July 22: Happy Birthday Selena Gomez and Willem Dafoe

Selena Gomez

The kids are going to be excited about this one.  It’s Willem Dafoe’s birthday!  Actually, it’s possible my kids may not be familiar with the 61-year-old actor.  But they sure do know birthday girl Selena Gomez!  The former Disney Channel star did her time on the popular kiddie show, Wizards of Waverly Place, which still plays in reruns in our living room.  Since leaving the show, Gomez has successfully navigated the tricky transition from Disney star to pop star.  The actress/singer is celebrating her 24th birthday.

As previously mentioned, today is also Willem Dafoe‘s birthday.  Dafoe has been an accomplished character actor since the 80’s.  Most notably, Dafoe was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for his performances in Platoon and Shadow of the Vampire.  He also played the Green Goblin in Sam Raimi’s Spider-man movies and recently has been seen in those disturbing candy bar commercials where he turns into Marilyn Monroe.

Other celebrities celebrating birthdays today include wrestler Shawn Michaels who is 51, Prince George adorably turns 2 as his country exits the European Union, Joe Dirt star David Spade turns 52, and quiz-master Alex Trebek enters Double Jeopardy at 76.  Danny Glover is officially too old for this stuff as he celebrates his seventieth birthday.  And S.E. Hinton, author of young adult novels like The Outsiders, turns 68.

Actor John Leguizamo, one half of the live-action Super Mario Bros, turns 52 today.  And Louise Fletcher, Best Actress winner for One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, turns 82.  Don Henley, singer and drummer for The Eagles, may celebrate his 69th birthday at the Hotel California.  I hear it’s a lovely place.  And voice actor James Arnold Taylor, who I am only mentioning because I saw him speak at a Star Wars Weekend at Disney World, turns 47.

If today is your birthday, congratulations on sharing your big day with these notable names.  Birthday wishes to everyone celebrating a big day today.  Come back tomorrow for more celebrity birthdays.


Posted on July 22, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. Also celebrating birthdays today:

    -screenwriter and director Paul Schrader, best known for scripting Taxi Driver and Raging Bull.
    -actor and director Albert Brooks, who can currently be heard voicing Marlin in Finding Dory.


    • I am kicking my own ass for missing Albert Brooks. I always complain that he is underrated and here I miss him completely! Next year, he gets the headline.


  2. A very interesting birthday list. Other than the page headliners there’s S.E. Hinton, Alex Trebek, Danny Glover, Prince George, Louise Fletcher, Don Henley, and John Leguizamo. Plus Jestak mentioned Paul Schrader & Albert Brooks. This is a real full docket.


    • It’s feast or famine with these birthday things. Some days I have very little to work with and others are an embarrassment of riches. The fact I missed Brooks says a lot. I’m not one to overlook Albert Brooks. But today was crammed.


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