Today Ted Kotcheff is 90, and Jennifer Schwalbach Smith is 50. Today is also the birthday of Francis Ford Coppola, Russell Crowe, Jackie Chan, Eric Wareheim, Roberta Shore, Kevin Alejandro, Clarke Peters, Heather Burns, Patricia Belcher, Matt Servitto, Michael Almereyda, Jennifer Lynch, Jason Ralph, Ed Speleers, Ismael Cruz Cordova, Sandy Powell, and the late Billie Holiday, James Garner, Alan J. Pakula, David Frost, Andrew Sachs, Wayne Rogers, Ian Richardson, William Wordsworth, R.G. Armstrong, Anthony Caruso, Stanley Adams, Stan Winston, Ravi Shankar, and Walter Winchell. Walter Huston died 71 years ago in 1950 at age 67. Beatrice Straight died twenty years ago in 2001 at age 86. Barry Nelson died fourteen years ago in 2007 at age 89. Mike Wallace died nine years ago in 2012 at age 93. Seymour Cassel died two years ago in 2019 at age 84. John Prine died one year ago in 2020 at age 73.
Today Eliza Coupe is 40. Today is also the birthday of Zach Braff, Billy Dee Williams, John Ratzenberger, Barry Levinson, Michael Rooker, Marilu Henner, Candace Cameron Bure, Jason Hervey, Philippe Garrel, Teddy Sears, Charlie McDermott, and the late Merle Haggard, who died on his birthday five years ago in 2016 at age 79, Pedro Armendáriz Jr., Joi Lansing, Ivan Dixon, and Phil Leeds. Isaac Asimov died 29 year ago in 1992 at age 72. Greer Garson died 25 years ago in 1996 at age 91. Tammy Wynette died 23 years ago in 1998 at age 55. Mickey Rooney died seven years ago in 2014 at age 93. Don Rickles died four years ago in 2017 at age 90.
Today Roger Corman is 95, Michael Moriarty is 80, Jane Asher is 75, Andrea Arnold is 60, and Krista Allen is 50. Today is also the birthday of Hayley Atwell, Lily James, Pharrell Williams, Max Gail, Stewart Lee, Mitch Pileggi, Peter Greenaway, General Colin L. Powell, and the late Spencer Tracy, Gregory Peck, Bette Davis, Melvyn Douglas, Walter Huston, Frank Gorshin, Nigel Hawthorne, John Le Mesurier, Christopher Hewett, who would be 100, Michael V. Gazzo, Grady Sutton, Robert Bloch, and Albert R. Broccoli. Howard Hughes died 45 years ago in 1976 at age 70. Kurt Cobain died 27 years ago in 1994 at age 27. Allen Ginsberg died 24 years ago in 1997 at age 70. Charlton Heston died thirteen years ago in 2008 at age 84. Honor Blackman died one year ago in 2020 at age 94.
Today Jamie Lynn Spears is 30. Today is also the birthday of Robert Downey Jr., David Cross, Barry Pepper, Hugo Weaving, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Gadon, Natasha Lyonne, Clive Davis, Estelle Harris, Eric André, Graham Norton, David Blaine, David E. Kelley, Christine Lahti, Nancy McKeon, Aki Kaurismäki, Lorraine Toussaint, Jill Scott, Rachel Korine, and the late Heath Ledger, Anthony Perkins, Andrei Tarkovsky, Muddy Waters, Maya Angelou, Kenneth Mars, Elmer Bernstein, Marguerite Duras, Peter Vaughan, Elizabeth Wilson, who would be 100, Gene Reynolds, Bea Benaderet, and David White. Jason Robards Sr. died 58 years ago in 1963 at age 70. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated 53 years ago in 1968 at age 39. Gloria Swanson died 38 years ago in 1983 at age 84. Roger Ebert died eight years ago in 2013 at age 70.
Today Eric Braeden is 80, Marisa Paredes is 75, and Eddie Murphy is 60. Today is also the birthday of Alec Baldwin, David Hyde Pierce, Matthew Goode, Sofia Boutella, Marsha Mason, Ben Mendelsohn, Cobie Smulders, Adam Scott, Amanda Bynes, Dr. Jane Goodall, Josh Safdie, Tony Orlando, Wayne Newton, Rachel Bloom, Jamie Bamber, Catherine McCormack, Cristi Puiu, Lamberto Bava, Alice Lowe, Pat Proft, and the late Marlon Brando, Doris Day, Leslie Howard, Dooley Wilson, Washington Irving, Jan Sterling, who would be 100, Richard Manuel, Iron Eyes Cody, George Jessel, Ray Combs, Mary Anderson, Harry Earles, and Allan Dwan. Conrad Veidt died 78 years ago in 1943 at age 50. Warren Oates died 39 years ago in 1982 at age 53.
Today Gloria Henry is 98, Dr. Demento (Barret Hansen) is 80, and Christopher Meloni is 60. Today is also the birthday of Michael Fassbender, Emmylou Harris, Linda Hunt, Adam Rodriguez, Pedro Pascal, Jesse Plemons, Clark Gregg, Pamela Reed, Allan Corduner, Donald Petrie, Marc Caro, David Frankel, and the late Alec Guinness, Marvin Gaye, Buddy Ebsen, Jack Webb, Hans Christian Andersen, Émile Zola, Giacomo Casanova, Charlemagne, Leon Russell, Dabbs Greer, Debralee Scott, Ron Palillo, and Rodney King. Jean Epstein died 68 years ago in 1953 at age 56. Buddy Rich died 34 years ago in 1987 at age 69. Jesús Franco died eight years ago in 2013 at age 82.
Today Susan Boyle is 60, and Method Man is 50. Today is also the birthday of Jane Powell, David Oyelowo, Asa Butterfield, Rachel Maddow, Mackenzie Davis, Taran Killam, Jane Adams, Ali MacGraw, Bijou Phillips, Barry Sonnenfeld, Tomas Alfredson, Albert and Allen Hughes, Chang-dong Lee, Annette O’Toole, Rob Bottin, Richard Christy, and the late Debbie Reynolds, Toshirô Mifune, Lon Chaney Sr., Wallace Beery, Otto von Bismarck, Grace Lee Whitney, Gordon Jump, and Harry Lewis. Noah Beery died 75 years ago in 1946 at age 64 on the birthday his brother Wallace Beery. Marvin Gaye was murdered 37 years ago in 1984 at age 44, one day before his birthday. Leslie Cheung committed suicide eighteen years ago in 2003 at age 46. Steven Bochco died three years ago in 2018 at age 74. Adam Schlesinger died one year ago in 2020 at age 52.
Today Ewan McGregor is 50. Today is also the birthday of Christopher Walken, Rhea Perlman, Richard Chamberlain, Al Gore, Shirley Jones, Tony Cox, Gabe Kaplan, William Daniels, Marc McClure, Chloé Zhao, Kate Micucci, Daniel Mays, Roy Andersson, Volker Schlöndroff, Alejandro Amenábar, Jack Antonoff, Paul Mecurio, Angus Young, Barney Frank, and the late René Descartes, Nagisa Ôshima, Richard Kiley, Patrick Magee, Cesar Chavez, Eddie Quillan, Dermot Morgan, Henry Morgan, Robert Stevenson, and Ted Post. Brandon Lee died 28 years ago in 1993 at age 28. Nipsey Hussle died two years ago in 2019 at age 33.
Today Peter Marshall is 95, Mark Consuelos is 50, and Katy Mixon is 40. Today is also the birthday of Warren Beatty, Eric Clapton, John Astin, Paul Reiser, Céline Dion, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Welsh, Ian Ziering, Juliet Landau, M.C. Hammer, Norah Jones, Tracy Chapman, Maurice LaMarche, Michael Lehmann, Bill Corbett, Piers Morgan, and the late Vincent van Gogh, Francisco Goya, Herbert Anderson, Richard Dysart, Anna Q. Nilsson, Anna Sewell, Sydney Chaplin, Jean-Claude Brialy, Shirley Stoler, and Ray McAnally. James Cagney died 35 years ago in 1986 at age 86. Michael Jeter died eighteen years ago in 2003 at age 50. Bill Withers died one year ago in 2020 at age 81.
Today Amy Sedaris and Michael Winterbottom are 60. Today is also the birthday of Eric Idle, Brendan Gleeson, Lucy Lawless, Annabella Sciorra, Bud Cort, Vangelis, Marina Sirtis, Ed Skrein, Christopher Lambert, Michel Hazanavicius, Godfrey Reggio, Victor Salva, and the late Pearl Bailey, Arthur O’Connell, Scott Wilson, Jackie Vernon, Dennis O’Keefe, Warner Baxter, Bobby ‘Wheezer’ Hutchins, Onslow Stevens, John McLaughlin, John Tyler, and Sam Walton. Harry Ritz died 35 years ago in 1986 at age 78. Paul Henreid died 29 years ago in 1992 at age 84. Mitch Hedberg died sixteen years ago in 2005 at age 37. Patty Duke died five years ago in 2016 at age 69. Agnès Varda died two years ago in 2019 at age 90.