Thursday, August 11, 2011

Lloyd Nolan, Jean Parker

Who was born on this date:

Actor Lloyd Nolan was born on August 11, 1902 in San Francisco, California. He began his career on stage and was subsequently lured to Hollywood, where he played mainly doctors, detectives, and police officers in many movie roles. Although Nolan's acting was often praised by critics, he was, for the most part, relegated to B pictures. The majority of Nolan's films comprised light entertainment with an emphasis on action. His most famous films include: Atlantic Adventure, Ebb Tide; Wells Fargo; Every Day's A Holiday, Bataan, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, and Peyton Place. Later in his career, he returned to the stage and appeared on television to great acclaim in The Caine Mutiny Court Martial, for which he received an Emmy award. He also appeared in other numerous television shows throughout the 1960’s. Nolan died of lung cancer in Los Angeles on September 27, 1985 and is buried at Westwood Memorial Park in Los Angeles.

Actress Jean Parker was born on August 11, 1915 in Deer Lodge, Montana. She appeared in 70 movies from 1932 through 1966. She had a successful career at MGM, RKO and Columbia including important roles in such films as Little Women, Lady for a Day, Gabriel Over the White House, Sequoia, The Ghost Goes West, and Rasputin and the Empress. In 1939, she starred opposite Laurel and Hardy in The Flying Deuces. Her last film appearance was Apache Uprising (1966), directed by A. C. Lyles. She spent her final years at the Motion Picture and television Country Home in Woodland Hills, California. She died there on November 30, 2005 from a stroke and is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Hollywood Hills., author of Fade to Black Graveside Memories of Hollywood Greats, 1927-1950

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