Richard Tucker (August 28, 1913 – January 8, 1975) was an American tenor.
He was born Ruvn Ticker in Brooklyn, New York, and his musical aptitude was discovered early. His first job was as a boy alto at the Lower East Side Manhattan Synagogue. He sang often for weddings and Bar Mitzvahs and eventually became a cantor at the Brooklyn Jewish Center. He participated in the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1941, but did not win. However, when Met general manager Edward Johnson heard him sing at the synagogue, he offered him a contract on the spot. His debut was as Enzo in La Gioconda in 1945. This led to a long career with the Met. He performed over 30 roles on its stage. In 1949 Tucker was selected by Arturo Toscanini to sing the role of Radames for the NBC simulcasts of the complete Aida opposite Herva Nelli in the title role, an event heard and seen on radio and television, and eventually released on LP, CD, VHS, and DVD.
In the late 1950s and early 1960s he appeared under the...
Wings is a 1927 silent movie about World War I fighter pilots Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and Richard Arlen who vie for the attentions of Jobyna Ralston. The film was the first film to win the Academy Award for Best Picture (then called "Best Picture, Production") in 1929, the Academy Award for Engineering Effects and one of two to win Best Picture. The film was written by John Monk Saunders (story), Louis D. Lighton and Hope Loring, and was directed by William A. Wellman, with an original orchestral score by John Stepan Zamecnik (J S Zamecnik), which was uncredited.
It is the first known film to feature a male-on-male kiss, a fraternal one, between the two main characters, pilots and good friends Jack Powell and David, played by Charles 'Buddy' Rogers and Richard Arlen.
The film has been deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Academy Award Wins (1929)