Today James Cromwell is 80, and Phil Rosenthal is 60. Today is also the birthday of Patton Oswalt, Alan Cumming, Bridget Fonda, Rosamund Pike, Mimi Rogers, Frank Miller, Keith Olbermann, Mike Patton, Michael Craig, Tricky, and the late Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Lewis Carroll, Donna Reed, Troy Donahue, John Witherspoon, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Howard McNear, Ingrid Thulin, Sabu, and Milton Kibbee. Andre the Giant died 27 years ago in 1993 at age 46. Jack Paar died sixteen years ago in 2004 at age 85. J.D. Salinger died ten years ago in 2010 at age 91. Pete Seeger died six years ago in 2014 at age 94. Emmanuelle Riva died three years ago in 2017 at age 89.
Today is the birthday of Ellen DeGeneres, Eddie Van Halen, Scott Glenn, David Strathairn, Angela Davis, Bryan Callen, Bob Uecker, Nuri Bilge Ceylan, Mimi Leder, Henry Jaglom, and the late Paul Newman, Joan Leslie, Gene Siskel, William Hopper, Anne Jeffreys, Roger Vadmin, Maria von Trapp, Charles Lane, and Vito Scotti. Edward G. Robinson died 47 years ago in 1973 at age 79. José Ferrer died 28 years ago in 1992 at age 80. Abe Vigoda died four years ago in 2016 at age 94.
Today Leigh Taylor-Young is 75, Stephen Chbosky is 50. Today is also the birthday of Alicia Keys, Jenifer Lewis, Dinah Manoff, Whit Stillman, Olivier Assayas, Gregory Sierra, Diane Salinger, Don Mancini, and the late Virginia Woolf, Etta James, Dean Jones, Tobe Hooper, Mildred Dunnock, Diana Hyland, Gregg Palmer, King Donovan, Youssef Chahine, W. Somerset Maugham, Carlotta Monti, and Harold Lloyd Jr. Al Capone died years ago 73 in 1947 at age 48. Ava Gardner died thirty years ago in 1990 at age 67. Mary Tyler Moore and John Hurt both died three years ago in 2017. Moore was 80. Hurt was 77.
Today Daniel Auteuil is 70, and Matthew Lillard is 50. Today is also the birthday of Neil Diamond, Ed Helms, Carrie Coon, Daveed Diggs, Nastassja Kinski, Kristen Schaal, Michael Ontkean, Justin Baldoni, Adrian Edmondson, Phil LaMarr, Michael Des Barres, and the late John Belushi, Ernest Borgnine, Sharon Tate, Marvin Kaplan, Estelle Winwood, Edith Wharton, Henry King, and Haji. Winston Churchill died 55 years ago in 1965 at age 90. J. Carrol Naish died 47 years ago in 1973 at age 77. Larry Fine died 45 years ago in 1975 at age 72. George Cukor died 37 years ago in 1983 at age 83. L. Ron Hubbard died 34 years ago in 1986 at age 74. Ted Bundy died 31 years ago in 1989 at age 42. Chris Penn died fourteen years ago in 2006 at age 40. Pernell Roberts died ten years ago in 2010 at age 81. Theodoros Angelopoulos died eight years ago in 2012 at age 76.
Film directors who I’ve seen the most films by in a theater in their original release:
Woody Allen (13): Melinda and Melinda (2004); Match Point (2005); Scoop (2006); Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008); Whatever Works (2009); You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010); Midnight in Paris (2011); To Rome with Love (2012); Blue Jasmine (2013); Magic in the Moonlight (2014); Irrational Man (2015); Café Society (2016); Wonder Wheel (2017).
Clint Eastwood (12): Million Dollar Baby (2004); Changeling (2008); Gran Torino (2008); Invictus (2009); Hereafter (2010); J. Edgar (2011); Jersey Boys (2014); American Sniper (2014); Sully (2016); The 15:17 to Paris (2018); The Mule (2018); Richard Jewell (2019)
Steven Soderbergh (11): Ocean’s Twelve (2004); Che (2008); The Girlfriend Experience (2009); The Informant! (2009); Contagion (2011); Haywire (2011); Magic Mike (2012); Side Effects (2013); Logan Lucky (2017); Unsane (2018); The Laundromat (2019)
Tim Burton (9): Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005); Corpse Bride (2005); Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007); Alice in Wonderland (2010); Dark Shadows (2012); Frankenweenie (2012); Big Eyes (2014); Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (2016); Dumbo (2019)
Ridley Scott (8): American Gangster (2007); Robin Hood (2010); Prometheus (2012); The Counselor (2013); Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014); The Martian (2015); Alien: Covenant (2017); All the Money in the Word (2017)
Steven Spielberg (8): Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008); The Adventure of Tintin (2011); War Horse (2011); Lincoln (2012); Bridge of Spies (2015); The BFG (2016); The Post (2017); Ready Player One (2018)
Noah Baumbach (7): Greenberg (2010); Frances Ha (2012); While We’re Young (2014); Mistress America (2015); De Palma (2015); The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017); Marriage Story (2019)
Joel and Ethan Coen (7): No Country for Old Men (2007); Burn After Reading (2008); A Serious Man (2009); True Grit (2010); Inside Llewyn Davis (2013); Hail, Caesar! (2016); The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018)
Terrence Malick (7): The New World (2005); The Tree of Life (2011); To the Wonder (2012); Knight of Cups (2015); Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey (2016); Song to Song (2017); A Hidden Life (2019)
Martin Scorsese (7): The Aviator (2004); Shutter Island (2010); Hugo (2011); The Wolf of Wall Street (2013); Silence (2016); Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story by Martin Scorsese (2019); The Irishman (2019)
Today Richard Dean Anderson is 70. Today is also the birthday of Mariska Hargitay, Chita Rivera, Ewen Bremner, Jack Reynor, Gil Gerard, David Patrick Kelly, Arlene Golonka, Gail O’Grady, Tiffani Thiessen, Mark Boal, Richard Roxburgh, Shin’ichi Chiba, Kyle Newacheck, Lou Antonio, Derek Cianfrance, Captain C.B. Sully Sullenberger, and the late Ernie Kovacs, Jeanne Moreau, Rutger Hauer, Randolph Scott, Frances Bay, Dan Duryea, Bob Steele, Ralph Graves, Franklin Pangborn, and Django Reinhardt. Paul Robeson died 44 years ago in 1976 at age 77. Jack Oakie died 42 years ago in 1978 at age 74. Johnny Carson died fifteen years ago in 2005 at age 79. Jonas Mekas died one year ago in 2019 at age 96.
Today Christopher Masterson is 40. Today is also the birthday of Piper Laurie, Diane Lane, Jim Jarmusch, Linda Blair, Guy Fieri, Min-sik Choi, Tamra Davis, Raquel Cassidy, and the late D.W. Griffith, Sergei M. Eisenstein, John Hurt, Seymour Cassel, Bill Bixby, Conrad Veidt, Ann Southern, and Diana Douglas. Alan Hale died seventy years ago in 1950 at age 57. Telly Savalas died 26 years ago in 1994 at age 72, one day after his birthday. Ann Miller died sixteen years ago in 2004 at age 80. Heath Ledger died twelve years ago in 2008 at age 28. Jean Simmons died ten years ago in 2010 at age 80.