Jump to content
Black River Santa

Born On This Day... Christmas Celebs Remembered

Recommended Posts

Black River Santa

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893) was born on this day in 1840, in Votkinsk, in the Russian Empire. Though he never played Santa Claus, the score he wrote for the two-act ballet, “The Nutcracker,” adapted from E.T.A. Hoffman’s story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," is part of our collective Christmas soundtrack, and attending a stage performance is an annual family tradition for many during the holiday season. I know this has to be a @Drosselmeyer favorite!

Tchaikovsky.jpg.45c2a2b634330680278c98dc2519d22f.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

Born William Lyle Richardson on this day in 1922, in Spokane Washington, Darren McGavin (1922-2006) was a star of the stage, screen and television, but for those of us who remember him with cult-like devotion for his role in Bob Clark’s 1983 Christmas comedy classic, A Christmas Story, he will always be “the Old Man.”

A-Christmas-Story-.jpg.4fcb6819e44937e94e98d23e9839098c.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drosselmeyer

Many thanks !!!

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa
Posted (edited)

Albert Finney (1936-2019) was born May 9, 1936, in Charlestown, Salford, England. Legendary star of film, television and stage, Finney was nominated for five Academy Awards for films that include Tom Jones (1963), Murder on the Orient Express (1974), The Dresser (1983), and Under the Volcano (1984), and as Best Supporting Actor for Erin Brockovich (2000). But for those who love him like the “Dickens” he will always be remembered as Scrooge in the 1971 musical movie adaptation of A Christmas Carol, for which he won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical/Comedy in 1971. “Thank You Very Much” Albert!

Scrooge.thumb.jpg.f2319086655e0bb9907824ae46e095ae.jpg

Edited by Black River Santa
typo
  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

Considered by many to be the most influential dancer in the history of film, Omaha, Nebraskan, Frederick Austerlitz, better known as Fred Astaire (May 10, 1899 – 1987), was a legendary American dancer, singer, actor, and choreographer. Astaire’s movie roles included musicals, comediesa,d dramatic parts such as The Towering Inferno (1974) and Ghost Story (1981) but Kringle lovers everywhere remember him for his 9 roles (yes – 9!) in the television movie, The Man in the Santa Claus Suit (1979) and as the lovable narrator and postman, Special Delivery “S.D.” Kluger, in Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town (1970). 

Fred_1.jpg.cc5adcdf92dda397744abcf6fb2f1218.jpg             Fred_2.jpg.c12f98f8ecf0317ba9cdd259e7ea7698.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

American composer and lyricist, Irving Berlin (born Israel Beilin, May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989), is, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 20 original Broadway shows and 15 original Hollywood films. For many, however, one Berlin song tops them all – “White Christmas.” The first public performance of the song was by Bing Crosby, on NBC radio show’s Kraft Music Hall, on Christmas Day, 1941. Crosby later recorded the song in 1942, as part of an album of six 78-rpm discs from the musical film Holiday Inn. The version crooned by Bing Crosby is the world's best-selling single with estimated sales in excess of 50 million copies worldwide.

irving-berlin.jpg.959b693f0d2a90caf8f876f45a8df535.jpg

  • Like 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Bruce Geron

Great research in this posting.

 

  • Like 2
  • Thanks 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

American actor, Edward Ernest "Judge" Reinhold, Jr. was born May 21, 1957, in Wilmington, Delaware @Drosselmeyer. Reinhold has appeared in in over 75 motion picture and television roles including Ruthless People, Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Stripes, Gremlins, Beverly Hills Cop, and his Emmy-winning performance as “the close talker” on Seinfeld, but Christmas movie lovers everywhere remember him as Dr. Neil Miller - the doubting stepfather/psychiatrist in an ugly sweater, who finally gets his "weenie whistle" in The Santa Clause (1, 2 & 3).

judge.jpg.380540edbce505b685e5419adc25a3ca.jpg

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

American film and television actor, John Howard Payne (1912-1989), was born on May 23, 1912 in Roanoke, Virginia. Payne is known mainly for his later work in film noir crime stories, musical films, and for his leading role in the NBC Western television series The Restless Gun, but Christmas movie lovers everywhere remember him fondly for his role as attorney Fred Gailey, the man that proved there is a Santa Claus, in the classic holiday favorite Miracle on 34th Street (1947) starring Natalie Wood, Maureen O'Hara and Edmund Gwenn as Santa Claus.

john_payne.jpg.f686efe75a7c4cc8713da736c716cb0c.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Drosselmeyer

Can I jump in here??  Maybe not quite known for his Christmas shows - but today is Jay Silverheels' birthday.

large.TLRChristmasStory.jpg.16fab1fa351bb51ff7a42647141bc7f9.jpglarge.seals.jpg.abc59312f09db34b920bce29de8d13ed.jpg

Jay Silverheels (born Harold Jay Smith, May 26, 1912 – March 5, 1980)[1] was a Mohawk actor and athlete.[2] He was well known for his role as Tonto, the faithful Native American companion of the Lone Ranger[3][4] in the long-running American western television series The Lone Ranger.

  • Like 2

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Santa Mike IN

?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Black River Santa

Denver native, Timothy Alan Dick, better known as Tim Allen, was born on June 13, 1953. The American actor and comedian is known for his iconic television and movie roles playing Tim "The Toolman" Taylor on the ABC sitcom Home Improvement, and Mike Baxter on the ABC sitcom Last Man Standing, as well as the voice of Buzz Lightyear in the Toy Story franchise. But Christmas movie addicts everywhere love him as Scott Calvin, from The Santa Clause film trilogy, the single-dad who accidentally caused Santa Claus to fall off his roof on Christmas Eve and had to take his place. 

allen_web.jpg.237167e5ff601d0b1493b03e69f0adca.jpg

  • Like 3

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

  • Similar Content

    • Drosselmeyer
      By Drosselmeyer
      Remaking Scrooged
      MyMerryChristmas.com
      June 9, 2019

      EXCERPT:

      For the second time in less than a month a bad idea for a Christmas movie has been announced. Paramount has declared that Kevin Hart will produce and likely star in a remake of 1988’s dark comedic disaster called Scrooged, which originally starred Bill Murray.
      Scrooged is just one of many inexplicable takes on Dicken’s A Christmas Carol that ultimately underwhelmed both at the box office and with traditional Christmas audiences.
      Murray’s manic performance in what can only be called a joyless take on Christmas remains one of the most bizarre depictions ever of Ebenezer Scrooge.
      Unlike A Christmas Story, Scrooged remains an enigma with Christmas audiences, though Paramount now insists it is a “cult classic”.
      The film pulled in $60 million at the box office, not even cracking the top ten for that year.
      In fact, another film from the same year, Die Hard, argued both then and now about whether it is a Christmas film at all, pulled in more than $80 million. Just a year later Christmas Vacation was made and it grossed $72 million. Why aren’t they trying to remake those two films?
      Films of greater Christmas fame such as Home Alone went on to make $285 million and The Santa Clause pulled in $145 million. Scrooged does not even make the top ten.
      Scrooged has likewise failed to impress in home media sales and in television replay.
      So why then is anyone even considering a remake?
      In 2013 Hollywood announced a potential remake of It’s a Wonderful Life, long considered even outside of Christmas circles as one of the best movies ever made. The outcry against a remake was so great the project was shelved.
      It might be time to cry out again, folks.
      Why can’t Hollywood get Christmas right? In the past decade we have had to endure such lousy offerings such as A Bad Mom’s Christmas, The Man Who Invented Christmas, Office Christmas Party and The Night Before.
      Hollywood’s take on Christmas has been simply dreadful.
      SOURCE: https://mymerrychristmas.com/scrooged/
    • Black River Santa
      By Black River Santa
      Santa Claus Flew a Piper Cub
      By Black River Santa
      On Christmas Eve 1944, the beleaguered American defenders holding the little Belgian town of Bastogne during the Battle of the Bulge, were low on everything except courage. An airdrop the day before had brought in some supplies but the few, exhausted medics, who tended to wounded GIs in dank cellars throughout the town, had no penicillin and damn little of anything else. When the Germans surrounded the town on December 19, they captured nearly all of the medical personnel and supplies. According to one trooper named Ernie Cummings, who was there with the 101st Airborne, the handful of medics had no choice but to amputate the growing number of gangrenous and frostbitten limbs.
      Back at headquarters, they were frantically trying to get medical supplies through to Bastogne but the foul weather ruined any hopes for another airdrop. Instead, they turned in desperation to some of the smallest members of the massive American air armada – the single-prop, unarmed Piper Cub L-4s, known affectionately as “grasshoppers.” The Piper Cub was designed in the 1930s and was a popular civilian sport plane. During the war, it was used for reconnaissance flights and made an ideal spotter plane for artillery and armor, but the slow-moving, low-flying, grasshoppers were also vulnerable to all types of ground fire.
      At the 28th Division HQ, volunteers were requested from the ranks of the Piper Cub pilots that spotted for the division artillery. The men were told that they would fly in at night and face heavy enemy fire. They were also warned that there was no airstrip near Bastogne to land on, and no lights to guide them in. Every one of the plucky grasshopper pilots stepped forward to volunteer. One, who insisted the loudest and most adamantly, was a young lieutenant from Far Hills, New Jersey named Kenneth B. Schley, Jr.
      As the tiny planes were loaded with vital penicillin, the weather worsened and an icy fog began to envelop the airfield. Back at HQ, the brass was beginning to have second thoughts, and shortly aftr the planes took off, they aborted the mission. Kenneth Schley had anticipated the recall, so as a precaution, he turned off his radio so that there would be no turning back. Alone, he bounced along through the frigid, starless night relying on his compass to guide him to Bastogne. Along the way he dodged bursts of flak, machine gun tracers, small arms fire, and anything else the enemy could throw at him.
      After 30 minutes under intense fire, Schley finally reached Bastogne. As warned, he couldn’t see any lights or signs of a landing strip. He buzzed the town several times, swooping down to rooftop level and gunning his engines hoping to be heard but there was still no sign. Determined to get the supplies through at any cost, he decided to crash land. Just then, a double row of flashlights flickered on below, outlining a makeshift landing strip. For the astonished troopers of the 101st Airborne, it was as if old St. Nick had dropped in himself. For the wounded lying in the cellars of the surrounded and besieged town, there couldn’t have been a better Christmas present.
      Schley spent the night in one of crowded cellars. He was so impressed with the tenacity of the men of the 101st, he tried to enlist the next morning. When he was told that it was appreciated but not possible, he decided to get back to work. Against the advice of his new comrades and superior officers, Schley hopped back into his Piper Cub on Christmas morning and flew back over enemy lines to his unit. For his “gallantry and complete disregard for personal safety” that foggy Christmas Eve, Kenneth B. Schley, Jr. was awarded the Silver Star.
        
      Lt. Kenneth B. Schley, Jr. (left). A Piper Cub L-4 Grasshopper (right)
    • Black River Santa
      By Black River Santa
      I don't know if this topic has been done before. I"m not asking about Christmas specials like "The Grinch..." or "A Charlie Brown Christmas," I mean episodes of favorite television series. I have so many but right up at the top has to be the Andy Griffith holiday episode titled, "Christmas Story," which aired on December 19, 1960.  This is the one where Scrooge-ish store owner, Ben Weaver, demands that Andy lock-up moonshiner, Sam Muggins, on Christmas Eve. Andy then hatches a plan to arrest Sam's wife and kids on conspiracy charges so they can spend Christmas with him in the jail. Then he brings Aunt Bee, Opie, Ellie, and Barney (who plays Santa) into the courthouse for a Christmas party. Ben’s heart is finally melted and he wants to be part of the festivities, so he tries to get himself arrested too… I won’t be a spoiler and tell the end, just in case someone hasn’t seen it.

  • Donations

    All donations go directly towards the cost of hosting and running ClausNet!

    Your support, through donations or simply by clicking on sponsor links, is greatly appreciated!

    Donate Sidebar by DevFuse
  • Our picks

    • If You Have the Post Christmas Blues You’re Doing Christmas Wrong
      The post-Christmas blues are a very real thing. Once the date of December 25th has passed the specter of December 26th is an ominous marker to many. It sits there on the calendar like the Ghost of Christmas Yet-to-Come. Silent and foreboding, the very image of the hooded Angel of Death it seems to be. And why not?

      Just about anywhere you look Americans are tossing trees to the curb, ripping down lights from rooftops and radio stations are flipping back to everyday music. What took months to build gets deconstructed in a matter of a couple of days.
        • Like
      • 25 replies
    • Auld Lang Syne
      Every New Year’s Eve at the stroke of midnight, millions around the world traditionally gather together to sing the same song, “Auld Lang Syne”. As revilers mumble though the song’s versus, it often brings many of them to tears – regardless of the fact that most don’t know or even understand the lyrics. Confusion over the song’s lyrics is almost as much of a tradition as the song itself. Of course that rarely stops anyone from joining in.
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 2 replies
    • Merry Christmas, My Friend
      Every year around this time, some variation of this poem is circulated online. The poem is generally credited to “a soldier stationed in Okinawa” or more recently since September 11, 2001, “a Marine stationed in Afghanistan”.

      However, the poem’s true author is Lance Corporal James M. Schmidt.

      Originally entitled, “Merry Christmas, My Friend”, Corporal Schmidt wrote the poem in 1986 while serving as Battalion Counter Sniper at the Marine Barracks 8th & I, in Washington, D.C.

      That day the poem was placed in the Marine Corps Gazette and distributed worldwide. Schmidt’s poem was later published in Leatherneck (Magazine of the Marines) in December 1991.
        • Sad
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?
      Is it time to start calling out Bad Santas?

      Do you think we should start calling out those in our community whose actions or behavior is unbecoming of Santa Claus or Mrs. Claus?
        • Wow
        • Like
      • 94 replies
    • Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas
      Backlash Building Against The Man Who Invented Christmas

      ChristmasWeekly.com
      September 7, 2017

      EXCERPT:

      There is a new Christmas movie headed to theaters this Christmas about Charles Dickens about his creation of A Christmas Carol and Christmas purists hate it. Already.

      The film has a stellar cast that features the dreamy-eyed Dan Stevens as Dickens and the legendary Christopher Plummer as Scrooge. Here is the trailer:

      “This is a very presumptuous film,” said Christmas fan and would-be film critic, Arnold Yates, via MSN. “Charles Dickens was great but he certainly didn’t invent Christmas. Bah Humbug!”

      That sentiment is growing online as the preview makes the rounds.
        • Confused
        • Like
      • 14 replies
    • Seeking recognition
      Seeking recognition is a downward path for a legend who performs his tasks in the veil of night.

      Recently, a fellow portrayer of Santa posted an image on Facebook that they constructed to look like a magazine cover with him on it and several story snips like many publications have on their covers.  You may have seen it if they are your friend on Facebook.  It looks okay.  The composition is good, but the rendering when uploading it to Facebook became distorted it and it is quite pixelated when you look at it from a development standpoint.
        • Love
        • Like
      • 13 replies
    • Not Everyone Can Be Santa!
      Yes, I said it and it is not meant to hurt anyone’s feelings. I do view many Facebook sites along with websites and posted photos. Frankly, many of these postings should have never been put on public display.
        • Thanks
        • Love
        • Like
      • 1 reply
    • Are you the 'real' Santa?
      How do you answer this question?

      "Are you the 'real' Santa?"

      Read all the replies...
      • 91 replies
    • Infringement? Make up your own mind.
      In the last couple of days, on several different social media and bidding sites, an item has been offered for sale that in my opinion is cause for suspicion.  I would like to bring that product to your attention.

      There is some disagreement over whether or not it is an infringement or not.  I believe it is close enough to be considered as an infringement, but that is not the only the reason behind my post.
        • Like
      • 32 replies
    • Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas
      Why Bass Pro Shops’ longtime Santa won’t be back this Christmas

      Christmas is going to be a little different this year for families whose traditions include visiting Santa at Bass Pro Shops. Paul Davis, who spent the last nine years as the Bass Pro Santa in Ashland, will not be there anymore.
        • Sad
        • Like
      • 98 replies
About | Forums | Blogs | Newsletter | Contact


© 2019 MJR Group. LLC. All rights reserved.
Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Copyright IP Policy

Proud affiliate of My Merry Christmas!

Subscribe to the ClausNet Gazette

Enter your email address to subscribe to our monthly newsletter.

About ClausNet

The ClausNet community is the largest social network and online resource for Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus, Elves, Reindeer Handlers, and Santa helpers for the purposes of sharing stories, advice, news, and information.
×
×
  • Create New...