August 1: Happy Birthday Coolio and Jason Momoa

Jason Momoa

Hawaiian hunk, Jason Momoa, portrayed Khal Drogo on Game of Thrones and Conan the Barbarian in the 2011 remake that failed to reboot that series.  Next up, Momoa will play the least respected member of the Justice League, Aquaman.  Momoa began his career as a model before being cast as a Baywatch beefcake.  He married former Cosby kid, Lisa Bonet in 2007 and is celebrating his 37th birthday today.

Artis Leon Ivey Jr. turns 53 today.  But you probably know him as Coolio.  Obviously, I have no choice but to post the video for “Gangsta’s Paradise.”

Also celebrating a birthday today is Max Carver.  Carver played Preston Scavo on Desperate Housewives.  Yesterday, his twin brother turned 28 and today it is Max’s turn.  The twins were born seven minutes apart, but not on the same day.  Speaking of Cosby kids (as I did before the jump), Tempestt Bledsoe, who played the middle daughter Vanessa Huxtable on The Cosby Show, celebrates her 43rd birthday.  Chuck D of Public Enemy turns 56.

It’s a relatively light day for celebrity birthdays.  But there are several birthdays worth mentioning among those who are no longer with us.  Grateful Dead frontman and ice cream flavor inspiration, Jerry Garcia, was born on this day in 1942.  Moby Dick author, Herman Melville, was born in 1819.  Francis Scott Key, writer of the National Anthem, was born in 1779 and explorer William Clark (one half of Lewis and Clark), was born on this day in 1770.

Today is also the 30th anniversary of the release of Worst Picture Winner Howard the Duck.  It’s also my dad’s birthday.  I’m sure Dad will be excited to learn he shares a birthday with Aquaman.  I know I would be.  Happy birthday, Dad!

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 August 1, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Happy birthday to your Dad!

    While it’s a very light day for movie folks, for us music fans people like Chuck D and Jerry Garcia are absolute headliners! I had no idea Chuck was that much older than me. Even though I’m not a huge fan of rap, his style of rap vocalization was always appealing to me.


    • I make an effort to at least mention the big music and sports figures even if I’m not as familiar with them as others. It’s probably pretty funny watching me try to figure out whether or not an athlete merits inclusion. There’s a lot of “I think I have heard of them…”


      • I honestly don’t think anybody expects to hear about athlete birthdays here, but we’re more than happy to know about them if you decide to share them.

        A different kind of website would have written a 10 page article honoring the late Jerry Garcia’s birthday and failed to mention anybody else. 🙂


        • For sure. The idea here, and I don’t think this will surprise anyone, is to have daily content that I can churn out quickly. Ideally, it ties into some of the other stuff we have going on here. Most of the birthday articles take me 10 minutes or so to write although sometimes one will become a bit more involved.


        • Oh of course. I was only trying to express what giants a couple of these people are.


        • No that’s great. I like that the comments section can be counted on to fill in the blanks.


  2. Happy birthday to all, once again–especially lebeau’s dad!

    Other August 1 birthdays:

    -Director, producer and writer J. Lee Thompson had a very durable career. He started in British film and then in 1961, directed the joint British-American production The Guns of Navarone, one of the most influential war movies of the 60s and 70s. He moved to Hollywood and followed that up with the original version of Cape Fear. He never really reached those heights again but kept working into the late 80s.

    -James Bond fans will remember Geoffrey Holder as Baron Samedi from Live and Let Die, but Holder is a multi-talented performer. He was a distinguished dancer and choreographer who worked for many years with the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. He won a pair of Tony Awards for direction and costume design for The Wiz. And he was also a well-regarded painter.

    -Folk singer Ramblin’ Jack Elliott was inspired in his career choice by folk legend Woody Guthrie, and in turn was a significant influence on 60s folkies like Bob Dylan and Phil Ochs. A few years ago Elliott’s daughter Aiyana made an interesting documentary called The Ballad of Ramblin’ Jack, which explores her father’s life and career, and also chronicles her own troubled relationship with him.

    -Dom DeLuise was another man of multiple talents. He was a comedian, an occasional director, an actor (frequently working with Mel Brooks or Burt Reynolds), a voice actor, particularly in Don Bluth’s films, and apparently a chef.

    -Sam Mendes is another familiar name to fans of the Bond films; he directed Skyfall and Spectre. He is also known to many of us as the Oscar-winning director of American Beauty. In addition, he is a distinguished stage director, known in particular for imaginative revivals of classic musicals like Cabaret, Oliver!, and Gypsy.

    -Eduardo Noriega is a prominent Spanish actor who has been nominated twice for a Goya Award for Best Actor (Spanish counterparts to the Oscars). Some may know his Spanish film Abre los ojos/Open Your Eyes, which was remade in the US as Vanilla Sky with Tom Cruise in Noriega’s role. Noriega has also crossed over to Hollywood at times, his best known films probably being Vantage Point, Transsiberian and The Last Stand.


  3. Happy Birthday to Lebeau’s Dad, and also MTV, which began airing on this date in 1981 (okay, MTV isn’t much nowadays, but it used to be awesome). Reality shows killed the video star!


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