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September 14: Happy Birthday Bong Joon-ho and Andrew Lincoln

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South Korea filmmaker Bong Joon-ho is celebrating his 48th birthday today.  He began working in film as a screenwriter in the 1990s, and made his first film as a director in 2000, Barking Dogs Never Bite.  He followed that up with Memories of Murder, a crime drama, a monster film titled The Host, and a family drama, Mother.  All three of these won Best Picture at one or more of the Grand Bell Awards, the Blue Dragon Awards (these are the Korean counterparts to the Oscars), or the Asian Film Awards.  Bong’s most recent film, Okja, screened for the Palme d’Or at Cannes earlier this year.  However, American audiences are most likely to know him for his first English language film, the 2013 post-apocalyptic thriller Snowpiercer.

Andrew Lincoln is turning 44 today.  He began working in British film and television in the mid-1990s, and had regular roles on the series This Life and the first series of Teachers.  He has done some work in French film, notably in 2010’s Heartbreaker.  Many film audiences would recognize him from his appearance in Love Actually as Mark, who was suffering from unrequited love for his best friend’s wife; Lincoln reprised the role earlier this year in Red Nose Day Actually.  However, his best known role, especially for regular readers of this blog, is doubtless as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead.

Zoe Caldwell, a four-time Tony winner, is turning 84 today.  She made her Broadway debut in 1965, and won her first Tony, for Best Featured Actress in a Play, for Tennessee Williams’s Slapstick Tragedy.  She went on to win Best Actress in a Play three times, most recently for playing Maria Callas in Master Class.  She is also the voice of the Grand Councilwoman in four Lilo & Stitch films.

Director Howard Deutch is celebrating his 67th.  He began his career directing two films written by John Hughes, Pretty in Pink and Some Kind of Wonderful.  The latter starred Lea Thompson, who has been married to Deutch since 1989; actresses Madelyn and Zoey Deutch are their daughters.  Howard Deutch works mostly in television these days, on series ranging from American Horror Story to Claws.

Callum Keith Rennie, who turns 57, has a long career as a film and television supporting player, including major roles on Due South and the TV adaptation of The FirmEmma Kenney, who stars with Tuesday’s headliner Emmy Rossum on Shameless, in the role of Debbie Gallagher, is turning 18.

Singer and songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, who celebrates her 59th, has had some success with singles on the Adult Contemporary chart, but is better known as a songwriter who has penned hits for performers such as Faith Hill and Trisha Yearwood.  John Berry, a country singer known for his tenor vocals, turns 58.  He had a long list of charted singles in the 1990s, including the #1 hit “Your Love Amazes Me,” which brought him a Grammy nomination.

Larry Brown, who turns 77 today, is the only coach in basketball history to lead teams to both an NCAA title (Kansas in 1988) and an NBA title (the Detroit Pistons in 2004).  Recognized as one of the game’s finest coaches, he is a bit controversial for quitting or leaving coaching jobs before his contract expired.

Kay Medford (1919-1980) was active on stage and screen for nearly 40 years.  A highlight of her career was being both nominated for both a Tony and an Oscar for the same role, Rose Brice in Funny Girl (starring opposite Barbra Streisand as Fanny Brice both times).

Robert Cecil, 1st Viscount Cecil (1864-1958) was an English lawyer and diplomat, one of the key figures in creating the League of Nations after World War One, and a winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.  He was the son of the Marquess of Salisbury, who was a 3-time Prime Minister, and a distant descendant of William Cecil, covered in yesterday’s article.  Independent journalist and environmentalist Marc Reisner (1948-2000) wrote one of the most important non-fiction books of the late 20th Century, Cadillac Desert: The American West and its Disappearing Water.

Melissa Leo and Jessica Brown Findlay were the September 14 headliners a year ago.

Melissa Leo, who turns 57, appeared in two films about controversial figures in the past year.  She played the supporting character of Laura Poitras in Snowden, and then starred as the title character of The Most Hated Woman in America, the atheist activist Madalyn Murray O’Hair.  Jessica Brown Findlay, who is celebrating her 28th, appeared in the biopic England is Mine (about Morrissey), and has found herself in another period drama TV series, as one of the leads on Harlots.

Sam Neill, who is turning 70, was seen last year in Hunt for the Wilderpeople and Tommy’s Honour, and will appear in a not yet specified role in Thor: RagnarokWalter Koenig is still working as he turns 81, including an appearance as “the Admiral,” on the web series Renegades (a sequel to the fan film Star Trek: Renegades, but with all Star Trek connections removed)..  Two-time Daytime Emmy winner Michelle Stafford is still working in soap operas as she turns 52, playing Nina Clay on General HospitalRobert Ben Garant turns 47; his latest writing project was a story credit on this year’s BaywatchKimberly Williams-Paisley had roles in Speech & Debate and You Got Me, both released earlier this year; she is 46 today.  German actress Martina Gedeck, who is 56, continues to work in German film and television.  Morten Harket and the rest of A-ha will be releasing a live album, MTV Unplugged: Summer Solstice, in October, and touring in support of it next year.

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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