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Classic TV Birthdays: March 11

A very Happy 62nd Birthday to Susan Richardson, best known as Susan Bradford on the 1970s family drama Eight Is Enough. Richardson also guested on Happy Days, Nakia and The Streets of San Francisco.

Also on the birthday list: Mark Metcalf (appeared on Barnaby Jones and Karen, best known for his roles in National Lampoon’s Animal House and Twisted Sister videos) is 68, Tricia O’Neil (Ellery Queen, Hawaii Five-0, Serpico) turns 69, longtime ABC newsman Sam Donaldson is 80 and Fox Broadcasting founder/former TV Guide publisher Rupert Murdoch turns 83.

Some since departed classic TV favorites were also born March 11. Timothy Carey guested on Baretta, Charlie’s Angels, Gunsmoke and Rawhide. Film actress Dorothy Gish (sister of actress Lillian Gish) appeared on Robert Montgomery Presents and The United States Steel Hour. David Horsley was a co-founder of Universal Studios. Shemp Howard was one of The Three Stooges. Anissa Jones played Buffy on Family Affair.

Character actor Albert Salmi was also born this day. Salmi costarred in the 1974-76 series Delvecchio and guested on classics including Bonanza, Daniel Boone, The F.B.I., Kung Fu and 3 episodes of The Twilight Zone. He also played Danny Noonan’s father in the 1980 comedy film Caddyshack.

We said goodbye to some friends of classic TV on March 11. Vince Edwards played the title role in the 1960s medical drama Ben Casey. Author Earle Stanley Gardner created the character of Perry Mason. UK actor Joe Gladwin was a regular on the long-running Britcom Last of the Summer Wine. Film actress Betty Hutton guested on Burke’s Law and Gunsmoke, plus starred in the self-titled Betty Hutton Show.

Today was also the day inventor Philo Farnsworth died. Without his work, we might not have this blog today. Farnsworth is credited with inventing the electonic television and the video camera tube!