Mystery Photo Contest — Recognize These Faces?

Cary O’Dell at the Library’s National Recording Registry is the maestro of our ever-popular Mystery Photo Contest. He’s back with another round, featuring some of Hollywood’s not-so-famous faces. 

At the Library, we don’t give up!

We have had some successes with our ever-popular Mystery Photo Contest and we’re back for more.  Regular readers might recall that we recently identified faces that had stumped us for years: actresses Esther Anderson and Cynthia Lynn.

The hiding-in-plain-sight factor can drive you nuts. Both actresses had long careers. Anderson, a Jamaican model, actress and filmmaker, was hardly an unknown. She once starred opposite Sidney Poitier in “A Warm December” in 1973. She filmed Bob Marley and the Wailers’ first rehearsal and years later made an award-winning documentary about it. In 2007, the BBC dubbed her the “Caribbean’s first lady of film and music.”

Lynn, meanwhile, had played recurring or guest spots on television shows during the ’60s and ’70s, most notably on “Hogan’s Heroes” in its first season. And still, it took us four years to identify her in a publicity still.

So, once again, we are asking for your help.

To review: The following photos were found within a much larger collection of film, TV and music stills.  So far, all the photos we have been able to identify have been related to one of those fields, so we assume these do, too.

Several of these, faithful readers will recognize, are repeats from earlier panels, because we haven’t found the magic key yet. We’re displaying them in a larger format this time around in hopes that might prompt a stray memory.

As always, we’ll investigate any reasonable guesses.

MANY THANKS! AND STAY WELL!

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1.) Well now. A singing group? Acrobats? Something else all together?

 

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#2. We thought that this pinup was Kitten Natividad. The actress, now 73, says it’s not her.  

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3.) We don’t know who these men are alone or together. (Bear in mind that they might be behind-the-scenes talent.)

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4.) Please note that this is NOT Karen Valentine, NOT Judy Strangis, and NOT British star Suzy Mandel.  (We’ve already checked with them all.)

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5.) A young Thomas Jane has been a popular guess for this gent but, according to his manager, it is NOT him.  Any guesses?

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6.) This might be from a film or documentary. Recognize this woman or the mural behind her?

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68 Comments

  1. Jennifer Donahue
    April 29, 2020 at 11:03 am

    Number 5 looks like Jon Bon Jovi to me?

  2. Diane C Williams
    April 29, 2020 at 12:02 pm

    #2 looks like she’s holding a Star Trek original series tribble. Maybe she was one of the characters with Harry Mudd. I checked IMDB.com for “The Trouble with Tribbles” episode, but it didn’t list minor roles and extras. Just a thought.

  3. Sarah Miller
    April 29, 2020 at 1:55 pm

    Both of the men in number 3 are familiar, but I haven’t placed them yet. Number 5 is definitely not Jon Bon Jovi.

  4. Jeff Cavignac
    April 29, 2020 at 2:01 pm

    #5 – Young Thomas Jane…looks like a young Jon Bon Jovi!

  5. Rose vonHatten
    April 29, 2020 at 3:28 pm

    #5 looks like a younger Eric Mabius (actor) to me.

  6. MaLinda Stuart
    April 29, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    6. Looks like Taylor Launter from twilight

  7. Michael Sajkowicz
    April 29, 2020 at 8:11 pm

    In picture 3, the man on the left looks to be Alex Weil, the founder of the very influential NYC special effects and post-production house Charlex (now called CHRLX). The man on the right might be Charlie Levi, his original partner in Charlex.

  8. Sarah Miller
    April 29, 2020 at 8:46 pm

    In #3, the man on the left is wearing a Donald Duck pin. Possibly Disney film employees? I didn’t find them among Donald Duck voice actors or animators, but maybe.

  9. Michael Sajkowicz
    April 29, 2020 at 9:17 pm

    In picture 3, the man on the left looks to be Alex Weil, the founder of the influential NYC special effects and post-production company Charlex (now known as CHRLX). The man on the right might be his original partner Charlie Levi.

  10. L Hughes
    April 29, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    #4 looks like actress Jenny O’Hara to me.

  11. Francine Liem
    April 30, 2020 at 6:15 am

    Number 1. Could the guy to our right be a young John Travolta?

  12. E
    April 30, 2020 at 6:20 am

    I think the middle guy in the first pic is Dr. Oz

  13. Larry
    April 30, 2020 at 8:12 am

    In #3, the guy on the right looks like a young Hugh Jackman.

  14. CARY AT THE LC
    April 30, 2020 at 9:50 am

    HELLO ALL! THANKS FOR ALL THE SUGGESTIONS! I FOLLOWED UP THIS MORNING WITH THE CHRLX FOLKS AND THEY SAID THAT THAT WAS NOT A PIC OF THE LATE MR. WEIL. TOO BAD; I THOUGHT WE HAD THAT ONE SOLVED!

  15. Carter Rawson
    April 30, 2020 at 10:19 am

    The two gents in #3 are 1970’s film/music producers. Not necessarily a team. My hunch is to reach out to someone knowledgeable with the Robert Stigwood Organization (RSO) who were very active in both areas.

  16. Neely Tucker
    April 30, 2020 at 10:44 am

    rats! i did, too.

  17. J Hans
    April 30, 2020 at 5:17 pm

    #5- a young Christopher Lambert?? (he was in the original Highlander movie and in the 1980s Tarzan movie)

  18. Linda McNish
    April 30, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Middle guy in No. 1 looks like Yul Brynner to me.

  19. Linda McNish
    April 30, 2020 at 6:37 pm

    Is No. 5 Howard Stern?

  20. K Knott
    May 1, 2020 at 11:46 pm

    #1 on the left looks like Horst Buchholz to me.

  21. Lilmacy
    May 2, 2020 at 12:21 am

    #6 looks like it was taken in a Slavic country, specifically Russia is my guess from the Soviet Union by the way they are dressed and the style of the art depicting a large group of people laboring together, which was a usual theme in Russia under the Soviet Union.

  22. Kelly
    May 2, 2020 at 12:40 am

    #5 looks like it could be a young Thomas Haden Church, especially the mouth. But his eyes are blue and I can’t tell if those are green or dark blue due to lighting?

  23. Jennifer
    May 2, 2020 at 1:02 am

    #6 – could this be an assistant working on a mural under Diego Rivera? Could possibly be in Mexico

  24. DK
    May 2, 2020 at 2:56 am

    2 reminds me a little of the singer Marilyn McCoo. According to Wikipedia, she has 2 sisters, though there’s no info about them.

  25. Jay Amford
    May 2, 2020 at 8:15 am

    #5 is a young Tomas Hayden Church.

  26. Jennifer
    May 2, 2020 at 8:34 am

    I immediately thought a super young Thomas Hayden Church when I saw #5.

  27. Matt
    May 2, 2020 at 8:46 am

    Might the Donald Duck pin be significant in #3? Was this common during this time period?

  28. Michelle Cazee
    May 2, 2020 at 9:03 am

    Is number 5 a young Ben Mendelsohn?

  29. Charlotte A
    May 2, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Linda, I also thought the bald guy looked very similar to Yul Brynner too!
    But after some close research I’m not sure the shape of the eyebrows, eyes, or ears are quite right. Could be wrong!

  30. Elizabeth
    May 2, 2020 at 10:44 am

    #3 is Steve Rubell(left) and Ian Schrager (right),founders of New York’s Studio 54 nightclub.

  31. Elizabeth Cord
    May 2, 2020 at 11:02 am

    In mystery photo #3, the gentleman on the left is Ian Schrager, standing next to his early business partner, Steve Rubell, on the right. They founded the infamous Studio 54 nightclub in New York. Schrager is a hotel developer and is still alive. Rubell died in the 80’s.

  32. Mez_ura
    May 2, 2020 at 11:09 am

    #1) The far left man could be American actor Martin James Landau and the man in the middle might be American screenwriter Earnest Paul Lehmann. They both worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”.

  33. Mez_ura
    May 2, 2020 at 11:13 am

    #1) Could be Martin Landau (far left) and Ernest Paul Lehmann (middle). American actor and American screenwriter who both worked on Alfred Hitchcock’s “North by Northwest”.

  34. Robbie C
    May 2, 2020 at 11:20 am

    Could number 5 be a young Thomas Hayden Church?

  35. Andru
    May 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    #3 is Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, founders of Studio 54 in New York.

  36. JP
    May 2, 2020 at 12:18 pm

    I agree with Carter Rawson on #3. I was thinking late 60’s early 70’s music producers. The man on the left is very familiar and I (mis)remember seeing him in a documentary about a band.

  37. Rob
    May 2, 2020 at 12:21 pm

    5 – Thomas Haden Church?

  38. Bob Kaley
    May 2, 2020 at 12:47 pm

    #3 is Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, founders of New York’s Studio 54 nightclub back in the 70’s. Schrager is still active in New York. (got this off of reddit)

  39. inu
    May 2, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    #4 Actress Maureen O’Brien maybe?

  40. A Reddit User
    May 2, 2020 at 1:12 pm

    This was crossposted to Reddit and user AvalonC identified “#3 is Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, founders of New York’s Studio 54 nightclub back in the 70’s. Schrager is still active in New York.”

  41. Elizabeth Galloway
    May 2, 2020 at 2:26 pm

    #4 looks a lot like it could be a very young Julian Sands

  42. Elizabeth Galloway
    May 2, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    #2 Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, creators of New York’s Studio 54 nightclub

  43. Nigel
    May 2, 2020 at 3:25 pm

    4 looks quite like Joyce McKinney.

  44. Grace Clements
    May 2, 2020 at 3:33 pm

    Hi, I believe #6 might be from the 1988 East German documentary Winter Ade

  45. Rick Smith
    May 2, 2020 at 3:35 pm

    #5 looks like Thomas Haden Church to me

  46. Mike
    May 2, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    #3. The guy on the right looks like Dennis Lawson (ewan mcgregors uncle).

  47. Cooper Walton
    May 2, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    #5 looks kind of like James Marshall, just a guess

  48. Paul
    May 2, 2020 at 4:52 pm

    #5 = Jeff Conaway from Taxi?

  49. Thomas
    May 2, 2020 at 4:58 pm

    Could number 5 be a young Taylor Sheridan?

  50. Jessica Coleman
    May 2, 2020 at 7:01 pm

    #5 looks very much like a young Thomas Haden Church with the slightly hooded eyes and facial structure.

  51. J S
    May 2, 2020 at 7:49 pm

    From Reddit:

    #3 is Steve Rubell and Ian Schrager, founders of New York’s Studio 54 nightclub back in the 70’s. Schrager is still active in New York.

    #5 looks like a young Thomas Haden Church?

  52. Michelle Cazee
    May 2, 2020 at 10:10 pm

    Could number 5 be a young Ben Mendelsohn?

  53. jb
    May 2, 2020 at 10:50 pm

    #4 – Catherine Burns had lighter hair, but could this be her? Chin looks similar, but the rest of the face not so much

  54. Beth Kopley
    May 3, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Double check if #6 is Judy Baca (muralist, art historian, UCLA prof)

  55. Nicholas DeArcangelis
    May 3, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    I agree with the above in that number 5 looks like a young Bon Jovi. If not, my stretch of a guess would be young Michael Bay.

  56. JJA
    May 4, 2020 at 8:57 am

    #5–Could be a young Jack Noseworthy?

    #6–Could be from Armenia when it was part of the Soviet Union?

  57. CARY AT THE LC
    May 4, 2020 at 9:17 am

    WOW! Thanks to everyone for their comments! We check with both Sheridan and Church and both men say that isn’t them. The Studio 54 guys have been a popular choice for that one photo–has anyone seen it reproduced anywhere?

  58. CARY AT THE LC
    May 4, 2020 at 10:10 am

    Hello again. I like that Maureen O. suggestion. I will reach out to her…. THANKS!

  59. Philip
    May 4, 2020 at 3:47 pm

    #2 – a young Eartha Kitt?

  60. CARY AT THE LC
    May 4, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Just heard back from Michael Bay’s office. That isn’t Michael Bay. : (

  61. Steve W
    May 4, 2020 at 7:13 pm

    #1, maybe Flea on the left and Anthony Kiedis on the right from the Red Hot Chili Peppers? Somebody with the band would have to ID the guy in the middle.

  62. William Wong
    May 5, 2020 at 12:00 am

    #3 The man on the right, his eyes looks a lot like Jack Cassidy, perhaps a sibling?

  63. Ryan Lohmeyer
    May 5, 2020 at 7:31 am

    #5 A young Thomas Haden Church or Ted Levine

  64. Kat
    May 5, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    3 is Alan Parsons and Eric Woolfson of “The Alan Parsons Project”

  65. CARY AT THE LC
    May 5, 2020 at 5:04 pm

    Just heard back from Alan Parsons and he says that is not him or Eric. 🙁

  66. CARY AT THE LC
    May 6, 2020 at 2:37 pm

    JUST HEARD BACK FROM THOMAS H. CHURCH’S PEOPLE AND BEN MENDELSOHN–THIS PHOTO IS NOT OF EITHER OF THEM.

  67. CARY AT THE LC
    May 11, 2020 at 12:57 pm

    Just heard back from Maureen O’Brien’s people…that is NOT her. 🙁

  68. hank
    May 28, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    #4 might be “Dr. Who” actress Cheryl Hall.

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