The Birthday Boys
Stephen Sondheim, famed composer and lyricist, is 75. Sondheim grew up in New York City, studied under the legendary Oscar Hammerstein II, and wrote some of the most famous lines in soundtrack history - he can claim credit for the lyrics accompanying the scores West Side Story and Gypsy, to name a few. Oscars: One, but I think his seven Tony Awards speak more to his accomplishments.
Rogue gunslinger Artemus Gordon's (The Wild, Wild West) real-life counterpart, actor Ross Martin, was born Martin Rosenblatt on March 22, 1920, in Grodek, Poland. Martin died in 1981 and left a staggering filmography - he played a myriad of cameos and appeared in dozens of popular sitcoms throughout his career - though his focus was more on the medium of television rather than big-screen projects. Oscars: One nomination for his role in Blake Edwards' 1961 Experiment in Terror; I still think he deserves some posthumous gold for playing the sly, swarthy swashbuckler in The Great Race.
Just so you know, Artie, when my sisters and I used to take cap guns and play The Wild Wild West in our backyard, I was always you. And by the way, whatever happened to Miguelito Loveless....?