March 2: Happy Birthday Daniel Craig and Jon Bon Jovi


And we are now 2 for 2 in finding a pic of our two headliners together for this month, this time from a charity event of some kind (joined by Bon Jovi’s wife Dorothea Hurley).

Daniel Craig celebrates his 49th today.  He began acting in the early nineties, spending most of that decade in minor roles.  Starting in the 2000s he began to get more significant roles in films like Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Road to Perdition, but his real breakthrough was as the never-named protagonist of Matthew Vaughn’s Layer Cake.  Following that came his at-the-time controversial casting in a very durable action franchise:

Craig has continued as James Bond for three additional films (and counting?).  We have just a tiny bit of Bond coverage at this site, so it won’t be too hard to find out how le Blog readers feel about Craig’s Bond.  Craig has also appeared in several other action films of various genres, including high fantasy (as Lord Asriel in The Golden Compass), sci-fi/Western hybrid (Cowboys & Aliens), and mystery/thriller (as Mikael Blomkvist in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo).  He also appeared in the pivotal role of Stormtrooper JB-007 in The Force Awakens.

Jon Bon Jovi is celebrating his 55th.  While he has made a few solo albums, the core of his career is as the frontman of the rock band he founded in 1983.  Bon Jovi have sold over 100 million records worldwide.  Their greatest success came in the late eighties, when they had back-to-back #1 albums with Slippery When Wet and New Jersey.  The group had four #1 singles from the two albums combined.

Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of yesterday’s headliner Ron, is 36 today.  She was a Golden Globe nominee as Rosalind in Kenneth Branagh’s As You Like It and recently played Claire Dearing in Jurassic WorldNathalie Emmanuel, who is turning 28, played Missandei on Game of Thrones and was the hacker Ramsey in Furious 7Rebel Wilson, known for playing Fat Amy in the Pitch Perfect films and a star of last year’s How to Be Single and Grimsby, turns 37.  Robert Iler, who played A. J. Soprano on the HBO series, is 32 today.  Gates McFadden, who celebrates her 68th, played Dr. Beverly Crusher on Star Trek: The Next Generation and in four feature films, and also had a significant career as a choreographer.  Pilou Asbæk, who is turning 35, plays Euron “Crow’s Eye” Greyjoy on Game of Thrones.

Two-time Tony winner (and five-time nominee) John Cullum is 87 today.  His Tonys are both for Best Actor in a Musical, for Shenendoah and On the Twentieth Century.  Fans of ER might recall him for the recurring role of Mark Greene’s father, David, while his best known film role is probably as Edward Rutledge in the film adaptation of 1776.

More music birthdays include Chris Martin, who turns 40.  He is the co-founder and lead singer of the seven-time Grammy winning alternative rock band Coldplay.  Rebbeca Gomez, aka Becky G, turns 20.  She had a top 20 hit with “Shower” and stars in the new Power Rangers movie.  Lou Reed (1942-2013) had a notable career as the principal songwriter and vocalist of the Velvet Underground as well as one as a solo artist, known for his hit “Walk on the Wild Side.”  Karen Carpenter (1950-1983) was the vocalist and drummer for the enormously successful seventies duo The Carpenters, who had a string of pop/soft rock hits like “Close to You,” “We’ve Only Just Begun,” and “Top of the World.”  Sadly, she was also one of the first high-profile victims of an eating disorder, dying of an anorexia-related heart failure a few weeks shy of her 33rd birthday.

Jennifer Jones (1919-2009) made a couple of films under her given name of Phyllis Isley, gave up on acting for a couple of years, then became a protege of David Selznick.  She re-emerged with a bang, winning Best Actress for The Song of Bernadette, and receiving Oscar nominations for the next three years, culminating with Selznick’s torrid melodrama Duel in the Sun.  She never reached the same level of success again but remained a prominent leading lady through the late fifties.  Desi Arnaz (1917-1986) was a major figure in the early days of television as a star of I Love Lucy and co-founder of Desilu Productions.
Director and actor Martin Ritt (1914-1990) made some of his best films with Paul Newman, including The Long Hot Summer, Hud (for which he was Oscar-nominated) and Hombre (an Elmore Leonard adaptation).

Literary figures born today include Tom Wolfe, who turns 86.  A pioneer of the “New Journalism” movement, Wolfe is known for non-fiction books like The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test and The Right Stuff and the novel The Bonfire of the VanitiesJohn Irving, author of novels like The Hotel New Hampshire and The Cider House Rules, turns 75.  Sholem Aleichem (1859-1916), a major figure in Yiddish literature, was the author of a series of stories about Tevye the Dairyman, the basis for the musical Fiddler on the Roof.  Theodore Seuss Geisel, usually known by his pen name of Dr. Seuss (1904-1991) was one of the most successful and influential authors of children’s literature of all time.  His books, which include Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and The Lorax, have sold over 200 million copies worldwide.

Our sports birthday is Baseball Hall of Famer Mel Ott (1909-1958), an eleven-time All-Star outfielder for the New York Giants who was the first National League player to hit 500 career home runs.  Our historical birthday is Sam Houston (1793-1863), known for his role in the Texas Revolution of 1835-36 and a leader in the subsequent efforts of Texas to join the United States.

Finally, two more music birthdays.  German composer Kurt Weill (1900-1950) was best known for his music for the stage.  He collaborated several times with Bertolt Brecht, most famously on The Threepenny Opera, and also worked at different times with Maxwell Anderson, Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes, and Ogden Nash.  Weill was married to singer and actress Lotte Lenya, who Bond fans will remember as Rosa Klebb in From Russia With LoveBedrich Smetana (1824-1884) was one of the first major Czech composers.  He is best known for his opera The Bartered Bride, and for the cycle of tone poems titled Ma Vlast, or My Homeland, especially the one titled Vltava in Czech, but more often known by its German title, Die Moldau:

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 March 2, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. You found a picture of Jon Bon Jovi and Daniel Craig together? Mind. Blown. That is some damn fine research Jestak.


  2. In addition to Ron Howard and Bryce Dallas Howard having birthdays on consecutive days, there’s another parent/child pairing of the same kind over the last two days. John Cullum, today’s musical theater birthday, has a son named JD Cullum who has been a longtime member of the Antaeus Theater Group in Southern California and has made periodic film and television appearances, including roles in Glory and Good Night, and Good Luck. JD’s birthday is March 1.

    As a little bonus for today’s article, here’s John Cullum’s big musical moment from the film adaptation of 1776:


  3. Like Craig Hansen mentioned, a photo of both Daniel Craig & Jon Bon Jovi was not was I expected to see. Nice job, jestak2 (not like you’re not doing great with this series already)!
    I think Craig is a good modern day Bond, I just prefer the previous ones. However, I really enjoyed his work in “Layer Cake” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo”. I recall he was in 2005’s “The Jacket” too (I like that film(.
    I was big in Bon Jovi back in 1989-1991, when I used to walk the family dog while listening to the “Slippery When Wet” album on my walkman. I’ve seen some of his acting work too, and thought he was pretty decent there too.
    Bryce Dallas Howard, well, due to this site I just recently learned that Ron Howard is her father, and now I just learned their birthdays are a day apart; I fun that fun facting.
    Rebel Wilson, I viewed a few episodes of that show she had, “Super Fun Night”; I thought it was okay, but I wasn’t surprised it was canceled either.
    Gates McFadden, she left an impression on me from a guest spot in “Dream On”, and I like 1989’s “Taking Care of business” (every way) more than most probably do, and I remember her from that too.
    Lou Reed, wow, what a poet and songwriter, and he had a starving artist quality about him due to never really being that mainstream; yet he’s been a heavy influence in the world of music. Well, he still made a lot of money and was a true artist, and that sounds good to me.
    Karen Carpenter, I think “We’ve Only Just Begun” is a beautiful song, and a little wistful too; truly sad about her disorder and self-image.
    Martin Ritt, I like a few of the films he directed: “The Spy Who Came in from the Cold”, “Norma Rae”, “Murphy’s Romance”, and “Nuts” (a film I remember was the focus of a posted Movieline article on here some time back).
    Tom Wolfe, I’ve actually never read anything of his; I must be a humanoid.
    On the other hand, Dr. Seuss, kind of a literary hero of mine; not so much of an influence now, but about 20 or 21 years ago I was all about the good Dr. Seuss.


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  4. Very impressive photo-hunting. Two days in a row!

    Is it time to assess Craig’s tenure as 007? It appears to be over. Casino Royale is a classic. Skyfall is very good. Quantum of Solace and Spectre are watchable. That’s a heck of a lot better track record than Pierce Brosnan had. I don’t think Craig can make a bid for top Bond with only four movies under his belt, but he’s definitely up there.

    It seems to me like Bryce Dallas Howard should be working more. Jurassic World seems to have raised her profile, but not enough for my liking.


  5. Daniel Craig has announced that he will return for a fifth and final film as James Bond.


  6. I’m happy to hear that. Hopefully he can go out on something closer to Casino Royale than Spectre.


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