Tuesday, March 13, 2012

On This Date: March 13

1898: Henry Hathaway is born in Sacramento, Calif. He would go to direct the 1954 adaptation of Hal Foster’s Prince Valiant starring Robert Wagner.

1950: William H. Macy is born in Miami, Fla. The prolific Academy Award-nominated actor played the underwhelming superhero the Shoveler in Mystery Men (1999) and dog food maker Don Twombly in Marmaduke (2010).

1985: Emile Hirsch is born in Topanga, Calif. He portrayed the fast driving title character in the 2008 film Speed Racer.

1999: Lee Falk, creator of The Phantom and Mandrake the Magician, dies in New York City. Both comic strips have been adapted into live-action moive serials and feature films, with Mandrake being eyed for another big screen appearance.

(Image: Emile Hirsch in Speed Racer, Warner Bros.)

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