July 30: Happy Birthday Arnold Schwarzenegger and Hilary Swank
One of our birthday headliners is a two-time Oscar winner and the other was crowned Mr. Universe. You can probably figure out which is which. Despite vastly different career trajectories, Hilary Swank and Arnold Schwarzenegger have a couple things in common. They both came from humble beginnings to conquer Hollywood in vastly different ways. But ultimately, they both ended up as subjects in the “What the Hell Happened?” series.
Ladies first. Hilary Swank was fired from Beverly Hills 90210 before winning two Best Actress Oscars for Boys Don’t Cry and Million Dollar Baby. Outside of her Oscar wins, Swank has struggled to find a hit or another prestige picture that can add to her collection of statues. Like a lot of victims of the Oscar curse, Swank ended up with her own WTH article and an accompanying gallery. Swank is celebrating her 42 birthday today.
Arnold Schwarzenegger dominated the sport of body building before heading out to Hollywood to reinvent himself as a movie star. Despite a think accent, language barrier and a look that greatly limited the roles he could be cast in, Schwarzenegger became the top action star in the world with hits like The Terminator, Total Recall and Twins. In 1990, Movieline interviewed Schwarzenegger just as his career was hitting its zenith.
But what comes up must come down. Eventually, the kind of action movies that made Schwarzenegger a star fell out of favor. The actor left showbiz for a career in politics. Schwarzenegger managed to get himself elected governor of California, but after two terms in office, he returned to movies. His comeback hasn’t been as successful as he probably would have liked. As a result, the Austrian Oak has his own WTHH article as well as a properly pumped up gallery. Schwarzenegger is 69.
Also celebrating a birthday today is Friends star Lisa Kudrow. The singer of “Smelly Cat” turns 53.
Joey King who played Ramona in the movie adaptation of Ramona and Beezus, turns 17 today. King can also be seen in movies like The Conjuring, Reign Over Me, White House Down and Crazy, Stupid, Love and in the first season of the FX TV show, Fargo. Former NFL player turned actor, Terry Crews, is celebrating his 48 birthday.
Yvonne Strahovski from the TV show Chuck is 34 and model-turned actress Vivica A. Fox is 52. Celebrity chef Alton Brown turns 54 today. Brown can be seen on several shows on the Food Network, but Cutthroat Kitchen is by far the most entertaining. Mentalist star Simon Baker is looking very dapper at 47 and Canadian comedian Tom Green is less so at 45. Green is best known to readers here for winning several awards at the Golden Raspberries in 2001 for his directorial debut, Freddy Got Fingered.
Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan turns 46 today and Jaime Pressly from My Name is Earl turns 39. Star of The Matrix and CSI, Laurence Fishburne, celebrates his 55th birthday. And singer-songwriter Paul Anka turns 75. Also born on this day in 1863 was Henry Ford, creator of the Model T.
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 30, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Alton Brown, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christopher Nolan, Henry Ford, Hilary Swank, Jaime Pressly, Laurence FIshburne, Lisa Kudrow, Paul Anka, Simon Baker, Terry Crews, Tom Green, Vivica A. Fox, Yvonne Strahovski. Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.