American television, documentary and film director and producer Irwin Allen was born on this day, June 12. 1916.
A graduate of New York’s Columbia School of Journalism, Irwin Allen was a magazine editor, the producer/director of a radio show and the owner of an advertising agency before entering film production in the 1950s. His documentary, The Sea Around Us (1953), won an Academy Award.
A successful TV series producer (“The Time Tunnel” (1966), “Lost in Space” (1965)), Allen was nicknamed “The Master of Disaster” in the 1970s due to the tremendous success of his two special effects-laden epics, The Poseidon Adventure (1972) and The Towering Inferno (1974).
1914 – William Lundigan (actor: I’d Climb the Highest Mountain, The Fighting 69th, Pinky, Love Nest, The White Orchid; died Dec 20, 1975)
1915 – Priscilla Lane (Mullican) (actress: Varsity Show, Million Dollar Baby, Arsenic and Old Lace; died Apr 4, 1995)
1916 – Ivan Tors (producer, director: Flipper, Zebra in the Kitchen, Namu, the Killer Whale, Gentle Ben, Salty; died June 4, 1983)
1919 – Uta (Thyra) Hagen (Tony Award-winning actress: The Country Girl , Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? ; films: The Boys from Brazil, Reversal of Fortune; died Jan 14, 2004)
1930 – Jim Nabors (actor: Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C., The Andy Griffith Show, The Jim Nabors Hour; singer: Back Home Again in Indiana)
1957 – Timothy Busfield (actor: Thirtysomething, Byrds of Paradise, Little Big League, Field of Dreams, Revenge of the Nerds, Sneakers, The West Wing)
1959 – Jenilee Harrison (actress: Three’s Company, Dallas, Fists of Iron, Prime Target, Curse 3: Blood Sacrifice, Tank)
1964 – Paula Marshall (actress: The Wonder Years, Snoops, Cupid, Spin City, Chicago Sons, The Single Guy, Seinfeld)