August 7: Happy Birthday Charlize Theron and David Duchovny
Model-turned actress Charlize Theron won a Best Actress Oscar for getting ugly in the 2003 drama, Monster. Since then, she has appeared in a number of high-profile movies like Snow White and the Huntsman, Prometheus and Mad Max: Fury Road. The South African-born actress has never married, but she has adopted two children. Today, she celebrates her 41st birthday.
Theron’s Fury Road costar, Australian actress and model Megan Gale–their characters had a moving reunion scene in the film–also celebrates her 41st birthday today.
David Duchovny became a star playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on the X-Files in the 90’s. Prior to that, he played a cross-dressing DEA agent on the TV show, Twin Peaks. When Duchovny’s movie career stalled, he went back to TV with the Showtime series, Californication. He was married to actress Tea Leoni from 1997-2014. Earlier this year, Duchovny returned to the role that made him famous in an X-Files reunion. The truth is that the actor turns 56 today.
Michael Shannon was Oscar-nominated for Revolutionary Road and a Golden Globe nominee for 99 Homes; in addition to his extensive indie film work he was General Zod in Man of Steel and also has a significant stage career. He celebrates his 42nd birthday today.
Stage actress Karen Olivo, who turns 40 today, won a Tony for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical for playing Anita in the 2009 revival of West Side Story, then took a Sandra Bullock-style sabbatical from her stage career for a couple of years. She has recently returned to the stage and also to her film and TV career. As Anita, she is as good as anyone I’ve ever seen or heard:
Baseball superstar Mike Trout, who some serious observers think is the best player in the game today, turns 25.
Also celebrating birthdays today, Australian actress Abbie Cornish is 34, Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson is 58, Tobin Bell the actor who played Jigsaw in the Saw movies, turns 74, Francesca Eastwood, actress and daughter of Clint Eastwood, turns 23, and Maggie Wheeler best known as Janice on Friends, turns 55.
Still more–soap opera veteran Sydney Penny celebrates her 45th birthday, character actor Wayne Knight (Newman on Seinfeld) turns 61, John Glover (Lionel Luthor in Smallville and Dr. Jason Woodrue in Batman & Robin) turns 72, Jonathan Ke Quan (from Goonies and Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) celebrates his 45th, and country star and Grammy winner Rodney Crowell celebrates birthday number 66.
Frequent Tyler Perry collaborator David Mann celebrates his 50th today. And Chico Benymon from The Haunted Hathaways is 42. Radio host Garrison Keillor of the long-running variety show ‘A Prairie Home Companion’, turns 74. Keillor has announced that he will be stepping down as the host of ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ later this year.
Billie Burke, who played Glinda in The Wizard of Oz, was born on August 7, 1884. Comic and voice actor Stan Freberg was born on this day in 1926. And director Nicholas Ray, who helmed the landmark teen-oriented film Rebel Without a Cause as well as other memorable movies like Johnny Guitar and In a Lonely Place, was born this day in 1911.
Carl Switzer, the child actor who played Alfalfa in the original Little Rascals shorts, was born on this day in 1927.
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.