On this day in 1941, Tommy Cole (an original Mouseketeer) was born in Burbank, California. A singer & musician, Cole was one of two non-dancing Mouseketeers to survive the first season cut and become a regular member (mostly due to his great singing voice).
Although born in Burbank, he grew up in the Los Angeles suburb of La Canada. Cole started out playing the accordion in a western swing band. When the ensemble auditioned for The Mickey Mouse Club in 1955 - he was the only one selected to join the cast.
As an adult, Cole became an award-winning make-up artist in Hollywood.
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