On This Day … 13 February [2023]

People (Births)

  • 1934 – George Segal, American actor (d. 2021)
  • 1938 – Oliver Reed, English actor (d. 1999)
  • 1966 – Neal McDonough, American actor and producer

People (Deaths)

  • 2014 – Ralph Waite, American actor and activist (b. 1928)

George Segal

George Segal Jr. (13 February 1934 to 23 March 2021) was an American actor. He became popular in the 1960s and 1970s for playing both dramatic and comedic roles.

Segal served in the United States Army during the Korean War. While there, he played in a band called Corporal Bruno’s Sad Sack Six.

  • Appeared in the well-known World War II film The Longest Day (1962).
  • In 1965, he played the title role as a scheming prisoner of war in the well-regarded war drama King Rat (a role originally meant for Frank Sinatra) and received acclaim for both performances.
  • He played an Algerian paratrooper who becomes a leader of the FLN in the 1966 film Lost Command.
  • Segal played banjo and sang with The Smothers Brothers when they performed Phil Ochs’s “Draft Dodger Rag” – a satirical anti-war song – on their CBS television show.
  • He played a war-weary platoon commander in The Bridge at Remagen (1969).
  • Russian Roulette (1975), Corporal Timothy Shaver.
  • All’s Fair (1989), Colonel.

Oliver Reed

Robert Oliver Reed (13 February 1938 to 02 May 1999) was an English actor known for his well-to-do, macho image and “hellraiser” lifestyle.

Reed claimed he had worked as a boxer, a bouncer, a taxi driver and a hospital porter. He then did his compulsory army service in the Royal Army Medical Corps. “The army helped,” he said later. “I recognized that most other people were actors as well. I was in the peacetime army and they were all telling us youngsters about the war.”

  • The Scarlet Blade (1963); a swashbuckler set during the English Civil War, directed by Gilling, with Reed as a Roundhead.
  • Returned to Hammer for The Brigand of Kandahar (1965), playing a villainous Indian in an imperial action film for Gilling.
    • He later called it the worst film he ever made for Hammer.
  • Court Martial (1966), a TV series set during World War II detailing the investigations of a Judge Advocate General’s office.

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough (born 13 February 1966) is an American actor. He is known for his portrayal of Lieutenant Lynn “Buck” Compton in the HBO miniseries Band of Brothers (2001), Deputy District Attorney David McNorris on Boomtown (2002-2003), Tin Man in the Sci Fi Channel miniseries Tin Man, and a main cast role as Dave Williams in Season 5 of Desperate Housewives (2008-2009). He has also appeared in films such as Star Trek: First Contact (1996), Minority Report, Walking Tall, and as Dum Dum Dugan in various Marvel Cinematic Universe films and TV series. In the DC Arrowverse, he has appeared as Damien Darhk in the TV series Arrow, Legends of Tomorrow, and The Flash. He had a major role in Suits for several seasons (2014-2019) and played Malcolm Beck on Yellowstone (2019).

Ralph Waite

Ralph Waite (22 June 1928 to 13 February 2014) was an American actor, best known for his lead role as John Walton Sr. on The Waltons (1972-1981), which he occasionally directed. He also had recurring roles in NCIS as Jackson Gibbs, the father of Leroy Jethro Gibbs, and Bones, as Seeley Booth’s grandfather. Waite had supporting roles in movies such as Cool Hand Luke (1967), Five Easy Pieces (1970), The Grissom Gang (1971), The Bodyguard (1992), and Cliffhanger (1993).

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