On This Day … 09 October [2022]


People (Births)

  • 1902 – Freddie Young, English cinematographer (d. 1998).
  • 1920 – Jason Wingreen, American actor and screenwriter (d. 2015).
  • 1936 – Brian Blessed, English actor.
  • 1953 – Tony Shalhoub, American actor and producer.
  • 1954 – Scott Bakula, American actor.

People (Deaths)

  • 2000 – David Dukes, American actor (b. 1945).
  • 2005 – Louis Nye, American actor (b. 1913).

Freddie Young

Frederick A. Young OBE, BSC (09 October 1902 to 01 December 1998) was a British cinematographer. He is probably best known for his work on David Lean’s films Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Doctor Zhivago (1965) and Ryan’s Daughter (1970), all three of which won him Academy Awards for Best Cinematography. He was often credited as F.A. Young.

He was also director of photography on more than 130 films, including many other notable productions, such as Goodbye, Mr Chips (1939), 49th Parallel (1941), Lust for Life (1956), The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958), Lord Jim (1965), Battle of Britain (1969), Nicholas and Alexandra (1971), and the James Bond film You Only Live Twice (1967). He was also the first British cinematographer to film in CinemaScope. Young co-wrote The Work of the Motion Picture Cameraman with Paul Petzold, published in 1972 (Focal Press, London).

Young served as a captain and chief cameraman of the British Army’s Kinematograph Unit during World War II.

In 2003, a survey conducted by the International Cinematographers Guild placed Young among the ten most influential cinematographers in history.

He was awarded the Royal Photographic Society’s Centenary Medal and Honorary Fellowship (HonFRPS) in recognition of a sustained, significant contribution to the art of photography in 1996/97.

In 1984, at the age of 82, Young directed his only film, Arthur’s Hallowed Ground, starring Jimmy Jewel, which was made for television.

Jason Wingreen

Jason Wingreen (09 October 1920 to 25 December, 2015) was an American actor. He portrayed bartender Harry Snowden on the CBS sitcom All in the Family (1977-1979), a role he reprised on the continuation series Archie Bunker’s Place (1979-1983). He was also the original voice of Star Wars character Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back (1980).

Brian Blessed

Brian Blessed OBE (born 09 October 1936) is an English actor, presenter, writer and mountaineer.

Blessed is known for portraying PC “Fancy” Smith in Z-Cars, Augustus in the 1976 BBC television production of I, Claudius, King Richard IV in the first series of Blackadder, Prince Vultan in Flash Gordon, Bustopher Jones and Old Deuteronomy in the 1981 original London production of Cats at the New London Theatre, Thomas Beaufort, Duke of Exeter in Henry V, Boss Nass in Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace and the voice of Clayton in Disney’s Tarzan.

In 2016, Blessed was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to the arts and charity.

Tony Shalhoub

Anthony Marc Shalhoub (born 09 October 1953), is an American actor. He is the recipient of various accolades, including five Emmy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, six Screen Actors Guild Awards, a Tony Award, and a Grammy Award nomination.

He played Adrian Monk in the USA Network television series Monk, Antonio Scarpacci in the NBC sitcom Wings and Abe Weissman on Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Shalhoub has also had a successful film career, with roles in films such as Quick Change (1990), Barton Fink (1991), Big Night (1996), Men in Black, Gattaca (both 1997), Paulie, The Siege (both 1998), Galaxy Quest (1999), Spy Kids, Thirteen Ghosts, The Man Who Wasn’t There (all 2001), and 1408 (2007).

Scott Bakula

Scott Stewart Bakula (born 09 October 1954) is an American actor. He is known for his roles in two science-fiction television series: as Sam Beckett on Quantum Leap and as Captain Jonathan Archer on Star Trek: Enterprise. For Quantum Leap, he received four Emmy Award nominations and a Golden Globe Award.

Bakula starred in the comedy-drama series Men of a Certain Age and guest-starred in the second and third seasons of NBC’s Chuck as the title character’s father Stephen J. Bartowski. From 2014 to 2015, he played entrepreneur Lynn on the HBO show Looking. From 2014 to 2021, he portrayed Special Agent Dwayne Cassius “King” Pride on NCIS: New Orleans.

David Dukes

David Coleman Dukes (06 June 1945 to 09 October 2000) was an American character actor. He had a long career in films, appearing in 35. Dukes starred in the miniseries The Winds of War and War and Remembrance, and he was a frequent television guest star. Later in life, Dukes had recurring roles on shows such as Pauly, Sisters and Dawson’s Creek.

Louis Nye

Louis Nye (01 May 1913 to 09 October 2005) was an American comedic actor. He was an entertainer to the troops during World War II and is best known for his work on countless television, film and radio programmes.

Nye served in the United States Army during World War II, and because he earned laughs by mimicking other soldiers, he was assigned to Special Services (then the entertainment branch of the US military) where he met Carl Reiner. Following his discharge, he returned to New York and began working in live television.

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