On This Day … 13 January [2023]


People (Births)

  • 1922 – Albert Lamorisse, French director and producer (d. 1970).
  • 1977 – Orlando Bloom, English actor.

People (Deaths)

  • 1958 – Jesse L. Lasky, American film producer, co-founded Paramount Pictures (b. 1880).
  • 2002 – Frank Shuster, Canadian actor, comedian, and screenwriter (b. 1916).

Albert Lamorisse

Albert Lamorisse (13 January 1922 to 02 June 1970) was a French filmmaker, film producer, and writer of award-winning short films which he began making in the late 1940s.

He also invented the strategic board game Risk in 1957.

Orlando Bloom

Orlando Jonathan Blanchard Copeland Bloom (born 13 January 1977) is an English actor. He made his breakthrough as the character Legolas in The Lord of the Rings film series The Fellowship of the Ring (2001), The Two Towers (2002), and The Return of the King (2003). He reprised his role in The Hobbit film series. He gained further notice appearing in epic fantasy, historical, and adventure films, notably as Will Turner in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series, The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), Dead Man’s Chest (2006), and At World’s End (2007).

Bloom appeared in Hollywood films such as the war film Black Hawk Down (2001), the Australian Western Ned Kelly (2003), the romantic comedy Elizabethtown (2005), and New York, I Love You (2007). He also starred in the blockbusters portraying Paris in the historical epic film Troy (2004) Balian de Ibelin in another historical epic Kingdom of Heaven (2005), and the Duke of Buckingham in The Three Musketeers (2011). In 2020 he gained acclaim for the Afghanistan War drama film The Outpost (2020). He currently stars in the Amazon Prime Video series Carnival Row (2019-present).

He made his professional stage debut in In Celebration at the Duke of York’s Theatre in the West End in 2007 and starred in a Broadway adaption of William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet in 2013. He returned to the theatre in a West End revival of Tracy Letts’ Killer Joe in 2018. In 2009, Bloom was named a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador. In 2015 he received the BAFTA Britannia Humanitarian Award.

Jesse L. Lasky

Jesse Louis Lasky (13 September 1880 to 13 January 1958) was an American pioneer motion picture producer who was a key founder of what was to become Paramount Pictures, and father of screenwriter Jesse L. Lasky Jr.

Paramount Pictures

Paramount Pictures Corporation is an American film and television production and distribution company and the main namesake division of Paramount Global (formerly ViacomCBS). It is the fifth-oldest film studio in the world, the second-oldest film studio in the United States (behind Universal Pictures), and the sole member of the “Big Five” film studios located within the city limits of Los Angeles.

In 1916, film producer Adolph Zukor put 24 actors and actresses under contract and honoured each with a star on the logo. In 1967, the number of stars was reduced to 22 and their hidden meaning was dropped. In 2014, Paramount Pictures became the first major Hollywood studio to distribute all of its films in digital form only. The company’s headquarters and studios are located at 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, California.

Paramount Pictures is a member of the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Frank Shuster

Frank Shuster, OC (05 September 1916 to 13 January 2002) was a Canadian comedian best known as a member of the comedy duo Wayne and Shuster, alongside Johnny Wayne.

By the early 1940s Wayne and Shuster began appearing on local radio station CFRB, and during World War II they joined the Canadian Army as performers, entertaining Canadian troops, and performed on the CBC Radio series The Army Show. After the war, the duo appeared on CBC radio and television, becoming a network fixture with regular appearances from the 1940s through the 1980s.

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