January 28: Happy Birthday Alan Alda and Sarah McLachlan
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Alan Alda turns 81 today. The son of Tony-winner Robert Alda, he began his acting career on the stage, making his Broadway debut in 1959. In 1967 he received the first of three Tony nominations of his career for starring in the Jerry Bock-Sheldon Harnick musical The Apple Tree. In the late sixties, he began working regularly in film, and received a Golden Globe nomination for starring in Paper Lion.
However, Alda’s greatest success came on television. In 1972 he was cast as Hawkeye Pierce in the television series M*A*S*H (adapted from the 1970 film), and remained in the role for the show’s entire eleven season run. Over the course of the series, Alda gradually became one of its leading creative influences, especially after the departure of creators Larry Gelbart and Gene Reynolds, and wrote and/or directed many episodes. Alda received six Golden Globes and five Emmys for his work on M*A*S*H.
Alda maintained his film career during M*A*S*H‘s run, most notably receiving Golden Globe nominations for Best Screenplay and Best Actor for The Four Seasons (which he also directed). In recent years, he received his sixth Emmy Award for playing Senator Arnold Vinick on The West Wing and his first Oscar nomination, Best Supporting Actor, for The Aviator. In March of this year he and his wife, Arlene, will celebrate 60 years of marriage.
Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan celebrates her 49th birthday today. She began performing in her late teens and her first album came out in 1988. Her next two albums sold well in her native Canada and began to build her a reputation, but her big breakthrough internationally came with her fourth album, Surfacing, in 1997, which reached #1 in Canada and #2 in the US, and gave her her first major hit singles and her first two Grammys, including winning for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance:
Since 1997, McLachlan has released three more studio albums, not counting two Christmas albums, and a pair of live albums. A resident of Vancouver, BC, she has engaged in a wide variety of music outreach and education activities in her community through the years. She has been heard on the soundtracks of a wide variety of films and television programs in the last two decades-plus.
Elijah Wood turns 36 today. He emerged as a prominent juvenile and teen actor in the nineties in films such as North, The Ice Storm, and The Faculty. He was then cast as Frodo Baggins in The Lord of the Rings. Since then he has worked largely in more low-profile films, although he did star on FX’s series Wilfred for four seasons. Tom Hopper, who is 32, currently stars as Billy Bones on the Starz series Black Sails. Angelique Cabral, who stars on CBS’s Life in Pieces, turns 38 today. Ariel Winter, who stars as Alex Dunphy on Modern Family, is celebrating her 19th. Will Poulter, who is turning 24, won a BAFTA Rising Star Award for We’re the Millers and has appeared in The Maze Runner and The Revenant.
Kathryn Morris, who played the lead role of Lily Rush on Cold Case, turns 48 today. She currently has a recurring role on the USA Network’s Colony. Harley Jane Kozak, known for starring in the films Parenthood and Arachnophobia and on the soap opera Santa Barbara, turns 60. She has written several mystery novels and won a number of Best First Novel awards for her debut, Dating Dead Men. Writer and director Frank Darabont, who turns 58, is a three-time Oscar nominee best known for films like The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile. Roy Clarke, who turns 87, is best known as the creator and writer of several well-received British sitcoms, such as Last of the Summer Wine, Open All Hours, and Keeping Up Appearances.
It’s boy band day in the music world. Joey Fatone, who spent seven years as a member of NSYNC, turns 40 today. He has moved on to a career as a television host; his current activites include hosting the Food Channels Rewrapped. Nick Carter, of the Backstreet Boys, said to be the bestselling boy band in the world, turns 37 today. He has also had a moderately successful career as a solo artist. Billy Bass Nelson, best known as the bass player for funk pioneers Funkadelic, turns 66 today. Classical pianist Arthur Rubinstein (1887-1982) gave his first performance at the age of 7 and recorded and toured for over 80 years before retiring in 1976. He was a four-time Grammy winner for recordings of Beethoven, Brahms and Schubert and was also noted for his interpretations of Chopin.
Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill, who turns 31, was a three-time world champion and 2012 Olympic gold medalist in the heptathlon. Italian footballer Gianluigi Buffon, who is 39 today, has been named the IFFHS World’s Best Goalkeeper four times in his career and was in the nets when Italy won the 2006 World Cup. Gregg Popovich, who celebrates his 68th, is the current dean of NBA coaches, having been head coach of the San Antonio Spurs since 1996. In that time he has guided them to five NBA titles and 19 consecutive winning seasons.
Little-known actor Lewis Wilson (1920-2000) is the answer to the trivia question “Who was the first actor to play Batman onscreen?”, as he starred in the 1943 Columbia film serial The Batman. Tom Neal (1914-1972) had a somewhat bigger film career than Wilson, including starring in the 1941 serial Jungle Girl and in the classic of low-budget film noir, Detour. But Neal was better known for his off-screen activities, which included getting into a famous brawl with actor Franchot Tone over actress Barbara Payton, and later being convicted of manslaughter in the death of his wife.
John Banner (1910-1973) will be remembered for playing Sergeant Schultz, who inevitably knew, saw and heard nothing on Hogan’s Heroes for six seasons. Like his costar Werner Klemperer, who played Col. Klink, the Austrian-born Banner was a Jewish refugee from Nazism. Suzanne Flon (1918-2005) worked in French cinema for over sixty years and was a two-time Cesar Award winner for Best Supporting Actress. Director Hiroshi Teshigahara (1927-2001) was best known for the Oscar-nominated film Suna no onna, or Woman in the Dunes.
American artist Jackson Pollock (1912-1956) was a major figure in the abstract impressionist movement and was known for his “drip painting” technique. Jose Marti (1853-1895), the “Apostle of Cuban Independence,” was a poet and political activist who was one of the most important figures in nineteenth century Latin American literature.
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 January 28, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged Alan Alda, Ariel Winter, Elijah Wood, Jackson Pollock, John Banner, Kathryn Morris, Roy Clarke, Sarah McLachlan, Suzanne Flon, Will Poulter. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.