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 EnoughLinda 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 QueensNathan 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 ThingsJake 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.


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  1. I have been looking at Owen Wilson as a potential WTHH subject down the line. I generally enjoy his work. From memory, he was wrestling with some personal demons and took a step back from the spotlight. Hopefully that has worked out for him.

    I saw Kids, but I thought it was overhyped. It was just an unpleasant slog. Three years later, just before she really got a lot of attention for Boys Don’t Cry, I took notice of Chloe Sevigny for the first time in The Last Days of Disco – a personal favorite of mine. I have seen her in a number of movies since then. Most recently she has been a semi-regular on American Horror Story.

    Delroy Lindo is one of those character actors I always look forward to seeing. Get Shorty is the movie that stands out most in my mind. Kevin Nealon was a utility played on SNL during a lot of its better seasons. I liked him on Weeds, but as the show went on it really had to find creative reasons to keep him around. The same could be said of Elizabeth Perkins. Moviewise, I will always associate Perkins with Big.

    Three Weeds actors in one day! I don’t think we’ve had anything like that before. If they filmed in November, they must have had one heck of a birthday party this time of year.

    I remember Linda Evans from Dynasty, but never actually watched it. I was aware of Falcon Crest, but I have even less distinct memories of that nighttime soap. Allison Tolman was terrific in Fargo. If you haven’t been watching the show, please, please do yourself a favor and check it out. Each season is self-contained so you don’t have to be caught up. But if you watch seasons 1 and 2, there are connections.

    We have watched a lot of iCarly in out house, so we watched Nathan Kress grow up. Nate Parker is in a bit of hot water, but I guess we don’t want to bring that up on his birthday. Imogene Coca was one of those stars before my time that I knew primarily from the variety shows (and occasionally game shows) of the 70’s.


    • For what it’s worth Lebeau, I really would like to see you cover Owen Wilson in your WTTH series some day, sooner rather than later if at all possible. On a personal note I readily acknowledge that I have enjoyed a good amount of his films; Wedding Crashers, Shanghai Noon, Meet The Parents and Starsky and Hutch are standouts for me. He has an easy-going, laid back charm on screen that paid off well for him for a good decade or more of box office hits. It’s not exactly shocking however that his career isn’t red-hot anymore, comedians rarely maintain a hot film career for more than a decade or so before the next flavor of the month comes along. Still, there’s no denying that Owen Wilson was very successful for several years.

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      • I recently watched The Minus Man in which Wilson played a very laid back serial killer. That was something. In the opening, he kills Sheryl Crowe.

        I’m really trying to figure out some changes I can make to my daily routine to allow more time for blogging so I can get some WTHH articles through the pipeline and update some of the existing ones. There’s a lot I should be doing blogwise, and it’s just not happening. On the flip side, I’m probably more productive at work and home than I used to be. But that doesn’t help you guys much.


        • Wait, Owen Wilson as a serial killer? That actually sounds interesting. Tell me quick, was it any good? If it was even just a decent watch then I might go out of my way to see Owen Wilson as a serial killer.

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        • It was decent. Had an indie vibe to it. The first victim was Sheryl Crowe, right? Janeane Garofalo has a supporting role. If the idea of Wilson as a chill sociopath interests you, it’s worth a look. He rents a room from an elderly couple played by Brian Cox and Mercedes Ruehl who have a missing daughter. He and Cox bond, but Cox obviously has no idea who his new tenant is. The citizens of the town think he’s exactly the kind of cool guy Owen Wilson usually plays, but he’s secretly poisoning people.


        • I really like “The Minus Man” (you got Mercedes Ruehl & Brian Cox as the couple that rent a room to Wilson’s character); I was going to mention that film in another comment, but your comment saved me the trouble (it really wasn’t much trouble though).


  2. I was interested to see the variety in some of the roles Owen Wilson has played; he’s not just the laid-back guy in comedies all the time.

    Plus, we get that “one day apart” connection again with Wilson and Rachel McAdams.

    I wasn’t sure about including Romany Malco at first, but when I saw that we had three Weeds stars on the same day I know he had to be included.

    And since I’m a big Gilbert & Sullivan fan, today is a pretty important day. And I can’t recommend Topsy-Turvy enough. Jim Broadbent as Gilbert may have given the best performance of his career.


    • Speaking of McAdams and Wilson, I saw that Ilsa Fisher is saying there is a Wedding Crashers sequel in the works.


      • I just saw that too. Look, I’ll be honest and say that I found Wedding Crashers charming and hilarious. Make of that what you will and don’t judge me too harshly. But Wedding Crashers was the culmination of both Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn’s careers at that moment in time. Both had steadily been building a head of steam in their careers, slow but surely, a modest hit movie here, a respectable hit there over a period of several years. This wasn’t even their first time on screen together, they shared some screen time together in the “frat pack” hit Starsky and Hutch the previous year. But Wedding Crashers was a legitimate blockbuster, earning an astounding $215 Million in 2005, which at that time made it the 3rd biggest R rated film of all time only behind Matrix Reloaded and Beverly Hills Cop. I only mention that because it is relatively rare for an R rated film to break $200M domestically, even today. And also it is worth considering that Wedding Crashers was an actual blockbuster back then.

        With that in mind and even as someone who enjoyed Wedding Crashers, a sequel sounds like a desperate ploy to generate some heat again from two guys who haven’t had a hit in many years. I watched their previous collaboration “The Internship” a couple years ago and all I could think was “you guys should have done a follow-up movie together several years ago”, because it was mediocre. There’s no point to a Wedding Crashers sequel.


        • I also enjoyed Wedding Crashers, but I can’t see how it makes sense to make a sequel. The basic point of a successful rom-com, even an R-rated one, is to give the audience that satisfying moment when the main couple gets together and heads off for their happily ever after. How do you make a workable sequel without undermining the ending of the original.


  3. Chloe Sevigny, yeah, I first remember her from “Kids” (a film I learned about from Siskel & Ebert). I think she’s really good.
    I’ve always liked Elizabeth Perkins as well (kind of underused throughout though), and I’m aware that her best friend is Diane Lane, so I think that’s cool too.
    Delroy Lindo, yeah, I like his roles in the films named in the article, and also his part in the 1999 film “Pros and Cons”. It’s not great, but I caught it on HBO a decade or so ago and liked it for what it was (I still say the line” Rio by the sea-o” every once in a while).
    Daphne Rubin- Vega I remember from “Wild Things”. She had a small part, but I thought it was an effective one. Hey, too bad she couldn’t be in “rent” (I actually like the film version, and have it on DVD).
    Gene Mauch had some heartbreakingly close baseball teams (1964 Phillies, 1986 Angels) on the brink of something big. Marty Schottenheimer as a pro football coach had similar moments.

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