Saturday, December 18, 2010

(belated) birthdays: december 17

Eugene Levy, 64, though by mainstream audiences he's probably best known as Jim's dad in the American Pie movies, he's also part of the legendary Christopher Guest acting troupe, having played parts in such wonders as Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, and For Your Consideration; he got his big break, though, in the late '70s as part of the cast of the sketch comedy show SCTV
Giovanni Ribisi, 36, he's most well-known in my book as Frank Buffay, Jr., Lisa Kudrow's baby half-brother and pyromaniac on Friends (don't you love how Friends references always seem to trump everything else for me?), but he's also been in films for quite some time, having played a medic in Saving Private Ryan, Juliette Lewis' romantic interest Daniel in The Other Sister, creepy hick Buddy Cole in The Gift, self-involved spaz John in Lost in Translation, and, quite recently, the villainous foil to Sam Worthington and Sigourney Weaver in Avatar
Milla Jovovich, 35, though it's easy to pass her off as just another model (considering most model-turned-actresses fall by the wayside of mostly "talentless"), she's actually eked out a pretty extensive filmography since her early days in magazines; her film memorable film credits include Dazed and Confused, The Fifth Element,  The Fourth Kind, and starring roles in The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc and the Resident Evil movies
Bill Pullman, 57, I will always remember him best as Sandra Bullock's unlikely love interest in the fantastic While You Were Sleeping and as the rousing-speech-giver president of the United States in Independence Day, but he got his start in the comedies Ruthless People and Spaceballs (playing the Han Solo redo Lone Starr) and has since had a long career in film including Sleepless in Seattle, Casper (gosh, I have an undying love for that mostly hated flick), and Igby Goes Down
Ernie Hudson, 65, he started acting in the late-'70s doing mostly bit parts on TV shows and TV movies, but his big break came in 1984 as the uneasy recruit Winston Zeddmore in Ghostbusters; since then, you may've seen him as a sergeant in The Crow, Reggie in The Basketball Diaries, stoic McDonald in Miss Congeniality, and the warden on HBO's Oz
Sally Menke, (1953-2010), two-time Oscar nominated film editor and longtime collaborator of Quentin Tarantino, she tragically died earlier this year in apparent heat overexposure; her film credits include editing work on Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, and Inglourious Basterds
Laurie Holden, 38, and Emma Bell, 24, included here mostly for sheer weird coincidence, Holden has worked a lot in sci-fi having had recurring roles in The X-Files and The Magnificent Seven and film roles in Silent Hill and The Mist; Bell had parts in Law & Order: SVU and Supernatural before landing a lead role in the 2010 thriller Frozen - though the true coincidence here is that both recently starred as on-screen sisters in the AMC horror-drama The Walking Dead
Bernard Hill, 66, this British actor is most recognizable as the Rohan horesmaster Theoden in the Lord of the Rings trilogy, but his acting career goes as far back as the 1970s; his other credits include some British television series, Shirley Valentine, The Ghost and the Darkness, Titanic (he's el capitan, recognize him?), and Valkyrie
Katina Paxinou, (1900-1973), this Greek actress's most famous role was in her Oscar- and Golden Globe-winning debut performance as Pilar in For Whom the Bell Tolls, but she went on to land parts in The Inheritance and Mourning Becomes Electra
Novella Nelson, 71, she's made a career out playing small parts in movies and television, including An Unmarried Woman, Law & Order, Sex and the City, Antwone Fisher, and The Starter Wife, but I adore her for her work on 30 Rock, playing herself playing Tracy Jordan's pretend mother during a special Mother's Day episode; and it's true - she does have "Judge" on her resume a whole lotta times

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