Died Today (July 3rd): Andy Griffith (1926–2012)

andygriffith.jpgDied Today: Andy Griffith (1926–2012)

Born: June 1, 1926 in Mount Airy, North Carolina, USA

Died: July 3, 2012 (age 86) in Manteo, North Carolina, USA

Married to: Cindi Knight (2 April 1983 – 3 July 2012) (his death)
Solica Casuto (11 June 1975 – 1981) (divorced)
Barbara Griffith (26 August 1949 – 16 October 1972) (divorced) (2 children)

QUOTES:

[on his off-camera relationship with Frances Bavier, who played Aunt Bee] There was just something about me she did not like.
[How he valued Don Knotts as an actor/best friend]: I loved Don. There was no one like him.
[For making Chapel Hill, which is where he went to college, proud of him]: I am proud of my connections to Carolina and pleased to know that some results from a lifetime of work on television, film, stage and recordings will have a permanent home in Chapel Hill.
I was baptized alongside my mother when I was 8 years old. Since then, I have tried to walk a Christian life, … And now that I’m getting older, I realized that I’m walking even closer with my God.
I still play that guitar. It’s a Martin D-18 with a clear pick guard. I’ve played that guitar on and off my TV shows for nearly 50 years.
[When he used a televangelist as his model]: I did an impression of Oral Roberts, and near the end, I took Elia Kazan’s head in my hands, and I healed him, I walked out of that restaurant with the part.

Happy Birthday: Tom Stoppard

tomstoppardHappy Birthday actor Tom Stoppard

Born: July 3, 1937 in Zlín, Czechoslovakia [now in Czech Republic]

Married to: Sabrina Guinness (2014 – present)
Miriam Stoppard (1972 – 1992) (divorced) (2 children)
Jose Ingle (1962 – 1972) (divorced) (2 children)

He worked as script doctor and re-write uncredited on: Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Sleepy Hollow (1999), K-19: The Widowmaker (2002), and others.

OSCAR Winner for Best Screenplay (Shakespeare in Love)

QUOTES:

[In 1968] I was asked to sign a protest against “censorship” after a newspaper declined to publish somebody’s manifesto. “But that isn’t censorship,” I said. “That’s editing. In Russia you go to prison for possessing a copy of Animal Farm. That’s censorship.”

[In 1968] A few miles away across the Channel, clashes between protesters and riot police were affairs of burning cars, overturned buses and buildings turned to rubble. Our own street-fighting man was only rock ‘n’ roll.

[In 1968] It wasn’t all posh, of course. The “scene”, as we called it, was more populously located in a shifting underground of art events – exhibitions, gigs, happenings, poetry readings – in dark places around Covent Garden and elsewhere and here the word “revolution” takes on some substance, I think. It was not a social revolution, but there was a sense of a cultural revolution pivoted on that moment. Unfortunately, I was embarrassed by that, too. I loved the music and the dressing up but I couldn’t take to the dialogue: a reductive argot of comrade-jargon and bogus wisdom derived from misunderstood eastern religions.

If I had known in 1968 what we were going to squander, long before we had the excuse of 9/11, I might have joined in the fun with less embarrassment, with less to lose. But at the time all the goings-on seemed frivolous compared with the freedoms we had invented – or should I say the freedoms you invented?

Happy Birthday: Bruce Altman

brucealtmanHappy Birthday actor Bruce Altman

Born: July 3, 1955 in The Bronx, New York, USA

Married and has one daughter

Studied in NYC with William Hickey and at the William Esper studio.

 

 

MOVIE POSTERROOKIE OF THE YEAR
1993
dir. Daniel Stern
Stars:
Thomas Ian Nicholas
Gary Busey

Glengarry Glen RossGlengarry Glen Ross
1992
dir. James Foley
Starring
Al Pacino
Lemmon<
IT'S COMPLICATED Movie PosterIt’s Complicated
dir. Nancy Meyers
Stars:
Meryl Streep
Steve Martin
Baldwin
Matchstick Men
2003
dir. Ridley Scott
Cast
Nicholas Cage
Alison Lohman
MORNING GLORYMORNING GLORY
dir. Roger Michell
Stars:
Rachel McAdams
Harrison Ford
MOVIE POSTERGAME CHANGE
dir. Jay Roach
Stars:
Julianne Moore
Woody Harrelson
MOVIE POSTERTHE SITTER
dir. David Gordon Green
Stars:
Jonah Hill
Ari Graynor
actorDAMAGES Season 4
Starring:
Dylan Baker
John Goodman

 

Happy Birthday: George Sanders (1906–1972)

georgesandersHappy Birthday actor George Sanders (1906–1972)

Born: July 3, 1906 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire [now Russia]

Died: April 25, 1972 (age 65) in Castelldefels, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain

Married to: Magda Gabor (5 December 1970 – 1971) (divorced)
Benita Hume (10 February 1959 – 1 November 1967) (her death)
Zsa Zsa Gabor (2 April 1949 – 2 April 1954) (divorced)
Susan Larson (1940 – 1949) (divorced)

QUOTES:

A woman, a dog and a walnut tree, the more you beat them, the better they be.

Acting is like roller-skating. Once you know how to do it, it is neither stimulating nor exciting.

I am not one of those people who would rather act than eat. Quite the reverse. My own desire as a boy was to retire. That ambition has never changed.

I don’t ask questions. I just take their money and use it for things that really interest me.

I was beastly but never coarse. A high-class sort of heel.

I never really thought I’d make the grade. And let’s face it, I haven’t.

Happy Birthday: Yeardley Smith

yeardleysmith.jpgHappy Birthday actor Yeardley Smith

Born: July 3, 1964 in Paris, France

Married to:
Daniel Erickson (18 May 2002 – 8 September 2008) (divorced)
Christopher Grove (1990 – 1992) (divorced)

Best known as the voice of “Lisa Simpson” on the TV show The Simpsons (1989)

QUOTES:

Actually, you wouldn’t believe how many people come up to me and say ‘This is my fantasy: to be in bed with Lisa Simpson and have her say “Oh more, more!”‘ What is the matter with you people? This is sick! — on the Australian talk show “Denton”.

It’s usually character stuff that I’m offered unless they want a real offbeat leading role. Most of the time, I’m everybody’s best friend. Or their annoying friend. It’s like the story of my life. I will never get to play the Cinderella roles.

In my dreams, I was Rita Hayworth, Kim Basinger. I just wanted to be that long, tall drink of water with flowing blond hair and large blue eyes and cheekbones you could actually see – you know, be that. And I wasn’t, so I hated myself. I’d beat myself up, tear myself to shreds. Now I’ve made peace with it. I don’t mind it at all; I’d rather be who I am. It’s comfortable. It’s me. I got weary of putting so much energy into hating myself”.

Being a part of “As Good as It Gets” was a great job for me. It was fun taking a bit of a break from playing Lisa Simpson and doing real actual live-action camera work. I enjoyed having the honor of working with Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Greg Kinnear. And especially that cute little dog. Overall, I enjoyed working on the film, and I wish I at least got an Oscar nomination.

Happy Birthday: Andrea Barber

andreabarber.jpgHappy Birthday actor Andrea Barber

Born: July 3, 1976 in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Jeremy Rytky (1 September 2002 – 2014) (divorced) (2 children)

Has many fond memories of the days she played Kimmy Gibbler on the sitcom Full House (1987), however there was one problem: wardrobe. “Once in a while the costume people would say, ‘Hey, kids, take home whatever you want’,” recalls Barber, who would usually just take home a pair of pants, while the other castmates would grab armloads of clothes.

Happy Birthday: Matt Schulze

mattschulzeHappy Birthday actor Matt Schulze

Born: July 3, 1972 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

He was in a Levi’s mode when he was about 21. He did a bunch of the campaigns, and a runway show in Italy.

 

 

 

THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS
2001
dir. Rob Cohen
Starring:
Vin Diesel
Paul Walker
BLADEBlade
1998
dir. Stephen Norrington
Cast
Wesley Snipes
Stephen Dorff
fast fiveFAST FIVE
dir. Justin Lin
Stars:
Paul Walker
Vin Diesel
BLADE IIBlade II
2002
dir. del Toro
Starring
Snipes
Ron Perlman
EXTRACT Movie PosterExtract
2009
dir. Judge
Starring
Bateman
Krista Wiig
Ben Affleck
MR. BROOKSMr. Brooks
2007
dir. Bruce A. Evans
Starring
Costner
Demi Moore
Dane Cook

 

Happy Birthday: Thomas Gibson

thomasgibson.jpgHappy Birthday actor Thomas Gibson

Born: July 3, 1962 in Charleston, South Carolina, USA

Married to: Christine Gibson (1993 – present) (3 children)

Was born on the same day as Tom Cruise. The two appeared together in both Eyes Wide Shut (1999) and Far and Away (1992).

QUOTES:

There’s nothing better for kids than a bucket and shovel at the beach. I grew up across the marsh from The Citadel. We loved buying chicken necks at the Piggly Wiggly, tying them to a string on a stick and catching blue crabs.

Charleston has something for everyone, rain or shine. Its architecture is unparalleled. Carriage rides are great for seeing the city and hearing the history behind certain houses and the area.

When my sister and I were kids, swimming down in Charleston, there was this pizza parlor that had this old Dixieland band play, and I just loved Louis Armstrong and the sound of his voice, and I got up there with the band and started singing Louis Armstrong songs when I was a kid. I have no idea why, but I did it and I loved it.

I work out religiously. It’s great for my back. It’s great for my core. I’ve been exposed to lots of exercise regimens and movement classes as an actor, so I understand the importance of stretching and staying limber, but Pilates is what’s really spoken to me. It works everything out.

Happy Birthday: Kurtwood Smith

kurtwoodsmithHappy Birthday actor Kurtwood Smith

Born: July 3, 1943 in New Lisbon, Wisconsin, USA

Married to:
Joan Pirkle (5 November 1988 – present)
Cecilia Souza (26 June 1964 – 1974) (divorced) (2 children)

Has played three different characters in the Star Trek universe: the Federation President in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991), Thrax on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (1993), and Annorax on Star Trek: Voyager (1995).

CEDAR RAPIDS
dir. Miguel Arteta
Stars:
Ed Helms
John C. Reilly
CITIZEN RUTHCitizen Ruth
1996
dir. Payne
starring
Dern
Swoosie Kurtz
ROBOCOP
1987
dir. Paul Verhoeven
Starring:
Peter Weller
Nancy Allen
MOVIE POSTERHITCHCOCK
2012
dir. Sacha Gervasi
Stars:
Anthony Hopkins
Helen Mirren
TV POSTER24 SEASON 7
Stars:
Kiefer Sutherland
Carlos Bernard
MOVIE POSTERTURBO
2013
dir. David Soren
Stars:
Ryan Reynolds
Paul Giamatti
MOVIE POSTERRAMBO 3
1988
dir. Peter MacDonald
Stars:
Sylvester Stallone
Richard Crenna