TCM Remembers 2007

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1. Solveig Dommartin

Actress | Der Himmel über Berlin

Solveig Dommartin was born on May 16, 1961 in Paris, France. She was an actress and director, known for Wings of Desire (1987), Until the End of the World (1991) and It Would Only Take a Bridge (1998). She died on January 11, 2007 in Paris.

2. Ulrich Mühe

Actor | Das Leben der Anderen

Ulrich Mühe was born on June 20, 1953 in Grimma, East Germany as Friedrich Hans Ulrich Mühe. He was an actor and director, known for The Lives of Others (2006), Funny Games (1997) and Der letzte Zeuge (1998). He was married to Susanne Lothar, Jenny Gröllmann and Annegret Hahn. He died on July 22, ...

3. Carlo Ponti

Producer | La strada

Carlo Ponti was born on December 11, 1912 in Magenta, Lombardy, Italy as Carlo Fortunaro Pietro Ponti. He is known for his work on La Strada (1954), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Blow-Up (1966). He was married to Sophia Loren and Giuliana Fiastri. He died on January 10, 2007 in Geneva, Switzerland.

4. Charles Lane

Actor | It's a Wonderful Life

Mean, miserly and miserable-looking, they didn't come packaged with a more annoying and irksome bow than Charles Lane. Glimpsing even a bent smile from this unending sourpuss was extremely rare, unless one perhaps caught him in a moment of insidious glee after carrying out one of his many nefarious...

5. Miyoshi Umeki

Actress | Flower Drum Song

Although she projected the typical Japanese female stereotype of humbleness, delicacy and subservience in most of her prime film and stage roles, beguiling, tiny-framed Miyoshi Umeki was nevertheless an assertive scene-stealer. This docile and deceptive-looking talent with the cropped hair and ...

6. Mala Powers

Actress | Cyrano de Bergerac

The daughter of a United Press executive, Mala Powers attended the Max Reinhardt Junior Workshop as a kid and fell in love with acting the first time she set foot on a stage. She made her film debut in Universal's 1942 Tough As They Come (1942) before actress Helene Thimig (Max Reinhardt's wife) ...

7. Peter Viertel

Writer | Saboteur

Peter Viertel, a WWII veteran whose first novel was published to glowing reviews when he was only 18, was born of parents of the European intelligentsia, refugees from Adolf Hitler's Europe. Brought up in Hollywood, in a household where Greta Garbo (his mother's closest friend), Bertolt Brecht ...

8. Norman Mailer

Writer | Tough Guys Don't Dance

Norman Mailer, the Brooklyn-born and -bred writer who fought for what he characterized as the "heavyweight championship" of American letters after the 1961 death of Ernest Hemingway, never came close to his dream of writing the Great American novel, but he was a colossus of American culture and ...

9. Barbara McNair

Actress | If He Hollers, Let Him Go!

Popular African-American vocalist and entertainer Barbara McNair dazzled audiences with her singing prowess and exceptional beauty for well over four decades until her death on February 4, 2007 of throat cancer in Los Angeles. The Chicago-born entertainer and one-time secretary was raised in Racine...

10. Sidney Sheldon

Writer | Easter Parade

Sheldon was born in Chicago on February 17, 1917. He began writing as a youngster and at the age of ten he made his first sale of a poem for $10. During the Depression, he worked at a variety of jobs and while attending Northwestern University he contributed short plays to drama groups.

At seventeen...

11. Ron Carey

Actor | History of the World: Part I

He was a notably short, Italian, nasal-toned and mischievous-looking fellow, a perfect type for the stand-up comedy circuit and for playing Brooklynesque characters in T.V. sitcoms and films...which is just what Ron Carey did. He was born Ronald Joseph Cicenia in Newark, New Jersey, on December ...

12. László Kovács

Cinematographer | Easy Rider

László Kovács was born on May 14, 1933 in Cece, Hungary. He is known for his work on Easy Rider (1969), Five Easy Pieces (1970), Ghostbuster (1984) and Copycat (1995). He won the Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASC in 2002. He was married to Audrey. He died on July 22, 2007 in Beverly Hills, ...

13. Delbert Mann

Director | Marty

Delbert Mann, the Oscar-winning film director, was born Delbert Martin Mann Jr. in Lawrence, Kansas, in 1920. His father moved the family to Nashville, Tennesse, after taking a teaching position at Scarritt College. The young Mann graduated from Vanderbilt University, where he met his future wife, ...

14. A.I. Bezzerides

Writer | Kiss Me Deadly

A.I. Bezzerides was born on August 9, 1908 in Samsun, Ottoman Empire as Albert Isaac Bezzerides. He was a writer and actor, known for Kiss Me Deadly (1955), Action in the North Atlantic (1943) and They Drive by Night (1940). He was married to Silvia Richards and Von Gorne, Yvonne. He died on ...

15. Bud Ekins

Stunts | The Blues Brothers

Bud Ekins was born on May 11, 1930 in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA. He is known for his work on The Blues Brothers (1980), The Specialist (1994) and National Lampoon's Animal House (1978). He was married to Betty Gene Towne. He died on October 6, 2007 in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles.

16. Deborah Kerr

Actress | The King and I

Deborah Kerr was born on 30 September 1921 in Helensburgh, Scotland, the daughter of Captain Arthur Kerr-Trimmer. She was educated at Northumberland House, Clifton, Bristol. She first performed at the Open Air Theatre in Regent's Park, London. She subsequently performed with the Oxford Repertory ...

17. Calvin Lockhart

Actor | Predator 2

Bahamian-born Calvin Lockhart first caught moviegoers' attention in the supercharged urban films Cotton Comes to Harlem (1970) and Halls of Anger (1970) before becoming a fairly steady fixture in the "blaxploitation" movies of the early-to-mid 1970s.

Born Bert Cooper to a large family in Nassau on ...

18. Betty Hutton

Actress | Annie Get Your Gun

Betty Hutton was born Elizabeth June Thornburg on February 26, 1921, in Battle Creek, Michigan. Two years later, Betty's father decided that the family way of life wasn't for him, so he left (he committed suicide 16 years later). Having to fend for themselves, Mrs. Thornburg moved the family to ...

19. Marcel Marceau

Actor | Barbarella

Marcel Marceau was the legendary mime, who survived the Nazi occupation, and saved many children in WWII. He was regarded for his peerless style pantomime, moving audiences without uttering a single word, and was known to the World as a "master of silence."

He was born Marcel Mangel on March 22, ...

20. Joel Siegel

Actor | Deathtrap

Joel Siegel was born on July 7, 1943 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Joel Steven Siegel. He was an actor, known for Deathtrap (1982), Hotel (1983) and Kids' Court (1988). He was married to Ena Swansea, Melissa DeMayo, Jane Kessler and Karen Oshman. He died on June 29, 2007 in New York City, New ...

21. Yvonne De Carlo

Actress | The Ten Commandments

Yvonne De Carlo was born Margaret Yvonne Middleton on September 1, 1922 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. She was three when her father abandoned the family. Her mother turned to waitressing in a restaurant to make ends meet--a rough beginning for an actress who would, one day, be one of ...

22. Robert J. Mauch

Actor | The Prince and the Pauper

Robert J. Mauch was born on July 6, 1921 in Peoria, Illinois, USA as Robert Joseph Mauch. He was an editor and actor, known for The Prince and the Pauper (1937), Warner Brothers Presents (1955) and Dragnet (1951). He was married to Georgia "Gigi" Shattuck Culhane. He died on October 15, 2007 in ...

23. Lois Maxwell

Actress | Thunderball

Everyone knows (or should know) Lois Maxwell as the one and only "Miss Moneypenny", but there's much more to her acting career than that. She started out against her parents' will, and without their knowledge, in a Canadian children's radio program, credited as "Robin Wells". Before the age of 15 ...

24. Barry Nelson

Actor | The Shining

A genial, well-respected, all-around "nice guy", the breezily handsome Barry Nelson was born Haakon Robert Nielsen on April 16, 1917, in San Francisco, California, to Betsy (Christophersen) and Trygve "Ted" Nielsen, both Norwegian immigrants. He was raised in nearby Oakland and graduated from the ...

25. William Tuttle

Make_up_department | Logan's Run

William Tuttle was born in Jacksonville, Florida, in 1911. At the age of 15 he was forced to leave school in order to earn a living so he could support his mother and younger brother, Thomas Tuttle. His music background got him work with comedy teams and a burlesque orchestra and, finally, his own ...

26. Alice Ghostley

Actress | To Kill a Mockingbird

Whether portraying a glum, withering wallflower, a drab and dowdy housewife, a klutzy maid or a cynical gossip, eccentric character comedienne Alice Ghostley had the ability to draw laughs from the skimpiest of material with a simple fret or whine. Making a name for herself on the Tony-winning ...

27. Jack Williams

Stunts | Innerspace

Jack Williams was born on April 15, 1921 in Butte, Montana, USA. He is known for his work on Innerspace (1987), Wild Wild West (1999) and Remo Williams: The Adventure Begins (1985). He was married to Clare. He died on April 10, 2007 in Sylmar, California, USA.

28. Gordon Scott

Actor | Tarzan's Greatest Adventure

Physical Education major Gordon Weschkul left the University of Oregon after one term. He became an infantry drill instructor (rifle, pistol and bayonet; judo and hand-to-hand combat; close order drill), then a military policeman. After his honorable discharge in 1947, he was a fireman, cowboy, and...

29. Laraine Day

Actress | Foreign Correspondent

Born into a prominent Mormon family in Utah, Laraine Day's acting career began after her parents moved to Long Beach, California, where she joined the Long Beach Players. She appeared in her first film in 1937 in a bit part, then did leads in several George O'Brien westerns. Signing a contract with...

30. Roscoe Lee Browne

Actor | The Cowboys

He was a master class in cerebral eloquence and audience command...and although his dominant playing card in the realm of acting was quite serious and stately, nobody cut a more delightfully dry edge in sitcoms than this gentleman, whose calm yet blistering put-downs often eluded his lesser victims.

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31. Michel Serrault

Actor | Nelly & Monsieur Arnaud

As accomplished and versatile the well-loved French actor Michel Serrault proved to be over the course of five decades, American audiences still remember this actor for one role only - that of the neurotic, outrageously flamboyant drag performer Albin (aka Zaza) in the side-splitting French gay ...

32. Bernard Gordon

Writer | Earth vs. the Flying Saucers

Bernard Gordon was born on October 29, 1918 in New Britain, Connecticut, USA. He was a writer and producer, known for Earth vs. the Flying Saucers (1956), Zombies of Mora Tau (1957) and The Man Who Turned to Stone (1957). He was married to Jean Lewin. He died on May 11, 2007 in Hollywood Hills, ...

33. Richard Jeni

Actor | The Mask

Richard Jeni was born on April 14, 1957 in Brooklyn, New York, USA as Richard John Colangelo. He was an actor and writer, known for The Mask (1994), Platypus Man (1995) and Richard Jeni: Platypus Man (1992). He died on March 10, 2007 in West Hollywood, California, USA.

34. Kitty Carlisle

Actress | A Night at the Opera

Kitty Carlisle Hart wore a cloak of many professional and elegant colors. Actress, opera singer, Broadway performer, TV celebrity, game show panelist, patron of the arts, and, at age 95, this vital woman continued her six-decade musical odyssey with songs and reminisces in her one-woman show: "...

35. Bob Clark

Director | A Christmas Story

Bob Clark was born on August 5, 1939 in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA as Benjamin Clark. He was a director and writer, known for A Christmas Story (1983), Porky's (1981) and Baby Geniuses (1999). He died on April 4, 2007 in Pacific Palisades, California, USA.

36. Richard Franklin

Director | Hotel Sorrento

Writer, director and producer Richard Franklin was born on July 15, 1948 in Melbourne, Australia. Infatuated with cinema at an early age, Franklin first began making 8mm films at age 10. Franklin saw Alfred Hitchcock's "Psycho" two years later and was hooked on movies for life. Richard enrolled at ...

37. Freddie Francis

Cinematographer | The Straight Story

During his last years at school he spent most of his time writing a thesis on 'the future of film' On leaving school he joined Gaumont British Studios at Lime Grove as an apprentice to a stills photographer for a year. He claimed this taught him more about the art of photography than any other form...

38. Kerwin Mathews

Actor | The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Before there was a George Lucas and Harrison Ford running around creating special-effects excitement, there was a virile, boyishly handsome actor named Kerwin Mathews who was entertaining audiences battling a variety of creatures courtesy of pioneer special effects guru Ray Harryhausen. ...

39. Frankie Laine

Soundtrack | Blazing Saddles

Singer, composer and author Frankie Laine was born March 30, 1913 in Chicago. His real name was Francesco Paulo LoVecchio and he lived in Chicago's Little Italy. Frankie was the oldest of eight children born to Sicilian immigrants John and Anna Lo Vecchio, who had come from Monreale, Sicily near ...

40. Robert Goulet

Actor | The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear

Robert Gerard Goulet was born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, to a family of French-Canadian origin. He was the son of Jeanette (Gauthier) and Joseph Georges André Goulet. After hearing his son sing "Lead Kindly Light", in their church hall, his father told him, "I'm proud of you, son". A few weeks ...

41. Jack Valenti

Self | Beyond Wiseguys: Italian Americans & the Movies

Texas born, Harvard educated, Jack Valenti has led several lives; a wartime bomber pilot, advertising agency founder, political consultant, White House Special Assistant, movie industry leader. In his current role as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the Motion Picture Association of America,...

42. Michelangelo Antonioni

Writer | Blowup

Michelangelo Antonioni was born in 1912 into a middle-class family and grew up in bourgeois surroundings of the Italian province. In Bologna he studied economics and commerce while he painted and also wrote criticism for a local newspaper. In 1939 he went to Rome and worked for the journal "Cinema"...

43. Jane Wyman

Actress | Falcon Crest

Jane Wyman was born Sarah Jane Mayfield on January 5, 1917, in St. Joseph, Missouri (she was also known later as Sarah Jane Fulks). When she was only eight years old, and after her parents filed for divorce, she lost her father prematurely. After graduating high school she attempted, with the help ...

44. Ingmar Bergman

Writer | Smultronstället

Ernst Ingmar Bergman was born July 14, 1918, the son of a priest. The film and T.V. series, The Best Intentions (1992) is biographical and shows the early marriage of his parents. The film 'Söndagsbarn' depicts a bicycle journey with his father. In the miniseries Private Confessions (1996) is the ...



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