Today Kurtwood Smith is 75. Today is also the birthday of Tom Cruise, Olivia Munn, Patrick Wilson, Connie Nielsen, Tommy Flanagan, Yeardley Smith, Thomas Gibson, Audra McDonald, Corey Sevier, Bruce Altman, Dave Barry, Tom Stoppard, Peyton Reed, Michele Soavi, Gloria Allred, Julian Assange, and the late Franz Kafka, George M. Cohan, Ken Russell, George Sanders, Kinji Fukasaku, Susan Peters, Rick Ducommun, and Don Haggerty. Jim Morrison died 47 years ago in 1971 at age 27. Rudy Vallée died 32 years ago in 1986 at age 84. Jim Backus died 29 years ago in 1989 at age 76. “Curly” Joe DeRita died 25 years ago in 1993 at age 83. Andy Griffith died six years ago in 2012 at age 86. Noel Neill died two years ago in 2016 at age 95.
Today Saul Rubinek is 70. Today is also the birthday of Larry David, Margot Robbie, Lindsay Lohan, Ashley Tisdale, Scott Aukerman, Doug Benson, Polly Holliday, Wendy Schaal, Andrew Divoff, Samy Naceri, Frank Williams, Erin Burnett, Richard Petty, Keith Morrison, Mark Kermode, Johnny Weir, and the late Thurgood Marshall, Ron Silver, Ken Curtis, Brock Peters, Kenneth McMillan, Jenni Rivera, and Dave Thomas. Franklin Schaffner died 29 years ago in 1989 at age 69. Lee Remick died 27 years ago in 1991 at age 55. Fred Gwynne died 25 years ago in 1993 at age 66. James Stewart died 21 years ago in 1997 at age 89. Mario Puzo died 19 years ago in 1999 at age 78. Jan Murray died twelve years ago in 2006 at age 89. Michael Cimino died two years ago in 2016 at age 77.
Today Olivia de Havilland is 102, Jordi Mollà is 50, and Storm Reid is 15. Today is also the birthday of Dan Aykroyd, Debbie Harry, Liv Tyler, Léa Seydoux, Andre Braugher, Geneviève Bujold, Jamie Farr, Pamela Anderson, Julianne Nicholson, Leslie Caron, Missy Elliott, Sufjan Stevens, Alan Ruck, Thomas Sadoski, David Gulpilil, Hannah Murray, Fortune Feimster, David Prowse, Brian George, Peter Cattaneo, David Duke, and the late Charles Laughton, Princess Diana, William Wyler, Karen Black, Sydney Pollack, Farley Granger, and Alice Guy. Michael Landon died 27 years ago in 1991 at age 54. Robert Mitchum died 21 years in 1997 at age 79. Sylvia Sidney died 19 years ago in 1999 at age 88. Walter Matthau died 18 years ago in 2000 at age 79. Marlon Brando died 14 years ago in 2004 at age 80. Luther Vandross died 13 years ago in 2005 at age 54. Karl Malden died nine years ago in 2009 at age 97.
Today is the birthday of Vincent D’Onofrio, Lizzy Caplan, Mike Tyson, Rupert Graves, David Alan Grier, Monica Potter, Marton Csokas, Molly Parker, Leonard Whiting, Rick Gonzalez, Víctor Erice, Angela Sarafyan, Michael Phelps, Fantasia Barrino, Mark Waters, and the late Lena Horne, Susan Hayward, Anthony Mann, Glenda Farrell, Ted Ross, Pat McCormick, John Harmon, George Chandler, Florence Ballard, and Dave Van Ronk. George “Spanky” McFarland died 25 years ago in 1993 at age 65. Gale Gordon died 23 years ago in 1995 at age 89. Pina Bausch died nine years ago in 2009 at age 68. Paul Mazursky died four years ago in 2014 at age 84.
Today Cara Williams is 93, Fred Grandy is 70, and Brian d’Arcy James is 50. Today is also the birthday of Richard Lewis, Gary Busey, Robert Evans, Melora Hardin, Lily Rabe, Colin Jost, Bret McKenzie, Matthew Weiner, Sharon Lawrence, Jeff Baena, and the late Slim Pickens, Ray Harryhausen, Bernard Herrmann, Ian Bannen, Corey Allen, Ruth Warrick, Joan Davis, and Nelson Eddy. Roscoe ‘Fatty’ Arbuckle died 85 years ago in 1933 at age 46. Jayne Mansfield died 51 years ago in 1967 at age 34. Bob Crane died forty years ago in 1978 at age 49. Lana Turner died 23 years ago in 1995 at age 74. William Hickey died 21 years ago in 1997 at age 69. Vittorio Gassman died 18 years ago in 2000 at age 77. Rosemary Clooney died 16 years ago in 2002 at age 74. Katharine Hepburn died fifteen years ago in 2003 at age 96. Edward Yang died eleven years ago in 2007 at age 59. Don S. Davis died ten years ago in 2008 at age 65. Jim Kelly died five years ago in 2013 at age 67.
Today Mel Brooks is 92, John Byner is 80, and Kathy Bates is 70. Today is also the birthday of John Cusack, Mary Stuart Masterson, Felicia Day, Bruce Davison, Alice Krige, Mike White, Alessandro Nivola, Ayelet Zurer, Aileen Quinn, Elon Musk, Kellie Pickler, Jon Watts, and the late Gilda Radner, Pat Morita, Richard Rodgers, Henry VIII of England, Richard Bright, and John Inman. Frank Sutton died 44 years ago in 1974 at age 50. GG Allin died 25 years ago in 1993 at age 36. Jack Carter died three years ago in 2015 at age 93.
Today Muriel Pavlow is 97, and Shirley Anne Field and Kathryn Beaumont are 80. Today is also the birthday of Tobey Maguire, J.J. Abrams, Isabelle Adjani, Sam Claflin, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wagner Moura, Julia Duffy, Matthew Lewis, Chandler Riggs, Drake Bell, Ed Westwick, Courtney Ford, Vera Wang, Ross Perot, Janusz Kaminski, Jo Frost, Khloé Kardashian, and the late Krzysztof Kieslowski, Helen Keller, Robert Keeshan, John McIntire, Billy Curtis, Skelton Knaggs, and I.A.L. Diamond. Jack Lemmon died 17 years ago in 2001 at age 76. Gale Storm died nine years ago in 2009 at age 87.