Died Today (July 6th): Roy Rogers (1911–1998)

royrogersRoy Rogers (1911–1998)

Born: November 5, 1911 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA

Died: July 6, 1998 (age 86) in Apple Valley, California, USA

Married to:
Dale Evans (31 December 1947 – 6 July 1998) (his death)
Grace Arline Wilkins (11 June 1936 – 3 November 1946) (her death) (3 children)
Lucile Ascolese (8 May 1933 – 8 June 1936) (divorced)

In his autobiography, “Happy Trails: The Story of Roy Rogers and Dale Evans,” the former Leonard Slye stated that his stage name of Roy Rogers was given to him by executives at Republic Pictures when he became their new singing cowboy to replace Gene Autry. The Rogers came from Will Rogers, the beloved western comic and storyteller who had recently died in a plane crash in Alaska and Roy was made the first name because it is the French word for “king,” as in “Roy Rogers, King of the Cowboys.” Roy said he had no input at all in the renaming decision.

Died Today (July 6th): Director John Frankenheimer

johnfrankenheimerJohn Frankenheimer (1930–2002)

Born: February 19, 1930 in Queens, New York City, New York, USA

Died: July 6, 2002 (age 72) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Evans Evans (13 December 1963 – 6 July 2002) (his death)
Carolyn Miller (22 September 1954 – 1962) (divorced) (2 children)

When Burt Lancaster walked onto the set the first day of shooting of The Young Savages (1961), he was startled and dismayed to see the camera on the floor, aiming upward. Lancaster had never before worked with a director who used such innovative camera angles. He grew to trust Frankenhiemer, and they made four more films together.

The Manchurian Candidate
1962
dir. Frankenheimer
starring
Frank Sinatra
Laurence Harvey
BIRDMAN OF ALCATRAZBirdman of Alcatraz
1962
dir. John Frankenheimer
Cast
Burt Lancaster
Karl Malden

Seven Days in May
1964
dir. Frankenheimer
starring
Burt Lancaster
Kirk Douglas

Happy Birthday: Misty Upham (1982–2014)

mistyupham.jpgHappy Birthday actor Misty Upham (1982–2014)

Born: July 6, 1982 in Kalispell, Montana, USA

Died: October 5, 2014 (age 32) in Auburn, Washington, USA

On October 5, 2014, she was seen at her apartment in Auburn, Washington. Her father called police on October 6th saying that she was missing. Police stopped her father from going after her, instead they searched her apartment and felt that she left of her own volition; and have not officially declared her missing. As of October 12, 2014 she had not contacted family or friends. On October 16, 2014, family and friends found a body in a ravine that they believed to be hers. Despite pleas from the family the police refused to help with search and rescue efforts. She was one of a 1000+ missing Native women whom the police never searched for.

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY
2013
dir. John Wells
Stars:
Meryl Streep
Julia Roberts

 

Happy Birthday: Nancy Reagan (1921–2016)

nancyreaganHappy Birthday actor/former first lady Nancy Reagan (1921–2016)

Born: July 6, 1921 in New York City, New York, USA

Died: March 6, 2016 (age 94) in Los Angeles, California, USA

Married to: Ronald Reagan (4 March 1952 – 5 June 2004) (his death) (2 children)

QUOTES:

On Reagan: “I knew that being his wife was the role I wanted to play.”

[about her husband] “What can you say about a man, who on Mother’s Day sends flowers to his mother-in-law, with a note thanking her for making him the happiest man on Earth?”

Bob had an extraordinary career in both movies and television. Just when it seemed he was ready to retire, he always found a new project that kept him busy and filled with wonderful stories. – in response to the news about the death of friend/actor Robert Stack

[on former White House press secretary Jim Brady]. He had a certain twinkle in his eye and a way of letting you know that he knew what he was doing and everything would be all right. He had a zest for life that was infectious. He loved to hear or tell a good story, laughed easily, could see the silver lining in even the darkest cloud, and made the best chili in town!

Happy Birthday: Fred Dryer

freddryer.jpgHappy Birthday actor Fred Dryer

Born: July 6, 1946 in Hawthorne, California, USA

Dryer started his professional career on the football field in 1969, when he was drafted by the New York Giants in the first round (the 13th pick overall). But as he didn’t like New York very much, he left the Giants and returned to California to play for the Los Angeles Rams, which he did from 1972 to 1981, when he retired.

In 1982, Fred auditioned for Cheers. One of 3 finalists, he lost the male lead to actor Ted Danson. Later, he made several guest appearances on the show as Dave Richards, Sam’s former Boston Red Sox teammate turned sportscaster. In 1984, Fred was chosen to play the leading role of the TV series Hunter: LAPD Homicide Detective Sergeant Richard Hunter, a mobster’s son turned cop. Hunter, created by Frank Lupo and produced by Stephen J. Cannell, is TV’s version of Clint Eastwood’s violent big screen cop Dirty Harry. Hunter’s partner is Sergeant DeeDee McCall, a beautiful and tough widow, known around the squad as “The Brass Cupcake”, played by Stepfanie Kramer. Hunter ran on NBC from 1984 to 1991.

Happy Birthday: William Lee Scott

williamleescott.jpgHappy Birthday actor William Lee Scott

Born: July 6, 1973 in Hudson, New York, USA

Married to: Charlene Bloom

He was hired for October Sky after having the casting directors believe he was actually from the South, as his character, even though he grew up in New York.

 

 

THE WINNING SEASON
2004
dir. John Kent Harrison
Stars:
Matthew Modine
Kristin Davis

movie posterGONE IN SIXTY SECONDS
2000
dir. Dominic Sena
Starring:
Nicolas Cage
Angelina Jolie
Identity
2003
dir. Mangold
Starring
Liotta
John Cusask
Amanda Peet
 moviesOCTOBER SKY
1999
dir. Joe Johnston
Starring:
Jake Gyllenhaal
Chris Cooper
PEARL HARBORPearl Harbor
2001
dir. Michael Bay
starring
Affleck
Josh Hartnett

 

Happy Birthday: Geraldine James

geraldinejames.jpgHappy Birthday actor Geraldine James

Born: July 6, 1950 in Maidenhead, Berkshire, England, UK

Married to: Joseph Blatchley (June 1986 – present) (1 child)

She was nominated for Broadway’s 1990 Tony Award as Best Actress (Play) for portraying Portia in Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”.

 

 

SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF SHADOWS
dir. Guy Ritchie
Stars:
Robert Downey Jr.
Jude Law
MOVIEMADE IN DAGENHAM
2010
dir. Nigel Cole
Starring:
Sally Hawkins
Jaime Winstone
Alice in Wonderland Movie PosterAlice in Wonderland
dir. Tim Burton
Stars
Mia Wasikowska
Johnny Depp
ARTHUR
dir. Jason Winer
Stars:
Russell Brand
Helen Mirren
SHERLOCK HOLMES Movie PosterSherlock Holmes
dir. Guy Ritchie
Stars:
Robert Downey Jr.
Law
Rachel McAdams