Born on this day in 1889, in Chicago, Illinois, character actor, Beulah Bondi. Bondi made a nearly forty-year career out of playing mothers, matronly aunts, grandmothers, spinsters and rooming house owners. Her most famous of the lot, was her role as George Bailey’s mother, in the holiday classic, It’s A Wonderful Life.
Happy birthday to both Hal Roach and William Bendix!
Born on this day in 1892 in Elmira, New York, movie mogul, Hal Roach. Roach’s own Hal Roach Studios spawned the careers of The Little Rascals (Our Gang) and Laurel & Hardy, among others.
Born on this day in 1906 in Manhattan, New York, actor William Bendix. Although Bendix starred in The Life Of Riley radio and TV shows, he was one of the golden era’s busiest character actors. He appeared alongside Alan Ladd, Abbott & Costello, Veronica Lake, Groucho Marx, and Bing Crosby.