Remembering actor and comedian Wally Cox on his birthday. He was born on December 6, 1924, in Detroit, and was childhood friends with Marlon Brando, who he met after his family moved to Illinois. Wally was cast as the nerdy shoe salesman Marilyn, as Ellen, tries to pass off as her island companion in Something’s Got to Give. Wally and Marilyn left the set together on her last day of work, which was also her birthday, June 1, 1962. Although Wally was typically cast as meek or mild mannered characters, in real life he was athletic, a master metalworker and a military veteran.

L-R Dean Martin, Wally Cox and Marilyn Monroe on the set of “Something’s Got To Give.”