Monday, June 20, 2005

Unknown on the Walk of Fame: Vol. C, Part 1

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.

James Caan MP

Actor in many films, one of his best roles was as Sonny Corleone in The Godfather (never follow him to a toll booth!)

Israel Lopez Cachao Rec

Israel Lopez (also known by the nickname Cachao) is considered to be one of the best bass players of all time. Cachao is a Cuban born salsa musician.

Sid Caesar TV

Legendary comic who starred in such films as It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World. His star is in the category of TV because of his long running shows "The Sid Caesar Show" and "Your Show of Shows."

Nicholas Cage MP

Star of Con Air, Nic won an Oscar for Leaving Las Vegas.

James Cagney MP

Actor in such films as The Public Enemy (sadly he did NOT play Flavor Flav.) He also starred in Mister Roberts and Yankee Doodle Dandy. He is considered one of the greatest movie stars of all time.

Sammy Cahn Rec

Multi-Academy award winning lyricist of such songs as "Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!", "The Wind! The Wind!", "You Can Fly! You Can Fly! You Can Fly!" and "Come Fly With Me" (which I bet he called "Come Fly With Me, Come Fly With Me, Come Fly With Me, Come Fly With Me"

Alice Calhoun MP

A silent film star born in 1900, Alice appear in over 40 films. Sadly much of her work has been lost.

Rory Calhoun MP
Rory Calhoun TV

Actor with a very long career. Appeared oppiste Marilyn Monroe in River of No Return and How to Marry a Millionare. At the end of his career he appeared in Hell Comes to Frogtown with Rowdy Roddy Piper.

Maria Callas Rec

Legedary opera star, Maria was set to marry Aristotle Onassis before he married Jackie Kennedy.

Rod Cameron TV

Star of such TV series as "City Detective," Rod made headlines when he divorced his wife and married his mother in law. I have no joke about that. In fact I may be too stunned to go on. I shall think of good things for a moment. Butterflies, candy canes and Wrestlemania 2. There, I feel much better now.

Glenn Campbell Rec

Glenn is a pop/country singer, best known for hits like “Rhinestone Cowboy."

Stephen J. Cannell TV

TV producer of such great action shows such as "The A-Team." Allow me to take a moment to thank Mr. Cannell for putting Mr. T on my TV set on a weekly basis in the 1980s.

Dyan Cannon MP

An accomplished actress, Dylan has appeared in films as diverse as Caddyshack II, 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag and Kangaroo Jack. Actually, they really aren't that diverse.

Judy Canova MP
Judy Canova Radio

Star of her own radio show and the TV series "Lil Abner," Judy was also an accomplished film actress in such pictures as The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.

Cantinflas MP

Spanish languge actor in many Mexican films between 1937 and the late 1980s. His comedy style was to speak a lot of nonsensical chatter causing the spanish word "Cantinflear" to be coined (it means to say alot of nothing.) His most popular American film was the 1956 feature Around the World in Eighty Days.

Eddie Cantor MP
Eddie Cantor Radio
Eddie Cantor TV

Sucessful enough to be awarded THREE stars on the Walk of Fame, Eddie was a comedian who started his career in 1909 in vaudeville. Eddie acted in 16 films including 1944's Show Business.

Yakima Canutt MP

Here is an interesting star. Yakima was one of the greatest stunt men in film history. He doubled for stars such as Clark Gable and John Wayne. He appeared in over 100 films and was pretty well known due to appearences on shows like "The Art Linkletter Show."

Frank Capra MP

Director of such classics as Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It's a Wonderful Life.

Drew Carey TV

Star of the long running Drew Carey show.

Harry Carey MP

Star of over 250 movies from the days of silent films until the 1940s. His later credits included the Disney film So Dear to my Heart and the John Wayne film Angel and the Badman. Not to be confused with the famous Chicago Cubs broadcaster.

Harry Jr. Carey TV

Son of Harry Carey, he was called Harry Cary Jr. (not Harry Jr. Carey.) Harry has appeared in many films in the fifties including The Searchers. More recently he has appeared in such films as Back to the Future III and Tombstone. Feel free to confuse him with the famous Chigago Cubs broadcaster's son, but they aren't the same person either.

McDonald Carey TV

His name was actually spelled MacDonald Carey and he was a star of TV and movies from the 1940s through the 1980s. One of his most famous TV roles was on the mini series "Roots."

Frankie Carle Rec

Called "The Wizard of the Keyboard," Frankie w recorded many popular instrumental songs such as "Roses in the Rain."

George Carlin LT

Well known comic best known for his rauchy humor. Carlin recently appeared in the film Jersey Girl, a movie that is considered to be one of the worst film ever made. I wouldn't confuse him with a Chicago Cubs broadcaster either.

Kitty Carlisle MP

As a game show panelist Kitty appeared on shows such as "I've got a Secret" and "To Tell the Truth." She has also been an occasional actress in films such as The Marx Brother's A Night at the Opera and the Will Smith film Six Degrees of Separation.

Mary Carlisle MP

Pretty blonde actress starred in many films including three Bing Crosby films: College Humor (1933), Double or Nothing (1937) and Doctor Rhythm (1938).

Richard Carlson TV

Born in Minnesota, Carlson was star of such films as Creature from the Black Lagoon. On TV he was best known as Herbert A. Philbrick on the show "I Led 3 Lives"."

Hoagy Carmichael TV

Award winning composer of such songs as "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind." In some areas of the country they call him Sub Carmichael, in others he is Hero Carmichael or Grinder Carmichael.

Art Carney TV

Played Ed Norton on the TV series "The Honeymooners."

Ken Carpenter Radio

Veteran radio announcer, Ken annouced for such names as Bing Crosby and Edgar Bergen & Charlie McCarthy.

The Carpenters Rec

Musical duo of Karen and Richard Carpenter, best known for soft hit songs such as "Top Of The World."

Vicki Carr Rec

Christian musician and minister, Vicki has had crossover sucess with songs like "It Must be Him."

David Carradine TV

Star of TV's "Kung Fu" David recently played "Bill" in the Kill Bill films.

John Carradine MP

Star of many films including the Universal films The Black Cat and Bride of Frankenstein.

Keith Carradine TV

Son of John Carradine, Keith has starred in many films and TV shows including such recent shows as HBO's "Deadwood."

Leo Carrillo MP
Leo Carrillo TV

A latino actor, Leo has appeared in dozens of films including Man of Texas and Timber. He is best known as "Pancho" on the TV series "The Cisco Kid."

Diahann Carroll Rec

Singer and actress who won Diahann Carroll a Tony for Best Actress in the musical No Strings. I know her best as the weird holographic lady in The Star Wars Holiday Special.

Madeleine Carroll MP

Actress who worked oppisite Gary Cooper, Tyrone Power and Bob Hope. She starred in the Hitchcock film The 39 Steps.

More "C"s on the way!

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