Manny P. here…
As we approach the new year. I’d like to take a moment to remember fine actors who were a part of Hollywood’s Golden Age. These are a few exceptional stars that left us this year:
James Whitmore – An Oscar nominee, and absolute joy to watch in any genre of cinema. In fact, he did receive an Academy Award nod in his first film, Battleground. He appeared in The Asphalt Jungle, Kiss Me Kate, Across The Wide Missouri, and quite memorable in the horror film, Them! He was also nominated for Best Actor in Give ‘Em Hell Harry, a one-man retrospective of President Truman. James appeared with Forgotten Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in Oklahoma.
Ricardo Montalban – Most famous for welcoming all to Fantasy Island, this Latin lover of the big screen appeared with James Whitmore in Battleground and Across The Wide Missouri. He also was cast in Sayonara and Sweet Charity. He co-starred with Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History actors John Carradine and Arthur Kennedy in Cheyenne Autumn.
<—Karl Malden – A prolific actor who won an Oscar for his role in A Streetcar Named Desire. He was fantastic in the Best Picture of 1954, On The Waterfront. He appeared with a variety of actors in Forgotten Hollywood Forgotten History in fine movies, including The Birdman of Alcatraz and How The West Was Won (Thelma Ritter), Nevada Smith (Arthur Kennedy), and Cheyenne Autumn (Arthur Kennedy and John Carradine). He also played Omar Bradley in Patton, the Best Film of 1970. My good friend Peter Parker, publisher of Karaoke Scene Magazine appeared with Malden in the film Murderers’ Row.
Jennifer Jones (right) – She was one of the most gifted actors in Hollywood’s Golden Age. She won an Oscar for her role in A Song of Bernadette. She actually was nominated for an Academy Award five times in her illustrious career. She co-starred with Karl Malden in Ruby Gentry. Her most notable work includes Love Letters, Love is a Many-Splendored Thing, Beat the Devil, The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, The Towering Inferno, and re-makes of The Barretts of Wimpole Street, and A Farewell to Arms. She appeared with actors that appear in my Forgotten Hollywood book series: Lionel Barrymore in Since You Went Away and Duel in the Sun, and Van Heflin in Madame Bovary. She was also married to actor Robert Walker and David O. Selznick, the producer of Gone With the Wind.
Until next time> “never forget”