September 2: Happy Birthday Mark Harmon and Nicolette Krebitz


Mark Harmon is 66 today.  He was the son of 1940 Heisman Trophy winner Tom Harmon, and started at quarterback for UCLA for two seasons in the early 1970s.  He got his first acting job through his older sister Kristin, who was married to Ricky Nelson—he made a guest appearance on Ozzie’s Girls.  During the 1970s he made a number of guest appearances on series like Adam-12, Laverne & Shirley, and Police Woman, and was an Emmy nominee for the TV movie Eleanor and Franklin: The White House Years.

In the 1980s Harmon had a short run as a major film actor, starring in films like Summer School, The Presidio, and Stealing Home.  But mostly he has worked on television.  The first couple of times he landed a regular series role, the series ended up canceled after no more than a season, but eventually he got some more successful gigs.  Medical dramas have been pretty good to him, as he was a regular on St. Elsewhere in the mid-eighties, and on Chicago Hope in the late 1990s.  But his most successful TV role, one he’s played for nearly 15 years, has been as the Marine Scout Sniper turned criminal investigator Leroy Jethro Gibbs on NCIS.

German actress, model and writer-director Nicolette Krebitz is turning 45.  She began working in German television as a child actress in the 1980s.  In the late 1990s she began starring in a number of well-received German films, including Bandits, Long Hello and Short Goodbye, and The Tunnel.  She also made her English-language debut in the World War 2 comedy All the Queen’s Men, co-starring with Matt LeBlanc and Eddie Izzard.

Krebitz has also directed and written three features, along with a short or two and a couple of contributions to anthology films.  She also starred in her debut as a writer-director, the 2001 film Jeans.  Her latest feature was last year’s Wild.  It brought Krebitz the Best Director award at the Bavarian Film Awards, while the film won several honors at the German Film Awards.

Eugenio Derbez, who turns 56, is a Mexican actor, comedian and filmmaker who Variety ranked #1 on their Latino Power List for 2014, in the wake of his international hit Instructions Not Included, which he directed and starred in.  He has been working in Mexican film and television for over 35 years.  Earlier this year he produced and starred in How to Be a Latin Lover, which made over $30 million in the US on a $10 million budget, and next year he will have a major supporting role in Disney’s The Nutcracker and the Four Realms.

Jonathan Kite, who played Oleg Golishevsky on 2 Broke Girls, is celebrating his 38th today.  Allison Miller, who turns 32, starred on Syfy’s Incorporated, which was canceled earlier this year, and in the found footage horror film Devil’s DueAustin Abrams, who is turning 21, appeared in the teen-oriented film Paper Towns and as Ron Anderson on The Walking DeadKian Lawley, known for his YouTube videos and feature films like The Chosen and Shovel Buddies, turns 22.

Our sports birthdays include baseball pioneer Al Spalding (1849-1915), who was one of the stars of the earliest days of organized, more or less professional baseball in the 1970s, and also founded the sporting goods company that bears his name.  Adolph Rupp (1901-1977) made the Basketball Hall of Fame based on his success as the longtime coach at the University of Kentucky.  He guided the Wildcats to four NCAA titles, but is often criticized for his slowness in integrating his Kentucky rosters in the 1960s.  Kjetil André Aamodt, who turns 46 today, is the only Alpine skier in history to win eight Olympic medals in his career.  He is also one of only five skiers to have won World Cup races in all five Alpine events (slalom, giant slalom, Super-G, downhill, and combined).

Director and producer Mel Stuart (1928-2012) was an Emmy winner for the TV documentary The Making of the President, 1960 (adapted from Theodore H. White’s book) and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for Four Days in November.  Aside from his documentaries, he directed the 1971 film Willie Wonka & the Chocolate Factory.

Salma Hayek and Keanu Reeves were the headliners a year ago.

Salma Hayek is celebrating her 51st today.  She can currently be seen in a supporting role in The Hitman’s Bodyguard.  Earlier this year she co-starred with Eugenio Derbez in How to Be a Latin Lover, and was the title character in the well-received Beatriz at Dinner, and will star in the upcoming Drunk ParentsKeanu Reeves remains a WTHH subject as he turns 53.  Earlier this year, he returned to the role of John Wick in John Wick: Chapter 2, and also played a major role in To the Bone; his next film will be Replicas, currently reported to be in post-production.

Mary Jo Catlett, who still is seen in occasional TV guest roles, is 79 today.  Cynthia Watros, who turns 49, starred with Craig Sheffer in the TV movie Destruction: Los Angeles.

Finally, for a musical closer let’s remember that today was the birth date of Irish folksinger Liam Clancy (1935-2009), who often performed with Tommy Makem.

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 September 2, 2017, in Celebrity Birthdays and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Not a lot of big names today other than last year’s headliners. I was just starting to pay attention to sports when Mark Harmon was playing at UCLA–he was a very good college player, but as a wishbone quarterback he didn’t have any real pro future. As I never have gotten into NCIS, I know him as an actor mostly from Summer School, which was another of those movies that were all over cable around 1990 or so.

    I’ve seen Nicolette Krebitz in the German film The Tunnel, which is quite good; it’s about a group of people who orchestrate the escape of their families and friends from East Germany after the erection of the Berlin Wall.


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