BRUCE WILLIS IS 56 YEARS OLD TODAY

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Actor, producer, and musician. the career of  Bruce Willis began in television
in the 1980s and has continued both in television and film since, including
comedic, dramatic, and action roles. He is well known for the role of John
McClane in the Die Hard series of four action films beginning with Die Hard
in 1988. He has also appeared in over sixty films, including box office hits 
like Pulp Fiction (1994), 12 Monkeys (1995), The Fifth Element (1997),
Armageddon (1998), and The Sixth Sense in 1999. Willis is the ninth
highest-grossing actor in a leading role and twelfth highest including
supporting roles. He is a two-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe
winner.

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Bruce in Armageddon

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IT’S KURT RUSSELL’S BIRTHDAY ~ 60 TODAY

 
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Kurt Russell’s first acting roles were as a child in television such as the lead role in  
the western series The Travels of Jamie McPheeters (1963–1964). In the 1970s he signed a ten-year contract with the Walt Disney company, where he became the
studio’s top star of the ’70s. In 1979, Russell was nominated for an Emmy Award for
the made-for-television film Elvis. In 1983, he was nominated for a Golden Globe
Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for  
his performance in the 1984 film, Silkwood. During the 1980s, Russell was cast in  
several films by director John Carpenterin the futuristic action film Escape From New York, the horror film The Thing (1982), and the dark comedy/action film Big Trouble in Little China (1986). In 1994, he had a starring role in the military/science fiction film Stargate.

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Kurt Russell with his father Bing Russell (left)  who was a character
actor best-known for playing Deputy Clem Foster on Bonanza. Bing
was also the owner of the Portland Mavericks Baseball Club, a minor
league team that began play in the Class A Northwest League in 
1973 after the Portland Beavers of the Pacific Coast league moved 
to Spokane, Washington.

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Kurt Russell as Elvis Presley

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Kurt Russell with co-stars ,left to right, Meryl Streep and Cher

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Kurt as U.S. Marshall Wyatt Earp in TOMBSTONE (1993)

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JERRY LEWIS ~ 85 TODAY

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Jerry Lewis is a veteran comedian, actor, film producer, screenwriter, film director
and singer. He is best-known for his slapstick humor in screen, television, stage
and radio. He was originally paired with Dean Martin in 1946, forming the famed
comedy team of Martin and Lewis (shown below). In addition to the duo’s popular nightclub work, they starred in a successful series of comedy films. Lewis is also
known for his charity fund-raising telethons and position as national chairman for
the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Lewis has won several awards for
lifetime achievements and In 2005, he received the Governors Award of the
Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Board of Governors, which is the
highest Emmy Award presented.

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Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis during the 2010 MDA telethon

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FIRST BROADWAY PRODUCTION ON TV ~ THIS DATE IN 1955

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NBC-TV presented Peter Pan live as part of Producers’ Showcase,with
the show’s original cast, as the first full-length Broadway production on 
color TV. The show attracted a record audience of 65-million viewers 
viewers. Mary Martin ( above) and Cyril Ritchard (below) had already  
won Tony Awards for their stage performances, and Martin won an  
Emmy Award for the television production.

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Cyril Ritchard

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BIRTHDAY WISHES TO ALAN ALDA ~ 75 TODAY

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Alan Alda ,an actor, director and screenwriter is a five-time Emmy Award and six-time Golden Globe Award winner. He is best known for his role as Hawkeye Pierce ( above)
in the TV series M*A*S*H on CBS from September 17, 1972 to February 28, 1983. He was nominated for 21 Emmy Awards, and won five. He took part in writing 19 episodes, including the finale, and directed 32. He is currently a Visiting Professor at the Stony Brook University School of Journalism.

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Alda as U.S. Republican Senator Arnold Vinick in West Wing on NBC-TV
from 1999 to 2006

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Alan Alda played  U.S. Senator Owen Brewster (above) in The Aviator
in 2004. He received his first  Academy Award nomination for the role. 

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