June 16: Happy Birthday Laurie Metcalf and Daniel Brühl


Laurie Metcalf is turning 62 today.  Her first credited film role was in Desperately Seeking Susan.  She has since had prominent roles in Internal Affairs, JFK, Blink, and Scream 2, and will be in the upcoming Lady Bird with Saoirse Ronan.  On television, she has been nominated for Emmys in the Outstanding Guest Actress category several times, for appearances on series like 3rd Rock from the Sun, Desperate Housewives, and The Big Bang Theory, and for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy for Getting On.  Her most famous screen role, however, for which she was a three-time Emmy winner, was as Jackie Harris on Roseanne.

Metcalf has also had a prominent theater career.  She was a charter member of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre Company—along with, among others, Gary Sinise and John Malkovich.  She began working Off-Broadway in the mid-1980s and made her Broadway debut in My Thing of Love in 1995.  She has been nominated for four Tonys, winning for the first time just a few days ago, when she received Best Actress in a Play for starring as Nora Helmer in Lucas Hnath’s A Doll’s House, Part 2.

Daniel Brühl, who turns 39 today, has emerged as one of Europe’s biggest stars in the last 15 years.  He has worked primarily in German film, but his mother is Spanish and he has made several appearances in Spanish films as well, receiving two Goya Award nominations.  He began starring in German films around 2001, but first really emerged as a major star in the 2003 film Good Bye Lenin!, which won awards all over Europe and received a Golden Globe nomination.  His first Hollywood part was a small role in The Bourne Ultimatum, but he came to the attention of American audiences much more dramatically as Fredrick Zoller in Inglourious Basterds.

Subsequently, Brühl has worked all over Europe and the Americas.  He received his second Goya Award nomination for the Spanish film Eva, and starred in Ron Howard’s Rush as Niki Lauda, opposite Chris Hemsworth as James Hunt.  He co-starred with Emma Watson in the thriller Colonia and then joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Captain America: Civil War, as Helmut Zimo.

John Cho, who turns 45, first became known for a central role in Better Luck Tomorrow, then as Harold Lee in the Harold & Kumar films.  He has played Hikaru Sulu in three Star Trek films and was one of the stars of ABC’s short-lived FlashForward.

Joan Van Ark, who is celebrating her 74th birthday, has been a Tony nominee for The School for Wives, and starred on Knots Landing as Valerie Ewing for 13 seasons.  Valerie Mahaffey, who won an Emmy on Northern Exposure and is known for recurring roles on Desperate Housewives and Devious Maids, is 64 today.  Danny Burstein, who is 54 today, is a six-time Tony nominee, most recently for starring as Tevye in a 2015 revival of Fiddler on the Roof.

Eddie Cibrian, who has had starring roles on Third Watch, season 8 of CSI: Miami, and the recently-canceled Rosewood, is celebrating his 44th.  Missy Peregrym, who turns 35, starred as Andy McNally on the Canadian police drama Rookie Blue for its entire six season run.  German-Turkish actress Sibel Kekilli turns 37; she has had some major roles in German film and played Shae on Game of Thrones.

Before his death in a drive-by shooting, Tupac Shakur (1971-1996) was one of the most influential and best-selling hip hop artists ever.  He is played by Demetrius Shipp, Jr., in the biopic All Eyez on Me, which goes into general release today.  Tenor Jerry Hadley (1952-2007) shared in Grammys for three opera recordings, and also did some musical theater work, notably in John McGlinn’s famous recording of Show Boat.  Sadly, he died at 55 in an apparent suicide.

Joyce Carol Oates, who turns 79 today, is known for her novels such as Black Water and Blonde and O. Henry Award winning short stories like “In the Region of Ice.”  Erich Segal (1937-2010) was arguably one of the great “one hit wonders” among writers for his novel Love Story (he also wrote the screenplay for the film adaptation).  Katharine Graham (1917-2001) became the publisher of the Washington Post, in succession to her husband Philip, after the latter’s suicide.  She was the paper’s publisher during some of the most tumultuous years of US history, in particular when the paper was covering the Watergate scandal.

Roberto Duran, one of the “Fabulous Four” of non-heavyweight boxing greats of the eighties, is 66 today.  During his career he held world titles, at different times, in four weight divisions ranging from lightweight to middleweight.  Phil Mickelson, who turns 47, has been one of the world’s top golfers for over 20 years.  He has won five majors and a total of 42 PGA Tour titles.

Stan Laurel (1890-1965) was half of one of the most famous comedy duos in film history; he and Oliver Hardy co-starred in nearly 100 short films and features, not counting cameo appearances.  Jack Albertson (1907-1981) was a Best Supporting Actor winner for The Subject Was  Roses and a Primetime Emmy winner as Ed “the Man” Brown on Chico and the ManFaith Domergue (1924 or 1925-1999) was known as an early “scream queen” for her roles in 1950s horror films like Cult of the Cobra and The Atomic ManVilmos Zsigmond (1930-2016) was ranked as one of the ten most influential cinematographers in history.  He was a four-time Oscar nominee, winning for Close Encounters of the Third Kind.

Adam Smith (1723-1790) was famous as the author of The Theory of Moral Sentiments and The Wealth of Nations; for the latter he is often given the accolade of “the father of modern economics.”  Geronimo (1829-1909) was one of the most famous Apache leaders during the decades of irregular warfare between their tribes and the US Army during the 19th Century.  He was played by Wes Studi in Walter Hill’s film Geronimo: An American Legend.


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. Like everyone else, I know Laurie Metcalf from Roseanne. I have seen her in I don’t know how many movies and TV shows since. I didn’t recognize Daniel Brühl by name, but his face looked familiar. Then I read the credits you cited and realized I had seen him in quite a few movies.

    I like John Cho. The first Harold and Kumar movie was a lot of fun. The third one, the Christmas movie, was surprisingly good. I don’t think I have ever watched the first sequel. Cho is also part of an excellent Star Trek cast, even if the movies rarely do the cast justice. And speaking of short-lived shows, Cho was also one of the stars of the under-rated rom-com, Selfie. No one watched it which was a shame. It was actually good.


    • Now that you reminded me, I watched “Selfie” a few times; I liked it, but until now I forgot about it.


      • Yeah, I had too until I started thinking about Cho’s career. It wasn’t a great show, but it was good and had potential to get better. I think the stupid name killed it outright. People didn’t realize the show was making fun of social media and didn’t give it a chance. Oh well.


        • I thought the show was kinda fun, but I agree, it wasn’t given a chance (I also forgot that it wasn’t even given a full network season) and the title stinks.
          Man, I keep forgetting some of these doomed series, but yet I can always remember Michael Madsen’s “Vengeance Unlimited” from ABC, and that cancellation happened ages ago. Maybe it’s cancellation caused my mind to snap?


  2. I was never a regular Roseanne viewer, but I have known Laurie Metcalf through films like Blink and Scream 2 for some time. Nice to see her pick up a shiny new Tony Award.

    I saw Good Bye Lenin! and a couple of Daniel Brühl’s other German films a number of years back. It’s good to see him getting some global recognition.

    John Cho has proven to be a good choice as Sulu, and Selfie sounds interesting (and also featured Karen Gillan of Doctor Who and Guardians of the Galaxy fame).

    Katharine Graham took over the Washington Post at a time when there were few if any women in comparable positions in the newspaper business, but showed her mettle in the Pentagon Papers and Watergate episodes.


  3. Laurie Metcalf, I definitely know of her best from “Roseanne”, but I’ve also seen her in films such as “Pacific Heights” and 1996’s “Dear God”. Plus, I recall her doing some of those sad animal rescue commercials a few years ago.
    John Cho, I really like the first Harold & Kumar film: they had me for keeps in the scene where they began enjoying that Wilson Phillips song “Hold On”.
    Joan Van Ark, I know of her, but I haven’t personally watched anything of significance in which she was a cast member.
    Eddie Cibrian, I liked that ESPN series he was in during the early 2000’s titled “Tilt”. Otherwise, I caught a few episodes of “CSI: Miami” in which he was a cast member.
    Tupac Shakur, I think he was really deep, and I thought he did well in films such as “Juice”, “Poetic Justice”, and “Above the Rim”.
    Roberto Duran, my lasting image of him was his brief guest spot in the “Miami vice” episode ‘Payback’, and he was featured in a Sports Illustrated “Where Are They Now?” segment (he seemed happy and was doing fine).
    Stan Laurel, I can’t say I’ve watched much of Laurel & Hardy, but I respect their legend,
    Geronimo, I know a little about his history; I hope what I think I know is true, or at least close to it.


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