WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT49.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT49.

June 13, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  DON RICKLES (1926-2017)                                               Don was born to Lithuanian- Jewish parents in New York City and grew up in Jackson Heights. After graduating from Newtown High School he enlisted in the United States Navy at the age of seventeen. He served as a seaman first class aboard the motor […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT48.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT48.

May 29, 2021 Alan Royle 0

GEORGE REEVES (1914-59)                    Television’s first Superman, George Reeves, was born George Brewer in Woolstock, Iowa, but was raised in Pasadena, California. He was a good amateur boxer and musician before interning as an actor at the famed Pasadena Playhouse where he was discovered by a movie talent scout who offered […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT47.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT47.

May 14, 2021 Alan Royle 0

CLAUDE RAINS (1889-1967)                    The actor who was immortalized as Captain Louis Renault in the 1942 classic film Casablanca, was born in London in 1889. This meant, of course, that he was almost fifty years old when hostilities broke out between Britain and Germany in September 1939, far too old for […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT 46.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT 46.

April 26, 2021 Alan Royle 0

  GEORGE RAFT (1901-80)                                                                         He was born George Ranft, a native of New York City’s notorious Hell’s Kitchen, to German parents in 1901. His youthful passion for dancing, his snappy dressing and good looks made young George popular among the ladies in what many described was the […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT45.

April 11, 2021 Alan Royle 2

ROBERT PRESTON (1918-87)                  This charismatic Robert Preston was born in Newton Highlands, Massachusetts as Robert Preston Meservey towards the end of World War One. As Bob Mesevey he joined the US Army Air Corps, the predecessor of the US Army Air Force (USAAF) after Pearl Harbor and served for three […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT44.

March 27, 2021 Alan Royle 2

SIDNEY POITIER (1927- )                         Sidney L. Poitier hails from Cat Island in The Bahamas, although he was not born there. He arrived in this world two months prematurely in Miami, Florida while his parents were visiting there. At the age of fifteen his parents sent him back to Miami to […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT43.

March 12, 2021 Alan Royle 2

CONRAD PHILLIPS (1925-2016)                          He was born Conrad Havord in London, England in 1925, but later altered the date of birth on his ration book from 1925 to 1924, so that he could enlist in the Royal Navy during the Second World War. He was, in fact, only 16 years old. […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT42.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT42.

February 25, 2021 Alan Royle 0

NIGEL PATRICK (1912-81)                                  Nigel Patrick entered this world from Wandsworth, London, approximately two weeks after the SS Titanic slid beneath the North Atlantic in 1912. He started acting on the London stage in 1932 and was having some success when World War Two broke out in September 1939. Being British, […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT41.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT41.

February 10, 2021 Alan Royle 6

            PETER ORTIZ (1913-88)                                                    The highlight of the undistinguished film career of Peter Ortiz was probably his portrayal of Captain St. Jacques in the 1950 John Wayne western Rio Grande. His wartime career, however, is the stuff of legend. Multi-lingual Pierre ‘Peter’ Ortiz was the most decorated man to […]