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 – PT24.

May 30, 2020 Alan Royle 0

             RUSSELL JOHNSON (1924 – 2014)                                                                      His name may not be immediately familiar but his face certainly would be, especially to the many fans of TV’s iconic series Gilligan’s Island (1964-7). Russell Johnson portrayed Professor Roy Hinckley in all but one of its 99 […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT17.

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT17.

February 8, 2020 Alan Royle 4

GOULD, Harold:                                                                  Fans of the Academy Award winning Best Picture of 1973, The Sting, will recall Harold Gould in the showy role of Kid Twist. On television he was Martin Morgenstern on the sitcom Rhoda (1974-78) and Miles Webber (the steadfast suitor of Betty White’s character Rose Nylund) on another […]

WORLD WAR 2 – The stars & their stories – PT14.

December 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

FALK, Peter:                                                                                                                                                 The star of TV’s Columbo (1971-2003) lost an eye to retinoblastoma in 1930 when he was three years old. Having a glass eye, however, did not deter him from trying to enlist in the US Marines at 17 in 1944. He bluffed his way past the […]

WORLD WAR TWO – The stars & their stories – PT13.

December 10, 2019 Alan Royle 3

EBSEN, Buddy:                                                                    It took quite a long while for Buddy to recover from the effects of the toxic aluminum paste he had breathed in as the Tin Man in 1939’s The Wizard of Oz, (he had to leave the production). So he took up sailing and became quite proficient in […]

World War Two – The Stars & their stories – PT12.

December 1, 2019 Alan Royle 0

DONALD, James:                                                                 The highly respected Scottish actor James Donald is probably remembered by most movie fans for his portrayal of the Senior British Officer in the enormously successful 1963 film The Great Escape, but he graced many other fine productions in his career. In 1939, he tried to enlist, but […]

WW2 – The stars & their stories – PT11.

November 22, 2019 Alan Royle 0

  DAVIS Jr, Sammy:                                                                                                   Sammy was called up in 1943 when he was eighteen and his experiences in the services were typical of many African-American servicemen during World War Two. He had his nose broken twice in barrack-room fights following racist remarks and persecution from white soldiers. To say, […]