Sunday, December 05, 2010

birthdays: december 5

Walt Disney, (1901-1966), the mind behind the studio, named for him, that is just now celebrating its 50th exclusive full-length theatrical animated feature, he produced the monumental Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, and countless other shorts and features; he's also won 22 competitive Oscars out of a whopping 59 nominations
Margaret Cho, 42, aside from her recent ill-fated stint on ABC's Dancing with the Stars, she's been a stand-up comic for decades, has headlined countless television specials, and has starred in both her own reality show and is currently on Lifetime's sitcom Drop Dead Diva
Frankie Muniz, 25, though he's been virtually invisible since his star-making turn as the title character of FOX's hit comedy Malcolm in the Middle, he had a recurring role on The Fairly Oddparents and has begun a career as a race-car driver
Otto Preminger, (1905-1986), famed Austrian director, he had three Oscar nominations and helmed the popular films Laura, Carmen Jones, Porgy and Bess, Anatomy of a Murder, and Bunny Lake is Missing
Paula Patton, 35, though her break-out was a role in Hitch with Will Smith, the actress is probably best-known as Claireece's teacher Ms. Rain in Precious and Denzel Washington's love interest in Deja Vu
Nick Stahl, 31, starting out as a child actor in The Man Without a Face and Tall Tale, he went on to big film roles in In the Bedroom, Sin City, and Terminator 3 and headlined HBO's critical hit Carnivale
Jessica Pare, 28, though she started out with roles in Wicker Park and the short-lived TV series Jack and Bobby, she's now most known as the game-changing secretary Megan in AMC's Mad Men
Little Richard, 78, rock/R&B legend and one-of-a-kind personality, he belted "Tutti-Frutti," "Lucille," Good Golly, Miss Molly," and "The Girl Can't Help It and has recorded 15 studio albums... so far
Wladyslaw Szpilman, (1911-2000), famed Jewish composer and pianist, he is known for his recordings of works by Chopin and for penning the autobiography that served as the inspiration for the 2002 film The Pianist
Ross Bagley, 22, one-time sassy kid star famed for his role as Buckwheat in the movie The Little Rascals, as Nicky Banks on Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, and as Will Smith's son in 1996's Independence Day

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