November 18: Happy Birthday Owen Wilson and Chloe Sevigny
Owen Wilson, the best-known of three acting brothers, turns 48 today. He made his debut in 1996 in Bottle Rocket, a film he also co-wrote with director Wes Anderson—the two have had a long partnership. His other long-standing creative partnership, with Ben Stiller, began the same year in The Cable Guy. Wilson had supporting roles in films such as Anaconda and Armageddon, and then starred opposite Jackie Chan in Shanghai Noon.
Wilson’s career highlights from early in the 2000s include starring in the military drama Behind Enemy Lines, reuniting with Wes Anderson for The Royal Tenenbaums (the two co-wrote the Oscar-nominated screenplay), and with Ben Stiller for several films, including Zoolander and the first in the Meet the Parents series. In 2005, he had one of his biggest hits in an R-rated romantic comedy:
In the last decade Wilson has continued to work regularly with Wes Anderson on films like The Darjeeling Limited, The Grand Budapest Hotel, and She’s Funny That Way. He and Wedding Crashers co-star Rachel McAdams were reunited in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. He has also voiced Lightning McQueen in the Cars animated series.
Chloe Sevigny, one of the bigger names in independent film of the last two decades, turns 42 today. She made her debut in Larry Clark’s controversial film Kids, which was not the most controversial film she’s ever appeared in (three words: The Brown Bunny). She was an Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for Boys Don’t Cry. A few of her other notable film roles have been in Shattered Glass and in Lars von Trier’s Dogville and Manderlay. She won a Golden Globe for playing Nicki Grant in HBO’s Big Love.
Delroy Lindo, who turns 64, made his film debut in the 1970s, but then took about a decade off to concentrate on the stage; he was nominated for a Tony in 1988. He returned to film in the 1990s, appearing in Get Shorty, A Life Less Ordinary and several of Spike Lee’s films. Dennis Haskins is 66 today; he played Principal Belding in the Saved by the Bell series. Kevin Nealon, who celebrates his 63rd, was a regular for nearly a decade on Saturday Night Live and more recently played Doug Wilson on Showtime’s Weeds. Another star of Weeds was Elizabeth Perkins, who was a two-time Emmy nominee as Celia Hodes. She turns 56, and is also known for roles in films like Big and Avalon. Making it a Weeds trifecta today is Romany Malco, who turns 48; he played Conrad Shepard.
Versatile actress Brenda Vaccaro, who turns 77, picked up Oscar, Tony and Emmy nominations during her career and won a Golden Globe for the film Once is Not Enough. Linda Evans, who starred as Audra Barkley on The Big Valley in the 1960s and Krystle Carrington on Dynasty in the 1980s, turns 74 today. Susan Sullivan, born the same day as Evans, starred on another of the hit primetime soap operas of the 1980s, playing Maggie Gioberti Channing on Falcon Crest.
Allison Tolman, who was an Emmy and Golden Globe nominee for playing Molly Solverson on Fargo, celebrates her 35th. Born the same day as Tolman, Iranian-American actress Nasrim Pedrad was on Saturday Night Live for five seasons and was in the first season cast of Scream Queens. Nathan Kress, who turns 24, is known to fans of Nickelodeons iCarly as Freddie Benson. Daphne Rubin-Vega was a Tony nominee for originating the role of Mimi Marquez in Rent, turns 47. She has also been on Broadway as Fantine in Les Miz and as Stella Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire, and will be remembered by fans of the movie Wild Things. Jake Abel, who played Luke Castellan in the Percy Jackson and the Olympians films, turns 29 today. Nate Parker, who directed, wrote and stars in the slave revolt drama The Birth of a Nation (currently still in theaters), turns 37.
Sports birthdays include sprinter Allyson Felix, who turns 31. Her nine career Olympic medals are tied for the most ever in women’s track and field history. Gene Mauch (1925-2005) was one of the most respected managers in baseball history; no manager ever won more games without winning a league pennant. Jamie Moyer, who turns 54 today, played until the 2012 season, becoming the oldest pitcher to win a major league game at the age of 49.
In music, Johnny Mercer (1909-1976) was a lyricist who worked with some of America’s greatest popular composers, and also founded Capitol Records. He was nominated for eighteen Oscars, winning for Best Original Song four times. Ignacy Jan Paderewski (1860-1941) was one of the most prominent pianists of his generation, and also served as Prime Minster of Poland when his native country regained its independence after World War 1. Eugene Ormandy (1899-1985) was the conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra for over 40 years. Under his leadership the orchestra won two Grammys and was known for the beauty of their “Philadelphia sound.” Graham Parker, the English singer-songwriter who had an influence on punk and new wave music, turns 66 today.
Sir William S. Gilbert (1836-1911) was one half of one of the greatest creative teams in theater history. He and Arthur Sullivan created the series of comic operettas known as the “Savoy operas,” many of which are still performed all over the world. Jim Broadbent played Gilbert in Mike Leigh’s film Topsy-Turvy, about the creation of perhaps the greatest of the Gilbert & Sullivan operettas, The Mikado.
Frances Marion (1888-1973) was an overseas correspondent during World War 1, following which she became the first person to win two Oscars for screenwriting, for The Big House and The Champ. Comic actress Imogene Coca (1908-2001) was a six-time Emmy nominee; five of those were for appearing opposite Sid Caesar on Your Show of Shows. She won the Emmy for Best Actress in 1952. Egyptian actor Ahmed Zaki (1949-2005) is sometimes described as the greatest actor Arabian cinema has ever had. David Hemmings (1941-2003) became a star for a few years after he appeared in Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup in 1966.
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 November 18, 2016, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Allison Tolman, Chloe Sevigny, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Delroy Lindo, Elizabeth Perkins, Imogene Coca, Johnny Mercer, Linda Evans, Owen Wilson, William S Gilbert. Bookmark the permalink. 11 Comments.