Today is the birthday of Jack Nicholson, John Waters, Amber Heard, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Charlotte Rae, Sheryl Lee, Peter Frampton, Sherri Shepherd, Johnnie To, Robin Bartlett, Roman Coppola, Lee Tamahori, and the late Eddie Albert, Glen Campbell, Charles Mingus, Jason Miller, Bettie Page, Immanuel Kant, Vladimir Lenin, Vladimir Nabokov, Aaron Spelling, Rondo Hatton, Kaneto Shindô, Byron Haskin, and Marilyn Chambers. Linda Lovelace died sixteen years ago today in 2002 at age 53.
Today Andie MacDowell is 60. Today is also the birthday Elaine May, Iggy Pop, Robert Smith, Charles Grodin, James McAvoy, Queen Elizabeth II, Patti LuPone, Tony Danza, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, John Cameron Mitchell, Nicole Sullivan, Rob Riggle, Claire Denis, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Brian White, Bridget Everett, Jeff Anderson, Frank Dillane, Peter Kosminsky, Anna Muylaert, Glen Hansard, and the late Anthony Quinn, Charlotte Brontë, Marcel Camus, Sammee Tong, Edwin S. Porter, and Gilbert Taylor. Mark Twain died 108 years ago in 1910 at age 74. Gummo Marx died 41 years ago in 1977 at age 84. Nina Simone died fifteen years ago in 2003 at age 70. Prince and Michelle McNamara died two years ago today. He was 57. She was 46.
Today Clayne Crawford and Chrysta Bell are 40. Today is also the birthday of Jessica Lange, Ryan O’Neal, George Takei, Crispin Glover, Andy Serkis, Veronica Cartwright, Clint Howard, Shemar Moore, Billy Magnussen, Michael Render (Killer Mike), Leslie Phillips, Gary Raymond, Judith O’Dea, Joey Lawrence, Carmen Electra, and the late Harold Lloyd, Luther Vandross, Nina Foch, Elena Verdugo, Robert DoQui, Harris Wittels, Edie Sedgwick, Bruce Cabot, Henry Joseph Nasiff Jr. (Hank the Angry Drunken Dwarf), and Adolf Hitler. Bram Stoker died 106 years ago today in 1912 at age 64. Don Siegel died 27 years ago today in 1991 at age 78. Benny Hill died 26 years ago today in 1992 at age 68. Cantinflas died 25 years ago today in 1993 at age 81.
Today Ashley Judd is 50, and James Franco is 40. Today is also the birthday of Kate Hudson, Tim Curry, Hayden Christensen, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Elinor Donahue, Ali Wong, Tony Plana, Nicoletta Braschi, Marion ‘Suge’ Knight, Jesse James, and the late Jayne Mansfield, Dudley Moore, Hugh O’Brian, Dick Sargent, George O’Brien, May Robson, and Barry Brown.
Today David Hewlett is 50. Today is also the birthday of Rick Moranis, Conan O’Brien, James Woods, Eric Roberts, Hayley Mills, Maria Bello, Eric McCormack, David Tennant, Jane Leeves, America Ferrera, Melissa Joan Hart, James Drury, Edgar Wright, Eli Roth, Alia Shawkat, Britt Robertson, Clive Revill, Jeff Dunham, Kourtney Kardashian, and the late Barbara Hale, Miklós Rózsa, Clarence Darrow, and Gabriel Axel and André Bazin, who would both be 100. Dick Clark died six years ago in 2012 at age 82.
Today Adam McKay is 50. Today is also the birthday of Rooney Mara, Jennifer Garner, Sean Bean, Olivia Hussey, David Bradley, Maïwenn, William Mapother, Joel Murray, Michael Forest, Nick Hornby, Redman, Victoria Beckham, and the late William Holden and Anne Shirley (who would both be 100), Roddy Piper, Lindsay Anderson, Arthur Lake, Paul Langton, Joan Lorring, Señor Wences, Louis Jean Heydt, and George Seaton. Eddie Cochran died in a car accident 58 years ago in 1960 at age 21. Dick Shawn died on stage 31 years ago in 1987 at age 63. Kitty Carlisle died eleven years ago in 2007 at age 96. Doris Roberts died two years ago in 2016 at age 90.
Today Chance the Rapper is 25. Today is also the birthday of Ellen Barkin, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Claire Foy, Jon Cryer, Martin Lawrence, Lukas Haas, Gina Carano, Anya Taylor-Joy, Peter Billingsley, Bobby Vinton, Akon, Jay O. Sanders, Hayes MacArthur, Qi Shu, Billy West, Marshall R. Teague, Erik Bleaman (aka High Pitch Erik), and the late Charles Chaplin, Peter Ustinov, Spike Milligan (who would be 100), Barry Nelson, Edie Adams, Selena, Henry Mancini, David Graf, George ‘The Animal’ Steele, Catherine Scorsese, Les Tremayne, and Dusty Springfield. David Lean died 27 years ago in 1991 at age 83.
Italian screenwriter and director Vittorio Taviani, who made films with his brother Paolo, died on April 15 at age 88. Films that the two directed together include Padre Padrone (1977), which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, The Night of the Shooting Stars (1982), which won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Kaos (1984), and Caesar Must Die, which won the Golden Berlin Bear at the Berlin International Film Festival.
Character actor R. Lee Ermey, best known for his supporting role as Gny. Sgt. Hartman in Stanley Kubrick’s 1987 Vietnam War film Full Metal Jacket, died on April 15 at age 74. He was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for that film. His first two roles were in other Vietnam War films: The Boys in Company C (1978) and Apocalypse Now (1979). Other notable films include Mississippi Burning (1988), Fletch Lives (1989), Abel Ferrara’s Body Snatchers (1993), On Deadly Ground (1994), Se7en (1995), Leaving Las Vegas (1995), Dead Man Walking (1995), The Frighteners (1996), Life (1999), and the remake of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003). Some of his voice work included Sarge in the Toy Story films (1995, 1999, 2010), Starship Troopers (1997), Recess: School’s Out (2001), and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Today Roy Clark is 85, Claudia Cardinale is 80, and Chris Stapleton is 40. Today is also the birthday of Emma Thompson, Seth Rogen, Emma Watson, Luke Evans, Maisie Williams, Andrew Daly, Thomas F. Wilson, Linda Perry, Trine Dyrholm, Susanne Bier, Reed Morano, Richard Rush, Sam McMurray, Tom Kane, Damien Dante Wayans, Olivier Nakache, and the late Leonardo da Vinci, Elizabeth Montgomery, Hans Conried, John Williams, Michael Ansara, Frank Vincent, Jean Willes, Henry James, Wallace Reid, and Bessie Smith. Abraham Lincoln died 153 years ago in 1865 at age 56. Wallace Beery died 69 years ago in 1949 at age 64. Jean Genet died 32 years ago in 1986 at age 75. Greta Garbo died 28 years ago in 1990 at age 84. Joey Ramone died 17 years ago in 2001 at age 49.