Friday, January 07, 2011

birthdays: january 6 & january 7

Loretta Young, (1913-2000), though she's often begrudged her Oscar-winning turn in The Farmer's Daughter due to Rosalind Russell's critically acclaimed role in Mourning Becomes Electra, she was an immensely popular film and television actress for decades, and she was an eight-time Emmy nominee (and three-time winner) for her self-titled The Loretta Young Show, which ran from 1953 to 1961; her other notable film roles include Come to the Stable (her other Oscar nod), The Bishop's Wife, and The Stranger
Rowan Atkinson, 56, without a doubt, his most noted contribution to film and television is through his character, the absent-minded and gawky Mr. Bean; he also played Edmund the butler in the hit British series Black Adder, conscience-minded dodo Zazu in The Lion King, and an assortment of goofy accident-prone gents in Rat Race, Love Actually, and Johnny English
Julie Chen, 41, though she got her start as a phone-answering gofer for CBS in the late 1980s, she's gone on to anchor CBS Morning News, The Early Show, and, most recently, the View-esque The Talk; her most famous gigs, though, appear to be her now-10-year hosting gig for reality show Big Brother and wife of CBS CEO Les Moonves
Anthony Minghella, (1954-2008), noted writer and director who won an Oscar for directing The English Patient, and additinally wrote and directed The Talented Mr. Ripley and Cold Mountain; his other screenplay credits include the TV series Inspector Morse and the film musical Nine, the last effort before his sudden death from complications with cancer
Sylva Syms, 77, noted British actress whose beginnings on stage in the '30s and '40s led to success on the big screen, with BAFTA nominations for Woman in a Dressing Gown, No Trees in the Street, and The Tamarind Seed; other major credits include notable roles in Victim, Shirley Valentine, The Queen, and EastEnders
John Singleton, 43, now-legendary film director who is most notable for his work on Boyz N the Hood, for which he became the youngest nominee for the Best Director Oscar, as well as the first African-American nominee; since that debut directorial effort, his work has included Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Rosewood, Baby Boy, and 2 Fast 2 Furious
Rinko Kikuchi, 30, up-and-coming Japanese actress who took Hollywood by storm with her Oscar-nominated performance as a deaf-mute in Babel; her only other major stateside role was in the heist comedy The Brothers Bloom
Vincenzo Natali, 42, American film and art director whose earlier work consisted mostly of children's television - Babar, Beetlejuice: The Animated Series, The Adventures of Tintin, Eek! the Cat, and Fievel's American Tails - he also directed a segment for the anthology film Paris, Je T'Aime and the sci-fi thriller from early last year, Splice
Danny Pintauro, 35, former child star whose regular role on Who's the Boss? gained him the most attention; he also had a part in the Stephen King adaptation Cujo and has since been largely away from film and television, attending Stanford and transitioning to stage work

Jeremy Renner, 40, though his first Oscar nomination didn't come until last year, for the bomb-squad war flick The Hurt Locker, his acting career jump-started in the '90s, with roles in Dahmer, S.W.A.T., North Country, 28 Weeks Later, The Assassination of Jesse James..., and, most recently, The Town; up next, he has high-profile parts in the fourth Mission: Impossible movie, an action adaptation of the Hansel and Gretel story, and as superhero Hawkeye in The Avengers
Katie Couric, 54, news anchor with 10 Emmy nods (and five wins), she's become one of the premier female voices in modern news thanks to her gigs on the annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Today Show, 60 Minutes, and CBS Evening News with Katie Couric, which she is currently anchoring as the first female to do so
Butterfly McQueen, (1911-1995), actress whose work in the legendary Gone with the Wind as Prissy, the O'Hara servant who "didn't know nuthin' 'bout birthin' no babies" shied away from film work after parts in The Women, Mildred Pierce, and Duel in the Sun due to the lack of decent roles for black people in Hollywood, she eventually returned to the big screen for her final movie role in The Mosquito Coast in 1983
Nicolas Cage, 47, Oscar-winning actor who I largely dislike in virtually everything he's a part of (with that grand exception of his fluke great performance in Adaptation), he's hit career highs thanks to Raising Arizona, Moonstruck, Wild at Heart, and Leaving Las Vegas; though he's since become a critical punching bag thanks to his decisions to star in Ghost Rider, Next, Bangkok Dangerous, Knowing, and, the latest disaster, Season of the Witch
William Peter Blatty, 83, his most notable work in film is clearly his Oscar-winning adaptation of his own novel, The Exorcist, though he also penned the screenplays for the Blake Edwards flicks A Shot in the Dark and Darling Lili
Clint Mansell, 48, composer who's scored nearly 40 films since his first, Darren Aronofsky's Pi in 1998 (the two have collaborated on Requiem for a Dream, The Fountain, The Wrestler, and Black Swan since); his other notable soundtrack work includes Sonny, Smokin' Aces, Moon, and next year's Source Code
Kevin Rahm, 40, he's worked primarily in television and in guest and recurring supporting parts, but his most high-profile roles have included Dr. Danny on the short-lived Christina Applegate sitcom Jesse, cousin Kyle on seasons three thru six on Judging Amy, sleazy competing ad exec Ted Chaough on Mad Men, and, for the past four season, next-door neighbor Lee on Desperate Housewives
Jeff Richmond, 51, though he got his start in improv, alongside future wife Tina Fey, this three-time Emmy winner has worked mostly in scoring for television since, composing for Saturday Night Live, 30 Rock, and the 2008 film Baby Mama
Hallie Todd, 49, this television actress did plenty of guest spots on shows in the 1980s before landing regular gigs on Showtime's Brothers, Going Places, Murder She Wrote, Life with Roger, and Lizzie McGuire (as the title character's mother, Jo); her mother is an actress as well, Ann Guilbert, of The Nanny and The Dicky van Dyke Show fame
Liam Aiken, 21, one-time child star who played Susan Sarandon's youngest in Stepmom, Kim Basinger's son in I Dreamed of Africa, Tom Hanks' son in Road to Perdition, and Jim Carrey's adopted son Klaus in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events

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