On This Day … 16 December [2022]

People (Births)

  • 1928 – Terry Carter, American actor, director, and producer.
  • 1955 – Xander Berkeley, American actor and producer.
  • 1961 – Shane Black, American actor, director, and screenwriter.
  • 1963 – Benjamin Bratt, American actor and producer.
  • 1987 – Hallee Hirsh, American actress.

People (Deaths)

  • 1989 – Lee Van Cleef, American actor (b. 1925).

Terry Carter

Terry Carter (born John Everett DeCoste; December 16, 1928) is an American actor and filmmaker, known for his roles as Sergeant Joe Broadhurst on the TV series McCloud and as Colonel Tigh on the original Battlestar Galactica.

Xander Berkeley

Alexander Harper Berkeley (born 16 December 1955) is an American actor and voice actor. Since beginning his career in the early 1980s, he has appeared in over 200 film and television projects. His film roles include Terminator 02: Judgement Day (1991), Candyman (1992), Barb Wire (1996), Air Force One (1997), Gattaca (1997), and Shanghai Noon (2000). He also appeared in the crime drama Heat (1995) after being cast in L.A. Takedown (1989), an earlier rendition of the film’s script, although he played two different characters on the two different films. On television, he headlined the Citytv psychological thriller The Booth at the End (2010-2012) and was a series regular on the Fox action drama 24 (2001-2003) and The CW action thriller Nikita (2010-2012). As a guest star, Berkeley portrayed Sheriff Thomas McAllister on the CBS drama The Mentalist (2008-2013) and Gregory on the AMC post-apocalyptic horror The Walking Dead (2016-2018).

Shane Black

Shane Black (born 16 December 1961) is an American filmmaker and actor who has written such films as Lethal Weapon, The Monster Squad, The Last Boy Scout, Last Action Hero, and The Long Kiss Goodnight. As an actor, Black is best known for his role as Rick Hawkins in Predator (1987).

He made his directorial debut with the film Kiss Kiss Bang Bang in 2005. Black went on to write and direct Iron Man 03 (2013), The Nice Guys (2016) and The Predator (2018).

Benjamin Bratt

Benjamin Bratt (born 16 December 1963) is an American actor and producer who has worked in film and on television. He had supporting roles in the 1990s in such box office hits as Demolition Man (1993), Clear and Present Danger (1994), and The River Wild (1994). From 1995 to 1999, he starred as New York City Police Department (NYPD) Detective Rey Curtis on the NBC drama series Law & Order.

In the 2000s, Bratt appeared in Miss Congeniality (2000), Traffic (2000), Piñero (2001), Catwoman (2004), and Trucker (2008), Despicable Me 2 (2013), Snitch (2013), Coco (2017), among other films. On television, Bratt has portrayed Dr. Jake Reilly on ABC’s Private Practice (2011-2013), Steve Navarro on 24: Live Another Day (2014), and Jahil Rivera on Star (2016-2018). He has also done voice acting in animated feature films.

Bratt produced the film Dolores (2017), which explores the life of Dolores Huerta, an American labor leader and civil rights activist. The film received critical acclaim and several awards.

Bratt has received a Screen Actors Guild Award and been nominated for two others. He has received four ALMA Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award nomination, and a Blockbuster Entertainment Award. He is an activist in the American Indian Movement.

Hallee Hirsh

Hallee Leah Hirsh (born 1987/1988) is an American actress perhaps best known for her roles as Mattie Grace Johnson on JAG (1995-2005), Daley in the children’s series Flight 29 Down, and as the adolescent and young adult Rachel Greene on ER.

Lee van Cleef

Clarence LeRoy Van Cleef Jr. (09 January 1925 to 16 December 1989) was an American actor. He appeared in over 170 film and television roles in a career spanning nearly 40 years, but is best known as a star of Italian Spaghetti Westerns, particularly the Sergio Leone-directed Dollars Trilogy films For a Few Dollars More (1965) and The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966).

Born and raised in New Jersey, Van Cleef served in the United States Navy during World War II aboard a minesweeper, earning a Bronze Star for his actions. After acting on stage in regional theatre, he made his film debut in the Oscar-winning Western High Noon (1952) in a non-speaking outlaw cast role. With distinctive, angular features and a taciturn screen persona, Van Cleef was typecast as minor villain and supporting player in Westerns and crime dramas. After suffering serious injuries in a car crash, Van Cleef’s acting career started to decline. However, he achieved unexpected stardom when director Sergio Leone offered him the co-leading role in For a Few Dollars More. The film proved to be a huge hit and cited him as a box-office draw, largely in Europe.

Van Cleef went on to appear in such films as Leone’s The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966), Death Rides a Horse (1967), Day of Anger (also 1967), Sabata (1969) and its sequel Return of Sabata (1971), El Condor (1970), The Magnificent Seven Ride! (1972), Mean Frank and Crazy Tony (1973), Take a Hard Ride (1975), The Octagon (1980), Escape from New York (1981) and Speed Zone (1989). He also played the lead role of John Peter McAllister on the martial arts television series The Master (1984).

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