On This Day … 15 January [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1913 – Lloyd Bridges, American actor (d. 1998).
  • 1957 – Mario Van Peebles, Mexican-American actor and director.

People (Deaths)

  • 1990 – Gordon Jackson, Scottish-English actor (b. 1923).
  • 2013 – Nagisa Oshima, Japanese director and screenwriter (b. 1932).

Lloyd Bridges

Lloyd Vernet Bridges Jr. (15 January 1913 to 10 March 1998) was an American film, stage and television actor who starred in a number of television series and appeared in more than 150 feature films. He was the father of four children, including the actors Beau Bridges and Jeff Bridges. He started his career as a contract performer for Columbia Pictures, appearing in films such as Sahara (1943), A Walk in the Sun (1945), Little Big Horn (1951) and High Noon (1952). On television, he starred in Sea Hunt 1958 to 1961. By the end of his career, he had re-invented himself and demonstrated a comedic talent in such parody films as Airplane! (1980), Hot Shots! (1991), and Jane Austen’s Mafia! (1998). Among other honours, Bridges was a two-time Emmy Award nominee. He received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 01 February 1994.

Bridges left Columbia Pictures during World War II to enlist in the United States Coast Guard, a branch of the US Armed Forces. Following his discharge, he returned to acting. In later years, he was a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, did several public service announcements for the organisation, and was made an honorary commodore. Bridges’ Sea Hunt character Mike Nelson was also portrayed as a member of the Coast Guard Auxiliary and sometimes appeared in uniform. Bridges’ sons, actors Beau and Jeff, also served in the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Reserve.

Bridges had a notable guest part in “The Living Legend” for Battlestar Galactica (1978).

  • Films:
    • Lost Horizon (1937), uniformed soldier/officer.
    • The Dare Not Love (1941), blonde officer.
    • Submarine Raider (1942), voice, uncredited.
    • Atlantic Convoy (1942), Bert.
    • Cadets on Parade (1942), Reporter.
    • Canal Zone (1942), Recruit Baldwin.
    • Flight Lieutenant (1942), Cadet William ‘Bill’ Robinson.
    • The Wife Takes a Flyer (1942), German Sergeant.
    • Tramp, Tramp, Tramp (1942), Guard.
    • Commandos Strike at Dawn (1943), Young German soldier.
    • Destroyer (1943), 2nd Fireman.
    • Passport to Suez (1943), Fritz.
    • Sahara (1943), Fred Clarkson.
    • There’s Something About a Soldier (1943).
    • She’s a Soldier Too (1944), Charles Jones.
    • A Walk in the Sun (1945), Sergeant Ward.
    • Secret Agent X-9 (1945).
    • Abilene Town (1946).
    • Thunderbolt! (1947).
    • Unconquered (1947).
    • Home of the Brave (1949).
    • Rocketship X-M (1950).
    • Little Big Horn (1951).
    • Last of the Comanches (1953).
    • Ride Out for Revenge (1957).
    • Attack on the Iron Coast (1968).
    • Weekend Warriors (1986).
    • The Wild Pair (1987).
    • Hot Shots! (1991).
    • Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993).
  • TV Series:

Mario Van Peebles

Mario Van Peebles (born 15 January 1957) is an American film director and actor best known for directing and starring in New Jack City in 1991 and USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage in 2016. He is the son of actor and filmmaker Melvin Van Peebles, whom he portrayed in the 2003 biopic Baadasssss!, which he also co-wrote and directed.

  • Films:
    • Heartbreak Ridge (1986).
    • American Warships (2012).
    • Red Sky (2014), director.
    • In 2016, he directed the film USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage, based largely on the true story of the loss of the ship in the closing stages of the Second World War and starring Nicolas Cage, Tom Sizemore, and Thomas Jane.
  • TV:

Gordon Jackson

Gordon Cameron Jackson, OBE (19 December 1923 to 15 January 1990) was a Scottish actor best remembered for his roles as the butler Angus Hudson in Upstairs, Downstairs and as George Cowley, the head of CI5, in The Professionals. He also portrayed Captain Jimmy Cairns in Tunes of Glory (1960), and Flight Lieutenant Andrew MacDonald, “Intelligence”, in The Great Escape (1963).

Nagisa Oshima

Nagisa Ōshima (大島 渚, Ōshima Nagisa, 31 March 1932 to 15 January 2013) was a Japanese film director and screenwriter. One of the foremost directors within the Japanese New Wave, his films include In the Realm of the Senses (1976), a sexually explicit film set in 1930s Japan, and Merry Christmas, Mr. Lawrence (1983), about World War II prisoners of war held by the Japanese.

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