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July 25: Happy Birthday Matt LeBlanc and Illeana Douglas

Matt LeBlanc and Illeana Douglas

Joey may not share food, but Friends actor Matt LeBlanc shares a birthday with several other people who aren’t quite as famous as he is.  LeBlanc won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of Joey Tribbiani over 10 seasons of Friends.  He’s also been nominated for several Emmys without winning.  The Friends spin-off starring LeBlanc wasn’t quite so successful.  In 1996, LeBlanc scored two Razzie nominations for Worst New Star and Worst Screen Couple for starring in the baseball chimp movie, Ed.  Let’s all be there for him as LeBlanc celebrates his 49th birthday.

Respected actress and former significant other of Martin Scorsese, Illeana Douglas, turns 51 today.  Douglas can be seen on TV and film, but is likely best known for the HBO series Six Feet Under.  Iconic model and ex-wife of the late David Bowie, Iman Abdulmajid, turns 61 today.  One Tree Hill stars James Lafferty and Shantel VanSanten are both celebrating their 31st birthday today.

Wendy Raquel Robinson from The Steve Harvey Show turns 49 today.  She recently played Cruella de Vil in the Disney TV movie Descendants which my youngest watched over and over again.  And Michael Welch of the zombie show, Z Nation, turns 29.  Iron Chef and Chopped judge, Geoffrey Zakarian, turns 57 today.  Zakarian can be seen on several food network shows, but Chopped is our favorite.

Also born on this day were Golden Girl Estelle Getty in 1923 and actor Brad Renfro who was born in 1982.

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.

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Posted on July 25, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. That’s funny, as soon as I saw Illeana Douglas, The first thing I thought was “Hey, she was Martin Scorsese’s girlfriend”. As roles go, I remember her best as the funny ice skater in “To Die For” and as the former child actress turned call girl in the TV series “Action” (which I liked, and was promptly cancelled, which is why I gave up on the TV series formula for a good while).
    Also, I learned from Trivia Today that the first baby born through in-vitro fertilization, Louise Brown, has a birthday today as well.

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    • I contemplated switching to Trivia Today as a source for birthday info since the site I am currently using is heavily weighted towards youth-oriented celebs which has caused me to miss a few birthdays that mattered to me. Sadly, TT is blocked at work. Not that I ever do anything blog-related at work…

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  2. I’ve always liked Illena Douglas. I’ve always been drawing to actors who are not what you expect actors to be, either because they look different or seem like outsiders personality-wise. I think she’s kind of both. I don’t remember her on Six Feet Under, though.

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    • I never watched Six Feet Under but apparently she was only in three episodes. She played Angela if that helps. I always enjoyed seeing Douglas when she popped up in something. Like gluserty, To Die For was a favorite of mine.

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      • She’s been in a few ‘meh’ movies that you can see she probably just needed money, but she’s a very interesting actress.
        No, I flat out don’t remember the ‘Angela’ character on Six Feet Under. However, I didn’t watch it during it’s actual run; I watched it in syndication, I think on IFC. The schedule was a little random and it was hard to find all the episodes in order and I missed a few episodes. It was a really good show; I think you’d like it, although some of the plotlines were frustrating. I got really sick of the Nate and Brenda on-again-off-again toxic romance, like the Ross and Rachel from hell. Jeremy Sisto was great on that show too; he’s another actor I’ve always liked. Maybe I should see if the series is available on Netflix or Hulu.

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        • As an HBO show, I think it’s available on Amazon Prime. I should make some time to watch it, but I always seem to forget about it.

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        • I viewed it a few times on HBO & thought it was a good show, but I got to it late & at the time I was yet to rediscover my TV series mojo (I’ll be seeing a buffer Michael C. Hall for that in another series:-).

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        • had you noted, gluserty, that the actor (Erik King) who was Michael C. Hall’s lover in Six Feet Under, was his hyper macho rival on Dexter, James “Surprise, Motherfucker!” Doakes?

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        • Wow, I didn’t know that (I didn’t view the “Six Feet Under” episodes when that was going down). Man, I loved the Doakes character; the back and forth between Dexter & Him were fun for me (especially when Doakes was in the cage). I’m glad Doakes was brought back for the ‘Surprise Motherfu*ker!’ episode in season 7 too. If i knew that those two were a couple in “Six Feet Under”, my mind would’ve been blown.

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      • It’s To Die For! Wait, both Dan Hedaya & Illeana Douglas have birthdays a day apart, and both were in “To Die For”. Cool beans.

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    • If I ever throw a surprise birthday party, I’m going to have ‘Surprise Motherfucker!’ printed on the banner.

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  3. Like others, I remember Ileana Douglas for her part in To Die For. She is the granddaughter of Melvyn Douglas, who starred opposite Greta Garbo in Ninotchka and many years later played the aging tycoon Ben Rand in Being There.

    A few others born on July 25:

    -Jack Gilford was best known for his career as a comedian and stage actor (two-time Tony nominee), but he was also Oscar-nominated in 1973 for Save the Tiger

    -Woody Strode was another member of John Ford’s stock company, playing the lead in Sergeant Rutledge and appearing in several of Ford’s other late films. Some may also remember him as a gladiator in Spartacus who is matched against Kirk Douglas in a fight to the death. He had roles in other major Westerns and in several Tarzan films.

    -Barbara Harris is a Tony Award winning stage actress, a pretty big musical theater star in the 1960s, who also had a notable screen career. She played “Albuquerque,” the singer who takes the stage at the end of Nashville and leads the crowd in singing “It Don’t Worry Me,” and also was the mother in the original film of Freaky Friday, opposite Jodie Foster.

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    • And one more who I missed in my first pass through the Wikipedia page for today:

      -Three time Oscar winner Walter Brennan, probably best known for his Westerns, and as a grumpy sidekick character in too many films to count. My favorite Brennan roles include Eddie in To Have and Have Not (“was you ever bit by a dead bee?”), Old Man Clanton in My Darling Clementine, Groot in Red River, and Stumpy in Rio Bravo.

      How Brennan won those three Oscars is a bit controversial. In the early years, extras were allowed to vote on the Oscars, and Brennan, who started out as an extra for several years, was very popular with the Union of Film Extras. Because there were so many of them, he would win every time he was nominated.

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    • No kidding, Barbara Harris? yeah, I know her best from “Freaky Friday” (I actually like both versions of that film), but forgot she was in “Nashville” (such a big cast though; I guess Ronee Blakley left the biggest impression on me, especially since I knew her best as the mom in “A Nightmare on Elm Street”).

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  4. Music-related, one birthday from a cult-ish figure definitely worth mentioning. Thurston Moore, former singer and guitarrist of legendary alt.rock figureheads Sonic Youth, turns 58 today

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    • I’m kinda glad they broke up, if only because the word ‘youth’ in the name was getting too ironic.

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      • Band names are just that: names. Most of the time, they’re just there because they sound good.
        If anything, I would say that, by the time Sonic Youth broke up (more over Moore’s and Kim Gordon’s domestic problems than anything else), it had been quite some time since they made a record that didn’t feel like they were just content to peddle their wares to their core and not muci else.

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        • It’s been years since I’ve listened to Sonic Youth, although I still have about 7 of their albums & was aware of the breakup (of band & marriage).
          Yeah, I’ve never sweated names of bands too much (Bowling For Soup? Creed? The Prodigy? Well, if you must), but I would look at it funny if say, The Backstreet Boys were playing together in their 80’s (for many reasons though).

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        • Some names age better than others; you don’t want your name to have too specific of a meaning or have it be something you could age out of. New Kids On the Block would sound goofy if they were still recording as the middle aged men they are now. Marky Mark would be an unseemly moniker for the Wahlberg of today.

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        • I think The Rolling Stones is a fitting name, since those guys keep rollin’ rollin’ rollin’.

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      • Thus far as I know, they haven’t gathered any moss.

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