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August 10: Happy Birthday Brenton Thwaites and Lucas Till

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Today we have a pair of newer faces as our headliners.

Australian actor Brenton Thwaites is turning 28 today.  He began his career in Australian television, including a stint on the long-running Aussie serial Home and Away, before moving to California.  He starred in the TV movie Blue Lagoon: The Awakening, and then moved into feature film work.  He played Prince Philip in Maleficent, and starred in The Giver, adapted from the novel by Lois Lowry.  Last year he played Bek in Gods of Egypt, and earlier this year, he played a central role in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales.

Lucas Till is celebrating his 27th.  He has been acting since he was young; some people may remember him as Jack Cash in Walk the Line.  His first big adult role was as Alex Summer/Havok in X-Men: First Class, a role he has reprised in two sequels to that film.  He has been working a lot in the last several years.  While many of his films are released direct-to-VOD, like All Superheroes Must Die or Bravetown, he has also appeared in bigger projects like Stoker and this year’s Monster Trucks.  Last fall he began his first major television project, starring in a reboot of a 1980s series with some cult classic credibility.

Diane Venora turns 65.  She was critically acclaimed for her performance as Chan Parker in Bird, and in the 1990s had a run of good roles in films like Heat, The Jackal, and The InsiderDaniel Hugh Kelly, who was born the same day as Venora, starred on ABC’s Hardcastle & McCormick in the mid-1980s, and has had a long stage career, especially with The Public Theatre and in regional productions.  Claudia Christian, best known for playing Commander Susan Ivanova on Babylon 5, is 52 today.

Roxanne McKee, who is celebrating her 37th, is best known for her TV work—on the British soap Hollyoaks, on Syfy’s Dominion, and on Game of Thrones as Doreah.  Ryan Eggold, known for his regular roles as Ryan Matthews on 90210 and Tom Keen on The Blacklist, is turning 33 today.  Megan Stevenson, who turns 34, played A. J. Gibbs on Comedy Central’s mockumentary series ReviewJacob Latimore, who is 21, is known for his supporting role in Collateral Beauty and for starring in the indie film Sleight.

Rhonda Fleming turns 94 today.  The red-haired Fleming was known as the “Queen of Technicolor” in her heyday because of how the camera loved her.  She starred in films like A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, The Last Outpost, While the City Sleeps, and Gunfight at the O.K. Corral.

Ronnie Spector (born Veronica Bennett), who is 74, was the lead singer of the popular 1960s girl group The Ronettes, who were known for hits like the #2 “Be My Baby” as well as “Baby, I Love You” and “Walking in the Rain.”

Red Holzman (1920-1998) is in the Basketball Hall of Fame because of his achievements coaching the New York Knicks.  During his 15 year tenure he led the Knicks to two NBA titles.

Noah Beery, Jr., (1913-1994) had a long career in supporting roles in film and on television; 1970s audiences might remember him best, as Joseph “Rocky” Rockford, father of the title character on The Rockford FilesJeff Corey (1914-2002) was another durable supporting player, known for significant roles in films like The Killers (1946 version), True Grit (1969 version), and Battle Beyond the Stars.

Herbert Hoover (1874-1964) was the 31st President of the US, and suffered from both the bad fortune of having the Great Depression begin only months after he took office, and the lack of vision to figure out an effective response.  Prior to 1929, he was one of the most respected men of his time, an enormously successful mining engineer who then engaged in some remarkable humanitarian efforts during and after the First World War.  Henri Nestlé (1814-1890) was the founder of the Nestlé corporation, known in particular for chocolate, but these days the world’s largest food and beverage company.

Our headliners on this date one year ago were Rosanna Arquette and Antonio Banderas.

Rosanna Arquette, who is 58, had a supporting role in Lovesong, out earlier this year, and will be in an adaptation of The Etruscan Smile, a novel by Jose Luis Sampedro.  Her WTHH article is hereAntonio Banderas is turning 57; he starred in the recent release Black Butterfly and will be in the upcoming films Security and Life Itself.

Justin Theroux, who is 46 today, recently concluded the final season of The Leftovers.  He starred in last fall’s The Girl on the Train and will be in Duncan Jones’s upcoming MuteJoAnna Garcia, who is 38, will star in ABC’s new series Kevin (Probably) Saves the World.

And since it’s the birthday of country star Jimmy Dean (1928-2010), let’s recall his most famous hit:

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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Posted on August 10, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. So as I said, some new faces today. I am a little more familiar with Lucas Till than with Brenton Thwaites, because of his appearances in the X-Men films, but I expect we will be seeing some more of each one for at least a few years.

    Rhonda Fleming wasn’t quite as big a star as some of her contemporaries, but she was pretty big in her day. Aside from some of the films mentioned in the article, she was sort of an apprentice femme fatale in Out of the Past (which I talked about a little bit a few days ago for Robert Mitchum’s birthday).

    Aside from playing Rocky Rockford, Noah Beery, Jr., appeared in The Last Outpost with Rhonda Fleming, and made several films with Howard Hawks, including Only Angels Have Wings, Sergeant York, and Red River.

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