April 25: “Crafty Cockney” Eric Bristow is 60

Celebrity-04-25-1957Eric Bristow (“The Crafty Cockney”) is a former professional English darts player, born 25 April 1957.

He was ranked World No. 1 by the World Darts Federation a record six times from (1980–81,83–85, 90). He is a five time World Champion, a five time World Masters Champion and a four time World Cup singles champion. He won twenty two WDF and BDO Major titles and seventy career titles overall. In the 1980s, Bristow’s skill and personality helped turn darts into a worldwide spectator sport. In 1993, Bristow was one of sixteen top players who broke away from the British Darts Organisation to form their own organisation, which became the Professional Darts Corporation.

He retired from competitive darts in 2007 and worked as a commentator and pundit on Sky Sports’ darts coverage, but lost his job after a series of tweets on the United Kingdom football sexual abuse scandal that were condemned as offensive. He apologised the following day. [Wikipedia]

Read more at http://www.ericbristowexhibition.co.uk/

April 25: Coronation Street’s William Roache is 85

Celebrity-04-25-1932William Roache, born 25 April 1932, is an English actor who has played Ken Barlow in the soap opera Coronation Street since its first episode on 9 December 1960. He is listed in the Guinness World Records as the longest-serving living television actor in a continuous role. His eldest son is actor Linus Roache.

Roache joined the British Army, and was commissioned into the Royal Welch Fusiliers in 1953. A year later he was promoted to lieutenant. In 1956 he left the British Army with the rank of captain. Due to an exploding mortar round during his military service, Roache suffers from tinnitus. After leaving the army, Roache turned to acting. Appearing in various stage productions, he hen had uncredited roles in several films, and later small parts in television serials. He played the minor role of a space centre operator in the Norman Wisdom film The Bulldog Breed.

Shortly before joining Coronation Street at the beginning of the programme in 1960, Roache played the leading role in a Granada Television play called Marking Time, transmitted on ITV in 1961. In an interview in 2007, Roache recalled “I played a young soldier in Germany who fraternised with a German girl, although I can’t remember now how it ended. It was highly prestigious, though, and I have tried to hunt it down but there is no trace of it.” He added: “But Tony Warren, who created Coronation Street, saw it and thought I was right for Ken Barlow.” [Wikipedia]

April 20: Happy birthday @Lou_Jameson

LeelaLouise Jameson (born 20 April 1951) played Leela, the leather-clad warrior companion of the Fourth Doctor, from The Face of Evil to The Invasion of Time. She later reprised the role for the anniversary special, Dimensions in Time.

She has also appeared as Patricia Haggard in three “direct-to-video” adventures of the investigating organisation P.R.O.B.E., with Caroline John as Liz Shaw.

Jameson has also appeared on Emmerdale (as Sharon Crossthwaite), The Omega Factor (as Dr. Anne Reynolds), Tenko (as Blanche Simmons), Bergerac (as Susan Young) and EastEnders (as Rosa di Marco). Fellow EastEnders cast member Leslie Grantham, who appeared in Resurrection of the Daleks, has credited Jameson with inspiring him to pursue a career in drama while he was serving time in prison.

Jameson attended the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art with her successor on Doctor Who, Mary Tamm, and spent two years with the Royal Shakespeare Company, performing in Romeo and Juliet, The Taming of the Shrew, King Lear, and Blithe Spirit. Other stage appearances include the first production of Passion Play.

In the early 1980s, Jameson modelled for photographs for one of Lalla Ward‘s knitting books, wearing some of Ward’s designs.

She is married to actor David Warwick who played Kimus in the Doctor Who television story The Pirate Planet.

Read more at tardis.wikia.com/

April 20: Happy 80th Birthday @GeorgeTakei

Celebrity-04-20-1937American actor, director, author, and activist of Japanese descent, George Takei is best known for his role as Hikaru Sulu, helmsman of the USS Enterprise in the television series Star Trek. He also portrayed the character in six Star Trek feature films and one episode of Star Trek: Voyager.

Takei’s involvement in social media has brought him fresh attention. As of February 2017, his Facebook page has over 10 million likes since he joined in 2011, and he frequently shares photos with original humorous commentary.

Takei is a proponent of LGBT rights and is active in state and local politics. He has won several awards and accolades in his work on human rights and Japan–United States relations, including his work with the Japanese American National Museum. [Wikipedia]

Visit http://georgetakei.com/.

April 13: Celebrity birthdays

HTRA146 VV1901937: Edward Fox is an English stage, film and television actor who famously played the part of the professional assassin, known only as the “Jackal”, who is hired to assassinate the French president Charles de Gaulle in the summer of 1963, in the film The Day of the Jackal (1973).  He also portrayed King Edward VIII in the British television drama series Edward & Mrs. Simpson (1978).

Fox has been married twice, to actresses Tracy Reed (1958–1961) and Joanna David (from July 2004, after a long-standing relationship). He has a daughter, Lucy, Viscountess Gormanston, by Reed, and two children, Emilia Fox and Freddie Fox, with David.

He is the elder brother and uncle, respectively, of actors James Fox and Laurence Fox.

Watch a tribute to Edward Fox on the aplantagereloaded YouTube Channel.

Celebrity-04-13-19421942: American composer and conductor Bill Conti is best known for his film and TV scores, including Rocky (and four of its sequels), For Your Eyes Only, Dynasty, and The Right Stuff, which earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Score. He has served as musical director at the Academy Awards a record nineteen times. [Wikipedia]

Hear Bill Conti’s music on Spotify.

 

 

Celebrity-04-13-19471947: Australian record producer and songwriter Mike Chapman was a major force in the British pop music industry in the 1970s. He created a string of hit singles for artists including The Sweet, Suzi Quatro, Smokie, Mud and Racey with business partner Nicky Chinn, creating a formularised sound that became identified with the “Chinnichap” brand. He later produced breakthrough albums for Blondie and The Knack. [Wikipedia]

April 12, 1947: Dan Lauria and David Letterman are 70 today

Celebrity-04-12-1947bItalian-American television, stage, and film actor Dan Lauria, was born in Brooklyn, New York. A Vietnam War veteran, Lauria served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps; he served at the same point in his life that Jack Arnold, his character in The Wonder Years, did during the Korean War. He got his start in acting while attending Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven, Connecticut, on a football scholarship.

He has appeared in movies such as Stakeout (1987), Another Stakeout (1993), and Independence Day (1996). As well as The Wonder Years, Lauria has also appeared in LA Law, Party Of Five, and JAG. [Wikipedia]

David Letterman is an American former television host, comedian, writer, andCelebrity-04-12-1947a producer. He hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning with the February 1, 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC, and ending with the May 20, 2015 broadcast of Late Show with David Letterman on CBS. In total, Letterman hosted 6,028 episodes of Late Night and Late Show, surpassing friend and mentor Johnny Carson as the longest-serving late night talk show host in American television history. In 1996 Letterman was ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time.

Letterman is also a television and film producer. His company, Worldwide Pants, produced his show as well as The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and several prime-time comedies, the most successful of which was Everybody Loves Raymond, currently in syndication. [Wikipedia]

April 11: Celebrity birthdays

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1934Ron Pember is a British actor, stage director and dramatist, best known for his role as Alain Muny in the 1970s BBC drama series Secret Army. Pember played the part of Dennis Timson in series 4 to 7 of Rumpole of the Bailey and several small parts in television including the psychopathic ‘Outland Revenue’ taxman in the Red Dwarf episode “Better Than Life”.  He retired from acting in 1992 after a stroke.

 

 

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1937: 80 years old today, Jill Gascoigne, a British actress and novelist. She is best known for her role as Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes in the 1980s television series The Gentle Touch (first aired this day in 1980) and its spin-off series C.A.T.S. Eyes (first aired 12 April 1985). In the 1990s, she published three novels, “Addicted”, “Lillian” and “Just Like A Woman”.  Gascoigne is married to actor Alfred Molina.  In November 2016 he reported his wife was “in a very advanced stage of Alzheimer’s”, and had been in a specialist care home for over two years.

 

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1946: Bob Harris, known as “‘Whispering Bob Harris”, is an English music presenter known for being a host of the BBC2 music programme The Old Grey Whistle Test, and as a co-founder of the listings magazine Time Out. Harris has been broadcasting on the BBC for over 40 years. He was credited as the inspiration for The Fast Show character, Louis Balfour, whose catchphrase “nice!” delivered in close up to camera followed universally dreadful modern jazz acts. This closely mirrors Harris’ trademark laconic enthusiasm on both Old Grey Whistle Test and his radio shows.  [http://bobharris.org/]

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1949: Lee Sheriden, (born Roger Pritchard) is a British singer/songwriter and musical director, best known as a member of pop group Brotherhood of Man.

 

 

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1960: Jeremy Clarkson, an English broadcaster, journalist and writer who specialises in motoring. He is best known for co-presenting the BBC TV show Top Gear with Richard Hammond and James May. He also writes weekly columns for The Sunday Times and The Sun. His opinionated but humorous tongue-in-cheek writing and presenting style has often provoked public reaction. His actions both privately and as a Top Gear presenter have also sometimes resulted in criticism from the media, politicians, pressure groups and the public. He also has a significant public following, being credited as a major factor in the resurgence of Top Gear as one of the most popular shows on the BBC.

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1966: Lisa Stansfield, an English singer, songwriter and actress. Her career began in 1980 when she won the singing competition Search for a Star. After appearances in various television shows and releasing her first singles, Stansfield, Ian Devaney and Andy Morris formed Blue Zone in 1984. The band released several singles and one album, but after the success of “People Hold On” in 1989, on which Stansfield was featured, they focused on her solo career.

In 1983, she co-hosted the children’s television music programme Razzamatazz and appeared on another children’s television series The Krankies Klub.

[http://lisa-stansfield.com/]

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1969: Cerys Matthews, a Welsh singer, songwriter, author, and broadcaster. She was a founding member of Welsh rock band Catatonia and a leading figure in the “Cool Cymru” movement of the late 1990s.

[http://cerysmatthews.co.uk/]

 

 

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1970: Sannie Charlotte Carlson, better known as Whigfield, is a Danish born, Italian-based Eurodance singer best known for the song “Saturday Night“, which was a hit in 1994. The single “Another Day” & “Think of You” also did well in a number of other markets where it entered the Top 10 including UK, Switzerland, Norway and her native Denmark.

[http://www.whigfield.eu/]

April 10: Celebrity birthdays

1929: Swedish actor Max Von Sydow.

1940: Northern Irish TV & radio presenter Gloria Hunniford.

1941: American travel writer and novelist, Paul Theroux.

1947: Born Neville O’Riley Livingston, Jamaican singer songwriter and percussionist, and original member of reggae group The Wailers along with Bob Marley and Peter ToshBunny Wailer.

1952: American actor, producer, screenwriter, director, martial artist, and musician who holds American, Russian, and Serbian citizenship, Steven Seagal.

1953: David Moorcroft, former middle-distance and long-distance runner from England, and former world record holder for 5,000 metres.

1954: Peter MacNicol, American actor known for playing Stingo in Sophie’s Choice (1982), Janosz Poha in Ghostbusters II (1989) and David Langley in Bean (1997).

April 6: Happy Birthday Billy Dee Williams (80) and Marilu Henner (65)

William December “Billy Dee” Williams Jr. is 80 today. An American actor, artist, singer, and writer, he is best known for his role as Lando Calrissian in the Star Wars film franchise, as well as acting in the movie Nighthawks, and for playing Harvey Dent in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989).  Wikipedia

Mary Lucy Denise “Marilu” Henner is 65 today. An American actress, producer, radio host, and author, she is best known for her role as Elaine O’Connor Nardo on the sitcom Taxi from 1978 to 1983.  http://www.marilu.com/