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Demented Datebooks: Comedy Today in Birthdays and Deaths by Name for January 17

Last Updated 06-08-2018

💰🎮Leslie Benzies -- is 47 in the year 2018 and 48 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1971 N.S.
Executive, Video Game Programmer, Scotish
Video Games: Grand Theft Auto (series)

🎨✍🎭Jim Carrey -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1962
Painter, Screenwriter, TV/Movie Actor, Comedian, Producer, Impressionist, Canadian
Names/Places: aka James Carrey; Lauren Holly's ex-husband
TV Shows: The Duck Factory, In Living Color (as Pee Wee Herman, Fire Marshall Bill, Vera de Milo, & regular)
Movie Titles: Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Batman Forever (as The Riddler), Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, The Cable Guy, The Truman Show, Me Myself and Irene, Man on the Moon, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Majestic, Bruce Almighty, Mr. Sunshine, Lemony Snickets' A Series of Unfortunate Events, Fun with Dick and Jane, The Number 23, Horton Hears a Who, Yes Man, Under The Sea 3-D, A Christmas Carol, Mr. Popper's Penguins, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone, Kick-Ass 2, Dumb and Dumber To

🎭🎵Zooey Deschanel -- is 38 in the year 2018 and 39 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1980
Actress, Songwriter, Singer
Names/Places: pron: ZOH'-ee deh-shuh-NEHL'
TV Shows: The New Girl (as Jessica "Jess" Christopher Day)
Movie Titles: The Happening, Almost Famous, The Good Girl, The New Guy, Elf, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Failure to Launch, Yes Man, 500 Days of Summer, Maniac, All The Real Girls, Winter Passing, Bridge to Terabithia

🎭Steve Harvey -- is 61 in the year 2018 and 62 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1957
Hall of Famer, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Producer
Misc: in the NAB Radio Hall of Fame
TV Shows: Me and the Boys (as Steve Hayes), The Steve Harvey Show (as Vice Principal Steve Hightower), Steve Harvey (talk show host), Family Feud (host)
Movie Titles: The Original Kings of Comedy, Steve Harvey's Big Time, The Fighting Temptations, Racing Stripes

🎭Robert Hines -- is 48 in the year 2018 and 49 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1970
Actor, Comedian
Movie Titles: A Midwinter's Tale, Hellraiser, Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, Wetherby

🎭🎵🎸Susanna Hoffs -- is 59 in the year 2018 and 60 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1959
TV/Movie Actress, Songwriter, Percussionist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Los Angeles
Misc: not b. 1957 or 1961 or 1962 when People wrote me about the two ages of her in a Mar 1991 issue as well as a band member of Susanna's confirmed in another interview
Group Names: The Bangles (lead singer), soloist, Ming Tea, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs
Song Titles: Hero Takes a Fall, Going Down to Liverpool, Manic Monday, If She Knew What She Wants, Walk Like an Egyptian (a song so novelty-ish and made fun of that it put her in the Demented Datebook), Walking Down Your Street, Hazy Shade of Winter, In Your Room, Eternal Flame, My Side of the Bed, All I Want
Album Titles: Bangles, All Over The Place, Different Light, Everything, Doll Revolution, Sweetheart of the Sun, When You're a Boy, Susanna Hoffs, Someday
Movie Titles: The Allnighter

⛪🎭James Earl Jones -- is 87 in the year 2018 and 88 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1931
Protestant, TV/Movie/Stage Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor
Names/Places: b. in Arkabutla, Miss.
Misc: stage: Macbeth, Othello, The Emperor Jones; has a Shakesperian voice
TV Shows: Roots (as Alex Haley as an Adult), Paris (as Woody Paris), Vegetable Soup, Gabriel's Fire (as Gabriel Bird), Pros & Cons (as Gabriel Bird); Long Ago & Far Away (PBS), "This is CNN"
Movie Titles: Star Wars (as Darth Vader voicist), The Great White Hope, Exorcist II, Soul Man, The Hunt For Red October, Field of Dreams, Under One Roof, The Lion King (as the father of Simba)

🎭Linda Kash -- is 51 in the year 2018 and 52 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1967
Actress, Commercial Actress, Director, Canadian
Misc: Kraft Philadelphia Cream Cheese Angel
TV Shows: Style and Substance
Movie Titles: Cinderella Man, Best in Show, Are We Done Yet?, Waiting For Guffman

🎭Tom Lowell -- is 77 in the year 2018 and 78 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1941
Misc: retired from acting in 1979
TV Shows: Combat (as Nelson)
Movie Titles: Escape from the Planet of the Apes, That Darn Cat!

🎭Joshua Malina -- is 52 in the year 2018 and 53 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1966
Actor, Producer
TV Shows: Sports Night (as Jeremy Goodman), The West Wing (as Will Bailey), Scandal (as David Rosen)
Movie Titles: The First Time

🎭Joseph C. Phillips -- is 56 in the year 2018 and 57 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1962
TV Shows: The Cosby Show (as Lt. Martin Kendall)
Movie Titles: Getting Played, Strictly Business, Church the Movie

🎭Todd Susman -- is 71 in the year 2018 and 72 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1947
Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: The Bob Crane Show, Goodnight Beantown

🎵🎸Mick Taylor -- is 69 in the year 2018 and 70 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1949
Hall of Famer, Bassist, Pianist, Rock & Roll Singer/Guitarist, English
Names/Places: MN:Michael
Group Names: Rolling Stones (1969-75), The Bluesbreakers

🎭Kelly Marie Tran -- is 29 in the year 2018 and 30 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1989 N.S.
Movie Titles: Star Wars: The Last Jedi

🎭Betty White -- is 96 in the year 2018 and 97 in the year 2019; b.1/17/1922
Hall of Famer, Actress, TV Hostess, Game Show Hostess, Panelist
Names/Places: b. in Oak Park, Ill.; Allen Ludden's widow
Misc: some say b. 1917 or 1924
TV Shows: Life with Elizabeth (as Elizabeth), Date with the Angels (as Vicki Angel), Jack Paar Show (semi regular), The Mary Tyler Moore Show (as Sue Ann Nivens), Liar's Club (panelist), Password (panelist), Match Game (panelist), Betty White Show (as Joyce Whitman), Mama's Family (as Ellen Jackson), The Golden Girls (as Rose Nylund), The Golden Palace (as Rose Nylund), Bob (as Sylvia Schmidt), Maybe This Time (as Shirley), Ladies Man (as Mitzi Stiles), Bold & The Beautiful (as Ann Douglas), Hot in Cleveland (as Elka Ostrovsky)

🎭Marjorie Gateson -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1891 d.4/17/1977 (86)
Actress, Vaudevillaness
TV Shows: One Man's Family (as Fanny)

🎭Andy Kaufman -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1949 d.5/16/1984 (35)
TV Actor, Comedian
TV Shows: Taxi (as Latka Gravas), Saturday Night Live (frequent guest)

🎭🎵Eartha Kitt -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1927 d.12/25/2008 (81)
TV/Movie Actress, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in North, S.C.
Misc: some college students recently discovered her birth certificate and showed it to her. She said she had given herself the birthdate of January 26, 1928 because she never knew her actual date of birth until she saw the certificate. Her real birthdate is January 17, 1927.
Song Titles: Santa Baby, C'est Si Bon
TV Shows: Batman (as Catwoman)
Movie Titles: Boomerang

✍🎭🎵Shari Lewis -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1933 d.8/2/1998 (65)
Children's Author, TV/Stage Actress, Comedienne, TV Hostess, Puppet Actress, Ventriloquist, Dancer, Singer
Names/Places: b. in New York City; RLN:Hurwitz
Misc: with Lamb Chop; Howard Stern hated puppet shows like hers; some say b. 1934.

🎭Stuart Nisbet -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1934 N.S. d.6/23/2016 N.S. (82)
TV Shows: Dragnet, The Virginian, Bonanza, Dennis the Menace, Little House on the Prairie, L.A. Law, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Golden Girls
Movie Titles: The Graduate, Earthquake, Oh God, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Lucky Lady, Casino

🎨Antonio Prohias -- Birth Anniversary -- b.1/17/1921 d.2/24/1998 (77)
Cartoonist, Cuban
Misc: Created "Spy vs. Spy" for M*A*D Magazine

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✍📰Art Buchwald -- Death Anniversary -- b.10/20/1925 d.1/17/2007 (81)
Author, Humorist, Satirist, Journalist, Columnist
Names/Places: b. in Mount Vernon, NY; FN:Arthur
Misc: a WWII GI, political satarist

Gary Gilmore -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/4/1940 d.1/17/1977 (36)
Misc: executed in Utah

✍📰🎭🎵Donald Hugh "Don" Harron -- Death Anniversary -- b.9/19/1924 N.S. d.1/17/2015 N.S. (90)
Author, Playwright, Journalist, Actor, Comedian, Director, Composer, Canadian
TV Shows: Hee Haw (as Charlie)

📰🎭🎵Don Kirshner -- Death Anniversary -- b.4/17/1933 d.1/17/2011 (77)
Hall of Famer, Publisher, TV Host, Music Producer
Names/Places: b. in Bronx, N.Y.
Misc: Music Promoter; TV/radio bubblegum music creator
Group Names: The Monkees (supervisor)
TV Shows: Don Kirshner's Rock Concert, The Archies (TV show creator), The Monkees (producer)

🎭Allan Melvin -- Death Anniversary -- b.2/18/1923 d.1/17/2008 (84)
Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Commercial Actor
Misc: Liquid Plummer spokesman
TV Shows: The Phil Silvers Show (as Cpl. Henshaw), Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. (as Sgt. Hacker), All in the Family (as Barney Hefner), The Brady Bunch (as Sam the butcher), Magilla Gorilla (voice)

🎨⛪📰⚖🎭🎵Johnny Otis -- Death Anniversary -- b.12/28/1921 d.1/17/2012 (90)
Hall of Famer, Painter, Sculptor, Preacher, Columnist, Politician, Actor, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Arranger, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Drummer, Pianist, Vibraphonist, Bandleader, Rhythm and Blues Singer
Names/Places: b. in Berkeley, CA; RN:John Veliotes; NN:The Godfather of R&B
Misc: Talent Scout; Record co. owner; Rock 'n Roll Caravan of Stars founder/frontman
Group Names: The Johnny Otis Show
Song Titles: Willie and the Hand Jive

🎭🎵Cliffie Stone -- Death Anniversary -- b.3/1/1917 d.1/17/1998 (80)
Hall of Famer, Comedian, TV Host, Music Executive, Music Producer, Songwriter, Radio Disc Jock, Music Publisher, Bassist, Bandleader, Country Singer
Names/Places: RN:Clifford Gilpin Snyder
Song Titles: The Popcorn Song

🎭🎵Doodles Weaver -- Death Anniversary -- b.5/11/1911 d.1/17/1983 (71)
Actor, Comedian, Variety Show Host, Novelty Musician
Names/Places: RN:Winstead Sheffield Glendening Dixon; brother of Sylvester "Pat" Weaver, who in turn is Sigourney's father
Group Names: Spike Jones & the City Slickers (lunatic comic member)

✍⚛📰⚖💰Benjamin Franklin -- Birth Anniversary Conflict -- b.1/17/1706 N.S. or 1/6/1705 J-LD or 1/6/1706 Ju-1 d.4/17/1790 N.S. (84)
Hall of Famer, Author, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Publisher, Printer, Statesman, Diplomat, Philanthropist, American
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Philadelphia
Misc: Postmaster General; Declaration of Independence signer; invented bifocals, streetlights, lightning rods, stoves, & harmonicas; Elder Statesman of the American Revolution; 1st Ambassador of France; on a $100 bill
Book Titles: Poor Richard's Almanac

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In 1861, the flush toilet was patented by Mr. Thomas Crapper (Honest!!).

In 1910, Thomas Crapper, the developer of the flush toilet mechanism that most of us use, passed away on this day. He manufactured plumbing equipment, but the flush toilet predates him. Also the word “crap” for excrement predates Crapper, though the popularity of “crapper” as slang for a flusher was inspired by his name.

In 1926, George Burns married Gracie Allen.

In 1929, E.C. Segar introduced Popeye The Sailor Man in his “Thimble Theater” comic strip; it was meant as a guest shot, but the readers ate it up like spinach and demanded more Popeye; Popeye was eventually given top billing in the strip. According to Chevy Chase on Weekend Update, itʹs b. 2-27-1883, adding it now takes him three cans of spinach just to cut the cheese!

In 1932, The first color Mickey Mouse page written and drawn by Floyd Gottfredson is published.

In 1949, the situation comedy “The Goldbergs” came to CBS-TV this night. The program had been a radio standard for years, dating back to 1931. The TV version lasted for four years. Molly: “Close the window, Jake. Itʹs cold outside.” Jake: “Okay. The windowʹs closed. Now itʹs warm outside?” Molly Goldberg was played by Gertrude Berg, who won an Emmy for her performance in 1950.

In 1950, R.C., “All I Want For Xmas Is My Two Front Teeth” Makes The Pop Chart Again by Spike Jones and the City Slickers with George Rock; will peak at #18.

In 1962, Rubber-faced comedy actor Jim Carrey born in Canada; credits included the Golden Globe-winning roles in “The Truman Show” and “Man on the Moon,” as well as “Dr. Seussʹ How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”

In 1966, NBC-TV purchases the new “Monkees” TV series from producers Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider, ready to debut the following September.

In 1969, The Beatlesʹ Yellow Submarine LP was released in the U.S. and the U.K.

In 1970, R.C., “Jam Up Jelly Tight” by Tommy Roe peaked at #8 on the pop singles chart.

In 1976, on “NBCʹs Saturday Night”, The Blues Brothers debut (and Paul Shaffer introduces his Don Kirshner impersonation).

In 1977, Adam Arkin makes his parentsʹ lives miserable on “Busting Loose,” a CBS sitcom debuting tonight. Years later, heʹll make doctorsʹ lives miserable on “Chicago Hope.”

In 1977, “The New Mickey Mouse Club” premiered in syndication

In 1983, “Not Necessarily the News” makes its debut on HBO with interviews at an unemployment line and a spoof on tamper-proof bottles.

In 1984, the US Supreme Court rules in “The BetaMax Case,” (Universal City Studios, Inc., Walt Disney, et al. v. Sony Corporation of America Inc. et al.) The 5-4 decision allows consumers to record and/or “timeshift” programs for their own personal use with VCRs. By 1986, over half of the homes in America have the devices.

In 1984, “A Chipmunk Christmas” album by Chipmunks was certified Gold by the RIAA

In 1985, Leonard Nimoy, who roamed among the stars in the “Star Trek” TV series and movies, got his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Live long and prosper, Mr. Spock.

In 1987, on the cover of TV Guide: “Clifton Davis and Sherman Hemsley of Amen”. Other Articles: Ray Bradbury, MacGyver

In 1994, Danny Bonaduce wins a split decision against Donny Osmond in a charity boxing match. Adding insult to injury, Bonaduce quips, “Osmond was such a wimp, I actually got bored punching him. His sister, Marie, would have been a tougher fight.”

In 1998, The very first show in the history of the new Colorado Springsʹ World Arena opens with Bill Cosby.

In 1999, the TV sitcom “Zoe, Duncan, Jack and Jane” premiered on WB.

In 1999, Flame-haired songstress Cyndi Lauper lends her voice and likeness to “The Simpsons.”

In 2001, Faced with an electricity crisis, California used rolling blackouts to cut off power to hundreds of thousands of people, the inept Gov. Gray Davis (Dufus as some critics like Roger Hedgecock refer to him) signed an emergency order authorizing the state to buy power.

In 2003, the movie “Kangaroo Jack” (which sounds like a fast food hamburger line, which at one time, fought off rumors that their burgers were made of kangaroo meat) opened in theaters in the USA

In 2007, “The Naked Trucker and T-Bones Show” began airing on Comedy Central

In 2013, “King of the Nerds” began airing on TBS

In 2015, Bill Cosby performed to a welcoming Denver audience, despite a protest by some 100 people chanting “Rape is not a joke!” and “No means no!” outside the Buell Theatre.

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