Aug 20: Happy Birthday Amy Adams and Andrew Garfield
Amy Adams celebrates her 42nd birthday today. In 1999, she was working in dinner theater in Minnesota when she had the chance to audition for a role in Drop Dead Gorgeous. Although her role was small she won critical praise, and she moved to Southern California. For the next several years her film career had ups and downs—a significant supporting role in Spielberg’s Catch Me if You Can was followed by a year where she got no work at all. But things began looking up for her in 2004 when she was sent the script for an indie film, a bittersweet comedy called Junebug, and was cast as the role of Ashley Johnston.
Junebug had only a limited release but got enough attention for Adams to receive an Oscar nomination (her first of five) for Best Supporting Actress. From that point she has never really looked back. Enchanted did well at the box office and showed off her lovely singing voice, and brought her her first Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy. She received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actress for Doubt, The Fighter and The Master, and then received her first Best Actress nod for the 2013 film American Hustle. She also won a Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy for the same film, and followed up a year later with a second consecutive Golden Globe for Big Eyes. And as most of us know, she portrayed Lois Lane in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman. In a little over a decade she has gone from out of work to one of the most sought-after actresses in Hollywood.
Andrew Garfield, who turns 33 today, began his acting career in British television and theater. He made his feature film debut in Lions for Lambs, and received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actor for The Social Network. In the same year that that film came out, Garfield was cast in the role that, for most movie viewers, he is best known for:
At one point Sony had plans to build a rival to the Marvel Cinematic Universe around the Amazing Spider-Man franchise; however, a number of factors including the relatively poor financial performance of Amazing Spider-Man 2 caused Sony to abandon those plans. Meanwhile, Garfield has two films coming out later this year, Martin Scorsese’s Silence and the World War II biopic Hacksaw Ridge.
Tony winner and 3-time Oscar nominee Joan Allen began her career with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre company. Her Broadway debut in Lanford Wilson’s play Burn This brought her a Tony Award for Best Actress in a Play. Her film career took off in the mid-90s with Best Supporting Actress nominations in successive years for playing Pat Nixon in Nixon and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible. A few years later she was nominated for Best Actress for the political drama The Contender. She has also been in box office hits like Face/Off and two of the Bourne films. She turns 60 today.
Director and writer David O. Russell celebrates his 58th birthday today. Russell has been making films since the 1980s, with titles like Flirting With Disaster and Three Kings to his credit, but he’s best known for the run of films he’s made starting in 2010—The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook, American Hustle and Joy. Those four films earned a combined 26 Oscar nominations, including Best Director nods for Russell for the last three and several acting nominations. Along the way, Russell seems to also have rekindled a reputation for being an on-set tyrant.
Sylvester McCoy celebrates his 73rd birthday today; he is best known as the Seventh Doctor and as Radagast the Brown in the Hobbit trilogy—where he and his racing Rhosgebel rabbits were one of the few highlights. Don King, the flamboyant and controversial promoter who dominated the boxing world in the 1970s and ’80s, turns 85. Robert Plant, the lead singer and lyricist of Led Zeppelin, celebrates his 68th birthday. Durable character actor Ray Wise, who played Leland Palmer on Twin Peaks and returns to the role next year on Showtime, turns 69. Russian director Andrei Konchalovsky turns 79 today; his best-known Hollywood films are probably Runaway Train and Tango & Cash.
Pop singer and actress Demi Lovato, who got started in the Disney Channel movie Camp Rock, turns 24. Liana Liberato, known for films such as Trust and The Best of Me, celebrates her 21st. Buffy and Angel fans will be taking note of James Marsters‘ 54th birthday; he played Spike in the two series. Ben Barnes turns 35. He played Prince/King Caspian in two of the Chronicles of Narnia films and more recently was Samuel Adams in Sons of Liberty on the History Channel. Meghan Ory of ABC’s Once Upon a Time (as Ruby/Red Riding Hood) turns 34. And Jonathan Ke Quan, remembered for his appearances in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (as Short Round) and The Goonies (as Data), turns 45.
H. P. Lovecraft (1890-1937) was virtually unknown in his lifetime, but is now recognized as a huge influence in the area of horror fiction, and also important to fantasy literature. The Cthulhu Mythos, grounded in some of his fiction, is one of the first examples of a shared fictional universe.
Alan Reed (1907-1977) acted in films like Viva Zapata! and Breakfast at Tiffany’s, but he was far better known as a voice actor. Americans of a certain generation would have no trouble recognizing his most famous role even if all they heard was mumbling:
Isaac Hayes (1942-2008) was a Grammy and Oscar winner who was one of the leading figures in soul and R&B music. Aside from his award winning music for the film Shaft, he is known as the co-writer of the song “Soul Man,” a hit for R&B artists Sam & Dave:
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 20, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Amy Adams, Andrew Garfield, David O. Russell, Demi Lovato, H. P. Lovecraft, Isaac Hayes, Joan Allen, Sylvester McCoy. Bookmark the permalink. 48 Comments.