September 7: Happy Birthday Toby Jones and Evan Rachel Wood


Toby Jones is celebrating his 51st birthday today.  He made his film debut in the 1992 film Orlando, an adaptation of a Virginia Woolf novel.  Many will know him from his roles in three major franchises: he played Dobby in the Harry Potter series, Claudius Templesmith in the Hunger Games films, and Arnim Zola in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.  Next year, he will appear in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

He has also appeared in a wide variety of other films.  He starred as Truman Capote in Infamous, and has had supporting roles in Amazing Grace, Frost/Nixon, My Week With Marilyn, and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (as Percy Alleline), and in this summer’s Atomic Blonde.

Jones has also had a noteworthy television career.  He has been nominated for three BAFTA Television Awards, brought his film character of Arnim Zola to an episode of Agent Carter, and appeared as Culverton Smith during the latest season of Sherlock.  One of his most acclaimed television performances was as Alfred Hitchcock in the HBO movie The Girl, which brought him his first BAFTA nomination as well as Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

Today is Evan Rachel Wood’s 30th birthday.  She began acting at about seven, and was cast in her first regular television role, as Jessie Sammler on Once and Again, at twelve.  She began appearing in feature films at about the same time, and had her first leading role in the 2001 film Little Secrets.  In 2003 she starred as Tracey Freeland in Thirteen, which was a breakthrough role for her; she received Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for Best Actress.

Wood’s film career has been relatively low-profile.  She has not appeared in any really big box office hits; the “biggest” film in her career in terms of box office receipts appears to be George Clooney’s The Ides of March, in which she had a supporting role.  She has also appeared in films like The Upside of Anger, Across the Universe, The Wrestler, and Into the Forest.  She has received two Emmy nominations, the first for the HBO miniseries adaptation of Mildred Pierce, the second, currently pending, for starring as Dolores Abernathy on HBO’s Westworld.

Italian filmmaker Dario Argento turns 77 today.  While not the originator of the Italian horror subgenre called giallo, Argento was its most famous exponent, with films like The Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Cat o’ Nine Tales, and Deep Red.  His daughter is actress and director Asia Argento, a past headliner.  Film and television producer, writer and director Alex Kurtzman is turning 44.  He often works in partnership with J. J. Abrams and/or Roberto Orci.  He is the co-creator of the Fox series Fringe and Sleepy Hollow, and of the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery.  His film writing credits include Star Trek and Star Trek Into Darkness, along with The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and he wrote and directed this year’s The Mummy.

Two-time Emmy winner Michael Emerson is 63.  He won an Emmy as a guest star on The Practice, and was nominated for four, with one win, as Ben Linus on Lost.  More recently he starred as Harold Finch on Person of InterestOliver Hudson, who turns 41, will star on ABC’s new series Splitting Up Together, and was previously a regular on Rules of Engagement and Scream QueensDevon Sawa, who stars on ABC’s Somewhere Between, and was previously a regular on Nikita, is 39.  Alyssa Diaz is turning 32; she is known for regular roles on Army Wives and, currently, Zoo.

Don Messick (1926-1997) was a voice actor, known for his work with Hanna-Barbera and others.  His most famous voice roles included Boo-Boo Bear and Ranger Smith on The Yogi Bear Show, Bamm-Bamm Rubble on The Flintstones (where his lines were probably pretty easy to remember), Papa Smurf and Azrael on The Smurfs, and most famously Scooby-Doo.  John Phillip Law (1925-2008) was most famous for his roles in a variety of cult classics, including Danger: Diabolik (as the title character), Barbarella, and The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (as Sinbad).

Our sports birthday is Football Hall of Famer Paul Brown (1908-1991), who was a co-founder and longtime head coach of the Cleveland Browns, and later coached the Cincinnati Bengals for several years.  He coached the Browns to three NFL Championships, and was responsible for several innovations to the game, from the face mask for players’ helmets to the use of game film to scout opponents.

Anna Mary “Grandma” Moses (1860-1961) did not begin painting seriously until she was in her seventies, but nevertheless is considered one of America’s most important 20th century artists.  Dame Edith Sitwell (1887-1964) was a leading English poet, known for collections like Gold Coast Customs and Street SongsJennifer Egan, the author of the Pulitzer Prize winning novel A Visit from the Goon Squad, is celebrating her 55th.

Our September 7 headliners last year were Chrissie Hynde and Buddy Holly.

Chrissie Hynde, who turns 66, released a new Pretenders album, Alone, last fall (although Hynde was actually the only member of the band involved in the album).  Gloria Gaynor, who is 68, recently posted a special version of “I Will Survive,” with lyrics updated as a tribute to the survivors of Hurricane Harvey.  Corbin Bernsen, who will return to his role of Henry Spencer for Psych: The Movie, is 63 today.  Julie Kavner continues to voice Marge Simpson on The Simpsons as she turns 67.  Tom Everett Scott, who celebrates his 47th, stars on the new truTV sitcom I’m Sorry and appeared in the recent film The Last WordLeslie Jones, who turns 50, starred in last fall’s caper film Masterminds, along with her Ghostbusters co-stars Kristen Wiig and Kate McKinnon.

Finally, as it’s Michael Feinstein’s 61st birthday, let’s hear a bit from the great exponent of the Great American Songbook.

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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