Remembering Madge Blake, born May 31, 1899 and passed away June 19, 1969.
Madge Blake was an actress best remembered for her role as Larry Mondello’s mother, Margaret Mondello, on the CBS/ABC sitcom Leave It to Beaver, as Flora MacMichael on the ABC/CBS sitcom The Real McCoys, and as Aunt Harriet Cooper in 96 episodes of ABC’s Batman. Gene Kelly had a special affection for her and included her in each of his films following her role in An American in Paris.
Happy birthday Gregory Harrison, born May 31, 1950.
Gregory Neale Harrison is an American actor. He is known for his role as Chandler in the 1987 cult favorite North Shore and as Dr. George Alonzo “Gonzo” Gates on the CBS series Trapper John, M.D. 1979-85 and he was the title character on the 1977-78 science fiction series Logan’s Run, after which he played the role of Levi Zendt on the 1978 NBC miniseries Centennial.
He is best known for his comedic sketches on Late Night with David Letterman, starring in the comedy series Get a Life on Fox TV and Eagleheart on Adult Swim, as well as his recurring roles as Peter MacDougall on Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mickey Aldrin on How I Met Your Mother.
He has also starred in the films Cabin Boy, There’s Something About Mary, Scary Movie 2, and Groundhog Day.
He plays Roland Schitt on CBC Television’s Schitt’s Creek.
Lea Katherine Thompson is an American actress, television director, and television producer. She is best known for her role as Lorraine Baines in the Back to the Future trilogy and as the title character in the 1990’s NBC sitcom Caroline in the City.
Other films for which she is known include All the Right Moves, The Beverly Hillbillies, Howard the Duck, Jaws 3-D, Red Dawn, and Some Kind of Wonderful.
She co-starred as Kathryn Kennish in the ABC Family series Switched at Birth.
Clinton Eastwood Jr. is an American actor, filmmaker, musician, and politician. After achieving success in the Western TV series Rawhide, he rose to international fame with his role as the Man with No Name in Italian filmmaker Sergio Leone’s Dollars Trilogy of spaghetti Westerns during the 1960s and as antihero cop Harry Callahan in the five Dirty Harry films throughout the 1970s and 1980s.
These roles, among others, have made Eastwood an enduring cultural icon of masculinity.
Colin James Farrell is an Irish actor who first appeared in the BBC drama series Ballykissangel (1998), then made his movie debut in the drama film The War Zone (1999), and was discovered by Hollywood upon taking the lead role in the war drama Tigerland (2000). He then played outlaw Jesse James in the Western American Outlaws (2001) before starring in the movies Phone Booth (2002), S.W.A.T., and The Recruit (both 2003). During that time, he also appeared in Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi thriller Minority Report (2002) and as the supervillain Bullseye in the movie Daredevil (2003).
After starring in the independent movies Intermission (2003) and A Home at the End of the World (2004), he played Alexander the Great in the biopic Alexander (2004) and starred in the historical romantic drama The New World (2005). He followed these with roles in Miami Vice (2006), Ask the Dust (2006) and Cassandra’s Dream (2007), underscoring his popularity; his role in the comedy In Bruges (2008) earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. He next starred in the movie Horrible Bosses along with the movie Fright Night (both 2011), Total Recall and Seven Psychopaths (both 2012).
In 2013, he starred in Dead Man Down and Saving Mr. Banks. He starred as Peter Lake in Winter’s Tale (2014) and played Detective Ray Velcoro in the second season of HBO’s True Detective (2015). He also starred in the movie The Lobster (2015), for which he was nominated for his second Golden Globe. He then played Percival Graves / Gellert Grindelwald in the Harry Potter prequel film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016), as well as crime boss Oswald “Oz” Cobblepot / The Penguin in the 2022 superhero movie The Batman, a role which he will reprise in a spin-off self-titled solo series for HBO Max.
Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in the movie Pretty Baby (1978). She continued to model into her late teenage years and starred in several dramas in the 1980s, including The Blue Lagoon (1980) and Endless Love (1981).
In 1983, she suspended her career as a model to attend Princeton University, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Romance languages. In the 1990s, she returned to acting and had minor roles in movies. She also starred in the NBC sitcoms Suddenly Susan (1996–2000), for which she received two Golden Globe nominations, and Lipstick Jungle (2008–2009). She was also a gues on Two and a Half Men and voiced in an episode of The Simpsosn. In 2017, she returned to NBC with a major recurring role in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in the show’s 19th season. Since 2014, she has voiced Beverly Goodman in the Adult Swim animated series Mr. Pickles and its spinoff Momma Named Me Sheriff.