October 8: Happy Birthday Sigourney Weaver and Matt Damon
Sigourney Weaver celebrates her 67th birthday today. She made her film debut in a small role in Annie Hall, and was the breakout star of Alien two years later. In the early 1980s she starred in diverse films, including Ghostbusters (one of her biggest box office hits) and The Year of Living Dangerously. In 1986 she returned to what has become the role most associated with her, Ellen Ripley in Aliens:
Weaver was nominated for the Oscar for Best Actress for Aliens, to this day the only such nomination for a outright action heroine and one of only two for a sci-fi film. In 1988 Weaver won two Golden Globes, Best Actress-Drama for Gorillas in the Mist and Best Supporting Actress for Working Girl. She has remained a major star, although slowly she has transitioned to character/supporting roles, and has maintained an active stage career.
Matt Damon turns 46 today. His film debut was in Mystic Pizza, when he was still a teen, and he began to get more important roles in the early 1990s. He first drew a lot of notice, though, when he starred in, and co-wrote the screenplay for Good Will Hunting in 1997, winning Best Original Screenplay and being nominated for Best Actor. Early in the oughts, he became involved in a pair of prominent franchises, playing Linus Caldwell in the Ocean’s Eleven films and the lead role in a series of films which were very loosely based on thrillers by Robert Ludlum, and which became known for their car chase sequences:
The Bourne Identity established Damon as a credible action hero, but over the decade-plus since then he has avoided being typecast. He has slid between action, drama and comedy, and also between lead roles (the Bourne films, The Informant!, Elysium, The Martian), major supporting or ensemble roles (The Departed, True Grit), and smaller roles that still are significant (Interstellar). He has two further Oscar nominations, including for Best Actor in The Martian, a role that also won him a Golden Globe.
Chevy Chase celebrates his 73rd birthday. An original member of the cast of Saturday Night Live, he started getting major film roles in the late 1970s, such as Foul Play, Caddyshack, Fletch and Three Amigos! He also began a lengthy run as Clark Griswold in the Vacation series. Recently, he was a regular in the first four seasons of Community. Abundant detail about his career can be found in his WTHH article.
R. L. Stine, who turns 73 today, is sometimes known as “the Stephen King of children’s literature” for his innumerable horror novels, such as those in the Goosebumps and Fear Street series. Paul Hogan, who celebrates his 77th, won a Golden Globe for his performance in the title role of Crocodile Dundee and was Oscar-nominated for the screenplay. Producer and director Edward Zwick turns 64. As a producer, he shared in the Best Picture Oscar for Shakespeare in Love and was nominated for Traffic. Among his directing credits are Glory, Legends of the Fall, Blood Diamond and the upcoming Jack Reacher: Never Go Back.
Stephanie Zimbalist, who is 60 today, starred opposite Pierce Brosnan in Remington Steele as Laura Holt. Nick Bakay, who celebrates his 57th, is known for voicing Salem Saberhagen, Sabrina’s cat on Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and for his sportswriting and commentary on ESPN and the NFL Network. Reed Hastings, who turns 56 today, is the co-founder and CEO of Netflix, and therefore has had a considerable impact on the film and television industry in the past decade. Gospel singer CeCe Winans, who celebrates her 52nd birthday, has won ten Grammys and is the best-selling female gospel artist in history.
Bruno Mars, who is 31 today, is an R&B and soul singer songwriter. He has had six #1 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 and has won four Grammys in a career of under a decade. Nick Cannon, the host of America’s Got Talent and Nick Cannon Presents: Wild ‘n’ Out who has also had an acting and music career, turns 36. Emily Proctor, who turns 48 today, starred on CSI: Miami for a decade as Calleigh Duquesne. Jeremy Davies, who celebrates his 47th, was an Emmy winner for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama for Justified and played Corporal Upham in Saving Private Ryan. Anne-Marie Duff turns 46 today; she is a four-time BAFTA Award nominee for her work in British television and film. Molly Quinn, who is 23 today, played Alexis Castle on Castle for the show’s entire run, had a supporting role in We’re the Millers, and voiced Supergirl in Superman: Unbound.
Armenian-American director Rouben Mamoulian (1897-1987) worked extensively on Broadway and in Hollywood. On stage, he directed the original productions of Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! and Carousel. He directed the first three-strip Technicolor film, Becky Sharp, in 1935, and two of Tyrone Power’s biggest films, The Mark of Zorro and Blood and Sand.
Kirk Alyn (1910-1999) was the first actor to portray a live-action Superman, in a pair of Columbia serials from 1948 and 1950. He starred in a number of serials and B-features of that era and had a cameo in Superman: The Movie as Lois Lane’s father.
Frank Herbert (1920-1986) was one of the most influential science fiction authors of the 20th century. His greatest novel, Dune, is the first major sci-fi novel with an ecological orientation and a masterpiece of storytelling and world-building. That is not to mention that the tale of efforts to bring Dune to film is an epic in itself. Eddie Rickenbacker (1890-1973) first became famous as a race car driver, competing in several early runnings of the Indianapolis 500. During World War I he trained as a pilot, becoming the leading American ace of the war and winning the Medal of Honor. After the war, he ran the Indianapolis Motor Speedway for over 15 years, while also serving as CEO of Eastern Airlines.
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 October 8, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Bruno Mars, CeCe Winans, Chevy Chase, Frank Herbert, Matt Damon, Paul Hogan, Reed Hastings, Sigourney Weaver. Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.