Here’s to hoping it’s an extra happy day for Henry Winkler who turns 68 today (I figured it would be best to get the Happy Days reference over with in the first sentence. Now I can be done for the post).
This birthday is pretty special to me since Henry and I are pretty much BFFs. And by that I mean this one time my sister and I passed him on the streets of Boston. At least I’m told that we did. I sort of missed the whole ordeal. But my sister did not and neither did the guy behind us because they both started jumping and shouting, practically in unison, “That was the Fonz! We just passed the Fonz!!” It wasn’t until several minutes later when we realized that we could not for the life of us remember Fonzie’s real-person name (Thank God for iPhones and wikipedia).
But Henry Winkler is far from the only famous old guy whose name I can never remember. So today, in honor of his birthday, I’ve decided to pay homage to those old guys whose names my generation is not smart enough to remember. Before I begin, I feel I should give you a little warning about some things I learned about myself while putting together said list:
1. I kind of don’t know the names of a lot of older actors. If they haven’t gotten any major coverage in People or US Weekly in recent years, they’re just not on my radar.
2. Some actors who I had assumed were really old actually aren’t that old at all. Sorry, guys. It’s just that anyone who appeared in a film/TV show that I liked in my younger teenage years I naturally assume they must be really old by now. The good news for them and me is that doesn’t appear to always be the case.
So, now, without further ado, I present to you some other old actors whose names I can never remember (slash most likely never knew to begin with):
No longer will this man be Princess Bride/Cyrus Rose/Toy Story Guy. Now and forever more I shall try very hard to know him as 69-year-old Wallace Shawn.
Jack Arnold really was the best TV dad ever. And by best, I mean he scared the crap out of me as a child, but I think that’s kind of what he was going for, so he’s still the best, right? Since The Wonder Years ended 1993, Kevin Arnold’s dad has continued to exist as Dan Lauria, now 66.
(Via)Here’s a guy whose face I’ve always really, really recognized, but I don’t think I’d ever seen him in a movie until 2011′s Water For Elephants (Yes, we’re talking about the old guy on top, not Emile Hirsch). While his face was familiar, his name was always a mystery, but I’m tying a string around my finger now so I’ll remember that he’s 88-year-old Hal Holbrook.
Apparently Cady Heron’s dad/the Janitor on Scrubs/Wasn’t he in The Fugitive? is actually a 52-year-old guy named Neil Flynn. I know, I know, 52 isn’t that old. See warning No. 2.
That’s right, people, Rory Gilmore‘s now 70-year-old grandfather has another name besides Richard, and it’s Edward Herrmann. And fun bonus fact: His real-life daughter’s name is Rory!
This one I had to triple check, but all of my sources have now confirmed that The Karate Kid’s Mr. Myagi is not actually a real person. He was, in fact, a character brilliantly played Pat Morita, who died in 2005 at 73 years of age.
Here is another subject to put in the warning No. 2 category. And also in the “I Obviously Don’t Watch Mad Men category.” To me, John Slattery is the name of the 51-year-old guy who plays the boyfriend that doesn’t get the girl in every TV show ever, including Sex and the City, Desperate Housewives and Ed.
Ever since those darn Sprint commercials started playing, I’ve been going crazy thinking, WHAT IS THE NAME OF THE GUY WHO’S NOT JAMES EARL JONES!? For anyone else who has shared in this stress, it’s 70-year-old Malcolm McDowell.
Mickey Rooney is a name I’m definitely familiar with. And that guy up there, I’ve definitely seen his face before in The Phantom Of the Megaplex (Holla for classic Disney Channel Original movies). And now at this very moment, the name and the face have become one. And he looks pretty good at 93-years-old, if I do say so myself.