Character actor Tom London was born on August 24, 1889 in Louisville, Kentucky. According to "The Guinness Book of Movie Records," is credited with appearing in the most movies in the history of Hollywood (over 600). His debut was in 1915 in the Western, Lone Larry, he was a trick rider and roper, and used his trick skills in scores of Westerns. He appeared as the sidekick to Western star Sunset Carson in several films. He appeared in High Noon (1952) with Gary Cooper. London made many guest appearances in television shows through the 1950s. His last movie was Underworld USA in 1961. He died on December 5, 1963 in North Hollywood and was buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Glendale.
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On August 24, 2011, actress Jane Greer died. She was born on September 9, 1924 in Washington, D.C. She is best known for her role as femme fatale Kathie Moffat in the 1947 film Out of the Past. She was a beauty-contest winner and professional model during her teens and began her began her show business career as a big band singer. Howard Hughes spotted Greer modeling on the cover of Life Magazine in June of 1942 and sent her to Hollywood to become an actress. She married Rudy Valle, her senior by 22 years, in 1943. Hughes lent out the actress to RKO to star in many films, including Dick Tracy (1945), Out of the Past (1947), They Wont Believe Me (1947), and the comedy/suspense film The Big Steal (1949). Other notable screen appearances included You’re in the Navy Now (1951), The Prisoner of Zenda (1952), Run for the Sun (1956), and The Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). She made numerous television appearances including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Bonanza, Columbo and Murder, She Wrote. She even got to make fun of Out of the Past in a parody with Robert Mitchum on TV's Saturday Night Live in 1987. Greer joined the casts of Falcon Crest in 1984, and Twin Peaks in 1990, in recurring roles. Greer died from cancer on August 24, 2001 and buried at Westwood Village Memorial Pak in Los Angeles.
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