Saturday, December 1, 2012

On This Date: December 1

1923 Cartoonist Morris (a.k.a. Maurice De Bevere) was born in Brussels, Belgium. His popular do-gooding cowboy Lucky Luke appeared in four live-action films as well as a television series. He died in 2001 at the age of 77.

1940 Richard Pryor was born in Peoria, Illinois. The Emmy- and Grammy-winning comedian played computer genius August “Gus” Gorman in Superman III. He died in 2005 at the age of 65.

1945 RKO Radio Pictures released Dick Tracy (a.k.a. Dick Tracy, Detective), the first of the its four films based on Chester Gould’s comic strip detective. Morgan Conway starred as the yellow trench coat-wearing top cop along with Anne Jeffreys as gal pal Tess Truehart and Mike Mazurki as revenge-seeking bad guy Alexis “Splitface” Banning.

1951 Treat Williams was born in Rowayton, Connecticut. He took on the role of power hungry businessman Xander Drax in The Phantom (1996).

1966 Andrew Adamson was born in Auckland, New Zealand. Prior to finding success with Shrek and The Chronicles of Narnia, the Academy Award-nominated director served as visual effects supervisoer on Batman Forever (1995) and Batman & Robin (1997).

1967 Nestor Carbonell was born in New York City. In addition to appearing as Gotham City mayor Anthony Garcia in The Dark Knight (2008) and The Dark Knight Rises (2012), he also played the amorous superhero Batmanuel on the short-lived series The Tick (2001–2002).

1988 Zoë Kravitz was born in Los Angeles, California. She portrayed the winged mutant Angel Salvadore in director Matthew Vaughn’s 2011 mutant superhero adventure X-Men: First Class.

(Image: Zoë Kravitz as Angel Salvadore, X-Men: First Class, Marvel Entertainment/20th Century Fox)

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