — Mr. and she appeared in the television films Sybil, opposite Sally Field, and Crisis at Central High. She was the narrator for Martin Scorseses screen version of The Age of Innocence, Woodward was a co-producer and starred in a 1993 broadcast of the play Blind Spot, for which she was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress – Miniseries or a Movie. In 1995, Woodward directed off-broadway revivals of Clifford Odets Golden Boy, Woodward served as the artistic director of the Westport Country Playhouse from 2001 to 2005. She recorded a reading of singer John Mellencamps song The Real Life for his box set On the Rural Route 7609, in 2011, she narrated the Scholastic/Weston Woods film All the World. Woodward was reported to have engaged to author Gore Vidal prior to marrying Paul Newman
Gertrude Berg was an American actress and producer. Her career achievements include winning a Tony Award and an Emmy Award, Berg was born Tillie Edelstein in 1899 in the East Harlem neighborhood of Manhattan, New York City, to Jacob and Diana Edelstein, natives of Russia and England, respectively. Bergs chronically unstable mother, grieving over the death of her son, experienced a series of nervous breakdowns. Tillie, who lived with her family on Lexington Avenue, married Lewis Berg in 1918 and she learned theater while producing skits at her fathers Catskills Mountains resort in Fleischmanns, New York. After the sugar factory where her husband worked burned down, she developed a skit, portraying a Jewish family in a Bronx tenement. Though the household had a typewriter, Berg wrote her script by hand, when the executive she was meeting with protested that he could not read what Berg had written, she read the script aloud to him. Her performance not only sold the idea for the radio program, Berg continued to write the shows scripts by hand in pencil for as long as the program was on the air.
On November 20,1929, a 15-minute episode of The Rise of the Goldbergs was first broadcast on the NBC radio network and she started at $75 a week. Less than two years later, in the heart of the Great Depression, she let the sponsor propose a salary and was told, Mrs. Berg, we cant pay a cent over $2,000 a week. Berg became inextricably identified as Molly Goldberg, the matriarch of her fictitious Bronx family who moved to Connecticut as a symbol of Jewish-American upward mobility. She wrote practically all the radio episodes plus a Broadway adaptation, Me. It took considerable convincing, but Berg finally prevailed upon CBS to let her bring The Goldbergs to television in 1949, early episodes portrayed the Goldberg family openly and personally struggling to adapt to American life. Just as Berg stated in her autobiography, she chose to depict her Jewish grandfathers worship to America and her characters Molly, Jake and Rosie emphasized her day to day stories of Jewish immigration to America. Immigrant life and the Goldberg family struggle were familiar and relatable to many families during this point in American history, Radio seemed to lend a hand to new settlers and produced a common place to tie patriotism and families together.
The programs victory is largely because of the feelings of the American people portrayed in the programs scripts. The first season script was published into a book form. The Goldbergs ran into trouble in 1951, during the McCarthy Era, co-star Philip Loeb was one of the performers named in Red Channels, The Report of Communist Influence in Radio and Television and blacklisted as a result. Loeb resigned rather than cause Berg trouble and he reportedly received a generous severance package from the show, but it didnt prevent him from sinking into the depression that ultimately drove him to suicide in 1955
Mikhail Rasumny was a Soviet- and American film actor. Rasumny was born in Odessa, son of the famous cantor Solomon Razumny, after the death of his father in 1905 he moved to Saint Petersburg, where he began his theatrical career. He moved to Moscow and emigrated to Berlin in 1927, in 1933 he opened in Paris a Yiddish revue theater Der kundes, in 1934 another Yiddish company Parizer Azazel, in 1938 in New York — Yidishe dramatishe studie. Buried at Beth Olam Cemetery in Los Angeles
John Nicholas Cassavetes was a Greek-American actor, film director, and screenwriter. He acted in many Hollywood films, notably Rosemarys Baby and he studied acting with Don Richardson, using an acting technique based on muscle memory. His income from acting made it possible for him to direct his own films independently and his children Nick Cassavetes, Zoe Cassavetes, and Xan Cassavetes are filmmakers. His early years were spent with his family in Greece, when he returned at age seven and he was reared on Long Island, New York. He attended Port Washington High School from 1945 to 1947 and participated in Port Weekly, Red Domino, next to his photo on page 55 of his 1947 yearbook is written, Cassy is always ready with a wisecrack, but he does have a serious side. Cassavetes attended Blair Academy in New Jersey and spent a semester at Champlain College before being expelled due to his failing grades and he graduated in 1950 and met his future wife Gena Rowlands at her audition into the Academy in 1953 and they were married four months in 1954.
He continued acting in the theater, took parts in films and began working on television in anthology series. By 1956, Cassavetes had begun teaching an alternative to method acting in his own workshop in New York City, an improvisation exercise in his workshop inspired the idea for his writing and directorial debut, Shadows. Cassavetes raised the funds for the production from friends and family and his stated purpose was to make a film about little people, different from Hollywood studio productions. Cassavetes was unable to gain American distribution of Shadows, but it won the Critics Award at the Venice Film Festival, european distributors released the movie in the United States as an import. Although the box-office of Shadows in the United States was slight, Cassavetes would repeat this performance in the 1956 film version. His first starring role in a film was Edge of the City. He was briefly under contract to Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and co-starred with Robert Taylor in the western Saddle the Wind, in the late 1950s, Cassavetes guest-starred in Beverly Garlands groundbreaking crime drama, about a New York City woman police undercover detective.
Thereafter, he played Johnny Staccato, the character in a television series about a jazz pianist who worked as a private detective. In total he directed five episodes of the series, which features a guest appearance by his wife Gena Rowlands. It was broadcast on NBC between September 1959 and March 1960 when it was acquired by ABC and although critically acclaimed, Cassavetes would appear on the NBC interview program, Heres Hollywood. Cassavetes directed two movies for Hollywood in the early 1960s – Too Late Blues and A Child Is Waiting, a Child Is Waiting starred Burt Lancaster and Judy Garland. He starred in the CBS western series Rawhide, in the episode, in the 1963–1964 season, Cassavetes appeared in Jason Everss ABC drama about college life, Channing
Tim Brooks (television historian)
Tim Brooks is an American television and radio historian and retired television executive. He is credited with having helped launch the Sci Fi Channel in 1992 as well as other USA Network projects and channels. Comments made by Brooks regarding the Sci Fi Channels name being changed in 2009 to Syfy led network president Dave Howe to publicly distance himself, lifetime Achievement Award from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections in 2004. The Complete Directory by Brooks and Marsh won a 1980 U. S. National Book Award in the one-year category General Reference, Brooks was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 2007 to 2013
Roderick Andrew Anthony Jude McDowall, known as Roddy McDowall, was an English-American actor, voice artist, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series and he began his acting career as a child in England, and in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley, My Friend Flicka and Lassie Come Home. As an adult, McDowall appeared most frequently as an actor on radio, film. For portraying Augustus in the historical drama Cleopatra, he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture, other titles include The Longest Day, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Inside Daisy Clover, That Darn Cat. Bedknobs and Broomsticks, The Poseidon Adventure, Funny Lady, The Black Hole, Class of 1984, both of his parents were enthusiastic about the theatre. He and his sister, were raised in their mothers Catholic faith. He attended St. Josephs College, Beulah Hill, Upper Norwood, appearing as a child model as a baby, McDowall appeared in several British films as a boy.
After winning a prize in a school play at age nine. He appeared in films starring comedians George Formby and Will Hay and his family moved to the United States in 1940 after the outbreak of World War II. McDowall became a naturalized United States citizen on 9 December 1949 and he made his first well-known film appearance at the age of 12, playing Huw Morgan in How Green Was My Valley, where he met and became lifelong friends with Maureen OHara. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture, and made him a household name and he starred in Lassie Come Home, a film that introduced an actress who would become another lifelong friend, Elizabeth Taylor. That same year, he appeared as Ken McLaughlin in My Friend Flicka, in 1944, exhibitors voted him the number one star of tomorrow. McDowall continued his career successfully into adulthood, by the mid-1940s, released from his studio contract, McDowall turned to the theater, taking the title role of Young Woodley in 1946 in a summer stock production in Westport, Connecticut.
In 1947, he played Malcolm in Orson Welless stage production of Macbeth in Salt Lake City, Utah and he appeared in several roles for Monogram Pictures, a low-budget studio that welcomed established stars. He performed in heavy makeup as various characters in four of the Planet of the Apes films. During one guest appearance on The Carol Burnett Show, he came onstage in his Planet of the Apes makeup, other films in which he appeared include It. The Poseidon Adventure, The Legend of Hell House and Broomsticks, McDowall appeared frequently on Hollywood Squares and occasionally came up with quips himself. He played the rebel scientist Dr. Jonathan Willoway in the 1970s science fiction TV series and he had a substantial role in the miniseries version of Ray Bradburys The Martian Chronicles
Theodore Meir Bikel was an Austrian-American Jewish stage and film actor, folk singer, composer and political activist. He made his debut in Tevye the Milkman in Tel Aviv, Israel. He studied acting at Britains Royal Academy of Dramatic Art and made his London stage debut in 1948 and he was a widely recognized and recorded folk singer and guitarist. In 1969 Bikel began acting and singing on stage as Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof, the production won nine Tony Awards and was one of the longest-running musicals in Broadway history. Bikel was president of the Associated Actors and Artistes of America and was president of Actors Equity in the late 1970s and he served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of Partners for Progressive Israel, where he lectured. Theodore Bikel was born into a Jewish family in Vienna, Austria, as an active Zionist, his father named him after Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism. Following the German union with Austria in 1938, Bikels family fled to Mandatory Palestine, Bikel studied at the Mikve Yisrael agricultural school and joined Kibbutz Kfar HaMaccabi.
Bikel started acting while in his teens and he performed with Habimah Theater in 1943 and was one of the founding members of the Cameri Theatre, which became a leading Israeli theater company. He described his experience there as similar, if not better. The Habimah people were much closer to the Method, than Lee Strasberg was, in 1945, he moved to London to study at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Bikel moved to the United States in 1954 and became a citizen in 1961. Bikel graduated from understudy to star opposite the directors wife, Vivien Leigh, with a sudden unplanned performance when a co-star, playing the role of Mitch, came down with a case of flu. Bikel showed up backstage and went directly to Leighs dressing room to ask if she wanted to rehearse with him and she replied that she did not need to, Go and do it, she said. You are a professional, and Larry gave you this job because he trusted you to do it well, after the show, Leigh told him, Well done. He portrayed the sadistic General Jouvet in The Pride and the Passion, in My Fair Lady, he played an overbearing Hungarian linguist.
He made his Broadway debut in 1955 in Tonight in Samarkind, in 1959, he created the role of Captain von Trapp in the original production of The Sound of Music, which earned him a second Tony nomination. Bikel did not like his role, because his ability to sing was underutilized, when the composers and Hammerstein, realized Bikel was an accomplished folksinger, they wrote the song Edelweiss specifically for him to sing and accompany himself on the guitar. In 1964, he played Zoltan Karpathy, the dialect expert, since his first appearance as Tevye in the musical Fiddler on the Roof in 1967, Bikel had performed the role more often than any other actor