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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VETERAN ACTRESS JANE RUSSELL IS DEAD AT 89

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    LOS ANGELES (AP) – Jane Russell, the brunette who was discovered by Howard Hughes and went on to become one of the biggest stars of the 1940s and ’50s, has died at age 89.

    Russell’s daughter-in-law Etta Waterfield says the actress died Monday at her home in Santa Maria of a respiratory-related illness.

    Hughes, the eccentric billionaire, cast Russell in his sexy, and controversial, 1941 Western "The Outlaw," turning her into an overnight star.

    She would go on to appear opposite such leading men as Frank Sinatra and Bob Hope, as well as fellow actress Marilyn Monroe.

    Although her film career slowed in the 1960s, Russell remained active throughout her life.

    Until her health began to decline a few weeks ago, Waterfield said she remained active singing and working for various causes.

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    FIRST KIWANIS CLUB FOUNDED ON THIS DATE IN 1915

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    The first Kiwanis club was organized in Detroit, MI, and received a charter from the state of Michigan on Jan. 21, 1915.

    The group began as a small network of local businessmen who referred clients to each other’s businesses. As the network grew, the members started to focus on not only themselves, but the needs of the community as well.

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                                 Russell Ward, above, was elected the first 
                                 president of the Michigan Kiwanis club in 1918.  

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    HAROLD RAMIS HAS TURNED 66

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    Comedic Actor, Director and Writer, Harold Ramis
    is best know for his roles as Egon Spangler in
    ”Ghostbusters”(1984) and as Russell Zinskey
    in “Stripes”(1981). Ramis co-wrote both films.

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    IT WAS A SATURDAY NIGHT SPECIAL!

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    This Western drama started on radio beginning Saturday,
    April 26, 1952 and ran till June 18, 1961. It was heard
    on the CBS radio network(KOIN in Portland). The cast
    included William Conrad as Marshal Matt Dillon, Howard
    McNear as Doc Charles Adams,Georgia Ellis as Kitty
    Russell, and Parley Baer as Dillon’s Deputy Chester
    Proudfoot. The first episode was titled,”Billy The Kid”.
    The show was set in Dodge City, Kansas during the
    1870’s.
     
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    The cast of Gunsmoke. Pictured in the
    background is Star William Conrad,left,
    and Charles Adams.Shown in front is
    Georgia Ellis and Parley Baer.

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    George Walsh, announcer for the series.

     
     
     
     
     
     
     

     


     

     

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