On This Day … 30 September [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1950 – Victoria Tennant, English actress and dancer.
  • 1961 – Eric Stoltz, American actor, director, and producer.

People (Deaths)

  • 2012 – Turhan Bey, Austrian actor and producer (b. 1922).

Victoria Tennant

Victoria Tennant (born 30 September 1950) is a British actress. She is known for her roles in the TV miniseries The Winds of War (1983) and War and Remembrance (1988-1989), in which she appeared as actor Robert Mitchum’s on-screen love interest, Pamela Tudsbury, as well as her supporting roles in such movies as All of Me (1984), The Holcroft Covenant (1985), Flowers in the Attic (1987), The Handmaid’s Tale (1990), and L.A. Story (1991).

Eric Stoltz

Eric Cameron Stoltz (born 30 September 1961) is an American actor, director and producer. He played the role of Rocky Dennis in the biographical drama film Mask, which earned him the nomination for the Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Motion Picture, and has appeared in a wide variety of films from mainstream including Some Kind of Wonderful to independent films such as Pulp Fiction, Killing Zoe, and Kicking and Screaming. He was nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Male for his performance in Pulp Fiction. In 2010, he portrayed Daniel Graystone in the science fiction television series Caprica (2010), and became a regular director on the television series Glee.

  • Code Name: Emerald (1985): as Lieutenant Andy Wheeler.
  • Memphis Belle (1990): as Sergeant Danny “Danny Boy” Daly.
  • Fort McCoy (2011): as Frank Stirn, also producer.

Turhan Bey

Turhan Bey (born Turhan Gilbert Selahattin Sahultavy, 30 March 1922 to 30 September 2012) was an Austrian-born actor of Turkish and Czech-Jewish origins. Active in Hollywood from 1941 to 1953, he was dubbed “The Turkish Delight” by his fans. After his return to Austria, he pursued careers as a photographer and stage director. Returning to Hollywood after a 40-year hiatus, he made several guest appearances in 1990s television series including SeaQuest DSV, Murder, She Wrote and Babylon 5 as well as a number of films. After retiring, he appeared in a number of documentaries, including a German-language documentary on his life.

Army Service

As a Turkish subject, Bey had not been eligible to be called by the draft board. That changed when Turkey declared war on Germany in February 1945, and in June, Bey was inducted into the army at Fort MacArthur.

He served at Santa Ana Army Air Base for a time and performed in a version of Carmen at Fort Roberts.

Bey was in the army for 18 months, which halted his career’s momentum.

When he got out, Universal offered him a film that Bey refused, and he was put on suspension. It sold his contract, which had three years to go, to Eagle-Lion.

Bey later recalled his time at Universal as “very pleasant, very constructive; the end, unfortunately, a big flop but c’est la vie…It was a studio of cooperation where the biggest producer was never too big to listen to you…I should have been a little more serious about my work but I was very young.”

  • Raiders of the Desert (1941).
  • Burma Convoy (1941).
  • Junior G-Men of the Air (1942).
  • Danger in the Pacific (1942).
  • Destination Unknown (1942).
  • Background to Danger (1943).
  • Dragon Seed (1944).
  • In S03E15 of M*A*S*H, titled “Bombed,” Henry Blake, after losing the first good toothbrush he has received in six months, complains he had teeth like Turhan Bey.

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