August 26: Happy Birthday Dylan O’Brien and Keke Palmer


Dylan O’Brien is celebrating his 26th today.  In the early days of YouTube, when he was about 14, he began making short films and posting them to his channel.  They attracted the attention of a few people in the film/TV industry, and he began to pursue an acting career.  His first major role was as Stiles Stilinski on MTV’s Teen Wolf.  During the series’ run, he also began pursuing a film career.  He starred with Britt Robertson in the high school rom-com The First Time, and co-starred in The Internship.  He then landed the lead role of Thomas in a film series adapted from the Maze Runner novels, a dystopian sci-fi series by James Dashner.

While The Maze Runner did not have Hunger Games level success, it did well enough that the second and third books in the series have been filmed as well.  O’Brien has also had a supporting role in last year’s Deepwater Horizon, and will star as Mitch Rapp in an adaptation of Vince Flynn’s American Assassin, which releases next month.

Keke Palmer turns 24 today.  Her first film role was in Barbershop 2, but it was with her starring role in Akeelah and the Bee that she really came to the industry’s attention.  She also sang in the soundtrack for that film, launching a moderately successful singing career.  She followed up with supporting roles in films like Cleaner and Shrink, and landed the title role in Nickelodeon’s series True Jackson, VP.

In 2012 Palmer co-starred with Oprah Winfrey in Joyful Noise, another role that allowed her to make use of her singing talents.  She has done some work in musicals, appearing on Broadway as Ella in the revival of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Cinderella and in the TV movie Grease: Live.  She was one of the stars of Fox’s Scream Queens, as Zayday Williams.  After the cancellation of that series after two seasons, she has recently been added to the regular cast of Berlin Station for its second season.

Writer and producer Gene Stupnitsky is celebrating his 40th.  He is a five-time Emmy nominee; three were for writing and producing on The Office, the other two for the TV movie Hello Ladies: The Movie.  He wrote the movie Bad Teacher and was a producer of the TV series adaptation.  His latest project is producing the upcoming Showtime series SMILF.

Mike Colter, who plays Luke Cage in the television branch of the MCU, is 41.  He also starred on The CW’s Ringer for its sole season.  Gracie Dzienny, who is 22, first became known for Nickelodeon’s Super Ninjas, and is now a regular on CBS’s ZooDanielle Savre, who stars on TLC’s Too Close to Home, is turning 28.  Brett Cullen is 61 today; his lengthy career has included regular roles on a variety of series, many of them short-lived (anyone remember Orleans? How about The Simple Life?).  Nazneen Contractor, recently a regular on CBS’s Ransom for its short run, is 35 today.  Meredith Eaton, a self-styled “short stature actress,” was one of the stars of Family Law, and is now a regular on the rebooted MacGyver.  She turns 43.

Our historical figures born today begin with Robert Walpole (1676-1745), who is generally regarded as being effectively the first Prime Minister of Great Britain (although that title did not come into general use until decades later).  Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha (1819-1861) was the husband of Queen Victoria of England; as of 1857 he officially was titled the Prince Consort.  Although he had no official power, he was very active during his wife’s reign, and she was devastated by his death in 1861.  Rupert Friend played Albert in the 2009 film The Young Victoria, opposite Emily Blunt in the title role.  Maxwell Taylor (1901-1987) was a prominent American 20th century general.  He commanded the 101st Airborne Division from early 1944 through the end of the war and led them into Normandy on D-Day.  He later was the Army Chief of Staff in the late 1950s, and came out of retirement in 1962 when President Kennedy asked him to become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.  Geraldine Ferraro (1935-2011) is remembered as the first woman to become a vice-presidential candidate on a major party ticket in US history; she was Walter Mondale’s running mate in 1984.

On August 26 of last year, our headliners were Melissa McCarthy and Chris Pine.

Molly McCarthy is turning 47.  Her latest projects include the upcoming film Life of the Party, which she stars in and co-wrote and produced.  She is also a producer, and has guest-starred on, TV Land’s Nobodies, and returned to the role of Sookie St. James on Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.  Meanwhile, we wish Chris Pine a happy 37th.  Last fall he was one of the stars of Hell or High Water, which received a little bit of notice on this blog, and earlier this year he joined the DC Extended Universe as Steve Trevor in Wonder Woman.  He will play Dr. Alexander Murry in next year’s A Wrinkle in Time, and will also play Robert the Bruce in a film titled Outlaw King.

Alison Steadman, who is turning 71, appears in the upcoming film We Can Be HeroesAmanda Schull, who continues to star on Syfy’s 12 Monkeys, is turning 39.  Brian Kelley, one half of Florida Georgia Line, is 32.  The country duo continued their success with their third studio album, Dig Your Roots.  Mexican singer-actress Thalía is celebrating her 46th.  She spent last fall on the Latina Love Tour, in support of her latest album.

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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