On This Day … 10 October [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1924 – James Clavell, Australian-American director, producer, screenwriter, and author (d. 1994).
  • 1926 – Richard Jaeckel, American actor (d. 1997).
  • 1941 – Peter Coyote, American actor, director, and screenwriter.
  • 1946 – Charles Dance, English actor, director, and screenwriter.

People (Deaths)

  • 1985 – Yul Brynner, Russian actor (b. 1920).

James Clavell

James Clavell (born Charles Edmund Dumaresq Clavell; 10 October 1921 to 07 September 1994) was an Australian-born British (later naturalised American) writer, screenwriter, director, and World War II veteran and prisoner of war. Clavell is best known as the author of his Asian Saga novels, a number of which have had television adaptations. Clavell also wrote such screenplays as those for The Fly (1958) (based on the short story by George Langelaan) and The Great Escape (1963) (based on the personal account of Paul Brickhill). He directed the popular 1967 film To Sir, with Love for which he also wrote the script.

Richard Jaeckel

Richard Hanley Jaeckel (10 October 1926 to 14 June 1997) was an American actor of film and television. Jaeckel became a well-known character actor in his career, which spanned six decades. He received a Best Supporting Actor Oscar nomination for his role in the 1971 adaptation of Ken Kesey’s Sometimes a Great Notion.

  • Film:
    • Guadalcanal Diary (1943).
    • Wing and a Prayer (1944).
    • Jungle Patrol (1948).
    • Battleground (1949).
    • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949).
    • Fighting Coast Guard (1950).
    • The Sea Hornet (1951).
    • Sea of Lost Ships (1953).
    • Attack! (1956).
    • The Naked and the Dead (1958).
    • When Hell Broke Loose (1958).
    • The Gallant Hours (1960).
    • Town Without Pity (1961).
    • The Young and the Brave (1963).
    • Once Before I Die (1966).
    • The Dirty Dozen (1967).
    • The Devil’s Brigade (1968).
    • The Green Slime (1968).
    • Ulzana’s Raid (1972).
    • Chosen Survivors (1974).
    • Twilight’s Last Gleaming (1977).
    • The Dirty Dozen: The Next Mission (1985).
    • Delta Force 02: The Colombian Connection (1990).
  • TV:
    • Navy Log (1955-1958).
    • In 1956 and 1957, he appeared in three episodes of another military drama, The West Point Story.
    • Gray Ghost (1957-1958): Starred in one episode “The Hero”.
    • The Rebel (1959-1961): Starred as Marshal Roader in “The Rattler” and as Clyde Traskel in “Run, Killer, Run”.
    • In 1963, he appeared, speaking in German, played the role of Wehrmacht Sergeant Buxman in the Combat! TV series episode “Gideon’s Army“.

Peter Coyote

Peter Coyote (born Robert Peter Cohon; 10 October 1941) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, author and narrator of films, theatre, television, and audiobooks. He is perhaps best known for his work in various films such as E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), Cross Creek (1983), Jagged Edge (1985), Bitter Moon (1992), Kika (1993), Patch Adams (1998), Erin Brockovich (2000), A Walk to Remember (2002), and Femme Fatale (2002). He was also known as the “Voice of Oscar” for the 72nd Academy Awards ceremony, the first Oscars announcer to be seen on-camera.

Charles Dance

Walter Charles Dance OBE (born 10 October 1946) is an English actor. He is known for playing strict, authoritarian characters and villainous characters. His most notable film roles include Sardo Numspa in The Golden Child (1986), Dr. Jonathan Clemens in Alien 3 (1992), Benedict in Last Action Hero (1993), Lord Havelock Vetinari in Terry Pratchett’s Going Postal (2010), the Master Vampire in Dracula Untold (2014), Alastair Denniston in The Imitation Game (2014), Alan Jonah in Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019), and William Randolph Hearst in Mank (2020).

On television, Dance played Guy Perron in The Jewel in the Crown (1984), Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones (2011-2015), and Lord Mountbatten in the third and fourth seasons of The Crown (2019-2020). For his role in the latter, he was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series.

Yul Brynner

Yuliy Borisovich Briner (Russian: Юлий Борисович Бринер; 11 July 1920 to 10 October 1985), known professionally as Yul Brynner, was a Russian-born actor. He was best known for his portrayal of King Mongkut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein stage musical The King and I, for which he won two Tony Awards, and later an Academy Award for Best Actor for the film adaptation. He played the role 4,625 times on stage and became known for his shaved head, which he maintained as a personal trademark long after adopting it for The King and I. Considered one of the first Russian-American film stars, he was honoured with a ceremony to put his handprints in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood in 1956, and also received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960.

  • Escape from Zahrain (1962).
  • Taras Bulba (1962).
  • Morituri (1965).
  • Cast a Giant Shadow (1966).
  • Triple Cross (1966).
  • The Long Duel (1967).
  • Battle of Neretva (1969).
  • Night Flight from Moscow (1973).

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