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Gone but not forgotten XXIV

Here is the second part of my tenth annual alphabetical roll call of movie people who passed on during the year 2010. These are the actors. See last week’s list for the first part of the list, as well as previously posted tributes and instructions for having the proper background music while reading this.


  • Corey Allen: Thanks for putting on a black leather jacket and challenging James Dean to a drag race. As the ill-fated delinquent Buzz, you took part in one of the most memorable movie scenes of all time in Rebel Without a Cause. And thanks also for your small roles in various movies and TV shows. But thanks especially for your work as a director. You won an Emmy for Hill Street Blues, and I would lose my nerd credentials if I didn’t point out that your numerous helming credits also include Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.

  • James Aubrey: Thank you for a memorable debut performance at the age of 13 when you played the castaway schoolboy Ralph, who emerges as leader of his young mates who proceed to descend into savagery in Peter Brook’s adaptation of William Golding’s Lord of the Flies. Thanks also for a subsequent career on the stage and on screen, which included small roles in Tony Scott’s The Hunger (with Catherine Deneuve and David Bowie) and Spy Game (with Robert Redford and Brad Pitt) and Richard Attenborough’s Cry Freedom (with Denzel Washington).

  • Lisa Blount: Thanks for playing Debra Winger’s cynical friend Paula in the 1982 feel-good romantic drama An Officer and a Gentleman. And let me thank you for your short film The Accountant on behalf of the motion picture academy which gave you an Oscar for it ten years ago.

  • Ian Carmichael: Thank you for embodying two memorable characters on British television. In the course of your more than six decades as an actor, you stood out as the clueless twit Bertie Wooster (opposite Dennis Price’s Jeeves) in the 1960s and as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in the 1970s. Also, thank you for many other roles in such films as Private’s Progress, Lucky Jim, School for Scoundrels and especially the labor/management satire I’m All Right, Jack.

  • Dixie Carter: Of course, you must be thanked for seven years as the drily sarcastic Julia Sugarbaker on the sitcom Designing Women. But let us not forget your season playing stepmother to Gary Coleman and Todd Bridges on Diff’rent Strokes. Thanks for a lovely swan song in That Evening Sun, in which you played the wife of your real-life husband Hal Holbrook. And for a guilty pleasure performance as Kyle MacLachlan’s creepy mother for seven episodes of Desperate Housewives.

  • Christopher Cazenove: Thanks for yet one more 1980s memory. A veteran of British television and films such as Royal Flash, Zulu Dawn, Eye of the Needle and Heat and Dust, you made the transition to American TV where you made your mark as Ben, the scheming brother of Blake Carrington on Dynasty. You went on to the sequels 3 Men and a Little Lady and Aces: Iron Eagle III as well as Ismail Merchant’s The Proprietor and Brian Helgeland’s A Knight’s Tale.

  • Maury Chaykin: Thanks for all the character roles and a face that was always familiar even if we didn’t know your name. Thanks for roles in the Atom Egoyan movies The Adjuster, Where the Truth Lies and The Sweet Hereafter. Thanks for being the unhinged army major who sends Kevin Costner off to the frontier in Dances with Wolves. Thanks for being the witness who explains the preparation of grits to Joe Pesci in My Cousin Vinny. And thanks for being the movie mogul, who is a thinly veiled version of Harvey Weinstein, in the TV series Entourage.

  • Chao-Li Chi: Thanks for—in addition to being a longtime teacher of Tai Chi in Pasadena and a university extension teacher of philosophy, the Tao te Ching and the I Ching—to being one of the first people to introduce Taoism to America after your family fled China after the 1939 Japanese invasion. Surely, your philosophy explains your kindly, gentle persona which graced a number of stage and screen productions. Thanks for your role in the original Flower Drum Song and supporting parts in Big Trouble in Little China, M*A*S*H, The Joy Luck Club, Wedding Crashers and Pushing Daisies. But thanks especially for the role for which you are probably most recognized. You spent virtually the entire decade of the 1980s playing Jane Wyman’s faithful butler, imaginatively named Chao-Li, on the primetime soap Falcon Crest.

  • Gary Coleman: Thanks for a necessary reminder of how good most of us have it. Sure you were a highly-paid television star in Diff’rent Strokes and a world famous celebrity. But you needed a kidney transplant at the age of 5 and another one at the age 16. Treatment for your congenital condition left you stunted at 4 feet 8 inches. In 1989 you sued your parents and former manager for misappropriating your funds and in 1999 you filed for bankruptcy. In the end, thanks for spending your childhood trying to entertain us.

  • Robert Culp: Thanks for playing Hoby Gilman in the 1950s series Trackdown. No, not really. I actually don’t remember that. But I can thank you for playing Ensign Barney Ross in the JFK biopic PT 109 before you broke out as secret agent Kelly Robinson in I Spy. It was so unheard for a TV drama to pair white and black (the always lovable Bill Cosby) actors as leads, but it has long since become de rigueur. Thanks for reprising the role in a 1994 TV movie as well as guesting on on both The Cosby Show and Cosby. Thanks for a couple of memorable film roles in Paul Mazursky’s swinging Sixties romp Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Don Taylor’s comedic western The Great Scout & Cathouse Thursday. And for other roles as authority figures: the mayor in Turk 182!, the president in The Pelican Brief and the FBI agent in the series The Greatest American Hero. Oh yeah, and for playing Ray Romano’s father-in-law in Everybody Loves Raymond.

  • Donal Donnelly: Thanks for decades of roles on both sides of the Atlantic, on the stage and on the screen. Thanks for early roles in Shake Hands with the Devil, I’m All Right, Jack and The Knack… and How to Get It. Thanks for playing a doctor in Michael Almereyda’s Kansas-set dysfunctional family comedy Twister and an archbishop in The Godfather: Part III. Also, for being in a lovely film by Mary McGuckian, Words Upon the Window Pane, and for a somber turn as a bitter father in Cathal Black’s Korea. And, for my money, most memorably the role of the drunken Freddy Malins in John Huston’s exquisite final film, The Dead.

  • Phyllis Douglas: Thanks for making your acting debut in the most auspicious of movies, playing the 2-year-old daughter of Rhett and Scarlett in Gone With the Wind. (How strange that Cammie King, below, the other actor to play the character, not counting two uncredited infants, died three and a half months after you.) Thanks also for two other huge credits in your otherwise sparse c.v. You were not only a henchwoman to the Joker in the 1960s Batman series but also a yeoman on a couple of episodes of the original Star Trek series.

  • Robert Ellenstein: Thanks for supporting roles in decades of TV shows and movies like the original 3:10 to Yuma, North by Northwest and Love at First Bite. But thanks especially for playing the president of the Federation in 1986’s Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home.

  • Bill Erwin: Another one of those character actors who turned up here and there in movies and television shows in the course of your 96 years. Given your longevity, it is no surprise that you were more than once credited as “old man” or “Santa Claus,” notably in John Hughes movies like Planes, Trains & Automobiles and Home Alone. There are so many small roles to choose from, but let me thank you for this one: for playing Dr. Beverly Crusher’s old mentor who may or not be real in the episode “Remember Me” of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  • John Forsyth: Thanks for all the suave, debonair roles you played so smoothly and winningly, whether they involved only your voice or the whole package. You were great as the titular voice of Charlie in Charlie’s Angels and as that of the rotting corpse of Bill Murray’s late partner in the Dickens update Scrooged. Though we mainly remember you for TV work, thanks for your movie roles, such as a bumbling U.S. officer in The Teahouse of the August Moon, an artist trying to solve a mystery in Alfred Hitchcock’s The Trouble with Harry, a powerful politician (opposite Ann-Margret) in the provocatively titled Kitten with a Whip and the homicide investigator in In Cold Blood. But thanks especially for those memorable television roles: Bentley Gregg, the titular Bachelor Father, and Denver tycoon Blake Carrington on Dynasty. Nor should we forget your turn as a dim U.S. senator in the sadly short-lived The Powers That Be.

  • David Froman: Another one of those hard-working character actors, you made appearances on soap operas (The Edge of Night), dramas (Hill Streets Blues) and sitcoms (Cheers). If we want to thank you for a role some of us might remember, that would be Lt. Bob Brooks on Matlock (one of my mom’s favorites). But let me thank you for playing Capt. K’Nera, one of three renegade Klingons rescued by the Enterprise in a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  • James Gammon: Thanks for having one of the all-time great movie faces and voices—wind-worn and gravelly, respectively, and tailor made for westerns. Gunsmoke, Bonanza, The Virginian, you name it. Thanks for guest spots on many TV westerns and for playing Don Johnson’s father on Nash Bridges. Thanks for being on the chain gang in Cool Hand Luke, a cattle rancher in the miniseries Streets of Laredo and the manager of the Cleveland Indians in Major League.

  • Ron Gans: Thank you for decades of acting and voice work, including deep-toned narration for trailers of such classic flicks made under Roger Corman’s auspices with titles like The Student Nurses, Night Call Nurses, Caged Heat and The Great Texas Dynamite Chase. And for showing that you didn’t take yourself too seriously by doing the faux trailer for Catholic High School Girls in Trouble for The Kentucky Fried Movie. And for doing the voice of Eeyore in the puppet version of Disney’s Welcome to Pooh Corner. And particularly for being a part of pop culture history by giving voice to the oil slick that killed Tasha Yar in the first-season of Star Trek: The Next Generation.

  • Kathryn Grayson: Thanks for all the singing and dancing in the movies of the 1940s and 1950s. In particular, thanks for singing and dancing with two sailors, played by Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra, in Anchors Aweigh; for being the young captain’s daughter who falls for a charming gambler, played by Howard Keel, in the 1951 version of Show Boat (graced with the music of Jerome Kern); and for sparring with Keel’s Petruchio and singing the songs of Cole Porter in 1953’s Kiss Me Kate.

  • June Havoc: Thanks for not getting discouraged because your vaudeville career, which began at the age of 2 as Baby June, was overshadowed by your sister, the stripper Gypsy Rose Lee and the musical that was based on her life. In the movie version you eloped and were never heard from again. In real life, you struggled through hard times during the Great Depression and eventually made a career as an actor, often playing the wisecracking friend. Thanks for roles in Four Jacks and a Jill (with Ray Bolger), My Sister Eileen (with Rosalind Russell), Hello Frisco, Hello (with Alice Faye), Brewster’s Millions (with Dennis O’Keefe), Intrigue (with George Raft), When My Baby Smiles at Me (with Betty Grable and Dan Dailey) and especially Elia Kazan’s Gentleman’s Agreement (with Gregory Peck).

  • Lionel Jeffries: Thanks for many years of comedic movie roles that made the most of your bald head and mustache and just plain English-ness. They included the ship’s captain in Murder Ahoy, the secret agent in The Spy with a Cold Nose and the Scotland Yard inspector in The Wrong Arm of the Law. And thanks for playing dotty old King Pellinore in the movie version of Camelot. Thanks also for playing Dick Van Dyke’s goofy father in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (even though he was older than you). And thanks for directing five family films, including the adaptation of E. Nesbit’s The Railway Children.

  • Cammie King: Thanks for your show business career which, as you put it, peaked at the age of 5. But in that brief time, you provided the voice of the young doe Faline in Disney’s Bambi and played Bonnie Blue Butler, daughter of the mytical Rhett and Scarlett in the classic Gone With the Wind. How strange that two actors who played the same character in the same movie (see Phyllis Douglas, above) would pass away less than four months apart.

  • Andrew Koenig: Thanks and so sorry that your life had to end the way it did, at only 41. Thanks for a brief acting career that included spots on My Sister Sam, 21 Jump Street and My Two Dads. For playing Kirk Cameron’s unfortunately nicknamed friend Boner on Growing Pains. Thanks for playing the Joker in the fan-made 8-minute film Batman: Dead End. And for following your father (Ensign Chekov) into the Star Trek universe, playing one of a group of aliens (Skrreeans) who are rescued by the crew of Deep Space Nine.

  • James MacArthur: Thanks for having such celebrated (adoptive) parents as the actor Helen Hayes and the playwright Charles MacArthur. Thanks for starring in John Frankenheimer’s The Young Stranger and taking on numerous supporting roles, including Disney’s Kidnapped and Swiss Family Robinson and the cold war thriller The Bedford Incident. But thanks especially for creating a memorable TV sidekick for more than a decade and allowing us to have a durable pop culture catchphrase. In the original Hawaii Five-O you were Detective Danny Williams. Book him, Danno!

  • Simon MacCorkindale: Thanks for your many turns playing the dashing, attractive Brit. Thanks for playing Lucius in the miniseries I, Claudius and Lois Chile’s trophy husband in the movie Death on the Nile. And thanks for not being too proud to play the title role in the NBC series Manimal or a conniving lawyer on the long-running CBS primetime soap Falcon Crest.

  • Nan Martin: Thank you for a long, varied acting career on stage, television and film. Thank you for performances that included George Roy Hill’s Toys in the Attic (with Dean Martin), Harvey Hart’s Bus Riley’s Back in Town (with Michael Parks and Ann-Margret), Aunt Elsie on My Sister Sam, Judd Nelson’s grandmother on Suddenly Susan, Helen Hunt’s mother in Robert Zemeckis’s Cast Away. Thanks also for two roles that more or less bookended your career in our minds: Ali MacGraw’s snobbish mother in Goodbye, Columbus and the unpleasant Mrs. Louder on The Drew Carey Show. But let’s not forget to thank you for playing Counselor Troi’s prospective mother-in-law in a first-season episode of Star Trek: The Next Generation; Pat Hingle’s wife in a 1963 episode of the Twilight Zone, about a man who keeps escaping to his childhood; and in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors a nun who turns out to be the ghost of Freddy Krueger’s mother, who conceived him when she was accidentally locked in a wing of a hospital for the criminally insane with hundreds of out-of-control inmates.

  • Rue McClanahan: Thanks mainly for two characters, both alongside Bea Arthur. You were Maude’s best friend Vivian in the 1970s. Then, after you had played Aunt Fran on Mama’s Family in the 1980s, you were man-eater Blanche Devereux on The Golden Girls and its spinoff. Your other numerous roles sort of pale by comparison.

  • Vince O’Brien: Thanks for your various bit parts in movies and on TV. In the advertising world, you were the Shell Answer Man, but otherwise you often played a judge, as you did on The Edge of Night and Ryan’s Hope and on multiple episodes of Law & Order. Your one sort-of break-out role was as a hotel doctor in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall. You also appeared in Six Degrees of Separation and Quiz Show. But I want to thank you most of all for your stint in the role of Collinwood’s Sheriff Patterson on the immortal series Dark Shadows.

  • Merlin Olsen: Thanks for Hall of Fame quality play on the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive line. Thanks for many years of color commentary on football telecasts. But thanks especially for an acting career that included three popular family-oriented shows. Thanks for playing Jonathan Garvey on Little House the Prairie and the title roles on Father Murphy and Aaron’s Way.

  • Baby Marie Osborne: Thanks for surviving a life that was nearly as big a potboiler as many of the silent movies you starred in as a toddler child star. Thanks for 28 films in the space of five years, including Kidnapped in New York and Little Mary Sunshine, before you retired at the age of 8. Then, unfortunately, your parents turned out to be merely foster parents—and not very good ones—who frittered away your fortune.

  • Fess Parker: Thanks for having a bit role in Them! Because, if you hadn’t, Walt Disney would not have noticed you when he went to see it to see if James Arness would be right for a new series he was creating. (He had already rejected Glenn Ford, Sterling Hayden and Ronald Reagan.) And that’s how you got to be Davy Crockett. And the rest is coon skin cap history. Thanks also for being the dad in Old Yeller and a sergeant in Don Siegel’s Hell is for Heroes (with Steve McQueen and Bobby Darin) and for taking on the Jimmy Stewart role in the 1960s TV series Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. And thanks for six years as Daniel Boone, accompanied by Ed Ames as the faithful Mingo. I wish I could thank you for your wine, produced in California’s Santa Ynez Valley, but unfortunately I have never had a chance to try it. But no matter. Thanks again, King of the Wild Frontier.

  • Michael Pataki: Thanks for a long career as a character actor that included appearances in Easy Rider, The Andromeda Strain, The Onion Field, Rocky IV and Halloween 4. Thanks for recurring roles as Roberto in The Flying Nun, Charlie in Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers, Count Mallachi in Happy Days, Capt. Barbera in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man and the voice of George Liquor on The Ren & Stimpy Show. Also, thanks (maybe) for playing Michael, the last descendent of Dracula, in the 1978 movie Dracula’s Dog. And thanks for a couple of memorable Star Trek roles. Thanks for playing Karnas, ruler of the planet Persephone 5 in the first-season Star Trek: The Next Generation episode “Too Short a Season.” And thanks even more for playing the Klingon officer Korax in the original series. Not only were you the first actor to speak Klingon in the series (is it true that the epithet “petaQ!” comes from your surname?), but you had the ignominy of having your plan to board the Enterprise stymied by tribbles!

  • Neva Patterson: Thanks for a career that spanned the 1957 version of An Affair to Remember, in which you were Cary Grant’s ill-starred fiancée, to a human collaborator with alien invaders in the miniseries V and V: The Final Battle in the 1980s. So sorry you did not get to reprise the role you originated on stage opposite Tom Ewell in The Seven Year Itch. You got replaced by Evelyn Keyes in the movie version that made a sensation of Marilyn Monroe. But at least you got to play a rock’n’roll icon’s mother in The Buddy Holly Story.

  • Dorothy Provine: Thanks for being brassy, blonde and beautiful at a time when I really enjoyed watching brassy, blonde and beautiful young women. Thanks for playing Rocky Shaw in the TV series The Alaskans, which I don’t remember, and the flapper Pinky Pinkham in the The Roaring 20‘s, which I do. Thanks for playing Bonnie Parker (nine years before Faye Dunaway did) in The Bonnie Parker Story. And for making us laugh in two Disney comedies (That Darn Cat!, as Hayley Mills’s sister, and Never a Dull Moment, with Dick Van Dyke and Edward G. Robinson) and two comedies about greed, which boasted all-star comedian casts: as a government employee in Who’s Minding the Mint and as Milton Berle’s wife and Ethel Merman’s daughter in It’s a Mad Mad Mad Mad World.

  • Meinhardt Raabe: Thanks for being one of 124 to play Munchkins in The Wizard of Oz and for being one of nine of them who actually spoke lines. In fact, thanks for being the one to pronounce the Wicked Witch of the East “really most sincerely dead.” And thanks for spending 30 years touring the country in the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile as Little Oscar, the World’s Smallest Chef. And thanks for co-writing a book with the great title Memories of a Munchkin: An Illustrated Walk Down the Yellow Brick Road.

  • Corin Redgrave: Thanks for hanging in there and overcoming middle child syndrome, which couldn’t have been easy with such talented sisters as Vanessa and Lynn. I could thank you for your work on the stage as well as your political activism, but I think I’ll concentrate on the film roles which I know: Uther Pendragon’s doomed enemy Cornwall in John Boorman’s Excalibur, the investigator of the Guildford Pub bombing in Jim Sheridan’s In the Name of the Father, the groom in one of the titular nuptials in Mike Newell’s Four Weddings and a Funeral, Oscar Wilde in William Parry’s Indecent Acts, Sir Walter in the Jane Austen adaptation Persuasion, Jolyon Forsyte in the miniseries remake The Forsyte Saga and a professor in the obsessive thriller Enduring Love.

  • Pernell Roberts: Thanks for lowering your high-quality acting standards to play Adam Cartwright for six of Bonanza’s 14 seasons on TV. Heck, we kids didn’t know you preferred to do Shakespeare and wanted more diversity on the show. We just thought you were the cool brother: quiet, serious and dressed in black. (Is it true that, at 37, you were starting to feel silly calling 50-year-old Lorne Green “Pa”?) I suppose we should be thankful you deigned to come back as Trapper John, M.D., playing an older version of the character played by Wayne Rogers in the sitcom M*A*S*H and by Elliott Gould in the original Robert Altman movie. Thanks for the memories. Sad to think that the last son of the Ponderosa is gone.

  • Zelda Rubinstein: Thanks for the thrills and chills. You were probably a lovely woman, but you seriously creeped us out as the exorcist in Tobe Hooper’s Poltergeist, two sequels and a spinoff TV series. Also thanks for a turn as an organist in John Hughes’s Sixteen Candles, Ginny on Picket Fences, Dr. Kuntzler in Richard Kelly’s weird Southland Tales and the narrator The Scariest Places on Earth. But for my money the biggest scare I can thank you for is your performance as Michael Lerner’s deranged mother in Bigas Luna’s tricky horror flick Angustia.

  • Bruno S.: You were a street composer and musician with a croaky voice, who played the accordion and glockenspiel on the sidewalks of Berlin. Your childhood consisted of 23 years in institutions, including time in a mental hospital during the Nazi era. Thanks to filmmaker Werner Herzog for finding you and putting you in two movies to play, pretty much, yourself. The first was The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, a true story about a man who had apparently been kept most of his life in some kind of dungeon. It won the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes in 1975. The second film was based on you and was called Stroszek. Thank you for haunting us with your eyes and face.

  • Glenn Shadix: Thanks for your work with filmmaker Tim Burton, including the mayor in The Nightmare Before Christmas and a senator in Planet of the Apes. And for lots of other voice work and live action work over the years, including Councilman Val Templeton in the TV series Carnivàle. But thank you especially for your hilarious turn as Otho, the pretentious interior designer (eerily presaging Eric Stonestreet’s work in Modern Family) in Burton’s Beetle Juice.

  • Johnny Sheffield: I could thank you for playing the jungle boy Bomba in a dozen low-budget flicks from 1949 to 1955, but I don’t actually remember any of those. Instead, I’ll thank you for the childhood memories of watching you playing the generically named Boy, opposite Johnny Weismuller, in a bunch of movies, beginning with Tarzan Finds a Son! in 1939 and ending with Tarzan and the Huntress in 1947. Also thanks for playing Pat O’Brien’s character as a child in Knute Rockne All American.

  • Gloria Stuart: Thanks for a long and storied film career during your century on the planet. Thanks for your early horror flicks with Boris Karloff (The Old Dark House) and Claude Rains (The Invisible Man), both directed by James Whale—as well as your work with James Cagney (Here Comes the Navy), Shirley Temple (Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm) and Dick Powell (Gold Diggers of 1935). Thanks especially for your heartwarming cameo as the wife who is thrilled to have a dance with matinee idol Peter O’Toole in My Favorite Year. And thanks for one last appearance six years ago in, all of things, a Wim Wenders movie, Land of Plenty. But most people will want to thank you for your memorable performance, at 86, as 101-year-old Rose Calvert (Kate Winslet in her old age) in James Cameron’s Titanic.

  • Allen Swift: Thanks for the opportunity to realize that so many different and varied cartoon characters all had voices coming from the same man. In literally tens of thousands of commercials, you were the voice of such inanimate objects as a battery and toilet plunger. You assured us that Sanka “lets you sleep.” In the early 1960s, most of the voices heard in Tom and Jerry cartoons were yours. On Underdog, you were both Simon Bar Sinister and Riff Raff. You got your start when Bob Smith suffered a heart attack and, with your amazing ability to mimic, you gave voice to Howdy Doody for a year. But baby boomer kids need to especially thank you for your work for Terrytoons, where you gave voice to the likes of Dinky Duck and, more importantly, a certain rodent superhero (“Here I come to save the day!”) called Mighty Mouse.

  • Andréas Voutsinas: A Sudan-born Greek, your main gig was as a stage director and actor, as well as being a sometime acting coach to the Hollywood famous. But I want to thank you for being part of one of the funniest and most outrageous movies of all times. Thank you for playing the black-clad Carmen Ghia, companion to Roger De Bris (Christopher Hewett), the flamboyantly gay director of Springtime for Hitler, in Mel Brooks’s original The Producers.

  • Kit Wain: Thanks for your work as an actor, right up until your retirement, in 1932 at age 14. Thanks for being a part of such silent films as The King of Kings, The Bridge of San Luis Rey, Heart of Salome and, especially, the 1924 version of Peter Pan.

  • Gloria Winters: Though you had a number of other roles, including teenager Babs on The Life of Riley, I want to thank you particularly for years of Saturday morning memories, when you played perky blonde Penny, niece of Arizona rancher and pilot Sky King, played by Grant Kirby in the eponymous TV adventure series.

  • Norman Wisdom: Thanks for many, many years of being a master of English comedy, including your gifts as a physical clown. And thanks for roles in stage productions like Where’s Charley? and Walking Happy and in the long-running TV series Last of the Summer Wine. And thanks for contributions to such movies as Trouble in Store, One Good Turn, The Square Peg, The Bulldog Breed and The Night They Raided Minsky’s.

  • Ilene Woods: Thanks for singing on the Perry Como, Arthur Godfrey and Garry Moore television shows in the 1950s. But what I really want to thank you for is being the speaking and singing voice of Cinderella in the 1950 Disney classic.

    -S.L., 20 January 2011

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