Thursday, June 16, 2005

Unknown on the Walk of Fame: Vol. B, Part 8

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a series of bronze plaques imbedded in pink and black squares that run across Hollywood Blvd. (from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue) and on Vine Street (from Yucca Street to Sunset Boulevard.)
The stars on the Walk honor not just movie stars, but radio, TV, & theater performers, directors, singers, magicians, and just about anyone remotely connected to Hollywood.
The stars are given in five categories: Motion Pictures, Television, Recording (singers, songwriters, etc.), Radio and Live Theater
The Walk started in 1960, and since then, over 2,000 stars have been added. Contrary to popular assumption, not all the stars are those of superstars. Many of them are of people that you have never heard of.
In this ongoing series we look at EACH and EVERY person who received this honor. You have probably heard of 2 or 3 of the people listed below. Others will sound vaguely familiar. Many will be completely unknown to everyone born after 1930. Hopefully, after today you will remember them forever.

The B' are ALMOST done, I promise! Can you believe the A's was only THREE parts!!!

Elton Britt Rec

Western singer who hit big with the patriotic song "Star Spangled Banner Waving Somewhere".

Barbara Britton TV

The Revlon Girl in the 50s and 60s, Britton appeared on the series "Mr. and Mrs. North".

Cubby Broccoli MP

Producer of most of the James Bond films and the cutest name in show biz history. He sounds like he should be a cartoon that tells kids to eat right and exercise.

James Brolin TV

Husband of Barbara Streisand and star of such TV shows as "Marcus Welby, M.D."

Charles Bronson MP

Tough guy actor from the famed Death Wish films.

Hillary Brooke TV

Star of TV and movies she starred in several shows and appeared on "The Abbott and Costello Show."

Garth Brooks Rec

Popular country music singer of such songs as "The Thunder Rolls."

Richard Brooks MP

Writer and director of such films as Elmer Gantry and Blackboard Jungle.

Pierce Brosnan MP

Star of several James Bond pictures.

Mills Brothers Rec

Band of siblings formed in 1925 known for their pop-swing harmonies.

Nicholas Brothers MP

A pair of brothers (Harold and Fayard) who were known for their tap dancing. Among the films that they performed in were "Stormy Weather" and "The Pirate."

Sherman Brothers MP

Brothers Richard and Robert wrote the music for many of the classic Disney films.

Cecil Brown Radio

CBS News radio correspondent known for reporting in remote and dangerous places. He received numerous awards in the 1940s such as the Pulitzer Prize of Radio.

Clarence Brown MP

Famed director of many films in the 20s, 30s, 40s and 50s including National Velvet.

Harry Joe Brown MP

Prolific producer of over 100 films including 1951's Santa Fe.

James Brown Rec

The Godfather of Soul, known for such hits as "I Feel Good", "Living in America" and that time he hit his wife.

Joe E. Brown MP

Comic actor who appeared in such films as Some Like It Hot and Around the World in Eighty Days.

Johnny Mack Brown MP

Star of b-westerns in the 1920s and for many years after. Some titles included: Rogue of the Range, Silver Range, Shadows on the Range, Range Justice, Law of the Range and Range Law. If there was a range there was Johnny Mack Brown.

Les Brown Rec

A bandleader in the 1930s, Les hit number one nine times with songs like "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm."

Tom Brown MP

Actor in many films including Tom Brown of Culver where he played a character named... Tom Brown.
He also appeared in: The Quiet Gun, Naked Gun (1956, not the one with O.J. and Elvis’ wife), Three Sons o' Guns, "Gunsmoke", "Have Gun - Will Travel” and “Peter Gunn." If there was a gun Tom Brown was there, if the gun was on the range, he and Johnny Mack Brown played "rock, paper, scissors" for it. If O.J. and Elvis' wife showed up, none of the rules applied. Void in Utah. If unsatisfied return unused portion for a complete refund.

To be concluded. Then we start on the C's.

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