Today's Birthday: 22 June

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    Prinze, Freddie

    Born Frederick Karl Pruetzel to a Puerto Rican mother (Maria) and a Hungarian Jewish father (Karl), Freddie grew up in the Washington Heights section of New York City. As a chubby child, he was often bullied, but was quite creative and bright in his extracurricular activities (he was known to have handmade a ham radio, which he used regularly). Early on, he aspired to become famous, and, after enrolling at Fiorella LaGuardia High School of the Performing Arts, he obtained a job at the Improv Club, in New York, where people started to take notice of his comedic talent (but the long hours he worked at night, balanced by increasing absences in school, caused him to drop out of high school to pursue comedy full-time). He changed his name to Freddie Prinze (to indicate that he was "The Prince of Comedy"). In December 1973, he was invited to perform on "The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", which proved to be a breakthrough performance, as he was invited to chat with Johnny after his performance (only two other comedians have enjoyed that privilege). Soon afterwards, he won the role of "Chico Rodriquez" in an NBC-produced TV series called '"Chico and the Man" (1974)' (he and co-star 'Jack Albertson' forged a great friendship while working on the show). In 1975, he released a comedy album, titled "Looking Good", and further boosted his popularity with appearances on various TV talk shows (such as the "Tony Orlando & Dawn" show). In Las Vegas in August 1975, he married Katherine Cochran, with whom he had a son, Freddie Prinze, Jr. (born on March 8, 1976 in Albuquerque, New Mexico). He loved his role as a father, and his growing popularity. But all the fame had a downside to it: Freddie developed an addiction to drugs (namely Quaaludes and cocaine), and was subsequently arrested in Nov. 1976 for DUI. Also, his marriage to Kathy was dissolving, and they separated. Things were unraveling quickly for him, and he started to mention thoughts of suicide to many of his close friends and family (including his best friends: singer 'Tony Orlando' and comedian David Brenner). In January 1977, following his final public appearance (at the Inaugural Ball for President Jimmy Carter), 22-year-old Freddie called his mother, friends and manager and announced that he was committing suicide. While his manager tried to stop him, he placed a .32 caliber pistol against his temple and pulled the trigger. Miraculously, he did not die right away, and was rushed to UCLA Medical Center with a massive head wound. He was kept on life support until January 29, 1977, when his family and friends decided to turn off the life support, to let him rest in peace. On his TV show, his death resulted in his "Chico" character being replaced by a young child; the show was canceled soon afterwards. He was buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and his funeral was attended by many who had known him (Jack Albertson, his co-star and friend, Tony Orlando, Sammy Davis, Jr., etc.). He left behind a wife and infant son. On a positive note, more than two decades after his death, his only son, 'Freddie Prinze, Jr.' , has carried on the Prinze name and become a star in his own right. Comedian Freddie Prinze seemed to have everything going for him by 1977. He was the star of a hit network series. Beautiful women were drawn to his good looks and natural charm. He was the father of a baby boy named after him. But there were a lot of things Freddie Prinze had against him: a failed marriage, an expensive drug habit, and a morbid fascination with guns. Freddie Prinze was born on June 22, 1954 and grew up in Washington Heights, a poor section of upper Manhattan in New York City. His father was a Hungarian immigrant, his mother a Puerto Rician immigrant. At the age of 16, Freddie made his debut at the Improv during one of that club's regular non-paying showcases. The Improv was the hip Manhattan nightclub responsible for launching the careers of such talented comedians as David Brenner and Robin Williams. Freddie drew on his mixed heritage to make audiences laugh. The Improv's owner, Budd Friedman, recalled that the teenager was an instant success. TV appearances with Johnny Carson, as well as Jack Paar led to Freddie being cast at age 19 in the TV series "Chico and the Man," co-starring Jack Albertson. Freddie's rise to stardom was so quick that he often had difficulty accepting it. To ease his insecurities from the long working hours on his series, Freddie turned to Quaaludes and other drugs. Freddie's apparent instability to sustain a healthy romantic relationship also created problems. Women were eager to date him, but he doubted their sincerity. Freddie was briefly engaged to Kitty Bruce, daughter of the late comedian Lenny Bruce, one of Freddie's idols. A short-lived marriage to Kathy Cochran in 1976 produced a son, Freddie, Jr. Freddie Prince, Sr.'s life came to an end when on January 28, 1977, Freddie phoned several people, including his personal secretary and his psychiatrist. Martin Snyder, Freddie's agent, arrived at his apartment shortly after two in the morning in response to a call a distraught Freddie made to him earlier that evening. While Snyder was still in the apartment, Freddie phoned his ex-wife and parents. After hanging up, he pulled a pistol from beneath a couch cushion and fired into the right temple of his head killing himself almost instantly. He was 22. Close friends, shocked at the news, speculated that Freddie had not intended to kill himself but was merely playing a prank that went wrong. A little later, police invesigators found a note in Freddie's apartment which said, "I can't go on," which may have been his suicide note. - Author: Anonymous Matthew Patay
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    Rothhaar, Michael

    Michael Rothhaar has been a professional actor since 1975 and a professional theatre director since 1985. He won the 1997 Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award and the 1997 Drama Logue Award for Outstanding Lead Performance in ARDÈLE, as well as the 1997 Drama Logue Award in Direction for MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION. Both productions were for Pacific Resident Theatre. As an actor, he appeared on Broadway in THE FRONT PAGE and THE CORN IS GREEN, in such feature films as THE NUTTY PROFESSOR and SPACE JAM, Off-Broadway in FRANKENSTEIN and BRAND, in the San Francisco company of THE FOREIGNER, the Los Angeles company of SHEAR MADNESS, in the Geffen's production of UNCLE VANYA, and the American premiere of DOG DAYS, (written and directed by Simon Gray) well as working at The Mark Taper Forum...covering in EXPECTING ISABEL. He has worked on various television series such as FAMILY LAW, (recurring as Judge Prentiss), ALLY MC BEAL, ARLISS, NYPD BLUE, THE X-FILES, MURDER ONE, STAR TREK-THE NEXT GENERATION, MURPHY BROWN, BUFFY, THE VAMPIRE SLAYER, L.A. LAW, CIVIL WARS, PICKET FENCES, STEP BY STEP, HUDSON STREET, DR. QUINN, MEDICINE WOMAN, MARRIED ...WITH CHILDREN, SNOOPS and LOVE AND WAR. His credits also include numerous appearances in regional theatre, notably: SLEUTH and CHARLEY'S AUNT at the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL,THE TEMPEST and THE ANDERSONVILLE TRIAL at Michigan's Meadow Brook Theatre, TERRA NOVA at the Washington Stage Guild in Washington, D.C., CANDIDA and BEDROOM FARCE at Maryland's Olney Theatre, and the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award-winning production of THE VISIT at the Pacific Resident Theatre. In the course of his acting career, Michael has worked with such notable and talented individuals as Tony Award-winning directors Jerry Zaks and Vivian Matalon, acclaimed director Michael Langham, the distinguished English playwright Simon Gray, as well as such accomplished performers as John Lithgow, Richard Thomas, Imogene Coca, Wallace Shawn, René Auberjonois, Dennis Franz, Kathleen Quinlan, Eddie Murphy, Robert Foxworth, Dixie Carter, Peter Donat, Ray Walston, Peter Gallagher, Brent Spiner, Cecily Tyson, Orson Bean, Alley Mills, Tony Danza, Mariel Hemingway, Alan King, John Astin, Louie Anderson and Michael Jordan,. Michael served as the Artistic Director of Pennsylvania's Allenberry Playhouse from 1987 to 1992. For Allenberry, he has directed 40 productions, notably: LETTICE AND LOVAGE, CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, AGNES OF GOD, THE FOREIGNER, BLITHE SPIRIT, DRIVING MISS DAISY, THE MIRACLE WORKER, STEEL MAGNOLIAS, BROADWAY BOUND, THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK, LEND ME A TENOR, CABARET, GUYS AND DOLLS and MY FAIR LADY. He has directed OTHERWISE ENGAGED, CANDIDA, MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION, WAITING FOR GODOT, THE PRIVATE EAR and MACBETH ....ACCORDING TO THE FIFTH GRADE for Pacific Resident Theatre. In Washington, D.C., he directed MRS. WARREN'S PROFESSION and THE MILLIONAIRESS at the Washington Stage Guild. In 1994, he directed SLEUTH, which toured southern California . Michael is the father of Will Rothhaar, an accomplished actor in his own right, and the step-father of Charles F. Linehan, recently engaged to be an Assistant D.A. in Manhattan. - Author: Michael Rothhaar
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    Campbell, Bruce (I)

    "Uncle Sam's favorite son" as the lyrics to the theme of "Jack of All Trades" go, was born June 22, 1958 (the youngest of 3 brothers) in Royal Oak, Michigan. As a child, Bruce watched "Lost in Space" on TV, and ran around dressed as Zorro. He got the acting bug at age 8; his dad was performing in local community theater. At 14, Bruce got to play the young prince in "The King and I" and even got to sing. He went on to appear in several Community Theater productions, including "South Pacific." However, he was also interested in directing, and shot super-8 flicks with a neighborhood pal. Perhaps through fate, he met future director Sam Raimi in a high school drama class in 1975. Soon, along with Sam, and now a bunch of other high school pals, Bruce filmed about 50 super-8 movies. During the summer of 1976, he was an apprentice in northern Michigan at Traverse City's Cherry County Playhouse, a summer-stock company. Bruce worked 18-hour days putting up sets, being assistant stage manager, doing errands, etc. No money, but it was a learning experience (it was show biz). He attended Western Michigan University and took theater courses. Bruce became a production assistant for a company that made commercials in Detroit. In the early part of 1979, with buddy Sam Raimi, he decided to become a pro filmmaker. Armed with a super-8 horror film "Within the Woods" which they showed potential investors, they raised $350,000 to make "Evil Dead," which Bruce co-produced and starred in as Ash. Four years later, the completed film became the best-selling video of 1983 in England, and New Line Cinema got it a US release. Around this time, he married his first wife, and they had 2 swell kids. They raised 10 times as much cash for the sequel "Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn" again co-produced by Bruce and starring him as Ash. He moved to L.A. In 1990, while filming "Mindwarp" he met his future wife (costume designer Ida Gearon) on the set. In 1992, he rejoined Sam, and Bruce co-produced and starred as Ash in the 3rd of the Evil Dead trilogy, "Army of Darkness" for Universal Studios. On TV, Bruce directed many episodes of "Hercules: The Legendary Journeys." Bruce also acted, as the recurring character Autolycus, the King of Thieves; he portrayed this villain with zest in both "Hercules" and "Xena." Bruce's latest venture is starring as the title rogue of "Jack of All Trades." Everybody loves Jack. And everybody's heard of him -- "There ain't a French or pirate rogue who don't know Jack!" - Author:
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