August 10: Happy Birthday Rosanna Arquette and Antonio Banderas
Rosanna Arquette celebrates her 57th birthday today. The eldest of five acting siblings, she has been acting since her late teens. The WTHH article on her has far more detail on her career than I have space for here. Highlights of her career include an Emmy nomination for the TV adaptation of Norman Mailer’s The Executioner’s Song and playing a woman intrigued by the title character of Desperately Seeking Susan—a movie in which, despite the title and presence of Madonna, Arquette is the lead. It’s a delightful film that never sets out to be anything more than entertaining:
Despite a promising start, true stardom seemed to elude Arquette. But she has continued working hard, with at least ten films in the current decade along with TV work that has included a recurring role on Showtime’s Ray Donovan.
Antonio Banderas, born one year after Arquette, began working in Spanish cinema in the early 1980s. He began appearing in English language films a decade or so later. His first leading role was in Robert Rodriguez’s Desparado, where he took over the role of El Mariachi, and began a lengthy association with Rodriguez that has spanned seven films and three different roles. His other lengthy association has been with the Shrek franchise, where he is the voice of Puss in Boots.
As with Arquette, Banderas never quite achieved true A-list status. The Zorro franchise, while it never became the tentpole that its star and producers doubtless hoped it would, did provide us with this memorable moment, nominated for Best
Fanservice Fight at the MTV Movie Awards:
Suzanne Collins celebrates her 54th birthday. The author and television writer (primarily for children and young adults in either medium) is best known, of course, for the massively successful Hunger Games novels. She also is the author of a fantasy series called The Underland Chronicles and has written for a number of TV series.
Actor, writer and director Justin Theroux celebrates his 45th birthday today. His film work, including David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire and Michael Mann’s Miami Vice, is largely character work with a few villains mixed in. He recently has been featured on HBO’s series The Leftovers, and is currently filming the show’s third and final season. He has written several screenplays, including Iron Man 2, and directed the film Dedication, starring Billy Crudup and Mandy Moore. Oh, yes, he also just celebrated his first wedding anniversary with Jennifer Aniston.
Other birthdays today: Angie Harmon, who plays Jane Rizzoli on TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles, turns 44. Actress JoAnna Garcia, most recently from The Astronaut Wives Club and Once Upon a Time, celebrates her 37th birthday. And actress and model Devon Aoki, known for 2 Fast 2 Furious and Sin City, turns 34.
Guitarist and vocalist Jimmy Martin, sometimes known as “the King of Bluegrass,” was born on August 10, 1927. A self-taught guitar player, he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys at the age of 22. He left after about five years and started his own band, the Sunny Mountain Boys. He was known for the high tenor voice he displayed on bluegrass standards like this:
Country singer, actor, and TV Host Jimmy Dean was born this day in 1928. He had a #1, Grammy-winning hit in “Big Bad John,” and James Bond fans may remember him as Willard Whyte, the tycoon modeled on Howard Hughes, in Diamonds Are Forever. In 1963, his TV series gave a boost to a young man by the name of Jim Henson.
Born the same day as Jimmy Dean, pop singer Eddie Fisher was, in the end, known better for his many marriages than for his music. His first wife was Debbie Reynolds (Carrie Fisher is their daughter), his second was Elizabeth Taylor, and his third was Connie Stevens (Joely Fisher of Ellen and ‘Til Death is their daughter).
Screenwriter and novelist Curt Siodmak was born in 1902, two years and two days after his brother, director Robert (for whom see the August 8 article). Like his brother, Curt left Germany when the Nazis came to power, and settled down in Hollywood. His most famous novel is probably Donovan’s Brain, which was adapted to film three times. His best-known screenplay was for The Wolf Man, and he scripted several other films in the Universal Monsters series.
Actress Martha Hyer, born this day in 1924, paid her dues for a decade or more in B-Westerns and other second-string pictures, including one, Riders to the Stars, scripted by Curt Siodmak. She got a big break when she was cast in Some Came Running, opposite Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Shirley MacLaine; she received an Oscar nomination. However, she was not able to parlay that into long-term success and retired from acting in the 1970s.
Finally, Jack Haley was born on August 10, 1897. He had a long career on stage and in film, but is best remembered for one famous role:
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 10, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged antonio banderas, Jack Haley, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Martin, Justin Theroux, rosanna arquette, Suzanne Collins. Bookmark the permalink. 19 Comments.