August 1: Happy Birthday Coolio and 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.