March 2: Happy Birthday Daniel Craig and Jon Bon Jovi
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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 World. Nathalie Emmanuel, who is turning 28, played Missandei on Game of Thrones and was the hacker Ramsey in Furious 7. Rebel 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 Vanities. John 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 Love. Bedrich 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 Bedrich Smetana, Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Martin, Daniel Craig, dr. seuss, John Cullum, Jon Bon Jovi, Karen Carpenter, Kurt Weill, Martin Ritt. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.