August 13: Happy Birthday Sebastian Stan and Dan Fogelberg


Today is Sebastian Stan’s 35th birthday.  The Romanian-born actor moved to the US at about 12 when his mother married an American educator.  He studied at Rutgers and began working regularly in film and television in the mid-2000s, appearing in supporting roles in films such as Red Doors and The Architect, and as the recurring character of Carter Baizen on Gossip Girl.

Stan began to be noticed when he appeared in the role of Bucky Barnes in Captain America: The First Avenger in 2011.  That he was going to be an important figure in the Marvel Cinematic Universe became very clear three years later, when he returned in the role, with a new name attached, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Stan has continued to appear in the MCU, in a cameo in Ant-Man and then a major role in Captain America: Civil War, and will also be in Avengers: Infinity War next year.  He is also beginning to get a lot of other good film roles.  He will appear in a prominent role in Logan Lucky, which premieres at the end of this week, and as Jeff Gillooly in I, Tonya, which will be screened in September at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Dan Fogelberg (1951-2007), the son of two musicians, learned to play guitar and piano as a boy and joined his first band at 14.  He worked as a session musician in Nashville, toured as Van Morrison’s opening act, and released his first studio album in 1972.  His 1979 album Phoenix reached #3 on the Billboard 200, but it was his next album, The Innocent Age, that arguably was his most successful—it included three Top 10 singles and a fourth that reached the Top 20.

While Fogelberg did not enjoy enormous commercial success after the early 1980s, he continued to record and tour for another two decades.

German actress Heike Makatsch is turning 46; she has worked in English-language films like Love Actually and The Book ThiefFreya Mavor, who turns 24, made her debut on series 5 of Skins and starred in the French film The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a GunJames Carpinello, who is 42 today, was part of the original Broadway cast of Rock of Ages, and plays Mario Falcone on Gotham. Polish-born actress Kasia Smutniak, who celebrates her 38th, has worked all over Europe and was featured in the 2010 thriller From Paris with LoveKevin Tighe, who starred as Roy DeSoto on Emergency! in the 1970s, and went on to appear in Road House and several John Sayles films, is 73.

Quinn Cummings was a child actress of the late seventies and eighties, who was an Oscar nominee for The Goodbye Girl, and played Annie Cooper on Family.  Cummings, who turns 50, later became known as an entrepreneur who developed the HipHugger baby carrier.

English footballer Alan Shearer turns 47 today.  The striker spent most of his club career with Blackburn Rovers and Newcastle United, and retired having scored 260 goals in the English Premier League, still a record.  He also scored 30 goals for England in international play, including two at the 1998 World Cup.  Ben Hogan (1912-1997) was one of golf’s all time greats; during his career he won each of the four professional major championships at least once, and won a total of nine majors in his career.

Gene Raymond (1908-1998) was a prominent lead and supporting player in the 1930s, known for films like Flying Down to Rio and The Woman in Red.  These days you can find plenty of stories that suggest that he was gay or bisexual, which could definitely account for the way his film career declined starting in the late thirties.  Regis Toomey (1898-1991) was character player known for films like The Big Sleep and for his regular roles on TV series like Burke’s LawDon Ho (1930-2007) was a traditional pop singer, known for his stage show and frequent guest appearances on television.  If a series did a “visit to Hawaii” episode, he would show up—examples included The Brady Bunch and Charlie’s Angels.

Three women who were or are pioneers of very different sorts were born on this date.  Lucy Stone (1818-1893) was one of a “great triumvirate” of 19th century American women’s rights advocates; along with Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, Stone crusaded tirelessly for women’s suffrage.  She was also a leading abolitionist, and one of the rare women of her time to continue to use her maiden name after marriage.  Annie Oakley (1860-1926) was one of the first popular female entertainers in a traditionally male arena, the Wild West show of the late 19th Century.  Known as “Little Sure Shot,” she was immortalized by Irving Berlin’s musical Annie Get Your Gun, and female action heroines probably owe her at least a bit of a debt.  Janet Yellen, who is celebrating her 71st, became Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System in 2014.  Not only did she become the first female to head the Fed, she is the first woman to hold the top position at any of the top central banks in the world.

Last year on this date, Paul Greengrass and Alfred Hitchcock were the headliners.

Paul Greengrass, who turns 62, is reported to be working on a adaptation of Orwell’s 1984Debi Mazar, who is 53 today, continues to play Maggie Amato on Younger and is seen in the just-released The Only Living Boy in New York.  Moritz Bleibtreu continues to be very busy in German film and television as he turns 46.  John Slattery is 55; he played Dwight D. Eisenhower in the English film Churchill, released in June.  Lennon Stella continues to be featured on Nashville; she is 18 today.  Kathleen Battle, who is 69, returned to the Met for the first time in over 20 years last November to perform a concert of spirituals.

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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