Classic TV Birthdays: February 21

Christine Ebersole is first on today’s birthday list. The 61 year old actress-singer appeared on daytime soaps One Life To Live and Ryan’s Hope. She was a regular on Saturday Night Live in the early 80s and is currently in the cast of the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son.

Also celebrating a birthday: Tyne Daly is 68. She guested on many classic TV series including Hawaii Five-0, Ironside, Medical Center, Quincy and The Virginian. She also appeared on The Rookies with ex-husband Georg Stanford Brown. Daly went on to star in the long-running 1980s crime drama Cagney and Lacey. She’s also the sister of actor Tim Daly (Wings).

Gary Lockwood turns 77 today. He starred in the 1963 drama The Lieutenant and guested on many classic shows of the 1960s, 70s and 80s. His resume includes 12 O’Clock High, Barnaby Jones, Medical Center and Perry Mason.

February 21 is also the birthday of some classic TV favorites no longer with us. Humorist Erma Bombeck wrote a long-running newspaper column and appeared on Good Morning America. B-movie actress Arline Judge guested on Mr. & Mrs. North and Perry Mason. Austrian-American actress Celia Lovsky appeared on many classic shows of the 1950s to the 70s, including Dragnet (both 1950s and late 1960s versions), The Flying Nun, Marcus Welby M.D., Playhouse 90 and The Waltons. Lovsky was once married to movie actor Peter Lorre.

Also born this day: Rue McClanahan (The Golden Girls, Mama’s Family, Maude), film director-screenwriter Sam Peckinpah (Straw Dogs, The Wild Bunch…also worked on TV, mostly westerns like Broken Arrow, Gunsmoke, The Rifleman and The Westerner) and Ann Sheridan. Sheridan, pictured above, starred in such movies as Angels with Dirty Faces and appeared on daytime soap Another World, Lux Video Theatre and Wagon Train. Her last role was as star of the 1966 sitcom Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats.

Actor Ben Chapman died on February 21. He made a couple of early TV appearances (Adventures in Paradise, The Colgate Comedy Hour) but is best known for playing the Gill Man in Creature from the Black Lagoon.

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