Friday, May 20, 2011

Mae West: Patrick Sullivan Burke

MAE WEST worked with many colorful cast mates in "Sextette" [1978].
• • Born in the USA during the month of May — — on 20 May 1917 — — Patrick Sullivan Burke often was placed in fantasy roles. His first role was as a leprechaun in "Darby O'Gill and the Little People" [Walt Disney Productions, 1959]. Over the years he appeared in a dozen projects for TV and the big screen, cast variously as a witch, a soldier, a bartender.
• • In "Sextette" [1978], he played a live person, namely the Irish Delegate. The same year he was seen in "Lord of the Rings" and he played the Head Angel on an episode of "Little House on the Prairie" before retiring.
• • Patrick Sullivan Burke died at age 76 on 3 January 1994 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
• • May 1935 • •
• • "Goin' to Town" opens in movie houses across the USA.
• • May 1946 • •
• • The stage play "Ring Twice Tonight" opens in Long Beach, California on 16 May 1946 before moving forward on its cross-country tour. The title gets changed and becomes "Come On Up."
• • Quote, Unquote • •
• • Critic Scott Renshaw writes: But since great comedy has at its core always been about subversive honesty, we've had a long road culturally — — from Mae West to Joan Rivers to Sarah Silverman — — toward being comfortable with it coming out of the mouths of the fairer sex. While we've been more willing to appreciate slapstick charmers like Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett on the small screen, the history of American mainstream comedy box-office stardom has generally been as female-friendly as a third-grade boy's birthday party. ...
• • Source: Movie Review: "Nasty Girls: Bridesmaids" written by Scott Renshaw for Colorado Springs Independent; posted on 12 May 2011
• • By the Numbers • •
• • The Mae West Blog was started seven years ago in July 2004.
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