Classic TV Birthdays: January 30

Celebrating birthdays today: Gene Hackman (84) and Dorothy Malone (89). Hackman is best known for his film work, but he also appeared in many classic TV shows including The F.B.I., I Spy, Naked City and The United States Steel Hour. Malone guested on Cimarron City, The Untouchables and Vega$. She was also a regular on Peyton Place.

Classic TV stars born January 30 but since passed include Canadian actor-director John Ireland. He starred in a mystery series called The Cheaters, also appearing on classics like Gunsmoke, Little House on the Prairie, Quincy M.E., Rawhide, Schlitz Playhouse and Thriller. Ireland was also a regular in the short-lived Angie Dickinson detective series Cassie & Co. (1982).

Also born today: Dick Martin (Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In), financial journalist Louis Rukeyser (Wall $treet Week) and David Wayne. The veteran character actor starred in a 1950s series Norby, later he was in the cast of Ellery Queen, The Good Life (a Larry Hagman sitcom) and House Calls. Wayne also guested on many classic shows, among them Batman (he was The Mad Hatter), Hawaii Five-O and The Twilight Zone.

Celebrities passing January 30: Pierre Boulle (author of the Planet of the Apes novel, later a movie franchise which also spawned a short-lived TV series and cartoon), Huntz Hall (starred in Dead End Kids/Bowery Boys movies, later he guested on TV shows Chips, Diff’rent Strokes, Flipper), Ed Herlihy (Tonight Show announcer, Kraft Foods spokesman) and Aaron Ruben (director of The Andy Griffith Show, Gomer Pyle USMC, Sanford & Son).

Veteran actor John McIntire also died on this day. He starred in the first season, half-hour version of Naked City and replaced Ward Bond as the lead on Wagon Train. McIntire appeared in numerous classic TV shows including Daniel Boone, The Twilight Zone and The Virginian. He was also in the cast of Shirley, a 1979 comedy-drama starring Shirley Jones.