Folks born in October 1953

a J5 connection

Before I turn to folks born in October 1953, I should note that I missed September altogether.

Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (S 4) played Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington on the sitcom Welcome Back, Kotter. He was also in Roots and played the father Joe Jackson in The Jacksons: An American Dream.

Amy Irving (S 10) I saw in several movies, including Honeysuckle Rose, Yentl, and likely others. But I also HEARD her singing voice as Jessica Rabbit in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

Rita Rudner (S 17): “Beginning her career as a Broadway dancer, Rudner noticed the lack of female comedians in New York City and turned to stand-up comedy, where she has flourished for over three decades.”

This exercise is for one year only. It mentions people born the same year as I was.

The month in question

Christopher Norris (O 7). “She is probably best known for her portrayal of nurse Gloria “Ripples” Brancusi in the television series Trapper John, M.D.” I watched the show, although the linkage to MASH was tenuous at best.

Tony Shalhoub (O 9). I know him mainly from the TV series Wings. I’ve seen him in Barton Fink, Primary Colors, and other films. But the little I’ve seen of Monk and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel makes me think I should start watching them.

David Morse (O 11) When I first started watching St. Elsewhere in 1982, I thought Morse’s character, Dr. Jack “Boomer” Morrison, was the star because he had many of the early scenes. I soon learned it was more of an ensemble show. Since then, I’ve seen him in many TV and theatrical films.

Greg Evigan (O 14). I never saw an episode of B.J. and the Bear. But I did see a few episodes of My Two Dads. He had previously appeared on Broadway in Jesus Christ Superstar and Grease.

Also in The Jacksons

Toriano Adaryll “Tito” Jackson (O 15) is the third child and second son of Joe and Katherine. He and four of his brothers were the Jackson Five. Although a guitarist, he wasn’t allowed to play on Motown sessions. “His guitar work did not debut until he and the Jacksons left Motown for CBS Records in 1976.” He’s primarily a blues musician these days.

“In 2016, he had his first commercially successful solo single on the Billboard charts with “Get It Baby”, featuring Big Daddy Kane from his album Tito Time, becoming the ninth and final Jackson family sibling to place a solo single on the charts.”

Bill Nunn (O 20): I saw him as Radio Raheem in Spike Lee’s film Do the Right Thing and Robbie Robertson in the Sam Raimi Spider-Man film trilogy. He died on September 24, 2016, from leukemia.  

That Star Trek guy

Robert Picardo (pictured – O 27): He was Coach Cutlip on The Wonder Years and Captain Dick Richard on the ABC series China Beach, for three seasons simultaneously. He’s best known as the Doctor on Star Trek: Voyager.

Desmond Child (O 28): Born John Charles Barrett, he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

“His list of accolades includes Grammy awards, 70 Top 40 singles, and songs that have sold over 300 million albums worldwide.

“Child’s career has been highlighted by a stunning array of diversity. His collaborations run the gamut… from Bon Jovi & Aerosmith to Ricky Martin… from KISS to Kelly Clarkson… from Cher to Alice Cooper.”

You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi

Angel – Aerosmith

Living La Vida Loca – Ricky Martin

Love on a Rooftop – Desmond Child

Author: Roger

I'm a librarian. I hear music, even when it's not being played. I used to work at a comic book store, and it still informs my life. I won once on JEOPARDY! - ditto.

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