Born on this day in 1920, in Louisville, Kentucky, actor William Conrad. Conrad got his start as a character actor in radio, during the 1940’s. He transitioned into film noir in the late 1940’s and 1950’s, playing gunmen and villains. He found the role of a lifetime in 1971, as TV detective, Frank Cannon.
Born on this day in 1908, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, actress and singer, Penny Singleton. In the 1930’s, Singleton often appeared uncredited, or as Dorothy McNulty. In 1938, she scored the role of her lifetime, portraying the real-life version of cartoon character Blondie Bumstead, in the successful Blondie series, which would comprise 28 films in all.
Ironically, her later success would come voicing the cartoon character, Jane Jetson for Hanna-Barbera, from 1962-1990.
Born on this day in 1923, in Los Angeles, California, actress Rhonda Fleming. Fleming’s many successes include A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur’s Court, Serpent Of The Nile, Alias Jesse James and Won Ton Ton.
Born on this day in 1927, in Paris, Illinois, actor Carl “Alfalfa” Switzer. Switzer is remembered as one of the most famous members of Our Gang, appearing in dozens of shorts for Hal Roach Studios in the 1930’s. After leaving Our Gang, Switzer found himself typecast, and most of his later rolls would be minor, and often, uncredited.
Born on this day in 1901, in New Orleans, Louisiana, musician and actor, Louis Armstrong. Armstrong was a prolific jazz musician, and starred in several motion pictures, including Pennies From Heaven, The Glenn Miller Story and High Society.
Born on this day in 1942, in Chicago, Illinois, musician Roger McGuinn. McGuinn became famous as a member of The Byrds, and for popularizing the electric 12-string guitar during the 1960’s.
Born on this day in 1927, in Merced, California, actress Janet Leigh. Leigh was under contract with Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer by the age of 18, and starred in Angels In The Outfield, Little Women and Holiday Affair. She would also go on to star in the now-classic Psycho and Bye Bye Birdie.
Born on this day in 1917, in Brooklyn, New York, entertainer Lena Horne. Horne had a decades-long career as a singer, dancer and actress, on both stage and screen. Some of her more notable films include; Stormy Weather, Ziegfeld Follies and The Wiz.
Born on this day in 1895, in Baltimore, Maryland, actor Russell Hicks. In a career that ran for decades, Hicks appeared in almost 300 films. Some of his highlights include starring alongside The Marx Brothers in The Big Store, and Abbott & Costello in Hold That Ghost.
Born on this day in 1908, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, actor Don Ameche. Ameche had a lengthy film career, beginning in 1935 with Clive of India, and ending in 1994 with Corrina, Corrina.