August 8: Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman and JC Chasez
Two-time Oscar winning actor, Dustin Hoffman turns 79 today. Before hitting it big, Hoffman was roomies with Gene Hackman. Hoffman hit it big when he starred in Mike Nichols’ comedy, The Graduate in 1967. He won his first Oscar for Kramer vs. Kramer in 1979 and won again in 1988 for Rain Man. Hoffman has starred in some memorable movies like Midnight Cowboy, Tootsie and All the President’s Men but kids probably know him as the voice of Master Shifu in the Kung Fu Panda films.
Switching gears ever so slightly, former boy band member JC Chasez turns 40 today. The former Mousketeer rose to fame and fortune as a member of *NSync. The band split up in 2002 and Chasez produced his own solo album. Since then, Chasez has produced songs for other recording acts and served as a judge on the reality show America’s Best Dance Crew on MTV.
Actor and singer-songwriter Keith Carradine, one of the three acting Carradine brothers (sons of actor John Carradine), turns 67 today. Carradine was one of the standouts in the large ensemble cast of Robert Altman’s Nashville, and won the Oscar for Best Original Song for “I’m Easy,” which he wrote and performed in the film. He was featured with his half-brother David and brother Robert in Walter Hill’s The Long Riders; the three Carradines played the three Younger brothers in this retelling of the story of the James Gang. Carradine is also the father of actress Martha Plimpton. He is currently featured in the CBS series Madam Secretary.
TV producer Donald Bellisario celebrates his 81st birthday today. He is the creator of television series such as Magnum, P.I., Quantum Leap, JAG and NCIS. Like Carradine, he has an actress-daughter, Troian Bellisario of Pretty Little Liars.
Director Martin Brest turns 65 today. He directed commercial successes like Going in Style, Beverly Hills Cop, and Scent of a Woman; the latter film, which Brest also produced, was nominated for Best Picture and Best Director. He also wrote, directed and produced Gigli, a big winner at the Razzies.
Also celebrating a birthday today is Dave Evans aka The Edge from the Rock Band U2. Mr. Edge is 55. Mad Men actress Peyton List turns 30. Meagan Good of Think Like a Man and Deception as well as indie films like Brick and D.E.B.S. (the latter a favorite of some of my friends in the LGBT community), turns 35. Countess Vaughn from Moesha and The Parkers is 38 today. And actual royalty Princess Beatrice is 28. Harry Potter actress Katie Leung turns 29 and wrestling star Sable (aka Rena Greek) is 49.
Radio personality Robin Quivers turns 64 and another boy band singer, Drew Lachey from 98 Degrees, is 40. Don Most, Ralph Malph from Happy Days, celebrates his 63rd birthday. Lindsay Sloane from the current CBS series The Odd Couple (not to be confused with the 1970s series) celebrates birthday number 39.
Movie producer Dino De Laurentiis was born on this date in 1919. Over his roughly 60-year career in film, it’s estimated that he was involved in roughly 500 films as a producer or co-producer. He began producing films in his native Italy in the 1940s. By the early 1960s he was producing a number of American-Italian co-productions, and in the mid-1970s he relocated to the US. Just a few of the films he produced in his US years would include the 1976 remake of King Kong, the “so bad it’s good” feature film adaptation of Flash Gordon, the two Conan films with Ah-nult, and David Lynch’s Dune and Blue Velvet.
Director Robert Siodmak was born in Germany on August 8, 1900. His promising career in German cinema was cut short when the Nazis came to power–Siodmak, who was Jewish, relocated first to Paris, then to the US when World War 2 broke out. In Hollywood, he made over 20 films in about a dozen years. He worked most often in film noir—he is considered one of the directors who defined noir style—but branched out to other genres. Three of his movies, all starring Burt Lancaster, are recognized as classics. The Killers (which was Lancaster’s debut) and Criss Cross are landmarks of film noir. The Crimson Pirate is entirely different, a swashbuckler that’s so light and fun it almost, but not quite, crosses over into parody.
Swimmer Esther Williams, born on August 8, 1921, had hopes of competing in the 1940 Olympics until World War 2 broke out. Her acting career came about when Louis B. Mayer decided that MGM needed a counterpart to Fox’s series of movies with figure skater Sonja Henie (i.e., movies with lots of skating). His answer—movies with lots of swimming!—led to MGM signing Williams to a contract. Williams made about two dozen movies with MGM, most of them “aquamusicals” featuring intricate water ballet numbers.
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 8, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Dino De Laurentiis, Donald Bellisario, Dustin Hoffman, Esther Williams, JC Chasez, keith carradine, Meagan Good, The Edge. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.