December 27: Happy Birthday, Cathy Lewis Cathy Lewis (December 27th, 1916-November 20, 1968) was best known for her numerous radio appearances. Lewis moved from her hometown of Spokane, Washington to Chicago and found work on The First Nighter Program. Eventually, Lewis moved back across the country to Hollywood , where she had starring roles in the Pasadena Playhouse productions of Stage Door, Winterset, and To Quito and Back. In 1943, Cathy met and married Elliot Lewis, a radio actor and writer. They both became staples of the vintage radio scene, regulars among the group known as Hollywood ’s Radio Row. The pair appeared both together and separately on programs such as The Whistler . Together they co-created the respected anthology series On Stage and helped to steward the popular mystery's program Suspense . Cathy and Elliot began to be billed as “Mr. and Mrs. Radio.” Cathy is most remembered for her role as Jane Stacy, a sensibly droll woman that roomed with Irma Pe
April 17: Happy Birthday, Hans Conried Perhaps best known for his voice-over role as Captain Hook in the 1953 version of Disney's Peter Pan , Hans Conried was also a show-hopping radio actor. He was a consummate comedian whose niche was zany doctors and other professionals. Conried's regular gigs were on My Friend Irma , The Burns and Allen Show , and the dramatic programs Suspense and Mercury Theatre on the Air . He made occasional or one-time appearances on Martin and Lewis , Lux Radio Theatre , and Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy . A very fun fact about Conried is that his villainous growl caused him to inspire the character "Robot Devil" on the TV show Futurama . Conried fans will also enjoy this anecdotal story with famed director and author Arch Oboler .