Friday, June 29, 2012

June 29

June 29 is the birthdate of Slim Pickens (real name: Louis Burton Lindley, Jr.). He's known for his role as Taggart in “Blazing Saddles” (1974), and even better known for his role as Major T.J. “King” Kong in Stanley Kubrick’s “Dr. Strangelove” (1964), in which he memorably closes the movie with enthusiastic bronco-busting on the back of a nuclear warhead. For that one scene, Pickens had to endure more than 100 takes. Major Kong memorably volunteered the information that we all probably have “some pretty strong personal feelin's about nuclear combat.”

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