Arnold Stang

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Arnold Stang (1918-2009), pictured in 1951

Arnold Stang (September 28, 1918 – December 20, 2009) was an American comic actor and voice actor, whose comic persona was a small and bespectacled, yet brash and knowing big-city type.

After starting his career in radio during the 1940s, Stang moved into television in the 1950s, and films in the 1960s.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Man with the Golden Arm (1955), “Sparrow”
  • Top Cat (TV, 1961-1962), voice of “T.C.”
  • It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963), “Ray”
  • Hercules in New York (1969), “Pretzie”

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Will Smith

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Will Smith (1968-), pictured in 2016

Will Smith (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, producer, comedian, rapper and songwriter. Smith has been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards and two Academy Awards, and has won four Grammy Awards.

In the late 1980s, Smith achieved modest fame as a rapper under the name The Fresh Prince. In 1990, his popularity increased dramatically when he starred in the NBC television series The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, which ran for six seasons until 1996. After the series ended, Smith transitioned from television to film, and has gone on to star in numerous blockbuster films. He is the only actor to have eight consecutive films gross over $100 million in the domestic box office, eleven consecutive films gross over $150 million internationally, and eight consecutive films in which he starred, open at the number one spot in the domestic box office tally.

20th Century Highlights

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (TV, 1990-1996)
  • “Summertime” (1991), DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, UK#8
  • “Boom! Shake the Room” (1993), DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince, UK#1
  • Six Degrees of Separation (1993), “Paul”
  • Bad Boys (1995), “Mike Lowrey”
  • Independence Day (1996), “Capt. Steven Hiller”
  • Men in Black (1997), “Agent J”
  • “Men in Black” (1997), UK #1
  • Big Willie Style (1997), UK #9
  • “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” (1997), UK #3
  • “Just The Two Of Us” (1998), UK #2
  • “Enemy of the State” (1998), “Robert Clayton Dean”
  • “Miami” (1998), UK #3
  • Wild Wild West (1999), “James West”
  • “Wild Wild West” (1999), UK #2
  • Will 2K (1999), UK #2
  • Willennium (1999), UK #10

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Kevin Sorbo

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Kevin Sorbo (1958-), pictured in 2015

Kevin Sorbo (born September 24, 1958) is an American actor. He is best known for his starring roles in two television series: as Hercules in Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, and as Captain Dylan Hunt in Andromeda.

20th Century Highlights

  • Hercules and the Amazon Women (TV, 1994), “Hercules”
  • Hercules and the Lost Kingdom (TV, 1994), “Hercules”
  • Hercules and the Circle of Fire (TV, 1994), “Hercules”
  • Hercules in the Underworld (TV, 1994), “Hercules”
  • Hercules in the Maze of the Minotaur (TV, 1994), “Hercules”
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys (TV, 1995-1999)
  • Kull the Conqueror (1997), “Kull”

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September 16, 1958: Welsh footballer Neville Southall born

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Neville Southall (1958-), pictured in 2007

Neville Southall MBE is a Welsh former international footballer. He has been described as one of the best goalkeepers of his generation and won the FWA Footballer of the Year award in 1985.

He joined Bury from Winsford United for a £6,000 fee in 1980, and turned professional in his early 20s after a number of years as a semi-professional and amateur player. During his teenage years he worked as a binman, waiter and hod carrier. He moved on to Everton for £150,000 in 1981 and established himself as the club’s first-choice goalkeeper by the 1983–84 season. He went on to make a club record 578 appearances in the Football League and Premier League (750 in all competitions); his honours with the club consist of a European Cup Winners’ Cup medal in 1985, a First Division championship medal in 1984–85 and 1986–87, an FA Cup winners medal in 1984 and 1995, and an FA Charity Shield winners medal in 1984, 1985, and 1995. He also played in the 1985 and 1989 FA Cup finals, the League Cup final in 1984, and helped Everton to a second place in the league in 1985–86. After leaving Everton in 1998, he became Torquay United’s regular goalkeeper for two years. He also made a handful of appearances for numerous other clubs.

He played internationally for Wales, winning a record 92 caps between 1982 and 1998, though he did not feature in any major international competitions. As an individual, he was named on the PFA Team of the Year four consecutive times, and was listed as one of the world’s top ten goalkeepers by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics on four occasions. He is a member of the Gwladys Street’s Hall of Fame. He has been named as one of the 100 ‘Greatest Players of the 20th Century’ by World Soccer magazine. In the 1996 Birthday Honours, he was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for his services to football.

Since his retirement as a player, Southall has briefly managed Dover Athletic, Hastings United and Margate, and has coached at numerous clubs as well as the Welsh national youth teams. He has also worked extensively with disadvantaged children, and set up his own educational consultancy.

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