September 19, 1928: Actor Adam West born

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Adam West (1928-2017), in a 1961 publicity photo

Adam West (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017) was an American actor known primarily for his role as Batman in the 1960s ABC series of the same name and its 1966 theatrical feature film.

West began acting in films in the 1950s. He played opposite Chuck Connors in Geronimo (1962) and The Three Stooges in The Outlaws Is Coming (1965). He also appeared in the science fiction film Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964) and performed voice work on The Fairly OddParents (2003–2017), The Simpsons (1992, 2002), and Family Guy (2000–2018), playing fictional versions of himself in all three. Late in his career, West starred in two direct-to-DVD animated Batman films, Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders, and Batman vs. Two-Face, the latter of which was released posthumously.

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September 17, 1928: Actor Roddy McDowell born

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Roddy McDowall (1928-1998), pictured in 1988

“Roddy” McDowall (September 17, 1928 – October 3, 1998) was an English-American actor, voice artist, film director and photographer. He is best known for portraying Cornelius and Caesar in the original Planet of the Apes film series, as well as Galen in the spin-off television series. He began his acting career as a child in England, and then in the United States, in How Green Was My Valley (1941), My Friend Flicka (1943) and Lassie Come Home (1943).

As an adult, McDowall appeared most frequently as a character actor on radio, stage, film, and television. For portraying Augustus in the historical drama Cleopatra (1963), he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Other titles include The Longest Day (1962), The Greatest Story Ever Told (1965), That Darn Cat! (1965), Inside Daisy Clover (1965), Bedknobs and Broomsticks (1971), The Poseidon Adventure (1972), Funny Lady (1975), The Black Hole (1979), Class of 1984 (1982), Fright Night (1985), Overboard (1987), Fright Night Part 2 (1988) and A Bug’s Life (1998). He also served in various positions on the Board of Governors for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and the Selection Committee for the Kennedy Center Honors, further contributing to various charities related to the film industry and film preservation. He was a founding Member of the National Film Preservation Board in 1989, and represented the Screen Actors Guild on this Board until his death.

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September 17, 1928: English broadcaster, Brian Matthew, born

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Brian Matthew (1928-2017) [bbc.co.uk]
Brian Matthew (17 September 17. 1928 – 8 April 8, 2017) was an English broadcaster who worked for the BBC for 63 years from 1954 until 2017. He was the host of Saturday Club, among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the 60s in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades.

In January 2017, after a short break from the programme owing to a minor illness, the BBC announced, against Matthew’s wishes, that he would not be returning to the programme and that he would be replaced. He was succeeded by Tony Blackburn. Matthew died on 8 April 2017.

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September 4, 1928: American actor Dick York born

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Dick York (1928-1992)

Dick York (September 4, 1928 – February 20, 1992) was an American radio, stage, film and television actor. He is best remembered for his role as the first Darrin Stephens on the ABC fantasy sitcom Bewitched. His best known motion picture role was as teacher Bertram Cates in the film Inherit the Wind (1960).

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20th Century Highlights

  • Inherit the Wind (1960), “Bertram Cates”
  • Bewitched (1964-1972), “Darrin Stephens” (1964-1968)

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August 31, 1928: American actor James Coburn born

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James Coburn (1928-2002)

James Coburn (August 31, 1928 – November 18, 2002) was an American actor. He featured in more than 70 films, largely action roles, and made 100 television appearances during a 45-year career, ultimately winning an Academy Award in 1999 for his supporting role as Glen Whitehouse in Affliction.

A capable, rough-hewn leading man, his toothy grin and lanky physique made him a perfect tough guy in numerous leading and supporting roles in westerns and action films.

During the late 1960s and early 1970s, Coburn cultivated an image synonymous with “cool” and, along with such contemporaries as Lee Marvin, Steve McQueen, and Charles Bronson, became one of the prominent “tough-guy” actors of his day.

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20th Century Highlights

  • The Magnificent Seven (1960), “Britt”
  • Hell is for Heroes (1962), “Cpl. Frank Henshaw”
  • The Great Escape (1963), “Fg. Off. Louis Sedgwick, ‘The Manufacturer'”
  • Charade (1963), “Tex Panthollow”
  • The Americanization of Emily (1964), “Lt. Cmdr. Paul ‘Bus’ Cummings”
  • Major Dundee (1965), “Samuel Potts”
  • A High Wind in Jamaica (1965), “Zac”
  • Our Man Flint (1966), “Derek Flint”
  • What Did You Do in the War, Daddy? (1966), “Lt Christian”
  • Dead Heat on a Merry-Go-Round (1966), “Eli Kotch”
  • In Like Flint (1967), “Derek Flint”
  • The President’s Analyst (1967), “Dr. Sidney Schaefer”
  • Duck, You Sucker!, aka A Fistful of Dynamite (US) (1971), “John H. Mallory!
  • Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid (1973), Pat Garrett
  • Hard Times, aka The Streetfighter (UK) (1975), “Speed”
  • Sky Riders (1976), “Jim McCabe”
  • The Last Hard Men (1976), “Zach Provo”
  • Midway, aka Battle of Midway (UK) (1976), “Capt. Vinton Maddox”
  • Cross of Iron (1977), “Sgt Rolf Steiner”
  • The Dain Curse (TV, 1978), “Hamilton Nash”
  • Firepower (1979), “Fanon”
  • Goldengirl (1979), “Jack Dryden”
  • The Baltimore Bullet (1980), “Nick Casey”
  • Loving Couples (1980), “Dr. Walter Kirby”
  • Affliction (1997), “Glen Whitehouse”

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August 29, 1928: English actor Charles Gray born

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Charles Gray (1928-2000)

Charles Gray (August 29, 1928 – March 7, 2000) was an English actor who was well known for roles including the arch-villain Blofeld in the James Bond film Diamonds Are Forever, Dikko Henderson in a previous Bond film You Only Live Twice, Sherlock Holmes‘s brother Mycroft Holmes in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and as the Criminologist in The Rocky Horror Picture Show in 1975.

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20th Century Highlights

  • You Only Live Twice (1967), “Dikko Henderson”
  • The Devil Rides Out (1968), “Mocata”
  • Mosquito Squadron (1969), “Air Commodore Hufford”
  • Cromwell (1970), The Earl of Essex
  • Diamonds Are Forever (1971), “Ernst Stavro Blofeld”
  • The Beast Must Die (1974), “Bennington”
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), “The Criminologist – An Expert”
  • The Seven-Per-Cent Solution (1976), “Mycroft Holmes”
  • Julius Caesar (TV, 1979), Julius Caesar
  • An Englishman Abroad (TV, 1983), Michael Redgrave, playing Claudius

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