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Subject: Today's pic- Forrest Tucker, born 100 years ago today (died 1986)

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Date Posted: Tuesday, February 12, 01:49:58pm
In reply to: Lincoln freed the slaves, Darwin freed our minds 's message, "Charles Darwin & Abraham Lincoln were born the same day" on Tuesday, February 12, 01:48:03pm

Forrest Meredith Tucker (February 12, 1919 October 25, 1986) was an American actor in both movies and television who appeared in nearly a hundred films.

Tucker worked as a vaudeville straight man aged fifteen years old. A mentor provided funds and contacts for a trip to California, where party hostess Cobina Wright persuaded guest Wesley Ruggles to give Tucker a screen test, based on his photogenic good looks, thick wavy hair and height of six feet, five inches. Tucker was a sight reader who needed only one take and his film career started well despite a perception in most Hollywood studios that blond men were not photogenic, but he enlisted during WW2.

After twenty years spent mainly in Westerns and action roles, he returned to his roots, showing versatility as a comedic and stage musical actor. In the television series F Troop, he became identified with the character of Cavalry Sgt. Morgan O'Rourke (a manipulative character quite similar to Phil Silvers' role as MSgt. Ernie Bilko).

Tucker struggled with a drinking problem that began to affect his performances in the later years of his career.


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Filmmaker Costa-Gavras is 86, actress Annette Crosbie is 85, economist Anne Osborn Krueger is 85, basketball player Bill Russell is 85, Prof. Alan Ebringer is 83, writer Judy Blume is 81, scientist Leon Kass is 80 (NT).Tuesday, February 12, 01:53:58pm
I remember when Tucker was to receive his star on the Hollywood Walk in summer of 1986, the ill Tucker fell out of the car (or bus) as he arrived and was taken to hospital. I think he missed his own ceremony. (NT)He died 8 weeks later.Tuesday, February 12, 02:03:28pm

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