Keeping it in the Family – PT 3.

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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS SR

(1883 – 1939) – Born in Denver, Colorado. Acting credits: 51.

He and his wife, Mary Pickford, became the most famous celebrity couple in the world in the 1920s.

 

HIS SON                                           

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DOUGLAS FAIRBANKS JR

(1909 – 2000) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 99.

His first wife was Joan Crawford. Mary Pickford was his step-mother, not his natural mother.

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EDDIE ALBERT

(1906 – 2005) – Born in Rock Island, Illinois. Acting credits: 207.

Twice Oscar-nominated – Roman Holiday (1953) and The Heartbreak Kid (1972).

Much loved for TV’s Green Acres (1965-71), he died less than a month short of his 100th birthday.

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MARGO

(1917 – 85) – Born in Mexico City, Mexico. Acting credits: 26.

Bandleader Xavier Cugat’s niece, Margo was a dancer/actress married to Albert for 39 years until her death.

 

THEIR SON

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EDWARD ALBERT

(1951 – 2006) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 132.

Won a Golden Globe as Most Promising Newcomer for Butterflies are Free (1972), but his has career disappointed.

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ERROL FLYNN

(1909 – 59) – Born in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. Acting credits: 65.

A dashing screen hero who could not act to save himself – and it did not bother him in the slightest.                                                                   

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LILI DAMITA

(1904- 94) – Born in Blaye, Gironde, France. Acting credits: 36.

She could not act either. Errol’s enemy Michael Curtiz was her first husband.

Poor Lili never did get over the disappearance of Sean during the Vietnam War.

 

THEIR SON

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SEAN FLYNN

(1941 – 71) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 11.

For obvious reasons he landed the lead in The Son of Captain Blood (1962).

Disappeared in Cambodia while working as a freelance war photographer.

 

 

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HENRY FONDA

(1905 – 82) – Born in Grand Island, Nebraska. Acting credits: 117.

Won a much overdue Oscar for On Golden Pond (1981) just prior to his death.

Unlucky not to win decades earlier for The Grapes of Wrath (1940).

 

HIS DAUGHTER

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JANE FONDA

(1937 – ) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 57 (thus far).

She won Oscars for Klute (1971) and Coming Home (1978) from 7 nominations so far.

Also won 7 Golden Globe Awards from a total of fifteen nominations.

 

HER SON

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TROY GARITY

(1973 – ) – Born in Santa Monica, California. Acting credits: 44 (thus far).

His first decent role was in Bandits (2001) with Bruce Willis and Cate Blanchett.

Probably best known for his character Isaac Rosenberg in the Barbershop franchise.

 

HENRY’S SON

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PETER FONDA

(1940 – ) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 115 (thus far).

Has virtually made a career out of his 1969 film Easy Rider.

 

HIS DAUGHTER

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BRIDGET FONDA

(1964 – ) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 49 (thus far).

Highly personable actress seen at her best with Nicolas Cage in It Could Happen To You (1994).

Appears to have retired from the screen after marrying Oingo Boingo band member Danny Elfman in 2003.

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EDWARD FOX

(1937 – ) – Born in Chelsea, London, England. Acting credits: 111 (thus far).

Memorable as the assassin in The Day of the Jackal (1973).

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JOANNA DAVID

(1947 – ) – Born in Lancaster, England. Acting credits: 91 (thus far).

A prolific actress in a score or so television series in Britain.

 

THEIR DAUGHTER

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EMILIA FOX

(1974 – ) – Born in London, England. Acting credits: 75 (thus far).

Terrific as Dr. Nikki Alexander in 126 episodes of the hit TV series Silent Witness (2004-17).

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RICHARD HARRIS

(1930 – 2002) – Born in Limerick, Ireland. Acting credits: 76.

Versatile actor in both dramas and musicals. Harry Potter fans knew him as Professor Dumbledore.

 

HIS SON

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JARED HARRIS

(1961 – ) – Born in London, England. Acting credits: 80 (thus far).

Up to September 2017 he has chalked up more screen credits than his far more famous father.

He played Lane Pryce in 35 episodes of Mad Men (2009-12).

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JUDY GARLAND

(1922 – 69) – Born in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. Acting credits: 39.

She should have won a Best Actress Oscar for A Star Is Born (1954).

 

HER DAUGHTER

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LIZA MINNELLI

(1936 – ) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 31 (thus far).

Two Oscar nominations, one of them successful – Cabaret (1972).

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JOEL GRAY

(1932 – ) – Born in Cleveland, Ohio. Acting credits: 69 (thus far).

He won a Supporting Actor Oscar for Cabaret (1972).

 

HIS DAUGHTER

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JENNIFER GREY

(1960 – ) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 41 (thus far).

Inexplicably achieved cult status for playing ‘Baby’ in Dirty Dancing (1987) alongside Patrick Swayze.

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TIPPI HEDREN

(1930 – ) – Born in New Ulm, Minnesota. Acting credits: 83 (thus far).

Always remembered as Hitchcock’s heroine in the massively over-rated The Birds (1963).

 

HER DAUGHTER

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MELANIE GRIFFITH

(1957 – ) – Born in New York City, New York. Acting credits: 83 (thus far).

Nominated for a Best Actress Oscar for Working Girl (1988).

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DON JOHNSON

(1949 – ) – Born in Flat Creek, Missouri. Acting credits: 85 (thus far).

Best known for portraying Detective James Crockett in TV’s Miami Vice (1984-90).

 

THEIR DAUGHTER

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DAKOTA JOHNSON

(1989 – ) – Born in Austin, Texas. Acting credits: 27 (thus far).

She landed the lead character, Anastasia Steele, in the rubbishy 50 Shades of Grey (2015).

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ALAN HALE SR

(1892 – 1950) – Born in Washington, District of Columbia. Acting credits: 247.

Very likeable character actor with a huge resume, much of it in the Warner Bros Stock Company.

Always good fun to watch, he was especially appealing as Biff Grimes’ dad in The Strawberry Blonde (1941).

 

HIS SON

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ALAN HALE JR

(1921 – 90) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 224.

Like his father, he was rarely out of work although never a major star.

Television fans loved him as the Skipper in the long-running comedy series Gilligan’s Island (1964-92). In case

you ever wondered, the Skipper’s name was Jonas Grumby.

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HELEN HAYES                                                            in Airport

(1900 – 93) – Born in Washington, District of Columbia. Acting credits: 59.

She won two Oscars almost 40 years apart – The Sin of Madelon Claudet (1931) and Airport (1970).

Her performance in the first of these so appalled Miss Hayes that she tried to buy the movie from the studio so

that she could destroy it!       

 

HER ADOPTED SON

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JAMES MACARTHUR                                                            in Disney’s Light in the Forest

(1937 – 2010) – Born in Los Angeles, California. Acting credits: 59.

He started out in Disney features and was married to Melody Patterson (Wrangler Jane in F Troop) in the 70s.

He was Danny Williams (‘Book ‘em Danno.’) in the TV series Hawii-Five- O (1968-79) – in all 259 episodes.

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