Classic TV Birthdays: February 23

Happy 74th birthday to Peter Fonda. Son of Henry and brother of Jane, Fonda is known for his roles in movies such as Easy Rider. He also appeared in classic TV shows 12 O’Clock High, Naked City and Wagon Train.

Several classic TV favorites were born February 23 but have since passed. Majel Barrett guested on such shows as Bonanza, Leave It To Beaver and The Lucy Show. She also appeared in the pilot of Star Trek and had a recurring role in the series as Nurse Chapel. Barrett later did voice work on Star Trek: The Animated Series. She also happened to be the wife of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

Also born this day: Jon Hall (starred in early 1950s series Ramar of The Jungle, guested on Perry Mason) and film actress Diane Varsi (appeared on Cannon, Dr. Kildare, Playhouse 90).

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February 23 was also the day we lost one of the legends of comedy. UK born actor-writer Stan Laurel worked in movies from the 1910s to the 1950s and is best known as the skinny half of the comedy team of Laurel and Hardy. The duo was honored on a 1954 episode of the classic TV series This Is Your Life.

Enjoy this classic short from the great Laurel and Hardy:

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