October 22: Happy Birthday Jeff Goldblum and Derek Jacobi
Jeff Goldblum turns 64 today. He began getting small roles in major films in the mid-1970s, appearing in roles such as Tricycle Guy in Nashville and “the man who lost his mantra” in Annie Hall. His first significant role came in the 1978 remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, beginning a career-long association with sci-fi and horror films; what may be his most-remembered lead role was also a sci-fi/horror movie:
Goldblum has occasionally had lead roles, such as in John Landis’s Into the Night, but generally he is in some kind of character part, although often a prominent one. He has been featured in two of the Jurassic Park films, the two Independence Day films, The Big Chill, Deep Cover, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and many more.
Sir Derek Jacobi celebrates his 78th birthday today. One of the greatest stage actors of our time, he was renowned for his Shakespeare—he won an Olivier Award for Twelfth Night and a Tony Award for Much Ado About Nothing–for his Chekov (Uncle Vanya), his Sophocles (Oedipus Rex), and much more. He began appearing in film and television in the mid-1960s, with his first really well-known screen role being the BBC series I, Claudius.
Jacobi has had a varied film career. He had significant roles in the adaptations of Frederick Forsyth’s thrillers The Day of the Jackal and The Odessa File in the 1970s, and in the ’80s starred in the adaptation of Dickens’s Little Dorrit, one of the longest-running films ever released. He has occasionally done a bit of slumming (Underworld: Evolution, anyone?), and in the past few years has been seen in The King’s Speech, My Week with Marilyn, and last year’s Cinderella. And of course, he’s done some Shakespeare, appearing in Kenneth Branagh’s adaptations of Henry V (as the Chorus) and Hamlet (as a very regal Claudius):
Catherine Deneuve, who turns 73 today, has been a major star of French cinema since her starring role in The Umbrellas of Cherbourg in 1964. Her most famous role, possibly, was in Belle du Jour as a young housewife who moonlights as a high-class prostitute. She has been nominated for a Cesar Award 14 times, winning twice, and made occasional forays to Hollywood for films like Robert Aldrich’s Hustle.
Christopher Lloyd, like Derek Jacobi, turns 78 today. He is a three-time Emmy winner, twice for his role on Taxi and once as a guest star on Road to Avonlea. Film audiences know him for Judge Doom in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, for a Klingon commander in Star Trek III, and most of all as Emmett “Doc” Brown in the Back to the Future movies.
Bob Odenkirk, who is 54 today, has won two Emmys as a writer, for Saturday Night Live and The Ben Stiller Show. He currently stars (and has received two more Emmy nominations) in AMC’s Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad spinoff centered on his character of Saul Goodman. Tony Roberts, who turns 77, worked for nearly 50 years on Broadway. In film, he was in several of Woody Allen’s pictures, notably as Alvy Singer’s best friend Rob in Annie Hall. Jan de Bont, who is 73 today, was a cinematographer on a number of films of the late 1980s and early ’90s, such as Ruthless People, Die Hard and The Hunt for Red October. He made an impressive directing debut with Speed, but his career fizzled after Speed 2 was one of the most disastrous sequels ever. Bill Condon, who celebrates his 61st, won an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Gods and Monsters, and went on to write and direct the film adaptations of the musicals Chicago and Dreamgirls. He is the director for the upcoming live action remake of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.
Director/producer/writer Spike Jonze, who turns 47, has been Oscar-nominated as a director for Being John Malkovich and as a writer and producer for Her. Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who celebrates his 41st, is a five-time Emmy nominee for playing Mitchell Pritchett on Modern Family. Saffron Burrows, who turns 44 today, currently stars in the web series Mozart in the Jungle and has been a wide variety of films over the last 20 years. Italian actress Valeria Golino is a two-time Donatello Award winner in her native country who is known in the US for her roles in Rain Man, the Hot Shots! movies, and others.
Parineeti Chopra, who is 28 today, is an up and coming star of Indian cinema who is a four-time Filmfare award nominee, winning Best Female Debut in 2011. Also turning 28 is actor Corey Hawkins, who portrayed rapper Dr. Dre in last year’s Straight Outta Compton. John Boyd, who plays Special Agent James Aubrey on Bones, celebrates his 35th birthday today.
In the music world, Shelby Lynne, who turns 48, won a Grammy for Best New Artist for her album I Am Shelby Lynne and has had a number of charted country singles; she played Johnny Cash’s mother in Walk the Line. Zac Hanson, who turns 31, is the youngest of the three brothers who made up the pop band Hanson, who had a #1, Grammy nominated hit, “MMMBop,” in 1997. Giovanni Martinelli (1885-1969) was one of opera’s greatest stars in the first half of the 20th century, appearing over 900 times at the Met in a period of over 30 years.
Franz Liszt (1811-1886) was one of the most important of the first generation of Romantic composers. He was noted for his solo piano compositions, among the most brilliant ever, and as one of the leading exponents of program music and the symphonic poem. He was the leading piano virtuoso of his time, and his fame as a performer has lead some to describe him as the 19th century equivalent of a rock star.
In sports, Jimmie Foxx (1907-1967), a Baseball Hall of Famer, was the second player in baseball history to hit over 500 career home runs (after Babe Ruth). Ichiro Suzuki, who celebrates his 43rd, was one of the first Japanese stars to move to the US, becoming a ten-time All-Star while with the Seattle Mariners. Robinson Canó, who turns 34, is a seven-time All Star, currently with the Mariners after nearly a decade with the New York Yankees. Skater Brian Boitano, who celebrates his 53rd, is remembered for winning the “Battle of the Brians” at the 1988 Winter Olympics, earning the gold medal ahead of Canada’s Brian Orser.
Annette Funicello (1942-2013) first became famous as one of the original Mousketeers, and then starred opposite Frankie Avalon in several of the “Beach party” films of the 1960s. Curly Howard (1903-1952) was one of the Three Stooges from 1934-1946, when a stroke forced him to retire from acting. Constance Bennett (1904-1965) was never as big a star as her sister Joan, but had significant starring roles in films like What Price Hollywood? and Topper. Journalist John Reed (1887-1920) became famous for his first-hand account of the Bolshevik Revolution in Russia, Ten Days that Shook the World. He was played by Warren Beatty in the 1981 movie Reds.
Joan Fontaine (1917-2013; given name Joan de Havilland) was a major star of the 1940s and early ’50s. She was a three-time Best Actress nominee, winning for Alfred Hitchcock’s Suspicion in 1941. She was also known for her often tempestuous relationship with her older sister Olivia de Havilland, also an Oscar-winning actress. Sarah Bernhardt (1844-1923), known as “The Divine Sarah,” was one of the most famous stage actresses of all time. French by birth, she made her reputation in the works of French dramatists like Racine, Moliere and others. She later took on several Shakespearean roles, including Cordelia in King Lear, Lady Macbeth, and, in a controversial performance, Hamlet.
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 22, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Annette Funicello, Bill Condon, Catherine Deneuve, Christopher Lloyd, Curly Howard, Derek Jacobi, Franz Liszt, Jeff Goldblum, Joan Fontaine, Saffron Burrows, Sarah Bernhardt, Spike Jonze. Bookmark the permalink. 22 Comments.