Today is the birthday of Laura Dern, Robert Wagner, Alexander Payne, Elizabeth Banks, Chloë Grace Moretz, Emma Roberts, Uzo Aduba, Vince Gilligan, Michael Apted, George Stephanopoulos, Stephanie Beatriz, Rupert Vansittart, Meadow Williams, Glenn Beck, and the late Lon Chaney Jr., Jimmy Durante, Alan Hale, Judith Anderson, Jerry Goldsmith, Stella Adler, Bertolt Brecht, John Dierkes, Hazel Court, John Farrow, and Douglas Slocombe. Jim Varney died nineteen years ago in 2000 at age 50. Arthur Miller died fourteen years ago in 2005 at age 89. Roy Scheider died eleven years ago in 2008 at age 75. Shirley Temple died five years ago in 2014 at age 85.
Today Janet Suzman is 80, Judith Light is 70, and Ziyi Zhang is 40. Today is also the birthday of Joe Pesci, Carole King, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Farrow, Michael B. Jordan, Ciarán Hinds, Charlie Day, David Simon, David Hayman, Margarita Levieva, Jason George, Marianna Hill, Fede Alvarez, Rose Leslie, Charles Shaughnessy, Clive Swift, and the late Ronald Colman, Kathryn Grayson, Brian Donlevy, Carmen Miranda, Peggy Wood, Roy Jenson, and William Henry Harrison. George ‘Gabby’ Hayes died fifty years ago in 1969 at age 83. John Gavin and Reg E. Cathey died one year ago in 2018. Gavin was 86. Cathey was 59.
Today Brooke Adams is 70, and Mary McCormack is 50. Today is also the birthday of Nick Nolte, Mary Steenburgen, John Williams, Seth Green, Robert Klein, John Grisham, Allan Rich, Cecily Strong, Mathilda May, Creed Bratton, William Jackson Harper, Ethan Phillips, and the late James Dean, Jack Lemmon, Lana Turner, Gary Coleman, Audrey Meadows, Jules Verne, King Vidor, Jack Larson, William Tecumseh Sherman, Betty Field, Burt Mustin, Alejandro Rey, Charles Ruggles, Roger Lloyd Pack, and Bengt Ekerot. D.W. Griffith’s The Birth of a Nation premiered 104 years ago in 1915.
Today Eric Godon is 60. Today is also the birthday of Chris Rock, James Spader, Eddie Izzard, Garth Brooks, Ashton Kutcher, Tina Majorino, Deborah Ann Woll, Robyn Lively, Jason Gedrick, Robert Smigel, James Deen, and the late Charles Dickens, Miguel Ferrer, Pete Postlethwaite, Eddie Bracken, Gloria Talbott, Jock Mahoney, who would be 100, Buster Crabbe, Wayne Allwine, Dora Bryan, Hector Babenco, Sinclair Lewis, Thomas More, and Puyi. Dale Evans died eighteen years ago in 2001 at age 88. Mickey Jones died one year ago in 2018 at age 76.
Today Mike Farrell is 80, and Jim Sheridan is 70. Today is also the birthday of Rip Torn, Kathy Najimy, Dane DeHaan, Axl Rose, Tom Brokaw, Josh Stewart, Mamie Van Doren, Robert Townsend, Andrey Zvyagintsev, Kevin Whately, Debra Granik, Fabian, and the late Bob Marley, Ronald Reagan, François Truffaut, Babe Ruth, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Patrick Macnee, Ramon Novarro, Haskell Wexler, David Gorcey, and Eva Braun. Danny Thomas died 28 years ago in 1991 at age 79. Joseph Cotten died 25 years ago in 1994 at age 88. Irwin Corey died two years ago in 2017 at age 102.
Today Hank Aaron is 85, and Michael Sheen and Bobby Brown are 50. Today is also the birthday of Charlotte Rampling, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Christopher Guest, Laura Linney, Barbara Hershey, Tom Wilkinson, Michael Mann, Tim Meadows, Chris Parnell, Darren Criss, Errol Morris, Tony Jaa, Mia Hansen-Løve, Benoît Jacquot, David Meunier, David Selby, Jamie Brewer, Jonathan Freeman, and the late Red Buttons and Tim Holt, who would both be 100, John Carradine, William S. Burroughs, HR Giger, Stephen J. Cannell, and Stefan Gierasch. Thelma Ritter died fifty years ago in 1969 at age 66. Joseph L. Mankiewicz died 26 years ago in 1993 at age 83.
Today Jerry Adler is 90, and Michael Beck is 70. Today is also the birthday of Alice Cooper, Rob Corddry, Hannibal Buress, Gabrielle Anwar, Jim O’Heir, Linda Bassett, John Schuck, Dan Quayle, and the late Ida Lupino, George A. Romero, David Brenner, Rosa Parks, Charles Lindbergh, William Talman, Conrad Bain, Collin Wilcox Paxton, Norman Wisdom, James Craig, Nigel Bruce, and Betty Friedan, who died on her 85th birthday thirteen years ago in 2006. Louis Jordan died 44 years ago in 1975 at age 66. Karen Carpenter died 36 year ago in 1983 at age 32. Liberace died 32 years ago in 1987 at age 67. John Mahoney died one year ago in 2018 at age 77.