American actor and writer Spalding Rockwell Gray (D January 11, 2004) was born on this day, June 5, 1941. Theater critics John Willis and Ben Hodges described his monologue work as “trenchant, personal narratives delivered on sparse, unadorned sets with a dry, WASP, quiet mania”. Gray achieved celebrity status for his monologue Swimming to Cambodia, which was adapted into a film in 1987 by filmmaker Jonathan Demme.
Gray appeared in the following movies: Diabolique, Beyond Rangoon, Bad Company, King of the Hill, Our Town, Beaches, Swimming to Cambodia, True Stories, The Killing Fields, Hard Choices; screenwriter, actor: Monster in a Box; died Jan 10, 2004)
Film director Steven Soderbergh in 2010 made a documentary film about Gray’s life titled And Everything Is Going Fine.
1895 – William Boyd (Hopalong Cassidy: actor: in 66 films through 1948 [he bought the rights to the character in 1945, then starred as Hopalong in the successful TV series in the 1950s]; died Sep 12, 1972)
1928 – Tony Richardson (Academy Award-winning director: Tom Jones ; A Taste of Honey, The Phantom of the Opera, Charge of the Light Brigade, The Entertainer, The Hotel New Hampshire; died Nov 14, 1991)
1929 – Robert Lansing (Brown) (actor: Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, The Equalizer, 87th Precinct, Twelve O�Clock High, Under the Yum Yum Tree, The Man Who Never Was, The Grissom Gang, Namu the Killer Whale; died Oct 23, 1994)
1974 – Chad Allen (actor: St. Elsewhere, Webster, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman)