On This Day … 28 January [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1910 – John Banner, Austrian actor (d. 1973).
  • 1936 – Alan Alda, American actor, director, and writer.
  • 1981 – Elijah Wood, American actor and producer.

People (Deaths)

  • 1973 – John Banner, Austrian actor (b. 1910).

John Banner

John Banner (born Johann Banner, 28 January 1910 to 28 January 1973) was an Austrian-born American actor, best known for his role as Sergeant Schultz in the situation comedy TV series Hogan’s Heroes (1965-1971).

Schultz, constantly encountering evidence that inmates of his stalag were actively conducting anti-German espionage and sabotage activities, frequently feigned ignorance with the catchphrase, “I see nothing! I hear nothing! I know nothing!” (or, more commonly as the series went on, “I know nothing, nothing!”).

Alan Alda

Alan Alda (/ˈɑːldə/; born Alphonso Joseph D’Abruzzo; 28 January 1936) is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. A six-time Emmy Award and Golden Globe Award winner and a three time Tony Award nominee, he is best known for playing Captain Benjamin “Hawkeye” Pierce in the CBS wartime sitcom M*A*S*H (1972-1983). He also wrote and directed numerous episodes of the series.

After starring in the films Same Time, Next Year (1978), California Suite (1978), and The Seduction of Joe Tynan (1979), he made his directorial film debut The Four Seasons (1981). Alda was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his portrayal of Owen Brewster in Martin Scorsese’s The Aviator (2004). Other notable film roles include in Crimes and Misdemeanours (1989), Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993), Everyone Says I Love You (1996), Flirting with Disaster (1996), Tower Heist (2011), Bridge of Spies (2015), and Marriage Story (2019).

Alda won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his role as Senator Arnold Vinick in the NBC series The West Wing. Other Emmy-nominated roles include in And the Band Played On in 1993, ER in 2000, 30 Rock in 2009, and The Blacklist in 2015. He also had recurring roles in The Big C (2011-2013), Horace and Pete (2016), Ray Donovan (2018-2020), and The Good Fight (2018–2019).

Alda has also received three Tony Award nominations for his Broadway performances in The Apple Tree (1967), Jake’s Women (1992), and Glengarry Glen Ross (2005). In 2008 he received a Grammy Award for Best Audio Book, Narration & Storytelling Recording nomination for Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. In 2019, Alda received the Screen Actors Guild Life Achievement Award.

Elijah Wood

Elijah Jordan Wood (born 28 January 1981) is an American actor and producer. He is best known for his portrayal of Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001-2003) and The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012).

Wood made his film debut with a small part in Back to the Future Part II (1989). He went on to achieve recognition as a child actor with roles in Avalon (1990), Paradise (1991), Radio Flyer (1992), Forever Young (1992), The Adventures of Huck Finn (1993), and The Good Son (1993). As a teenager, he starred in films such as North (1994), The War (1994), Flipper (1996), The Ice Storm (1997), Deep Impact (1998), and The Faculty (1998). Following the success of The Lord of the Rings, Wood has appeared in a wide range of films, including Spy Kids 3D: Game Over (2003), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Sin City (2005), Green Street (2005), Everything Is Illuminated (2005), Paris, je t’aime (2006), Bobby (2006), Celeste and Jesse Forever (2012), Maniac (2012), Grand Piano, Cooties, The Last Witch Hunter (2015), The Trust (2016), I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore (2017), and Come to Daddy (2019).

Wood’s voice roles include Mumble in the Happy Feet film franchise (2006-2011), the title protagonist in 9 (2009), Spyro the Dragon in the Legend of Spyro video game trilogy (2006-2008), Beck on Disney XD’s Tron: Uprising (2012-2013), and Wirt in the Cartoon Network miniseries Over the Garden Wall (2014). He also played Ryan Newman on the FX dark comedy series Wilfred (2011-2014), for which he received a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor, and Todd Brotzman in the BBC America series Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency (2016-2017).

Wood founded the record label Simian Records in 2005, which was dissolved in 2015. He founded the film production company SpectreVision in 2010.

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