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.
On August 24, 1978, actress Pat Paterson died. She was born on April 7, 1910 in Bradford, England. Though she made over 20 films, she is most famous for being the wife of French-born actor Charles Boyer and for the tragic death of their only child, Michael, at his own 21st birthday party. In 1928, although aged only 18 (the legal age of adulthood in the UK at the time was 21) she persuaded her parents to allow her to leave for Hollywood. She arrived in 1929 and was fortunate enough to be signed by Fox Studios as one of their many "starlets", a bit-part journeywoman actress. She was helped by her expressive beauty and by dying her natural auburn-brunette hair golden-blonde instead. Her film credits include The Other Woman (1931), Bitter Sweet (1933), Bottoms Up (1934), Charlie Chan in Egypt (1935), and Idiot’s Delight (1939). Patersen died on August 24, 1978 from a brain tumor, her husband Charles Boyer committed suicide two days later. They are buried together alongside their son at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City, California.
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