Friday, October 07, 2011

birthdays: october 7

Dylan Baker, 52, though he's probably most well-known as the creeper in Happiness, he's eked out a nice career of bit parts and supporting roles, as well as recurring roles in Damages and Murder One, and an unfulfilled destiny as Dr. Curt Connors (a.k.a. Lizard) in a couple of the Spider-Man movies.  Plus, I totally just listened to an audio book he narrated, and the man can handle voice work!
Mary Badham, 59, though it's been nearly 50 years since her Oscar-nominated iconic role as Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, this young actress unfortunately gave up the craft that made her famous, aside from one random supporting turn in the indie drama Our Very Own in 2005.  She keeps busy restoring art and coordinating college tests.  No joke.
Joy Behar, 69, she made headlines recently for finally tying the knot with her boyfriend of more than 20 years, but she's probably best known for her stand-up comedy, her poker skills, her occasional movie role, and, of course, her no-nonsense - often hated on - views on, well, everything on The View.
Simon Cowell, 52, oft-considered the meanest guy on TV, he's moved on from American Idol, but judging from the ads for The X Factor, the apple hasn't fallen too far from the tree. Different name but otherwise doesn't look too different from his old stomping grounds.
Gabriel Yared, 62, the Oscar-winning composer hasn't done much of note since his last nod (Cold Mountain) but he's quite the mood-setter.  His score was the best part of Mountain, and The English Patient soundtrack is unforgettable.  Get the man some work again!
June Allyson, (1917-2006), the plucky blonde who took '40s cinema by storm (she was nominated for a special Golden Globe for the favorite movie star of the world in 1954), she starred in 1949's Little Women, Mrs. Miller in The Glenn Miller Story, and eventually became a famous spokesperson for Depends undergarments.
Toni Braxton, 43, though she has taken the Grammy Awards by storm (she's got six of them) and was a hit-maker on tracks like "Un-Break My Heart," "Breathe Again," and "You're Makin' Me High," all that was unfortunately eclipsed by her double bankruptcy filings.
Shawn Ashmore, 32, he first hit it big - at least in my '90s juvenile eyes - as leader of the pack Jake in Nickelodeon's Animorphs, but he's probably most well-known as self-assured Iceman in the X-Men movies.
Yo-Yo Ma, 56, aside from the fact that he has 16 Grammy Awards, he's also one of the most popular living instrumentalists and provided the performance tracks for my beloved Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon.

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