"I realize how talented our hair and wardrobe people are every time I have to get dressed on my own."
Happy Birthday, Jon Hamm!
Jon Hamm (born March 10th, 1971) is an American film and television actor. After being raised in Missouri and living through the death of both his parents, Hamm moved to Los Angeles. He struggled for many years to land parts and served tables in the meantime. After a string of small roles on various television shows, Hamm was eventually cast as the lead character of Don Draper on critically-acclaimed AMC series Mad Men. For this role, Hamm received much attention and praise. He won a Golden Globe and an Emmy for this performance, as well as six other major awards and dozens of nominations.
Happy Birthday, Claire Trevor!
Claire Trevor (March 8, 1910 – April 8, 2000), "The Queen of Film Noir," was an American Academy Award-winning actress. She appeared in over 60 films, including Dead End (1937), Stagecoach (1939), Born to Kill (1947), Key Largo (1948) and The High and the Mighty (1954). For her talents, Trevor won an Oscar for best actress in a supporting role (Key Largo, 1948) and was awarded a star on Hollywood Boulevard.
Happy Birthday, Chris Farley!
Christopher Crosby Farley (February 15, 1964 - December 18, 1997) was an American comedian and actor, best known for his five years as a cast member on Saturday Night Live (1990 - 1995). Farley became popular through the Improv Olympic and Second City Theaters in Chicago. It was here that he would meet Lorne Michaels, who would bring him to stardom. Farley's comic style was loud, energetic and shameless. Many of his characters are well remembered today. Farley suffered with problems of obesity and drug abuse throughout his career. The latter would eventually be his demise and he died from the same cause as his comedy idol John Belushi. Chris Farley's legacy lives on through a star on Hollywood Boulevard, through his comedy peers and through the countless fans he inspired.
Happy Birthday, James Dean.
"Dream as if you'll live forever. Live as if you'll die today."
James Byron Dean (February 8th, 1931 - September 30th, 1955) was an American actor best known for his lead role in the film Rebel Without A Cause (1955). James Dean became an icon and legend in popular culture. His portrayal of the "disillusioned teenager" struck young people nationwide and he is used to exemplify the "teen rebel" figure to this day. Dean was also a lead actor in the films East of Eden (1955) and Giant (1956), the latter earning him an Oscar nomination for Best Actor. James Dean died in a car crash at the young age of 24. This tragic accident would forever cement his name as one of Hollywood's most mysterious and loved stars.
Happy Birthday Gene Hackman!
Eugene Allen "Gene" Hackman, born January 30th, 1930 is an American film actor known for appearing in a wide spectrum of genres. Some of Hackman's most recognized roles are from the films The French Connection (1971), The Conversation (1974), Superman: The Movie (1978), Get Shorty (1995), Enemy of the State (1998) and The Royal Tenenbaums (2001). Between his first appearance in Bonnie and Clyde (1967) and his retirement in 2008, Gene Hackman won two Oscars and another thirty-four awards, making him one of Hollywood's most prominent stars.
Andrew Geoffrey Kaufman (January 17, 1949 – May 16, 1984) was an American entertainer and actor. Although he is often referred to as a comedian, Kaufman considered himself a "song and dance man." Kaufman is best remembered for his portrayal of the "Foreign Man," who would perform inept and incomprehensible impressions of Americans celebrities--and then do a dead-on impression of Elvis. Kaufman appeared on the first episode of Saturday Night Live, where he performed the theme to "Mighty Mouse" (see the video below) and later developed the recurring role of Latka Gravas on Taxi. Kaufman hadn't been considered for the show until the producers of Taxi saw Andy's Foreign Man, at which point they wrote a part for him. In order to allow Kaufman to exercise his comedic range on the show, Latka was given multiple personality disorder, and Kaufman was able to randomly portray different characters. Throughout his life, Kaufman was known for blurring the boundaries in his performances between truth and fiction, and audience and stage. For instance, even after establishing himself as a performer and entertainer, Kaufman once appeared on The Dating Game under an assumed name as a supposedly real contestant, and once appeared on The David Letterman Show claiming to be homeless man with adopted children.
Happy Birthday, Graham Chapman!
Graham Arthur Chapman (January 8, 1941–October 4, 1989) was an English comedian, writer, actor, and a member of Monty Python. Although he earned a degree in medicine, Chapman's brush with the Footlights at Cambridge proved much more influential on his career.
After graduation, Chapman began writing for television, including stints on The Week That Was, Doctor, and This Is Petula Clark. Chapman and fellow future Python member John Cleese began writing for the BBC during the 1960s for David Frost and Marty Feldman.
Happy Birthday Danny Thomas!
Danny Thomas (January 6, 1912 – February 6, 1991) was an American comedian and television and film actor, and later producer, who is best remembered for for his starring role on the sitcom Make Room for Daddy, later known as The Danny Thomas Show. His acting career spanned five decades, and he later went to produce such shows as The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Andy Griffith Show, and The Mod Squad. As a producer, Thomas was responsible for actress Mary Tyler Moore's first major role on television, personally recommending "the girl with three names" to Carl Reiner for The Dick Van Dyke Show. Thomas was the founder of the St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.
"As life's pleasures go, food is second only to sex. Except for salami and eggs. Now that's better than sex, but only if the salami is thickly sliced."
Happy Birthday, Alan King!
Iriwn Alan Kniberg (December 26, 1927 – May 9, 2004) was an American comedian and actor best known for his sharp wit and humorous rants. King's comedy and writing career often drew inspiration from his Jewish identity, and much of his autobiographic work pays homage to his culture and his love of Jewish food. As a young man, King worked in Canada in a burlesque house while also boxing professionally. He won twenty straight fights before losing, at which point he decided to leave boxing and focus on comedy. He began working as the doorman at the nightclub Leon and Eddie's while performing comedy under the last name of the boxer who beat him, "King".
Happy Birthday, Irene Dunne!
Irene Dunne (December 20, 1898 – September 4, 1990) was an American actress and singer who starred in movies from the 1930s through the early 1950s. Dunne was nominated five times for the Academy Award for Best Actress, for her roles in Cimarron (1931), Theodora Goes Wild (1936), The Awful Truth (1937), Love Affair (1939) and I Remember Mama (1948). She was named to the International Best Dressed List Hall of Fame in 1958.
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